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“Very noisy”
Review of Terra Restaurant

Terra Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 52 Restaurants in Paihia
Price range: $15 - $120
Description: "A contemporary neighbourhood eatery in the heart of Paihia with sweeping views of the ocean and surrounding islands. We offer a full à la carte menu including vegetarian options. Enjoy a dining experience you wont forget while we sharing our passion for modern dining, creative beverage design, global cooking techniques, food sustainability and the unique ingredients of the stunning Far North of New Zealand.
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Description: "A contemporary neighbourhood eatery in the heart of Paihia with sweeping views of the ocean and surrounding islands. We offer a full à la carte menu including vegetarian options. Enjoy a dining experience you wont forget while we sharing our passion for modern dining, creative beverage design, global cooking techniques, food sustainability and the unique ingredients of the stunning Far North of New Zealand.
Reviewed 10 July 2021

The service was friendly and attentive, the food was great (though I thought my partner's choices were superior than mine), and the wine list was okay, but they could have had more options available by the glass (and use a preservation method).

However, by the end it was becoming hard to ignore the sound of the dishwasher's cleaning hose coming from the galley, the smashing down of large amounts of cutlery by the girl drying them in the bar area, the very loud phone ringing and that the waitstaff drag chairs into place, making a horrible scraping noise on the tile floor.

This does not include the noises coming from the kitchen which were acceptable or the espresso machine, or the music (which could hardly be detected through all this din).

This is a dining room made up entirely of hard surfaces, so sound is always going to be an issue here. I do think though, that the staff could work on doing things a little more quietly and the phone ringer could be turned down a bit.

Hearing the dishwasher hose really is too much information, it doesn't fit with the sophistication of this restaurant and the galley window should be made smaller at the very least. Once you start hearing it, you can't un-hear it.

I hope the restaurant takes note.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Thank Angelique M
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Reviewed 7 July 2021

This is the second time Terra have especially opened for our lunch group. I cannot praise the service and the food highly enough.
Michelin quality. Outstanding food and presentation with some lovely unexpected extras.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Thank hollykins15
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Reviewed 3 July 2021

Kia ora
Thanks so much for the wonderful experience! Beautiful presentation, food outstanding. Recommend this beautiful, contemporary restaurant. An absolute must if staying in Paihia!

Date of visit: July 2021
1  Thank Fergus09
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Reviewed 27 June 2021 via mobile

Sunday evening Winter dinner with friends. Highlights: The excellent food presentation and flavours, with some nice surprise extras.

For the middle of winter on a Sunday it was good to see the restaurant was busy. The first server we had was young and seemed inexperienced. Couldn’t answer some basic questions but apart from that (and the long walk to the toilets) everything was excellent. For me this is now the new “go to” special occasion restaurant in the area as it’s a bit different and the standard is high. We found the mains v generous and were glad there was a yummy chocolate truffle option for dessert as we couldn’t manage a full dessert. I’ll be back at some stage. The food was delivered in a good time frame too. No ridiculous waits.

Date of visit: June 2021
Thank Suejelliott
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Reviewed 8 June 2021

We dined at Terra, whilst on holiday in Russell. Everything was simply delicious, so we returned a second time on what was, sadly, our last night. Not enough visits to work our way through the entire menu :) Highly recommended and we will be back.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Thank E6180HCcharlotteg
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