• Eating New Zealand’s Nth Island

    Recently Bobbie Hasselbring, the editor from Real Food Traveller came to New Zealand. She spent 10 days exploring the amazing cuisine on offer. We were lucky enough have her visit Fat Dog and she wrote about it in her blog post: www.realfoodtraveler.com/2015/01/eating-new-zealands-north-island/

    “At Fat Dog Cafe, it’s all about giant sandwiches.” – Real Food Traveler

    “In Rotorua’s cute, walkable downtown, we checked out funky Fat Dog Café. The restaurant is filled with mismatched painted wood tables, dog prints on the ceiling, irreverent sayings (“When wine goes in, strange things come out…”), and a big chalkboard menu. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, but their claim to fame are HUGE sandwiches.

    I ordered a steak sandwich that came with a giant filet of sirloin, two kinds of lettuce, caramelized onions, and melted cheese with sour cream all between two thick pieces of foccocia bread. It was accompanied by two big onion rings in a light, herbed batter that were some of the best we’ve ever eaten. They also came with thick potato wedges with a crusty exterior served with sour cream for dipping.

    My friend ordered the roast chicken panini with red onion and, while it wasn’t quite as huge as my steak sandwich, it was plenty. It came with a creamy, sweet mango/peach cream cheese.”