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The Pedal Pusher

Rat Race: The Pedal Pusher


Christchurch is well known for its cycling history. Its flat landscape has always been ideal for recreational riding.

 

The Pedal Pusher

As far back as the 1870s, cycling clubs encouraged enthusiasts to take to the streets on the new machines. One such group decided one day to ride to the small railway junction of Rolleston. During the trip, one of those riders burst a tyre – a newly invented pneumatic tyre – and ended up taking the train back to town.

Times have changed, but the passion for cycling remains for many. The Pedal Pusher in Rolleston gives a respectful nod to those glory days. It’s a great place to escape the rat race and enjoy a friendly, casual atmosphere that maintains an element of finesse. There’s a great gastro-pub menu and a spectacular line up of beers, wines and cocktails. Located in South Point, in the heart of Faringdon, The Pedal Pusher is the ultimate local.

 

There is outdoor dining for balmy summer nights, TV screens for sports fans, a kiddie’s corner and cycling themed décor throughout, including the lighting and even the children’s highchairs! It also has a new summer menu and some exciting things on the drinks menu. Slushy and Tiki cocktails, craft beers, and you must try Purple Angel, a Chilean red wine from Montes.

Next month, February, will be Beer Appreciation Night, a chance to sample great Asian street-style food cleverly matched up with a selection of Tuatara craft beers. This and other events at the Pedal Pusher are very popular, and you will need to book via the restaurant’s Facebook page.

 


The Pedal Pusher is at 55 Faringdon Blvd, and there’s more info at
www.thepedalpusher.co.nz.


 

Cô Ba Restaurant

Exquisite culinary fusion: Cô Ba Restaurant


Offering a beautiful fusion of Vietnamese and Thai cuisine, Cô Ba Restaurant uses the freshest local produce daily to create a range of delectable dishes. “Every single dish is made fresh to order,” says owner Long Nguyen.

 

Cô Ba Restaurant

 

Originally from Vietnam, Long’s love of Thai fare and a passion for high-quality cuisine has been poured into Cô Ba (meaning ‘third auntie’ in Vietnamese), which he opened six months ago in Addington. “It has always been my dream to open a restaurant.”

Word of mouth recommendations from many happy diners has spread quickly. Cô Ba’s Special Beef Noodle Soup is a favourite – medium rare beef rice noodle soup served with bean sprout, spring onion, coriander and lemon. Other stand-out options include the Cô Ba Crispy Chicken stir-fry with Red Curry or the Cô Ba Fusion Fish – deep fried seasonal fish topped with Cô Ba’s special three-seasoning sauce. “You won’t find this sauce anywhere else.”

Along with the delicious range of fusion dishes on the menu, diners can also request an authentic version of any dish. Seating between 40 and 45 people, lunchtimes are packed with diners enjoying the ‘meal of the day’ special for just $10, from Pad Thai on Monday to Penang Curry on Saturday. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available and everything is MSG-free. The restaurant offers BYO as well as takeaway and can also cater to functions with a customised set menu.

 


Located on 300 Lincoln Road, open seven days from 11:30am to 2:30pm and 5pm to 9:30pm.

Follow on Facebook or phone 03-925 9730. The restaurant will be closed on 7 January 2019 and reopens on 1 February.


 

Boulder Burger

Hanmer’s 1950’s style diner: Boulder Burger


The ultimate 1950’s Americana experience is coming to Hanmer, so get ready for a blast of retro culture and a menu bursting with classic diner staples.

 

Boulder Burger

 

The eagerly-awaited Boulder Burger Bar at the Boulder Precinct – Hanmer Springs’ newest café and retail shopping precinct – will open its doors in mid-December.

It’s the latest venture by Peter and Cherie, who have owned and operated Hanmer Bakery since 2005 and will now turn their hands to create the ultimate burger experience. Kitted out in a stunningly authentic design, you’ll be able to sit at a booth while listening to the jukebox, as you peruse a tantalising menu, showcasing both New Zealand and American influences that combine old favourites with new delights.

A major drawcard is expected to be the customised soft-baked burger buns, complete with fresh hand-made meat patties. All the sauces, chutneys and hot fudge sauce will be made inhouse. Boulder Burgers will be open daily from 11am, serving fast takeaway burgers, fries, American hotdogs, sundaes, shakes and floats. Keep an eye on the specials board which will be changing regularly to include seasonal and seafood options.

The possibilities are endless, and you can guarantee Peter and Cherie will work hard to keep new ideas coming. So, come tap out a tune on the Wurlitzer, or step back in time to marvel at the 1950’s cartoons that decorate the premises.

The team can’t wait to create your perfect burger soon.

 



 

Fleur Caulton

On a roll: Q&A with Fleur Caulton


The founders of Queenstown’s Rata and four Madam Woo restaurants, Josh Emett and Fleur Caulton have been on a roll, hospitality speaking, with the shared vision and love of food that has seen both dining options become such a success.

 

 Fleur Caulton

 

Now they’re heading new Asian fusion restaurant Hawker & Roll, which has just hit Christchurch, following on from the success of branches in Auckland and Queenstown. We sat down with Fleur to discuss the new dining destination.

 

 

Where did the inspiration for Hawker & Roll come from?
Hawker & Roll is inspired by Malaysian street food restaurants and their ability to consistently serve the gutsy dishes Malaysia is famous for. The hawker roll quickly became a signature dish at Madam Woo. From the minute we opened people were raving about it! It felt like a natural next step to dedicate an eatery to our hero dish.

 

 Fleur Caulton

 

When and where are you opening in Christchurch?
We’re now open at the bustling location of 79 Cashel Street.

 


Can you tell us about some of the meals on offer at Hawker & Roll?
At Hawker & Roll we’re dishing up our take on Malaysian street eats. The hawker roll is the heart of the menu.

Malaysian classics such as beef rendang, sticky pork, soy sesame eggplant, percik chicken, honey szechuan prawn and hoisin roasted duck, wrapped in a flaky roti with fresh herbs and pickles, all bursting full of flavour. We’re all about taste and that means using the freshest quality ingredients.

 

 Fleur Caulton

 

I understand Hawker & Roll is leading the growing emergence of fast-casual dining in New Zealand. Can you tell us a bit more about this trend?
Dining is becoming a bigger and bigger part of daily life. As a result, people demand more quality, freshness, variety and convenience, which the fast-casual space provides.

Hawker & Roll works so well for people because they get to enjoy authentic, quality food without the fuss of a full-service restaurant.

 

 


How have the two existing branches, one in Auckland and one in Queenstown, been received?
We opened our first Hawker & Roll in Sylvia Park last December. Depending on who you ask, that’s either the best or worst time of the year to open in a shopping mall! We had lines out the door from the minute we opened. That momentum carried us through the new year into opening our Queenstown site in April. Both sites are quite different, but it’s been an amazing year for us to test the model and watch the brand grow!

 


Why do you think this Asian fusion offering is such a popular one in New Zealand?
Kiwis love adventurous food experiences, which is what we always aim to provide with our restaurants. I think Asian fusion appeals to the masses because it’s the perfect mix of foreign components and westernised flavours – perfect for when you don’t know what you feel like!

 

 Fleur Caulton

 

What do you think sets Hawker & Roll aside from the competition?
Sustainability is ingrained into our business. Our customers are only ever given metal or paper straws, menus printed on recycled paper, biodegradable takeaway packaging sourced from Innocent Packaging, and paper or cardboard takeaway bags and boxes. We are also working in some sites with compostable options for food scraps and used napkins.

 


What is the best compliment you have ever received?
I can’t recall one in particular but it’s always good when someone lets you know, ‘you are doing a damn fine job!’

 


Goals for the future?
Our plan is to grow to more than 100 restaurants, locally and globally by 2028. The rebrand from Mayfare to the Go To Collection has us even more excited about the future than before.

 

 Fleur Caulton

 

 



 

Taichi Restaurant

Handcrafted dim sum arts: Taichi Restaurant


When it comes to the quintessential Cantonese dining experience, the most popular expression comes to mind is ‘yum cha’, the Cantonese words for ‘drinking tea’ that refers to Cantonese tea lunch.

 

Taichi Restaurant

 

Taichi Restaurant, in Shop 8, Spitfire Square by the airport, is the real deal when it comes to authentic yum cha. Taichi is a family affair, with generations of experience in hospitality and making great food. The soul of Cantonese yum cha is its dim sum arts, and Taichi Restaurant is committed to carrying on the tradition, offering the authentic Cantonese taste. The chef Wen is a dim sum master, determined to make dim sum with the most traditional handcrafted methods.

With a comprehensive background in dim sum creation, including experience as the Dim Sum Head Chef at InterContinental Hotel in Hainan, Wen has deep understanding of the dim sum tradition, as well as the expectations of the customers. He believes people come to yum cha not simply to satisfy their taste, but more importantly, to experience the Cantonese cuisine culture.

Dishes like Taichi’s famous Dim Sum are a big hit with regulars. The four kings of dim sum, prawn dumplings, sui mai, BBQ buns, egg tarts are exactly the classic examples of handcrafted dim sum dishes loved by its customers. With enough room to seat 150 people, Taichi can easily accommodate your nearest and dearest for your next private or corporate function. Open six days a week, it is well worth a look.

 



 

Savoire Café & Wine Bar

Savour Savoire: Savoire Café & Wine Bar


With a high standard of service and fabulous food, Savoire Café & Wine Bar is an institution in Merivale and is now looking better than ever after a recent refurbishment.

 

Savoire Café & Wine Bar

 

New additions have been added to the menu complementing the ever-popular Eggs Benedict, Corn Fritter Stack and Antipasto Platters. Everything is made on site by a chef who really cares about quality.

Friendly staff will make your visit an enjoyable one, whether you are indulging in a high tea or enjoying a cold beverage with friends. It’s fully licensed, serving beer and wine and the Burton’s coffee is second to none. Dine in or out in the courtyard.

Function bookings are now being taken and talk to the staff about opening early to accommodate work parties.

 


Located next to JDV, visit the Facebook page, www.savoirecafe.co.nz or phone 03 355 5645.


 

Silva Spoon Café

Sunshine & Silva: Silva Spoon Café


Walking into Silva Spoon Café on a dank wet Wednesday was like walking into brilliant sunshine.

 

Silva Spoon Café

 

This new café on Riccarton Road has a natural airy brightness enhanced by the Scandi-meets-Kiwi aesthetic provided by the colourful upholstery, use of blonde wood, and the cast iron frame suspended from the ceiling and woven with ivy.  Hanging antique silver spoons add a pretty and delicate humour, playing on the name of owner Astrid Silva. The delectable cabinet selection is made on site, and is complemented by the all-day brunch and lunch menu, with vegetarian and gluten free options.

Healthy choices are catered for with fresh salads made daily and a variety of tempting smoothies. Most importantly the coffee is top notch and Astrid says they are “seeing customers come back time and time again for the great coffee” which is supplied by Gravity.
The children’s shoe store adjoining the café is also family owned and with this in mind Astrid has ensured there are children’s options both in the cabinet and menu food, while the baristas are a dab hand with a fluffy.

This spacious café welcomes bookings, can easily accommodate large groups and offers catering as well.
The location is handy: this feel-good café at 70 Riccarton Road is set back from Riccarton Road and close to Harakeke Street near the petrol station, with ample parking front and rear. It is open 7am to 3.30pm on weekdays and 8am to 3pm at weekends and the electronic loyalty card system accrues points that can be used on any items in the café.

 



 

Route 72 Café Bar Emporium

Treat yourself: Route 72 Café Bar Emporium


Raise your brunching and lunching game with a delightful visit to Route 72 Café Bar Emporium. Not just dining, this is destination dining, with a captivating shopping experience in the mix.

 

Route 72 Café Bar Emporium

 

 

Located 40 minutes from Christchurch in picturesque Cust Village, an easy drive along Tram Road brings you to your destination. It’s a break from the city and a treat day out. The restaurant serves a choice of à la carte breakfasts and lunches, plus light meals and open sandwiches. The coffee is excellent, and delicious home baking and desserts are irresistible. Route 72 is fully licensed with a range of local wines and a large range of beers.  Dining upstairs offers exquisite views over the Cust River and Valley, across to the mountains. The vibe is country and the friendly laidback team happily cater for gluten and dairy free diners. Reservations are recommended, with breakfast served from 9–11:30am, and lunch from 11:30 until 3pm, plus they are open for dinner on Friday nights.

Adjoining the restaurant is North Canterbury’s best kept secret. The Emporium offers an impressive collection of items to feed your soul and gifts to pamper. There is beautiful skin care, leadlight lamps, jewellery, clothing, artwork and homewares. There are specials to be found within in this eclectic grotto. Owners Annette and Steve Thomson are offering possum and merino jumpers and jackets at 20 percent off, if you buy a pair of socks you can purchase matching gloves at half price, while the sale on Christmas decorations begins on 25 October and runs until 25 November.

New stock has arrived from Italy. Fashion items in silk and leather shoes rub shoulders with a selection of garden and wall art, and Christmas gifts for all the family. A large range of Kings Seeds is available, plus there is an in-store raffle pack of Kings Seeds and accessories – a great prize to be drawn at Show Weekend.

Annette and Steve have traded on the site since 1992, and raised their family in the village.

 


The Café Bar Emporium has been an evolving dream for them, and they have so much pleasure in sharing the Route 72 experience with you. Find them at www.route72.co.nz


 

Purple Weka Café

A Kiwi-as Café: Purple Weka Café


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 Café

 

Located at 48 Fitzgerald Ave, the café has plenty of comfortable indoor and outdoor seating and onsite parking. It 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 has been described as, “The best omelette 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 at Purple Weka worth exploring. Along with whitebait, there’s a wide variety of new options to sample. As well as traditional cheese rolls try the cheese and corn or cheese and mince rolls – a Central Otago fav!

Purple Weka is also fully licensed, so wine and beer is available. It’s a great location to meet your friends on the weekend too with plenty of parking. 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
www.purplewekacafe.co.nz,
visit the Facebook page or phone 03 366 0258. Open Monday to Friday 6am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-3pm.


 

 

Lemongrass

A Taste of Thailand: Lemongrass


Here is what you must do if you are after the most intimate Thai dining experience in a beautiful and idyllic setting. You head out to 56 Fletchers Road, Loburn, and call in on Lemongrass Authentic Thai Cuisine

 

Lemongrass

 

Lemongrass is the result of an 11 year-dream for manager and chef Sriamorn Reavill and her husband Paul. The couple bought the Loburn property and house, and with help from their neighbours created a simply delightful relaxed country dining setting. “I can’t believe how lucky we are to have this. This has been my dream for so long,” Sriamorn says, grinning from ear to ear.

“I have always wanted to allow people to experience the same home cooked Thai food that I had growing up.” Step inside and you can’t help but marvel at the design and layout of the restaurant. The seating, floor, tables and interior décor is of the highest quality, making it even more remarkable when you consider that the design and build was completed with very little help.

During your meal you are served not only by Sriamorn, but her children too. This is a family business after all. They have been taught all the ins and outs of food preparation, the menu and know the value of quality customer service. So relaxed is the atmosphere that if no bookings are planned for day, Sriamorn might be out shopping, sourcing all the finest ingredients for her special blend of Thai cooking.

Delicious starters such as Sticky Glaze Pork, Fresh Prawn Spring Rolls and Miang Kum always go down a treat, while the mains are prepared with an overwhelming degree of love and dedication. Whether it’s a Thai Beef Salad, Larb Moo Pork, Panang Beef Curry or a Massaman Chicken Curry, Sriamorn is a natural. A great range of desserts and chilled beverages are also on offer but it’s BYO if you favour something alcoholic.

Thanks to the beautiful surroundings, Lemongrass has hosted a few functions in its time.


So to find out more about this, and to book a table for your nearest and dearest, give Sriamorn a call 03 310 3102 or email lemongrass.loburn@gmail.com. You’ll be happy you did!