Belfast Telegraph

Lunch isn't for wimps: Tao Noodle Bar Cafe, York Street, Belfast

By Amanda Poole

My lunch buddy and I didn't fancy straying too far from Bel Tel Towers for lunch, because with it being June, it was obviously raining (again).

We borrowed a golf umbrella from the delightful reception staff at our Royal Avenue base and then ventured into the street to make our intrepid 0.1 mile journey to Tao Noodles, based in the University of Ulster building.

A friendly waiter greeted us as we walked into the busy oriental cafe, which was to provide us with much needed sustenance, following a busy morning in the newsroom.

There is huge variety of dishes on offer in the bright, glass-walled eaterie, decked out in black, white and red furnishings, with comfy leather bench seating. While munching on complimentary prawn crackers, we decided to plump for the lunch specials menu. At £4.60 for two courses, it's just the kind of good value that two bargain-conscious girls from north Belfast appreciate.

We tucked into our colourful and calorific Friday lunchtime treat, presented on long rectangular plates and discussed weekend plans, as Paul Weller, Estelle and other upbeat chart toppers played on the sound system.

My crispy beef spring rolls and chicken curry with rice were tasty and my companion told me the spare ribs and chicken in black bean sauce, with carrots, onions, bamboo shoots, and sliced chillis were spot on.

Fast, cheap and cheerful food.