Tucked in behind Primark in the City Centre, in one of the oldest buildings in the City, is a foodie treasure, Safa. We popped along to Safa Indian restaurant to see what all the fuss was about, and quickly discovered why it is amongst the top 10 restaurants in Belfast on Trip Advisor.
Charmingly named after the owners daughter, this contemporary Indian Restaurant was a complete surprise! It’s actually an abbreviated version of their daughter’s name, but it also means purity of spirit, heart, mind, and life.
This contemporary restaurant mixes original features with contemporary style with ease, considering it was built in the early 1700’s.
Starting our meal with Chicken Chaat and Onion Bhajee. The Chicken Chaat was presented beautifully with a tasty sauce in a cute little Bengali bread basket. It really was the most beautiful looking starter compared to the relatively normal Onion Bhajee, and it tasted just as good.
Mains were Mango Wala and Tikka Masala. Mango Wala is a curry cooked with mango, mint, onion & Fenugreek, and was just delicious. Tikka Masala, well it’s one of those dishes with unclear origins, is it traditionally Indian or a UK creation? Either way, it was a tasty Tikka Masala cooked with butter, ground almond & cream. Mango Wala won the taste test between the two mains!
Peshawari Nann was a necessity, it’s almost a given for us now with every Indian meal! We love it, definitely a Nann favourite.
Dessert was a traditional Indian Sweet and was amazing.
Everything about our evening was perfect and now we know what all the fuss is about and why this hidden, almost secret location for a restaurant is in Tripadvisor top 10 restaurants in Belfast.
This is one we most definitely recommend, so get your table booked and enjoy a delicious Indian meal!
Safa opens 12 till late 7 days a week
Evening menu starts at 4pm
1 course lunch for £6.95 & a 2 course for £8.98 between
12pm & 4pm
For Reservations: 02890 233519