On a business trip to Belfast I planned ahead and booked a table for the other half & myself at Deanes. Between us we had some excellent dishes but for me I was underwhelmed by my starter and main course.
At £9:50 the classic tomato broth and lobster caught my eye right away, but it was poor. My understanding of this dish is that the lobster and parsley come on a hot dish raw and then the piping hot broth poaches them. This dish had over cooked lobster already on the plate and the broth just wasn't hot enough so the parsley remained raw. To add insult to injury it needed a decent twist of seasoning from me which was sadly lacking. A dish like this is all about the finer points, this had non. The other half however had the pea velouté which was top drawer.
For the main course I teetered between Halibut and the Sirloin, actually ordered the halibut and changed my mind - mistake! The accompanying chips and veg were great but steak had a number of bits of grisle, decent taste but I nearly filled up the veg dish with the indelible bits. Now I know I was possibly a bit unlucky but this was a Wednesday night and the resturant was half empty so Michael Deane, check your steaks first. I made the waitress aware and showed her the pile of gristle, suggesting she should tell Chef. A little grunt from her told me he wouldn't find out. I'm not one of those asking for a discount, I wanted good food and without that a word from the head waiter would have been nice. He was French and, I believe, had a cob on so nothing from there.
The other half had the salted rump from the specials and it was great and I mean great. We shared the Lemon desert with coconut ice cream which was a delight as was the 2011 Sancerre.
The bill arrive at just under £125 and they received just under £125 plus a little note to the chef which I gave to the moody Frenchman hoping my points were taken on board. Having booked the table via email from the UK they have a contact email for me but, as yet, Chef has not commented.
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