Cuisine: Bar Food, Gastro Pub Food, Rotisserie Chicken
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $25

This airy, industrial-chic pub is situated in an emerging CBD neighbourhood. With fresh, modern vibes, Welles Street embraces good times and great dining.

From humble pub classics to souvlaki, market fish and grilled pork skewers, there’s plenty to tempt all tastes. Enjoy rotisserie free range chicken marinated with house-made Georgian salt rub and served with hand cut fries and slaw. Or, choose from a selection of mezze dishes like falafel, crispy squid and ouzo prawns. There’s a classic kids’ menu with fish and chips too.

Focusing on the foundations of a great inner city local, Welles Street has 18 beers on tap. Whether you're looking to catch the live game, a local band or to spend time with family and catch up with friends – Welles Street has it all covered.

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Welles Street
44 Welles Street
Christchurch 8011

Open Hours:
7 days / 11 am till late

Phone: 03 366 0172
Website: www.wellesstreet.co.nz

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Welles Street
Cuisine: Bar Food, Gastro Pub Food, Rotisserie Chicken
Mains: $15 - $25

Reviews

This place is just fabulous.. all round. From decor, funky fun and comfortable, to the staff and omg... the food is amazing. The little twist on flavours, slightly Mediterranean Greek maybe... but so contemporary and fun... loved it.

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Max Leper

I do have to say they put a bummer at the start of the dinner by not having the halloumi which is insanely good, but they made up for it with everything else being...insanely good. Always a favourite of ours, can't recommend highly enough

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Great food, so delicious and the menu was quite unique! Enjoyed our evening at Welles St - it has an excellent atmosphere! Thanks

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Geo Clark

First time at Welles street and we loved it. Was perfect for our 5 year anniversary and rare escape from the kids. The food was delicious and will definitely be returning to try the other items on the menu.

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Briar Gallagher

Exceptional Kai! Super delicious, fresh, zesty and creative. A feast indeed. Devoured beyond expectation. So delicious, will be back for sure!!!!

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Tise Fauolo

Had a lovely Sunday brunch at Welles Street. Food was delicious with lots of flavour, and generous portions. It was a really nice setting with friendly staff. We would definitely come back again and highly recommend everyone try it.

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Anne Cochrane

Super friendly staff, loving the big heaters to sit under on a cold Chch evening, great family friendly menu and sooooo yum! Even had brussel sprouts on the menu for the weirdo one in a million sprout fan and they were awesomely yum! As Arnie says ‘I’ll be back’

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We were really impressed with the atmosphere, food and service at Welles Street. Our kids chose fish 'n chips from the kids menu, and said it was the "best dinner ever". The lamb was melt-in-the-mouth gorgeous, and the octopus - yes, octopus - meze was delicious too. Some of the best hand cut skin-on shoestring fries ever, delicious salads and a pint of great craft IPA topped off an amazing experience that our whole family enjoyed. A++ will definitely trade again!

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A great place and food for the whole family. Had a game of pool before dinner and the service was wonderful.

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Really enjoyed our dinner. Loved the ambience. Friendly staff. Everything we tried was Delicious!
Loved the halloumi fries especially!

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Jo Nas

Great time dining at Welles St. The venue is really warm for such a large space. Staff are friendly. Flavour combinations are on point. The menu is easy to read and easy to navigate. I had the fish souvlaki while my friends shared dishes amongst themselves. A good selection of tap beers had my attention. Welles St does well to cover their bases.

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Camille Reculet

Arriving at Welles Street yesterday evening, we were taken by how open yet friendly the venue was. Modern, stylish and laid-back are words that come to mind. There is also a large bar for those who fancy a drink before or after their meal.

We ordered 2 mezzes and 2 sides from a wide selection of Mediterranean dishes, vegan and vegetarian options included.
We were not disappointed with our choice.

The dishes were prepared with attention and served up in great speed.
We ordered falafels, hummus and feta fries. Everything was perfectly cooked and very flavorful, but the highlight of the meal were definitely the haloumi fries !
They were juicy, crispy and served with fresh vegetables, with a lovely pomegranate sauce.

You can really tell these guys care about the taste as much as the presentation.
It is also worth noting that the staff are very pleasant people, who clearly want to work there. Who wouldn’t? Amazing atmosphere, amazing food. 10/10 for sure.

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The food was amazing! Flavoursome, they catered to our requests and although there were only a few 'main' dishes there were lots of 'mezze' and salad options. My roast lamb was incredible!! Beautiful flavours and combinations.

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Dining at Welles Street was awesome! I took my partner on a wee date and were instantly welcomed when we entered. We had the option of sitting inside or out and we opted for outside in the sun. When I went to order the staff were incredible friendly, helpful and personable. They were excited to hear it was our first time and really catered for us to have a good night. The food was delicious. My boyfriend had the half chicken and I had the fish souvlaki. The flavours were perfect. My partner is Tongan and he said the chicken and mash potatoes with gravy were definitely better than KFC so props to you guys! We ended the night with one of the wait staff coming to clear our table and asking about our food and how we enjoyed it. The was all in all a great night! We also love the location and the building, it’s laid out really well, spacious, inviting and just generally cool with all the plants....definitely instagramable. Highly recommend!

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Booking through first table is absolutely brilliant. It’s easy to do, and well worth the money. We had a First Table booking at Welles Street. I was highly impressed with the food and service. Staff were efficient and friendly and the food was well presented and delicious.

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Lucy Jackson

Tasty, innovative food on a sunny evening in Christchurch. We particularly enjoyed the loaded hummus with flatbread and pickled vegetables. We will definitely be back

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Jill Sanders

Great space, suitable for all ages children in prams, wheelchairs etc. Have been here numerous times as this is one of my favs. At a glance the menu looks small but upon studying it you soon realize that it has something for all. Each time I come I have a new dish but also I have to order my favs. Ouzo prawns is a must have and the lamb main is so so tender . I cannot leave without a yogurt freeze .

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Fi Ogilvie

We visited Welles Street for dinner, having popped in before for drinks but not ordered food (except for the greek yogurt soft serve, which is ace!). We were with a friend who is gluten and dairy free. This presented no problem with Welles Street - there was plenty to choose from on the menu which was gluten free and dairy free anyway, but staff happily swapped the bread for our dips with gluten free bread.

Additionally, the food was excellent. We had a smoky eggplant dip, which was superb. The lamb hummus was also delicious. Both were topped with crispy chickpeas and spices, which really elevated the dishes. We also shared the calamari, which was cooked perfectly, and a rotisserie chicken. The chicken had lightly spiced skin and came on a hefty pile of chips, with coleslaw and a spicy, herby green sauce.

As usual, Welles Street had a great range of beers on, as well as rose and margaritas on tap. The staff are so helpful and knowledgeable. We will certainly be returning and have recommended the food to a number of people already.

All round, we had a fantastic experience with delightful food and good drinks. We would return in a heartbeat.

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Susie Bell

This was our first visit to Welles street, and we were really impressed. The staff were friendly, the atmosphere nice and the food was amaaaazing, particularly the lamb hummus and the squid entrees. Coffee was also perfect. Well done!

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chrissie merritt

Great day with the sun shining. Food was amazing. Friends that hadn't been before were very impressed. When they are back in Chch this restaurant is going to be the first port of call

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Kathleen Jackson

Had a great dining experience at Welles Street on a breakfast date with my sister! This was actually our second “date” at Welles Street and this visit was every bit as fantastic as the first. The sunny central-City atmosphere is lovely and it’s so nice to watch everything happening on the street outside as you eat your meal and sip coffee: runners, cars, dogs, buskers etc. Both times the staff have been absolutely wonderful: friendly, cheerful, helpful and engaging. I really love the pub-like but somehow Mediterranean feel of the place. Would like to thank the lovely girls that served us yesterday. The food was also amazing: One of the things my sister and I like most about the menu is the attempt to actually do different things. So aside from the usual Eggs Benedict there are some truly yummy and slightly different options such as Baghdad eggs with smoked yoghurt (a must try), beef kofta, hummus and pita bread, as well as delectable hot cakes and a big breakfast to die for: eggs (I had them poached and they were perfection) avocado, potatoes hasselbacks (so good!!) an aromatic lemony dressing on the side, creamy humus, feta and a choice of falafel and houlimi or sausage and bacon. The smoothie option I declined this time (a wise choice because of the sheer amount of food: the meals are ridiculously good value) but very much enjoyed the creamy banana date smoothie I had at my first visit. My sister very much enjoyed her avocado toast with spring onion salsa, dukkah and eggs and the option of adding as many things to it as you wanted :) The coffee on both trips was spot on. Will definitely be back: one of the best breakfast menus and locations in Christchurch!

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Eloise Nevin

We love Welles Street! - The food is delicious, particularly from the Mezze section of the menu. Tried to chicken also, and it was very tender and cooked to perfection. Yum Yum! It's a casual place, so you place your order yourself at the kitchen, but so delicious and pretty quick too. Nice beers on tap!

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Family Sim

We were greeted with a friendly welcome and seated at a table and the process of ordering etc was clearly explained, including what specials of the day were available and a couple of items they were low/run out of. We ordered our drinks at the bar which were lovely and cool on a hot day and the four of us poured over the menu trying to decide what we wanted - the choice of food options made choosing hard! We settled for the crispy squid and lamb and hummus - both of which were delicious! We could have done with more of the yummy pita bread too! We had the whole chicken with chips and slaw for our main - again delicious and the dukkah sprinkled slaw and garlic mayo dressing were superb. We finished off the evening with the chocolate fudge and cinnamon doughnut dessert. It was a great evening out complimented by delicious food. Thank you!

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Sophie prangnell

Such great food! Have been here several times for both breakfast and lunch and the food has always been great!

Having a firsttable made the experience even better but I will happy go back and pay full price.

Love that you can bring your dog along too!

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We all enjoyed a lovely family Sunday dinner! The food was excellent – Thanks Chef! We all thoroughly enjoyed our choices and sampling each other’s. I personally LOVED the Loaded Lamb Hummus, but I did suffer "food envy" as The Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder on Artichoke Mash "special" that the majority of our group chose looked SO delicious, as did the Chicken Souvlaki! Being a big fan of Bruschetta myself, I also highly recommend this delicious concoction on Welles St's own yummy house made Baribari Bread, this scrummy bread was also an amazing accompaniment to the Baked Feta with honey, chilli and almonds ... Again YUM! We also chose sides of Loaded Fries and the Charred Broccoli and Chickpeas. Our table of four was well and truly fed with enough to take home for a couple of Monday work lunches :) Staff were really attentive, explained everything on the menus well. The venue was surprisingly cosy/warm on a cool Autumn evening. Thank you team Welles Street! Like Arnold ... We will be back!

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Birthday celebrations called for lunch in the sun and a big jug of Pimms. Between 3 of us we shared a whole chicken and 3 plates of sides, with enough to take some home for dinner later that night. We especially recommend the Pimms for cooling down on hot days!

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Grace Ansell

Enjoyed the experience. Great location and very relaxed. Staff were friendly . Food was good. A little too much tumeric in the fish batter and could have a bit more fish in the fish bites. However this can be forgiven as the ouzo prawns and the broccoli salad bowl were superb. Will be back for them.

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Anto Doyle

Great place, great food and great friendly staff

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This place is just fabulous.. all round. From decor, funky fun and comfortable, to the staff and omg... the food is amazing. The little twist on flavours, slightly Mediterranean Greek maybe... but so contemporary and fun... loved it.

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Jane Edens

Great place to eat great atmosphere and food

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Max Leper

I do have to say they put a bummer at the start of the dinner by not having the halloumi which is insanely good, but they made up for it with everything else being...insanely good. Always a favourite of ours, can't recommend highly enough

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Ariana Pavelka

Great experience. Our first time there. The staff were friendly and helpful. The food was delicious - loved the flavours of the Middle Eastern nachos. Played some pool afterwards which just topped off the whole experience.

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Helen Jackson

Food was amazing! Service good although you have to collect your own food when it’s ready. Only fault is the soft serve machine was frozen so we could have our dessert but the staff came and informed us straight away so avoided us waiting ages :) will definitely be back!

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Mitchell Pawson

Awesome place. Awesome food. We'll be back.

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Great food, so delicious and the menu was quite unique! Enjoyed our evening at Welles St - it has an excellent atmosphere! Thanks

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Sarah Clarke

Such yummy food, and the staff there are always very friendly and helpful. The outdoor area is great. A great spot in summer time.

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Geo Clark

First time at Welles street and we loved it. Was perfect for our 5 year anniversary and rare escape from the kids. The food was delicious and will definitely be returning to try the other items on the menu.

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Briar Gallagher

Exceptional Kai! Super delicious, fresh, zesty and creative. A feast indeed. Devoured beyond expectation. So delicious, will be back for sure!!!!

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Jen Kenix

We really enjoyed Welles Street. The food was fabulous. Great, inventive dishes, very well priced. Casual, open environment. And the food was fast, and healthy, which was great, as we had a short amount of time to gobble it up.

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Jan Orme

Great variety of food, really friendly and helpful staff, didn't feel rushed at all and took our time having a family dinner. The place has a great atmosphere ..will definitely go again.

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Great food, excellent variety and value for for money. Will definitely be back.

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Maleita Fryer

Delicious food, and great prices even before the discount. Friendly staff, quick service, and nice atmosphere. We had a great time here, and will definitely be back =)

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Gail Route

Good food, friendly staff and great atmosphere. Just wish they could have done something special for our birthdays - there were three of us celebrating August birthdays!

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Coline Samin

Felt welcome from get go. There was a birthday party on but we were sill given couple options for where to sit. Service was quick and efficient. Food was lovely and fresh, thoroughly enjoyed it and will be back.

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Amanda Cockcroft

The food was delicious. I’ll be back soon.

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Excellent food, quirky atmosphere and great service, we enjoyed our meal here on a quiet Sunday evening, even the fussy children were impressed

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Really enjoyed it. Great food presented well. Sat out in the sun so we had a nice lunch. Will be back soon.

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Rhian Caines

As always food was delicious and great service. Great for kids and groups.

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Tise Fauolo

Had a lovely Sunday brunch at Welles Street. Food was delicious with lots of flavour, and generous portions. It was a really nice setting with friendly staff. We would definitely come back again and highly recommend everyone try it.

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Gregg Le Roux

Really relaxed place, loved all the food, warm, we will take our kids there too!

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Anne Cochrane

Super friendly staff, loving the big heaters to sit under on a cold Chch evening, great family friendly menu and sooooo yum! Even had brussel sprouts on the menu for the weirdo one in a million sprout fan and they were awesomely yum! As Arnie says ‘I’ll be back’

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We were really impressed with the atmosphere, food and service at Welles Street. Our kids chose fish 'n chips from the kids menu, and said it was the "best dinner ever". The lamb was melt-in-the-mouth gorgeous, and the octopus - yes, octopus - meze was delicious too. Some of the best hand cut skin-on shoestring fries ever, delicious salads and a pint of great craft IPA topped off an amazing experience that our whole family enjoyed. A++ will definitely trade again!

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Loved our dinner at Welles Street, never disappoints! Tried the fried Haloumi which was delicious along with the salad. The favourite is definitely the chicken souvlaki.

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Peter Wilkie

Really good food and service as always

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Awesome food and great atmosphere

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A great place and food for the whole family. Had a game of pool before dinner and the service was wonderful.

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Really enjoyed our dinner. Loved the ambience. Friendly staff. Everything we tried was Delicious!
Loved the halloumi fries especially!

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Savanah Tapiki

Great food, chill vibe

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Jo Nas

Great time dining at Welles St. The venue is really warm for such a large space. Staff are friendly. Flavour combinations are on point. The menu is easy to read and easy to navigate. I had the fish souvlaki while my friends shared dishes amongst themselves. A good selection of tap beers had my attention. Welles St does well to cover their bases.

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We love Welles Street, and this time was no different! The food was delicious (as always) and the service was great. It’s super warm in there on these cold winter nights, and it still has it’s chilled out vibe. Welles Street, you’ve done it again!

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What an awesome place! Awesome, warm atmosphere along with great food & service.

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Kerry Thornton

This is a great place and a great deal to use here.
The food (except the desserts) was excellent. The range of salads was so much better than most places - really great combinations that you don't see everywhere else on every other menu. The staff were friendly and helpful but be aware that it is a self-service restaurant (if you don't like that sort of thing). You pay at bar, get an alarm then go up to get your food when it goes off. We didn't mind but some people might. You also go to the bar each time you want a drink.

It's a very spacious venue with some free parking outside on the street and some paid parking in a car park opposite. It's easy to get to if you live in the city and walk as well.

Definitely recommend it.

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Always a great experience at Welles St! Although quiet on a Tuesday night, the vibe was relaxed and cosy. Food was amazing - we had the Morrocan soup and Falafel plate. Still can't believe how cheap these were with the First Table discount (spent $35 for two of us for mains and a drink each). Will definitely book again!

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Always a great experience at Welles St! Although quiet on a Tuesday night, the vibe was relaxed and cosy. Food was amazing - we had the Morrocan soup and Falafel plate. Still can't believe how cheap these were with the First Table discount (spent $35 for two of us for mains and a drink each). Will definitely book again!

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Kelly Wong

Awesome venue. Beautiful friendly staff. And food was fantastic. Great flavours.

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Courtney Williamson

The second time I have been here on First Table and absolutely not the last (to be fair I will definitely go here regardless of being on First Table or not). Food is just always so so good to the point it takes me all day staring at their menu online before I arrive to try and decide what I want.
Just the coolest vibe, heaps of room and friendly, helpful staff!

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We had our friends out for a meal and they were very impressed and enjoyed the food and outing! They surely will be back as well.

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Sally-Ann Kircher

Beautiful food, such amazing flavours - we did the feast and it was more than enough for the four of us. The lamb was cooked to perfection, falling apart tender! Service was great l, friendly and efficient.

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Really lovely dining experience! All the staff were friendly and efficient. Food was really delicious, will be back for sure!

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Lj Morena

The food was great. It’s our first time to try Slovak food. We be back

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Jaime Snelling

Friendly customer service. Food was amazing!!!! My first time going there I will be back. They had lots of vegan and gf options available.

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Jane Hill

It was a crisp Christchurch morning but could sit outside in a cosy sun drenched booth and read the morning paper while watching the street activity.food came promptly and was delicious.ouzzo prawns were cooked to perfection with a salad that included Apple and fennel bulb a perfect match.other half had chicken bacon and egg burger he drooled over it and mini baked potato pieces.topped it all off with an expresso martini. Stunning lunch

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Melanie Odlum

Pleasant atmosphere, warm and cosy, friendly staff. Yummy souvlakis, we’ll be back!

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Gráinne O'Connell

Great venue, delicious food and excellent service. The snacks were great to share in four. Recommend the turkish delight frozen yogurt for dessert. Would definitely go back again.

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Kiki Wells

Great service received and delightful food. Would recommend!

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