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“Disappointing” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Umu

Umu
Wharf Road, Coromandel, New Zealand
078668618
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Ranked #5 of 20 Restaurants in Coromandel
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Auckland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

My husband and I had hoped to have dinner at Pepper Tree, but there was a function on and so we tried Umu for dinner instead. The meals we had were the most disappointing that we have had in a long time, and while our expectations of food quality were not too high for such a small town, the prices they charged were almost comical. Each main meal was ~$30, and I had salmon which although it was cooked well enough, was absolutely drowning in an overpowering sickly-sweet sauce that I had to scrape to the side. This was paired with mushy vegetables and a bit of white rice with chopped onion strewn through it. My husband had the gurnard, which was similarly drowning in a different sauce, and also was accompanied by the same limp vegetables and bland rice. We both felt as if the meals were prepared by someone who had very little experience with cooking. The flavours didn't work together, and we both felt like we could have made something vastly superior at home. We returned to Auckland a few days later and had a mouthwateringly delicious meal at a local restaurant for the same price, and this experience served to emphasize the disparity in quality between the restaurants. We understand that retaining good chefs in small towns is probably difficult, but believe that prices should be adjusted accordingly. The kitchen staff seemed to consist primarily of teenagers.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Steeple Bumpstead
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“excellent veggie !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

We are staying locally for one night and were delighted to find such a lovely local restaurant. Ate about 8pm enjoyed a wonderful pumpkin curry and my partner steak. Daytime offers gluten free as well as tempting veggie. Good value wine rounded off lovely evening

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Helmond, The Netherlands
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94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
“Good food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Umu is also a very good restaurant in Coromandel Town. We have eaten here very well. The fish is wonderful. The service is good.

Visited January 2013
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Hamilton, New Zealand
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Loud, unfriendly, under staffed, burnt coffee”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

Four of us ordered coffee- all four were burnt and tasted disgusting. We told the staff and they made us more although I wish I stuck with the first one! No one seemed to care how our replacements were so we left without drinking them. Waste of money

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Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Shocking Service”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Stopped in here for breakfast on a Sunday morning. Counter staff had no idea what they were doing. Order was wrong when it arrived and the staff were rude and unhelpful.. Will never go back!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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