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07.08.17
CHCH Central is on a 'Little High'...

Barbecued meat for dad, dumplings for mum, a bacon-loaded burger for your brother, waffle & ice cream for your little sis, and a woodfired pizza for the whole clan to get stuck into.

You’ll be pleased to know, Little High Eatery has brought the family feuds to an end when it comes to picking your Friday night dinner destination.

Little High is Christchurch’s newest (and only) modern marketplace, home to eight local, family-run businesses, and offers something to tickle even the fussiest taste buds.
We went in to investigate who’s serving up the goods at this lively new establishment on High Street…

A Mouse Called Bean
This little mouse’s story began a few years back at The Container Mall (formerly known as Re:START). Libby and Nathan have been at the forefront of the rebuild in Christchurch since the beginning, doing the hard yards to finally find their home inside Little High.

While you can expect all of your classic café offerings, A Mouse Called Bean have introduced new gems to their menu – including mulled wine, ‘mouse-tinis’, award-winning New Zealand wines, as well as Cakes by Anna and raw goodies from Pure Café Co.

Oh, and if you’re hanging around The Container Mall, you can still get a fresh brew from their pop-up.

Libby Mouse

BASE Woodfired Pizza
Not only does the toasty fire behind the counter make BASE the best line to hang out in during wintertime, but their woodfired pizzas have been keeping the people coming back for more and more since 2010. What started as a way to entertain the neighbours, has become a family-run business that has seen Chris, Andy & Rod pop-up at The Container Mall, set-up at The Court Theatre and finally, be a part of the Little High crew. 

Locally sourced ingredients are these guys’ jam, and amongst the classic pizza flavours you’ll find freakshakes big enough to feed an army, Mac ‘n’ Cheese Hash Browns, and bevvies from North Canterbury’s Brew Moon.

Eightgrains

Sushi Soldier & Eightgrains
Both owned by Mia and Andy, Sushi Soldier & Eightgrains brings together modern and traditional offerings of Japanese and Chinese cuisine. On the Sushi Soldier side, you’ll find Japanese inspired dishes such as sashimi, yakitori, ramen, and donburi, whereas Eightgrains keep it authentically Chinese with perfectly handmade dumplings and baos.  

The names of both businesses come from their family’s past – referring to their ancestors who were one of the eight royal armies in China. It’s a family business through and through, and you’ll find Mia and Andy’s parents and siblings manning the handmade dumpling production line, rolling the sushi, and crisping up that irresistible fried chicken.

Noodlemonk
When Starz was pregnant with her second daughter, a monk came to pray for Starz and her newborn to be. In between blessing her daughter, this monk also had something to say about Starz's own future, foretelling that one day she would sell noodles and be rich. He got it right. After running a heavy metal pub in Hong Kong, Starz moved over to New Zealand and started up Noodlemonk with her partner Brendan.

Noodlemonk’s taste is traditional, giving Kiwis the opportunity to experience authentic and restaurant quality Thai dishes at street prices. When you come to visit, we recommend going for the Pad Thai Paradise (there’s a reason paradise is in the name).

Bacon Brothers
Troy’s affair with bacon started 5 years ago alongside his brother, Luke. As Troy was getting his pilot license, he was in need of a bit of extra dosh – and so he picked up a bag of white bread, mayonnaise, and bacon from the local New World, and headed to the Christchurch Farmers’ Market. It was a sell out in the first day and Bacon Brothers was officially born.

As well as moving from budget white bread to fresh ciabatta, Bacon Brothers also decided to step in a new direction and join the Little High family. The new location has seen them expand their menu past just burgers, now featuring maple bacon, fried cauliflower and some of the city’s best hand cut fries.

Bacon Brothers is all about making sure their customers feel on top of the world – naming burgers after them, offering free hugs alongside the ‘happy burger’ and catering to special dietary requirements with the option to make any burger vegan friendly.  

BBQ

Caribe Latin Kitchen & El Fogón 
There are plenty of places in Christchurch to get your fix of Mexican goodness. However, when it comes to finding the whole Latin American experience of Argentinian, Peruvian, Brazilian, and Colombian cuisine under one roof – Caribe Latin Kitchen & El Fogón have filled that hunger gap in CHCH Central.

Richard Castro first started up Caribe Latin Kitchen in Queenstown and has brought this vibrant Latin American restaurant to Little High as well as his new barbecue venture, El Fogón. 

When it comes to creating menus, Richard doesn’t want to be put in a box. He loves to create adventurous dishes, inspired by a range of countries. El Fogón and Caribe Latin Kitchen features a mixture of traditional recipes as well as plates more familiar to Kiwis – think Rib Eye and Sirloin steak with an Argentinian twist.

If you’re wanting to go traditional, El Fogón’s Entrāna dish heroes a meat cut loved by Argentinians, and Caribe’s Arepas are cooked just like they do in Venezuela.