A partial successor to the famous Dux de Lux Restaurant that was damaged in the Christchurch earthquake, Dux Dine is situated in a restored historic villa in Riccarton. The villa provides a variety of different spaces so whether you’re after a romantic different for two, brunch with a big group of friends or even a lazy beer in the courtyard, there is something suitable for any occasion.
The menu at Dux Dine is focused on seafood and vegetarian dishes, so if you’re after a steak, then you’re out of luck. Offering an ever-changing variety of seafood which is dependent on local availability, you can find items like whitebait, crayfish, scallops, oysters and different species of fish. My family and I came for dinner, thankfully with a booking as we saw walk-ins getting turned away due to lack of reservation.
The Pappardelle pasta with clams from Nelson, prawns and pieces of fish was combined with spinach, lemon, parmesan and chilli. The pasta cooked al-dente with a bit of bite combined with the fragrant broth was heavenly.
The fish of the day was pan-fried with garlic and lemon, served with polenta fries and fresh salad.
The whitebait omelette was well received by my parents who are always picky when it comes to any cuisine other than Chinese. With plenty of whitebait, this was served with grilled asparagus and a side of fresh salad.
I always get quite nervous when trying new restaurants with my parents as they are often hard to please. But everyone was pleasantly satisfied with our amazing seafood meal. Service was attentive and friendly and the food came quickly. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in Christchurch!
Dux Dine | 28 Riccarton Road, Riccarton