Ten Reasons to Try Bellmont Restaurant in Coral Gables

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Bellmónt Restaurant quietly opened on Miracle Mile last fall. On a busy street that seems to have a restaurant pop up weekly, it's not always easy to be the new kid on the block. Owner Sergio Catalina Bellmónt knows that fact firsthand. The restaurant was originally set up to be a bakery too, but he found himself throwing away fresh loaves and croissants at the end of the day. It has taken five months of trial and error to finally nail down what he believes to be the perfect recipe: a Spanish restaurant serving traditional tapas, killer wine, and special regional delicacies that can't be found everywhere.

Last week, the restaurant scrapped the bakery storefront and created a bar area. A projector screen, TV set, and more wine racks also are slated for the coming month. Hailing from Madrid, Spain, Bellmónt is staying true to his homeland's cooking style with authentic flavors and traditional offerings. Check out ten reasons to try Bellmónt today.

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10. Authenticity
It isn't wise to comment on the food before establishing the restaurant's credibility. The owner moved from Madrid to Miami in 2004, and a photo mural pays homage to his home city. The chef has been working in Spanish restaurants most of his career, and the pastry chef is from Catalonia in Northern Spain. Nothing here comes from a can, and some of the food -- such as the octopus, ham, and suckling pig -- is imported directly from Spain.

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9. Tapas
Though "small-plate" restaurants have become mainstream, it's the Spaniards who own tapas. Bellmónt is about to roll out a full tapas menu to complement the eatery's main offerings, with dishes priced at $3 and $5. The tostas with fig and blue cheese (top) and Cantimpalo chorizo and goat cheese (bottom) are the perfect happy-hour snack or meal starter.

Location Info

Bellmont Restaurant

339 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant

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