What is De Bellotas?
De Bellotas is a Spanish restaurant located near Shanghai’s Xintaindi. Situated just a 5 minute walk away, with a couple of other interesting restaurants like Tenya, Bellagio, and Green Massage, De Bellotas occupies a really space with a large window. Their kitchen is just behind the bar, with a cozy dining room of around 10 tables. But don’t let the size fool you, their attention to detail can be seen with the ornamental pigs, wall decorations, and the displayed Iberico hams.
What did I eat?
Their byline, Jamon Y Vino, which means simply ham and wine, is highlighted under their the name and menu. The Jamon Iberico, 125 RMB for 60g or 225 RMB for 120g, was something I was looking forward to. As a fan of anything related to the Pig – I liked the crumbly nature of the ham with the slight oiliness. There were also are few dishes I liked among the ones we had, such as the Pincho De Queso Brie Caliente and the Esparaggo Verde Con Jamon were my favorites. The Pincho, basically laughing cow cheese on toast, was creamy and delish. The Esparaggo (also known as asparagus) had a nice crunchy and snapping texture to go along with the savory Jamon (ham).
What I didn’t like.
The main event of the night was, suppose to be, the paella, which was more disappointing since it seemed like risotto. Named Risotto De Setas Y Quejo, which should have given it away, was something I didn’t expect. Paella, for me, means the rice is more dry with the flavors of the seafoods or meats absorbed in. I didn’t think I was going to have an Italian dish at a Spanish restaurant. Please correct me if I am wrong if this is also a Spanish dish. And dang, it was hot. They need to improve their A/C, since the open kitchen is in the same room, I was sweating while we had our dinner. No fun!
The Last Word
Jolin, one of the waitresses, said that the chef, from Henan, had a knack for making Spanish dishes. I’m not sure if she said Henan or some other place. Hmmm. . . Henan. . . .Overall, I thought the place and the food (except for the paella) was fine.
de Bellotas 贝优塔
No. 68 Tai-cang Road, near Shunchang Lu, Shanghai
+86 21 6384 1382
Price Range 3 $/¥/NT