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“Saturday night at The Monday Room” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Monday Room

The Monday Room
367 Moorhouse Avenue | Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
+64 3-377 5262
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Ranked #48 of 600 Restaurants in Christchurch
Cuisines: Tapas
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Christchurch, New Zealand
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142 reviews 142 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 59 cities Reviews in 59 cities
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
“Saturday night at The Monday Room”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Our daughter-in-law ventured her opinion that we were a tad too old to be frequenting what she thought was a young persons' place, but we went ahead and booked for a Saturday night meal. It was good, and we didn't feel out of place.

I was able to tell the waitperson that we'd been there once before; in 1962 to be exact, when it was then Bonners Hotel and under 6.00pm closing. My schoolmate was managing the place and it was our first wedding anniversary. We got home at 4.00am the next morning. The original pressed-tin ceilings are still in place.

It was a speedy meal this time. The place is smallish and has just two rooms; the main bar/dining room with four conventional tables seating four+ diners, and a high table for eight. The outside room is just slightly smaller and open to the elements at the eaves for the smokers who get to enjoy the open fire. The lights are so dim we oldies can't read the menus. We had the worst table in the place, right by the servery door and next to the sliding doors to the garden bar - a fierce draught every time they slide open.

The staff were very pleasant. The food is Japanese tapas and absolutely delicious. We cobbled together some favourite dishes (tempura, chicken, polenta fries etc) with a good-quality wine, all served served promptly and expertly.

Okay, it's really a bar which has very good light meals. It has live music which we were too early to experience. The buzz of the other diners showed it was a place where people really enjoy themselves.

One jarring note was the sizable painting of a nude, kneeling Marilyn Monroe defaced with a napalm bomb in her midriff right opposite where I sat; the puzzle of it quite put me off my food. When I quizzed the barman about it's provenance (the only painting in the dining area) he had no idea except maybe it was something the owner liked.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Ibiza in Christchurch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

This intimate place is everything...a delicious restaurant, EXCELLENT drinks, awesome sounds with beautiful people. The staff is so chill and attentive. You'll feel like they've been your friend for some time vs a stranger.

They have the most diverse and knowledgable drink menu and bartenders in New Zealand, from what I've experienced. The people come with an amazing energy. You'll feel like you're in a New York City loft.

Then when it's party time, the vibe is unbelievable. My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed this venue and will be back. I will recommend Monday Room to anyone who comes to NZ.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Awesome wee bar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Delicious food, cocktails and really cool atmosphere. Can get very full in this place in the evenings, so get in early to get a booth and enjoy some good sounds!

Visited December 2013
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful Japanese Lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We were there for weekday lunch, had some stunning small tasters that we shared. Very good food and the staff are always friendly... we often go at night to listen to music and have a few drinks... only complaint is the food is a tad on the pricey side for the size of the portions.

Visited March 2014
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Great breakfast and equally great sociable evening drinks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

The breakfasts here are fab with the usual suspects of eggs benedict but also an extremely tasty kedgeree. Evening time has a great atmosphere, the Kumara Fries as a bar snack are a must-have! A great place to socialise with friends or just a quiet drink as a couple.

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