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“The only nice part of our meal was the beer.”

Manaia Kitchen & Bar
Ranked #2 of 15 Restaurants in Tairua
Price range: $7 - $24
Cuisines: Pizza, Bar
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Fully licensed cafe/restaurant located in the heart of Tairua. Enjoy woodfired pizzas, tapas or choose from A la carte menu.
Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The only nice part of our meal was the beer.”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

Visited on our way through to Whitianga. Ordered two adult meals and two childrens meals. The food was awful. The steaks were very poorly cooked and the cook didn't seem to know the difference between Rare and Medium. One childs meals was cold. On the sunny side....the Cormandel beer was really tasty.

  • Visited November 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A flat white is supposed to be flat.”
Reviewed November 10, 2012 via mobile

The cake was a little dry and was out on the plate with our flair or garnish. The owner noticed and asked if I wanted yogurt. Good recovery.
Coffee was average, too much foam for a flat white and the iced chocolate was a cold chocolate milkshake.

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Elmhurst, Il
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“quaint place”
Reviewed March 23, 2012

Nice to be able to dine outdoors with offer to come in if we felt chilled. Food was fine but nothing outstanding. Fish and chips was basic but good. Service a little slow, but it was a busy night.
Very comfortable, casual atmosphere.

Visited March 2012
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York, United Kingdom
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242 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“Excellent food and some unintended entertainment”
Reviewed February 10, 2012

Our second evening in NZ and we were delighted to be served excellent food in what seemed at first sight to be a simple cafe. As the previous reviewer has noted, Manaia has a really good kitchen. I had broadbill (swordfish) and my husband enjoyed a succulent steak, both dishes beautifully presented. The local artisan beer is much recommended.

We were seated inside facing the bar and kitchen and were kept amused watching the serving staff, one of whom seemed to be doing all the work while the others wandered about in a dream or spent 10 minutes making a coffee. Service was this side of bad but if Manaia can get that right with a bit of training then I'm sure it will continue to get good revues.

  • Visited January 2012
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Norddeutschland
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807 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 606 helpful votes
“Best lamb shank we had in New Zealand, very good kitchen”
Reviewed February 8, 2012

We went to this restaurant on advice of our hosts at the B&B and we had a wonderful evening. Located just at the main street there is ample of parking space, outdoor seating is possible (we chose inside because of the cold).

The restaurant is not that big alll in all 10 tables in twi seperate rooms with a nice bar. We were greeted very friendly and led to a table. Overall the waitress was very friendly and helpful and we had a good evening chatting with her about food and wine.

The decor is nothing special a bit on the bland side but with some nice additions and colours thrown in.

Waht was remarkable was the food. There is only a small menu with some specials of the day added, always a good indication for good and fresh food as proven here again.

We had a s salad and the bread as a starter both were very well prepared and already a good size portion. Afterwarrds we both chose the lambshank and we both agree it was the best lamb we had in New Zealand and I think that sais something. A very large portion of meet arrived, cooked absolutely tender, so tender that in fact a fork was all that was needed to seperate the flesh from the bone. Accompanied by very good sides it was a memorable meal.

We had to skip dessert because of that large portion. They also had some nice artisanal beers and a good red (bird in a hand) which enriched the experience.

All in all a 100% recommendation

  • Visited November 2011
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