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184 Garnet Road,

(09) 360 6184

Meola Kitchen Information

Meola Kitchen is the gastronomic home of internationally renowned chef Jan Gardner. Enjoy the stunning views of Meola Reef as you delight in the creative and seasonal menu inspired by Jans global roamings. The NZ Herald had their best ever buttermilk pancakes for breakfast and Metro Magazine raved about the huevos rancheros and gin cured salmon. Roman Hillman argued with Maia Palmer over the virtues of the succulent free range chicken burger versus the courgette flowers stuffed with creamy goats cheese. As you watch the sun descending over the bay and sip on the perfectly chilled 2008 Sauvignon Blanc grown in the co owners Marlborough vineyard leave Auckland for a moment and dream.

Metro Magazine Top 50 Cafes 2011 Metro Top 10 Best Cafe Award - 2008

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Reviewer VickiGG
Since you can't choose 2 and a half, I'm rating Meola Kitchen three out of five. Main reason is the lack of hygiene in the cafe. The guy making the coffee had greasy hair, a dirty shirt and generally just looked like he'd got out of bed without showering. The cabinets and tables were dirty. The food was yummy. The counter food wasn't covered at the till, so open for customers and staff at till to be sneezed on and have flies on etc.

I had the porridge and my hubby had the pancakes. Both were nice. We shared a brioche which was very nice. The tables inside Meola Kitchen are sparse, and it's a bit cold to be sitting outside over winter in my opinion, with no outdoor heaters.
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Reviewer sjmnz
Meola Kitchen is my partner's and my favorite cafe and we go there nearly every weekend for breakfast. The service is friendly, the coffee is delicious, and the food is amazing. The relaxed atmosphere is very enjoyable, even when it's packed. We love it at Meola Kitchen!
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Reviewer Lynn
The absolute best kept secret Mexican restaurant in Auckland - and they do a fantastic job of it too with authentic recipes, and fresh ingredients.
Low-key decor and casual staff, but the food and coffee at Meola Kitchen is really great.
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Reviewer lethal
went to Meola Kitchen for breakfast yesterday and asked for some salt for the bacon and eggs-this was after looking at the other tables for some and finding only an already picked over bowl on one and a congealed bowl on the other. The guy who had been working as the barista came around with a large bag of salt and proffered it to us and asked us if we were looking for salt. Astonishing unprofessionalism, rudeness and arrogance. Food was good but won't go back-Meola Kitchen needs a serious review of attitude
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Reviewer Monty1
Nice set up, amazing food, perfect coffee and top workers. Meola Kitchen has a nice sunny corner with a good view. Im returning ASAP.
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Reviewer crash
Stopped by on our second attempt to try Meola Kitchen, the first time it looked packed and was too windy to sit outside, but I can imagine this little place fills up easily any day. Had the burger and it was sooo good, a bit of a change to see corn in a burger but one I like. Will definitely stop again sometime to see how everything else at Meola Kitchen is
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Reviewer Anonymous
The food was cold and the service was colder. The meal at Meola Kitchen was very bland and uninteresting and I feel I paid far too much for it.
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Reviewer Anonymous
Both Metro and the NZ Herald have rated Meola highly and if anonymous cares to return she will discover the tall blond lady went some months ago. It's much more user friendly these days!
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Reviewer Anonymous
I welcomed a new cafe to the area as the Garnet Road Foodstore has been around for years - and a change is as good as the rest (as it were).

I had been going in for coffees a couple of times and would still be going in now if it weren't for the tall blonde woman (who i assumed was the owner) swans around whilst customers need serving, coffee and food needs delivering and tables need clearing. The other staff appeared to have similar attitudes. I did believe it is a cafe they are running not a personal social drop off.
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