Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Copthorne Hotel, Hokianga

State Highway 12
New Zealand
+64 9 405 8737
The Copthorne Hotel in Omapere overlooking Hokianga harbour was recommended to us by the manager of our accommodation in Opononi, so we decided to give it a try. It is a mid-sized modern hotel on the harbour side of the road with the restaurant and bar opening on to a terrace with lawns running down to the water. We got a table on the edge of the terrace with fantastic views across the water and towards the Tasman sea and the dipping sun. The menu included a few dishes with native ingredients, and plenty of local produce.

Continuing a trend the Calamari entrée we shared was huge, plenty for both of us to enjoy. The squid was tender and the coating complimented it well.

I decided to go for the healthy option of quinoa with native pepper, tzatziki, tomato marmalade (or was it jam) and pita bread. The combination of textures and flavours combined pleasantly, and it certainly felt like a wholesome dish while still being great to eat.

The prawn and chorizo linguine with native asparagus, which more closely resembled spinach was also well produced although it was slightly on the oily side.

The side dish of green beans with garlic butter was perfectly prepared and was a good compliment to both dishes, and as you can just about see it was mostly garlic and very little butter!

As we at the sun followed it's arc to the horizon, putting on an awesome show. In fact plenty of other diners walked out to snap shots of it. The service was great, friendly informative and well paced. We were even brought a second candle as it got dark. The meals were reasonably priced with mains from $22 up to $40, and the location and quality certainly mark it out as a place to visit if you are in the area.

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1 comment:

  1. Looks like an awesome place to stay. These photos remind me of the luxury boutique hotels Mexico we stayed in.