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“Coffee and eels”

Jester House Cafe and Tame Eels
Ranked #5 of 27 things to do in Motueka
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Owner description: The Tame eels at Jester House have been an attraction for 20 years. They are naturally occuring stream fauna in many streams in New Zealand but their numbers have deminished due to habitat destruction and over fishing.This is your chance to get upclose and handfeed these suprising creatures
Reviewed June 16, 2012

We tripped across this fascinating place, while showing our daughter and son-in-law the local area, on a recent extended stay in Nelson. While the coffee and food were delicious, the draw card was being able to hand feed the tame eels. We hadn't realized how large they can grow. It certainly made for a different experience. It is closer to Mapua than Motueka.

Thank Judy F
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

What a find!! Our cousins recommended Jester House and Cafe and we are sooo pleased they did!! Fantastic food...world class and i dont say that lightly as we are regular travellers and have big expectations on food quality. We had the chefs special, a venison stew. Spectacular flavour. And we had the crumbed schnitzel which was also good And the dessert was wonderful but I cant remember what we had. The service was excellent...thank you Brian and all the other staff were wonderful too Great wine list as well with many fine local wines ! On top of a great meal the surroundings were lovely and the main structure very quaint. The eels....hmmm not sure what to say there but yes there were live eels in the stream and they were big and had evil eyes. If you like eels you may appreciate them more. Little boys will love them. This place ..despite the evil eels is definately worth a lazy afternoon. NB. Not open for evening meals

Thank ravinon
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Reviewed February 23, 2012

Wacky place with all sorts of art, great food and a mob of tame eels. Kids had a great time running round. A must see.

Thank Xiaojake
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Reviewed February 8, 2012

We've been to this region several times and never passed this place when it was open, so we were anxious to try it on this trip. It didn't disappoint -- the potted pork terrine platter was excellent, as good as we've had anywhere. Tables are set in the garden for good weather, and we had a lovely sunny day. Interesting sculpture and plantings. They have an indoor dining room as well. And the eels were a fun added attraction -- you get a small container of minced meat and a popsicle stick to feed them with. Good thing the stick is long, because they can sure bite. There's a very small charge for the eel food. Glad we finally made it to the Jester's and we're planning at least one more lunch there this trip.

Thank ajs4travel
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Reviewed January 25, 2012

We returned with good memories of a visit nine years earlier. The garden is still a haven for kids and our 4yo took delight in showing us bits of quirky play equipment, many of which our 10yo had enjoyed when she was a toddler. The cafe itself is quite a bit more upmarket than it was. It seemed to have been smartened up inside and gained a landscaped stone patio. There was waiter service and they certainly work hard on attending to the tables. The kids platter was great and all the food was good and freshly prepared but the rest of us would have welcomed some lighter options to select from. We loved the homemade lemonade. A visit to the modern composting toilet proved an unexpected source of entertainment for the little boy! Overall, this place is still on song but not where you go for a snack.

Thank DaisySelbourne
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