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HOT: The Lido – 120 Racecourse Rd, Ascot.

In a spur of the moment decision to venture out for dinner on what was otherwise supposed to be a lazy Saturday night in front of the tele, remedy MM and I decided to hit one of Brisbane’s la-di-da strips – Racecourse Rd in Ascot just for something different.

Friends of ours had recommended The Lido for the superb wood fired pizzas and it was with much anticipation of some crispy based, cheesy coated Italian love that we set off on our random adventure to the other side of the river.

The spacious yet cosy restaurant was a-buzz with diners and an animated kitchen upon our arrival.  Once seated and settled with a nice (and reasonably-priced) glass of red, MM and I took to studying the menu.  Expecting to see a serious list of pizzas and other Italian fare, I was surprised when confronted with an extensive choice of mish-mash cuisines and fare which were more representative of Mexico than Italy.  Not that it was a problem – a sizzling dish of chicken fajitas came whizzing past, leaving in its wake a few sore necks and initiated some well enjoyed sensory stimulation.

From the ‘light but right’ section of the menu, MM and I chose the gourmet bruschetta ($11.90) to share.  After a lengthy but apologetic wait, we were greeted with a man-sized slice of sourdough topped with diced tomato, red onion, avocado and feta chunks, delicately drizzled with balsamic vinegar.  MM isn’t the biggest bruschetta fan, but even he was well impressed with the creative ensemble, especially the inclusion of avocado.

Somehow the pizzas (our reason for heading to The Lido in the first place) were overlooked as the ‘marvellous mains’ section of the menu took our fancy.  Being a rib lover and an IT boffin, the dish labelled ‘bite to the bone v.2’ ($28.90) covered all the bases for MM, with a Flinstones-esk presentation of smoky, sticky, pork spare ribs atop a bed of chunky potato chips and a sweet chilli dipping sauce.  The meat fell delicately off the bone and the sticky sauce truly was finger-licking good (to borrow the words from a famous Colonel…).

Demonstrating typical Gemini behaviour switching between pasta, pizza and salad options for my main, I finally decided on the Spanish flair ($16.80 half serve); a fiery penne dish, with Spanish chorizo, olives, roasted capsicum and fresh chilli in a thick Napoli sauce.  To be honest the chilli was too over the top for me, and I can handle my birds-eyes pretty well.  But this was too much and unfortunately the flavour of the chorizo and Napoli sauce was spoiled a little, which was a shame as it otherwise had all the callings of a superb dish.

With no room to spare for even looking at the dessert options, MM and I waddled to the car in post-gluttonous bliss, marvelling at the unique and quirky menu options, and already discussing what we’d have next time we come to The Lido.  Maybe the pizzas will have a chance to impress….

  • The Lido – 120 Racecourse Rd, Ascot +61 7 3268 7400
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