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The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill

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Pizza, Cafe, Seafood, Grill, Polynesian
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Titikaveka, Cook Islands
+682 22796
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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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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
Best cheese cake in Cooks

Had lunch here on a Sunday. Beautiful garden to walk around with great plants and water features. The cheesecake was amazing, service prompt and helpful.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Had lunch here on a Sunday. Beautiful garden to walk around with great plants and water features. The cheesecake was amazing, service prompt and helpful.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We came across The hidden spirit cafe by chance while looking for something else. It is tucked away in beautiful secluded gardens. After walking around the the gardens we decided to stay for lunch. The menu is quite limited with mainly salads and sandwiches. We'd had the tropical salad with banana, coconut and pawpaw. It was very tasty but the... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

WOW, what an amazing place. So tranquil, the gardens are so beautiful. We called in here to take photos of some friends with a nice back drop setting. It was a donation of $5 per person to enter & there is this small café that serve delicious food.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We discovered the hidden spirit while exploring the island on our scooter. Set back from the road is a great wee cafe in the corner of a big well maintained garden. A pot of tea went down nicely with a tropical muffin. They were generous and bought a plate of fruit over for my gluten free partner. After refreshments, take... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 via mobile

Great place for a quiet lunch and walk around their beautiful gardens. Try the cheesecake you will not be disappointed. The staff are so friendly and helpful. I can not fault.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 via mobile

This garden and cafe is so beautiful, the music drifting through the tropical garden is hauntingly lovely. The food is fabulous made with local seasonal ingredients and served by a smiling friendly waitress.

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Perth Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

This cafe is set within the gardens which are very beautiful. The food was predominantly salads. The plates are heaped with fresh and tasty salad ingredients. Mine had shredded chicken (lots of), pineapple, paw paw and fresh coconut. Very nice.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Beautiful food, beautiful garden, beautiful people. This was the freshest and tastiest meal we had on the island. Most of the ingredients are sourced from their own garden. Definitely worth visiting!

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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Not only was the atmosphere amazing, but the food was the best tasting meal we had during our entire stay on the island. We arrived a half hour early for dinner, and spent the time admiring the gardens. After appreciating everything the garden had to offer, we were told our table was ready. The service was friendly and fast, and... More 

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Visalia, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

The Curry Chicken Apple salad was the hubs favorite and I loved the fresh tuna and green beans myself for lunch. The desserts are to die for :} We also had dinner there. I didn't find it as impressive as lunch but it certainly wasn't bad by any means, just not remarkable. Sorry, I can't remember what we had for... 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, Cafe, 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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