Whether it’s fried, battered, fresh, poached, grilled, or rolled up in rice with those funny wee orange eggs – fish is a commodity you’ll find plenty of in Belfast.
Being so close to open water is a big advantage.
We rate our top 9 places that specialise in seafood in Belfast…
The Mourne Seafood Bar has found fame in Belfast’s culinary scene for being one of a small number of places in the city that specialise and build their entire menu around fresh and affordable seafood. With restaurants in Belfast, Dundrum and Dublin one of the unique things about Mourne Seafood is the fact that they source all their shellfish from their own shellfish beds.
Probably the most famous fish restaurant in the city Tedfords was built in around 1843 and boasts a fantastically rich maritime history. Over three levels Tedfords is well known for its lunch time meals as well as it’s pre-theatre menu and private function facility.
This 100 seater space has an informal, modern style to its interiors but still serves what they call the “finest local seafood and shellfish”. Love Fish have a great £6.50 lunch special every day as well as an a la carte, Love Fish Late and Sunday menus on offer.
It’s fish, Jim, but not as we know it! Asian fusion restaurant Zen has an excellent range of sushi and sashimi as well maki roll and tempura. But make sure and leave room for the showstopper that is Zen’s signature dish – deep fried sliced monkfish tails flavoured with Zen sweetened grapefruit Tangyang sauce.
E Bridge St
The fish section alone contains 23 stalls and holds the reputation for being the leading retail fish market on the island of Ireland. Get there from 6am on Fridays for the pick of the catch.
This delicatessen of epic proportions boasts a fish section with local and Mediterranean delicacies such as salmon, sea bass, cod, squid, octopus, crayfish, mussels, anchovies and sardines.
This Japanese restaurant is regarded as one of the most authentic in Northern Ireland trading in some of the most amazing platters you’ll find this side of Japan. Surf clam, eel, octopus, sea bream and cuttle fish are some of the more interesting selections of sushi and sashimi. They’re also known for their great value lunchtime offers.
8. CAFE FISH
Our top pick in our recent list of favourite chippies, Cafe Fish does a mean fish supper. Not as fine a dining establishment as many of those listed above, there’s a lot to be said for a big battered fish on a bed of chips, delivered with haste.
Another of our favourite chippies, Long’s is a bit of a local secret, but the word has got out about this legendary fish and chip shop. They’ve had a few of those actor types drop in for supper: Brendan Fraser, Sean Bean, and the lads from Take That. Eamon Holmes even said that if he had only a couple of days to live, he’d end up at Long’s for his last meal. From the Big Man that is praise indeed.