Legendary chef Marco Pierre White opened his first Northern Ireland restaurant in east Belfast’s four-star Park Avenue Hotel on Monday October 12.
A couple of days before the official opening belfastvibe were fortunate to get a preview of what to expect.
Here’s six reasons why we think you should get on over there ASAP…
A fairly obvious starting point. Guests can expect a selection of timeless classics, each delivered with Marco’s own unique flair interpreted by head chef Eddie Patrick, who spent weeks training with Marco Pierre White’s team to deliver the required quality.
While the 28-day dry aged native breed steaks take centre stage some of the supporting actors are very capable of stealing the show including the Roast rump of lamb a la Dijonnaise and the Gnocchi Primavera.
The new 98-seat Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill opening follows a complete refurbishment.
The black and white vibe is classy and the lighting is very soothing, creating a relaxing environment perfect for a romantic dinner for two. Hint, hint…
Marco terms his restaurants as “affordable glamour” – a consistently high quality dining experience that is also comfortable and entertaining.
The good news for those visiting the Park Avenue restaurant is because the produce and meat are locally sourced, prices will be noticeably lower than the Marco Pierre White operations in England and Dublin. On average, they’re about £4 below the GB and Ireland equivalents.
4. Prime location
Belfast’s Belmont Road has become a prime destination for foodies in recent years with a number of new restaurants and cafes opening near the Park Avenue, including most recently a new branch of Slim’s Kitchen a few doors down from the popular Bennett’s.
It’s also a stone’s throw away from the historic Strand Cinema, which still looks the part despite being Belfast’s oldest operational cinema.
5. Keeping it in the family
The Park Avenue Hotel has been in the same family since it opened in 1959. Mandy Patrick represents the third generation of the Stephens family. She says the match between the hotel restaurant and Marco Pierre White is a perfect fit.
“Our restaurant reputation was almost entirely based on the quality of the steaks so it makes perfect sense that an operation which has plenty of focus on meat should link in with us,” she says.
6. The most comfortable chair in the world
Marco’s favourite make of chair has been specially imported to his newest restaurant in Belfast and trust us, it’s the most comfortable chair you will ever sit on.
Best of all, you’re positively encouraged to do so, then take a selfie and share it with the hashtag #ShareTheChair
It’s hoped Marco Pierre White himself will visit Belfast in the coming weeks to sit in it.