Living in Cushendun, I always try to meet up with friends for dinner when I stay down in Belfast. (Basically a good excuse to eat out!)
I’d been planning a long overdue catch-up with my friend Eileen and suggested we should give next week’s Belfast Restaurant Week a go.
If you’re unsure what this is, Belfast Restaurant Week is a celebration of local grub, and encourages us to get out and taste what Belfast has to offer….but guilt free, because of the fantastic deals which are running!
From Monday to Thursday next week you can enjoy 2 evening courses for just £15 in over 40 restaurants, and £10 lunch deals, Monday to Friday. What a bargain! You can check out the participating restaurants on the Belfast Restaurant Week website.
Last week I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of some of the restaurants taking part, and had a lot of fun sampling really good food and drink. Someone has to do it!
The first stop on our food walking tour was Deanes Deli Bistro which has just launched its new tapas menu. There, we were treated to a Prosecco and Tapas reception.
We tucked into Spanish omelette; Fried Whitebait, Squid and Courgette Frit; and a selection of cured meats, goats cheese and olive crostinis. I’m a big fan of tapas so it was great to get a flavour of what Deanes will be offering on its new menu.
Next up, we made our way round to one of my favourite places to eat, Cafe Parisien with its class views over Belfast City Hall. There, we were treated to something I hadn’t had at Cafe Parisien before- the 5oz Rump steak with chateau potatoes, green beans and café de paris butter. The steak was cooked perfectly and I really enjoyed the accompanying sauce (a butter-based jus with a slightly curry flavour).
Finally, we headed to a new restaurant, Margot which only opened earlier this year and is situated at the former Basement Bar. It has a real laid-back, underground feel to it, and it was great to check it out.
At Margot we made room for a Raspberry Cheesecake Mouse (very delicious and moreish!) and a range of cocktails/mocktails to wash it down.
The sneak preview got me really excited about next week’s Belfast Restaurant Week, and I’m looking forward to trying out another one or two restaurants while they have great offers on!
When booking the 2 course menus quote Belfast Restaurant Week to get the offer. Don’t miss out!
Disclaimer: this was a blogger event so all food and drink was complimentary. I wasn’t paid to write this and all views are my own.