Last day of holiday lunch

The BFM decided to celebrate the last day of the half term holiday by going into Belfast and indulging in a luscious lunch. My two sisters, daughter and nephew decided to give the newest eaterie in Belfast,Maze, a try.

Maze was the brainchild of Michael Karan from New Delhi in India. His vision was to create a truly international feel to his restaurant. He has achieved that in the decor (there are famous buildings from around the world as pictures dotted around the walls, we got the Pyramids), the menu again had an international tilt and finally the staff mix, from
Ramy Lorenzo the manager from Singapore to Jainal Abedin ex head chef of Bengal Brasserie for 17 yrs.
It is located where the Carlton Bar n Grill from the 1960’s, at no 11 Wellington Place, right beside the newly opened Treat Boutique (will be paying them a visit soon!!!!).

We arrived just before mid day and were warmly welcomed and shown to our table. The first impression was extremely good. The front of house was very welcoming and inviting,passing some comfy chairs in the waiting area,with the bar being to the left,opening through to the long narrow but intimate dining area with a mix of open tables and more private booths. From the dining area to the left you could see the open kitchen. Ps you must see the taps in the washroom!!!!!

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We ordered black currant cordial for the kids,diet cokes for the girls and water for yours truly. For mains we got
kids portion fish and chips £5.95 each, chicken penne for moi (£10), small mussels (£6) and ch tikka Maze wrap with skinny fries (£6) for the girls. We also got some garlic chips (£3).

The kids tucked into their fish and chips and loved it,especially good was the creamy mushy peas. My penne was Luke warm when it arrived and when I said to the waitress she did take it back to reheat it.It was cooked well and was tasty but a bit short on flavour. The mussels also were Luke warm and we all felt the sauce was too reduced ie was too thick, and there was very little mussel meat present.The wrap was very good. All in all we could understand that a new place needs time to iron out and smooth the running order, but it did detract some of our enjoyment. Ramy did reflect this in our bill.

Our overall impressions were good, and once these small blips are sorted it will truly be a gem in the Belfast Eats scene. The BFM is happy to share the food love.

Family chow time

Hi all
The BFM shared his food love with the family last night, now am sharing with you all!

It was mixed vegetable chow mein, vegetable sweet and sour sauce and salt and pepper chicken.

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The chicken breast I had cut into approximately 2cm cubes,washed and then coated in salt, freshly ground black pepper and corn flour. This was then shallow fried in 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil until golden brown,in a wok. The chicken was then removed and into the hot wok chopped garlic,onion,mushroom,spring onion including green stalks and green capsicum were shallow fried for 4 minutes.

The vegetables were removed and then the sauce was assembled. Sugar and white vinegar were placed into the wok with care and stirred til sugar dissolved. Then tomato ketchup added
for colour and chopped pieces of onion,peppers and pineapple added and cooked.

For the noodles I used 3 packets of chicken noodles,cooked for 3 minutes and sauce sachets added.

To serve see the picture, I placed the cooked veg onto a bed of the cooked noodles. Very simple to make, quickly and at a modest cost.I used the wok to cook 3 elements if the dish ie chicken, veg, sauce thereby keeping washing up to a minimum,keeping all the flavours and aiding the presentation.
So go on give it a try!!
Once again the BFM shares his food love!!!!!

Stranmillis Superb Sushi

Hi guys,BFM wants to share gem no 3
It’s called Oiso Sushi. It’s a Japanese Sushi/Dim Sum restaurant cum cafe.
It’s location is

58 Stranmillis Road
Belfast
BT9 5AD
United Kingdom

It has the most extensive and tasty sushi and dim sum in all of Belfast

I had 8 pieces of salmon regular rolls £2.80, it was served with wasabi sachet,pickled ginger and there was soy sauce and chilli oil available.
It was amazing,can’t wait to tuck into more!!

So go on give it a go!!

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Big Al’s for the best BBQ in Belfast

Hi guys gem no 2.
Big Als BBQ and burger joint on Stranmillis road is awesome.

I managed to polish off a pulled pork sandwich in Brioche bread,with creamy original coleslaw,pickle and the famous Big Al BBQ sauce,mmmm my mouth is watering!!! All for £4.95, bargain. The pulled pork literally melted in my mouth,the slaw was creamy, the pickle cut through it nicely and the BBQ sauce brought it all together.Quantity wise it was A1, only slight downside was the bread,it was very soft and broke up easily.

Big Al use a Belfast Bap instead!!!
Please all give it a try,
Once again the BFM shares the food love….

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Lunch special at the Cod House

Hi all

Thank goodness it’s Friday!!!!
I picked up the little one from school and she said let’s get some chips. So we stopped at the Cod House in Glengormley and got the lunch special for £3.It consisted of 2 battered mushrooms,2 onion rings,1 sausage, 1 chicken goujon,2 scallops and chips.

For the uniniated scallops in Norn Iron are fried battered slices of spuds.
The quality was fantastic.But I guess they are feeling the recessive pinch!!
The mushrooms were small and the chip portion was small.So guys up the ante,cos food and service are great,portion size needs to increase.

Give them a go,Once again the BFM shares the good food love!! The Cod House is at 337 Antrim Road, Glengormley.

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Getting over Super Bowl 48 blues

Hi I decided to go to Tony Romas on Monday evening to indulge in the never ending baby back ribs.I didn’t have a big US style blowout as the game was on from 11pm on Sunday til 3am Monday,so wasn’t hungry,hence the trip to Tony Roma’s!!!!
http://www.tonyromasbelfast.com

The deal was £17.95 for unlimited baby back ribs smothered in original,hot,bourbon and Carolina honey.This comes with one choice of sides and drinks are extra. I’ve noticed price is £2 cheaper here than on the mainland.

Service was good and the ribs,wow,you gotta go try them,my favourite was the hot ribs.So if you wanna chow down on these succulent morsels get down to Tony Roma’s on a Monday nite.ps I managed 29 of the beauties!!! Once again the BFM shares the food love!!