Regional wines a hit in new cafe-wine bar
La Di Da is a newplayer on Victoria St in a slick modern rebuild alongside Yamagen and Aroy Thai. It is marketing itself as both a cafe and a wine bar, catering to customers from early morning well into the night.
Owners Rajiv and Melisa Biala also own Maharaja Indian restaurant in Papanui so know the hospo biz.
On a drizzly Friday evening, we are in La Di Da for after work drinks and some tapas before moving on for dinner.
Moody with a slight industrial edge, La Di Da is opposite the Christchurch Casino and within easy walking distance of the many new offices in the area.
A suspended wood ceiling gives some warmth to a cool interior and booth seating along one wall is a nice touch of comfort.
Wines by the glass are the order of the day, considering its wine bar status, and the list does not disappoint. Plenty of choice by the glass for those driving home, with a few bottles for those who fancy a bit more or to share. Canterbury’s wines are given a good run on the La Di Da wine list and of the classics, a Waipara Hills pinot noir with it’s hint of spice warmed the cockles.
A delicious Akarua pinot rose from Central Otago with notes of strawberries, and a long creamy finish is a nice pairing with a dish of deep fried bocconcini with a herb crust – the highlight of the food ordered.
The breads and dips are fairly standard but the basil pesto-style dip is a favourite with the table and for $19, the platter is generous. It is an expected given though that side plates, napkins and cutlery are provided with food.
The stuffed chicken wings and a duck roulade appealed – maybe next time?
La Di Da is looking like a strong contender as a popular watering hole but on this Friday, service needed more attention. A little more urgency – or just providing food and wine in a timely fashion – will always go a long way to improving a guest’s experience in a wine bar.
Nevertheless, La Di Da is one to watch.
Morning to night:: La Di Da wine and cocktail bar in Victoria St.