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Reviewed 1 August 2023

Such a good food presentation and very high quality. Everyone in the fam loved it. Food is amazing, highly recommend.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 29 June 2023 via mobile

The food presentation and the food quality is not to be missed. They seem to have an excellent Chef. The cafe offers all day breakfast which is very convenient. The French toast on the menu is mind-blowing!

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 29 May 2023

Three of us arrived for Sunday brunch. We were advised the wait for food would be 30/35 minutes, perhaps less due to tables clearing. We ordered food and coffees from the menu and a cabinet snack to share while we waited. Coffees arrived, the snack...took more than 20 minutes to arrive and after 40 minutes our first meal arrived, the second another 5 minutes later and the third dish we had to follow up, arrived 55 minutes after ordering. No apologies at all. Despite having enjoyed meals here in the past each of us agreed this was rubbish service and we will not be back. Not only was the wait far too long, the timing was way out and we were each actually eating alone rather than the shared meal out we had anticipated.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 28 May 2023

A very nice casual cafe in Greenlane nice menu nice food good tea and coffee polite staff parking across the road

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 11 May 2023

Most terrible place wouldn’t recommend this place they are very rude and they have bad customer service food is good but it takes like an hour to be cooked and guess what there was only two people in there at the time so your place...is getting a one star review sorry but hire new staffMore

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 25 April 2023

I went here for lunch, and the place was humming but definitely not full so I was surprised when my food took 1 hour and 20 minutes to come out. What made it even worse was that people who arrived after us received their food...before we did. We asked four times how far away our food was, with no real indication of time, apology or justification. When we went to pay, the lady at the counter just kept saying sorry but didn’t do anything about it. Absolutely shocking service - I do not recommend. Please note, I have been here a number of times and have noticed the service/pride for customers dropping every time I go. On a positive- the beef burger was yum!!More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 20 April 2023

The worst customer service I have experienced in Auckland. I was spoken to very rudely when I didn't understand what the woman was saying - short, snappy and totally unprofessional. You'll get a friendlier service from Oranga Tamariki. Would not recommend.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 30 March 2023

We are visiting from Australia. Was the worst big breakfast we ever ate, and the customer service was appalling. The potatoes were crunchy like apples, the sausage was dry, the bacon was hard and over done, the only edible thing was the egg. Never again!!!...The staff looked like they are forced to work there, what a disappointment, as we needed a good breakfast before my husband went in to NZ blood donor to harvest his stem cells. Also while the staff was putting sausage rolls in the cabinet, one fell on the floor and it was promptly picked up and put in the food cabinet!!! Not good NZ!!!More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 8 May 2022

We waited for over an hour for just one if our meals. The people said it's because mother's day is very busy, but there were a few people who have been waiting a while and all waited until they were about to walk out when...1 meal came out but after that person finished eating theirs. After asking the lady I just want to pay for the one 1 ate she insisted we wait for a little longer the rest but it didn't come. New people who came in got their food before my sons food finally came out 1 hour and 50 minutes later. This is the first time I've ever written a review as I am very patient but this was not a good time.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 14 February 2022

Didn't have the best experience here. Service was great and staff were attentive but the food was lacking. Both my friend and I ordered poached eggs with our meals and 3/4 eggs were over cooked (more hard boiled, not runny at all) which was very...disappointing. We felt the food was missing that 'cafe' quality. When we went to pay we also had issues and was charged incorrect amounts, then taking a while to get the right amounts. I would not come back with people, but was nice to go once.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 1 December 2020

I've eaten here in the past, but hadn't visited for a while. It was still as good as previous - food was inventively presented, tasty and fresh. Friendly service and as we were under limited time, made sure we had meals that could be prepared...within that.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 29 February 2020 via mobile

I wish I could give a good review because the staff out front were just lovely, but hey what I went there for was a good meal, and sorry it was disappointing! The coffee's were burnt and the meal although not unpleasant was overpriced for...such a small amount.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 12 February 2020 via mobile

Consistently nice ! This Cafe is a gem in Epsom . Out front is seated spaces for 2 -8 and out back for larger groups and those with children . Welcoming and bright it’s a nice spot for a catch up . Good coffee and...cabinet food with al la Carte menu . Suitable for vegans and GF if they are not too fussy , though the kitchen will omit some ingredients if asked . The Vegan cakes and slices are good . Watch the parking there are transit / clear lanes on both sides of the street .More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 10 February 2020 via mobile

I have been to this cafe for few times now, and I simply love their food. Unfortunately, I found that “Tuna Noodle Bowl” on their menu did not come with much sauce and seared tuna was tasteless, but it might be just my personal preference...and I'm pretty sure most of people love it. Their atmosphere is quite good, relaxing, clean and tidy. I love their decor. Some of staff are not so friendly nor smiling much, but I guess that is just their personality. Their service is still attentive enough to swap a water jug if it is empty, and always clean up a table when we finish. I saw one of customers asked a staff to kill a bee around them, and he perfectly caught it. Such a great service after all. I would love to come back and try something different that I have not tried yet. * ここのカフェにもう何度か足を運んでおりますが、単純に、彼らのご飯は美味しいと思います。メニューの「ツナ・ヌードル・ボール」は、少々ソースが少なめで、鮪のタタキもあまり味付けがしっかりしてなかったように思いましたが、もしかしたらただの自分の好みで、好きな人は好きなんじゃないかなぁと思います。 お店の雰囲気は凄く良く、綺麗で、特にデコレーションは大好きです。正直、スタッフの中にはあまり笑顔ではない方もいらっしゃいますが、まあ個人差はありますよね。サービスは良く、テーブルのお水のボトルもきちんと変えてくれるし、終わったらちゃんとお皿はさげてくれるし。この間、別のお客さんがスタッフに蜂を殺してくれと頼んでいて、見事にやっつけていました。流石です。 また行って、食べたことのないメニューを試してみたいです。More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 27 November 2019

Every time I come to New Zealand, my favorite meal is French toast which seems to be a Kiwi thing. Sometimes I get lucky and other times not. This morning it was jackpot!! Well done to this trendy zany establishment! I’ll let the picture tell...the story.... And oh the coffee is great too - for once you can taste it!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5