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“Yum Yum”
Review of Ella Cafe and Lounge - CLOSED

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Ella Cafe and Lounge
Restaurant details
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Yum Yum”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

Had a great night here with local friends. Great ambience and food. Friendly staff.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank DJandFamily1234
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6 reviews from our community

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English first
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Underwhelming”
Reviewed May 16, 2012

My husband and I went to Ella Cafe last night as we had spotted a GrabOne voucher for it and thought it would be a good opportunity to try it out, especially as it made the Metro list again this year. Unfortunately it did not live up to expectations. The food was fine, but nothing special. We both had steak for our main course and it was perfectly edible, but nothing out of the ordinary, and nothing on the plate was particularly hot. The main thing which let it down for us though was the service. The younger members of the team were perfectly friendly, but the attitude of the person who I assume was the Duty Manager was not exactly welcoming - he didn't even smile at us when we walked in and just sort of waved at a couple of tables at the front of the restaurant for us to choose from. This frosty service continued throughout the rest of our meal, so we left as soon as we had finished our main course. We won't bother returning.

  • Visited May 2012
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1 Thank Snickershey
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Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
Reviewed January 13, 2012

We have been to ELLA a few times in the past and have never been dissapointed. The service is excellent - observant but not overpowering and the fooo was wonderful.
With a plethora of good cafes and restaurants in Aucklandwe are spoilt for choice. ELLA never disappoints.
WELL DONE WE APPRECIATE YOU CONSISTENCE ON FOOD AND SERVICE.

  • Visited November 2011
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Thank bwana60
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New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Charming little gem”
Reviewed December 11, 2011

It is easy to miss this little gem in the hustle & bustle of Ponsonby Road, but take the time to find it. The service is friendly without being 'over the top' and each time we have been have sampled the blackboard' specials and not been disappointed.

It is obviously a 'local' for many people as often people are greeted by name and the waiter brings over a bottle of wine without having to be asked!

It does get busy at weekends so probably worthwhile making a reservation

  • Visited November 2011
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Thank Zamgal
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Brisbane
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Cosy atmosphere but unimpressive food and service”
Reviewed December 10, 2011

After checking out a few other restaurants on Ponsonby Road, we chose Ella as it looked lovely and cosy inside. Unfortunately we were left wondering if we were just not "cool" enough for this establishment, as the service was unenthusiastic though not unfriendly. The food was ok, portions tiny (and we're not big eaters), "sides" of seasonal vegetables consisted of microwaved green beans - sorry, but that's just boring, no matter how fresh they might be- and the wine expensive. There was no reason to stay for dessert, so we went elsewhere to finish our meal. Wouldn't bother going back.

  • Visited November 2011
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Thank marianBrisbane
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