Green Cod with Rocket & Pickled Cucumber
Bite style themselves as "Hip, not Hipster" but I don't think this is correct. The staff are definitely of the uber-cool hipster variety while the crowd is a mix of Crackbird types and well dressed post-work people (you can guess amongst yourselves where we fitted in...). The owner was very visible, wandering up and down the restaurant like a lost soul, but failing to ask the customers how they were getting on and choosing to sit with his friends instead for a little chat. More customer care and less buddy buddy would go a long way here
We started proceedings with a bowl of buttery salty popcorn which Smutcho had made serious inroads into before myself and Sprinty arrived a few minutes later. It was very good indeed and another bowl would have been very much welcomed.
By sheer coincidence, we all ordered the green cod, so no cross-sharing of food on this occasion, although we did negotiate the sides to include all three varieties of chips : skinny (95c), Truffle & Parmesan and Duck Fat (€3.95 each). I had eaten Truffle & Parmesan at The Bar+Grill in Belfast the weekend before, so I was expecting great things from Bite. They can relax, the chips were excellent if a little on the fat side. When we mentioned this to our server, she (belatedly) told us we could have them as skinny fries if we liked.
Aioli, Brandy BBQ & Tart Tartare Sauces
Our cod was accompanied by rocket, a lemon wedge, a teeny pot of pickled cucumber a la The Tannery (close, but not quite...) and a choice of one of the sauces. My aioli was sufficiently garlicky to ensure no vampires approached me on the way home. Smutcho & Sprinty were very taken with their own and forgot to share. It's ok, I got in first with some skinny chips to sample them. The cod in a vodka & beer batter was very good indeed. The batter was light and crisp, with no soggy hidden bits and the fish was perfectly cooked.
With a glass of wine each, our bill came to €61 which was pretty reasonable value for an after-work dinner.