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Ara - Tai Cafe

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Cafe, New Zealand
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Ara-Tai Rd | The Promenade Building, Half Moon Bay, New Zealand
+64 9-534 4818
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went here with my family for breakfast before our flights back to Singapore. My cousin recommended this shop and he had worshipped this cafe since his first visit. Well...not me. I ordered eggs benedict with bacon and asked for crispy bacon, as I prefer to have some crispiness components in my breakfast. No matter how many times I told... More 

Thank Kevin H
Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Poor coffee. Below average food. Average service. Nice outlook over half moon bay marina though so I'll give it two stars

1 Thank dazzapom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Disappointing. Big breakfast very average. Undercooked bacon and sausages which were more like footie franks than a real sausage. Staff very off hand and not helpful. Will NOT be back!!

Thank Mike S
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Came by for brunch. The items in the cabinets all looked quite nice but went for the corn fritters on the menu. The fritters were ok since it didn't have a really big corn hit but the bacon was nice. Might try one of the cabinet items next time.

Thank acineto
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

I quite like this place - it is busy with a beautiful outlook. The breakfasts are a decent size and while nothing complicated are hearty and filling. They have highchairs for kids and tasty cabinet food. I will be a regular patron after discovering this gem.

Thank Sheridan2808
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

We had brunch here which was very nice, the breakfast menu seemed to be an all day menu. There was also cabinet food and a lunch menu too. The service was good and they were busy being a late saturday morning. It was a lovely sunny day and the view of the Marina is great. You can either sit inside... More 

Thank brewsterfour
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Enjoy this local place as opened early during the week and weekend. Awesome breakfast and amazing views. Food is always fresh and the place is always busy. Also a few morning newspaper to enjoy with morning coffee

Thank Daryl V
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

A gem on the harbour, great food, superb service and great location. We visit here every opportunity.

Thank PhilNLiz2013
Lucknow, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

It has very wide range of fast food items includes pastry and cake.very good place to sit outside to have view of sea.

Thank kamal_innovaa
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

Came here for eggs on toast. Asked about the bread (when ordering) as we don't like white bread. Told its multi grain. Then it arrives - with white bread! We complained and the girl argues that this version of white is like multigrain. There was (1) not a grain (multi or otherwise) anywhere near the bread and (2) it was... More 

1 Thank nostrebor_family

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, New Zealand
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ara-Tai Rd | The Promenade Building, Half Moon Bay, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Half Moon Bay
  • Phone Number: +64 9-534 4818

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?