lunch at the MAC

I went to the MAC canteen for a delightful and chilled out lunch with Mrs BFM- without the kids-what a rarety!!!

Exchange St West
Cathedral Quarter

I can still remember the day the MAC or the Metropolitan Arts Centre opened as I was a guest there. There is also an original member of staff still working there, a really pleasant young lady called Amy who just happened to serve us. She was very attentive and chatty.

The MAC is a great arts centre and has had and still had many good art shows/displays/exhibitions and plays. It has also the finest restaurant of any of the art centres in Belfast and serves from 10am til 8pm breakfast, lunch, dinner and tapas.

We opted for the seafood platter (tapas) which contained salmon, prawns, rollmops, breads and remoulade sauce. Also we had the seafood chowder (which was red/orange in colour and delicious) served with Guinness and treacle bread which again was amazing. The chunky chips came well recommended and were super as was the mushroom arancini on a bed of squash chutney. To wash it down I had water and my wife had fizzy orange. To finish I had a latte and the good lady had a devine hot chocolate.

The guys in the open plan kitchen did a fantastic job of the food and are very on the ball listing the 14 allergens in the menu and website.

This was my wife’s first visit and she did naively ask if the walls were to be painted!! I explained that this bare wall look was intentional and that that was the way the architect designed it. It is superbly lit up at night inside and outside and the art displays are worth looking at. I love the openess of the dining area on the ground floor and first floor. It’s a real relaxed dining experience with the privacy of booths. A very fine,highly recommended eatery!! 

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