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Belfast's new District outlet has authentic French food with something to suit everyone

Is it a cafe or a bistro or a fine dining establishment? This new District outlet in Belfast combines all three and the results are truly rewarding

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District, 75-77 Saintfield Road, Belfast

District, 75-77 Saintfield Road, Belfast

District, 75-77 Saintfield Road, Belfast

One of Belfast's favourite French chefs, Jean-Luc Lewis, is back. I mourned for him deeply when the fabulous Cafe Le Petit Ormeau closed down five years ago. This modest little cafe with its order-then-pay-at-the-till discomforts had a place in my heart as it produced some of the best and most authentic French bistro dishes any Francophile could wish for. There were pates de campagne with proper baguettes and cornichons, fabulously rich cassoulets and croque monsieur made the old way with creme fraiche and gruyere.

Jean-Luc Lewis could conjure up a pukka French dish using local ingredients but he also sourced the proper stuff from France on occasion too. And that's what he's doing now once again in a new District Cafe on the Saintfield Road.

I love District at the best of times. Ever since the talented Richard Stitt set up the first one in Stranmillis, Districts have popped up around south Belfast and proven themselves as reliable, happy places where the coffee is strong and the food, depending on which end of the chill cabinet you're looking at, is either super healthy quinoa or dirty killer sausage rolls.


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