Belfast Telegraph

Lunch isn't for wimps: Hakka Noodle, Clarence Street, Belfast

Running the gauntlet of busy roads, dawdling shoppers and speeding taxi drivers doesn't phase this column.

All those impediments won't stop us hunting out the best venues for you to spend your valuable lunch hour and your valuable pennies. We are that committed to lunch.

So it was off up to Hakka Noodle on Clarence Street in an area of Belfast which geography teachers of a certain ilk would describe as the Central Business District. Here there are suits aplenty tramping up and down the pavement in search of a good value meal in convivial surroundings.

Hakka provides just that with a selection of dishes that won't stretch the budget and will cater to any level of hunger, from famished to peckish, full to 'had a big breakfast'.

My won-ton noodle soup was hearty and filling without being pretentious while my dining colleague's duck noodle soup was apparently a little chewy but tasty enough nonetheless.

The third member of the party had stir-fried beef with black pepper sauce on crispy noodles which she enjoyed with gusto, but we'll have to take her word that it was 'good peckin' because I didn't get the chance to try it.

Looking at the menu again I've gone through diner's regret and would probably plumb for the guotie or gyoza, the meat or vegetable dumplings which are looking very tempting as I write this.

Anyway, Hakka is good. It's filling, tasty and certainly not expensive. If you're looking for something a little more polished then go next door to parent restaurant Zen but for this column Hakka ticks all the boxes for a good lunch.