Cuisine: European
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35

Welcome to Belgian Beer Cafe Torenhof, a Christchurch institution that’s as famous for its dazzling beer selection and old world charm as it is for traditional European dishes.

Mussels (Belgium’s national dish) are the signature here, imaginatively served in everything from white wine sauce to spicy Creole-style lasagne and sharing platters.

Not a fish lover? Savour chargrilled meats, juicy burgers, gourmet salads and a delicious selection of small plates. Braised pork belly bruschetta is not to be missed...

Dark wooden panelling and vintage lamps give off a warm, cozy glow that will make you want to linger over a beer (or three!) and there are more than 30 to choose from. The drinks list also includes a selection of premium spirits, cocktails and Kiwi wines.

Of course, it just wouldn’t really be Belgian without a waffle or two. Enjoy yours drizzled in chocolate, scattered with berries or covered in banana caramel sauce.

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Belgian Beer Cafe Torenhof
20 Durham St, Sydenham
Christchurch 8023

Open Hours:
Tuesday 12pm - 11pm
Wednesday 12pm - 11pm
Thursday 12pm - 11pm
Friday 12pm - 1am
Saturday 11am - 1am
Sunday 11am - 11pm

Phone: 03 377 1007
Website: www.belgianbeercafe.net.nz

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Belgian Beer Cafe Torenhof
Location: Sydenham
Cuisine: European
Mains: $25 - $35
Accepts:   Belgian Beer Cafe Torenhof accepts American Express

Reviews

Exactly what we wanted. Prompt and pleasant service, the food was delicious, the chips were crunchy and fresh, ambiance was relaxed, and as you can imagine, the beer selection was spectacular. Small eaters, be mindful of portion sizes - they certainly didn't skimp!

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Emma Costigan

Very delicious and generous portions of a beautiful warm pork salad on a cold Christchurch day. Great service, great food and quite an impressive menu for a "Beer Cafe" I will be back.

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Lauren Aitken

Myself and two others went for lunch on a Sunday arvo and we were all really impressed. I ordered the half pot of mussels and they were hands down the best mussels I have ever had. My partner and friend were also really impressed with their dishes. We each left saying we would have been happy to pay full price for the dishes we had. Also, the lady who was serving us was very attentive and really lovely. We will definitely be back!

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Nick Williamson

Dining at Torenhof was a great experience. The service was friendly and prompt, the food was delicious and the surroundings were perfect for a group of people who wanted to be able to have a good conversation. Several of our group come from Dutch families so they were delighted to see the rookworst sausage on the menu! Everyone enjoyed their meals. Thanks to our lovely wait staff who recommended the beer - also delicious. I would recommend Torenhof for their food, the ambiance and wonderful staff.

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Emerald Ayrey

Great food, great service, will be back

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Continued excellence in quality of food and service. Have dined here several times and will be back again.

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Fiona Gurnsey

Very enjoyable evening with great food and excellent service

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Very friendly and accommodating service. We all chose the Breakfast in Bread, and we all really enjoyed it.

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Eleanor Mc Quaid

Really nice restaurant and staff were super friendly and helpful. Food was yummy and very generous servings. Great coffee too

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Exactly what we wanted. Prompt and pleasant service, the food was delicious, the chips were crunchy and fresh, ambiance was relaxed, and as you can imagine, the beer selection was spectacular. Small eaters, be mindful of portion sizes - they certainly didn't skimp!

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My experience was wonderful, Belgian Beer cafe was my best experience through first table!

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Hannah Poole

Amazing food and service

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Tim Margetts

As per usual, perfection all round.
Great food, great beer and great service.
Still our #1 first table spot.

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Gavin Bishop

The food was delicious and well presented but I wonder if we got value for our money even though we were paying only First Table rates. My skinny lamb shank accompanied by a tiny amount of roasted vegetables and some mashed potato would have been very expensive indeed at full price - $36.00.
I am beginning to suspect that some eateries are serving up smaller meals for First Table diners.

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My favourite restaurant now! Everything is cooked perfectly, ingredients were fresh. Clean and welcoming environment, excellent taste and service. Definitely worth to try. The Linguini was creamy and flavorful, my husband ordered rib eye steak, cooked to perfection, he loves the dark ale beer. Mussel pot was great too. Decent portion as well. For kid's meal, very good value comes with a dessert, an ice cream treat for my boy.

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Food and service were both excellent

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Easy to find restaurant at The Colombo and parking as plentiful in the front.

We were met by a very friendly and attentive server who was delightful for the rest of the evening making sure that everything was going fine. The best service we've had in a while.

The food was delicious, starting with half a mussel hot pot each. The mussels were big and meaty and full of flavour. To follow, we had the vegetarian dish and also a beef brisket. Both were great with plenty of flavour and came out piping hot. For dessert, we had the waffles which were quite average. Tasted stale and the toppings lacking. It didn't detract too much from the rest of the meal.

Be sure to try out their beer selection too as there's plenty on tap and the Brune Leffe was great for a dark beer.

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Was a great evening with friends at a great place with good food and great service, we'll go back

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Fabulous choice of venue to treat my bestie for her birthday lunch. We were warmly greeted on our arrival and given our choice of table. Was a fabulous day so sat outside in the sun. The menu was extensive and well priced for the portion sizes we received. We decided on a selection or entrees to share and were not disappointed with what was dished to us. Thanks Belgian Beer Cafe - we’ll be back!

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Sam Wins

A very pleasant evening, excellent service and delicious beers. The food was overall well prepared and tasty.

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Tim Margetts

2nd time here and has quickly become our favorite.
Best Squid and Muscles in town and the Beef Brisket is always amazing.
All served up with professional, friendly service.
Highly recommended A+

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TONY FORSYTH

our wait lady was very attentive but the food was very average. not up to usual standards from the past.

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Good food. Great service.

Thank you.

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Great service and delicious food.

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Suzanne McMillan

Was my Mum's 84th birthday and she had a lovely lunch. The food was good, service excellent even when Mum couldn't make up her mind. Have now been to Belgian Beer Café a couple of times and the food and service have been excellent each time. Even made Mum decide she might like to go out to lunch more often. That could have just been a hint:-)

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Alan Dearden

The mussels were outstanding. My wife had the special of the day, which was blue cheese and broccoli and l had the garlic and leek. Both came quickly and nice and hot. We will be back.

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Emily Arthur

Great food and experience very friendly staff.

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Emma Costigan

Very delicious and generous portions of a beautiful warm pork salad on a cold Christchurch day. Great service, great food and quite an impressive menu for a "Beer Cafe" I will be back.

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The mussel is excellent. Cozy place and nice service

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Surely a nice place to dine in a cold day. The staff welcomed us with warmth in her attitude and the mussels were very tasty. The choco fondant dessert was nice too.

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Gina Coffey

Nice food. Attentive staff.

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Nice meal &experience!

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Great food, nice space to be in, sunny window seats plus a nice outdoor seating area. Great beers, but a little pricey. I’ve been to this same chain overseas and it seems to be consistently at a high standard

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Leilani KaiPod

Fabulous food especially the mussels!

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Nice restaurant, friendly staff, good food.

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Litia Maclean

We had a lovely night! Service was incredible. The pate was delicious and corned beef burger amazing and the chicken tenders and dipping sauce full of flavour. The Mayo was underwhelming.

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Great mulled wine. Food was okay, entree of calamari was tasty, main was okay, could of been what we ordered, one chicken breast and one beef brisket.
I found it difficult to find something not accompanied by potatoes. I possibly could of read the menu incorrectly, but I didn't think the chicken breast came with potatoes. The tempura broccoli was delicious, could of just had that for a main. There was definitely plenty of food, and no room for dessert. Restaurant felt cold on walking in. Service was always with a smile and efficient. Mulled wine was warming and tasty.

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Pleasant restaurant moved to great status by engaging wait staff. Excellent range of Belgian beers

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Service fantastic food average

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Jen Anderson

Friendly welcoming service, great food, atmosphere was good. Very attentive waitresses. We enjoyed our night out.

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Michelle Jordan

lovely lunch and great staff

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This is the place for sauce-lovers! Without smothering the dishes there is plenty of flavoursome sauce complimenting each dish and you can taste that they are made fresh and from scratch. The fish and brisket were super delicious. I'm in love with the warm goats cheese salad, too! The unique ingredients (water chestnuts & pecan) and great taste made it to my top dish at this place. Will def be back, super lecker - vielen Dank!!

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Excellent service and the food was great as well. Perfect for a quick lunch before a movie at the Colombo!

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Fantastic from start to finish. Great beer selection and the food was absolutely amazing. I will definitely be heading back soon!

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Andrea Williams

Great service with excellent food and Belgian beer! Thanks will definitely be back

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Aliesha Pile

Fantastic food and service :) Loved the cherry beer for something a little different

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Melanie Tam

Service was great - food was delicious thanks

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My first experience with 'First Table" and my first at the Torenhof for a few years and it was great to be back! The food was delicious and the nicely presented and .... the service was excellent. I will be sure not to wait so long for my next return.

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Pleasant venue, staff very courteous and helpful, good experience.

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Rebecca Bird

Great place to go to eat and drink

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Keith Den Hollander

Four of us all had an excellent meal. Good service and atmosphere. Look forward to return.

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First appearances were very good, our waitress was helpful and she made our dining experience worthwhile. Food was tastie and portions good. Great time would certainly eat here again.

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Robyn Shand

Would recommend very tasty food Great atmosphere

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Shireen Spaull

From the moment we walked in the staff were welcoming, genuine and helpful. Their garlic bread is to die for. Two steaks - one being a tomahawk for our “birthday boy” son and one for me. Big sizes. Pulled pork burger went down a treat too.
Desserts are super yummy! Ice cream & chocolate sauce cake with real Belgian chocolate. Cheesecake delicious. Staff helpful with what liqueur best with affogato (our son turned 18!) definitely recommend & will definitely be back. Surroundings convivial. Music awesome too!

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