Please excuse my laziness as this post is nearly a month overdue! It’s just been so hectic lately at work and since I’ve started the gym, I’ve rarely had time to update my food blog. (Yes, I know these are lame excuses)

Bellota is an amazing Spanish Tapas bar that my friends and I have been wanting to try for awhile. It is conveniently located in the SKYCITY complex which makes parking a breeze! It has been opened for a couple of years now and I’m not too sure why we’ve never been before.

They have a huge variety of tapas which are like small appetizers or snacks that can be served cold or warm. This style of eating is a great way to try and experience new types of food because if you don’t like what they serve, it wouldn’t be a big waste if you don’t finish it. But I would have to say, there wasn’t anything that we tried from Bellota that we didn’t like! My favourite dish would have to be the cornichons which were tangy and really opened up our appetites where as my friends really enjoyed the warm olives and the aioli-like dip that they served with the entremes.

 Left to Right: Garlic Prawns served with Broad Beans, Rice and Chili Oil Dressing; Basque Cornichons (Spanish Gherkins); Pintxos – Field Mushrooms on Chickpea Puree and Black Olive Paste and Chicken Liver and Sherry marinated Raisin Puree with Field Mushrooms

Left to Right: Warmed Olives with Garlic and Herbs; White Asparagus; Grilled Chorizo

Left to Right: Twice Cooked Pork Belly on Pumpkin and Garlic Mash with Caramelised Pear; Grilled Sirloin Steak with Potato, Mushroom and Steak Sauce; Entremes – Platter of Spanish Meats, Cheese, Bread, Salted Almonds and Various Dips

After such a huge dinner, we were still able to fit in some coffee and desserts. The Cortado coffees – which are macchiatos served with condensed milk was a great way to finish. I was a little skeptical about the orange and raisin combination in the rice pudding but it worked very well together and was divine!

Left to Right: Daily Special – Panna cotta; Cortado; Orange and Raisin Rice Pudding

Overall, I would have to say that Bellota is a great place to wine and dine while catching up with friends.  We managed to eat and drink for nearly four hours with no complaints from the staff. It did get rather busy for a Sunday night and the guys sitting next to us clearly had abit too much to drink as they started to sing. But that is what gives Bellota such an lively vibe. This place is a must try!

Date: Sunday 17th October 2010 | Location: Opposite Skycity Grand Hotel on Federal Street | Food: Spanish Tapas


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