BELFAST

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

Food – and machismo – flown di­rect from Italy, Terre Madre calls it­self a café, but it’s a lot more than that. In a blink-and-you-miss-it tiny base­ment room on the quays, it serves au­then­tic Ital­ian dishes made with Lardo di Colon­nata, Cam­pofilone egg pasta, Porchetta carpac­cio and Terena Ascolana olive oil. We may once have or­dered the Si­cil­ian ca­per sprout br­uschetta for starters and then again for dessert…

VIN­TAGE KITCHEN

7 Pool­beg Street, Dublin 2, 01-6798705, thev­in­tagek­itchen.ie ¤ Yet another tiny restau­rant that it’s nigh-on im­pos­si­ble to get a ta­ble in, but when you do see what the fuss is about. Some of the best value cook­ing around, the lunchtime small and large plates cost just ¤5 and ¤10 but many of the “small” plates are full meals in them­selves. There’ll be no af­ter­noon slump with the spiced seafood chow­der or the risotto of pancetta, pea, chili & pars­ley. At night, the menu comes at ¤25 for two cour­ses, again great value. They have house wine by the glass or you can BYOB, and you can bring your own vinyl to play on their record player. Groovy

HOME RESTAU­RANT

22 Wellington Place, Belfast, 048 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 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

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