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Ox restaurant beefs up reputation with two more awards

By John Mulgrew

Belfast restaurant Ox has walked away with yet more major industry awards.

The Oxford Street eatery was named as one of the 'hottest' restaurants in Europe, according to the World's 50 Best list.

When selecting the spot for the list, the awards body said Ox chef Stephen Toman "has helped put Northern Ireland on the foodie map, showcasing the country's stunning natural produce in simple but technically accomplished dishes".

It also said that "despite its meaty moniker" Ox's menu "celebrates sustainably sourced fish and vegetables just as much as meat."

And co-owner Stephen Toman also became the first Northern Ireland chef to win Chef of the Year at the Food & Wine Awards in Dublin.

The accolades are the latest bestowed on what has become one of the city's top eateries over the last two years. It's the brainchild of Stephen and Alain Kerloc'h, and joined Belfast's growing restaurant landscape in March 2013 when it opened at Oxford Street.

Just last month it won a UK-wide industry gong, fending off some of London's best Michelin-starred restaurants.

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