Hopgood’s & Co.

I had noted that this restaurant has received high praise from a Facebook friend and, on the strength of that, we dined there tonight. Because it’s at the others end of the street on which we’re staying, and it was a pleasant night, we walked. Our booking was for 7.30, and when we arrived, it…

The Tides

In Nelson with Jane for a few days holiday. Last night, we dined in the hotel restaurant where the officious, over-the-top hostess greeted with a frown because we hadn’t booked. Then she told us there was only a table for 4 available. I got the impression she was about to tell us that we would…

The Flaming Rabbit

This restaurant is in Lincoln which is about 25 to 30 minutes drive away for me. But the rate at which all the developments are taking place in and around the area, in 10 years’ time, it’s going to be part of the conurbation that is Christchurch’s future. Tonight, I had a salad (which is…

5th Street

Tonight, for the very first time, I dined at 5th Street. I’ve driven past it many times over the last couple of years, and always wanted to visit. So, as it was a special occasion, my friend / colleague and I dined there. The menu consists of sharing plates: small, medium and large. We decided…

Botanic

Botanic This is another of the restaurants on the Terraces which was warm and inviting. The menu is small and select for this restaurant which mentions that all food is locally sourced I chose the steak: Wakanui beef fillet, horseradish and parsnip puree, hand cut fries, steamed greens, lobster butter, red wine jus. It was…

Orleans

The last time we went to Orleans, the menu was French. This time it was Orleans – Louisiana style with fried chicken and the like. The service was slow – it took 45 minutes for my drink to arrive. Granted it was a great drink, but too slow. The food took a long time to…

The Curator’s House

On Saturday night, we dined at the Curator’s House. It was once the dwelling for the person who looked after the Botanical Gardens and has, for years, been a restaurant with a Spanish theme – for food and wine although not for decor, or anything else. The menu relies heavily on tapas. My son and…

50 Bistro

Arriving early meant there was time for a cocktail before dinner. Level 2 meant that the tables all had to be separated and the 8 of us were located out on the verandah (which is enclosed with lots of heaters), and rugs were offered to the people who weren’t in the direct line of fire…

Earl

We first dined at Earl the week it opened in December, 2018. Tonight the place was warm, cosy and full. The staff in their black and white striped t-shirts were almost running – well walking very quickly – to keep tabs on everyone. And for the most part, they did a really good job. We…