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“Fabulous Guacamole!”
Review of Casa Publica

Casa Publica
Ranked #23 of 1,225 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 10 March 2024 via mobile

Fabulous food. Really enjoyed the guacamole being made at our table. Nice food to share, prices mid to high. Very busy would recommend to book.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 7 March 2024

Delicious food, excellent wine and rum. Friendly professional service. The lamb and pork tacos really good. The squid also superb.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 March 2024

We used to come here often, but not sure if management has changed, because we will never come back again. What a disappointment. Will never step foot in this sorry excuse of an establishment again!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 March 2024

Order the lamb. Fabulous. The ceviche was under seasoned and the salsa was with flour tortilla chips, not corn. But the wine and the lamb loin atoned for this.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 26 February 2024 via mobile

Great Mexican food, with friendly attentive staff (we visited twice and were remembered the second time, even though there were a few days between each visit). The chicken fajitas were delicious and the salsa raja with chips was a great start to a meal: not too spicy, but with more than enough flavour.

Date of visit: February 2024
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