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Original Sin

Cnr Oxford Terrace & Hereford Street, Christchurch, New Zealand, 8011
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Serving 11am–late daily
Bar open till 3am (Thurs–Sat)

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  • Alfresco Dining
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About Original Sin

EXECUTIVE CHEF, DAVID NICOL

DAVID NICOL LEFT NEW ZEALAND OVER TWENTY YEARS AGO DETERMINED TO MAKE HIS OWN WAY IN THE CULINARY WORLD.

Self-taught, he returned in late 2016 having honed his craft in a staggering array of international settings from the kitchens of Sydney and London, to ten years in cosmopolitan Amsterdam leading to the establishment and opening of the famous ‘Supperclub’ in Istanbul. From the shores of Galicia in Spain to the Caribbean coast of Columbia and Panama, the wonders of Thailand, and most recently the Middle Eastern melting pot of Israel, David is delighted to return to his homeland with a wealth of experience and talent.

David is excited about local ingredients and their story. Having always immersed himself in his locality, his return to New Zealand has brought an enticing rediscovery of all this amazing place has to offer. David’s passion is to cook beautiful food which is unpretentious, yet elegant. He accomplishes this by a focus on quality local ingredients which he allows to shine through sympathetic attention to complementarity of flavours, utilising yet not confusing international impulses. Many years in the restaurant industry has left David attuned to the diner’s experience—eating in his book should be fun as well as pleasantly surprising. His creativity and extensive international exposure combine with a focus on great local ingredients to pave the way for an exciting and innovative dining experience.

Cuisine: Modern New Zealand
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Friday, 18 May 2018

The wait staff were fantastic, very friendly, quirky and funny, but not too intrusive. He also recommended The Ark for dessert and said it was “really cool” and he absolutely was not wrong....most of our group of 10 ordered it and we all loved it!!!! Very cool and delicious, especially the Jersey Caramel and the Lemon Meringue Pie!

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Visited On Sunday, 20 May 2018

Really lovely food and reasonably priced. Would like to come back in the evening for drinks and try some of the platters to share with friends. The staff were all friendly and helpful. We had a lovely lunch.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 May 2018

Great Service, the meals were mostly good apart from the mozzarella & tomato Filo which was really disappointing, it was more like cold tomato & cheese in a bowl with a couple of filo strips on top... chicken risotto was great however.

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Nice food. Service was a little haphazard, with a couple of misunderstood drinks orders, but overall a pleasant evening.

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Visited On Sunday, 13 May 2018

Great food - maybe more vegetarian options needed

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Visited On Saturday, 12 May 2018

Lovely place to dine, great service. There were four of us. Two chose the Trust the Chef off the menu, was nice but got two fish dishes one after other and due to omitting certain foods from menu when asked there was no replacement on the plate, you just plainly missed out-that was a shame and why we dont rate the food at its highest sorry. The loin pork was dry as well sorry. Otherwise I would go back still as lovely ambiance with the place.

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 May 2018

The food was impeccable. Perfectly balanced flavours, and with the trust the chef menu it was a once in a lifetime experience we we got to explore so many different plates. If you LOVE food and enjoy the complexity and simplicity of beautifully balanced meals, I would absolutely recommend going to Original Sin

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Visited On Saturday, 12 May 2018

Amazing Service Thank you Maree, Also to all other staff. And thank you for the extra special Dessert for my friend as it was her birthday. Amazing food, Loved the experience.

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Visited On Saturday, 05 May 2018

Beautiful dinner and we really appreciated the willingness to assist in the GF needs of one of our party. You guys were awesome! Would definitely recommend Original Sin and cannot fault the team in your service.

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Visited On Sunday, 06 May 2018

Great service, lovely meal

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Visited On Friday, 04 May 2018

Excellent service and food, a must visit if your looking for great dinning in Christchurch

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Visited On Wednesday, 02 May 2018

Nice place for a work function team dinner, menu is a bit limited but everything that we got was very tasty. The portions are on the smaller size so definitely need to get either an entrée or a dessert or both :)

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Visited On Sunday, 29 April 2018

The meals were well presented and very tasty. The only criticism would be the wagyu burger it was a bit on the small side. The service was brilliant and it’s a really amazing space.

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Visited On Saturday, 28 April 2018

My friends and I would not hesitate to come back to Original Sin for dinner or lunch again. We very much enjoyed our visit. It was also lovely and warm on a cold, wet day. The food was very tasty and well presented. The staff went out of their way to be helpful and pleasant.

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Visited On Friday, 20 April 2018

When we arrived we were told that our booking was “not on the list”, then it was probably on the iPad because it was done online. Following this we were offered an undesirable table next to a big group because we were not on the list despite booking. Following discussions with the maître de we were given a reserved table but only due to our insistence and provision of proof that we booked.

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Visited On Thursday, 29 March 2018

Great place , Great food , Great service

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Visited On Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Great food, with a beautiful touch of class. Staff was fabulous and professional, and my partner and I enjoyed the romantic culinary experience!

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Visited On Saturday, 10 March 2018

Thanks to the staff at original sin. Frendly and helpful. I appreciate a restaurant that has a considered menu but also was child friendly. We altered the menu meal slightly to apease my fussy daughter and it was no problem. I really appreciated it. Thanks

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Visited On Friday, 09 March 2018

Service was a bit slow towards the end of the meal, although the staff were really friendly and helpful. Great food, and a decent wine selection, although the prices on the wine did seem quite high.

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Visited On Tuesday, 06 March 2018

Good choice of food and drink, with attentive service. High quality food at a resonable price. Love the location on the river!

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Visited On Tuesday, 27 February 2018

The menu was mainly beef and fish. Would like to see more chicken options. We both ended up having beef for starter and main.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 February 2018

Thank you for making our occasion fabulous. Food and service exceptional. Nothing was a problem! Thoroughly recommend.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 February 2018

We had an excellent night at Original Sin, from the delicious food and wine to the friendly unpretentious staff. A great night was had by all 7 of us, thankyou.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 February 2018

We loved our Trust the Chef courses and wine matches. Very friendly staff. Loved having the chef visit us at the end and asking our opinion of the food. Nice atmosphere and so good to be back along the river. Will definitely be back.

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Visited On Friday, 23 February 2018

Great spot for a special night out. The food was delicious particularly the leeks with coconut cream, yum. Our waiter was attentive and funny. We had a great evening there and would definitely recommend it as a great place to go for a special occasion.

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