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“Not the best when busy”
Review of The Village Cafe

The Village Cafe
Ranked #10 of 29 Restaurants in Martinborough
Price range: $3 - $24
Dining options: Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast
Level 6 Contributor
144 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Not the best when busy”
Reviewed January 6, 2013 via mobile

We arrived for lunch between Boxing Day and New Year. The place was busy, but no more than a week day in a city. The service was slow and a tour group was given preference. I ordered spaghetti carbonara. It was not a generous portion and seemed to have been tossed in very tasty garlic butter. Beware. Pizzas seemed fine. The coffee was not freshly ground and was (to be blunt) terrible. The atmosphere was good, but the price is too high.

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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
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English first
New Plymouth, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
135 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“K&K Farmer”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

Great location in the middle of Martinborough. Cafe & restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and offers pizza & fresh pasta dishes as speciality. We ordered Aspargus fettucine and chicken fettucine. Both lacked flavour. Service was attentive and staff were happy to engage in conversation which can be helpful to visitors to the area, enjoyed the restaurant layout, just not the food. Would go back and try pizza menu

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Kate O
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“great atmosphere”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

great menu and service with a smile.We went there with a large group of ladies on a garden group tour and were served quickly and the staff were great.
Really lovely food too!

Visited August 2012
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Thank jadmerv
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Martinborough, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Overpriced bad coffee + cake”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

Whilst waiting a very long time for a $5.40 take away flat white, we were privy to two complaints from other customers about their coffees. Upon finally receiving the coffee, we could understand their complaints. Despite asking for a double shot of coffee, it was weaker than most single shots.
I also purchased a slice of their $6.50 Hummingbird cake to take away which was unenjoyable - nasty frosting... should be smooth and creamy cheesy.
My advice would be to go in to The Village Cafe and ask for directions to Cafe Medici (across the road) for cheaper and far superior coffee and service.

  • Visited August 2012
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Delicious...”
Reviewed July 1, 2012

I stopped here on my recent visit to Martinborough - it was warm and welcoming. Many delights on the menue and for coffee and cakes...

I chose boiled fruit cake and a pot of tea to reinvigorate me in the chilly day. It was perfect for what I needed.

Visited July 2012
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Thank TFMS
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