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International, Contemporary
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 1 February 2024

On a hot summer's night... ~ we sat in a garden, cooled by nearby fans, sipping on a chilled local top-class wine (The Landing's Chardonnay) and had a lovely meal. Started with sashimi; always a favourite, but especially when presented with cured ginger on the...side that didn't come out of a packet, and hadn't been coloured with food additives. Couldn't fault our mains, either, (we shared the grill of the day), but we probably should have opted for some rice on the side. Just an oversight on our behalf, not to think about ordering some; as we don't do desserts. This is the special kind of place where you could sit for hours and chitter-chatter, because it's not noisy and the ambience is lovely.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 20 January 2024

After reading so many positive reviews, we expected much more. Maybe we ordered the 'wrong' dishes but with a small menu and unbelievably, no sashimi available, we thought we'd be safe with duck and our all time favourite - soft shell crab, both with ramen....Alas, we received bowls of ramen with very small portions of duck (mostly skin!) and the soft shell crab was the smallest serve I've ever had - oh, and with a a couple of prawns. As frequent diners at Japanese restaurants, we really failed to see what was special about the flavours, especially at 5 star prices. Dessert was main stream icecream and fine, but the mains at $44 and $46 for bowls of noodles with small serves of protein, I'm afraid this felt like a rort and wouldn't last a week in a main city.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 17 December 2023 via mobile

Really well executed Asian fusion. The wine list, and advice from the proprietor, were excellent. We started with hand cut chips (thick French fries) that were HOT (yay) and served with an interesting Asian sauce. I’ve almost given up ordering duck because so often it’s...dry, but no regrets this time! It was combined with noodles and wood ear fungi (the kind that grows in half-shells on trees): terrific! Great sauce, moist duck, tasty fungi. Dessert: we split homemade ice cream (okay, not great—a bit icy and dry) and a to-die-for, “Hong Kong style Mango Pudding w/ mizake & almond gelato & lychee purée.” Service was clearly stretched (kitchen and front-of-house). It’s a small kitchen serving large parties, and the server (not proprietor) was willing but inexperienced—nervous, shy, and too softly spoken. Innovative cuisine worth trying. Great setting. We wish this restaurant every success!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 9 August 2023

This restaurant is a must. Everything they offer is of excellent quality and preparation. it is a real treat.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 29 May 2023

What a find! Amazing food and service, some of the best Japanese fusion food we have ever had. Highly recommend

Date of visit: April 2023
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Diane Langman, Owner at Maha Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2023

Thank you so much we really appreciate your comments and look forward to seeing you again at Māha. Diane and Ming

Reviewed 5 April 2023 via mobile

Diane and Ming what a pairing Diane front of house very professional Ming what a talent what a palette Diane matched a great sake with my sashimi followed by wonderful ink squid risotto then pan fried snapper with an amazing sauce Japanese rice and almond...sorbet all paired with great wines I was seated where I was able to witness Ming create his magicMore

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 10 March 2023 via mobile

We just dined here for lunch to celebrate what would have been my spouses fathers 80th birthday. It was so gorgeous, from the rainy zen walk in the sculpture garden to the wonderful friendly service. Maha is a lovely intimate space set amongst a wild...tropical garden. The food is Michelin 5 star quality, this is by far the best meal we have had in Kerikeri. Lunch or dinner, not to be missed. Enjoy.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Diane, Owner at Maha Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2023

What a lovely way to spend a special day, thanks for dining with us, we’re so please you enjoyed everything. See you at Māha again soon! Diane and Ming

Reviewed 22 November 2022

We had a booking for four adults. Food and service were both excellent. We had the Hong Kong style Paper Bag chicken and the the Angus Sirloin; absolutely wonderful dishes.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Diane, Owner at Maha Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2022

Thank you so much, we look forward to seeing back again at Māha!

Reviewed 25 September 2022 via mobile

The food is unusual and not mainstream. There are a lot of spices used in all the dishes which tend to overwhelm the ingredients. My companion loved everything but l found the chilli and curry flavours a bit too much. This is not to cast...aspersions, the food was expertly prepared and beautifully presented. The staff are kind and attentive, the setting is magical. The surrounding gardens are a picture and worth visiting in their own right.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 15 July 2022

It was another rainy afternoon and we decided to spend it having a nice lunch. We were going to go a winery, but it was closed so we tried here instead. A very good choice. A lovely little restaurant tucked away just down from Kerikeri...town. Service and food were superb and we had an absolutely wonderful time. Thank you so much.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Diane, Owner at Maha Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2022

Many thanks for your comments. Māha is bit “out of sight” but we’re happy to delight those who via off the beaten track a bit!

Reviewed 29 June 2022

A perfect all round dining experience at every occasion. We have eaten at Maha many times. The setting is in a beautiful rain forest, with outdoor & indoor seating. Outdoors in summer is magical, indoors in winter has a beautiful ambience & warm. The food...is the best in the region, Ming is a top class chef with interesting menus, which change. The wine menu is also really good & Diane is a perfect host with fabulous staff. When you visit Maha, you are totally looked after & made to feel special.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Diane, Owner at Maha Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2022

Thanks so much for your continued support, we love seeing people return to Maha and trying out Ming’s new dishes! See you again soon, Diane and Ming

Reviewed 10 April 2022

We’re trying to be tolerant in a time of difficulty for the hospitality industry and have recently had some poor experiences on our Bay of Islands holiday, but there was no need for that on our visit to Maha. The service was friendly and professional...and our food outstanding, The Japanese-style guacamole was delicious and my hapuku on risotto was perfectly cooked. The cocktail was great and a yummy pannacotta made a great ending to the meal. All-in-all, the locals are lucky to have this restaurant in their town.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Diane, Owner at Maha Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2022

Thank you so much - it’s wonderful to be appreciated and as you rightly point out we are going through some tough times in our industry. We look forward to welcoming you back to Māha. Diane and Ming

Reviewed 8 March 2022

We visited Maha on our only night in Kerikeri and weren't disappointed. A gorgeous location, tucked away down a drive with stunning tropical feel gardens that surround the restaurant. We shared a platter for two and the food was so tasty. An enjoyable night with...very friendly customer service.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 5 March 2022 via mobile

Absolutely delightful dinner here for two vegetarians. Excellent wine list and fabulous hospitality. Really enjoyed our meal here.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 7 February 2022

Really enjoyed this restaurant, location, service and the food was excellent especially the sashimi.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Hi there, We are a licensed restaurant, not just wine, we also have a selections of local beer and a great selection of homemade soft drink. Thank you
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MAHA RESTAURANT, Kerikeri - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5