The overwhelming impression from entrance to departure is the excellence of the service.
From the outside, it is not much to look at, but inside the feel is classy and the service fantastic.
I don't use the word exquisite lightly, but what I expected to be a pub meal was fine dining at a pub price.
The Old Vicarage gives its diners what they want, and that must be why they arrive in waves from noon on.
Almost six months into central city residency, the cafe owners could definitely branch out into more exciting territory.
I can't confirm the authenticity of Sema's Thai food, but it certainly hits all the right spots for two hungry Kiwis.
It's not every day you see a timed 10 minutes with a big cookie jar as a dessert option.
Apleasant spot where, once you get the nod of approval from the veterans, you feel comfortable.
Dinner at Passengers and Co is all about trust. Even the waitstaff don't know what's coming as there's no menu.
REVIEW: Sala Sala offers an unhurried atmosphere away from the Papanui rush hour.
Offering protein smoothies and paleo-approved foods, Pure Cafe Co strikes us as a health-conscious cafe we'd expect to find in a trendy New York City neighbourhood. Imagine our surprise when we stumbled upon it in Birmingham Dr.
Every day is St Patrick's Day at the new Irish pub in Victoria St.
The tapas selection ranges far and it would be a fussy woman who didn't find a plate or three she wanted.
Civil and Naval is a tapas bar; this makes deciding easy - a little of what you fancy.
Great winery restaurants work hard to present their wines in the best possible light - Waipara Hills ticks this box.
They say first impressions last but not so at Savoire Cafe and Wine Bar.
The Station doesn't grandstand, and delivered the best service we've had for some time.
Seated on long benches at our table near the open kitchen, we could see the chef cooking up a storm
In a former life, Purple Weka was a bland little cafe but it's had a fantastic makeover.
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.
KATE FRASER - The Press
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.