Belgian Beer Café Torenhof: "The most expensive Beer you can Imagine" Top 5 Page for this destination Belgian Beer Café Torenhof Tip by Kakapo2


Post-earthquake update June 2011

Sitting right next to the badly damaged Provincial Chambers, Torenhof is closed until further notice, and also located behind the cordon that surrounds Christchurch's no-go zone. No knowledge about the extent of the damage of the beer restaurant in particular. In the meantime you can get Leffe Blonde and Leffe Brune at most supermarkets.

Not only the food is expensive in this - admittedly veeery nice - restaurant. You can also get the most expensive Belgian beers you can imagine.

It starts with the world-famous Stella Artois - but soon you get to the list of Trappist beer, brewed to the secret recipes of the monasteries, and coming out as controlled appelation of which you think this attribute is restricted to wine. And the price for a 330ml bottle easily reaches heights of NZ$ 20 to 30! You will think twice if you want to get a drink too many of those LOL

You can also get 800 years of tradition in a 750ml bottle of Chimay Grande Réserve - and the description reads like the advertisement for a wine fair. Perhaps you should ask for 0.1 litre wine glasses for the table to taste it ;-)

As mentioned, the food is also expensive - but delicious as well. Of course, also the top Belgian specialty is served: 1kg of mussels with French fries. Reminds me very much of many mussel feasts in Antwerp ;-) But you will also find a lot of other Belgian/Flamish dishes and a great choice of fish and meat dishes. They also have an interesting beer lover's dinner, the so-called Beer Appreciation Sit Down Dinner for $75 pp.

But also snacks are available, for beer testing evenings, like wedges and chips.

Not only the location is very nice, right on the Avon. Also the atmosphere of Torenhof with its dark wooden interior is very inviting, old pub-style.

They offer brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9.30am, and also have a kids menu.

Favorite Dish: Stoofvlees op Vlaamsewijze - that is Flemish braised beef stew cooked with Leffe Brune (dark beer). It normally is served with Belgian Fries because Belgians eat fries with everything - but to soak up the marvellous thick dark sauce mashed potatoes is much nicer ;-)

Address: 88 Armagh Street
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: At the corner where Armagh Street crosses the Avon, next to the Provincial Chambers.
Phone: (03) 377 1007
Price: US$41 and up
Rating: 4
Theme: Other

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 8, 2011
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