You are looking at a tapas-style evening with everyone sharing at this new restaurant.
Looking around the quiet gentility of The Square in the Novotel, it seems a lifetime since the The Press moved in after the September 2010 quake.
The first word that springs to mind as you wander into Browsers Garden Cafe is oasis.
A masculine setting with a menu specialising in steak - two pages are devoted to various cuts, breeds and weights.
Choices range from Thai green curry to beef fillet and pan seared turbot.
Hummingbird's container cafe has a surprisingly large capacity and makes a top breakfast.
Doing business in the seaside suburb post-quake is not easy, but this place is buzzing.
The old wooden building has been decorated to capture the feel of the past yet it's open and inviting.
An old Poplar Lanes favourite has reopened in High St and gets top marks for ambience.
Bloody Mary's is not a cocktail bar per se although hearsay has it they mix a mean cocktail of the same name.
We sit outside amid miniature roses and archwayswith the lawn the perfect play area for little ones.
A street-style Mexican eatery/bar, Mexicano's has the essentials down pat: atmosphere, service, innovative menu.
Exemplary service, good food and chic decor are all good reasons why Gustav's has pulled customers early and kept them.
REVIEW: Hinton's Vineyard had generous portions and good service, but the fish was dry and the brulee wasn't good.
REVIEW: The popularity of Japanese restaurant Kinji is taking some shine off the experience.
Spectacular views served up with tasty shared plates in this Waipara vineyard.
REVIEW: Great food, outstanding coffee and unrivalled views in New Brighton.
REVIEW: There's much to like about Vangionis in Akaroa.
Clever tweaks and smart design impress at Tequila Mockingbird, but cold steak disappoints.
Addington's New York Deli a hit
REVIEW: Lincoln Road in Addington has become the new place to eat, gather and enjoy the delights of Christchurch cuisine.
Christchurch has embraced souvlaki and Abbie Napier is on a mission to find the best in the city.
Pad thai takeaways in Christchurch have a workmanlike approach rather than excitement.
Which city bar makes Christchurch's best?
REVIEW: With the city's night life regenerating, Abbie Napier visited three bars, and tested two cocktails at each, to see what was going down.
The Cornershop Bistro has one of the best meals of french toast I have had the pleasure of trying.
Zest rounds up a quartet of toasted items and checks out the breads, the fillings, the service, the prices.
Who serves up Christchurch's best butter chicken takeaway? Ewan Sargent tries six and discovers the field varies widely.
Under the Red Verandah is a classic Linwood offering with survival instinct in spades.
The Town Ball menu boldly claims to have the "town's best burgers". They are right.
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This restaurant and bar has made a name for itself since opening day in October 2012.
I haven't felt so uneasy, yet so excited, at a restaurant table for a long time.
OPINION: Despite Brigittes being a Merivale institution, we had passed it by many times, always meaning to go.
Taste test of Mexican, Thai and pizza delights
Zest reviews three Christchurch takeaway joints and finds they all offer tasty delights.
The Grand Cafe is more cafe than grand but it's a fun place and was very busy.
Straits has some hiccups to fix, but it has the style, the service and the food a city hotel restaurant needs.
Clink is cosy and warm and merges the bar and restaurant concept better than most places in Christchurch.
Ace Wasabi's menu is a big step up from food court sushi, but nowhere near the world of blowfish.
Gustav's food was presented well, with very good flavours, and everything was cooked to perfection.
With Baretta's bar overflowing and high-volume live music, the ambience was more club than restaurant.
Dux Dine's pizzas are good and their desserts are satisfying, but there are dishes I wouldn't order again.
Venuti is the place for an Italian fix, though the team takes a broad approach.
Topkapi delivers a clean and pleasant dining environment, and food that is fresh and tasty.
A friend says you can sum up the ambience at JDV on a Friday night in four words: "Loud real-estate agents."
More than two years on, the Belgian Beer Cafe is back, rebooted like a tired old Hollywood franchise.
OPINION: The warm glow from Bamboozle is all the more welcoming when you finally make it to Sumner.
Himawari seems to have already struck a chord with Japanese and Korean residents and visitors.
Tiffanys, a 30-year-old dining institution, is stumbling a little on its new path in the new Christchurch.
In two years, St Germain has re-established itself as a studiously French restaurant.
REVIEW: Christchurch's social revival continues with yet another place inside the four avenues to drink beer.
@Tonys was a favourite spot in Riccarton and the new @Tonys in Ferrymead is a step-up from the old haunt.
"Tuesday" has the ring of nothing - but Pepperoni might have banished the blah with Tuesday Date Night.