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Reviewed 14 May 2023

First time here in my neighborhood, and will be my last. No excuse as there were only 2 other couples here (no wonder!) My pot of green tea was like only half full at best (small pot), he forgot my mussel fritter. So were detained....The couple next to us said their coffee was disgusting. Just telling how it is.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 21 October 2022

Visited twice, brunch and dinner. They are well known for their pies, but we'd also recommend their curries and the superb generous mussel fritters.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 17 May 2022 via mobile

We called in here passing by & got 2 gluten free muffins to go. We used them the next couple of days & wow. They were tasty, delicious warmed for 10 seconds in the microwave. We stopped again next time passing & also got some...gluten free Louise cake to go. We heated one muffin & shared for the next few days. They are really good. We are not from the area & don’t often buy take home food as it is rarely so tasty or tempting. The Louise cake was able to be cut up & also shared. What a great find!!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 21 July 2021

My friend and I had the seafood chowder for lunch and were bitterly disappointed with what was served up to us. There was no fresh fish/seafood of any kind in the chowder - just pre-frozen seafood and loads of surimi, which we all know is...imitation crab meat. The 'creamy chowder' was thick and gluey and had a type of skin on the top. Also the bread that came with it was stone cold. Both my friend and I had uncomfortable tummies after leaving the cafe. The whole eating experience was disappointing and I will not be recommending this establishment to any family or other friends.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 6 March 2021

disappointing with our $15 for 1 takeaway piece of snapper tonight, the mussel fritter we gave to our dog and chips average. Shame and wont be back, sorry but have to let you know our meal was disappointing and expensive

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 13 January 2021 via mobile

Yummy pizza, curry, salmon and snapper. Friendly. Went two nights in a row. Would have liked to get a milkshake.

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 5 January 2021

Just was passing Ngunguru back to Whangarei. Saw the cafe sign -was apprehensive and thought - probably very average. But anything but. Delicious Snapper- best probably I've had at cafe, chips were crisp, and a lovely salad. A complete meal and a clean little cafe....Young staff need a bit more training otherwise I wish this cafe well.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 11 May 2020

The fish and chips last night 08 May 2020 were outstanding. Added to our first extended bubble get together immensely. Thanks Salt Air.Legend.

Date of visit: May 2020
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Reviewed 14 March 2020

This café is really tucked away and its outlook isn't the greatest. Even so we were rather amazed by the number of people lined up for both sit-down and takeaway food and beverages. The menu comprised an extensive array of low to mid priced café...items such as burgers, pizzas, fish and chips, pies and the like. The pies in particular seem to enjoy a big reputation. Our party only had coffee and scones so we were not in a position to comment on food quality but if you're looking for a big hearty meal at a modest price and don't need too much finesse, the Salt Air Café might be your best bet in Ngungaru.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 1 March 2020 via mobile

Had two lovely meals at this cafe. Breakfast smashed avo delicious and an evening pizza. Nothing flash about the place, just good food with a smile. Would recommend and visit again.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 30 January 2020 via mobile

Nice friendly and accommodating staff. Good selection on menu, for takeaway or dine in. Gluten free options including fish, chips and pizza. Also has some lovely local art works on display and for sale. Kids burger and chips was very generous size!

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 19 January 2020

There are not a lot of dining options in Ngunguru (pronounced NUN-er-roo), but this is a good one. It has a large enough menu to handle a variety of preferences, including vegetarian. Don't be put off by the fact that it says "Fish & Chips"...- the menu has pizzas, sandwiches, breakfast food & salads. The staff is excellent, and it is co-located with a frozen yogurt trailer, allowing smoothies to be ordered from the cafe when the trailer is open. Coffee and beer also available. Family friendly, and we had no problem getting seating. Takeaway available.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 28 November 2019

I enjoyed several morning teas and meal on this visit to Ngunguru. Always go back for the Seafood pies and great coffee, but also enjoyed the Scallop dinner.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 28 November 2019 via mobile

2 takeaway coffees and pie for $18.50. That’s expensive. Pie was ok, but not worth $7.50. The flat white was good thankfully.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 22 November 2019 via mobile

We rarely go to the same place twice while traveling, but we made an exception for Salt Air Cafe. Lunch was so good we returned for an early breakfast the next morning. Our waitress both times was delightful, and the food was delicious. I would...suggest the French toast with bacon and banana, and my wife and friend said the pies were excellent. Coffee was good, too. Wish we could go back!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Salt Air Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4