Hello I’m Grainne McGarvey and welcome to my column which spots local hidden gems from the world of beauty, health, fashion, tourism and hospitality. I will have my nose to the ground (quite literally) to keep you up to date about the new or interesting products and services from our neck of the woods.
YOU’RE MY REMEDY
Prompted by the fact that Belfast has apparently seen more than 18 new bars and restaurants open in the last number of months, I decided that as January is nearly over, I would try out one of newest kids on the culinary block – Remedy Cafe Bar (on Fountain Street, where La Boca used to be).
I went there for lunch, and as I’m never that adventurous during the day, I only had soup. Ok, so soup is soup and if a restaurant gets this wrong I fear there is no hope. No need to worry as it was perfectly lovely, as was the pulled pork sandwich my friend had, and to be fair most of the dishes coming out of the kitchen looked and smelled the part.
The homemade wheaten has to get a special mention and despite all my powers of persuasion, I couldn’t get the chef to divulge his secret recipe.
When I go out for something to eat, I know the food has to be right or what’s the point? But good food aside, it really is the other touches that sets Remedy apart. Great service should be a given, but it often isn’t, here it just comes naturally. The bottles of refillable fizzy water on the table make me happy, and the fact that 50p goes to Action Cancer is a nice touch. The venue itself – cool without being pretentious, good seating – not too close so that the person beside can hear your gossip, nice mix of people, and a varied menu that covers all the bases for picky people like me.
Remedy has an underground vibe that makes you feel you have been let into a secret that not too many know about. Its social media tells me the likes of Gary Lightbody and Terri Hooley have both been there for well, a hooley – and why not as it’s open until 1am and Andrew can organise all you need for a great private party.
Whether you’re looking for a venue that does a hangover breakfast, business lunch, dinner with your boyfriend or a party with the girls, Remedy appears to be the spot – all I need now is for someone to take me back….anyone? anyone?
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