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“Barbecue lunch”

Roselands Waitomo Caves
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$1 - US$25
Cuisines: Barbecue, Bar, New Zealand
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Buffet, Reservations
Description: Roselands is New Zealand's first Qualmarked restaurant visitor experience. Roselands offers premium meat portions cooked on the BBQ just how you like it with a buffet of fresh home-made salads, sauces, bread and rice. A dessert buffet of home-made traditional New Zealand cookies and our ever popular carrot cake are available afterwards with tea and coffee. Roselands can accommodate anywhere from 1-300 persons in one sitting. Specialising in large group catering but walk-ins are most welcome. Offering fast and efficient service is our goal. You are able to begin your meal as soon as you walk in, or you can enjoy the experience of the BBQ with the BBQ chefs and interact with them as they cook your meat order. Roselands provides a genuinely New Zealand BBQ experience in a little slice of New Zealand paradise. Surrounded by nature and farm land Roselands is something that little bit different for a unique dining experience. Get back to nature while you are here and enjoy exploring the bush paths and award-winning gardens. Plenty of bird watching opportunities or get up-close and pet the friendly farm animals.
Reviewed 29 January 2014

After visiting the Waitomo Caves my wife and I discovered Roselands more or less by accident. This turned out to be a stroke of luck. We arrived in time for one of their famous barbecue lunches. We had our choice of meat fresh from the grill and could choose freely from a table laden with salads, vegetables, sauces etc. The meat was extremely tender and grilled to perfection. Afterwards we had coffee and a to-die-for carrot cake. This was frankly one of the best lunches we've ever had.

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Reviewed 29 January 2014

Roselands was a great and beautiful restaurant that looked more like a farm. The staff were friendly, helpful and nice. My wife and I had excellent grilled fishes with lots of various fresh salads & vegetables :-) While the rest of our group members had either steak or grilled chicken. The portions of dishes were also more than sufficient to satisfy our appetites to give us powers again to continue our journey to Waitomo and Rotorua :-) The restaurant provided also deserts of various New Zealand's fruits like kiwi's, apples and oranges. Overall, it was a terrific lunch experience .......

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Thank Octovianus G
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

Back in September my wife and I ventured to New Zealand for our honeymoon. This is early Spring in New Zealand, which meant this was an off season time. For this reason Roselands was basically only open for lunch, and not dinner. Yet my wife and I arrived for an early dinner just as the owner was closing for the day.

Without prompting, worry or concern he re-opened the restaurant just for the two of us, which certainly added to the magic of our honeymoon. Given we had the whole place to ourselves we picked a table with a view of the epic rolling countryside that Roselands is perched on and watched the sun begin to set.

The owner did not cut a single corner or skimp on a single dish. We had, what could only be described, as a ten course meal spread before us. Our meat of choice fresh of the grill, various salads and vegetable dishes all made with fresh ingredients. The came the deserts of fruits (including Kiwi), pies, crumbles, coffee.

At the end of the meal my wife and I both felt healthily full and overjoyed with the luxury of the overall experience. The folks who served us couldn't have been nicer. They chatted with us, gave us some good insights and tips on what to see and do.

Being Americans, when we went to leave I tried to give the owner a generous tip for his kindness, and for reopening just for us, and he simply would not accept it. He told us that this is what he derives pleasure from and he is just happy that people are coming.

So if you are in Waitomo for the caves, or even near Waitomo, then you must eat at Roselands. The food is terrific, the care and generosity given by the staff unbelievable, and the atmosphere magical. This is the type of establishment that deserves support for all of its goodness.

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1  Thank stephenjamesanderson
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

Bought a voucher for a BBQ buffet lunch at Roseland. Do note the grilled meats ate not buffet, just the salad bar and the dessert table. Surprisingly there were only our group of 7 plus another couple on a hot summer Saturday afternoon.
Everything was fine and there was enough to eat.
Only comment is that - maybe cos of the small group, our steaks were not cooked over the usual big hot plate but grilled over a gas fire which is a tad unhealthy.
The outdoor table we sat on had a piece fall off. Waitress was courteous and friendly.
Overall experience - average.

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Thank Jeantai
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Reviewed 13 December 2013 via mobile

What a day, awesome all round, the activity, the venue, the weather and the food. Thanks especially to Malcolm for being a champion host.

1  Thank Mihi T
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