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“Not quite there yet but has potential”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Motu Kitchen - CLOSED

Motu Kitchen
Price range: $25 - $70
Cuisines: French, Fusion, New Zealand, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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3 reviews
“Not quite there yet but has potential”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012 via mobile

Very beautiful decor, unfortunately the standard of food did not match. The waiter also appeared rather 'green', nice but uncertain. The plating was clumsy and the food quality average. We ordered cured citrus salmon which was accompanied by two streaks of piped sauce on either side of the plate, one white one olive green. It looked very 'amateurish'. The fish tasted fine, but the sauces spoilt the dish, especially the green one, which was supposedly spiced avocado.
This place has potential, but is not quite there yet. For the price, I'd recommend the other fine dining restaurant in town :)

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Victoria
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Nice food but expensive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2012 via mobile

Food was decent, but we were expecting a little better. Very aesthetically pleasing interior. Friendly staff. It would be a nice place for a romantic dinner.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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142 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Highly recommend a visit.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012 via mobile

The place we were staying suggested we try Motu Kitchen for a meal and I'm very glad we took their advice! Beautiful restaurant, the outdoor area would be perfect for dinner on a balmy summer evening.

I had the eye fillet with truffle mash,asparagus and caramelised shallots. Beautifully cooked and great flavours,the mash was a highlight.

My boyfriend had the lamb, cooked 2 ways, fillet and shank with spicy chickpeas,chard,tomatoes and an amazing smoked yoghurt.

Would definitely return if we come back to Whitianga :)

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Thank Jo O
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New Zealand
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4 reviews
“Excellent Dining Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

We went for dinner at Motu knowing that the restaurant had recently changed hands & that they had a lot to live up to, but it was fantastic. The food was amazing, it's great when you can't wait to see what the next course is because you enjoyed the last dish so much. We were not disappointed with any of our meals, the desserts that we ordered to finish with were incredible. The service and the restaurant's ambience is great, we were very well looked after and I wish them well in their new business, and we will be back for dinner again soon.

  • Visited September 2012
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Havelock North, New Zealand
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Disappointing Experience”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

Was a great fan and regular attendee of Mill Road Bistro with the degustation menu and matching wines, so my visit to Motu Kitchen was a very disappointing experience. My main, duck, was tough to be inedible, and was returned to the kitchen.Some duck terraine was offered as a replacement but was not enjoyable. Wine is expensive. Service was good.

  • Visited October 2012
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