We have heard great things about this restaurant and wanted to try it for ourselves… finally! Well lived up to its fine reputation. The service was excellent – friendly and professional from the Maitre D’ Garry form Scotland and waitress Nicola from Nottingham.
The wine list was quite simple but a few good choices of all varieties and probably higher mark-up than most restaurants. We ordered by the glass and the size was generous.
We will gladly recommend this restaurant by the lake and will return again – maybe taking the Water Taxi next time.
We tried the Salmon rillettes entrée with salmon chunks, caviar and cream fraiche – delicious! The menu mentions this is with crostini, but the crostini wafer cut in half was really a garnish, not the usual baked bread accompaniment
Scallops were big and fat and perfectly seared with fine bacon and pickled watermelon – weirdly good, pretty accompaniments.
A generous ‘loaf’ of brioche came with the Chicken and Prosciutto terrine with Pistachios. I almost didn’t order this because I try not to order what I can easily make. Well, Wakatipu Grills was far better than mine – richer and sticky-pulled-chicken texture balanced with cranberry sauce and pickled apple.
For mains we ordered the Lamb Rack with scalloped potatoes and ham. The lamb was sensational and served on barely blanched baby kale and jus.
The Ribeye was cooked exactly as ordered and served on potato mash and jus. Just a great, generous traditional steak meal – exactly what we wanted. We did listen to Nicola when she suggested the Agria hand-cut fries in truffle oil with finely grated fresh Parmesan and chives – though clearly we didn’t need the big bowl that came out with the mains and this ensured no room for the desserts! But, the best fries in town, no regrets.