It has been a long, long while since my last visit to Taupo. I used to zip up the western bypass route on my rush to get to Auckland. Taupo is a thermal playground for families, and my recollection of its food scene is basic, cheerful and thoroughly forgettable. This time around, I was keen to experience the more refined end of the dining spectrum.
Hochstetter Cauldron at Orakei Korako
Monday is not a day for dining out, as we quickly discovered that it was rest day for most of the better restaurants. Luckily, The Bistro had recently decided to open on Mondays. A quick peruse of their online menu and we were salivating.
The Bistro’s look and feel is that of a smart, yet cosy space. The wait staff was a delight, she was friendly, a bit intense and totally efficient. Continue reading