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Made in Belfast: Cathedral Quarter

Made in Belfast: Cathedral Quarter Review

Touted as "violently chic" yet with a bohemian, casual vibe, and with a menu packed with classic old favorites, this self-styled "restolounge" in the happening Cathedral Quarter is one of Belfast's buzziest bistros. Following the big success of its sister restaurant located just a block from City Hall (at Units 1 and 2 Wellington Buildings on Wellington St.), this Cathedral Quarter outlet changed its name from The Beautiful Hooligan to cash in on the fame of the original. Redecorated in a giant mishmash of retro lamps, vintage fabrics, and '50s collectibles, this newer outlet follows the Cuisinart school of restaurant design, mix n' matching all sorts of antiques and objects, including a ceiling adorned with glossy magazine photographs. It's truly one of Belfast's most eye-popping decors. The typewritten menu, set on clipboards, showcases "seasonal" and retro dishes, best downed with one of the fab cocktails such as Apple Poshmopolitan. Start with the Dundrum potted crab or delectable tomato jam and Guinness wheaten bread. Mains average £11, with the choice ranging from Irish venison pie to champ, a mix of mashed potatoes with butter, milk, and chopped spring onion. And you thought New York City was hip!

Updated: 04-10-2013

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