BELFAST

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MADE IN BELFAST

1-2 Welling­ton Build­ings, Welling­ton Street, Belfast, 0 28 9024 6712, madein­belfastni.com ¤¤ The orig­i­nal restau­rant in what is be­com­ing a bit of an em­pire for owner Emma Brick­nell, Made in Belfast is a hop, skip and jump from City Hall and a world away from the bland bank build­ings sur­round­ing it.

This higgedly piggeldy restau­rant with its mis­matched fur­ni­ture, pipes-as-walls and mad­cap art was do­ing the whole drinks in jam jars and mis­matched cro­kery malarkey way back in 2008 when it opened, and even though this look is now ubiq­ui­tous, it man­ages not to look dated. Not that they’d care too much, as the fo­cus here is firmly on the food. The menu is split into bigs and smalls and benefits from Belfast’s lower food prices. Smalls start at £4.50 and in­clude treats such as piggy frit­ters – pulled pork frit­ters with sour­dough, pic­calilli and tomato jam (£6.50) and an in­ter­est­ing seabass Cae­sar salad (£7.50). All fish served here is sus­tain­able, and the meat is lo­cal and free range or out­door bred. Bigs start at a ten­ner for veg­e­tar­ian dishes, in­clud­ing an or­ganic briam, a rich Greek dish of baked aubergine, cour­gette, onion, potato, tomato, pep­per and car­rot with feta and some fo­cac­cia; they also do ex­cel­lent steaks here – Ir­ish An­gus flat­iron (£20) is served with large crispy prawns, greens, fries and a sin­ful chilli and

ba­con but­ter (which you will eat on its own with a spoon. For shame). Desserts are £5.95 and vary in artery-clog­ging pow­ers from sticky tof­fee pud­ding with tof­fee sauce and ice cream to a salted caramel and choco­late tart with bour­bon cream. In a nice touch, all prof­its from the cheese­board (£8) go to the Smile Foun­da­tion, a med­i­cal char­ity that works with kids with cleft palates.

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