Tania M. Says:
Have had a few meals here and have been satisfied every time. Meals are a good price big and most delicious. The atmosphere is good too. Local, friendly and very accomodating as far as booking parties.
This place is my partner's favourite for the mixed grill. There are two vegetarian options, I've had the vegeburger which varies from average to good, pretty generous servings. The staff are competent if a little indifferent, but we kinda like that kinda thing (not too much attention). It's a nice lowkey relaxed place for a lowkey relaxed meal.
Frank C. Says:
This is a cafe & bar, not a 5-star restaurant. i have dined here several times and never been disappointed. Large, tasty meals; very friendly and efficient staff; great atmosphere.
Angela Cuming from Waikato Times gives her verdict:
It has always weighed deeply on my caffeine-sodden mind that the one and only truly bad review I have written was for a cafe in my neighbourhood. I wrote at the time that I truly wanted to like the Cook Cafe and Bar in Hamilton East, but that two visits' worth of bad service had forced my hand. It came as little surprise, then, to discover the Cook had since been sold back to its former owner Chris Rollitt, who took up the reins last month.
I felt it was only fair to give the place one last go and, leaving the Irishman at home with his writing, I made the walk back up to Steele Park and to the cafe that sits opposite it. I ordered a flat white at the counter from staff who were professional and friendly, and took a seat. My coffee arrived promptly and was well made and I enjoyed a happy 10 minutes drinking it while flipping through the free magazines on offer.
The tables were filled with locals catching up over a cuppa, and the walls plastered with posters and flyers promoting a broad range of community events, which I loved to see. What I didn't love, however, was the sound of pokey machines interrupting my morning coffee, or a great big sign telling me that "profits from the gaming machines in this venue are returned to help good causes in your local communities". The Cook is also a bar, and bars and pokies go (sadly) hand-in-hand, but they are a grim reality I'd rather not face over my breakfast.
Sylvia, A First table booking:
We were all happy with our food. Staff very accommodating for food allergies. Atmosphere was good and staff friendly and efficient
Sylvia O'Leary - dined at The Cook Cafe & Bar on 10 December 2015
Every Monday night with our regular quizzers all joining together on a Monday for our free quiz. Sort of like "Nothing Trivial" but not...
The second Thursday of every month we host "Cook Comedy" which features a fantastic line-up of kiwi and international comedy talent.