The ultimate in all things fancy and luxurious is, of course, Parisian style. The North Shore suburb of Pymble has long had it’s fair share of mansions, fancy cars and lovely tree-lined streets but there has always been that something missing–a sophisticated place for locals to enjoy some amazing meals.
Enter Ad Lib Bistro. Bringing with it the essence of a classic French bistro with its ambience of sophistication and inviting comfort with hints of vintage charm. Dark Thonet bentwood chairs and well spaced tables are scattered throughout, fresh flowers, warm red wine walls & retro French artworks frame the room creating an all inviting, casual-bistro influenced dining room. Ad Lib has been so aptly titled, with its moniker being short for Ad Libitum, a Latin phrase which means “at one’s pleasure”.
Celebrated chef Dietmar Sawyere runs the French bistro and has certainly put his mark in the fine-dining scene. The internationaly acclaimed Swiss born chef has been sculpting his career since the age of 14. Dietmar has created much success on the Sydney dining scene, also running the very successful Berowra Waters Inn and formerly of Forty One fame, you can be sure that Dietmar has the talent to create beautifully unique dishes.
A quick peruse over the menu at Ad Lib Bistro will certainly have you licking your lips with excitement. The menu has been so cleverly put together to enhance the casual and cosy dining atmosphere. Some classic French bistro favourites make an appearance but have been given a modern twist that you’d expect to see out of a fine dining establishment.
The menu of starters is enough to have you planning your next visit! Notable mentions are duck liver parfait w onion marmalade; sugar cured salmon, herb & shallot mascarpone with toasted brioche; and tender prawns sauteed in garlic butter just to name a few.
The mains menu is full of some real hearty, soul-warming food that will go down so well with the un-characteristically cold May weather of late! The lamb shanks are perfectly cooked and so flavoursome; the Spring Bay mussels also come highly recommended; or if your game the boudin noir will set your taste buds off with glee!
And of course… the pièce de résistance, French dessert! You cannot go past the pear tarte tatin and the raspberry souffle (the joy of eating a meal with that special someone is getting to eat their dessert too!). Crispy, caramelised, buttery pastry–so full of goodness!
Ad Lib Bistro is sophisticated and elegant enough to feel special, but cosy and casual enough to be inviting and homely. Now to plan visit #2.
Vibe: Casual, homely
Perfect For: Dinner date and small groups
Ad Lib Bistro; 1047 Pacific Hwy, Pymble NSW 2073; 02 9988 0120; http://www.adlibbistro.com
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