This former pop-up restaurant, created in 2015, has now put down roots in Christchurch in modern bistro style, and it’s already so popular, reservations are essential. Fronted by chef-owner Alex Davies (above) and his team, all of whom share his passion for the local, foraged and organic, Gatherings is a breath of fresh air for diners wanting something a little different. Make your way around the purposemade recycled wooden benches and tables and get cosy in the soft light of this informal restaurant that seats just 25. Let the staff recommend a glass of “living wine”, made the traditional way, and settle in for some plant-based comfort food that surprises and delights: think organic scotch egg, warmed miso vinegar-coated radishes from the Gatherings garden, and pound cake with Jersey milk ice cream. Gatherings feels like a casual but well-orchestrated culinary feast made from your backyard.
Smoked garlic & white beans with cos leaves, wasabi & cured egg yolk