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I’m always keen to try new cafes and restaurants opening in the area so today I took my mum for lunch down at Jagz in Sovereign Palms.

When the area around it is finished, I imagine it will be a whole lot nicer.  At the moment, outside still seems to be a work in progress, lots of guys in fluro jackets and bits of machinery.  And that’s a view on offer in plenty of places around Christchurch these days.

But, inside it’s looking great, so choose a table facing inwards.  Solid wooden tables and chairs, wooden floors and exposed stonework make it feel sort of rustic and modern.  But more importantly, comfortable.  Tables are nicely spaced so you’re not squeezing past other people to get in and out and high ceilings and plenty of window make it feel light and spacious.  I really liked it.

They do everything here from breakfast to coffee, to lunch to dinner.  And I imagine it will become a really popular spot with the local community up at Sovereign Palms.

The menu is pretty extensive – salads, pizzas, burgers, pasta etc.  But we were after something light for lunch so opted for the roast vegetable salad ($22)  with a side of fries and aioli ($8)  to balance out the healthy veg thing.  The food came in good time and was nicely presented.  The salad felt a bit heavy on the lettuce and potatoes and I would have liked a few more roast veg instead.  But it was nice enough and as for the fries, well we devoured those along with the aioli and the tomato sauce they were served with.

I think next time I’d go for a more substantial dish, because I saw burgers coming out of the kitchen served on big wooden boards and they looked delicious.  I definitely had meal envy.

Service was fine – quick and friendly.

Overall I liked it.  I’ll definitely go back – probably for dinner and a glass of wine from their drinks menu.  But I might wait until the outside bit is complete.

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