We enjoyed a nice complimentary breakfast buffet here on a daily basis because we were guests at the resort. The breakfast is quite nice but does become boring over the course of several days.
It is a continental breakfast buffet that includes a large selection of beautiful tropical fruits, a nice variety of breads and muffins, a quiche casserole of the day and several cereals. Beverages include coffee, tea and tropical juices. The coffee is prepared in a French coffee press and its quality varied over the course of days even though staff reported that the brand never changed. Since it's from a local source on the island of Atiu, it is possible that the variability was natural. The quality ranged from being as excellent as good quality Kona coffee but sometimes was marked by bitterness.
It's worth noting that the restaurant did not have any artificial sweeteners. Sugar was the only sweetener offered. People that need or prefer artificial should definitely bring them along. In fact the hotel should recognize the widespread need for artificial sweeteners in today's world and should have it available wherever they make sugar available.
Although we did not have a full dinner at this restaurant, we did stop in at dinnertime for some of their popoular seafood chowder. The high acclaim is well deserved. The seafood chowder is incredibly delicious. Fantastic! It has very very few potatoes and is chock-full of chopped seafood. Another guest jokingly offered to take up a collection to purchase the recipe from the chef. It was undoubtedly some of the best seafood chowder I've ever had in my life. It was amazing and worth the NZ $18 for a small bowl. A large bowl cost even more.
Service at this restaurant was always excellent and the staff are extremely kind and attentive. It's an expensive restaurant for sure but the amazing nature of the seafood chowder is reason to try it.