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.


A selection from our Menu —

Available from 11.00am - 2.30pm & 5.00pm - 9.00pm. Enjoy our dishes shared or individually.



Grilled focaccia with olives
– $14. (V, GFO, DF)

Garlic chilli and cheese bread
– $12. (V)

Housemade flat bread with 3 dips (pesto, tapenade and harissa)
– $12. (V)

Raw and smaller plates

Blood orange and gin cured Akaroa salmon, pickled beets, cucumber, squid ink coral
– $18. (DF, GFO)

Yorkshire pudding, lamb ends, gravy and parsnip (3)
– $17.

Steamed Cloudy Bay clams, chilli, ginger, garlic
– $20. (GF, DF)


To share

Universo Beast Board - Ham hock terrine, baby back ribs, grilled sirloin steak, beef patties, Yorkshire puddings with lamb, hand cut chips, pickles, coleslaw and bread rolls
– $69.

Cold cuts and cheese selection - with house made pickles, dips and breads – $39


Salads and pasta

Universo grilled chicken salad - avocado, glazed walnuts, apple and pickled celery
– $24. (GF)

Potato gnocchi - peas, broadbeans, lemon mint butter
– $25. (V)

Smoked salmon salad - roasted vegetables, quinoa, pickled shallots, pine nuts, citrus dressing
– $25. (GF)


From the grill

300g Grass Fed Ribeye
– $40.

200g Fillet
– $38.

Served with steakhouse fries or mash and your choice of sauce - Peppercorn, Red wine or Garlic butter.


Larger plates

Lamb rump - shallot puree, peas, carrots, minted jersey benne
– $38. (GF)

Market fish - green beans, Provencal salsa, leeks
– Market Price. (GF, DF)

Pork belly - spring onion and chive potato, cauliflower, cider jus
– $36. (GF)


(V) Vegetarian, (GF) Gluten free, (GFO) Gluten free option, (DF) Dairy free.

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A selection from our Brunch & Quick Lunch Menu —

Brunch available from 9.00am — 2.00pm. Quick Lunch available from 11.00am — 2.30pm.



Baked egg - chorizo sausage, tomato, chickpeas, sour cream, toasted baguette
– $18. (GFO)

Vegetarian - asparagus, edamame, avocado fried halloumi, bruschetta
– $19. (V)

Fried brioche - passionfruit curd, meringue, poached fruit, vanilla panna cotta
– $17.


Quick Lunch

Fish and Chips - minted pea salsa remoulade
– $24.

Pork sandwich - pulled pork, Asian slaw, Korean BBQ sauce, fries
– $24.

Salad bowl - quinoa, edamame, sprouts, cucumber, carrots, cherry tomatoes, avocado, sesame dressing
– $24. (GF)


(V) Vegetarian, (GF) Gluten free, (GFO) Gluten free option, (DF) Dairy free.

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A selection from the Bar Menu —

We have a wide range of bubbles, New Zealand wine, beer and cider along with some classic and signature cocktails.
Hot and non-alcoholic drinks are also available.


Signature Cocktails

Barbadoes - Bacardi Superior, Amaro Montenegro, Grapefruit Falernum, Passionfruit, Orange Bitters, dash of cream
– $18.

Blueberry Lavender Fizz - Scapegrace Gin, Lemon, Lavender Balm, Blueberry, Egg White
– $18.

Coal and Cacao - Bacardi Superior, Crème de Cacao, Pedro Ximenez, Pineapple, Activated Charcoal, Lime Zest
– $18.

Worcester Street High Tea - Sacred Heart Rhubarb, Gewurztraminer & Earl Grey Tea Syrup and Prosecco
– $18.



Have it your way. Priced on spirit selection.

  1. Choose your Gin or Vodka - Tanqueray No. 10 (Scotland) / Black Robin (New Zealand) / Sipsmith (England) / Grey Goose (France) / Ultimat (Poland) / West Winds Cutlass (Australia) / More options available.

  2. Choose your Style - Churchill Dry / Extra Dry / Dry / Wet / Dirty / Extra Dirty

  3. Choose your Garnish - Olive / Cocktail Onion / Lemon Twist / Lime Twist / Orange Twist / Grapefruit Twist / Cucumber Ribbon

  4. Enjoy!


Universo Brasserie & Bar —


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.



Cnr Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street,
Christchurch 8013, New Zealand



Open 7 days from 9am till late



+64 (3) 379 5214


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