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Reviewed 12 March 2024

My wife and I had a very good lunch at the Zest Café in Kerikeri. I ordered half a breakfast, which was more than enough for me for lunch, and my wife ordered a prawn and avocado salad, which was in fact too much for...her to eat.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 14 December 2022 via mobile

Great breakfast, especially the Muesli. Kerikeri is a lovely little town and so is the small Cafe’ and Waffel Room in the Main Street of Kerikeri.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 29 November 2022 via mobile

The waffles were so good, all the ingredients were on point, including the cream and chocolate sauce. Divine. And lovely service too. Lots of options on the menu, and saw the Eggs Benedict come out and it looked amazing ... big and creamy. Will have...that next time!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 22 October 2022 via mobile

Have been to Zest a few times and happy with food and service. Went today and ordered 3 bacon sandwiches which were shown on menu board as $8 each. Bill was $30! Queried this to be told that board was wrong and waitress refused to...charge displayed price. Should of walked out but didn't have time to go anywhere else and not a lot of other places to go to. Sandwiches were good but won't be going back there again.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 24 April 2022 via mobile

Safe bet for breakfast and other fare. We enjoyed our experience. Nice people and good food. Decor is homely. Our only criticism was the tinned tomato rather than fresh.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 13 March 2022

We had a spinach filo and it was incredible, so yum. The coffee bowl is massive, I have never seen one that large. We got a table outside and it was really nice. The staff are lovely and service was quick. Definitely go back again.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 8 March 2022

We were there for breakfast. My husband had the Kiwi Breakfast and I had the French Toast. Both were very generous sizes and very yummy. Also another bonus, the coffee was great and went up to a bowl size. Excellent. Very friendly customer service and...good music going in the background.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 8 March 2022

Had a loverly lunch at Zest. Service was great and the food and coffee delicious a good selection in the cabinet. Staff were super friendly and done everything right. Congratulations to them all. Glad to see some taking this seriously. Keep safe.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 29 January 2021 via mobile

The food was delicious, the portions were generous & great value. Service was friendly. The catch was the long outside walk to their toilet, which was not clearly sign-posted

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 4 November 2020 via mobile

My husband and I went for breakfast and both had eggs Benedict it was fabulous! Definitely going back and highly recommend.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 3 October 2020 via mobile

We came in for a breakfast, poor girl on the til had no idea what she was doing and despite asking for help - she didn't receive it. Every single table was dirty while only about 3 were occupied. We were directed to one of...these dirty tables and told someone would be right over to clear it. After about 10 minutes we were informed that there wasn't any avo - and we swapped it out for something else. Another 5 minutes and our teas arrived - half the dirty dishes taken and when our food arrived, another 15 minutes later, the rest of the dirty dishes were taken. The table never did get a wipe down. Food wasn't bad just not worth the wait or having to sit in someone else's crumbs. I saw at least 4 FOH staff and somehow when we left- tables that were dirty and uncleared before we arrived hadn't even been touched. Nothing worse than seeing staff standing around when there is the bare minimum that still needs doing! Very disappointing.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 22 September 2020 via mobile

Went in for breakfast upon ordering was informed it would be a half hour for our breakfast I was happy with that. Asked for NO mushrooms on the meals as I’m allergic.Hour and half later the meals arrive my breakfast has mushrooms sent back asked...for refund like a lot of other customers. The attitude of duty manager was unacceptable just that it was busy. Won’t be going back.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 13 July 2020 via mobile

A popular cafe, however the food and drinks took a long time to arrive. I had eggs Benedict which had more of a mustard sauce than hollandaise, and the spinach on the side was a frozen cube of spinach boiled and put on the plate...- still in a cube. The bathrooms were difficult to find - out the door, around the building next to it and then funnel through debris at the back of building to access.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 25 March 2020

I’ve enjoyed the meals here, mostly breakfast and a terrific toasted cheese on whole grain. Nice cup of coffee and lovely staff.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 2 March 2020

We were staying in the Kerikeri region for a week, and we ended up going to Zest every day as we really loved the food, coffee and service. I think we will be talking about the carrot cake for ages! We really loved Zest, and...will definitely be back next time we are in the beautiful North.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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CAFE ZEST & THE WAFFLE ROOM, Kerikeri - Restaurant Reviews, Phone Number & Photos

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Cafe Zest & the Waffle Room is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5