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Cityscape The Scoop
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Riffing on the 50s retro rustic cool of Bishopdale’s famous orchards and the three brothers (James, Robert and William) the suburb is named after, the brand spanking new Bishop Brothers Public House is all about fantastic food in a relaxing atmosphere, says owner Mark Pearce.The new neighbourhood gastro tavern takes its cues from the Bishop boys’ fruitful legacy, with the former Little Italy/Farrington Tavern site transformed into a modern gastro-tavern that effortlessly blends the rustic charms of an apple packhouse aesthetic with 50’s diner chic. Funky booth seating meets solid wooden furniture and retro flourishes, including old valve radios and other similarly-aged artefacts to set the scene.Award-winning local chef Kathryn Ahu elevates gastro-pub fare to the next level at the new venue, with a menu that includes not only pub-grub faves but also plenty of Bishop Brothers spins on classic dishes. Look for their legendary platters, baked pork belly, steamed mussel pots,...
Cityscape Drinking @
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There's an air of sophisticated Hong Kong cool about the Dragon's Den Social Lounge, the new venue from Andrew Brown now open at 367 Colombo Street, right next door to his iconic Burgers & Beer store down SOMO way. The Cityscape crew sashayed along to opening night, and were suitably impressed! Clean lines and moody after-dark cool are emphasised by the lighting system, which has a few tricks up its sleeve. The dark furnishings and fittings are all set off by some striking art pieces: It's all very swanky indeed. Furthermore, notable Chch mixologist James Andrew Lawton is slinging the drinks (including the likes of the Figural Effect cocktail featured in the Winter issue of Cityscape) and there are eats on offer that will be a cut-well-above your standard pub food fried basket (honey-roasted figs with soft feta, toasted macadamia and Serrano ham, anyone?). Check out the Den's Facebook page for more, or better...
Cityscape Fav Places
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It may be winter, but Christchurch's regrowth continues regardless! There's lots of exciting brand new and upcoming ventures popping up around our city, all fresher than a July southerly. Among them are both some familiar names to happily welcome back and some exciting newcomers to go and fall in love with. As the Cityscape Winter 2013 edition goes to print, new Italian bar and restaurant Baretta is opening its doors to reveal a piece of Italy at this sure-fire St Asaph Street hot spot. Our new issue deadline also falls on the much-awaited return of pizza legends Winnie Bagoes to the central city – two-and-a-half years is far too long to go between having a Winnie's pizza inside the Four Avenues if you ask us! We’re loving the new brick, lived-in aesthetic and can’t wait for mid-July. On Gloucester Street we welcome back Asian favourite Sampan House and are looking forward...