The website didn't allow me to talk about the restaurant alone so ignore the rating above. We did not stay here.
We had a dinner at the hotel restaurant while staying at the Heritage hotel at the other end of the city. I'd walked past the hotel a number of times previously and as it is rather a unique hotel this time we went in for dinner. They offer an early sitting meal for just NZ$29.95. This is a very low price in New Zealand for an a la carte three course meal so we were nervous.
Our waitress was friendly, well presented and professional. She dealt with our selections efficiently and they arrived swiftly. Although this was meant to be "a la carte" really it was "table d'hote" with two choices for starters, no choice for mains and two choices for dessert. My partner had pate and I had tomato soup. Both were served pleasantly enough. My soup was more of the consistency of a spaghetti sauce but tasty enough. The pate was pate. The main course was Tarakihi ( a NZ fish similar in flavour to cod) in a "grape and wine sauce". I have to say that while it would win no awards in terms of trendy presentation or health conciousness it tasted fine. The plate left empty! For dessert we both opted for tiramisu, something I regularly make at home using cream, marscapone cheese, freshly brewed coffee, marsala, sponge fingers, chocolate shreds and cocoa powder. It's a light, moist, delicate dessert. It is not firm, slightly rubbery and certainly does not contain gelatine - that's closer to a bavarois. We got a chocolate bavarois with sponge fingers in it and no discernable coffee flavour. It was rather a disappointment. That said the hotel does claim to be 5 star. So we may turn up for one of their opera evening meals in the future and see if that meal is any better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Princes Gate Hotel, the ideal accommodation whilst staying in Rotorua. The most famous Hotel in Rotorua built in 1897. This timeless, beautiful hotel is privately owned and operated. Our hotel rooms offer style and sophistication that depict a bygone era. The Princes Gate Hotel is not just a hotel but also an attraction. It has been masterfully restored through passionate attention to details. We look forward to having you stay with us in our beautiful & grand Princes Gate Hotel. ... more less
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