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“Average breakfast... Won't return”
Review of Aqua Restaurant

Aqua Restaurant
Ranked #7 of 7 Restaurants in Muri
Price range: $2 - $49
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Average breakfast... Won't return”
Reviewed January 3, 2013 via mobile

Let me start by saying the atmosphere here is nice. It was quiet & peaceful, right next to the pool. They could turn the fans on... That would make such a difference as there was no breeze. I ordered the bacon, eggs (poached) & tomato on sourdough.

It came out... My eggs were still undercooked (the egg whites were still runny & slimey), & they were served on normal white bread NOT sourdough...that also happened to be burnt. I'm sorry but if I was was serving this to a customer I would not send out burnt toast. I then went to pay & the lady who was running the cafe had disappeared. I waited 15 min & then approached the cook out the back to see if I could pay as I needed to get going. She didnt know how to use the till so I waited another 5 min & in the end I went to the hotel reception & got change from a $50 and just took a $20 back to the cafe & said keep the change. I wouldn't return here for a meal as nice as the setting is.

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131 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Very nice”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

We came here quite a number of times. The staff are really friendly. The food was good as well. We tried the seafood platter for 2 and the mango mocktail was absolutely awesome. Definitely recommended. :)

Visited December 2012
Thank armani123sg
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great food and atmosphere”
Reviewed November 16, 2012

After having spent happy hour here (awesome cocktails 2 for $12) we decided to try dinner there on our last night as it was close to where we were staying (not at the hotel) Food was great, not very busy so service was great too. Would definitely recommend.

Visited October 2012
Thank Rachel A
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69 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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“Poolside cocktails are lovely!”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

This restaurant is poolside, but not on the beach. The cocktails are lovely and between 4-5 each afternoon they have a 2 for 1 special cocktail of the day!

The staff are super friendly and attentive

Visited November 2012
Thank pingsandmark
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 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
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

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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