Bellagio

Bellagio is a Mediterranean restaurant located in Illovo. The restaurant itself is classic and upmarket with seafood being their speciality.

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I am not too fond of the outside area which is very open and looks out onto the parking lot. Check out the Bellagio number plate sign in the parking bay.

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This is the smaller inside section. I found it strange that all the specials were displayed on the other side of the restaurant.

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Bellagio is a perfect spot for date night. I love the fresh flowers on the table.

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The restaurant is small and intimate with the wine on display and the specials written on a blackboard.

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A very clean yet chic table set up. 

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I love the huge complimentary bread basket that is served up.

Deep fried calamari served with home made tartare sauce for R175. We weren’t offered the option between tartare sauce and basil mayonnaise. The calamari was delicious and I couldn’t finish it.

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My mother loved the grilled kingklip served with lemon butter, rocket mash and veggies.

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I love this beautiful side dish of vegetables that isn’t overcooked spinach or butternut. 

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The size of the flame grilled queen prawns was disappointingly more like prince prawns. The seasoning also had a weird taste to it.

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Chargrilled calamari with ginger, chilli and lime for R175. I love the unique flavour combinations in this dish. 

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Prawn, coriander, ginger and chill stirfry for R175. This had the same flavour as the calamari. We really enjoyed this dish the first we ordered it. The second time it had more lemongrass shoots than anything else making it unpleasant to eat.

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Mixed seafood grill with prawns, kingklip, calamari and mussels served with lemon garlic and peri peri sauce. I feel that seafood platters are always disappointing. It’s generally a lot of different food with nothing done particularly well. This was no different. The calamari was rubbery & bland, the fish overdone and prawns had a strange taste yet again. It was only the mussels that had a nice flavour although quite dry. 

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Orange soufflé served with grand mariner cream was cooked perfectly with a very subtle orange flavour. The cream ruined the dish as it was very alcoholic. I personally prefer my desserts to be way more sweeter than this.

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Overall Bellagio offers a nice dining experience which is a little on the pricey side.

Ring: (011) 268 0869
Hop: Unit 1, Oxford Manor, 196 Oxford Road, Illovo

Bellagio & Illovo
CG

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