It was my birthday a while back, and one of my gifts from Offspring#2 was a voucher for a 2-course lunch for two at one of the local Italian restaurants.
Since we knew I’d be off today, we booked a table earlier in the week.
It’s one of those places that we’ve been meaning to try for years but had just never got around to it.
A family-run restaurant, Don Michele‘s prides itself on it’s friendly & attentive service and authentic Italian cooking. It is warm and inviting, with an intimate cosy atmosphere.
The friendly waiter showed us to our seats and asked if we would like any drinks, before returning with the menus.
We perused the menu, the waiter giving us plenty time to choose our dishes. I must admit that’s a bit of a peeve of mine, I do hate when you feel rushed into ordering!
I picked the Fungi Alfredo starter and the Risotto Al Pollo main; whilst my suave, sophisticated, handsome companion went for the main of Linguine Carbonara followed by the Vanilla Cheesecake.
We then sat back and relaxed while sipping our diet cokes, and soaking up the ambience.
It was, as my compadre pointed out, the most Italian-y looking Italian restaurant!
The walls were adorned with portraits and photographic prints of the most Italian-y poking Italians, and there was a wallart plaque shaped like a Vespa which bore a tricolour paintjob; there was even a teatowel tacked to one wall that pictured a map of Italy, anoted with regional pastas (they should sell those….we want one!).
The background music, which wasn’t too loud, was Italian; and, sitting next to the serving hatch to the kitchen, we could hear the chef’s talking to each other in Italian.
When my starter arrived, it was jam-packed with mushrooms.
The thick creamy garlic-laced sauce was delicious and the warm chunk of accompanying ciabatta was just the right density.
At this point, we realized that our vantage point by the kitchen afforded us the perfect spot for noseying at what other diners had ordered, thus aiding our menu selection next time. The Lasagne and Penne Salsiccia heading to a couple at a nearby table both looked appetising and hearty sized portions.
We didn’t have long to wait before our mains made an appearance too.
The rice in my risotto was perfectly cooked and the dish was well-flavoured.
The linguine was however outstanding, the sauce was gorgeously thick and rich.
I was offered the menu incase I wished to order dessert, I had a look (for future reference) but ultimately didn’t order as I was already pleasantly full.
The cheesecake, when it arrived, was attractively presented and I did have a taste so can report it was as good as it looks!
It was incredibly light and the vanilla drizzle put us in mind of that which accompanies a crème caramel.
Now, as I mentioned, we had a voucher for the food so when it came to paying the bill we were only charged for two drinks each; but at £10.50 for two courses, we could both indulge in a similarly delicious lunch some other time for around £30.
We’ll definitely be returning. Soon.
Ratings & Recommendations
Service: A warm welcome by staff was followed by friendly attentiveness throughout our visit. 5/5
Menu: The menu offers a good selection of traditional Italian dishes. 5/5
Food: Looks and tastes freshly prepared. Well presented and good-sized portions. 5/5
Ambience: Cosy and welcoming. The Italian decor creates a warm feel which we enjoyed. The subdued lighting and background music enhanced the setting. 4/5
Cleanliness: Spotless! Dining furniture & table linen impeccably clean; as were the cutlery, crockery & glassware. Toilets were well maintained. 5/5
Value for Money: Our two courses for two would have cost £10.50 each, ordering from the Special Lunch Menu, plus 4 soft drinks @ £2.60 each = £31.40 which seems reasonable for what we had. 4.5/5
Would we return? YES! Definitely.
Would we recommend? YES! Definitely. I also think this would be the ideal venue for larger celebratory gatherings as well small informalrmal meals out such as we had today.
TOTAL: 28.5 / 30
Don Michele is situated on Perth Road, Dundee and is easily accessible from the city centre.
Address: 177 Perth Road, Dundee, DD2 1AS
Phone: 01382 660600
Opening Times: Lunch 12 – 2pm Daily
Dinner 5.30 – 9.30pm (10.30pm Fri/Sat)
I think we might have found our new favourite Italian restaurant, we just have to think of an excuse to take the rest of the family along soon. Have you finally made it to any great local restaurants you’ve been meaning to visit for a while but just hadn’t gotten around to? I always love when it turns out to be really good 😀
Thanks for stopping by!
Hugs, Crafty xx