Biviano's Italian Restaurant was the icing on the cake for my Mother's Day celebrations. My brood had so sneakingly planned a surprise dinner outing as a treat for me. Since it was all hush, hush, I had no idea where we were going. When the car turned off at a not so fancy sign post off Old Northern Road in Dural, I was a bit nervous not knowing where we were going or what to expect. But I should say that the somewhat small sign post by the side of the road does not do justice to what was at the end of the long tree lined drive way. As we drove in, the facade of Biviano's appeared in all it's glory on my right side, and I sighed a huge sigh of relief for I knew that this was the kind of restaurant I wanted to have my special Mother's Day meal at.
The restaurant is fancy, modern and elegant starting with it's well kept gardens to the inside of the premises. Without argument this was a place where one would take someone special for a special celebration. My brood had got that exactly right. I was overjoyed to be there to celebrate Mother's Day as the whole restaurant was set up just for that. From the crispy white table linen, the sprigs of flowers laid on the table to that menu specially created for the celebrations; Biviano's cried out sophistication and modernity.
Our welcome was quite warm. We were led to our table without delay. Before we could sit down, the waitress keenly took our drink orders. Once we were seated we were delighted to find chocolate hearts scattered all over the table; another thoughtful gesture to shower love on us, for the mums on their special day. The presence of a female songstress providing live music only enhanced the perfect ambiance at Biviano's.
The menu that was specially created for the day was priced at $75.00 per person for three courses, and $65.00 per person for two courses. As delicious canapés were served to us on the house, we opted to go with the two course option. The menu offered everything from beef to seafood, and each of our orders was quite different from the other.
The Wagyu beef with grade 5 marbling with that mouthwatering porcini mushroom sauce and the vegetable mash pattie was my choice, and hence my favourite. The meat was prepared medium rare as per my instructions, and was quite beautifully presented on a vegetable mash pattie. The juices of the meat mixed in with the sauce, and the mash created a beautiful flavour. Though I was happy with my choice of Wagyu beef, I could not resist the temptation of trying bits and pieces from other plates. One dish that needs a special mention is the chicken stuffed with asparagus. This dish consisted of a moist chicken breast stuffed with asparagus, cheese, onion and pieces of chorizo sausages which were added to create flavour in this combination. Without question this too was an absolutely delightful dish.
There were plenty to choose from the dessert selection, and the one choice that I couldn't resist was the vanilla bean panna cotta with pineapple jam. The smooth creamy custard was just enough to satisfy that sweet tooth of mine. As I dug into the Martini glass shaped dessert bowl full of creamy goodness, I could not help but be delighted at how perfect the Biviano's panna cotta was. Their traditional Italian layered tiramisu too was just right, with that unmistakable strong flavour of fresh coffee beans. After having tasted the tiramisu, I did not feel the need to order an after dinner coffee.
Where: 628 Old Northern Road Dural NSW.
Why: Delicious food, great atmosphere and friendly staff.
Cost: Special celebration two course meal for $65.00 per person.
When: Lunch, dinner and even for some high tea.