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“Wonderful view, delightful setting and very pleasant staff”

Manou's Cafe & Restaurant
Ranked #63 of 176 Restaurants in New Plymouth
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Hi from Manou's cafe& restaurant Come and Join Us Manou's cafe& restaurant is situated in one of New Plymouth's most interesting and beautiful settings. Manou's is like no other café - come and experience our colourful rustic atmosphere right on the waterfront with sweeping views of the harbour activity. From our café you can watch large ocean going vessels set off to international destinations, locals showing their boating and sailing skills, marine animals such as stingrays, penguins and fish, and stunning sunsets in this fantastic simple environment. We take pride in daily providing fresh seafood for the large range of choices on our seafood menu. When you stroll along our wonderful New Plymouth seafront walkway pop into Manou's for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or just relax and enjoy a coffee. We can cater for all types of functions and arrange harbour cruises and helicopter flights. At Manou's Café Restaurant we are licensed and open 7 days a week. Bookings for evening meals are essential we are open 7 days from 8am to late
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Has a welcoming feel as you enter, unusual decor which adds interest. The menu for lunch is adequate and good choices. There is a good range of wines. The evening menu possibly needs one more item. There is also an ample choice of ice cream for those with a sweet tooth.
We visit for coffee very frequently (to the extent the staff know what we will be ordering) as within walking distance for us and are always welcomed with a smile.
Manou is very interesting to talk to, once you take the time to get to know him.
We will continue to support this cafe as Manou is giving us an opportunity to learn more about his country. Incidentally, our 2 daughters backpacked through Iran and loved every part of it.

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Thank reeny_11
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

Had lunch there on a Sunday. Man in charge - waiter front of house extremely busy doing all the work, no conversation, thrust the menu in our hands, took orders. Battered fish greasy which left excess fat/oil on the bottom of the plate, seafood chowder tasty but of a small portion (small soup bowl size) considering the $18 price tag.
On paying the account - no conversation, questioning of the meal/ambience/etc - quoted the price and a thank you when handing back the credit card.

Poor marketing and overpriced menu.

Interestingly, I have written this before reading other reviews. Seems I had a similar (bad) experience

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Thank Ross P
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Have tried out the new ownership three times with mixed results. Lunch was an ordinary affair with very average food and below average service. Dinner (twice) was not much better. The Iranian owner appears to think that New Zealanders like an eastern Mediterranean 'sloppyness'
when it comes to food, drinks and service. He has the perfect opportunity to create a really special restaurant, wirh Mediterranean undertones, as the site is spectacular and parking is plentiful. A big disappointment.

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Reviewed April 2, 2013

Came here end of March to find that Pipi's has rebranded itself as Manou's Restaurant. It still uses the heavy wooden furniture with all sorts of nik-naks on the walls and ceiling which gives it a beach shack feel, and that suits me just fine. It is smartened up for the evening by using table cloths and wine glasses. The evening menu was short but what we got was a very nice meal. It is not fine dining, but that is not why you would come here. You get good food, that is well cooked, great views and a beach shack surrounding. I like it!!

The service was good but the owner does need to slow down and take time out to interact with his customers. But the service from the rest of the staff was good, and love the background latin guitar music.

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Thank Superpear
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

Due to the stunning views, I took an out of town work colleague to Pipi for a coffee and bite to eat after work, to find the only staff member having a meeting at one of the tables. That's not an issue to me but it was his service that was appalling. He hurriedly jumped up took our order, made our drinks and sat back down for his meeting. He must have forgotten about our hot chips as they took a while, considering we were the only customers in there at the time. The chips came out over cooked and when we asked for aioli he rushed off and returned with an overfilled bowl and aioli all over his fingers. We will definitely not return to this cafe.

Thank bjandco
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