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Moroccan morsels: Mosaic by Simo

Simo is synonymous with Moroccan food in Christchurch. The Moroccan born chef is very well known for bringing his own flair to the exciting flavours and delicious fare at his Addington restaurant.


If you’ve been into Mosaic by Simo recently, you will have noticed a few changes; changes for the better. Loyal customers of the iconic Moroccan restaurant have been asking for some extra seating and they have been rewarded. There is now comfy bench seating, tables and chairs for up to 40 people, all set in a charming, relaxing ambience.

Something that has not changed at Mosaic is the fantastic food. There is a variety of cabinet food, including favourites like falafel, vegetable frittatas, and a vast selection of amazing salads such as Chickpea and Pumpkin and Moroccan Couscous in addition to specialties such as lamb and quince briouat parcels and Moroccan chicken drums. To finish there is a spectacular display of desserts and sweet treats, including gateaux, Pavlova roulade (gluten free) and banoffee pie!

There are plenty of delicious vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dishes available in the cabinet and an à la carte menu to cater to a variety of customers. This place surely has something for everyone to make it an enjoyable dining experience. Mosaic is now also licensed, so you can enjoy a local selection of wine and beer with your meals. You can still enjoy your favourite Moroccan food to take away, or enjoy dining in the fabulous new décor.

Open 7 days, 10am until 9pm (Sundays 12 until 9), Mosaic caters events and hosts private functions too. Phone 03 338 2882.


More magic to come!: The Monday Room

Picture this: you’re dressed to impress in a flirty frock and killer heels, you’ve a poppy pout on your mouth, and you’re feeling fantastic because you and your girls have had an unforgettable theatre experience.



You swing down the street, arms linked, singing songs from the show you’ve just left; you feel so happy, you don’t want the night to end – there has to be more magic to come… Across the street you notice something – a white rabbit, and it’s beckoning with an elegant paw. You nudge your friends and make for the doorway the rabbit has just bolted through. There he is! He doffs his hat, bows and bids you enter The Monday Room, where he directs you to your table and invites you to be seated.

It seems the girls in your party desire something delectably sweet to enhance the hedonistic mood that has ensnared you all since you tumbled into this curious place where anything seems possible. You note the menu’s autumn inspired theme, from which you can choose either your own sweet dishes, or you can Trust the Chef by partaking in a degustation of tempting treats created by Finnish culinary artists of The Monday Room, head chef Eeva Torvinen, and sous chef, Annika Kiviniemi.



Your taste buds start to tingle as you read the menu item, A Taste of the Sweet Life. Here’s a tasting board to share that would make the Cheshire Cat’s grin grow even broader. But should you want to keep your pudding all to yourself, then Memory of Granny, a scrumptious composition of buttermilk cake, apple jam, and caramelised apple ice-cream; Blueberry Forest, a thyme sponge cake, blueberry gel and liquorice ice-cream; Snowman’s Nose, a tantalising concoction of carrot cake, cashew cheese, carrot sorbet and hazelnut; Beet It, a glorious gourmand of dark chocolate cake, yoghurt crème, beetroot ice-cream and hazelnut; and oh so wickedly last but not least, Red Riding Hood, a mouth-watering vegan meringue, coconut and red currant sorbet, provide oodles of wonderfully wicked options.

But of course, no sweet supper is complete without a glass of something divinely decadent to ramp up happiness levels. Why not try the Trust the Sommelier option whereby Master of Wine, Stephen Wong, will prescribe the perfect match to accompany your degustation of dainty desserts? For the boys of your party, who might fancy savoury over sweet, the Pegasus Bay Five Course Degustation Pairing guarantees to transform any boy into a man faster than you can say White Rabbit.
There now, things may’ve become curiouser and curiouser, but falling through the wall of The Monday Room has given you, undoubtedly, the most magical night of your life!



Find The Monday Room at 161 High Street or visit


Asian taste sensations: Hoi An House & Commi

Dining out is a fun taste adventure at Commi and Hoi An House. Whether it’s a family get together, a celebration lunch, you’re all business, or need lunch on the run, both traditional and audacious Asian taste sensations are prepared under fully compliant and sustainable business practices.




The chefs have travelled to Christchurch from Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Malaysia to bring you the flavours of their home towns. The quality of the ingredients used is the central tenet of both restaurants, with the crème of local vegetables combined with the very best of imported items such as bamboo shoots, baby corn and water chestnut, to keep dishes authentic. The soy and oyster sauces used are gluten free, and most dishes can be made vegetarian with notice to the chef.

At Commi, you’ll find a healthy food selection to suit your budget. Introduce your family to top quality ‘street food’ at Commi – there is something for everyone with Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Indian and Malaysian dishes available. All shared plates are under $20, and there is a children’s menu and colouring-in to keep the little ones happy. The setting is casual and vibrant, on the corner of Colombo and Somerfield Streets in Beckenham. Come in when it suits – there is no need to book, and you can grab your food and go too, seven days from 5 to 9:30pm.

At Hoi An House on Halswell Road you step up and into fine dining Asian-style. The historic building hosts a full service and fine dining interior, complemented by the garden terrace and the function room that can seat up to 80 people, which can also be split into more intimate spaces. Hoi An’s once-tried never-forgotten signature dish is the Vietnamese pancake with fresh herbs, salad pork and prawns. A range of Thai favourites have been added to the stunning Vietnamese menu, and a specific lunch menu is available from Wednesday to Sunday, for both dine in and takeaway.

So proud of their ingredients and approach to preparation are these two restaurants, that you can learn for yourself the exact techniques and ingredients at the Asian Garden Cooking School. Located in Harewood, the school teaches individuals and groups to make the restaurant dishes authentically and to professional standard at home. Book online at