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The Sign of the Takahe menu is a tribute to the timeless New Zealand & European classics that people have come to know, love and adore.   Our chefs and Bakers have taken them to new heights with sumptuous local ingredients and utmost finesse.

We are a casual family friendly cafe, bar and restaurant, where everyone is welcome, the food is not only affordable, yummy but it’s covers many dietary requirements using the best quality, locally sourced and sustainable ingredients.

From our yummy cabinet food, popular brunch and lunch, a more chilled out evening dining, yummy deserts, bar snacks, special group menus, special event menus to seasonal menus and dedicated Christmas menus and wedding menus – there are plenty of choices.

Set in a restored Heritage Grade 1 listed building that is internationally recognised as one of New Zealand's most charming Cafe, Bar & Restaurants.

Exclusively Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

BRUNCH

Our popular choice is available from Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Served to 3pm
Pizza & Dessert from 12pm

Our dedicated brunch menu with some delicious classic favourites served with a Takahe and modern twist. Vegetarian, Keto and Vegan are also catered for.

 


Brunch All time Favourites

★ Takahe Eggs Benedict (Gf)
Two Poached Eggs on our famous Potato.Gratin, Wilted Spinach and Hollandaise Sauce.
with your choice of:
» Mushrooms       ∼    $21.50
» Bacon               ∼     $22.50
» Salmon             ∼     $25.00
Keto Friendly Option – swap your Gratin for Keto Bread or more Wilted Spinach (+$2)

★ Bacon & Eggs (Gf/Keto option)
Two Eggs Cooked Your Way | Bacon | Toast
∼     $18.00
Keto / GF Friendly Option swap your Toast for Keto Bread / GF Bread or Wilted Spinach (+$2)

★ Takahe Big Breakfast (Gf/Keto option)
Two Eggs Cooked Your Way | Bacon | Sausage |Toast | Hashbrown | Wilted Spinach | Tomato | Mushrooms
∼     $23.00
Keto- Friendly Option swap your Toast & Hashbrown for Keto Bread & wilted spinach (+$2) & GF friendly – swap toast for GF
Bread or Wilted Spinach (+$2)

★ Waffles
In-house made Waffles | Bacon | Banana | Fresh fruit | Maple Syrup
∼     $21.50

★ Chefs Pasta Creation
Ask our Front of House staff for today’s flavour or view our specials board.
∼      $22 – 29

★ Creamy Seafood Chowder
Medley of Seafood | Rich Flavoursome Creamy Sauce | Toasted Ciabatta
∼      $16.00

★ Fish & Chips (Gf option – Pan Fried)
Our Craft Beer Battered Fresh Fish | Crispy Slaw | Tartare Sauce | Makikihi Fries
∼      $26.00

★ NZ Lamb Shank (Gf)
Slow Braised Lamb Shank | Pearl Barley & Hemp seed Pilaf | Pickled Pumpkin | Salsa Verde
∼     $35.00

★ Winter Chicken (Gf)
Confit Chicken Maryland | Cauliflower Puree | Roast Vegetable Medley | Charred Leeks
∼      $27.50

★ Braised Beef Rib Flintstone(Gf option)
Braised Beef Rib | Ponzu Glaze | Puffed Beef Tendon| Herb Slaw
∼      $26.50

 


Deluxe Burgers

★ Crispy Chicken Burger (Gf option +$2 & Df option)
Our Signature Crispy Chicken | Crispy Slaw |Smoked Cheddar | Pickles | BBQ Mayo | Pretzel Bun| Makikihi Fries
∼      $25.50

★ Port Hills Beef Burger (Gf option +$2 & Df option)
In-house made tender Beef Patty | Crispy Slaw | Smoked Cheddar | Pickles | BBQ Mayo | Pretzel Bun| Makikihi Fries
∼      $25.50

★ Fish Burger (Gf option +$2 & Df option)
Takahe Beer Battered Fish Pieces | Crispy Slaw | Smoked Cheddar | Pickles | Tartare Sauce | Pretzel Bun | Makikihi Fries
∼      $25.50

★ Vegan Burger (Gf option +$2)
In-house made Falafel Pattie | Crispy Slaw | Tomato| Pickles | Beetroot Relish | Hummus | Pretzel Bun | Kumara Fries
∼      $25.50

 


Pizza

Available from 12pm. Our Pizza Dough is made in house each day and each Pizza is rolled by hand and made to order. (Gf option +$2)

★ Margherita Classico
Napoli | Fresh Tomato | Basil | Mozzarella | Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
∼      $21.00

★ Carnivores
Salami | Chicken | Beef Meatballs | Lamb | Caramelized onion | Mozzarella | Jus
∼      $25.50

★ Fungi
Mozzarella | Garlic | Mushrooms | Herbs | Truffle Oil
∼      $23.50

★ Chicken & Cranberry
Chicken | Cranberry Sauce | Brie | Mozzarella
∼      $23.50

 


Sides

★ Makikihi Fries
★ Kumara Fries

∼      $9.50

 


Dessert

★ Chocolate Nemesis
Chocolate Nemesis | Vanilla Mascarpone |
Strawberry Textures
∼   $16.00

★ Bombe Alaska
Mango Parfait | Vanilla Sponge | Meringue
∼   $16.00

★ Pannacotta
Today’s Pannacotta Creation | Fresh Seasonal Fruit
∼   $15.00

★ Warm Spiced Poached Pear
Poached Pear | Cardamom Anglaise |
Pear Liquor Ice Cream
∼   $15.00

 


For Children aged 12 & under

CHILDREN’S

all $13.00

Served with complimentary kids drink – Fizzy, Juice or milk.

It’s not all about the Adults…  A Children’s menu actually design by 3-12 year olds.

Enjoy a fun, relaxed time at the Takahe. The Children can be entertained with paints and crayons in the vibrant, friendly atmosphere. Plenty of choice to munch on. The kids’ menu includes plenty of familiar favourites.

Breakfast
Available 7.30am to 3pm

Kids Breakfast
Toast | Hashbrown | Egg | Bacon

Waffle
Waffle | Bacon | Banana | Fresh fruit | Maple Syrup

Lunch & Dinner
Available – from 11am

Mini Fish ‘n’ Chips
Battered fish served | chips | tomato sauce.

Fried Chicken
Crispy fried chicken | crispy slaw or chips

Pizza & Chips

★ Meatlovers
★ Chicken & Cranberry
★ Margherita

Kids Sides

★ Kids Seasonal Steamed Veggies
∼      4.00

★ Kids Crispy Slaw
∼       $4.00

Kids Dessert

Kids Ice Cream
Vanilla Ice Cream | Sprinkles & choice of chocolate or Strawberry sauce
∼      $6.00

Additional Kids Drinks

★ Babyccino /Milk
∼       $1.00

★ Kids Juice
∼      $3.00

★ Kids Fizzy
∼       $2.50

Kids Milkshake
Choc | Vanilla | Caramel
∼      $3.00

Don’t forget to ask for colouring-in books, books, games & toys!

Exclusively Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

DINNER

The evening dining experience is complemented with a sophisticated yet affordable wine list with a focus on locally sourced wines carefully picked to match our menus.

At the Sign of the Takahe, rest assured every dish is delicate, balanced and thoroughly considered.


Starters

★ Creamy Seafood Chowder
Medley of Seafood | Rich Flavorsome Creamy Sauce | Toasted Ciabatta
∼     $16.00

★ Breads & Dips (Gf option + $2)
Selection of Breads | Smoked Butter | Hummus | Herb Pesto
∼   $13.00

★ Crudo
Fresh Fish | Lime & Cucumber Crème Fraiche | Squid Ink Tapioca Crisp
∼   $17.50

★ Braised Beef Rib Flintstone (Gf option)
1⁄2 Braised Beef Rib | Ponzu Glaze | Puffed Beef Tendon | Herb Slaw
∼   $16.50


Mains & Our Signature Dishes

★ Chefs Pasta Creation
Ask our Front of House staff for today’s flavour or view our specials board.
∼   $22-27

★ Our Signature Harry Ell Ribeye
250g Ribeye | Carrot Puree | Confit Baby Carrots | Potato Gratin | Jus or Garlic and Anchovy Butter
∼   $37.00

★ NZ Lamb Shank (Gf)
Slow Braised Lamb Shank | Pearl Barley & Hemp seed Pilaf | Pickled Pumpkin | Salsa Verde
∼     $35.00

★ Fish & Chips (Gf option – Pan Fried)
Our Craft Beer Battered Fresh Fish | Crispy Slaw | Tartare Sauce | Makikihi Fries
∼   $26.00

★ Winter Chicken (GF)
Confit Chicken Maryland | Cauliflower Puree | Roast Vegetable Medley | Charred Leeks
∼   $27.50

★ Risotto (Gf, DF option)
Mixed Forest Mushrooms | Truffle Oil | Mascarpone | Shanklish
∼   $29.00

★ Takahe Fish of the Day (GF)
Today’s Market Fresh Fish | Cauliflower Textures |Gremolata | Squid Ink Tapioca Crisps
∼   $30-$33

 


Deluxe Burgers

★ Crispy Chicken Burger(GF option +$2 & Df option)
Our Signature Crispy Chicken | Crispy Slaw |
Smoked Cheddar | Pickles | BBQ Mayo | Pretzel Bun | Makikihi Fries
∼   $25.50

★ Port Hills Beef Burger (Gf option +$2 & Df option)
In-house made tender Beef Patty | Crispy Slaw | Smoked Cheddar | Pickles | BBQ Mayo | Pretzel Bun | Makikihi Fries
∼   $25.50

★ Fish Burger (GG option +$2 & Df option)
Takahe Beer Battered Fish Pieces | Crispy Slaw | Smoked Cheddar | Pickles | Tartare Sauce | Pretzel Bun | Makikihi Fries
∼   $25.50

★ Vegan Burger (GF option +$2)
In-house made Falafel Pattie | Crispy Slaw | Tomato | Pickles | Beetroot Relish | Hummus | Pretzel Bun | Kumara Fries
∼   $25.50

 


Pizza

Our Pizza Dough is made in house each day and each Pizza is rolled by hand and made to order. (Gf option + $2)

★ Margaretta
Napoli | Fresh Tomato | Basil | Mozzarella |
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
∼   $21.00

★ Carnivores
Salami | Chicken | Beef Meatballs | Lamb |
Caramelized onion | Mozzarella | Jus
∼   $25.50

★ Fungi
Mozzarella | Garlic, Mushrooms | Herbs | Truffle Oil
∼   $23.50

★ Chicken & Cranberry
Chicken | Cranberry Sauce | Brie | Mozzarella
∼   $23.50

 


Sides

★ Smashed Spuds
Seasonal Vegetables
★ Crispy Slaw

∼   $8.00

★ Makikihi Fries
Kumara Fries
∼   $9.50

 


Dessert

★ Chocolate Nemesis
Chocolate Nemesis | Vanilla Mascarpone |
Strawberry Textures
∼   $16.00

★ Bombe Alaska
Mango Parfait | Vanilla Sponge | Meringue    ∼   $16.00

★ Pannacotta
Today’s Pannacotta Creation | Fresh Seasonal Fruit
∼   $15.00

★ Warm Spiced Poached Pear
Poached Pear | Cardamom Anglaise | Pear Liquor Ice Cream
∼   $15.00

 


For Children aged 12 & under

CHILDREN’S

all $13.00

Served with complimentary kids drink – Fizzy, Juice or milk.

It’s not all about the Adults…  A Children’s menu actually design by 3-12 year olds.

Enjoy a fun, relaxed time at the Takahe. The Children can be entertained with paints and crayons in the vibrant, friendly atmosphere. Plenty of choice to munch on. The kids’ menu includes plenty of familiar favourites.

Dinner

Mini Fish ‘n’ Chips
Battered fish served | chips | tomato sauce.

Fried Chicken
Crispy fried chicken | crispy slaw or chips

Pizza & Chips

★ Meatlovers
★ Chicken & Cranberry
★ Margherita

Kids Sides

★Kids Seasonal Steamed Veggies
∼      4.00

★ Kids Crispy Slaw
∼       $4.00

Kids Dessert

Kids Ice Cream
Vanilla Ice Cream | Sprinkles & choice of chocolate or Strawberry sauce
∼      $6.00

Additional Kids Drinks

★ Babyccino /Milk
∼       $1.00

★ Kids Juice
∼      $3.00

Kids Fizzy
∼       $2.50

Kids Milkshake
Choc | Vanilla | Caramel
∼      $3.00

Don’t forget to ask for colouring-in books, books, games & toys!

 

Disclaimer
We make every attempt to identify ingredients that may cause an allergic reaction for those with food allergies. However there is always a risk of contamination as in our kitchen we use products such as milk, eggs, gluten, seafood, peanuts, other nuts, sesame seeds and capsicum,
although we have strict cross contamination policies; we can not guarantee a total absence of these products in any of our cuisine’s, meat,
carb or vegetable.
Customers with food allergies must be aware of this risk and mention it to our Servers at the time of ordering. We will not assume any liability for adverse reactions from the food consumed, or items one may come in contact with whilst eating any of our meals or itemised food sources.

Set in a restored Heritage Grade 1 listed building that is internationally recognised as one of New Zealand’s most charming Cafe, Bar & Restaurants.

Sign Of The Takahe

Opening Hours

Normally we are open 6 days a week with a full exciting menu, however with the ongoing COVID19 levels changing and Government requirements please check google for our updated opening times.

Please use the below as a guide.

  • Monday
    • Closed
  • Tue & Wed
    • 9am to 3pm
    • Cafe & Bar
    • Cabinet food
  • Thurs – Sat
    • 9am to 9pm
    • Cafe & Bar
    • Cabinet food
    • Brunch & Dinner Menu
    • Friday & Saturday High Teas (11am – 1pm)
  • Sunday
    • 9am – 7pm
    • Cafe & Bar
    • Cabinet food
    • Brunch & Dinner Menu

Please feel free to connect to our social media channels for more information and any new events.

Where You Can Find Us

https://www.facebook.com/SignoftheTakaheNZ/

https://www.instagram.com/signofthetakahenz/

Sign Of The Takahe

Our Menus

Our Cabinet, Brunch, Dinner & Group menus are a tribute to classic Kiwi & European cuisine, giving you a taste of traditional fare with contemporary flair. Enjoy our carefully balanced and curated dishes complemented by our yummy wines.

Reserve High Tea

Our “Takahe Reserve High Teas” are exclusively seated sessions available Friday and Saturday at 11am & 1pm. What better way to treat yourself or a loved one by enjoying a 3 tiered stand of yummy scones, savouries, sandwiches and sweet treats.

The Perfect Wedding Venue

We have created wedding packages and special wedding offers to make the Sign of the Takahe the perfect wedding venue for your special day. Giving you the confidence to plan your wedding with no hidden extras. Alternatively, the versatility of the Garden can be adapted to create your own unique bespoke package to match your requirements.

Groups & Functions

Booking a group lunch or dinner? A corporate party or a product launch? You have come to the right place, we endeavour to make your booking and menu selections as easy as possible.  From a large smart sit down lunch, a casual evening cocktail gathering to a walking group catch up or a Staff Dinner French Buffet, our space transcends the ordinary. Corporate Parties, to Promotional Launches, A memorable event begins with a memorable location and the Takahe is a special venue.  This enchanting Building sets the perfect scene for a unique event. You’ll definitely be stimulating people’s imagination!

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