New island café a great place to laze

Monday October 17, 2016 Written by Published in Hot on the Rock
The entrance to the Wellesley Hotel’s ‘Lazy Trout Café’ in Tutakimoa. 16101439 The entrance to the Wellesley Hotel’s ‘Lazy Trout Café’ in Tutakimoa. 16101439

THE LAZY Trout Café is the latest, coolest café in Rarotonga.


Located in Tutakimoa, the new cafe is part of a worldwide chain operated by Wellesley Hotels and Resorts.

General manager Wayne Coffey says Wellesley properties are located in New Zealand (Wellington, Lake Taupo, Pukawa Bay, Waitomo Caves and Kawhia), Fiji, Rarotonga, Los Angeles and London. Each café is attached to a Wellesley hotel or resort. The resort part of the operation on Rarotonga is scheduled to open soon.

Coffey says the inspiration for the name comes from the lakes and rivers of New Zealand, home to some of the world’s finest trout fishing. It’s also the country where the company’s first restaurants were located.

“The iconic and unforgettable trout mascot, relaxing in the deck chair with his sunglasses and cold drink, has captured the imagination of patrons and passersby from around the world,” he said.

The “fishy” mascot is prominent at all of the café locations and has been photographed so often, it would make a Hollywood celebrity blush.

The Lazy Trout’s menu draws inspiration from the sea, with a focus on fresh and perfectly-prepared seafood.

Coffey says they also endeavour to feature authentic, local produce specific to the region of each café. 

“The menu at the Lazy Trout Rarotonga delivers light, fresh food that we hope matches the vibrancy and colour of its surroundings,” he said.

Initially open for breakfast and lunch, the Lazy Trout Rarotonga will soon also be opening for dinner.

Currently opening hours are on Monday to Saturday, 7am-3pm.

The all-day breakfast and lunch menu offers all your favourite meals, from simple pancakes and muesli to Island Seared Tuna, Tino Reka Fish and Chips and the famous Wellesley Fish Sandwich.

The café also offers an excellent selection of sweet items to be enjoyed with their New Zealand coffee and loose leaf tea, any time of the day.

One Rarotongan resident, who asked not to be named, said her visit to The Lazy Trout café discovered a tranquil and relaxing ambience.

“The swimming pool looked beautiful along with the wonderful scenic views. I just couldn’t wait to taste the extensive all-day breakfast and lunch menu.”.

Coffey says all Lazy Trout cafes boast great locations and beautiful settings.

“We are particularly proud of our site in the heart of Avarua which is set around a stunning pool and framed by the magnificent mountains.

“We encourage everyone to come and experience this for themselves. In fact, we encourage everyone to come and be a ‘lazy trout’ with us and enjoy some delicious-tasting food.” 

To make a reservation call 22025 or head on down the Lazy Trout café in Tutakimoa Rad (next to the Tav factory) and experience the delightful atmosphere and yummy food. 

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