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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 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 purpose-made 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.
Carlton Courts, Unit 5/2 Papanui Rd, Merivale, Christchurch. 021 029 3564, gatherings.co.nz; lunch, drinks & dinner Wed-Sat, five-course tasting menu $60
An exciting, plant-focused dining experience, with equally interesting wine
Smoked garlic & white beans with cos leaves, wasabi & cured egg yolk