After a couple of weeks off, it’s back to work for me on Monday. So part of today was spent racing around Belfast doing some of the little tasks that are so much harder to cram into your lunch hour.
A while back I used to work in Wellington Street. The ground floor of the block tended to be dominated by trendy clothes shops. Now they’ve been replaced by a trendy
restaurant restolounge. (Their word, not mine.)
So today, Alan in Belfast found himself lunching in the recently opened Made in Belfast.
The menu had a pretty good selection of tantalising dishes on offer. In step with the décor, the presentation of the food was quite fantastic. My burger was served on a wooden board, sat inside an enormous Belfast Bap, and had a cup full of chips! It’s not the cheapest of lunch venues, but the food was good quality, and the service was very good. And there was no quibble when we asked for some tap water.
But leaving the food aside for a minute, the décor is quite amazing. Every table and chair in the place is unique.
The walls are all different. In fact, there are variations across different parts of the same wall.
There’s a huge old-fashioned vertical radiator running across the middle of the room.
Bare bulbs hang from the ceiling, casting shadows that look more like chandeliers. Angle-poise lamps are mounted on the wall instead of spotlights to highlight the “art”. Sections of corrugated iron have been painted to look like wall paper.
I can pretty much guarantee you’ll not run out of things to talk about while you wait the short time for your food to be served. From the crowd in from lunch today, it looks to be very popular with teams of work colleagues who don’t mind spending £10–12 for their special lunch.
And everywhere you look there are quotes and comments chalked onto black surfaces.
My conclusion (which could maybe make it to the wall outside!) ...
"Made in Belfast – well worth a visit for good food and a fantastic atmosphere. Bring your camera and some chalk too." Alan in Belfast.blogspot.com