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    Vespa: Nice decor, bland food

    by littlebush Written Dec 18, 2014

    Vespa is a cool cafe on high street that has breakfast and brunch and lunch, and also apparently a decent bar at night. The decor has Vespa's all over the walls and funky music. The chorizo and scrambled egg on toast at $12 sounded good and looked good but lacked flavour. Anyas jerk chicken salad disappointed. So over all, nice decor but poor food.

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    Pomeroys: Pomeroys

    by fishandchips Written Jun 20, 2013

    Pomeroys is more than just a pub! It's got several rather distinct areas so you can either stand at a lean to and chat over a beer, sit in the library area for a coffee, play pool or sit in the restuarant area for something to eat. The building survived the Quakes really well and is a great spot for a catch up or an evening out.

    Favorite Dish: There is a great selection of beers both mass produced and craft. Something for everyone! The food ranges from a bowl of fries to full meals - we had the roast of the day (Pork) which was $20 and was okay as far as bar roasts go. This was matched (lol) with a pint of Epic IPA - lovely!!

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    Venuti Cucina Italiana: Enjoyable evening.

    by CDM7 Written Mar 16, 2013

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    This restaurant was only opened in early March.Upon arrival we were welcomed by the owner who showed us to our table.The restaurant has a very modern and smart look together with friendly staff,who were smartly dressed.
    The service we found to be a bit slow but put this down to everyone getting used to the new system .The food (spaghetti marinara) was full of flavour and hot.

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    The Strip: Restaurant and Bar Hopping

    by Kakapo2 Updated Nov 20, 2012

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    Post-earthquake update November 2012

    The Strip is one sad look. For about a year the restaurants and bars appeared to have been left by all its patrons just five minutes ago - but we had seen it like this since 22 February 2011 when the 6.3 earthquake destroyed the heart of Christchurch.

    There was hope that some of these places would re-open by the end of 2011, with the opening of the Re:Start container mall for Cup and Show Week. But first there was no chance because the buildings could not be accessed due to the unsafe and then hugely delayed demolition of the neighbouring Clarendon Tower at the corner of Oxford Terrace & Hereford Street. And over time nearly all the restaurants were demolished as well. So now there is a large empty space. No timeline when life will be back on the Strip. It will be a very long process.

    Update December 2011

    The Strip has become a look-through space... Meaning most of the buildings you see on this photo have been demolished. Only the Taproom at the corner has been left untouched, with glasses and plates still on the tables. There is a carpark for shoppers who flock to the new container mall in Cashel Street. The good news is that the owner plans to rebuild as soon as possible. There might be delays due to the demolition of the Clarendon Towers that will start in the new year.



    The Strip is not one restaurant - it is an uninterrupted chain of restaurants, pubs and bars along the Avon River on Oxford Terrace. You leave one place and fall into the other - short-distance restaurant and bar hopping.

    For me the best time of the year is summer when you can sit outside under the umbrellas and enjoy not only some drinks and a meal but also a conversation. The latter sometimes proves difficult in some of the eateries because long before the dance night starts the music is so loud that you have problems to hear your own word. This is not what I consider as a nice evening out - either eat in silence, or shout at the people at your table and lie over the table to understand them. I would expect this kind of "conversation" more in a disco and not at a place that calls itself a restaurant and not only a bar.

    The food is good in most places we have tested. For our palate the finest food is served at The Boulevard, at the corner of Oxford Terrace and Worcester Boulevard, and complementing a great choice of mains there is also a big choice of pasta and light meals available. And the music is at an acceptable level... ;-) Liquidity also has a fine approach to cuisine and award-winning chefs, and nearly all mains cost about NZ$30.

    We did not enjoy afternoon coffee at one of the places (sorry, I do not remember which one...) because there was only the choice of ONE hugely overpriced cake and the fancy desserts which all cost more than NZ$10. Check this before you get disappointed. There are menus at the entrances, and you can still ask before taking a seat.

    The later it gets the more crowded The Strip gets, and at dark the people are not only drinking in the bars but also on the footpaths, and when it gets really late (or early, if you see it the other way...) street fights are possible. As we are no more 20, not even 30, we are already at home when this happens, so we have this knowledge only from the police reports... ;-)

    Favorite Dish: Fish and lambshanks (actually not on the menu...) at The Boulevard, also nice desserts. Good pizza and pasta at Coyote's.

    Restaurant and bar mile: The Strip in Christchurch Fine food and not too noisy: The Boulevard.
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    Dimitris: The best souvlaki in town

    by Kakapo2 Updated Nov 20, 2012

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    Post-earthquake update November 2012

    Although Dimitris' restaurant has not been accessible since the earthquake on 22 February 2011 you can still indulge in his beautiful gyros. Since December 2011 Dimitris has a food stall at the Re:Start container mall in Cashel Street - which you will visit anyway if you are visiting Christchurch.

    More infos in my second Things to Do tip about the markets you can visit in post-quake Christchurch.



    Already the smell tells you that THIS is the real thing, and that is why the queue at his stall at the Arts Centre weekend foodmarket is so unbearably long. Dimitris sells the taste of Greece as you remember it from a holiday in Greece or the Greek Islands, or from one of the many, many Greek restaurants in Europe or Melbourne. The souvlaki is just marvellous. I have never ever got a better one in Christchurch.

    They sell souvlaki and kebab everywhere but nothing comes close to the originals from Greece and Turkey.

    Dimitris is different, and the wonderful thing is that he does not only sell his souvlakis on Saturdays and Sundays at the Arts Centre but also in his small restaurant in the city centre, where the queues are not as long as in front of his food stall, and you can sit down while waiting... But the queueing at the Arts Centre is really a torture - waiting for ages while you have this smell in your nose and get hungrier and hungrier...

    Update July 2010
    In the meantime, Dimitris' restaurant has relocated from its small premises in Colombo Street, just around the corner into Cashel Mall (near the Bridge of Remembrance). It is a neat and clean place, with high red brick walls, with tables in two long rows along the walls. It has no touch of Greece but Dimitris' Greek accent is authentic enough ;-)))

    Also in the restaurant you get waiting numbers. When there on a Sunday there was quite some queueing but (self-) service was extremely fast and efficient. Of course, you have a bigger selection of dishes than at the Arts Centre, also meals served on plates, not just wrapped in Pita bread.

    Favorite Dish: SOUVLAKI!!!!!

    Dimitris at its former location on Colombo Street.
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    Lone Star: Great Ribs

    by al2401 Updated Aug 30, 2012

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    One of the many Lone Star outlets in New Zealand. These people have redesigned service. They are always very busy but also very efficient. Yet the staff still manage to be friendly and treat you as an individual rather than an item in a factory line.

    Favorite Dish: I was hungry after being frozen in teh Antarctic Storm at the Antarctic Centre so chose the full-size Redneck Ribs. 12 large ribs with plenty of meat in a rich sauce.

    Mum had the Apache Fish panfried with salad

    Lone Star - Riccarton (taken from moving vehicle)
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    City Garden Chinese Takeaway: Great value for money

    by al2401 Updated Aug 4, 2012

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    Typical family run Chinese eatery catering to 'western' tastes. You can dine in if you like. Very friendly and good prompt service. Very close to our accommodation at Amber Park Holiday Park.

    Warning - they don't take any cards Credit or Eftpos. Cash only. I had to drive back to our digs to get some cash (the only time I didn't bring enough to cover eventualities) but they had my Mum as hostage! Only kidding. In fact the owner was very understanding and felt for our embarrasment.

    Favorite Dish: We had the standard two dishes and Fried Rice; Beef and Black Bean for me and Sweet and Sour Pork for Mum. The serving sizes were huge and there was so much added to the fried rice. We had dinner for the next night as well!

    City Garden Chinese Takeaway
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    She Chocolat Chocolaterie & Restaurant: Chocolate Perfected!

    by Martialsk Written Mar 23, 2012

    This place was recommended to us by friends/ family.

    We only had coffees on this visit because we were pressed for time but friends who have eaten here recommend it. I would say it is on the pricey side for food but if you are prepared to make the drive there, make time out of it, enjoy the scenery from the balconies, soak up the ambience and wallow in all things gluttonous and luxurious! In other words, treat yourself.
    I certainly shall next time!

    Favorite Dish: My coffee was a Hazelnut Chocolate Mocha...complete with a chocolate spoon...
    It was INCREDIBLE.
    'Oink'..........!

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    Hell Pizza: Good Pizza, Unique Theme

    by DSwede Written Jan 10, 2012

    Hell Pizza is a chain with six locations thought Christchurch and New Zealand as a whole. The website gives all the locations. They website gives a map and even delivery areas for each location.

    They have a couple tables to serve the dine-in customers, but also cater to a large amount of take away customers too.

    Each store is decorated in dark colors with lots of red brimstone too. The name says it all, and they even may have a few video games or other decorations similarly themed.

    If you don't want to subject yourself to the decorations, or have someone in your group that may take offense, you can order over the phone or internet and have delivery.

    Favorite Dish: All the menu items have biblical, demonic or other named items after the sins.

    The "lust", "wrath" and "mayhem" are pretty good.

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    Caffeine Laboratory: Caffeine Laboratory

    by fishandchips Updated Sep 5, 2011

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    This is an example of ingenuity of Christchurch people in the face of a broken city. The guys at the caffeine lab used to run their business from Shades Archade until 22 February when the worst of our Earthquakes hit. Now days they have a coffee shop in a cut down shipping container!!! The Lab is located on corner of Montreal Street and Walker street (where my office is now located), quite close to the South City Mall. They serve all varieties of coffee - well not the cold fraps etc you get at Starbucks & other chain places - plus muffins if you're in quick. The guys, James and Greg, run a quick service and make really good coffee. Cost is $3.70 for a small and $4.70 for a large cup. There's even some seating and a gas heater if you want to sit there and watch the traffic for a few minutes. Hours are 6.30am to 4pm weekdays

    Greg & James The Lab!
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    Coffee Culture: Stylish places with great coffees and cakes

    by Kakapo2 Updated Jun 8, 2011

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    Post-earthquake update June 2011

    Hooray - most Coffee Culture places are open after February's 6.3 earthquake!!!



    The latest addition to the Coffee Culture franchise is a beautiful place in Lyttelton's London Street. And perhaps there is already another new one somewhere else in the city, as the franchise seems to be growing fast... yeah, for example in High Street ;-) And what should I say: I would not really recommend exactly this one because of its poor choice of food and cakes.

    No place looks exactly like the others but they are all neat, clean and modern, and although clear lines dominate the design, and the interior is clutter-free, they have a feeling of warmth and cosyness. The unique feature is that there are always transparent items filled with coffee beans. In some places it is a map of the world under the glass of the coffee tables, in Lyttelton the beans are in the handles along the bar which overlooks London Street. And in Sumner the far too tiny teaspoons on the saucers of the huge large latte and cappuccino bowls make me laugh every time. You can sink them in your coffee!

    As the owners and staff get training the differences are not too big but if you are a regular costumer you will note what you like more and what you like less, and where.

    Our favourites are - perhaps because we frequent these places most due to their locations - the franchises in Sumner and Lyttelton.



    Coffee Culture Places in Christchurch

    Merivale: 235 Papanui Rd, Ph (03) 355 0440
    Sumner: 28 Marriner St, Ph (03) 326 5900
    Cashmere: 81 Cashmere Rd, Ph (03) 331 8100
    Sydenham: The Roastery on Durham, Cnr Elgin & Durham St,
    Ph (03) 377 2604
    Beckenham: Corner Colombo & Tennyson Streets, Ph (03) 331 8100
    City: 160 Cashel St, Ph (03) 377 8825
    Redwood: 286 Main North Rd, Ph (03) 354 0407
    Lyttelton: 18 London St, Ph (03) 328 7080
    Riccarton: Westfield Shopping Mall, outside the mall, Rotherham St,
    Ph (03) 343 3322
    Shirley: The Palms Shopping Mall, Cnr Marshland & New Brighton Rds,
    Ph (03) 385 5588

    Favorite Dish: ----

    The coffees, made of fine Arabica beans, are great, as are the cakes. The mocchaccinos come as choffees. A speciality are the coffee cocktails, like Mochaholic and Irish Mint Latte, some with alcohol, some without. Also teas come in original mixes, like the Teappuccino, but of course, you can still get a totally regular tea.

    There is a big selection of bagels and snacks, and the super fresh cakes are fabulous.

    Coffee Culture tile at the Sumner franchise.

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    Tulsi: Incredible Garlic Naan...

    by Kakapo2 Updated Jun 8, 2011

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    October 2010/June 2011

    Sadly closed at the moment due to damage suffered in the September 4 earthquake. Even more severely damaged in February's earthquake. Also located in the cordoned-off Red Zone.



    Just looking at the interior you would not immediately expect that Tulsi is an Indian restaurant. It looks more like a café, with some round tables in round booths. Anyway, it is comfortable, the food is great, and the garlic naan is so irresistible that I have once ordered garlic naan as a starter, another garlic naan with a tiny starter as my main. Then I was satisfied although I had planned to order garlic naan for dessert... ;-)

    In the meantime and already before this greedy naan encounter I have tested quite a lot of different dishes, and they were all delicious.

    I cannot critisize anything, not even the service. Only one waiter, and he is the one and only, is absolutely arrogant and unfriendly, and I have promised to strangle him on my next visit. As I have not done it yet although we have visited again, so hereby I have to announce it again... probably until he quits, or I move away from the Christchurch region... ;-)

    Apart from the extensive dinner menu Tulsi also has great and cheap lunch deals for $5.95 and to 8.00, seafood up to $11- including rice and naan. Garlic naan would be extra... ;-)

    Tulsi also has two restaurants in Wellington (Cuba Mall and Petone) but I do not know how the quality of the food is there. On their website and in their menu they pride themselves of having been voted to have best butter chicken 2003 & 2004...

    Favorite Dish: You might guess it: garlic naan...
    Apart from that I like prawn dishes, and dishes in spinach gravy because you do not get this in fast food outlets.

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    Swiss Café: More Swiss than Switzerland

    by Kakapo2 Updated Jun 8, 2011

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    Post-earthquake update June 2011

    The Swiss Café is located in the badly damaged Red Zone of central Christchurch and therefore not accessible for many months to come.

    Update Dec. 2009

    The café has relocated from its unique and super tiny premises at the corner of Gloucester and New Regent Streets to Cathedral Junction (107 - 121 Worcester Street). Despite now being an indoor outdoor place under the glass roof of this arcade, owner Giorgio has created an outdoor space between the café and the tramway line bordered by rustic Swiss banisters. The indoor decor is still totally Swiss, with a rustic farm table and bench seats, mock windows on the wall with red plastic geraniums, posters and calendars featuring Matterhorn, and Giorgio still resists to the ways of modern Kiwi life. Only cash and no takeaways.





    Already when I think of the small Swiss Café I must smile. The Swiss owner named Giorgio – as you might guess, from the Italian part of Switzerland - is such a unique character that he either attracts or deters customers. I like him because he is so unique, probably more Swiss than any Swiss in Switzerland – but I can also understand why some people do not come back. On one of our visits he explained us his philosophy.

    First and foremost his Swiss Café is a Swiss Café, and why should this style be compromised only because it is located in New Zealand? That is why you get Swiss cheese fondue, Swiss Bratwurst, Swiss Rösti, Swiss cakes, Swiss chocolate and Swiss Bircher Müsli. Oh, and Swiss Wurstsalat and Schnaps ;-) The walls are decorated with postcards, photos and Swiss souvenirs. You can make Giogio furious if you ask him for Panini, Bagels, Pies or things New Zealanders use to snack on for lunch. “Can’t you read?”, he would ask. “This is a Swiss café? Why do you come to a Swiss café if you want a pie?” And second, he hates it if people want their coffee or snack in the second they order it. Swiss people are more “gemütlich”. (BTW In Europe we compare their speed to that of snails LOL)

    Open daily 9am – 4pm

    The Swiss Caf�� at is former location.
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    Holy Grail: New Zealand's Biggest Sports Bar

    by Kakapo2 Updated Jun 8, 2011

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    A lot of people, two big and one huge screen on which you see sports at any time of the day, five bars, some pool tables and gaming machines: The Holy Grail is a typical sports bar - the biggest in New Zealand, and it is on several levels, as it is a former movie theatre. If you are lucky you meet some of the rugby stars, and if not - they are painted on the walls.

    Food is available from the sports bar, the pizza kitchen and the restaurant. Sensational pizza/drink special from Sunday to Thursday - NZ$10 for a large succulent pizza and a drink (incl. beer or a glass of house wine). Nearly too cheap to be true. Also $9 steaks, Happy Hours and other specials.

    Open 7 days a week from 11am.

    Retail and rugby shop adjacent.

    Favorite Dish: The pizzas are super succulent - my favourite one is the vegetarian, and the price from Sunday to Thursday with the beer and pizza special ($10) is just incredible.



    Post-earthquake update June 2011

    As the Holy Grail is/was located in the so called Red Zone, the cordoned-off area in the CBD, it is no longer assessible until further notice. A high-rise building next to it must be demolished or repaired before this part of Worcester Street can reopen, so this will not happen for a very long time.

    Rugby is the dominant feature of the sports bar. You cannot miss it...

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    Holy Grail Sports Bar's: THE ULTIMATE LEGEND IS UPON US

    by activ_way_traveler Updated Apr 4, 2011

    New Zealand’s biggest sports bar, the Holy Grail provides an entertainment experience second to none.
    A multi-level 17,000 square foot complex, all focussed on a giant 10-metre projector screen, caters for 1000 patrons throughout its four bars, award-winning restaurant, 70-seater indoor grandstand, and private function areas.

    Favorite Dish: The Ruck Steak $23.00
    400 grams of pure New Zealand beef cooked to your liking, served with mushie peas, new potatoes and a red wine & cranberry jus

    Just try it ...

    Play Hard , Work Hard
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