AA Gill dead at 62: Restaurant critic passes away from cancer
AA Gill, journalist and restaurant critic for The Sunday Times, has died of cancer aged 62.
AA Gill, journalist and restaurant critic for The Sunday Times, has died of cancer aged 62.
Thai red and green curry started popping up in Chinese takeaways in and around Belfast about 15 years ago. Soon, you could get a Thai curry chip in a lot of chip shops and then Michael Deane was booking flights to Bangkok to undergo intensive training in Thai cooking skills.
Lisburn is not the culinary capital of the north. But that doesn't mean there aren't any good places to eat there. Two of the better restaurants in the city are in Lisburn Square, the retail development built 15 years ago in the style of a wishfully imagined Ulster...
The Portaferry Hotel is back. In recent years, the beleaguered business suffered at the hands of volatile exchange rates, a fragile local economy, changes of ownership and eventual closure, all within one decade. Once the pride and joy of John Herlihy who ran the...
Dean Coppard, the Australian heart-throb who put the 'roo' into Armagh's Uluru, has moved on. The talented and restless Oz who injected a sense of quality into Armagh's eating out experience for the first time in decades, has shifted his gaze to greener pastures and can be found...
Proof that you can build instant industrial heritage lies in the relatively new restaurant Oliver's on the Newtownards Road. Located in a no-man's-land area between Ballyhackamore and Stormont, where a Ford car forecourt rubs shoulders with a KFC and some run-down units,...
It's that time of the year when the advisor likes to witness the gentle arrival of autumn, watching the first golden leaves flutter to the ground, feel that early nip in the air and to see the swallows head south, from the comfort of a warm restaurant.
The glamour of the jet age has faded to grey thanks to the advent of low cost airlines. A warm can of lager will set you back a fiver and if you want nuts, they'll count them out one by one.
Holywood, famed for its glamorous wives, army barracks and strict pub landlord (The Maypole), is now home to a new restaurant.
Northern Ireland restaurant Wine & Brine has been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand in the 2017 guide.
Belfast is turning French. There are so many French Villages across the city now that we might as well join them all up and call ourselves Bordeaux.
You wait ages for a bus then two come along at the same time. This is what Pizzaexpress has done to Belfast: opened two new restaurants on the same day, one in Ballyhackamore, the other in St Anne's Square. If that's not an indicator of investor confidence in the two most...
The Merchant Hotel is a monument to the commercial realisation of the Good Friday Agreement peace dividend.
Crumlin Road Gaol has been the surprise tourism hit for Belfast, with visitors comparing it to Alcatraz in San Francisco and Robin Island in South Africa. It has everything: a colourful recent political past, a tunnel linking it to the courthouse and a hangman's noose and trapdoor.
A former bank branch then a Thai restaurant, 31 University Road is now occupied by a Chinese restaurant. And a Japanese one. Soon there will be a European one too. This is why the owners call the place Three Levels. They are the owners of nearby popular China China and...
Balloo House in the heart of Co Down is as Ulster as you can get. Lovely old country pub, bustling great brasserie in the back and a touch of rough stone, white linen and fireplace upstairs. The county set love the place because it has everything from burgers to...
Eddie Fung is a party animal. He has the hair, the teeth and an air of international mystery which makes him the number one super guy you want to put in charge of your social event.
It's too easy to take pot-shots at local authorities when they spend money promoting their areas. When I worked at the NI Tourist Board we competed with the promotional agencies of places like Australia, California, Brazil, their vast marketing budgets and attendances at trade shows.
Finding a place for brunch in Belfast is the closest many of us will come to joining a search and rescue party. This is because the brunch concept is not an easy one for the city to accept and is, therefore, rare.
A couple of "good" steak loving Australians found their food salvation in a small restaurant in Northern Ireland.
The new Ballynahinch restaurant of Noel Wilson and chef Kelan McMichael sits in the sparkling Edwardian, green and cream tiled former butcher's shop on the corner of Dromore Street in Ballynahinch. It's the kind of space you might expect to see in on-trend areas of London,...
The people of Parkgate, just north of Templepatrick, are very lucky. They now have a restaurant which gives the place a bit of definition. Up until a few months ago, Parkgate was just a pleasant little dormitory village. Apart from its residents, nobody was entirely sure...
There was a brief and intense moment of sausage roll searching in Belfast during the month of June on the social network site Twitter. This involved Stephen Clements and Cate Conway off the radio, a battalion of committed tweeters and me indulging in our collective...
Since this column started eight years ago, readers have suggested all sorts of places across the north and south for me to visit. I have heeded many of these and am grateful for the guidance, which has revealed fabulous places as well as some dreadful holes.
Belfast loves its pizzas. There are more than 30 pizzerias within one square mile of the city's south side alone. But what is it about something so simple that we love so much? After all, it's just a dough base, a spoonful of tomato sauce and a sprinkling of cheese. The...
Only the other day I was thinking: What Northern Ireland needs more than anything is an Egyptian restaurant. Some of you would have put the Sphinx in Belfast down as a reliable provider of quality kebabs and possibly Egyptian with that name, but I'm talking about a proper, sit...
Wedding receptions in Northern Ireland are occasions usually associated with mediocre food. Too many hotels apply the tightest budgetary restrictions to their wedding lunch - or dinner - packages and even if you're a wealthy, generous bride's parent willing to pay big bucks for the best, you'll have to travel a long way before you're served a memorable meal.
Ali Askir is the chef patron of one of the north's best curry houses, Safa. Perched precariously above Kelly's Cellars, one of the north's best pubs, the restaurant is renowned among the curry cognoscenti of Belfast. Ali knows what they want and delivers a traditional, non-...
It's not the first time that James Street South graces the pages of this magazine, but nor is it every week that the multi-award winning restaurant (Georgina Campbell's 2016 Restaurant of the Year) is transformed into an Indian.
Since the closure of the Bo Tree Thai some four years ago, Belfast's choice of Thai restaurants and takeaways has been the poorer for it. According to a leading review site, Belfast's top five Thais include the Thai Village, The Golden Elephant, Same Happy, Zen and the Spice...
Armagh is Ireland's Atlantis. It has an almost mythical reputation among lovers of Celtic history, early Christianity, architecture, arts and literature.
If, like me, you fail at most athletic endeavours, then your appetite for exercise will be minimal. Instead, you reach a happy balance in your life by indulging your hunger and passion for other things like, say, burgers, egg mayonnaise sandwiches and Indian takeaways.
There have been rumblings for some months now in Ballynahinch, Co Down. Ballynahinch has all the solid charms of a rural Ulster market town and is known to thousands of us who negotiate its windy streets as we hurry to or back from a day in the Mournes or on the beaches...
The scoreline is now looking slightly one-sided, so this week Wood v Food went back to its roots by taking on a mammoth version of our national dish — the Ulster fry.
OX opened to instant applause a little over three years ago. At the time, its impact was compared in this column to that of the original Roscoff opened by Paul and Jeannie Rankin in 1989. I suggested that OX had the same potential to change Belfast's dining scene as had Roscoff 20 years earlier.
Food handed me my second humiliation last week to go 2-1 ahead, but this punch drunk fighter was determined not to go down in the fourth.
If the Northern Ireland restaurant sector had an end-of-term school report, it would read: 'Good, but could do better.' We're good, but we're not great, according to online, news and general media reviews.
Riding high on the buzz from last week’s victory, Wood v Food decided to head west in a bid to go one up in the series.
Belfast's food scene is going through interesting times. Until recently, the trend had been for street food served in as rough and as ready an environment as could be tolerated by a younger audience hungry for food you could eat without cutlery.
Ormeau Road and Rosetta residents have been in a silent, but deadly, battle with Ballyhackamore and the Strandtown gang. The raging war between the two areas, one in the east and the other in the south, is over who gets to be the cool 'n' boho quarter of Belfast.
Before any of you get any ideas about my, ahem, close and personal relationship with rock god-like chef Marco Pierre White and his anointed representatives on earth, Mandy and Eddie Patrick, let me declare that I was involved on a professional basis with the launch of their new...
Last weekend, the people of Londonderry rallied behind local event organiser and food hero Mary Blake to make the Legenderry Food Festival a huge success. This isn't the first time the walled city has flexed its culinary muscle to show the dismissive sophisticates down...
McKennas' Guides has released its app of the 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland, and it's sure to cook up some tasty debate.
The three pillars of a successful restaurant — food, service and environment — are all equal in importance.
Back to lovely Donaghadee for Mother's Day and a new restaurant. The two spine-chilling mentions in that opening sentence strike eye-swivelling fear into restaurateurs everywhere.
This being the NI Year of Food and Drink provides me with the pretext to go slightly beyond the usual remit of writing about restaurants. While more of us leave the kitchen idle and choose to eat out instead, moves are afoot to reverse the trend. One such move comes from a...
The impact of the food industry is far-reaching. It employs, entertains, feeds and sustains hundreds of thousands of us in Northern Ireland. More than any other sector, the food business is the one which we all know about, because we have to eat.
Health food was never sexy. It used to be in the sackcloth-and-ashes aisle. Next to the Dettol. But things have changed. Clean body warriors are engaged in a battle with obesity, booze and bad fast food and are building bunkers of resistance around Belfast in a strategic...
John Copeland has a feel for history and place. As the owner of John Long's Fish and Chip Restaurant, he understands better than most the concept of brand, position and offer.
Out-of-town restaurants are giving the best in Belfast a run for their money. Until recently, if you wanted to eat well, you stayed firmly in the Bay Area, as many of us have come to call the new Belfast.