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The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill

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Café, Seafood, Grill, Polynesian
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Titikaveka, Cook Islands
+682 22796
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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...
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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Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 98
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
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
Amazing little jewel

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 3, 2015
AucklandMeringue
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Auckland
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Auckland
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Cape Town
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
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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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Venezia, Italia
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98 reviews 98 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
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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Central Oregon, Oregon
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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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Whangaparaoa, Auckland, New Zealand
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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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65 reviews 65 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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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: Café, Seafood, Grill, Polynesian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine

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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