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“Can be so much better ”
Review of Carriages Cafe

Carriages Cafe
Ranked #1 of 1 Quick Bites in Huapai
Dining options: Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

Been here a few times and every time felt that this business needs to up the game.
Overall a good experience- nice setting of indoor, outdoor and carriage seating, a decent menu., friendly staff and view.

However, when you look for details to rate, few things look straight in your face.
A thorough cleaning can make this place special. Better meat cuts(without fat) can make food delectable. Heating in the carriages need equal distribution.

This is not a negative feedback. But an expectation from this unique setup cafe to be exquisite as well.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank samirs428
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Reviewed July 10, 2018

Disappointing. Good location and parking. Entry is through a garden centre. Two couples visited for lunch mid week. Trade was slow with only two other tables occupied. We ordered four meals and the first three came after quite a while (too long, I felt) and the fourth meal was at least ten minutes later. Odd, considering there were at least three staff working or is that a misuse of the word? There was lots of laughter and general hilarity coming from the kitchen area so perhaps they were side tracked. The creamy mushrooms were good, the savoury pancakes were good with above averge bacon. The seafood chowder was okay but perhaps not to my taste as it was strong on a smoked salmon background and that flavour is wasted on me. I do eat a lot of seafood chowders. Prices were good but spoilt by the service. Place needs a makeover, staff training and attention to duck droppings on the interior floor (as It is beside a small lake.). Didn't get to see the Hygiene certificate but I doubt if it is an "A".

Date of visit: July 2018
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Thank Adrian M
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Reviewed June 24, 2018

Visited for a light snack. Lots of choices, both counter and blackboard menu, including a number of gluten free options. We chose a savoury muffin, savoury scone and hot drinks. It was all served quickly, and was very tasty. One very small thing missing was a marshmallow with the hot chocolate!
The old train carriages were lovely and warm inside on what was a chilly, damp day. But, service was a bit slow in terms of cleaning up after people left.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank PlesFam
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Reviewed June 23, 2018 via mobile

A soulless cafe that has seen better days. The service mediocre, the food tasteless. The French toast was cold and bland. The tea came with a plastic spoon. The wet poor quality serviettes were wrapped around cutlery. No free range eggs a big no no in this age when prices are the same. A revamp is needed as the location setting has a lot to offer being a point of difference.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank RubyrubyNZ
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Reviewed April 30, 2018 via mobile

The counter staff was very friendly. The food arrived reasonably fast and was quite good. Overall the carriages need a good spring clean.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Tabatha1998
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