Reviews for The Bay Cafe
by Andrea Spears
6 months ago
May 2013 ...we went ... to the Bay Cafe. We discovered "Jason" the Manager… as we walked inside, the first thing we noticed (and commented on) was the background music, softly playing in the corner of the cafe/restaurant. The place had a lovely, light, friendly atmosphere and we explained to Jason we’d just had a bad experience elsewhere – and described it. He seated us at a lovely table, offered us a FREE coffee by way of trying to make up for our bad experience in the area [at another local cafe - see my other reviews]. We ordered the "all day breakfast" and it arrived in about 15min, meantime we'd been given a lovely ice cold bottle of water with glasses. Our meal was outstanding! Very worth the money!! We ordered extra coffee and commented on how lovely it was, very smooth and gorgeous flavour.
We were so taken with the service and the extremely professional manner of the staff that we wrote a letter to the Western Leader – and later took a copy to Jason for his cafe to know about…. Jason said that he was only visiting that day and there were new owners in now – he was off on a new venture with his wife (having a new family). We were very sad to see him go as we enjoyed popping in every week following our 'disastrous experience' and had become 'fond' of seeing his smiling face.
We have since been to The Bay Cafe many, many times. We always take our friends up there and, when our overseas guests arrive this month, we will be taking them also. This is the most outstanding cafe in the area…
There used to be a cafe next to the Post Shop but that closed down and became a Sushi Shop. We miss the friendly service from the old cafe but we are thrilled with the gem that we have found in The Bay Cafe! The new people are just as friendly and professional, the food is just as great….
There is only 1 feedback comment we would offer and that is that they attempt to get some floor rugs to absorb the echo of people's talking. Since the lovely refurbishment (which is really great to see!) the noise has increased a little in the cafe and it can play havoc with people's hearing aids. Due to safety, it may not be practical to have 'floor rugs' but definitely putting down some kind of mats in safe areas where they won't be tripped up on, would be a good idea. Not a criticism though. This place is very hard to find fault with!
by Jan Pitout
9 months ago
Under new management -
It is with great pleasure that the Blockhouse Bay Business Association welcomes new owners of The Bay Café, Matt & Shannon to the village. Matt & Shannon, both city trained baristas, have been in the business of making good coffee for nearly five years. Matt is well used to working under pressure, having worked in his auntie’s café in the CBD, making up to 300 cups a day, and just loves to please his customers with a great cup of coffee. Matt & Shannon will be staying loyal to their bean suppliers “Allpress Bean”, said to be the best coffee around. The couple are looking forward to sprucing up the premises in the next couple of weeks, with a complete makeover of the interior, including a new kid’s area. These changes will commence on the 9th December with the café re-opening on the 14th December, reverting to the old opening hours til 4pm. Not everything is changing though; they will maintain the good selection of items on the menu previously enjoyed by customers, with additional dishes being added to compliment the choice of breakfast and lunchtime meals on the blackboard. Watch out for “Specials” – which will be advertised on a weekly basis on the noticeboard just outside the café. Feel like a great cup of coffee in pleasant surroundings? Then pop into The Bay Café and say hello to Matt & Shannon, they’d love to meet you.
by Bev Fisher
Jul 23, 2013
I went to The Bay cafe for brunch with a group of 7. The staff member greeted me by name (from my booking) which was nice. The food was great and the service also. I would go back if in the area again.
Jan 18, 2013
Best vegetarian nachoes I have EVER eaten! I am pretty predictable in ordering these off a menu when going out for dinner, these were well made, very tasty and generous in the portion. My child had pancakes which looked lovely, well presented and also generous.
The staff were lovely and we were made to feel very welcome the moment we walked in.
I purposefully went to tell them they were the best nachoes and was greeted with a heartfelt thank you.
Will definitely be going back for those nachoes!
by Phil Sneddon
Jan 15, 2013
Something has changed here. Used to be good, but not so anymore.
Went for lunch on Sunday.
Pizza was extremely oily (actually dripping with oil)
Steak sandwich (Medium) was made of several different pieces of meat (odd right?) which meant that on average it would have been medium I suppose. Aioli served with the fries (well we think it was but it was rather hard to tell it was so strange) - and why do fries come covered in black pepper?
We had quite a large spill of water on the table just before the meals were served, and both the waitress who brought the cutlery and the one who brought the food left it where it was.
You'd think that with the new competition opened across the road, they'd have upped their game, not the opposite.
Funny that all of the bad reviews are not included in their patently ridiculous 4 1/2 rating.
by Olivia Winston
Oct 15, 2012
I enjoyed popping into Barefoot when I was out this way with two littlies in tow. We found a good spot to sit, where we could easily hear each other talk. I liked that the mezzanine area with tables is far enough away from the coffee machine, and the floor coverings seem to absorb noise - so hearing each other chat away was no problem - great!
The girls were happy with their 'chicken nuggets and chips', even though I almost managed to up-sell them to some fresh and tasty-looking tomato, lettuce, ham multigrain club sandwiches in the cabinet which looked great... but when I found out about the aforementioned kids meal, they were hooked on that instead!
I enjoyed a vegetarian sandwich - which was a range of nicely roasted veges on thick focaccia, with just the right amount of melted cheese. Salting it well to my liking, I very much enjoyed the flavours.
The lovely coffee was great.
It was good to have a wee basket of toys in the corner for the girls to quietly potter with after they'd eaten.
One downside to those great noise-friendly floor coverings, is that they're getting quite well-used. So maybe time for a spruce up of the matting sometime soon?
But aside from that, we found the amenities were clean, the staff were smiley and very helpful. And of course free parking in the street made it all nice and easy.
by Chris Vernon
Sep 10, 2012
Friendly service, place was busy which is always a good sign
Jul 06, 2012
This is a lovely little place. Friendly service, good food. I had a delicious soup that was on special on that day. My friend enjoyed her food also. I would love to go back sometime and try something else from the menu. Would not hesitate to recommend.
by Natalie Ching
Apr 16, 2012
Barefoot In The Bay Cafe, what can i say, I highly recommend this great cafe all the time. Best coffee around, great food with a extensive brunch lunch menu and a wide range of cabinet food. The Mushroom Linguine is to die for as to their full breakfast, the cafe style fries we love. Iced Chocolates are a favourite with our kids. Love the atmosphere, a great place to meet up with friends or if just quickly calling in for a great take away coffee. The Manager and staff are very friendly they go that extra mile to please you, now this is service and with a smile. Visit this great cafe in the bay if you love good food, fantastic coffee and great service.
Mar 24, 2012
I haven't tried the food, but they do very good iced coffee. It is a popular cafe especially on Market Days (last Saturday of the month) and it's worth waiting for a table.
by Dianne Mulvey
Mar 27, 2010
We enjoyed a superb dinner at Barefoot in the Bay. There were 7 of us and everyone really loved the meal the meal they chose. I had the lamb shanks and the meat was superbly tender and well presented. The service was excellent and the restaurant was not too busy or noisy so we were able to enjoy a relaxed friendly family dinner. Thanks Rita and team.
by Jana Jess
Mar 13, 2010
Feeling adventures we headed to cafe in Blockhouse Bay. We were astonished at this great little cafe that we discovered in Blockhouse Bay Village. The Service was incredible. Our Waiter was Helpful and delightful. The Breakfast Menu had great options, and the food was amazing. Will definitely be returning!
by Richard Wooster
Mar 09, 2010
Having recently moved to the area we'd been looking for somewhere for weekend brunch and evening suppers when we didn't want to have to cook. Barefoot is such a find and we're really happy to recommend it to others (though not too many though otherwise we won't be able to get in......). Really friendly staff, fast and efficient service and great food and coffee. Parking is easy and right outside, but we're within walking distance anyway. Great place to meet friends as it's easy to get to, doesn't have the crush of Titirangi and has loads of other shops around so you can get all your other bits and pieces before heading home. Excellent work everyone at Barefoot - thanks for making The Bay an even better place to be!
by Sarah Bernstone
Feb 22, 2010
We pop in regularly for a coffee or tea and yummy snack, but went for dinner the other night. It was a revelation! The fries were superb, Dad and daughter had the steak which was tender and delicious, and I had the risotto of the day (spinach and smoked salmon) which was creamy and sublime. Pudding won hands down though - the most gooey and scrummy brownies we have ever tasted, beautifully presented with cream, ice cream and a velvet smooth berry coulis - top class. Would definitely recommend!
by Melissa Pond
Feb 05, 2010
Barefoot in the Bay is an undiscovered Gem. They are local, the parking is a breeze, e.g Thursday night parked right out the front!
The staff are all very friendly and helpful.
The food is extremely good, compliments to the chef. Tried the fish of the day and the ribs last night all of which both loved and well the brownie, it is always good there.
To anyone that has not been, I suggest you pop in, whether just for a coffee, lunch or dinner.
by Tracey Ashton
Dec 10, 2009
I have been going to barefoot quite a lot recently as found its a great place to meet clients for coffee, its not too noisy,the staff arent trying to hurry you along to clear the table and there is heaps of free parking. All in all much easier to get to than the hustle and bustle of Titirangi.
Food was lovely and found the staff to be really friendly. Since the new owners have taken over this place has really started to shine with the new decor and menu - well done guys keep up the good work.
Sep 22, 2009
Excellent local cafe. Staff are friendly and welcoming, environment clean and tidy and the food is well priced and delicious. Have been back several times, and will continue to visit.
May 24, 2009
Be wary of the black pepper! We each had the steak sandwich with fries (an extra $2) and everything was liberally coated in black pepper, even the few fries that we'd paid extra for. We also ordered two apple juices and it wasn't until they arrived that we realised they were freshly squeezed, we just thought we'd get the Phoenix ones out of the fridge we could see. The staff didn't give us the option.
This was out first visit to this cafe although we live locally and we won't be back. Yes it was clean, parking was easy and the staff reasonably welcoming but the food was disappointing.
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