Awarded to restaurants displaying an exceptionally high standard, Michelin stars are internationally recognised, sought after by chefs and diners alike. And although Northern Ireland’s capital city may be famous for its baps, buttermilk potato pancakes and the Ulster Fry, it also has a host of superb fine food venues boasting the Michelin accolade. Walk the lanes of Belfast’s historic quarters and you’ll encounter a dizzying array of eateries. But if you’re seeking the most creative, forward-thinking and high-quality cuisine in town, we recommend you try one of these three Michelin starred restaurants in Belfast.
Condé Nast Traveller listed OX amongst the world’s hottest restaurants. The Sunday Times counted it as one of the 100 best restaurants in the UK. The Irish Times named it Best restaurant Ireland in 2015. Chef Stephen Toman has won multiple awards and Ox has held a Michelin star since 2016. The eatery’s larder changes according to the seasons, showcasing produce from local suppliers. Six-course tasting menus (with optional wine pairing) are served by night, with two or three-course experiences by day. And for those just wanting a snack, there’s Ox Cave for sharing boards and platters. Designed by Oscar & Oscar, the 40 seat restaurant overlooks the River Lagan.
With a name inspired by the Greek philosopher Epicurus (who held that the highest good is pleasure), the title of this elegant venue creates raised expectations from the off. And it doesn’t disappoint. EIPIC has been awarded a Michelin star for six years running and has three AA Rosettes. In addition to its set menus, EIPIC offers a ‘Menu Surprise’ for those who enjoy an element of mystery. Chef Alex Greene’s Incredible Edible Book, a unique dessert celebrating 150 years of British children’s literature is also available to order as an extra course.
Named after the secret society that met in the same back streets of Cathedral Quarter, this restaurant is watched over by an all-seeing eye in street art form. It specialises in simple fare with punchy flavours and features a post-industrial decor theme from the same designers as Ox. An open, theatre-style kitchen allows diners to watch the culinary artists at work. Owner and Executive Chef Gareth McCaughey set up Muddlers Club after returning to his native Northern Ireland, having honed his craft in some of London’s top kitchens. Multi-award winning (for both food and service), Muddlers Club has a Michelin star. Catering particularly well to vegan and vegetarian diners, the seasonal tasting menus are sublime.