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
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