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The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill

Titikaveka, Cook Islands
+682 22796
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Ranked #14 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
Auckland, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

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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Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

But I could have made the salads and sandwiches myself...it's all regular ingredients you can find on-island so it wasn't anything out of this world. Very relaxing to be surrounded by gardens though.

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Such a peaceful place to go. Great garden seating area and great food. Definitely a place to go for a change of scenery and to kick back and relax

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rarotonga
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Go here for lunch. It's got a great collection of tropical salads all grown on island, mostly in the gardens themselves. The Tahitian lime quencher is to die for. The setting is just stunning.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Came here on a whim as we saw the sign out on the road a felt a bit peckish. The gardens were lovely and we had a nice walk around before grabbing a bite to eat. My partner had an open sandwich and I had the tuna salad. Both were reasonably sized and tasty. We both had mango smoothies which... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We have been here in the past and found things to be ok. The gardens are great and even bigger this year but the cafe is hopeless. We went there 3 times to have a coffee . They have their signs out on the street to come in and have a meal or coffee but they are never open. We... More

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Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We stopped here on our scooter thinking it would be nice. It started to rain just as we sat down - most of the tables were outside. There was a huge covered area with hardly any tables, and despite asking the staff didn't want to allow people to move the tables inside. Instead, people had to share with other people... More

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Te Aroha, New Zealand
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57 reviews 57 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We stopped at the Hidden Spirit Grill twice, once for coffee and muffins and once for lunch. Both times we were thrilled. Unfortunately they only do plunger coffee but the food and the lovely location are worth it. All food is fresh and tasty, we had open salad sandwiches and they were packed with fresh salad ingredients and shredded chicken,... More

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Feilding, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We had lunch here - service was extremely slow - waiting nearly an hour to get drink and lunch and it wasn't very busy

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

really lovely staff, the most delicious lemon meringue cheesecake ever tasted- would go back tomorrow

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