Arborio Restaurant Cafe & Bar – New Plymouth

4 of 5 stars

Reviewed by Karen, September 2018

The Place:

This place boosts beautiful sea views and is situated within the renowned Puke Ariki Museum. There is gorgeous seating indoors but if the weather permits then why would you not take a seat outside and soak in the stunning views and enjoy the fresh seaside air. There is cabinet food to select from or a comprehensive menu including snacks,  a kids menu, vegetarian, salads, pizzas, pastas, keto, low-carb, and gluten-free.  There was only two Bene options to chose from.  The bacon eggs benedict or the Sauted mushrooms & spinach eggs benedict (both (topped with hollandaise on toasted ciabatta and house hash).  I got the latter and added bacon.  Sides sides ranged from $3.50 to $6.  The atmosphere is very relaxing.

The Service:

The service was as good as the food.  Just lovely.

The Presentation:

 The blue pottery plate flaunted an earthy, chic base that was off-set by the authentic, rustic colours of the potato cake and mushrooms.  Glimpses of green came through with the spinach which complimented the lemony hollandaise.  The light sprinkle of rocket added a splice of freshness to the top of the perfectly layered ensemble.  

  • The Benedict – was super tasty.  The mushrooms made the dish with the combination of bacon, spinach and hash.
  • The Eggs – the eggs were runny and warm.  They did appear to be on the small side in comparison with the overall size of the dish.  
  • The Bacon – the bacon was salty and crispy and there was plenty of it.
  • The Potato cake – was thick, crispy and flavoursome.
  • The Spinach – was cooked well but there could have been a wee bit more.
  • The Hollandaise – the house-made sauce was light and tasty.  There could have been a tad more 
  • The Bread – ciabatta was a welcome, but unnecessary addition to the dish.  It was slightly overdone but not enough to be upset by.

 Would We Go Again?

Yes the food was fabulous and the surroundings were ambient.


Style: 8/10 – hash type stash.

Taste: 8/10 – the combination of flavours and aromas added to the overall palatability of the dish.

Originality: 8/10 – the creativity and mixture of ingredients set this dish apart.

Value: 7/10 – the Bene seemed quite pricy at $20.90 but it was worth it for the combination of flavours and sheer deliciousness. The sides ranged from $3.50 to $6. 

Eggs: 7/10 – soft and runny.  mmmm

Overall score: 8/10

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