La Bella Cellar drops a pre-winter menu complete with gnocchi and Italian vino
Nestled in Burleigh’s backstreets with no obvious signage to speak of, La Bella Cellar is somewhat of a local secret. The quaint 30-seater is booked to capacity nightly thanks to its mouth-watering menu of small bites, perfectly crisp pizzas, and a seriously impressive selection of sips from its geographically broad wine list. If you’ve not yet had the pleasure, consider this your official invitation because the clandestine bar and restaurant has changed with the seasons to deliver a new menu featuring some cockle-warming Italian wines and bites.
As the temperature drops, we find ourselves swapping the rosé and fresh, summery salads for something a little heartier. That’s precisely the rationale behind La Bella Cellar’s new seasonal menu. Designed as a bit of a pre-winter stepping stone to lure us into the cooler nights, the share-style menu includes a selection of belly warmers such as house-made potato and parmesan gnocchi and the delightfully decadent duck tart, which arrives at your table under a smoky cloche for a little added drama. The chicken involtini (parma ham, spinach, provolone, pine nuts with pumpkin puree and asparagus) is inspired by the classic Italian dish and has quickly become a crowd favourite, while the oyster selection has been rejigged to include a few new varietals including the Italian baked oyster, lemon and cracked pepper granita, and tempura with jalapeno and soy. For now, the pizza menu remains unchanged but you’d better get in quick because the new menu is expected in June.
To accompany the new bites, La Bella Cellar’s resident mixologist has also whipped up a couple of new cocktails including the Splice of Heaven, which resembles the popular pine lime ice-cream, and features vanilla Galliano, orange curacao, orange juice, and cream. The Aphrodite is another newbie and contains Granddad Jack’s gin, cucumber syrup, and crème de violette. Sadly, as a result of the devastating Australian bushfires at the end of 2019/start of 2020, many of the Australian drops will be in short supply for a season or two before the vineyards can properly recover. The upside is that, in the interim at least, we can enjoy a greater selection of Italian wines including a couple of Barolos by the glass.
Keen to try La Bella Cellar’s new seasonal menu? Mosey over to our Stumble Guide for opening times and booking details.
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