Although thousands of the city’s restaurants and bars disappeared post-quake, the hospitality industry is now undergoing a renaissance which is great news for Christchurch residents and visitors. With brand new eating and drinking establishments and old favourites opening each week, there is now much more choice for coffee, dining out or after work drinks.
Two of the most recent returns to the Christchurch scene are the Twisted Hop and Pedro’s. Twisted Hop, which pre-quake was located down Poplar Lane in the CBD, is now open for business on Ferry Road in Woolston, with plans for another pub in Lincoln in 2013. Famous for their own brand of Twisted Hop beer, they also do a delicious plate of bangers and mash along with other favourites. Pedro’s, owned by popular Pedro Carazo, has returned as Pedro’s House of Lamb and Pedro is once again serving his signature lamb shoulder dish, this time from a container located next to Liquor King Carlton on Papanui Road. Another Christchurch favourite Café Valentino has recently re-opened in its new premises at 168 St. Asaph Street. Serving up their same high quality Italian food with an extensive wine list, Christchurch locals can once again enjoy the distinct Café Valentino brand of hospitality. The former owners of the iconic Le Café and Backstage Bakery have recently opened St Asaph Street Kitchen and Stray Dog Bar, also on St Asaph Street. For delicious baked goods during the day or dinner and drinks after work, the St Asaph Street Kitchen and Stray Dog Bar is definitely worth a visit. Close by, C1 Espresso is set to open its doors to the public on 12 November in its new location in the Alice in Videoland building directly opposite its old site. C1’s return to the Christchurch coffee scene has connoisseurs buzzing and for good reason. C1 was regarded as serving some of the best coffee in Christchurch pre-quake. Directly opposite the Christchurch Art Gallery, the old Bon Bolli venue has been transformed into a new bistro called Fiddlesticks. Serving modern local cuisine and affordable French and New Zealand wine, Fiddlesticks is also open from 8am for coffee and pastries and has a tempting brunch menu. Curator’s House located in the Botanic Gardens opened last week on its original site with its distinctly Spanish flavour intact. As the Curator’s House has one of a very limited number of heritage buildings as its setting, aside from the delicious food on offer, its heritage status is another definite drawcard. As its name suggests, the House was originally occupied by the Curator of the Botanic Gardens, and was finally transformed into a restaurant in 2000 by owner Javier Garcia. Take a walk in their kitchen extensive garden, which was developed by Friends of the Botanic Gardens to offer people ideas on how to plant their gardens at home. A great way to experience the Garden City is sitting on the verandah enjoying a jug of sangria and admiring the beautiful view of the Botanic Gardens.
At Top 10 we are excited about these new developments and look forward to many more hospitality businesses opening in the city as the rebuild continues. There are many more establishments soon to open and we have heard a whisper about some exciting things happening across the road from us on Cranford Street - we will keep you posted! Top 10 are proud that Christchurch has been recognised as one of the Top 10 cities to visit globally in 2013. Go Christchurch!