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Pure Tastes

116 Marsden Road, Paihia 0247, New Zealand
(09) 402 0003
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Ranked #23 of 40 restaurants in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: International
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • Dutch first
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  • Italian first
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
199 reviews 199 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We've just had a couple of nights in Paihia, our fourth visit to the town in 3 years. Thought we'd try somewhere different for breakfast .... popped into Pure Tastes .... Bottom line - we'd definitely do that again. Had the 'Pure Tastes Cooked Breakfast' ... beautifully presented, a line-up that included the full works - sausage, bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

I had the portabello mushrooms on foccacia and we also ordered the scrambled egg breakfast with toasted foccacia > beautifully presented - excellent service and gorgeous views of the sea from here.

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Kerikeri, New Zealand
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

By far the worst food I have ever been presented with at a restaurant. These guys claim themselves as an award winning restaurant. What they don't tell you is that the awards are from several years ago, mostly when Paul Jobin was chef/owner. From the very limited menu Three of our party of four ordered oysters. Several minutes later we... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

My family enjoyed Dinner at Pure Tastes last Friday night. We were celebrating my elderly Mother's Birthday. Our group included 2 children, who were thrilled with the Spagetti and Meatballs from the "kiddie" menu. My Mother loved the Seafood Chowder.... she declared it was the best she had ever had!! My husband's steak was cooked to perfection. My choice was... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

We were told by the host at Carrington Lodge restaurant that this was THE place to eat in Paihia, and he was right. The fish and chips are the best in the world, using tempura breading (very light, not greasy) on the fish, good wines, very reasonable. Easy walk from the center of town along the waterfront. Did not try... More

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Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

Staying at Seaspray suites very nearby and sadly only discovered this restaurant on our last night - assumed it is aimed more at the resort it is part of...We poked our nose in on the way to walking into Paihia and were so glad we did. Quite intimate but comfortable armchairs made the wait very bearable along with very tasteful... More

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Melbourne Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

Spent a lovely evening for a friends birthday at Pure Taste in Paihia. The Tasting plates we shared, presented on beautiful glass platters, were delicious. They even made a birthday cake for our friend- that was a great suprise. The service was great and friendly. All in all a memorable evening at a very reasonable price.

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Brisbane, Australia
Top Contributor
150 reviews 150 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

The service is great, the setting and decor is fantastic, the wine by the glass from the barrel is delicious BUT the food was a total let down!!! Continuing the search for seafood in Paihia this restaurant looked like the place to find the best. Pure Tastes is perfectly located along the esplanade and the greeting that customers receive is... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Fabulous food... fabulous staff, and the location of the Restaurant, overlooking the Bay is delightful in the evening..

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Dorset, UK
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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

We ate here twice. On the first night, we both enjoyed the food and the ambience. The service was excellent and whilst the menu was not extensive, it was interesting. As we had enjoyed the meal so much we decided to go back again the following night to celebrate my husband's birthday. The staff on duty were completely different (including... More

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