Lunchtime has taken on a whole new flavourful vibe when it comes to sustenance and escaping the office in George Town.
Since The Bistro’s recent opening, people have been unchaining themselves from their swivel chairs and venturing out for a proper lunch-time outing to 102 Mary Street, where light fare, a glass of wine and a relaxed atmosphere can provide the perfect outlet from that dreary desk.
‘We want people to learn to enjoy their lunch break instead of it being a chore,’ said part-owner and chef, Wayne Jones-O’Connor. His business partners comprise of wife Nathalie O’Connor, Mike Laurenson and Lee Webb.
Lunchtime, from 11.30am to 2.30pm, and dinner, from 5pm to 9pm, sees delicious European style appetisers such as steamed mussels with garlic and white wine in parsley cream sauce, a combination of cheeses with toasted ciabatta bread and grapes, or char-grilled skewered shrimp served with crisp greens and spicy peanut dressing.
Entrées include succulent jerk chicken quesadillas, a range of fresh salads, home-made battered fish and chips, sizzling steak and shrimp sandwich or fresh seafood stewed in a zesty tomato sauce.
If your sweet tooth is nagging you, indulge in warm chocolate lava cake with ice-cream, or bread and butter pudding served with apricot sauce and fresh cream
And you don’t have to dig too deep either. Apps range from $4.95 to $10.95, entrées from $6.50 to $14.25, and desserts hover around the $5/$6 mark.
Additional refuge from the workplace can be found during Happy Hour from 5 to 7.30pm when you can avail of half price appetisers and two for one drinks, including well drinks, martinis, margaritas, wines and beers.
Wine specials daily with lunch and dinner are also something to watch out for.
Although the parking area at the front may look small, do not be deceived; a simple drive through to the back will present you with many more spaces.
The Bistro’s sister, right next door, Food for Thought Deli, has given many people a taste of the standard of food they can now experience with a glass of wine in the comfort of The Bistro.
The bright, spacious airy restaurant is a cool, open setting for dining. Rich browns, beiges and creams ground the restaurant, giving a true bistro feel, with granite table tops and porcelain tiles a focal element of style.
Numerous pieces of art work adorn the walls while plants add softness, and lucky bamboos are a novel addition on each dining table. The restaurant’s soothing jazz music can calm even the most frazzled soul.
Describing the philosophy behind the restaurant Mr. Jones O’Connor stated, ‘We are continually striving to give the best food at a faster pace’.
So far the restaurant has received great feedback from the public, he notes, with customers saying it is a breath of fresh air to have this well priced restaurant in such a good location of George Town.
Mr. Jones O’Connor is encouraging businesses to consider The Bistro for office meetings and parties. ‘The Bistro can easily be turned into a boardroom for 5pm meetings,’ he said.
‘If you need to get out of the office environment for a meeting the Bistro is perfect.’
Even Christmas menus are being sought from customers, said Mr. Jones-O’Connor, who is only too eager to be flexible for clients. A quick phone call in advance can even arrange a buffet or a special menu to be organised for a group of people.
The background from which The Bistro and Food for Thought have come is a catering service, so if an office has a late night function food can be ordered for delivery and weddings and all sorts of outside catering functions are still available.
And if Friday night sees you out on the town, don’t forget that full Irish breakfast is served at The Bistro Saturday mornings from 8.30 am to 2.30pm, where you can fill your belly for $9.95.
For reservations call 949 3661.