The long lunch is a rarity for me, but when the opportunity comes it has to be taken. I went to lunch at Dino’s on Chapel St Windsor with colleagues recently and enjoyed a fabulous meal. The menu is tapas style and we indulged ourselves with many dishes. My favourite was the kingfish ceviche with pomegranate (below) but all the dishes we tried were delicious.
Green beans in a spicy tomato sauce.
Heirloom baby tomatoes with goats cheese.
Cured salmon with beetroot.
Potatoes with a mild spicy sauce.
The duck chorizo with pear was absolutely amazing.
Beef meatballs in tomato sauce with crusty bread.
Tender plump calamari with mayonnaise and lemon.
I understand that Dino’s is undergoing a partial revitalisation with new ownership and a new chef to come, but the staff are ongoing and very good at their job. It’s a curious space with various tables in spaces that provide varying degrees of privacy, so it can be either quite open or private depending on where you’re sitting.
The menu is diverse with familiar dishes like calamari alongside more unusual ones like the duck chorizo. The wine list is good too – we enjoyed an Argentinian cabernet malbec with our meal. Dino’s is open from breakfast through to late in the evening, which makes it ideal to visit if you’re going to the nearby Red Stitch theatre or the Astor cinema.
Accessibility is good at Dino’s, at least on the ground floor (there is an upstairs bar and function room). Changes in floor elevation are made with gentle ramps with those raised dimples to mark the edges (I don’t know their proper name) and the toilet is wheelchair accessible with lots of space and a very wide door.
Disclosure: Dino’s is co-owned by a former colleague and the meal was paid for by my employer.