Bellagio is one of Illovo’s hidden gems, serving fantastic, value-for-money Mediterranean food. For starters try the beef carpaccio with celery, mushroom, parmesan shavings, rocket and dijonnaise sauce. The beef is tender and complements the peppery rocket salad very well.
For mains, try the famous salmon burger or the veal parmiggiano, made with baked crumbed veal, cooked in a chunky tomato-and-basil sauce and topped with parmesan cheese. The seafood risotto, also worth a mention, is packed with delicious prawns, calamari and mussels. The chef’s specials change weekly to accommodate what is fresh and in season.
Try the tiramisu from the small but delicious dessert menu that changes weekly.
Bellagio has a full bar on offer with a wide selection of both local and international wines being featured. Special varietals like the Villamonte Series M and the Bourgogne Bouchard Pere Fils can also be found on the list.
The service is slow for a busy restaurant, but the waiters make up for it by being knowledgeable on the menu and offering good wine suggestions. The specials and dessert menu change every week, so you need to ask the waiters what’s on offer.
Bellagio is a fine-dining restaurant, perfect for a lunch date with your girlfriends, a business lunch or a special romantic dinner for two. The white linen tablecloths, crystal glasses and blue-and-white nautical cushioned wicker chairs create a classy but relaxed ambience, reminiscent of a café in the south of France.
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Finding anyone who absolutely hates Bellagio is an exercise in futility. The food, vibe and presentation are all very high up on the list of Johannesburg’s best.
The extensively varied menu offers everything from beef burgers with their special Bellagio salsa to chicken, and even veal schnitzel. But it’s the seafood, something few Johannesburg establishments are loved for, that tends to keep people coming back and waxing lyrical about Bellagio.
Their salmon burger is very popular. The seared salmon is also nothing short of spectacular. Served on a bed of asparagus, potatoes, cherry tomatoes and salsa verde, it strikes the perfect balance of flavours from the chilli, ginger, honey, soya and orange marinade it is seared in. The prawn stir fry is heavenly, as well as the Thai-style kingklip with coconut cream, coriander, honey and chilli. Another standout at Bellagio is the three-cheese soufflé with a salad of spinach, caramelised walnuts and sliced pears, offering a smorgasbord of contrasting flavours.
For dessert, try their strawberry phyllo with pistachios and chocolate truffle.
Bellagio offers an extensive wine offering.
While it could seem daunting at first, perhaps owing to the stylish interior, once you’re settled, Bellagio is quite relaxed and cosy. It can feel loud, but not so loud that you can’t have a conversation without shouting.
The waiting staff is attentive, and well-versed on menu options.
Don’t relegate Bellagio to dinners only. It is also great for those long – perhaps boozy – lunches. They also deliver on UberEats.
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