Modern Irish classics with an international twist attract the foodie crowd to this cheerful bistro just off Great Victoria Street. A short but perfectly balanced menu emphasizes locally sourced seafood and lean meats. Fishy dinner highlights include plaice, sea bass, or fillet of hake; escalope of chicken with a Merguez sausage or braised-then-roasted belly of pork with fennel are popular. But the flavorsome fried squid far outsells anything else on the menu, and don't
forget the parsnip chips to go with it. For lunchgoers in a hurry there is an excellent-value menu offering haddock and chips, fish pie, and rib-eye steak. The wines are outstanding, or try malt-flavored handcrafted Belfast ales or lagers from the Mourne Mountains, made with Saaz hops and yeast from the Old Belfast Brewery. Desserts include the delectable crème brûlée with raspberry compote, the soft-centered chocolate cake with berries, and the unforgettable sticky-toffee pudding.