Affogato café

Made With Love: Affogato café

If you’re looking for a fabulous start to your day and a really cool place to breakfast, brunch or lunch with friends, then stop by one of the best little cafés in town where the food is always fresh, seasonal and superb; sit back, relax, forget your cares and just watch the world go by. […]

The Monday Room

The Perfect Pairing: The Monday Room

At The Monday Room, cuisine is about so much more than food – it’s an experience.   Heavily influenced by her Finnish background, Head Chef Eeva Torvinen uses techniques that include curing, brining and pickling, while Finnish flavours such as berries, buttermilk, liquorice, rye and malt bring flavour to the ingredients. “I want to create […]

The Pedal Pusher

Rat Race: The Pedal Pusher

Christchurch is well known for its cycling history. Its flat landscape has always been ideal for recreational riding.   As far back as the 1870s, cycling clubs encouraged enthusiasts to take to the streets on the new machines. One such group decided one day to ride to the small railway junction of Rolleston. During the […]

Cô Ba Restaurant

Exquisite culinary fusion: Cô Ba Restaurant

Offering a beautiful fusion of Vietnamese and Thai cuisine, Cô Ba Restaurant uses the freshest local produce daily to create a range of delectable dishes. “Every single dish is made fresh to order,” says owner Long Nguyen.     Originally from Vietnam, Long’s love of Thai fare and a passion for high-quality cuisine has been […]

Boulder Burger

Hanmer’s 1950’s style diner: Boulder Burger

The ultimate 1950’s Americana experience is coming to Hanmer, so get ready for a blast of retro culture and a menu bursting with classic diner staples.     The eagerly-awaited Boulder Burger Bar at the Boulder Precinct – Hanmer Springs’ newest café and retail shopping precinct – will open its doors in mid-December. It’s the […]

Fleur Caulton

On a roll: Q&A with Fleur Caulton

The founders of Queenstown’s Rata and four Madam Woo restaurants, Josh Emett and Fleur Caulton have been on a roll, hospitality speaking, with the shared vision and love of food that has seen both dining options become such a success.     Now they’re heading new Asian fusion restaurant Hawker & Roll, which has just […]

Taichi Restaurant

Handcrafted dim sum arts: Taichi Restaurant

When it comes to the quintessential Cantonese dining experience, the most popular expression comes to mind is ‘yum cha’, the Cantonese words for ‘drinking tea’ that refers to Cantonese tea lunch.     Taichi Restaurant, in Shop 8, Spitfire Square by the airport, is the real deal when it comes to authentic yum cha. Taichi […]

Savoire Café & Wine Bar

Savour Savoire: Savoire Café & Wine Bar

With a high standard of service and fabulous food, Savoire Café & Wine Bar is an institution in Merivale and is now looking better than ever after a recent refurbishment.     New additions have been added to the menu complementing the ever-popular Eggs Benedict, Corn Fritter Stack and Antipasto Platters. Everything is made on […]

Silva Spoon Café

Sunshine & Silva: Silva Spoon Café

Walking into Silva Spoon Café on a dank wet Wednesday was like walking into brilliant sunshine.     This new café on Riccarton Road has a natural airy brightness enhanced by the Scandi-meets-Kiwi aesthetic provided by the colourful upholstery, use of blonde wood, and the cast iron frame suspended from the ceiling and woven with […]

Route 72 Café Bar Emporium

Treat yourself: Route 72 Café Bar Emporium

Raise your brunching and lunching game with a delightful visit to Route 72 Café Bar Emporium. Not just dining, this is destination dining, with a captivating shopping experience in the mix.       Located 40 minutes from Christchurch in picturesque Cust Village, an easy drive along Tram Road brings you to your destination. It’s […]