Top Blade Steakhouse opens in Belfast's St Anne's Square
A new steak restaurant is opening at Belfast's St Anne's Square, creating 20 new jobs after an investment of £100,000.
Top Blade Steakhouse, a 46-seater venue, will be housed in the unit formerly occupied by Chopin and will specialise in flat iron steaks for between £10 and £15 each.
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It's being opened by 22-year-old Zara Peden, who said she wants to offer a cheaper alternative in the city for steak lovers.
"Having visited flat iron steak restaurants in Soho, I knew I wanted to bring this concept to Belfast," she said.
"Northern Ireland has a long standing love for steak, but from my research, the price point can often act as a barrier.
"People today desire quality, tasty food, that is great value for money and that is exactly what we offer. I don't believe people should pay extra to satisfy their steak craving.
"We have teamed up with Carnbrooke Meats in Dromara to ensure our guests have the best steak possible without paying a premium. I am confident the people of Northern Ireland and beyond will love what we have to offer."
As well as steak, Top Blade, which will open daily, will serve vegan dishes including seitan steak and offer a cocktail and spirit drinks menu.
Ms Peden added: "Belfast has experienced a renaissance of its food scene recently and I knew I wanted Top Blade to join the bustling hospitality sector in the city.
"St Anne's Square presented the perfect location for my new restaurant. I am excited to join the impressive roster of eateries in this wonderful development.
"I believe each restaurant in the square has something unique to offer and it is vital to give consumers a plethora of options."
Flat iron steak is also known as butlers' steak, or oyster blade steak. It is cut with the grain from the shoulder of the animal and allows hospitality venues to sell steak at a lower price.