25/02: Tuesday Goodie Bag

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Top Places to Eat in Northern Ireland


Dining at Orā is a relaxed, informal experience with terrific wines & great food served in stylish surroundings. The tapas-influenced small plates reflect a fusion of modern and classic dishes with the focus on fresh, local produce, but above all taste. We selected dishes from each section of the menu, and everything was absolutely delicious, but the standout plates were the Pickled Chilli Crab on homemade Cornbread, the Barbecued King Prawns in garlic & chilli butter with burnt lemon, the Marinated Monkfish black sesame tempura with a Thai green curry mayonnaise, & the Braised Beef Short Rib with cabbage purée & crispy fried shallots. 

La Bottega, Belfast

La Bottega is an authentic Italian café & delicatessen on Lisburn Road, selling wonderful, fresh Italian produce to eat in or take away. From cheese & charcuterie grazing boards to freshly toasted sandwiches, from large arancini stuffed with scamorza & salami, to sweet sfogliatella Napoletana straight from the oven, visit La Bottega and transport yourself to an Italian Salumeria in South Belfast. 


Shout of the Week

MacIvor’s Cider


Based in “The Orchard County”, MacIvor’s Cider utilises 100 acres of prime Armagh orchard, packing & processing the apples grown, & making great craft cider. We tried the Medium Cider which, alongside prominent crisp fruit, had a gentle sweetness reflecting the dessert apples in the blend of ten different apple varieties. This cider was a mouth-watering, easy-drinking refreshment,  staying true to MacIvor’s belief that cider should taste of real apples.