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More new restaurants for Christchurch

10 December 2015

Hospitality continues to boom in the central city and surrounding areas, with new eateries and bars opening regularly. Diners will be impressed with the selection, from fine dining and bistros, to shared plates and food trucks. What’s on offer is innovative, creative and of course delicious, with over 800 bars and restaurants now open in the central city.

The team behind popular Christchurch restaurant The Bodhi Tree presents Rangoon Ruby, an inner city eatery offering Burmese cuisine in the heart of the city. Located on Colombo Street, the fresh sharing plate style menu will leave you wanting more – our advice is to order plenty!

Mama Hooch is a cool lounge bar serving up equally cool food and drinks. They have an all-day breakfast and evening menu, with social food like crispy mushrooms and platters alongside single dishes like the Mexican salad and piggy burger. Open until late, they also have a fantastic drinks selection with local brews.

The meat at Bootleg BBQ is what makes this newcomer stand out from other BBQ joints. Ethically sourced, grass fed and sustainably farmed, their meat is the real deal from pasture to plate. Their prohibition and classic cocktails are a great start or finish to an evening, and their ‘Bootlegger Experience’ will give you a taster of all the great BBQ foods they have to offer.

The Cuban is a little piece of Havana right in the centre of the city. Chow down on Cuban street food in the courtyard, accompanied by an extensive selection of rum. They also make their own lager, Cuba Laga, and if you’re lucky you might catch some live Latin American music to match the vibrant atmosphere.

From the former Little Bistro team in Akaroa comes their latest offering, Twenty Seven Steps. Their European bistro style menu set up in the classic entrée, main and desert configuration focuses on local produce and ingredients, served in an intimate setting upstairs on New Regent Street.

Christchurch institution The Rock Pool bar has reopened with the cues sharpened and the balls racked and ready for a game of pool. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this inner city eatery is also a popular night spot – be sure to try one of their famous teapot cocktails!

At home at the bottom of the unmissable Deloitte Building, Johnny Sausage offers up great bagels, pizza and coffee. Great for lunch, or a bite on the go while exploring the central city.

Casa Publica heads the top of New Regent Street, with an outdoor terrace both down and upstairs to watch the world go by. The South American flavours that come from the kitchen are tasty and satisfying - the wait staff even make guacamole right at your table.

Bamboozle serves up oriental fusion dishes with a strong Japanese and Chinese influence, with plates designed to be shared. The open décor compliments the high energy atmosphere, and quality cocktails and selection of wine by the glass will leave you craving more!

Dux Central has opened its doors to three themed bars. The Brew Bar focuses on Beer, the Emerald Room is a wine bar, and the Upper Dux is the place to head for live music and tasty cocktails. The open air deck on the second level is the perfect place to enjoy a drink and take in the view of the surrounding High Street area.

Next door to Dux Central, The Poplar Social Club is a speakeasy-style cocktail lounge with noteworthy bathrooms. Make sure to get the bar staff’s cocktails recommendations, as they know about all the stories behind the drinks on the menu.

Have dinner amongst the stars at Stellar Restaurant & Bar. Located on Riccarton Road, this unique new top floor restaurant offers a relaxed café and bar experience with breakfast, lunch and dinner options with a ceiling to rival the night sky.

Food Truck favourite Dimitris Souvlaki has found a permanent home on Riccarton Road. Serving Greek cuisine to the public for over 20 years, this family run eatery is a must do in the city.

The Christchurch Gondola has opened the doors to their restaurant for dinner for the summer season. Dine on New Zealand food and wine while taking in the best views of the Christchurch city and Banks Peninsula.


  • Julia Hunt

    International Trade Marketing Manager

    Where's Julia? In Sau Paulo attending the inaugural Kiwilink Brazil and Argentina trade show organised by Tourism New Zealand, showcasing our region to the emerging South America market. Over the course of a week, over 80 meetings were held with Product Managers from across both countries, and over 260 Frontline agents were educated on what to see and do in the city and the region.

    Julia Hunt