It was a few months back while I was sprawled across the sofa and checking my Facebook news feed that I heard my husband excitedly calling out to me. He wanted to show me the pictures that his friends had posted of their recent visit to the Huka Prawn Park Restaurant. The size of the prawns in the picture was unbelievable and it made my mouth water. I so wanted to go there on our next trip to Taupo!
So last month when I was planning our Easter trip to Taupo, Huka Prawn Park was number one on my list. The other activities in the park like prawn fishing weren’t of much interest to me (as it’s just hard to concentrate on prawn fishing when your 8 month old is throwing tantrums and demanding your full attention) but I really wanted to try out the restaurant.
And so the day arrived and we entered the parking of Huka Prawn Park, and man it was full! The parking lot (a quite big one) was fully packed and we had a hard time searching for parking. Thankfully most of the parking was for the activity park but the restaurant was full as well and we were placed on a waiting list. Oh well it was expected…it was Easter….the busiest time for the restaurant I suppose and everyone who was in Taupo would most definitely want to try out the famous Huka prawns.
I hadn’t had breakfast in the morning and watching the restaurant so full was making my anticipation and excitement grow…I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some huge tasty prawns. Thankfully the wait wasn’t long and we were seated in the next 5 minutes. I’d have preferred an outdoor seat but with the clouds threatening to pour down any minute I was content with an indoor table with a beautiful view.
The steamed prawns on the table next to ours looked amazingly big but I wasn’t much of a fan of steamed whole prawns with their eyes, legs and antennae sticking out. Plus they were priced at $98.5 a kilo…a complete rip off if you ask me…despite the prawns being so huge, once you got rid of all the other body parts, the meat in the prawns wouldn’t be much and not worth paying so much!
So we decided to order crispy battered prawns and prawn chowder (priced at $21 and $18.5 respectively) some fries and juices, the girl waiting on us confirmed that it would be very filling for the two of us. We had to wait 45 minutes before our order was served….but since it was so busy I am not complaining. When the food finally did arrive I was so disappointed by the serving size. There was no way this would be a filling meal for me or my husband. The disappointed look on my face gave my husband an idea and he decided to order some garlic bread midway through the meal. We ended up dipping the garlic bread in the prawn chowder and eating it as if it was naan and curry to fill our stomachs.
The final bill was $65 and I was still hungry and highly disappointed. So much for the experience I had been looking forward to for months 🙁 On an ending note I’d say it was a bit of a let down for me however for steamed prawn lovers who don’t mind the price I ‘d say its a must visit.