Bellinos Wine Bar, Thonglor Soi 13, Bangkok

It was my friend Marissas birthday a couple of weeks ago and as she was going to be away in Europe for the actual day she decided to celebrate with us at Bellino on Thonglor 13 the night before she left. I had read about Bellino in Anna’s post on http://www.bangkokgirlblog.com but had somehow never quite made it there on my own steam and so was looking forward to experiencing with all my friends.

The menu changes frequently and is definitely put together with a mind to what would work well with all the fantastic wines on offer, whether sharing a couple of small plates as we did or having a more classic appetizer/main course combo.

We started with a “Tapas Platter” which was  a selection of about 4 different dips including a delicious smoked eggplant and some completely addictive toum (a Lebanese garlic dip) along with crusty bread for dipping.

Next up we shared a whole chorizo and some meatballs as well as a cheese and charcuterie platter and a beautiful caprese salad which was served as a whole ball of buffalo mozzarella with marinated tomatoes and juicy green gaeta olives.

A few of the others ordered extra dishes like pasta or melanzane parmiggiana but I think we definitely did the best out of everyone by sharing dishes between us. We mostly drank Prosecco – they list about ½ dozen starting from just 900 THB a bottle which I thought was extremely good value. Most of the menu items are around the 300-450 THB with just the cheese and charcuterie coming in at 500 THB.

Bellinos is a great place to sit and enjoy a decent bottle wine along with some simple but delicious “wine” snacks and I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone, it reminded me a little of Merchants in Singapore and I am very pleased to have found somewhere that takes affordable wines so seriously.

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