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“What a great spot for a weekend breakfast”
Review of The Apothecary

The Apothecary
Ranked #8 of 31 Restaurants in Howick
Cuisines: European
Dining options: Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast
Russell Bay of Islands New Zealand
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“What a great spot for a weekend breakfast”
Reviewed 25 May 2014 via mobile

We have enjoyed the odd coffee and muffin etc but this time we went to sample the breakfast fare. Jane's scrambled eggs on focaccia were just right and my creamy portobello mushrooms, also on focaccia were the winner. DELICIOUS!
Coffees were not as hot as we would of expected but overall experience rated well.

Visited May 2014
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Thank Russellite
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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84 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A Cafe Trying to be a Restaurant”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

Along with a couple of friends we sampled The Apothecary for dinner recently. The place was not busy but it did take time to get service with drinks and then meals. The menu was pretty basic and the meal I ordered was also basic. A steak with fries and nothing else. Also a little hard trying to cut a steak with a plain knife.

We noticed another couple finally get their drinks and then proceed to wait to place their order. In the end they gave up and left their drinks untouched.

In all honesty this is really only a cafe attempting to be a restaurant and failing. A disappointing evening

  • Visited April 2014
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2 Thank Matt1811027
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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71 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“The A-pathetic...”
Reviewed 10 April 2014

Tried this place once and disliked it, being locals we thought we would give it another try a year later...Brunched here on Saturday...we had two breakfast items, the scrambled eggs on toast and a big breakfast...apart from the fact that the olden day pharmacy theme is cool this place hasn't got anything else going for it. The food and it's presentation is less than average, the service is ok, the tables are stupidly close together, no secrets here, you hear all about other peoples affairs even if you try hard not to listen.

Such a pity because for it's overpriced menu and pretentious patrons, one would asume it was 'the place" to dine... evidently not...furthermore ... go here dressed in casual clothes and see how much the service differs to when you are dressed slightly more "elaborately" ... not cool.

  • Visited April 2014
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2 Thank Monique-of-Auckland
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New Zealand
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109 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Very disappointing”
Reviewed 3 April 2014

We decided to have a light meal here, before going to a movie. They were setting up tables for the evening, so they offered us the bar menu, and told us to take a seat in the bar. The choice was very small but we chose two meals and a coffee each. After quite a long wait, the waiter came up to us and said the chef could not find any of the specialty bread to go with the pate, so offered a selection of crackers instead. When we finally got our meals, after another long delay, we found the crackers to be soft and stale and the pate was disgusting! The other meal was just average. We have read good reviews for this cafe, so were extremely disappointed. We will not be back.

  • Visited March 2014
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2 Thank Henryjen
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Good food & great atmosphere”
Reviewed 12 March 2014

This place has great ambience, is spacious yet intimate, & perfect to combine with the movies at Monterey around the corner. In our opinion the best in Howick.

  • Visited February 2014
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1 Thank BRC36
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