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“Casual Quality - with flaws”

The Hole in One Cafe
Ranked #12 of 42 Restaurants in Arrowtown
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed February 2, 2014

I've been here several times now, sometimes for coffee and cake and others for lunch. This review is about lunch. Four of us had booked a table about 48 hours ahead, and on arrival we were seated where we had requested - outdoors, under the awning. As forecast it was sunny and 24 degrees, no breeze. It turned out there is a section of awning that is just clear plastic (for winter sun I suppose), our table was directly underneath with no shade. All other tables occupied. Not a great start. Menus and water came quickly, the waiter was engaging and informative. The food here is always reliably very good and this visit was no exception. A fairly limited menu means the kitchen is able to cope well. Two salad mains and two pizzas (the latter attractively served on wooden platters) were all rated highly and plates left clean. The arrival of coffees illustrated flaws in the training of that waiter - he twice interrupted our conversation quite peremptorily with requests to know who had ordered what. Contrast to his earlier colleague, she stood to the side when talk was in progress. We finished and left earlier than intended because of sitting in the sun and starting to get burnt. The bill came to $200 for four, including a dish of "string" fries that might have come from McDonalds, 2 caramel slices from the dessert case (delicious) and a bottle of wine at over 100% markup. Too many issues in the above for a rating of Excellent, but I will go again.

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Reviewed January 13, 2014

A tasty lunch, pasta and eggs Benedict. Staff friendly, service fine. Meals took some time to come, probably 30 minutes, which was quite a while for a lunch dish. A pleasant change of surroundings

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Reviewed January 11, 2014

While the menu is limit each meal was delicious. The venue has a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere. The staff were very accommodating.

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Reviewed January 7, 2014

After a full day's riding of the Queenstown Trail we stopped in (as planned) at Millbrook (Hole in One Cafe) for a late lunch. This was the perfect way to finish our day! The setting is lovely - casual yet classy. We shared a pork belly pizza, washed down with a beer and pimms! The food was excellent and the service was brilliant! Highly recommend!

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Thank SarahP81
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Reviewed December 25, 2013

Food and coffee was superb and wonderful peaceful setting. Only remark would be to ensure all staff know the specials prior to serving as our waitress left 2 times while serving us to get the daily specials and blamed the chef for not having them up.

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