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Stove turns up the heat in battle of our boho districts

Stove Bistro, 455 Ormeau Road, Belfast, BT73GQ. Tel: 028 9064 7744

The battle of Belfast boho districts is back. Having had to lay down their arms during the pandemic lockdown, heavyweight trendsetters Ballyhackamore and Ormeau/Rosetta are back in contention for the title of coolest residential area in the city. The rules are simple: each "quartier" needs a bicycle shop, post office, convenience store, ice-cream parlour, fish and chip shop, a decent pub or two and, essentially, an impressive portfolio of restaurants and bistros.

Both Ormeau/Rosetta and Ballyhackamore are seriously well appointed with all of the above. But until now Ballyhackamore had a slight advantage through the quality and variety of its restaurants. There is a breadth of interesting and consistently reliable places to eat including Neill's Hill, Cyprus Avenue, Bistro Este, Graze, Il Pirata, Mandarin City, Yugo, Jasmine as well as the fabulous Wolf and Devour burger joint and Acapulco. Many of these are close to the higher end of the neighbourhood category.

In Ormeau/Rosetta, the range is more reduced. You've got La Taqueria, l'Etoile, Shed, Gaze, Kaffe O, General Merchants, Bengal Brasserie and the extraordinary Bia Rebel noodle bar. Apart from Shed, the portfolio is more street than posh, so there was a gap in the market for something a little more napkins-and-crystal.