Birthday treat 

My wife wanted to eat here to celebrate her birthday as she loved the Canneloni. When we arrived the cannelloni was off the menu!! We 

ordered a kids meal of dough balls

and pizza and ice cream as well 

as a calabresse pizza and a white sauce penne pasta dish. 
Frankly speaking the quality of the food left a lot to be desired. I think Pizza Express are leaving the tried and tested staples of quality pasta and pizza dishes and are trying too hard to “jazz up” their dishes. Had s Tastecard and mentioned this when reserving and ordering, yet bill was still wrong!! Paid £30 I guess was prices for what we got.

   
   

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Tesco Food Festival

Earlier today I attended the press launch of the 2015 TESCO Food Festival at Custom House Square and had a super time. 
 
It was superb in that we (invited guests) had clear access to all the stalls. Very important as you can actually manoeuvre properly without the heat and cramped conditions when it’s open to the public!!!

After speeches by dignitaries and all that are important the Belfast Gospel Choir sang and officially kicked off proceedings.It’s great to see TESCO grow from its roots in May 1997, when it started in NI spending £50 million, to now spending over £550 million, employing over 8000 local people and selling 1200 local lines. 
It’s also good to see that they listen to their customers and provide more in terms of education (there were lots of school groups in today) and a reduction in total number of lines (which I suggested earlier).
There were a number of established big boys on display (eg Tayto, Cookstown, Dale Farm,Irwins,Moy Park & Punjana to name a few) as well as new and upcoming players (Mash Direct, Just Live A Little, Mallon Foods, Big Pot Co and many more). Please see pictures below.
   
    
 

Just a couple of newbies on the horizon to watch out for are the pork goujons from Connolly’s and chocolate brownie pizza from Goodfellas which really tasted good.

   
    
   
So get down to Custom House Square today (til 8pm as its Culture Night also), Saturday and Sunday.

The Crowns Fish and Chips

Had a nice lunch at The Crown in Belfast today. A reasonable sized dish served on a big oval bowl type plate. Superb surroundings and craic was plenty from the bar man!!!
The fish was a tad too firm, the batter very very crispy, chips great,tartare sauce had perfect tartness but the mushy peas let the fish down. 
I felt for £11.95 its worth it, but would like to see a few more chips!!