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Essence Cafe

$$ - $$$
Cafe, Contemporary, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
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184 Bank Street, Whangarei 0112, New Zealand
+64 9-438 9636
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

The brownie looked delicious but had a horrid fine rice flour texture which made it unpleasant to eat. It was a generous size and we split it 3 ways but inly one bite from each piece was eaten. The hot chocolates were enjoyed but the coffee came out quite cold, very weak and the milk was bubbly and foamy rather... More 

Thank Rebekah M
Whangarei, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

This is where I call to give myself an occasional treat between doing business in the CBD and returning to my Kamo office. Always a great selection (making the choice difficult for this Libran) and a warm welcome. Thank you for today`s smiles.

Thank DavidLLB1972
Whangarei, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Often call into this café for coffee. Meals are good but a bit pricey. Atmosphere is great with very friendly staff. Coffee cool at times but soon rectified.

Thank luv2eatout2016
Whangarei, New Zealand
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20 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Went here for Morning tea this morning. The Gluten Free Brownie is AMAZING!!! and great Allpress coffee as well. Nice and warm. Fast friendly service.

Thank tja97
Whangarei, New Zealand
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29 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

I think this cafe is tied up with a local church because it seems staff and customers alike were talking about church continuously. I came in for food, not a sermon. The food was good but not great, and the prices are on the high side. If the staff smiled a bit it would go a long way towards improving... More 

Thank KevinNewtonNZ
Whangarei, New Zealand
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38 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

The menu is good, the food is good, the setting is good. Most of the staff are good. I would have given a rating of 4 if the waiter was just slightly civil! I appreciate it was a Sunday and you really didn't want to be working, but for heavens sake, at least acknowledge someone when they thank you and... More 

Thank Chaz258
Northland Region, New Zealand
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

The food is over priced. We had to wait for 50 minutes for our food order which was just an omelette, which were burnt on the outside and uncooked inside. In fact this is not the first time, we have been kept waiting for our food orders. The Most terrible Cafe Ever!!!

Thank seabreeze43201
Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
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25 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

Mostly I enjoy this Cafe but small things make an experience pleasurable like.. Would you like your muffin heated, or making your best coffee the first time. Food can be a bit pricey but you have good selection and is normally busy here so you must be doing something right or is it that there is no competition

Thank Bonswag
Whangarei, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016 via mobile

Took my wife and children for a mother's day meal. Was clearly busy and staff weren't handling it well. They took chips off a menu item we often get (price the same so now an extra $4 to get chips). We didn't realise they'd changed the menu until the food arrived, so we asked to pay for chips and were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016 via mobile

This is a great cafe. We visit regularly and the service and food is consistently good. It has a wide range of vegetarian and guten free options as well as plenty of more traditional cafe food. They will go out of their way to ensure you enjoy your meal and the staff is always friendly and efficient.

Thank 501kathyp

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Contemporary, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Breakfast
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?