Osteria Da Gino: Delightful dining
A new comer to the area, in 2012, this is a delightful addition to the Mount dining options. We were a group of eight and enjoyed sitting on a large round table so we could interact with everyone. We were near the fireplace, being summer it was not going.
Before dinner we enjoyed a drink near the street, and the general feeling was one of happiness and comfort. The street was bustling, and Osteria da Gino was a part of that. Some tables on the footpath if you preferred.
Staff were exceptionally helpful and their service was great.
We enjoyed our meals and a nice wine selection, we were all very happy.
The prices are not high, and are very affordable for most people.
*** Returned for lunch, fire going and still loved the food and reasonable prices. Liked also the availability of Italian wines as well as New Zealand wines.
Favorite Dish: Having only been here once, I don't have a favourite dish, but I had Pork Belly and it was melt in the mouth delicious. Tirimisu was my choice of desert and I thoroughly enjoyed that.
*** Returned for lunch and loved the Proscuitto pizza.
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The Cabana Cafe: The Cabana Cafe
A typical kiwi pavement cafe, the Cabana Cafe is on the seafront, overlooking the beach and the ocean. All day breakfasts a speciality, a good coffee menu, and a perfect spot to indulge in one of my favourite pasttimes, people watching!
One of the things I love about living in New Zealand is the way it has thoroughly embraced pavement cafe culture and made it its own!
Favorite Dish: If there are Eggs Benedict on the menu, and it is before 3pm, that is what I will order nine times out of ten (I am a creature of habit, I guess, and I love Eggs Benedict). Slight variants on my favourite are usually found, and the Cabana Cafes interpretation includes two scoops of mashed potato mixed with wholegrain mustard - which went down nicely I am pleased to report. Lunchtime under an emerging blue sky put me in the mood for a crisp white wine, but alas the Cabana is not licensed - never mind, the freshly squeezed orange juice almost made up for it and all for $15NZ.
Café Cabana: Open on Mondays too.
The food was really nice, and a wide selection to choose from. Breakfast menu still on at 2pm. It seems very popular for kiwis to eat from a breakfast menu during the afternoon.
What we found handy was that this café still had it's kitchen open, even on a Monday. A lot of eating houses close Mondays, or at least the kitchen closes, as they are open all weekend. Just makes it hard if you happen to be out and about on Mondays.
Favorite Dish: I ordered Oreo Dory and salad. This was really divine. Lovely tender and juicy panfriend fish, set on a bed of mixed lettuce salad with lovely parsnip shaves and even passionfruit sauce. REally tasty.
Their coffee was nice too, always leaves an impression with me anyway.
Zeytin Cafe and Eaterie: Eat Turkish
A fantastic and relatively new cafe in Mount Maunganui with harbourside views
Homemade freshly baked on site Turkish breads, with variety of tapenades and dips, pita breads, kebabs, mousakkas ........delicious
Favorite Dish: Borec..layers of filo pastry with feta cheese, tomato, spring onions, fresh herbs served with salad greens...only $ NZ 7.00
this was a huge serving!!!
Jajick...cucumber, double yoghurt
and lots more flavours
Excellent atmosphere, al fresco dining, or fine dining
Favorite Dish: Mains
Beer Battered Terakihi Fillets, Caper Aioli, Fries & Lemon $18.00
Grilled Garlic Prawns with Chilli Watermelon, Rice & Cashew Nut Satay $26.00
Pork Chop stuffed with Roasted Peach with Golden Kumara, Watercress,
Ginger Salad & Mustard Seed Cream $27.00
Salmon Fillet wrapped in Prosciutto with Orichete Pasta & Caper Butter $27.00
Zeytin: Popular dining
Colourful and aromatic dishes are proudly displayed in the counter showcase and all are prepared fresh daily and most of all are authentically Turkish.
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