The Birdwood

Italian-style Heaven: The Birdwood

Everything you could want right in your neighbourhood is probably at The Birdwood in Beckenham. Nestled in a convivial locality near the Port hills, this place is both laid-back and authentic     Unpretentiously industrial-vibed and operating from a previous shop corner, The Birdwood, or centre-for-superior-sustenance caters to both body and soul with its eatery […]

Jolly Seafood Restaurant

Exceptional Oriental Eats: Jolly Seafood Restaurant

Despite the name, there is so much more to Jolly Seafood Restaurant than delicious deep-sea delicacies. With a comprehensive range of the finest Oriental dishes and beverages around, it is quickly making its mark. Located at 1/187 Wigram Road, the restaurant stands out like a beacon of light when you see it for the first […]

Simo Abbari

Making Moroccan magic: Q&A with Simo Abbari

As we hunt for healthier takeaway options and balanced diets, Moroccan cuisine is increasingly hitting the consumer consciousness. We catch up with Simo Abbari from Christchurch’s very own Mosaic by Simo about this culinary revolution.     What is your background in food and how did your love of Moroccan fare come about? My love […]

The George hotel

Dining Decadence: The George hotel

When one is thinking dining in Christchurch, one must always consider The George hotel as an icon of epicurean delights. Situated at 50 Park Terrace, you will find 50 Bistro, nine times Beef & Lamb Excellence Award-winner which showcases the best of local and regional produce with a great range of foods to suit all […]

The Birdwood

A Dramatic Transformation: The Birdwood

Located off the well-trodden path of most new hospitality ventures in Christchurch today, this recent winner of the ADNZ – Canterbury/Westland: Commercial Interior Design Award, The Birdwood is comfortably nestled into the heart of suburban Beckenham.     This re-purposed old building has two establishments consisting an eatery and a pizzeria. Both venues hinged around […]


Addington’s local: Milieu

At 112 Wrights Road there is a well-known café that people in the Addington area flock to, Milieu. With freshly made scones and muffins, and stunning C4 Coffee made by great barristers, it’s no wonder its reputation for the place to meet for business or pleasure is so highly respected.     Open 9am-3pm Saturday […]

Red Post Café

Hurunui Pleasures: Red Post Café

Spring is upon us and the pleasures of North Canterbury’s delights await, not only its beautiful vistas but the pleasures of the Red Post Café’s delicious food and coffee.     On the journey to Hanmer there is a great place to stop in Culverden. It has a fantastic cathartic old-style cottage garden which is […]

Pasta Vera

Pasta passion: Pasta Vera

Italian film director Federico Fellini once said, “Life is a combination of magic and pasta”. It’s an observation that gourmet pasta wholesale and retail business Pasta Vera would heartily agree with; after all, this company has been a top pasta producer for the past 17 years.     “Our pasta is fresh and Canterbury made, […]


A Garden City icon: Spagalimis

In August 1978, ‘You’re the one that I want’ with Olivia Newton John and John Travolta was at the top of the charts, Rob Muldoon was our Prime Minister and we won five gold medals at the Commonwealth Games. It was also the year that we were blessed with the opening of Spagalimis Pizza – […]

The Monday Room

Seasonal Sensations: The Monday Room

In mid-winter, sharing comfort food with great friends can be a wonderful experience. There’s no better place to do that than at The Monday Room at 161 High Street. A destination for any food and beverage lover, the new winter menu has some great options to tempt you in out of the cold, including Slow […]