Food and drink
I’m never sure when platefuls of tapas stop being apéritif bites and become a full meal. I’m not sure the Spanish themselves are sure, and I’m not sure they care. So I’m afraid you’ll have to decide for yourselves at Bellota House.
Certainly, the tapas – patatas bravas (5.10 euros), fried squid (5.10 euros), Serrano ham (8.30 euros) – are good and ample. If you stack up too many, though, you’ll run out of hunger and money, and so won’t be able to tackle the meal menus. These deal with Spanish staples (not much point in being a Spanish restaurant otherwise) in pretty toothsome manner.
Expect a lot of charcuterie, paella, tortillas and various fish à la plancha. The gambas in garlic are particularly tempting – and there’s a lightness of touch about all the cooking that you don’t always associate with Spanish kitchens. All the wines are Spanish, as you’d expect. If you like the fare so much that you want to take some back to the holiday apartment, or for a picnic, there’s a deli-boutique on the premises.
Bellota House is Spanish. You’d hardly expect it to be sad – and it isn’t. The place packs with tourists and the brighter Niçois keen to see how their Mediterranean cousins are getting along.
Youthful, effective – and French.
Key commercial street in the Old Town.
The tapas aside (see above), a two-course menu of the day – say gazpacho and paella – comes at 20.50 euros. Adding a pud raises this to 27.40 euros. The main menu offers two courses (perhaps scallop crumble and Basque-style tuna steak) for 30.70 euros, three courses for 40.50 euros.
- Families with teenagers
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers