Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Lunch isn't for wimps: Cabaret Supper Club

Cabaret Supper Club (above AMPM), Upper Arthur Street, Belfast

Cabaret Supper Club (above AMPM), Upper Arthur Street, Belfast

It wasn't quite lunch, more of a girls' treat and Christmas dinner.

I strutted into Belfast's newest dining establishment, thinking I was smoother than a well-sanded banister.

Then my six inch heels let me down. Big time.

I graciously flew through the air and landed at the waiter's feet on all fours, while trying to bury my head in a velour tablecloth.

As I winced with embarrassment and took a look around me at the crowded restaurant, I was horrified to see my performance had gone down well with a table of 20 young men, who cheered wildly.

Not the start to the evening that I had desired.

At least the food and 'professional' entertainment went down a treat.

It was £45 each for a three-course dinner with cabaret entertainment all night.

This is a niche needed to be filled in Belfast for a long time and Eamon McCusker and Eugene Kielt have not failed in the task.

I chose the chicken tempura with salad and honey chilli dressing to start. The chicken was succulent and piping hot and the dressing gave it the fiery kick we needed to start the evening off. I chose the dry aged sirloin with champ and winter vegetables as my main, and my co-pilot chose traditional turkey and ham.

My sirloin arrived out on a wooden board with the side orders placed in pots around the edge. It was beautifully presented and tasted magnificent.

My friend on the other hand did enjoy her turkey and ham, but asked a couple of times for gravy before it finally arrived.

But she thoroughly enjoyed her meal and the two bottles of house white wine.

My dessert was pistachio ice-cream and Kathryn chose the apple crumble. But after such a filling main course it was difficult to finish the dessert.

The night kicked off with Robert Brown wooing the revellers with Sinatra and jazz classics, while drag queen Trudy Scrumptious raised the roof with her dance scenes and witty cabaret acts.

The stylish silverware, huge crystal chandeliers and velvet burlesque club seating all creates a night out diners will remember for a long time.

This restaurant will do well on word of mouth alone. There is no way you could go here and not recommend it to everyone you meet.

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