Delivino, Auchterarder

It’s not often I make return visits to restaurants, preferring instead to write about new places but I loved Delivino‘s so much the last time I visited that when OH and I were looking for somewhere to go for lunch we decided to head back to Auchterarder, knowing we’d get good food. (if you’re interested about our last visit you can read about it here ).

We arrived without a reservation and a cheerful waitress happily offered us a table in the busy Italian restaurant on the high street in Auchterarder (less than 2 miles from Gleneagles). On the wall there was a full blackboard of specials and a happy relaxed buzz about the place. Given all the available menus, we took our time making our choices and ordered our drinks.

On the specials board there was a Ham hough terrine with sweet pickled vegetables and toast, which we decided to share as a starter.

Unfortunately, but I guess unsurprisingly for the 27th of December, the seafood linguine was off but rather that than unfresh mussels and prawns though. Instead, I opted for Truffled Mac and Cheese – Tallegio & smoked cheddar sauce with truffled breadcrumb topping, with garlic ciabatta because it’s not often mac n cheese sounds so good. Although, it was a hard decision as there were fantastic sounding dishes like the venison, juniper and redcurrant stew and seabass with fennel, chorizo and white bean cassoulet.

OH ooohed and aaahed between the risotto and the ravioli but then decided on the Penne Arrabbiata – Garlic, olive oil, chilli in a tomato sauce – as he didn’t want anything too heavy.

Now here is the clever bit about Delivino’s as they offer a small and a large portion of their pasta. I often get tired/bored with a large plateful so this is ideal for me. OH then (maybe I was a little too persuasive) also opted for the smaller portion size – perhaps I also mentioned we could order some Truffled Parmesan Wedges too and I might also have murmured that he could get a dessert if he ordered the smaller one. (I didn’t say out loud he could have had one anyway).

Our starter arrived between us and looked lovely. We were also offered more toast but declined. The pickled vegetables with the terrine were a highlight but it would be unfair to say the terrine came second as it was just as good. The chargrilled toast was a delightful addition to the well balanced starter.

Throughout our meal our waitress was extremely attentive, friendly and joked with us about OH having to have non-alcohol lager and a smaller portion, which we were having a laugh about.

My macaroni cheese arrived in a hot (please don’t touch the dish) plate and looked great. OH’s portion looked small and I immediately felt bad for suggesting it but he assured me it was a deep dish.

My mac n cheese tasted great with the topping being the best bit. However, the sauce was thin and for once I wanted my mac to be a bit more stodgy. The first slice of accompanying garlic ciabatta was great but by the time I got to the second it was a bit soggy and chewy. It didn’t stop me eating it though.

OH’s Penne Arribbiata disappeared and did not disappoint as the chili gave a nice heat and left a fresh taste. When I asked about the size of the dish he agreed it was the right size for him after overeating on Christmas and Boxing day. The wedges were also fantastic by the way.

Unusually, after watching all the women coming in and looking at the desserts on offer before sitting down, I decided I might try a sweet. I even took a pic of the dessert blackboard for you. However, there were no sorbets left so I decided to go without. OH asked for the chocolate orange mousse but annoyingly, when the waitress suddenly reappeared, it was with the news there was none left. He then also decided to go without and just kept his order of a coffee. Obviously, I was more than happy to finish the carafe of wine I had ordered as I wasn’t driving.

Our extremely attentive and friendly waitress then appeared with 2 spoons and a huge slab of chocolate brownie, which she placed between us. “I’m sorry. We can’t have you leaving with neither of you getting the dessert you wanted. Especially after the non-alcoholic beer and small portion. We need to fix this.” She then smiled and left us to gorge on the fabulous rich chocolate dessert, which was so nice I forgot to take a pic of.

The meal, ambience and service was fantastic and I am sure that any other day of the week they would have had a full menu. I’d highly recommend Delivino’s either in Auchterarder or Crieff. GO VISIT.

A shared starter, 2 small pastas, a side of wedges, a carafe of wine and a non-alcoholic beer £42.50

Delivino, Auchterarder

Yesterday, as the start of me celebrating a big birthday, OH and I spent an entire day (along with MiniHim and TeenyMe) at Strathallan Skydiving Centre waiting for the clouds to clear. Unfortunately they didn’t and my birthday skydive has now been rescheduled for the 4th of November. To try to salvage something of the day we decided to visit Delivino in Auchterarder. I had visited the one in Crieff before and thought the Italian wine cafe was wonderful so when I found out there was one even nearer to us we just had to visit.

Thankfully they managed to squeeze us in, telling us what time they needed the table back by. Grateful for the table I didn’t mind sitting by the door. However, I did get a cold breeze every time someone came in but because I had my thermals on for the skydive I was actually quite glad of the occasional chill.

A bottle of water was immediately placed on the table along with the menu, which offered various pasta dishes in small and regular, pizzas, burgers and large sharing platters.

We ordered a carafe of wine and decided to share a small plate as a starter. davRoast Garlic and Chilli Prawns, which arrived sizzling and spitting and were fantastic; very hot, both in spice and temperature. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a pic at the start so you will just have to imagine another 5 of these fat, fabulous prawns along with some chunks of bread.

For my main I decided on Pancetta Carbonara – Crispy Smoked Pancetta, Parmesan & Creamy Carbonara Sauce. I chose to have a small plate rather than the regular size because I knew I would over eat if I did. OH had the special of Smoked haddock and Leek Risotto.

davMy pasta was everything I wanted it to be. Rich, creamy, hot and delicious. There wasn’t enough for me to get bored but the right amount to leave me completely satisfied although I was looking for some bread to mop up the remaining sauce with but that was just greed.

OH enjoyed his risotto, which was full of large lumps of haddock. I sneaked a taste and it was thick, cheesy with a nice salty fish taste. Both our dishes arrived in deep bowls, which I think really helped keep our meals warm throughout. Nothing worse than cold pasta mid-meal!mde

AS I finished the wine OH asked for Affogato for dessert. It came dismembered. Yes I know it’s supposed to be deconstructed but there’s something murderous about having to pay to make your own dessert. OH ‘drowned’ his ice cream with the espresso (affogato is italian for drowned – see you actually learned something from this blog) and crumbled the amaretto biscuits in as well. He then devoured it, whilst complaining it was just coffee and ice cream. mdeThis was solely because it was on the blackboard he was facing and he could see the price for a change. Regardless, he enjoyed it and as he would often have coffee and a dessert it was actually cheaper ;p.

I decided to visit the loos before we left and crammed myself into the one ladies toilet. Bizarrely, one of the tiled walls hadn’t been grouted so I’m guessing they are half way through doing them up? In the tiny toilet there was also a sink, which I had to go on my tiptoes to get my hands into only to discover it was so teeny I had to wash one hand at a time. To be honest, I’m not sure if they have sacrificed toilet space to enable more room in the restaurant but I did leave wishing they had put in as much effort to their toilet design as they have to their food.

Loos aside, service was great from a very smiley, happy-to-help waitress and food was fantastic. I definitely will be back but unfortunately it won’t be after my skydive as it isn’t open on Sundays. (it is in Crieff though)

One small plate, one small pasta, one main, one dessert, one carafe of wine £41.50.