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Apr 17, 2013 08:44 PM

Anyone been to Bellamy's (f/k/a Tango)?

I'm supposed to head there this weekend.

Quick search here turned up nothing.

Any insights?

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  1. I doubt you will find anything as Executive Chef Ponsaty just moved to the restaurant(s) recently from Mistral and changed the menu. Please report back as it is high in my list -

    1. Tried Bellamy's the other night.

      I didn't want to do a knee jerk review, so gave myself at least some time before doing a review.

      But here's my bottom line. It's probably good, to very good, for Escondido (and I just hate saying something with a qualifier like "for [insert city]" but it's true).

      It's essentially, fancied, gussied up staid Continental food, that's executed well-enough, but not spectacularly (for the price point), and certainly not without faults.

      Some of the apps we tried. Kurobata pork belly, mushroom ravioli and the Brussels sprouts. The pork belly lacked something -- it just wasn't salty enough maybe -- and left a greasy mouthfeel. Ravioli and Brussels sprouts were both fine enough, without either being very memorable.

      The entrees were generally better. Jidori chicken was nice and succulent and little bed of gnocchi was a welcome addition. But from what I could tell some of the other entrees received less positive responses, esp. the lamb chops.

      I suppose a place like this is good for Escondido, and the palates there aren't so discerning as to find most of the food here pretty mediocre, even though it certainly looks nice enough. In a lot of ways, it reminds me of hotel food.

      (By the way, if you're ever out by San Marcos (or N. County), Gauchito Grill is a good place to pick up some empanadas)

      4 Replies
      1. re: ipsedixit

        'gussied up' now you're borrowing BC's line. A for qualifing a city vs a neighborhood to a cuisine or establishment, I don't think there is a discernable variable in palates. In fact, I find some great places in the most un-logical locations. I think your review could have well been written about an establishment in any location.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Just so you know, there are folks in Escondido with discerning palates. Right now, I find the food at Intertwined to be the best in town and the prices go from low to high so you don't have to break the bank.

          1. re: escondido123

            I agree that Intertwined's food is pretty good, but their wine list is sad for "wine bar." Each time I've gone, there were few choices that I couldn't pick up at Target or World Market. Vinz, on the other hand, always has interesting choices by the glass at great HH prices. I don't recommend Vinz for dinner, but they beat Intertwined for wine selection and prices of appetizers.
            To my discerning Escondido palate, the best food in town is Cuscutlan for pupusas or La Taquiza for tacos. A couple of the Vietnamese places are good enough for a Saturday lunch, but they don't compare to favorites down south or up north in Garden Grove.

            1. re: maestra

              I live around the corner from Cuscultan--advice on the pupusas would be appreciated. As to Vinz, I wish they could get their food up to snuff, last week's salad had water puddling in the bottom.

        2. yes...went there a few weeks ago and tried similar items as ipsedixit. I thought the jidorii chicken was good, my favorite item in there were the mushrooms not the gnocchi. I liked the pork belly and my husbands veal was very good. I really enjoyed the dessert, the pane cotta with pomegranate. Overall a B+. I would go back to try it again. I make the trek there just to go to Escogelato

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          1. re: Ela0427

            Escogelato ... now you've piqued my interest.

            Good thing gas prices are heading down.

          2. Sorry, but I just can't immagine driving from San Diego to Escondido just to have a meal. Appologies northeastern county, but I think Escondido and the rest of the area north and/or more than 10 miles east of the merge should have its own blog. If I were to go to Escondido or thereabouts, from here, it would have to be for some very different reason other than just dining. Maybe I'd be pleasantly surprised by a wonderful dining experience, and that would be great. But I wouldn't go over there just to eat. Unless, of course, Bellamy's was the SD CH "Restaurant of the Month".

            4 Replies
            1. re: DoctorChow

              There is no way too far for good food

              1. re: honkman

                So true.

                Nor too expensive for that matter.

              2. re: DoctorChow

                Don't be sorry. I wouldn't drive from Escondido to San Diego just to have a meal--unless it was a a very special occasion or I was already downtown. But for those of us who live in Escondido, there are a nice group of restaurants to choose from though certainly not the variety or depth of San Diego. But then I like my own food the best and love to stay home so it all works out.

                1. re: DoctorChow

                  I would not drive from San Diego to Escondido for food only, as well. However, I am heading up that way (or beyond) every once in a while and so it is great to know good places further north. For example, I had an appointment in Oceanside earlier this week. We stopped by Panca because it was only 2 miles from my appointment. It was a great little place and I am glad I knew about it. We will probably stop by again, perhaps on the way home from an overnight in LA...