I consolidated the list of restaurants we liked in New Zealand from my monthly summaries so far. Considering how few days we spent in Christchurch there are a surprisingly large number of restaurants from there. In general we’ve been doing a lot of cooking at home.
Upesh Kitchen: Our favourite Kelburn take-out place, Malaysian and South Indian
Harbourside Market: Sunday market with food trucks
Best Ugly Bagels: Montreal-style bagels
Kazu Yakitori & Sake Bar: Good Japanese food, no chicken sushi on the menu
Ti Kouka Cafe: fairly famous Wellington brunch spot
Fisherman’s Plate: best pho in Wellington
Ramen Shop: was in NZ Herald list of restaurants, did not disappoint
Dragons: famous dim sum (aka yum cha)
Rātā Cafe, Zealandia: Had a bunch of good snacks here.
Nam-D, Wellington: I like the banh mi at this food truck chain.
- Olde Beach Bakery, Waikanae Beach: pies!
- Kiss and Bake Up (Otaki): more pies! semi-fancy bakery
- The Tin Hut (Featherston): good pub-type food
- O’Sha, Takaka: Enjoyable Thai food
- Why Not Cafe, Kaikoura: Recommended by bus driver, lived up to recommendation.
- Sevenpenny, Greymouth: Had a whitebait sandwich here. Has potential.
- Fat Bastard Pies, Invercargill: I liked the pies
- Bao Now, Te Anau: Bao, poutine (-ish, with cottage cheese), dumplings
- South Sea Hotel, Oban: They have a monopoly but their daily specials are excellent. Also their Quiz Night is famous. We took 3rd.
- Costas Taverna, Christchurch: Was great to have a meze platter here.
- Le Panier, Christchurch: Best croissants I’ve had for a while!
- KUMO Japanese Cuisine, Christchurch: Not bad for kaiten sushi.
- Kinji, Christchurch: Best sushi in NZ that we’ve had yet; we went twice!
- Smokey T’s, Christchurch: 4.9⭐ on Google, superlative BBQ
- Original Sin, Christchurch: Italian, and good oysters