As you may have already read on previous blogs, we’ve just come home from a 3 week tour around New Zealand. It’s been an absolute whistle stop tour and I wanted to share some of our adventures with you. Our first port of call was Christchurch. We stayed with friends so had an insight into where the locals go and completely relied on them to act as our tour guides!
We visited Maison de Crepe twice during our 4 day stay in Christchurch both of which were for brunch. I always associate crepes with something sweet (hello Nutella) so to try a savoury one was something new! You can probably guess what I had in mine…Eggs Benedict!! The crepes are made using organic buckwheat flour imported from France and use a traditional French recipe that was handed down through generations. There was plenty of filling and they were surprisingly satisfying. Obviously I had just enough room for a Nutella sweet crepe. JB was in luck as the savoury batter is diary free and there were plenty of fillings to choose from. He had a French toast crepe which included bacon, bananas and strawberries with lashings of maple syrup. He was also able to have a sweet crepe but used the same batter as the savoury. He had dark chocolate with strawberries and confirmed it was delicious.
Bamboozle is an Asian fusion restaurant which mixes the flavours of Asia and Europe. We went mid week in the evening and it was pretty quiet. You can see the kitchen in action from most tables. The idea is that you share different plates of food which is perfect for me as I can never decide what to have. We opted for the sweet and sour pork dumprings (not a typo!), a roti with pork shoulder, chicken skewers and lamb fillet skewers plus a huge dish of rice cocaine. This was probably my favourite as it was so simple yet so tasty – peanuts, cocaine chilli, vinegar, coriander and curry oil. The bill was extremely reasonable for 3 of us, at around £70 for the food plus a bottle of wine.
Possibly my favourite stop during our stay – a gin bar with over 170 gins! I was surprised to see quite a few bottles from home including Brecon gin which is a small distillery back here. Trying to decide which gin to have was tough however Catherine was incredibly helpful and pulled out 3 New Zealand gins for us. My favourite was Broken Heart gin so I’m on the lookout for it here!
This bar / restaurant is located in the Old Government building which surprisingly survived the 2011 earthquake. It has a retro feel and incredible attention to detail. The staff are dressed in hipster style clothing and it had a relaxed atmosphere. We didn’t try any of the food here but the plates we saw coming out included platters of cheese, charcuterie or seafood plus burgers and they looked delicious!
We stopped here for a quick glass of wine in the sunshine on our second day of exploring. It’s in the fairly new buildings that have gone up since the earthquake in 2011 and has only been open a short period. It’s a renowned jazz and blues bar although we went in the day so there was no live music.
We only popped our head in the door to this place but it was amazing! It’s a large open space with lots of tables in the middle. Around the edges are different food outlets ranging from a coffee, Thai or burgers. They were all independent places which I loved and it had a great atmosphere to it.
So much great food…and not enough time to try it all!!
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