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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to stop for a break, we stopped for a late breakfast. Charming wee cafe, great menu and then you can pop through to the lovely gift shop and have a browse. You can sit inside or out

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 28 September 2023 via mobile

I called into this cafe ( I have been there on and off over many years but in the past few years found superior cafes in Tirau However parking was the reason I stopped there $15 for a cheese & onion toasted sandwich NOT gourmet...at all! Two huge slabs of bread great chunks of onion and I said goodness me that must be the most expensive toasted sandwich I’ve ever had. I hope it’s worth it. I don’t normally say things like that but I was gobsmacked. I asked for it to be takeaway and trying to drive when it was not even cut the DOORSTEP Toastie wasn’t easy. It wasn’t enjoyable. I only ate half of it, and the rest went to the birds, very disappointed on my way back through TIRAU I stopped at the toilets and noticed that the Cafe had reopened behind the information Centre $9.50 for a toasted sandwich there and far superior. I know things are tough, and I know prices have gone up, but there was no comparison between the two toasted sandwiches. Very disappointingMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 2 September 2023 via mobile

In amongst all the Tīrau cafes on the main road with burger menus and not a lot else, Alley Cats was a refreshing discovery. It is on the main road but just slightly tucked back with kitschy courtyards and a nice menu. Service was great,...food was lovely and when I asked for less corn chips and some green salad instead on my nachos, they literally did that and did not charge me extra. I don’t come across that kind of hospitality very often these days. Highly recommended 👍More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 16 April 2023

Would highly recommend this place! Had a group of 18 go today and they did not disappoint. Great service delicious and food and drinks came out super fast considering there was 18 of us workers were very polite will definitely be back!

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 8 April 2023 via mobile

We stopped on the way somewhere else like hundreds of others. This cafe was the first one we saw. Off the main road and down a quiet lane. It has much to recommend including the indoor and outdoor seating, prompt service, really good coffee and...a range of food options. Very popular and a place that we would return to.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 26 March 2023 via mobile

What a sensational place, always stop here when passing through and it never disappoints. My wife and I had the big breakfast to share and out it came on two plates, and it was bang on. Well done ladies!

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 26 January 2023

There must be better places than this in Turau for a lunch stop. It is down an alley hence the name.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 15 June 2022

We have passed through Tirau twice a year on the way to holidays. We've stopped here quite a few times, and every time vow not to come again, but it's a convenient place to stop and somehow it's become a habit . But no more!...the most recent time, although there was only one other table of customers when we arrived and 4 staff on, all the tables except one had dirty plates on them. While we waited for our food, one of the staff stood scrolling on her phone instead of clearing while another two had a loud conversation about someone they didn't like, calling her names - not pleasant to have to listen to. The kitchen, which is partially visible from several tables, was filthy - food splattered on the wall, egg shells on the floor, rubbish bins over-flowing. When our food eventually arrived, the order was incorrect. The food is very average (though generous portons) - very stodgy and certainly not the place to come if you have any interest in eating something remotely healthy. All in all, not an experience to repeat.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 7 May 2022 via mobile

We enjoyed a good pumpkin soup with 2 small French bread toasted. We thought $18 expensive. The seafood chowder on the menu must be outstanding at $22!!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 19 April 2022

Have been a here few times. Has some nice food but service is terrible. Girl who took our order couldnt smile. Have made this our stop as have a GF DF son. Ordered smoothie and it had no fresh fruit and had added powder. My...daughters had hair in it. Will look for new stop. Waste of money.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 31 March 2022 via mobile

I frequently travel through to Auckland for work and have made this little cafe a mandatory pit stop! The food and coffee are always on point and the service is fantastic. I have found this place consistently consistent for over 4 years now. FYI, the...custard square here is a hidden gem (best in NZ!), thank me later!!More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 19 July 2021

After having a very poor breakfast up the rd the say before our very friendly motel next door recommend this Cafe and boy we are so glad we listened. Service super fast with lovely staff. Food EXCELLENT. We eat out most weekends and would struggle...to find better anywhere!! And we are very critical and always expect the best and were not disappointedMore

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 29 June 2021

Ordered a long black and a slice yesterday morning. Coffee came in a large latte cup and was over extracted and bitter. When I asked for one served in the normal tulip cup ,which they did have , so that it was drinkable I got...the eye roll and dismissive shrug from both staff members and was charged again. Shame that for the 3.80 they charged me plus dismissive attitude of staff this business has now lost any future business from myself and family. It has always been our regular stop off when travelling through Tirau.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 22 February 2021

Stopped for a cuppa and break on our way to Auckland. Great coffee and lemon/honey/ginger drink. Selection of food good. Great customer service. Quaint cafe. Relaxing and enjoyable

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 1 February 2021

Visited twice, first time was great. Had nice cups of tea and coffee, with delicious custard squares and other sweet treats. Second time we shared the filled croissant and were not prepared for the experience. After ordering it was squashed flat in the sandwich press,...and served luke warm, compressed and chewy. Next time we'll stick to the sweets!More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Alley Cats is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5