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Bamboo Jacks

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Ara Tapu | Cnr Victoria Rd, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
28830
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Auckland, New Zealand
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I ordered dinner takeaway for 1 based on the recommendation of a staff member of the resort I was staying at on the island. I was wanting Asian for dinner (I mean the closest I could get to authentic asian food) not without disrespect for the resort I was staying at but there is nothing wrong with variation. I ordered... More 

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Thank paulamka
A7079BPjasonc, Public Relations Manager at Bamboo Jacks, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. As you can imagine. Bringing in top quality beef from New Zealand and spices and herbs from Indonesia and Thailand does add a little to the price. In saying that, an average price of $18 is very competitive with any good asian restaurant in NZ or Australia. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Popped in for dinner one night, beautiful place and friendly staff. It had a nice and quiet atmosphere which was relaxing. The food was great and there was an extensive menu .

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Thank Stigsmumma
A7079BPjasonc, Public Relations Manager at Bamboo Jacks, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us. There is nothing better than dining out in our al fresco garden area. Im so glad you enjoyed you visit More 

Oceanside, California
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Disappointed in the quality of the food having paid so much for it. The dishes lacked taste and was expecting better.

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Thank oanddkerton
A7079BPjasonc, Public Relations Manager at Bamboo Jacks, responded to this review

Im sorry we couldn't satisfy your needs. The menu is incredibly diverse with a selection of Thai and Indonesian dishes with a few local twists added throughout. If you let our awesome front of house team know at the time, we will do our best to help. More 

Sydney, Australia
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38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A mixture of Asian foods on the menu. Found the flavour of dish was a bit bland but the curry was good. Meal portions are reasonable. Service was ok

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Thank Tarnya E
A7079BPjasonc, Public Relations Manager at Bamboo Jacks, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting, the focus of all our dishes is to showcase only the freshest local produce. More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

We dined as a group of 14, the food was good and tasty, with large portions. Our waitress was fantastic, really confident and knowledgeable. The tuna spring rolls (large strip of tuna, wrapped in rice paper and deep fried, served rare with soy and wasabi) was the best dish of the night, and possibly the whole trip.

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Thank CabinFeverNita
A7079BPjasonc, Public Relations Manager at Bamboo Jacks, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting. Im so glad you enjoyed your visit. Poko is such a star, I'm glad you enjoyed her service. More 

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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

Don't get this confused with Trader Jacks - there is no comparison. We booked although it wasn't necessary, the food was awesome. Our waitress was a bit off-hand especially when we asked for green tea, but we will definitely have another meal there next year

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Thank Karen J
A7079BPjasonc, Public Relations Manager at Bamboo Jacks, responded to this review

Where Trader Jacks is buzzing with people like a hive. Bamboo Jacks offers a relaxed and intimate dining experience. Whether dining in the Al fresco garden or in the main restaurant, we try to offer a little serenity after a hard day in the sun More 

Pottsville, Australia
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

A lovely restaurant with a wonderful decor. A fusion of Thai meets Chinese. Very tasty and large portion sizes.

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Thank Sharon C
A7079BPjasonc, Public Relations Manager at Bamboo Jacks, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting us and we are so happy you enjoyed your meals. Have a wonderful holiday, we hope to see you again soon. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

OK, so we were a little desperate to find anywhere to feed my family of 7 on Anzac Evening in Raro. This restaurant was it. Doesn't look like much from the outside, but inside has lots of room and tables inside and an outdoor area too. Their menu is average from a Chinese takeaway perspective, and the prices quite high... More 

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Thank Winia R
A7079BPjasonc, Public Relations Manager at Bamboo Jacks, responded to this review

Thank you for your review but what did you buy? The average main is $18, a coke is $5. Rounding up, you spent $50 on drinks and $100 on food. Im guessing you tipped $70 for the amazing service? Or you forgot to mention some starters? Im so glad you enjoyed our food and service. More 

Green Point, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

waitress seemed to not understand english, order was messed up twice and was extremely pricey - $180 for 4 starters and mains is not exactly great...

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1 Thank AussieTraveller1002
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

The food is absolutely vile the waitress told us the curry puffs come from the factory it's way overpriced we felt ripped off by about 70 dollars (family of five) please don't go here it's disgusting I'd strongly recommend the muri night markets or club raro or the Wilsons for dinner whatever you do don't go to bamboo jacks you... More 

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Thank Jack C
A7079BPjasonc, Public Relations Manager at Bamboo Jacks, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Just to clear some facts for you. We run all of our 'mise en place' in our own factory here in Rarotonga. Right down to grinding rice to make rice flour. We make all of the spices and all of the chutneys for both Bamboo Jacks and Trader Jacks. I'm sure with enough practice and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian, Thai, Japanese, Fusion
Meals
Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ara Tapu | Cnr Victoria Rd, Avarua COK, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga  >  Avarua
  • Phone Number: 28830

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?