181 Bank Street South Melbourne, Victoria 3205

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Opening hours Tues-Sat 11am-11pm
Features Accepts bookings, Bar, Events, Licensed, Long lunch, Outdoor seating, Private dining, Wheelchair access
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Chef Danielle Rensonnet
Payments eftpos, AMEX, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 03 9078 8381

From the team behind the neighbouring Prince Wine Store comes Bellota, a pitch-perfect assembly of ingredient-driven dishes and world-class wines. This low-lit space segues from a buzzy front room of marble tables and barside perches to a banquette-lined rear dining room. The menu transitions just as seamlessly from snacks and antipasti to bistro-style mains. Kick off with jamon croquettes, rustic pork terrine, or ruby-hued salumi sliced to order. Larger dishes might blow the budget, and include blush-pink vitello tonnato or duck confit with sauteed potatoes. Drink a bottle from next door for a reasonable corkage fee.