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The Ginger Bistro, Hope Street, Belfast

Ginger Bistro

Located only about a couple of hundred yards from the Grand Opera House the Ginger Bistro is in an ideal position for a pre theatre meal.

The menu which runs from 5 to 6.45 is an extremely well priced truncated version of the main menu.

We ordered a plate of breads to share which came with one of the best  tapenade I have tasted.  Oh yes; and a perfect melt in the mouth wheaten.

As mains we opted for the pies, one fish and the other a Shepherd’s.  The shepherd’s included perfectly cooked lamb, in large chunks, chorizo and black pudding. Both came in individual pie dishes piping hot.  The potato topping was nicely browned without being dried out.  Altogether very appetizing.  We accompanied them with chips and a bottle of South African Shiraz.

I took an Americano to round it all off.  Total bill £45.00.

The service was personal and efficient so we will no doubt be back.

Love Fish – Birthday dinner

Booked a table for Josephine s birthday this evening.

As usual Michael Deane’s Love Fish restaurant is top of the list.  What I like about it is the smooth service with a touch of humour and great cuisine.

Starters were Jamesons and ginger and a Bombay and tonic and then on to the serious subject of food. The seared scallops with samphire, pancetta and garlic served in individual shells are to die for and the crevettes in garlic butter with sourdough take some beating.

We chose a bottle of 2012 Pecorino to accompany the meal and it has a perfect light touch that is just that bit more delicate than the Pinot Grigio that would have been my usual choice.

For mains Josephine took the fish pie and I the grilled salmon with Bombay potatoes and curry oil.  We had a side of beef dripping chips. the latter are an indulgence not to be missed!

The fish pie is the best we have tasted.  Not only is the filling a selection of fish with a light touch of sauce but the buttery mash topping is so light as to be melt in the mouth.

The grilled salmon has a light crust and the curry oil gives the Bombay potatoes a pleasant “kick”. A perfectly balanced combination.

The portions are balanced so that one can partake of three courses without feeling bloated so of course we chose the cheese, accompanied by a very palatable 10 year old port.

I am not one for chutneys so this accompaniment was lost on me but the “fromage de jour” was  first class.  In fact it was better than the selection that Josephine was serves a a birthday special.

To finish off I took the Bepi Tolosini grappa which is one of the smoothest I have had outside Italy.

Bill total including the 10% £140 of which £63.00 was drinks.  Money well spent!!