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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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Whangarei, New Zealand
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273 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank Angus L
Fox Glacier
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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.

Thank Claire F
New Zealand
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160 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
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. Not a great selection of vegetarian options - if you don't wont salad.

Thank Queenslander2013
Whangarei, New Zealand
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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!

Thank Fiona T
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 to do than sit and wait even longer. I will admit the meal was nice,... More 

Thank spacecadett
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 28 February 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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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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
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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32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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

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Restaurant Details

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