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Reviews for Tomato Cafe
by David P.
9th May 2012
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Love Cafe Tomato, great sunny spot with very cool ‘kitsch’ decor. Coffee is good as is the cabinet food. I have also tried the blue cheese and mushroom pizza which is amazing and the clam chowder which is also top notch. Accompanied by an attractive wine list, all well priced. Highly recommend checking out. You’ll probably become a regular
by Mikey B.
30th May 2013
I go to Tomato Cafe regularly – the staff are always friendly and cheerful, the service is good, the coffee is great, and the food is better. I”d happily recommend the eggs benedict (especially at the special pre 9am rate) and the pizza is amazing, well priced and something to appeal to nearly everyone – tried the bacon and blue cheese pizza last week, perfectly cooked and tasted great with a cold coopers to wash it down!
The food, atmosphere and pricing is Awesome, even the bathrooms are a laugh, I highly recommend checking Tomato out.
by Karilyn A.
30th May 2013
Wow I went to Tomato again today for lunch and had the most absolutely superb minestrone soup. Highly recommend this on a cold winters day. Fabulous staff and the best retro interior and tribute to kiwi culture to be found in the city. It has an awesome atmosphere and proved to be a great place to catch up with friends today. Check out the delicious red velvet cup cakes – they are to die for!
by Stuart M.
28th May 2013
Amazing. What can I say. Coffee was excellent and the very big breakfast was exactly what I expected. It was really big and REALLY tasty. Waffle to finish and I thought my morning was great. But then I saw princess di in the loos and was laughing all day. Definitely recommend ths place
by Sara B.
27th May 2013
Went for Sunday brunch after hearing that it was a great cafe. They were fairly busy but no more so than I would expect for Sunday at 11am, we were told there would be a 20 min wait which seemed reasonable. However we waited for an hour, during this time wait staff were wondering around with lost orders, when our food arrived both of our meals were incorrect, when I pointed this out to the waitress she just looked at me and said I don’t how that happened then went to walk away. I called her back to take the food away and bring us what we had ordered and paid for which appeared to be a hassle to her. We waited another 15 mins my meal was still incorrect and I was told that the rest was “on it’s way”, it took a further 5 mins for the rest of my meal to arrive.
If anyone of these things had happened in isolation then I would have been more understanding but the series of errors compounded by the wait staff’s lack of initiative and willingness to correct the errors meant that our Sunday brunch was an unpleasant experience. There was also no mint at all in the avo smash, but by this stage I just wanted to get out.
by James Y.
26th May 2013
I’ve visited Tomato Cafe a couple of times now, always guaranteed a great coffee and good food! I tried the pizza on recommendation and wasn’t disappointed. The eggs benedict is also great, and reasonably priced. Very laid back and friendly. Drop a visit if you haven’t already!
by Jeremy P.
23rd May 2013
Went to Tomato Cafe with my partner last night after great reviews and hearing of awards and high praise. Thoroughly enjoyed my spaghetti and meatballs with rich tomato sauce and my partner really enjoyed her Spanish chicken pizza. The front of house service was exceptional and meals were out very quickly. Definitely going to be heading back there today and grabbing a quick coffee and most likely a cheese and onion scone. Thanks Tomato……….. enjoyed.
by Sandra L.
22nd May 2013
The Tomato is a lovely laid back cafe which you feel like you have gone back in time. Decor is great as well as the coffee. The staff are maybe some of the best coffee makers in the manawatu. The apple and bran muffins are absolutely great. Apple and bran muffins and flat white…..perfect. You don’t feel rushed to get out and leave….just sit, relax, have a cuppa and read the New Zealand Herald.
by Linsey H.
15th May 2013
Myself and a couple of other people came to Tomato Cafe to celebrate a friends birthday. We chose to eat at there due to the high praise we had heard about it. When we entered we were told to grab a menu and a seat and we would have our orders taken in a few minutes. It took at least quarter of an hour for our orders to be taken. During our time waiting we saw the waitress clear tables and chat with other diners. Once our orders were placed the waitress said she would bring some water over for us to drink. Twenty minutes later when the waitress gave us our cutlery we had to remind her about the water we had not received. Thirty-five minutes after having our order taken we received our meals. Two of the three of us were disappointed. I chose the chicken linguine and found the pasta to be overcooked and that the sauce while relatively tasty was lacking in quantity and not as creamy as the menu led me to believe. My friend chose the vegetarian lasagna and found that the flavour profile was generally underwhelming. Our third party member ordered a pizza and we found that to be tasty. However us two would have sent our meals back had we not been running late for other events. One of the worst parts of our evening was watching other parties receive excellent service and seeing none of it ourselves. Instead the waitress seemed disinterested with us and flippant when it came to apologising for our lack of water and the wait for third diners pizza. If we had a choice we would not have paid for the meal. In regards to eating out, this was the most disappointing dining experience I have ever had. I acknowledge that this could possibly be a one off experience however, it still does not negate that my dining experience was nowhere near on par with what is promoted. I do wish to be proved wrong but I currently have no incentive to return. I emailed the owner of Tomato to try and create a discourse about our experience however, he never got back to me.
by Mathew H.
14th May 2013
Tomato is a great cafe, love the coffee and the food is amazing! Cant go past the Italian Breakfast, love the Pate! Coffee is always good and fast and the girls are lovely behind the counter, always happy to help and smiling.
by Lisa T.
14th May 2013
We recently got a selection of pizzas from Tomato to help cater my baby shower. All my guests raved about them and gobbled them up in minutes. Truly some of the best pizzas I’ve ever tasted. So we decided to go to Tomato for Mothers Day on Sunday. It was packed, but we still got our order in really good time. I had the devine Avocado Smash – so tasty and THE BEST free-range bacon ever! My little boy devoured his waffles & berries – a special treat for me on Mothers Day as he is usually so fussy! Everyone was stuffed full and very content. We will definitely be going back : )
by Sarita G
24th April 2013
Had to wait an hour to get our meals. One of the meals was bought out 40 minutes before the others and contained ingredients that wasn’t even stated on the menu. Staff apologised but waiting an hour isn’t good enough as we all paid between $17-$20 for our meals. They are obviously a good cafe though because it was very busy. Perhaps more staff, or a larger kitchen?
by Catherine S.
18th April 2013
When visiting Tomato Cafe we received excellent warm friendly customer service from the girls behind counter. The coffee was made just right, how we had asked for it and the avocado smash was AMAZING, it was presented beautifully and tasted delicious as did the scotch fillet my partner had. Very satisfied customers. Well recommend.
by Kym H.
13th April 2013
We decided to go to Tomato Cafe because of its raving reviews and how disappointed were we…The cafe was a little busy so I understand that orders would take a little longer to come out…we got our drinks 25 minutes after we ordered and our food almost a half hour after that which by then we had finished our drinks. When our food finally arrived I found the poached eggs on my eggs benedict was so under cooked it resembled egg snot! Which put us right off our food…we went here again for coffee but waited too long again as it wasn’t even busy.
by Biker M.
11th March 2013
Friendly staff and good service, great quality food! First choice for a late breakfast…
Also a great place to enjoy a coffee late at night. Highly recommended!
They are even willing to make you something not on the menu, which very few places do these days
by Chelsea C.
11th March 2013
We heard this place was one of the best cafes in Palmerston North so we went in yesterday afternoon. It was busy, and we were watching food come out of the kitchen very slowly. My friends and I had to wait over an hour for food. I ordered the spinach and ricotta gnocchi, it was served luke warm, with only 4 pieces of ricotta! More of a garnish than a main ingredient. My friend had the avocado smash with bacon. It was suppose to be served on sourdough but she received 2 pieces of burnt, cold Vogels bread. The bacon was grey and looked like it had been boiled. Another friend had the Chicken Marsala, the caramelised onions were burnt, and the chicken was dried out completely. No complaints from two others who ordered pizza, they enjoyed that. During the meal, no one did a check back to see if our meals were okay. We complained after the meal but there were no apologies at all from the wait staff. The girl was extremely defensive and gave a poor attempt at being a duty manager.
by Danielle W.
25th November 2012
Best benedict I’ve ever had, the hollandaise really was something else – lemony, creamy and generous. The eggs were beautifully soft poached and the bacon was so so tasty – you can taste the quality. Best value benedict I’ve ever seen. Waffles and icecream was devoured by my partner. Amazing food!!!
by Laura F.
23rd November 2012
Came in for a late lunch on Thursday, it was absolutely delicious!
My fiance and I shared a garlic pizza bread to start, and followed with a chicken and cranberry pizza. Definitely the best pizza in town, one of the best either of us had tried. We also had an iced coffee and an iced chocolate, they were also divine.
Not to mention, everything was really well priced, real value for money.
The staff were incredibly friendly, the service was great, and, as I said, the food was delicious. We can’t wait to come back.
by Jesse J.
15th November 2012
I am Palmerston North born and bred , my husband and I thoroughly enjoy our Sunday breakfast outings. All my friends have been raving about the tomato cafe on George street so we decided to go and check it out to see what all the fuss was about.
I ordered the avocado smash which was incredible with the generous amounts of avocado and feta cheese.. Divine! My husband is a very big eater so he ordered the ‘think big’ breakfast, this was huge! He was very impressed about the quality of ingredients used and we thoroughly enjoyed our breakfasts. I heard James ( the owner) also does most of the cooking, which shows passion and dedication to his restaurant.
The staff were lovely polite and accommodating. I absolutely love the decor with its authentic Kiwiana style.
We will defiantly be back.
22nd October 2012
Awesome friendly service, fantastic coffee and beautiful staff. I have been here several times, the pizzas are awesome, nice flavours and authentic woodfire oven taste. Mussel fritters are incredible, and MASSIVE!
by Corban H.
11th October 2012
We came here for a birthday party and were really impressed. The pizza’s here are great. We also had the garden salad and the flounder and cockles and they were pretty amazing. Service was great too and given the serving sizes everything was well priced. Would recommend for dinner including large functions.
by Anna S.
11th October 2012
Just wanted to say thanks to the team @ Tomato Cafe.
Stopped in with a friend for an afternoon sugar fix and light meal. Was our first time stopping in here and found the atmosphere comfortable, quick service and a reasonable price. I appreciated the no muckaround attitude and fantastic food. Must say I really have enjoyed reading your responses to customer feedbacks also on this review site. Well done for saying it like it is. Its great to be honest..but also important to understand that customers feedback can “sometimes” improve our business. And without your customers you do not have a business. You guys are awesome tho, will definitely be back very soon to try one of your pizzas ;0
by Hailey T.
22nd September 2012
Just got back from Tomato Cafe. Decided to give it ago because of many good reviews I’ve read so far. The Ceasar Salad was very good. The dressing for the salad was especially nice. We ordered a Very-very-Tasty Pizza (this is the name of the pizza) but this turns out to be a very salty pizza . The Olive was put in there generously but came with the Olive were capers and bacon, so I had to have a lot of water and leave out many Olive which was a shame. The pizza base is a little too thin. But the dough is fresh and soft and nice. We had Creme Brulee and Tiramisu which were ok. The service we received tonight was great. For the impression from the salty pizza I don’t think I want to come back though.
by Karl W.
21st September 2012
Great food, awesome people, the owner is friendly and very accommodating!! Monique and Jess are fantastic, James should give them a rise!!!!!! Spend lots of time here and you will always want to come back, the service is exceptional and the friendly staff make you feel very welcome.
by Joanne H.
16th September 2012
I love Tomato and usually stop in for coffee two or three times during the week. The coffee is fantastic, the staff are friendly and fun and the cheese and onion scones are legendary!
I love the time and effort that they have put into the decor. It’s warm and inviting.
My boyfriend and I had breakfast there on Saturday and it was fantastic. I had the eggs bene and he had bacon and eggs.
Definitely going to go and try the pizza some time soon.
by Jon H.
14th September 2012
When I have visited The Tomato I’ve often wondered why other places nearby like Barista, Cafe Cuba and Moxies are better patronised. It has great food, probably the best coffee in the city, nice staff and a cool, relaxed, unique atmosphere. I’ve had a couple of lovely breakfasts in there with my girlfriend and have on occasion gone in alone for a meal when I’ve been on a day off. It’s been on those days that I’ve appreciated the smaller crowds as I was able to sit in the sun by the window, eat a nice meal, drink a beautiful coffee and read a book without the hustle and bustle of busier cafes.
I make a habit of getting the big breakfast at least once wherever I go, partly because I am a guts, but also because I enjoy the comparison. Theirs is unique in that they have these massive sausages, which are great, though I have wondered how others have managed to finish them.
I’ve been on a couple of work dinners there as well and on both occasions had amazing steaks, which were cooked to perfection and accompanied by creamy, delicious potatoes and crunchy beans. For dessert I’ve had the creme brulee, which is the best I’ve tasted in Palmerston North.
My only complaint is that my breakfast was bad the last time I went. To be fair I’d had several good meals beforehand but you tend to remember your last visit. On this occasion my bacon was undercooked and my eggs were slightly overcooked. A bit disappointing considering there weren’t many people there. I didn’t say anything as the girls working were lovely but in hindsight the feedback might have been appreciated.
But I’d definitely go there again and would encourage more people to get along. It’s a very cool and underated place. I just hope it doesn’t get too popular lest it become inundated with poseurs.
by Michael F.
25th August 2012
Finally getting round to write a review for Tomato. This is a great place! Had dinner there this week and as usual great food and great coffee. We took our kids and they loved it too. Kids had pizza and adults had pâté and bread and smoked mussel fritters, pâté and fritters both great. Kids gobbled down pizza. I have been here a lot and the coffee and food are consistently excellent as is the service. As Arnold said, I’ll be back…
by Jesy R.
18th July 2012
Enjoyed my chicken linguine and my hubby enjoyed his chicken and Camembert pizza and our starters Parmesan pizza bread:)) Highly recommend this warm and cosy restaurant and the friendly staff…definitely going there again!
3rd July 2012
Excellent pizza, really authentic and great to see a good amount of vegetarian options on the menu. Friendly staff.
22nd June 2012
We have visited Tomato often and love their menu.
The Clam Chowder is delicious, and even their Cheese and Onion scones are great. The staff are friendly and appear to enjoy working there (unlike the staff at Cafe Cuba).
Would recommend Tomato to anyone to appreciates good food.
10th June 2012
Never been here before, went to try it out with a friend on a very cold and windy day. Will definitely be back, the tomato gnocchi was Amazing!!. so tasty and warming on such a miserable day, just what we needed. Coffee was really good too, and friendly staff. Any chance of the recipe?????
Went again for lunch today and it was again a great experience, Tasty food and friendly staff.
by Therese M.
6th June 2012
On the basis of the great reviews we thought we’d give Tomato a go before we left Palmy. Mince on toast with 2 poached eggs…….very average, mince was a bit gluey, poached eggs were overcooked, coffee was good. Hubby got the scrambled eggs with 2 rashers and a couple of sausages. Eggs were a mushy mess, sausages were forgotten but brought out once staff alerted. Good quality sausages, very tasty. Will we go back?……probably, cos the reviews are too good to be wrong, we’ll take it that our experience was a glitch. Loved the decor, loved the huge splashes of colour, just didn’t love the food this time round.
5th June 2012
The best long black I have every tried, also cant fault the pizza “real” gourmet pizza, Pepperoni actually has some pepper in it !! and this place seems to the the only place I’ve found using real mozzarella. The staff are friendly music is different in a good way and always seems to be nice and warm. Would recommend for anyone looking for a place for a casual snack and good honest espresso
by Katie A.
4th June 2012
Really had a bad experience from the get-go with a 20min wait in line to be served. Found the ‘post-it’ notes very unprofessional as they took our order. Was quite expensive for x2 gnocchi and x2 ice chocolates. The gnocchi’s were both pretty strong sauce, unedible, very unenjoyable. The ice chocolates just tasted like milk. Would never recommend nor return to this ‘tacky’ place
by Heather P.
30th May 2012
love the Tomatoe cafe , love all the quirky bits that adds for a different and interesting interior .love the long pews outside ,
love the pizza and i know pizzas having made thousands myself , love the fact that you make your own pizza dough,
love the Shepard’s pie on a cold day you need to make this more. The beers a good price .The feta and pumpkin and bran muffins for lunch very filling . In fact I have now made myself hungry so I am coming down now to get a muffin .
20th May 2012
Tomato is a fantastic cafe/restaurant which I believe should be held in high regard for its innovative decor – being bright, very ‘kiwiana’ and a dose of eye catching individuality bought into the hospitality scene!
It’s not just the presentation of the premises that brings me to the conclusion I would be more than happy to regularly dine here as I believe in not judging a book by its cover, so to enlighten those people who have not had a Tomato experience yet:
The Italian style cuisine is amazing. Portioned well, value for money and very gratifying. My menu choice had consisted of a yummy Garlic Bread (which just tastes that much better on ‘pizza’ base), Blue cheese and bacon pizza – total taste bud delight as the flavours worked perfectly with a lovely glass of Red Wine. This all followed by Creme Brûlée for desert which literally melted in my mouth and a latte – I’m pretty fussy on my coffee’s and will even be stopping here from now on yo get my ‘coffee to go ‘ on the way to work.
The service was also very pleasant which consisted of a lovely, smiley and very efficient waitress. I didn’t have to wait long between ordering and waiting to have food bought to my table, big plus to the chef!
The atmosphere was enjoyable and I very much liked to the location, a great setting in the one of the busiest cafe streets in the heart of Palmy.
Anyway, thank you Tomato, it’s nice to see someone taking a step outside of the square and offer people something new by all means.
My experience will definitely be 1 that I intend to repeat!
20th May 2012
Tomatos has the best food, coffee and atmosphere for any occasion.
It’s a great place to meet up with friends and we love going for a romantic meal for two including red wine and a beer served in a classic kiwi Quart Bottle that brings back some great memories! Here you can get the best gnocchi in town and warm chocolate fondant that is the best way to end a great dinner.
Stop in for brunch and lunch on weekends, our favourite pizza is bacon & blue cheese and the coffee is always excellent.
I’ve taken work colleagues for social and working lunches (one of which had to get out of the corporate environment so she could think straight) Tomatoes is just like a home away from home!
Sometimes they have private parties upstairs including events that support local businesses.
On a nice day enjoy the sunshine and a cool drink sitting outside at the quaint tables and chairs complete with checked tablecloths.
Be sure to check out the entertaining walls in the bathrooms you might just get a history lesson while you are there too.
by Jeremy M.
20th May 2012
Over time, I have been to a lot of cafes in a lot of places.
In my opinion, Tomato Cafe is one of the best I have had the pleasure of being in and it is my local regular.
Firstly, it is very clean and tidy (including and perhaps especially the toilets). The visual and acoustic ambiance is superb.
Secondly, the staff are very friendly and very professional. I have never experienced any difficulties with getting my order.
Thirdly, the coffee, which is what I personally rely on most to rate a cafe, is absolutely first rate. However the food is also just as good and represents excellent value for money. The range of Pizzas are particularly innovative and tasty.
If you live in Palmy or are planning on visiting here, I really recommend that you try Tomato Cafe for a great coffee and/or culinary experience.
15th May 2012
This place is great…until you realise the true nastiness of those who work there.
Just read the comments written in response to bad reviews by “James”. He personally attacks customers and calls them things. Not the type of place I’d want to go, would you?
Coffee is incredibly average, and the decor is so bright that it’s uncomfortable.
I’ll be going to Cuba St Cafe from now on.
No doubt that “James” will write something biting and nasty about how he doesn’t want customers like me in his cafe anyway, but with that attitude “James”, you can look to have no customers at all. I can go do a different cafe and it’s no skin off my nose, but if people start migrating away from your cafe in droves…well, let’s see if that lady you told should “stay home with her box of weetbix” is important to you then.Comment from James P. of Tomato Cafe 15/05/2012
11th May 2012
Hello I’m new to this but I thinking it’s time to give a review of place’s I eat when I go out
I walk past Tomato Cafe on my way to work and back when I finish work.
Well gave in as the smell was so nice on Sunday morning last week after work I stopped in to try the Eggs Benedict @ $9.00 well it filled my empty tummy and I like it so much I will have to make it a regularly stop. Possibly even take a date there.
10th May 2012
Tomato cafe has become our new favourite place in town. My partner and i normally have the same bacon blue cheese pizza (amazing) and the Spanish chicken yum yum yum. Just recently we had a weekend brunch trying the bogan brekkie an avocado smash also amazing an a must have!! The service is always warm an friendly an the menu is well priced too, great coffee an good variety of cabinet food we always leave with a smile on our face and belly full of food. love this place
30th April 2012
I went here with my partner for brunch, excited and just thought it wasn’t actually that great. It was really expensive for what you get.
He is a huge eggs Benedict fan and was disappointed and he almost always gets this when we go out for brunch.
I had the pizza and it was nice, but I have had better and it was smaller than I expected.
The waitress was great though even though at first we waited for ages to have our order taken and ages to get the food served.
We haven’t been back because it didn’t blow my mind!Comment from James P. of Tomato Cafe 9/05/2012
19th April 2012
Shouted for first time by boss for work do, ordered waffles, first time, most amazing breakfast ever, sexy birds, amazing coffee and chilled relaxed enivronment. Never been anywhere so relaxfull, chill, quirky, and mean as. Keen to go back for some mean waffles and coffee, no place better to go!
16th April 2012
Best vegan minestrone soup I’ve had. Wonderful and very filling too. Great place to chill and enjoy some great food and a coffee. Will be back again soonComment from James P. of Tomato Cafe 9/05/2012
12th April 2012
The highlight for me to this wonderful establishment was the warm, friendly welcome from the waitress as I entered.
I had a voucher for a pizza and sheepishly slid it across the counter, the waitress politely took it and said “great, no problem at all, let me show you to your table”. There wasn’t a series of questions etc as I’ve had from other restaurants/cafes in the past.
I decided to order the soup before my pizza and was rewarded accordingly, it was absolutely devine and the pizza was one of the best I’ve ever tasted. My son visits monthly from Wellington and pizza is his FAVOURITE, I can’t wait to introduce him Tomato.
I look forward to being a regular and am taking my partner for the first time for dinner tonight….YES!!! I can’t wait to see his reaction.
Well done Tomato!
12th April 2012
We went to the Tomato for lunch I had the beef and mushroom lasagne and my partner had the steak with blue cheese sauce. WOW what we got exceded our expectations we were made to feel welcome to the point of being in someones house. My lasagne was delicious the ragu rich and rewarding. My partner devoured his steak and the potato dish gratin dish was impressive in presentation. Would have had dessert but we were stuffed. Well done Tomato we will be back.
4th April 2012
We were not impressed by the limited vegetarian selections for pizzas. Also, we found the pizza sauce way too sweet. The waitress was quite friendly.Comment from James P. of Tomato Cafe 9/05/2012
by David C.
25th March 2012
Six of us for dinner, my first time there, friendly service and good food.
Had breads then the flounder (asked for some bread to mop the yummy tomato sauce that came in a small bowl on the side) and finished with creme brulee and coffee.
The wine is incredibly well priced and the wine list puts other far more expensive Palmerston North restaurants to shame.
Will certainly be back.
29th February 2012
I had the best Ceasar salad there, ever… the greatest service, lovely interior and the chef came out of the kitchen to check on the order..
I have always eaten Ceasar salads, but seriously; this realy is the best one I have ever tasted..
thank you James and your lovely and attentive waiters..
by Brynn N.
29th February 2012
Tomato Cafe is excellent. The pizzas are the best in Palmerston North and use only the freshest and highest quality ingredients. I regularly meet clients there for meetings because of the unique food and great service. I can highly recommend Tomato Cafe.
Owner of Spinning Planet Limited
by Cassie R.
28th February 2012
Have been to Tomato a number of times now. Have had the Caesar salad three times, and every time it’s as beautiful as the last. And that dressing – Amazing!
Also tried the gnocchi – absolutely delicious! And very filling!
The fridge is full of soft drinks that you can’t normally buy anywhere else, which makes visiting that little bit more special and not your typical cafe.
Totally recommend it – you won’t find anything else quite like it!
by Gerry K.
31st January 2012
Have been to Tomato Cafe twice and have to say that their Margarita Pizza is the best I have ever tasted. My 9 year old daughter enjoyed the pizza so much that she asked if she could have her birthday meal there in May, lol. The prices are reasonable, the staff friendly and I will definitely be back.
29th January 2012
Wandering down George street one day i happened across a bright yellow building on the south end corner. The smells drew me in. My first impression was mainly about the eclectic ‘kiwiana’ theme until both staff behind the counter greeted me with a warm hello. I grabbed a coffee which was delivered promptly and with a smile.
With this first impression in mind I felt confident in organising some friends to go down for dinner.
We made a booking as it seemed like it would be a busy place and wouldn’t want to miss out. I tried the pepperoni pizza which left very little to be desired. the service was efficient and friendly complimented by a knowledge of the menu and produce used.
Since this time i have been back and noticed smalls tweaks to the décor and menu which are the hallmarks of a craftsman.
I am recommending this casual dining to any who enjoy the simple pleasures of good food with good friends.
by nathan f.
17th January 2012
Stopped in for a quick bite. Best scones of my life and amazing coffee to go… The staff were really friendly and the decor has a modern retro feel… definately the best looking cafe in Palmerston North.
16th January 2012
I have experienced the Tomato café now on many occasions and have found the café to be excellent the food superb and service very good , there have been changes I have noticed taking place in décor and service and an eye to detail obviously taking place to make subtle improvements all the time . The food and coffee are fantastic and Décor very eclectic and I highly recommend taking the time to stop and experience this truly unique café. I have heard that the pizza is fantastic so will look forwards to trying this in the near future and the breakfasts are already one of our favourites in Palmerston. Keep up the great work Tomato!!
10th January 2012
New years eve dinner. We had the caprioska and sausagefest pizzas. One came with olives even though we specifically requested no olives, however the staff were easy to deal with and happy to fix the mistake. Both pizzas were delicious and reasonably priced. The decor is interesting and we found the staff to be friendly and welcoming unlike some of the other reviews. The only dissapointment was the creme brulae dessert which was almost $10 (not too bad) except the presentation was boring and I felt like I could have whipped it up quickly & made it look way better at home. The top was warm and the rest was chilled & tasted average. Overall I wouldnt object to dining at tomato again but would try a different dessert.
7th January 2012
The service was great and the food was too! The only things that I didn’t like was the fact that the table I had to sit at was covered in crumbs and leftover food, and the chai latte that I had wasn’t that great. The pizza is really good though!
by Louise K.
6th January 2012
I was visiting family in Palmerston North over the Christmas break and was lucky enough to stumble upon a bright and cheerful cafe called Tomato. Nothing like this in Auckland, refreshingly progressive menu at astoundingly cheap prices. Most of the breakfast menu was available with gluten free bread at no extra charge and I was particularly impressed to be informed that the home made Italian Pork sausages were also gluten free. I also noticed the evening Pizza menu was available with a gluten free base as an option (I think there was a small surcharge on these but don’t quote me on it). I will definitely revisit next time we are down in Palmy town. Really clever decor (Kiwiana), really smart menu, and really nice staff. An easy 5 stars in my book!
Thanks very much
by Dave M.
6th January 2012
Just thought I should write a review as I’ve been to Tomato a few times now.
First visit, paid full price for Eggs Bennie. It was awesome! Perfectly cooked everything, and lovely Bearnaise sauce. And whilst I did pay full price, the eggs bennie at Tomato is one of the cheapest in town.
Next, had an eggs bennie at a ridiculously cheap price from a voucher site. Good in general, but bread was just slightly overcooked/too-crispy making it a bit of a pain to cut and chew.
Had a meeting there, had a lovely latte. Stayed for an hour and a half and didn’t get made to feel like I had to leave in a hurry.
Finally, went as a group of 4 to have some ridiculously cheap pizzas/beers/wines using an online voucher again. Food was great, and they happily replaced certain toppings for us as all of us were fussy! Great selection of premium beers, nice having a change from the usual Tuis and Exports. My only minor gripe would be we were told it was a $1 surcharge for premium beers and that changed to be a $1.50 charge upon paying- which cost us a whopping $1.50 extra in total!
Every visit the service was great.
Review would be 5 star, but due to the price inconsistency on the beers, and the eggs bennie overcooked bread I’ll be finicky and drop my review to a 4. Hope to leave a 5 star review in the future though. Next I want to sample some of their non-pizza evening meals..
Had a couple more visits. Lovely waffles and nice scone. Changing rating to a 5.
5th January 2012
Had a great meal yesterday at Tomato!
Brought the wife and all our kids (six of them!) and we sat upstairs where the bench seating was novel and practical for our family!
Using our vouchers, we ordered enough pizzas for the Army. And for the amount of pizzas we ordered, we weren’t waiting long at all. The staff were great with the kids, too. Our middle kid has her birthday coming up soon and asked if we could have a pizza party for her and all her friends. The owner said it wouldn’t be a problem to book out the upstairs for a kids party!
See you in a couple of weeks, Tomato!
by Lois F.
4th January 2012
we had a voucher for a free eggs benedict (bought at half price), and bought a second at full price. Surprised came with bacon OR mushrooms OR… etc. Always come with all at other eating places.
So we paid and extra $3 each for mushrooms on the side. Only 2 mushrooms for $3?
Yes, the sour-dough bread was good, hollandaise sauce seemed homemade, and eggs poached nicely – but you’d expect that for $13.90. However the bacon wasnt the crispest, and again – the cost of the mushrooms!!
It was supposed to be an affordable brunch, but we still spent $25.90 for one breakfast, 2 sides and 2 teas.
Again, if we’d had even half a dozen mushrooms each (ie. a decent side-serving) it would have made the cost worth it.
we wont be backComment from James P. of Tomato Cafe 5/01/2012
2nd January 2012
Awesome cafe! Decor is amazing, and the tomato vine mural adds a nice touch. The food is delicious and very reasonably priced, and the coffee is amazing! The staff are always friendly and efficient, and the general atmosphere is inviting, friendly and relaxed both during the day and at night. Tomato Cafe is definitely my new favourite place to go!!
by B W.
29th December 2011
Great pizzaz and spag ball i loved it………….
The staff are nice and the food is absolutely amazing……..
Awesome place to chill have a few bevies and a good meal with your friends and family……. Also great art decor around the place interesting love the coin counter……..
over all great experience
by TIGERJA Q.
28th December 2011
Hey guys you gotta check out this cafe…. its a real experience. Its bright decor oozes kiwiana ( I love the framed muldoon dollar bill and the piggy bank of yesteryear). Even going to the loo is a trip down memory lane (you could be in there some time). The staff are friendly and the service is good, but the food is great. All cabinet and menu selections are made fresh on site, theres something for everyone. My favs have to be the avo smash, any pizza (theyre all good) and the mussel fritters….. oh and the coffee is pretty damn good too. I’m a fan
PS They have the nicest cutlery
23rd December 2011
TOP QUALITY DELICIOUS OUTSTANDING FOOD AND GREAT VALUE FOR $$$ FOR WHAT YOU PAY.
Our experience was not ideal back in December 2011 when I first dinned in however thank you very much James (Owner) for your acknowledgement and along with your very accomodating staff in rectifying that situation for our family, we had a wonderful dine in experience with our young children today and the service was professional,warm and friendly well done Tomato! Top marks from us and we will be sure to return.
BEST PIZZA & SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL DISH IN PALMY! BEST CREME BRULEE & DESSERTS EVER! GREAT BREAKY ALSO!
THOMPSON FAMILY.Comment from James P. of Tomato Cafe 28/12/2011
by Maarten B.
19th December 2011
good food, nice staff
prices are a bit high, but the quality is good, and so is the service
it will be interesting to see how this place develops
by caffeine w.
18th November 2011
Finally a place that serves up a decent coffee – and a soy coffee made without burning the milk too!
Great food, love the menu and cabinet selection, and the staff were great, although they could be a bit more welcoming to guests when they first enter the cafe. Definitely great value for money ,and the menu isn’t a replica of the other 30 cafes in town – so refreshing!
Keep it up Tomato
17th November 2011
The rating above is an aggregate of the four (five) times I’ve eaten at the Tomato – from which you can probably already tell I’m a huge fan of the place.
Decor, pricing, atmosphere all top notch. The style is genuinely unique but not off-putting or strained. All the little details perfect.
Staff are lovely, although the occasional set of cutlery has been forgotten. A few members of the crew rank amongst the finest hospo service I’ve ever encountered.
Food, like most places, can be a little variable from visit to visit, but generally excellent. The day menu is good value for the most part, and every item on it is lovingly prepared and cooked, but it’s the evening menu that raises the Tom beyond the lowly aims of the competition. Whole flounder with a beautiful tomato and caper sauce; home-made pate to have with delicious herb and anchovy breads; specially made Italian sausage (from a secret and original Tomato recipe); beautiful oven-cooked pizzas… Definitely worth a few visits while you work through the menu.
1st November 2011
Tomato is a great corner cafe with a cheerful retro-kiwiana theme. Bright decor and friendly, attentive staff. We have been here a few times now for lunch and dinner. The hearty Minestrone is perfect for dinner – fresh, tasty, hot and a generous serving too. The delicious Eggs Benedict are a must for brunch, numerous variations are available. Fast service – we have never had to wait very long for meals. Our little man loved his fluffy too. (free with adult purchase). Coffee and Hot Chocolate is served with a bite of fresh baked brownie too which is a nice touch. Will definately be making Tomato our new favourite.
by H T.
30th October 2011
Perfect place for a first date!
I’d heard of this place through a friend of mine who lives in Tauranga. So I popped in for an Americano in the afternoon. Very clean; the staff are friendly (and very pretty, might I add), and the coffee was perfect.
Then came back later that day for dinner with a lady friend of mine. Sat upstairs where it’s nice and secluded. We had the Pepperoni Pizza and the Sausage Fest and a caraf of very tasty Chardonnay.
Great value for money! And impressive decor.
30th October 2011
Decided to try this new place for dinner and wow was I impressed. The yellow decor seems really relaxing and the staff all smile which is great. I had the Spanish chicken pizza and my partner had Pan fried flounder, both meals came out quick and were delicious. Prices are very reasonable and the wine seems to be a steal. I will definitely be coming back again to try more. Two thumbs up tomato!
17th October 2011
Since the days of George Street Deli, this corner location, the best site in Palmerston, has been a cursed site with a rapid succession of half-hearted, un-original pseudo-attempts; this time is far from that.
FINALLY the site has been given a lick of love. Tomato, is a breath of fresh air in the Palmy cafe set; though still being finished, Tomato is open for business. According to the owner, Tomato will be opening nights and a lil secret surprise to come.
The theme is kiwi-kitsch decor, but there really is a kiwi feel. No false pretence. Quality seeps for every gastro-corner, even making their own sausages in house! Ozone coffee from New Plymouth has a unique “Tomato” blend in house via a beautiful big machine. The prices though!? So cheap!!!!! $12 bene even, no more of this $17 stuff. And quality is key to the equation according to the owner – that is why this place will boost ahead I think.
My coffee was great. Food looks great, service was A+, so welcoming and efficient. Palmy needs this place to ruffle so feathers again I think.
The only reason I didn’t give a five-star, is because I didn’t dine.
I wish them all the best and recommend the place to all. Especially big groups for evening meals, when they open for nights. The prices vs quality ratio screams success.
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