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“Disappointing” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Plume Cafe

Plume Cafe
Ranked #5 of 25 Restaurants in Matakana
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $20
Cuisines: New Zealand, Cafe, European, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: A delightful cafe with indoor and outdoor seating and Bakery and Patisserie with takeaways or breakfest and lunch or beverages or all.Families and Children welcome
London, England, United Kingdom
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196 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2013

Sadly this cafe is let down by a limited menu and largely cold menu.

it is pleasant enough but nothing like the Plume restaurant, and it seems a shame that the kitchen and range of food was so limited.

The three of us arrived at around 1.30 to find only a few options left and the food looked disappointing and tasted ok, but the general sense was the cafe lacked TLC and the surroundings implied better choice of food would have been available, for such a popular location and beautiful setting in the grounds of an old villa, the menu was surprisingly limited.

the cafe needs some attention and it feels as if it is just average despite the setting and location - we would not visit again sadly...

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Cathe G
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1 review
“Definitely I'll come again”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2013

Plume cafe is one of the best cafe I have been too.I ordered mochachino as well as eggs benedict was the best I ever had (very nice). Staff were really friendly and services was great. I definitely recommend to people who love to have the best coffee and lunch in town. Had a fantastic time, its a must go place if u ever in matakana..

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ethiopiawit
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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Disappointing considering how its raved about.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2013

Coffee a disaster...cold and no flavour... tasted bland.. brioche fresh. Girl at counter friendly and helpful re range of breads. Was here year ago had long black which I complained about. So no improvement on that score. Not a patch on previous owners who had scrumptious home made tasties.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank lisdoon
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Auckland
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72 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Poor service and very slow kitchen”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

We expected much more of this cafe. Very few diners mid-morning on Fathers Day suggests things aren't quite right. The baked goods look great. Menu is standard fare but good. But lordy - the delay between ordering & service was 50 mins. The hold-up when we enquired politely was the breakfast with roasted tomato as "each meal is started from scratch when the last one is dispatched". Really? The service was overall was slow and avoiding - they know their kitchen is a problem. The real shame is the food, when it eventually arrived, was good. Mumbled apologies but no offer of a coffee or other make-good. Will not go back.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bruce G
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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221 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Good choice for a brunch with easy parking”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

I've been here 3 times since it opened a few months ago. They do very good coffee - which will always pull me back to places. REALLY nice patisserie - although it does not open as often as the web site suggests, especially over the winter. Great place in summer - sit in the garden for a coffee and pastry (or 2).
Small breakfast menu, but covers all the usual items.
Service can be a bit aloof at times, but is efficient and professional, they just need to try smiling occasionally.
Prices are too high, but of course it's Matakana, so virtually everywhere is out to scalp the tourists.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Andrew81
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