City centre restaurant is in sprint condition for Sunday lunch date
While the Belfast City Marathon is an opportunity to commend those pounding the streets, it makes for getting around somewhat difficult.
That said, a hasty power walk to Wellington Place ensured we made it to our Sunday lunch booking at Home Restaurant.
We weren’t the only ones — even at 1pm, there were groups of hungry athletes waiting to be watered and dined.
Bright and airy, Home has been a recent find and its Sunday menu (two or three courses) offers a substantial feed for all appetites, whether you completed a marathon beforehand or not.
There are vegan and gluten-free menus, offering dishes such as tandoori crispy tofu, a far cry from the more generic dishes of the past.
Starters include three bean soup and potted duck confit and parfait, but we wanted more sustenance so opted for mains straightaway.
The traditionalist ordered roast chicken, which came with roast potatoes, root veg, two puffed up Yorkshire puddings and liberally coated in red wine jus.
The roasties were the best I’d tasted outside of the Toner household and the chicken was moist and tender. Thumbs up.
The other diner was pleased with the Home beef and bone marrow burger, topped with Emmenthal and tomato jam, and served with chips.
Describing the burger as “tasty”, she was also pleased that in a sea of brioche burger buns, it was a relief to see the appearance of a sesame bun. The tomato jam was quite sweet, but a good balance to the lusciousness of the burger.
A portion of parmesan and truffle mayo fries weren’t exactly necessary but were hoovered up, in sympathy with our fellow athletic diners. A small thing, but the truffle mayo was on the side, meaning both of us could enjoy the side dish. Other sides include truffle mash, roasted veg and Caesar salad, all £4.95 each.
Now onto the main event, the sweet stuff. Taking my mother’s word that the sticky toffee pudding was “amazing,” my friend ordered that and it lived up to the recommendation. A well-sized pudding, coated and swimming in sauce with the right amount of ice cream, was finished within minutes.
While I had dessert FOMO — determined to order something different — I opted for poached and caramelised pineapple served with a spiced syrup and coconut sorbet and it was delicious. The pineapple still had a bit of bite and the sorbet was creamy yet refreshing.
It is a simple dessert done well but one that would benefit from another texture, perhaps a biscuit.
By the time we were leaving, the restaurant was filling up nicely. The team at Home is great; friendly, amenable and genuinely interested in talking to customers.
We felt ready to take on an epic walk… or maybe an afternoon nap, so full were we. Home cooking is definitely one to experience.
Roast chicken £21.95
Parmesan & truffle fries £4.95
Sticky toffee pudding £4
22 Wellington Place, Belfast.
Tel: 028 9023 4946