60 Great Victoria Street,
(028) 9033 2121
The ViewBelfast Review
Bourbon, found on Great Victoria street, offers ‘a taste of New Orleans’. It certainly encapsulates the elegance and grandeur of the famous city in its diverse menu, attentive staff and stylish decor which makes this restaurant a must for any visit to Belfast.
It is situated directly opposite the Europa hotel, bus and train stations making it an extremely easy find for tourists. It shares the expanse of Great Victoria Street with no less than five other bars and restaurants, yet manages to evoke enough individuality in its outside decor.
It's split-level which makes the most of the long rectangular space. The decor throughout is truly remarkable. It evokes a grand New Orleans feel and manages to be authentic rather than tacky. The long saloon bar at the bottom of the restaurant combined with the open kitchen and Champagne glass cabinets create the illusion you are dining on an old-style Southern cruise boat.
Staff are polite, friendly and professional. They seem to know exactly when they are needed and are efficient in taking orders and serving drinks. Although none are quick to offer recommendations off the lengthy menu, they are not persistent or pretentious, instead adopt a high regard for the customers own personal choice.
The restaurant has a real mix of clientele, and you’ll find businessmen, families, doting couples and groups of friends all nestled together for a special nights dining.
The best thing about Bourbon is certainly what the menu has to offer. It is real food which people want to eat cooked simply and, for that reason, is much more appealing. The starters, mains and desserts all promise exciting flavour combinations.
An exemplary main dish is the confit of duck with bacon and lentil jus and baby leeks (£12.95).The dish arrives perfectly presented, the duck confit resting on a small pool of lentils with the stemmed leeks on the sides. The duck itself is cooked beautifully with its soft velvety pink slivers falling off the bone underneath a case of browned crisp skin. The lentils add texture to the dish and provide a welcome crunch and chew to contrast with the soft meat, and the salty cubes of cooked bacon scattered through the lentil bundle adds a smoky tang. Lastly, the baby leeks give a clean fresh crunch to complement the earthy wholesomeness of the duck lentil combination.
Additional sides can be ordered and although this dish suffices without one, a spoonful or two of creamy whipped mashed potato (£2.95) makes the most out of the red wine based jus glistening the lentils.
Seafood dishes are just as appealing and the pan-fried smoked haddock with a risotto of leeks and garlic and parsley butter is an example (£11.50). The haddock rests on a pool of risotto, and a sprig of fresh parsley offers a welcome splash of colour to the rather pale plate of food. The haddock is smoked beautifully, still retaining its white fleshiness yet delivering a smoky punch and flakes with little effort.
The risotto is al dente, contrasting nicely with the moist soft fish. It is moreishly creamy and the garlic and parsley sauce adds subtle flavour without being overpowering. Unlike the duck main, the leeks in this dish are chopped so small they could be overlooked in the risotto. The portion is just the right size to fill yet the textures and strong flavours of this dish make you wish you had seconds.
Thankfully, Bourbon's high standard of food is consistent right through to the desserts (£5.50 each). The selection of locally sourced Tickety Moo ice cream is far from a boring selection. What’s presented is a medium dish crammed with four large scoops of different flavours, ranging from strawberry to banoffee. The ice cream is wonderfully creamy, perfecting the balance between velvet milk and rich sweetness. It is to Bourbon’s credit that a dessert like ice cream, synonymous with childhood, can be transformed to become a first-class choice on an adult menu.
Each table has a tripod sign advertising a short list of the best white and red wines, champagne and cocktails on offer. The menu has a larger breakdown of beers and sprits but the bar is so extravagantly well stocked it would be hard to find any drink unavailable on request.
The Last Word
The most pleasing thing about Bourbon is you will leave satisfied and
full and it has great food and reasonable prices. This married with the friendly staff and decor, allow for an unforgettable dining experience.
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