8 Fried Chicken Alternatives in Christchurch
Vegetarians rejoice - we’ve found the best fried chicken alternatives in Christchurch, so you can enjoy the finger-lickin’ goodness sans cluck. No chicken, no problem.
Words by: Ashlyn Oswalt
Photography by Neat Places & supplied
So whether you’re a vegetarian or looking to broaden your fried chicken horizons, Christchurch is chock-full of options to tickle your fancy. We've rounded up 8 of the best alteratives to sample.
181 High Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch
Okay, hear us out on this one - deep fried cauliflower drizzled with maple syrup is delicious, possibly even life changing. Would you expect anything different coming from the Bacon Brothers team, though? Delicious, golden, and crispy, the cauliflower provides the perfect salt to the maple syrup’s sweet and makes for an irresistible combo.
Civil and Naval
16 London Street, Lyttelton
We crowned Civil and Naval’s fried chicken as one of our top picks for the best fried chicken in Christchurch, so we’re excited to announce they have a hearty meat-free alternative. Their Zany Zeus halloumi and falafel dish is served with preserved lemon mayo and it tastes so good we recommend ordering seconds from the get-go.
Evil Genius Bar & Eatery
unit 2/1091 Ferry Road, Ferrymead, Christchurch
Another contender for our original list of best fried chicken spots in Christchurch, Evil Genius makes another appearance. This time, it’s their Evil Fried Tofu served with vegan mayo and bibimbap sauce that takes the cake. If you’re not sold on tofu, go for the classic Evil Fried Cauliflower, which is served with oriental slaw, spiced caramel sauce, and vegan mayo. Any way you slice it, we think Evil Genius might have the market cornered.
60 Cathedral Square Christchurch Central City Christchurch, Christchurch Central City, Canterbury
Tūranga’s Foundation Cafe may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of fried veggies, but it should be. Tucked away between the books and magazines is the cafe’s art deco inspired space - and their caraway fried cauliflower florets. Deliciously flavoured florets are battered and fried to create a delicious combo not normally found at your local library. Aren’t we lucky?
5 Norwich Quay, Lyttelton
SUPER lives up to its name once again by providing, well, a super alternative to fried chicken. With a funky, Asian-fusion menu, it’s no wonder their fried cauliflower is served with ankake sauce and mayo, creating a dreamy mixture of salty and sweet. Park yourself in their cosy Lyttelton space and watch the port at work while you bask in the deliciousness of the food in front of you.
44 Welles Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch
Everything on Welles Street’s menu is inspiring, delicious, and a little bit unique. The crispy sliced cauliflower with miso tahina, red harissa, and fresh herbs is no different - and for that, we’re grateful. No ordinary flavours or it’s-good-because-it’s-fried excuses here, this cauli is amazing because well, it just is.
105 Orbell Street, Sydenham, Christchurch
Grater Goods is known for the vegan twists on meaty favourites, so a fried chicken alternative should come as no surprise. We can only assume the acronym stands for something similar to a certain fried chicken giant, only substitute out the chicken for tofu. Grater Goods makes this tasty meal from scratch, starting by frying homemade tofu, coating it with a special house-made GG sauce, and serving it with pickles. All the tasty feels of fried chicken, with none of the guilt.
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