Good Food Guide - - Bay Of Plenty Taupo -

The team mantra at The Bistro is “sim­ple but nice”. It should prob­a­bly read “sim­ple and nice” be­cause the menu of chef-owner Jude Mes­sen­ger (above) delivers plenty on both counts. Mes­sen­ger is a strong ad­vo­cate for high­qual­ity in­gre­di­ents, sourced as lo­cally as pos­si­ble, treated with re­spect and with­out un­due com­pli­ca­tion. This ap­proach takes con­fi­dence and strong tech­ni­cal skills in the kitchen. The fre­quently chang­ing menu pre­sents game foods such as wild rab­bit along­side more con­ven­tional Cam­bridge duck and Wharekauhau lamb dishes, while care­fully pre­pared sea­sonal veg­eta­bles sit along­side ex­pertly ren­dered sauces. The decor is earthy and com­fort­able, the ser­vice re­spon­sive and ef­fi­cient and the drinks list well-con­sid­ered, in­clud­ing top-qual­ity wines at very rea­son­able prices.

17 Ta­ma­mutu St, Taupo, 07 377 3111, the­ Din­ner 7 days; mains $26-$39

IN BRIEF Qual­ity in­gre­di­ents pre­pared with skill and served with care

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