Dinner at Sabroso (Rotorua, NZ)

For diners wanting a taste of food from across the ocean, Sabroso offers Latin American cuisine, which not only includes Mexican food but entrées from South America, too. An American ex-pat and his Venezuelan wife own the place. It gets consistently great reviews on the standard NZ food/travel sites. Inside, the space is modest with Latin decoration. For sale, there are bottles of their own homemade hot sauces on each table, a green and two reds.

Our Mexican food craving was satisfied by pork verde, succulent shreds of slow roasted pork, served with black beans, white rice, and a small salad, the verde sauce tasting of tomatillos, onions and garlic.

Pork verde

Perfectly cooked shrimp highlighted Brazilian shrimp stew combined with a tomato sauce tempered by coconut milk, accompanied by white rice and flour tortilla. A tasty dish.

Brazilian shrimp stew

Homemade hot sauces

1184 Haupapa Street
Rotorua, New Zealand
07 349 0591

Snack at Bathhouse Café (Rotorua, NZ)

New Zealand seems to have a café attached to every kind of business or public building. When we were in Christchurch two years ago, the public library near Sydenham had one. Coffee and snack were served right to your table in the reading room. The local community center where my grandson takes swimming lessons also has a café. Public places rarely have these in the U.S.

Museums in America have restaurants to be sure, but I doubt that they all consistently serve the quality we’ve experienced here in Kiwi country. Take Bathhouse Café at the Rotorua Museum. After looking at exhibits for a while, we were in need of refreshment. The display of desserts behind the glass counter was mouth-watering. But, the beverage that caught my wife’s eye was a juice from feijoa, a fruit that grows plentifully in this island nation. The juice was the essence of the fruit—flavors of apple and pear with a hint of the tropics (banana) and slightly tart. We doubt if we’ll ever find this when we get back home.

Feijoa juice

Chocolate and butterscotch brownie with hazelnuts and raspberries

Bathhouse Café
Rotorua Museum
Oruawhata Drive, Government Gardens
Queens Drive
Rotorua, NZ