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Bellota celebrates 10th birthday

Happy Birthday Bellota! Auckland’s favourite authentic Spanish tapas bar is celebrating its tenth birthday with ten days of special offers.

The birthday celebrations will be topped off by a special event on Wednesday 23 November hosted by the man behind Federal Street’s Bellota, world-famous Kiwi chef Peter Gordon.

“I’m very proud to be celebrating Bellota’s 10th birthday. Looking back on the past decade(!) I’m particularly appreciative of the staff that have come and gone over the years. We’ve employed some wonderful folk who shared my passion for the authentic Spanish cuisine we serve, and who have helped ensure Bellota has stood the test of time in an increasingly competitive Auckland restaurant market.”

Although Peter is perhaps best-known as the Godfather of Fusion Cuisine, Bellota was born from his vision to bring authentic Spanish tapas food and wine to Auckland.

Peter Gordon

“I travel to Spain often and fell in love with the cuisine’s simple, rustic style and the integrity of its cooks and chefs. Produce is paramount in Spanish cooking and we’ve always hunted out the best Spanish products available in New Zealand, to make sure our tapas stays true to the Spanish traditions.” says Mr Gordon.  

Bellota now has one of New Zealand’s largest Spanish-only wine lists, recently adding seven directly-imported Spanish wines, exclusive to Bellota.

Bellota was SKYCITY’s first signature restaurant on Federal Street, later expanding to include an outdoor bar and seating, adding to the award-winning precinct’s al fresco dining.

“Federal Street has changed significantly since Bellota first opened – the area has become one of Auckland’s top dining destinations. As the first restaurant on the street, opening Bellota was certainly a very exciting time, and I’m pleased to think that Bellota’s contribution to the precinct over the past ten years has been significant,” says Mr Gordon.

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