CHOICE AS CHOICES! The days of having a solitary vegetarian option on the menu at a restaurant are long past, and in the Christchurch hospitality scene, the seeds of plant-based eating are sprouting with more enthusiasm than your summer veggie patch. These menus showcase the incredible versatility of plant-based eating. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian or plant-curious, Christchurch’s specialised plant-based eateries cover all the bases.
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PLANT-BASED SPECIALISTS THE FUTURE OF VEGAN Whoever said you had to give up meat and dairy to go vegan was, well, technically correct. But lucky for us, Grater Goods is living in the future. Created by musician and long-time vegan Flip Grater and her husband Youssef Iskrane, this vegan delicatessen’s purpose in life is to provide ex-meat eaters with the taste and texture of popular animal products. Housed in an old Sydenham glass factory, the deli doubles as a bar and live music venue, bringing vibes of secondhand cool that will have you feeling right at home. Settle in for a glass of wine while you wait for your reuben sandwich, fried ‘chicken’
burger, or a platter of vegan antipasti if you really can’t choose. And bring your hipster string grocery bag, because you will definitely want to load up on items from the deli – Plant Pastrami, Chch Chorizo, Ashed Smokey Cheddar and Herb & Garlic Cream Cheese are all top picks. Excuse us, we’ll just be drooling over in the corner. The future is here! Whipping up a home-cooked, plant-based meal to impress your family and dazzle your friends has never been easier thanks to vegan meal subscription service Green Dinner Table. With an emphasis on eco-friendly packaging, local produce and nutritious eats, Chef Tom Riley designs tasty recipes and the team jam-pack the meal boxes with local pre-portioned meal ingredients that create less waste.
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The Fermentist micro-brewery in Sydenham has beer at its roots and sustainability at its heart, specialising in craft beer and cider that are as good for the planet as they are for your palate. The Fermentist’s Kiwi Pale Ale is New Zealand’s first carboNZero certified beer. A carefully crafted (and portioned to avoid food waste) vegetarian menu is well matched to the bodacious brews on offer, using produce from the brewery’s own garden and supporting other local producers. Pull up a pew (literally – the bench seats are upcycled pews from the old St Matthews Church) next to the living wall and sample some shared plates.
CENTRAL CITY GEMS Tucked in a sun-drenched, bohemian corner of The Welder, Barefoot Eatery is a vegan, organic and gluten free café with a fridge full of raw, cold-pressed juices from sister brand Greenroots Juicery to put a bit of sunshine in your veins. Just down the road you’ll find Raw Sugar Café, with cute, colourful