Christmas lunch with lads at the Bureau

I know it’s only July but the BFM wants you all to at least start thinking of Christmas !!!!
With this in mind I am casting my mind back to December 2013 when I lunched with the lads at The Bureau by the Lough

637 Shore Road
Whiteabbey
Jordanstown
BT37 0ST
United Kingdom

http://www.bureaubythelough.com
028 9086 6111

An absolutely amazing location and great during the summer time with fabulous beer garden overlooking the lough. Equally good in the winter when it’s cold and inclement.

So the deal was two courses for £16, 3 for £19. We were all good and chose two courses with soft drinks, as all three of us were driving!!!

I had fish cakes to start, which were delicately cooked and served with salad. Then the main was turkey and ham with trimmings. The meals were pre plated and portion size was immaculate. Two roasties,3 sprouts,scoop of mash and carrot/parsnip, ham stuffing and turkey with gravy,the cranberry was to taste. Food was hot,tasty and just right,no wastage. An absolute spot on portion size well done. I think we will go back this year!!!!

Ps @BureauByLough serve some cocktail sausages as well!! Hehe

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End of holiday dinner at Wagamama

Following up on my earlier article,the BFM has to applaud Wagamama Belfast.

First Floor
Victoria Square
Belfast
BT1 4QG
United Kingdom
http://www.wagamama.ie/restaurants/belfast-victoria-square
028 9023 6098

I wanted to celebrate end of holidays with a meal with my significant other before work starts tomorrow. So I chose Wagamama. I know I wrote about local versus chain and this did personify my thoughts,however it was not pseudo. The staff were fantastic and the food was exceptional and at very reasonable prices for mains,but starter and sides bit expensive.

We ordered fried chicken gyoza (5 pieces for £5.95) and for mains it was Wagamama ramen (£12.95) and firecracker chicken (£12.95) with side of sweet potato fries (£2.95) all washed down with water.

The gyoza was out very quick with a tangy plum dip, bit pricey for what we got,but tasty nevertheless. The fries came soon after then the mains, and wow would have fed 3 hungry adults,very tasty and you could taste the Japanese.

Overall a good Restaurant chain,with signature dishes and worth the money and not pretentious,so do give it a try!

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Local v Global/Chains

Hi guys,sorry BFM has been quiet as my iPhone crashed!!!!

Today I want to have a chat about restaurants being local v global or chains. Let me expand on the title. By local is meant is the establishment owned,run,sourced and operated locally in the home town/state/country or is it part of a national/internationally held chain.

Now when it comes to us as consumers we demand varying types of food from the cheap and cheerful to Michelin starred haute cuisine and everything in between. We want a varied genre of food from fast food to fine dining to snacks etc, at prices to compare.

As businesses the local restauranteurs through to multinationals want to make a decent living by providing a consistently high quality product and service,as well as looking after staff and environment. I know as our family have experience in a local independent family run restaurant.

As a local enterprise it is very competitive trying to balance all the different variables and still provide good product,service and staff morale as well as complying with all the legislation and running a business.Hence prices must be set to reflect this. For me one of the most important things a local family run restaurant is that the family should be present, but that will invite more discussion.

Step in the chains.These guys will have a replicable,consistent,exacting model which may be competitively priced, but does,in my experience, fall down in many areas. Let’s praise the good,at least we know that the food quality is consistent at any given time and location for comparable prices and that decour and staff dress are the same. But this takes away one of the big reasons for going to restaurants in my opinion, and that is people. You don’t get to know owners,chef and staff and I have found this is important. Also a lot of these chains are artificial looking and are poor copies of the original.

It strikes me that being “corporations” all they are after is profit at the expense of everything else. Now some sweeping statements, I invite comment, let’s get the discussion started!!!!

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