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“Great food and wine”

The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill
Ranked #21 of 100 Restaurants in Rarotonga
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $24
Cuisines: Polynesian, Seafood, Cafe, Grill
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: The Hidden Spirit Cafe & Grill is on the site of the old Maire Nui Cafe set within the luxurious grounds of the Maire Nui Botanical Gardens. Now incorporating a stainless 'outside' Kitchen for night time, The Hidden Spirit offers holiday makers and locals alike a dining experience with a real point of difference on the island of Rarotonga. Specialising in fresh local produce (especially seafood) cooked in a local style but with a subtle influence of the Orient.Open:Monday-Friday 10am-4.30pmSaturday: Midday-4.30pmNights: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 6.30pm- 11.00pmBooking essential for night time grill.
Dunedin, New Zealand
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Great food and wine”
Reviewed November 13, 2011

Enjoyed a fantastic meal with friendly service at this lovely garden restaurant. Waiter was brilliant and so attentive. Would recommend for a great night for sure.

  • Visited November 2011
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Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Level 6 Contributor
112 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“A tropical oasis”
Reviewed October 30, 2011

Together with another local, we were treated to lunch by departing friends. The lush gardens have beautiful flora and foliage providing a cool and restive oasis from the sun. The owners have created a stunning tropical attraction. Service was friendly and efficient. Servings were generous. I was expecting much more flavour including refined food-styling from my serving of cold-cut chicken topped with Turkish bread. My friends shared a portion of cheesecake and remarked that they had tasted better; including home-made. Whilst my elderly dining companion deemed her salad to be watery. But we are keen to try the tempting dinner menu in future. BBQ cooked with Asian influences. How cool!

  • Visited September 2011
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Sydney, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A great find”
Reviewed October 15, 2011

Dropped in to this restaurant on the off chance and ended up having a terrific meal. The service was excellent and the food fresh and beautifully presented. The restaurant itself was smart and immaculately clean. If I have one criticism it would be that the prices were rather on the steep side, but overall a very enjoyable experience.

  • Visited October 2011
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Thank sushilou
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Waimate
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Stunning location, excellent food (ate here before we got sick at Pacific Resort)”
Reviewed September 16, 2011

A real "find" We didn't expect much but were absolutely blown away with the service, look and feel of the place.
We had been looking for the typical beach cafe but happened upon this place when out for a ride on the scooter (very cool fun, no helmets!)
The girl that served us was fantastic and friendly and is the best food we had our whole time in Rarotonga.

  • Visited September 2011
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Thank Donald J
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Auckland
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Taste Sensation”
Reviewed September 12, 2011

The food and service are wonderful. The food is very fresh picked from the garden on site, which for a cost of $4 you can walk around before or after lunch. I had the prawn salad which was about $20, but well worth it. The view is of the gardens so very relaxing. The service is very friendly. Well worth a visit

  • Visited September 2011
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