Stopped here to have an evening meal. everything looked good and had quite a few customers in, always a good sign.
Staff welcomed me in and gave me a table promptly along with the menu and a few guiding comments which were really helpful. A drink followed quickly.
I ordered fresh cooked fish which was elegantly presented and nicely cooked.
whilst I was eating, the smell of people smoking was really unpleasant and irritating. The front of the restaurant had fold back doors and they were folded back fully open. There was a large party of diners sitting outside the cafe but they were inside a clear plastic weather type cover to protect them from the wind etc. I suppose technically they were outside the restaurant but with the foldback doors open and the plastic cover closed to the outside, they may as well been inside. One smoker was visibly smoking and exhaling the smoke into the restaurant /bar area so as not to blow it over the table of mostly non smokers she was with which meant it drifted within the restaurant. A lady on the table next to me did make a comment to the staff about it fairly firmly and in a somewhat irritated fashion. once she was out of earshot, the 2 staff commented on how rude she was. I did also make a comment that the smoking was not helpful and it really spoiled the atmosphere of the meal which was a good meal. They seemed to miss the point that smoking is not the best smell to have in a restaurant where non smokers come to enjoy good food. its a shame and I must say I will give The Lincoln a miss when i am next in Whangamata as i prefer to go somewhere where the atmosphere is more enjoyable for both a smoker and a non smoker but they do not interfere with each others enjoyment.
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