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The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill

Titikaveka, Cook Islands
+682 22796
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Ranked #19 of 81 Restaurants in Rarotonga
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $13 - $24
Cuisines: Polynesian, Seafood, Café, Grill
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill is on the site of the old Maire Nui Cafe set within the luxurious grounds of the Maire Nui Botanical Gardens. Now incorporating a stainless 'outside' Kitchen for night time, The Hidden Spirit offers holiday makers and locals alike a dining experience with a real point of difference on the island of Rarotonga. Specialising in fresh local produce (especially seafood) cooked in a local style but with a subtle influence of the Orient.Open:Monday-Friday 10am-4.30pmSaturday: Midday-4.30pmNights: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 6.30pm- 11.00pmBooking essential for night time grill.
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English first
Whangaparaoa, Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

It was 2years since my last visit to the beautiful Cook Islands and i must say the gardens have most defiantly improved. There is a $5.00 honesty box fee at the entrance of the garden but it is all well worth it, all the hard labour of love and maintenance of this magical jungle of nature. I found out on... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

So, sometimes you get what you pay for. I respect that they use organic produce at the cafe so that must be part of what keeps the prices high. We had the tropical salad and found it to be nice and filling. At first the combo seemed weird (banana, papaya, pineapple, coconut, mayo, and chicken - all combined and served... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 via mobile

We came for the cheesecake, the gardens were a bonus. Such amazing setting a nice spot to enjoy a couple of hours tucked away admiring the beautiful tropical flowers. Their famous cheesecake was nice , presented well with lots of island extras, $16 you would expect it to be amazing however. Worth a visit.

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Bowral, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

A visit for lunch/dinner or the mouth watering lemon meringue cheesecake is a must. If booking for dinner, ask for the gazebo. You will be surrounded by torches & unable to see other diners - just magic - like being stranded on a deserted island. The menu is small but with outstanding flavours from the herbs grown in the quaint... More 

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Pukekohe, New Zealand
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We visited these gardens in the day time and they were very pretty and the staff were hospitable. We decided to go back in the evening for dinner. It was very romantic sitting in the garden by tiki torch light. They have a small menu but the meals were simple and tasty. The cheesecake was sensational. Very obliging staff. However,... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This is where we head for dinner on our first and last night of our holidays in the Cook Islands. Situated in a beautiful garden and surrounded by tiki torches, the food is simple and delicious. Fresh fish, a steak or local pork cooked to perfection on the BBQ. Durign the day (or at night) make sure you try the... More 

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North Shore City, New Zealand
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

All catered for here with fresh produce, home made cheesecake and delicious fresh fruit smoothies. The local cat that has adopted the courtyard is a cutie too

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 via mobile

Nice setting for a meal, but unfortunately the meal was basically rubbish, Asia stir fry was what the menu said, what we got a small pile of plain rice six small prawns, and ten or so snake beans, little or no sauce, very disappointed, save your money much better on offer else where

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Wellsford, New Zealand
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We stopped in for lunch. Pretty setting with the surrounding gardens, the food we ordered was nice, but overpriced for what it is. A little bit disappointed.

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18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We had 2 lunches and 2 dinners here as food was great, location stunning and staff excellent. I have read previous trip advise reviews and was reluctant to go but staff must have changed as they were all attentive and friendly. Recommend strolling around gardens during day as they are very well done and feels like you are in Bali.... More 

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Address: Titikaveka, Cook Islands
Phone Number: +682 22796
Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga
Average Prices: USD 13 - 24
Cuisine: Polynesian, Seafood, Café, Grill

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