Northern Ireland – Food and Drinks

Food

Boojum

I was told many times, from a person that lives in Belfast, that I had to try the burritos from Boojum. I was told it would be the best burrito I would have eaten in my entire life. “Boojum Mexican Burrito Bar” is a chain of fast-food specialised in Mexican food – you can have a burrito, quesadillas, churros, etc. This fast-food restaurant can be found in different cities of Ireland not only in Belfast – for example you can find a Boojum in Dublin, Galway, Derry, Corky among others. As we had a Boojum right in front of our hotel we decided to give it a go. I have to say my husband loved them, really LOVED them. He kept saying “this meat is so good” as a weirdo. Despite his attitude I had to agree with him, the burritos were really tasty. You can choose different meats like chicken, pulled pork, beef or choose their vegetarian option. Added to the meat you have a flour tortilla, rice (cilantro-lime or Mexican savoury), beans (black or pinto), salsa, cheese and sour cream. If you are afraid of the spiciness of the burrito, don’t be worried, ours didn’t have any spice so you will be OK. Obviously if you love spice you can add that. Actually, the guy that was next to us was drowning his burrito in Tabasco sauce!

Website: https://www.boojummex.com/


Mikeys

This burger/hot dog place caught our attention due to its slogan “Clogging arteries since 2012”. The first time we saw this place it was packed but maybe because it was St. Patrick’s Day. So, we only tried the day after. They usually have a discount – burger/hot dog plus fries plus drink for 5 pounds. We thought it was a really good value. I ordered the burger and I found it very tasty. My husband order the Sloppy Joe and he said it was REALLY spicy. The spiciest food he have ever tried in his life. He was really struggling to it. For you guys who don’t like spicy food, please choose another item of the menu. But the food itself was good and worth to give it a go.

Note: They have other choices than burger and hot dog such as nachos, burrito and pancakes.

Website: http://www.thisismikeys.com/

Address: 6 Bridge St, Belfast BT1 1LU


Cosmo – World Buffet Restaurant

As the name suggests, Cosmo is a buffet-restaurant. You’ll find it inside the main shopping center of the city, the Victoria Square. I know the buffet-restaurants are a bit controversial, either you love them or hate them. I confess we like to try this kind of restaurant and if they are good, we might come back if they are horrible – never again. Cosmo was a very pleasant experience; I can say it was one of the best restaurants of this category I have ever tried. The restaurant is usually full, so you’ll most likely have to wait for a table (unless you book a table in advance). When we arrived, the receptionist told us we had to wait 45 minutes, but it ended up being only 10 minutes. The food was tasty with good quality. The price was the usual for this type of restaurants.

Website: https://www.cosmo-restaurants.co.uk/

Address: 1 Victoria Square, Belfast BT1 4QG


Outside Belfast

As I said in the beginning of this post, we only spent half a day in this area and to be honest we didn’t eat anything. Although we didn’t have an opportunity to eat, we stopped at one place called Ramore. It was a friend who lived in the area that brought us here. He said the desserts were to die for. Unfortunately, when we arrived at 3 pm on a Saturday they said they were not accepting more clients because they were about to close. The desserts looked amazing though. So, if you can come here when it is opened it a good place to eat, relax and enjoy the view of the Irish coast.

Note: Even though we came for the desserts, they also serve meals.

Opening times: Monday to Saturday: 10 AM to 5 PM / Sunday: 9 AM to 1 PM

Website: http://www.ramorerestaurant.com/

Address: 1 Harbour Road County Antrim, Portrush BT56 8DF


Drinks

Europa Hotel

Pints of Guinness

Europa Hotel, a four-star hotel located in Great Victoria Street is known as the “most bombed hotel in Europe” and “the most bombed hotel in the world”. This building was bombed 33 times (some reports vary on this number) during the conflicts that occurred in Belfast in the end of the 20th-century. These conflicts are known as “The Troubles”. Nevertheless, this hotel opened in 1971, has hosted important figures such as presidents, prime ministers and celebrities.

We found ourselves in their fancy and beautiful bar where I had a pint of Guinness. You cannot visit Ireland and not drink a pint of Guinness. A nice place where you can have a relaxing evening.


Grand Central Hotel Belfast

This hotel located very close to the Belfast City Hall cannot be miss. The Grand Central Hotel Belfast is the tallest building of the city and the true jewel is the bar situated on the top called Observatory. From this luxurious space you will have the most amazing views of Belfast. Don’t forget the dress code is smart attire. The drinks are a bit pricey which it is not a surprise. However, if you can I will suggest you having your afternoon tea here., which you have to book at least 24 hours in advance.

Website: https://www.grandcentralhotelbelfast.com/observatory/


Fitzwilliam Hotel

Expresso Martini and Porn Star Martini

The Fitzwilliam Hotel was our choice for accommodation during this trip and for that we wanted to try the bar in here as well. The bar is not as big as the others but cosy and comfortable enough to end our night. We had a couple of cocktails that were well confectioned. Relaxing atmosphere and friendly staff.


Bear in mind that these hotels are very closed to each other. The Fitzwilliam Hotel and the Europa Hotel are in the same street and the Grand Hotel is a few minutes-walking away. These lounges will add a touch of “fanciness” to your trip to Belfast.