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NGONGOTAHA, Rotorua, New Zealand
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great little dog friendly cafe

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 24, 2015
bronlc
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Wellington, New Zealand
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25 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Rotorua
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Possibly the worst brunch we have eaten. Plates cold, food tepid. Corn fitters were like tasteless pancakes, lucky if there was 5 corn kernels in each one. Eggs Benedict was barely warm and smothered with Hollandaise sauce from a jar. Bread so hard you could damage you teeth. Only one of our group had something that was nice the Mt... More 

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Bay of Plenty
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This little café in Ngongataha used to be a little gem, but-------- I called in there last Friday a/noon, after an absence of 3 months, and was surprised at the change. The coffee was served in teacups, luke warm, the meal was not authentic, it was cold in the centre and the selection of food/menu was not great. Asked for... More 

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Otorohanga, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Had morning tea there today. I ordered a green tea, and to be fair, I don't quite know what sort of tea it was that they served me. It had clearly been sweetened (in the pot). I questioned it and was told that it was some sort of Asian tea and that she didn't have the wrapper! On pouring it,... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

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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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
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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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  • Address: NGONGOTAHA, Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua

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