Where to go for a Mediterranean feast | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Where to go for a Mediterranean feast

You may have driven past it a dozen times, but there’s no way you could know about the deliciousness waiting behind Bistro Alegria’s humble glass doors on Milton’s Park Road if you hadn’t ventured inside. While it might not look it from the outside, this Park Road restaurant is a haven of flavour and charm, dishing up Spanish and Mediterranean feasts with a warm and homely feel. With hosts Zsolt and Laszlo to welcome you, you’ll feel right at home – and that’s before you even have to undo your top button to fit in your food baby. While Bistro Alegria makes for a great date night, and an even better spot for a family get together, we’d suggest bringing along a whole lot of friends for tapas, ranciones and sweet sangria. You can even bring along all your gluten free and vegetarian friends – there’s plenty for them to choose from as well! BistroAlegria 2If you do things the traditional Mediterranean way, it all starts with a plate of charcuterie, with Iberian ham, chorizo and jamon paired with sherry soaked figs, olives and bread to dip in caramelized balsamic. Once you’ve whet your appetite, move on to tapas like pea and truffle arancini, crispy fried school prawns and flaky brik cigars stuffed with goats curd and quince. Need something a little heartier? Pile the table with roasted pheasant with crisp pancetta and polenta, orange glazed lamb ribs and grilled ox tongue with gnocchi, pesto and fresh ricotta. Don’t be scared off by the t word – this dish is as tasty as they come. Of course, there’s plenty of dishes to keep all to yourself, including a braised beef cheek that will have you wishing you left room to finish every last morsel, and spicy paellas stuffed with seasonal vegetables, meats or fresh seafood. Can’t even begin to narrow down all the choices and decide on what to eat? Let the chef do it for you with a selection of 6 or 7 tapas and ranciones and the option of a shared main.bistro alegria 3There’s even a menu for the youngsters, while the adults will be more than happy with the four page drinks list (if you can’t find something on this list of beer, wine and spirits, there’s no pleasing you). Catering to even more special occasions, Bistro Alegria is also available for functions, with sit down dinners or even cocktail parties easily handled – and made all the better by that sangria we mentioned. So whatever occasion you’re planning, from Sunday lunches with the fam to cozy midweek dinners with your nearest and dearest, you’ll find the perfect table at Bistro Alegria – especially once the table is groaning under the weight of their scrumptious fare. Check them out at 20 Park Road, Milton, open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, with parking available underneath the Park Road restaurant. Words by Ranyhyn Akui Images by Judit Losh Keeping the G&G up to date requires a lot of double lattes, so we occasionally need to give out some sponsored love. But rest assured that we only work with businesses that we think are nifty, as the sponsor for this post is!

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