Last Sunday evening was spent wining and dining at Bianconi’s Bistro, on the Merrion Road.
Although we live quite nearby and I’ve lost count of the times I’ve waltzed passed it, last weekend was our first time to venture inside the homely Italian bistro. Perhaps this was due to its ‘cafe’ label, as when I’m out I’m out! – But I needn’t have worried, Bianconi’s is very much a dining restaurant, albeit one with a local cafe vibe.
After a long-ass day in town, I was staarving and indecisive. We decided to share a stone-baked pizza to start, to quench our Italian carb cravings), before settling on the fish(es!) of the day for mains – cod for Mark, and salmon for me.
The pizza was phenomenal – Dare I say the most delicious pizza I’ve tasted in Dublin?! Or if not, then the tastiest I’ve had in an age. We went with the ‘Quattro Stagioni‘ – Fresh mozzarella, artichoke, mushroom, olives, ham and garlic extra virgin olive…. Incredibly delish.
The fish specials were savoured with the bistro’s wall-quote mantra in mind;
‘Fish, to taste right, must swim three times — in water, in butter, and in wine.’ – Nom, nom, nom!
My oven-baked salmon was mouth-watering, as was the spinach and herb dressing garnishing it.
His grilled cod came served with shredded cabbage, roasted potatoes, grilled tomatoes and lemon. It too tasted mighty fine, although Mark did prefer mine (obv)… Food envy and all that.
Dessert for me was a second glass of merlot, plus a shared lemon cake contraption, served with home-made gelato. DIVINE! And I’m not even a lemon cake kinda gal!
What I loved most about the bistro, was its local, welcoming vibe… An elderly man dined alone beside us, who later informed us his wife had sadly passed away a few days earlier. As heartbreaking an image it was, Bianconi’s was his home away from home, with the attentive staff individually chatting at length to him for the evening.
The service was great, the ingredients fresh and delicious, and the atmosphere very ‘Italian Grandma’s Kitchen‘…
I’m already looking forward to a repeat performance of the evening, and next time I’ll be making use of their early bird offering – with three courses capped at €25. Howiya.
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