MAZE opens in the City’s newest foodie quarter

Maze Restaurant on Wellington Place has been on our radar for a while now. And after months of watching this new restaurant getting built between Treat Boutique and ReFound, it has finally opened it’s doors in what has become the new Belfast restaurant quarter between Howard Street and Wellington Place.

Over the last few years, this little pocket of streets to the west of the City Hall has become a bit of a foodie delight, with the opening Home, Flame, Howard Street, Deanes, Made in Belfast, Treat Boutique, and no doubt a few others I’ve forgotten about!

Located in Wellington Place, Maze is a vibrant International Fusion restaurant and is the brainchild of chef and restaurateur Michael Karan, who moved to Northern Ireland from New Delhi the capital of India ten years ago.

Mr Karan said his new eatery, which is at 11 Wellington Place on the site of the famous Carlton Bar and Grill back in 1960’s, will have universal appeal.

“Our aim is to become part of the fabric of Belfast life, a place where you can come for breakfast, lunch and enjoy sumptuous dinners with wine and cocktails in the evenings. We will be open non-stop from 8am until late to suit people’s increasingly varied and busy lifestyles,” he said.

Head chef, Marcus Diego has worked in restaurants throughout the world including the US. The Maze’s team of chefs include one of Belfast’s top Indian chef’s, Jainal Abedin, who was head chef at a leading Indian restaurant Bengal Brasserie for over 17 years, as well as sous chef John who came from famous Gaucho restaurant London.

The make-up of the staff is a veritable United Nations of catering talent, reflecting Belfast’s increasingly cosmopolitan nature, with chefs and front-of-house staff from Italy, Poland, Egypt, Singapore, India and of course Northern Ireland.

Mr Karan added: “We have experts in Asian, Indian and Continental food so we want people to have a wide variety of excellent dishes to choose from in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We are confident that we will become an essential part of Belfast’s popular night-life”.

Maze Restaurant, which can seat up to 130 people, also boasts a lava stone grill, which will make the restaurant’s speciality – deliciously charred, deeply flavoured Argentinean style, spiral cut steaks with chimichurri sauce. The steaks are marinated for 48 hours for maximum flavour.

For more information visit www.mazerestaurant.com or call 028 9508 6794 / 9031 1101
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