Wednesday, 13 May 2009

The Barking Dog

I just wrote an ace review of the Barking Dog (not this one obviously!). Then I pressed the wrong button and deleted it. That's my excuse for waffling on and I'm sticking to it.

Basically it's fab - the atmosphere and decor is relaxed but modern (despite its outward appearance of an upmarket Wetherspoons), the staff are lovely, and the food is remarkable.

There are a few oddities on the menu - the asparagus starter was really tasty but I'm not sure the poached egg benefited from being breaded - but it generally erred on the right side of wacky.

The truffled gnocchi with parmesan and mushrooms (in the pic) was delicious - yes, even the mushrooms - and it's rare that a veggie dish is inventive and tasty! Gran loved the smoked haddock with poached egg and bearnaise sauce, and even hard to please Uncle John enjoyed the scampi (though the tartare wasn't punchy enough!).

If you ever find yourself in Belfast (you never know) make your way to Malone Road pronto.

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