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Bessie

178 St Asaph Street , Christchurch , New Zealand, 8011
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5.30pm - Late 7 days a week

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About Bessie

Established in 2016, the drive behind Bessie was to create a meat focused restaurant with the ability to win the taste-buds of every Cantabrian. Serving up world class local produce and a selection of fine wines from around the globe, Bessie serves both as a destination for those special occasions whilst for others it feels like their local. Be surrounded by our cutting edge interiors and absorb the vibrant yet intimate space,whilst we deliver you consistently outstanding service and a truly unique dining experience. Making no apology for our love of meat, our restaurant features a meat room - a place of work and celebration of the main event - and with our menu showcasing top graded cuts of meat from nose to tail, there is even something for the more adventurous here. Let Bessie create you an experience to remember.

Cuisine: Modern New Zealand
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Thursday, 01 December 2016

An amazing night out. Despite the fire alarm going off the staff managed everything superbly. The food was stunning with a well balanced wine list.

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Visited On Monday, 05 December 2016

Service was excellent and the food was amazing!!

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Visited On Monday, 05 December 2016

When you first walk into Bessie you are greeted with a ambiance that feels like you could be in Sydney or London. The interior is fantastic and set the tone of the evening that followed. Our waitress was engergetic and helpful. We had pork croquettes to start. Outstanding. For our mains I had marbled wagu and my partner eye fillet. Both were perfectly cooked and well complimented by the potato skins and heirloom carrot sides. We shared the waffle with salted caramel ice-cream for dessert. While we loved the ice-cream we found the apple on the waffle a little too heavily coated in cinnamon and did not finish it. Overall we had a lovely evening and will recommended to our steak loving friends

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Visited On Friday, 02 December 2016

Fine dining at its best keep up the good work.

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Visited On Friday, 02 December 2016

We very much enjoyed our meal at Bessie last night. The meat is of a very high quality and is the chefs certainly know what they are doing. The small range of side dishes meet all needs and are tasty and a compliment to the meat, which is, of course, the star. Desserts were to die for. We didn't have starters and as a result we did have quite a long wait for our mains. More non-alcoholic drinks (e.g. beer) would be well received. Service was excellent and attentive. I scored lower on atmosphere as all the hard surfaces make it quite noisy and the restaurant was only half full. It would have been noisier still if it was full. As it was, a very noisy foursome on a table nearby really dominated the atmosphere. We will definitely be back!

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Visited On Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Enjoyed the evening, very good service, friendly and efficient, pleased to say the acoustics were good! not found in a lot of restaurants nowadays. All in all a great place to experience MEAT, I particularly thought the sides were sensational and the sauces, ok everything was great, had the Apple waffle.. YUM

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Visited On Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Great meal apart from the not hot potatoes skins, but we did enjoy and would return..

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Visited On Thursday, 24 November 2016

Value for money due to first table. Would not have dined here otherwise, as outside of my usual price range.

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 November 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience and look forward to returning some time soon

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Visited On Monday, 21 November 2016

hi there the waitress was top notch friendly but not over kill great service :)

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Visited On Friday, 18 November 2016

Great food

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Visited On Saturday, 19 November 2016

This was the second time we had been to Bessies. The first was a pretty good experience, this time not so much. The food was a very....... long time coming and when it arrived it was all cold, it was like eating a steak that had been cooked the day before. The waitress warned us not to touch the plates as they were very hot, that was a laugh "all" the plates felt like they had been in the fridge. After the meal we asked for coffees and was informed that we couldn't have any coffee's because the machine was upstairs and they were too busy "up there" with a group function. All in all a really disappointing night and I don't think that we will be in a hurry to go back and try again.

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Visited On Thursday, 17 November 2016

My new favourite restaurant!! Everything about this place is amazing, from the food, wine selection, decor to the awesome staff. One thing that was so easy was the online booking system. Even when I had to edit my booking, I could do that online. Thanks for a great night, Bessie!!

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Visited On Thursday, 17 November 2016

Service was fantastic. Food was good. Wine list was average.

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Visited On Thursday, 17 November 2016

I ordered the eye fillet (medium rare) and it was tougher than I expected. I expected it to be quite tender but it required a bit of carving. Also the outside seemed a little burnt. The Canterbury lamb was also not as good as I expected. Service by staff was good though. But we had to wait about 30 minutes for our food which was a downside to the lovely atmosphere.

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Service was great, food was quite good but a bit over priced. I was quite annoyed that we were not told we would be charged $9 for water, I believe this should be included for free.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 November 2016

Outstanding food & service we will definitely be back!!

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Visited On Saturday, 12 November 2016

Food was very nice and tasty. Good size portions.

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Visited On Friday, 11 November 2016

Service was outstanding and the food was exceptional. It was my husband's birthday and we were given the chef's table which was an added bonus as we got to see all the meals being prepared. Highly recommend!

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Visited On Friday, 11 November 2016

Superb meal and friendly staff.

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Visited On Sunday, 06 November 2016

The service was incredible, we felt very well looked after and it was good to have wait staff that aren't afraid to let their personality show through. If we were unsure on a choice between a few options we asked the staff for recommendations and they had a good knowledge of the menu and weren't afraid to tell us their personal preferences. The food was great. We had chicken liver to start, which was a very generous serving, maybe slightly too much for the amount of bread accompanying it! Skirt steak to share with two sides was definitely enough for 2 people - too much in fact, we opted to take some home when the staff asked if we wanted a doggie bag, another example of the great service we received that it was offered without us having to ask. The seaweed butter came highly recommended by our waitress for good reason, it was awesome. We were leaning towards another sauce but were told that the steak came with a small amount of that anyway. When it didn't arrive with the steak we asked about it and were told the chef would be reminded to include it in the future, however we didn't get any brought out after we enquired - this was the only tiny fault to the entire meal and probably just because the staff were so busy, which is great to see at an early time on Sunday night. We had two desserts and both were delicious - each had multiple flavours and textures that were well combined and came in very generous servings. Our experience at Bessie was one we highly enjoyed and we would recommend this restaurant to anyone - except maybe vegans as it is loud and proud about its love of meat as any good steakhouse would be!

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Visited On Sunday, 06 November 2016

Nice food, friendly service. Nice lighting, a bit dark overall for me😀. Would recommend for a lovely night out

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Visited On Saturday, 05 November 2016

Best beef fillet I have had in a long time! So pleased with our meal, thankyou so much!

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Visited On Wednesday, 02 November 2016

My Second time at Bessie and again they did not disappoint, look forward to another great experience in December. Love the Place.

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Visited On Wednesday, 02 November 2016

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️We really enjoyed Our evening at Bessie. Great staff, gorgeous food and appealing atmosphere

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