When it comes to discovering restaurants in San Francisco, I can promise that you will be spoiled for choice. There are so many restaurants to choose from no matter your cuisine choice and this also includes traditional American diners, which by the way we also enjoyed eating at too.
One of the first restaurants we booked a dinner in San Fran was Bellota, well known in SF for serving delicious Spanish dishes including their infamous Paella. They serve five different types of Paella but sadly my friend wasn’t as hungry so I didn’t want to be a girl who ate the whole Paella on her own. And trust me I could have easily as we spent the entire day driving from Las Vegas and my food intake in that they consisted of crisps and Starbucks.
Instead, we opted for a small selection of tapas that include marinated Spanish olives (my favourite olives ever), Bellota 5j dish which is Jamon Iberico , served with toasted bread and tomatoes on the side as well as Croqueta made out a creamy clam and sea urchin fritter, pickled ramp and seaweed powder. To be frank, this selection of tapas was enough to fill us up as their tapas dishes are quite decently sized. When I mentioned to their manager that in London tapas portions are much smaller, she was kind to explain that they don’t want their customers to leave Belotta hungry and order a slice of pizza on their way home. It made perfect sense 🙂
For our main we had a serving of Chuleton which is their pan-roasted, dry-aged Flannery beef, we opted for a 16 oz. serving of a delicious t-bone which was out this world. We also decided to have roasted broccoli on the side. I also decided to order Remolacha which is a roasted, red beet, watercress, farro verde, raisin, pistachio goat cheese the most delicious salad I have ever had. We washed this all down with a nice bottle of Californian Sav.
I’ve been to a few Spanish restaurants and I can relly say that food served at Bellota is very delicious. The atmosphere is almost better with the dimmed lights and very happy and friendly chefs. They shouted Paella each time someone ordered one and we were sat on high tables surrounding the kitchen so our dinner was quite entertaining.
I do recommend you pay Belotta a visit if you find yourself in San Francisco as you will love it. Just make sure you make a reservation as the restaurant was packed.