Belfast Telegraph

Lunch isn't for wimps: The Washington, Belfast

By Louise Small

The Washington has always been in my top five watering-holes in central Belfast. And such is its ambience, intense warm decor and friendly staff, I opted to try their culinary delights.

Friday lunchtime in the Washington was very busy. Filled with bank clerks, business workers and ladies-who-lunch, the bistro was a busy hub of eager diners.

As myself and my ravenous friend sunk in to the graceful leather upholstered chairs we opted for a main-course only lunch.

We had our order taken by a very friendly and approachable member of staff, who brought our drinks within minutes.

We were impressed with the speed and efficiency of the service. Despite how busy the restaurant was, the staff were very polite and attentive.

I chose the peppered chicken fillet with garlic chunks (£9.95) and my friend opted for the chicken goujons and chunky chips (£9.25).

We settled in to the stunning surroundings of ardent red tones, deep wood and Moulin Rouge-style chandeliers and people-watched while waiting for our lunch.

When the meal arrived the background music was drowned out with our 'oohs and ahhs' as we tucked in to the delightful meal.

My chicken fillet was succulent and was complemented by the peppered sauce. My friend was impressed with her goujons and informed me they 'melted in the mouth'. This is a little gem hidden on Howard Street, and to top it all the bill came to just under £25. Maybe next time I will go all out and have dinner and drinks.

If I am feeling really adventurous, I might even have a boogie in the club after.