Our usual stomping ground when we are in Taupo. Bistro Lago is another restaurant owned by Simon Gault the nourish group. And perhaps one of the finer restaurants in Taupo.
Bistro Lago is part of the Hilton Hotel which offers breakfast lunch and dinner.
To avoid disappointment it is best to make a reservation if you intend to come for dinner as it can get quite busy.
The restaurant is set in an old renovated house with a skiing theme and stiff white linen cloths pulled over the tables.
The service here is exceptional. From the staffs knowledge of the menu and beverages to the personnel service, draping the heavily starched napkins over your lap and topping up your water etc etc.
Artichoke & watercress salad with gorgonzola pate & brioche was as expected. The salad had a good crunch, which went well with the gorgonzola pate. The gorgonzola pate was not overpowering nor was it too smelly.
Taupo eye fillet steak tartar w crostini & parmesan looked impressive. It lacked seasoning, perhaps that is how Bistro Lago serves steak tartar where you season it yourself.
Wood roasted market fish with brandy prawns & tomato dressing. Was perfect in every way. Perfectly Cooke and season and the perfect serving size
Cloudy bay clam linguini with spicy smoked peppers was much larger than expected. The pasta was cooked till al dente and the well seasoned sauce was something to remeber.
We ordered two sides, however one side would have been more than sufficient.
Plus 1 is a huge fan of potatoes so we ordered the Wood roasted potatoes w shallot & caper butter. The ingredients married well together however I found potatoes to be quite heavy as one would expect.
Green beans with olives and pancetta. The beans had enough crunch to make it a tasteful side. The saltiness of the pancetta provided enough seasoning to the beans.
Housemade Sorbet Trio consisting of raspberry, passionfruit, mandarin. My favourite was the passionfruit sorbet, which packed a good punch where it was both tart and sweet at the same time. The sorbet option definitely was freshing and light and was a good way to finish our meal.