Italian food is reputed to be one of the most vegetarian-friendly cuisines in the world. From eggplant and zucchini to beets and artichokes, the range of vegetables used in preparing some of the most loved Italian dishes are as tasty as they are rich in colour and nutrition. This restaurant, aptly named Bella Anima, which means ‘beautiful soul’, is a celebration of all that is Italian and vegetarian, a delightful culinary combination.
Try a beetroot carpaccio as a starter: roasted beetroot with red onion, rocket, parmesan, vegan pesto mayo and olive oil and balsamic mix. Or for an even livelier-looking plate, opt for the bruschettisima trio: marinated brinjals and capers; peppers and olives; and tomato and basil, all three served on bruschetta. While the pizzas (with gluten-free and banting base options available) are probably some of the best in town, the melanzane parmigiana is a sure win – there is no better way of preparing brinjal, after all.
A dessert of moist vegan carrot cake seals the victory: this isn’t just a meat-free Monday spot. It’s an any-day-of-the-week, all-round great food spot.
Having only recently acquired their liquor licence, a more comprehensive wine menu is still to be expected. For now, satisfying enough are the house wines, Vino di Cassa Rosso and Vino di Cassa Bianco – two easy-drinking yet exuberant Italian red and white wines – as well as a small selection of local vinos and sparkling wines.
Staff are effusive and courteous on the phone and in person, and parking is easy to find in this centre.
Warm with predominantly wooden furniture and brightly painted walls, the restaurant is an invitingly intimate space, whether you choose to dine outside or inside.
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