The Cook - Putaruru

We are pleased to welcome The Cook to Putaruru. The Cook - Cafe & Bar has a reputation as a great suburban cafe in Hamilton East , with good sized meals to enjoy with friends. This style of gastro-pub  food now is on offer in the Putaruru Hotel. The chefs are from The Cook in Hamilton, and the menu is the same menu as The Cook in Hamilton. Open for lunch from 11:30am to 2:00pm Friday and Saturday. Open for dinner from 5.00pm to 9.00pm Thursday Friday and Saturday, and bookings are preferred. 

Planning a function? Just give us a call on 07 883 3911 or send us an email at

Here is the menu


Garlic Loaf $8.5 (*)

Tempura battered salmon served with wasabi mayo & picked ginger $12.5 (*)

The Cooks Scallops pan seared, served on a red pepper salad & beau blanc sauce $15 (*)

Smoked Mozzarella & Brie cheese fondue served with Turkish bread sticks $11 (v) (*)

Bite Sized Pork Belly drizzled with butterscotch chilli sauce and pomegranate molasses mascarpone $12

Summer Salads

Panzanella Beef Salad – pan seared beef tossed together with baby spinach, toasted quinoa, croutons, house made cherry tomato salsa, fresh basil, olives, and feta $17.5 (v)(*)

Smoked Salmon Salad – in house smoked salmon tossed with baby spinach, toasted caramelized walnut, pomegranate seeds, tomato, roast beetroot and feta finished with malt raspberry vinaigrette, rested upon radicchio leaves $26.5 (v)(*) 

Calamari and Chorizo Salad – salt n pepper coated calamari with fried chorizo, nested on a sundried tomato and red onion salad finished with shaved parmesan $19.5 

Caesar Salad - Ice berg lettuce, parmesan, crispy bacon lardons, croutons and our own special Caesar dressing topped with a poached egg $15.5 (v)(*)

Add Chicken $5
    Salmon $7.5


All Served with Beer Battered Fries

Pulled beef - Caramel onions, piccalilli, panko parmesan crumbed fried egg, lettuce & tomato $18.5

Chicken –buttermilk fried chicken tenders with bacon, melted brie, lettuce, tomato & chipotle mayo $18.5

Fish – Beer battered market fish, lettuce, tomato, grilled cheese and tartare sauce $18.5

Breakfast Burger – our version of an all-day breakfast; Bacon, fried egg, hash brown, mushrooms, tomato & roasted capsicum chutney $18.5


250g Scotch Fillet cooked to your liking and served either style:

Kiwiana – Beer battered fries, Garden salad, topped with fried eggs and gravy $30

Classic – Gourmet potatoes, Steamed Greens, topped with port wine butter and Confit Roasted Garlic Bulb $32 (*)

Peanut Satay Chicken Tenders with Jasmine and sesame steamed rice and cooks house made salsa, Asian slaw, Roasted Capsicums Slithers avocado smash and Warmed Tortillas $29 (*)

To have as shared meal for two add buttermilk chicken, dipping sauces with extra tortillas.  $33.5

Pork Belly, served with apple slaw, warm gourmet potato salad Chilli plum sauce and balsamic reduction $27.5

Fish of the Day – see our specials board Market price


Whittaker’s cheesecake with blueberry compote – see our specials board for today’s flavour $9 (v) (*)

Crepes with caramelized banana butterscotch sauce and Vanilla ice cream and topped with candied walnuts $9.5 (v)

Bailey’s Brulee with butter short bread $9 (v) (*)

Affogato shot of Weka Coffee vanilla ice cream and your choice of liquor $10 (v) (*)


Beer battered fries

- Served with tomato sauce and aioli $8.5 (v)

- Poutine (gravy and grilled cheese) $9.5 (v)

Wedges works - Seasoned wedges served with bacon cheese sour cream and chilli sauce $15

Mini mixed savoury - A selection of samosas, spring rolls, onion rings, pork wontons and fries served with dipping sauces $12.5

Seafood basket - A selection of fish bites, crumbed mussels, prawn twisters, salt and pepper calamari rings and fries served with dipping sauces   $15.5

Beef Nachos - Beef and bean nacho mix served on corn chips topped with melted cheese, sour cream and sweet chilli $18.5 (*)

Pizza Menu

Pepperoni - Salami, mozzarella and topped with a bbq swirl   $14

Hawaiian - Ham, pineapple and mozzarella   $14

Margherita - Basil pesto roma tomatoes and mozzarella    $14 (v)

Meat-lovers - Bacon, salami, chorizo, ham, red onion and mozzarella topped with a bbq swirl    $16

Salmon - Cream cheese, red onion, fried capers, house smoked salmon topped with kewpie mayo    $18.5

Chicken - Chicken, brie, onion, mozzarella topped with a plum sauce      $16

Spicy tandoori chicken - Chicken, tandoori sauce, cashew, mozzarella topped with a Kewpie mayo   $16

* Gluten Free or v Vegetarian on request (some charges may apply) Talk to your friendly waiter if you have any food allergies





The Putaruru Hotel welcomes bookings for conferences, functions, special occasions, weddings & tour groups

Tour groups are welcome - we can cater to groups of any size and on any day if the group is pre-booked. Groups larger than 12 will dine on a set menu and all budgets can be catered upon request.

Tour guides and drivers are free of charge if organised by prior arrangement.

The dining room is available for private use at anytime of the year. The hotel can cater for up to 100 people for a sit down ‘a la carte meal’, or up to 150 for a cocktail style get together.

Menus can be designed to suit all tastes and budgets.

Make contact today and discuss your plans!

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Coffee Stop

Our new offering in the Putaruru Hotel building, where the old bottle store was. It was an empty room but now hosts a huge Spanish three group espresso machine and features locally roasted Weka beans and freshly made cakes, slices and paninis.We can also open later or earlier for coffee groups.

Open Monday - Saturday 8am - 1pm