The city centre of Belfast offers a wealth of remarkable restaurants and cafes for you to enjoy amazing cuisine. But when choosing where to eat in Belfast, sometimes it pays to venture beyond the city centre and go a just little further. East Belfast, particularly Belmont Road, Upper Newtownards Road and Ballyhackamore, are highly rated hidden gems favoured by locals for their top quality food served away from the hustle and bustle of the city. From lazy, casual brunches to finer dining, the East of the city is fast catching up with the incredible restaurants of the city centre. It’s not only tasty restaurants on offer in the East. There’s plenty of other things to do and places to explore while there. Why not stop off at Stormont Estate? This spectacular building is home of the devolved government of Northern Ireland and is an impressive sight. A stroll around the grounds of the estate offers the perfect opportunity to work up an appetite, or work off the delights you might have already sampled!
We were ordering off the main menu, and it offered a wide range of delectable delights! From small plates to share, house classics and items from the grill, there is something to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Our problem? How would we only pick a few delicious dishes from such a varied and tempting menu?! In the end, we opted for some small plates to share as a starter before our main courses. We decided upon Pork Belly Bites, Popcorn Mussels, Duck Sausage Roll and Goats Cheese Donuts. The Goats Cheese Donuts were a no-brainer for me: a magical combination of two of my favourite things. It was a dream come true. And they didn’t disappoint! A crispy outside with a soft, cheesy middle, I could quite easily have eaten at least another 3 portions! Our other choices were just as tasty: Dave was full of praise for the Pork Belly Bites. According to him, they were the best pork belly he’d ever eaten