Sydney, Aug 4 (ANI): If taking pets on drive wasn't enough for Aussies who want to pamper their pooches, they can now take them out for a nice cappucino and organic cupcakes-all thanks to the first dog restaurant opening in the Sydney.
Chew Chew has been open next to Wollstonecraft station for just three weeks and has become a meeting place for dogs and cats and their owners, said founder and head chef Naoko Okamoto.
With a regularly changing menu, including beef steak and mushrooms, fish soup, chicken wings and treats such as goat's yoghurt jelly and lamb bones, there is something for even the fussiest canine.
And for the shy or not so social animals, there is take-away and home delivery.
Chew Chew only caters for dogs and cats, but their owners can bring in a coffee or something to eat from the cafe next door and join their pet at the table.
"A lot of people have told me they've been waiting for a place where they can bring their dog in instead of having to leave it outside," the Mosman Daily quoted Okamoto as saying.
She decided to start the restaurant when expanding her Chew Chew pet food business, which provided home delivery of pet food and supplements.
"I had to get a bigger kitchen and thought 'why don't I start a pet restaurant'?' It's always been a dream," she said.
Her recipes are based on Japanese nutritional principals focusing on balancing the food, and most meals include vegetables, such as carrot, pumpkin and shitake mushrooms, mixed with organic meat.
"Many people think pets can't eat real food but they can, and it's good for them,'' she said.
Okamoto said one mistake many people made was to give their pet the same food, which could lead to nutrition deficiency.
"It's the same as for humans; we would get sick if we only ate cornflakes every day,'' she said.
Okamoto said she also dishes up free consultation in pet care, nutrition, behaviour and training. (ANI)