This hotel is beautiful with a fantastic outlook over the lake right across to the three volcanoes. A beautiful restaurant with big open fires, lovely set tables and attentive waiting staff. Being a cold day and quite late the four of us had it pretty much to ourselves. The menu is as youd expect from a Simon Gault cheffed establishment, extensive, reasonably priced considering his status as a master chef and with a very nice wine list.
We settled on the fish and chips (tarakihi) for three of us whilst the other chose the beautifully presented pork and beetroot risotto. All meals were declared delicious, the fish n chips served up in little paper coverings, with the chips in tiny chip baskets, with a lovely side salad of iceberg ( spelled incorrectly on the menu as iceburg) with chipotle dressing. We all shared the rocky road cherry mousse which was also beautiful, followed by teas and coffees. A lovely relaxing meal with a mixture of drinks to accompany them.
A couple of gripes. Having a wine menu where so few wines can be bought by the glass is lacking in foresight, both in trying out new or unknown wines, and, of course trying to encourage people to buy whole bottles of wine when the only way you can get to the hotel is by driving.
Secondly, this is a quality restaurant so why the tacky, full view advertising and presentation of Simon Gault products for sale. Maybe in USA mate, not here. Have some class please. A small notice giving people the opportunity to try out his product by going online would have sufficed. This was poor, really poor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Hilton Lake Taupo, the regions only 5 Star International hotel. From its spectacular vantage point, Hilton Lake Taupo commands magnificent views over New Zealand’s largest lake and beyond. This distinguished hotel offers a wide range of room types (113 rooms total), from Hilton Guest Rooms through to the grand Presidential Suite. For families, groups and those staying a little longer, one to three bedroom apartments offer a convenient new option. Rejuvenate with a round of tennis, or a workout in the fully-equipped gym or enjoy a dip in the naturally heated outdoor pool and spa-pool or relax in the sauna or steam room. Indulge in flagship restaurant and bar, Bistro Lago with an inspired menu created by New Zealand master chef Simon Gault. Be prepared for an extraordinary experience: an outstanding location, a breathtaking panorama, exceptional service, an intimate ambiance and contemporary luxury of the highest standard. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Terraces Hotel Taupo