Drinking @ ... Mish Mash
It’s an air of urban sophistication that awaits you at Mish Mash, the new central city eatery and bar that’s opened its doors at the corner of Manchester and St Asaph. Head in under the yellow sign and you’ll find yourself in a slick, relaxed lounge atmosphere, flanked on either side by post-quake Christchurch cool – on one wall a vibrant street art-style mural, and on the other an stylish arrangement of wooden pallets.
The name’s not just random – Mish Mash blends a variety of influences from around the world in a unique, heady mix. The menu is an international smorgasbord, and the tempting cocktail list follows suit; keep it Snoop-Dogg-simple with Gin & Juice, a sharp combo of fresh orange, grapefruit cordial and Martin Millers gin snazzed up with Cloudy Bay Pelorus sparkling, go troppo with Loco For The Coco and its blend of Matusalem White rum, pressed pineapple, coconut cream, kaffir lime leaf, and lemongrass, or get into the mash-up swing of things with East Meets West – banana-infused Chivas 12yr Scotch whisky (yes, you heard us), cardamom, mango and citrus.
Staying local, you can order from a solid wine list dominated by the Waipara region, or get the pints in from a select list of top craft beers from Canterbury, Wellington and beyond. Get it all back to your table with some of the satisfying bar snacks on offer (the international hodgepodge continues with the likes of onion bhaji, house croquettes and Southern fried chicken), settle in for the long haul, and give fervent thanks for globalisation!