TOP 100 QUEST: LAKE HOUSE, Daylesford
Some months ago, a friend and I embarked on a Top 100 tour of regional Victoria. After going to four fantastic restaurants in a row and having some of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had, I was wondering how good Lake House could possibly be – it was the last destination of the trip, and maybe I’d had too much good food within too short a time (is there such a problem?). I thought it couldn’t possibly blow me away. I was wrong – it certainly did!
Alla-Wolf Tasker and husband Allan developed Lake House around thirty years ago from what was a swampy paddock. Looking at it now, it’s hard to imagine how it was back then, but Lake House is responsible for the resurgence of the quaint town of Daylesford to becoming a popular tourist/dining destination. I was fortunate enough to be able to stay there for a couple of nights to really soak in the atmosphere, go for walks on the track around the lake and check out the local wildlife. The accommodation is extremely comfortable.
Alla Wolf-Tasker’s food is good – it’s REALLY good – and it’s no wonder some call her the Queen of regional dining – her food features local and seasonal produce and each dish is carefully considered and constructed, featuring a number of well-balanced elements. Each plate is a work of art.
This is unquestioningly fine dining. With white tablecloths, lots of natural light and plush cushions on the banquette seating, it’s a joy just to be there – and the beautiful setting looking out over the lake doesn’t do any harm either. Quite the experience, and it was a fantastic way to end the trip. Regional dining at its best.