DAY 01 – Christchurch
After snacking at the Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park, Hagley Park, we planned to have dinner at Tutto Bene [to-be-posted] on Papanui Road. We were surprised to find a huge crowd when we entered this Italian restaurant. As there was no booking made on a booked-out Saturday night at Tutto Bene, we went for Plan B (?). We collected the restaurant’s card to make booking when we return here in a week’s time after the completion of our round trip back to Christchurch.
Plan B was The Flying Burrito Brothers with no bookings too! Surprisingly and fortunately, we managed to secure a table at this Mexican restaurant. Based on the recommendation by our wait staff, we started off with a pitcher of the Daily Special Margarita ($20). I think it was a mixture of Sauza tequila, triple sec and house sour mix, enhanced with mango and passion fruit (?). It was pretty good but it was a ‘small’ pitcher …
We ordered a Burritos Chiquitos (menu designed for amigos under 12 years, $12) for Lil’ M.. The Starter was a bowl of corn chips with melted cheese. It was a big bowl, enough for all to share!
From the Lil’ M.’s Burritos Chiquitos Mains, we chose the Quesadilla de Queso - grilled flour tortilla filled with melted cheese and served with Mexican rice and salad.
Ms. L. and I share a Fajitas – served on a sizzling skillet with capsicum, onions and soft flour tortillas. For the meat, we went for a mixed of Carne (tender slices of beef) and Pollo (tender slices of chicken) ($26).
My Sis and Mom shared one of the The Flying Burrito – a grilled flour tortilla parcel drizzled with coriander oil and served with rice, sour cream, salsa, guacamole and salad greens. For the meat, they picked the Smoked Chipotle Chicken ($24).
Lil’ M.’s Burritos Chiquitos came complete with a Dessert – Vanilla Ice-Cream topped with Mexican chocolate sauce and raspberry coulis.
The turnover was high in this restaurant. I guess our timing was perfect when we came in for a table. Atmosphere was chaotic on this Saturday night but the service was excellent. From all the items ordered, we were impressed with the Fajitas. The grilled slices of beef and chicken were pretty tender, and the condiments were authentic in taste.
After our first dinner in New Zealand, we drove on to our first accommodation in New Zealand – Pete’s Farm Stay …The Flying Burrito Brothers
Cnr Armagh Street and New Regent Street,
Christchurch, New Zealand. 64-3-3777-626 www.flyingburritobrothers.co.nz