Tao Restaurant & Bar - Queenstown

by - February 03, 2018

Typical but not too typical, Tao offers dumplings with fillings beyond just the classic pork & veggie combinations, as well as classic Chinese dishes. The restaurant is simple, yet calm and cozy.

Beef Brisket & Carrots Dumplings NZ$8
All the dumplings come in 4 pieces, this particular one is beef mince and carrot. Paring these two ingredients together is not that common and we found they didn't marry each other as intended. The skin was also a little dry and tough.

Sea Bass, Scallops, Calamari & Black Tiger Prawns NZ$8
I'm guessing the dumpling skin got it's colour from the calamari ink, but the flavour wasn't that obvious. Again the skin has the same textural problem as the beef dumpling. 

Shumai NZ$8
Unlike the other dumplings, this shumai hit the ball out of the park! The pork and prawn combination worked well and most importantly the texture was nice and juicy.

Twice Cooked Pork w Pepper & Chili Sichuan Style NZ$28
Twice cooked pork is a classic Sichuan dish, and the secret is using the local specialty soybean paste. The pork belly was coated in the sauce that was quite flavourful. 

Nasi Goreng NZ$18
Inspired by Indonesian flavours, this fried rice had the right seasoning, and we couldn't fault it. 

Food: 5.5/10
Service: 6/10
Atmosphere: 6.5/10

  • Shumai
  • Good value
  • Beef and seafood dumplings
Address: 5 Athol St, Queenstown, 9300, New Zealand
Hours: Mon Closed
             Tue-Sun 11am - Late
Phone: +64 3-442 8287
TAO Restaurant and Bar Queenstown Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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