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1/149 Oceanview Road,
Waiheke Island

(09) 372 7505

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Review byBrett Atkinson7/03/2012


Sleek and cosmopolitan with a choice of sitting in the sunny glass-encased interior, or outside on the deck with sparkling harbour views.


Wai Kitchen’s staff are enthusiastic, prompt and friendly, mirroring the excellent service on display at the associated Teed St Larder back in Newmarket.


Two perfectly-prepared lunch salads, both perfect on a sunny Waiheke afternoon - pan fried tuna, with orange, capers, celery heart, olives and ($21.50), and grilled squid with avocado, chorizo, new potatoes and gremolata ($20.50).

Most Surprising Dish

The Wai Kitchen Asian-style brunch option of a crab omelette with chilli, sweet soy, green onion ($21).

Drinks List

Look forward to a concise winelist, mainly showcasing top notch Waiheke wineries including Cable Bay, Te Whau, Man O’ War and Passage Rock. Go for local rosé in summer or a spicier syrah in winter. Pale Ale and Dark Ale from the Waiheke Island Brewery are also available.

The Bottom Line

Waiheke Island’s best café serves up innovative and deftly prepared brunch and lunch options, often with an Asian or Mediterranean spin.

A Reason To Return

To descend two flights down to the Little Wai café for superlative gourmet pies, pork and black pudding sausage rolls, or Kohu Rd ice-cream.

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