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Dara O'Briain hails Belfast's Boojum for 'world's best burrito'

Dara O'Briain (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Dara O'Briain (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Comedian and television presenter Dara O'Briain has hailed a Mexican food outlet in Belfast as home of the "best burrito in the world".

He made the claim when he appeared on the Off Menu podcast, hosted by fellow comedians Ed Gamble and James Acaster, which sees guests tell of their perfect meal in a 'dream restaurant'.

On the topic of seafood chowder, James said the best he had ever eaten was at a Belfast hotel he once stayed in.

He said, "I can't remember what hotel it was but it did amazing chowder. I was there for three days and I had it twice - that's how good the chowder was. Absolutely delicious."

"Speaking of things Belfast does very well," said Dara. "Boojum in Belfast does the best burrito in the world, bar maybe Mexico, but in this part of the world, because they do a thing that nobody else thinks to do, which is: you go along the line and at the end they do a little 'shaky shaky' thing so all the flavours mix.

"Why has nobody done this? You shake the burrito and therefore you mix the flavours."

The 47-year-old, who studied mathematics, chemistry and theoretical physics at University College Dublin (UCD), said that burritos were satisfying to his mathematical mind.

Staff in Boojum hard at work
Staff in Boojum hard at work

"Burritos are great. I like them as a mathematician because you get a strong sense of exactly what the volume of food you're eating... So you totally know the volume of food.

"But when you bite into it, sometimes I seem to be going through mainly rice for a while, then I hit the guacamole and then you're chewing, but not in a fun, Veruca Salt way...

"Somewhere in here there's chicken and I've got to get to the chicken. So much of it is about things you have to get through to get to the thing you want to eat.

"But Boojums - genius. Shaky, shaky, shaky, shaky. It's hust a case of flipping the mattress a bit."

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