Dining Out: Bellissimo Cucina & Trattoria, Docklands

by April@MyFoodTrail on May 15, 2009

in Dining Out, Docklands, Italian

Bellissimo Cucina & Trattoria
427 Docklands Drive, Waterfront City, Docklands VIC
(03) 9326 6636

Cuisine: Italian
BYO: Yes
Price: Entrees $12.50-$23, Pastas & Risottos $19.50-$28, Pizzas $8-$19.50, Mains $24-$34, Desserts $11-$16.50
Parking: Car parks around Docklands for a fee (around $8-$10)
Visited: April 2009

Another one of my birthday treats was tickets to see Cirque Du Soleil’s Dralion. If you haven’t watched it yet, I would highly recommend it. The season runs until 14 June so there is still time to buy your tickets! Hubby and I thought it was awesome and loved it to bits. The things that the performers can do will blow your mind and you will not see anything else like it (unless you go to another Cirque Du Soleil production!).

We watched the afternoon show which finished in time for us to have dinner at Docklands. We have tried a number of restaurants at Docklands but opted for somewhere new and picked Bellissimo.

The interior with the red and white checked table cloths certainly gave the place an Italian feel. There was even someone playing Italian music on an accordion! The service was good with a waiter assigned to each table. The menu had a wide variety of dishes with a large selection of pizzas, pastas and risottos.

I was in a pasta mood so I chose an entree sized gnocchi with a three cheese cream sauce. The stinkiness of the gorgonzola was too much at first, but then I got used to it and enjoyed the dish. The gnocchi was bigger than usual and was cooked well – not too soft. Towards the end it was starting to get a bit rich for me so I needed hubby’s help to finish it!

Homemade gnocchi with parmesan, gorgonzola, fontina and cream $18

Hubby ordered the smoked salmon roulade which was 3 portions of smoked salmon filled with herbed cream cheese and rolled up. Hubby says: “Not a bad portion of three reasonable rolled slices of smoked salmon, filled a creme fraiche. OK, but nothing special – I’ve had much better smoked salmon before. The combination with salad greens and a caper and citrus dressing is nothing new, but worked well with the salmon.”

Smoked salmon roulade with herbed cream cheese and cucumber salad $17

For my main, I ordered an entree size tiger prawn ravoli in a creamy seafood bisque (told you I was in a pasta mood!). The seafood bisque was very flavoursome but I found the ravoli itself rather bland.

Homemade tiger prawn ravioli in a creamy seafood bisque $23

Hubby ordered the linguine marinara for his main. He says: “The serve was quite large with a fair bit of seafood (a couple of scallops, a few prawns, some calamari and mussels) but the chef was a bit heavy handed with the chilli. I’m no chilli weakling, but I can’t take really hot dishes and this was one of them! I recall my lips burning after finishing the dish. Overall, not bad, but I’ve had better marinara before. The seafood was generally good, however the prawns were a little crunchy in texture and devoid of flavour. The pasta could have used maybe a bit more salt and maybe some reduced seafood stock to make it more tasty. And not to mention, less chilli!”

Traditional linguine marinara with prawns, market fresh seafood, chili, garlic, herbs and olive oil $28.00

Overall, we weren’t impressed by the food but we were very full. We saw a lot of people ordering pizzas, so maybe that is their speciality.

Over & Out, Rilsta xx

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