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“Tasty food but portions over the top”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Fat Dog Cafe & Bar

Fat Dog Cafe & Bar
Ranked #19 of 220 Restaurants in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $18
Cuisines: American, Bar, Cafe, European, Soups, New Zealand
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Wellington, New Zealand
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Tasty food but portions over the top”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2013 via mobile

We visited Fat Dog with our two children for breakfast. The decor is casual blackboard cafe style - shabby chic. The cafe is counter service and there is an extensive menu.

We ordered scrambled eggs for Him Eggs Benedict for Her and French toast for the kids. The coffee was pleasant and hot and the meals arrived fairly quickly. The portions were very large with the bread in big wedges rather than slices. The french toast was swimming in maple syrup and likewise there was a little too much hollandaise drizzled over the eggs benedict. The bread tasted pretty ordinary. The scrambled eggs were a tad on the firm side and the wholegrain looked suspiciously like ordinary molenberg bread.

Be great to see this improved given this is clearly a local institution in Rotorua for locals and tourists. We suggest the maple syrup is provided separately on the side, proper 5 grain bread offered and the white replaced with a quality sour dough and the portions a little more modest.

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Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Average food - pricey”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2013 via mobile

We ate during our 2 days in Rotorua - dinner. The servings were large but not tasty. The chef wasnice and went out of his way to make a vegetarian pasta for us which was much appreciated. We had the tomato soup, chicken panini and bread.

Visited December 2013
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Grimsby, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Seems to have slipped a bit from 9 years ago”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2013

We enjoyed eating here during our last trip to New Zealand 9 years ago....so we went back for breakfast a couple of times. Still good....but the portions seem to have shrunk considerably (still decent though) and the quality of the food wasn't up to the standards that this restaurant once had.

  • Visited December 2013
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Northern Brisbane
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“Fat Dog visit Dec. 13”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2013

Great menu choices, be aware the meals/portions are HUGE. Have to wait a while for service. Just off main street. Lots of jokes and décor to read/enjoy.

Visited December 2013
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taranaki
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2013

went there two nights, one to take away food. First night very busy, quite noisy, excellent food. Second late afternoon to take away kitchen food for dinner, not busy but very slow service.
Very nice people but not notable for the dress or appearance of staff, a bit scruffy.

  • Visited November 2013
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