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“Suberb small restaurant”
Review of Motu Kitchen - CLOSED

Motu Kitchen
Price range: $26 - $73
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Oakland, California
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Suberb small restaurant”
Reviewed February 19, 2014

Relatively new and I had not read about it before our arrival. I am a bit of a foodie and the hotel recommended. Really superb modern NZ cuisine in a beautiful small home with a nice garden. Romantic building. We tried to hit many of the best restaurants in NZ as noted in many sources and this was exceptional. Prices quite fair for the quality. Excellent wines. Owned and operated by a young couple.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Rich510
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  • English first
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Superb!”
Reviewed February 17, 2014 via mobile

Couldn't fault anything. Great service, small but friendly restaurant. The steak was delicious as were the profiteroles. Nice to see so many boutique wineries on the menu. Nothing too much trouble. We were also served a complimentary amuse bouche, delicious! We will definitely return when next visiting, it is a little more on the expensive side but you get what you pay for and it's well worth it!

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Thank Britirangi123
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
202 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Outstanding service and food”
Reviewed February 16, 2014

Came with a small group of friends. Ordered the fish dish with John Dori and it was outstanding! Huge wine menu. Great drink and beer selection as well. Pricey, but high quality food and service. Steaks looked great as well and were cooked to the correct temp (which is hard to find in NZ).

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank SLH67
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
92 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Very enjoyable”
Reviewed February 10, 2014

Very enjoyable dinner - good food, friendly attentive staff and pleasant atmosphere. First choice in Whitianga!

  • Visited February 2014
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1 Thank EBinNZ
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Auckland, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
374 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
“Enjoyable meal in a lovely restaurant”
Reviewed February 9, 2014

Really all I can do is second all the fantastic reviews for Motu Kitchen. We had great food and great service in a lovely space. I had a fish dish that was beyond delicious. We love food and I like my calorie intake to be worth it and our meal hit the mark. I just wish I had more room for desert. We would have gone back again over the weekend if we could have.

  • Visited February 2014
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1 Thank avb13
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