SAGGIO DI VINO
Saggio Di Vino is a symbol of rebirth, innovation and respect for the past. It is also serving absolutely delicious, intricately designed dishes. New chefowner David Napier (above) had huge shoes to fill when he took over Christchurch’s 26-year-old fine-dining institution last year – he is the same age as it’s been open. But he’s delivering a lovely mix of old favourites like the steak tartare alongside even better new dishes, such as a dessert of gin and tonic jelly with a stunning cucumber sorbet and tangy lemon curd on a soft meringue base. The same care in sourcing and using quality produce remains, but it’s being treated with more flair. A new wine list was needed and it’s as epic as the past version. Matching wishes can go in any direction you choose. Formal touches like presenting the bottle and pouring at the table bring a welcome intimacy.