Belfast is reputed to have one of the best restaurant scenes in Europe, and is becoming more and more popular as a city destination, with visitors finding a wealth of restaurants from the budget-friendly to high-end dining. Belfast restaurants feature cuisine from around the world, but diners really can't beat its home-grown dishes and great local produce, from meat and fish to fresh seasonal vegetables. Whether youre interested in exotic dining, local cuisine or a new and originl dining experience, you can find something to suit your taste in this city
Deanes is one of the restaurants Belfast, just as popular with celebrities as with locals. With three distinct sections inside - the refined menus of Eipic, succulent steaks in the Meat Locker and Love Fish, a huge conservatory where fresh local fish is served - this restaurant truly caters for all tastes. If that choice isn't enough, then Michael Deanes also has bistros, delis and wine bars across the city. Chef Stephen Toman has also opened OX restaurant to critical acclaim, including a Michelin Star, a CATEY award and an award from Ulster Tatler. Its lofty, open space is packed out every night. If diners can't make up their mind from the menu, there is always the five-course tasting menu, or the wine bar in situ to relax in and take time to pick something.
When dining at the Barking Dog, guests are served by some of Belfast's friendliest and wittiest waiters. Bare brick walls and wooden tables complement chef Michael O'Connor's food. His signature dish is the gourmet Beef Shin Burger, which takes a whole three days to prepare - definitely a dish to be eaten slowly and savoured. OX's legendary cocktails are to be enjoyed with the food. For diners who love a touch of eccentricity with their meal, then Love & Death inc has it by the bucketful. Turquoise walls greet the eye on arrival, accompanied by superheroes and bikes hanging from the ceiling. This is a great place to go with a crowd of friends, share the medieval splendours of its Sirloin or Roast Chicken boards, then head upstairs for live music and cocktails.
Belfast is a city with a long history and many restaurants making the most of this. Dining at The Custom House takes you back to the Victorian heyday of the Belfast Docks. A grand exterior hides an over-the-top interior of chandeliers and gilt mirrors. The menu serves modern twists on favourite classics, based mainly around chicken, lamb and fish. This is a memorable place to dine in the evening, with the city lights reflected in the River Foyle. A little more downmarket is Muriel's Cafe Bar, a popular venue for good cafe food, served in an old dressmaker's and brothel house this fine establishment carries a real air of old world Belfast.