With the myriad of highly acclaimed eateries on Belfast’s food scene, it can be difficult deciding where to have dinner as we’re just so spoilt for choice.
So, to help out those stumped for ideas, I’ve put together my favourite restaurants for some of your cravings and nights out. Here we go!
Best Fish And Chips – Robinson and Cleaver
Head on down to Robinson and Cleaver for the city’s most delicious take on Britain’s favourite dish. Their “Titanic Beer Battered Cod” is aptly named, as it’s undoubtedly the largest ever restaurant serving of fish and chips you’d see!
The fresh cod is ensconced in light, crispy batter and simply melts in your mouth. Served with tartar sauce, mushy peas and shoe string fries, you even get a beautiful view overlooking Belfast City Hall thrown in with your meal.
Best Steak – Hadskis
Making waves since its opening in 2013, Hadskis serves a fillet steak that is pure heaven on a plate. The smoky aroma from the grill transforms into a rich, distinctive flavour upon the first mouthful, while the thick, succulent steak is seared on the outside but tender and pink within. The peppercorn sauce holds its own against the steak too, with its creamy texture and robust flavour. With food as good as this, it’s no wonder that Hadskis has added its feature in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2015 to a long list of accolades.
Best Place for Food and Drinks – Benedicts Restaurant
Benedicts has to be the most underrated restaurant in town as there’s little not to love about it – its food is sublime, portions are generous and their prices are unbeatable.
Just how unbeatable, you ask? Well, apart from a Beat-the-Clock Special every evening where main courses range from £5 – 7, Benedicts also offers a 3-course evening set menu daily for only £22 – and for just £17.50 on Thursdays. They even serve cocktails for a mere £2.95 daily till 10pm, meaning you can eat and drink your fill without putting a huge dent on your pocket.
Try out some of my favourite dishes – such as their duck confit starter with a rich glaze or the slow cooked, tender rump of lamp – and judge for yourself!
Best Place to Holiday without Leaving Home – 2Taps Winebar
If you’re looking for something different from the usual fare, 2Taps might just be the place for you. Nestled on a square in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter, transport yourself to Spain with 2Tap’s delicious sangrias and Spanish tapas. Kick off your evening with their Pan Fresco, a selection of delectable breads, pesto and tapenade, then sample your way through their varied menu before ending with a paella of your choice. With their heated al fresco dining area and musical sessions, grab a glass of sangria and imagine yourself away on a Spanish holiday at any time of the year!
Best Value for Quality – Mourne Seafood Bar
Famous for serving fresh, locally sourced seafood, Mourne Seafood is one of my favourite restaurants in Belfast. Visits there usually follow a familiar pattern: we begin by sharing some mussels and other starters, then I’ll tuck into a whole fish while stealing scallops from my dining companions’ main course. Stuffed by this stage, I seriously consider whether to forgo dessert – but the pull of Mourne’s sticky date pudding is irresistible and I end up having one entire portion to myself (it’s really that good!).
Each time, I’m always pleasantly surprised at the end of the visit by how little my meal cost. On my last visit, our shared starters and a main and dessert each came up to less than £30 per person, inclusive of service – that’s unparalleled value for an extremely satisfying meal.