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Nor'Wester Cafe

95 Carters Road, Amberley 7410, New Zealand
03 314 9411
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Ranked #4 of 11 Restaurants in Amberley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: International, Bar, Café, New Zealand
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Christchurch, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

It's a long time since my wife and I had a full meal at the Nor'Wester, although we've stopped for coffee on many occasions. The new management and chef have made a huge difference to the whole atmosphere of this iconic little cafe, where things had been slipping somewhat for the past year or so. A great attitude on the... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Went for a drive from christchurch after reading article from the Zest last wednesday.Arrived for a late lunch bout 2.30 and was happy they were still serving food.Ordered the breakfast and my partner had the minute steak.Meals took at least 20mins to half hour to come out as there was only another table of 2 in the restaurant.First the breakfast... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Stopped off for breakfast on the way to Hanmer Springs for a long weekend. I have to say we were quite nervous about returning this year after reading all the negative reviews since ownership has been taken over, but we had nothing to worry about. We were greeted by friendly staff and told to choose a seat and they were... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We visit the Nor Wester reasonably regularly and bitterly disappointed to find that new owners have not kept up the great standards that were set. While the meal we each had was very flavoursome, there was very little of it. Not a great lot of choice and portions of everything we saw going out were equally as small. The staff... More

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Christchurch
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Two of us arrived for a coffee and possibly a small savoury to go with it as we did not want a full lunch. Even though it was only about 1.45pm the only choices were huge cakes or one sweet slice.Very disappointed as this restaurant/cafe has been advertising in many papers that it is in new hands and offers a... More

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Christchurch
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Have called in here previously just for coffees, but this time decided to have a late lunch. Wondered what we might get after having read the rather negative reviews that have been posted. The service was excellent and the meal arrived very promptly. We ordered the turbot and the chicken with pie topping. Both meals were nicely presented and certainly... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Popped out for a drive while child free for weekend. Thought would check out charming looking cottage (in entertainment book with 1 free main). Service friendly and quick. Reasonably busy. Ordered lamb burger and a terrine. Lamb burger was small patty, reheated, gluten free bread (no buns) and tough. Terrine tasty but nothing special. Did not stand out at all.

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Amberley, New Zealand
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101 reviews 101 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This restaurant is under new ownership and we had heard mixed reviews recently. The salmon entrée was very good value, excellently presented, tasty and larger than expected. For a main I had the veal; an unusual but very acceptable presentation with a good balance between the mushrooms, onion and potatoes and meat. The sauce made the dish ! I tasted... More

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4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

We've been regular customers of the Nor Wester over the years, in the past we have always had a great experience, unfortunately things have gone down hill recently! The quality and amount of food has gone down but the price has gone up. The selection of local wines is poor, lamb was tough, duck was nice but tiny portion with... More

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Rangiora
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

The new owners have made an unfortunate mistake by making sweeping changes so soon before understanding what we loved so much about this cafe. The menu is disappointing, food tasteless, lacking quality and overpriced. It is no longer a place to visit for weekly relaxing meals by the fire or on the verandah. I hope for their sakes, the new... More

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