The city is continuing to establish itself on the culinary map with two of its top city centre restaurants claiming the highly-coveted stars.
The Michelin Guide tweeted the exciting announcement this morning.
In March 2013, firm friends Belfast-born Stephen Toman and Brittany native Alain Kerloc’h combined forces and opened OX at Oxford Street, where it has enjoyed huge success ever since.
It had indeed been hotly anticipated for a Michelin star since it has previously fended off some of London’s best Michelin-starred eateries to pick up top awards.
Including most recently the ‘Menu of the Year’ at the Cateys in London, adding to the still-burgeoning number of accolades it’s received in the just two years it has been open.
But it now adds a gleaming Michelin star to its collection…
The guys were clearly overwhelmed by local support too, which we have to say is particularly well deserved…
Wow!We are absolutely delighted and very proud of team Ox.What an honour!thanks everyone for the support and kind words X.@MichelinGuideUK
— OXBelfast (@oxbelfast) September 16, 2015
Local restaurateur Michael Deane is also ecstatic that his new venture, Deanes Eipic, has gained such longed-for recognition just 18 months after it opened in Belfast’s Howard street.
Michael said: “It is an absolute joy to be awarded the much coveted Michelin star so soon after opening our doors. It’s no secret that my vision is for Eipic to be amongst the finest restaurant on these islands and it is a fantastic reward to know that we have been delivering to such high expectations right from the outset.”
We don’t know about you, but we’re just going to sit and stare at these pics of food for a while here…