Hatuma Cafe – Waipukarau

Hatuma Cafe – https://www.facebook.com/Hatuma-cafe-598684060155078/

Reviewed by Fi Fi – October 2015

The Place:

Located just west of Waipukurau, this quaint cafe has indoor and both covered and uncovered outdoor seating.  There was a wee bit of cabinet food or a blackboard menu that ranged from breakfast type food to burgers, nachos etc. The prices are very reasonable.

The Service:

The staff were welcoming and chatty.  They smiled and were friendly and engaging.

The presentation:

The food was plated up nicely and looked inviting.

  • The Montreal – I think this nice wee roadside cafe has made an attempt to modernise its menu.  This was not the finest Montreal I have had, but it was okay-ish.
  • The eggs – were not great.  They were fried! Who fries eggs for benes?  Sadly you can tell the cook used ‘egg rings’, fried the eggs, and they were not runny.
  • The salmon – lots of salmon.
  • The hollandaise – straight out of the bottle so disappointing.
  • The muffins – were a bit soggy with far too much butter on them for my liking.

Would we go again?

No I wouldn’t.  Roadside cafes on the outskirts of wee towns need to make the stop worth it, this cafe did not have that wow factor, and therefore i would rather continue on to the next stop.


Style: Classic 5/10.  There was no option for the Florentine (spinach), but the Benedict had a choice of ham or bacon and there was the Montreal (salmon) available as well.

Taste: 4/10. The taste was very average.  I did not eat it all.

Originality: 5/10 – nothing special here.

Value: 7/10. $15.00 for either the Benedict or Montreal. And the Hash brown was $3 which is about average for extras.

Eggs: (how good they were): 2/10.

Overall score: 4/10

Location: 2398 Takapau Road, Waipukurau

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