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Tandoori time! The Majestic Indian Bistro and Tandoor

Who doesn’t love a good Chicken Vindaloo or Lamb Korma? Basically, if you have a penchant for Indian cuisine and haven’t tried The Majestic Indian Bistro and Tandoor Christchurch yet – then do it!


Located at 9 Humphreys Drive, Ferrymead, The Majestic Indian Bistro and Tandoor Christchurch is the place to satisfy your Indian culinary cravings.

Whether dining in or takeaway, there is always something delicious to feast upon. For starters why not partake with some delectable Tandoori chicken wings grilled to perfection, or maybe Aloo Tikki which combines mashed potato and paneer patties chopped with a tangy sweet tamarind mint chutney.

Moving on to the mains, you are spoilt for choice, especially with GF and Vegan options on offer. The list is almost endless, with Chicken Tikka Masala, Matar Paneer, Rogan Josh, Lamb Nawabi, and a delicious lamb shank never far away. Plus, neither is a generous helping of naan bread, in almost limitless variety of flavours.

With plenty of seating, warm and friendly staff, low cost Christchurch deliveries, and open seven days, The Majestic Indian Bistro and Tandoor Christchurch will quickly become your definitive Indian restaurant.

Also, The Majestic are taking Christmas bookings for groups or families.

Check out their website for more information.


Fare for the seasoned palate: Corianders Durham Street

The best quality real ethnic Indian food is synonymous with one restaurant in Canterbury, Corianders Indian Restaurant.



Whether it’s the creamy butter chicken or a spicy vindaloo, there is fare for the most seasoned palate.

Being the biggest doesn’t mean that the smallest details don’t get attention. That’s what’s great about Corianders; quality, quality, quality.

That quality comes with free delivery straight to your door with online and phone ordering, contactless, delicious and safe.

You can have the food we have all come to love delivered safely to your home, for free, if you are within five kilometres of your favourite Corianders.

It is the right choice when picking a place to bring your family or workmates too.

There are free nibbles Monday to Saturday 5pm to 7pm and, at St Asaph Street, you can pop down and enjoy the al fresco dining and beverages on their wonderful deck area.

Corianders has been bringing Christchurch the taste of northern India since 2006 and almost everyone has a great story of a night out there.

Stimulate your senses with authentic Indian flavours with real value for money meals.

You can order your function platters for the team or family by emailing or phone 03 365 5557.

Follow them on Facebook for fun competitions and the latest news on their vibrant and exciting specials.

With free delivery for orders over $50, order now and bring the taste of India to your house soon.


Indian Inspiration

Does the new decade call for a revamped interior? In 2020 it seems we’re yearning for that new, fresh feeling – so it’s not surprising Indian-inspired interiors are reigning supreme in the world of home trends.

The colour schemes and decor of other countries and cultures have influenced interior design trends for some time now – take Scandi-chic for example, or the intricacies of Middle Eastern decor.

This year one such trend welcomes the eclecticism of Indian interior design – Pinterest searches for ‘Indian living rooms’ have skyrocketed more than 2000 percent as people begin to move away from the crisp and clean Nordic styles towards vibrant and festive interiors.

Interior experts recommend beginning with a neutral shade as a base – think the palest yellow, beige or washed out brown – and opting for rich, earthy colours like terracottas, ochres and spiced reds for your focal elements; you can’t go wrong by using the spices India is renowned for as inspiration.

Decorative accents like sculptures, rustic earthenware, poufs and finely woven rugs all draw on the raw beauty of Indian interiors.

Choose tarnished metals like brass, copper and gold, add cultural richness with dark, exotic woods like ebony and rosewood – particularly those engraved with authentic Indian patterns and floral designs – and swap out your simple white linen and block colour cushions for brightly coloured, intricately patterned fabrics – it’s all in the details.


Authentic Indian

Voted best Indian cuisine in Christchurch twice in a row by Menulog, Pepper Bridge Indian Restaurant offers a delicious range of authentic dishes made from scratch, using the freshest local produce and traditional ingredients.


The new owners took over in April 2018 and ensure standards are kept consistently high.

“Customer satisfaction is very important to us, with both the standard of our food and our service,” Manager Gagandeep Kaur says.

“Whether dining in, takeaway or delivery, we always ask for feedback, so we can provide continued excellence and quality.”

The menu is filled with an extensive range of top-notch Northern Indian fare, including the ever-popular Indo-Chinese dishes, such as Chicken Manchurian – tender, boneless chicken cubes marinated with spices and deep-fried, cooked with capsicum, onion, garlic and a blend of soy sauce, chili sauce and vinegar.

For Butter Chicken lovers, the Badam Pasanda is a must-try. For couples or groups wanting to taste a variety of flavours, sharing a platter is a fabulous option.

Described as a hidden gem tucked away in Addington Square, customers appreciate the lovely, casual environment, friendly and informative staff, quick service and generous portions.

The small restaurant only seats up to 35 people, so the quieter atmosphere means easier conversations.

The $13 dine-in lunch special includes curry, rice, poppadum and naan bread, or takeaway for just $12.

For those with a sweet tooth, the chocolate naan bread is a lovely dessert to finish.

Open Tuesday to Saturday 11:30am-2:30pm and 4.30pm to 9:30pm, Sunday 5pm-9:30pm. Visit for more information or phone 03 595 0442 to book.



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.



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Too delicious to forget: Jayshri Ganda’s culinary journey + Win with Metropol

Family meals so good that she needed to know how to replicate them is where Jayshri Ganda’s culinary journey began.

Metropol has a copy of ‘A little bit of this, A little bit of that’ to give away to a very lucky reader. To enter, visit, enter your details and click the competition you wish to enter. Entries close Monday 13 August and winners will be notified on Tuesday 14 August. See Below


Jayshri is the first to admit she didn’t really know how to cook. Growing up in New Zealand with Indian parents, Jayshri and her siblings never needed to learn kitchen skills. Cooking for everyone was their mum, Laxmi’s way of bestowing love.
So Laxmi cooked, completely recipe-free; which her children deemed amazing, but confounding if you wanted to reproduce something later. “It was a running joke in our family that if we asked how something was made, there were no measures mentioned,” Jayshri says.
“Everything was concocted with ‘a little bit of this and a little bit of that’.”

And when Jayshri prodded her mum for more information about why her own culinary experiments weren’t turning out identical flavours and textures, the answers lay with where ingredients had been sourced. Oh, and exact quantities.
“It turns out you can’t get your chilli or your garlic from a jar of the minced stuff. You actually have to grow your own, or go to an Indian store and buy the original ingredients – especially lentils, in the raw,” Jayshri says. “Any extra processing like fumigation affects things like cooking times.”
Jayshri researched to see if a classic, basic Indian recipe book existed. Only two came close to her vision. So she decided to commit all her mother’s cooking method secrets to paper for Kiwi-born generations. In a nutshell, it’s the art of Gujarati cooking and it looks gorgeous in a professionally produced, globally-awarded cookbook, ‘A little bit of this, A little bit of that’.
The initial print sold out quickly. The first re-print has just finished, and more will likely follow suit, as the self-published book has garnered two Gourmand World Cookbook awards in Yantai, China. It was awarded ‘best in the world’ under the ‘Indian’ and ‘Spices’ categories.

Jayshri’s own favourites are her mum’s lamb curry, masala chops and Sunday chicken curry. “It’s exactly like the Sunday family roast… every time we all get together, we enjoy eating the same meal.”
As Laxmi, now living in Christchurch, comes from a still-developing seaside village called Avda Falia in north-west India, Jayshri is donating all profit from the re-print of the book to projects there. Initially the cash is going toward library books for the local school. Another cookbook might soon follow. Watch this space.


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Pepper Bridge Indian Restaurant

Taste the difference: Pepper Bridge Indian Restaurant is a culinary gem in Addington

With discerning connoisseurs of the finest Indian cuisine, Pepper Bridge Indian Restaurant needs no introduction. Located at Shop 9 in Addington Mall at 300 Lincoln Road, it has gained such a large following, that online food and beverage app Menulog chose the venue as 2018’s best Indian Restaurant.

Pepper Bridge Indian Restaurant

Whether you go full chicken/beef/lamb vindaloo, tikka masala, or prefer a toned down korma, the range of starters, mains and vegetarian options is prepared with passion and attention to detail. Each dish has its own extraordinary flavour and you can really taste the difference.
The Head Chef has more than 18 years of experience under his hat and will happily cater your dish to suit your dietary requirements. Pepper Bridge continues to provide customers with ever-changing specials and a comprehensive range of wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages is on offer too. Plus from Tuesday to Friday, ‘Winter Happy Hours’ from 4:30 to 6:30 gives you curry, naan, basmati rice and King Fisher Premium Beer, all for just $22.
Pepper Bridge also provides a stellar food takeaway and delivery service, and can cater for functions in and out of Christchurch. Plus, a new chef straight from India will soon be joining the team, with new and authentic dishes also on their way.
For more information or to book a table at Christchurch’s Number One Indian Restaurant, visit or phone 03-595 0442.


A delicious culinary crusade: we chat to Amar from Corianders about being a Bollywood actor and the road that took him to having an empire of successful Indian restaurants

“My dream was to be a famous Bollywood actor – yet somehow I have ended up in hospitality!” chuckles Amar Singh, owner of the Corianders restaurant group. Amar was indeed a Bollywood actor in India for a time, as well as a model and theatre actor.


But with downtimes in the entertainment industry and the need to pay the rent, Amar began working in hotels. The rest, as they say, is history.
Amar moved up through hotel management ranks and, with his eventual move to New Zealand in 2000, learned more about the cuisine of his native Northern India. Christchurch diners will remember him from his time at Gloucester Street’s Little India and Merivale’s wonderful Leinster House.
Amar was almost lost to hospitality however, after Leinster House was ear-marked for demolition. He was about to take up real estate, but was saved by a finance broker acquaintance who persuaded him to set up his own restaurant. And so, Corianders was born, first of all in Rolleston.
Now Amar wants to pass on his knowledge and love of Indian food through a series of Master Classes at the St Asaph Street Corianders, once a month on Wednesdays from 3pm to 4.30pm, beginning on 2 May. The cost of $30 per person includes a glass of bubbles and all the ingredients to cook one of the succulent dishes on the Corianders’ menu. There are even aprons provided.
To book for Amar’s Master Class phone Miranda on 021 339 707. This will not only be informative, but also great fun.