We three adults stopped at Talisman Cafe for a light lunch as we drove from Tauranga to Auckland. There is a car park on the same side of the gorge as the cafe, or a larger one across the road beside the river, though you have to cross the state highway which can be busy. There was a good range of counter and blackboard food, and we ordered two toasted sandwiches and a BLT. There were tables in the garden or inside, and not very busy on this day, so it was surprising the food took so long to arrive. Wait staff wandered about with dishes or drinks asking "did you order these?" despite each table being given a plastic animal, instead of a number, to denote their order. The sandwiches arrived together, but the BLT some time later. The food was excellent, with the sandwiches and BLT all well-filled with ingredients, and good value. There are some crafts and packaged foods available for purchase which give plenty to look at if sitting inside. Outside, tables were nicely placed under trees, but the garden could do with a good tidy. The pond was sad and empty, while the wishing well contained dirty water. Overall, Talisman is a pleasant cafe to visit, but a little attention to detail would make it so much better.