Howard Avenue, 56 Howard Avenue, Belfast, Tel: 02890 248631
The finest praise you possibly can pay any restaurant is to say that it’s constant.
And a byword for that in Northern Eire is the superb Howard Avenue which has by no means let me down.
I’ve eaten there on not less than a dozen events and it has impressed me each time whatever the setting — romantic meals, enterprise capabilities, an evening out with the mates.
In truth, I’d in all probability go as far as to say it’s my favorite restaurant in Northern Eire.
Even now with the hospitality commerce ravaged by the pandemic, Howard Avenue continues to supply first-class meals and repair.
A meal there earlier this month was the epitome of each — two three-course feasts for £38 that would have graced the tables of any Michelin-starred eatery in London.
That is remarkably good worth given we have been eating on a Saturday night time within the run-up to Christmas.
Starters have been creamy goat’s cheese fritters encased in a crispy coating with crunchy spiced cabbaged spring rolls.
The dish got here with candy onion jam and pickled beetroots which contrasted effectively with the wealthy cheese.
The opposite choice was a Korean-style barbecue pork croquette with celeriac remoulade and burnt apple puree. Once more, it was a firstclass marriage of spice, sweetness and earthy flavours.
What each dishes, and the 4 others on the starter menu, present is the Howard Avenue cooks adeptness at coping with flavours and methods from the world over.
The menu bounces everywhere, in a really pleasing approach, from Asia to the UK to the Mediterranean.
This international theme continues into the mains with an absolute banger of a fish dish marrying France with India — smoked cod with fondant potato and tender stem broccoli in a prawn madras.
Don’t let the madras idiot you, this isn’t fiery and sizzling sauce, it’s extra like a heat and comforting hug. It’s stuffed with that delicate smooth spicing that pleasantly lingers, then lingers some extra.
The dish is a show-stopper and I used to be delighted to see Howard Avenue retain it on the menu having eaten it there in June.
The opposite primary was a top-class rooster and ham ballotine, with stuffing, duck fats potatoes, carrots roasted in honey, cabbage and bacon, and cranberry jam and gravy.
The odor of it was mesmerising, like an Eau de Christmas, Howard Avenue may bottle it and make a fortune presently of 12 months.
We rounded off our meals with two sensible desserts, a stupendous boozy trifle which was a tribute to festive extravagance, and a sticky toffee bread and butter pudding with salted ice-cream.
Service all through our go to was massively skilled with employees taking care to make diners really feel secure and the restaurant assembly all Covid-19 tips.
Be warned although, it was robust to get a phone reservation with most tables snapped up on-line so which may be the easiest way to safe a reserving.
Three course particular x2 £76