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Great Rotorua Takeaways
Rotorua Takeaways - Do you love fish & chips and burgers? I know I do. In fact, I'm sure I could live on them. What about Chinese or... our latest takeaway, Māori kai (food)?
If it's a lovely day and you want something easy, buy your food then pop down to either the Lakefront, Government
Gardens or Kuirau Park to eat it.
Now, as a lot of our visitors stay in motels, hotels and backpackers close to the central city I'll focus on that area.
If staying further out of the city, most of the small shopping
centers have a fish & chip shop so don't worry, you won't miss out
on your fix.
Types Of Fish Available
Before we start you may want to know the types of fish used for Rotorua Takeaways. Snapper
is the crème de la crème of fish in New Zealand so it follows that
it's pricey. You're probably looking at around NZ$5 for a battered
Next in line is Tarakihi which is also really nice. This is mainly what I order.
From then on we have Gurnard, John Dory, Lemon Fish, Hoki and a few others that I forget the names of.
Hoki is what you usually get if you ask for fish & chips without specifying the type. Yurk, I don't like that one.
King Size Burger Bar
The King Size Burger Bar is a popular place to get fish & chips, burgers etc.
It may be a tiny little shop but boy, it puts out some food.
Sue - lovely lady by the way - has worked at this Rotorua takeaways for 32yrs and owned the business for the last 20yrs as at March 2013. That's a long time isn't it?
She's built it up over the years gaining many regulars in addition to all the tourists that find her.
You will find King Size situated right next door to the police
station on the corner of Pukuatua and Fenton Sts. It's handy to a number
of the Backpacker accommodations and to the iSite building which is where the intercity buses arrive and depart.
Where: 1220 Fenton St Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-11.30pm Sat-Sun 11.30am-4am Sun 11.30am-11.30pm Contact: Ph+64 7 3487417 Phone orders taken
Sue received a Highly Commended Award in the 2013 Best Chip Shop Competition
Oppie's Fish & Chips
Oppie's Fish & Chips is also a Chinese takeaways and a Roast House.
They have been winning awards left, right and center for the best chips (a NZ award) and also best retail business (a local award).
Well done to Michael Huang and his kung fu kitchen as he calls his staff.
Don't be surprised too if you go to this takeaway and get served by a little scrap of a thing no bigger than a grasshopper. The whole family gets in on the act.
Oppie's has had a facelift
I don't normally go to Oppie's. Why? Because it's too busy most of the time.
When a girlfriend from Australia wanted to try the best chips in the land we decided to check it out.
She fell in love with their chips and went back twice more before
she returned home. Unreal! By the time she left I was over it and
couldn't face fish & chips for a while.
Update Oct 2013 Although Joe's has closed, time marches on and fresh winds blow in. Numerous visitors would love to experience a Māori hangi without the accompanying cultural show. To that end, the newly refurbished diner has reopened as Kiwi Kai Takeaways, with yummylicious Māori and Kiwi food including the hangi.
Sadly, after many years of being the
go to place for munchies in the wee hours, Joe's Diner is no longer
operating. Joe is getting on in years so must have decided to hang up
his apron. Joe and Joe's diner will be missed that's for sure. Thanks
for the memories Joe... and there are lots.
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