When you’re making the pilgrimage from Auckland to Hawkes Bay, as one is want to do when a whanau weekend beckons, where to stop and eat in Taupo is very important. If I’m roaring through around brunch-o’clock I’ll stop at Replete on HeuHeu street, which also has a very nice kitchenware shop attached. You can pick up food to eat in or takeaway and they do things like yummy Thai curries, pasta, stuffed kumara, and a mighty fine coffee. Sitting outside people watching on the footpath with a weekend paper is one of life’s modest pleasures.
But if it’s dinner I’m after, my latest find is Indian Affair on the corner of Ruapehu and Tuwharetoa streets.
If you’ve read my blog about Auckland’s best Indian (Oh Calcutta all the way!) and you agree with me, then take my word for it, Indian Affair is Taupo’s best-in-the-world. They also deliver free to all hotels and motels in Taupo if you’re staying over.
The best way to eat Indian food is to get a few dishes and play sharesies so since there were 3 of us we chose a Butter Chicken (for this is the ultimate best-in-the-world test), the Chicken Tikka Massala in lashings of spicy gravy, and a spicy rogan josh. Sopped it up with roti and naan and washed it down with a cheeky red for the girls and an Indian beer for the bloke.
Where’s your favourite Indian restaurant in New Zealand?