BELFAST

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | GOING OUT -

Call­ing it­self an “eat­ing house” was right on the money, be­cause you’ll over-or­der here and still lick the plates clean. In a well-re­stored old mill build­ing with great views of the Ha’ap­peny Bridge, we hope the out­door ter­race re­mains as hos­pitable in win­ter. Cur­ried crab claws are de­li­cious, the ham hock, baby potato, black pud­ding and poached egg is a steal for ¤14.

777

7 Cas­tle House, South Great Ge­orges Street, Dublin 2, 777.ie ¤¤ We’ve known this place to be called 666, so dev­il­ishly strong are its mar­gar­i­tas, but if you fo­cus on the food, and stick to the spe­cials (Taco Tues­day: two taquitos for ¤4; on Sun­days, dishes cost ¤7.77), this is one of Dublin’s bet­ter Mex­i­can restau­rants. Try the soft shell crab taquitos, yel­lowfin tuna ce­viche and Mex­i­can-style sweet­corn, served with cheese, pasilla chillies, salt and lime. And go on, maybe one of those mar­gar­i­tas… just one mind.

HOME RESTAU­RANT

22 Wellington Place, Belfast, 028 9023 4946, home­belfast.co.uk ¤¤ Promis­ing “feel good food”, Home has more menus than some restau­rants have cus­tomers. From its lunch menu through to the skinny lunch menu, the ve­gan din­ner menu, gluten-free skinny din­ner menu and on and on and on, this place is ab­so­lutely noth­ing like most homes, where you eat what you’re given or go hun­gry. What­ever page you or­der from, the food here is top notch, from crab-stuffed po­poncini pep­pers to 35-day dry aged rib­eye, the whipped goats cheese with bal­samic beet­root to ve­gan aubergine, co­conut & lentil dahl. Most dishes come in both starter and main sizes, so you might ac­tu­ally have to move in if you want to work your way through them all.

ELEC­TRIC CORK FISH­BAR

41 South Mall, Cork, 021 4222 990, elec­trick­cork.com ¤ Be­ing all things to all peo­ple is a tough task, but it seems the Elec­tric has made this its mis­sion. In a large build­ing along­side the Lee, the Elec­tric has an in­cred­i­bly busy bar down­stairs with day and night bar menus. Up­stairs there’s the main restau­rant with hearty of­fer­ings such as An­gus steaks, burg­ers and tagines. But the best fun hap­pens in the fish bar, a won­der­ful white-tiled room with mar­ble coun­ters look­ing down onto the river. It serves wine by the glass and stan­dards such as oys­ters, crab claws and ce­viche, or the more un­usual of­fer­ings of had­dock koftas, cala­mari laksa and monk­fish bour­guignon. A great spot.

FINN’S TA­BLE

6 Main Street, Kin­sale, Co. Cork, 021-470 9636, info@finnsta­ble.com ¤¤¤ It’s against the law to visit Kin­sale and not eat at least six kinds of seafood (this may not be true). But if you’re in a seafood town, you might as well splash out - and Finn’s is a per­fect spot for a splurge. Run by hus­band and wife John and Julie Finn, this unas­sum­ing restau­rant serves a great range of fresh seafood. The baked stuffed lo­cal lob­ster with toasted oat and herb crust in a crab and lime dress­ing is out­stand­ing. Five Mile Town goats cheese salad is a win­ner. And you ab­so­lutely have to stay for dessert

BITE­CLUB

36 Up­per Abbey­gate Street, Gal­way, 091-565 976, face­book.com/ Bite­clubStreet­food ¤ The “street­food dis­cotheque” on a kitsch roof ter­race opens Wed­nes­day to Sun­day

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