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The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill

Titikaveka, Cook Islands
+682 22796
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Ranked #15 of 82 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
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
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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
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 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
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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
20 helpful votes 20 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
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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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Kerikeri
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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 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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Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Beautiful garden setting of about 7 acres. Amazing plants in vivid island colours. The food was divine and the service excellent. It was the highpoint of our stay on Rarotonga

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Auckland, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Well, when that's what the sign said, we had to stop in and see if they could back it up! Well, turns out that could! However, if cheesecake isn't your thing, then try the chocolate cake! Both were fantastic, and filling. Try one of the fruit smoothies to wash it down. The garden setting is wonderful, peaceful, and lovely. The... More

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Additional Information about The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill

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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