The Bella Vista Hotel is a not-so-hidden gem in The Hills. The team here serve up delicious food alongside even better cocktails. Locals know that Saturday nights here are absolutely heaving, with live music, a pumping dancefloor and that when it comes to gathering the crew—this is the place to do it.
But guys, one thing we really need to chat about is the chef, because even though his food really does speak for itself we need to make sure you’re all making a beeline over to check out this Hills legend’s eats, they’re nothing short of wizardry.
Head Chef Cemal Erdonmez started his career at Bella, before heading to Quay and honing his craft under the, frankly quite legendary, Peter Gilmore. Now you’ll understand why the food is so damn good, and how damn great it is that Cemel has returned to his home turf in The Hills.
His menu isn’t what you would expect from an average local pub, which makes sense, since Bella Vista Hotel really isn’t your average pub. Treat yo’ self to things like super fresh poké bowls, Wagyu beef ragu on house made pappardelle, and you’ll definitely want to wrap your laughing gear around the great big Alaskan king crab doused in a Singaporean chilli sauce.
Other honourable mentions must go to the drinks list—here you’ll find more options than you really need, and we won’t blame you for finding yourself double-parked (who are we to judge?). Our top pick is one of 13 beers on tap, a brew from their tank beer, where Carlton Draught is served fresher-than-fresh served straight from the truck, to the keg and into your waiting belly, or the extra long cocktail list. We’re ordering their espresso martini (obviously) or the pop my cherry (as cute as it sounds, FYI). If you're not in the mood for booze, but still want to have a bit of fun, then order the coffee in a cone (it's as fun as you think and not quite as messy).
Bella Vista Hotel is the place to head for a chilled dinner with your 'rents, all of your mates, or if you need a bit of extra special space—book one of the VIP nooks and settle on in.
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