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Rotorua Restaurants Hand-Picked
Rotorua Restaurants - Trying to decide where to eat in the evening must be hard for travellers because they can
often be seen wandering along Eat Street, a popular restaurant cum cafe area encompassing what was once a road.
They stop, look at
the menu displayed outside a restaurant, move on, stop, look, move on.
It seems to take quite a while.
Maybe we can shortcut that with a hand-picked selection to sample.
$$-$$$ Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa - Restaurant & Wine Bar
The Regent is one of the newest places to eat in Rotorua. It used to be a
motel until the owner got the bright idea to completely renovate the
motel and add a restaurant.
The restaurant building is
completely new and boy does it look good. Ultra elegant are the words I
would use to describe the Regent.
I've sampled the breakfasts and late afternoon coffees and fare which were all delicious. The travel reviews are great too with it still going strong in 2015.
Where: 1191 Pukaki St Serving: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Bar Snacks/Afternoon Tea Hours: 7am until late Contact: Ph: +64 7 3484079 or Freephone: NZ 0508 734368 Website: Regent of Rotorua
$$-$$$ Solitaire Lodge
Solitaire Lodge, originally a Luxury Fishing Lodge built in the 1980's,
has extended its' scope to include travellers of all types.
accommodation is not Solitaire's only strength though. A restaurant
with a focus on New Zealand cuisine and wines will have your taste buds
going into overdrive.
My girlfriend had dinner at Solitaire
recently. She mentioned how great her meal was and, to her surprise, it
wasn't as expensive as she'd thought it would be.
When I spoke to the owner, Wayne Tomlinson, he agreed, saying that locals were pleasantly surprised when they did dine there.
Where: 16 Ronald Rd, Lake Tarawera Serving: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Hours: All day until late, make sure you book though. Contact: Ph+64 7 3628208 Website: Solitaire Lodge - Member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World
$$-$$$ Lewishams Cafe & Restaurant
Sadly, the doors have closed on Lewishams. In case you are looking.
The Indian Star is the place to go if wanting an Indian meal with great service and great food.
have an Indian girlfriend and she can cook, in fact, she turned me onto
Indian food. She cooks so good, I don't usually like going to Indian
restaurants anymore, but I make an exception with this place.
Not the pickles and chutneys though, still can't get used to them.
Indian Star has won numerous well-deserved awards. The menu
is extensive featuring dishes such as Pilao, Biryani, Kormas, Tandoori,
Kebabs, Vegetarian and Seafoods from the various different areas in
Where: 1118 Tutanekai St - Eat Street Serving: Lunch/Dinner Hours: 11am-2.30pm & 5pm-late 7 days a week Contact: Ph+64 7 3436222 Website: Indian Star - Menu
$$ Chimney Indian Restaurant
I have been to Chimney once, for lunch with a group of friends from work.
It wasn't too bad at all for the price. Very tasty and reasonably priced. They usually have a lunchtime special going.
The dearest item on the menu is a whole snapper at NZ$20. Not bad is it?
Chimney also has Takeaways if you're feeling lazy.
Where: 1280 Eruera St, opp movie theatre Serving: Lunch/Dinner Hours: 11.30am-3pm & 5pm-10.30pm 7 days a week Contact: Ph+64 7 3491130 Website: Chimney Indian Restaurant
Sabroso is a tiny little place, perfect for casual dining.
If you're into Latin American Cuisine, this is THE place.
I'm not much of a drinker but I love the Margaritas and would
drink them all day if I could. It cost NZ$12 in a large glass, that's
actually 2 ½ standard drinks. The Margarita lasted the whole meal, (hiccup) sipping all the
The food? Delicious, ample and very tasty. Tapas and
traditional South American dishes. I wanted everything on the menu so it was very hard to settle for a couple of things. Latin Seafood Cakes and
Chimichurri Chicken, yum, that's all I can say.
is outstanding. Venezuelan born Sarah Little (pictured), one of the owners, was able
to advise and help us make great selections for ourselves and told us
what would be too much. This is definitely a place to return to again and again, if only to try ALL the dishes.
It would be advisable to book this Lonely Planet recommended Rotorua restaurant in advance.
Note: I received this from a site visitor recently.
By: Amiria Tomoana,
Oyonnax France When my husband and I were back in Rotorua in June, good friends of ours wanted to take us out to dinner at Sabroso. They just raved on and on about this restaurant and we couldn't wait to try it for ourselves. But there was one problem....it was fully booked on all the days that suited the 4 of us!!!!!.
Needless to say, we're going to have to wait until next year now because that's when we'll be back in Rotorua. And by the way, our friends are vegetarian. And, Lonely Planet IS right - best to book in advance!!!!
Where: 1184 Haupapa St Serving: Dinner Hours: Opens at 5pm Thurs through to Mon inclusive Contact: Ph+64 7 349 0591 Website: www.sabroso.co.nz - menu
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