Review : Friday night dinner at the @fitzwilliamBEL ‘The Restaurant’

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Friday night at the Fitz, it’s somewhere we would sometimes pop in to enjoy a few cocktails on a Friday night after work, but we’ve never eaten in The Restaurant at the Belfast Fitzwilliam Hotel. Last Friday night that all changed.

We’ve seen the photos of the restaurant with its red high back chairs and retro looking red booths, we’ve had breakfast in it during a stay over in the hotel, so finally we’ve experienced a meal there.

Straight off, right from the start we were impressed.

It’s always a pleasure walking into the Fitzwilliam Hotel with its modern and grand lobby space and its amazing light fittings. The Restaurant is upstairs on the 1st floor with its entrance overlooking the modern décor of the lobby.

We were greeted and taken to our booth, and before we even got settled in properly, decided to start the night off with a glass of champagne, sure why not!

And then the wine and food selection began.

For starters we chose Confit Duck ‘Spring Roll’ with Mango, Chilli, Lemon and Spring Onion relish, and Potato and leek soup. Let’s not forget the freshly baked breads and oils prior to our starters… they didn’t last long! Loved!

20131030-175530.jpgFor mains we chose Fine Sirloin of Irish Beef with Béarnaise sauce, Provencal tomato, field mushroom, French fried onions and triple cooked chips, and Fermanagh Chicken with creamed Borlotti beans, sautéed mushroom, carrot and tarragon.

Add to that, a selection of sides, new potatoes with herbs and butter, rocket and red onion salad with pine nuts and parmesan and a seasonal vegetable selection.

All of it perfect and delicious!

For our wine choice, the restaurant manager who was serving us, recommended a Rioja, Marques de Murrieta reserve 2007. What a treat.

After all that food, we wanted to try the desserts, but couldn’t decide, so the manager suggested a selection of miniature versions of all the desserts, so again we thought, sure why not. Delicious. There was one dessert missing however, the Eton Mess, I guess that can’t be made any smaller, but it also means we have a dessert to go back and try next time. Looking forward to that already!

Everything about our Fitzwilliam experience was perfect, in all honesty we couldn’t even pick faults if we were forced to.

20131030-175654.jpgThe whole team in the restaurant were a pleasure. They didn’t try to be a five star dining service and impress with grand gestures, they were charming, professional and attentive without being over the top.

Thanks for a great night Fitz folk, you made our Friday night out a real treat night and we didn’t stop talking about it all weekend to all who would listen.

I have recommended the Fitz restaurant in my Groupon guide to hotel restaurants in Belfast here.

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