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The Bellevue is back with a slick new look

The old Bellevue used to be a solid spot for a cold beer when you weren't feeling the fusty comfort of the Lord Dudley, but didn't want to dress up for the Centennial. But now this reliable old pub has had a high-end makeover. The bar menu is keep things classy with oysters four ways, five types of cheese and some salty snacks like fried cauliflower, croquettes and kale chips. For a substantial feed they're sticking to the classics - a burger, fish and chips, steak frites, the ubiquitous pumpkin fetta salad, or a charcuterie board to share.

If you're feeling a little adventurous and have some cash to splash, try heading up the back to the chic new restaurant where the kitchen is flexing its creative muscles.

We need no encouragement to spend our available dollars on the phenomenal, sustainably produced caviar from Yasa, but if you're keeping your budget in check a single course is $35, two costs $55, three is $70 or you can order a six course tasting menu for $80. Entrées include caramelised pigs head with toffee apple, house cured coppa and beetroot, or the fresh sounding spanner crab with apple, wasabi and celery. Mains could involve a roasted celeriac with creamed leek and chestnut crumble, a glazed roast chicken or wagyu brisket.

But what's getting us really excited is the dessert men that includes a chocolate tart with salt caramel and Earl Grey ice cream, a coconut mousse with Granny Smith apple and green tea, and a mandarin and macadamia parfait with olive oil shortbread.

By: Emily Lloyd-Tait


Venue name: Bellevue
Address: 159 Hargrave St
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11am-late; Fri, Sat 11am-midnight; Sun 11am-10pm

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