• 181 Bank St,
    South Melbourne,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9078 8381,
  • Lunch Tue-Sat noon-3pm

    Dinner Mon-Sat 6pm-10pm


-37.833845, 144.961606

Freshly shucked, peak-condition Bateman's Bay oysters? Sliced to order Spanish, Italian and locally made charcuterie? Or how about gnochetti tossed with slow-cooked lamb, anchovies, green olives and ricotta salata? Wine might get top billing at Bellota, given it's a wine bar attached and with direct access to the Prince Wine Store and its 3000-plus bottle cellar, but food here is no second fiddle. Chef Nicky Riemer (ex-Union Dining) cooks with a direct simplicity suited to the tiled, Parisian bar-style. John Dory might be served with clams, salty belly bacon and a cauliflower crème while a pork schnitzel belongs in the "simple things done well" category, teamed with a soft-poached egg and a classic bagna càuda. At times dishes can under-deliver, as with a disappointingly dry Sicilian orange cake, but switched-on service and nearby access to a truckload of magnificent wine at very reasonable prices easily help put things right.

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At a glance

  • Food:
  • One Star
  • Wine:
  • Three glasses
  • Price:
  • E $12-$23

    M $24-$34

    D $12-$15


  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Wheelchair Access
    Outdoor dining
    Private room
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Nicky Riemer


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