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, DF)

House-made flat bread with 3 dips (pesto, tapenade and pumpkin hummus)
– $12. (V)

Raw and smaller plates

Tuna - burnt cucumber, avocado, furikake, yuzu mayo, sesame
– $21 (GF DF V)

Yorkshire pudding, lamb ends, gravy and parsnip (3)
– $19.

Chicken liver parfait, grilled sour dough, fig and pear chutney, gherkins
– $18. (GFA)


To share

Universo Beast Board - Pork spare ribs, grilled sirloin steak, beef patties, Yorkshire puddings with lamb, chicken liver parfait, hand cut chips, pickles, coleslaw and bread rolls
– $69.

Universo Platter - Smoked salmon, cured meats, chicken liver parfait, olives, cheese selection, polenta fries, pesto, hummus, chutney, crackers, bread – $60


Salads and pasta

Universo grilled chicken salad - avocado, glazed walnuts, apple and pickled celery
– $25. (GF)

Potato gnocchi - pumpkin purée, butternut, sage, burnt butter
– $25. (V)

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


From the grill

300g Grass Fed Ribeye - potato gratin, green beans, jus
– $40. (GF)

200g Beef Fillet - potato gratin, greens beans, jus
– $42. (GF)


Larger plates

Duo of Duck - seared breast, confit leg, celeriac purée, duck fat potato, cherry glaze - 42 (GF)

Fried Tofu - shiitake mushroom, barley, sichuan pepper, beans, chilli – $30. (Vegan)

Pork belly - char siu, braised kumara, sautéed garlic greens, scratchings - 37 (GF DF)


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

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A selection from our Brunch & Lunch Menu —

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



Baked egg - tomato, capsicum, cannellini beans, feta, toasted almonds, baguette
– $18. (GFO)

Vegetarian - avocado, grilled haloumi, poached egg, olive oil, dukkah, hummus
– $19. (V, GF)

Banoffee French toast - caramel sauce, fried banana, meringue, vanilla ice cream
– $19. (V)



Prawn Linguini - bacon, lemon, chilli, cherry tomatoes and olive oil
– $26.

Steak sandwich - 200g sirloin steak, ciabatta, onion, dijonaise, tomato, lettuce, fries
– $26.

Nourish bowl - cucumber, cherry tomato, edamame, cauliflower, roasted kumara, tofu, avocado,
– $24. (GF, DF, VE))


(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

You’re too good for him - Tanqueray Gin with strawberry and rosemary topped with a peach and apple foam
– $15.

Butter me up - Universo Espresso Martini, Vanilla and Butter infused 42 Below Vodka with salted caramel and coffee
– $16.

Clockwork Orange - Hendricks Gin with Aperol, passionfruit and lemon
– $18.

Summer Mojito- Cachaça with lemongrass, lychee, lime, mint topped with soda
– $16.


Fix’s & Spritz’s


Aperol Spritz - Aperol and Prosecco rounded off with a little orange

White Peach and Rose - Pink Gin and Rose with a touch of peach and vanilla

Mango and Raspberry - Cointreau, mango, raspberry with vanilla and soda

Watermelon & Kiwifruit - Kiwifruit Vodka, kiwifruit, watermelon and soda

Blueberry & Lychee - The Ned Sauvignon Blanc, blueberry, lychee with grapefruit bitters and soda

Pimms and Raspberry Pimms with raspberry and mint served with a berry popsicle


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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