Phill and I headed out for a special foodie date night last Friday. We went to the newly opened ‘George’s of the Market‘ restaurant, located above Belfast’s famous St George’s Market – which is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Formerly St George’s Bar and Grill, the new restaurant has had a big image overhaul and it now has a simple, sophisticated interior; where the kitchen area is in full view of diners.
I’m not the biggest fan of an open plan chef’s area but I must admit it was quite mesmerising watching the chefs at work and plating up the food. And thankfully it wasn’t annoyingly noisy!
The evening menu had plenty of options and I could have gladly ate most of what was on offer. For starters I choose the crab claws whilst Phill went for the duck confit croquettes. My crab dish came out looking really appetising. The claws were served with fresh rocket and a lemon mayonnaise. Since the crab claws were served in a bowl of garlic and herb oil, I felt the mayonnaise was not needed. Phill loved his duck dish and found the soya and ginger dressing really tasty. Both starters were good sizes – not too small or too big.
All the beef please
I was really in the mood for a steak on Friday night and ordered the rump steak with ox cheek and champ. Phill is ALWAYS in the mood for steak and usually always orders a sirloin. This night was no different. He choose chunky chips as his side, which were served in a mini fryer basket which looked great.
I think either the server or chef got our order mixed up because, where my steak should have been medium and Phill’s medium-rare, they were actually the other way around. My rump was juicy and delicious and the ox cheek was utterly morish – helped by the rich gravy it was covered in. The champ was not as silky and tasty as I would have liked but the chips more than made up for it. Phill was served a huge portion of chips and I gladly helped myself to some of them. They were beautifully golden and crispy and fluffy on the inside. It’s just a shame his steak was over-cooked for his tastes, and it wasn’t until after we had finished our main course that we realised his steak did not come with the onion rings promised.
George’s of the Market make all the desserts from scratch which I thought was a great sign. Phill ordered the chocolate galice, which our server said was a cross between a brownie and a cake. And it was pretty much exactly that. It wasn’t the most refined of desserts but the chocolate ganache-like filling was incredibly tasty and addictive!
I ordered the petit fours which is so unlike me as I’ve said before I’m not a fan of mini desserts, but they just sounded too interesting not to try! Unfortunately the end result wasn’t that great. My petit fours were served a few minutes after Phill’s chocolate galice and when it did arrive it was a bit underwhelming – probably not helped by the too-big plate. There was an amazing tasting lemon curd on the plate, but what exactly was I to combine it with? I would have smoothered the shortbread biscuits with it but these were far too small to do anything with, and they were pretty tasteless. The chocolate truffles covered in white chocolate were a highlight. Incredibly rich and gooey inside, they would satisfy any chocolate lovers craving. But dare I say that three of them were too much to have in one sitting. The turkish delight pieces are definitely worth a mention as they were perfection! So whilst there were some gems on the plate, I think some of the elements need a re-think.
Overall, Phill and I had a really nice evening and I for one would definitely be back to enjoy the rump steak and ox cheek again. It was the highlight for me. Each dish was presented nicely and the beautiful rustic Churchill plates really give a feeling of quality to the food and the restaurant. It was also heartening to find out the restaurant gets much of its produce from the the local food suppliers who have stalls at the market just below.
Thank you to George’s of the Market for inviting me along to review the restaurant.