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Nor'Wester Cafe

95 Carters Road, Amberley 7410, New Zealand
03 314 9411
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Ranked #5 of 12 Restaurants in Amberley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Wed 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thu - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: International, Bar, Café, New Zealand
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night

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English first
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We have eaten at the Nor Wester for years . New owners have changed the menu so much the locals are no longer going there. Inconsistant meal sizes , bad cooking and expensive prices for poor cuts of meat( $35.00 for a small piece of sirloin steak not rib eye or eye fillet) no longer has Blue Cod on the... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We had our first meal here last Saturday and found it a very memorable evening. Albeit we were the only people there as it was a late booking and they very kindly waited for us to arrive. Staff amazing and our meal divine. We ordered the lamb and I ordered the prawn risotto. Best risotto I have had for a... More 

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Takaka
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We popped in for a drink and a snack at about 5pm a few days ago. There were about a dozen people in the cafe and two people on the counter. It took a long time to get served and when we did order it took about 10 minutes for our drink from the cabinet and our wrap from the... More 

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We were a little disappointed with the menu since the change in ownership. Limited selection compared to previously, but it was well presented, well cooked, and very edible. However, we would be less likely to drive all the way there now, given the menu changes.

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Rangiora, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Very disappointing. Like previous reviewers had nothing but great memories from previous dining experiences. Dropped off for a glass of wine and some nibbles with a friend. The staff offered us bread and dips. the bread was 6 pieces stale toasted bread which was rock hard and the dips some rather rancid butter and some olive oil - not what... More 

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christchurch
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Was disappointed when we went there as they took off the best things from them menu! We would often go there just so we could have their smoothies! They were the best in Chch! (Although Hello Sunday cafe's one now rate up there!). Service was ok, but the atmosphere and the menu wasn't as good as the old owners. We... More 

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Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We arrived late for lunch, were greeted and seated and given menus and our meals were served promptly.

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Kuala Lumpur
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57 reviews 57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Was just driving through Amberley at lunchtime and looking for a place to eat, spotted Nor'Wester, from the main road, looked very unassuming, a small private house turned into a cafe? Unsure we stopped there but what a find. we sat outside in the front garden, aside from some traffic noise a beautiful little sunny oasis to break our long... More 

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Merseyside
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49 reviews 49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Our motel owner recommended we dine here. Service was very friendly and helpful. The Lamb Special was perfectly cooked with delicious Ratatouille, and the fish and chips was also excellent. The wine was good, as was the dessert. I personally loved the coffee. Am very surprised by some of the negative comments left as we could not fault it.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We went for dinner last night and have been going once a year most years for the last 15 or so years. In the past we have had some fantastic dinners that were up there with top Christchurch restaurants. But not this time. The service was fine but we were not asked how our meals were during the 2 courses... More 

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Additional Information about Nor'Wester Cafe

Address: 95 Carters Road, Amberley 7410, New Zealand
Phone Number: 03 314 9411
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Amberley
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: International, Bar, Café, New Zealand

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