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Published May 20th 2018
Splash into the new and improved Lakes Hotel at West Lakes
Lakes Hotel may have made a name for themselves since their inception in 1985, but the new and revamped space sees the family operated business through new owners Trent Fahey and Melissa Fahey truly pour their passion for a mix of Australian and Asian cuisine for our entertainment and enjoyment.
Located with a stunning view of the waterfront in West Lakes, The (new) Lakes Hotel boasts of nautical touches in its interior elements, presents with a broader sense of versatility through the different services, and has become a collective hub that promotes maximum socialisation, whilst also simultaneously maintaining a sense of privacy.
"We wanted to create a fresh and vibrant space that genuinely has something for everyone throughout the day – all occasions, ages, and tastes" - Trent and Melissa Fahey
With a talented design team - Studio Nine, IA Design, Frame Creative and Schiavello Construction - there are now distinct areas, such as Knot's Kitchen (seating over 200 people across 2 levels), Crusoe's (the signature restaurant) that brings together an impressive menu by Executive Chef Nigel Rich and Sous Chef Keigo Teranishi, and Mr. Neptunes (café space) which offers customers with warm cups of coffee that can be enjoyed next to a cosy double-sided fireplace and gorgeous views of the waterfront.
Lower deck of the restaurant seating area (photo by Fatema Sitabkhan)
In case that isn't enough, the Lakes Hotel bar has also been equipped with a space where customers can enjoy watching sports on a 195-inch super screen betting facilities. What's particularly cool about this feature is the engineered sound ceiling system that offers sound control and keeps the ambience separate from the dining spaces! And as an added bonus? There's heaps of South Australian wines, beers, and spirits that the bar is well-stocked with, like the Barossa Distilling Company's Budburst Gin, which is a rose pink coloured spirit that tastes super smooth and offers with a tame yet enjoyable buzz.
Fallen in love with the Lakes Hotel? There are accommodation facilities available here too and what's caught my attention for a future stay is that all 72 rooms here face the waterfront, so no matter what room you get, you know you'll get your money's worth!
Having recently celebrated the launch of their new space, I was fortunate enough to meet the owners and have a tour of the space, in addition to sampling some of the delicacies from their diverse range of options on the menu. We were also fortunate to sample a number of items from their menu.
First up, we had the nourish bowl, which is as healthy in taste as it is in looks. Packed with all the good stuff such as avocado, kale, mushroom, Andean grains, kimchi, sweet potato, and pepitas, you really can't go wrong with this dish, especially if you're after something that is healthy and also packed with wholesome flavours!
The feast from the kitchen (photo by Fatema Sitabkhan)
Next up, we had the crab sandwiches. While I was initially a bit sceptical about this dish, it was pretty evident from the sounds I made with the first bite that it was pretty damn good! Packed with the simplistic yet perfect tastes from soft shell crab, aioli, and sambal, the sandwich was practically gone in two bites, so I wouldn't share this meal with anyone, if I were you!
Having only recently discovered and experienced the magic of bao buns, the steamed pork buns were a delight. Super soft - of the almost melt-in-your-mouth kind, the buns were bursting with a fusion of flavours from Australiana and Asian influences. The soft crunchiness from the kimchi complemented the tender pork, which was subtly saturated to give a sweet chilli tang.
Steamed pork buns with kimchi (photo by Fatema Sitabkhan)
The prawn and chicken spring rolls with lime leaf, mint, and Thai basil were a dish that was highly recommended by co-owner Trent Fahey and the man wasn't wrong! The spring rolls can be enjoyed as an entree or as a main meal, given the deceivingly small size of the rolls and the surprisingly filling appetite that it presents with!
Prawn and chicken spring rolls (photo by Fatema Sitabkhan)
With 72 rooms, 2 bars, 2 restaurants, 1 cafe, a sun deck, 7 function spaces, pool spa options, a gaming room, a bottle shop, and a cellar to choose from, there really is a bit of everything for everyone who decides to visit The Lakes Hotel.