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Belfast: The Culinary Upstart with Huge Aspirations

Belfast is fast turning into a popular tourist destination. The administrative capital of Northern Ireland is now home to numerous glamorous hotels and fun hangouts.

Visitors at Belfast can also enjoy superb foods on offer in local restaurants, delis, and cafes. Let’s have a look at some of the great places to eat in this wonderfully transformed city.

 

Deane’s

Deane's belfast

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It is hard to see any list of Belfast restaurants without this place and the reason is obvious. Deane’s is the only survivor among the major actors that transformed Belfast’s dining scene.

Here, you can treat yourself to pan-fried Strangford scallops, lobster thermidor, shellfish soup with crab wonton and smoked duck breast spiced with mint, coriander and lychee, amongst other great offerings. Some popular figures do come around to grab something to eat here every now and then.

 

Shakespeare Restaurant at La Mon

Shakespeare Restaurant at La Mon

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The Shakespeare is an up-and-coming restaurant with award-winning chefs. Like many of the other restaurants on this list, Shakespeare makes extensive use of locally sourced produce.

Their Table D’Hote and A La Carte menus are a fusion of local dishes, infused with modern and Asian influences. They have a resident pianist on Saturday nights, adding to the tranquil and laid back atmosphere.

 

James Street South

James Street South

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This restaurant is the brainchild of a young chef Niall McKenna and one of the top-class restaurants in Belfast. James Street South was very popular with bankers and property magnates when it first opened about a decade ago.

The restaurant features a pleasant white interior and boasts very polite and well-cultured staff. The frequently changing menu offers include Rademon Estate wood pigeon, Mourne Lamb and wild mushroom soup with truffled crème fraiche. James Street South also a cookery school, which opened in 2011, to teach diners how to do it at home.

 

Mourne Seafood Bar

Mourne Seafood Bar

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You want to head here if you will like to treat yourself to some fresh seafood. Situated on Bank Street, Mourne Seafood Bar comes top among seafood restaurants in Belfast. Menu offerings include chowder, ceviche, smoked salmon, oysters, seafood casserole and beer battered fish with chips.

There are also daily specials including sea bream, hake and monkfish. Mourne Seafood sources its shellfish from its own shellfish beds. To highlight the popularity of this restaurant, it could sometimes be difficult getting a seat without prior booking.

 

Shu

shu belfast

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This award-winning restaurant, which opened in 2000, derives its name from the primordial Egyptian god of atmosphere. Shu represents a fine combination of great food and wonderful service. This must have contributed to it being named Northern Ireland’s best restaurant in 2012 and 2013.

Starters to which diners can treat their taste buds to include cured salmon tartare, crab linguine with chilli and lemon, and the calf’s tongue. Mains include aged sirloin and slow-cooked lamb shoulder with aubergine caviar.

 

Molly’s Yard

molly's yard belfast

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Situated in the neighbourhood of University Quarter, Molly’s Yard makes for a great place to eat in Belfast, with its Victorian feel.

You will find many mouth-watering local foods on offer here, including spring lamb, seared scallops and Finnebrogue venison.

 

St. George’s Market

St. George's Market

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This is the place to head to if you are looking for some fresh local produce to feast on. Opened in 1896, St. George’s Market is among the oldest attractions Belfast can boast of.

You will see people from different places coming to Friday, Saturday and Sunday markets to check out some of the most superb fresh produce in the whole of Northern Ireland.

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