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ESSENCE CAFE

NGONGOTAHA, Rotorua, New Zealand
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  • English first
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English first
Wellington, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

They do the best iced chocolates and interesting Laksa. A nice place to have brunch with your pooch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I've been travelling through New Zealand for the past two weeks and I can honestly say that this place has changed my opinion of what quality coffee looks and tastes like. Excellently presented and beautifully crafted- without a doubt the best coffee I've been served in a long time.

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I tried this cafe a couple of years ago, was terrible then but someone told me that new owners now have it so thought I would give it another go. I ordered English breakfast tea and eggs beni. When my tea arrived, it was earl grey not what i asked for. My breakfast came out, my bacon was great, just... More 

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San Diego, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Had a good coffee and a tasty cornbread muffin. It was really good but the place seemed like it needed a good scrubbing. Don't have much to say....just an average coffee shop.

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Made to feeel very welcome. Food was excellent and service very good as well. Would definitely go again and take friends or family.

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Front of house staff was quite unwelcoming. Food and coffee was nice though as expensive as Auckland and more than much of Rotorua town. She warmly greeted a local who walked in after us which is why it was clear we were only welcome for our wallets...

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

... but dinner, not so much. Had a lovely brunch at this friendly cafe (handy to Rainbow Springs, Skyline, Zorb etc) with nicely prepared fresh and tasty food. Went back for dinner several days later. Still friendly, and very accommodating with off-menu options better suited to a child. But our mains showed the stretch it is from preparing a lovely... More 

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This cafe in Ngongotaha, Rotorua is small but the food is delightful and the service is exemplary. Somewhere to go out of the hustle of Rotorua City for a quiet coffe or ..... lovely food and excellent service. I would strongly suggest you try it!

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Rotorua
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I have exhibited my paintings and mosaics here and have sold some. The owner is really nice, the coffee tastes good and the cakes etc are well made.

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Doha, Qatar
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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

This cafe enjoys a very extensive menu. We ate here for lunch and breakfast over several days. The coffee is good too. We loved the eggs benedict and the bacon side was generous. Just one minor criticism, the vegetarian eggs benedict was pitiful. Approximately 8 wilted leaves of spinach made it look lame alongside it's bacon counterpart. Would happily return... More 

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Address: NGONGOTAHA, Rotorua, New Zealand
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua

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