1. Te Puke Diner
There’s a diner with a difference in Te Puke. It didn’t take long since the opening in 2016 that the accolades came flying in. Owner Rodrigo Bernardes, better known as Nasa, brought the concept to the Bay. He says it brings you back in time when the music was great and you dine in a great atmosphere. The food tastes great, the portions are generous, and the team is fun. What more could you possibly want from an eatery?
2. The Porch Kitchen and Bar, Waihī Beach
Waihī Beach locals, weekend bach regulars and summertime visitors all say that The Porch on Wilson Road is relaxed and easy-going with plenty of good food options, fantastic coffee and excellent service.
They are open for brunch, lunch and dinner and when I went there with a friend for an evening meal after a day on the beach, we had a really good experience that’s certainly worth repeating.
3. Nourish Café, Te Puna
The owners of Nourish in Te Puna just outside Tauranga aim to make the eatery a destination. It’s a nice place to venture out to as the food options are just fine. Having small children in tow isn’t a problem as there’s a playground to entertain them.
Nourish sells artisan products on behalf of talented locals such as homemade jams, olive oils, macadamia goodies and soy candles which is a nice touch.
4. Ambria Restaurant and Bar, Katikati
There’s no fuss at Ambria. It’s all about tasty, casual fine dining for local people and friendly visitors. Have dinner on the deck and watch the sun go down over the Kaimai range, or cuddle up by the fire on a chilly night.
The restaurant has some very nice wines to choose from. The menu is inspired by New Zealand flavours with a focus on local produce, and there’s tapas and pizza as well. All good.
5. Beached on Blue, Ōmokoroa
I love to visit Ōmokoroa and although there aren’t that many places to get a bite to eat there, I do like Beached on Blue situated above the Ōmokoroa Beach Store. Owner Fiona Wells recently moved from Kaitāia in the Far North to Ōmokoroa to pursue her passion: owning and running a café. She has done a great job as the ambience is lovely, the food is good, and the coffee is worth coming back for.
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