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“Empty...but fully booked? ”
Review of Fat Dog Cafe & Bar

Fat Dog Cafe & Bar
Ranked #31 of 256 Restaurants in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $18
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

Well I rocked up with my two kids and although only one table was full, because they were fully booked they couldnt take us except outside. But they only had two stools, went fishing for another and only had a lower chair. So it would have been a pretty aweful experience. Throughout this I got the distinct feeling that we were just a hasle they didnt want. I thought they could have done more or at the very least suggest alternatives.

Thank thatraynerlad
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

For the second time in NZ in as many meals out I've been disappointed by crap service. We ordered our food at the till including drinks. The rest of the family ordered a few minutes behind us. Their drinks arrived. We asked about ours and were told they would be along shortly. Our food arrived. I went up to the ordering point and asked about our drinks. The server looked up our order and printed it off and only then decided to make our drinks. It wasn't a complicated order- just a coffee and a smoothie. The BLATs we ordered and my salad were good, and so were the drinks when they eventually arrived. But the service let them down!

Thank Hansieryder
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

Take that away and you'd be down to a one, at least for breakfast. Nice friendly wait staff but the tiny portions were severely overpriced, even for a tourist town. Actually one of the only disappointing meals in New Zealand.

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Thank ctuna
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

Drove past this place many times on our stay in Rotorua so decided to try it once it opened after the Christmas break.
Extensive menu that covered all options. Despite being very busy on the rainy night we visited, the food was served quickly by happy and helpful staff. Made me feel like a Backpacker again with the decor and surroundings. Well worth a visit if you like something different.

Thank White110
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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.

Thank mish15
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