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Essence Cafe

$$ - $$$Cafe, ,
184 Bank Street, Whangarei 0112, New Zealand
+64 9-438 9636
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor18%
  • Terrible2%
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Cafe, Contemporary, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
184 Bank Street, Whangarei 0112, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Quite disappointed in the decline in Essence. The atmosphere, the food and the coffee has all changed and not for the best. Sadly will will vote with our feet

Thank luv2eatout2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unlike others who have reviewed this cafe, we found the coffee very good. We stopped here for lunch with the kids for lunch. The kids had chicken nuggets and chips. 6 nuggets and chips for $11 I'm not sure is great value. I had the...More

1  Thank NZJaxC
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great customer service from the young girl who took our order and delicious food. We were on our way back to AKL from Paihia and found it hard to find a place open for breakfast. Glad we found this place

1  Thank Janeane P
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Called into this cafe. First time since it changed hands and Oh the difference and I don't mean that in a good way. The coffee was BITTER and WARM.....and the service was less than pleasant

Thank luv2eatout2016
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Coffee is still good but food is mediocre and when we went cabinet food options were minimal. Service was grumpy and terse when we moderfied an order due to food allergy. Long wait considering only three tables were full. Dissatisfied in general.

2  Thank Angus L
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

The food was delicious, and a great choice for kids too. Staff were really friendly. Love it, we'll be back. Thanks Essence.

1  Thank Claire F
Reviewed 21 March 2017

I purchased a small takeaway soy flat white today and was shocked that it was $5.10 - the charge for soy milk in a small coffee is 90 cents. Taking into account the cost of a whole litre of soy, paying nearly $1 is ludicrous....More

1  Thank Andi P
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

and a side of avocado! Best breakfast I've had in a long time ... quality food! So delicious ... I enhaled my food (figuratively speaking). Really good mocha! Lovely service. I'll be back!

1  Thank Fiona T
Reviewed 4 March 2017

My first experience eating here I received my breakfast meal a good forty five minutes after everyone else at the table. Honestly, I believe that if you've forgotten someone's meal so blatantly you should offer a refund and free coffee because they have something better...More

2  Thank spacecadett
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Second rate cold coffee, slow ordinary service! Returned the coffee and waited 15 minutes to get a replacement cold coffee.

Thank John B
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Paul R
6 October 2017|
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Yes it does, awesome outdoor area with tropical garden
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Cafe, Contemporary, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Highchairs Available
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 184 Bank Street, Whangarei 0112, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Whangarei
  • Phone Number: +64 9-438 9636
This cafe does breakfast and lunch only - open 7am to 3.30 pm. Has great food, a good gluten-free selection. Outdoor seating in courtyard during summer. Byline is "Essence of heaven on earth"
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