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“not one for the kids”
Review of Seagars Cooking School and Cafe - CLOSED

Seagars Cooking School and Cafe
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Seagars is owned by New Zealand Cook Book author Jo Seagar. The business includes the Seagars Cafe, Cook School, Kitchen Store and B&B Accommodation.
Reviewed June 19, 2011

While the food was lovely, the attitude of the staff and the kids meal just don't cut it at the prices they charge.

We were seated at a table while they cleaned it around us and then not given any menus or cutlery. One of the wait staff then came over to ask if we'd seated ourselves or been seated - he carried on doing this to everyone who sat down. Perhaps they need a sign asking people to wait to be seated or have a staff member solely tasked with this as they obviously have a problem with it.

The only meal on the menu for kids is a mixed plate which apparently consists of mini sandwiches, a mini pie, some chips, some fruit and vegis. Really? is this the best a cook of this caliber can come up with? My children are 6 and 8 and would like to have a real meal if we go out, not a collection of bits like they might get in their lunch box. When I emailed to suggest they offer half portions of the adult meals (because $22 is too much to pay for a child's meal) I was told I should have tried the kids plate because they get such good feedback on it. Well really for an 8 year old that isn't good enough.

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Annaoj1, Owner at Seagars Cooking School and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded July 4, 2011

Thanks for your review and the email correspondence that we have had. I am surprised with your comments about being seated as you have not raised this with us in our correspondence. The day you arrived was a very busy Sunday and we had a wait list. I apologise if the Front of House manager did not sit you in the normal manner - we've given them a reminder!

As per our emails we have reviewed your comments and have advised you that we have worked out a number to dishes that we can prepare as half sized portions. We did not have these available until you bought this to our attention - over the past five years our experience is that children will eat a normal sized meal - minus the vegetables of course!!

The Kids Plate is described in the menu as "designed for kids 6 years and under". It is certainly not a gourmet meal but has been designed with the experience of what my kids ate at that age. This is the first time we have had any negative feedback. Parents of children in the age bracket it is aimed for really seem to appreciate it.

I do hope that our responses to your emails and to your review have given you some reassurance that we have taken your comments seriously, and acted upon them.

Jo Seagar

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Reviewed May 21, 2011

My husband and I stopped for lunch at Seagars en route over the pass. The restaurant is in a picturesque setting close to Mount Oxford and has a lovely kitchen shop attached. The cafe is light and airy and was busy.

The food was lovely and reasonably priced; I had a beautiful prawn dish and my husband had breaded mushrooms with bacon. We finished this off with a beautiful carrot cake.

The only downside was the lady serving as front of house - so miserable she was rude! Not particularly welcoming - luckily the food made up for this!

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Reviewed May 8, 2011

Seager's Cafe is a very popular cafe with the Christchurch crowd for a weekend brunch, lunch, or coffee. It's a nice we drive out to Oxford and there a some quaint wee shops to explore around the township after. I've been there a couple of times and each time its very busy- owing to Jo Seagers celebrity cook status. The first time we went for afternoon tea. The drinks were not memorable- not great, not terrible. The desserts were yummy - The chocolate mud cake was Devine! The second time we went for lunch. The menu was limited, the service was average, and the food was average, and not really value for money. My husband got the eggs Benedict: not nearly enough hollandaise sauce and the eggs were almost hard boiled! The waiter didn't come to see us while we were eating our meal to ask how everything was until after we had finished eating. My recommendation: just go for the cake!

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Reviewed January 9, 2015
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