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Basking in the sun with a cooling sea breeze and stunning views out across the port – Freemans' celebrated deck is one of Christchurch’s top spots for a summer tipple. Literally minutes from the city but miles from care in portside town Lyttelton, this Italian institution combines hearty home-made fare (their zucchini fries and gnocchi with pan-fried chorizo are worth walking over the Bridle Path for!) with lush house-made sodas, fine Nelson wines and perfectly chilled beers dispensed from their funky new bar. A brightly coloured mural courtesy of local artist Wongi brings the port action right up on the deck, while on Sundays, live music from local jazz legend Carmel Courtney and friends from 3.30pm ends the weekend on the perfect note – just get their early as the tables are gobbled up as quickly as the exquisite fare. www.freemansdiningroom.co.nz...
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One of the best things about going on holiday is getting to try exotic new foods, but for the owners of passports gathering dust this summer, Cityscape is charting an international culinary adventure without leaving the city. Join us for an intercontinental tour to treat the taste buds as we traverse through Christchurch’s finest examples of international cuisine. EUROPE From bangers and mash in the West to the thousand-year-old tradition of shchi (Russian cabbage soup) in the East, European cuisine is as diverse as the different cultures of the more than 50 countries in the continent. While countless French and Italian staples in particular have, of course, become favourites all over the world, a host of other European nations have given one or more famously and epically tasty gifts to the globe. ITALY Baretta Describing itself as “a little piece of Italy in Christchurch”, Baretta offers an air of European...
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There’s an apt new name for the repaired and reopened restaurant in Riccarton House: Local. The restaurant focuses on seasonal and rustic food that’s clocked up low food miles, with many of the ingredients found in your tasty brunch or lunch having come directly from the popular Christchurch Farmers’ Market that’s held every Saturday morning in the historic manor’s grounds. You can also spot fresh herbs, salad greens and other seasonal produce used by the restaurant sprouting up from the five planter boxes outside the open working kitchen. It’s hard to get too much more local than that! It’s a red-and-blackout on the drinks menu too, with Wigram Beer, Pegasus Bay Wines, Hummingbird Coffee and the Aroha Elderflower range all on the list. Dine al fresco in the courtyard on sunny days, or cosy up in a heritage room with open fire and views over the Avon river. Local. at Riccarton House, open Wed - Fri 10am –3pm, Sat/Sun 9am – 4pm.www.localatriccartonhouse.co.nz...
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It's a chilly Friday night – the kind when it's all too tempting to go straight home after work and curl up in front of the fire – but instead we're heading to Fiddlesticks Restaurant & Bar. The spot on Worcester Boulevard opposite the Art Gallery is hemmed in by road works, so it's a surprise to push open the door and find the restaurant packed full and buzzing. Ensconced in a cosy booth, surrounded by smart-casual décor hinting at a Euro bistro with its glass wall and cane furniture in the conservatory, the appeal quickly becomes evident – and that's before start eating! Faced with a list of starters and tasters so tempting that we are at a loss to choose, we seek the advice of our waiter and soon find ourselves grazing on scallops and the famous F.F.C. – Fiddlesticks Fried Chicken – crunchy morsels of goodness that put...