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ESSENCE CAFE

NGONGOTAHA, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Ranked #55 of 150 Restaurants in Rotorua
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- Jul 1, 2014
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English first
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Auckland, New Zealand
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Whilst we haven't sat down for a full meal here yet, I can confirm that they do a good coffee. Sometimes the service can be a bit slow as they are only a little cafe with minimal staff but the coffees are pleasingly consistently good!

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2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Having travelled through Ngongataha regularly for business, always stopping for coffee, sometimes for breakfast and frequently buying a bunch of their beautifully presented cut flowers.....I was always keen to try the cafe for an evening meal. Having tried their Stock yard breakfast and rated it as one of the best breakfasts ever (see FB Great Fry Ups of the World),... More

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Rotorua, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Sharon, owner, prepared an amazing menu for us a fundraiser for Child Cancer and fed forty people. Every course she talked about the ingredients and described how they suited the wine. Nearly everyone present commented to me on how much they enjoyed the night. Sharon did not charge for ingredients or her time which was substantial. Great night thank you... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

I visited this cafe twice last week and had the soup of the moment which was asparagus and it was tasty. Unfortunately, the soup had not changed at the second visit which limited the choice. There is one thing I object to and that is seeing waitresses chewing gum. One of the two girls working at the Essence cafe at... More

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Te Awamutu, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Attended a 50th birthday party at Ngongotaha Pub on Sat. Stopped at Essence for the best Americano ever & ginger slice. Had breakfast on Sun. Great smoked bacon, eggs poached to perfection. Friendly, happy & welcoming staff, awesome, thanks

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Auckland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

My husband and I came here between going to aMazeme Maze and Paradise Valley as there wasn't food at either of these places. And we are glad we did! The food was very yum. I had the bagel stack which was delicious. Husband had the Saleyard brekky and loved it. Coffee was fine, nothing to rave about (I am a... More

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Perth, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

Stopped there briefly for coffee and cake, the place was buzzing. A decent blackboard menu. Friendly staff.

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