The Bellevue Hotel, Paddington
Thanks to Tammi and the lovely people from both Trish Nichol Agency and the Bellevue Hotel for organising a tasting session at the newly renovated bar of the Bellevue Hotel. It has been many years since my last visit to the restaurant or the bar, and vaguely remember what it looks like, but the newly renovation is quite funky – I love the couches, the open area outside and the private dining room in which we all sat and ate.
For lunch, we thought we would share the meat short board ($35), the mixed short board ($35) and the mixed long board ($45).
The meat short board which consisted of little pig sliders, veal, pork and sage meatballs, lamb cutlets with salsa agresto.
I have heard some wonderful things about these little pig sliders. I have to say, I had high expectations of the little pig sliders and they didn’t live up to it. It was missing something, pickled or caramelised onions, it needed that extra ‘something’. Pork pattie with soft bun, I think it needed a little bit of chili for that ‘kick’.
The veal, pork and sage meatballs I really enjoyed. Tender, succulent meatballs which had a nice spicy kick at the end.
The lamb cutlets I didn’t have, but judging from everyone’s reaction, they seemed to have enjoyed it, it was nicely pink on the inside and had a nice light batter on the outside.
The mixed short board consisted of patata’s bravas, salt cod brandade with anchovies, capers and toasted sourdough and more little pig sliders.
I quite like patata’s bravas, however, this was a little bland. The potatoes were nicely cooked but needed a little bit of salt.
The salt cod brandade with anchovies was a hit amongst the diners. I love brandade, which is ‘an emulsion of salt cod, olive oil’ and eaten with bread was just delightful. I love the creaminess, and the saltiness, it was seriously tasty!
The mixed long board consisted of stuffed mushrooms, veal, pork and sage meatballs, garlic prawns and tomato hot pot and salt and pepper squid with fennel aioli.
The stuffed mushrooms I really enjoyed, large mushroom topped with cheese and bread crumbs.
The salt and pepper squid with fennel aioli was probably my favourite. Lightly battered and crunchy, the squid was tender and the fennel aioli gave it a nice touch.
The garlic prawns and tomato hot pot was good, but it lacked garlic. The prawns were plump but it lacked that strong garlic punch that I expected.
Overall, I thought the food was OK – typical bar food. Some of the dishes I thought lacked flavour, salt mainly, but some were well executed. However, in saying that, if a friend suggested this place for drinks one evening, I would happily share one of the short / long boards with friends over beers and champagne.
Thanks Ian for the hospitality! A great venue for afternoon drinks or even a gathering with friends.
I wouldn’t mind trying their restaurant though, the menu looks pretty damn good!
*GA dined as a guest thanks to both Trish Nichols agency and the Bellevue Hotel
159 Hargrave Street
Paddington, NSW 2021
Ph: +61 2 9363 2293