Best Indian Styled contemporary restaurant in Belfast

The BFM/BTM mum,dad and sister went to Nu Delhi in Belfast- truly my favourite Contemporary Indian Styled Restaurant in Belfast. 

We were treated like royalty and had some amazing food. For starters we had a platter of vegetarian and non vegetarian options which included samosas,pakoras and aloo tikki and non vegetarian being two types of fish pakoras,seek kebab and chicken tikka served with salad and a choice of 6 sauces!!! Also dahi bhalla to cool things down.

For mains there was a chicken dish and an on the bone lamb spicy dish (my favourite), as well as salad, cumin rice, naan and roti. For vegetarian selection there was daal makhani, aloo gobhi, palak paneer, malai kofta and bhindi bhaji. It really was a feast fit for a maharajahs table. We also had some delicious mango lassi to wash it all down.

For dessert it was gajar ka halwa, Rasmalai and gulab Jaman. 

The staff are second to none, chef Sanj has been there from day one and does it all so well. I would thoroughly recommend to all food lovers, lovers!!!  and travellers!!!

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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
Northern Ireland
+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.





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.





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



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.


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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Lovely Italian

The BFM had a wonderful taste of truly delightful Italian food in an amazingly designed and authentically decorated two storey, 200 seater Italian Restaurant that is Fratelli.

60 Gt Victoria Street
Bt2 7ab


+44 28 9031 0862

This is the 4th incarnation as a restaurant and having been to the previous 3 (Bourbon, Victoria’s and The Malt Room), it’s simply the best!!!

Joanne the manager was very helpful and explained the menus, why the logo is a pig (as wild boar roamed around Fratellis in Ballymena),and served me and finished off by showing me a selection of desserts.

I was very surprised and gladly appreciated the complimentary arancini,bread sticks,olive bread and olive tapenade.

To follow it was pork fillet,sautéed potatoes,mushroom and porcini truffle cream with hint of Tarragon (£10 lunch, there is also an £8 and £6 lunch).It was served in a very large white round bowl not dissimilar to nouvelle cuisine, but the good thing was it was very filling!! The whole meal was very earthy,pork fantastically cooked and the tarragon and truffle with the porcine complimented it very well.

There is a separate a la carte evening menu after 5 pm and a set Christmas lunch and dinner menu. Downstairs will seat 100 as will upstairs. The decour was splendid with very ornate craftsmanship. The builders turned it round in 5 weeks!!

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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.
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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Belfast Christmas Market 10th years old

After a fab media course run by BCC, the BFM decided to check out the Christmas Market which is 10 years old.

Notable absences like Love Olive, the Maharajah and Polish sausage man, were quickly replaced by a Moroccan and Jamaican stand, talk later. So sit back and Njoy the show and please go visit.



Great hot jerk chicken wrap!!!!


Fab chicken and cous cous (both £5 a pop).

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I think tree in City Hall is nicer!!!

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Date night At 28

BFM took Mrs BFM out for dinner at a wonderful recently opened Chinese Restaurant and Take Out in Holywood called At 28.

45 High Street
BT18 9AB
028 9042 5888

I had a voucher for two starters, two mains and two sides. We ordered Crispy Chicken filo with sweet chilli (2 pc) and Salted and Chilli Chicken wings (4 pc) and received complimentary prawn crackers. The wings were great, not too chilli or salty, accompanied by a nice salad. The filo chicken was special. There were two chicken pieces wrapped in fine strips of filo and fried served on a bed of salad. The filo was crunchy and this was the first time we had tasted a dish like this,big thumbs up!

For mains we had Deep Fried King Prawn with salt and chilli and
Roast Duck in Plumb sauce with Chips and boiled rice. The portion sizes were big and the food was very tasty. It was served after about 15 minutes so was all cooked fresh. The duck was fresh and not frozen. It was all cooked by a Hong Kong Chef.

The restaurant was decorated with Hallowe’en regalia, which again was a first I had seen. It is also a BYO place.

This is a lovely place, with friendly staff and great tasting authentic Chinese Hong Kong food. I would certainly go back for more!!

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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
BT16 1XT
United Kingdom
028 9048 7676

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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Last blast b4 detox

Well the BFM started detox today with water,maple syrup,lemon and cayenne. So last night I was treated to a superb meal by a friend.

The restaurant was Failte. Failte means welcome and wow we were welcomed and looked after very well.

145-7 Falls Road
United Kingdom
028 9024 3846

I had Failte Chicken which was chicken in a creamy bacon garlic and onion with shaved parsnip and choice of potato, I had cheesy garlic potatoes. It was delicious, well cooked and a good portion size.

I had hoped for more Irish dishes eg Boxty and colcannon, you could add to the menu?! But champ and cheesy garlic spuds and Failte chicken certainly are. The menu is a varied one and I would thoroughly recommend it.

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Nice dinner out with Mrs BFM

We chose Lolita as we had a voucher to the value of £20.

66 Stranmillis Rd
United Kingdom
028 9066 8087

The deal was 2 starters,2 mains and two rice.If one wanted fish/prawn there was a surcharge. Also they were rigid and would not change a rice for a nan.

Anyways we ordered Chichen pakora supreme £4.10
Malai chicken tikka £4.25
Chicken tikka saag £11.95
Lamb chilli garlic £11.95
Keema nan £2.55
Plus water to drink. So quids in.



The starters were fantastic,the lamb garlic chilli certainly had chilli,not too much garlic and lamb was perfect. The chicken saag was a bit watery.Also the keema nan was very small.The food was tasty overall so give it a go.

Some USP’s were there were booths separated with chiffon,there was face cloths for hand dryers in the bathroom and expandable hot towels!!

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Angelic offerings at Angelos

The BFM was advised to try out this quaint little Italian Restaurant called Angelos.

3A Market Lane
Pipers Hill
BT28 1YG
United Kingdom
028 9267 2554


For those not used to Lisburn, it is situated beside the Medical Centre on Pipers Hill, near the Linen Hall Museum. So the BFM and his three very hungry girls arrived just after 6pm on a very pleasant Saturday evening. Parking was not a problem and locating the venue was easy also.


We were very impressed when we entered, especially my 6 year old daughter who had been looking forward to dinner all day!!

The decor and layout was very intimate, but not overcrowded. There were lovely mirrors and lighting throughout. We especially loved the feature of the pizza ovens situated in the corner visible for all to see, and the beautiful mural on the wall. There’s a story behind – that see below.


We were given menus for kids, specials and a la carte. For the kids we ordered cheesy garlic bread and fresh chicken goujons with chips (2 courses for £5.95) and creamy carbonara followed by icecream and jelly. So the kids shared starters,mains and desert. As an unexpected bonus we were given an ‘Amuse Bouche’ a French tradition meaning ‘mouth pleaser’ in the literal sense, which is a Single hors d’hoevre generously offered by the chef free of charge. That’s what I call exceptional customer service. We had an expresso sized potato and leek soup.




For main course I had to have the Venison Wellington (£22.95, which was a medium rare venison steak, wrapped in mushroom duxelle and light puff pastry, served with red currant jus and truffle mash). An absolutely fabulous dish, venison cooked to perfection, good size portion and hot. The jus I thought could have been more fruity and the truffle oil was lost in the mash.

My wife had the wild mushroom tortellini which was faultless. We actually all tried each other’s dishes and were extremely impressed.

Then jelly and ice-cream arrived for the kids and I got a special scoop of the chefs in house vanilla ice-cream for getting the venison. Boy was it fantastic or what!!!!


So Richard Graham has done superbly with Angelos and it should definitely be one of Northern Ireland’s best Italian Restaurants. People would gladly do a 50 mile round trip for an amazing taste of Italian food.

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