Posts Tagged ‘Cafes’

We chose the Black and White Coffee House for refreshment this morning, and I liked the ambience.  It’s a tiny place, opposite the Central Bus Exchange in Lichfield Street.  They say they can seat thirty people, but some of those would need to be out on the footpath.  One wall is covered in pictures, mainly portraits.

On the other wall is an eclectic collection of bric-a-brac on shelves that look like tables.

On our table there were two tiny coffee cups, each hostng a small plant.  I succumbed to the enticement of a Tiramasu Doughnut, and was surprised when it arrived on a board with a knife and fork.

I’ve never used cutlery to eat a doughnut before, but then it’s many years since I’ve eaten a doughnut at all.  It was rather rich, enjoyable, but I’d prefer a cheese scone.  I was told the doughnuts came from the Cake Eating Company.  There certainly wouldn’t be space at the Coffee House for them to prepare such delicacies.

A ‘Press’ was provided and I finished the cryptic crossword all except one clue, before we headed across the road to get a bus home.

“It’s good to try somewhere that’s new
a quirky place that’s diff’rent too.”


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We couldn’t resist stopping at Dispense Espresso for coffee and hot chocolate (and a tasty scone).

Situated beside a pharmacy, it would be the ideal spot to spend time waiting for a prescription.  We wondered about the water dispenser which had no drainage.  Would any drips go to the plant below, and thence to the dog bowl?  Have they dispensed (sic) with any drainage?

The next door stationers had a window display exhorting people to shop locally.  While I totally agree with the sentiment, I thought it would either be preaching to the converted, or likely to send others scurrying back to their own local shops.

We visited the Mitre 10 Mega for garden supplies, and new plants are now safely bedded.

“We’ve been to visit Ferrymead
returning with some plants we need.”

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In days gone by, even for a while after the earthquakes, our favourite place for a special dinner was Tiffany’s.  It had a wonderful situation beside the river and excellent food.   Sadly it changed hands some years ago, and with all the demolition and roadworks the replacement Regatta is struggling.   We had a platter there in 2014, and were not particularly impressed.  Recently they offered a Devonshire Tea for two for $10 on ‘Grab One’, so we thought we’d try again.

Bookings were requested, but we were walking into town and unsure when we’d get there, so waited until we reached the Container Mall to phone.   I was told that the scones weren’t ready yet (at 11am – presumably no-one else had come for morning tea), but that we could have slices instead if we wanted to come then.  Crossing Durham Street was a challenge with cones and fences, but we made it.  Regatta displayed a cabinet of food with no sign of any other customers.  We sat outside and enjoyed the river view, together with chocolate brownies and hot drinks.

Good value for $10, but sad to see how much the restaurant has declined.  Obviously they will be hoping for better times when more of the rebuild is complete, and they probably get some custom from people visiting the Memorial Wall.  I just wonder whether they will survive.

“This restaurant has passed its prime
and now waits for a better time.”




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A shopping trip on a bitterly cold morning required a stop for hot drinks and snacks.  Station One in Papanui Road was our choice, and it was a good one.

This cafe has a friendly character, and all food is made on the premises, including traditional baking.  They even offer discount to Super Gold Card holders, although we didn’t discover that until later.  There’s plenty of cosy space, and the decor is interesting, with cathedral and cat pictures on the walls.

“Ideal for coffee and a bun
suggest that you try Station One.”


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Casamassima in Salisbury Street is definitely worth a visit.  We went for morning tea and were impressed by the fact that they had small Danish pastries at small prices, plus their crockery was bright and different.

They have a large range of Italian delicatessen items, all very tempting.  If we want anything of this kind we usually go to the Mediterranean Food Company, and this new store is another option.

There were three other groups in the cafe while we were there, all men.  This is unusual, perhaps it’s an Italian custom for men to go out for coffee together?  There were two very cute dogs tied up outside waiting patiently.

“It seems a place that men frequent
that’s who was there the day we went.”


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A Mouse Called Bean (hard to get photo with so many lights)

We love the new Little High Eatery behind the McKenzie and Willis facade.  Most of the eight restaurants there were previously in the Re-start Mall, and they’re more enticing under cover on a cold day.  There are plenty of outdoor tables too for when the weather is warmer (and when there’s less construction noise next door).  We were there around 11am and just had coffee, but were impressed with the range of cheap meals available.  The place was buzzing with plenty of customers at that time on a Monday morning, and we will certainly go back for a meal soon.  We’d walked, but there’s a Wilson’s Car Park available just behind on St Asaph Street.  I like that they have long tables where you can end up sitting next and chatting to other people.  This is a great addition to post-quake Christchurch.

“I like this eatery on High
def’nitely one you can’t pass by.”

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We chose Chopped for breakfast today.   This cafe is a reincarnation of Tequila Mockingbird in Victoria Street.  There was only one other customer in sight when we entered at 8.30am.  The menu has plenty of options and the prices are reasonable.  Stephen chose Eggs Benny and I had the Brisket Hash.

I enjoyed the roast veges, hash, and poached egg, but found the brisket just a little too spicy.  I was later very thirsty, so there must have been too much salt as well.  I’m inclined to be more sensitive to this than most people as I don’t eat much salt.  My preference would have been for more veges and less brisket, but it was a good meal.  The service was attentive.  When Stephen dropped a knife, the waiter was immediately there with a replacement.   He also took the trouble to take our photo twice, trying to avoid the sunshine.  My Earl Grey tea came with a slice of lemon, in a very thick mug.  I do prefer bone china!

One wall has a mural of large knives, illustrating the cafe name.  When we paid I noticed the tip jar was labelled ‘help us to pay our parking fines’.  It must be very difficult for staff in the Victoria Street area to find parking.

As we left we discovered another area out the back with several tables occupied.  This is actually the ‘Staff only’ cafe which I’d read about.  The Montreal Street entrance is quite anonymous, but handy for us as we were parked there.

“To choose the brisket could be dicey
unless you like your food quite spicy.”

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