Cuisine: A La Carte
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35

The Option Bistro and Wines is an upmarket Bistro / Restaurant located in a great spot in Styx Mill area, Northwood. They offer a la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner plus a whole range of cabinet food throughout the day.

The Options' European owners have added some international tasting platters with famous European fare like snails, tzatziki, fish roe and anchovy tarts.

The Option Bistro and Wines food is complemented by one of the best international wine lists in town with whites and reds from famous wineries in New Zealand, Italy, France, Lebanon, South Africa and Chile just to name a few.

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The Option Bistro & Wines
158 Hussey Road
Christchurch 8051

Open Hours:
Mon 8am – 3pm
Tues 8am – Late
Wed 8am – Late
Thurs 8am – Late
Fri 8am – Late
Sat 9am – Late
Sun 9am – 5pm

Phone: 03 323 5455
Website: www.theoption.co.nz

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The Option Bistro & Wines
Location: Northwood
Cuisine: A La Carte
Mains: $25 - $35

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Don McCormack

It has been several years since we last enjoyed dining at The Option Bistro and Wines.
We also enjoyed using First Table which is great for testing out new restaurant experiences.
We both tried a main and a desert. For me, I really enjoyed the French Dish " Beef Bourguignon- described as "French slow cooked Beef Casserole served with creamy mashed Potatoes'' a delicious meal which I enjoyed with a nice French red wine - a neat match.
For her, an order of the Beef Fillet GF.
200g Beef Fillet Cooked to your liking and served with Kumara Fondant, roasted
Portobello Mushrooms, Seasonal Vegetables & Red Wine Jus - cooked beautifully at a medium (but for me, that's a waste of a lovely piece of meat) and should have been a rare if you trust the cook or a medium rare at least) But thank goodness we are all different and can choose for ourselves.
For deserts I ordered the Crêpe Suzette at $14.50 lovely Warm French Crêpes served with an Orange & Liquor Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream at $14.50 just yummy sliver thin genuine crepes while she ordered the Raspberry Creme Bruleé GF - Cooked Raspberry Creme Bruleé served with Berry Compote and homemade Biscotti at $12.90 which she felt was an o.k. dish without being more than average.
The service from Sergio, the owner was excellent and couldn't be faulted.

Since our last visit a lot of effort had gone in to positive improvements which were much more than cosmetic such as the tiles on the floor which were a type of soft but very durable material, both wipeable and noise reducing while the new chairs added well to the overall décor. I felt that at night, dining is Fine Dining standard, enhance by the service and décor.
If I was to suggest any improvements, perhaps the deserts area could be reviewed but please keep the crepes which were excellent.

The extensive Wine List while perhaps expensive, is above average and much more than a fairly typical Montana driven offering and both our two choices were very good and worth the money.

We hope to come back again.

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Gina Coffey

Delicious steak! Attentive service.

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Had a lovely evening here, fantastic service!

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when waiter gave us the menu he told us unavailable meals, steaks perfectly cooked to our total satisfaction. It was almost silver service but paper napkins were a let down. A good wine selection.

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We are always impressed by the beautiful food, spectacular wines and attentive service whenever we go to The Option for a meal. It also doesn’t hurt that it is our ‘local’.
We recommend it to anybody, no matter how far you need to drive to get there. They will not disappoint.

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The food was absolutely delicious and the service was second to none, it was very quiet when we went but sometimes that's not a bad thing. I would highly recommend this place for an awesome dining experience. Thank you, we will be back!

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We enjoyed the dining experience. It felt relaxed with a lovely atmosphere. Staff attentive and friendly. Would definitely eat there again.

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Dined on 3 October, first time using First Table and first time at The Option since it changed. Nice choices, excellent service and we will definitely recommend.

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Good food and friendly, efficient service. Desserts just a little too sweet for our taste.

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Rajnesh Nadan

Best food on First Table so far.

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We had a wonderful dining experience last night at The Option. We couldn't fault the choice of meals, presentation or service. It was another typically cold Christchurch evening but the restaurant was comfortably warm and the decor fresh and cheery.
We have booked for a special family luncheon in September and we are sure everyone will be happy with their meals.
Thank you for a lovely evening.

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Very impressed with meals tonight steak was cooked to perfection

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Food / Service was Excellent we will be back again soon.

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Malcolm & Helen HOWELL

A brand new and well designed restaurant in a quiet residential suburb. The "Option Bistro & Wines" did not disappoint and the food was excellent. Our party had the Lamb Shanks and Fish of the Day. Both meals were cooked to perfection. I will certainly return.

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Really lovely meal. We all had fish dishes which were great. Also had the pate starter to share, which was great and as we had a GF they also brought rice crackers. All had the creme brulee for dessert - yum :-) Service was great and all no problem with adapting to GF.

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Carolyn Kaye

Had a wonderful time celebrating my birthday at this very nice establishment. We were welcomed as soon as we entered, the food was supreme: fantastic steak and fish with the best sticky date pudding I've ever had for the sweet! Nice to know this place is here, I'll definitely come again. Thank you very much :-)

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Danielle Hooker

Food was nice,very quite as we were the only ones in the restaurant when we were there

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Great service ,staff were very welcoming and friendly,very tasty food and wonderful atmosphere !

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Food was good but not great. Lighting was very bright - could've been dimmed for more ambience. Still a good night out.

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Christine Smith

Fantastic experience. Service was top class - one of the few restaurants that don't require their wait-staff to clear the plates of diners you are with before others have finished their meal (a rare treat these days.) Our meats (pork belly, duck) and vegetables were cooked to perfection, and desserts were fantastic. We loved the ambience of this cosy little restaurant and will definitely dine here again.

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Great food, good range of choice on menu with attentive service all good

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From the moment you walk in the door you feel like the most important persons there. The service was excellent and the food was even better.

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This is a great little restaurant where the food is excellent & the service impeccable. Always a friendly greeting as you arrive which sets the scene for a comfortable & enjoyable evening.
We will definitely return!

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Sharlene McCracken

Fantastic service and food was Devine.
Will definitely be returning

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A wonderful evening. The staff were great. Would come again

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Doreen McGuire

Hubby and I had a lovely evening with both the meal and the service being excellent. It was the best meal out we have had for a long time. I was very impressed with the waiter by the way he put me at ease after I managed to knock the vase over spilling water everywhere. Definitely on the top of our eating out list.

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A lovely meal

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The Best thing about First Table is sometimes you get the entire restaurant to yourself. The food at Option was amazing, Highly recommend the rack of Lamb that jus was the best I've tasted. Their desserts were so good too especially the sorbet & lemon cheesecake. Fine dining at it's best.

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First time we've dined here in two years and we weren't disappointed. We started by sharing the very tasty flatbread, and followed up with mains - perfectly cooked salmon (on a lemon risotto) and melt-in-your mouth Oriental pork belly. We'll definitely be back.

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Amazing service and food

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Kathy Bennett

The venue is still being revamped so had that just painted feel & smell. The food was absolutely wonderful. Had the Salmon risotto and would recommend it. Our wait person needed to address his hygiene problem but otherwise the service was great. Will probably be back in a few weeks when they have removed all the masking tape from around the fixtures.

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The staff were lovely, ensuring everyone in the restaurant was comfortable. Food is good & well presented. Will return...

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Really enjoyed the meal, was welcomed at the door and service, staff were all excellent, will definitely be back there and take part in First Table dining again.

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Fabulous night, great service, nice place...will definitely go back.

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Valmai Smith

I visited restaurant with three friends on first table and had a wonderful meal Alistair duty manager/waiter was very attentive, the meal was delicious and the atmosphere warm and inviting we would all recommend Jagz for a great dining experience.

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Paul Jordan

Greeted at the door by owner. Filled our glasses with water. Chatted pleasantly to us. Didn't rush us. Music quietly in background but meals were divine cooked by a very young but capable chef. A very pleasant experience.

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They were quick to settle us then warm the place by closing doors etc which was nice. The cafe looks a more appropriate place for a lunch rather than a special occasion dinner, so I would stick to that rule next time. The meal was very hot which is always what I like and it didn't take too long before it arrived. The service was excellent and friendly. I do think the meal would be too expensive full price, because the way everything was cooked it didn't need much skill. A housewife could do, for that that reason I would only go there at half price as nothing to learn, and nothing tasted different from home, the selection was five mains,it was basic steam veg and no fancy cooked fish for $33 normal cost which is dear on tables with no table cloth and thin paper serviettes. I was happy to pay half price for the meal For normal price I expect stuffed or crumbed or layered or something more than in the oven as it came out the sea. Not a big meal but adequate for an older person so get extras you youngsters like chips to boost the quantity.

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All thoroughly enjoyed our meals which were well presented and of a good portion. Would definitely dine here again Service was good as well.

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Tracey Mills

Food was delicious and great service

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We had a very pleasant dining experience last evening. From the time we arrived service was prompt and friendly. All three of us were very happy with our mains and desserts,
It is nice to be able to have a conversation without having to yell across the table and the dining room was warm and cozy.
Thanks guys and we will be return diners.

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Bill & Wendy Hoeta-Stokes

Absolutely delicious food and top service at Jagz of Styx Mill - we had a wonderful lunch and highly recommend the sticky date dessert :-)

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margaret Gibbons

Great food,great service , We will be back

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Marilyn Mather

Lovely lunch in nice atmosphere, food was tasty although the panko crumbed chicken was overcooked and a little dry-would probably return.

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Christine Marks

First time I've used First Table, food was great. Good value for money!

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Don McCormack

We were very happy when Jagz of Northlands joined in on First Table as we have enjoyed several dinners there over time. From the time we arrived, we were really well attended to. Our mains took some time to arrive from when we ordered but were well worth waiting for. The " Pulled pork Special " was delicious and although the vegetables looked small, we found ourselves well satisfied when complete. A great start. A decision was made to have a desert each and to share 1/2 each. Our choices were an excellent Sticky date pudding accompanied by small plate of cream and ice cream and a Winter Fruits again accompanied by cream and ice cream arrived. Both excellent and generous portions too.
My favourite was the sticky date which I was most reluctant to hand over at the half way stage. Just a divine pud.
To summarise, a good place to enjoy very good food on a winter night and being served by great staff including " Mine Host"
Congratulations Jagz of Northwood. We will definitely be back - and soon.

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Great service paired with exceptional wine and food, would thoroughly recommend!

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Great night out. Excellent food and service. Relaxed dining.

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Elizabeth Kelly

Found the food to be of excellent quality and very good service.
Highly recommended.

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Lovely wee restaurant that had great food and service

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Jean Horne

We enjoyed the warm welcoming service on a cold night and we thoroughly enjoyed the food! Thank you Jagz

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