Opened to great acclaim in the late 90s, Deane's has played a prominent role in the upgrading of cuisine in Belfast, proving that there was a market here all along for fine contemporary and fusion food. As renowned Michelin-starred chef Michael Deane puts it, come and sample some serious, indulgent dining. The clientèle range from high flying city types to Belfast's most distinguished visitors. Beware though, the menu changes regularly. There is a fine range of wines, with a bottle of house wine.
When at Belfast's MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre), if you wish take a break from the entertaining acts and nourish yourself, head over to the canteen for some delicious treats. The Canteen at the MAC serves a range of contemporary preparations inspired by global recipes. Soups, salads, breads and meats cooked in various styles are on offer. It is an ideal place for a pre-theater meal with dinner being served from 5p onwards, or even an after-show meal as the doors remain open till much later on nights that performances are held at MAC. Concerts and dinner shows are regularly organized here, making your dining experience here a joyful one.
If you're looking for a little of Paris in Ireland, you'll find it at this charming Lisburn Road eatery. The menu here is thick with delicious French offerings like beef bourguignon, chicken liver parfait among others. The decor oozes fine French taste and elegance, a concept that resonates in the service here too. A great date spot, this little, romantic place makes for a brilliant change if you're done with the whole fast food deal and are ready for some rich, melt-in-the-mouth French preparations.
The Great Room is neatly located inside The Merchant Hotel and is a fantastic place to enjoy a nice meal. The spectacular building only enhances the sophisticated ambiance within with its original Victorian decor and impressive chandelier. Once you take your seat, you can pick from their varied menus of seasonal dishes using local ingredients. Along with their suburb dishes, The Great Room also has an impressive wine cellar.
This restaurant, bar and club is a very trendy, chic and well-established joint. The atmosphere here is easy going, relaxed and casual. The decor is a blend of dark wood and low lights. If seafood is what you've been craving for, you will get many options to choose from at Shu. The food is eclectic and is made to suit your palate. Try their wide array of wines to go with your sushi or fish sticks. The bar is on the second floor and the club is in the basement. Check the website for more details.
Cutter's Warf is a great place for a leisurely pint but really comes to life during the summer months. Its popularity is due to a massive beer garden and an idyllic setting, situated on the banks of the River Lagan. The bright, airy pub has some excellent panoramic views, quirky promotions and plenty of passing boats full of straining rowers to keep you entertained. There's also good barbecue, plenty of free-flowing drinks and lively music. Also, there is a restaurant upstairs which serves a wide variety of dishes.
Having avoided the in-store cafe for many years, Marks and Spencer has finally capitulated to the needs of its thirsty shoppers and to Belfast's burgeoning cafe culture. Posited between the winery and bakery in the ground floor Food Hall, the Coffee Bar is a cordoned-off oasis of stripped pine and Shaker chairs. Scrumptious cheesecakes vie with tempting sandwiches for the customer's attention, with lunchtimes proffering warming soups and sushi boxes for the more adventurous palate. The coffee list is pretty standard with one welcome exception - the "Skinny Latte".
In a cozy and warm atmosphere, Caffe Nero delights patrons from early mornings. The place is a heaven for coffee and tea drinkers as the place serves some of the best and freshly blended Italian coffees and teas. The beans that go into their coffee and meticulously chosen and roasted in a fashion that is particular to Caffe Nero. It is a friendly place that exudes comfort, a perfect place to catch up with friends or a loved one, or simple suited for solitude. Here, coffees can be complemented with delicious and scrumptious Italian snacks and baked goods. If weather permits enjoy your fresh brews under the shinning Belfast sun or you can sit indoor overlooking the streets through their large windows.
A unique place, the boutique Avoca doubles up as a walk-in cafe on Arthur Street. Offering a splendid range of home decor items, Avoca also boasts of a limited collection of womens apparel. There's also a great selection of gifting options for kids as well as adults. The cafe housed within serves brilliant take out like salads, sandwiches and pizzas, the store-front food hall makes for a fab quick lunch.
AM:PM Restaurant is an intimate and exclusive bar and bistro, perfect for an evening with friends or a date night. Serving up contemporary food and bar snacks with an array of drinks, this place is a clubber's paradise. The resident DJ churns out foot stomping numbers so you dance while enjoy your favorite drink. This decadent venue is one great hub.
Named after the street it is located on, the history of the Fountain Bar & Restaurant goes back a century. The restaurant along with a basement bar was established in the late 1800s, replacing a school that stood on site. Damaged in the World War II, the establishment was restored to its former glory, and continues to serve guests even today. Walk down to the bar and enjoy traditional Irish beers, whiskys and liqueurs and accompany them with delicious fish and chips or fried chicken. Occasionally, local musicians fill this place up with lively Irish melodies.
KFC is KFC no matter what part of the world you're visiting. This restaurant in the historic downtown area of Belfast is no different, but it looks like a bit of an eyesore in comparison to the historic stone building that it is housed in. However, the location is good for shoppers who have been prowling the streets of Donegall Place, and are looking for some refreshment before they resume. Bite into the heavenly goodness of their burgers, or go for a bucket of chicken wings at this spacious outlet.