The staff are young and very friendly in grey shirts, jeans & green aprons. Menus are printed on a single sheet of paper as is the well balanced wine list. Seven starters and seven mains appear on the menu, together with an assortment of side dishes.
I struck gold with my Chicken Liver Parfait (£6.50). Liberally adorned with shards of crispy chicken skin. This definitely goes onto my last meal on earth wishlist. I had to eke it out as no matter how much was on the plate, it would still never be enough. The parfait was silky with toasted brioche soldiers, crunchy hazelnuts and mellow onion jam. I love my husband dearly but I begrudged sharing more than a tiny piece with him. I took great pleasure in being childish and doing the "mine is nicer than yours" chant. He had the Tiger Prawns (£7.00) in a spicy tomato sauce with a fish croquette wrapped in crispy potato. It was pretty and well flavoured but not a patch on my starter.
And so to dessert. I was really full at this point but the bottomless pit opposite me still had space left. He chose the Apple Crumble (£6) which was almost granola like in appearance with sliced almonds and oats in a flat steel pan. Lots of warm spice contrasted with the tart apple and sweet crumble, while a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top completed his happiness. And when the staff say the handle is hot, they mean it...
The coffee is from Bailies so suitably top notch and milk is served in the prettiest little milk churns which I understand have been pilfered by half of Belfast at this stage. Not me though. Drat.
Dinner was £72 excluding service and worth every last penny.
Howard Street, 56 Howard Street, Belfast
Tel : +44 2890248362