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Duck Creek

4 star rating
41 reviews

Cuisine: Cafe, A La Carte, Coffee & Tea, New Zealand

39 Paekakariki Hill Rd
(RD1)
Pauatahanui
Porirua City
04 234 6166
 

Hours:

  • Wed – Fri 10am – late
  • Sat – Sun 9am – late
  • Facilities/Features:
    • Business Dining
    • Children's Menu
    • Scenic View
    • Out Catering
    • Children's Play Area
    • Private Dining Room
    • Private Functions
    • Private Parties
    • Wedding Functions
  • Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa
  • Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
  • Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits
  • BYO/Corkage: No BYO
  • Parking: Free Off-Street
  • Good For Groups: Yes
  • Good For Children: Yes
  • Takes Reservations: Yes
  • Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Meals: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert

Launched late 2010, locals have received the brand new Duck Creek with great enthusiasm!

This exciting new restaurant is located in Pauatahanui, just five minutes from Paremata.

Duck Creek is a 60 seater restaurant with an additional 50 seats outside on two decks to maximise the sun. We can comfortably seat up to 60 guests in our main restaurant and 100 guests in a cocktail setting.

A private room is available offering a more intimate venue for up to 15 seated guests. Or perfect for a business meeting.

Our vision is to create a pleasurable dining experience complementary to our surroundings. We are inspired by people and influenced by many things. We carry in high regard, a good level of professionalism and customer focus. Our aim is to deliver our vision and maintain it at all times.

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41 Reviews for Duck Creek

24th July 2014
3 star rating
We had lunch at Duck Creek for the first time yesterday, and were a little bit disappointed after hearing so many good things. Our server was friendly enough, although we found him to be a little overbearing, as we werent quite ready to order our lunch but he stood over us, making me feel like I had to pick something right then. Also, my wife selected the big breakfast and was told that she couldnt have the eggs over easy as they did them poached. The meals had some nice flavours however, and the setting is great!! Also, there wasnt a lot on the menu that suited my pallet, but thats just my personal taste. We might come back and try the dinner menu another time.

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4th May 2014
4 star rating
This place is a bit special. My husband and my 2 young adult daughters (one vegetarian) were out for a combined birthday celebration and it was a great choice. The girls took photos of their meals and even us meat lovers had menu envy for the vegetarian option. Service was very good – a young man who knew a bit about wines helped us with selections and our table was in a good wee spot. Presentation of meals was superb and timing of meals was also very good – we will definitely recommend Duck Creek and are delighted that we have discovered a new slightly posh dining option near the Kapiti Coast.

Visited April 2014

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Rachel

6

21st February 2014
3 star rating
My boyfriend and I dined at Duck Creek on a saturday night. Service was quite good, and we were seated by a window which was nice (until people outside started smoking and we had to close the windows.)

We shared the chicken liver pate for two, which was a good start to the night. The chicken liver and accompanying chutneys were great, as was the bread. Interestingly enough, they took away our little bread plates, so there were crumbs everywhere by the time we finished the entree – not perhaps the best look for a fine dining restuarant…

We both ordered steak with some sides and were looking forward to it very much! My steak came out medium, after I asked for it to be rare. It got sent back, and the wait staff were quite attentive, which was nice. However, it took about 25 minutes for it to get back to me, by which time my partner had finished his meal, and the sides were consumed by us. my second steak was incredibly fatty for a rib-eye, so I didn’t eat most of it. The sauce it was in was good, but was disapointed at the long wait, and the quality of the rib-eye.

Our sides were good – their mashed potato is great, as are their mushrooms.

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10th November 2013
4 star rating
We visited Duck Creek for a special occasion. The service was great, the food was very good and over all we enjoyed the experience but 2 things surprised us ,the floor under our table looked like it hadn’t had any attention all week and had food crumbs etc and we were taken aback by the state of the menu,a scruffy piece of paper and in my case bits ripped off it, not such a good welcome for this restaurant.

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6th May 2013
5 star rating
We decided to go to the above restaurant at the spur of the moment. We were greeted arriving there but told that they were fully booked but wondered if we wanted to sit by the bar and have a meal which we accepted. We were also informed
that they had a function and if we put our order in early we would get served promptly before the other party. There was plenty of variety in mains and also drink menu. I ordered the pork with potatoes and red cabbage which was presented beautifully and tasted exceptional. My other half got a rib eye steak served medium rare with serving of chips in a basket. We got a bottle of wine which we weren’t charged full price because of the inconvenience being served at the bar. Had dessert which was a lemon tart and ice cream and others sounded nice as well hard choice but a good one. All and all it was around $129.00 for two people and well worth it will go back again any day.

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23rd February 2013
2 star rating
My partner and I so wanted to like this cute restaurant, but sadly both times we have dined here we have been sorely disappointed. The last time we ate there my partner ordered the steak medium rare and after a considerable wait for our food ( though the restaurant was not busy) the steak arrived medium well to well done. We are not generally one to make a fuss, but we do not enjoy eating shoe leather especially for the price of the dish. We mentioned it to the waitress and she apologizes and offered to have the chef make us a new one. The chef then had the audacity to send the same steak back and argue with us that is was in fact cooked medium rare. I could not believe that a restaurant of that calibre would allow the chef to come and ague with paying customers about their food. I could possibly understand this kind of treatment from a low level restaurant, but not from this type of higher end restaurant, especially for the prices they are asking on their menu. Needless to say we were pretty appalled and do not plan on going back.

Visited January 2013

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4th February 2013
5 star rating
My husband, sister and I went here for brunch yesterday. We often eat out for breakfast/lunch on a Sunday and although we are not “fussy” we often find our breakfasts are just “okay”.
My sister and I both had the big breakfast and my husband had the bubble and squeak. Our meals were perfect! Perfect! The best we have had. As for the service……. From the moment we arrived, the staff were friendly and attentive. We were seated outside (beautiful setting!) and I was very appreciative of the sunblock that was offered to me!! Smiling staff who enjoy their jobs topped off our lovely experience of this lovely restaurant!! We are definitely going back for dinner!!!

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Jan B.

1

27th January 2013
5 star rating
Just attended an excellent wedding at Duck Creek. The food (and menu choices) was undoubtedly the best I’ve experience at any wedding and the service and atmosphere was outstanding. Nothing appeared to faze the staff regarding the requests made by the Bride and Groom to make their wedding personal. I especially noted how well they catered for the group of very young children. Thank you Duck Creek. Greatly looking forward to our next visit.

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joffy

1

17th January 2013
5 star rating
Just took my mother out to lunch @ duck creek.
It was my 1st time there and I have no complaints, the lady who served us was fantastic, great knowledge of the menu and wine list. Service was fantastic , very attentive.
Pork belly sandwich was perfectly cooked and the cracking was to die for.
Perfect wine match with a cheeky central otago pinot.
I will definitely go back.
10/10

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Buttons

14

11th December 2012
5 star rating
Came back to Duck Creek to celebrate my husband’s birthday. The food as always was beautiful, we all had different entrees and mains and they were all divine. Also they had gone out of their way to source my husband’s favourite kind of cake which was much appreciated. We wish we could eat there every weekend! :)

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8th October 2012
5 star rating
Simply stunning surroundings and a beautiful meal. Everything was cooked to perfection and we could not fault the service at all. Loved the wee “corners” where we didn’t feel like we were in a big feeding trough, just a quaint little corner room that sat around 12 which kept things quiet and intimate.

Keep up the fabulous work! We will definitely be back.

Visited September 2012

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1st October 2012
5 star rating
My husband and I had a wonderful dining experience at Duck Creek on Saturday 29th September. The service was excellent and the food was lovely. I recommend the double baked goat cheese souffle and the beetroot, caramelised onion and fig tart. My husband had the pate and the main lamb dish. Excellent.
We found the service very friendly and would recommend this restaurant to others.

Visited September 2012

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Chris

3

30th September 2012
2 star rating
It is interesting to read the reviews posted, from ‘one extreme to the other’!
Our dining experience was disappointing. We were told when booking that 7 pm would be the earliest they could take us. The waitress was keen to take our drinks order but when we wanted to order were told the kitchen was too busy. We then asked how long would we have to wait. The waitress had to get someone to come and speak to us. This is when things turned rather ‘sour’! We were told a group of 40 had arrived before us and they were processing their order. We were offered bread & pate but when asked if that would be complimentary, got rather a strange response neither saying yes or no. Another women came to our table and took our order saying she could not give us a time. Then added “she could assure us we would be fed before 10 pm.”
We could not fault our meals when they did arrive even though we felt they were on the dear side.
We were one of the last to leave at 10 pm. We had to wait to pay until the man who had given us the bread & pate was available. I am pleased to say we were not charge.

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17th September 2012
3 star rating
We recently dined at Duck Creek after reading some of the positive reviews. We dine out perhaps once a week so were looking forward to a nice meal in an intimate refined setting.
The service was attentive and friendly unfortunately the dinning area was hall like and conversation was almost impossible due to the noise from other dinners and a function of some sort.
We thought then about eating somewhere else before we ordered but elected to stay and enjoy the food described on the menu.
The Entree’s were Moroccan prawns and Duck in filo, the prawns being the smallest I have seen for along time and were bland and tasteless all (5) of them.
The Duck looked like tiny sausage rolls complete with very little flavour. For the price and I think they were $16.00 each we felt disappointed. The mains, Rib eye beef and the Lamb rump, the beef was superb well cooked and full of flavour however the chips tasted like the kind you get from the super market and heat in the oven, no salad nothing else. The Lamb tasted OK but the onion rings were limp and the rest of the veges mushy.
At $32.00 each we felt a bit let down with the serving size and the quality.
Finally the desert Chewy caramel and walnut tart, nice taste and very very chewy. Nothing warm on offer for cold evening.
There was a good wine selection that tasted fresh when bought by the glass.
Over all we would not go back and did not feel we got value for money but it wasn’t horrible either.
It just that others eateries do it a lot better for a lot less.

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Sarcha

6

18th August 2012
5 star rating
We dined at Duck Creek tonight and I was very impressed. Although they were fully booked they went out of their way to accommodate us.

The service was outstanding, scenery was lovely and the food was excellent, recommend to all.. My new favourite restaurant in Wellington, will dine again and try their brunch menu.

5+ stars

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11th August 2012
5 star rating
This is the best place for a wonderful meal in the Wellington region! We love the food, it is outstanding! Our friends love it as well. We love our food, and have done a fair bit of travel, but we remain convinced the food at Duck Creek is consistently the best we have ever had. Whether it be an intimate dinner for two, or Sunday lunch with friends, it is great! The service is fantastic! Congratulations Dean and Danielle – you have a great restaurant! Ross and Angela M.

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katie

1

4th August 2012
5 star rating
The food here is amazing – I rate it as one of the best places in Wellington. The service is personable and friendly, and I have never tasted such amazing mains, especially the pork cutlet, so sad when i finished it!! Have been here a few times and not been disappointed by anything. The dessert i couldnt go past the hazelnut meringue, it again was to die for. Its a nice atmosphere and although its reasonably expensive – you get what you pay for. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone.

Visited June 2012

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Sue

3

20th July 2012
3 star rating
Went there a couple of Saturday nights ago, just 4 of us.

The mains were top notch, no complaints at all. 2 of us had the fish of the day, which was terakihi, warm potato and prawn salad, pureed cauliflower and chorizo. Beautiful!
One had Beef eye fillet, again beautifully cooked.
The other had pork cutlet, which was enjoyed very much.

The desserts were disappointing. Would have been nice on a winter’s night to have something on the menu that was hot. All seemed to be tarts or similar.
2 of us had lemon tart with blueberry jelly and caramel icecream. The base of the tarts felt like texture of cardboard, uncooked.
One of us had the chewy caramel and walnut tart, same problem with base of tart and the icecream had hard ice bits throughout. Didn’t eat much of this.
And another had dark chocolate torte, hazelnut meringue – which they felt was average.

They were very busy and we felt somewhat rushed through. No sooner had our mains plates been taken away then our desserts were served up. Almost as if to move us on to free up a table.

Service was good, though they did seem a bit like they were still learning and not very confident.

We’ll go back again and see if desserts have improved.

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Paul

1

9th May 2012
5 star rating
We’ve dined here a few times now, both on our own and with friends. We love it – great food, excellent service, an all round good experience.

Certainly a huge difference from when it was Rushes!

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5th April 2012
5 star rating
This Place was recommended to some friends from a young lady on a plane. They were from America, but were heading to Australia for a holiday, they said the young girl spoke so highly of this place and had convinced them to go next time they are in the country.

I came as soon as my friends told me. And I am truly glad that I did. The food was great. Service was better than average. Lovely views. So relaxing.

I too will be highly recommending this place.

Thank You for a lovely evening. You’ll be seeing me more often.

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3rd March 2012
4 star rating
I attended a wedding reception at Duck Creek this afternoon. The service was fantastic and the food was too. Probably the worst possible day for a wedding weather wise (03/03/12 weather bomb) caused a broken window in the front door that 99 percent of patrons didn’t even know had happened. It was replaced within an hour and with no drama what so ever for the celebrations. The team at Duck creek was fantastic and I look forward to trying an evening meal with them soon. I had read old reviews about the Rushes brand at this address. Don’t confuse the old with the new – these guys rock!

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Maria

1

24th January 2012
5 star rating
Excellent Food, excellent service and stylish, comfy setting with great outdoor dining with a view.
Thank you to the cook and staff at Duck Creek – Dan and I had a wonderful evening dining at your restaurant.
To anyone interested in some great food try the Rock salt roasted beetroot, goat’s curd, olive toast, herb vinaigrette – its a seriously yummy entree as was the Moroccan spiced prawn cocktail with preserved lemon – in fact I would have eaten at least two other entrees given half a chance (but I was not paying!). Took a while to decide on the he entree as all of them offered something different and very yummy sounding.
As for the main we loved the Seafood Medley with delicious beautifully cooked muscles, salmon, fish and prawns and pappardelle pasta – to good to be true. The Beef Eye fillet with came with smoked tomato jus, horseradish cream and watercress. Best well presented meal in the Porirua Region and undoubtedly the yummiest in the region. My favourite was “everything” we ate including the scrumptious cheese board.
CHEERS to the cook you sent us both home with a very satisfied, full belly. Will be coming back and recommending Duck Creek to everyone I know.
Thank you for making our special night out so very pleasing and worthwhile.
Maria and Dan

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21st January 2012
5 star rating
An outstanding dining experience on many occasions.

We have had morning tea, lunches and dinners and recently just a catch up with friends for a few wines.

Without exception we have been met by friendly and attentive staff. The atmosphere is delightful with a lovely restaurant and outside facility on a lovely sunny day that is just fabulous.

The food has always been cooked and presented superbly.

Even on very busy days we have always been given a very high level of service.

We would unreservedly recommend you try Duck Creek for a lovely dining experience.

A big thank you to all the staff. We will be seeing you again :-)

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Chris

3

9th December 2011
3 star rating
I recently had lunch with a group of four and two of our meals not worth the expense. One the roast betroot tart at $17 only a few mouthfuls. The chicken & bacon salad was find the chicken & bacon amongst all the greenery. The big breakfast was enjoyed and also the steak sandwich. If you like alot of water with your meal you won’t be disappointed. The service for this was excellent.

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Annie

9

3rd November 2011
4 star rating
We’ve been there twice and had a very enjoyable experience. Service is a bit of a hit and miss, with some of the staff being particularly thick… Food is nice, however I am under the impression that the menu is not changing too often. But maybe I’m picky… ;-)

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26th October 2011
5 star rating
My husband an I both turned 60 this week and organised a luncheon at Duck Creek Cafe.
What a fantastic event for our friends and families. The food was superb starting with fabulous nibbles and the main courses were freshly prepared from an extensive menu. An area had been set aside for the children with their own menu,table, and staff who were happy to be approached by the children.
The management and staff were well organised, very professional and yet friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them.
The outdoor area was great for the kids to run around in also.
Everyone had a truly great time and we couldnt have been in better hands for this event.
Organising the luncheon was also a breeze and a lovely relaxed day was had by all of us.
I would highly recommend this venue to anyone wanting to organise a function.
Well done and heartfelt thanks from Rob and Graham.

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20th October 2011
4 star rating
Today ten of us tried a different café for our post-movie lunch; Duck Creek at Pauatahanui. This is a resurrection from the ashes of the former restaurant on that site and we were very pleasantly surprised. Almost on the verge of silver service, we enjoyed very good, reasonably priced food plus excellent, attentive but unobtrusive service in a delightful setting. We have found a hidden treasure.

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Les H.

4

16th October 2011
4 star rating
My wife and i visited Duck Creek for lunch last week end along with 4 other adults and 2 children. This was our second visit to duck creek, the first being for an excellent evening meal but i don’t do reviews after one visit.
On this visit we arrived just after 12 midday and were politely welcomed and shown to a table. The staff were friendly and attentative with out being over bearing. Every one in our group was pleased with their meals even the children who can be a bit pickey at times. The food was tasty,fresh and well prepared and presented all in a good time. The cafe was quite busy so i felt a bit guilty going for a look around but there is plenty of space and a lovely garden and large area outside for when the weather is fine. We were very happy with our Duck Creek experience and would certainly go back there again

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12th August 2011
5 star rating
We love Duck Creek Cafe so much we now go every week and take all our visiting friends there!and they have all been impressed. It looks rustic but increasingly sophisticated. The food and service is fantastic, it is all good.

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25th June 2011
4 star rating
Went out one Saturday recently on the motorcycle with my wife and decided to try out the Duck Creek cafe. We had seen it often but never stopped before. From the time we arrived we were made welcome and the food and service was fantastic. We almost didn’t stop as there was a lot of cars there but the cafe is deceptive with plenty of room for all. It has a great outlook over the protected wetlands and there is plenty of room outside if you have kids that want to let off steam. Great experience and recommended to all. We will be back (o:

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Rubee

2

12th June 2011
4 star rating
Food was pricey but fully worth it. The service was ok – staff seemed to be students who lacked experience but that was endearing. I thought the decor was a little clinical where we were seated (maybe it’s better elsewhere in the cafe?). On a cold autumn evening the exposed glass windows & ranch-slider doors just made me feel colder and we didn’t want to linger. Would be fantastic in summer.

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Pip S.

2

2nd June 2011
5 star rating
We had dinner there last night and WOW what a turnaround from the last time we went there.

The food was just great and the presentation sublime.

Will be going back to try more in the menu.
Congrats on such a grand turnaround!!!!

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Rob O.

1

26th May 2011
5 star rating
We booked into Duck Creek for dinner on 11th May, on the recommendation of some friends and our own experiences of having eaten at Elements.

The night was dreadful, windy and rainy, but four adults (2 from out of town) braved the weather with high expectations. And we were not disappointed.

Modest surroundings, that were clean and comfortable were nothing compared to the food, and wine selection. The souffle and prawns as entrees were fantastic, while the steak, truffle potatoes and mushroom sauce for mains were superb. The fish was slightly overdone, but only slightly. The desserts and wine were superb too. Arcadia from Amsfield is a great NZ sparkling wine, nice to see it on the wine menu!

Overall the service was great, we were well looked after without being too well looked after. It was not overly busy, which may have helped on that aspect.

We will definitely return, and will bring more friends!

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25th May 2011
1 star rating
Had a booking for 2 people at 7pm. Good greeting and promptly seated. Placed drinks order. 10 minutes later placed dinner order. And waited…and waited….55 minutes later got our (shared- but sized for one)entree. I asked the waitress as to how far away our meals were as we had plans at 8.30pm. She responded ‘did you want me to tell the kitchen to make it a priority?’ No apology, nothing to indicate that she would ask for us. In the end, at 8.20pm, we had to leave. We told front counter this and we were told that our meals were being plated, did we still want them. So, we got our meals in a plastic dish (had to scoff them in the car when we got to our next appointment)…AND charged full price. The manageress said to us that we should of advised the waitress of our ‘time restraints’. An hour and a half for TWO people and still no main meal??? Yes, the restaurant was busy, but if you can’t facilitate so many people WHY take the booking?? Other tables around us managed to get mains and dessert. VERY disappointing as after reading all the other reviews here we were looking forward to a good meal out. And here we were ‘road-testing’ this restaurant for our upcoming family event (100+ people) If you don’t have more than 2 hours to wait for a meal, don’t go here.

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18th May 2011
5 star rating
This Place is as good as it gets! Lovely Pate, seems home made and taste is amazing. Had the Sirloin steak and dined with a table of 6. Is a hard group of people to please but we walked out of there surely to return.

Love the touch of complimentary fresh baked bread rolls. Is fine dining without the fine price. Is very reasonably price and size. Lovely service. Not over bearing. Have been there with other groups multiple times and will continue to return.

Many thanks for the good time, atmosphere and dining.

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23rd April 2011
4 star rating
We visited for a business dinner and were very impressed with the food. It compares well to places in Wellington.
I ordered the scallops entree and the vegetarian main. It’s not often the vegetarian option gets chosen because it sounds so wonderful.
The lamb came with cute little meat pies and the blue cheese cauliflower gratin with the vege meal was wonderful.
The service was attentive but not too overbearing although we seemed to be served by 3 different people over the night.
My only advice to the owners would be to do something about the ambience. There is still a smell of cooking fat (like when it was Rushes) and there is little decoration apart from mirrors. It feels a bit soul-less, like a motel. Maybe go with the log cabin theme. It was also a bit chilly when we recently went for brunch.
The complimentary tampons in the ladies was an extra touch you don’t often (ever?) see.

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Dene

1

3rd February 2011
5 star rating
Two words can only describe the experience I had last night at this venue “Absolutely Wonderful”

4 Adults dining for a birthday dinner, were treated to a delightful evening of great food and wine, very friendly and attentive staff and considering the weather, beautiful surroundings.

The menu was great. I’m always the hardest one to please and can never find something that takes my fancy, I was impressed with the selection. We each had three courses, with all being the perfect size so you didn’t feel like a you had perhaps over indulged upon leaving. The Duck Liver pate was amazing and I think homemade, coming out in a tiny terrine with that tell tale homemade layer of fat on the top. Gorgeous. Also sampled from the menu was both the Goat cheese soufflé, prawn and squid starters, all of which were wonderful and the perfect amount to get the taste buds watering and looking forward to the next course.

Mains were equally as good, with the Venison, salmon and line caught fish dishes being sampled. I had the fish, and what a delight, I love fish and this dish was something that I shall be returning to Duck Creek for. YUM. Of course equally as good were the other two dishes, I tasted the venison and being someone that has a keen hunter in the family and is lucky enough to eat venison on a regular basis, I was suitably impressed.

We sampled all of the desserts on the menu including a cheese board and it really just topped off the evening, every dish that was presented to us really made me feel like I had walked into a Master chef kitchen, it was easy to see that the chef took real pride in his or her work.

Thank you Duck Creek, a wonderful time was had by all.
We will certainly be telling everyone we know about it and recommending you to all.

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3rd January 2011
4 star rating
Eight travelled Adults had a wonderful lunch at Duck Creek.
The food was superb.I had Goats cheese souffle,friends had the Rissotto,the Steak,and Fish.All commented on how enjoyable it was.
I was most impressed with the choices on the menu,and the varying price ranges to suit all budgets.
The service was efficient and we would recommend this restaurant.
We will be visiting on our next trip to the area.

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31st December 2010
4 star rating
We went to Duck Creek Cafe on its first night and were delighted with the food – beautifully cooked steak and a wonderful goat’s cheese souffle. The chocolate dessert platter was also very yummy. The wine by the glass selection was very pleasant – an important factor given the cafe’s location and the need to be abstemious regarding drinking and driving. We will certainly be going again and will be recommending to friends.

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Daryl

1

28th December 2010
4 star rating
My friend and I enjoyed brunch at Duck Creek recently. We arrived and were greeted in a very friendly manner, and seated outside in glorious sunny weather. We had small children with us, and the wait staff informed us that there was sunscreen available and brought balls and a ride on bike for my son.

Duck Creek has a fabulously huge lawn area, and my little man loved having the chance to run around and play while we ate and enjoyed a leisurely coffee.

My friend and I took a while catching up before looking at the menu, but the wait staff were attentive without being intrusive, checking a couple of times whether we were ready to order.

We had the Blueberry pancakes with bacon and maple syrup (which were just divine), a salad and a plate of chips as well as a Chai Latte and Mochachino. The sides and drinks were just as good as the pancakes. We were also kept well stocked with fresh water, which was welcome in the hot sun.

I thought the menu and prices were great, the staff friendly and very accommodating. I would happily return (and actually have done since, just for coffee and brownie for morning tea while passing), and would recommend Duck Creek for coffee and/or a meal.

I can imagine Duck Creek will be a fabulous summer spot, especially with the great outdoor deck and lawn, although even on bad days, the inside looked warm and inviting with several different ‘spaces’ to accommodate quite a number of people.

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19th December 2010
1 star rating
This restaurant has had a checkered career and has changed hands and name(most recently Rushes) So being ever brave we ventured forth on a overcast and drizzly day for a delightful brunch……
restaurant had a few diners but did fill up well as we waited. we were shown to a table that wobbled slightly but anyway. it took quite some time to get served but water was forthcoming ( more later)
I ordered the big breakfast which included bacon ,eggs , sausage’s (kransky) mushrooms and tomatoes ($19.00)and supposedly toast , my partner ordered the bubble and squeak with poached eggs.(16.50)

we waited we waited and we waited. the restaurant supervisor arrived and noticed we were “fidgety” and asked without prompting “had we been waiting long” we advised yes a little anyway the meals duly appeared not long after (30 minutes) yes this is brunch we are talking. well one look at mine was enough the tomatoes were DISGUSTING and when i complained they bought back 2 more that were flat ,lifeless and burnt. the bread for the scrambled eggs had a “glance ” at a toaster and was not oven toasted on one side , the other toast “morsel” was rock hard. the bacon was burnt in several parts although what i did taste was pleasant , the kransky which i don’t care for were overcooked on inspection. OH and the hash brown was a raw shredded potato mix up that was brown on the outside and soggy on the inside. what a disappointment , ,my partners B+S was “ok” the poached being lovely but too much potato mix underneath.

we were offered a free dessert as some sort of compensation which we reluctantly accepted ( this is brunch remember)it was a lemon curd thing with lemon sorbet ice cream. it was ok and would perhaps be nice after a main course in the evening.

the Orange juice and pineapple juice tasted tainted and the water was tap and in my partners had “floater” in it and was at room temp on a very humid day….
the coffee tMoreo finish was bitter for the americano of my partners and my latte was closer to a cappuccino but ok.

it came to 51 dollars and i was sure the supervisor offered us comp coffee with the dessert but when i paid the bill apparently not.

this restaurant has learnt nothing of the bad reputation it used to have and despite new owners our experience was one that has prompted me to write a review for the first time , so disappointed i was.
i really cant find too many redeeming features and like moist kiwis are reluctant to complain but we will not return anytime soon, there is a cafe nearby ( ground up and Rubys in Mana) that shine above this but accept they are cafe’s (not doing evening meals) and Duck Creek is trying to do all things , breakfast , lunch , dinner, coffee, perhaps that’s the problem,

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