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Ocean Café

Destination Ocean-side: Ocean Café

Located in the most idyllic place in Scarborough, Ocean Café and Bar is the perfect destination for family or friends to congregate and enjoy the essence of what sumner is all about.


Ocean Café


At 147 Esplanade, next to the clock tower, Ocean Café and Bar is open every day for a la carte breakfast and lunch with baristas to make you a sumptuous coffee or two using L’affare Primo Coffee beans. With the need to reduce plastics entering the ocean, Ocean Café and Bar has been plastic free for the last six months. With so many of its customers having hot drinks in takeaway cups whilst dining in, it is introducing cup cycling by November.

Have you tried the legendary Zucchini and Corn Parmesan Fritters or creamy mushrooms with bacon for breakfast? Then what are you waiting for? Or perhaps lunch menu options like Smashed Pumpkin with Sundried Tomato Stack or Crispy Pork Balls with a crunchy Asian slaw. It’s a menu with variation designed to please, so you can enjoy the beautiful view while savouring something truly unique.

The menu changes three times a year, so there is always something new, including vegetarian options along with bespoke vegan options for those who need them; $5 Friday is a great time to visit, with a selection of tapas, beer and wine. With its friendly atmosphere, great staff and unique vista, Ocean Café and Bar will keep you coming back time and time again to savour something that little bit special. Enjoy.



Belgian Beer Cafe Torenhof

Christmas on the menu: Belgian Beer Cafe Torenhof

With Christmas on the horizon and the booking of the all-important Christmas function at the top of your Christmas list, look no further than ‘The Hof’, or for the uninitiated, The Belgian Beer Café Torenhof.


Belgian Beer Cafe Torenhof


A set Christmas menu is on offer, with prices starting from $45pp, with options like the Christmas platter, with smoked and cured meats, pate, beef and chicken skewers, garlic prawns, dips and crispy garlic bread. Main Fair Cider, thyme and roasted apple turkey breast with candid almond stuffing and cranberry sauce or the pistachio and light mustard crusted salmon steak with citrus butter and spiced orange pickle and accompanied by a dessert is just a taste of what’s on a much bigger menu that must be seen to be appreciated.

Why not head in for the EC Oktoberfest degustation dinner on 26 October with four courses and a wine or beer match for only $59; celebrate Christmas early!  With 32 great beers on offer, owner Mark McGuinness says people often start with Stella, then their taste buds grow into bigger bolder flavours like Leffe or Grand Cru which keeps them coming back.

With pre and post-theatre dining when a trip to the Academy Cinema is part of the plan or just a trip in with family or friends, access is easy with 250 carparks. The regular menu retains its revered favourites, steak fries and the mussel aficionado’s choice, but there’s always new options to keep things interesting. So drop in for a pint or two and give ‘The Hof’ your tick of approval.



The Pedal Pusher

Frolic Gastronomic: The Pedal Pusher

There’s nothing like celebrating warmer, balmier days than to wave bye-bye to winter foods, as they head off to their well-deserved hibernation period, and welcome in the lighter, fresh ’n’ flavoursome fare of a spring/summer season.


The Pedal Pusher


Over at The Pedal Pusher, Addington, they’re very excited to present to customers their hot-off-the press spring menu. It’s a taste-bud treat; a veritable springtime, gastronomic frolic of superb Kiwi cuisine. Chef Bevan Ward says the focus of their menu has very much shifted to supporting local people. “For example, most of our meat is sourced locally, from excellent suppliers, such as Ellesmere Butchery.”

A recent introduction to the menu is fat enriched, low carbohydrate dishes, for customers following a Keto diet. “And because we believe that a great restaurant should cater to all dietary requirements, we have six vegan/gluten free dishes on our spring menu,” says owner Rana. Whether catching up with friends for cake and coffee, following the footy with a juicy steak and craft beer, or lingering over a fabulous full-course feast, this is the place to be.

Because of the great location, it’s a doddle to perambulate, or pedal, to nearby entertainment venues, such as The Horncastle Arena, the Addington Raceway, or The Court Theatre. So, pull on over, park up your penny-farthing and pop in to the most pedal pumpin’ pub in town!



The Pedal Pusher 286 Lincoln Road, for brunch, lunch and dinner, open 9am to late. Phone 03 335 0095, email or visit



Flavourful Fare: Corianders

Tired of the stress of the all-important Christmas function? Make the easy choice this year by choosing the special Christmas menu at Corianders Ethnic Indian restaurants.




Book now at the new Bollywood banquet room at St Asaph Street and have the option of your very own Indian chef preparing the sumptuous fare with flavours that are enjoyed best when cooked fresh for you and your guests. With the best quality food, start your function with beverages on the balcony then move inside for some incredible dishes from your own tandoor, cooking starters just for you.

The Christmas fare is very special, with prices starting from $55 per person. You can start with the Dahi Poori. A form of chaat, its crispy puffy shells are served full of yoghurt, tamarin and a mixture of tasty Indian flavours. Crispy chicken is covered in a spicy coating with a wonderful dipping sauce. And try the classic Onion Bhaji or spicy lamb chops. The expansive menu at Corianders is as delicious as always and your choice of main is served with rice and a naan bread.


The all-important desserts feature a chocolate naan or vanilla ice cream covered in chocolate to cool down the palate after a flavour-filled main.
All this to be enjoyed with your choice of either a glass of bubbles, a kingfisher beer or a juice.

The Christmas menu is available in all four Corianders Ethnic Indian restaurants, Hanmer, St Asaph Street, Bush Inn and Rolleston, but bookings are mandatory. Book online or phone the restaurant.



Dux De Lux

An iconic anniversary: Dux De Lux

Christchurch has some iconic places that resonate amongst us. Dux De Lux is possibly the definition of this and has been a core part of Christchurch life since 1978, starting on the ground floor in the Arts Centre, before expanding into a bar in 1987 Live music, coffee and fresh fruit juice, yes fruit juice, were unique selling points back then.


Dux De Lux




Oh how far we have come. and it’s amazing to think that we are celebrating the 40th anniversary this month. It’s hard to think of Christchurch hospitality over those years not having the Dux as a core part of its hospitality fabric. It’s where the likes of Salmonella Dub and Shapeshifter got their start. It’s where Bic Runga was found by Sony Music and The Feelers by Warner. Dux was a hotbed of New Zealand music right in our own backyard.

Recognising there was a need for beer that was a bit different, the team started selling European styles. In 1989 Richard Sinke had a craft brewery humming along just as America was having its craft beer renaissance and well before it took off here.
The year 1990 saw its move away from a purely vegetarian menu to incorporating seafood, which has become such a staple in Dux Dining now and something the restaurant is well recognised for doing well at. I remember the moment I sat down for a fantastic Mexican dish which became a prime motivator in my career as a chef.


“We’re extremely excited to see what the vibrancy and life will look like in Christchurch in 10 years.”

So many of us have a Dux story to share. How many of us enjoyed the courtyard next to the Arts Centre on a balmy afternoon to meet friends or family over pizza and a pitcher of Ginger Tom, protected from a ghastly southerly or easterly wind?
Richard Sinke is proud of what he’s achieved over the years, but as he says, “Dux’s future is tied to Christchurch. We’re extremely excited to see what the vibrancy and life will look like in Christchurch in 10 years.”

Yes, our future in Christchurch is exciting, but I think it’s great to look back on the milestone that is Dux de Lux on its 40th anniversary and congratulate the business on not only surviving in such a challenging industry, but becoming the iconic gamechanger that it has been over the years. It has shaped what we’ve come to expect from hospitality in Christchurch. Here’s looking at you Dux De Lux. Cheers for the memories.




Purple Weka

Classic Kiwi-style spot: Purple Weka Café and Bar

Located at 48 Fitzgerald Ave, Purple Weka Café and Bar is one of Christchurch’s best relaxed weekend dining spots, where good fun and great service goes hand in hand with great Kiwi-style breakfasts and lunches.


Purple Weka


With plenty of comfortable indoor and outdoor seating and onsite parking, the café offers a stylish ambience and friendly atmosphere, second to none. For Purple Weka, a new season means a tantalising new menu. Start your day by getting stuck into a succulent omelette, which one gentleman described as, “The best omelettes ever”.


The eggs benedict or a hearty big breakfast are all part of Purple Wekas’ popular breakfast menu. The mince on toast with a soft poached egg is always an old favourite but there’s so much on the menu worth exploring.
Along with whitebait, there’s a wide variety of new options to try. Why not give one of the famous cheese rolls a go, with mince and cheese straight from Otago? Purple Weka is also fully licensed, so wine and beer are available. It’s a great location to meet your friends on the weekend too. All sweet and savoury delicacies are made fresh each day and the kid’s menu means the wee ones’ cravings will be catered for. Speaking of catering, Purple Weka is also able to provide your next work or social function with quality eats and beverages.


For more information, visit, visit the Facebook page or phone 03-366 0258.
Open Monday to Friday 6am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-3pm.


No. 4

Iconic social space: No. 4

With Cup Week and Christmas on the social calendar horizon, what better place to celebrate than at one of Christchurch’s most iconic restaurants and bars? No. 4 will have celebrations all Cup Week and it is taking bookings for its ‘bus and breakfast’ package now.


No. 4


With Piper Heidsieck Champagne lunches every day and live music though out Cup Week, grab the team for bubbles and fun and book your table now to make this annual week extra special.  No. 4 offers exceptional indoor and outdoor dining and refreshments. With spring in the air, what could be a more perfect end to the day than al fresco drinks with friends? When the cooler weather kicks in, the inside is cosy, warmed by a roaring fire and even the courtyards are heated.

And what would a friendly neighbourhood establishment be without a delicious and varied menu that caters to all tastes, including gluten-free meals? With incredible generous and varied platters, it has gained a reputation for exceptional dining.
There is a charismatic vibe when it comes to hosting functions and offers a range of different function areas which makes it the perfect venue for a cocktail party, birthday, anniversary or corporate event. Feel free to organise an on-site meeting with a Functions Co-ordinator, so you can create a bespoke function to fit in with your requirements.


Drop into No.4 at 4 Mansfield Avenue, Merivale. Visit for the full menu and other details.


Lazeez Mediterranean Grill

A Mediterranean Mecca: Lazeez Mediterranean Grill

Lazeez Mediterranean Grill has become a mecca for lovers of Mediterranean cuisine, since the opening of its immensely popular store in Shirley. However, the Lazeez story continues with the introduction of a new restaurant at Shop 24/9 in the heart of Rolleston.

Lazeez Mediterranean Grill


With plenty of seating inside and out, Lazeez Rolleston is the perfect venue for a spring meal with your nearest and dearest. Lazeez, which in Arabic means ‘Tasty’, prides itself on providing the most succulent, well-priced healthy dishes from Greece, Morocco, Israel and the Middle East.


Succulent dishes from Greece, Morocco, Israel and the Middle East


Dishes such as Souvlaki and Hot Grill Salads are tailor made to suit your tastes, and the Lemon Chicken Hot Grill Salad with a side of Moroccan Couscous and Tabouli is a real winner. Gluten Free options are also available on request. Fully licenced, there is a fine selection of wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages lining the shelves. Whether you are eating in or taking away, environmentally sustainable packaging will give you peace of mind that you are doing your bit for the environment.


Lazeez is open seven days from 10am to 9:30pm. For more information or to view the full menu, visit or phone 03-925 9897.


The Birdwood

Italian-style Heaven: The Birdwood

Everything you could want right in your neighbourhood is probably at The Birdwood in Beckenham. Nestled in a convivial locality near the Port hills, this place is both laid-back and authentic


The Birdwood


Unpretentiously industrial-vibed and operating from a previous shop corner, The Birdwood, or centre-for-superior-sustenance caters to both body and soul with its eatery for breakfast, brunch and lunch, and its pizzeria for slightly later in the day. Not too much later, mind.


Establishment owners, Sarah and Nick Freeman have designed this to be as youth-friendly as Italy itself. Therefore the pizzeria is open from 4pm, when all-age hunger seems to strike, right through till 10pm, and from 3pm from Friday to Sunday. And if a significant other just wants to pick up a gorgeous meal without eating out, there’s an extensive takeaway pizza menu, as well as Three Boys beers on tap for whiling away the short wait. Basically, this is the true Italian foodie experience, with healthy deliciousness in the form of sourdough created traditionally and hand-stretched on site, and then cooked in the huge pizza oven.


Coffee is also perfected here, with the sweet, nutty ‘Birdwood Blend’ used for white coffees and the ‘Triumphant Blend’ roasted for black, characterised by dark chocolate notes.
Ingredients are ideal. Gluten-free and vegan options abound. The pizza chefs are Italian. The décor includes comfortable, big-booth seating. The building lies gloriously to the sun, now with heated outdoor courtyards. Perfecto!



Jolly Seafood Restaurant

Exceptional Oriental Eats: Jolly Seafood Restaurant

Despite the name, there is so much more to Jolly Seafood Restaurant than delicious deep-sea delicacies. With a comprehensive range of the finest Oriental dishes and beverages around, it is quickly making its mark. Located at 1/187 Wigram Road, the restaurant stands out like a beacon of light when you see it for the first time. Plus, there is tonnes of off street parking available.


 Jolly Seafood Restaurant



Step inside and you immediately notice the sheer expanse of Jolly Seafood. With space for up 200 people, the dining chairs and tables provide a stylish and modern ambience. All in all, the sheer elegance and style remains with you long after your lunch or dinner.

Talking of lunch and dinner, the menus at Jolly Seafood are extensive. With different menus for lunch and dinner, the sheer amount of choice is staggering. A stunning variety of Oriental fish, chicken, prawn and beef dishes has to be seen to be believed. Plus, Shrimp Dumplings, BBQ Pork Buns and the oh so popular Sweet and Sour Pork, is filled with flavour and succulent to the last mouthful.


Fully licenced, it features the finest selection of wines, beers and spirits available. Rest assured, your thirst will be quenched, non-alcoholic hot and chilled beverages are also on offer.
Jolly Seafood is also happy to host your next big function, so to book or make your next reservation on Christchurch’s hottest up and coming home of Oriental eats, phone 03 322 7898.