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“One of the most spectacular restaurant vistas in the world”
Review of Mistral

Mistral
Ranked #30 of 69 Restaurants in Bellagio
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed August 26, 2012

Mistral meal is a gourmet delight perched on one of the most spectacular settings of about any restaurant you will find. The food is first class and the wine list extensive and reasonably priced.

Disappointment: The write up of their 'menu degustation' talks about applying 'molecular cooking' to the 'Italian cuisine'. It was all delicious, but not overly 'Italian'. It started with 'guacamole ice cream' (Mexican), included a number of items that didn't seem to have any particular provenance, and the chef hadn't concocted anything at all to do with the most Italian dish of all - pasta. Go figure.

Just the best venue location in the best town location on Lake Como. Stunning. The setting is nicely amplified by dramatically large sliding glass-panel walls which provide a 270 degree view. Villa Serbelloni have really made the most of this distinctive feature.

Throughout the meal, the service managed that delicate balance of relaxed affability with attentiveness. Disappointment: We asked for a seat by the window which we were not given until we asked for it again. Not a great start to the service.

Mistral's biggest weakness is its start and finish. $100 for a couple of cocktails (no problem), but the accompaniment they serve is potato chips and peanuts. I get better nibbles on airplanes. This characteristic carried over to the main meal. Despite the memorable menu degustation, it started with tired bread (they claim is was baked there, but it was still dry and flavourless) and finished with pedestrian petit fours. Note to chef: the first and last impressions are the most important and yours are decidedly bland.

After dinner, we retired to the lounge which sparkled with colour and luxury for our coffees and the treat of a quality string trio.

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Reviewed August 17, 2012

Loved this place! The food was very good but you can't beat the view of the lake. Prices are not that expensive.

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Reviewed August 3, 2012

If you are counting Euros, dine elsewhere. If you are celebrating, enjoy the spectacular view, the fine food, and the seamless service. Tables on the terrace face the lake, and a piano, violin & bass trio supplies background music behind you. Seasonal perch from the lake, foie gras, steamed vegetables in wild fennel stock, a veal chop with morels & mashed potatoes -- flawless. Didn't try the liquid nitrogen ice cream "cooked" at the table -- seemed a bit gimmicky. Sometimes, expensive is worth it.

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Thank RedRaptor47
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

The setting - overlooking the lake cannot be beaten. 5* service. We went for the 7 course molecular gastronomy menu. This title is a little misleading as there are only really 2 courses that really stand out - but all are very well presented. 3 courses - the prawns with guacamole ice cream, turbot and veal were genuinely Michelin class. The dessert is great theatre - but in the end it is just baked pinapple and ice cream!

The bill was €340 for 2 including drinks. This is hard to justify and i would not go again. But it was our anniversary and we were looking to do something memorable and it was definitely that.

Thank Ben K
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

Excellent food - Italian with a modern twist. Really enjoyed all our courses. Pineapple ice cream came with a surprise - it was cooked in front of us in liquid nitrogen. Service was very good. Really good choice of Italian wines. A little expensive but worth every penny

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