Located on a side road off of Naviglio Grande's busy pedestrian area, Belè is our latest bistro find. This trendy little restaurant caters for a varied clientele: parents with children, rowdy 40 somethings having fun and courting couples necking in the corner (to the envy and/or disgust of other diners).
This buzzy little restaurant offers revisited traditional Italian favourites such as: creamed cod with hazelnuts and thyme; poached egg with pureed parsnips together with artichoke and Jerusalem artichoke chips; duck terrine with a dried fruit sauce and roasted apples; tagliolini with lamb ragù, lemon butter and aromatic herbs; pumpkin tortelli with hazelnuts and fried sage; smoked duck breast with onions cooked in balsamic vinegar and radish sauce; octopus braised in red wine and served on a bed of lemon flavoured potato pureè with herbs; and steak with artichokes and coffee powder.
The food is excellent, the wine list offers delicious albeit lesser known labels and the service was very attentive. The only drawback is that tables are placed a little too close together and the noise level can be quite high, so you risk sharing your conversation with the adjoining tables. Overall it is excellent value for money.