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Review of Talisman Cafe

Talisman Cafe
Ranked #5 of 5 Coffee & Tea in Waihi
Dining options: Breakfast
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Dining options: Breakfast
Reviewed 20 July 2012

Well we thought this place would be enjoyable. Doffo got it right. We got no welcome to the extent of rudeness, after 45min my chowder hadn't arrived and my wife had finished 15mins earlier. We had no choice but to leave when the adjoining table got there chowder and it looked like running dog sick. Other tables were equally flustrated with the really poor service. Perhaps this place could cope if they only had one customer. They didn't appear busy just really disorganised.
We must have struck the same women as Doffo. Any way we had already paid and got a refund for half of the meal & coffee we didn't get and went up the road to the winery. Well this place was the exact opposite and we had a thoroughly enjoyable meal.

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1  Thank Jenny W
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Reviewed 29 April 2012

Having walked all over the gorge through tunnels, up steep hills and over rivers all day, our visit to talisman was a welcome break. The staff were very friendly, the food was nice and the gardens were a joy to walk around afterward. Well worth a stop I believe.

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Thank Rex S
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Reviewed 11 August 2011

Recently me and my colleagues visted the talisman cafe and what a cafe it is.. The staff where very helpful and full of smiles. everything was just gorgous beautiful gardens beautful views extremly well presented food and of course those muffins werent stale they where so soft and moist . As i work in a cafe muffins are like a cake you dont need them to be 1hour fresh to be great even 2 days they can taste great. Unlike most other cafes that use premix crap i was glad to know all ingredents are made fresh on site which i love . Awesome coffee as well been Fusion coffee i recommend this cafe to everyone to give it a try you wont be .

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2  Thank Tom M
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Reviewed 11 August 2011

This cafe is just over the road from a tourist attraction, so seemed a likely place. BUT don't go there unless you enjoy being treated as if you're a nuisance. Set in a lovely bush-garden setting so that our hopes were high for a pleasant experience, we were a bit taken aback by the woman behind the counter. Not a hint of a welcome, and when we'd placed (and paid for) our order for lunch she told us that they were expecting a big party in soon and we'd have to wait if they came before we were served. Ten minutes later, the party began to arrive. In order for them to fit in,we had to move our table so that we were squashed into a corner with children's toys. No help from the staff, no apologies, nothing. And no sign of our order yet, not even the coffee we'd asked for. After another ten minutes - I kid you not -we went to the counter and asked how long our order would be. "Oh we haven't started it yet" we were told. (No apology.) She very grumpily said that she'd warned us. She was most reluctant to refund us when we said we would leave and was all set to argue.
I recommend you go a few yards up the road to a wonderful restaurant at the Vineyard.

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2  Thank Doffo
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