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Restaurant review: Belfast's Ginza Kitchen taking steps to ensure a creative taste of the Orient

Ginza Kitchen, 245 Lisburn Road, Belfast. Tel: 028 9038 0866

It takes considerable courage to open a new business in times of a global pandemic but the future looks bright for this Belfast restaurant

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Ginza Kitchen

Ginza Kitchen

Ginza Kitchen

New restaurants have been opening in Belfast in the face of appalling economic and social conditions imposed by the pandemic. Stove on the Ormeau Road, Yugo in Ballyhackamore and now Ginza Kitchen on the Lisburn Road are signs of defiance by the restaurant trade and a mark of confidence in the future. There is nothing more reassuring than to see sensible people invest in something perceived as risky at the best of times, never mind during Covid.

And even more reassuring is the presence of Ben Tsang, one of the city's most polished and able restaurant managers, who has popped up in Ginza a few doors down from French Village where he established it as one of the Lisburn Road's best lunch houses.

Ben has form so for Ginza to appoint him to front of house and chef Chee Keong Lau formerly of Dublin's Zakura in the kitchen shows they mean business.