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Essence Cafe

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184 Bank Street, Whangarei, New Zealand
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Description: This cafe does breakfast and lunch only - open 7am to 3.30 pm. Has great...
This cafe does breakfast and lunch only - open 7am to 3.30 pm. Has great food, a good gluten-free selection. Outdoor seating in courtyard during summer. Byline is "Essence of heaven on earth"
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Consistently good food!

We ate here last weekend, and wanted to give Essence a great review for their breakfast. The food is consistently good, the coffee is first class, and the presentation of the food is of a high standard. Their menu has some different items that you don't see in most cafes. Plus, they have a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2015
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We ate here last weekend, and wanted to give Essence a great review for their breakfast. The food is consistently good, the coffee is first class, and the presentation of the food is of a high standard. Their menu has some different items that you don't see in most cafes. Plus, they have a garden area out back which is... More 

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Quorn, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

A popular location offering down to earth food and good service. Good for breakfast and lunch. Always clean and tidy

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Russell, New Zealand
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47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

I have been here a few times for coffee and re fly had lunch - a 'power salad'. It was very nice & fresh and the service and coffee is good. I'm going again for lunch today!

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Adelaide, Australia
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38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Even for a gluten free chocolate brownie, theirs is a tasty one and I am a bit anti gluten free stuff due to lack of taste. Staff friendly and easy going too.

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Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Very yummy food.. great place for a cuppa too.. lovely little courtyard out the back really enjoyable..

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This place does great coffee has ample seating / nice atmosphere. LOVE the back garden area especially. Service mostly good. Only downfall would be the food prices.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Good food, well prepared at affordable prices. Staff warm and friendly and helpful. Coffee good. Some local art on the walls, a lovely courtyard out the back with a box of toys, sunshine and shade...

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Townsville, Australia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

During our entire trip, this was the best meal we had. The food was fresh and tasty and the service was great. Staff were very friendly and had a lovely chat with us. We felt very welcomed. Thank you!!!!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Came here for lunch & it was lovely. Had the risotto special that was on for the month & was able to substitute an ingredient for something else which was really nice! The dish was well cooked with really nice flavours & well sized for a lunch dish. Definitely dine here again when in town.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Loved the courtyard and space between tables. Food was nice. Great place for a coffee and chat with friends

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Address: 184 Bank Street, Whangarei, New Zealand
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Whangarei
Cuisine: Contemporary

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  • Address: 184 Bank Street, Whangarei, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Whangarei

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Contemporary

Description

This cafe does breakfast and lunch only - open 7am to 3.30 pm. Has great food, a good gluten-free selection. Outdoor seating in courtyard during summer. Byline is "Essence of heaven on earth"

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