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1107 Tutanekai St, Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
(07) 349 1735
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Special occasions
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 34
    Excellent
  • 51
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good food - huge portions

Good food, good service, pleasant decor. Clean and tidy. We were looking for something fairly light and while the food is certainly prepared with a light touch the portion size was huge - luckily we were both hungrier than we thought and it meant we only needed a sandwich in the evening.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
Francis d
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Northampton, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Dining on a budget
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117 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

We came for dinner. Meal was nice and the female waitress nice but not good at listening. The male waiter who at one point came and literally threw cutlery haphazardly on the table was very rude. He also manned the till and was rude and unprofessional. I have never had someone as unprofessional serve me at a restaurant! They let... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Good food, good service, pleasant decor. Clean and tidy. We were looking for something fairly light and while the food is certainly prepared with a light touch the portion size was huge - luckily we were both hungrier than we thought and it meant we only needed a sandwich in the evening.

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Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Disgusting manner, absolutely atrocious service (I cannot believe the rudeness from the short Indian man - especially when he's the manager!) It was such an unpleasant dining experience, we felt unwelcomed and pretty much just had menus and food thrown at us. I would not advise to dine here, there are plenty of other lovely places to eat on that... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Food was fantastic...huge servings,which was great value.tHis is the best value for money in Rotorua.

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Bay of Plenty
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Booked a table for 8 for a lunchtime birthday meal. Arrived to find no table set and no room outside for us. Rude guy attempted to join two tiny tables together inside for us with a major height difference and expected a paying guest to sit at the join. When told it wasn't acceptable he ranted about how they weren't... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This place is awful- rude abnoxious waiter who slams your drinks down and shouts at you to place an order even before you've looked at the menu (this was the short Indian guy- needs a course in hospitality). Food was average- had the mezze platter and for 18$ Chewy hide like bread and bland dips just topped the rude service.... More 

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Shanghai, China
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Split roasted lamb dish, hummus appetizer, and chocolate cake. Very tasty. Good place for dinner, although in main dinning tourist area.

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

We stumbled across this restaurant while walking around eat street. We ordered the veg pasta soup and a stone oven baked pizza. The service was good and attentive. The food was tasty. What made the otherwise good atmosphere a bit rubbish was this guy on the next table who seemed stoned just blabbing away and shouting all evening.

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Exeter, UK
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

It only has a narrow frontage on Eat Street, but it has a welcoming attitude. Food, one special of the day, one from the menu, was well cooked and good flavour. Staff cared for their customers. Drinks were reasonably priced.

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Papamoa, New Zealand
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Food was extremely average, i had a lamb dish that was a bit too chewy, my daughters cheese and tomata pizza had no tomato, my mums vege dish was very simple.I thought it was a bit pricey for the standard of food...and the very long wait. Service lacking, especially once you are seated, expect to be ignored.wont go back here... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1107 Tutanekai St, Rotorua 3201, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: (07) 349 1735

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?