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Re: Belfast restaurants

Post by BR » Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:07 am

Neill_M wrote:The following NI restaurants have made the 2018 Good Food Guide:

Eipic on Howard Street - rated joint best NI restaurant
Ox on Oxford Street - rated joint best NI restaurant

Hadskis in Belfast, Co Antrim.
Il Pirata in Belfast, Co Antrim.
James Street South in Belfast, Co Antrim.
Mourne Seafood Bar in Belfast, Co Antrim.
Shu in Belfast, Co Antrim.
The Ginger Bistro in Belfast, Co Antrim.
The Muddlers Club in Belfast, Co Antrim.
The Old Schoolhouse Inn in Comber, Co Down.
The Bay Tree in Holywood, Co Down.
Vanilla in Newcastle, Co Down.
Wine and Brine in Moira, Co Armagh.
Balloo House in Killinchy, Co Down.
Harry's Shack in Portstewart, Co Derry.
The Bull and Ram in Ballynahinch, Co Down - only new entry
The fact that they have Wine and Brine listed as Co. Armagh would make you question the detail of their research.

Initially heard good things about Bull and Ram, then it went kind of quiet. Has anyone been recently?
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Post by Russ » Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:06 am

Went to whistling stair in dublin.

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Re: Belfast restaurants

Post by damianmcr » Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:48 am

I've never been BR but one is opening in Belfast soon.

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Post by BR » Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:52 am

damianmcr wrote:I've never been BR but one is opening in Belfast soon.
Ahh - that may be the problem. Expansion never bodes well.
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Re: Belfast restaurants

Post by ColinM » Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:46 am

Was in the Bull & Ram, albeit a few months ago. Nice building, old butchers shop with victorian tiling, designed to be cold for obvious reasons, and therefore slightly uncomfortable for a resto. Anyway, the chef/owner is a former underling of Danny Millar, and for me that tells you all you need to know about the place, if you've tried Balloo House/Poachers Pocket, Cyprus Ave etc, you'll get the jist. Given Ballynahinch is a dump with little else going for it, it will do well I'm sure. The Belfast expansion will undoubtedly be a different challenge.

My friends in the trade tell me that 2-3 establishments are necessary nowadays to be able to get decent terms with suppliers, give decent staff a level of autonomy, and keep the family in their accustomed style. Don't know much of the economics of these businesses personally but imagine its not necessarily an easy way to retire early

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Post by Rooster » Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:09 pm

Chef is as tough a job as you will get, make any mistakes and you seal your own end in the business.
It's tough on the food end as to serve quality you need to buy quality and it costs more yet you have to convince your customers that your meal is tastier than the one down the road using cheaper ingredients.
Anyone in it just for the money is barking up the wrong tree, it's a tough, stressful and involves long hours.
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Re: Belfast restaurants

Post by justinr73 » Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:30 pm

The service at OX was first class last week and it's a nice, bright space.

The waitresses were tastier than some of the food although, on the other hand, it was reasonably priced for a one-star and the waitresses were very tasty tbf.

Had a reasonable Sunday lunch at the Malone Lodge. The bouncy castle was a big hit with our mates' kids.

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Re: Belfast restaurants

Post by mikerob » Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:26 am

Rooster wrote:Chef is as tough a job as you will get, make any mistakes and you seal your own end in the business.
It's tough on the food end as to serve quality you need to buy quality and it costs more yet you have to convince your customers that your meal is tastier than the one down the road using cheaper ingredients.
Anyone in it just for the money is barking up the wrong tree, it's a tough, stressful and involves long hours.
That's why when some get a gig as a "TV chef", they never set foot in a kitchen again.

More money for less work.

I heard the same thing about ingredients. They've either got to run a place in an area where they can charge higher pricing or expand and get cheaper prices for bigger orders and try to standardise menus.

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Re: Belfast restaurants

Post by UlsterNo9 » Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:56 pm

ColinM wrote:Was in the Bull & Ram, albeit a few months ago. Nice building, old butchers shop with victorian tiling, designed to be cold for obvious reasons, and therefore slightly uncomfortable for a resto. Anyway, the chef/owner is a former underling of Danny Millar, and for me that tells you all you need to know about the place, if you've tried Balloo House/Poachers Pocket, Cyprus Ave etc, you'll get the jist. Given Ballynahinch is a dump with little else going for it, it will do well I'm sure. The Belfast expansion will undoubtedly be a different challenge.
A fair assessment Colin, I was there myself at the start of May. Decent steak but given the competition in Belfast I think it may struggle to establish itself in the city were I don't see it sitting above those offering similar.
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Re: Belfast restaurants

Post by rorybestsbigbaldnoggin » Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:31 pm

justinr73 wrote:The service at OX was first class last week and it's a nice, bright space.

The waitresses were tastier than some of the food although, on the other hand, it was reasonably priced for a one-star and the waitresses were very tasty tbf.

Had a reasonable Sunday lunch at the Malone Lodge. The bouncy castle was a big hit with our mates' kids.
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Re: Belfast restaurants

Post by Tighty » Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:41 pm

As a fan of quantity as well as quality, we had a great meal which satisfied both criteria in the Viscount in Dungannon last week. The early bird menu is particularly good value; order up to 6:30.

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Post by Rooster » Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:13 pm

Tighty wrote:As a fan of quantity as well as quality, we had a great meal which satisfied both criteria in the Viscount in Dungannon last week. The early bird menu is particularly good value; order up to 6:30.
Has always been good quality place, nothing too posh just darned good grub
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Re: Belfast restaurants

Post by rorybestsbigbaldnoggin » Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:25 pm

Rooster wrote:
Tighty wrote:As a fan of quantity as well as quality, we had a great meal which satisfied both criteria in the Viscount in Dungannon last week. The early bird menu is particularly good value; order up to 6:30.
Has always been good quality place, nothing too posh just darned good grub
Sounds a lot like AJ's in Crossgar.
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Re: Belfast restaurants

Post by Tighty » Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:41 pm

had a look at AJ's on Trip Advisor ...sounds like my sort of place !!

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Re: Belfast restaurants

Post by UlsterNo9 » Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:03 pm

I was in Meet and Thyme, Hillsborough last weekend. I've mentioned it before and I will mention it again, best dining restaurant in Ulster. If it's a massive feed you're after it may not appeal, portions though are ample.

Tighty if Dungannon area is your hang out I would highly recommend the Brewers House in Donaghmore.
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