University Area

Giacomo’s Pizza

Giacomo’s Pizza

Giacomo’s Pizza represents just about everything a patron might have come to expect of a quality Italian restaurant. It all begins with the setting and the owners have put in a lot of time and effort to give the establishment the look of an upmarket restaurant without making it appear too pretentious. Ultimately, this means that it doubles as the perfect establishment for a romantic night out, as well as the venue for a family outing.

Since this is an Italian restaurant, patrons should expect a lot of pasta and pizza to appear on the menu – but of course, this is clear by the name of the establishment, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone. The restaurant also boasts a quality wine bar, as well as a wide variety of scrumptious Italian desserts.

Pricing is particularly appealing for anyone looking to dine at Giacomo’s Pizza. In many instances, you can get a really good dinner for two people, including drinks, for under £30. The portions tend to be quite large, so patrons will walk out with the knowledge that they got their money’s worth.

One of the more unique things about Giacomo’s Pizza is that patrons will likely get the chance to meet the owner, who often ventures out of the kitchen in order to greet his guests. This is very common with Italian restaurants and it adds a really nice touch to the overall experience.

It isn’t really necessary to make a booking when visiting the restaurant, even on the weekends, because it is fairly large. Expect a boisterous crowd when the restaurant gets busy, however. Due to the overall layout of the place, when it is empty, it tends not to feel that way.

Staff members are very friendly and they know their stuff. Whether patrons are asking for food recommendations or wine suggestions, they should be able to guide their guests in the right direction.

Giacomo’s Pizza is the sort of place that patrons will visit regularly, if not simply to try all of the desserts on the menu.


42 Malone Road, Belfast, BT9 5BQ


028 90665588

Joy Inn Chinese

Joy Inn Chinese

The Joy Inn is a Chinese restaurant located in the very heart of the city. Located in the quaint Dublin Road, it is close enough for urban residents to walk to and worth the drive for those located a bit further out. Expect this place to fill up just before and after popular shows at the cinema, since most people tend to pop in around these times due to the close proximity (and quality) of the establishment.

The staff are welcoming and inviting and so is the décor. It is stylish enough to bring friends and family, yet relaxed enough to be somewhere you’d pop in for a quick lunch. Perhaps the best thing about it is that there’s a lot of parking close by.

The restaurant doesn’t only serve Chinese dishes – there are a variety of European dishes available for those with a less adventurous palette.

If you are going to be visiting the restaurant on the weekends, expect it to be busy. It received rave reviews on Trip Advisor and since then, people have been flocking to it. It’s particularly popular with tourists, although the locals will usually recommend it to you too.

There are many Chinese restaurants in the city and this one has certainly stood its ground. Some people call it the best Chinese cuisine in Belfast, but this will likely depend on the type of dish you order – some are much better than others.

When it comes to pricing, this restaurant knows how to attract customers. A three course meal will set you back just under £10, which is impressive in the city, especially on a Sunday when the restaurant is likely to be jam packed. The portion sizes are relatively large, though not enormous. If you are going for the three course meal, you can expect to leave left-overs.

Once you visit the Joy Inn, it is very likely you will keep going back. This establishment already has a huge and very loyal customer base and this is likely to keep growing if they continue providing the same service they have provided in the past.


25-33 Dublin Rd,



Mollys Yard Belfast

Mollys Yard Belfast

Around the student area?  Caught a film at the Queen’s Film Theatre and looking for something of the utmost quality?  Taking a walk around the bustle of Botanic Avenue? Maybe its time for a visit to Mollys Yard!

Molly’s Yard is situated in the perfect place for these scenarios; in the University Quartre’s hub.  However there are those who go out of their way from various areas of Belfast to ensure a night at the great backstreet restaurant.

Now because of their location the folk at Molly’s Yard know what their demographic enjoy.  Students enjoy awesome food at regular prices, as well as widely available alcohol.  The restaurant has it all covered.

What Molly’s Yard really wants to convey is that sense of true Irishness about it.  The restaurant is set in a renovated stable from Victorian times.  Once you’ve taken in the impressive decor you can then start to focus on the menu.  This is where the real business starts to go down.

Irish cuisine isn’t as readily available as people think.  That’s why it’s been Molly’s Yard’s duty to ensure you get what so many of us are missing out on.

And always keep your eye on the group.  Because on occasion you’ll get very special events.  Menu changes yes, but also hosted events, theme nights and dress up evenings where you’ll have to mess up your style in order to be more yourself.

And if you can’t make it to their events, you can always use Molly’s Yard for your own.  Weddings in particular, but any event worth celebrating deserves an Irish twist on it.  It’ll be a time worth remembering.

A gem of Belfast….it can’t be denied.

Address: 1 College Green Mews, Belfast, BT7 1LW

Telephone: 028 90 322600


Beatrice Kennedy’s

Beatrice Kennedy’s

Situated in a glorious Victorian townhouse, Beatrice Kennedy’s is located in the Queen’s Quarter, an exciting spot of the city. Previously a doctor’s surgery, owner Jim McCarthy is said to have named the restaurant after the GP’s wife.

The old-style dining room has a homely ambience, adorned with bookshelves and old furnishings, guests are lulled as they eat with gentle jazz.

The wide range of starters available are tasty and exciting. A quick glance at the menus reveals a range of main course dishes crafted from local Northern Irish meat and produce. Each dish is a treat, while being beautifully familiar and modern.

A traditional Fermanagh rib-eye with chips and parmesan sits above sea bream fillet with chorizo and white bean cassoulet on a menu that rewards all tastes. The offering of an exclusively vegetarian menu is a refreshing and considerate idea, and is as exciting a read as it’s regular counterpart. Again, simplicity and creativity add charm to choice with each dish.

To accompany the meal or end the night, a fine selection of brandies, whiskies and dessert wines are available. Exciting in-house cocktails also have pride of place and should be at least tested.

Overall, the impressive spot provides a charming evening meal, great for special occasions, that you shouldn’t miss out on while you’re in town.


44 University Road

02890 202290

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