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The dining scene in Christchurch is more on the casual side, just like the hotel offerings and the lifestyle. But with that said, there’s a thrilling amount of diversity in the types of cuisine available. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ suggestions for the five best places to eat in Christchurch:
1. Pescatore. The name sounds Italian, but this stylish restaurant in the George Hotel offers modern Mediterranean fare by chef Reon Hobson. Creatively conceived menus include the Decision, in which diners choose four courses from options like buckwheat risotto with oxtail, escargot and bacon gelée or pumpkin soup with a Parmesan crisp.
2. 50 Bistro. This casual-but-smart restaurant in the George Hotel offers one of the best dining experiences in all of New Zealand. Chef Andrew Brown creates seasonal, ingredient driven menus with dishes such as milk-fed lamb with pappardelle, fennel and lemon oil and a dessert trio with rhubarb compote, rose meringue and raspberry sorbet.
3. Cook’n’ With Gas. Set in an 1860s villa, this cheeky restaurant with the massive gas flame out front serves up a fun atmosphere along with chef Bruce Griffiths’ award-winning fare. Pair dishes like hot-smoked venison, rabbit and chorizo soup or chicken mousse with a selection from the extensive wine and cocktail menu.
4. Traiteur of Merivale. If you’ve found a lovely spot for a picnic or want a gourmet feast in your hotel room one night, then head to Traiteur of Merivale. This gourmet takeaway shop sells all sorts of delicacies by the kilo such as lamb meatballs in apricot sauce, sausages, pâte and pickles, as well as wine.
5. Tiffanys. Gastronomic British fare awaits at Tiffanys which is set in a historic Tudor house surrounded by gardens that’s not far from the river. Pegasus Bay crab ravioli, Canterbury beef filet, and a selection of New Zealand cheeses are among the offerings on the à la carte dinner menu.