The food revolution in East Belfast continues unabated with the Belmont Road giving Ballyhackamore a run for its money as the go to food destination in the east.

Everything was in place for the Belmont Road to be a haven for foodies – they’ve got one of oldest and most respected greengrocers in Belfast, M Piper, as well as renown butchers James Coffey.

The old guard of restaurants and cafes have in recent years been joined by a host of newbies each with their own style and unique selling points to discerning clientelle.

We pick our top 9 places to eat as well as a hidden gem and news of an imminent arrival…

1. Oliver’s

59 Belmont Rd

With coffee shops on the Belmont Road, Lisburn Road and Upper Newtownards Road, Oliver’s is strategically placed to serve the city’s lunch-seeking masses. Belmont Road is most definitely their HQ with both a coffee shop and deli here.

And now they’ve added another string to their bow with a new evening menu at their coffee shop on the Belmont Road. They’ve kept the menu simple with just a handful of items to choose from, but each of them have been honed to perfection. The Brick Chicken and Bacon & Avocado Burgers are two of the star turns and the BYOB option brings an added dimension to their evening experience.

2. Canteen

10 Belmont Rd

Formerly located in Belfast’s Saint Anne’s Square, Canteen has opened its new kitchen café on the Belmont Road.

The award-winning eatery promises to bring the same dedication to exceptional coffee and fantastic food to its new home. As an added bonus you can BYOB on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Read more on the new venture here

3. Thirty Six

36 Belmont Rd

The emphasis at Thirty Six coffee shop is on fresh, local, home cooked food. They do a great breakfast and have an amazing selection of home baked goods and sweet treats come lunchtime. It puts us in the awkward position of having to decide what time to visit. We find 11am is perfect to get the best of both worlds.

4. Silver Leaf Chippy

15 Belmont Rd

Seeing a chippy get a delivery from Belfast’s oldest fishmongers Ewing’s is always a good sign. Variety is the spice of life on the Belmont Road. Some nights you need a three course meal with a bottle of wine, others nothing will do but a fish supper. Silver Leaf is right up there with the best in Belfast.

5. Park Avenue Hotel

158 Holywood Rd

Located just off the main Belmont Road, this long standing hotel itself puts together a pretty tidy plate of food, but if you want to upgrade to something very special Marco Pierre White’s first steakhouse in Northern Ireland is located here.

6. Bennett’s Bistro

4 Belmont Rd

The trusted friend on the Belmont Road, if in doubt you’ll not go far wrong with Bennett’s. Their evening meals are particularly fine and best of all there’s nearly always a deal on involving food & wine!

7. Truffles

63 Belmont Rd

Big breakfasts are the speciality at Truffles. The best place to go for a hangover cure up to 3.45pm every day. If you’re still hungover after then you’re safer going back on the drink.

8. Slim’s Kitchen

28 Belmont Rd

For the more health conscious the Slim’s franchise provides you with an abundance of freshly pressed juices and protein shakes as well as some incredible plates of food for those who don’t want to feel guilty about going out for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

9. Baker Street

20-22 Belmont Rd

An awesome spot for a restaurant which has played host to several memorable eateries in recent years. It’s now the home of family friendly restaurant Baker Street, who offer the best of local produce, artisan breads, craft beers and cocktails from early morning right through to 10pm.

Hidden gem…

GOLDEN CRUMB

Belmont Church Rd

Hidden in a side street between Belmont Road and Ballyhackamore you’ll find the Golden Crumb. It’s probably as well it’s a bit out of the way because their pastries are that good they’d be unable to keep up with the demand.

Coming soon…

THE GAS HOUSE

61 Belmont Rd

They saw a niche and they went for it! The Gas House will open soon bringing American-style sandwiches and pizzas to the Belmont Road.

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