Re­view: Lake­house

Taupo Times - - DINING - TAUPO¯ TIMES We’d heard... We or­dered... The ser­vice... The vibe...

A taste of... Lake­house Taupo, 10 Roberts Street.

The Mon­day night $20 stone grill steak deal was a fun way to dine

Gar­lic bread ($9.90), 200g stone grill steak with creamy mashed potato, sea­soned veg­eta­bles and mush­room sauce ($20.00) and 200g stone grill steak with chips and salad.

We started off with gar­lic bread (as the go to starter, I’m sure). It was nice doughy bread, soft inside and nice crunchy outer. It was a lit­tle light on the gar­lic but­ter. The bread came out 10 min­utes af­ter we or­dered.

The stone grill steak looked small but looks can be de­ceiv­ing es­pe­cially with the sides. The steak was a good cut of sir­loin and re­ally hit the spot. Be­ing able to cook it your­self as you ate it was a fun way to eat. You can’t moan about a steak that you cooked your­self.

The creamy mashed potato was nice but a lit­tle bland. The sea­sonal veg­eta­bles were a bit of a sur­prise. I was ex­pect­ing car­rots and some­thing green but in­stead got roasted beet­root, red onion and car­rots. Although they weren’t ex­pected, they were very nicely sea­soned and roasted.

The fries were nicely bat­tered, hot and had a good crunch to it while the salad was good too, not skimpy on veg­eta­bles but could have done with cheese (ev­ery­thing could do with a slice of cheese in my opin­ion though).

With two mains of steak com­ing with two sides each and with a craft beer, $40.00 would make for a cheap, en­joy­able date night.

The front of house staff were very friendly and wel­com­ing. Our starter was out within 10 min­utes of or­der­ing and our main was there ready to eat as soon as the starter dishes were cleared away. We were in, fed and out within half an hour.

It had a lit­tle bit of a draft in the res­tau­rant to start off with but once the stone grills came out the draft was wel­com­ing. The ta­bles gave a rus­tic feel­ing, while the mu­sic was lively.

If you go... We rec­om­mend try­ing out the $20.00 stone grill deal but, un­less you have a big ap­petite, we rec­om­mend not get­ting a starter - the steak was fill­ing enough. Make sure to wear some­thing light as the heat from the stone grill has you hot in min­utes.

Rat­ing out of 5: 5

The $20 stone grill steak with creamy mash and roasted veg­eta­bles.

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