Deep breath here, because this review is six rolled into one. The mini-empire run by local celebrity chef Michael Deane has so far expanded to half a dozen restaurants; while each has its charms, Deanes Love Fish is probably our favorite. Adjacent to Eipic (028/9033-1134), Deane’s flagship formal restaurant on Howard Street (known for very good Irish-French cuisine), the more casual Love Fish is just as good, but less expensive. Here you’ll find plates such as roast local salmon, cooked in olive oil and lemon with anchovy butter sauce; crab and chile linguine; beer-battered fish and chips; or maybe a buttery plaice meunière. Late in the evening a menu of nibbles and snacks includes prawns on toast, smoked salmon with Guinness wheat bread, or a seafood platter if you’re hungry. And the lunch at Love Fish is one of the city’s best food bargains, where all main dishes cost just £6.50. Also here is the excellent Meat Locker (028/9033-1134), a laidback grill where you can enjoy a pre-theater menu with main courses priced at around £10. Michael Deane’s other culinary outposts, scattered around the city, each cater to a slightly different crowd. The Deli-Bistro (028/9024-8800) and Deli/Vin Café (028/9024-8830), a tapas bar, share premises at 44 Bedford Street; while in the University Quarter, next to the Ulster Museum, is the informal bistro Deanes at Queens (1 College Gardens; 028/9038-2111). The newest addition is Chef Deane's foray into Italian cooking, Deane & Decano (028/9066-3108), on Lisburn Road. Take your pick!
Deanes Love Fish (Etc.)
36–40 Howard St., Belfast, BT1 6PF
Our Rating Neighborhood Around Town Hours Mon–Sat noon–10pm Phone 028/9033-1134 Prices Entrees £8–£17. Cuisine Type Seafood Web site Deane's Love Fish (Etc.)
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