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“Tasty breakfast and lunch menu”

Essence Cafe & Grill
Price range: US$ 42 - US$ 185
Cuisines: Cafe
Dining options: Breakfast
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Dining options: Breakfast
Reviewed 19 August 2017

Great variety of dishes to choose from as well as good coffee. We've always enjoyed our meals and the service is friendly and efficient. There is seating inside and out, along with couches and a cozy fireplace.

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Reviewed 14 May 2017

We were driving past en route to another eatery and saw Essence which was all close up due to the cold, but the fireplace and the service soon had us all warm in a few minutes.The atmosphere is warm and inviting. The coffees were great.We ordered the Wai Thai curry which was tasty but lacked true Thai tastes.The dish had zucchini and carrot with really soft tasty chicken pieces and a tasty sauce but no Thai.I would go there again.

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Thank dentist2016
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Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

Not being familiar to the area, we googled restaurants and Essence popped up. followed the directions and were seated and ordered cappuccinos .. delicious.

For lunch my husband and daughter both ordered open sandwiches - cajun chicken for him and mushroom&haloumi for her. I ordered grilled fish and roasted veges. The food arrived and portions were extremely generous.

My husband used the salt grinder to add salt and the entire lid broke with the entire contents pouring over his meal! Another waitron saw what happened and rushed over before we had a chance to even call our waiter, apologised and removed the "asalted" meal. She showed this to the manager who immediately came over, more apologies and asked if we had time to wait for them to make him a fresh meal.

Needless to say we did and they must have given his meal priority as it arrived before we were half way through our meals.

All meals absolutely delicious and obviously service was outstanding. The manager also went and checked all other salt and pepper grinders after our incident (which should be done anyway) but good to know that it was done that day.

The decor is fascinating as the wall cubicles are filled with old style toasters etc and we had our teenage daughter most amused when we described how some of them used to toast bread back in the day!!

Well worth a return visit when we are next in the area.

Thank Dulcie I
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Reviewed 3 May 2017

Venue , parking and waitron service was good. Unfortunately every one of 5 members did not enjoy their meals and, two , forsake a few mouthfuls decided that our dog might enjoy this fare. Grilled hake at that price , needs to be fresh . ( enough said ). Crumbed chicken breast with cheese sauce was similar to ' boxed ' food. Calamari was tough and over-cooked. The easiest food to prepare was the chicken stir -fry and after a few mouthfuls it was consigned to the doggie-bag. No cold beer and no Carling ! Does one return food , after seeing a few programmes on what kitchen staff do to returned food , we thought it best to retreat and never visit this establishment again.

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Thank mergalin
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Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

Love the atmosphere ....great food ....ordered choclate volcano and coconut latte ....it's was fantastic ...great service ...

Thank junaid n
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