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“Great food at a great price.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar

Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar
9 Rewcastle Road, Chaslands Highway | On the Southern Scenic Route, 9382, New Zealand
03 415 8338
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $18
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar is located mid-way around the Catlins portion of the Southern Scenic Route. It is an ideal stopover at the iconic attractions, McLean Falls and Cathedral Caves. There is a broad mix of accommodation and powered sites at this overnight stopover. The food is chef prepared, restaurant style with great coffees and local beers and wines. Prices are fair and the food is fresh.Check out the free app available for download to Hike & Drive your way around the Catlins.
Nelson, New Zealand
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“Great food at a great price.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2009

I was pleasantly surprised by The Whistling Frog Cafe. The decor is fresh and clean, the service welcoming and prompt, the menu nicely balanced. My lunch, the spit-roast lamb, was moist and tasty. I loved it! My companion had the lamb burger and announced it perfect.
While the dessert menu looked tempting, we refrained. But rest assured, we will be back.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Disappointing meal....”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2009

We ate dinner at the Whistling Frog during our visit to the Catlins in December and found it a disappointing experience. The service and atmosphere was friendly and welcoming, however, we felt that the food was a let down. The lamb was very tough, as if it had been cooked in a microwave and the beef burger was overloaded with beetroot and the ben was greasy. The prices were relatively high (which is maybe understandable due to the location and lack of local competition) however, the standard of the food was low - I would rate this as our worst meal during our 5 weeks in New Zealand.

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HeadFrog, Owner at Whistling Frog Cafe & Bar, responded to this review, May 3, 2010
Thank you for drawing the burger to our attention. Our chef team has changed since this was written. Sorry it was not to your taste.

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We do not heat burgers in the "microwave" they are cooked to order on the griddle and finished in the oven. Yes, they were big and juicy, handmade with prime lamb or beef and they did have beetroot, which is kind of a Kiwi thing... They were actually very popular!

They are not on the menu anymore, we now sell locally caught fish for lunch, usually fillet of sole and it is a really big portion. We sell groper for dinner, we feel this better reflects the region. Our seafood chowder is also very popular. Our menu changes constantly and we like to use regional food and vegetables that are in season.

We have competively dined in Dunedin and our prices are in line if not less than comparable establishments are charging, so I feel that you are being unfair in your pricing comments. The burger was less than $20 and had a full salad with it and a very large meat patty.

We look forward to welcoming you back at the Frog anytime.
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