Christchurch Journals

Eating Out in Christchurch

An August 2008 trip to Christchurch by svearvaldyr

Flying Burrito Brothers Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: The Garden City has a lot to offer the food lover. Restaurants and cafes of all shapes and sizes are scattered about and there are some gems to be found.

Eating out in Christchurch

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Attraction | "A Multicultural Tour of Christchurch's Eateries"

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One of the best things about Christchurch is its food. For many years New Zealand was renowned for being boring in its cuisine - lots of stodgy, uninteresting, meat and potatoes type fare. This is rapidly changing though. With a massive influx of different cultures arriving both as tourists and as immigrants, there is a broad range of new culinary influences making their presence felt throughout the increasingly cosmopolitan country. One of the best places to sample this range of foods is Christchurch. There's a little bit of everything if you have the patience to look around a bit. The best thing to do is ask the locals where to go, but failing that just wander around the city centr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 31, 2009

Honeypot Cafe

Restaurant | "Funky Little Backwater Cafe in the Trendy SOL District"

Honeypot Cafe Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand
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The Honeypot Cafe is very central, sitting on the edge of Christchurch's entertainment centre SOL (South Of Lichfield) Square, on Lichfield Road itself, and has a great exterior. Lots of big thick wooden features leads you into a really interesting little place away from the glitzy establishments on the central promenade. Once inside it's all tailored to be very friendly and accessible, with lots of chalk boards, pictures on the wall and a distinctly casual air. There's some beautiful artwork on display, most of it by local artists. This is something that a lot of Christchurch establishments do very well - they do support their local artists, and much of the work you see is available t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 22, 2008

Honeypot Cafe
114 Lichfield St.
Christchurch
+64 (3) 366-5853

Little India

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Restaurant | "Great Indian Food at a Reasonable Price"

Little India Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Little India was something that I just stumbled upon while I was walking around Christchurch one day. Sitting on a street corner at 153 Gloucester Street, it had a lunch special when I was there that was hard to resist. A glance at the lunch menu told me that it was time to bypass my usual sub of the day and have some real food. I did not regret it. The place was nearly empty when we were there, but it was a lunchtime in the middle of the week so that's no barometer of how busy this place gets during the usual restaurant rush hours. We were seated immediately though and the food came out really quick. For a lunch menu, the options of offer were extremely impressive. Butt...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 22, 2008

Little India
Corner Gloucester and Regent Streets
Christchurch, New Zealand 8001
+64 (0)3 377 7997

The Double Drop

Restaurant | "Quick, Affordable Cafe - Well Worth a Look"

The Double Drop Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand
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This is an excellent place to come for breakfast or for lunch. They make a superb cup of coffee and their morning bagels come with lashings of spread that I struggled to finish. I had to pile my bagel high so as not to waste any! The food itself was delicious and the service was really good. This is one of the strengths of the double drop. They have a lunch menu where you pay $10, you get a filling lunch special and a coffee and you get it in 10 minutes guaranteed. This is obviously a bonus for people on their lunch break from work as it allows them to know precisely how much time they have to work with before they need to get back on the clock, but it has obvious advantages for the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 22, 2008

The Double Drop
High Street

Bog Irish Bar

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Restaurant | "Good Old Hearty Irish Fare"

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Christchurch has a lot of offer from a culinary perspective. There is a lot of different eateries to choose from and everything from a cheap snack to a gourmet feast, but I think my favourite of all the places I went to was the Bog, an Irish pub on Cashel Street in the middle of town. It's a great blend of good food, big portions, good atmosphere and great prices. A winning combination in my book. A lot of Irish pubs are very tacky and not something you would ever see anywhere near Ireland, but this place has an authentic air to it. It's well decorated, staffed by people who know how to pour a pint and who lend a cheerful atmosphere to the place, even when it's busy. They...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 22, 2008

Bog Irish Bar
82 Cashel Mall
Christchurch
+64 (3) 379-7141

Oscars Steakhouse

Restaurant | "Worst - Service - Ever"

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This will be a very short review, but I thought it bore putting down on paper. We were looking for a really good steak while we were on holiday in Christchurch and several reviews had said that this place served up the best that the Garden City had to offer. As the name suggests, it's a Beattles themed place. They play Beattles tunes, there's Beattles pictures up on the walls and I suppose you could argue that it looks a little bit like it was last decorated in the sixties. I was not impressed with the place when we walked through the door as it was musty, a little dirty and extremely dated. We sat down though - we were there for the best steak in Christchurch so we could ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 22, 2008

Oscars Steakhouse
750a Columbo Street
Christchurch
03-366 7700

Mu Steak House & Bar

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Restaurant | "Mu - Great Steak, Lots of Style"

Mu Steak House & Bar Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Mu is reputedly the best steak house in Christchurch. It is found nestled amongst an array of other shops and eateries in the city's fashionable SOL (South Of Lichfield) square area, a few minutes' walk from the city centre and Cathedral Square. It's an impressive place, from the outside in. All red lighting and dark wood finish, it does ooze the very notion of steak. Once you're seated, the menu is impressive. There's a broad range of steak options to cater for every taste and they will even deign to cook one for you if you like your steak well done. The menu states that it will pain them to do so, but they recognise that you are the customer and - if that's how you like your steak ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 22, 2008

Mu Steak House & Bar
92 Lichfield Street
Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 (3) 377-0681

Flying Burrito Brothers

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Restaurant | "Top Class Mexican Food a Long Way from Mexico"

Flying Burrito Brothers Photo, Christchurch, New Zealand
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It's often hard to find a really good Mexican restaurant - particularly for me, coming from Britain, where I have never found a decent place (though not for lack of trying). The Flying Burrito Brothers is in a great location. It's very central, sitting at the corner of Armagh St and New Regent Street. When you go inside, the decor is very nicely put together, from the colour scheme through the authentic wooden furniture, and the music they play only adds to the atmosphere. It has the rustic, Latin charm that you would hope for from any self respecting Meixcan establishment. The menu has all the usual Mexican favourites, including a few that sometimes don't appear on a run-of-the-mill ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 22, 2008

Flying Burrito Brothers
Corner Armagh Street and New Regent Street
Christchurch
+64 (3) 3777-626