Food review: Diners flock to Scorching Bay

Last updated 14:28 11/01/2013
Seaside dining: A popular spot in summer.

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Name Scorch-o-Rama
Region Wellington Region
Suburb Karaka Bays
Price Low
Child Friendly Yes
Vegetarian Options Yes

Bert Vlug and Keith Morrison had the job ahead of them in 2008, when they opened Scorch O Rama in Karaka Bay Rd, Seatoun.

The cafe replaced the immensely popular Chocolate Fish, which has moved to Shelly Bay.

It took Scorch O Rama - presumably so named because it looks out over beautiful Scorching Bay - a while to establish itself.

I haven't spotted any of the film stars who apparently frequented Chocolate Fish in the old days, but to judge by the crowds there this summer the transition has been a success.

A key was the decision to establish a 35-seat conservatory in an area previously covered by cheap-looking plastic tarpaulins.

"Having the conservatory has been a huge success," said Mr Vlug. "It creates just the right indoor-outdoor feel, and has really boosted our numbers."

Scorch O Rama can cater for up to 120 diners, nearly half of them outside across the road.

The cafe, which is licensed but not BYO, is open from 8am on weekends and 8.30am on weekdays and offers breakfast, brunch and lunch.

The food is reasonably priced, unlike the case in many establishments that have views to die for and equally heady prices.

A standard bacon and eggs costs $15, but two of my Scorch O Rama favourites are the always satisfying seafood chowder ($20) and the roast fish ($21).

The coffee is excellent and service friendly. However, I feel sorry for the staff.

Because Scorch O Rama is so popular, especially in good weather, there are sometimes queues and the staff seem overworked. A couple more helpers wouldn't hurt.

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- The Wellingtonian


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