AUTUMN sunshine, golden koi swimming amongst water lilies and the splash of a baroque water feature made for a wonderfully relaxed lunch at Casa Bianchi.
The restaurant’s stunning garden ambience was just what I needed after a frantic morning of running around.
The only thing that could have made things better was perhaps a glass of wine, but this was a working lunch so I had to settle for an Uncle Ruby ($8.50), a refreshing elixir of apple, beetroot, carrot, celery and ginger .
The three women chatting at the adjacent table were happy to take a break to give me a critique of their lunch.
“Very yummy,” was how one lady described her rosemary lamb sandwich with chips ($25). “The lamb was melt-in-the-mouth.”
The avocado smash ($22.80) with two poached eggs and crispy bacon was; “a very, very nice combination of flavours. The chilli jam gave it a nice pop-in-the-mouth. It was very moreish.”
The caprese salad ($22.50) with lashings of fresh prosciutto was good, but buffalo mozzarella rather than bocconcini would have lifted it, said the third lady.
“Like they do in Italy—it’s softer.”
The service at Bianchi is spot on and in next to no time my pesto linguini ($25) arrived.
It looked a picture with a wedge of lemon on the side.
The slender pasta ribbons were perfectly cooked—chewy and firm—and the pesto sauce hit the right note with every mouthful, but a squeeze of lemon took this classic dish to new heights.
The dessert cabinet was beginning to seduce me, but time was short, so I grabbed a tiramisu and a raspberry and chocolate slice ($8.50) to go.
The sharp raspberries complimented the sweet chocolate in the tart perfectly.
But D’Angerous Dave, who is a sucker for a good tira, wasn’t impressed, saying it lacked oomph and wasn’t rich enough.
by JENNY D’ANGER
193 Scarborough Beach
Road, Mt Hawthorn
open Mon–Sun 7.30am–4pm