Home' Hospitality Business : HB MAY 2017 Contents The new Crowne Plaza Christchurch is promising to showcase
the best fresh local produce the city and region have to offer in its
brand-new café, bar and restaurant.
Conveniently located in the vibrant heart of Christchurch, the
hotel will feature the 80-seat Market Place restaurant and bar, its
ground-floor Café 1851 and the upmarket Social Wine Bar.
Swiss-born Executive Chef Mirco Turtschi brings to the table a
wealth of experience from hotels and restaurants in Switzerland
and New Zealand, and said it was a “once in a lifetime”
opportunity to set up a new hotel of this size.
“My overall vision for these three outlets is to capture a diverse
audience at different times of the day and become known as a
popular dining hub, for locals and visitors,” he said.
Chef Mirco’s culinary journey started at the age of 15 when he
started his chef apprenticeship in a four-star hotel in Switzerland.
Mirco came to New Zealand at the age of 26 where he honed his
skills in cafes in Blenheim and Picton, before making the move to
top Auckland hotels and then Queenstown.
And while he loves the simple pleasures of fresh bread, pastries
and roasted coffee beans in the morning, a small goods platter
in the afternoon or sizzling steak on the barbeque, he names his
favourite dish as his Aunty’s lasagne.
“We’re aiming to appeal to everyone, keeping good old-
fashioned favourites that are generous in portion but reasonable
in price, while offering health conscious guests some lighter
options,” said Chef Mirco.
Crowne Plaza Christchurch’s features three premium offers
in one inspiring new space. Market Place restaurant and bar
takes inspiration from the
local markets which once
thrived just metres away in
Victoria Square. Featuring
an interactive marketplace
dining concept, diners will be
encouraged to pick and choose
from a wide range of dishes
The menu for Market
Place restaurant and bar is
still under wraps, but Chef
Mirco said his vision was to
give locals and visitors the
opportunity to discover the
best fresh produce the city has
“I’ve been visiting our local farmers’ markets each week to
get inspiration for ingredients and dishes and we’re excited to be
opening up our very own interactive market inspired dining concept,”
“There will be a live cooking station where guests can choose
from a selection of meat, fish or seafood each evening, cooked to
order just how they like it.”
Located in the lobby, Café 1851 is set to delight tastebuds
and give friends, locals and families a place to connect in a
contemporary environment. It will serve expertly brewed Mojo
coffee, T2 tea, fresh juices and smoothies, pastries, cakes,
sandwiches and salads.
The light-filled café features clean lines and Scandinavian
inspired décor. With free wifi available it will be the perfect spot
for meetings, a work break or tasty ‘grab and go’ food.
Social Wine Bar will be the place for get-togethers and drinks
over shared plates, an extensive wine list and a selection of NZ
craft beers. Chef Mirco said the bar would be an “elegant and
comfortable” space with a fireplace adding a cosy vibe.
“The selection of dishes on offer will include small, medium
and large plates all designed to be shared by friends, colleagues,
couples or groups,” he said.
“It’s sure to be the perfect space for socialising, meetings, a
place to grab a quick bite before a show or game, or perhaps a
nightcap after a busy day.”
Crowne Plaza Christchurch General Manager, Reinier Eulink said
he was honoured to be working alongside Mirco once more, after
the pair previously worked at IHG’s Crowne Plaza Queenstown.
“Mirco’s strong knowledge
of classical and contemporary
techniques was perfect for
Crowne Plaza Queenstown’s
local and international guests
and the feedback we received
was outstanding,” he said.
“We can’t wait to see our
restaurant, café and bar come
to life thanks to his expertise
at the helm of our food and
“We look forward to inviting
Christchurch locals to visit
at any time of the day, for
breakfast, brunch, lunch
Once In A
Crowne Plaza Christchurch’s
new Executive Chef Mirco Turtschi.
Crowne Plaza Christchurch’s new ground-floor
Café 1851 will offer something for everyone.
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