Review: Palomino Euro Bistro

View from PalominoI love getting stuff in the mail.  I tend to shop via the internet because I just love packages or really anything that isn’t a bill in my mailbox.  I get a lot of junk mail, too, but every once in a while I’ll find something a little special– like a $20 gift certificate from Palomino’s because I somehow got on their mailing list.  Score.  Terry had gotten one before too, but we let it expire. Not this time!  One Friday night, we discovered that Palomino is open late (kitchen til 11:30) and we grabbed a reservation and walked over.

Palomino has such a gorgeous view of the city.  I’ve been there several times over the past ten years or so: I’ve worked for several people who used it as their restaurant of choice, and my mom liked to take me there for birthdays.  Terry and I had never been, and though it’s a chain, it’s a small one, so I thought it was ripe for a review.

Did I mention that the view was gorgeous?

More, after the cut…

Mojito, PalominoI started out with a mojito– theirs are pretty darn good. Not too sweet, not too tart, not too heavy with soda.  They’re not as good as The Quarter Bistro, but they’re pretty darn good.

Bread and tomato/olive/feta compoteThe waiter then brought a basket of their ciabatta and a tomato, olive, and feta compote that’s a favorite of mine.  The bread is fresh (they have wood-fired ovens) and the compote is fresh tasting as well.  I could easily make a meal out of it (which probably wouldn’t be a good thing).  I believe they also use it in their bruschetta, so if you’re tempted to order it, just wait for the bread basket.

Portobello mushroom soup, sherry cream

As an appetizer, Terry wanted to try the portobello mushroom soup with sherry cream.  It had just a hint of spice (from cayenne), and lots of caramelized onion and mushroom.  The sherry cream was a great compliment– just a bit sweet, and the alcohol cut some of the creaminess of the soup.  Very nice, and would be particularly nice on a cold day, watching ice skaters on Fountain Square.

Lobster ravioli, PalominoFor an entree, I chose the lobster ravioli.  The serving is three gigantic ravoli made out of fresh saffron pasta.  It is filled with lobster, scallops and tarrogon, covered in tomato sauce and lobster cream sauce and a bit of herbed marscapone.  The dish was great, though the marscapone wasn’t seasoned at all.  Marscapone can be a bit tasteless– a bit like unsalted butter– so I salted it just a bit which made it perfect. Half of the entree was more than enough, and made for a great lunch the next day.

Seafood fetuccini, PalominoTerry chose the seafood alfredo.  which was loaded with Parmesan, prawns and scallops.  It was a very competent Alfredo, nothing outstanding, but the properly cooked seafood added to the quality.  He’d order it again.

We skipped dessert since we were so full from dinner.  Palomino’s is a great place for a date if you want a beautiful view of Fountain Square and would be a nice place for a date.  I hear they  have a great happy hour too.  If you get that $20 gift certificate in the mail– use it!  You won’t be disappointed.

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9 thoughts on “Review: Palomino Euro Bistro”

  • My parents love going to Palomino’s too.
    Especially this time of year when you can eat and watch the skaters.
    And its a chain, but its not like you can hit one at Kenwood, wheres the next closest one, Indy? So I don’t mind these kind of chains at all.

    5chw4r7z’s last blog post..Allyn’s Cafe

  • I agree. That’s why I have no problem with Oceanaire, Maggiano’s, etc. I’m OK with small chains. Applebees? Heck no. Unless I’m in an airport, and even then…

  • I thought it was bruschetta, too, until I learned that bruschetta refers to the grilled bread rubbed with garlic and not the topping. I didn’t want one of my readers to yell at me. They do that sometimes. 😛

  • As a relative newbie to Cincinnati, I have taken a real shine (as we say down South) to Fountain Square. The view alone from Palomino is almost worth the price of the meal. That was a special meal (and the company was the best part of the meal).

  • Oh how I miss the mojitos!! The most popular drink here is Carlsburg beer…..not what I want as the weather turns cooler. Palomino’s is definitely a place my hubby and I went to so often in Cincinnati that they staff started calling us the “Palomino junkies”

  • LOVE me some Palomino. It was my favorite happy hour in the city by far – discounted drinks and half price appetizers. The crab & artichoke dip is to die for. I’d go with two friends, get the dip, gorgonzola fries and whatever other appetizer we were feeling at the moment, and the three of us could do happy hour stuffed with a few drinks each for under $40. Best deal around.

    Jen’s last blog post..jrizzo: says my vox, tumblr and twitter accounts are all written by men. I’m not very feminine.

  • Just went there this past weekend and ventured out of the norm – tried the smoked pork belly appetizer and it was delicious!

  • If you get a chance, try the Chop-Chop Salad at Palominos. It’s the most amazing salad I have every eaten.

    (Palominos was also where my boyfriend took me the first time we went out together; it holds a special place in my heart)

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