Thursday, 5 February 2009

Bellevue Hotel

Walk through this old man’s pub to find a very country bistro residing at the back. In line with the pub, it seems like a favourite of the middle aged and older brigade, seeking old school soul food. There’s nothing pretentious about the menu or the place with the simple drawings framed on the walls of a room filled with square tables draped in white table clothes topped with glossy butchers paper and bentwood chairs. The counter allows peeks into the kitchen to see what’s cooking.

And what is cookin? Wagyu beef sausages, brilliantly crisp on the outside, juicy and fatty flavoursome on the inside with a pool of onion gravy, mashed spud and a tangy beetroot relish. Best snags I’ve had in the harbour city. Steak diane, scotch fillet with red wine and eschalot butter, corned wagyu in a white sauce continue the red meat choices. The kitchen shows equal skill with the things with fins from the water, a blocky fillet of barramundi pan fried with skin on has a blanket of salty prosciutto, sautéed sliced fennel with a pea puree that makes for a delicious main special. Though the crowd does make you feel a little aged, you can trust their years experience to find great food here.

3 / 5 yums!
Where? 159 Hargrave St, Paddington, NSW
What? Mains average $28

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