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New Cathedral Quarter eatery Hadskis steaks a claim on foodies bible

By Adrian Rutherford

A newcomer to the fine dining scene has made it into the latest edition of a food lovers' bible.

Hadskis in Belfast is one of two new entries from Northern Ireland featured in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2015.

The Eagle restaurant at Galgorm also makes it into this year's guide.

A total of 18 restaurants, pubs and cafes from across Northern Ireland are included.

Eleven are based in Co Antrim, and include long-time favourites such as Belfast's Ginger Bistro, James Street South and Mourne Seafood Bar.

There are six more in Co Down, including The Boathouse in Bangor and The Bay Tree in Holywood.

The sole entry from Armagh is the city's Uluru Bistro.

Belfast Telegraph food critic Joris Minne said the inclusion of 18 Northern Ireland venues in the latest Good Food Guide was testament to the high standard of our eateries.

"We may have lost the three Michelin stars we once had, yet every few months Northern Ireland restaurants pop up in the news winning awards throughout the UK and Ireland," he said.

"Northern Ireland and Belfast in particular punch far above their weight in terms of quality of restaurants and produce.

"Compare Belfast to any city the same size in the UK and you won't find a quarter of the number of good bistros, brasseries and restaurants that we enjoy here."

Located in Donegall Street in Belfast's popular Cathedral Quarter and owned by Niall McKenna of James Street South fame, Hadskis only opened last October but is already proving a hit with diners.

Restaurant manager Ben Tsang said he was delighted to feature in the guide.

"We are part of James Street South and the Bar and Grill, and we have to meet high standards," he said. "They have both been in the Good Food Guide whereas we are the baby of the company, but word has spread and the response from people has been fantastic.

"We have been getting very good feedback from customers."

Elizabeth Carter, consultant editor of the Waitrose Good Food Guide, congratulated the new entrants.

"Particular acknowledgement goes to Niall McKenna of James Street South, who not only won the Readers' Restaurant of the Year Award for Northern Ireland this year, but also opened the fantastic new Hadskis in Belfast.

"Along with the likes of Ox, and Michael Deane's revamped flagship, there's a real buzz in Belfast and an ever-more-exciting food scene in Northern Ireland."

Factfile

Northern Ireland restaurants featured in the guide:

Co Antrim

The Ginger Bistro, Belfast

Eipic, Belfast

Hadskis, Belfast

Il Pirata, Belfast

James Street South, Belfast

Molly's Yard, Belfast

Mourne Seafood Bar, Belfast

Ox, Belfast

The Bar & Grill at James Street South, Belfast

The Potted Hen, Belfast

The Eagle at Galgorm

Co Down

The Boathouse, Bangor

The Old Schoolhouse Inn, Comber

The Governor Rocks, Donaghadee

The Bay Tree, Holywood

Balloo House, Killinchy

Vanilla, Newcastle

Co Armagh

Uluru Bistro, Armagh

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