Lido, long-time resident in William Street has changed sides of the road – moving across next to Bar 399 to much smaller premises and a smaller menu to boot. It has also lost its liquor licence in the move and is now strictly BYO. The waiters are still friendly and welcoming and were quick to bring out an ice-bucket for our bottle of rosé when we popped in for lunch.
A couple of rice paper rolls started us off – the rice paper was a tad too thick but the filling was fine – sliced prawn and crunchy vegetables, and the peanutty dipping sauce was pleasant enough.
For mains, a dish of fried rice with egg and onion was pretty good – glossy rice, plenty of onion and garlic flavours, and a good topping of egg strips.
Along with the rice deep fried toothfish with chilli, salt and pepper flavours – well cooked fish, crisp coating, and juicy and plenty of tender fish inside – the salt and pepper flavours were good although the chilli component not really evident – we asked for additional chilli on the side and this splashed over gave it a much needed zip. If you are looking for a spicy meal then extra chill on the side is recommended.
Lido has set a little different path than before when the menu was much larger, but the food we had was well prepared and both generously sized and well-priced.