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“Don't Miss This One”
Review of Umu

Umu
Ranked #2 of 26 Restaurants in Coromandel
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Pizza, Cafe, European, New Zealand, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Taupo, New Zealand
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Don't Miss This One”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

Driving into Coromandel from Thames, one tends to turn right up the main drag, where most of the restaurants are;this is a pity because UMU is to the left and we missed it at first. They have a comprehensive menu, plus a pizza menu. The food we had was excellent as was the service and friendliness of the staff. The furnishings and setting are simple and unpretentious. If you are lucky, you might be served by the most beautiful waitress in the Coromandel who knows her light refraction of rainbows !

  • Visited February 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

My husband and I had hoped to have dinner at Pepper Tree, but there was a function on and so we tried Umu for dinner instead. The meals we had were the most disappointing that we have had in a long time, and while our expectations of food quality were not too high for such a small town, the prices they charged were almost comical. Each main meal was ~$30, and I had salmon which although it was cooked well enough, was absolutely drowning in an overpowering sickly-sweet sauce that I had to scrape to the side. This was paired with mushy vegetables and a bit of white rice with chopped onion strewn through it. My husband had the gurnard, which was similarly drowning in a different sauce, and also was accompanied by the same limp vegetables and bland rice. We both felt as if the meals were prepared by someone who had very little experience with cooking. The flavours didn't work together, and we both felt like we could have made something vastly superior at home. We returned to Auckland a few days later and had a mouthwateringly delicious meal at a local restaurant for the same price, and this experience served to emphasize the disparity in quality between the restaurants. We understand that retaining good chefs in small towns is probably difficult, but believe that prices should be adjusted accordingly. The kitchen staff seemed to consist primarily of teenagers.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank vcmartin
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Steeple Bumpstead
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“excellent veggie !”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

We are staying locally for one night and were delighted to find such a lovely local restaurant. Ate about 8pm enjoyed a wonderful pumpkin curry and my partner steak. Daytime offers gluten free as well as tempting veggie. Good value wine rounded off lovely evening

  • Visited February 2013
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Helmond, The Netherlands
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478 reviews
268 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
“Good food and service”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

Umu is also a very good restaurant in Coromandel Town. We have eaten here very well. The fish is wonderful. The service is good.

Visited January 2013
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Thank Hans_10
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Hamilton, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Loud, unfriendly, under staffed, burnt coffee”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

Four of us ordered coffee- all four were burnt and tasted disgusting. We told the staff and they made us more although I wish I stuck with the first one! No one seemed to care how our replacements were so we left without drinking them. Waste of money

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