The Regent is a world class restaurant and certainly stands out as the best place to eat in Rotorua by far. The food is delicious and clearly made from fresh ingredients by skilled chefs, well presented and cooked to perfection. The service is excellent - friendly and pleasant without being over the top, just what you'd expect in a five star establishment. The black and white decor is classy and the whole place is stylish and glamorous - Rotorua certainly has a wonderful hidden gem behind the white walls of the Regent!
The cocktail menu is great and the bar staff are skilled, and cocktail hour out by the pool is a stylish affair, with yummy tapas. Dinner inside under the modern chandeliers and glittered rhino heads is something to remember, and the dessert menu is to die for (as I type this review, sitting at the bar while sipping a cocktail, I overhear another diner just commenting to the waiter "that panna cotta was like sex on a plate" ... well, what better complement is there than that!").
The restaurant is certainly not just used by those staying in the hotel (although if you come here for dinner while staying in another hotel you'll quickly realize that next time you'll be wanting to change your hotel also!) - I've visited both as a hotel guest and while not as a hotel guest and have been made to feel equally welcome each time.
I've been visiting Rotorua for 2 weeks in July 2011 and during this time have pretty much used the Regent's restaurant as my base, enjoying having dinner with family, lunch with friends, decadent breakfasts by myself, coffee with work colleagues in the afternoon, and cocktails after work. It's been a great place to meet people, and each time I've been welcomed like an old friend and treated like a valued guest. Like all good restaurants, no matter what time of the day or who is in the kitchen or serving on the floor, the quality of the food and the service are always impeccable.
I regularly travel around the world and am lucky enough to have enjoyed eating in many world famous restaurants, so I was really pleasantly surprised to find this wonderful gem called the Regent, serving world class food, using good quality kiwi ingredients, which I can now recommend to people as one of my all time favourite restaurants in the world. Thanks to the Regent, Rotorua's heyday of fine dining establishments is finally returning!
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