Clarion Hotel Carrickfergus
75 Belfast Rd.
Belfast, XB BT38 8PH
Phone: (44) 289 3364556
Fax: (44) 289 3351620
Recently opened in Whiteabbey Village overlooking Belfast Lough, the Kinara brings Indian cuisine to the Belfast suburbs. The extensive menu enables you to sample lamb and chicken dishes cooked in mouth-watering, dazzlingly colored sauces, ranging from the mild to the highly spicy (the menu acts as a heat guide). Fish is also on the menu, as are a number of dishes that fuse east with west which are unique to this restaurant. The chilli naan bread is not for the faint-hearted! This restaurant is fully licensed and sells the popular Indian lager Kobra on draught. Their takeaway service is very popular. Come in the evening with your loved one and watch the lights come on across the Lough in neighboring Co. Down.
This restaurant marries the best of local produce with imaginative French culinary genius and the simplicity of modern, contemporary Mediterranean cuisine. Set within the five-star surroundings of the Culloden Hotel, this is the perfect place to escape the city and dine in opulence. Why not sample their pan fried monkfish served with asparagus tips, crispy panchetta, creamed celeriac and salsa verde? Or, if you're feeling more carnivorous, try a Northern Ireland specialty - a rack of Mourne lamb served with crushed root vegetables and baby leeks. There is also a superb range of wines on offer.
The Bay Tree coffee shop can be approached through a rustic 18th-century archway. Situated in the charming village of Holywood just outside Belfast, this area is famous for crafts and alternative lifestyles. So stop for coffee and delicious cinnamon scones while browsing for that pretty piece of pottery in the gallery. There is also a little terrace where you can take your coffee on sunny days. Lunches at The Bay Tree make the most of local produce and the cafe is also open for dinner on Friday evenings. Dinner is available from 5.30p.
Tucked away in the north of the City is a great wee pub with bagfuls of character. The Chester has a well renowned reputation for serving fine food and its clientele love nothing more than to while away the hours with a good chinwag in this down-to-earth local pub. The staff is friendly and full of banter, so expect to experience a bit of Irish craic on a night out. And to whet the appetite a little more, the upstairs section houses a first-rate nightclub where you can experience the sights and sounds of the city in more intimate settings.
If you are around the north of Belfast, and wish you eat some simple home-cooked food, then a visit to Redcurrant Supperclub is a must. Located at Charnwood Avenue, this humble eatery is an attempt to make people celebrate over food. Two long tables adorn the place, where you can sit in groups and enjoy the simple food, with lot of fun and laughter. Traditional recipes are made here, with much love and care, to give you the best that nature has to offer. Fresh ingredients and authentic flavors, along with a friendly service is what you can expect on your visit here. There are no fixed prices on the menu, so a donation of GBP25 is appreciated when you diner here. Also, you can get your own booze, to couple with the amazing food on offer.
The Bryansburn Inn, one of the main out-of-town restaurants in Bangor, is famous for its blend of sophistication and down-home comforts. The service is excellent, the staff very friendly, and there is a choice of bar, restaurant or the Paradox nightclub. The Paradox is also available for weddings and other private functions and features live entertainment every Saturday night. An outdoor balcony is also set overlooking the verdant grounds for when the evenings heat up.
The Lodge Restaurant has scenic views of the Clandeboye Estate, with its wonderful woodland setting. It offers a large menu. Both English and Irish cuisine is served and vegetarian dishes are available on request. The Lodge is licensed to serve alcohol and there is a non-smoking area. With its high ceiling and large Gothic arched window, the Lodge is an impressive restaurant set amongst beautiful countryside.
A part of the wonderful Titanic Quarter in Belfast, Bistro 401 offers a Titanic-inspired menu and drinks. Using locally sourced, fresh ingredients, this bistro does classics with quite an original style. The unique menu features some specialty teas and coffees, of which the Titanic Tea comes highly recommended. The drink list also features several bottled beers, wines and soft drinks.
A modern take on the quintessential American diners, Soda Joes is a part of the Odyssey Pavilion on Queens Quay. Offering popular and All-American comfort foods like burgers, hot dogs, fries, sandwiches and such, the restaurant feautures comfy, cozy booths that can accommodate close friends with equal ease as it does families with kids. Soda Joes is a good choice if you're hankering for some great burgers and chips.
Knuttels Restaurant, situated at the bottom of Gray's Hill overlooking the Marina and bay area is one of Bangor's more stylish eateries. As you might suspect, seafood features heavily on the menu, but there is a wide range of soups, steaks, pastas and desserts to choose from as well. It's a strict set menu at this intimate family venue: during the week a two-course dinner or at the weekend you can get a four course meal. Drinks are of course extra. People with wheelchairs are welcome, but will need some assistance to enter as there is a small front step.
Baja Cantina is a true Mexican style restaurant located on the eastern outskirts of Belfast. A family-run establishment, this restaurant has a limited menu that consists of a few taco and burrito combinations, in addition to quesadillas and nachos, along with weekend specials such as Cowboy chili, Amigo ribs and Desperado burger. All the ingredients used are fresh, and the restaurant also delivers to nearby areas. Refer to website for details.
When at Belfast's MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre), if you wish take a break from the entertaining acts and nourish yourself, head over to the canteen for some delicious treats. The Canteen at the MAC serves a range of contemporary preparations inspired by global recipes. Soups, salads, breads and meats cooked in various styles are on offer. It is an ideal place for a pre-theater meal with dinner being served from 5p onwards, or even an after-show meal as the doors remain open till much later on nights that performances are held at MAC. Concerts and dinner shows are regularly organized here, making your dining experience here a joyful one.