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“Best Little Takeaway in the Cook Islands” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Palace Takeaways

Palace Takeaways
Avatiu, Cook Islands
21438
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Ranked #26 of 81 Restaurants in Rarotonga
Cuisines: Hamburgers, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Best Little Takeaway in the Cook Islands”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Rarotonga has some great restaurants but for a completely different experience you must try Palace Takeaways,Avarua,Rarotonga,Cook Islands.The Palace is located opposite the main Harbour, a short walk up from the Markets.I would highly recommend their Vege Burger but the house specialty is the Palace Burger with the lot and their fish and chips and salad is pretty good too.No Flake here,usually Yellow Tail Tuna,Mahi Mahi or Swordfish.It is basically a shed situated on the Harbour on a grass verge surrounded with BBQ tables.In extreme temperatures the cooks slave over the hotplate trying to keep up with the orders which is no easy task, yet they do it with a smile.The food is great value and The Palace has become a meeting point for many locals, especially on Wednesday Pay Day when all burgers were half price which draws very large crowds.We figured if the locals liked it that much,the burgers must not be too bad,and we were right,but they were exceptional.They add a special coleslaw that runs down your arms when you bite into your burger and for a extra 50c will add extra juice........it's fantastic! We loved that we were surrounded by locals, not tourists,and were able to exchange stories and learn more about the real Rarotongan people and their beautiful island.Kia Orana,may you live long and enjoy the Cooks as much as we do!

Visited March 2014
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“I'm gonna miss The Palace!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Was recommended to us by a family member when she was there on holiday. We went to visit this place a few days into our stay.......and ended up dropping in there every day after until we left! The kiddie meals are a great deal (burger - fish bites - or chicken nuggets, chips & drink) the chips are nice and fresh, and the burgers......they have a taste unique only to The Palace.
My partner loved the bacon and egg burgers, she says the taste of the bacon is unlike any bacon she's ever had before and is delicious. The legendary Palace burger is pretty daunting (for the small eater) but if you attack it properly, you'll finish it without making a mess or embarrassment!
I'm gonna miss the Palace!

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Auckland, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“$3.50 burgers on Wednesday!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We ate here on Wednesday. Hawaiian burger was good, as was the vege burger. Chips are a generous size, the milkshake was also good. Would eat here again

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Auckland, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great Burgers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Yum! And really well priced. Get off the resorts and eat these burgers instead. Paid $20 in a resort and just $5 here; and they were better.

Visited June 2014
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Got sick here”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Burgers were under-cooked and I got very sick, had to see a doctor. The cooks were teenagers who have no idea of what "food safety" is about. Won't go back and I live on Rarotonga.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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