Stylish spot for a relaxed business lunch
The Bureau, 637 Shore Road, Jordanstown.
Sleek and stylish interiors, with big sofas and wooden tables. A slightly low ceiling does make it feel a little on the dark side at lunchtime, but this is doubtless to its advantage later on in the evening, when a bit more intimacy is required.
It's a big enough place so we weren't surprised that it wasn't packed out this particular afternoon, but there was a fair smattering of fellow casual diners and a handful of suited types enjoying what looked like relaxed business lunches.
Quite a good selection, with all the usual bar/bistro culprits (burger, steak, salmon) and a few nice curveballs (seared venison steak, pasta bake, fishcakes). There is also a good-looking list of starters such as olives, wedges and mussels.
What did we have?
I had the Bureau 6oz burger, which came with bacon and cheese, saute onions, chips and salad. My partner went for battered king prawns with rocket and caper salad, straw potatoes and citrus mayo.
There are good-sized doors at the entrance, which itself is on street level. There's plenty of room to manoeuvre inside as well, and the dining tables are relatively low.
The burger wasn't bad, although it's rare these days to get one which really blows your mind. The chips were very good too. The king prawns were very tasty and encased in a light and crispy batter. The mayo added lots of zing and offset the rocket and caper salad nicely.
Bureau burger £7.95; Battered prawns £8.95; drinks £3. TOTAL: £19.90.
This place has been around for a few years now and is still pulling in the customers. It has a good local catchment area whose residents obviously appreciate its mix of local chic and good honest grub. Give it a go next time you're in that neck of the woods.