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Cuisine: Contemporary, Degustation

A cool Kiwi eatery led by one of Christchurch’s most celebrated chefs.

Having represented New Zealand on the world’s cooking stage more than once and appeared in countless Good Food Guides, Darren Wright’s list of awards is as long as your arm. The secret behind his continued success? Tireless energy to keep pushing boundaries and deep relationships with quality local suppliers.

His food is part of classical cooking and part hall of mirrors. Degustation menus might include the likes of spiced carrot soup, groper with avocado puree and cheese souffle with roasted fig. Look out for quirky delights such as a fully edible avocado (made from goats cheese and chocolate) and deconstructed fruit crumble disguised as an apple.

The spectacular cocktail list is equally creative, while wines are expertly chosen to complement the cookery to perfection.

Throw in moody interiors and warm, knowledgable service lead by veteran restaurant manager Mark Harris and you’ll see why this restaurant is well on its way to becoming a modern classic.

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Chillingworth Road
478 Cranford Street
Papanui
Christchurch 8051

Open Hours:
Monday - 7:30am til 4:00pm
Tuesday to Friday - 7:30am til late
Saturday - 3:00pm til late
Sunday - Closed

Phone: 03 352 7784

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Chillingworth Road
Location: Papanui
Cuisine: Contemporary, Degustation
Chillingworth Road accepts American Express

Reviews

Highly recommended this fantastic culinary experience!
Staff from Chillingworth Road are so friendly & with really high service standard since we stepped in the restaurant. Our waiter was very professional & he always paid attention to us as well as guests from the other tables. Good information about every course & wine.
We had a 9 course menu with a bottle of wine & a glass dessert wine. Everything tasted amazing! Beautiful presentations with excellent combinations of taste & texture wth high quality ingredients made with excellent culinary skills. Absolutely love the whole dining experience! People who love food is a must!

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Chillingworth Road has the atmosphere, excellent staff and stunning food to make a wonderful dining experience, one we won’t quickly forget.
We chose five courses with wines to match and each course was cleverly presented, with clever flavour combinations.
The wines matched and enhanced the flavours of each course perfectly.
Brook, our waitress couldn’t have been more helpful or competent in her roll, clearly explaining each plate and the chosen wines.
We would thoroughly recommend Chillingworth Road for any occasion.

- dined at Chillingworth Road on

We went out to celebrate a special event and the restaurant certainly made the night special! We selected the 7 course and loved every one. Just the right amount of food with each course and the presentation was exceptional. Our wait staff were friendly, knowledgeable and constantly ensuring we had everything we needed. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and would recommend Chillingworth Road to all.

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My birthday dinner was amazing. Staff were knowledgeable and attentive but not intrusive, food was beautifully presented and delicious and a birthday desert plate for me! Will definitely be back again.

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David Livesey

We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. The 7 courses with matched wines was superb, well presented and our waitress was very attentive and knowledgable

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Amazing!! Best dining experience we’ve had in Christchurch for ages.
Every plate of the seven courses was beautifully presented, perfectly balanced and delicious.
The service was impeccable.
My new favourite place to dine!

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Lisa Laird

This was the most beautiful meal and experience we have ever ever had. I couldn’t rate at high enough, the service to the food was beautiful.Mark was just amazing and looked after us right from the beginning until the end. I recommend this place to absolutely everyone perfect meal, perfect night!!

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Sheree Roberts

Absolutely AMAZING!
Food was delicious and so well presented and the front of house staff gave outstanding service

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This was our first visit to Chillingworth Road and we can quite honestly say they have exceptional food and amazing staff. We had the 7 course degustation menu and we could not fault it, it was absolutely delicious. We were made to feel welcome from the moment we arrived. Staff were very friendly. Each dish was described as it was served, and beautifully presented. The Chef's were visible in the restaurant and even though they were busy they seemed calm and this definitely showed in the quality of the food. We will definitely return and highly recommend Chillingworth Road.

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Mitchell Gardner

What an experience! My first time eating degustation and Chillingworth did not disappoint. It takes away the worst part of eating out, deciding what to order, and instead replaces it with samples of the chefs recommendations which were incredible! We opted for the 7 course and enjoyed every part, a highlight being the sous vide salmon which was melt in your mouth. It is also a great opportunity to try food which you normally wouldn’t try, the groper combined with the miso infused cream cheese was a combination to die for. Service was also incredible, made us feel right at home engaging in day to day conversation while also making us feel very fancy! A great place to come for special occasions, will definitely be back.

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Fabulous evening. Spectacular food and flavours. We had 9 courses. Thoroughly recommend. Thanks to all the team for a memorable night out.

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Georgia Hanford

Had the 7 course degustation and the food was incredible! Wine matching was a fun addition and a great way to try a selection of great wines. Staff answered all our questions and were professional. This place is a must try!

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Lucky Masilamani

The staff were so lovely and they made a special special plate honouring our anniversary. It was such a nice place and would definitely go again!

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David Robertson

From the time you walk through the door into the dining room, you are wowed by the decor, food and service. Our waiter Mark, very knowledgeable about every dish helps to make this a truely unique and magnificent dining experience. Capped off by a chocolate “Happy Birthday” on the last desert dish - 10/10

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Perfect evening. Exception food with wine to match. Excellent knowledge by staff. Seven courses and none could be faulted. Will definitely be returning. Thank you

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What a fantastic experience! Such high quality of both food quality and presentation, and the service friendly and we felt very special customers.

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Christine Smith

Fantastic! Loved our experience at Chillingworth Road. Beautiful decor, good dining music, and delicious food. Wonderful wine list too. We opted for the nine course menu and are so glad we did - every bite was delicious and we couldn't wait for the next plate to arrive, however, our favourites were the fish dishes and desserts. Mark, our waiter, was very friendly and knowledgeable, as were other staff. Loved our date night out.

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The food is good, no question, but the service made this experience. It wasn't just a meal, it was a lovely evening out. When we arrived early the barkeep (Courtney) made us welcome and relaxed, then the maître d' (Mark) took over. He told us to relax and let them take care of us, which we did, and they guided us through the evening beautifully. We don't go out a lot, but go to good places when we do and we will certainly be back to Chillingworth Road. Excellent all round if you are after an intimate, relaxed evening.

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Sarah Bennett

Absolutely gorgeous food and amazing atmosphere. Our server, Mike, was friendly, knowledgable and attentive - we felt like we were being looked after while still being left to enjoy a romantic dinner in private. Would definitely come back again

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A wonderful evening had here. We opted for the nine course menu and it was a delicious ride! Each dish was packed full of so many different flavours it was such a treat discovering them all. Personal highlight was the duck but each dish was memorable, the setting was classy, the atmosphere relaxed and the staff were all lovely and attentive.

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Ruairidh Crane

We went for the whole hog, 9 course with wine pairing. Everything was delicious, plenty of food over the nine courses (I probably ate too much!)
Lovely mix of red, whites, roses and ports with detailed explanations of what to expect from each wine and why it was chosen to complement each course.
Service was impeccable, very well looked after.
I will be coming back and I'll be bringing more people

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Viv Smart

Wow! We felt like royalty when we dined at Chillingworth Road! The food was simply amazing, and being a degustation menu, we were impressed with every course. Each one a surprise. The service was really friendly and we felt really welcome. Would thoroughly recommend. Being on First Table was an awesome bonus. Many thanks to everyone who made our evening a very special one as it was our wedding anniversary.

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Gary Burbery

A special experience …. very well hosted

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Kim Anderson-Hadley

Fantastic service. Friendly knowledgeable staff. The food was divine. Especially the lemon tart

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Vinesh Nair

Excellent from start to finish. The dining room had lovely decor with low lighting - felt upscale yet relaxed at the same time. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable about the dishes and wines. The food was all beautifully cooked and balanced, each one unique and interesting. The wine pairings were wonderfully complementary and outstanding wines in their own right. All in all, a lovely first experience at this restaurant - was very impressed and will be back!

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Amazing food, service and atmosphere. Absolutely beautiful experience.

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Rochelle Hyslop

Absolutely amazing food and service. Wouldn’t want to go anywhere else! Fantastic people. I can’t even rate the food as there isn’t enough stars...absolutely the finest of dining

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barry souter

The meal was very very good, as usual from this top class restaurant.
The staff were excellent, very attentive to all the diners and very knowledgeable. Simply top class, thank you.

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Andrew Little

Well, well, well... if you've been to a Degustation Restaurant before or not... and you haven't been to Chillingworth Road... get your skates on and get there fast!... We have dined at Chillingworth Road on a few occasions now and each time we can't wait to go again. The service is impeccable but the food is outrageously yummy. It's cooked to perfection and is presented accordingly. We had the 9 courses on this occasion and what a treat after treat after treat. Yes, probably more for a special occasion but then again... I'd invent a special occasion if that's what it takes.
Make a booking and prepare yourself for a Degustation journey that will leave you feeling - that life is just great!

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Leah de Friez

We recently returned from a trip to Europe, the delicious experience we experienced last night was better than we have enjoyed in Chch or around the globe. The service was second to none. Decor, ambiance and flavors were outstanding. Thank you. Leah de Friez & Brett Chambers

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Highly recommended this fantastic culinary experience!
Staff from Chillingworth Road are so friendly & with really high service standard since we stepped in the restaurant. Our waiter was very professional & he always paid attention to us as well as guests from the other tables. Good information about every course & wine.
We had a 9 course menu with a bottle of wine & a glass dessert wine. Everything tasted amazing! Beautiful presentations with excellent combinations of taste & texture wth high quality ingredients made with excellent culinary skills. Absolutely love the whole dining experience! People who love food is a must!

- dined at Chillingworth Road on

Chillingworth Road has the atmosphere, excellent staff and stunning food to make a wonderful dining experience, one we won’t quickly forget.
We chose five courses with wines to match and each course was cleverly presented, with clever flavour combinations.
The wines matched and enhanced the flavours of each course perfectly.
Brook, our waitress couldn’t have been more helpful or competent in her roll, clearly explaining each plate and the chosen wines.
We would thoroughly recommend Chillingworth Road for any occasion.

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Jill Bond

Amazing as usual! So good to have staff that truly know their subject matter. We have dined here several times and couldn't fault it - again! Great to hear staff recommending other South Island restaurants of equal calibre to overseas clients. Highly recommend this restaurant if you want something special and appreciate excellent food and service.

- dined at Chillingworth Road on

We went out to celebrate a special event and the restaurant certainly made the night special! We selected the 7 course and loved every one. Just the right amount of food with each course and the presentation was exceptional. Our wait staff were friendly, knowledgeable and constantly ensuring we had everything we needed. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and would recommend Chillingworth Road to all.

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Sarah Bennett

Always excellent - have never had even a mediocre experience. Best restaurant in Christchurch

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My birthday dinner was amazing. Staff were knowledgeable and attentive but not intrusive, food was beautifully presented and delicious and a birthday desert plate for me! Will definitely be back again.

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Margaret Dale

Amazing experience. Quality staff. Great food and atmosphere. Great value for money.

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Sarah Bennett

Amazing food and wonderful atmosphere. Love this place

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Alan Yeung

Fantastic dining experience; atmosphere and service! Would return.

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David Livesey

We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. The 7 courses with matched wines was superb, well presented and our waitress was very attentive and knowledgable

- dined at Chillingworth Road on

Amazing!! Best dining experience we’ve had in Christchurch for ages.
Every plate of the seven courses was beautifully presented, perfectly balanced and delicious.
The service was impeccable.
My new favourite place to dine!

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Fantastic experience from the moment you enter to leave fulfilled with the best and most exciting dishes experienced one Christchurch. Love this place and will be back again. Thanks to the team for always making it a memorable experience!!

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Took my mum out for birthday dinner and it was such a great night! Couldn’t fault the food and the service was great! Might have to take the hubby next time!

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Lisa Laird

This was the most beautiful meal and experience we have ever ever had. I couldn’t rate at high enough, the service to the food was beautiful.Mark was just amazing and looked after us right from the beginning until the end. I recommend this place to absolutely everyone perfect meal, perfect night!!

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Sheree Roberts

Absolutely AMAZING!
Food was delicious and so well presented and the front of house staff gave outstanding service

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Shelley Hughes

Amazing food, amazing service. Great for a special night out

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This was our first visit to Chillingworth Road and we can quite honestly say they have exceptional food and amazing staff. We had the 7 course degustation menu and we could not fault it, it was absolutely delicious. We were made to feel welcome from the moment we arrived. Staff were very friendly. Each dish was described as it was served, and beautifully presented. The Chef's were visible in the restaurant and even though they were busy they seemed calm and this definitely showed in the quality of the food. We will definitely return and highly recommend Chillingworth Road.

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Max Westropp

Fantastic food and service, definitely worth the visit!

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Mitchell Gardner

What an experience! My first time eating degustation and Chillingworth did not disappoint. It takes away the worst part of eating out, deciding what to order, and instead replaces it with samples of the chefs recommendations which were incredible! We opted for the 7 course and enjoyed every part, a highlight being the sous vide salmon which was melt in your mouth. It is also a great opportunity to try food which you normally wouldn’t try, the groper combined with the miso infused cream cheese was a combination to die for. Service was also incredible, made us feel right at home engaging in day to day conversation while also making us feel very fancy! A great place to come for special occasions, will definitely be back.

- dined at Chillingworth Road on

Fabulous evening. Spectacular food and flavours. We had 9 courses. Thoroughly recommend. Thanks to all the team for a memorable night out.

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Georgia Hanford

Had the 7 course degustation and the food was incredible! Wine matching was a fun addition and a great way to try a selection of great wines. Staff answered all our questions and were professional. This place is a must try!

- dined at Chillingworth Road on

Stunning food and fantastic service, everything we have come to expect from Chillingworth Road.

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Lucky Masilamani

The staff were so lovely and they made a special special plate honouring our anniversary. It was such a nice place and would definitely go again!

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David Robertson

From the time you walk through the door into the dining room, you are wowed by the decor, food and service. Our waiter Mark, very knowledgeable about every dish helps to make this a truely unique and magnificent dining experience. Capped off by a chocolate “Happy Birthday” on the last desert dish - 10/10

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This was our 1st time here... atmosphere was beautiful. Our waitress was excellent even tho it was only her 2nd day.the owner that was also waitressing kept bumping my chair which was quite annoying lol. The food had great flavors and the speed was good. Also yummy cocktails

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Perfect evening. Exception food with wine to match. Excellent knowledge by staff. Seven courses and none could be faulted. Will definitely be returning. Thank you

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What a fantastic experience! Such high quality of both food quality and presentation, and the service friendly and we felt very special customers.

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Christine Smith

Fantastic! Loved our experience at Chillingworth Road. Beautiful decor, good dining music, and delicious food. Wonderful wine list too. We opted for the nine course menu and are so glad we did - every bite was delicious and we couldn't wait for the next plate to arrive, however, our favourites were the fish dishes and desserts. Mark, our waiter, was very friendly and knowledgeable, as were other staff. Loved our date night out.

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Sherona Lee

Fantastic food was served and love the environment!

- dined at Chillingworth Road on

The food is good, no question, but the service made this experience. It wasn't just a meal, it was a lovely evening out. When we arrived early the barkeep (Courtney) made us welcome and relaxed, then the maître d' (Mark) took over. He told us to relax and let them take care of us, which we did, and they guided us through the evening beautifully. We don't go out a lot, but go to good places when we do and we will certainly be back to Chillingworth Road. Excellent all round if you are after an intimate, relaxed evening.

- dined at Chillingworth Road on

Sarah Bennett

Absolutely gorgeous food and amazing atmosphere. Our server, Mike, was friendly, knowledgable and attentive - we felt like we were being looked after while still being left to enjoy a romantic dinner in private. Would definitely come back again

- dined at Chillingworth Road on

A wonderful evening had here. We opted for the nine course menu and it was a delicious ride! Each dish was packed full of so many different flavours it was such a treat discovering them all. Personal highlight was the duck but each dish was memorable, the setting was classy, the atmosphere relaxed and the staff were all lovely and attentive.

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Exceptional - Could not fault anything. Service and food were great.

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Had a fabulous evening. Gorgeous food and fantastic service. Would definitely recommend.

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Ruairidh Crane

We went for the whole hog, 9 course with wine pairing. Everything was delicious, plenty of food over the nine courses (I probably ate too much!)
Lovely mix of red, whites, roses and ports with detailed explanations of what to expect from each wine and why it was chosen to complement each course.
Service was impeccable, very well looked after.
I will be coming back and I'll be bringing more people

- dined at Chillingworth Road on

Viv Smart

Wow! We felt like royalty when we dined at Chillingworth Road! The food was simply amazing, and being a degustation menu, we were impressed with every course. Each one a surprise. The service was really friendly and we felt really welcome. Would thoroughly recommend. Being on First Table was an awesome bonus. Many thanks to everyone who made our evening a very special one as it was our wedding anniversary.

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Great food, great service, great experience.

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Anthony Harris

Awesome place, prob overkill for chidren . We will be back

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Gary Burbery

A special experience …. very well hosted

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Michael McStay

First degustation ever. Was really nice, the staff were amazing and the food was super tasty. We tried the 9 course and were happy with everything (though the cheese wasn't as much to our liking, but that's just a personal thing).

I would recommend this place anytime, however, do keep in mind that you will be there for a good chunk of time, I believe we were there for just over 3 hours for the full experience.

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Brad Thomson

The service was excellent with the wait staff describing each course very well and were very polite. Some of the food was good, particularly the deserts but the mains were very average, probably the toughest eye fillet I've had and a lot of the flavors just didn't work.

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Kim Anderson-Hadley

Fantastic service. Friendly knowledgeable staff. The food was divine. Especially the lemon tart

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Vinesh Nair

Excellent from start to finish. The dining room had lovely decor with low lighting - felt upscale yet relaxed at the same time. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable about the dishes and wines. The food was all beautifully cooked and balanced, each one unique and interesting. The wine pairings were wonderfully complementary and outstanding wines in their own right. All in all, a lovely first experience at this restaurant - was very impressed and will be back!

- dined at Chillingworth Road on

Amazing food, service and atmosphere. Absolutely beautiful experience.

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Jill Bond

Amazing food and fantastic service. We will be back!

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Rochelle Hyslop

Absolutely amazing food and service. Wouldn’t want to go anywhere else! Fantastic people. I can’t even rate the food as there isn’t enough stars...absolutely the finest of dining

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barry souter

The meal was very very good, as usual from this top class restaurant.
The staff were excellent, very attentive to all the diners and very knowledgeable. Simply top class, thank you.

- dined at Chillingworth Road on

Andrew Little

Well, well, well... if you've been to a Degustation Restaurant before or not... and you haven't been to Chillingworth Road... get your skates on and get there fast!... We have dined at Chillingworth Road on a few occasions now and each time we can't wait to go again. The service is impeccable but the food is outrageously yummy. It's cooked to perfection and is presented accordingly. We had the 9 courses on this occasion and what a treat after treat after treat. Yes, probably more for a special occasion but then again... I'd invent a special occasion if that's what it takes.
Make a booking and prepare yourself for a Degustation journey that will leave you feeling - that life is just great!

- dined at Chillingworth Road on

Leah de Friez

We recently returned from a trip to Europe, the delicious experience we experienced last night was better than we have enjoyed in Chch or around the globe. The service was second to none. Decor, ambiance and flavors were outstanding. Thank you. Leah de Friez & Brett Chambers

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