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“bit over priced for level of service and quality of food”
Review of Aqua Restaurant

Aqua Restaurant
Ranked #7 of 7 Restaurants in Muri
Price range: $2 - $49
Cuisines: Seafood, Bar, Cafe
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: The resorts restaurant & cocktail bar is al fresco dining Island style - a beautiful poolside Polynesian style restaurant & cocktail bar surrounded by tropical gardens. Specialising in international cuisine and seafood with a pacific flair. Buffet nights weekly include Pacific Fusion Buffet and Island style Sunday Roast. Muri Mingling Hour daily from 4-5.00pm. 2 for 1 cocktail special. Open breakfast, lunch & dinner 7 days a week. Ask about our wedding ceremony and reception services for up to 85 guests.
Hamilton, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“bit over priced for level of service and quality of food”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

we only had 1 dinner here during our 5 night stay
we had in-room meal which was below average
we seemed to agree that prices were quite good before we got our food delievered, but definitely seemed way over priced when we starting eating it

the free breakfast gets served in here which is a complete joke

toast + jam or butter
canned mixed fruit on a tropical island with abundance of cheap tropical fruit that is just lazy
coffee was just average
and boxed cereal options
we felt a bit cheated that we paid extra for a room with breakfast option in general

we vowed not to eat any more paid meals here and chose to use other excellent restaurants in general muri beach area or in town

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Ash_84nz
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surf-6, Manager at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this review, November 7, 2012
Thank you for your feedback regarding our Tropical Buffet Breakfast. I am sorry that our offering for breakfast did not meet your expections

This restaurant operates in a small 20 room resort and due to our size, we do not offer the extensive buffets that you may find in a large 200 room international resort It is not economical for us to set up a very buffet with a more extensive range of items available and the restaurant area does not afford the space to offer the type of buffet that may cater for 200 people for breakfast daily. And the breakfast option is priced accordingly @ $13.00pp when booked in advance or included in your accommodation package. We believe that our buffet offers very good value for money for a Tropical breakfast option. As you do also have a la carte breakfast options to chosse from our menu.

Our Tropical Breakfast Buffet consists of :
a selection of 4 or 5 cereals
milk
2 different fruit juices
selection of breads including white, wholemeal, banana and sour dough plus freshly baked muffins
A fruit platter or Fruit salad made from fresh local fruits
Butter and a selection of spreads for your toast
a selection of 12 different types of Twinings teas - standard and herb ranges
coffee

In addition we offer expresso coffees, and a range of other gourmet cooked and cold breakfast options on our breakfast menu. So our guests have a very good range to choose from for breakfast. We do not use 'canned fruits' on our buffet, only fresh fruits, both local and imported.

I hope that your personal experience here did not detract from your whole experience in Rarotonga and am sorry our buffet selection did not meet your expectations.
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Alexandria, Virginia
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Wonderful surprise!”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

Even though we stayed on the edge of Muri Beach, my husband and I spent less time there due to the fact that we don't love crowds. We love quiet, romantic places. However, one night we decided to try Aqua Cafe because it was close to where we stayed. What a wonderful surprise!

Aqua is just off Muri Beach but the restaurant is quite hidden and sits poolside, which gives a very nice ambiance in the evening. We both ordered the Ika Mata, which we'd had at several other places on the island, but thought theirs was some of the best. I ordered their pumpkin soup which was out-of-this-world. In speaking with the lovely staff, they informed us that most of their ingredients are always fresh, and that they had pulled the pumpkins from the restaurant garden out back just that morning.

Lastly, my husband ordered the combination of fried taro and arrowroot with dipping sauce. Again, so simple and so fresh and very reasonably priced. My husband and I love simple, fresh food and this place delivered!

For reference, our other favorite restaurant on the island was Vaima. We thought the Tamarind House was slightly overrated and the people weren't nearly as friendly.

Visited September 2012
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Thank Advntrgrl76
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auckland
Level 6 Contributor
90 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“A cafe with no coffee”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

Went there first morning..couldn't believe their coffee machine wasn't working!
Ordered poached eggs and corn fritters. Eggs were runny and not cooked long enough but overall the location was nice enough

Visited October 2012
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Thank matu64
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surf-6, Manager at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this review, November 7, 2012
I apologise that our coffee machine was out of service when you visited our restaurant. We have sent this brand new coffee machine back to the supplier in New Zealand for them to ascertain the problem and hopefully return to us ASAP so that we can continue to supply delicious coffee to our customers.
In the meantime, we have been generously offered the use of another coffee machine from another local business until we finally get our new coffee machine back - in working order.

We thank our customers for their patience in this situation and can assure you we are doing our best to maintain the level of service and quality that we aspire to.

We hope that we can welcome you back here again sometime and make you a coffee on the house!
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Tweed Heads, NSW
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great cocktails and kid friendly”
Reviewed September 29, 2012 via mobile

We didn't actually eat here but saw some of the food come out and saw the Sunday buffet and Island buffet, both of which looked delicious. The best thing about this place is how kid friendly it is. The staff - Phillip in particular who served us each time we went - were very welcoming of the 2 kids aged 3 and 6 in our group and were more than happy to let them swim in the beautiful pool (even though we weren't guests there) while us adults relaxed poolside with a cocktail! That kept everyone happy!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Wedding reception”
Reviewed August 24, 2012

Fabulous place for our wedding reception, absolutely stunning and well looked after by the staff. We ate here a few times during our stay and was nice however (and I hate to say it) the barista's need some more training on the coffee machine if you enjoy the perfect brew. Other than that, we were always well catered for :)

Visited July 2012
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