Thin review for Narrows


The new-look Narrows Landing cafe, now run by the folk at the popular Two Birds Eatery, could have been more impressive, says a reviewer.

Fairfax reviewer Kelsey Wilkie gave the Airport Rd eatery a score of 3.5 out of 5 on a recent visit.

The nourish bowl at Narrows Landing
The nourish bowl at Narrows Landing

The nourish bowl was less than impressive, the smoky beans failed to knock her socks off, Wilkie wrote in a short review.

We started with… A nourish bowl – roasted chicken with satay sauce, boiled eggs, quinoa, avocado, spinach and kumara ($17). It was very filling, and a great fit for health nuts, but at that price I was expecting something a bit more impressive. The satay sauce was the highlight.

We also tried smoky beans, eggs and bacon ($18), which didn’t knock our socks off.

We picked a raw slice ($8.50) to finish our meal – peanut butter and chocolate. It was large enough to split with a mate and the most delicious thing we ate during this brunch sitting at Narrows Landing.

The service was… Friendly and efficient – we were greeted as soon as we walked in the door and everything was delivered in a timely manner.

The vibe was… similar to Two Birds – very relaxed. There’s a lot of greenery, it was like sitting in your nana’s garden.

If you go… pick a warm, sunny day. Outside looked ideal but it was a bit too chilly.

Rating out of five… 3.5/5

Kelsey Wilkie’s review: Narrows Landing, Tamahere.

3 thoughts on “Thin review for Narrows

  • July 19, 2016 at 11:44 am

    The food in your photo and description is the protein bowl,not the nourish bowl. Having been to this cafe on several occasions I feel your review is harsh and definitely not the experience my friends and I have had.

    • December 11, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      Hi Carolyn,
      I have just come across this article about The Narrows Landing which I know has been cut and pasted by the Tamahere Forum, as it was first published in the Waikato Times.
      I am sorry to see this type of writing about one of our businesses and were I to critique the writers comments and the Tamahere Forum, I would say that it is a shame that our local news papers and their journalists could not be more supportive of local business. I truly appreciate your comments and especially appreciate that you went to the effort of writing what you thought.
      As a family run business we work very hard to ensure all visitors to both our cafes have a positive experience and in light of this kind of knock back its a wonder that we don’t just give up completely.
      Luckily we have far more supporters than we do knockers and even more importantly we love what we do.
      Once again Carolyn, thank you for your support, I truly appreciate it.
      Penny Gittings
      The Narrows Landing and Two Birds Eatery

      • December 12, 2016 at 11:05 am

        Hi Penny, I consider myself (I’m the editor of Tamahere Forum) very supportive of local business. I am, after all, a local business, too, having singlehandedly and voluntarily run the Forum for more than 8 years. If I can’t say anything nice about a local business I tend not to personally say anything at all. And that’s the case with The Narrows Landing, which I’ve visited twice. I wish you the best luck in getting it up to the standard of the very good Two Birds Eatery.
        I make no apology for including stories on Tamahere written by others, as this review was. I make no secret of it and all stories contain links to the original, as this one does – twice. As a sole operator I cannot know about and cover everything that goes on in Tamahere but as well as my own reporting I try to include all that I come across by others to provide as complete a record of our area as possible. That is why I also shared another, earlier Waikato Times story about your pending arrival in Tamahere, which is also linked to in this story. That story was widely read and shared on social media – all part of the Forum’s supportive service.


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