There’s a new school of thought around the way we eat that’s getting a lot of attention around the world these days. It’s called the Slow Food Movement. Slow Food is about the connection between food and culture and encourages people to eat locally. Started in Italy in the 1980s, it has since spread internationally—even a few chapters have popped up in New Zealand.
Maybe it’s no surprise that this philosophy has caught on in New Zealand—our local foods are the best in the world (with ingredients like kumara and Canterbury lamb, it’s hard to miss!) and the famous kiwi ingenuity has combined with European heritage and near-Asian geography to make our recipes particularly unique and tasty. Here at Willowbank, we’ve always known that our local cuisine is great and that’s why we’re proud to operate one of the best New Zealand-themed Christchurch restaurants.
We kept New Zealand culture in mind when we designed our menus, and a number of dishes were inspired by kiwi culinary traditions like the ‘weekend barbeque’ influenced char-grilled steak. We also pay homage to international influences that complement our local ingredients, like our New Zealand farmed salmon with wasabi mayonnaise or our ‘backyard garden’ vegetables with a yogurt pesto dressing. Yum.
So while the Slow Food movement is spreading around the world, here in our Christchurch restaurant we’re just going to keep doing what we’ve always done—serve up local specialties made with the freshest ingredients, and then toast to New Zealand culture and heritage with a glass of Marlborough wine.
The combination of New Zealand culture, food, wine and wildlife makes an evening at Willowbank a kiwi experience like no other. Come see what makes Willowbank a major South Island attraction and home to one of the best Christchurch restaurants.
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