We love Spanish food and culture – and so do many others as tapas restaurants are now a trendy option for diners in Belfast city centre. The idea of sharing lots of small plates is not something with fits in with our eating culture in Northern Ireland, but we are slowly coming around to the idea.
Here’s where you can pretend you’re on holiday in trendy Madrid or bustling Barcelona – some of the best restaurants in Belfast to get tapas:
A menu simply bursting full of continental favourites. Edo is quickly establishing itself as an unmissable part of the Belfast foodie experience. Charcuterie boards and sharing plates are the standard here, while their range of seafood tapas would leave even the proudest Spaniard happy.
Situated opposite The Merchant Hotel, 2 Taps features a menu full of Spanish dinner favourites, with the patatas bravas, albondigas (meatballs) and padron peppers among the highlights.
Another Cathedral Quarter favourite, 44 Hill Street specialises in Mediterranean cuisine and has a nice interior decor based on a traditional Spanish bodega. Try their bruschettas and the braised beef cheek.
The latest addition to the James Street South family, Ora is presided over by award-winning chef Marty Murphy. A nice glass of red and a tapas selection will have you dreaming of Barcelona from the heart of Belfast.
The Dog’s much-loved small plates are perfect for sharing, and the menu changes according to the season to ensures some of the freshest and tastiest tapas BT9 has to offer.
The Ballyhackamore crowd love this old favourite, with its variety of bar snacks and tapas. The loaded fries are a winner here.