Best grain bowls

Whether your already hyped on the grain bowl trend or just curious as to what it’s all about, there’s no better time than the present to get amongst it.

Grain cafe exterior
Lux Espresso front door
Southside Social interior
Welles Street courtyard

Christchurch & Canterbury

Eat & Drink, Shops

First it was smoothie bowls, then acai bowls, then buddha bowls - the list goes on. If it’s in a bowl and arranged beautifully, we love it. Better still if the bowl adds a burst of healthy goodness to your daily diet. Grain bowls are the next big thing in bowl food dreams.

Outdoor seating outside of Lux and CoCA gallery.

Lux Espresso

66 Gloucester Street, Christchurch Central
Christchurch & Canterbury

Lux Espresso’s grain bowl is designed for the health conscious foodie on the go. Ready-made in biodegradable Innocent Packaging bowls, the Nourish Bowl ($14.50) is made of ingredients such as black or red rice, roasted vegetables (think mushrooms, pumpkin, cauliflower and the like), avocado, rocket, a soft boiled egg, carrot & tomato topped with a dressing, such as miso & ginger. These bowls are always gluten and dairy free, and offer a well-rounded meal that will make you feel, as the name suggests, nourished.

Two women sitting at a cafe inside Southside Social cafe Christchurch, New Zealand.

Southside Social

50 Wordsworth Street, Sydenham, Christchurch
Christchurch & Canterbury

Know for its experimental and ever-changing menus, Southside Social always keeps things interesting. There’s no exception with its grain bowl offering. The current menu boasts the Southside Bowl ($20) made up of either salmon or tofu, accompanied with rice, baby spinach and pickled & fresh vegetables, all topped with sesame miso dressing. If you are vegan, fear not, as the dressing is easily substituted with vegan mayonnaise, making this a hearty bowl of plant based goodness. The Southside Bowl is available throughout the day and ticks quite a few boxes for those after a nutritious and tasty meal.

The outdoor area.

Welles Street

44 Welles Street, Christchurch Central, Christchurch
Christchurch & Canterbury

Known primarily for its sunny beer garden and delicious evening meals, Welles Street actually serves one of the best grain bowls in town during their weekend brunch (9am-3pm weekends only). The Welles Street Super Bowl ($20) is exactly that – a super delicious and healthy way to fill up on a bunch of nutrients and walk away feeling healthy and energetic. This grain bowl is made up of Ceres organic quinoa, red and black rice, amaranth, millet and brown basmati – all of which are gluten free. The grains are topped off with two free-range poached eggs, avocado, spring greens, hummus, Zany Zeus halloumi and lemon.