Mister Bianco, High St Kew
One of the latest editions to the steadily improving dining scene of Kew – Mister Bianco delivers Italian perfection. The restaurateurs of Mezzo Bar have put together one of the best value and certainly one of the best Italian meals I’ve had in Melbourne. Although Mister Bianco is similar to Richmond’s Osteria La Passione, it hits the mark with a lot more precision. Most excitingly, it offers a sharing menu, where diners can choose two, three or four courses and be served every option under the course headings!
At first the waiter countered our ridiculous interpretation of the shared menu – that we would get each of the items listed under the course headings, but came back shortly and apologized, acknowledging that yes that is how the shared menu works. The décor is sparse yet creates an intimate atmosphere with vibrant pictures of flowers on the wall. Other diners were well heeled, older, and a family being introduced to their daughter’s paramour for the first time sat alongside.
All three Stuzzichini are delivered to our immaculate white clothed table simultaneously. The menu had sounded delicious and did not disappoint. The arancini were golden, crunchy and delicious and struck the perfect balance with the amount of chili used. Spice dusted calamari and wagyu meatballs also delivered in terms of both texture and flavour. Mains included tasty snapper fillets with lemon and capers along with braised beef cheek on a bed of polenta. The snapper fillets were light and delicate and perfectly countered against the richness and heartiness of the beef cheek.
Dessert was actually a bit of a shock. I was expecting three miniscule, almost petit four sized morsels, but this is not the Italian way and I should’ve known better! A massive bowl of tiramisu, three large scoops of gelato and two, nougat semi-freddo were enough to induce a fairly deep sugar coma. Although all this was too much, generosity of quality food is not to be sneezed at, especially not in Melbourne.
Mister Bianco provides an idyllic and traditional Italian experience. The intimate dining space, along with friendly staff and good tasting food come together, providing the essential elements for a good eatery. The space is manageable for the kitchen and meals come out on time. The three courses were spaced over an appropriate amount of time, unlike Osteria which had spanned around four hours, given, there were six courses involved – but still!
Don’t go. Try it. Must go.