Lunch for two at the Khayber

The BFM plus one decided to do lunch today to celebrate the Indian festivals of Lohri, Makar Sankranti and Pongal (harvest time in India). The venue we chose was the Khayber Indian Restaurant.

373 Antrim Road
Newtownabbey
BT36
Northern Ireland
http://www.thekhayber.com
+44 28 9084 9414

We had both been there a couple of years ago so we thought we would revisit it. It was a cold and snowy afternoon, so what better than some hot and spicy food to warm us up.

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It was pleasing to see that they had displayed the scores on the doors (and scored 5/5) and also information on allergies. The owner, who is 2nd generation restauranteer (father and his business partner started one of the first Indian restaurants,which I frequented as a youngster, in Belfast and his uncle and cousin also started another well known chain in Northern Ireland) was telling us that they had a renovation in July 2014 and that he went for a more traditional look. We both agreed it works and works very well.

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The Khayber had also won several accolades and being situated where it is there is a lot of competition.

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For lunch we both requested authentic Indian cuisine and we were recommended chicken Balti and Lamb Karahi. We ordered keema nan, garlic nan and pilau rice as well as a green chilli and fresh onion side salad.

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The dishes came out very efficiently served in traditional Indian vessels (a handi and karahi) and eaten off hot round white plates, again a big thumbs up!!! The lamb was tender and succulent and of good quality, the masala was thick and spicy and was not runny or overpowering the taste of the lamb. The chicken was fresh and not frozen or overcooked in a wonderful lightly spiced masala bringing out the wonderful taste of the spices. The keema nan had just enough keema and the garlic nan was tasty and not drenched in garlic. The rice was colourful and tasty also. Portion sizes were excellent, just enough to fill two hungry lads!!! Could not have had starters, sides or desserts!!!!

The chef and waiters are seasoned professionals who have been here from India for some time now and can accommodate any requests and questions.

I would certainly return and I would implore you to give it s try. The quality has improved and the decor is better than before.

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Cosmo very cosmopolitan

The BFM wants to share his food love of Cosmo,Victoria Square,Belfast. I have said before am not a big fan of buffet,but this is the quintessential best buffet chain.

http://www.cosmo-restaurants.co.uk/Belfast-restaurant.php
028 9023 6660

I was joined for Sunday lunch by my two sisters. I booked online on Friday for noon,and let me recommend you book in plenty of time, as when we left at two the restaurant was packed and there were queues forming to get in.

The range was amazing,from dim sum to sushi,from salads to Indian and Chinese starters of all types, including chicken tikka,seek kebab, duck pancakes,prawn toast,crackers and a myriad of others.

The main courses were from Italy (pizza and pasta), traditional roast dinner,live cooking stations exhibiting Teppanyaki (I had the scallop and prawns) and grilled meats (I had chicken and ribs). There was also live noodle station and real Tandoori oven cooking Tandoori chicken and naan.

There was a great selection of curries/meat in sauce dishes. From the Indian kitchen there was chicken tikka masala, chicken korma, dun lamb curry,chick pea curry,potatoes and rice.

Then Japanese,Thai,Chinese,Korean too many to mention,you just have to go.

Just when you think you cannot eat any more there’s the sweet section, say no more. Extremely highly recommended,so get down to Cosmo.

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Is this the best Indian Restaurant in the Belfast area?

The BFM had heard that the Tale of Spice was the no 2 out of 609 restaurants in Belfast (Tripadvisor) so decided to pay a visit.

Unit 2B Eastpoint Entertainment Village
1 Old Dundonald Road,Dundonald
Belfast
BT16 1XT
United Kingdom
028 9048 7676
http://www.taleofspicedundonald.com
info@taleofspicedundonald.com

I have to say that it looked very good decor wise and so it should be as it’s been open since August this year. The joint owners are Indian, front of House is Sunil and chef in kitchen being the other owner. Both have worked in Indian Ocean restaurants and have vast experience. Also the two waiters are Indians,so this is a genuine Indian Restaurant and not Pakistani or Bangladeshi, so food is 100% genuine Indian.

I went for the lunch special which is 2 courses for £7.95. I chose the mixed vegetable and mince lamb samosas (2 pc) served with salad and a lovely red sweet and sour sauce.

For main course I had the chicken jalfrezi and nan. I must admit it was the best Jalfrezi I have had and the nan was fluffy and accompanied the jalfrezi very well. The Jalfrezi was just hot (chilli) enough and there was ample sauce,along with mushrooms, green peppers and onion,just like a Jalfrezi should be.

Chef made me fresh cardamom infused rice pudding topped with chopped almonds. Delicious way to finish the meal.

It is a new restaurant and in my opinion one of the best authentic Indian restaurants in the greater Belfast area. I would thoroughly recommend it,especially to take advantage of their lunch time specials.
It’s a great place to lunch in for any offices nearby or even Dundonald hospital.

There is ample car parking there, also cinema and a kids play area all in the complex. They do have a kids menu, so why not make a day or night of it!!!

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Piri Piri chicken that packs a punch

The BFM had to fill up after another yoga session so decided to try Pepe’s chicken shop. This was different it was a Piri Piri place and I was offered a piece of chicken with extra hot sauce and I can promise you it was hot!!!!

Lisburn Leisure Park
Governors Road
Lisburn
BT28 1LP
United Kingdom
http://www.pepes.co.uk
028 9266 6879

The menu range was fantastic . I went for the hot Piri Piri chicken and rice with Piri Piri chips, a garlic dip and a drink all for £6.29. There was a surcharge of 30p for the Piri Piri powder on the chips, and I felt there should have been more sauce with the chicken and rice. The staff were very friendly and restaurant very clean and has been doing well since it opened 5 months ago. Location wise you can’t beat,free parking and cinema,big hi 5.

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St Anne’s Square 4th Wall pulled pork

The BFM wanted to go see, feel and taste A Taste of Summer at Saint Anne’s Square, so went down Saturday afternoon. The heavens had just opened and by the time I was there it wasn’t that busy. But I did make it over to the 4th Wall restaurant.

St Annes Square
Talbot Street
Belfast
BT1 2LR
United Kingdom
http://www.4thwallbelfast.com
028 9027 8707

The offering there was a £5 pulled pork roll with celeriac coleslaw,apple sauce,BBQ and chilli sauce. The roll was crusty outside and moist inside,the slaw was very runny but delicious and the sauces were brilliant, not too chilli,salty or sweet. An amazing compliment to the spectacularly cooked, melt in your mouth and tasty pork. Would definitely recommend the 4th Wall. Must try the main menu!!!!

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Sunny Springsteen’s

The BFM was treated to a fantastic lunch by a fellow colleague from out of town. We were on the busy Lisburn Road and pushed for time so hence we ended up at Springsteen’s.

633 Lisburn Road
Belfast
BT9 7GT
United Kingdom
http://www.springsteens.co.uk
028 9066 7272

It was a fabulous afternoon and we decided to basque in the warm sunshine, except for the wasps!!

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Our waitress suggested the lunch specials as the a la carte portion size was very big and we did have to get back to the office!!!

The Lunch special was £7.95 each and my partner had Chicken Schnitzel (chicken fillet, skinny fries, coleslaw and pepper sauce), whilst I went for the Arizona Chicken (American fried chicken breast, covered with Piri Piri sauce, melted cheese, tobacco onions
and garlic chips) with a Coke and water.

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Whilst sun bathing and soaking up the rays, we were nearly bitten by the squadron of wasps!!! The food came out pretty promptly and the portion size was big, so imagine what the a la carte is like!!!

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My partner really enjoyed his as did I. My chicken was cooked well,not dry and it was succulent. The Piri Piri sauce was a bit too tangy/tomatoey- didn’t pack a punch,so needs a bit of work. The tobacco onions were amazing and garlic chips had subtle amount of garlic and not swimming in butter. Excellent overall for atmosphere (less the wasps), service and quality. The Boss would enjoy his namesake!!

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Cool Concept in Chinese Cuisine at Beijing

The BFM went to Beijing Restaurant

341 Albertbridge Road
Belfast
BT5 4PY
United Kingdom
028 9045 5759

What a novel concept. There is a large banner outside the restaurant saying “Eat As Much As You Want” lunch for £4.50, dinner for £6.99 (specific times).
I was not sure if it was a buffet type place, so I went in for lunch.

I was welcomed and seated and presented with a menu. My initial reaction was wow not a buffet, how does this work. I was reliably informed that you could order as many dishes as you wanted from appetisers (choice of 13), mains (choice of 15 plus accompaniments) and then desserts (choice of 4). The best thing was that the dishes all cooked from fresh to order.

I had a mixture, Crispy chilli chicken,chicken soup,chicken satay,prawn toast, crispy smoked chicken for starters.
Mains consisted of Chips,chicken fried rice,chicken balls,chicken curry,chicken Sichuan
Banana fritter and ice cream for sweet!!!

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Now you might think all these dishes!! I must say the portion sizes were akin to small plates, almost tapaesque. The quality was good and service was fair. All dishes cooked afresh and very tasty . This would be a great place for a party!!

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Farewell lunch at Ruby’s

The BFM has just finished his contract in Larne,and as a treat the girls treated me to lunch at Ruby’s.

168 Old Glenarm Road
Larne
BT40 1TS
United Kingdom
028 2826 0924

So we all pre ordered and only had a wee wait at the restaurant. I was reliably informed that it had been done up and doubled as a sports bar and club also.

I had Cod and chips which was fantastic. There were two pieces of cod well battered and fried to perfection and served in a mini frying basket, minted peas, tartare sauce, wedge if lemon and bowl of chips. I wasn’t allowed to pay so don’t know how much. Suffice to say the restaurant was great,service fabulous,food amazing,will definitely try it again!!!

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Sunday snax in Hadskis

The BFM wants to share a Sunday afternoon in January when I ventured to Hadskis and had a wee snack or two!!

33 Donegall Street / Commercial Court
Belfast
BT1 2NB
United Kingdom
http://www.hadskis.co.uk
028 9032 5444

Hadskis was the brainchild of Niall McKenna who is very quickly becoming a major player in the Belfast restaurant trade. Hadskis was named after Stewart Hadski who in the 1790’s made pots and pans.

Without further clunking and clanking, let’s tell you what I had!!!! I ordered two small plates.The first was Smoked Haddock Chowder (£5.50) which was 1cm cubed potato chunks,mussels and haddock. The second was
Orecchiette pasta c spiced sausage (£5.50). The pasta pieces were
smaller than 10p concave circles, in a tomato sauce.

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To wash it all down I had cucumber infused water,very refreshing. The plates came out together and after 20 mins, so they were cooked from fresh. They both tasted exceptional and I was impressed with the portion size. Service was prompt and the restaurant decor was impeccable, it’s quite deceptive from outside,as it’s long and thin. Well done all the guys at Hadskis!!!

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Great traditional Spirit grocer that is Billy Andy’s

Well the BFM had a meeting in Billy Andy’s, a licensed spirit grocer, in the countryside of Antrim.

66 Browndod Road
Larne
BT40 3DX
United Kingdom
http://www.billyandys.com
028 2827 0648

The Spirit Grocer,brings me back to time gone by!! This is a lovely countryside pub,meeting place and restaurant in a real authentic old Irish place,just like olden days.

I was greeted very warmly and given menu and ordered my usual water,which came promptly with ice and lemon. For my food I ordered the Rare Breed Pork platter and apple. This had five different types of pork- loin, hock, bacon, crackling and black pudding served on a rectangular white plate and then the place mat was a black slate, so impressive. I have wanted to try Billy Andy’s since February as I was told it served great Irish food. So you cannot get more Irish than five types of pork especially black pudding, cabbage and of course spuds. The mash was mustard mash and creamy and fulfilling. The whole dish was well constructed and presented and was well worth the 25 minute wait,another indication of food cooked fresh and to perfection.

In short this was the best plate I have eaten all year. I’m looking forward to sampling more. This is a gem off the beaten track and Must be tried.

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