Aura sources organic and sustainable ingredients from local farmers such as North Arm Farm, foragers, ranchers and fisheries to create a menu of modern, creative European cuisine.
6 of us ate here in the evening, which means we didn't get to enjoy the wonderful lake view because it was all dark outside, but we had been in this hotel before in the daytime, and the daytime view could indeed contribute a lot to the experience, but this restaurant is open only for dinner, and in the winter, it is always all dark by then. Still, given the decor and the lighting, the ambiance in the evening was outstanding. Our complaint mostly involve the food. In terms of flavour, some dishes were outstanding (such as the bison, raviolo, and pork belly), some others were OK, and a few were less-than-OK, which should not be the case given the prices they charge. The less-than-OK dishes include the potato soup, which was spectacular in presentation, but completely bland in flavour. Worse still, it was lukewarm only, almost just room temperature. Similarly, several other dishes (but not all) were also lukewarm. This is a big no-no to me and is something the kitchen could easily improve on. Another dish that disappointed was the Tiramisu. There was nothing wrong with the flavour other than that it was slightly on the bland side (again), but its problem was that it was extremely thick and overly rich, and I felt like eating a thick cream. One mouthful and I was almost coming down with indigestion.
Given the pedigree of the chef, I had expected better. Hopefully, things will improve with time.