Tuihana Cafe

4 star rating 21 reviews

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09 6304374

114 Dominion Road, Mt Eden, Auckland

7 AM to 4 PM (Mon-Fri), 9 AM to 2 PM (Sat-Sun)


Reviews for Tuihana Cafe

5 star rating
by Clare Stone
5 months ago

I love this place, I work close by and am constantly dropping in for my coffee fix. I have often had lunch here and the food is delicious whether from the cabinet selection or from the menu and the staff are always smiling. It's definitely my favorite café around.

They also have one of the best reward systems around which doesn't rely on remembering to get a stamp every time you buy a coffee you automatically earn rewards every time you spend money!

4 star rating
by Kiwi Food Wonders
10 months ago

If you blink you’ll miss it. Tuihana Cafe is located on Dominion Road, but it’s nestled into the bottom of a commercial building at the junction of View Road. If the sign writing doesn’t draw your attention, you’re likely to continue on towards the famed Dominion Rd strip of Asian eateries. But you’ll be missing out.

When we stopped off for a lunchtime feed on a public holiday, we were given a very warm welcome by the friendly staff. This cafe embraces Kiwiana: rewana bread is on the menu, gorgeous tiki-inspired art graces the walls & they serve organic kiwi Phoenix drinks. Sweet as.

There are several other things that set this place apart, and that the owners pride themselves on. One is the warm, friendly service that makes you feel like you are a long-lost friend. These guys are building a community with their customers.

Secondly, they make & cook everything from scratch on this menu. No pre-made sauces, pre-cut chips or frozen battered fish here thanks very much. This is AWESOME news – so many places rely on mass-produced rubbish filled with additives & preservatives. If you ask what’s in a meal at Tuihana, they don’t check the packet to find out; they ask the chef. Bravo.

Lastly, this cafe is a tech-lover’s paradise. Free wi-fi, text to pre-order your food & coffee, watch the twitter feeds slink across the screen on the counter, or join them on Facebook for the special of the day. It’s no surprise to learn that one of the owners, Nate, has an IT background. Because of this, Tuihana is one of the most social media-savvy eateries we’ve come across, and in today’s digital world they’re leading the way in this area.

But computer know-how don’t mean a thing in the kitchen. Since I am still on a seemingly lifelong search, scouring Auckland for corn fritters as good as my mother’s recipe, I went for the Corn Fritter stack with Crispy Bacon, Chunky Tomato Salsa & Guacamole with Poached Egg, Balsamic & Watercress. The fritters were damn good. Not quite Mum’s standards but probably the closest estimation I’ve come across yet in Auckland’s cafe culture. And that’s high praise! But the tomato salsa & guacamole – yumarama! The salsa was delicious & chunky with tangy pickled cucumber, and the guacamole added that lovely rich avocado creaminess. The egg was perfectly poached with a lovely runny yolk.

The Scotsman went for a man-sized meal: the Kiwi Classic burger loaded with a housemade beef pattie, egg, beetroot & horopito relish & Tuimato sauce, served with kumara fries. The burger was tasty but a tad chewy. The condiments were tasty additions and the kumara fries were crispy & salty.

The rest of the menu has other Kiwi favourites such as Fush & Chups (no spelling mistake!), Salt & Pepper Squid and Eggs Benny on Rewana Bread among other goodies. Tuihana has a liquor license too, so you can enjoy a cheeky champers or beer with your meal.

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4 star rating
by Ridhima Puri
Jul 19, 2013

My hunger for a beef burger drove me to this place. But on entering, I was told to try the NZ Whitebait Omelette instead! So I decided to order both!

Talking about the omelette, well it was delicious and worth trying over the burger. The salad which accompanied the dish had a unique sweet and sour flavor to it and the whitebait was quite outstanding. I wasn't expecting it to have an overall good taste and I was quite pleasantly surprised.

On the other hand, the kiwi burger was a meal in itself! After the omelette it was quite difficult to actually finish it and actually enjoy it the way I had imagined. But that being said, the 150gm beef pattie was the centre of attraction always and the delicious sauce to accompany it was amazing.

4 star rating
by Mary Underwood
Jun 01, 2013

Love this little cafe. Light and airy with a modern appeal but serving traditional cafe grub.
Mocha's are the best by a long mile and served with a jaffa on the side.
I wanted a particular breakfast off the menu which they were able to cater for me. My friend had the eggs benny and loved them, especially the rewana bread.
Staff are super friendly and attentive. My new favorite cafe!

5 star rating
by Raina Singh
Apr 15, 2013

One of the most welcome additions to the Dominion Road scene. Tuihana is an upbeat, vibrant cafe oozing Kiwi culture, innovation, and flavour.

One of the best loyalty systems I've come across; state of the art. Custom developed and includes all purchases (drink AND food), and an awesome ordering process that allows you to email, SMS, or hello, send your orders in via Twitter.

Fom the cabinet, the scolls are awesome with a cup of coffee - the cheesymite is a winner in my book, though you can hardly go wrong with the other offerings - caramelised onion, ham & cheese, savoury... and then the sweet options are plentiful and delectable.

For a light lunch, the salmon quiche is a winner!

If you have more time to spare, the salt & pepper squid off the menu is amazing - the figs that are served alongside them are to die for. Leslie's Rewana Bread is beautiful, and if you happen to be around on the final Friday of the month, don't pass up the opportunity to sink your teeth into the beautiful Taniwha burger!

The staff are friendly, know me by name, and always take the time and care to share a friendly conversation.

5 star rating
by David Reed
Aug 09, 2012

A lovely Cafe, where all the staff know my name. The staff are really friendly welcoming - make a huge effort but are still relaxed.
Excellent top quality food with a large tempting menu.
Very nice surroundings.
Definitely have recommended to friends and family.
Well deserved Five Stars.

4 star rating
by Pam B.
May 26, 2012

Went for breakfast. Really good flavours in here without the heavy handedness of other cafes. Doing the NZ thing with originality.

5 star rating
by Romeo M
May 14, 2012

Best Cafe in Auckland!

Awesome Staff, Awesome Coffee, Awesome Food, Awesome Environment..

Attention to detail, always friendly, fast service.

Now they've incorporated a brand new ordering system via email or SMS, I haven't tried it myself but I'm sure the people who are 'on the go' can really appreciate this.

Thank god I only work upstairs.

Cant ask for more..

5 star rating
by Karen Gibson
Apr 02, 2012

I stopped in briefly at Tuihana for a nice roast vege panini with hummus.
What a lovely light, clean, and funky cafe.
Very friendly helpful staff explained the food choices well.
The food highlight for me was the treat that I chose after my meal: a chocolate macciato truffle ball. Yum!!!

I was offered salt & pepper for my panini, and being a salt-addict lately, I would have been wise to take up the offer of sprinkling a bit more salt on the panini to make it even more to my liking. I do think it's good that they give us customers a choice though - better to lean towards less seasoning than too much. And I think if the kumara was heated through just a tad more, the panini would have been 'excellent'.

Very very handy was the free parking down the driveway... specially on a rainy day like today.

My 5 stars are for the excellent service from great staff, the quality of the food, the easy parking, and the very styley interior.

4 star rating
by David Boshier
Jan 31, 2012

Everything a modern cafe should be, light, airy, free-parking, free-WIFI all along with welcoming service and great coffee. All the standard stuff done well.

We were only there for breakfast but will be heading back to to try the lunch menu.

Well worth a stop.

5 star rating
by Emma
Oct 22, 2011

This is by far one of the best local cafes I've been to, even made an account just to write this review. I don't think I've ever had a bad meal here, and I do go very very regularly. I'm pretty fussy with food, but will eat basically anything on the menu. Staff are amazing and have definitely realised the importance of a smile and a little polite conversation.

3 star rating
by Sec
Aug 28, 2011

Update: Went here on Father's Day in a group and they were struggling with the service as there were more customers than usual. Relish was only served with the big breakfast order and not with the poached eggs and bacon which made them quite ordinary. Also portions of bacon varied which was annoying for those who received fewer rashers. Coffee still great and served in a reasonable time.

Original review: A really reliable cafe with good food and great coffee. Very friendly service in a fresh and stylish setting. At the moment the weekends seem to be quiet so there's always plenty of space and very quick service.

Eggs poached perfectly and lovely bacon, although we would like a better choice of bread for toast. Lovely relish on the side. Really nice little carrot cakes also.

2 star rating
by James Radics
Jul 30, 2011

As other reviewers have said the portions were a good size but they used packet hollandaise which I think is a bit rough considering you are paying $15.50 for a benny. Coffee was so so. No fresh juice only bottled. Service was very polite. I certainly wouldn't rate this as highly as others have.

Oh and the "home made" relish we found out is not made on site. Lol

5 star rating
by Alex Lovell
Jun 14, 2011

Great cafe! Bright and friendly service from efficient staff who are extremely capable of making some of the best coffee in Auckland! Awesome food with an original 'kiwi' take on some much loved classics! Always great to see kiwi culture delivered with style. Welldone Tuihana. (Added bonus... Free parking!) try it for a relaxing Sunday brunch, you won't be disappointed!

Update: the relish! You have to try the homemade relish! They're not kidding... It's like a symphony in my mouth! Yum.

5 star rating
by Royce Lynn
May 08, 2011

Had brunch at Tuihana Cafe for Mothers Day with the family. The food, coffee and service was excellent, I had a chicken salad with crunchy noodles and a side of chips, the accompanying "Kawakawa" relish with the chicken salad was delicious.

I would highly recommend Tuihana cafe to anyone wanting a good meal, with great atmosphere and friendly service.

Ssssh don't tell anyone but the marmite and cheese scones are delicious!!!

Update: Had lunch at Tuihana Cafe today, great service, great food and excellent coffee!! Up to its normal high standard.

5 star rating
by David E
Apr 29, 2011

My partner and I have been to Tuihana for breakfast a few times now, and went for lunch today. We weren't disappointed- great food, extremely friendly service, and good coffee.
The lemon truffles are to die for - will definitely be back!

5 star rating
by Adam Jobbins
Apr 04, 2011

Any Wellingtonian coffee drinker knows that you can't go past Mojo, so I was pleased to see Tuihana had it for when I visit Auckland. Not only that but on both occasions I have visited so far, coffee has been so well made it easily ranks as the best I've had in Auckland. The food is really good and well priced, plus they have free wifi too!

5 star rating
by Giapo Grazioli
Apr 02, 2011

Amazing coffee! Amazing food! Honestly this a little hospitality Pearl in Our little city. Creamy mushrooms are a big win!
The meals are generous in size and tasty as.
I also recommend the big Breakfast.
I will come back for more!!!!
Well done!

5 star rating
by Chris Hoffmann
Apr 02, 2011

Excellent food that comes nice and fast, even if you are in a large group (9) Outstanding service. Strongly recommend especially for breakfast :) Recommend the Tuihana Big Breakfast!!! (All day (ish))

Parking available off dominion rd.

5 star rating
by Alison Hogg
Mar 30, 2011

I stopped in for lunch last week and it was a great place to stop for an hour and watch the busy Auckland life bustle by outside while nice and relaxed on the inside. Perfect cafe atmosphere.

The NZ whitebait omelette is to die for - cooked to perfection. I'm not a salad fan, but the vinaigrette on the side salad was so tasty, it ensured the salad did not go to waste :)

The coffee was prompt to the table, and also excellent. Nice to get a good Mojo coffee outside of Wellington. I'll definitely be back for a weekend brunch one day soon!

5 star rating
by Jessica D
Mar 30, 2011

Nice little cafe, great decor and even better coffee. It's nice to see more Mojo coffee in Auckland, rather than having to go to Wellington for my fix.

The food is great and the service friendly and fast. Definitely a HUGE improvement on the Coffee Cup which used to be here.

Try the corn fritters - amazing!