The St Heliers Bay Cafe & Bistro

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387 Tamaki Drive,
St Heliers
Auckland,
1071

(09) 575 6995

The St Heliers Bay Cafe & Bistro Information

The St Heliers Bay Cafe and Bistro is the new hot spot in the village with a beautiful fit-out, ocean outlook and ingenious menu of delicious flavour combinations dreamt up by chef Mark Sycamore (ex-Blanket Bay).

Huge Spanish cane lampshades, an eye-catching deep marine hued masonry wall and scattered plush cushions complete this chic venue that cleverly morphs from casual cafe by day to stylish bistro by night, bringing a whole new concept in dining to the bay.

Opening Hours
Daily 7.00-23.00
Cuisine
Avg Food Spend
$$$ per person
Food Info
Bar Menu, A La Carte Menu
Kids
Children welcome

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20/01/2014
My friend went for a long walk on Sunday with coming to this Bistro in mind as she had said it was great when she went to dinner here the week prior.

It was very busy but we got seated immediately by the front window and given their own house made sparkling water by friendly happy staff. The decor is very trendy and modern and the ambiance very pleasant with the whole place opening right up, awesome on a lovely summers day like we had on Sunday.

The coffee was good and the brunch dish we both chose was the Wild mushrooms with a side of bacon. It was a large portion decorated with grated parmesan and micro greens. Very pretty on the plate. The mushrooms were cooked beautifully and we both enjoyed it very much.

The side salad was a perfect accompaniment with cherry tomatoes, riccotta and radish decorated witht the micro greens and a little Balsamic vinegar.

Its great they offer their own soda and have a nice selection in the cabinet if you want to take away.

I'll defenitely be walking to here to dine again soon.
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Reviewer RuthHader
8/11/2013
I love this place and it seems that so many others share the same sentiment. On a sunny mid week afternoon, don't know if there's a better spot to be than St Heliers Bay Cafe. It's a large venue but a full house - off the back of their Metro award and with weather like it was not hard to see why.
Very informative service and extra points for going above and beyond (I overheard one of the staff members advise another one to go and take a selection of magazines to a diner who was waiting for a companion).
And the food - divine! The malt and honey smoothie lovely whilst the agria hash with asparagus and bacon absolutely melt in the mouth stuff.
Looking forward to a summer brunching at St Heliers Bay Cafe!
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Reviewer foodcritic195
18/01/2013
Whilst the staff seemed polite and very onto it, despite being busy, the food was not hugely exciting compared to some other places I know in Auckland, and the coffee was even more disappointing. Their Iced Mocha, was not an Iced Mocha. It was something I would expect an American McDonalds to serve. Although presentation was good, it was honestly quite disgusting. They put a large blob of a very rich chocolate syrup in the glass and an espresso and a jug of milk on the side. NOT what I call an Iced Mocha. Plus, the pastry I had wanted with my coffee they could not accommodate as they said they were already sold out. It was roughly 10am in the morning. For a restaurant that has been open at least 2 months they should have learnt by now how much inventory they would need for the amount of business they are use to getting in a day. I also have another friend who has been there recently, who agreed the coffee they serve is close to terrible. Along with this, whilst I appreciate they are trying to make money, they have crammed as many tables as close as they can so they can fit as many people as possible in, and in the process sacrificed the pleasure of dining there. Customers are packed in quite tight and women with strollers have no room to position their prams beside the table.

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Reviewer tsan479
14/01/2013
I have gone past this cafe a few times and they are always packed. The cafe opens into a courtyard and the full length glass windows give a fantastic view of Rangitoto Island.

We arrived on a public holiday and the place was very full but we were able to get a table easily. The menu is great, the pulled pork eggs Benedict is a must try as is their Iced drinks (iced coffee, iced chocolate, iced mocha). I had an iced mocha, the ingredients came separately with a large jug of milk, a cup with ice cream and melted chocolate and a small jug containing the espresso shot. It was delicious and very fun to make.

The service was impeccable, the staff were attentive and very knowledgeable. St Heliers Bay Cafe and Bistro is a great place to have a relaxing brunch/ lunch by the beach.
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Reviewer Suzie72
10/01/2013
We had lunch here with my 6 week old baby, and it was outstanding. We had no 'anti-child' vibe. There were plenty of kids there and prams parked up our front. All of the staff there were attentive, friendly and the service was fast! Obviously with a young baby we didn't want to have to wait too long, and even though the St Heliers Bay Cafe was heaving, our meals came very quickly. The menu and food is divine, we were very impressed. All in all, the food, service, decor and location of St Heliers Bay Cafe are all fantastic - so great to finally have a really quality cafe & restaurant in the area, with top notch food and service to match!
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Reviewer Kay37
7/01/2013
Had a beautiful lunch here today. Service was excellent, food exceptional, great atmosphere. Staff extremely welcoming and fantastic service. Great to see a restaurant that is not a pseudo day care centre. Great to hear background music as opposed to squealing children. Will definitely be dining at St Heliers Bay Cafe again!
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6/01/2013
I think the management can train their staff to be inviting and friendly to customers with children. We are a young executive couple with a 10 month baby who dine out every weekend and have had breakfast here 3 times already since opening. Although great food, the restaurant is not family friendly with no high chairs and very rude to people with young kids. Just today my wife and a friend with their young kids were treated badly and frowned upon for bringing prams in.

We are local residents in the area and would of head breakfast every weekend but will take our business elsewhere
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Reviewer Hut6011
3/01/2013
Had a great experience here on just their third day open. Service was perfect. Fish of the day perfect. The venue slick and inviting. Menu was fresh and appealing. Everything right. Five stars for St Heliers Bay Cafe - highly recommended.
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