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The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill

Titikaveka, Cook Islands
+682 22796
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Ranked #12 of 84 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
Papamoa, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This restaurant is situated in the middle of a beautiful Rarotongan garden that has been developed over many years. We booked for dinner and were lucky enough to be seated in the pavilion that takes one table slightly away from the main restaurant that was amazingly beautiful. We had chilli prawns and barbequed pork which were both excellent as was... More

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Auckland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

On a small place like Raro there is a restaurant every 50 feet or so and mostly they all offer food of similar ilk. This place stood head and shoulders above the rest for its glorious lush location in the midst of a much loved and well cared for tropical garden. And for food with a distinct a specific island... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

lovely setting. delicious food. had the lamb, fish, pork between us. All excellent, big portions. best restaurant we visited during our stay.

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Essex
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201 reviews 201 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is a gem for either a snack or dinner. We managed both. It's set in beautiful Maire Nui botanical organic garden on the site of a former swamp (well worth walking around) and the home made cakes are super. Dinner was freshly cooked to order and eaten outside in the gazebo in the early evening watching the sun go... More

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Sydney
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88 reviews 88 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Afternoon tea was in a beautiful location here within the gardens. Fresh, warm muffin with butter and a cool drink. It's not cheap though with a piece of cheesecake for the incredible price of $16.50. Expensive even for Rarotonga standards. Still well worth a visit.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Was here last week for lunch. Beautiful garden setting for alfresco dining. I ordered the salad with chicken, paw paw, banana and pineapple- was really fresh and different, am going to try and make it at home. My husband ordered a prawn salad and was also very impressed. Lovely service too. Highly recommend!

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Brisbane
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Hidden Spirit is a lovely little restaurant, hidden in the Marie Nui gardens at Titikaveka. There are only a handful of tables, so it is quiet and intimate. The food is cooked by the chef on a large BBQ in full view, which was entertaining and unique to watch. The food was lovely and (as advertised) the cheesecake is delicious.... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Lovely restaurant set amongst a few hectares of glorious tropical gardens. Food was amazing, staff super friendly - well worth a visit!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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80 reviews 80 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We stopped here for coffee and cake and was pleasantly surprised. The waitress that served us was really so nice and happy to chat about the botanical gardens. We didn't eat lunch but the menu had these really interesting salads. Will definitely try lunch there the next time I am visiting the island.

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Feilding, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Charming cafe set in beautiful gardens. Lovely for lunch and the transforms at night into a fairy wonderland. Food is excellent, service is good, really recommend

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