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Universo Brasserie & Bar

European Cuisine/ Swishy Bar

Housed in the contemporary cool of the Christchurch Art Gallery, Universo Brasserie & Bar is equal parts edgy-Euro chic and sunny tropical escape (courtesy of towering windows and huge potted lush palms). Buttery booth seating joins designer lighting suspended from the soaring ceiling, while a pimped-out bar featuring honeycombed metal fronting rocks bodacious cocktail and wine lists that have something for all tastes.

Projecting a chill café vibe by day and morphing into a swanky bar and dining scene by night, Universo offers the best of both worlds, with al fresco dining into the evening and intimate dining indoors and live music on Friday and Sunday afternoons.

The menu is a slick, European-styled affair with the unmistakable, signature Stealth flair. Gastronomic goodies the likes of plump squid ink bread rolls filled with turbot and rouille are plated alongside fresh oysters (served two ways – with shallot and cab sav vinegar, or with crisp potato, lemon puree and tartare sauce), and goat cheese churros with truffle honey(!) are perfect for el fresco snacking or as a warm-up before hitting the main event.

Larger plates tempt with beef cheek cooked in crayfish stock, bone marrow and pappardelle, along with the seafood bounty that is ocean fresh market fish, prawns, squid, mussels and pearl barley in a sumptuous shellfish velouté. Desserts to die for include the apple tartine for two featuring an epic salted caramel with vanilla ice-cream, while platter hounds are well catered for with the cold cut and cheese selection or the carnivore’s delight that is the Universo beast board, where pâté on toast joins lamb ribs, grilled steaks, wagyu patties, Yorkshire pudding with lamb, hand-cut chips and a selection of housemade pickles, coleslaw and bread rolls to round out the ultimate feast.

Discover this outstanding new venue on the city hospitality scene as soon as possible!
Corner Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Streets, Central City, Christchurch
03 379 5214
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