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Reviewed 7 March 2024

While there might be limited options available for brunch on the day before Valentine's Day in Matakana, New Zealand, The Farmers Daughter was not only able to immediately seat us at Noon but at a terrace table with a wonderful view of greenery and the...river estuary. Our orders of gluten-free Avocado Toast and their TFD Complete with two eggs, avocado, tomato, whipped feta, sausage and bacon were both promptly prepared, nicely presented and tasty. Admittedly, it was actually entertaining watching their one cook dashing around to handle all the orders timely...kudos! We were pleased not to have been seated at their picnic-type tables outside or in the restaurant's closed interior.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 March 2024

Outstanding lunch on a rainy day- food is simple but excellent- very like lunch in South west France- sirloin and pan potatoes- pate and gherkin- charming wait staff , proprietor and attentive chef - spot on really.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 25 February 2024 via mobile

Dinner was a couples night….anchovy bread to start …. I had the lamb skewers for the second time…delicious and my Beloved had the swordfish…equally delicious. Sunday brunch with friends….an assortment of fabulous dishes with delicious coffee on the side. This morning we throughly enjoyed the...Burrata for our brunch… beautifully fresh home grown fruit, tomatoes and basil with divine mozzarella and dressing….. We enjoyed all of this while looking over their gardens and the estuary. Everyone is so welcoming, and helpful.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 23 February 2024

Horribly expensive - we felt offended that we paid for very little. Staff good, atmosphere mediocre. Not returning, despite being close by.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 8 December 2023

Nice place, near sea, friendly staff especially little garden in front and the chef allow us to take some fennel home. Very recommend this place for relax

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 25 November 2023 via mobile

Great place for lunch. A big thanks to Kate who went above and beyond with our party of 8. We were staying in the area for my mother in laws 89th birthday. Kate overheard us and organised a piece of cake with a candle. The...chef was brilliant with a bit of cool funny banter. And the food was fabulous. Thanks Kate and the team @thefarmersdaughterMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 24 November 2023

We were two senior citizens, looking for a relaxed dinner on a relaxing holiday at Omaha beach. We were early, just before 6pm, and at first we thought the place was closed because there were no cars at all and the building seemed to be...in darkness. But we drove in anyway and we’re glad we did. Friendly greeting, and yes indeed we were the first patrons for the evening. We have been here in its earlier lives, as a takeaway and a café. It has been nicely done up and it feels fresh and quite intimate, albeit with a lovely view across the bay if you’re lucky enough to get the right table – which we were, of course. Quite a narrow menu, which is understandable for a small place. But interesting choices, some of which I haven’t seen previously. Even had to ask for explanations of a couple of items. At 75, that’s quite rare for me. We chose to start by sharing three starter dishes. Sourdough bread with cultured butter and locally sourced olive oil. Losada Carmona – hand-harvested Spanish olives. Parmesan Zepole – savoury Italian donuts. I meant to ask them where they got the bread, because it was excellent. I long for genuinely crusty bread with light aerated dough. It’s extremely rare to find in NZ and this was among the best. I could have eaten 10 more pieces and foregone the rest of the dinner. The butter was nice enough - but dipped in the olive oil, and with the excess parmesan from the Zepole - it was perfection! The olives – meh! One lovely big one, the rest tiny, like typical NZ home-grown olives, all pip and little flesh. But a generous serving, which we didn’t manage to finish – albeit partly because it so fiddly to eat those little ones. Zepole – I can easily say they’re the best I’ve ever had - because they’re the first. I hope they’re not the last. Again, delicious, Crispy, light, fresh as… They were still so 10 minutes later when the last one or two had cooled right down. I was washing these down with a nice Sawmill IPA. We had said we’d like about half an hour or so to eat the starters before mains arrived, and that was the right thing to do. We took our time, closer to 45 minutes in fact, thoroughly enjoying the starters and very pleasant conversation – during which quite a few more patrons arrived. One of us ordered flounder, which we were assured had the bones removed. Well it was beautifully fresh and perfectly cooked, but it certainly wasn’t bone-free. That’s OK, for people like us who were cautious, from past experience. These are very tricky fish to de-bone completely without destroying the fish. My only suggestion is that the staff should issue that caution in case some patrons are not aware. One of us had Agnoletti, pasta with ricotta, rocket and soft herbs. It was very nice but I would urge just one thing upon the chef. Subtlety. It was literally drowning in the very buttery sauce. I know that heavy use of sauces is common in Italian dishes in lots of places, especially here in NZ. But in Italy itself they are generally more light-handed and the pasta gets to speak for itself a bit more. We decided against dessert. There were only two (again, sensible in such a small establishment), but neither quite appealed after such a hearty meal. Two good beers, three starters and two mains, very good service and a nice atmosphere - $145 is not too much to pay, and it’s average value in these times, but sadly its too much for pensioners like us to make a regular thing of it. But we hope to come back on special occasions. These courageous people deserve to succeed where there has been mixed success by predecessors. It’s tough enough anywhere in the country right now, but especially so in a seasonal beach town. I give it 5 stars, for daring to be a little different, for being brave, for doing most things very well indeed. Two more gentle and inexpensive tips. Once summer hits properly, please serve the beer in chilled glasses. And warm the olives – it makes them so much more tender and tasty.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 16 October 2023 via mobile

We were a party of eight people who visited for breakfast and we were all delighted with the service, quality of food, and ambiance. The food and coffee were all excellent and we would certainly recommend it to anyone. We recommend any and all of...the breakfasts but the sausage is a highlight!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 18 October 2022

My lovely wife and I dropped in for simple meals in this delightful little space. The staff are two young, hardworking girls. The food is simple, think handmade sausage rolls, simple delicious pastries sitting in an outside setting looking over the water surrounded by lovely...chill-out music, and a delightful cottage garden. Expect nothing and be surprised when you get there. I also enjoyed a hot chocolate and lunched there twice because it was so pleasant.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 10 September 2022 via mobile

Do what ever you need to do to make sure that you dine here. The food is tasty and the service is a amazing. We had dinner and had the following which I will rate out of 10 Pumpkin 12 Lamb 10 Broc 10 Potatoes...9 Baby beets 9 Chocolate tart 9 Lime meringue 11 Wow 🤌More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 8 July 2022 via mobile

The food and service were excellent…. Lovely atmosphere and lovely to watch them prepare these delicious meals. I would definitely go back again and also recommend it to anyone

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 17 June 2022

Luxurious soups in a takeaway cup or a take home bag. Lavish Lemon meringue pie and great carrot cake. Monster scones. Fresh from the gardens with some relaxed outdoor seating. Worth a stop..

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 6 August 2021 via mobile

Second visit and just as good as the first. Excellent location overlooking the estuary. They have their own extensive veggie garden, healthy, fresh and delicious food. Very friendly staff and open kitchen. A must visit. We'll definitely be back.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 21 July 2021

Why this place doesn’t have a line up to experience this is beyond me. What a perfection. Huge organic veggie garden and a beautiful menu. She should be so proud.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 13 March 2021

From the second we walked in until we decided to just leave, we felt like we were invisible. The waitress close to the entrance looked at us like we’d walked into her living room off the streets. We understood that Sunday lunch would be busy...and was fine with waiting but there’s a world of a difference between waiting and being ignored. We were ignored. Trying to catch someone’s eye to put our orders in was a game of cat and mouse and other people who’d come after us were served before us. The Tramcar at Matakana was just as busy but offered a greater variety of fresh food, better price and importantly, police friendly service regardless of how busy they were.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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