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4th Wall Restaurant

4th Wall Restaurant

4Th Wall Brings a Touch of Drama to Dining Experience

The 4th Wall brings a bit of dramatic flair to the dining experience, and derives its name from what it believes to be the “imaginary wall” that separates the audience from the stage. The fact that the restaurant’s name is associated with the stage is no coincidence – it actually overlooks the MAC theatre and many of its patrons are theatre goers.

The venue is based in Saint Anne’s Square, which is a beautiful area situated within the Cathedral Quarter. The venue is perfectly suited to its area, and welcomes patrons with a dramatic black and white themed exterior.

Diners will not find themselves low on variety when visiting 4th Wall as there are a variety of menus to choose from, including an a la carte, pre theatre, kids, Sunday, lunch and express lunch menu. The restaurant focuses on Irish cuisine, and prides itself on sourcing local produce. The meals range from wholesome, large portions to more elegant meals, so there is something for everyone, for just about every occasion.

The pre theatre menu tends to be a very popular option with visitors, who can expect to enjoy two courses for £15.95 or three courses for £17.95. The a la carte menu boasts options such as the Venison Saddle for £18.50 and the 10oz Chargrilled Ribeye for £22.50. The menu prices are fair for the quality and portion diners receive, although not quite as affordable as many diners would like.

For drinks, diners can look forward to a large wine and cocktail selection. Friendly and knowledgeable staff only add to the quality of the experience.

There is definitely a buzz about 4th Wall, and it has added to this by closely associating with the theatre. A lot of effort has gone into “setting the stage” as it were, for a great dining experience, and it is up to patrons to ensure that this opportunity is not taken wasted. Anyone visiting the theatre, or just out for a few cocktails, will not want to give this venue a miss.

Address:

Saint Anne’s Square,

Talbot St, Belfast

BT1 2LR

Telephone: 028 9027 8707

Little Lily’s Bistro

Little Lily’s Bistro

Little Lily’s Bistro is the kind of place that serves good, honest food for great prices, so it is no wonder that people continue to flock to this restaurant. The establishment is set in East Belfast and has quickly become a local treasure.

This restaurant prides itself on serving only high quality, Northern Irish ingredients, while focusing on providing its clientele with a broad enough menu to keep things interesting.

A lot of care has gone into ensuring that the food presentation is top notch, and this is evident by every plate that is sent out of the kitchen. The overall decor is unique and eye catching, yet comfortable enough to be welcoming to groups of friends and those who are simply out, looking for a cup of coffee.

Visitors can pick from a brunch, lunch and dinner menu when visiting Little Lily’s Bistro. The brunch menu includes the beloved Ulster Fry for £6.75, which comes with sausages, bacon, mushrooms, tomato, beans, fried eggs, black pudding and potato and soda bread.

For lunch, visitors should give the steak, egg and chips a try for £10.95. When it comes to dinner, the Ribeye steak at £17.95 is simply not to be missed. This dish comes with potato rosti, pot roast shallots and a chop house butter and rocket salad. Guests can choose to add wild mushroom sauce or peppercorn sauce for an extra £1.50.

Food quality is not all that this establishment is known for – it takes presentation just as seriously. Every dish is garnished to perfection and often looks like something that might be found in a top class restaurant in some of the biggest cities in the world.

Little Lily’s Bistro might appear small and somewhat boutique-like in nature, but this establishment really packs a punch when it comes to quality. The staff members are friendly and helpful, and always willing to go the extra mile when it comes to looking after their customers.

Anyone looking for a top class experience at a local establishment need look no further than Little Lily’s Bistro.

Address:

223 Castlereagh Rd, Belfast, Antrim BT5 5FH

Telephone:

028 9045 4287

Hotplate Noshery

Hotplate Noshery

From the Famous Original Hotplate comes the Hotplate Noshery. A quality American styled ‘pig-out spot’ in Belfast’s City Centre.

The Hotplate Noshery opened in February 2015 and is located above Cosgroves bar at the top of Castle street, Belfast. We serve quality interpretations of classic Southern dishes and venturing into the uncharted territories of food.

A traditional and rugged experience teamed with a clean and crisp backdrop, reflects both sides of The Hotplate’s personality, allowing for a fresh and yet endearing eatery that contrasts the mass formal restaurants emerging around Belfast. The first level Noshery offers the choice to observe passers-by or escape the Belfast bustle by enjoying American and local sport on our 50″ screens.

Now famous for our big-eats, food challenges and especially our HotWings, the Hotplate Noshery is impressing all ages of food lovers.
With our passionate and dedicated staff creating our in-house ice teas and lemonades daily, and our experimental chefs making everything from our burgers and dogs to our homemade sauces from scratch; we are convinced that you will love our sweet Southern style Noshery!

 

Hotplate Noshery

34 King Street

Belfast

Tel: 028 9031 1951

 

 

The Porterhouse

The Porterhouse

The Porterhouse has called itself the home of the best steaks in Belfast and most diners would agree with that. This restaurant is owned by a butcher who comes from a farming family and so diners should expect that the establishment knows how to pick the best cuts there are. All of the beef used within the restaurant is bred locally, before being aged for at least 21 days.

The trademark of the Porterhouse restaurant is the Porterhouse steak, which comes in a 22oz size. This T-bone is then accompanied by a range of sides, including chips, mushrooms and a variety of mouth watering sauces.

Those who do not enjoy beef will have a lot to look forward to when visiting this establishment – while it specializes in beef, this is most certainly not all it has to offer. The establishment also boasts a broad menu that includes the freshest seafood, chicken, pork and even vegetarian options. Patrons will be happy to know that all of the items on the menu are locally sourced and made on the restaurant premises, and this includes the ice cream and the bread.

A great dining experience is not complete without a drinks selection, and Porterhouse offers a variety of cocktails, as well as a wine menu, to accompany their meals. The menu itself is not very diverse, but the restaurant has invested in increasing the quality of the selection, rather than the quantity.

The cost of the meals range from £10.95 to £28.95, which ensures that patrons will be able to choose a meal option that suits their tastes and their budgets. There are a variety of specials to pick from, including a Steak Dinner for 2 at £35. Patrons should be aware the restaurant is only open for dinner, except for Sundays, when it is open for lunch.

For a quality steak, locals and visitors don’t have to look much further than the Porterhouse restaurant in Belfast.

Address:

245 Lisburn Road, BT9 7EN

Telephone:

02890382211

The Square

The Square

The Square is a chic, and somewhat more formal dining establishment that is situated on Dublin road in Belfast. This establishment is perhaps best known for the quality of its food, but most diners will not be able to find fault with the serving staff. For these reasons, among many others, most diners have high expectations when they visit The Square and they are usually not disappointed.

When ordering at The Square, diners will be able to pick from the a la carte menu or the set menu, which has up to three courses. What makes the second option very appealing is that there are a variety of options to pick from within each course, as well as a bottle of wine to top it all off.

The service continues to impress, and while many patrons view the staff as being somewhat formal, others really take pleasure in having the space to enjoy their afternoon or evening. Furthermore, the staff are always willing to go the extra mile in order to make their guests feel at home, and this tends to make it worth the increase in price. The prices of their a la carte meals range from £14.95 to £24.95.

The decor is tasteful, yet simple, and this echoes the style of the food itself. Guests can choose from simple, earthy meals, such as roast lamb, to the more exotic Hake with romesco crust. The variety in the menu ensures that diners can have their pick of some of their favourite dishes, as well as get the chance to be more adventurous with their choices.

It is usually a good idea to make a booking when planning a trip to The Square over the weekend, especially on days when the restaurant is boasting a special. On weekdays, however, there are usually seats available within the restaurant.

When it comes to quality, The Square knows what diners are looking for and it offers this and so much more besides.

Address:

89 Dublin Road, Belfast, BT2 7HF

Failte Belfast

Failte Belfast

One of the most popular destinations for the locals of Falls Road, Belfast is Failte, a real, Irish-style restaurant that serves up warm, hearty meals at reasonable prices. Failte is owned by Niall McGinn, a Scottish Premier League player for Aberdeen. This alone is enough to pique the attention of locals and visitors, but while it might be enough to draw the crowds, the food is more than enough to keep them coming back for more.

This place is usually buzzing with locals throughout the week, but it is especially busy on days when the restaurant offers some of its specials. Diners will want to be aware that booking a table is usually a good idea when visiting this establishment, and that waiting times could increase with the influx of the crowds. This is usually not a problem with diners, but it could be with those who are on a tighter schedule.

The restaurant specializes in beef, so diners should not miss out on giving this dish of choice a try. One of the best things about ordering a steaming plate of Irish cuisine from Failte is that the portions are quite large, and have a sort of a rustic charm. Most of the food is simple, but tasty, which means that diners can expect to walk away satisfied that they have spent their money well.

Although there are specials running throughout the week, Steak Tuesdays are exciting because diners can get their hands on a Sirloin, complete with chips and mushrooms, for only £9.95. This special runs between 16:00 and 21:00. The restaurant also boasts a variety of set menus where diners can pick from a one, two or three course meal for between £7.95 and £11.95.

Those who are looking to enjoy the great food without leaving the comfort of their own homes can call for delivery – Failte delivers within a 3 mile radius for only £1.50.

When a diner chooses to visit Failte, they will get the chance to rub shoulders with the locals and to dine as they do. The restaurant now boasts a branch on Castle street in Belfast.

Address:

147 Falls Road, Belfast, BT12 6AF

Telephone:

02890243846

The West Cafe

The West Cafe

Dynamite Comes in Small Packages at the West Cafe

The West Cafe is a small, but tasteful establishment in the heart of the city centre. This venue specialises in British cuisine and serves only breakfast and brunch, but anyone looking for a burst of flavour in every bite will certainly not want to miss this place.

Weekends tend to get very busy, so customers should expect to wait a few minutes for a table if they intend on visiting during the peak hours. Luckily, the staff tend to be very efficient, so patrons will not need to worry about waiting too long – lines for the counter usually move very quickly and food is fast to leave the kitchen, so patrons will not wait very long for a seat.

For a breakfast establishment, the West Cafe has a very wide selection of dishes. The restaurant specializes in its unique sandwiches, which tend to surprise customers on a regular basis, particularly because of the high quality ingredients that are used. The staff are very friendly and welcoming and this is something that customers appreciate in an establishment that serves brunch. Patrons will have a good chance of talking to the owner, who likes to welcome clients to the restaurant by stopping at various tables throughout the morning.

Customers will need to keep in mind that the establishment is small, but this adds to the cosy atmosphere of the place, especially during the cold, winter months. The decor is clean and simple and so is the presentation of the food, and customers will be happy to know that the pricing is really great. The food portions are certainly not small at all, so customers will get a great start to their day when they choose to visit the West Cafe.

Overall, these perks make the establishment a great place for a get together of family and friends. Due to the convenient location, this tends to be a popular destination for shoppers, as well as for anyone exploring the sights and sounds of the city of Belfast. The West Cafe is certainly not to be missed.

Address:

28 Castle Street, Unit 3, Belfast BT1 1HB

Telephone:

James Street South

James Street South

Patrons usually have high expectations when they visit James Street South for the first time because this establishment has a reputation for high quality food. Customers will not be disappointed – after all, there is a reason the restaurant received the Certificate of Excellence for 2014.

The restaurant boasts European cuisine and is conveniently located in the city centre, which means that it is a popular spot for those who are visiting the theatre. The restaurant offers a pre-theatre menu, which makes it easy for patrons to enjoy an evening at the venue before going off to watch a show.

The restaurant is somewhat pricey, with meals ranging between £18 and £75, which means that customers usually reserve their visits for special occasions. In most instances, customers usually find that the experience is more than worth the cost, especially because of the quality of the food.

James Street South has just undergone a renovation, so even established patrons will likely be unable to recognise it – except for the quality of the food. Everything from the decor to the crockery has been replaced to ensure they complement the current theme of the establishment.

It is not only the food at James Street South that patrons have to look forward to – the establishment also boasts a tantalizing dessert menu that includes an unforgettable blackberry soufflé. Furthermore, there is a comprehensive wine menu that will perfectly complement each meal and staff members will be happy to make recommendations for those who are unsure about which options to pick.

When it comes to dishes, diners might want to try the truffle risotto, which is highly recommended, or perhaps opt for the braised Venison, which is particularly appealing for meat lovers.

While the restaurant is very popular, patrons will usually find an empty table on the weekends. Still, it is advised that customers make a booking beforehand, just in case they choose to visit on a particularly busy weekend.

James Street South is offering customers the chance to experience something truly memorable when they choose to dine out and this makes this establishment worth every penny.

Address:

21 James Street South,

BT 2 7GA, Belfast

Telephone:

02890434310

Blu Restaurant Belfast

Blu Restaurant Belfast

A Night to Remember at Blu

The decor within Blu is definitely reminiscent of a good night out. The blue lighting, dark walls and chic decor make it the perfect place for a night out with friends, and it even boasts its own signature cocktail. This restaurant is located within the heart of Belfast, making it easy to get to – while the appeal of the restaurant itself makes it difficult to leave.

One of the most appealing things about Blu is the fact that the staff and hosts are willing to go out of their way to cater to their clientele. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly, regardless of whether patrons are there for a birthday party or a more intimate dinner.

The restaurant serves a wide range of European style cuisine. Guests can expect some creative meals, such as the Aberdeen Angus burger than comes complete with cheese, bacon and chips, simple, yet delicious dishes, such as steak, or something more oriental, like Thai coconut curry muscles.

The bathrooms are impeccable and might be enough to draw clients in just because of their appeal. The restaurant makes it no secret that it aims to go above and beyond in every aspect of its delivery and it seems to achieve this most, if not all of the time.

Guests will likely meet one of the owners when visiting the establishment, since they tend to be very hands-on when it comes to running the establishment, and this means they make it their personal responsibility to welcome their guests.

Patrons will definitely want to make a booking before visiting Blu. This establishment was only opened in July, but it has quickly become a very popular destination for anyone looking for a memorable night out on the town.

When it comes to pricing, guests should expect to pay a bit more than they usually would when visiting an establishment like a pub, for example, but since this is a more upmarket place, this can be forgiven. The price of the food ranges from £5 to £25 depending on a guest’s chosen meal.

Anyone looking for a high quality experience in a one-of-a-kind restaurant will deifneitely want to give Belfast’s hottest new restaurant – Blu – a try.

Address:

13 Rosemary Street,

Belfast, BT1 1QA

Telephone:

02890314111

The John Hewitt

The John Hewitt

The John Hewitt is the epitome of the Northern Irish pub, but patrons should not underestimate it just because of this – it also comes with a Certificate of Excellence that is received in 2014 and according to the locals, this award was more than well deserved.

This establishment serves local cuisine, including a variety of seafood dishes. Patrons should expect warm, tasteful and filling meals when they order off this menu, but perhaps one of the most exciting things about dining at the John Hewitt is the fact that meals are priced between $5 and $9. This alone makes dining within the establishment appealing.

The portions are particularly generous, just as you’d expect in a quality pub, which makes it all the more inviting. When it comes to specialities, this establishment is best known for its fish, which is served with crusty bread. There is also a selection of fresh vegetables served for anyone looking for a lighter, healthier meal option.

When it comes to variety, this restaurant is definitely not lacking. Customers can expect to try a range of local and even exotic dishes on the menu, depending on the time of year. These include items such as swordfish and sea bass, among others. Customers also have a variety of ales and ciders to enjoy when dining here.

The ale pub is based in the very heart of Belfast city centre, making it ideal for those looking to rub shoulders with the locals, as well as those who are just finishing work. Patrons can expect to find the place positively buzzing with people over the weekends – after all, this is one of Belfast’s most beloved establishments, if only by those that know it is there.

One of the best things about dining at the John Hewitt is that it is such a relaxing environment where friends can gather to have a pint, as well as where families can get together to enjoy a warm, hearty meal. Overall, this restaurant most definitely has something to offer just about everyone and it is perhaps this reason it remains one of the most popular destinations for the locals.

Address:

51 Donegall Street, Belfast, BT1 2FH

Telephone:

02890233768

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