TOWN TONIC

14/20

Cuisine - Good Food Guide - - Canterbury -

With floor-to-ceil­ing glass, wooden floors, black tiles and a mix of seat­ing styles, this ca­sual all-day eatery on busy Lin­coln Rd has a pleas­ing, con­tem­po­rary buzz about it. There is a shar­ing bent to the menu, an em­pha­sis on lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents and an ar­ti­sanal, au­then­tic edge to the cook­ing and pre­sen­ta­tion of the dishes, which riff on both Mediterranean and Asian themes. Beef bolog­nese arancini are de­li­cious, their rich, unc­tu­ous core of meaty sauce sur­rounded by flavour­ful rice, then en­cased in a per­fectly crisp crumb and served in a beau­ti­fully bal­anced tomato sauce. And ten­der Cressy Farm pork belly with house­made kim­chi puree, creamy tofu, crunchy peanuts and crisp pak choi is a lovely melange of Asian flavours and in­ter­est­ing tex­tures. Staff are friendly, and happy to help you with the small, lo­cally fo­cused wine list. 335 Lin­coln Rd, Ad­ding­ton, ph: 03-338 1150, town­tonic.co.nz Break­fast & lunch 7 days, din­ner Tues-sat; larger share plates $34.50-$38.50

A ca­sual lo­cal with IN BRIEF thought­ful, tasty food

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