It’s always exciting when a new eaterie opens in town.
In the process of moving house to Adlington, we had been scouring the area for restaurants, takeaways and – of course – pubs.
So we were naturally pleased to see new restaurant Bistecca open its doors not a million miles away from our new mansion.
Situated on Market Street, Bistecca is handily placed and has several other food and drink outlets within walking distance.
Pubs and restaurants often act as “feeders” for each other so that is no bad thing.
Bistecca is a mediterranean restaurant – with wonderful slices of Italy, Spain and Greece thrown in. It is immaculately furnished and surprisingly spacious inside.
We almost couldn’t get in on a Saturday night because it was fully booked, but we agreed to come later after the rush had died down.
The menu is awash with delights from all all over Europe.
With sizzling steaks and a full specials board, it should cater for any tastes.
The cheery staff showed us to our table and there was a good buzz about the place, which opened only a few weeks ago.
We later learned there is also another upstairs area which is ideal for private parties.
We opted to start with the Greek mezze – marinated mixed olives, feta cheese, homemade hummus and tzatsiki.
It was served with pitta bread and a hint of salad.
We both devoured it and enjoyed every mouthful, although we agreed that £11.25 is a bit on the pricey side.
For our mains, we choose two different dishes. Being a lover of Greek islands (in fact any islands in the sun), I opted for the Lamb Kleftiko (£14.95).
The classic Greek dish - slow-cooked lamb with potatoes, onions, tomatoes, loads of lemon and herbs etc is an old favourite.
It was delicious and the meat fell off the bone. The lamb came separately to the potatoes and vegetables rather than an all-in-one dish so maybe not the most authentic version.
But that’s a minor criticism and the portion was generous and the plateful once assembled very enjoyable.
My partner went for the Risotto della Adriatico (£12.95), a sea food risotto featuring Arborio Italian rice, scallops, king prawns, clams, calamari etc.
It went down a treat and was pronounced good but not outstanding. The sizeable bowlful actually got the better of her and she struggled to finish it.
Being full, we skipped the dessert and continued to enjoy the Jarrah Wood Chardonnay (£16.95) which was very acceptable
The total bill came to a very reasonable £56.10.
In the interests of research we adjourned to the nearby Spinners pub.
Within minutes the friendly locals were telling us they had already tried Bistecca and loved the atmosphere and experience.
A welcome addition to the local dining scene and we will certainly return once we are Adlington residents.