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The SOMO district continues to blossom with the arrival of Town Tonic, the latest offering from the folks behind Passengers & Co and Taste Events / The Christchurch Farmers’ Market. Slotted neatly into the bottom floor of the new Moore Stephens Markhams building on the corner of Lincoln Road and Bernard Street, Town Tonic paints a picture of sleek modern cool and meticulous precision with its clean lines and dark wood and fabrics, gleaming black tiles, and a splash of lime to set things off. If you’re peckish you can tuck into some of their sophisticated, elegantly-constructed sharing plates (the Grecian charms of their braised lamb shoulder with green olive, pistachio, tabbouleh and yoghurt is the Cityscape favourite), but the bar is reason enough to visit on its own. You’ll find a choice range of boutique beers (and cider) on tap (and in bottles), as well as an excellent selection...
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Rumour has it that a pocket of space-time instability has created a new trans-temporal café and emporium in our fair city, bringing together wondrous inventions from an alternate Steam-powered Victorian future (as well as tapping into the creative spark of post-earthquake Christchurch). Central to the café is a steaming, clunking contraption. Combining the wonders of Steam, mechanical clockwork ingenuity and the electrical wonders pioneered by the great Nicolai Tesla himself, this fantastic device converts humble, ground beans into a potent, aromatic elixir which inspires creativity, banishes lethargy and energises the very vigour of one’s being (here in our timeline, we call it coffee). Trophies brought back from a different time by the proprietors line the premises. A variety of market goods sourced along the length and breadth of the space-time continuum are available for your browsing pleasures and purchase in the Emporium, including items of the highest fashion for men and ladies alike,...