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Date night hot spots in Christchurch on First Table

August 2022

Date night hot spots in Christchurch on First Table
Robyn Columbus

Robyn Columbus

5 minute read

Overdue a date night with your beloved? Or need an excuse to go out with your loved one without breaking the bank? Here's our pick of Christchurch dinner date hot spots on First Table where you can book your next romantic night out ❤️

Christchurch restaurant, The Goldfinch restaurant

The Goldfinch

Exotic handcrafted cocktails, South East Asian-inspired meals with a modern European twist and an atmosphere of luxury and glamour, The Goldfinch is where you want to take your new love interest on a first date (or any time date) for an unparalleled dining experience. The perfect place for something extra special, the menu begins with sharing plates of delicious dumplings, karaage chicken, wild boar skewers and tiger prawns. The mains are also designed for sharing with the likes of dong po pork belly, spiced orange and miso glazed salmon and the grilled Angus sirloin steak all demanding your attention! Make sure you leave room for dessert with tiramisu matcha, affogato or slurpish dessert cocktails like the mudslide or apple pie. 

Town Tonic, Christchurch Restaurant

Town Tonic

Breakfast, lunch or dinner Town Tonic is your new favorite all-day date hangout. With menus that change with the seasons, dishes are constantly tweaked and made from fresh local produce. For date night, you're likely to find Angus beef fillet, Ora king salmon or Horopito spiced pork loin, and desserts a must with sticky date pudding or textures of Valrhona chocolate on offer. Order a bottle of champagne, or peruse the cocktail list for some tasty twists on modern classics.

The Old Vicarage, Christchurch restaurant, romantic dinner

The Old Vicarage

Once a homestead for a Minister and his family, The Old Vicarage is now a beautiful homely restaurant. Your special someone will be spoiled to bits with the fresh European and New Zealand cuisine. Favorites include the Wakanui beef short ribs, cider braised pork belly, and the special cuts of meat from the Butchers Block where you can craft a meal of meat, sides, vegetables and specialty sauces to your liking. Share a dessert or cheese board of Barry's Bay cheese and make it a night to remember. 

Strawberry Fare, Christchurch restaurant, date night

Strawberry Fare

Before we get to the infamous Strawberry Fare desserts, let’s begin with the dinner menu. Sharing is caring, and if you're happy to share with your loved one, the lighter dishes are where you can start.  Grilled wild-caught Australian prawns, hot smoked Akaroa salmon with lemon creme fraiche, slow cooked pulled Cantervalley duck and potato hash, do you need more convincing? And if you don't like to share, the main menu is where you'll find the Sumac and sesame coated free range chicken, Te Mania Angus beef fillet, or the braised lamb ragu pasta. Ahh dessert time, the menu is dreamy with signature Strawberry Fare items like the berry bombe Alaska, berry pillows and the salted caramel and dark chocolate mousse gateaux. Or perhaps finish off the evening with a Toblerone cocktail.

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