Restaurant Review : Ginger Bistro BelfastPosted: May 3, 2009
Their website simply reads :Ginger…
Well fundamentally it’s a Bistro, good food & drink. But it’s also Bohemian with a menu which zigzags across the globe but is at the same time conscious of the importance of Local Produce. Local is Best. Simon buys fish from the fishermen and meat from the farm. A funky place with a good stereo. Not formal but slick. A great addition to a good night out in Belfast.
When we are in Belfast, we never miss the opertunity to grab lunch in Ginger, tucked away in one of Belfasts many side streets, Ginger is a great funky bistro to be enjoyed with friends and family, or a business lunch.
Its around 2 oclock on a quiet Belfast Saturday, the bistro is not busy but its about half of it is full, and the patrons all seem to be in good spirits. We are quickly shown to our favorite seats by the window and get on with choosing what to have for lunch.
Selection Food and service
It’s not a huge menu but there is a few fish dishes, meat and poultry. all in all a good selection. The service was average and the waiter knew the in’s and out’s of each dish on the menu. I went for the squid and garlic fries with a garlic dip and my wife went for monk fish pan fried. The great thing about Ginger is all the meals are light and well cooked which is great for lunch, we also had a side of greens. The monk fish was meaty and really filling, cooked as described and the perfect amount. The squid was lightly dusted in breadcrumbs, slightly browned and cooked to perfection. My father in law (if he were there) may have described the greens as under cooked – however I thought they were just the correct amount of crunchiness. For desert we shared an Irish cheese board and homemade Armagh apple crumble. Delicious
For lunch, Ginger really does represent excellent value for money. A few beers, two starters, two deserts and sides for just under £30. spot on !
Service was acceptable, didn’t check on us, nor keep our drinks topped up, had to ask twice for the bill : 7/10
Food, Excellent, fresh, as described and on time : 9/10
Vibe : Quiet but every enjoying themselves: 8/10
Value for Money : Under £30 for lunch – great value all round : 9/10
Choice : A good selection on the menu for all tastes, some thing for every pallet 9/10