The Bay’s best restaurants and cafés will be named at Mills Reef Winery on Sunday, 5th November 2017. UNO. is sponsoring Outstanding Café category. Meet the finalists!

With 80,000 peo­ple employed at 12,000 restau­rants across New Zealand, there are so many out­stand­ing tal­ents to be crowned. So the Restau­rant Asso­ci­a­tion of New Zealand stepped up, bring­ing us the annu­al Bay Hos­pi­tal­i­ty Awards.

Cafés, restau­rants, chefs and baris­tas from Tau­ran­ga, Mount Maun­ganui, Papamoa, Wai­hi Beach, Whakatane, Omoko­roa, Te Puke and Katikati will be hon­oured dur­ing the awards night at Mills Reef Win­ery on Sun­day, 5th Novem­ber.

This year’s 15 cat­e­gories include Out­stand­ing Bar­tender, Out­stand­ing Street food take­out, Emerg­ing Tal­ent Kitchen and Out­stand­ing Design/Ambiance.

UNO. is spon­sor­ing the Out­stand­ing Café cat­e­go­ry. We LOVE good cafés, where the baris­ta knows us by name (and a weak­ness for gin­ger slices). The 2017 three final­ists cer­tain­ly fit that cri­te­ria!

Heath St has tak­en The Mount by storm with their airy and fresh inte­ri­or, beet­root cured salmon and, THOSE vanil­la pan­cakes. They are up again­st Love Rosie, heavy­weight play­er of the hos­pi­tal­i­ty indus­try in Tau­ran­ga, famous for their cute dino toys instead of order num­bers and amaz­ing­ly cre­ative cab­i­net treats. The third final­ist is The Gen­er­al — spa­cious place at The Mount with an impres­sive menu, that includes poached eggs with hol­landaise on sour­dough and healthy quinoa bowls.

Mis­ter Heath + Mush­room Rösti Bene­dict 👍🏼

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Get­ting lost in the swirls #loverosiebak­ery #cin­ni­mon­bri­oche #clas­sic #star­crossed #bak­ery

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Our beau­ti­ful veg­e­tar­i­an dish!! #the­gen­eralmt­maun­ganui #veg­atar­i­an­good­ness #the­gen­eraleatery

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Full list of finalists

Out­stand­ing Baris­ta

  • Dan Comber – LUCA
  • Kalee Haak­ma – Thy Neigh­bour Cof­fee Bar
  • Taryn Jack­son – Pron­to, Mount Maun­ganui

UNO. Mag­a­zine Out­stand­ing Café

  • Heath St
  • Love Rosie
  • The Gen­er­al

Lion Co Out­stand­ing Bar­tender

  • Alis­ter Noon – The Ris­ing Tide
  • Hamish Doyle – Astro­labe Brew Bar
  • Katie Short – The Bar­rio Broth­ers Mt Maun­ganui

Pern­od Ricard Out­stand­ing Bar

Inde­pen­dent Liquor Out­stand­ing Ambi­ence & Design

  • Hide – Thirst & Hunger
  • Maude
  • Post Bank Restau­rant & Bar

Moana NZ Emerg­ing Tal­ent – Front of House

  • Aimee Chan­ner – Rye Amer­i­can Kitchen & Spir­its
  • Jor­gia Jenk­ins – Brook­lyn Patio & Eatery
  • Lisa Rooney – The Ris­ing Tide

Menu­mate Point of Sale Out­stand­ing Front of House Team

  • Flat White Wai­hi Beach
  • Post Bank Restau­rant & Bar
  • The Bar­rio Broth­ers Tau­ran­ga

Fed­er­al Mer­chants & Co Out­stand­ing New Venue

  • Heath St
  • Hide – Thirst & Hunger
  • Papamoa Beach Tav­ern

Toi Ohomai Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy Emerg­ing Tal­ent – Kitchen

  • Madis­on Boyd – Fish Face Seafood & Wine Bar
  • Tom Greene – Octopus’s Gar­den
  • Wal­ter Chang – Maude

Bid­food Tau­ran­ga Out­stand­ing Chef

  • Kate McK­eller White – Fish Face Seafood & Wine Bar
  • Ian Har­rison – Rye Amer­i­can Kitchen & Spir­its
  • Matt Hay – Post Bank Restau­rant & Bar

Gilmours Tau­ran­ga Out­stand­ing Restau­rant

  • Fish Face Seafood & Wine Bar
  • Macau Bar Kitchen & Lounge
  • Roquet­te Restau­rant & Bar

Restau­rant Asso­ci­a­tion of NZ Out­stand­ing Sales Rep

  • Andre Howe – Mt Brew Com­pa­ny
  • Dan Shea – Mills Reef Win­ery
  • Rob­bie Moore – Bid­food Tau­ran­ga

Bid­food Tau­ran­ga Out­stand­ing Cater­er

  • Good Things Kitchen
  • Hand­craft­ed Food
  • The Whipped Bak­er

Out­stand­ing Street Food/Takeout

To sup­port your favourite cafe or baris­ta, vote here.