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Nine Canterbury restaurants make Cuisine Good Food Guide

Stuff.co.nz article by Ewan Sargent

Congratulations to the nine Canterbury restaurants that made the Cuisine Good Food Guide this year and especially to those that won the rare and much-prized hat awards on Monday night.

Roots' achievement in being named a three-hat restaurant is the standout result. The small Lyttelton restaurant has become the only restaurant outside of Auckland to reach this standard and the three hats mark a spectacular climb up the ranks since it first came to national notice in 2013.

Roots has shown that any restaurant anywhere can reach the top in New Zealand and all it takes is self-belief, unflinchingly high standards and a clear understanding of the niche it has chosen to excel in.

A resurgent Pescatore under chef de cuisine Reon Hobson gained a second hat in the awards and was named runner-up best metropolitan restaurant. It came second to The French Cafe, which is high credit in itself.

The Canterbury success continued with Pegasus Bay, on two hats, winning the best winery restaurant title. And Waipara's success broadened with a second Canterbury winery, Black Estate, getting its first hat.

Also winning places in the 2016 guide are Town Tonic, Chillingworth Road, Freemans Dining Room, Harlequin Public House and King of Snake.

This is a wonderful achievement for Canterbury's dining out scene and shows you can enjoy some of the best dining in the country right here.

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