Kohan situated along the shores of Lake Tekapo with the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd in the backdrop you could not have asked fore more. Kohan literally means “by the lake”, the restaurant has large wide windows providing beautiful views of Lake Tekapo.
I was skeptical coming here at first as I saw a lot of buses parked outside the restaurant which generally means lots of tourists and average food. As most restaurants in a small town that caters for tourists, tends to have less than average food as they know that the tourists will not return any time soon.
The food at this restaurant is amazing as are the views over Lake Tekapo. The restaurant was absolutely packed and even had a little sign saying that they were ‘too busy to take bookings for now’ (but did manage to fit us in after a short wait). I would recommend to make a booking ahead of time to avoid any disappointment.
Tekapo Roll w sukiyaki beef, avocado, salmon, omelette, onion. An interesting combination of ingredients. Not the most authentic sushi I have had but tasted ok.
Buckwheat Soup w chicken and shitake. We thought that we were ordering soba noodles (also made of buckwheat) but it turned out to be made of buckwheat grains with a broth of chicken and shitake mushroom stock.
Agedashi Tofu – thin and light coating made from potato starch served in a dashi, mirin, and soy sauce. The tofu itself was soft and silky.
Venison Tataki was nicely seared on the outside with a nice rare red in the centre. sliced perfectly, neither to thick nor to thin, served with a ponzu and chilli sauce. The venison was nice and tender which nearly melted in your mouth.
Kohan Bento Box consisting of the following:
Sweet Japanese omelette and marinated beef w green vegetables
salmon and Tuna sashimi was fresh and creamy
Blue cod with fresh salad and salmon sushi. As with all Japanese salads, light on the soy sauce.
Kohan’s home-made Fig Ice Cream – Fig is not a very common ice cream flavour. The ice cream itself was creamy with a good flavouring of figs. The fig seeds gave the ice cream little crunchy explosions.
Green Tea Cake w candy floss and green tea ice cream. Not what i was expecting but certainly was eatible. I think they tried a bit to hard to make this dessert look more extravagant that what it needed to be. The green tea cake was not as soft as I hoped it would be, quite a dense cake. The green tea ice cream like the fig ice above was creamy and had a strong green tea flavour to it which I enjoyed.
Kohan far exceeded my expectations. Serving good authentic Japanese food. We went back the following day for lunch to have the venison tataki and the buckwheat soup again.
Location: State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo