Published on : Monday, February 29, 2016
Christchurch’s food and hospitality scene has seen remarkable growth in the past nine months with 50-plus cafés, bars and restaurants opening to boost the total number of hospitality establishments to 760 – more than before the earthquakes.
The region also now boasts New Zealand Cuisine Restaurant of the Year, ‘Roots’ which is just over the hill from Christchurch city in Lyttelton. The restaurant also won an Innovation Award for the ethos behind their dining experience. Chef Giulio Sturla will only serve food he has grown, foraged or sourced locally from artisan producers and sustainable farms.
And there are plenty of other innovative restaurants and bars. On High Street, near C-1 which was the first café to reopen in the city post-earthquakes, there’s a colourful and quirky bar and burger restaurant called Smash Palace named after a classic Kiwi film. And just across the river, the Victoria Street precinct is the city’s newest ‘eat street’ with multiple bars and restaurants including Cuban and Brazilian-influenced Tequila Mockingbird and moody South East Asian King of Snake.
Stranges Lane is another popular new dining destination in Christchurch where several restaurants share an open courtyard in a heritage laneway development.C-1 owner Sam Crofskey reckons “there are not enough hours in the day (or night) to go to the new places that are springing up – food markets, food trucks, new restaurant, bars, cafés and precincts.”
Roots Restaurant has a simple philosophy to serve good food using fresh, seasonal, organic ingredients; PC -Guy FrederickPretty much a local secret until Cuisine magazine named them as the 2015 New Zealand Restaurant of the Year, Roots (in the port town of Lyttelton) is Christchurch’s rising star. Aftershocks were still rattling when Giulio and Christy Sturla launched this bold new dining experience based on food they have grown, foraged or sourced locally from artisan and sustainable producers.
Roots is a hands-on experience from start to finish. The Sturlas rescued the quaint little shop on Lyttelton’s main street from ruins, rebuilding with recycled materials and creating a kitchen garden in the tiny backyard. There are only 10 tables at Roots and no menus as they take food sustainability to a whole new level with a degustation of five to 12 courses with wine matches based solely on available ingredients. Roots is open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday from 5.30pm and lunch on Friday and Saturday.
Source:-Tourism New Zealand