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Restaurant 44 review: Comfortable dining that Granny would have approved of

Joris Minne


Restaurant 44, Hill Street, Belfast

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Restaurant 44, classic monk cheeks with persillade and butter

Restaurant 44, classic monk cheeks with persillade and butter

Restaurant 44, classic monk cheeks with persillade and butter

The bar was low. I just needed a restaurant open on a Monday night in Belfast for a group of triple stormed French travellers badly shaken by their recent journey from Nice. The French require more than a couple of stiff brandies in such situations.

Mind you, it’s not as if these ones are not used to wild weather. They work in the offshore wind energy sector. But still, the way to calm down any French people is by giving them food. And a Monday night in Belfast is a challenge. Nobody with a Michelin star or bib gourmand is open, nobody with any reputation or even an AA rosette. The streets are bare. Until, that is, I remembered a very impressive dinner I’d had long before the lockdowns in Restaurant 44.


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