I never expect the first weekend in January to be up to much in the way of a night out, everybody is tucked up at home dreading the credit card bill and attempting a new year health kick. I am in fact one of those bandwagon bunnies and am taking part in both Dry January and Veganuary, so I really didn’t have high hopes for spending the evening in an empty restaurant watching my friends guzzle wine and tuck into a juicy steak…..
Imagine my surprise when my friends and I were met by a buzzing restaurant with all but a couple of tables free – thankfully I had booked so we were seated straight away. What a lovely place! La Bistro is as the name suggests, very bistro in style, quite small but by no means pokey, the warm lighting and decor is really welcoming and I felt at home straight away.
Drinks ordered we perused the menu, La Bistro is described as Mediterranean and there is certainly an eclectic mix of dishes on the menu with Greek, Turkish, Spanish and Italian influences. We skipped starters as we were really just out for a casual Friday tea and a catch up, however there were plenty of items I absolutely could have picked from when I finish my vegan challenge! Saying that, there were certainly a few options I could eat as a vegan and the staff were that accommodating that I’m sure they would have been happy to make a little tweak or too to work around my dietry requirements. I did really fancy the Deep fried jalapeño peppers served with Tzatziki and salad though, so maybe I’ll pop back next month when cheese is back on the menu for me!
We ordered our main courses, my friends choosing the chicken skewers – Diced chicken breast marinated in olive oil, lime juice, herbs and tomato puree, chargrilled, served with rice with and mixed salad, and the Lamb chops served with a creamy sauce on the side and delicately spiced rice. I opted for a Vege Con Carprino pizza with a selection of chargrilled vegetables, and spinach. It normally comes with crumbled feta cheese which I love but obviously I ordered it without on this occasion.
The main courses arrived and to my delight there was not even a touch of food envy on my part. As delicious as the meat dishes looked I was more than happy with my pizza which was actually sublime! The marinara sauce was incredibly tasty and I had asked for some chilli oil which was delicious on the roasted vegetables, plus the whole pizza was beautifully finished in plenty of garlic which I had also requested. I polished the whole pizza off in record time! My friends were also suitably impressed with their choices. Unfortunately I didn’t get to try them but was assured they would be return customers!
We also skipped dessert so I apologise I cannot give you a full 3 course review but I felt La Bistro was that impressive I wanted to give them the plaudits they deserve. The service is impeccable, and so so friendly, it really has a family run vibe going on and we certainly felt very much at home, so much so that my friend had a couple of hugs as were leaving – although that could very well have been the Malbec?
I cant wait to return to La Bistro next month for my birthday, where I will unashamedly fill my face with cheese, wine and dessert, but for now, full marks from this dried up vegan and her drunken friends. We all had a smashing time.