Focus on flavour: Indian Zaika

True to its name, Indian Zaika – meaning taste – has a strong focus on flavour. Located close to Merivale Mall, the traditional and authentic Indo-Chinese fare keeps customers coming back for more.     New owner Suraj Singh took over the business in August, which he runs with his family. “Indo-Chinese is a combination […]

On with the show: Crowne Plaza’s Market Place Restaurant

No matter how magnificent the show, the evening isn’t complete without perfect pre-theatre dining. The divine Market Place Restaurant at Crowne Plaza is just a five-minute walk from three of Christchurch’s premier performance venues: Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch Town Hall, and The Piano.     Market Place’s popular pre-theatre menu is available between 5:30 and […]

Food for all: Mrs Hucks

Historically, Isabella Hucks was the owner of the Mrs Hucks Royal Theatre Café and local philanthropist, giving aid to WWI veterans. When Isabella Hucks passed, it was said that she thought of her café’s patrons more as friends than customers.     Although today’s Mrs Hucks lacks familial ties to the historical figure, the eatery […]

Fast Food Icelandic Style: Kiwi Viking

The inspiration behind setting up the Kiwi Viking restaurant has been a long time coming for owner Sam Ragnarsson.     Originally an IT consultant from Iceland, Sam worked all over the world before deciding to settle in New Zealand, and realise his lifelong dream of owning his own restaurant. A passion for good Icelandic […]

Marvellous Meatballs: Balls & All

It seems like an impossibly glamorous occupation, to travel the world playing polo, so why did Alex Rowland-Jones and George Cooper-Dixon give it all up to sell meatballs? After years on the road, tired of living out of suitcases, the call of home was too strong to resist and they decided to come back to […]