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Focus on flavour: Indian Zaika

True to its name, Indian Zaika – meaning taste – has a strong focus on flavour. Located close to Merivale Mall, the traditional and authentic Indo-Chinese fare keeps customers coming back for more.



New owner Suraj Singh took over the business in August, which he runs with his family. “Indo-Chinese is a combination of flavours that is very popular in India, but uncommon in New Zealand,” says Suraj’s daughter Manisha, the restaurant manager. “Our diners tell us you can’t find dishes like ours anywhere else.”

Suraj has over 18 years of experience working as a chef, including for a variety of international 7-star hotels and restaurants. The extensive menu at Indian Zaika demonstrates his impressive skills and knowledge of Indian cuisine.

The dishes are created using fresh, local produce, with mostly everything made on-site from scratch. Well-known for his beautiful naan bread, one of his many stand-out favourite dishes is the Fish Masala – fresh fish cooked in Indian-style curry, spices and herbs.

The small restaurant offers a welcoming, intimate environment. Seating up to only 40 people means extra attentive customer service from the friendly staff, and no long waits for meals. Takeaway is also available, and the $10 lunch meal, which includes curry, rice and naan bread, offers great value.

Located on 178A Papanui Road, follow on Facebook and visit for more information or to book online. Open for dinner 7 days from 4.30pm and lunch on Tuesday –Sunday from 11am-2pm.




On with the show: Crowne Plaza’s Market Place Restaurant

No matter how magnificent the show, the evening isn’t complete without perfect pre-theatre dining. The divine Market Place Restaurant at Crowne Plaza is just a five-minute walk from three of Christchurch’s premier performance venues: Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch Town Hall, and The Piano.



Market Place’s popular pre-theatre menu is available between 5:30 and 7:30pm, and is amazing value at $49 per person for entrée and main, or main and dessert, with a drink included! Showcasing Canterbury, the seasonal menu, created by Executive Chef Hamish Watt, features suppliers such as Akaroa Salmon, Wakanui Beef, Mountain River Venison, and Robinsons Bay Olive Oil.

As well as being a supporter of the flourishing future of our city, Market Place Restaurant takes its name from the city’s pioneer era and the first commercial centre of Christchurch, the Market Place, which was located across the road where picturesque Victoria Square now sits. Here, town and country met to exchange fresh produce, livestock and manufactured goods in a central location. Local historians have also pointed out that one of city’s first hospitality establishments, the ‘Golden Fleece’, once occupied the same site as the Crowne Plaza.

If you’re not in search of a comprehensive dinner, Crowne Plaza also proudly presents the modern Social Wine Bar on the ground floor. It’s the perfect spot for a drink or light meal to start your evening, and offers an impressive range of cocktails. With their new dessert wine and cheese board special available, a visit after the show is also a must. You never know who else you’ll see at Social!



Food for all: Mrs Hucks

Historically, Isabella Hucks was the owner of the Mrs Hucks Royal Theatre Café and local philanthropist, giving aid to WWI veterans. When Isabella Hucks passed, it was said that she thought of her café’s patrons more as friends than customers.



Although today’s Mrs Hucks lacks familial ties to the historical figure, the eatery is built on the same philosophy. Owner, Max Zhao, understands the expectations associated with running an eatery named after the local legend as he admits, “I’m learning to be another ‘Mrs. Hucks’; this is the reason I love to work here.”

Striving to serve the everyday working Kiwi, Mrs Hucks offers a number of different specials throughout the week. For example, every morning the $8 breakfast is available from 7-9am, perfect for the professional heading to work.

Also, each week a different $10 lunch is offered, which has included fish tacos, nachos, noodles – the possibilities are endless. With everything made fresh and in-house, you’ll find yourself at Mrs Hucks for breakfast, brunch or lunch. They also offer Friday after work drinks till 6:30pm, with a small bar snack menu in place.

Mrs Hucks is located at 12 Show Place, Addington, Christchurch serving the surrounding business park employees and those who are fortunate enough to stumble upon this good food find. You can also find Mrs Hucks on Facebook and Instagram. For venue reservations or catering enquiries phone 03 982 5472.


Fast Food Icelandic Style: Kiwi Viking

The inspiration behind setting up the Kiwi Viking restaurant has been a long time coming for owner Sam Ragnarsson.



Originally an IT consultant from Iceland, Sam worked all over the world before deciding to settle in New Zealand, and realise his lifelong dream of owning his own restaurant. A passion for good Icelandic food and a chance to be part of the Christchurch rebuild was an opportunity that was too good to resist and the Kiwi Viking was born.

The Kiwi Viking offers a genuinely healthy fast food option and great value for money. In homage to the Viking legends of adventures at sea, there is a distinctly maritime theme. The menu features a mouth-watering selection of Boats (subs) or Rowboats (hamburgers) that come with a delicious array of fillings. Also on offer are Rafts (Sandwiches), Tussles (Salad) and Viking Oars (Fries).

Drop in for a scrumptious breakfast for only $7, which includes a big bacon sandwich with a coffee or water included, or a delicious lunch for as little as $10. Even better, for those late night munchies, you will find the Kiwi Viking open past midnight every day of the week. Sam has taken great care in recruiting only the best staff who really care about their customers to ensure your visit will be a memorable and enjoyable one.

The Kiwi Viking is open from 9am to 1am Sunday to Thursday and 9am to 3am Friday and Saturday and you can find them at 150 Lichfield Street, Christchurch. To find out more, phone Sam on 03 925 9899 or visit


Marvellous Meatballs: Balls & All

It seems like an impossibly glamorous occupation, to travel the world playing polo, so why did Alex Rowland-Jones and George Cooper-Dixon give it all up to sell meatballs? After years on the road, tired of living out of suitcases, the call of home was too strong to resist and they decided to come back to New Zealand to put down some roots.



Inspired by one of their mum’s favourite homemade recipes, they had been talking together for years about setting up their own food business. After fine tuning their own special meatball recipe to perfection, ‘Balls & All’ at the Colombo was launched and is now open to delight your taste buds!

Their delicious meatballs are rolled fresh everyday onsite and made from only the best quality locally sourced ingredients. For the very reasonable price of $13.50 you get three mouth-watering meatballs served on top of your choice of base; mashed potatoes, fettucine pasta, or cannelloni beans. The dish is topped off with a splash of their very own homemade meatball sauce (sorry we can’t tell you the recipe – it’s top secret) and a sprinkle of herbs cut fresh from mum’s herb garden. It doesn’t get fresher than that!

To get your meatball fix, roll in to see them at 363 Colombo Street, Christchurch. To find out more check out their Facebook page or phone Alex on 027 727 3542.