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The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill

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Pizza, Coffee Shop, Seafood, Grill, Polynesian
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Titikaveka, Cook Islands
+682 22796
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Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill is on the site of the old Maire Nui Cafe...
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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  • 53
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  • 15
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Devine Experience

What can I say but Wow!!! The tropical gardens are just stunning, the food devine and superb service! Sammy the Fijian waiter was brilliant with a lovely smile, great sense of humour and the best service we have received on the island. The food is all organic and grown in their own gardens. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
RachMikeP
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

What can I say but Wow!!! The tropical gardens are just stunning, the food devine and superb service! Sammy the Fijian waiter was brilliant with a lovely smile, great sense of humour and the best service we have received on the island. The food is all organic and grown in their own gardens. The owner John, is a winemaker in... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

After a couple of hours wandering the tropical gardens we had lunch at the cafe and it was a very pleasant experience! The menu is small but the food is delicious - the tropical salad is a must, made with home grown produce and an interesting combination of flavours and textures. The cafe is licensed and the beautiful classical music,... More 

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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

What a gorgeous setting, and what beautiful food !! The tropical salad was divine and the cheesecake with all the fresh fruit just lovely. The charming gentleman who runs it was a real character and helped make the visit special. Thank you.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

While this is a beautiful spot and we appreciate that organic and home grown produce is going to be more costly, we were disappointed that a small plate of salad (although delicious) was between NZ$18.50 and $20! The amount on the food on the plate was the equivalent of an entree or side salad. The smoothies were about the same... More 

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We visited this cafe whilst exploring the beautiful botanical garden on Rarotonga. The garden itself is well worth a visit and the cafe is a nestled amongst the trees. The cafe setting was charming and the hosts were very friendly and welcoming. We really enjoyed sitting outside amidst nature. The cafe uses homegrown ingredients where possible and we had a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Beautiful outdoor settings, in amazing tropical gardens. Freshly picked produce to make an amazing lunch and home made drinks. Not your cheapest lunch, but possibly your best.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Found this place completely by accident while out exploring. The gardens are beautiful and the setting is lovely for a relaxed and inimate lunch. The food was delicious and so fresh. Just beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 via mobile

What a beautiful setting full of exquisite fauna. I had the world famous lemon meringue cheesecake and it was absolutely divine. The staff were extremely friendly. I would highly recommend a visit to this idyllic piece of paradise.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Also known as Maire Noi, this place is something different, not a simply restaurant, but a huge garden where you can take a break for a snack or a cup of tea. The atmosphere is charming, magical. The park is worth a visit itself, is held in an excellent way, it's right to leave a little contribution to the staff... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Two years since our last visit to the garden and cafe. The food was fantastic! They use organic ingredients grown and harvested from their 7 acre garden. We had a paw paw salad and a local beer (Matutu). The cafe setting is amidst a lush tropical garden. After enjoying our lunch, we ventured into the garden. The garden is filled... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Titikaveka, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga
  • Phone Number: +682 22796

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 13 - 24
  • Cuisine: Pizza, Coffee Shop, Seafood, Grill, Polynesian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?