Any time I'm asked where to go in central Belfast for a hearty lunch my answer is always West in Castle Street.
I've long been a fan of their poached eggs and mushrooms on granary toast with regularly topped-up tea, but at lunchtime I usually opt for their tasty blackened chicken with salad in a wrap.
A reliable indication of how good the food is at any establishment is how busy it is. West is never empty and often queued out the door.
You can sit in or take away and there's also a couple of tables outside for those hoping to enjoy a cigarette or 'slow bullet' as I've heard them called recently.
The cosy sandwich bar provides newspapers, it's reasonably priced, offers a wide choice of good hot and cold options and caters well for vegetarians. As most people only get one hour for lunch, speed of service is of the essence.
Service is fast at West and the staff are friendly, which is a bonus, as there are a few places in our city where smiles and bit of banter are not par for the course.