I've eaten here a number of times and have almost always been impressed. The restaurant has definitely gone through a number of profound changes in the last few years and has recently come on a storm.
It has always, however, been a genuinely French institution. The staff can occasionally be a little off the ball and service is often at a leisurely pace, however the manager and maitre d' are always very friendly and love to talk about the food and wine and make great company on a quiet night.
The food is classic French cuisine with a few interesting modern touches. Home made charcutrie, bavette (almost impossible to find in the UK), foie gras poele, excellent fish, most tastes are catered for. I believe it is impossible to get a badly cooked piece of meat or fish in this restaurant, and use of techniques such as sous vide with, for example, classic cuts of venison yield some incredible results.
The wine list is probably the best I have come across in Northern Ireland, as a lover of French wines, and represents an excellent and varied selection with some real gems at all prices. The monthly 'love food love wine' fixed menu really is a great way to appreciate some interesting food and wine pairings.
In short, this is a restaurant for a long, leisurely evening meal with plenty of wine but it's not going to be to everyone's taste. That being said, I would still strongly recommend it!
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