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“Consistently the best lunch place for lunch or brunch in Wellington”
Review of Nikau Gallery Cafe

Nikau Gallery Cafe
Ranked #151 of 917 Restaurants in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$20
Cuisines: Cafe, New Zealand, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
New Zealand
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Consistently the best lunch place for lunch or brunch in Wellington”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

I am a regular at Nikau when I have a day time celebration or a visitor in town I want to have lunch with. Nikau has consistently great food and an interesting wine list. I am more than impressed by their addition of a seasonal vegetarian plate which is interesting, delicious and flavoursome and not the usual risotto or pasta offering for "veggies". In fact, so fresh and flavoursome that it has moved me from my usual choice of Nikau's signature Kedgeree which is hard to beat.

Great friendly service and ambience, comfortable space and the option to sit outside in sun1 All add up to the best inner city breakie/brunch/extended lunch experience on the Wellington scene. The only improvement I could suggest is "Open for dinner PLEASE".

  • Visited April 2014
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  • Dutch first
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English first
Waikanae, Wellington, New Zealand
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53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Not as good as I expected.”
Reviewed 1 April 2014

I was disappointed with this cafe when I went here for lunch with a friend. The food was ok but not particularly inspiring. The service was slow which made things seem a bit downbeat. The thing that really irked was that there were faded flowers in all the vases. Not just past their best but totally had it. I applaud the cafe having fresh flowers but faded ones are dreary.

  • Visited March 2014
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Auckland
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54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Lacking”
Reviewed 30 March 2014 via mobile

We've been to Nikau several times on visits to Wellington but this time it didn't live up to its normal standard. The menu was quite frankly boring. The cabinet goodies did look nice if you wanted those for breakfast.

I had scrambled eggs that for the price were messily and undercooked and of watery substance. Plus having to pay extra for Herbs, which were normally a standard addition was. Rip off. When there are so many other options in Wellington to pick from we won't hurry back to Nikau in the future.


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Upper Hutt, New Zealand
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Cafe for the arts”
Reviewed 15 March 2014

Loved the food, even just for a morning coffee and scone, lunch is fresh and varied. Inside or outside seating. Right in the middle of the Town Halls, Art Gallery, Civic Square and a hop skip and a jump away from the waterfront esplanade.

Visited August 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“fabulous food up there with the best”
Reviewed 14 March 2014

I will be back again and again. Everything sings with flavour and passion. These people are foodies with a heart for the food industry. Everyone at our table enjoyed every mouthful. Gently seasoned, delicious combinations. Great balance in all dishes. The kedgeree is as good as it ever was. Soothing and digestible.

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank cleancuisine
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