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“great view, great food & great service - nailed!”
Review of Wai Kitchen

Wai Kitchen
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Breakfast
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Dining options: Breakfast
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Drifted around Oneroa on a beautiful sunny Friday looking for a small graze about lunchtime. We had been to Oyster Inn with a bunch of people for lunch 1 year ago and it was very good. So this time we opted for a change and settled on Wai Kitchen Restaurant which is in the ocean side of the main road which is damned busy, so be very careful.
It was nudging midday as we entered and this restaurant has inside and outside deck seating so we chose a nice spot outside 'on the bridge' with a glorious view. The place was not overly busy at first but the busyness increased during the next couple of hours. Not long seated when water and cutlery arrived and drinks order taken. reasonable selection of Waiheke wines of good quality. A decent menu selection with crossover for brunch and lunch dishes so this widens the choices. One diner was gluten free and this small complication did not faze the waiting staff or chef. Went for the pan fried chicken livers which were sublime, juicy and tender and these came with pancetta, leek. This dish included and a darker sweet dessert wine that the chef refers to as pedro ximenez (abolutely hate fog language) - a very tasty combination nevertheless. Other dish was marinated chicken with quinoa, cashews feta & beetroot - also delicious. The prices were a little on the higher side and seem to reflect the status of all things Waiheke at the moment. Service was not overly fussy but was attentive and the water was topped up without question. Relaxed atmosphere and a very pleasant experience when all expectations were exceeded.

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Thank richardmartin747
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Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Stopped off on our way back from Onetangi Beach. Sat outside in the sun with a glass of bubbles, which accompanied delicious pancakes.

Thank QueenIzzy999
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Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

It's such a shame when staff don't have smiles on there faces and don't have a warm welcome for there customers - it really doesn't take much.....does it...???...1 in particular must have had lemons for breakfast!!!! We were soooo looking forward to having a great coffee ( as what we had heard the coffees were VERY good) but mmmmmm they were so so. We will be back when the front line manager has changed her attitude!!!
The menu looked pricey but the location had a million dollar view. Would not rush to visit this cafe which is such a shame.

Thank Sally S
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Reviewed 12 July 2017

This is a bright and funky cafe, lots of glass to highlight the great views and a modern and crisp ambience. It also has very good food - a delicious breakfast, house smoked salmon, eggs and avocado, and good robust coffee - and quick and friendly service. Good place to sip a coffee or a wine on a cold Waiheke winter's day. Recommended

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Thank B B
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Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

I went to Waiheke Island to see the Jazz Festival which is held in Oneroa every Easter. Wai Kitchen is a 5-10 minute amble from the Jazz Festival and in the centre of Oneroa, the first village you meet from the ferry.

I’ve been here before and I know I will go again. It has THE view of the bay and windows everywhere to enjoy that view. Its only drawback is it is quite a slender restaurant and very popular. If it was twice the width I think it would be just as full. The food and drinks are contemporary and the staff are young and bright. Service is swift and the food is excellent.

Thank Int_Academic
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