Belfast Telegraph

Lunch isn't for wimps: The Canteen at the Mac St Anne's Square, Belfast

Part of the brand-new MAC arts complex in the Cathedral Quarter, this eatery is spread over several floors and is a bright, airy space offset by exposed brickwork and ironmongery. It features a picture window looking out onto the cobbled streets outside.

The offerings include breakfast, lunch mains - with the most expensive item a burger at £9 - sandwiches, a children's menu and evening fare comprising a show-night menu and tasty-looking tapas.

My dining partner and I went for per-peri chicken and mushroom and aubergine rigatoni pasta respectively. We snuck in a cheeky side of chunky chips, too.

Despite my protestations that she was making it up, it transpired halfway through the meal that my pal had indeed been served the wrong dish, which was promptly replaced.

My rigatoni, while tasty, was a tad on the skimpy side for the price-tag of £7.50, with my friend dutifully topping up my plate with her chicken and salad, which was excellent, with just the right amount of spicy kick.

The chips were also top drawer.

For these lunches and two sparkling waters, the bill came to £22.80.

There was the mix-up and the light pasta portion but the staff, despite being busy, were very pleasant - and we agreed to put the mishaps down to first night nerves.

Just the ticket, despite first night nerves

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