Nothing Blue about Solace
It was late Saturday afternoon and we thought we’d wander down to Eat Streat to check out the Blues Festival, and grab a bite to eat.
It was still sunny but the wind was biting so we decided to bypass the outdoor seating area and head inside to Solace. In the warmth we could enjoy the comfy chairs, welcoming staff, and beautiful photo canvasses with glorious autumnal trees, and still hear snatches of the blues music.
The all-day menu is varied but not fussy and includes seafood (chowder, and several entrees) burgers, pasta and a selection of salads.
We chose the Thai Beef Salad and Salmon and Spinach Salads and as it was past afternoon tea time, we started with coffee.
Both salads were tasty and while the helpings were of a good size, we thought we’d stay on and try dessert.
The banana split was okay, but too much in the way of garish topping to want to repeat it.
The rotollo was an impressive looking and superb tasting dessert, with strawberries, black licorice and white chocolate wrapped in filo pastry, served hot and crispy with ice cream and berry compote. This was a standout.
More coffees followed before we ambled off into the early evening, just as the early diners were heading in.
We had last visited Solace some years earlier when it was starting up. Roll on several years, and there is nothing to disappoint. We enjoyed our meals and the calm unhurried eatery – definitely a tasty and restful haven on a wintry holiday weekend.
Total price for two: 58.30
Solace Cafe and Restaurant is located at 1111 Tutanekai St, Rotorua 3010
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