Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Food for thought ... Belfast needs more good restaurants

Eating out in Belfast has improved dramatically in recent years, but one of the city's top chefs believes there is still a long way to go.

Niall McKenna, head chef and owner of award-winning restaurant James Street South, says Belfast needs more quality restaurants catering for all budgets before it can compete with the UK's top cities.

Niall trained with Michelin star chef the late Robbie Millar and worked with some of the biggest names in the industry including Gary Rhodes and Nico Ladenis. He told the Belfast Telegraph: "I just feel in Belfast there's really only Nick Price of Nick's Warehouse.

"He's the original chef and has been around for years and survived in some very tough times, which is really impressive. There is also Paul (Rankin) but he is downsizing and Michael (Deane). They are really the only three big-name chefs.

"We need more people living in the city centre in places like Victoria Square.

"If you have people milling about the city centre, more restaurants and bars will start to open up."

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