Good Food Guide - - Bay Of Plenty Taupo -

El­e­gant tas­selled light shades and bold art­works lin­ing the walls give this eatery on Tau­ranga’s The Strand an ex­cit­ing, mod­ern feel. The out­door din­ing area is a great spot for peo­ple-watch­ing when it’s warmer, and spa­cious, curved booths are invit­ing dur­ing the win­ter months. The menu is all about pan-asian shar­ing plates – think tem­pura eg­g­plant with soy caramel sauce; rich, flavour­some mapo tofu with free-range chicken mince and cubes of roast pork; and a poke bowl of raw Ao­raki salmon in a light soy dress­ing. Don’t by­pass the desserts ei­ther – ba­nana spring rolls with co­conut cus­tard and Doris plum semifreddo with matcha meringue kisses were two re­cent high­lights. Ser­vice is friendly and pro­fes­sional and the drinks list has some­thing for ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing plenty of by-the-glass wine op­tions.

59 The Strand, Tau­ranga, 07 578 8717, Lunch & din­ner 7 days; larger plates $21-$32

IN BRIEF Con­tem­po­rary Asian shar­ing plates in a great space

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