The Peg's top-notch comfort food ticks all the boxes on a cold winter night.
Wines are jumbled together to match the food's spiciness.
Packaged beer shouldn't mean surrendering desire for flavour.
The apple pie milkshake tasted just like ... an apple pie.
REVIEW: Engineers has a great bar snacks menu and a beautiful rooftop terrace.
REVIEW: Five Stags offers game-inspired fare in North Canterbury.
REVIEW: Eating Out with Ewan Sargent
REVIEW: The on-to-it staff are engaging and obviously properly prepared about what's on offer.
REVIEW: Bootleg is one of the first places to open on the up-and-coming Welles St.
REVIEW: Great service and a wide-ranging menu among the high points at Halswell's White House Black.
REVIEW: Casa Nostra is middle-of-the-road, rustic, warm and friendly, with a lengthy lineup of Italian-style dishes.
REVIEW: Dinner at The Oaks in Darfield is like snuggling up with a warm blanket - familiar and reassuring.
REVIEW: Getting food flicked at you is all part of the fun at teppanyaki restaurant Yamagen.
OPINION: Owner Brett Giddens says Boo Radley's was always going to be his "selfish bar", filled with the things he loves.
Mama Hooch is the little sister to Italian restaurant Venuti just down the block.
REVIEW: It was a long wait at Town Tonic, but when our food finally arrived, it was exciting and full flavoured.
Cafe Valentino offers a big menu, a vast wine list and ample staffing.
REVIEW: If you love the Bodhi Tree, you'll love Rangoon Ruby. The opposite probably also applies.
OPINION: It's hard to imagine a nicer place to be on a hot summer's day than The Raspberry Cafe at Tai Tapu.
REVIEW: Buddha Stix offers super accessible Asian food. Only a diehard meat-and-three-veg type would not like.
REVIEW: If you could somehow tap the energy bouncing around the walls inside Chinwag Eathai, you could light the city with it.
REVIEW: Lush green surrounds and perfect portion sizes make Ilex Cafe a top spot for lunch.
It's not fine dining, but it was hearty, casual dining with good flavours, some nice touches and good service.
The menu is almost an overload of good tastes with dishes of meat, vegetables, eggs, and a house tofu that will challenge those "who can't stand the stuff".