Little Turkish Cafe
Auckland City 09-302 0353
- Mon – Tue 10 am – 2:30 am
- Wed – Thu 10 am – 03:30 am
- Fri – Sat 10 am – 7 am
- Sun 10 am – 2:30 am
- Private Functions
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine
- Seating for: 35
- Takeaways: Yes
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner
14 Reviews for Little Turkish Cafe
where : The Little Turkish Cafe
When : 8th of April, 5pm
My partner and I were going back home after work, and we decided to go to this restaurant while my partner went to do some quick shopping.
I ordered a classic kebab asking the staff if it was allowed to smoke at the terrace, one table was free and the place not busy at all.
I sat there, asking for an ashtray and began to enjoy the bright sun…
Then the unthinkable happened.
The incident: I saw 3 males coming to my table, talking loud and one of them told me: “I want this table for my friends and we have to talk”, while saying this the other 2 sat at my table no questions asked, I was forced to go inside the establishment, relatively in shock of what had happened and then very angry.
I talked to the staff (I’m not saying who it was because I don’t want to ruin her job), mentioning what has just happened, and she answered: “I’m so sorry there’s nothing I can do, this is my boss and his friends” I said to her “he’s a bloody jerk” and sadly she confirmed.
My parter came back and found me in rage. Then she turned angry too, I had to say something.
I did. I said to them: “money is important to you right? You live out of the money of your customers, right? So why do you treat them like shit?…Then something even more terrible happened: one of them said: “For a woman you have a big mouth, you should be at home cleaning your kitchen” I’m just quoting here.
My reaction was immediate, same as the one of my partner, we said the F word a couple of time and left…..
This place is a disaster for women and I only regret that no cops were around.
All i could see were terrible and mediocre reviews. 3 were “filtered” with an option to click on them so i did. And they turned out to be the 3 best reviews, 2 defending it, for this place that someone marked as “spam” so they would be hidden.
Either that, or the other reviews are true, and the owner or someone affiliated is going around making comments defending them from the bad reviews. As i have seen this happen on the same dates, in other review sites for this cafe, only 20 mins ago.
The rice is soft and fluffy not sticky, the bread is soft and chewy and fragrant, and the decor is always being added to & updated, it is a lovely place to eat & I go back there time and time again.
However of the past year I have noticed a dramatic decrease in quality of Customer Service and Food.
In particular in November I noticed a gentlemen ask for a take away Kebab, and waited in a seat outside. The owner/chef came out and served him a order for dinning in. When the gentlemen queried it, the owner snapped at him and told him to take it to the counter himself and ask for it to be taken away.
In December my friend and I were dinning again, when we order chicken on rice, with chips and hummus and dip. The chicken on rice came out first, and the portions was not to satisfactory. We then received the hummus dip, the breads were that greasy and oily, it was just saturated. When I queried it with the staff, they kinda laughed at me, and showed no interest onto righting a wrong.
Last Saturday we came in again, giving this venue one last chance, we order our chicken on rice, with humus and dip. The Chef/Owner, told me that we could not have hummus and dips as he was busy and it would take to long to make (the café was quiet). When I tried to explain the previous bad experience to him he showed no interest. We were then served our chicken on rice, our additional friends who were already waiting only received half their order, so he had to eat alone. They also order wines, when he went up and asked where theirs wines were they he also told they were to busy to serve them.
Over all, this place use to be fantastic, where you could happily take friends and refer people too, but not now, this is not on my list of placing to refer anyone to.