Tuesday 11 January 2011

Bistro Lago, Taupo

Located at the Hilton in Taupo, Bistro Lago is regarded as one of the top restaurants in Taupo.  I had heard good reviews about the restaurant so was looking forward to our meal this evening.

We arrived at sunset, and whilst it was lovely to look out over the lake, the sun in peoples eyes was not ideal.  The restaurant has a nice atmosphere although some of our party of four found the chairs extremely uncomfortable.

We started with some lovely ciabatta for the table, that came with a nice olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a truffle mascarpone that I thoroughly enjoyed, although Jane wasn’t too sure about.

I started with the Steak tartare which was excellent and I would happily order again.  Others at the table had the scallops and thoroughly enjoyed them and Jane had the Alaskan King crab & prawn in jalapeno crème fraiche sauce topped w tuna wafers that she enjoyed (those moving wafers always freak me out a bit though!).

For my main course I had the duck which was nice although the sauce was a little too sweet, Jane had the lamb and found this to be nice and others had the eye fillet of beef, which was nicely cooked and flavoursome and the Alaskan King crab entree.

All of the dishes were nicely presented, but the main courses in particular took an excessive time to arrive.  So much so, that we got multiple apologies and this was followed up by a free round of coffees and also a round of dessert wine.

For dessert my first choice of the crepes was not available, so I had the frozen grapefruit souffle, which I found to be too sweet so did not finish it.  Jane had the Mango Samosa, which she enjoyed and the remainder of the table had the excellent Chocolate Fondant.

So it was a mixed evening of enjoyment and we will probably try elsewhere for our next nice meal out in Taupo.

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