take me out – I’m hungry

Since our interview with Kate yesterday we can’t stop thinking about where we shall have our next meal out.

So, here are a few of our favourite places, in our favourite towns.

BELFAST

TEATRO

(17 Botanic Avenue, BT7)

Teatro is an intimate cabaret restaurant oozing with style, offering Belfast a truly bohemian dining experience.

Delicious Mediterranean food is served in eclectic surroundings coupled with an ever-changing nightly performance of live music, cabaret or theatre.

THE BARKING DOG

(35 Malone Road, BT9)

Formerly the well known Rain City restaurant, The Barking Dog is in a useful location in the university area, near the botanic gardens – and the popular ‘Egg and Bot’ pubs (Eglantine and Botanic Inn).

The warmth of bare brick, simple wooden furniture and soft lighting make for a cosy and reassuring atmosphere, and talented chef Michael O’Connor offers a range of well-priced, carefully thought out menus for different times and occasions.

DUBLIN

THE WINDING STAIR

(40 Lower Ormond Quay  Dublin 1)

“The Winding Stair Bookshop & Café became a famous Dublin landmark in the 70’s and a popular meeting place for writers, musicians and artists. In an era of few venues it played host to dozens of readings & book launches and for many an unofficial office where long afternoons were spent meeting people. When its closure was announced in 2005 there were muttering about the end of an era – but, in 2006 Elaine Murphy brought this much-loved Bookshop & Restaurant back and it’s better than ever.

The Bookshop continues in the same format as before, with plenty of second-hand books, unusual new publications and a terrific range of children’s books.

The upstairs Restaurant has maintained the nostalgic ambiance of the famous building and specialises in a simple, high quality Irish cooking with an organic direction and extensive wine list.”

RIGBYS

” Rigby’s Deli and Dining Room is a daytime New York style deli and evening restaurant on Upper Leeson Street in Dublin 2. Owner and Chef James Rigby is a man on a mission – do great food during the daytime and at night, see what’s the best produce he can get and decide what to cook with it on the day … the concept is sound, and it makes a change to have food that is made to order, rather that fitting in with food fashions. Two courses cost €21. The wine is a bring your own policy, but they are right next door to Louis Albrouzes’ wonderful wine shop, so possibly by default have the best cellar in Dublin. Highly recommended.

LONDON

THE ELK IN THE WOODS

(37-39 Camden Passage, N1 8EA)

“Having started out as a bar, the Elk presents more of a gastro face during busy lunchtimes, but regulars to this Camden Passage haunt aren’t discouraged from ordering up a Cucumber Martini or Tobia Rioja and occupying a wooden table for a while. Elk in the Woods is also a place for a quality breakfast, with the likes of duck egg with asparagus, sausage and toast dippers, and over-the-top sandwiches: veal doorstep, or rare breed lamb burger in torteno roll with grilled courgette and mint jelly.”

THE GARRISON

(99 Bermondsey Street, SE1)

“The Garrison Public House on London’s Bermondsey Street, close to Tower Bridge, captures perfectly our current obsession with the ‘real’ restaurant experience. With a décor falling somewhere between country chic and urban loft, The Garrison is decorated in comforting tones of duck egg, arsenic and cream with plenty of old wood and shimmering chrome. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served at The Garrison with each offering the same combination of sophisticated modernity and welcoming rusticity.” (TopTable)

(And … It also has a little hire-able cinema downstairs!!

Fantastic website with all the details.)

oh. absolute. yummers.

have you been to any of these places? Please do tell us what you thought. And, (more importantly!) we would love to have your recommendations too … Always nice to discover new haunts!

eat up!

handsome and pretty

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