My in-laws have been staying with us and kindly shooed us out the door on Monday night so Eli and I could have a date-night! Exciting times for a Monday!!
We decided on dinner and a movie which for me meant we must try one of the many new restaurants that have been popping up all over Christchurch this year.
We chose to go to Town Tonic and weren’t disappointed. After saying I didn’t want to be pigeon-holed into having Italian when Town Tonic returned Eli’s call in regards to the booking we discovered Monday was pizza and pasta night! Ha! Never mind, we decided to just roll with it and I’m so pleased we did.
Photos by Naomi Haussmann for Neat Places
Upon entering we were immediately impressed with the slick decor; no wonder the business crowds head to Town Tonic during the day – classy and cool and tasty. We were then enlightened to the fact that we could actually have whatever we liked – the chef would whip up anything our bellies desired; this mumma has a fried brain so the thought of having to choose something myself when out for dinner was actually the last thing I wanted to do! Luckily there was a delicious sounding menu put together by the chef to choose from also – phew!
I actually had a French inspired seafood bouillabaisse which was DELICIOUS! A generous amount of seafood (including the sweetest scallops I have had in a loooong time) coupled with a thick, robust tomato sauce and a crusty piece of bread to scoop up all the tomatoey goodness = winning!
Being able to create your own dish allowed leeway from the original menu so Eli chose the vegetarian pizza (macadamia nuts, asparagus, creme fraiche, mushrooms) but added chorizo. The macadamia nuts added such great texture – definitely something to add to our home made pizza toppings list.
It wasn’t overly busy and I loved that the chef personally came to see how we were enjoying our meals; it was so nice to chat about the ideas behind the food as well as praise her personally for our beautiful meals. The open kitchen area also means you can see closely how your meal is being prepared should you wish.
Definitely keen to head back to Town Tonic (any night of the week!) as the food was delicious and the staff were friendly, laid back but attentive.
We then went to see Hunger Games Mockingjay Part One – sooooo good but soooo frustrating that we have to wait to find out how it all ends. I haven’t read the books and am tempted to read the last one to see what happens!!!!
Monday date night was good times x
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