Good Food Guide - - Wellington -

Housed in a re­fur­bished wooden villa in Christchurch’s CBD, Har­lequin Pub­lic House ex­udes warmth and el­e­gance, with the win­dows of the airy, wooden-pan­elled din­ing room over­look­ing a spa­cious out­door deck that is pop­u­lar in sum­mer. Chef-owner Jonny Sch­wass takes a lo­cal-first and nose-to­tail ap­proach, his menu big on slow-cooked and char-grilled “in­ter­est­ing bits” of lamb, beef and pork. Freshly shucked oys­ters and clams, sim­ply treated, whet the ap­petite for dishes such as lamb heart, pig’s head and son-in-law egg – ten­der slices of heart atop pig’s head ter­rine, with a deep-fried soft-boiled egg com­plet­ing the pic­ture. The cosy cor­ner bar has a good craft beer of­fer­ing, cock­tail list and a huge gin se­lec­tion, and the wine list can be re­lied on to pro­vide a mem­o­rable pair­ing with your meal. 32 Sal­is­bury St, City, ph: 03-377 8669, hphchch.com Lunch Wed-sun, din­ner 7 days; mains $22-$45 IN BRIEF In­no­va­tive lo­cal food in an el­e­gant bistro set­ting

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