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“Excellent but Expensive Wine”
Review of Lake House

Lake House
Ranked #4 of 63 Restaurants in Daylesford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$81
Cuisines: Australian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Description: In the kitchens, a talented young team under the guidance of Owner and Executive Chef Alla Wolf- Tasker works from the ground up producing cutting edge, modern Australian cuisine with an emphasis on seasonal and regional ingredients. The kitchen creates most items on the daily menu from the ground up – ranging from bread, charcuterie, preserves, smoked goods, chocolates and more.
Sydney
Level 6 Contributor
284 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Excellent but Expensive Wine”
Reviewed 5 July 2012

This is not a 3 chef hat restaurant but is well deserving of the 2 hats it enjoys.

An added bonus was the size of the meals which were quite good. Something that the 2 hat Aria and 3 hat Quay, both in Sydney should take note of. Why is it that the higher the chef hat rating the smaller the meals? Wine selection is quite good but again awarded hat restaurant seem to give restaurants license you charge 300-400% mark ups. I assume they don't buy on special but a wine I just bought for sub $20 (I must admit quite an unbelievable bargain) is $105 at Lake House! I guess some restaurants justify high wine and food costs due to high rent. Surely not so in Daylesford? I must say that the meal prices are cheaper at Lake House than other Australian capital city awarded chef hat restaurants but not the wine.

We had alacart and thoroughly enjoyed it. Flavours are great and creative. Staff are fantastic. We had the dessert tasting plate for 2. I really had enough to eat at this stage but had to give it a go. Just a wonderful way to finish the meal; well worth rolling out of the restaurant for. While we didn’t have the degustation meal it looked particularly impressive.

Downside; only olives as a appetiser and while the coffee was very good there were no complimentary petit fours at end of the meal; hmm a cost saving or lack of imagination? Compared to other hatted restaurants, it is behind, although if comparing prices to say Aria in Sydney at around $200 a head with wine, here $140 seems OK.

Except for the wine prices I would highly recommend Lake House

  • Visited July 2012
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, General Manager at Lake House, responded to this review, 12 July 2012
Thank you for your positive comments regarding your recent visit to Lake House.We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience and have noted your comments regarding the wine prices. I look forward to welcoming you back to Lake House Restaurant soon.
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Mt Martha, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
122 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
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“A wonderful weekend away”
Reviewed 24 June 2012

We went to the Lakehouse for a 2 night stay, and had dinner there on the Friday evening.
The meal was everything we expected, and more.
Absolutely delicious!
The waiting staff were tremendous; friendly, knowledgable, and very professional. A credit to the establishment.
If you are after a memorable weekend away, with great food, service, and accomodation, this is the place for you.

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, General Manager at Lake House, responded to this review, 30 June 2012
Thank you for your positive comments regarding your recent visit to Lake House.We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience and look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
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“Excellent !”
Reviewed 23 June 2012

We had the best service, fantastic food, wonderful atmosphere although a little bit pricey! but for a special night Well Worth It !! Would go again ...

  • Visited June 2012
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, General Manager at Lake House, responded to this review, 26 June 2012
Thank you for your positive comments about your recent visit to Lake House .I look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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BRIBANE
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“THE VIEW HELPS BUT IT'S THE FOOD THAT MATTERS”
Reviewed 21 June 2012

Eight of us descended on Daylesford to celebrate three Gemini birthdays. With ages ranging from 76 to 19 in the party a divergence of tastes could be expected and a divergence of "Wow" impact could always be expected. The ninth invitee declined because at 14 she believed there were better things to do on a public holiday, even in the Victorian "bush".

The wine list is a standout , from all over the world, including some very well chosen specialties from Australia, Victorian largely but expensive enough not to feature too often on most restaurant menus.

They have just picked up a gong from Gourmet Traveller and while "best" is always subjective the service, food and location at the Lake House will generally have complaints only coming about the price. Of course it is not a budget restaurant but in restaurants that last you get what you pay for and excellence in everything costs far more than mediocrity.

Even the weather put on a show for us!

  • Visited June 2012
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, General Manager at Lake House, responded to this review, 23 June 2012
Thank you very much for your positive comments, regarding your lunch at Lake House. I am glad that you had an enjoyable famliy event.
I look forward to welcoming you and your family back to Lake House in the not too distant future.
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Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
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“Lovely environment”
Reviewed 21 June 2012

Lunch was excellent, the view overlooking the lake great, staff very good.

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, General Manager at Lake House, responded to this review, 23 June 2012
Thank you for your positive comments about your lunch at Lake House. I look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future.
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