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“Great Food”
Review of Casa Publica

Casa Publica
Ranked #25 of 1,220 Restaurants in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $33
Description: Think back to a time when prohibition ruled over America. Dark times for some. For others, a time of opportunity and prosperity. One who seized the moment was Mr Hugo A Chile. Hugo was born 27 June, 1905. He was only 15 when the prohibition came into effect, about the time he was taking over his fathers mini-home distillery. Originally learning his craft to support the now fatherless family, Hugo created unthinkable profits by running rum to LA. Back then this journey would take 9 weeks each way, but after the third journey he was able to buy a lorry. After the fifth run he had his distribution network established. He never looked back. When you enter Casa Publica, you’re entering Hugo’s world. Come, sit and savour the taste, the obsessions, and the lifestyle of a man whose time begged the bending of rules, a little ruthlessness, a lot of rum, and an insatiable obsession for women’s shoes.
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Description: Think back to a time when prohibition ruled over America. Dark times for some. For others, a time of opportunity and prosperity. One who seized the moment was Mr Hugo A Chile. Hugo was born 27 June, 1905. He was only 15 when the prohibition came into effect, about the time he was taking over his fathers mini-home distillery. Originally learning his craft to support the now fatherless family, Hugo created unthinkable profits by running rum to LA. Back then this journey would take 9 weeks each way, but after the third journey he was able to buy a lorry. After the fifth run he had his distribution network established. He never looked back. When you enter Casa Publica, you’re entering Hugo’s world. Come, sit and savour the taste, the obsessions, and the lifestyle of a man whose time begged the bending of rules, a little ruthlessness, a lot of rum, and an insatiable obsession for women’s shoes.
Reviewed 5 February 2023

It is generally hard to find good mexican food in NZ, but Casa Publica is the best we have experienced in NZ. The food is true to the Latin American cuisine. Great ambiance, good food & good service.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Thank Margaritamomma
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Reviewed 27 January 2023

good location and enjoy the tramway passing besides.
definitely a good place for a relaxing sunny Friday.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Thank Footprints662438
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Reviewed 26 January 2023

Have dined at Casa Publica many times its good food and relaxing place. They seemed a little short staffed on our last visit but the food came out quickly.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Thank RHODSEYLIVE
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Reviewed 24 January 2023

The pisco sour and ceviche which I had at Casa Publica were as good as any I have had at restaurants in Peru and Chile. If you are in Christchurch, this is a great place to have a dinner which is different from the usual NZ fare. The service was also excellent.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Thank Edward T
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Reviewed 19 January 2023

We enjoyed the ambience and the staff. The Guacamole was great as were the tacos and they had gluten free options. Unfortunately, I would not recommend the cualiflowe which was fried in a way too thick batter and dripping with fat.

Date of visit: January 2023
Thank Scott L
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