For those lucky enough to have travelled to Spain, you’ll be well acquainted with the gastronomic delight that is tapas. Small bites traditionally served with drinks in the early evening before having a larger meal, tapas are ideal for sharing. Up until this point, we haven’t had a go-to for this culinary delight in Christchurch, but thankfully Castro’s Tapas has entered the scene.
Located on the top floor of Riverside Market, this spacious bar and restaurant has just officially opened its doors and has already become a hit with locals. Overlooking the Avon River, Castro’s Tapas is a vibrant, colourful tapas bar serving up authentic Spanish cuisine. Picture plates of olives, octopus, patatas bravas, and squid. There’s also delicious meatballs and bone marrow to get you started. The larger plates include dry-aged steaks, meaty burgers and paella, of course. Full of seafood, chorizo, it’s our top choice for the best paella in town. Get excited because the menu here will immediately transport you to the back streets of Barcelona.
As for drinks, you can expect sangria, naturally, alongside a range of local (and international) beers on tap, a handful of cleverly crafted cocktails and plenty of local and international wines. We’re partial to their ultra fresh gin and tonic served with rosemary as well as their interesting fruity mocktails.
The interior is eclectic, with decorative wine bottles, colourful paint splashes and tropical basket chairs that are ultra comfy. The outdoor area conveniently peers over the market and all its surroundings, on the corner of Cashel and Lichfield Street. So head over to Riverside Market, pull up a chair and tuck into some of the best Spanish flavours in the South Island.
What: Castro's Tapas and Bar
Where: 100 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch
When: Daily 11.30am-late
Image credit: Nancy Zhou