With the onset of summer, we have added four new burgers to our menu.
There are two brand new Lamb burgers, a Hawaiian Chicken and a tempura Aubergine. For more information see the “menu” tab.
Anna and Nicky have worked really hard on getting the burgers perfect so we hope you all enjoy them.
Also, we are now making most of the components of the burgers. So you get our very own buns with handmade aioli and pickles which we think makes our burgers pretty special.
In true Moore Family fashion, we’re going to be having a great party down at the bar on Sunday for St Patrick’s Day. Come on down to Smash Palace and enjoy Magners Cider on tap, Jameson’s Whiskey and loads of Irish music.
Unfortunately, due to Johnny, Tim and Mikey all being away, the band consisting of just Pam and Jock won’t be making an appearance this year, however, we have plenty of music to keep us all entertained.
Also, with Johnny and Tim being away and Rosie being heavily pregnant – we don’t have enough people to make up an 8 hand this year but I’m sure that won’t stop us from showing off and dancing at some stage during the evening.
This is just a wee note to let you know that we have expanded the menu. This means you can get bacon and eggs on toast on the weekend, waffles with bacon and maple syrup, a couple of new burgers and on the snack side: arancini balls, spicy wings or cheerios.
Anna has take control of the kitchen and has been stomping abut shouting at all the brow-beaten staff to ensure there is some consistency. So if you don’t like your food you can be sure that Anna will be beating some poor staff member with a sock full of pennies.
Come down and try out the food. It is selling like hot-cakes and I think it is excellent.
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Anna has been hassling me about our wine list:
“You put so much effort into having lots of interesting craft beers and the wine is just a lazy list based on you being able to order from one company.”
I told her I don’t drink wine and reckon it’s only drunk by poofs, ponces and women. She informed me that all sorts of cultured types drink wine and they will appreciate us putting a bit of effort in.
“Wine is so passe. If you give a shit about it you can sort out a new list…”
… and I thought that would be the end of it. But Anna being the stroppy bitch that she is, went out and talked to some wine expert that she’d heard on National Radio. This woman, Yvonne, advised her of a whole lot of cool local wineries that she should check out. From there, the idea started that we would do a bit of a feel-good Canterbury thing and try to have an entirely local wine list. That way, if we support the local economy, we can feel like we are contributing to people getting up-and-going again.
So I’m happy to announce that our new wine list -Â crafted with much love from Anna – is up-and-running. The only wine we could not source locally was bubbles in a single-serve bottle, so this is the exception to the rule. The rest represent what we feel is a stunning line up of local vineyards making some pretty special wine.
This means that the prices have gone up about a dollar a glass, but Anna informs me that people will know quality when they see it. From the Fiddler’s Green Sav to the George’s Road Syrah, we reckon Canterbury is making some pretty exciting wines.
So pop down and try a glass and be sure to pat Anna on the back and tell her she was right and Johnny was wrong.
We have had a request from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment to update the menu on our website. What it has to do with the environment I’m not sure, but who am I to argue with someone in such a position of power. It’s touching to know that we are on the radar alongside 1080, fracking etc.
Our menu was originally designed when we thought we’d have a roof and be open during the day. Then we spent all our money on stupid expert fees and couldn’t afford the roof. This changed the opening hours and has now dictated the new menu.
We looked at what people were ordering and decided we should turn the kitchen into a good, honest chip shop. So now we are doing mainly burgers, fish ‘n’ chips, butties etc.
I’ve become quite obsessed with burgers and have developed a theory that most burgers at pubs are silly because they’re so big that you can’t get your mouth around them. Maybe having to eat your burger with a knife and fork means they can charge more for them? I think a good burger should be able to be held in your hand and eaten without utensils. If you want to judge us, come down and try the cheeseburger, which I reckon is an honest take on a classic burger. High-quality beef, a shit-hot bun, nice cheese, a pickle and some relish. Simple really.
So come down and try the new burgers, they are proving very popular…
Well, the time has come for me to start coming up with some ideas to promote this place. Old Ged – that tight-fisted Irishman who taught me the pub game – always said that you can’t just open your doors and expect people to come. You have to have a reason for people to come…
So, we will start with the easiest form of promotion in the booze-peddling world – Happy Hour. There is a reason you see so many pubs doing it, it works, and lazy pub owners don’t have to think too creatively about how to get punters in. It’s not like every idea you have can be as excellent as putting a motorcycle workshop in your bar on Thursday nights, and if you get too smart-arsed you get stuck in a niche and only appeal to a small minority (See: our old Jurassic Park III Trivia Evening which was attended by one punter).
Smash Palace Happy hour will run 4pm-6pm every day.
$6 Bodgie Beer pints
$6 House Spirits
$6 House red and white wines
$5 bowls of chips
We reckon this represents pretty good value and hope it makes you all happy. From next week we will fill in our entertainment schedule to make sure we have something happening every night. In the meantime, we will continue with our warmth strategies and look toward summer.
Thanks for all the love.
Hey. Thanks to everyone who has come in to show your support. You really don’t know how much it means to us to have so much love and support out there. If nothing else has been achieved by the stupid Council doing its best to keep us closed, it has at least made our supporters even more passionate about the place.
We had our first bike night last night which was exciting. Hopefully we can build on this and have something pretty unique to Christchurch. It was cool to have a bloke here from Melbourne who happened to be walking past and reckoned there was nothing this cool at home.
We continue to fight with the Council over the fire wall but hope to have this resolved over the coming weeks. Then you can all drink, safe in the knowledge that our toilets will not burn the neighbor’s car park down.
Rosie’s Cafe has opened this week which has been really exciting for her. She gave up her job in December, back when we thought opening up would be relatively easy. Then she spent months trying to find work while I stalled her week-on-week. So Rosie and Yuki are now manning (womaning?) the caravan every week day. Make sure you come down and buy some coffee and slice off them.
So here are our opening hours for winter. Hopefully come summer we can extend them but this should keep you all drinking and eating ’til then.
Rosie’s is open 8am-4pm, Monday to Friday.
The bus opens at 4pm daily and closes at 11pm Sun to Wed and 1am Thurs, Fri and Saturday.
See you all down at Smash Palace.
It’s Rosie’s birthday today. Happy birthday Rosie.
At our new bar, Rosie will be all grown up and operate her own caravan. I will wait ’til she has finalised her menu etc. before announcing too much, but I thought I’d let you all know that we have gone and picked up her caravan off the ferry in Picton, towed it back, and she is in the process of setting it up.
It’s all very exciting to us to finally have some forward momentum in a year where it feels like we have constantly been knocked backward.
Here’s the caravan on the way home.
Sometimes life kicks you in the guts enough times that you start to feel a little down. You see, it doesn’t matter if the glass is half full or half empty if its contents is human shit.
Two nights ago, our drains went into reverse, covering the whole downstairs of our apartment with human shit. And I’m not just talking smelly water here. I’m talking actual, identifiable feces. This would be bad enough if it was just my own shit, but it was a combination of all the scat from the whole street, all mixed together with little bits of toilet paper.
Really horrible stuff.
So we’ve had to move out. But it means from now when you see me, I am going to be one of those glum guys, who sighs deeply all the time and cannot see the good in any situation.
Here’s a nice photo of my shower.
Our new beer list is up and running and there are enough new entries that there’s sure to be something for everyone. I was blown away by the quality of the Yeastie Boys Pot Kettle Black which they describe as a “hoppy porter”. I would say it is a dark beer suitable for light beer drinkers. It is really very nice and you should give it a blast.
Rosie and I are saving up our money to open a shop called Yeast Infection that sells bread, beer, cottage cheese etc. and I think this would be a perfect product for us to stock.
Francois and I were going to make up some tasting notes for the new beers but in the end we just drank a whole lot of beer and got drunk, talking close to one anothers faces and laughing red-faced laughter (I could smell garlic on his breath).
Try this beer, you won’t be disappointed.