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Mokoia Restaurant

77 Robinson Ave, | Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort, Holden's Bay, Rotorua 3040, New Zealand
(07)343 5100
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Ranked #25 of 143 restaurants in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $23 - $80
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary, Pacific Rim
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Mokoia Restaurant is a definitive fine dining experience featuring creative Pacific Rim cuisine using fresh and flavoursome local ingredients. The restaurant specializes in healthy gourmet cuisine using unique indigenous foods and herbs. Executive Chef Ervin Y Garde has created a menu that he feels embraces the essence of contemporary New Zealand culture. Join us for breakfast, high teas, lunch and dinner, enjoy freshly squeezed beverages from our fresh juice bar and experience first class hospitality in a positively breath-taking lakefront location.
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rotorua
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Wow! Where to start ! On booking I was offers a courtesy shuttle which we declined . On arrival our booking wasn't there but we were seating promptly and offered water. You do pay for bottled water but that is to be expected. On the wine menu you can order paddles. A selection of 4 wines to match your food.... More

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Howick, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I got the pleasure of dining here, when i stayed at the resort for a couple of nights. The restaurant is outstanding. The food was amazing and so yummy! the staff are so warm and welcoming. Highly recommend this place.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

When we made our reservation we indicated that it was our 40th Wedding Anniversary so requested a table with a view of the Lake. On arrival we were delighted to find our table had been decorated with red blossoms, a red candle with hearts and a single long stemmed red rose. We choose this restaurant not only because they used... More

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Montreal, Canada
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96 reviews 96 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Soup du jour (spinach & potato) was very tasty. Steak with proscuitto and truffle mashed potatoes was also excellent. My travel partner took a vegetarian phyllo pastry with Brie, cashews & veggies and said this was also very tasty. Dessert was an amazing sort of chocolate cake with bailey's ice cream that was decadent! Service was impeccable. We were a... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

We ate at Mokoia restaurant with high hopes after many glowing recommendations from friends. The food was excellent, entrees were flavoursome and well presented. The lamb main was delicious and well sized, the duck was well cooked and the venison was fantastic. Unfortunately, the service left much to be desired. After ordering a bottle of wine it was left on... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

A great menu. Wonderful steak, yummy manuka smoked salmon. Fabulous dessert platter, especially the coconut creme brulee. Great breakfasts too. Loved the whole experience. Very friendly, professional staff too and the spa resort is outstanding. Wonderful spa treatments.

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

The menu is expensive for the portions but overall pretty good. The wait staff were helpful and pleasent and the food came out pretty quickly but the steak my partner ordered wasn't cooked right. The way that the meals are plated is stupid and ridiculous. They are very awkward for the wait staff to handle and end up having to... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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53 reviews 53 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014 via mobile

We went here for a New Year's Dine & Dance. There was supposedly a 7 course degustation menu with wine matches which sounded great. In practice it was a bit different. To be fair the food was really good but right from the beginning it was clear that there was a bit of a problem with the organisation. The pre... More

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Rotorua, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

A super meal wonderful staff best meal in our four week vist to New Zealand if you can you must try !! Very well priced to

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Napier, New Zealand
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3 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

The menu is very overpriced and pretentious. I ordered a garden salad because it said it had artichokes. They had run out, but no one told us. Our main courses - well three arrived, and then we waited and waited. They had forgotten to put in the order for the fourth. Dessert took over 30 minutes. If the food had... More

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