As I previously mentioned, Valentino was taking part in Perth's Food and Wine Month, offering a $25 dinner deal for the whole of March. For $25, you get garlic bread, soup and main course as well as a glass of wine - that seemed like a pretty good deal and we went to try it out on Friday night (last day of March too!). We also took Rob's mum out with us to celebrate her ditching her old job and getting a new one.
Valentino is an Italian diner, but not a traditional one, serving Italian dishes fused with other cuisines. The restaurant itself is quite nice - pretty decor, good ambiance, spacious. Being a Friday night, it was quite busy but we found the service of the waitstaff to be friendly and attentive.
Now we come to the food. The description and prices of each dish were taken directly from the menu on Valentino's website.
SOUP OF THE DAY ($8.50). Today's soup was a spicy pumpkin soup. It was very yummy and tasty.
GARLIC BREAD (3 SLICES) ($4.50) - Smothered with garlic and toasted, served hot. What can I add? It's toasted bread with garlic butter. Quite greasy, but garlic bread usually are greasy.
GRILLED CHICKEN ($24.50) - Grilled chicken breast served with a potato & bacon Lyonnaise topped with tomato salsa & rocket oil. The chicken was quite plain, as you'd expect grilled chicken to be. The potato lyonnaise was quite tasty though :)
RISOTTO DE POLLO ($21.90) - Sauteed bean shoots, snow peas, capsicum, onion in tom yum and coconut broth topped with marinated chicken tenderloins and fresh coriander. You'd think it's weird to have tomyum flavoured risotto, but you can hardly taste the tomyum. Or the coriander for that matter. The rice itself was quite mildly flavoured - not spicy nor sour like tomyum. I think the defining feature of this dish was the chicken. It was so yummy. The marinade used was very tasty - makes up for the almost bland risotto.
Overall, we had a good time. It was a lot of food and we were quite full. After dinner, we sat around for another couple of hours and chatted. We don't drink alcohol, but Rob's mum does, and she enjoyed having two glasses of red and half of a white over the span of the three hours that we were at Valentino.