Housed in the contemporary cool of the Christchurch Art Gallery in the heart of the city, Universo Brasserie & Bar is equal parts edgy Euro-chic and sun-drenched tropical escape. With towering glass walls, lush potted palms, and handsome leather booths paired with copper orbs suspended from the soaring ceiling, the scene is set for a gourmand experience you’ll be hard pressed to forget.
Baked egg with chorizo and sour cream
Universo Beast Board
Black Forest Chocolate Nemesis
Universo Brasserie & Bar. Image: Nancy Zhou
Blood orange and gin cured Akaroa Salmon
Our cocktail maestro at work
Barbadoes & My Pink Lady cocktails
Fried brioche with poached stone fruit, vanilla pancotta and passionfruit curd
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Whether you’re after a taste-bud tantalising breakfast or brunch to kick start your day, a leisurely lunch or if you prefer to nab a healthy salad or moreish muffin on the run, the chilled-out café vibe by day effortlessly morphs into a swanky bar and finer dining destination at dusk where you’ll find out-of-this-world carnivorous platters to graze on with a glass of primo vino, cutting edge craft beer or creative cocktails destined to transform your after-work drinks, or savour an all-out red carpet dining experience later in the evening.
Universo’s seasonal menu has a raft of tempting dishes all made using the freshest local produce. Head chef Mark Wilson delivers culinary alchemy of the highest order with his fresh take on lunch, brunch and dinner as well as a selection of tasty cabinet fare that includes gourmet sandwiches, salads, muffins and pastries, all made fresh on site daily.
Open from 9am till late, seven days a week, and with live music on Friday nights for a smooth segue into the weekend, and again on Sunday afternoons with their chilled-out Sunday Sessions, Universo effortlessly strikes the balance between elegant sophistication and casual cool.