May 9, 2012
Each month at Bellota they focus on a different region of Spain – this month is Cataluna where the goats cheese is exquisite! Of course, goats cheese served with toasted almonds and honey is a quintessential Spanish dish and my idea of the perfect tapas dessert, so it was a perfect night to order it. Of course, I find myself compelled to order it from any menu it appears on! It was a first time experience for my dining partner, who was suitably wooed by the fragrant, sweet, salty morsel.
Alongside the goats cheese, we chose the made-to-order tortilla (the Spanish tortilla or omelette is no relation to the Mexican flatbread version) with mushrooms, capsicum and an amazing cilantro salsa that made for amazing taste explosions in the mouth and another specialty from Cataluna – toasted bread with Romesco sauce and toasted green onions. The chargrill on the onions brought out a sharp smokiness that hit the right spicy note against the bright sweetness of the Romesco. We didn’t waste a drop of the Romesco, spooning the leftovers onto the tortilla, too.
We managed a round of drinks and tapas for two to get back for the second show at the Aotea Centre’s Herald Theatre, fed and watered for an easy $45. Surprisingly only three-quarters full considering the great table service and wine list (the cocktails are worth a mention too) I can only guess that everyone else was already at the Jersey Boys or another festival show. Give your best Spanish accent a crack when ordering, but definitely don’t be shy about asking questions about the menu. The more friends you take with you, the more of the menu you can sample – but it suits no more than 4 – 6 at a time, unless you book for a private function. The cave-like interior back wall creates a space that, along with the mood lighting, lends itself to company you don’t mind leaning into and sharing a plate with. Ole!
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