Good Food Guide - - Canterbury -

In­deed, there are 27 steps that lead up to this restaurant, spread over three rooms up­stairs in a pas­tel-hued Span­ish Mission-style New Re­gent St build­ing. In true bistro style, din­ers are al­lowed a view of the food prepa­ra­tion through an open­ing in the cen­tral white tiled wall, while a nar­row black­board runs its en­tire length filled with the daily spe­cials. Bring your ap­petite as the rus­tic, Euro­peanin­spired cui­sine of chef Paul How­ells may of­fer you a clas­sic, slowly braised veni­son osso bucco cut by a tangy gre­mo­lata and en­riched by a sweet, in­tense onion puree just as a starter. Ex­plore the sub­stan­tial list of lo­cal wines and New Zealand craft beers and per­haps en­joy a glass of Black Es­tate Chardon­nay with pan-roasted monk­fish with Jerusalem artichoke crème fraîche.

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