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Plush: Edo's interior is warm and welcoming

Restaurant review: Edo - Jamon down to a little bit of Spain in the heart of Belfast 

The popularity of Spanish food can be measured by the vast numbers of food pictures posted by holidaymakers on social media. How many more paellas, tortillas, bowls of patatas bravas and gazpacho, tiny tapas of glistening anchovies, shards of burgundy-coloured Iberico ham, creme Catalan and churros beside pots of thick hot chocolate can we take? Loads more! It seems our appetite for these is never going to be sated.

Howard Street Restaurant in Belfast city centre

Restaurant review: Belfast's Howard Street Restaurant 

The mark of a good restaurant is something much more banal than brilliance, trend-setting design, or innovation. It's consistency. In a business where nothing is predictable and where so many variables can affect a day's work - staff being off at short notice, suppliers not coming through with the right orders, unexpected visits by the health and safety people and a multitude of factors to do with heating, water, furniture, electricity, gas and occasionally unannounced royal visits, walk-ins by former paramilitaries and then photographers from the Belfast Telegraph to cap it all - it's a wonder we have restaurants with any reputation for consistency at all. And yet we do.

The Stillhouse on Main Street, Moira

Restaurant review: The Stillhouse of Moira: Co Down gastropub that is sure to get you in the spirit 

Only a week or two ago, I was giving off about the lack of pubs in this country which serve good food. Harry and Meghan's visit to Belfast and their lunch in the Crown Bar highlighted the demand for this kind of food experience. Then, lo and behold, I discover the Stillhouse of Moira (I have little to say about Moira and its fine citizenry other than it is as lovely a place as Hillsborough, ahem).

Townhouse No 3 is deserving of Michelin star status, according to a judge on a well-known TV food show

Restaurant review: San Niklaw Estate and Townhouse No 3 

In a recent household survey, food came out in front of sun, sea and sand as the single-most important consideration when booking a holiday. The survey, conducted in my house, reveals that if you go to any destination in the Mediterranean basin, the weather will be reliable, hot and sunny. Not the same can be said of the food, however. Food quality differs so much from Nice to Nicosia and from Malaga to Mugla, that it is the deal-breaker before you book.

Parson’s Nose delivers a top quality dining experience

Restaurant review: a list of the top 10 restaurants in Northern Ireland by Joris Minne 

Putting together a list of the top 10 restaurants in Northern Ireland is an invitation to getting your head kicked in. Even as I go through the list of 52 reviewed restaurants of 2017, an intractable argument rages in my head over who should or shouldn't be included. This list will not match everybody's. But for reasons of comfort, hospitality, quality of food and consistency they are as follows, in alphabetical order.

Bull and Ram in Belfast (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Restaurant review Bull and Ram Belfast: No bull, this is one restaurant that you'll never regret visiting 

I'm getting tired of inflamed sensitivities when it comes to favourite restaurants and takeaways. You make one claim about the best fish and chip shop in Belfast (undisputedly John Long's) or Indian takeaway (Asha in Bangor) and the crazed hounds of Cu Chulainn, the merciless armies of the Visigoths and the faceless and yellow-bellied trolls of Twitter will be unleashed and bear down on you with relentless ferocity until you surrender and recant.

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