Tuesday, June 07, 2011

The Fat Dog Cafe

An e-mail from my brother-in-law's wife arrived today, announcing their imminent departure from their home in New Zealand on a round-the-world tour before settling in Australia.
It got me to reminiscing about our visit to NZ last year, and a wonderful cafe they recommended to us while in Rotorua.

The Fat Dog Cafe and Bar sits off one of the main streets in Rotorua, a stinky little town due to all it's sulphurous hot springs with a wonderful forest, lake and Polynesian spa that makes up for the smell!

The place is wildly popular with the locals, which is always a very good sign. But while the lines are long, the service is quick and friendly, and there is always more than enough to be looking at. 

I mean, just take a look at the menu, scribbled delightfully on the wall in a multi-coloured profusion of options!

Table numbers aren't used there. Instead, it's a mish-mash of kitsch paraphernalia like turning flowers and plastic red duck tea-pots which take the place of drab old numbers! 
The array of dishes on offer is truly astounding, and yet labelling and knowledge is excellent in terms of what dishes contain/don't contain on the allergy front.
We treated ourselves to the Butter Chicken Curry served with a very unusual side salad (yay for people using root vegetables like beets raw and spiralised!)
We also tried the Kumara Wedges (like roast sweet potatoes), served sprinkled with spring onions (unusual) and with a sour cream dipping sauce (no tomato sauce/ketchup here!)

There is no part of this cafe that is boring....the wall, tables, chairs, roof....they're ALL fodder for artistic inclinations. And the end result is just one of sheer and utter fun!

For more photos, please visit my Flickr Set for the Fat Dog Cafe! Their cool water branding is truly something to behold. :)

P.S. If you're feeling shoppish, or giftish, please mosey on down to my new Etsy shop for some good deals...I'd sure appreciate it y'all!

P.P.S. I'll be back later this week for a giveaway, so keep your eyes peeled (which if you take it literally, could be terribly uncomfortable!)


Lisa @ Healthful Sense said...

Those Kumara Wedges look delicious! I love little cafes like this!

flowers on my table said...

A most colourful and interesting place Juanita. I love all the little booties on your etsy site. Have a great day, love Linda x

Betty Bake said...

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Gerry @Foodness Gracious said...

I love places like this and after recently being in Spain I realise that the small local places are by far the better places to visit.

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

What a fun cafe! NZ is on my bucket list of travel destinations :) Off to check out your Etsy shop~

Stacey @ bakercourt said...

That looks like so much fun! It reminds me a bit of the Fat Cactus Cafe in Cape Town, but the Fat Dog looks like it has a whole lotta personality ;) I loved your brooches on Etsy, very pretty x

oomph. said...

what a fun place. sort of reminds me of an ice cream place we have here...the menu is a chalkboard of scribbles with names of desserts such as Total Insanity, The Clinton Years, Orgasm, Bite Me, Rock me on the Water...you get the picture. always makes the line go faster when you've got all these names to joke about.


Anonymous said...

Great post. And I love the Fat Dog cafe. I haven't been to Rotorua since being gluten free but I'm not surprised that they have allergy food marked.
Isn't the Polynesian Spa so lovely.

Roxy Heart said...

What a cute place!