5 best restaurants in Christchurch
Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor.
Best pizza in NZ
First off, we aren’t sure what pizza has to do with mobile homes so excuse the puntastic name! What we are sure of is that this famous Christchurch restaurant serves up some of the best pizza we’ve tasted, with a gourmet range to satisfy any palate. Making every pizza from scratch, the kitchen turns out amazing tastes like Chicken & Apricot or Moroccan Lamb pizzas. There are also gluten-free options. There’s even a big screen to catch the game, a huge courtyard and regular live music and DJ’s.
Cnr Madras and Allen St.
Tel: +64 3 366 6315 http://winniebagoes.co.nz
Pedro's House of Lamb
Top restaurant is a takeaway cabin
It wasn’t always so. Before the earthquakes, Pedro’s House was a popular establishment on one of the main streets. But needs dictated they move – and though now they’re based out of a takeaway cabin, they’re still regularly voted Christchurch’s best restaurant. Even more amazing is that they only serve one dish! Whole lamb shoulder, infused with garlic and rosemary, and tenderly-cooked over five long, juicy hours. Served with scalloped potatoes, order ahead and see what the fuss is about.
17 Papanui Road
Tel: +64 3-387 0707
Tel: +64 3 364 3303 www.theshillingclub.co.nz
The Shilling Club
Named after a university club
Named after a university club, this restaurant was based on the rule that if you did not carry a shilling on you at all times, you had to down a forfeit. Still situated in the campus library (but no longer forcing you to drink), The Shilling Club runs as a restaurant and bar serving students and everyfolk. There are some delicious choices on the menu, including Roasted Pork Belly and Crispy Skin Salmon Fillet. It’s all pleasantly situated, surrounded by dappled trees, lots of light and a mallard-stocked water feature.
Ground Floor, James Hight Library, University of Canterbury
South America meets South Island
Enjoy the flavours of the Latin Continent in an unlikely place: Christchurch! This popular restaurant and bar uses local and seasonal ingredients to serve up authentic South American dishes, like Argentinian grilled steak, coffee cured venison and ocean-fresh fish ceviche. Interiors create a cool Cuban plaza feel. The tequila, as the name suggests, flows endlessly. But our favourite of all was the ice cream sandwich! Who wouldn’t enjoy the wide range of tastes in that one, including caramelised butternut parfait? Yum!
98 Victoria Street, Christchurch 8013
Tel: +64 3 365 8565 http://tequilamockingbird.co.nz
Vegetable garden deluxe
This experimental oasis in Christchurch is famed for its trailblazing thoughts on sustainable cuisine. Filling their kitchen with harvests from their very own back garden, local produce and even foraging from nearby trees and bushes, this is local food at its purest. Enjoy tasting menus of five, seven or ten courses, with dishes ranging from edible flowers to fresh calamari to chocolate fondant with kawa kawa. So wash that down with homebrewed limoncello and do your bit for the environment!
8 London St, Lyttelton
Tel: +64 3 328-7658 http://rootsrestaurant.co.nz