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Top Places to Eat in Northern Ireland
2Taps Winebar & Restaurant in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter creates the atmosphere of summer even in the depths of December, & we love the warm welcome, Mediterranean vibes, & delicious sharing plates. We began with Panes Planos; grilled flat bread, with basil pesto, aioli, smoked sundried tomato & black olive tapenade, & Pimientos del Padrón with grated Manchego, followed by a selection from the tapas menu: Brocheta de Pollo, Gambas, Calamares, & Pescado del dia-a pan-seared fillet of seabass.
All accompanied by Patatas Bravas, Ensalada Halloumi, & a large jug of Sangria, this was the perfect way to beat the blues on a chilly winter’s night!
Olivers at Knock, Belfast
We called into Oliver’s on the Newtownards Road for a pre-Christmas lunch, starting with a few cocktails- the Margarita was a spot-on combination of salt & citrus, & the Parma 75 was Parma Violets in a glass! We chose a couple of starters-the light and refreshing Beetroot and Gin Cured Salmon, & the Bang Bang Prawn Tacos. To follow, the Roast Fennel Risotto was perfect winter comfort food, & the Sweet Potato & Mushroom Pie was an excellent veggie Christmas main. For fish lovers, the Pan-Fried Salmon with Roast Miso Corn, Charred Bok Choi, & Soba Noodles is an Asian delight.
Shout of the Week
We were sent a fabulous homemade bespoke Brie wreath from Briefly Wreathly, a local company based in Ballyclare. These beautiful cheesy centrepieces are perfect for special occasions, dinner parties, or even an indulgent treat for friends with wine. DM To order. You’d BRIE mad not to!