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“Excellent Food and great service”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Poppies Cafe

Poppies Cafe
Ranked #1 of 13 Restaurants in Twizel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $25
Cuisines: Cafe, European, New Zealand, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: At Poppies Cafe & Restaurant we pride ourselves on giving you a great memorable experience. We have a large vegetable garden & glasshouse where we grow a wide range of organic herbs & vegetables. Our chefs use only the finest local ingredients, Mt Cook Salmon, Lamb rack, Appletree Pork, local Beef fillet ( free range & grass fed). We offer a fantastic range of locally produced wine & craft beer. With alfresco dining and some of the most picturesque scenery in the world, come and enjoy the best service, food, wine, beer & coffee Twizel has to offer.
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Excellent Food and great service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013

Fantastic place for dinner and or lunch, the views are fantastic. Great service, well worth visiting if you are in the area

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Megan O
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Perfect every time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

I often stop in at Poppies when I am driving by, and each and every time the food is perfect, the coffee excellent and the service superb.

Whether I am in a hurry and grab something to go, or have a bit of time and order a meal I have never had cause to complain.

This place is the perfect stop, you can sit outside and relax or if it's colder there is a great big fire inside. The food is always fresh and there is no way that I can fault this.

You don't expect this quality in the middle of no where (sorry if you're from Twizel) but you're a long way away from any centre.

I would highly recommend this place and my compliments to the chef.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank eating_eater
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PoppiesTwizel, Manager at Poppies Cafe, responded to this review, September 8, 2013
Thank you so much for your lovely review. When travelling on the road it is important to take those rest stops and refuel and we think Poppies cafe is the perfect place to do so. We pride ourselves in our consistent high standards and tasty offerings and we are delighted that you have enjoyed your experiences with us. Looking forward to seeing you again on your next visit.
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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“Not enough”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

Slow service and the meal poor, i was expecting something better after see such a good comments on this web site.

Visited March 2013
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1 Thank Pola1990
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Christchurch New Zealand
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109 reviews
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“Consistantly consistant!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

Being a part time Twizel dweller we visit Poppies on a fairly regular basis. The food is always of high quality and setting welcoming. Have experienced some delays in the past when busy but can live with that.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank wideyedkiwi
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Redmond, Oregon
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“Gin Rummy Anyone?”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

During this year's return visit to Central Otago someone suggested we would enjoy dinner at Poppies in nearby Twizel before flying home. Upon arriving we found the restaurant attractive and very pleasant, but feeling a bit weary I ordered a short black. While not a stranger to espresso, I found this one so bitter that is was almost undrinkable. Several sugars helped. We then ordered their well known starter mussels to share. After waiting 15 min with no indication from the wait staff about the status of the order, we pulled out a deck of playing cards. After 4 hands of gin rummy the mussels finally arrived. They were delicious, but a 30 min wait for steamed mussels with 5 tables occupied?? After playing another 4 hands post-mussels, dinner arrived. My wife ordered Tuscan tomato soup and could not believe it was homemade as claimed and left most in the bowl. My rack of lamb was quite tasty (after I had to ask for a fork) but I had to cut the polenta with a knife and barely succeeded.

Needless to say that while we will definitely return to Central Otago, we can't say the same for Poppies! Hopefully our experience was not typical.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Curt G
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