The Australian Hot 50 Restaurants

Aug 20, 2018

The Australian Hot 50 Restaurants

Congratulations to the team at Lake House included in the recent Hot 50 Restaurant List by The Australian.

"This family-owned boutique hotel is an almost constant work in progress. In the restaurant – its nucleus, its raison d’être – change is noticeable, too. Subtle modernisation this year has given this proper, linen-clad, besuited waiter dining room a greater sense of the contemporary. We sense, too, greater restraint and imagination in the food, attributable perhaps to a new head chef. But matriarch-owner Alla Wolf Tasker’s hands are all over a menu that focuses as much as possible on supporting Victorian farmer/producers. While adventurous, it rarely strays too far from classic couplings and the value of a good saucier in the kitchen. In winter, it’s dishes like the dry-aged Macedon duck breast with a sticky duck/fig and radicchio sauce/compote you’ll remember, or a beautiful piece of thin, buttery pastry at the base of a truffled custard tart with fresh curd and winter vegetables. Silken chestnut pasta with mushrooms and confit duck yolk is quintessential LH, as is the simplicity of roasted quince, local honey parfait and “biscuit”. The wine list is stunning, fresh and handled with the right balance of deference and friendliness. In all, a remarkable example of talent and determination" – John Lethlean The Australian Hot 50.

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