Fat Dog Café (Rotorua, New Zealand)

1161 Arawa Street
Rotorua, New Zealand
+64 7 347 7586

Our final morning in Rotorua involved a mud bath at the Queen Elizabeth Health Centre and breakfast at popular local haunt, Fat Dog Café.

In all honesty, Marty and I had no idea where we ought to go for breakfast and the only thing that made us to go to Fat Dog was the sign on the window that advertised ‘FREE WI-FI’ for customers. As soon as we saw the sign, we quickly hopped out of the rental car, laptop in hand.



With its funky colourful interior that looked more at home in Wellington’s vibrant Cuba Street, Fat Dog brought a little spice to what was otherwise a quiet street. After ordering breakfast at the counter and grabbing the password for the wi-fi, we grabbed a table by the window to keep an eye on the parking meter as we didn’t have enough coins to last us.


Our table came with a little friend.


And possibly the cutest tomato sauce bottle.


Marty ordered a chai latte (NZD$4.80/AUD$3.81) for his drink, which he thought was lovely and sweet.


Meanwhile, I had a latte (NZD$4.90/AUD$3.89). While the milk was creamy, I did find that it didn’t have that much depth. That said, I had to tell myself that we weren’t in Melbourne and to be kinder.


Marty ordered his favourite breakfast dish, a serving of eggs benedict (NZD$17.60/AUD$13.97). There was a choice of salmon, bacon or vegies (vegies? lawl) and he chose the bacon. The hollandaise sauce was lusciously creamy with the perfect amount of tang. The arrangement was served with little hash browns which we both appreciated since we love the hash. (no, not THAT type).


I went all out with the Fat Dog Works (NZD$18.30/AUD$14.52). The meat came in the form of bacon and sausages while the carb component comprised of chunky toast, grilled tomatoes and hash browns again (woohoo!). And of course, you couldn’t have a savoury breakfast dish without eggs. It was a complete breakfast meal that filled me up until we arrived in Auckland later that afternoon and gave me as much energy as that nasty can of Rasta Blasta that Marty insisted on having just before our drive to Auckland.


It looked odd on the plate but I really did appreciate the random bits of fruit that I received. Nothing like a slice of orange and kiwi fruit to aid with digestion!


Rotovegas? I DON’T THINK SO.

Fat Dog is not just a name that you’d call the office bitch behind her back. No, it’s a café in Rotorua that has a lot of soul, attitude and great food to boot. At lunchtimes, burgers are the rage in addition to Kiwi favourites such as fish and chips – definitely the type of stuff if I happen to spend a spa and hiking weekend in Rotorua (now that’s an idea!).

I eat too much.


  1. Hannah
    February 8, 2013

    Those hash browns look like the McDonalds-esque kind!!! Which, dignity aside, I totally love and haven’t had in years and miss.

    1. libishski
      February 16, 2013

      Can’t go past Maccas hashbrowns!

  2. Dayna
    February 8, 2013

    Everything looks so tasty! Just another reason why I need to visit New Zealand!

  3. Daisy@Nevertoosweet
    February 11, 2013

    LOL I love the name of this cafe! Dishes look good and quite reasonably priced! People always told me it was expensive to travel to NZ but now reading your posts they don’t seem all that bad!


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