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THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE

TO THE CITY’S HOTTEST RESTAURANTS

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The definitive Belfast City Guide to what’s hot and happening


Welcome from

Belfast City Council

The city’s restaurateurs have

been a key ingredient in Belfast’s

decade of growth, developing

and delivering a variety one

would expect of a vibrant regional

capital. Belfast’s dining experience

combines quality, value for money

and a very warm welcome,

whether you choose to dine in

a Michelin star restaurant or

neighbourhood café.

Whether it’s traditional fare or

internationally infl uenced, every

taste is catered for in Belfast.

Discover the true fl avour of

Belfast with a little help from our

Restaurant Guide!

Councillor William Humphrey

Chairman,

Development Committee,

Belfast City Council

Welcome from NITB

The people of Northern Ireland

love good food, and our seafood,

beef, lamb, game, dairy produce,

fruit and vegetables are among the

best in the world.

From restaurants along the

Causeway Coastal Route to

seafood bars at the foot of the

Mourne Mountains, contemporary

city restaurants to cookery courses

in the heart of the Fermanagh

Lakelands and hearty pub grub

in beautiful rural spots. There are

many award-winning restaurants

combining the skill of our top

chefs and the quality of our local

produce to offer a truly memorable

experience.

Alan Clarke

Chief Executive,

Northern Ireland Tourist Board

Introduction

Welcome from

DIAGEO Northern

Ireland

The burgeoning numbers of

restaurants, pubs, bars or cafes

in Belfast, is truly refl ecting the

growing confi dence of what is a

young, vibrant city.

You won’t get a heartier welcome

from the wide range of eateries

available and the welcome will

extend from the local patrons

dining beside you.

Diageo Northern Ireland is proud

to supply many of the trade

featured in this guide and be part

of a city that is celebrating life,

everyday, everywhere.

Allison Offor

Head of Corporate Relations,

DIAGEO Northern Ireland

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Ashley Ave

St Peter’s

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Westlink

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College Sq

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University Rd

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Jurys Belfast

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Queen’s

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Dublin Rd

Botanic Ave

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Colenso Parade

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Castle St Castle Pl Corn

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St Patrick’s

Park Inn

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College

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Albert Sq

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Hardcastle

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BBC

Botanic

Fona CAB

Rail Station

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Townhouse Hotel Lodge

Madisons

Helga Lodge

Naughton

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Elmwood Welcome University

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Kelvin Gardens

Methodist Monument

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Best Western

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Ash Rowan Town House

Sports Centre

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Old Museum

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Irish

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GT Gallery

Uni of

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Ramada

Linen House

Backpackers Hostel

Belfast

Telegraph

Central St Anne’s

Library Cathedral

Encore

Home Front

Exhibition

James Wray

Gallery

City Hall

Ulster

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Ormeau

Bath

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Market William St S

Arthur St

Montgomery

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Erin Way

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Dunbar Link

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Presbyterian

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University Ave

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Sussex Hamilton St

Russell St

St Malachy’s

McClure St

Palestine St

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Rugby Ave

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Henrietta St

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Ormeau Rd

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Tomb St

Victoria St

Corporation Sq

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Cromac

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Agincourt Ave

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Stranmills Embankment

River Lagan

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Donegall Quay

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East Bridge St

Shaftesbury Ave

Ormeau Rd

Stanfield St

Hatfield St

Farnham St

Baroda St

Annadale Embankment

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Delhi St

Friendly St

River Terrace

Balfour Ave

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Queen’s Quay

Station St Flyover

River Lagan

Stewart St

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Radisson

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SAS Hotel

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Express by

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Harbour

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Arts Centre

Ormeau

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Stena Line &

Norfolkline Ferries

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A24

Titanic’s Dock

& Pumphouse

Riverside Walk

The Odyssey

& W5

Smithfield

Market

Castle Court

Centre

St Mary’s

First

Presbyterian

Belfast

Exposed

Gallery

Custom

Belfast Print

Premier Workshop

House

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Merchant Clock Laganside Bus Lagan Weir

Hotel Tower

Belfast Business

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Parish Church Queen Elizabeth

Malmaison

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Arts Gallery

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Studios Gallery Gallery

Bradbury Fountain Place

Art Gallery Centre Gallery

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Welcome

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College

Library

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Big Wheel

Pottinger’s

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Victoria Square

Odeon

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Register Office

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It’s hard to know where to start when you

have so much choice. Whether you are

expanding your culinary horizon, enjoying

a taste of Belfast or simply relaxing with

friends, Belfast has an excellent selection

of quality restaurants. The Belfast Visitor

& Convention Bureau’s Restaurant Guide

has brought together some of the fi nest

restaurants and eateries from across the

City in addition to highlighting cafés and bars

serving good food.

In Northern Ireland, restaurants have

easy access to the rich harvest of our

coastal waters and lush countryside. The

combination of local ingredients and a new

generation of well-traveled, skilled chefs,

form the backbone of insightful menus

and culinary excellence. Enjoy getting to

know the array of talented chefs as you fl ick

through their mouthwatering signature

dishes. For lunch, a snack or dinner - there

are restaurants to suit every budget and

match every occasion. Click on

www.gotobelfast.com for more information

on eating out in Belfast.

Map references:

eg A1 – use the map reference on each page

to locate the restaurant on the adjacent map.

Price guide:

£ up to £15

££ £15 - £25

£££ over £25

*These price bands are based on the average

cost for one person of a three-course meal

excluding beverages.

3 Introduction

6 Asian Cuisine

15 Family Friendly

20 Fine Dining

29 Fusion/Modern Cuisine

60 Gastropubs

71 Indian

76 Italian

80 Seafood

82 Spanish

85 Cafés

Contents

This guide is produced by: Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau, 47 Donegall Place,

Belfast BT1 5AD Northern Ireland.

Tel: +44 (0) 28 9023 9026 Email: welcomecentre@belfastvisitor.com

Web: www.gotobelfast.com

Designed & produced by FireIMC - Tel: 028 9077 4388. Disclaimer: The information

contained in this Guide is given in good faith on the basis of the information submitted

to the Belfast Visitor & Convention Bureau and FireIMC.

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Asian

Bo Tree Thai

Restaurant

31 University Road

Belfast BT7 1NA

028 9024 7722

www.botreethai.com

PAGE 6

Pun Bua-in

Head Chef

“With over 20 years

experience Bo Tree’s

Head Chef creates

authentic, delicious Thai

cuisine ranging from the

spicy salads of the North

to the creamy curries and

fi ery fi sh of the South.”

Hot Tip:

Fantastic value quick lunch

menu - quiet live music

on Monday and Tuesday

evenings with piano and

traditional Irish guitar.

The restaurant is named for the

Bo Tree’s celebrated history, rich

in legend. This “Bo Tree” is the

second venture for the owners

who previously ran the popular

Chiang Mai Kitchen in Oxford for

13 years. Serving some of the

best Thai food west of Bangkok,

the Bo Tree restaurant with its

airy ambience and elegant,

polished wooden surfaces offers

an Asian dining experience in the

fashionable Queen’s Quarter that

is at once authentic and stylish.

PRICE - ££ MAP - C7

MON-SAT NOON-2.30PM &

6-11PM

Signature Dish

Gaeng Phet – A spicy

red curry with chicken,

beef or prawns, baby

aubergines, lime

leaves, sweet Thai

basil, bamboo shoots

and chillies

Situated in the former Bank of

Ireland building on the corner

of Claremont Street with dining

spread over 3 fl oors.

The Bo Tree is available for

lunch and evening meals,

corporate functions, parties

and wedding receptions.


Signature Dish

Fresh lobster

teppanyaki

Teppanyaki cuisine is

mouthwatering stir-fried meat,

sea-food, and vegetables

cooked and eaten off a large,

table-top grill.

Lying at the very heart of Belfast,

next to Belfast Waterfront Hall

and with breathtaking views over

the River Lagan, the Harbour

View restaurant has successfully

combined stylish surroundings

and a sleek ambience with

PRICE - ££ MAP - F3

DAILY NOON-11PM

BUSINESS LUNCH MENU

NOON-2.30PM

A LA CARTE 2.30PM-11PM

spectacular oriental cuisine

attentively prepared by authentic

Teppanyaki Chefs.

This restaurant is the fi rst

of its kind in Belfast to offer

the combination of a wide

selection of oriental cuisine

with spectacular displays by

Teppanyaki chefs who cut, stir,

and season your meal right in

front of you at your table.

Eddie Garciano

Eddie Garciano

Head Chef

Hot Tip:

Asian

Harbour View

Teppanyaki &

Sushi Restaurant

1 Lanyon Quay

Belfast BT1 3LG

028 9023 8823

www.harbourviewbelfast.co.uk

“Teppanyaki

business lunches are

available at £9.95 for two

courses.”

The Harbour View’s heated

patio dining area sits an

additional 90 and offers

stunning views over Belfast’s

waterfront – the perfect place

to enjoy an exotic dessert,

such as the fl ambé ice cream.

PAGE 7


Asian

Sakura Sushi

Japanese

Restaurant

82 Botanic Avenue

Belfast BT7 1JR

028 9043 9590

Hot Tip:

Lunchtime special: Enjoy a

plate of Sakura Sushi from

as little as £1.60. Takeaway

service (sushi and hot foods)

also available

PAGE 8

Situated in busy Belfast’s Botanic

Avenue Sakura is the fi rst

and only authentic Sushi Bar

in Belfast. Specialising in the

wonderful culinary art of sushi

as well as offering a variety of

fusion food including noodle

and rice dishes to satisfy all

taste buds, this restaurant is

fast becoming a favourite with

those who enjoy good Japanese

food. The interior is classic but

contemporary with the focal

PRICE - ££ MAP - D6

MON-THU NOON-11PM,

FRI NOON-11.30PM, SAT

1-11.30PM & SUN 1-11PM

Signature Dish

Avocado softshell

crab roll

point being the central revolving

sushi bar. The chef uses only

the freshest ingredients to create

delicious, nutritious and naturally

low fat cuisine. A meal for two

including a bottle of house wine

is around £45 offering great value

for money.

The restaurant also offers private

dining for up to 40.


Signature Dish

Sliced pork with

fresh Chinese

mushrooms

The Duo Chinese Restaurant is

located in the heart of the city

centre, next to Belfast Waterfront

Hall, overlooking the River Lagan.

The interior may be decadent

and grand but the atmosphere is

relaxed and the staff are friendly

and welcoming, making for the

perfect combination of elegance

and enjoyment.

The Duo is open for both

lunch and dinner, offering a la

carte and set menu options.

PRICE - ££ MAP - F3

DAILY NOON-11PM

The Duo caters for corporate

entertainment and family

functions with ease, even to the

point of providing a lavish dance

fl oor if required. The dining hall

can comfortably seat up to 300

guests or is perfect for a buffet

style banquet.

Mr Liu

Hon Bin

Head Chef

“Don’t miss the selection

of sizzling dishes served on a

hot plate to your table.”

Hot Tip:

Business lunch specials

available noon-2.30pm

Asian

The Duo

Restaurant

1 Lanyon Quay

Belfast BT1 3LG

028 9023 7717

www.duobelfast.co.uk

PAGE 9


Asian

Red Panda

Restaurant

60 Great Victoria Street

Belfast BT2 7BB

028 9080 8700

Odyssey Pavilion

Belfast BT3 9QQ

028 9046 6644

www.theredpanda.co.uk

Hot Tip:

If you enjoy a post-prandial

cigar, the Red Panda offers a

premium list from Don Miguel

to Davidoff Special “R”,

alongside an impressive list

of liqueurs.

PAGE 10

“Our team brings

a vast array of

experience from

Hong Kong, and

we offer superb

authentic dishes.”

If you enjoy the Chinese

experience, then you won’t

have far to travel in Belfast,

where a large Chinese

community provides the

expertise, ingredients and staff

for restaurants like the Red

Panda. There are two outlets

(The Odyssey and Great

Victoria Street, opposite the

Grand Opera House), which

are perfectly positioned for

evening entertainment. Spacious,

bright, and warmly decorated

with Chinese art, they also

PRICE - ££ MAP - D4 & G1

MON-FRI NOON-3PM &

5-11.30PM, SAT 4-11.30PM,

SUN 1.30-10.30PM

Signature Dish

Filo king prawns

accommodate large numbers

of diners who enjoy the typically

generous choice of food, from

dim sum appetisers, to gravy

chips, a local favourite. Dishes

are very fairly priced, and the

chef’s recommendations – such

as Szechwan chilli style pork

mince with aubergine – are

particularly mouth-watering.


Signature Dish

Honey shredded

chilli chicken in bird’s

nest

An intimate Chinese restaurant

with modern Western furnishings,

The Wok offers a pan Asian

menu designed to appeal to a

wide but discerning audience. It

starts with a fantastic choice of

dim sum style appetisers – fi ve

spiced crispy lamb, which you

wrap yourself with hoi sin in a roll

of crispy lettuce, steamed pork

and prawn dumplings, sugar

cane prawns and Vietnamese

rolls - and proceeds through

PRICE - ££ MAP - D5

MON-FRI NOON-2.30PM,

MON-THURS 5-10.30PM,

FRI & SAT 5.30-11PM,

SUN 5.30-10.30PM

a range of hotpot, sizzling

plate, rice and noodle dishes,

selecting the best of Chinese,

Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese

cuisine. Seafood and vegetarian

dishes are given prominence.

However the most popular

choice seems to be the ‘pick and

mix’ noodle soups, which allow

for endless invention and fun.

Stephen Guo

Head Chef

“Where traditional

Chinese meets

beautiful food served with real

passion in a stylish environment.

That’s how we like to do it.”

Hot Tip:

If you’re entertaining a large

group, ask for the large

circular table to the rear of

the room.

Asian

The Wok

126 Great Victoria Street

Belfast BT2 7BG

028 9023 3828

PAGE 11


Asian

Welcome Signature Dish

22 Stranmillis Road

Belfast BT9 5AA

028 9038 1359

www.welcome-group.co.uk

Hot Tip:

If you’d like to see the

Welcome’s full menu and

other restaurants in the

group then check out

www.welcome-group.co.uk

PAGE 12

Charlie Wong

Head Chef

“We select the best

of traditional Chinese

cuisine and serve it in

a welcoming, friendly

atmosphere”

Sizzling dishes of savoury food

are perhaps the reason why the

Welcome has been going strong

since 1973. However before you

rush into sizzling beef fi llet with

spiced black pepper sauce, or

sizzling lamb with ginger and

scallion, or even sizzling chow

mein, you must check out the

starters. Chilli and black pepper

baby ribs, prawn toasts, and

deep fried crispy shredded

beef are offered alongside more

unusual dishes of salted chilli

PRICE - ££ MAP - C8

MON-FRI NOON-1.45PM

& 5-10.45PM, SAT 5-10.45PM,

SUN 5-10PM

Crispy shredded

rainbow beef

soft shell crab and Peking style

seaweed. The best thing to do

is go in a large group, when

you can order more variety

and nibble your neighbour’s

Szechwan-braised Dover sole

or stuffed chilli pepper in black

bean sauce - as well as your own

sizzling supper.


Signature Dish

Sushi and sashimi

boat

No expense was spared in the

conversion of this city centre

warehouse to a glitzy, glamorous,

awe-inspiring restaurant,

complete with cocktail and sushi

bars and sunken tatami rooms.

The menus offer enormous

choice from pure and simple

sushi, sashimi, maki and tempura

to western style Japanese

fusion dishes. Enoki mushrooms

wrapped in thin slices of beef

come sizzling in an intense

PRICE - ££ MAP - E4

MON-FRI NOON-2.45PM &

5-11PM, SAT 6PM-MIDNIGHT,

SUN 1.30-10.30PM

teriyaki sauce. Kimchi chicken

skewers are served with a spicy

satay. However, since Zen is the

only place you’ll fi nd raw fi sh

and authentic Japanese cuisine

in Belfast, this is where to eat

your weekly quota of Omega

3. Everyone will be astonished

by the beautifully crafted,

sublime morsels of this delicious

elemental food.

Alan Fung

Executive Chef

“At Zen our chefs

have trained for years

to produce award winning

food.”

Hot Tip:

A simply incredible list of

cocktails and expert bar

tenders make pre-dinner

drinks an absolute must.

Asian

Zen

55-59 Adelaide Street

Belfast BT2 8FE

028 9023 2244

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Signature Dish

Traditional Irish cod

and homemade chips

At Bright’s Restaurant, diners

can expect to choose from an

extensive menu combining

modern European cooking with a

local twist.

Choices range from traditional

Irish classics, such as lamb’s

liver served with spring onion

mash, homemade beef and

Guinness pie or cider-poached

gammon with parsley sauce.

Bright’s is famous for its

traditional Irish cod and

homemade chips and its

extensive breakfast menu that

PRICE - £ MAP - D2 & E2

MON-SAT 9AM-5.30PM, THURS

9AM-8PM (HIGH STREET ONLY)

will energise early birds keen to

explore the city.

The interiors of both restaurants

exude a refreshingly modern feel

and provide the perfect setting to

relax and enjoy high quality food.

Conveniently located in the heart

of the city centre, Bright’s offers

fresh quality food, fi rst class

service and prides itself on being

family-friendly.

Brendan

Mulholland

Head Chef

“Enjoy our gallery

of black and white

images of famous

Belfast landmarks by local

photographer Stephen Potts while

your meal is prepared in our open

plan kitchen.“

Hot Tip:

Family Friendly

Bright’s

Restaurant

41/43 Castle Street

Belfast BT1 1GH

T: 028 9031 0556

&

23/25 High Street

Belfast BT1 2AA

T: 028 9024 5688

Awarded Best Ulster Fry in

Belfast - The Observer Food

Monthly Awards March 2008.

PAGE 15


Family Friendly

Frankie &

Benny’s

Roof Garden

Victoria Square Shopping Centre

Belfast BT1 4EB

028 9072 7820

www.frankieandbennys.com

Hot Tip:

Cheese is a key topping

for any pizza but don’t be

excessive with it. Too much

cheese can mask the fl avour

of the other toppings and

make the base slightly soggy

when it should be crispy.

PAGE 16

Grzegorz

Sliwa

Kitchen Manager

“The great thing

about an open kitchen

is seeing the smiles on

our guests’ faces when

they’ve eaten”.

Frankie & Benny’s brings

together the best of classic

American Italian style

and cuisine.

Open from mid-morning until

late, it offers traditional New York

Italian dishes from an extensive

menu. Favourites including pizza,

chargrilled burgers, onion rings,

steak and pasta are offered

alongside house specialities

such as BBQ ribs, lamb shank

and seafood.

PRICE - ££ MAP - F3

MON-FRI 10AM-11PM,

SUN 10AM-10:30PM.

Signature Dish

New York deli pizza

Inside, Frankie & Benny’s has the

atmosphere of a favourite familyrun

restaurant. From the clatter

and chatter of the open kitchen

to the bottle lined bar and cosy

booth seating surrounded by

walls fi lled with family snapshots,

it takes you back to 1950s

New York.


Signature Dish

Kiwi burger

“Rolls Royce of a burger” and

“Worlds best burger” are just

some of the terms that have been

used to describe the burgers

at Gourmet Burger Kitchen.

Originally started up by 3 Kiwi’s

that wanted good food away from

home, the company has kept its

antipodean roots with wonderful

combinations such as a “chicken

camembert and cranberry

burger” and the “kiwi burger”.

PRICE - ££ MAP - F3

SUN-THURS 12NOON-10PM,

FRI & SAT 12NOON-11PM.

All products are brought in fresh

on a daily basis and only the best

in the market is used. Onion rings

and fries are just as good as

the burgers and the homemade

sauces are fantastic.

Diane Ross

Head Chef

“Well known for

the best burger in

Ireland!”

Hot Tip:

Family Friendly

Gourmet

Burger Kitchen

Level 2, Victoria Square

1 Victoria Square

Belfast BT1 4QG

028 9024 6681

www.gbkinfo.com

Order your burger medium

well, not well done. It has a

lot more fl avour this way.

PAGE 17


Family Friendly

Soda Joe’s

American Diner

Odyssey Pavilion

2 Queen’s Quay

Belfast BT3 9QQ

028 9045 8555

www.sodajoesbelfast.co.uk

PAGE 18

Alan Horner

Head Chef

“Try out our platter for

two, loaded with chicken

wings, ribs, potato

wedges, onion rings and

served with two dips - all

in at £9.95”.

Hot Tip:

Soda Joe’s has a special kids

menu offering fast food and

great value to families.

A traditional American diner, with

lots of gleaming stainless steel,

padded burgundy booths, high

stools, and neon signs, Soda

Joe’s is a classy joint chock full

of reminders of the original

burger bars.

The menu is a bonanza of

nostalgia too. You can eat from

the all-day feast of hot dogs,

burgers, scampi and ribs.

PRICE - ££ MAP - G1

MON-FRI 10AM-7.30PM

SAT-SUN 11AM-8PM

Signature Dish

Breaded fi llet of

chicken stuffed with

a red pepper and

cheese parfait

Or you can simply come here

for a sugar high, induced by a

‘hot waffl e madness’, dime

bar dessert or chocolate

fudge sundae.

Soda Joe’s is licensed too, with

an extensive wine list and plenty

of good ol’ beers and soda pop

for the simple fare.


Signature Dish

BBQ ribs

Nevada Spur Steak and Grill is a

bubbly, fun, family restaurant in

the heart of Belfast city centre.

The focus is on quality food,

with a wide menu ranging from

steaks, BBQ ribs, Mexican

food, burgers, salads and tasty

desserts. Prices are tailored to

suit all pockets.

There is a playroom specifi cally

designed for kids visiting the

PRICE - ££ MAP - F3

MON-TUE 11.30AM-9PM,

WED-THURS 11.30AM-10PM,

FRI-SAT 11.30AM-LATE

restaurant, with games consoles

and other fun activities. Parents

can sit at their tables in peace

and enjoy the dining experience,

while still able to watch their kids

in the playroom on big screen

CCTV monitors strategically

placed around the restaurant.

Webster

Head Chef

“Food is our

passion and quality

is never compromised

on!”

Hot Tip:

Family Friendly

Spur

Steak & Grill

Level One, Victoria Square

Belfast BT1 4QG

T: 028 9032 0744

Nevada Spur is the only

restaurant in NI that has a

kids playroom with CCTV

that allows parents to sit

and eat their meals in peace

while being able to keep an

eye on their kids.

PAGE 19


Fine Dining

Aldens Signature Dish

229 Upper Newtownards Road

Belfast BT4 3LW

028 9065 0079

www.aldensrestaurant.com

PAGE 20

Gerard Lynott

Head Chef

“Our award-winning

restaurant embodies

the essence of what we’ve

come to expect from truly

great dining…fantastic food

served in a stylish, relaxed

atmosphere.”

Hot Tip:

The delicious olives,

tapenade and red onion

marmalade served in the

restaurant are available to

purchase and take home.

* Bridgestone “Best Restaurant

in Ireland”

Aldens is hard to beat for

consistency. One of the fi rst

neighbourhood restaurants to

provide fi ne food close to home, it

has a dedicated following of local

residents and business people

and now attracts diners from far

and wide.

Aldens has just celebrated its 10th

birthday with a makeover that gives

it a warm, relaxed atmosphere. It’s

the perfect place to meet up with

friends or business associates.

PRICE - £££

MON-THURS: LUNCH NOON-

2.30PM; DINNER 5.30PM-10PM.

FRI & SAT: LUNCH NOON-2.30PM;

DINNER 5.30PM-11PM. SUN:

LUNCH NOON-3PM

Grilled scallops with

puy lentil dressing

Aldens offers a constantly evolving,

seasonal menu. Pan-seared

seabass is paired with prawn,

green chilli and herb risotto. Potroasted

shoulder of lamb works

well with the butternut squash

puree and the rib-eye steak comes

with smoked garlic mash and

roasted cherry tomatoes. Aldens

has one of the best wine lists in

town and desserts that are pitched

to perfection.


Signature Dish

Seared scallops

with langoustine

cannelloni, confi t

tomatoes & micro

cress

Refreshingly unfashionable, this

cosy relaxed bistro with white

linen tablecloths and pretty

napkins is usually thronged

with local residents. Right next

door to Queen’s University,

it’s particularly packed during

the Festival season, when its

early bird menu makes eating

out affordable. If you go for

Sunday lunch, you can walk

off a delicious 3-course menu

exploring the nearby Botanic

Gardens. Extremely tasty and

prettily presented, dinner at

PRICE - ££ MAP - C7

TUES-SAT 5-10.15PM,

SUN 12.30-2.30PM & 5-8.15PM

Beatrice Kennedy’s starts with

dishes such as seared foie gras

with an apple tart tartin and

blue cheese dressing. Main

course options include crispy

monkfi sh with chilli and peanut

fried greens, ginger and apple

salsa aioli. End on their sticky

toffee pudding or another hearty

dessert.

Jim McCarthy

Chef/Proprietor

“All our bread,

desserts and icecreams

are made on the

premises.”

Hot Tip:

Excellent sides such as

glazed sesame carrots or slow

roast garlic peppers, and an

imaginative vegetarian menu

also make Beatrice Kennedy’s

stand out from the crowd.

* AA Rosette

Fine Dining

Beatrice

Kennedy

44 University Road

Belfast BT7 1NJ

028 9020 2290

www.beatricekennedy.co.uk

PAGE 21


Fine Dining

Deanes

at Queens

1 College Gardens

Belfast BT9 6BQ

028 9038 2111

www.michaeldeane.co.uk

PAGE 22

Chris Fearon

Head Chef

“Our menus change

regularly to offer the

best of local, seasonal

produce so there’s

always something fresh

and interesting for our

customers.”

Hot Tip:

Deanes at Queens lunch menu is

remarkable value with 2 courses

for £15 or 3 for £17.50. Heading

to the movies or to a show? Take

advantage of the early evening

menu Mon-Thurs 5.30pm-7pm. QFT

ticket holders also get 10% off!!

A stunning contemporary

addition to the traditional

architecture of Belfast’s University

area, the stylish interior and

alfresco eating area overlooks

Methodist College and leafy

College Gardens. A short walk

from Queen’s University, Deanes

at Queens offers continental-style

eating using local, simple, hearty

food prepared to perfection

and complimented by a large

selection of fi ne wines and beers

on offer in the extensive bar.

PRICE - ££ MAP - C8

LUNCH MON-SAT, 12-3PM

DINNER MON & TUES 5.30-9PM,

WED-SAT 5.30-10PM

Signature Dish

Crisp duck confi t

For starters why not try seared

venison with gratin potato and

thyme gravy or for main course

braised lamb shank with champ

and confi t tomato. It’s usually

worth checking their blackboard

specials or if it’s a special

occasion why not book one of the

private dining rooms from £22.50

per person.


Signature Dish

Banana and chocolate

mouse with popcorn

ice-cream and

amarena cherries

This is a handy venue for

shopping downtown or visiting

the Grand Opera House. The

city centre’s only Michelin star

shines at Deanes Restaurant.

With an elegant, minimalist

design, Deanes fl agship fi ne

dining restaurant effortlessly

combines sophistication with

modernism. Starter dishes range

from artichoke velouté with

smoked cheese dumplings and

candied walnuts to John Dory

in crisped couscous with baked

Piedmontes red pepper,

olive polenta and basil

PRICE - £££ MAP - D4

LUNCH TUES-SAT, 12-2.30PM

DINNER 6PM-9.30PM

tapenade crisps.

Mains are also modern, classic

and locally inspired: try loin of

Fermanagh beef with braised

daube, Bordelaise jelly and

scallion potato or pan fried

halibut, fennel brandade with

Piquillo pepper, braised borlotti

beans and sauce tapenade.

Derek Creagh

Head Chef

“My experience

working with mentors

such as Heston Blumenthal has

of course infl uenced how I cook

modern Irish food, but I never let

my food become too high-brow.”

Hot Tip:

Fine Dining

Deanes

Restaurant

36-40 Howard Street

Belfast BT1 6PF

028 9033 1134

www.michaeldeane.co.uk

Lunch menu: 2 courses £17.50,

3 courses £21.50. Deanes also

boasts a private dining room

for those special occasions

from £30 per person.

PAGE 23


Fine Dining

Menu

by Kevin Thornton

The Fitzwilliam Hotel

Great Victoria Street

Belfast BT2 7BQ

028 9044 2080

www.fi tzwilliamhotelbelfast.com

Hot Tip:

A great place to meet friends

and enjoy wonderful food in a

modernistic and stylish setting.

PAGE 24

Kevin

Thornton

Head Chef

“Food brings people

together and cooking is

ultimately about making

people happy”.

Belfast’s newest, smartest

residence is the Fitzwilliam Hotel. It

was really worth the wait…

Menu by Kevin Thornton looks

amazing. It stands elegantly on

Great Victoria Street, right beside

the glorious Grand Opera House, in

the very heart of the city.

Just stop and look for a second.

You know there’s something

different and very special about

this restaurant.

Go in and fi nd yourself smiling, as

you are thoughtfully welcomed with

the kind of personal service you

rarely experience these days.

PRICE - £££ MAP - C3

LUNCH EVERYDAY 12.30-2.30PM,

DINNER SUNDAY-THURS

5.30PM-10PM, FRI AND SAT

5.30PM-11PM.

Signature Dish

Sable biscuit with

vanilla cream and

fresh berries

Look around and enjoy the unusually

relaxed, comfortable ambience

that washes over you. Everything

is as you would expect - carefully,

thoughtfully, brilliantly different.

There is another surprise - Michelin

starred restaurateur Kevin Thornton

has done something extraordinary.

Menu is all about sumptuous,

casual dining and is a totally new

experience for connoisseurs of good

food in the city.


Signature Dish

Pan-seared oisin

venison with gruyere

crust, braised red

cabbage and sour

cherry jus

The award-winning Green Door

Restaurant can be found at the

heart of a smart townhouse hotel,

which was voted Belfast Hotel of

the Year. Located in a redbrick

Victorian terrace on a leafy

South Belfast avenue, just off the

fashionable Lisburn Road. Our

award-winning Head Chef Dean

Butler and his team treat diners to

European fusion cuisine prepared

from fresh, locally sourced

ingredients such as freshly landed

fi sh from Portavogie, estate-reared

venison from Downpatrick, prime

beef and lamb from local farms

and seasonal market garden

PRICE - ££ MAP - B8

LUNCH MON-FRI 12.30-3PM,

DINNER MON-SAT 6.30-9.45PM

vegetables and fruits. Catering

to all tastes, Green Door’s menu

features dishes as diverse as

vegetarian pastas to Asian spiced

chicken dishes, and unforgettable

desserts. No need to feel guilty

about tucking in, as the restaurant

supports Barnardos Charity on a

year round basis and the menu

usually features a dessert, all profi ts

from which go direct to the charity.

Dean Butler

Head Chef

“We feel passionate

about our food and

enjoy introducing new

tastes and dishes. Choose your

product well, cook it with care

and the food will speak.”

Hot Tip:

Fine Dining

Green Door

Restaurant

Malone Lodge Hotel

60 Eglantine Avenue

Belfast BT9 6DY

028 9038 8000

www.malonelodgehotelbelfast.com

You’ll fi nd the best Sunday

Carvery in Belfast here for just

£15.95, from 12:30pm-4pm

PAGE 25


Fine Dining

James Street

South

21 James Street South

Belfast BT2 7GA

028 9043 4310

www.jamesstreetsouth.co.uk

Hot Tip:

For a better view of this

romantic restaurant, or

to check out the excellent

value of lunch and

pre-theatre menus, visit

www.jamesstreetsouth.co.uk

* Voted best restaurant in NI by Which

Good Food Guide 2008.

PAGE 26

Niall McKenna

Head Chef

“We make ‘haute

cuisine’ accessible

and unstuffy, like you fi nd in

Australian and Pacifi c Rim

restaurants.”

This gem on a quiet side street

in Belfast’s city centre is close

to hotels, theatres and the main

shopping area. It serves up the

best of local produce within a

modern menu.

The fi nest ingredients are used

to create seasonal dishes. Set

menus change each week,

offering two and three course

meals at lunchtime for £14.50

and £16.50. A pre-theatre menu

is available Mon-Thurs 5.45pm

to 6.45pm.

PRICE - £££ MAP - D4

MON-SAT NOON-2.45PM,

5.45-10.45PM, SUN 5.30-9PM

Signature Dish

Carpaccio of venison

with artichoke and

walnut dressing

The à la carte menu runs

alongside the set menus

at all times. The menus are

complemented by over 100

wines, some served by the glass

and carafe (250ml).

The setting is modern, clean and

crisp, offering fi rst class service -

an ideal spot for lunch or dinner,

business or pleasure.


Signature Dish

Foie gras parfait

with fi g chutney and

toasted date & walnut

bread

A popular restaurant in an

attractive Georgian terrace on

the Lisburn Road, where you

will also fi nd a fantastic range of

boutique shops, Shu is perfect

for ladies who lunch. That

said, it also attracts plenty of

business people who enjoy its

calm surroundings by day, and

a mixed crowd of revellers and

romancers who prefer its night

time sparkle. Shu’s confi dent

chef has Michelin experience

and combines this with sensitivity

and intelligence to produce food

which inspires and reassures

in equal measure. If you prefer

PRICE - £££ MAP - A8

MON-SAT NOON-2.30PM

& 6-10PM

exquisite simplicity, then the à la

carte provides deft renditions of

say, ham hock and lentil terrine or

brill with roast Portavogie prawn

risotto and shellfi sh sauce. If you

want to be charmed even more,

then you are strongly advised to

choose the specials, which give

full rein to this kitchen’s spellbinding

potential.

* GO Belfast Best Restaurant 2008 Award

Brian McCann

Head Chef

“We cook seasonally.

Local strawberries

might come in a chilled soup

in the summer season only. In

the winter we have local game

– woodcock, red leg partridge,

teal, snipe, and pheasant all with

seasonal garnishes.”

Hot Tip:

Fine Dining

Shu

Restaurant

253 Lisburn Road

Belfast BT9 7EN

028 9038 1655

www.shu-restaurant.com

Specials such as ravioli of

localwood pigeon and foie

gras with game consommé

and fresh truffl e are also

testament to a focus on fi ne

ingredients, sourced from local

gamekeepers and Parisian

markets.

PAGE 27


Fine Dining

The Great

Room

The Merchant Hotel

35-39 Waring Street

Belfast BT1 2DY

028 9023 4888

www.themerchanthotel.com

Hot Tip:

The Great Room Restaurant

is justifi ably proud of reintroducing

traditional

afternoon teas in all their glory.

These are served daily 12-5pm

and accompanied by live

music Fri-Sun.

PAGE 28

Roland Graham

Head Chef

“The Great

Room Restaurant

features

cosmopolitan menus

that unite infl uences from

around the world, while

honouring the best of

traditional Irish, British and

French classics.”

A sumptuous space evoking

effortless and timeless grandeur,

The Great Room Restaurant is

truly the jewel in the crown of The

Merchant Hotel.

The food is inspired by the

classics, yet allows the

excellence of each individual

ingredient to shine through.

PRICE - £££ MAP - E2

LUNCH: MON-FRI 12-2.30PM,

SUN 12PM-9PM DINNER: MON-

THURS 6-10PM, FRI AND SAT

6-10.30PM. SUN 12PM-9PM.

TRADITIONAL AFTERNOON TEA:

12-5PM DAILY

Signature Dish

Beef Wellington

This is a showcase for food as it

should be and is enhanced by

a wine list which endeavours to

remain unsurpassed in Ireland.

The menu has been carefully

constructed and changes

regularly to refl ect the fl avours of

the season, the best new wines

and classic vintages.


Signature Dish

Hot Pig Sandwich – a

soft fl oury roll packed

with succulent County

Down slow roasted

pork, lapped with a

mustard cream sauce

and a portion of

chunky chips to boot!

This is the perfect pit–stop in the

heart of the city centre. Aldens in

the City offers sanctuary from the

bustle of downtown.

Kick-start the morning with a

classic breakfast, enjoy a simple,

seasonal lunch or wind down

after a long day with a glass

of wine and the delicious

evening menu.

PRICE - ££ MAP - E3

MON-WED 9AM-5PM, THURS,

FRI AND SAT 9AM-9PM

The fresh, tasty menu offers

homemade soups, such as

butternut squash and rosemary,

asparagus and chilli linguini or

roasted red pepper, tomato

and mozzarella tart. To fi nish

off, don’t forget the homemade

desserts and crisp buttery

shortbread, caramel squares

and strawberry tarts.

Fusion/Modern Cuisine

Mark Munce

Head Chef

“We see Aldens

in the City as a fastcasual

eatery offering a

variety of fresh, sophisticated foods.

We know speed is important to our

customers but not when its at the

expense of quality.”

Hot Tip:

Aldens

in the City

8-14 Callender Street

Belfast

T: 028 9024 5385

www.aldensinthecity.com

“The best scone in Belfast”.

Choose from a range of

homemade scones made

daily. Our favourites are apple

& cinnamon or blueberry &

white chocolate.

PAGE 29


Fusion/Modern Cuisine

am pm Signature Dish

67-69 Botanic Avenue, Belfast

028 9023 9443

38-42 Upper Arthur Street, Belfast

028 9024 9009

www.ampmbelfast.com

Paul

Dowds

Head Chef

Arthur Street

“At am pm we pride ourselves in being

a multi appeal venue, for a simple

dining experience or special occasion

call in and let us look after you.”

Hot Tip:

Arthur Street branch has just

been refurbished so book well

in advance as there can be up

to a 4 week waiting list! Botanic

Ave branch is a defi nite for a

fabulous Sunday Lunch.

PAGE 30

Ridvan

Nehani

Head Chef

Botanic Avenue

Whether you’re dining in

Belfast’s leafy Queens Quarter or

beginning a night on the town in

the city centre, am pm has your

needs covered with expansive

lunch and dinner menus at both

locations. Specialising in some

continental favourites such as

steak frites and fresh pasta, am

pm makes sophisticated use

of local ingredients to create

interesting, high quality dishes.

Fashionable décor, friendly

PRICE - ££ MAP - E3 + D6

ARTHUR STREET: MON-THURS

9AM-11PM, FRI 9AM-MIDNIGHT,

SAT 10AM-1AM, SUN NOON-11PM

BOTANIC AVE: MON-THURS

NOON-11PM, FRI NOON-

MIDNIGHT, SAT NOON-1AM, SUN

NOON-10PM

Pan fried cod with

peas French style,

with a smoked bacon

beurre blanc sauce

staff, rose champagne and DJs

make am pm the destination of

choice with Belfast’s beautiful

people but it is also a great

venue for business lunches,

conferences and functions.

Arthur Street is perfect as an

early morning breakfast or lunch

time rendevous while Botanic

Avenue offers three fl oors of

dining decadence and also

offers private dining.


Signature Dish

Smoked salmon

risotto with goats’

cheese and rocket

With an accent on local produce

and suppliers, lunch ranges from

light dishes such as Walter’s

smoked salmon with home

baked wheaten bread to more

substantial specials, and the

popular handmade ‘executive

burger’. On performance nights,

diners can choose from a

changing menu with two main

courses with wine for £20.

Braised chicken in red wine

PRICE - ££ MAP - G3

OPEN FOR TEA, COFFEE AND

PASTRIES MON-FRI, 10AM-

4.30PM. LUNCH MON-FRI, 12-

2.30PM. DINNER SHOW NIGHTS

FROM 5PM UNTIL 30 MINS

BEFORE CURTAIN-UP.

with mashed potato, smoked

haddock with pea puree and

chargrilled rib-eye all offer

great value to pre-show diners.

A range of house breads and

handmade desserts, along with

effi cient service and a warm

welcome, will guarantee your

visit to Belfast Waterfront is a

memorable one.

Fusion/Modern Cuisine

Arc Brasserie

Paul

Monaghan

Head Chef

“A great venue with

great views and great food

add up to a great night out.”

Hot Tip:

Belfast Waterfront

2 Lanyon Place

Belfast BT1 3WH

028 9024 4966

www.waterfront.co.uk

The Arc is located in one

of Belfast’s must-see urban

oases, with one of the best

panoramic views of the city.

PAGE 31


Fusion/Modern Cuisine

Benedicts Signature Dish

7-21 Bradbury Place

Belfast BT7 1RQ

028 9059 1999

www.benedictshotel.co.uk

Hot Tip:

It pays to come early to

Benedicts where they operate

a ‘beat the clock’ menu

between 5.30 and 7pm every

day. The time you order is the

price you pay.

PAGE 32

Gary Graham

Head Chef

“The standards of our

setting are refl ected

in the food – high quality,

fresh, local produce,

lovingly prepared and

professionally presented –

have a look at our website:

www.benedictshotel.co.uk”

Situated on Bradbury Place, one

of Belfast’s busiest and most well

known thoroughfares, in the heart

of “The Golden Mile”, Benedicts

Restaurant has fi rmly established

itself, over ten very successful

years, as a landmark venue for

both local diners and for those

from further afi eld.

With a highly experienced,

committed and professional

team guided by the steady

hand of Head Chef, Gary

Graham, the emphasis is based

fi rmly on the use of fresh local

produce prepared masterfully

PRICE - ££ MAP - D6

MON-THURS 5-10PM, FRI & SAT

5-10.30PM, SUN NOON-9PM

Pan-fried sea bass,

new potatoes, broccoli,

sun-dried tomato and

hollandaise sauce

to the highest possible culinary

standards.

Choose from an extensive range

of starters, main courses and

sweets from the varied selection

of fusion/modern Irish dishes,

which when enjoyed in the

convivial ambience of the ornate

and sumptuous Gothic style

restaurant culminate in a very

enjoyable experience.


Signature Dish

Chargrilled salmon on

a bed of ratte potatoes,

fresh rocket and sunblushed

tomatoes

Lavishly decorated with glittering

chandeliers, bronze statues,

exotic fl ora, and luxurious

fabrics, Bourbon boasts one

of the most fl amboyant interiors

in Belfast.

Its cavernous size and raucous

atmosphere make it a winner

with large parties of people

who also enjoy the slick service

and reasonably priced,

all-day menus.

Seafood chowder and chicken

wings make good lunch or

starter options, but you can also

splash out on pan-fried foie gras.

PRICE - ££ MAP - D4

MON-FRI NOON-3PM,

MON-SAT 5-11PM, SUN 5-10PM

Mains range from lamb shank

shepherd’s pie to dry-aged

T-bone steak, or you can dine

out on Bourbon’s gourmet house

pizza - roast Chinese duck with

hoi sin and sweet chilli. Desserts

such as mango cheesecake or

chocolate brownie provide a

sweet hit.

Fusion/Modern Cuisine

Billy Burns

Head Chef

“We want to provide the kind

of menu that has something for

everyone – so you can come in

and have a pizza and a bottle of

wine, if you want a night off from

cooking, or you can go the whole

hog.”

Hot Tip:

The Chinese duck dishes

at Bourbon are cooked with

speciality roasting ovens

imported from Hong Kong, so

you can be sure of getting the

genuine article.

* AA Rosette

Bourbon

60 Great Victoria Street

Belfast BT2 7BB

028 9033 2121

www.bourbonrestaurant.com

PAGE 33


Fusion/Modern Cuisine

Café Renoir

Bistro and Pizzeria

95 Botanic Avenue

Belfast BT7 1JN

028 9031 1300

Hot Tip:

Kids cookery club every month

with lots of fun for kids and a

minute’s peace for parents!

To join the mailing list, email

info@caferenoirbelfast.com

PAGE 34

Karin Bjorkman Loney

Owner

“We use local produce as

much as possible, and

bake and cook everything

in our own premises, to

keep freshness and healthy

eating to its full potential.”

Café Renoir in Botanic Avenue

is fi rmly established as the

fashionable café and bistro in

the Queen’s Quarter of Belfast,

next to Botanic Gardens and

Queen’s University.

If you miss out on the luxurious

porridge with fresh fruit or the

signature big breakfast, using

homemade sausages, call in

for a mid-morning treat of apple

and cinnamon swirl scone and a

great coffee.

By the time lunch comes round,

you’ll be tempted by favourites

PRICE - ££ MAP - D7

MON-THURS 8AM-10:30PM,

FRI-SAT 8AM-11PM,

SUN 9AM-10:30PM

Signature Dish

Wood-fi red pizza with

barbecue chicken,

roasted red pepper,

smoked bacon,

mushroom, sesame

seeds and spring onion

such as seafood chowder,

butternut squash risotto with

thyme or woodfi red pizzas.

The evening menu has a

selection to suit all tastes.

Friday and Saturday specials

are dedicated to Irish seafood,

from woodfi red monkfi sh with

saffron, to smoked haddock with

leeks. One taste and you’ll be

hooked too!


Signature Dish

Salt and chilli squid

with chill jam and aioli

Cayenne is the jewel in the

crown of Belfast’s Shaftesbury

Square. Pioneered by Paul &

Jeanne Rankin, Cayenne would

be equally at home on the

streets of London or New York.

A funky avant-garde interior is

complemented by an eclectic

menu that brings to life Paul and

Jeanne Rankin’s global culinary

experiences.

The freshness and lightness of

the menu sits well in the modern

PRICE - ££ MAP - D6

LUNCH: THURS & FRI NOON-

2.15PM

DINNER: SUN 5PM-LATE, MON-

FRI 6PM-LATE, SAT 6PM-LATE

surroundings with signature

dishes such as Salt ‘n’ Chilli

Squid with chilli jam and aioli;

Chinese red roast duck with udon

noodles, bok choy, shaohsing

and ginger dressing; soft centred

chocolate cake with burnt orange

ice cream. The regular clientele

have their favourites that can

never be removed from the

menu!

Fusion/Modern Cuisine

Paul Rankin

Head Chef

“Cayenne’s the kind

of place you can

spend the entire evening,

or you can pop in for a chilled

oriental beer and bowl of noodles

at the bar.”

Hot Tip:

Cayenne

Dinner: 3 course set menu

£20 and £25 available Sun-Fri

6pm-late. Lunch: 3 course

£15.50 available Thurs and Fri

noon-2.30pm.

* Michelin Bib Gourmand

7 Ascot House

Shaftesbury Square

Belfast BT2 7DB

028 9033 1532

www.therankingroup.co.uk

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Fusion/Modern Cuisine

Cellar

Restaurant at

Belfast Castle

Belfast Castle

Antrim Road

Belfast BT15 5GR

028 9077 6925

Hot Tip:

Try our evening Meal Deal for

two for only £39.50 to include a

bottle of house wine. Available

Tuesday-Friday from 6.30pm.

PAGE 36

John Lyttle

Head Chef

“We buy local. It simply

doesn’t make sense to buy

food such as beef from

countries like Argentina,

especially when better

quality is available on our

doorstep.”

People associate Belfast Castle

with weddings, walks on Cave

Hill, and spectacular views of the

city and Belfast Lough. They also

come here to eat in the Cellar

Restaurant, a cosy, candlelit,

vaulted space amidst corridors

of antiques and antlers. There’s

a cheering, warm atmosphere,

especially in the adjoining bar.

Whitewashed walls and wooden

fl oors give the restaurant an

informal, natural elegance.

Our main focus is on providing

the best of local produce to

PRICE - ££

MON-SUN LUNCH 12.30-2.30PM,

MON-SAT DINNER 5-9.30PM

Signature Dish

Daube of beef - roast

vegetable and baby

onion, pomme puree

and red wine jus

maintain our Taste of Ulster

Membership. Dishes such as

seared Salmon and Portavogie

Mussels in a light Tomato Broth

or Ballycastle Lamb Shank are

staple favourites also while the

Cellar Restaurant is very popular

for morning coffee and afternoon

tea serving Home Baked Scones

and Fresh Pastries.


Signature Dish

Pan roasted sea bass

with crushed new

potatoes, zucchini,

anchovy onion

vinaigrette and crispy

bacon

Situated right in the heart of the

city centre, and at the hub of

the metropolitan social scene,

CoCo is Belfast’s hottest new

restaurant. With chef Jason

More at the helm, the chic

eaterie is popular with the hip

crowd and the contemporary

lounge bar atmosphere and

funky interior includes both

textured wallpapers and bare

brick walls as well as opulent

fabrics, mismatching furniture,

PRICE - ££ MAP - D4

LUNCH: MON-FRI NOON-3PM

DINNER: MON-FRI 5.30PM-LATE,

SAT 6PM-LATE

SUNDAY BRUNCH NOON-4PM

ornate mirrors and cool neon

pink artwork. Menus include

Gremolata crumbed asparagus,

curry spiced fritto misto as well

as ham shanks, duck legs and

the very best of local seafood,

cheeses and beef.

Fusion/Modern Cuisine

Jason More

Head Chef

“It’s really vital to me

to offer the very best

in food excellence as well

as outstanding service. But CoCo

is as much about atmosphere

and encouraging our customers

to let their hair down with some

after dinner drinks and cool music

after their meal ”.

Hot Tip:

CoCo

7-11 Linenhall Street

Belfast

BT2 8AA

028 9031 1150

www.cocobelfast.com

The emphasis is always on

fl avour, with a fi rm focus on

locally sourced, fresh seasonal

produce. While there are staple

signature dishes, the menus

will change, perhaps on a

daily basis, as and when new

ingredients arrive in.

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Fusion/Modern Cuisine

Cutters

Restaurant & Bar

Lockview Road

Belfast BT9 5FJ

028 9080 5100

www.cutterswharf.co.uk

Hot Tip:

Enjoy a heavenly postprandial

walk along the leafy banks

of the River Lagan by day, or

choose one of eight liqueur

coffees on the restaurant’s

after dinner drinks list.

PAGE 38

Paul Milligan

Head Chef

“What was originally

an old boathouse in

an idyllic location has now

been transformed into a

tremendously successful

Californian-themed

restaurant”.

When the weather is fi ne in

Belfast, the locals head to

Cutters Wharf, an imposing

bar built on the banks of the

meandering, tree-lined River

Lagan. Here you’ll fi nd one of

Belfast’s few beer gardens,

where you can watch pleasure

craft and the local rowing crew

enjoy the river.

This will help you work up an

appetite for the restaurant’s

modern menu, while you sip a

PRICE - ££

BAR FOOD: EVERY DAY 12-9PM.

RESTAURANT: WED-SAT

5-9.30PM, SUN 12-7PM.

Signature Dish

Cutters River Grill -

4oz rib-eye, chicken

supreme & tiger

prawns, served on

potato rosti with garlic

butter

cool pint or a refreshing glass of

wine. From chargrilled burgers

and conventional fi sh and chips

to the signature river grill or

traditional seafood chowder

rounded off with the Cutters’

assiette, Cutters restaurant

and bar offers a wide variety of

dishes to satisfy all tastes.


Signature Dish

Braised short rib of

beef

“Hungry?” asks the smart black

awning hanging from Deanes

Deli, a popular lunch venue,

inviting local offi ce workers to

take an early break and avoid the

queues. The bistro menu offers

great choices to suit all tastes,

with dishes such as prawn and

mussel hotpot with galangal spring

onion and coriander, Deanes Deli

steakburger with chilli smoked

cheese rarebit and spiced onion

rings or the old favourite Portavogie

PRICE - ££ MAP - D4

BISTRO: LUNCH, MON-SAT 12-

3PM DINNER MON-WED 5-9PM,

THURS-SAT 5-10PM

VIN CAFÉ: BREAKFAST/

LUNCH MON-FRI 8AM-5PM, SAT

10AM-5PM DINNER TUES-SAT

5PM-LATE

fi sh ‘n’ chips with mushy peas

and tartar sauce. If you’re looking

for something lighter, head next

door to the Vin Café for an apéritif

from the fantastic range of wine

and continental beer. Try this

while nibbling a continental meat

and cheese platter. Deanes Deli

encourages casual dining and

sharing, but we suggest you ask

your dining partners to order their

own dessert!

Fusion/Modern Cuisine

Deanes Deli

Bistro & Vin Café

Stephen

Alexander

Head Chef

“We’ve tapped into

the trend for casual

food, but kept it smart and

classic with that special Deanes

touch. Customers love our live

music on Fridays and the buzz of

the busy restaurant.”

Hot Tip:

42-44 Bedford Street

Belfast BT2 7FF

028 9024 8800/028 9024 8830

www.michaeldeane.co.uk

Light lunch special at £8.95

from noon-3pm, Mon-Sat.

PAGE 39


Fusion/Modern Cuisine

Ginger Signature Dish

7-8 Hope Street

off Great Victoria Street

Belfast BT12 5EE

028 9024 4421

www.gingerbistro.com

Hot Tip:

Located just off Great Victoria

Street, Ginger offer a pretheatre

menu Tues-Fri

PAGE 40

Simon

McCance

Head Chef/

Proprietor

“Ginger is the antidote to

big, bland, chain restaurants

- it has great personality and

because it’s small we can pretty

much guarantee great food and

friendly service.”

* The Bridgestone Best 100

Ginger has a loyal local following

and the ambience of cosy

neighbourhood restaurant despite

its conveniently central location.

The clean but at the same time

bohemian interior has walls

adorned with contemporary local

artworks creating a stylish but

casual dining environment. As

award winning Simon McCance,

proprieter and head chef puts it

his style is, “to keep everything as

fresh and simple as possible”.

The menu offers fl air and fl avour;

for those who love seafood

PRICE - ££ MAP - D4

TUES-SAT NOON-3 PM, 5-10PM

Seared rare sirloin

with japanese onions,

wasabi mayonnaise &

pickled ginger

starters include fried tiger prawns

with mango, mouli and pickled

ginger while main course dishes

offer up a host of tempting

combinations such as roast fi llet of

hake with celeriac, smoked bacon

and buttered leeks. Desserts are no

less comforting, chocolate brownie

and berry trifl e served with lashings

of cream and decent coffees.


Signature Dish

Fillet of beef, pancetta

rosti, spinach and

roquefort butter

Located on the cobbled streets

of the Cathedral Quarter, near St

Anne’s Cathedral, you’ll fi nd the

Hill Street Brasserie, a restaurant

that sustains the interest of its

customers with regular makeovers

and menu changes.

The interior has always been

nice and simple with an open

kitchen and an informal, youthful

ambience, and the menu seems

designed to match the bohemian

spirit of the area.

PRICE - ££ MAP - E2

LUNCH MON-SAT 12-2:30

DINNER TUES-SUN FROM 5PM

Lunchtime dishes such as crispy

chilli beef with Asian slaw and

garlic mayo become starters in

the evening, when you can move

on to mains such as char grilled

duck breast with Thai green curry

sauce, followed by prune and

Armagnac tart.

Fusion/Modern Cuisine

Johnny

Ritchie

Head Chef

“We try to produce

quality, casual food,

using some of the fi nest local

producers and presenting it well

at a reasonable and affordable

price.”

Hot Tip:

Hill Street

Brasserie

38 Hill Street

Belfast BT1 2LB

028 9058 6868

www.hillstbrasserie.com

An enthusiasm for fresh ideas

means that there will always

be something new to entice

you to Hill Street.

PAGE 41


Fusion/Modern Cuisine

Innfusion

Restaurant

Jurys Inn Belfast

Fisherwick Place

Great Victoria Street

Belfast BT2 7AP

028 9053 3500

www.jurysinns.com

Hot Tip:

Jurys Inntro bar is an ideal

place to meet friends or enjoy

live televised sports action.

An all day menu offers the

perfect place to have a bite to

eat in an informal atmosphere.

PAGE 42

David Barley

Head Chef

“With a choice of

a la carte and table

d’hote menus Innfusion

offers a wide range of

appetisers, main courses and

desserts plus ever changing

seasonal specials.”

This city centre restaurant

occupies a elevated site on

Belfast’s busy Great Victoria

Street. Located a stones throw

from the Grand Opera House

and Spires Mall you can sit and

watch the world go by while

enjoying a great food.

Innfusion offers a relaxed dining

experience with great friendly

service and is very handy for

a pre theatre dinner or bite of

lunch while in the city shopping.

PRICE - ££ MAP - C4

OPEN DAILY BREAKFAST

7AM-10PM, LUNCH 12.30-9.30PM

DINNER 6-9.30PM

Signature Dish

Teriyaki salmon

Innfusion signature dishes

include teriyaki salmon and the

infamous Jurys Inn burger - not

forgetting a great selection of

European and new world wines

to suit every palate and pocket!


Signature Dish

Chicken matambre

- feta, spinach & red

pepper stuffed chicken

with white wine, caper

& onion deglassé,

served with herb fried

potatoes

Named after the vibrant,

Bohemian dockside of Buenos

Aires, La Boca is an Argentinestyle

restaurant in the heart of

Belfast city centre. The interior

has the sultry atmosphere of

South America, with a colourful

street scene design and Latin

music. The all day bistro menu

features some Argentine

classics; empanadas, choripan,

the popular Gaucho steak

sandwich with jalapeño mayo

PRICE - ££ MAP - D3

MON-WED 9AM-7PM, THURS &

FRI 9AM-10PM, SAT 10AM-10PM

and chimichurri and, of course,

beef. The lunch menu includes

homemade beef burgers,

haddock and salads. Whether

you are seeking refuge from

the shops, or spending the

evening with friends, you will fi nd

something to suit.

Fusion/Modern Cuisine

Pedro Donald

Proprietor

“Visit our website

to see our South

American wines, full

menus and details of wine

tastings, book launches and art

exhibitions.”

Hot Tip:

La Boca

6 Fountain Street

Belfast BT1 5ED

028 9032 3087

www.labocabelfast.com

Tapas served daily between

3-7pm, ideal for a quick bite

between meals or to wile away

an afternoon with a bottle of

wine and some friends.

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Fusion/Modern Cuisine

Le Winters Signature Dish

Strangford Arms Hotel

92 Church Street

Newtownards BT23 4AL

028 9181 4141

www.strangfordhotel.com

Hot Tip:

Try any of the signature

starters or main courses,

delicious fi sh dishes or prime

cut steaks.

PAGE 44

LeWinters is part of a longestablished

hotel, with plush

modern surroundings where you

could hibernate after a mighty

feast. At the weekend, you can

get into the groove on the dance

fl oor with the live entertainment

on offer.

The wide-ranging menu features

a familiar choice of freshly

prepared local and international

cuisine. Starters include fi lo

prawns with hoi sin or goats

cheese fritter encrusted in

coriander and chilli fl akes. An

amazing selection of fi sh, meat

PRICE - ££

MON-SAT NOON-10PM,

SUN NOON-8.30PM

Grilled seabass rested

on minted pea puree

and fi nished with

sour cream and chive

dressing

and vegetarian dishes come next

– from open sandwiches and

salads, through curries and pies,

to traditional roasts, fabulous

steaks and Mexican enchiladas,

or signature dishes and chef’s

daily specials. If you have space,

it’s hard to beat the delicious

homemade desserts, such as

pavlova with fresh strawberries

or banoffee.


Signature Dish

Warm local smoked

haddock, with potato

puree, buttered

asparagus, bacon and

soft egg

A striking split-level restaurant

and bar, defi ned by its vibrant

atmosphere and cosmopolitan

design, Madison’s provides

a focal point for social life on

Botanic Avenue’s busy boulevard

of cafés, bars and shops. The

earthy tones and contemporary

style of the bar is refl ected in

the menu. Lunch is simple

and quick, with a £5.95 special

including a complimentary glass

of wine. The bistro menu has a

distinctly European feel with a

traditional Irish infl uence. There

is a clear emphasis on fresh

PRICE - ££ MAP - D6

MON-SAT 7AM-10.30PM,

SUN 7AM-9.30PM

and fl avoursome local produce.

Start with quenelles of chicken

liver and port pâté with spicy

Cumberland sauce, followed by

oven roast salmon with thyme

roasted sweet potato and root

vegetables drizzled with a tart

lemon hollandaise. Round off

your evening in style with one of

Madison’s fabulous cocktails.

Fusion/Modern Cuisine

Hot Tip:

Madisons

Carl

Johannesson

Head Chef

Madison’s Hotel

59-63 Botanic Avenue

Belfast BT7 1JL

028 9050 9800

www.madisonshotel.com

“At Madison’s, we are

committed to providing

quality service using fresh local

produce. Why not relax, enjoy

your meal with a bottle of wine

and let us look after you?”

Since Madison’s is also a

hotel, the breakfast menu

makes good reading, with

kippers, scrambled eggs and

smoked salmon or French

toast as well as ‘big’ and

‘bigger’ fries.

PAGE 45


Fusion/Modern Cuisine

Malmaison

Brasserie

34-38 Victoria Street

Belfast BT1 3GH

028 9022 0200

www.malmaison.com

Hot Tip:

Crème brulée addicts will

be delighted to know that

Malmaison is happy to share

its recipe for this exquisite

dessert.

PAGE 46

James Neilly

Head Chef

“We believe in

doing the simple

things well with care,

consistency and passion

and a genuine commitment

to standards.”

Located in an architectural gem

of a building, a stone’s throw from

Victoria Square, the Malmaison

Bar and Brasserie offers a unique

blend of sumptuous interiors and

busy, buzzing ambience.

Elegant booths, comfy armchairs

and gentle lighting set the scene

for a seductively comfortable and

informal evening of relaxed chat,

fi ne wines and contemporary

cuisine.

PRICE - ££ MAP - F2

MON-SUN NOON-2.30PM,

6PM-10.45PM

Signature Dish

Portavogie sole salad

with beetroot, orange

and baby leeks with

citrus dressing

The award winning home grown

and local menu lets you sample

the fi nest of ethically sourced

local Irish produce.

There is also a selection of

specials inspired by Head Chef

James Neilly.


Signature Dish

Breast of Gressingham

duck, celeriac

dauphinois, spinach,

girolles, ginger bread

puree & thyme jus

Located in a smart boutique

hotel, Metro’s appeal goes

far beyond the overnight

accommodation. Perfect as

a starting point for a night out

in the bars and nightclubs of

Botanic Avenue, Metro offers

excellent choice, including a

locally sourced à la carte menu.

Start with seared Irish smoked

scallops then move on to a main

course of locally sourced ribeye

PRICE - ££ MAP - D6

MON-THURS 5.45PM-9.30PM

FRI 5.45PM-10.00PM

SAT 5.30PM-10.00PM

SUN 5.00PM-9.00PM

of beef with homemade chips

and Bushmills thyme and black

pepper cream. To fi nish, white

chocolate and Baileys mousse

with poached raspberries,

amaretti snap, crackle and pop.

These are just some of the dishes

on offer, each unforgettable in its

own way.

Fusion/Modern Cuisine

Karl Taylor

Head Chef

Hot Tip:

Metro

Brasserie

13 Lower Crescent

Belfast BT7 1NR

028 9032 3349

www.crescenttownhouse.com

“Metro is a fi rm favourite with

those passionate about food

and wine.”

Book Metro from Sunday -

Friday, or Saturday until 7pm,

for the exclusive Dine with

Wine menu. An imaginative

vegetarian menu is also

available.

PAGE 47


Fusion/Modern Cuisine

Molly’s Yard Signature Dish

1 College Green Mews

Botanic Avenue

Belfast BT7 1LW

028 9032 2600

Hot Tip:

Molly’s Yard is proud to

serve it’s very own range of

award-winning draught beers.

Headless Dog Ale, Molly’s

Chocolate Stout and Belfast

Blonde!

“Marvellous, sensational, outstanding,

spectacular”

John Ferris,

foodanddrinkireland.blogspot.com

PAGE 48

Ciaran Steele

Head Chef

“Our priorities

have always been

to source locally

produced, seasonal ingredients

and to cook from fresh. We take

pride in cooking simple dishes

with true depth of fl avour.”

Just off Botanic Avenue, in the

heart of the University quarter,

the restored stables of College

Green House are home to Molly’s

Yard Restaurant.

From it’s opening in 2005, Molly’s

Yard quickly proved to be a

favourite haunt of South Belfast

residents and university staff. It

now attracts visitors from all over

the world!

The brainchild of brother and

sister team, Owen and Siobhán

Scullion, Molly’s Yard and College

Green Brewery is a unique venue

PRICE - ££ MAP - D7

BISTRO: MON-THURS 12-9PM,

FRI-SAT 12-6PM

EVENING MENU: MON-THURS

6-9PM, FRI-SAT 6-9.30PM

Pan-fried fi llet of

organic salmon with

fresh linguine and

tomato fondue

in Belfast – small in scale but

big in fresh ideas! The duo have

rejected mass market brands in

favour of giving Belfast diners a

taste of all that is traditional and

hand crafted, combined with the

warmest of Irish welcomes.

Using locally sourced and

seasonal produce, Head Chef

Ciaran Steele prepares menus to

appeal to all the senses.


Signature Dish

Serrano ham, rocket,

parmesan and sundried

tomato salad

Nick is a clever devil when it

comes to tempting you with

food and wine at great prices,

and his warehouse restaurant is

constantly thronged with people,

day and night. If inviting tasting

notes don’t persuade you to drink

from his teeming list of personally

chosen wines, then the staff,

led by Nick’s wife, Kathy, will –

everyone here is as enthusiastic

as the affable, energetic main

man. Passionate about local,

artisan produce, and fond of

PRICE - ££ MAP - E2

MON-FRI NOON-3PM,

TUES-THURS 6-9.30PM,

FRI & SAT 6-10PM

vibrant, light-hearted food, Nick

also prepares rising young stars

for their own restaurants. In the

meantime they knock out crab

and Parmesan tartlets, grilled

rare breed pork with chickpea

and parsnip curry, and custard

tarts with passion fruit coulis to

beat the band.

Fusion/Modern Cuisine

Nick’s

Warehouse

Nick Price

Patron Chef

Hot Tip:

35 Hill Street

Cathedral Quarter

Belfast BT1 2LB

028 9043 9690

www.nickswarehouse.co.uk

“After 30 years

in the trade,

pioneering links with

artisan producers, we are very

excited by the growing number

of local producers, and delighted

to be able, as always, to offer

great value for money.”

Nick also loves cheese, so

expect to fi nd farmhouse

cheeses in the very best

condition, with wines to match.

* Bridgestone 100 Best Restaurants in

Ireland 2009

PAGE 49


Fusion/Modern Cuisine

No 27 Signature Dish

27 Talbot Street

Belfast BT1 2LD

028 9031 2884

www.no27.co.uk

PAGE 50

Alan Higginson and

Jason More

Head Chefs

“No 27’s menu is constantly

updated to source the freshest

local ingredients, so eating

here regularly is never likely to

become a chore!”

Hot Tip:

For full menu check out our

website at www.no27.co.uk

No 27 Talbot Street offers an

extensive menu of wholesome

dishes with a focus on fresh

local produce all served up in a

modern contemporary space.

This new restaurant has been

opened by well-known Belfast

chefs Alan Higginson and

Jason More in partnership with

Adrian Lowry previously of

Nick’s Warehouse, so you can

expect culinary expertise, great

ambience, a knowledgeable wine

list and a gourmet selection of

PRICE - ££ MAP - E1

MON-FRI NOON-3PM,

TUES-SAT 6-10PM, BAR MENU

MON-FRI 3-6PM

Roast monkfi sh served

with truffl e pomme

purée, sautéed ceps,

red wine shallots,

crispy parma ham

and port and thyme

reduction

specially prepared vegetarian

cuisine alongside the meat

dishes on offer. Mains include a

selection of cod, squid, salmon

& gurnard, crumbed, fried &

served with chips & tartare sauce

and honey roast ham shank,

with mash, savoy cabbage, bell

pepper and tarragon jus.


Signature Dish

Chilli roasted fi sh with

smoked garlic and

parsley butter

Olio has been running since

1968, and it’s probably one

of the few places where staff

members can boast they’ve been

around for nearly 30 years. The

customers are regulars too. In

fact, they come here so often

that it’s become impossible to

take their favourite dishes off

the menu. So, you’ll always fi nd

Chicken Maryland, and you’ll

always fi nd the crumbed breast

of chicken with cheese tomato,

garlic and onion cream sauce.

PRICE - ££ MAP - D4

12-10PM MON-THURS, 12-11PM

FRI & SAT

But they like to serve more

modern comfort food too. Try

the vegetable shepherd’s pie

with goat’s cheese mash and

Parmesan. Or smoked haddock

and spring onion fi shcake. And

so the menus - and the satisfi ed

crowds - just get bigger and

bigger. Long live Olio!

Fusion/Modern Cuisine

Brian Caldwell

Head Chef

Hot Tip:

Olio

Restaurant

17 Brunswick Street

Belfast BT2 7GE

028 9024 0239

“Our menus are

designed for the

customer who likes

to eat very well without being

challenged by unnecessary,

complicated ideas.”

The choice of homemade

desserts is mind-boggling –

from ice-cream sundaes and

apple pie to newcomers such

as the gooey banoffee pie,

Tiramisu gateau, and Bailey’s

bread and butter pudding.

PAGE 51


Fusion/Modern Cuisine

RBG

Bar & Restaurant

4 Clarence Street West

Belfast BT2 7GP

028 9067 7707

www.belfast.parkinn.co.uk

Hot Tip:

Relax in the lavish surroundings,

where the atmosphere is laid

back and chilled, without

sacrifi cing the exceptional

standards of service. A great

place to impress a date, or

simply unwind after work with a

glass of wine.

PAGE 52

Andy Triller

Head Chef

“I’m a man of few

words. I let the

cooking do the talking!”

Step into RBG (Red Bar and

Grill) and experience an amazing

venue and fantastic food. Lavish

New York styling abounds, from

the NYSE Bull to the stunning

photos mounted on the wall in the

Sports Bar.

RBG is a perfect location for

guests to meet with clients or

friends, and also to experience

the ‘thrill of the grill’ with

specialties from the state-ofthe-art

Crossfi re Broiler. The

best gourmet burgers, lite bites,

choice of soups, a great range

PRICE - ££ MAP - D4

MON-SAT NOON-10PM,

SUN NOON-9PM.

Signature Dish

Hanger steak on

crisp rocket leaves,

chimichurri sauce with

Irish rooster fat chips

of local specialties, salads,

sides, desserts and signature

dishes from the grill are all on the

RBG menu. Everyone will fi nd

something to love!

RBG provides perfect, versatile all

day menus. Come along to RBG

and experience the thrill of a great

night out!


Signature Dish

Panfried Portavogie

turbot, Jersey new

potatoes, sauteed

courgettes and

pancetta with oysters

poached in a shallot

cream sauce

Sonoma Restaurant & Bar

Belfasts hidden secret where

you can enjoy the view of the

River Lagan from fl oor to ceiling

windows. Grilled Squid and

Chorizo, new potatoes, red Char

and Lemon Mayonnaise followed

by Confi t of Duck Leg with an

Orange and Rosemary Mousse,

Red Onion Chutney and a Honey

Mustard dressed Summer Salad

and fi nally Hilton Mess, Pavlova,

strawberries and Rhubarb

sweetened in fruit coulis with

Chantilly Cream topped with a

Chocolate Cookie epitomise the

temptations on offer.

PRICE - ££ MAP - G3

SONOMA: MON-SUN 5.30-9.45PM

CABLES: OPEN DAILY FROM

10AM TIL LATE

Cables

Sink your teeth into the Hilton

Club Sarnie, tuck into a Soup

and Sandwich Deal or send your

taste buds wild with a selection

of our Lite Bites or test your

appetite with our Goats Cheese

and Roasted Tomato Bruschetta.

Then top it off with Chef’s Dessert

of the Day.

Regular Promotions:

Wine and Dine Meal for 2,

Sporting Madness and Summer

Cocktails.

Fusion/Modern Cuisine

Sonoma

Restaurant & Bar

and Cables

Chris

Mawhinney

Executive Chef

Hot Tip:

Hilton Hotel

4 Lanyon Place

Belfast BT1 3LP

028 9027 7000

www.hilton.co.uk/belfast

“Executive Chef

Chris Mawhinney

will be sure to cater for

every taste and make your dining

experience truly unforgettable.”

Kick start your evening with

specially designed pre-theatre

menus and promotions in

Sonoma Restaurant and Bar.

Unwind at Cables bar after a

busy day in the offi ce or your

shopping trip with nibbles,

platters and cocktails.

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Fusion/Modern Cuisine

SQ Bar & Grill Signature Dish

Ramada Encore Belfast City Centre

St. Anne’s Square, Belfast

0844 801 0331

www.encorebelfast.co.uk

Hot Tip:

‘Sharing’ is the hot tip from SQ

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James Mingle

General Manager

“We want to create a ‘sampling

experience’ for all our customers,

offering a varied selection of

ingredients and fl avours in

a comfortable, informal yet

affordable environment, for you

to enjoy.”

The new SQ Bar & Grill is the latest

addition to Belfast’s fashionable

Cathedral Quarter. Situated

adjacent to the new St. Anne’s

Square development, this modern

restaurant overlooks a truly

European style piazza.

Whether it’s a relaxed lunch

or intimate dinner, the menu

expresses a passion for traditional

dishes and local ingredients with a

modern twist! From slow roast pork

belly with bubble and squeak to

char grilled yellow fi n tuna niçoise,

you will fi nd an affordable taste of

indulgence.

PRICE - ££ MAP - E1

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

LUNCH: NOON-3PM

DINNER: 6PM-10.30PM

SQ sweet sharer plate

The spacious cocktail bar serves an

extensive wine list, Champagnes,

spirits, beers and favourite cocktails-

the ideal place to relax after dinner.

Seating up to 100 people, the

restaurant is an ideal venue for

special occasions and family

celebrations.

No matter what your fl avour, this

new restaurant is sure to become a

popular favourite in the most stylish

part of town.


Signature Dish

Bang Bang Chicken -

wok tossed, lightly

battered chicken with

stir fried vegetables

and phuck phuck

sauce and served on

mixed leaves

The Grill Room and Bar has

established itself as one of the

busiest restaurants in the city,

offering exceptional food and

beverage in a Colonial setting

– Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

and Cocktails – All day, every

day. The menu is conceived

with a view to providing simple

traditional dishes with a modern

twist - Dundrum Bay Prawn

Cocktail, Grilled Chicken Salad,

The Original Club Sandwich,

Caesar Salad, Hickory Burger,

PRICE - ££ MAP - E4

MON-FRI 7AM-10PM,

SAT 8AM-10PM, SUN 8AM-10PM

“Knife & Fork” BBQ Ribs and Fillet

Steak – These are just a few of

the signature dishes. This just

goes to prove that the mantra of

“simple things done well” suits

the customer perfectly and has

seen the venue heralded as one of

Belfast’s most loved eateries.”

Fusion/Modern Cuisine

The Grill

Room & Bar

Alastair

Fullerton

Head Chef

Hot Tip:

Ten Square Hotel

10 Donegall Square South

Belfast BT1 5JD

028 9024 1001

www.tensquare.co.uk

“At The Grill

Room, our

philosophy begins at a

local level which is why we work

closely with local suppliers to

ensure our ingredients are of the

highest standard.”

The Grill Room & Bar has great

live music on a Thursday night

from 9pm – late. Resident DJ

on Friday and Saturday nights

10.30pm-1am. Delicious Sunday

Roast in the Grill Room from

12 noon to 4pm is a fabulous

£13.95 per person.

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Fusion/Modern Cuisine

The Restaurant

at the Park

Avenue Hotel

158 Holywood Road

Belfast BT4 1PB

028 9065 6520

www.parkavenuehotel.co.uk

Hot Tip:

Keep an eye out for the

restaurant’s impressive art

collection by top Irish painters.

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Stephen

Magowan

Head Chef

“The Restaurant at

the Park Avenue Hotel

has just launched a sensational

new menu. All of our dishes

are made from a wide variety

of fresh ingredients which

have been carefully selected

from local suppliers. Our new

menu features some exciting

new dishes as well as the old

favourites.”

The Restaurant in Park Avenue

offers a charming relaxed

atmosphere where you can

indulge in good food and fi ne

wines. The menu is a mix of

classic and contemporary dishes,

using fresh, seasonal produce,

supporting local suppliers.

Try starters such as Crispy salt

and chilli squid with a sweet

dipping sauce, moving on to a

range of mouthwatering main

dishes from Herb crusted salmon

with asparagus, new potatoes

and a lemon and tarragon cream

to Pan fried duck breast with bok

choi, fondant potatoes and cherry

PRICE - ££

MON-SAT 5.30-9.00PM AND

SUN 12.30-8.00PM

Signature Dish

Rack of lamb with

ratatouille, rosemary

croquettes and

butternut squash puree

jam. But leave room for dessert

with temptation such as home

made chocolate brownie with hot

chocolate sauce or just relax with

a glass of port and a selection of

Irish cheeses with chutney and

biscuits.

A romantic meal for two, a family

celebration, or an evening out

with friends the restaurant at Park

Avenue is the place to choose.


Signature Dish

Poached seabass

fi llet with courgette

concasse, beurre

rouge sauce, smoked

salmon and baby

spinach panequet

The Tap Room, in the Georgian

Courtyard of Hilden House, feels

secluded even though it is only

15 minutes from Belfast city

centre by car or train.

It is the perfect location for al

fresco dining on a summer day,

or a cosy supper in front of a

roaring fi re.

PRICE - ££

TUES-SAT 12-2.30PM 5.30-9PM

BREWERY TOURS 11.30AM &

6.30PM, SUN 12.30-3PM

The Tap Room uses only the

best of local produce. Of course

you can also sample the crafted

beers from the brewery, both

with the food and in it (try Molly’s

Chocolate Stout Bread).

If beer is not your thing, there is

an extensive wine list from the

best independent, local wine

merchants.

Fusion/Modern Cuisine

The Tap Room

at Hilden Brewery

Vincent

Granier

Head Chef

Hilden House

Hilden

Lisburn BT27 4TY

028 9266 3863

www.taproomhilden.com

“I like to use my

classical French

training to create interesting

and unique dishes with the best

of Irish ingredients, including

beers from our brewery.”

Hot Tip:

Come along on a Wednesday

night and sample some of our

award winning beers and food

while enjoying a Traditional

Irish Music Session. If you play

an instrument bring it along!

Check out our website for

other events.

PAGE 57


Fusion/Modern Cuisine

Beechlawn

House Hotel

Bistro & Restaurant

The Beechlawn House Hotel

4 Dunmurry Lane, Belfast BT17 9RR

028 9060 2010

www.beechlawnhotel.com

PRICE - ££

MON-SAT NOON-10PM,

SUN NOON-8PM

Circles

Restaurant

Park Plaza Belfast

Belfast International Airport

Belfast BT29 4ZY

028 9445 7000

www.parkplazabelfast.com

PRICE - ££

OPEN DAILY 6-10PM

PAGE 58

Situated in leafy suburbia equidistant

from Belfast and Lisburn city centres,

this family-run hotel offers both guests

and local residents warm hospitality and

versatile menus. You can take advantage

of their extensive bistro menu for casual

dining or opt for the more formal menu in

the restaurant with similar style. The bistro

and restaurant menus accompanied with

daily specials and a fabulous dessert

menu to fi nish will spoil you for choice.

A very handy stop-off for Belfast

International Airport, Circles Restaurant

at Park Plaza Belfast offers a relaxed

and stress free zone. The A la Carte

menu refl ects both the virtues of

traditional Irish recipes using only locally

produced ingredients and the subtleties

of international cuisines enjoyed by the

weary traveller.


The Belfast Bar and Grill offers diners a novel

approach to Irish food. Starters are brimming

with ingredients and ideas. A Kerry nettle,

cheddar and chive scone is served with a

tiger prawn & monkfi sh stew, and roasted

beetroot & wilted leek salad – all topped with

a seared king scallop. For main course try the

Irish lamb, paired here with a mash of celeriac

and spring onion, a crumble of spinach and

beetroot, shaved black truffl es, and a jus of

redcurrant and rosemary. And then fi nish with

creations such as Bailey’s Irish Cream water

ice in a white chocolate marbled tulip basket

or Irish wild berries with frozen yoghurt.

Fusion/Modern Cuisine

The Belfast

Bar & Grill

PRICE - ££

MON-SUN 6-10PM

Looking for a

unique experience?

Belfast

To fi nd out more visit:

www.luxurybelfast.com 59

Ramada Belfast

Shaw’s Bridge

Belfast BT8 7XP

028 9092 3500

www.ramadabelfast.com

PAGE 59


Gastropubs

Apartment Signature Dish

2 Donegall Square West

Belfast BT1 6JA

028 9050 9777

www.apartmentbelfast.com

Hot Tip:

After dinner, relax in the bar

with some chilled beats and

Belfast’s most extensive

cocktail list.

PAGE 60

Conor

McCarthy

Head Chef

“Working with a team

of professional and

dedicated staff makes my

job easier, and means I can

relax knowing that all of

our dishes are made to the

highest standard.”

Located in the city centre,

Apartment has amazing views

over City Hall. The interior is

sleek and modern, with dark

wood panelling, big leather

sofas and plenty of armchairs.

Apartment oozes comfort and

elegance. The vast cocktail

list and great food has a

cosmopolitan twist. Open from

early morning, great food is

on offer all day, from morning

coffee and croissants through to

cocktails and dinner. A typical

PRICE - ££ MAP - D3

FOOD SERVED: MON-WED

7.30AM-9PM, THURS & FRI

7.30AM-10PM, SAT 9AM-9PM,

SUN 10AM-8PM.

Blackened cod on fi ne

noodles with coconut

curry, wilted spinach

and a citrus labne

meal starts with handmade Thai

spiced salmon cakes with tartar

sauce and crisp leaves, followed

by confi t of duck and sweet

potato mash with Savoy cabbage

and rosemary and redcurrant jus.

Round off the perfect meal with

one of the fabulous desserts -

sticky banoffee pie served with

fresh cream is a real treat.


Signature Dish

10oz chargrilled

Irish sirloin steak

served with chipped

potatoes, onion rings

and garlic butter

A designer bar on the fi rst fl oor

of the Odyssey, Bar 7 offers

an express menu for those

rushing to and from events at the

Odyssey. You can also come

and relax over an intricately

devised A La Carte menu

devised from fresh, rich and

indulgent ingredients.

PRICE - ££ MAP - G1

BAR: THURS-SAT 5PM-LATE

RESTAURANT: THURS-SAT

5-8.30PM

We particularly welcome large

parties celebrating their Birthday,

Hen or Stag Night, just call our

Party Planner to help you take

the hassle out of organising.

Bar 7 is the perfect venue to

gather friends and dance the

night away!

Bar Seven

Terence Finnegan

Head Chef

Gastropubs

Odyssey Pavilion

Belfast BT3 9QQ

028 9046 7070

www.barsevenbelfast.com

“At Bar Seven we use fresh local

produce to prepare food with

rustic natural charm.”

Hot Tip:

With cool cube seating, and

funky resident DJs from

Citybeat, Bar 7 is a great

fl exible venue throughout

the week as well as at the

weekends. We are also

available for corporate events.

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Gastropubs

Café

Vaudeville

25-39 Arthur Street

Belfast BT1 4GQ

028 9043 9160

www.cafevaudeville.com

Hot Tip:

Café Vaudeville was originally

a bank building, so it’s very

convenient for downtown

shoppers and sightseers.

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Damien

Tumilty

Head Chef

“I hope to bring a bit of

Michelin-star quality to a

more casual environment.”

An exuberant and indulgent

concept Cafe Vaudeville’s

multicoloured interior of glittering

chandeliers and marbled pillars

is an open plan labyrinth of

themed cafe, bar and restaurant

areas. Echoes of the outback,

an Englishman’s library, a Moulin

Rouge nightclub all compete for

attention. The chef has Michelin

Star experience, and his menus

include sophisticated renditions

of comfort food and local

produce - Braised ox cheek with

PRICE - ££ MAP - E3

MON 12-3PM, TUES-SAT 12-3PM

& 5-9PM, LIGHT BITES MON-SAT

3-5PM

Signature Dish

Braised short rib

of beef with beurre

mash and glazed

Chantenay carrots

truffl e mash and bourguignon

garnish. Three courses are very

affordable but this is also a good

one-course venue with gourmet

salads and pastas at lunch, or

delicious dry-aged steaks for

those who want to interrupt the

fl ow of cocktails or champagne in

the evening.


Signature Dish

Slow braised lamb

shank served on a bed

of puy lentils with a

mint and rosemary jus

Situated in Belfast’s oldest

building, dating back to 1711,

McHugh’s oozes old-world

charm. Now a ‘grade A’ listed

building, the old McHughs

Bar has been sympathetically

restored to its Georgian

splendour. The main bar feels like

home, with open fi res and local

music through the week.

McHugh’s has everything for a

great night out under one roof – a

100-seat restaurant, main gallery

and basement bar offering live

entertainment.

PRICE - ££ MAP - F2

BAR: FOOD SERVED 12-7PM

EXCEPT SUNDAY

RESTAURANT: MON-SAT 5-10PM,

THU & FRI 12-3PM, SUN 12-9PM

With an ethos of traditional Irish

food with a distinctive twist, the

restaurant offers delights such as

slow-braised pheasant in vintage

cider with root vegetables and

caramelised shallots or pan-fried

sea bass with roasted chorizo,

red onions and cherry tomatoes.

With entertainment, art, culture,

history, and fabulous food,

McHugh’s is a traditional bar with

a difference.

McHugh’s

Ciaran Braniff

Head Chef

Gastropubs

29-31 Queen’s Square

Belfast BT1 3FG

028 9050 9999

www.mchughsbar.com

“Our menus

refl ect the belief that

discerning diners want

more than just good food when

eating out. Trained teams on the

restaurant fl oor and the kitchen

work alongside each other to

ensure immaculate service.”

Hot Tip:

The perfect place to wile away

the afternoon with a pint of the

black stuff, during Saturday’s

traditional music sessions.

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Gastropubs

Northern

Whig

2-10 Bridge Street

Belfast BT1 1LU

028 9050 9888

www.thenorthernwhig.com

PAGE 64

Phil Rogers

Head Chef

“At the Northern

Whig, we are

committed to delivering the

fi nest foods at the best value to

our customers.”

Hot Tip:

With a fantastic selection of

cocktails and a chilled out

atmosphere, the Northern

Whig is an ideal place for a

relaxing after-dinner drink.

One of Belfast’s most unique

bars, the Northern Whig is a

welcoming venue with striking

features. Once housing the

“Northern Whig” newspaper, the

bar is now home to three huge

granite statues of communist

workers, brought from Prague

after the fall of communism.

Whether it is brunch, lunch,

dinner or simply drinks, the

Northern Whig has it all.

The menu is extensive and

guaranteed to cater to all

tastes, with starters such as

fi lo-wrapped prawns and hot

smoked mackerel pâté. Mains

include pale smoked haddock

PRICE - ££ MAP - E3

MON-SAT 12-9PM, SUN 1-8PM

Signature Dish

Grilled salmon steak

- fresh salmon on a

bed of creamy celeriac

mash coated with a

light seafood chowder

sauce

with potato cake and wilted baby

spinach served with hollandaise

sauce and parsnip crisps or

fricassee of mixed mushrooms,

herbs and wild rocket served

on toasted ciabatta and topped

with parmesan shavings. In

the evening, this elegant,

cosmopolitan venue comes

alive with live music from some

of Belfast’s fi nest DJs. The vast

choice of original and house

cocktails are a ‘must try’!


Signature Dish

Grilled north east

Atlantic sea bream

with saffron potatoes,

baby carrots, green

beans & dijon cream

The King’s Head has quickly

become one of Lisburn Road’s

fi nest venues. The varied menus

refl ect each season and support

local suppliers by using only

fresh homegrown produce. While

enjoying a pint in the front parlour

or library bar, you can choose

from deep-fried Portavogie

scampi, slow roast shank of lamb

with juniper and thyme jus or

handmade beef and Guinness

sausages.

PRICE - ££

RESTAURANT: MON-THURS

7-9.30PM, FRI & SAT 6-10PM, SUN

12-9PM

GASTRO: MON-THURS 12-7PM,

FRI & SAT 12-8PM, SUN 12-5PM

Alternatively, try out the elegant

and popular restaurant upstairs.

Starters include creamed risotto

of North Atlantic crab with red

pepper and Irish scallion. A

typical main course is the pan

roast Barbary duck with deep

fried potato and chive fritter,

buttered winter greens and

blackberry jus. And for dessert

– crème bruleé with native

blackberries is a favourite.

Gastropubs

The King’s

Head

Scott Graham

Head Chef

Hot Tip:

829 Lisburn Road

Belfast BT9 7GY

028 9050 9950

www.kingsheadbelfast.com

“We have an eye

for detail and a

dedication to service

bordering on the obsessive.”

The King’s Head also has

a fantastic Ronnie Scottsinspired

jazz and live music

venue, complete with

swagged, red velvet curtains

and candlelit tables.

PAGE 65


Gastropubs

The Morning

Star

17-19 Pottinger’s Entry

Belfast BT1 4DT

028 9023 5986

PAGE 66

“The Morning Star is an old

coaching house, and so our

menu of traditional food suits

the special ambience you’ll

fi nd here.”

Hot Tip:

The Morning Star breaks

ranks with other pubs,

offering a well-sourced and

eclectic wine list of very

decent bottles.

Gargantuan steaks (up to 48

oz) of quality-assured Ulster

beef, traditional roasts with thick

brown gravy, and old-fashioned

but ever-popular favourites such

as Irish stew are the dishes that

draw the crowds of shoppers

and visitors to eat their fi ll at the

Morning Star. The kitchen also

has a great sense of adventure

– crocodile, shark and kangaroo

PRICE - ££ MAP - E2

MON-WED NOON-9PM,

THURS-SAT NOON-10PM,

SUN NOON-4PM

Signature Dish

Escalope of pork

on a bed of spring

onion mash with

crispy onions

all pop up from time to time, and

if you fancy Chinese, Creole,

or Chilli Con Carne, well you

can have that too. Everything

comes with generous heaps of

traditionally cooked vegetables,

but if you’re still hungry an

impressive list of desserts will

appeal to the sweetest tooth.


The Basement Bar & Grill is located just

beside the City Hall. The unpretentious

but sophisticated atmosphere makes

it a must for its regular clientele of city

centre workers, shoppers and tourists. It

boasts a wide range of wines, spirits and

cocktails making it the perfect venue for a

wind down drink after work or sightseeing.

Lunch and dinner menus change

seasonally, focussing always on the best

of local produce and serving the freshest

of sea food to what must be the best steak

in Belfast.

With its glittering after dark-view from its

hilltop position, Ink is sure to make an

impression. Dinner choices are cooked

from fresh, local produce, including the

renowned Fermanagh free-range chicken,

Walter Ewing’s smoked salmon, Kettyle

burgers and exquisite homemade desserts,

all sure to tickle your taste buds. Each of

the menus are seasonal and specifi cally

created to suit the elegant, exclusive

atmosphere of Ink. Staff are attentive and

considerate when dealing with customers

and always do their best to assist diners

and satisfy special dietary requirements.

Basement

Bar & Grill

18 Donegal Square East

Belfast BT1 5HE

028 9033 1925

www.basementbistrobar.co.uk

PRICE - ££ MAP - E3

FOOD SERVED:

MON-SAT 12-9PM, SUN 2-7PM.

PRICE - ££

WED-SAT 6-9.30PM,

SUN 12-7PM

Gastropubs

Ink

Restaurant

111 Newton Park,

Belfast BT8 6LX

028 9070 7970

www.thefourwinds.co.uk

PAGE 67


Gastropubs

Jude’s

451 Ormeau Road

Belfast BT7 3GQ

028 9064 6844

www.judesbar.com

PRICE - ££

FOOD SERVED:

MON-THUR 12-9PM; FRI & SAT

129.30PM; SUN 12-8PM

McCrackens

Bar & Restaurant

4 Joy’s Entry

Belfast BT1 4DR

028 9032 6711

www.mccrackenscafebar.co.uk

PRICE - ££ MAP - E3

FOOD SERVED:

MON-WED 12-6PM, THURS

12-9PM, FRI-SAT 12-7PM.

PAGE 68

This stylish new edition to the city offers

food seven days a week. Several nights of

entertainment are also on offer from a pub

quiz to live music and DJ’s. The design

for Jude’s was inspired by the lofts and

warehouses of SoHo, New York. The whole

look is completed with numerous leather

seats, gilt antique tables housed in glass,

and some remarkable lighting. A bistro style

menu is offered daily with a selection of

daily specials allowing Jude’s Head Chef to

capitalise on the best seasonal produce.

McCracken’s Bar is tucked away in historic

Joy’s Entry. It is named after MaryAnne

McCracken, the famous 18th Century social

reformer. However, McCracken’s is truly

21st century in style, it is one of the most

comfortable and relaxed surroundings

for a meal or drink in Belfast. It boasts a

stunning, contemporary interior and great

outdoor smoking area. McCracken’s also has

fabulous food, with the emphasis on sourcing

great produce and creating simple, freshly

prepared old favourites. The home-made

burger has got to be the best in town. Even

better, it won’t break the bank.


Situated in Queen’s Arcade, right in the

heart of Belfast’s shopping area, Queen’s

is almost an institution as a city centre bar

and restaurant, and appeals equally to the

busy shopper, the jaded city centre worker

or tourist. It offers a fabulous all-day menu

that caters for eclectic tastes, but focuses

on great local produce that is prepared

simply and quickly. Queen’s can safely

boast a unique ‘personality’ not to be found

elsewhere in Belfast. Always ready for

business, always ready to serve great food

and drink and always ready to give great

service!

Robinsons is a popular multi-storey,

multi-themed pub. Downstairs, Fibber

Magees evokes authentic traditional Irish

atmosphere with an open fi re, pints of the

black stuff and lunches such as Irish stew

or colcannon. A more elaborate menu

is served in the modern fi rst fl oor Bistro,

where tasty daytime specials like steak

& stout pie are upgraded to restaurant

standards in the evening. Create a lasting

memory with a hot whisky night cap and

some live traditional music.

Queen’s

Café Bar

4 Queen’s Arcade

Belfast BT1 5FF

028 9024 9105

www.queenscafebar.co.uk

PRICE - ££ MAP - D3

FOOD SERVED:

MON-WED 12-7PM, THURS-SAT

12-9PM, SUN 12-6PM.

Robinsons

PRICE - ££ MAP - D4

MON-SAT NOON-9PM,

SUN 11AM-9PM

Gastropubs

38-40 Great Victoria Street

Belfast, BT2 7BA

028 9024 7447

www.robinsonsbar.co.uk

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Gastropubs

Ryan’s

Bar & Restaurant

116-118 Lisburn Road

Belfast BT9 6AH

028 9050 9850

www.ryansbelfast.com

PRICE - ££ MAP - B8

FOOD SERVED SUN-TUES

NOON-9PM, WED TO SAT

12-10PM

The Cloth Ear

The Merchant Hotel

35-39 Waring Street

Belfast BT1 2DY

T:028 9026 2719

www.themerchanthotel.com

PRICE - ££ MAP - E2

FOOD IS SERVED MON-SAT

10.30AM-9PM & SUN 1-7PM.

PAGE 70

The food served in Ryan’s downstairs

bar is perfect served with beer and the

chicken wings should not be missed! The

70-seater restaurant upstairs is known for

its Northern Irish Farm Quality Assured

beef and its traditional Irish Boxtys.

Ryan’s offers great food at great value with

a starter & main for £10 and a starter &

steak for £14 during the week.

The Cloth Ear stylishly combines the

modern with the traditional by way of a

healthy dose of the eccentric! The bar’s

warm and welcoming interior provides

the ideal environment to relax in style,

surrounded by the many unique items that

adorn the walls. The Cloth Ear serves up

an all day menu featuring the very best

of homemade “comfort” food, from fi lled

Belfast baps to free range chicken from

Fermanagh served with bacon, cabbage,

stuffi ng and champ, complemented by

a selection of wine, cocktails, speciality

beers and coffees.


Signature Dish

‘Cinnamon Special’:

Tandoori spiced slices

of lamb and chicken

in a light cream and

almond sauce

Cinnamon combines the best

of traditional Indian curries

and cuisine with a laidback

atmosphere and contemporary

style, situated just two minutes

from Stormont.

The vibrant colours of the interior,

the knowledgeable staff and the

array of dishes on offer make

this the perfect place for relaxed

family meals or group parties.

Not familiar with Indian cuisine?

PRICE - ££

MON-FRI NOON-2PM, MON-SAT

5-11.15PM, SUN 5-10.30PM

Help is on hand from the

courteous staff who are happy

to explain the dishes on offer,

just as Cinnamon’s chefs are

happy to look after any dietary

requirements.

Early bird special menu

available.

Cinnamon

Abul Kalam

Head Chef

Indian

47 Comber Road

Dundonald

Belfast

028 9048 0680

“We add a

contemporary touch to

the traditional Indian dishes

alongside our unique creations.”

Hot Tip:

Cinnamon has won two

prestigious British Curry

Awards in 2007 and 2008.

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Indian

Gingeroot Signature Dish

75 Great Victoria Street

Belfast BT2 7AF

028 9031 3124

www.gingerroot.com

Hot Tip:

Gingeroot offer pre theatre set

menu Mon – Sat 5.30-7pm at

£14.50 for 2 courses.

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Guru

Head Chef

“Our philosophy is

to provide not only

a delicious meal, but also

a welcoming smile and a

standard of service you’’ll

never forget.”

Gingeroot is keen to emphasise

its focus on Northern Indian

cuisine, where spiced, marinated

meats are typically cooked in a

Tandoori over hot coals, while

breads – naan, parata and roti

- are pressed against the wall

of the oven to bake in minutes.

They also insist on using their

own, original spice combinations,

rather than commercial curry

powders, and avoid using

PRICE - ££ MAP - C5

MON-SAT NOON-2.30 PM,

MON-THURS 5.30-11PM,

FRI & SAT 5.30-11PM

Ginger Special Mix

Tandoori – served

sizzling

colouring, additives and sugar,

so that the wide variety of

chicken, prawn, lamb, rice and

vegetarian dishes you’ll fi nd here

should be as authentic as you’ll

get. Gingeroot even serves a

simple choice of Indian desserts

- gulab jamun (deep-fried dough

balls in rose-fl avoured syrup),

and kulfi (an Indian ice-cream).


Signature Dish

Pot-roasted lamb

shank in a lightly

spiced mosalla sauce

This relatively new restaurant is

growing more and more popular,

partly because of its warm,

elegant interior, with solid walnut

fl oors, white linen napkins and

organza-lined booths.

Lolita’s modern Indian cuisine

features some unique dishes -

pot-roasted lamb shank which

melts in the mouth, freshwater

fi sh in a spicy tangerine sauce,

whole Satkora limes with lamb,

and charcoal barbequed king

prawns stir-fried with egg

noodles.

PRICE - ££ MAP - C8

MON-SAT 12-2PM, MON-THURS

5.30-11PM, FRI-SAT 5.30-11.30PM,

SUN 4.30-10.30PM.

All Lolita’s spices are bought

whole, then roasted and ground

on the premises to produce the

freshest possible taste.

Lolita has a separate function

room which can be reserved for

larger parties, free of charge.

S. A. Biswas

Head Chef

Indian

Lolita

66-68 Stranmillis Road

Belfast BT9 5AD

028 9066 8087

www.lolitarestaurant.co.uk

“We don’t use any

artifi cial colours or

fl avours in our food, and

everything is prepared fresh on

the day. Quality is paramount.”

Hot Tip:

Find the perfect setting for

private dining or romance at

tables separated by golden

organza curtains.

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Indian

Moghul Signature Dish

62a Botanic Avenue

Belfast BT7 1JR

028 9032 6677

Hot Tip:

The Moghul provides one of

the best selections of Indian

beers in town.

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Ajay Kumar

Head Chef

“Since 2000, we’ve

won three annual

awards for the best Indian

restaurant. Our Indian

chefs are among the most

experienced in the UK.”

A very popular lunchtime

‘canteen’ for those in the

University district, this fi rst

fl oor restaurant, which looks

onto the busy activities of

students and shoppers on

Botanic Avenue, offers a fi ne

assortment of Indian cuisine.

Its unique strengths include a

decent selection of vegetarian

main dishes. Panir (cottage

cheese) comes delicately spiced

with green peas, spinach, or

coconut, almonds and raisins.

PRICE - ££ MAP - D6

MON-FRI NOON-2PM,

MON-SUN 5-11PM

Moghul Special Handi:

onions tomatoes and

garlic blended with a

secret combo of eggs

and Punjabi spices,

topped with sliced

green chillies and

potato crisps

Fresh mixed vegetables come

in a variety of curry sauces.

Okra, potatoes, caulifl ower

and spinach are served with

sumptuous spices. However the

Moghul also provides delicious

meat, lamb and fi sh curries, from

achari, a Punjabi speciality to

vindaloo, which merits its three

star chilli rating.


If you’re not a member of the Spice Club

already, you should join. Browse through a

menu that travels throughout regional India

from Goa to Mughli. Old colonial choices,

such as Mulligatawny soup, accompany

a careful selection of well-priced dishes

from aloo chana tikka – potato cakes and

spicy chickpeas ‘masked’ with tamarind

and sweet chutney – to a Tandoori mixed

grill sizzler or Goan spiced trout. Indian

desserts and teas, or yoghurt lassis,

Bellinis and champagnes complete the

colonial fusion.

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Italian

Goodfellas

Restaurant

11 Kennedy Way

Belfast BT11 9AP

028 9043 1143

Hot Tip:

Goodfellas operates a bring

your own drinks policy with no

corkage charge.

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Ted Caldwell

Head Chef

Our menu includes a

wide variety of dishes

with infl uences from around

the world.”

A crowd-puller in West Belfast,

Goodfellas enjoys an easily

accessible location just off the

M1 Motorway with plenty of

roadside parking.

Operating a bring your own

drinks policy with no corkage

charge, it attracts large parties

of people who love the allbut-limitless

choice. It’s hard

to know where to start with a

seven-page menu (in Italian,

PRICE - ££

MON-THURS 5PM-MIDNIGHT,

FRI & SAT 5PM-1AM,

SUN 2PM-MIDNIGHT

Signature Dish

Vegetarian Melanzane

Irish and English), but you can’t

go wrong with the humorously

named pizzas – try the knuckle

buster (ham), Sonny bunz (tuna

and mushrooms), and Freddieno-nose

(peppers, mushrooms

and ham). Then again you can

indulge in the elaborately cooked

steak, chicken, pork and fi sh

dishes. Service is super speedy.


Signature Dish

Spaghetti with crab

meat and light soave

cream sauce

Filini is a contemporary Italian

bar and restaurant. The stylish

ambience of this modern

restaurant offers an affordable

and authentic Italian experience.

The service, design and mood

give Filini a sense of style that is

complemented by the exquisite

and simple food. The wine, the

bar, the buzz, the music, the

details and the people offer you a

chic, contemporary experience.

PRICE - ££ MAP - F5

MON-THURS NOON-2.30PM

& 6-10PM, FRI & SAT NOON-

2.30PM & 6-10.30PM

Filini is all about taste and

fl avour; much time and effort

is put into gathering the very

best ingredients from the many

regions of Italy. Filini places great

importance on not substituting

with inferior products.

Nigel

Mannion

Head Chef

“Simplicity with

quality ingredients is

the key.”

Hot Tip:

Italian

Filini

Radisson SAS

The Gasworks

3 Cromac Place

Belfast BT7 2JB

028 9043 4065

www.radissonsas.com

Filini rapido lunch - main

course, glass of wine and car

parking for under £10.

PAGE 77


Italian

Scalini Signature Dish

85 Botanic Avenue

Belfast BT7 1JL

028 9032 0303

www.scalinirestaurant.co.uk

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Pascal Lagre

Head Chef

“Scalini is a romantic

dream, a recreation

of a Tuscan villa, and gives

you the impression you are

actually in Italy.”

Hot Tip:

Romantics will love Romeo

and Juliet’s balcony.

The charming, three-storey, red

brick façade of Scalini houses a

beautifully decorated, relaxed,

Tuscan-inspired trattoria. The

restaurant is in the leafy Botanic

Avenue area of south Belfast.

With something for everyone,

the extensive menu includes

Italian classics such as spaghetti

bolognese and lasagne, as

well as dishes with a Northern

Irish twist. Try braised lamb

shank, served on a bed of garlic

mashed potato and a rich red

wine sauce, Barbary duck breast

with aubergine fritters and a

delicious black cherry sauce

PRICE - ££ MAP - D6

MON-FRI 5-11.30PM,

SAT 4-11.30PM, SUN 4-10.30PM

Sarago con

salsa di limone.

pan fried sea bass

with Mediterranean

vegetables and a

refreshing lime butter

or penne pasta, tossed in an

onion, garlic, chorizo and cherry

tomato sauce. The pizza menu

is also extensive, with around 15

different varieties available. For

dessert, a homemade tiramisu

should fi ll any unlikely gaps!

Private dining facilities are

available. Parties of eight or

more can reserve. Children are

very welcome.


Signature Dish

Spigola conca d’oro -

fi llet of seabass

topped with Sicilian

tapenade, set over

roasted Mediterranean

vegetables & served

with a sun-dried

tomato dressing

In Belfast’s bustling University

Quarter, Villa Italia has been a

magnet for local residents and

tourists for 20 years. The classic

Italian interior theme, with vines,

rustic landscapes and murals of

romantic Italian cities, creates the

backdrop for the wide selection

of pizza, pasta and grill dishes.

All food is freshly prepared daily

by highly experienced chefs.

Special dishes are updated

regularly. Popular main courses

include fi llet of seabass, roasted

Mediterranean vegetables, with

a sun-dried tomato dressing or

PRICE - ££ MAP - C7

MON-FRI 5-11PM, SAT 4-11PM,

SUN 4-10.30PM

pasta spirals with beef, onions

and fennel seeds, in a rustic

chilli tomato sauce. Villa Italia is

a well-established and popular

eaterie; you can soak up some

rustic Italian ambience with

excellent food, fi ne wine and

good company. Parties of eight

or more can reserve a table.

Children are very welcome.

Salvo

Amorello

Head Chef

Hot Tip:

Italian

Villa Italia

37-41 University Road

Belfast BT7 1ND

028 9032 8356

www.villaitaliarestaurant.co.uk

“You’ll notice the

garlicky, delicious

aromas of Italian home

cooking the moment you walk

through the door.”

Try the house favourite of

fi lo-wrapped, mozzarella

stuffed chicken.

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Seafood

Mourne

Seafood Bar

34-36 Bank Street,

Belfast BT1 1HL

028 9024 8544

www.mourneseafood.com

Hot Tip:

For budding chefs fresh fi sh and

shellfi sh can also be bought to

take home and prepare, making

this restaurant a truly holistic

gourmet experience.

* Best Restaurant 2007 by the Grub Club

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Andy Rea

Head Chef

“For non-seafood

lovers we serve locally

reared steaks. We are also

happy to prepare delicious

vegetarian alternatives.”

Despite its name, The Mourne

Seafood bar has an extensive

menu ranging from mussels and

oysters to locally reared steaks,

as well as lobsters, langoustines

and fresh fi sh. The chefs are

also happy to prepare delicious

vegetarian alternatives, making

this a great restaurant for

catering to many tastes, and the

perfect place to bring a group of

family or friends.

PRICE - ££ MAP - D2

MON 12-6PM, TUES-WED

12-9.30PM, THURS-SAT 12-

10.30PM, SUN 1-6PM

Signature Dish

Mourne Seafood

Casserole - a selection

of local seasonal

seafood with new

potato, fennel, garlic

and a fresh tomato

sauce

A bright, airy space tucked away

down a cobbled alley in the city

centre, The Mourne Seafood

bar strikes the perfect balance

of sophisticated cuisine and

old-fashioned Belfast charm,

complimented by a knowing

wine list and a thoughtful

selection of desserts to

round off a fantastic meal.


Signature Dish

Duck and confi t tart

The menu changes daily at

Tedfords but you can rely on a

delicious seafood selection and

fi ne meats, including Angus

steaks. Shell fi sh chowder, spicy

fried squid and spicy beef and

peanut spring rolls are a fi tting

introduction to fi nely wrought

mains of fi sh such as turbot –

served with scallops, buttered

asparagus and grain mustard

cream, or skate, roasted with

potatoes and served with

peas, shellfi sh and a tomato

and basil butter.

PRICE - ££ MAP - F2

WED-FRI NOON-2.30PM,

TUES-SAT 5PM-LATE

Asian and Italian tweaks are well

executed here, but the style is

based on a solid understanding

of classic French cuisine, so

that you will also enjoy mains

such as rack of lamb with potato

purée, roast celeriac, redcurrant

and lamb jus, and the kind of

desserts of which a patissier

would be proud.

Alan Foster

Head Chef

Hot Tip:

Seafood

Tedford’s

Restaurant

5 Donegall Quay

Belfast BT1 3EF

028 9043 4000

www.tedfordsrestaurant.com

“We offer a

modern bistro menu,

specialising in seafood in

keeping with the restaurant’s

nautical past as a ships’

chandlers.”

Pre-theatre menus are

available Tuesday to Saturday

5-6.30 pm, which makes

Tedfords a good place for

dinner before shows at the

Waterfront.

PAGE 81


Spanish

2 Taps

Wine Bar

Cotton Court

42 Waring Street

Belfast BT1 2ED

028 9031 1414

www.2tapswinebar.com

Hot Tip:

Don’t miss out on the

excellent selection of daily

specials on offer in addition to

the lengthy menu.

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Lucas Sipa

Chef

“Tapas is the

traditional Spanish

way of snacking socially, an

individual dish being known

as la tapa.”

The gorgeous Spanish interior

with its mirrors, dark wood and

warm colours perfectly refl ects

the relaxed Spanish attitude to

eating, while the menu refl ects

the European appreciation of

great, fresh, fl avoursome food.

The location is also a bonus,

situated in Belfast’s fashionable

Cathedral Quarter and

incorporating a heated terrace

surround by an al fresco,

upmarket urban jungle. Diners

can choose between a stream of

PRICE - ££ MAP - E2

NOON-LATE

Signature Dish

Paella Valencia with

chicken, spicy chorizo,

mussels & prawns in

saffron rice

fresh breads, olives and tapas

to be enjoyed with a fi ne wine or

a jug of sangria, or pick larger

dishes from the menu with a few

tapas to start.

Taps 2 is a fabulous place to

begin a night out or to while away

a summer afternoon dreaming of

Spanish sunshine!


Signature Dish

A selection of Tapas

A fi esta of bright Mediterranean

colours, and rustic charm,

La Tasca is a tapas bar and

restaurant with a happy-go-lucky

approach to Spanish food. A

huge cavern of terracotta walls,

with decorative tiles, and strings

of garlic, La Tasca suits large

parties who can enjoy pitchers

of sangria or San Miguel, platters

of paella, and trays of tapas.

However, there are plenty of

couples who come here before a

trip to the cinema, and tapas or

PRICE - ££ MAP - G1 & F3

NOON-LATE

paella make perfect family food.

Manchego cheese, Serrano ham,

Spanish tortilla, meatballs, grilled

tiger prawns and, of course,

patatas bravas come in cute

appetiser portions with oodles

of garlic bread. Lunch for 2 only

£10 per couple.

Hot Tip:

Spanish

La Tasca

Odyssey Pavilion

Belfast BT3 9QQ

028 9073 8241

Level 2 Victoria Square

Belfast BT1 4EB

0845 126 2948

www.latasca.co.uk

Diego Gallardo Suarez

(Malaga)

Head Chef

“We’re open from noon to late

every day of the week, so you

can come any time you are

feeling peckish.”

La Tasca is the place to try a

few different Sherries, Spanish

cognacs, liqueurs and wines.

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A bright, breezy and hugely popular downtown

café. With a self-service cake and coffee

counter, where pleasant staff members take your

order for savoury goodies as you contemplate

- and choose - sticky pecan pies, voluminous

muffi ns, and thick chocolatey cookies.

Everything is made in Renoir’s own bakery on

the premises. Speciality breads are stuffed with

wholesome ingredients, such as Swedish prawn

with dill and cucumber, or chicken with curried

apple and celery. Hot baked potatoes are

loaded with roasted vegetables, Renoir’s tomato

sauce and a heap of cheese. And gourmet

toasties come bursting with pepperoni, green

bell pepper, mushrooms and mozzarella.

Positively jumping at midday, California

Coffee’s effi cient table-service system

attracts offi ce workers and shoppers for

quick lunches and coffee breaks. A global

array of made-to-order sandwiches and

salads – from Tex Mex tortillas to Thai

wraps and California-style Caesars –

forms the backbone of the menu. These

are served with their trademark gourmet

coffees, freshly made smoothies and

supersweet desserts.

Cafés

Café Renoir

5-7 Queen Street

Belfast BT1 6EA

028 9032 5592

www.caferenoir.net

PRICE - £ MAP - D3

MON & TUES 9AM-4PM, WED,

FRI, SAT 9AM-5PM, THURS

9AM-7.30PM

California

Coffee

Company

43 Arthur Street

Belfast BT1 4GB

028 9043 4340

PRICE - £ MAP - D3

MON-FRI 7AM-6PM (LATE THURS

UNTIL 9PM) SAT 9AM-6PM

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Cafés

Clements

342 Lisburn Road

028 9068 1726

4 Donegall Square West

028 9024 9988

127-131 Royal Avenue

028 9024 6016

Linen Hall Library

Donegall Square North

Equinox

Contemporary

Living Store

and Café

32 Howard Street

Belfast BT1 6PF

028 9023 0089

www.equinoxshop.com

PRICE - £ MAP - D3

MON-SAT 9.30AM-4.30PM

LUNCH: 12PM-2.30PM,

SAT LUNCH: 12PM-4PM.

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37-39 Rosemary Street

028 9032 2293

139 Stranmillis Road

028 9020 1201

66-68 Botanic Avenue

028 9033 1827

PRICE - £ MAP - D3,D2,D6,C8

OPEN DAILY

A seriously cool group of cafés with funky

design, groovy music and squidgy sofas.

Innocent drinks, decent sandwiches, sinful

scones, bold bagels, and wicked homemade

cakes are now offered to accompany some of

the best Fair Trade coffee in town. There are

currently 10 sites so you are never very far

away from a Clements coffee shop in Belfast.

Situated at Donegall Square West, Rosemary

Street, Royal Avenue, Botanic Avenue,

Stranmillis Road, Lisburn Road, Queens

Student Union, Queens MBC, Queens PEC

and the latest addition in the Linen Hall

Library.

This small award winning café is tucked away

inside Equinox, Belfast’s most cutting edge

contemporary living store. It is light and airy

with modern décor in contrast to the original

Victorian lantern roof. Attracting a crowd of

well heeled shoppers for morning coffee or

afternoon tea with homemade patisserie - the

raspberry and coconut scone is to die for!

Lunchtime brings the sharp suited offi ce

crowd in for something from the continental

infl uenced seasonal menu. For example,

courgette and rosemary soup, salad of local

smoked salmon with pickled ginger dressing

or tagliatelle with a wild mushroom sauce.


Situated within the historic surroundings

of Northern Ireland’s Premier Theatre;

Luciano’s Café Bar serves a wide range

of coffee, homemade pastries and an a

la carte menu for lunch. Choose from a

selection of hot and cold food, sandwiches

or lite bites and enjoy a glass of wine from

our extensive wine list. All food is sourced

locally and the fi nest quality ingredients are

used. WIFI access is available throughout

and an ATM machine is located in the foyer

area.

Northern Culture is Belfast’s fi rst Northern

Irish culture cafe. The walls are fi lled with

old and recent photographs, along with

information on various aspects of North

Irish culture. There are also wall displays

dedicated to many famous Northern Irish

people, including George Best, CS Lewis,

Van Morrison and Liam Neeson. Go and

enjoy a traditional cup of tea or the award

winning coffee, and have lunch/dinner while

learning about the unique culture of North

Ireland. Free Irish shortbread is given with

every hot drink purchased! Prints, gifts and

souvenirs are also available.

Cafés

Luciano’s

Café Bar

PRICE - £ MAP - C4

OPEN FROM 10AM DAILY.

Grand Opera House

Great Victoria Street

Belfast BT2 7HR

T: 028 9024 1919

www.goh.co.uk

Northern

Culture

PRICE - £ MAP - A1

MON-FRI 10AM-8PM,

SAT & SUN 10AM-7PM.

195 Shankill Road

Belfast BT13 1FP

T: 028 9033 2806

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Local Produce

For a ‘real’ taste of Northern Ireland, why not

try preparing your own meal using the freshest

local produce from our specialist farmers and

artisan producers. These highly skilled people

have an evident passion for food. Recently there

has been a revival of speciality meat producers;

Finnebrogue Venison, Downpatrick has put

Northern Ireland on the map in London’s top

restaurants with its young and delicate grass-fed

venison. Kettyles of Fermanagh is also working

hard to produce extra mature, dry aged beef with

PAGE 88

local produce &

specialities

its grass-fed, native herd and Gold Taste awardwinner

Moyallon Foods is the fi rst choice amongst

local chefs when it comes to dry cure bacon, deli

sausages and prime beef burgers. Traditional

butchers make excellent local specialities including

tasty sausages, puddings, pies, pasties, dry-cure

bacon, and hams. Champion butcher McCartney’s

of Moira is famous for its sizzling sausages, and

O’Doherty’s, Enniskillen is celebrated for its sweet,

natural cure Fermanagh Black Bacon.

Local Specialities

No visit to Northern Ireland would be complete

without experiencing an Ulster Fry! The Ulster

Fry is distinguished by its griddle breads – soda

bread and potato farls, fried until crisp and golden.

Indeed many of our local specialities have their

roots in potatoes and bread! Bacon, sausages,

an egg, a tomato and maybe some mushrooms,

complete the picture - not to mention lashings of

tea and toast.


Don’t go home without trying:

• Champ – a delicious comfort food of potatoes

mashed with lots of butter, warm milk and chopped

spring onions or, as we call them, scallions. We also

love our spuds fried, roast, baked and simply boiled

in their ‘jackets’ to be peeled ceremoniously at the

table.

• Irish Stew - a hearty casserole traditionally made

with beef or lamb – usually beef in Northern Ireland -

potatoes, carrots and onions. Often served with thick

slices of buttered bread.

• Potato bread – a dense, earthy fl at bread, made

with potatoes, fl our, and buttermilk and cooked on a

griddle. This bread is the heart of every Ulster Fry and

a must-buy foodie souvenir.

• Soda bread - fi rst baked in 19th century Ireland

when local peasants added baking soda to help the

dough rise. The result is thick, chunky soft bread with

fl uffy consistency that is best served fried as part of

the Ulster Fry, or toasted with a big dollop of butter.

They are also the base for popular Paddy’s Pizzas.

• Wheaten bread - a healthy brown bread made

with whole wheat fl our and delicious toasted with

melted cheese or buttered and served with a big

bowl of steaming broth. It is also often served with

smoked salmon.

• Dulse – a salty, seaweed snack, collected from the

sea shore and dried. It is sometimes added to

savoury biscuits or cheeses.

• Yellow man – a crunchy golden confectionery, similar

to honeycomb, sold at fairs and markets and often

used in ice-cream desserts.

• Lough Neagh Eel – traditionally served fried in chunks

with a white onion sauce and mash, but often

smoked, and served as a starter.

• Old Bushmills, Black Bush and Bushmills Malt –

Northern Ireland’s famous whiskies, distilled in copper

stills and matured for up to a decade or more for

delicious clarity and individuality.

PAGE 89


Index

City Centre

Aldens in the City 29

am:pm 30

Arc Brasserie 31

Apartment 60

Bar Seven 61

Basement Bar & Grill 67

Bright’s Restaurants 15

Bourbon 33

Café Vaudeville 62

Café Renoir 85

California Coffee Company 85

Cayenne 35

Clements Café 86

CoCo 37

Deane’s Restaurant 23

Deane’s Deli Bistro 39

The Duo 9

Equinox Café 86

Filini at Radisson SAS 77

Frankie & Benny’s 16

Ginger 40

Gingeroot 72

Gourmet Burger Kitchen 17

The Grill Room 55

Harbour View 7

Innfusion 42

James Street South 26

La Boca 43

La Tasca 83

Luciano’s Café Bar 87

Malmaison Brasserie 46

McCrackens Bar & Restaurant 68

McHugh’s 63

Menu by Kevin Thornton 24

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The Morning Star 66

Mourne Seafood Bar 80

Olio 51

Queen’s Café Bar 69

RBG Bar & Restaurant 52

Red Panda 10

Robinsons 69

Soda Joe’s 18

Sonoma and Cables at Hilton 53

Spur Steak & Grill 19

Tedford’s 81

The Wok 11

Zen 13

Cathedral Quarter

The Cloth Ear 70

The Great Room 28

Hill Street Brasserie 41

Nick’s Warehouse 49

The Northern Whig 64

No 27 50

SQ Bar & Grill 54

2Taps Wine Bar 82

Queen’s Quarter

Beatrice Kennedy 21

Benedicts 32

Bo Tree Thai 6

Café Renoir Bistro & Pizzeria 34

Cutters Restaurant & Bar 38

Deanes at Queens 22

Green Door 25

Lolita 73

Madison’s 45

Metro Brasserie 47

Moghul Restaurant 74

Molly’s Yard 48

Ryan’s Bar and Grill 70

Sakura Sushi 8

Scalini 78

Shu 27

Villa Italia 79

Welcome 12

South Belfast

Beechlawn House Hotel Bistro 58

Belfast Bar and Grill 59

Ink 67

Jude’s 68

The King’s Head 65

Spice Club 75

The Tap Room 57

East Belfast

Aldens 20

Cinnamon 71

Le Winters

The Restaurant at the

44

Park Avenue Hotel 56

North Belfast

Cellar Restaurant 36

Circles Restaurant 58

West Belfast

Goodfella’s 76

Northern Culture 87


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