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“Fantastic food and service at a good price.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ma Maison

Ma Maison
6 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 8161, New Zealand
03 304 7668
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Ranked #6 of 20 Restaurants in Akaroa
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Darwin
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Fantastic food and service at a good price.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2011 via mobile

During a recent stay in Akaroa we dined twice at this venue. On both occasions the food was excellent and the head waiter, Ricky I think was his name gave excellent advice on wine and food matching. The final price was much less than expected. A great spot would return again.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Highland Park, New Jersey
Top Contributor
165 reviews 165 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 55 cities Reviews in 55 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Excellent food!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2011

A most enjoyable dinner, romantic setting, overlooking Akaroa harbour, excellent food, attentive service - highly recommended!

Visited April 2011
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Australia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Terrible service and terrible food!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2011

We (unfortunately) chose to dine at this restaurant during our stay in Akaroa. We were dining as a family with 2 adults and 2 children. We ordered our meals and the children's meals arrived in a reasonable timeframe. However we were still waiting for our meals 90 minutes later. We had both ordered the lamb dish on the menu - my husband had requested his lamb to be cooked rare and myself, medium-rare. When the meals finally arrived after more than an hour and a half, both dishes of lamb were VERY well done. It was very frustrating that after waiting such a long time for our meals, the quality was so poor. We left the restaurant hungry!!! I would certainly not recommend this restaurant based on our experience.

  • Visited April 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
“A French meal in a faraway place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2011

I'm no food critic, but I love to eat. And the food at Ma Maison rivaled the best meal we ate during a five-month sabbatical in Provence. That one, by the way, was recommended by Peter Mayle, who wrote "A Year in Provence," so it was really good. At Ma Maison, we both ate an Akaroa salmon with macadamia nuts. I feared it would be dry. It was anything but. It came bathed in a subtle lemon sauce with fresh beans. We ordered creme brulle for dessert, which came with fresh fruit and fresh whipped cream. Again, I'm no food critic. But trust me. This meal was superb. Our best in New Zealand, a country with excellent cooking.

  • Visited January 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Christchurch
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“What disappointing treatment”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2011

We arrived at Ma Maison just as they were opening for lunch and decided it would be nice to sit on the veranda because the weather was hot and the view delightful. There was only one table for 6 which had a hat on it to claim the space so we went to the end of the veranda out of the way to pull two tables together for 4 adults and 2 children.
One of the staff immediately came outside and said very abruptly "you can't move the furniture. You'll have to sit there (the claimed table) or inside." No smile no apology no friendliness. We sat across the two tables without moving them - really no difference there then except convenience for us. We stayed and had drinks but decided not to spend any further money with them when the table behind us were allowed to bring over 4 chairs from elsewhere in the restaurant and eat food puchased elsewhere without any comment from the staff.

We found the staff generally rude and unfriendly and would never go there again. Luckily we went around the corner and found Vagionis with a beautiful courtyard, friendly staff and amazing tapas and pizzas. Will be going there again.

Visited January 2011
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