The Pig & Whistle Historic Pub: Great Pub Food
General friendly pub with great service. The pub is in the old Police Station!
Favorite Dish: I had the Beef Schnitzel - a beautifully crumbed large steak served with vegetables and mashed potatoes with lashings of gravy.
Mum had the Portobello Stuffed Mushrooms - stuffed with garlic, cream cheese and herbs - which she really enjoyed
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PicNic Cafe: Funky and Friendly
Great and appealing cafe food, with a flare and individuality. Friendly and interesting staff, always happy to oblige. I really enjoy the nice decor, and funky atmosphere.
PicNic is open - Mon to Sat 8.00am to 4.00pm
Favorite Dish: French Toast was amazing, with French Bread soaked in egg, fried and presented with fried banana, maple syrup, cream and lovely soaked figs and apricots. A really scrumptious blend of tastes. I highly recommend.
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Lone Star Rotorua: Always Fantastic Steaks!
Typical steakhouse with that classic rustic Lone Star feel, from the memorabilia on the walls, music, the warmth of timber, open fire and curtious staff.
Favorite Dish: Always great food but it is so hard not to go past the Rockin' Ribeye with pepper and bourban sauce.....just delicious! And the Super Cold Steinlager NZ $22.00 jug!!
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Pig & Whistle: Famous for Bangers & Mash!
An old Historic building with plenty of atmosphere and great cold beers from the tap. A pub that has stood the test of time and just the type of place Rabbit enjoys kicking back in...ya!
Favorite Dish: Bangers & Mash of course..... typically good old fashioned Kiwi pub grub...simply delicious after a few beers! or you could try the beer battered fish and chips, chef is not shy on portion size either...!! But if that's not you then there is plenty on the menu to select from.....enjoy!
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The Lone Star: You Cannot Go Wrong
It is nearly impossible to critisize a lot in a Lone Star Café and Bar, and the one in Rotorua is no exception. Perhaps one thing: I was there in winter, and it was rather chilly in the restaurant, with an air draught, until the hot soup arrived and heated me up.
I would not call the food sophisticated, to challenge your palate, but hearty and authentic, and everything comes in huge portions. Many people ask for doggy bags... Especially after having had one of those huge loaves of bread as a starter.
Most salads are overpriced, whereas stuff like nachos and pizza are good value for money. Our vegetarian at the table was not delighted of the poor choice (only some salads on a cold day, and a vegetarian burrito at $24.50) but as he is not very picky at least he got satisfied.
Most mains slightly under $30, so you will not have a cheap evening at the Lone Star.
Pig & Whistle: Be a Whistle Blower
One of the last things that most travellers want to do is have a meal in the local jail. Normally you would have to do something terribly wrong to make it in the slammer and stay long enough to enjoy the culinary delights that are prison food.
In Rotorua however, you are actually encouraged to head to the local lock-up, which was sold a few years ago in favor of a more modern building. Their loss is your gain now as the Pig and Whistle Pub has taken its place.
Pig and Whistle has the typical pub fare and has a fully stocked bar as well. We tried the nachos and the satay chicken sandwich, and both were good. Sarah had a little trouble with the nachos later that evening though!
Te Wairoa Cafe: Great Smelling Muffins!
If you are headed out in the morning to see the Buried Village, make sure you do not eat breakfast first... primarilly so you can tell me if the scones and muffins at the cafe are half as good as they smelled!
We had just completed breakfast at our B+B, and did not get a chance to eat one, although next time I will surely eat there!
We did have a juice and a drink, but they were not priced badly for the captive audience that we were.
Nuvolari Restaurant: Great Atmosphere
Went here on a busy Saturday, place was full, probably around 120 people there. No tables available, but staff were friendly, offered us a drink and within a short while we were seated. Staff were all fantastic and friendly, drinks came to table fast. Pizza was lovely thin crust, pasta was hot and delicious. Recommend the signature dish: chicken Nuvolari.
A must go to if you are in Rotorua, best service, food and atmosphere we had while we were in town.
Ronnie's Café: Disappointing...
The Ronnie's Café has a nice formula, it is a very inviting breakfast self-service with loads of nice-to-see cakes, muffins and salty snacks.
The food aspect is simply great, but unfortunately it is untasty.
The store staff is not very friendly and we got the impression that the place was a bit dirty (our tea cups were not properly washed...)
Lime: Best breakfast in town
If you feel like a delicious breakfast in a very nice place, my suggestion is called Lime Caffetteria.
This nice café is centrally located and serves home-made breakfasts and light lunches. Food is fresh and well prepared, the atmosphere friendly and relaxed.
Favorite Dish: Home made waffle with fruits and yoghourt.
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Lone Star Café: Nice but a bit expensive
We were attracted by the Lone Star café because we thought it was a pub and we were looking for a quick and tasty dinner.
It was quite late for a supper in New Zealand (10pm) but the staff was very welcoming and accepted us as last customers of the night. The menu offers a set of local dishes completed with a dish of the day. The meal was very tasty, but definitely too much expensive for a pub-like restaurant.
Nuvolari: Avoid it if you love authentic Italian food!!
The Nuvolari restaurant is supposed to be an Italian restaurant.
Italian people always miss their food while abroad, and this is the reason why we decided to have dinner there. Unfortunately we were very disappointed: pizza was not home made (I guess they kept it refrigerated and just warmed it in the oven) and the Bolognese sauce on our overcooked pasta was definitely not what you would normally expect from such a sauce. Maybe my opinion is not the one you should rely on because I’m Italian and I’m very critical on Italian cuisine :-).
Tandoori Palace: Delicious Indian cuisine
If you are keen on Indian cuisine, the Tandoori restaurant is the right place for you.
A wide range of home made dishes are available from the menu, together with typical Indian drinks.
We had a great dinner for a cheap price. Highly recommended.
Favorite Dish: Samosa and curry and coconut chicken
Fat Dog: I Would Have Loved to Have Dinner there but...
I tried hard during more than a week at the Mountainbike World Championships in August 2006 - but as we never knew when we would finish working we could not make a reservation, and so we missed out.
The place was highly recommended by locals, and obviously is the place to go in Rotorua. The food MUST be delicious. I also checked the internet restaurant websites, and nearly everybody was delighted and rated it highly. So I think it is well worth to be mentioned although I did not succeed to have dinner there.
Pig and Whistle Historic Pub: Rustic Food, Sky Sport and Live Music
This is one of the places locals recommend. It is a bar/restaurant with live entertainment in a classic historic building from 1940, and as far as I could see it was always crammed with people.
The food is hearty and features such typical dishes like garlic bread, seafood chowder, salads, all kinds of burgers, panini, chicken wings, fish'n'chips, sausages, pizza, steak sandwich and filling desserts. Snacks include nachos, wedges, chips etc. I have not tried the famous Pig Tail Fries ;-)
Everything is served with the big games from the three Sky Sport channels. Also in the garden bar you will find a big screen, so you will not miss the important things of life ;-)
On the entertainment side Pig and Whistle has live bands every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, and a solo guitarist on Wednesday and Sunday night.
A remarkable note:
CHILDREN under 18 years are not admitted after 5pm on Friday and Saturday!
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