The institution that was the Bellevue Restaurant is dead and in its place has risen, literally up the stairs, a tiny bistro with the ambience of an RSL and the price gouging opportunism of a cinema snack bar. Our party of two arrived on a Saturday night cautiously optimistic we would find a variation of the restaurant we have loved and praised since it emerged in 2015. Sadly this optimism was misplaced. The atmosphere, food and value for money of the reinvented dining venue left us sad and confused. The ambience was crafted by the roaring of happy punters watching the big screen beside us at the verandah bar, a view of the toilets from our table, a music playlist better suited to the supermarket, and lighting reminiscent of your favourite coroners court. We were nervous before we even ordered. But we soldiered on. After scrambling to find an alternative starter to the zucchini fritters with mint yoghurt ($18) which had curiously sold out before 7pm, we started with two serves of the Schwann (their spelling, not mine) pepper crispy squid with black lemon mayo ($18). All meals arrived promptly and the portion sizes were generous. The texture of the squid could not be faulted but it was seasoned so heavily that I could not finish my serve. I wondered if this was what it would be like to drown in the Dead Sea. For our mains we ordered smoked trout, pea sprouts, radish, sour cream, trout caviar ($26) and crumbed lamb cutlets with creamy mash, minted crushed peas ($36). When the smoked trout arrived it was immediately obvious that the dish was a salad, a word which would have helpfully set expectations if it had been included in the menu description. Sadly the salad was mostly wet cos lettuce leaves, some of them past their use by date, with a diluted and under seasoned dressing that could not be tasted. The lamb cutlets were generous but bland. By contrast the house salad was covered with an intensely sweet and salty vinaigrette, so intense it gave me flashbacks to student days when I dined at the mercy of a housemate who considered Kraft Salad Dressing an epicurean delight. To end on a more positive note, wine selection by the glass was extensive if not expensive. I wish more restaurants and bistros followed suit. But a wide selection of wines by the glass is not enough to salvage this relationship. We won’t be back. RIP Bellevue Restaurant.
The food was well cooked and nicely presented. Quantities were generous.
Most amazing staff here! They couldn’t have been more friendly, welcoming and attentive. They even got me another mini glass of wine after my husband sneakily finished mine when I wasn’t looking
The venue, service and food were all excellent. We were running late but it was not a problem at all. A great place for a catchup with friends - highly recommend
Lovely friendly staff with tasty food choices. We weren’t disappointed and would go back there.
Finally a pub where you can hear each other talk! The bar downstairs was noisy but the upstairs restaurant wasn’t bad and with a group of 8 we could hear each other. Nice atmosphere, great service and good food! Will definitely be back!
Comfortable and relaxed casual dining
We were disappointed, we always came here for special occasions but they have renovated and its not as good. No coffee machine, menu is about a quarter of the size it was and we were huffed at when 5 of us arrived and the original booking was for 4 but we had updated the reservation details 3 days prior. Not coming back again.
Food was terrible. Basic mash potato and spinach had no flavour and needed so much salt to improve r the flavour. Gravy had not been cooked enough and could still taste red wine. Wine and service was fabulous thank goodness.
Great Sunday roast with all the trimmings!
The Bellevue has delicious food and excellent service! We really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and will definitely go back soon! We will be recommending the Bellevue to all our friends!
Enjoyed our evening
Great local with varying dining options to suit different occasions
The wine was a bit on the pricey side.
Great renovation and good food selection. Great for the locals.
The prices are too high considering the amount of food served. Only had the main course and drinks. Went somewhere else for a dessert. This is a pub, its far from elegant. Not impressed at all.
I am a local. Previous owners changes lost original character of the Hotel especially the food and ambiance. Now superbly regained, with good design, sports area, etc and the upstairs restaurant very good especially the menu with old favourites. Will use often.
Excellent. So loved the corbed beef. Maybe add some cabbage with it as well. Brilliant.
The new decor and atmosphere were great. Unfortunately neither the main course I ordered (chicken breast) nor the desserts we ordered (apple and rhubarb crumbles) were available. We were not too fussed, understanding that this can happen on a particularly busy night or if we had been late diners, although this didn't appear to be the case. It was a Saturday night and the menu are not extensive so the lack of choices was mildly disappointing. What was more disappointing was the complete absence of any sense of regret or even the vaguest apology, thus we left a bit underwhelmed. A simple 'sorry' or an offer of coffee could have changed everything.
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great experience, very quiet I guess as it was the long weekend!
159 Hargrave St, 2021, Paddington, Australia
Bellevue is one of Paddington’s favourite go-to’s. Boasting a refined dining experience with a casual local setting, this Good Food Guide hatted venue is the place to be. The ground floor flows seamlessly from bar to dining, with a public bar at the front (perfect for a casual drink with friends), and a large dining space at the back, complete with a fancy oyster bar. Diners can expect a Modern European menu, brimming with the best seasonal and local produce. Upstairs, the Bellevue Terrace offers the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail and relax of a weekend.
These guys know how to produce a menu. Offering a selection of seasonal dishes, and the markets best, you’ll be wanting to try everything on the menu. The confit Duck and Ora King Salmon are impossible to pass up, especially when you see the extensive list of cocktails to pair it with. If you don’t believe us, you’ll have to try yourself.
Best Dish: Suckling Pig
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