Punnet Cafe, Tamahere


Ah, I’ve been terrible about following up on this blog. :( There’s a good reason (sorta) for it this time, though – I’ve moved to Hamilton! Yes, the oh-so-notorious Tron. The boy has been working there for the past year and a half, so it was about time I relocated, too. We’ve found a few good eateries here already, albeit nowhere near the variety Auckland offers. Fortunately Auckland is only a 90 minute drive away, though, so expect to see a mix of Hamilton and Auckland reviews from now on.

Anyway, enough about my personal life and blogging woes, and on to the review. :) Punnet is a lovely, quaint cafe situated by a strawberry farm and a little gourmet shop (The Country Providore). There’s pick-your-own-strawberries to be had in the summer, but it’s still worth a visit in the winter just for the cafe and shop.

Over two visits, we’ve tried their signature cornflake french toast, eggs benedict with salmon, spiced apple waffles, and jamaican jerk chicken thigh – all of them are excellent and a welcome twist on standard cafe fare. Their brunch mains are rather more expensive than the average cafe’s, though, starting at a whopping $14 for the bagel and going up to $24.50 for the big brekkie. Their raw cheesecake, also, was a bit of a disappointment – besides being pricey, it didn’t taste much like cheesecake at all and had a ‘crunchy’ texture instead of the usual smooth and creamy one you’d expect. Service can be hit and miss – we enjoyed impeccable service on our last visit, but during our first visit it took almost an hour for our food to arrive.

All that being said, I still love this place, and would visit again – it has a rustic charm that most cafes in Auckland lack, and they are pretty innovative with their mains. Drop by the Country Providore on your way out for some gourmet cooking ingredients or an ice cream.


Cost: $15 – $25 pp
Food: 4 Stars
Service: 3.5 Stars
Ambience: 4.5 Stars
Value for money: 3 Stars


2 thoughts on “Punnet Cafe, Tamahere

  1. Hello, I booked a table for 8 for Hillcrest Normal School on Tuesday the 28 at 12:30. We would like to preorder our lunch and have it ready when we arrive at 12:30. Could you please send me the new menu so we can order on Monday.
    Thanks Lynette

    1. Hi Lynette,

      I’m just a blogger, I’m not affiliated with Punnet Cafe (or with any of the other places I’ve reviewed) in any way. :) I suggest you call Punnet via their website.


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