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Bianco Kitchen, Brighton-Le-Sands

by Nouha Elmasri (follow)
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With tasty food, an inviting atmosphere and friendly staff that welcome you with warmth and sincerity; Bianco Kitchen in Brighton-Le-Sands is the ideal location for an authentic Italian meal in Sydney’s south.

For tasty authentic Italian cuisine in Sydney's south, Bianco Kitchen is the place to go.


Gracing the more subdued end of Brighton, where the hoards of people crowding on cramped footpaths, and the traffic chaos ebbs away, opening to a serene view of the amber sunset over glittering Botany Bay; Bianco Kitchen is a sophisticated, yet understated Italian affair.

Enjoy the sunset while sampling Sicilian specialities


The primarily monochromatic décor is all clean lines and soft edges, accented with splashes of glossy cherry red, and a hint of European panache. The restaurant carefully blends rustic Italian elements which add charm and charisma, with modern simplicity - of which allows the food and the glorious view to shine.

The menu is quintessentially Italian, showcasing a variety of regional Sicilian specialities along with the typical selection of breads, salads, pastas, pizzas and steaks. To complement your Sicilian meal, Bianco Kitchen offers a small but perfectly formed wine list featuring a selection of Australian, New Zealand and Italian wines which are available by the glass or bottle.

Super cheesy cauliflower croquettes


To begin with, something a little Francophilian, but of course with an Italian twist. Cauliflower cheese and parmesan croquettes ($16.90) are perfectly golden fried pillows of fluffy cauliflower and oozing cheese. As if that wasn’t rich enough, they come served with a decadent eschallot and sage cream sauce. While the crisp croquettes and creamy herbed sauce do complement each other; but to avoid the impending lactose overload, consider sharing this dish.

Light and fresh; tomato and basil bruschetta.


For a more typical Italian fare that’s a little lighter on the cheese and cream, the bruschetta ($3.50 per piece) is a tasty option. Sweet and juicy tomatoes mixed with Spanish onion and fragrant basil are served on fresh, lightly toasted bread, and are swirled with golden olive oil. While the ingredients are fresh and the dish tasty; overall the bruschetta lacks punch. A little extra seasoning and a smattering of garlic would go a long way.

When it comes to choosing a main, the sheer number of options on the menu becomes a little overwhelming. However, watching fresh artisan pasta come together before your eyes, to the backdrop of the sunset over the bay; one can’t help but be swayed. Pasta and seafood seem to be the evening’s calling.

Sweet and juicy seafood, and tasty handmade pasta.


For its fresh pasta, Bianco Kitchen won gold at last year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show. With this in mind, expectations run high. Thankfully the pasta does not disappoint. The crab linguine ($24.90); ribbons of rich egg pasta enveloped in a creamy tomato, garlic and basil sauce and served with chunks of sweet crab, and the prawns are delicious.

Fluffy pillows of potato goodness; the pesto gnocchi with prawns.


The gnocchi pesto ($24.90), while not strictly speaking a ‘pasta,’ is still handmade on the premises, and is just as delicate as the pasta smoothly melting in the mouth - instead of becoming a gluey mess. The little potato parcels are complemented by a fluorescent rocket pesto, fresh prawns, and a sprinkle of golden toasted pine nuts.

Giant Australian king prawns served with a light and tangy spinach lentil salad


If pasta is not your carbohydrate of choice, there is also a selection of wood-fired pizzas, burgers and steaks served with herbed polenta fries. For something a little lighter, and blessedly carbohydrate free; try a dish of giant Australian king prawns on a bed of wilted spinach and lentil salad ($29.90). The prawns are lightly grilled and juicy, and the spinach and lentil salad is full of zesty flavour in perfectly complementing the sweet seafood.

Skip the entrée and go with the dessert instead


A smooth, full-bodied coffee completes the evening. Or, if you’ve still got space, a scoop of home made gelato or one of Bianco’s many mousses, tarts, cakes and crêpes serve as the ideal end to your Italian meal.

Rating: 8/10

Where: Shop 17 Bayside Plaza, The Grand Parade, Brighton-Le-Sands NSW.
Why: Delicious Italian meals and desserts, friendly service and a great atmosphere.
Cost: Breakfast from $7.90 - $16.90. Lunch and dinner starters from $3.50 - $19.90 and mains from $14.90 - $32.90. Desserts and gelato from $3.90 - $16.90.
When: Open everyday from 7am - 12am.
Good for kids: Yes.
Take away: Only gelato and desserts. However, Bianco Kitchen also does a range of pre-made meals, sauces and fresh pasta which you can purchase.

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