Nestled on the edge of the Botanic Gardens is the picturesque heritage classed Curator’s House. The restaurant is a stunning backdrop to enjoy all the delicious fare on offer – they serve fresh, local produce in Spanish traditional dishes – with the best garden views around. Specialities include authentic tapas to share over a glass of wine, or the hearty slow-roasted NZ spring lamb shoulder and their famous seafood paella. Dine outdoors in the garden courtyards in summer or at a table in one of the intimate rooms by the fireplace in winter. This moody space is also a great place for private group dining. Stroll through the Curator’s House demonstration fruit and vegetable garden while chefs pick fresh produce for the menu. Centrally located near the museum, this is a great place to stop for lunch, dinner and tapas, seven days a week. In 2020 the owners celebrate 20 years at Curator’s House and the building turns 100 years.
Go for: Lunch, dinner, unique Spanish cuisine, relaxed and casual, outdoor area.
Tapas Tasting Selection A small taste of some of the favourite tapas, ideal for two to share as an entrée or add a few more tapas for a meal. Chorizo, chicken and serrano ham croqueta balls, calamari, pasta pesto and blue cheese salad, Catalan pork sausage ragout and mushroom sauce, patata bravas. $29.50
Croquetas de Setas y Parmesano Mushroom and parmesan cheese croquettes. $16
Traditional Spanish Main Dishes
Paella Mixta for two Signature Dish Seafood and chicken tossed with saffron-scented rice, tomatoes and vegetables cooked and served in pan. $45 pp
Cordero Asado – Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder Slow roasted Canterbury lamb shoulder served with a rosemary, thyme and red wine reduction and gourmet potatoes. $39.50
Pato a la Naranja – Orange Confit Duck Confit South Canterbury duck leg in an orange and moscatel sauce, truffle potato mash with apricot and prune chutney. $37
Zarzuela de Mariscos – Seafood Ragout Fresh fish and seafood including prawns, clams and mussels cooked in a sofrito of onion and tomato, fish stock, and a majada of almonds, garlic and parsley. $39.50
- 7 Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
- 03 379 2252