Bar hopping with Keith Lynch
what about the food and drink?
Firstly, the wine list is very good. I had one of the house reds, a pinot noir ($10.50) from Central Otago.
There is a small but adequate selection of beers. There’s the likes of Heineken, Monteiths, and Sol and a range of more exciting ales including Tuatara Pilsner ($9.50) hoppy, fruity and rather pricey, Three Boys Wheat and Epic Ale.
But the star for me was the Tennessee Berry Cocktail ($16.50), a ridiculously tasty combo bringing together whisky and fruit served in a tall glass topped with strawberries. Delicious.
The ‘‘bar grazing’’ menu is tight and interesting: Salmon wings with saffron mayo ($10), Weet-Bix crumbed manchego cheese with quince paste and rosemary ($11.50), and fried chicken dubbed FFC, or Fiddlesticks Fried Chicken ($11), a duck liver parfait, fries, delicious fresh breads and a substantial steak sandwich ( $25).
The fried chicken, served on a sweet chutney on a small wooden board, was crispy and tangy, and a delightful play - and great improvement- on the kind of place you try to avoid at 2am.
Reinforcing Gaelic stereotypes, I couldn’t help but choose the dish of organic potatoes roasted in duck fat ($9.50). They were soft, buttery and delicious, and served dramatically in a cast-iron tray.
It’s hard not to be impressed. Fiddlesticks is a lovely bar – a nice place to sip wine during the day or into the night.
More importantly, it feels permanent, solid.
There’s a confidence here that’s missing in a lot of the new bars in the CBD. It’s not just stopping by for a few pints, or popping in for a look. No, it’s settled in and it’s staying put.
Fiddlesticks Bar (and) Restaurant
48 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch Central
Staying put: Fiddlesticks is a lovely bar with an air of permanence. Mon-Fri 8am-2am -----------------------Sat & Sun 9am-2am ------------------------