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“Lovely laid-back cafe at the entrance to the Park”
Review of The Park Cafe

The Park Cafe
Price range: US$9 - US$23
Cuisines: European, Pizza, Cafe, New Zealand
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 22 July 2014

We always enjoy coming here for the lovely setting and great food. Also pretty fast service and friendly staff. It's popular so can get a bit crowded in summer but it's well worth it.

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Thank BackinBracknell
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Reviewed 26 April 2014 via mobile

Stopped in for a coffee and brownie. The brownie was perfection. Soft, gooey and warm with whipped cream. flat white was hot and strong. Got pinged for the 15% holiday surcharge but would go back.

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Thank cornishgal02
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

This was a welcome find after a walk on the track, and because we arrived at an "off" time we were able to get a window seat and continue our appreciation of the estuary. We ordered the delicious and hearty chowder, and a fish burger whose topping amounted to a substantial salad. A higher standard of food than one might expect in a park setting.

Thank nlc58
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

Stopped here on two occasions - for a drink one evening and breakfast another day. The drinks were great with a pretty sweet view out the back of the place, and were affordable. Breakfast was fresh... we got a salmon/lox dish and an egg dish with has browns, and fancy mocha coffees. The breakfast was filling and fresh and made a definite impression on us!

I recommend it if you are in the area

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Thank Sebastian S
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Reviewed 4 February 2014 via mobile

Let's begin
The pizza is simply terrific and beautiful. The fruit ice cream machine JAMS EVERY 5 MINUTES but it's worth every penny! The kind gentleman who made the pizza deserves all the praise and he does a wonderful job. If there were more pizza Chefs like him outside of Europe, the world would definitely be a better culinary place! No question about this!

He has a traditional wood fired oven and he makes it with love. Pizza is as good as in Italy.

Now to the experience:
So my girlfriend and I walked in to get the fresh fruit ice cream. While waiting for the ice cream we saw the pizza and admired the way the pizza chef was doing his job. It seemed so delicious that we started talking to him and asked him about his pizza recipes. After a very lovely discussion and delightfully pleasant conversation we agreed that we would definitely try a pizza of his EVENTHOUGH we had walked in only for ice cream and not for food. As such, we requested him to make us a lovely salami pizza and we would go pay inside before sitting down to eat.
As we walked inside to the reception counter to pay a young lady greeted us. I kindly explained to her that I had ordered the pizza outside and would like to pay for ot before we seated ourselves and waited for the pizza.

Perhaps our actions went against german gastronomical etiquette or new zealand hospitality but her mood flipped entirely and in a very angry and PATRONIZING tone with an intensely strong german accent this young working holiday maker informed me that I MUST ORDER BEFORE INSIDE!

Her tone was so harsh and unfriendly that the entire mood had been dimmed.
we felt immediately attacked and verbally somewhat insulted by her lack of manners.
Having traveled excessively all over Europe and North America I do know that the Germans are somewhat strict about rules and regulations. Perhaps more so than the kiwis but this young lady indeed requires a course in Kiwi hospitality.

Needless to say we loved the pizza and would gladly go back for it again anytime. Also, kudos to the pizza chef for doing such a wonderful job!

Little tip to the management: please vet your staff before hiring them. Make sure that the ice cream machine doesn't perpetually jam and that the persom manning the central cash kiosk knows that the paying customer is ALWAYS RIGHT and perhaps would require a little forgiveness for having spontaneously ordered more than what he came for!

2  Thank Hassan H
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