Costa Brava Bistro, in downtown Bellaire, had always been on my list of places to try, partly because it’s geographically the closest to me. After hearing the Lambowners rave about the food they encountered in Spain on their vacation, it moved up on my list.
The meal starts with a complimentary olive plate with mixed olives, tapenade and toast. I also ordered Gazpacho Andaluz with cucumber relish, a huge but very shallow bowl.
From the left, Jamon Serrano, Pate de Campagne, Spanish Chorizo and Spanish Salchichon, with more toast, a warm baguette, and pickles and pickled shallots. I had expected the hit of the board to be the Pate and it turned out to be the Chorizo but it would be hard for me to choose between that, the Pate or the Jamon as the best item. I thought the waitress had described the last meat as salame but the menu says salchichon.
The waitress had just rolled her eyes when I said that would probably be all I wanted and said ‘Probably.’ It was. These boards don’t actually involve a lot of food but they are very filling.
They have several other appetizer options which pair one meat with one cheese.
This is unquestionably the most upscale eatery in Bellaire. Residential neighborhoods, especially in the eastern part of town, have been gentrifying for decades but the commercial centers have lagged far behind.
Verdict: very good. The word that has occurred to me over and over again as I have partaken in this month’s DOTM has been sybarite. I didn’t feel quite as sybaritic after this one as after the big boards/trays at Revival and Coltivare but it was very satisfactory.
Another thing about this month’s DOTM: it’s not something you want to tackle every day. I have several more on my list and I’ll try to work at least one more in before the end of the month.