Wine Dine and Play: The Pegasus Arms

The Pegasus Arms

Christchurch, New Zealand
Pub Grub
Dined in August 20th, 2014
A few nights in Christchurch had gone by. My crew and I were heading south to Antarctica working at McMurdo Station on Ross Island, but we were delayed due to bad weather. As we walked down the sidewalks, zigzagging through the maze of construction since the city was still rebuilding from the earthquakes, we came across The Pegasus Arms Pub and decided to try it out.

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Review basics:
Overall Star rating by Wine, Dine, & Play:
2 of 5
Quality of food:
6 of 10
6 of 10
Wine selections by region:
Scroll below the main review section to see the tasting notes of the wines chosen.

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Old world:
1.        France:
New World:
1.        New Zealand: Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Northland, Kumeu, Waiheke Island, Wellington, Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury, Waipara, North Canterbury, Wirarapa, and Central Otago

Customer service:
5 of 10
7 of 10
Corkage fee’s:
American Restaurant standard is $25.00 per bottle
Restaurant style:
Dress code:
Casual, or Conservative attire
Not Required
Child policy:
The Restaurants reviewed on this site may have a child’s menu or cater to them; however for full enjoyment of food and wine, it is recommended for children not to be in attendance. Hire a Babysitter. See Alinea Baby Gate, god I love Alinea.
Cuisine style:
Pub, Seafood, New Zealand (Kiwi), & Vegetarian
Music styles:
Background instrumental
Great outdoor dining, Rustic, Trendsetting, Tourist grabber, and a Neighborhood gem.
Industry standard is 18-20% added to parties of 6 or more
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Public lot, or street parking
Transport options:
Bus, taxi, limousine, personal vehicle, and walking
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Noise level:
Medium, to Loud
Nonsmoking restaurant, but a smoking patio

Food price per person
(Excluding tax & gratuity)

Price chart:
$£€¥ -                Under 50.00
$£€¥ x 2 -          Under 75.00
$£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00
$£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00
$£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00

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My food bill:
Country :
Price chart:
$ 53.00
New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
$ 38.42
United States Dollar (USD)
£ 25.57
Great Britain Pound Sterling (GBP)
European Union (EUR)
$ 48.33
Canadian Dollar (CAN)

$ 49.46
Australian Dollar (AUS)
¥ 235.87
Chinese Yuan (CNY) 

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Main review:
When we first came in, we didn’t have reservations, and it was a weekend so it may be recommended to get them in advance. We started by sitting outside on the patio, which was only half full, but loaded with smokers, so we came back inside to wait for a table, which was only another fifteen minutes. The menu was very typical to an upper scale pub with starters, salads, and entrée’s raising from pies, steaks, fish, and burgers. I started with a glass of Isabel Estate Chardonnay (Scroll down below the main review to see wine tasting notes) while looking over the menu.
I decided to start with the Mini Pulled Pork Open Pies, served with an apple and currant chutney, six to the order over a bed of greens, and very tasty (pictured above). Another member of the party had their Homemade Samosas, with spiced Kumara and chickpea filling, served with a citrus and mint yoghurt dipping sauce. It was a nice presentation with three to the order.
Other starter selections included Salmon and Beetroot Gravalax, Kilpatrick Grilled Mussels, and some whole Po Boy Garlic Bread, which by name alone sounded interested, but nothing like the Cajan roots of the name, (pictured below).
For Entrees I kept it simple and had the Pegasus burger with French fries and a house aioli, a small burger, but filled with fresh veggies, sautéed onions and fried onion rings.
One other person with me enjoyed the Grilled Sirloin Steak, about 200 grams, served with fries and a crisp green salad, with Peppercorn sauce.

Other selections on their menu included Smoked Fish and Mussel Pie, Slow Braised Beef and Barley Pie, Fillet Mignon, Fish and Chips like every pub should have. Stuffed Free Range Chicken Breast, Slow Braised Pork Belly, and Blue Cheese and Pine Nut Stuffed Portobello’s for the vegetarian/vegan crowd. Another thing I liked about their menu was that it was labeled for certain allergens like gluten free, vegan or vegetarian, and so forth. I don’t have allergens to food, but it is good to see for those that do. Besides there is an old American Indian saying of where the word vegetarian comes from, because it is an American Indian word, that means “him…bad hunter!!!” LOL.

This Restaurant reminds me of:
The Pegasus Arms was a nice little spot to enjoy some pub grub on a finer scale, and I would compare their food to The Lobby Bar and Bistro, in Atlanta, Georgia, or the Bistro at Biltmore, in Asheville, North Carolina. I would return.

Other Christchurch favorites:
The Cheesemonger
The Brewers Arms

Cost of wines and other alcoholic beverages in USD:

Tasting Notes:
Wine & Grape:
Nose (Bouquet):
Palette Experience:
Aromas of Mexican orange blossom and white rose intermingle with hints of brioche and wet stone
The palate is smooth and creamy and displays tight minerality and a focused acidity. All this pulls together to give the wine a corseted structure and great length.  Slow to release its delicate character, but definitely worth the wait.

Wine Regulatory:
COWA: The Central Otago Winegrowers Association, New Zealand       

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Jonata Winery, in Santa Barbara

Restaurant address: 
14 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch Central
Christchurch 8011, New Zealand,172.628446,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x27c3eb78bb0fb36d   


Cross streets:
Antigua Street & Montreal Street

GPS Coordinates:
Latitude: -43.534865
Longitude: 172.627841
Contact Information:

Maître d, reservations:
 +03-366 0600
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Chef Sean Overpeck (CFE) Next to the Icebreaker The Polar Star

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"Culinary perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, but in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well."

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