A Guide for Picky Eaters – Best Restaurants in Belfast

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A Guide for Picky Eaters – Best Restaurants in Belfast

If you’re anything like me, you wouldn’t necessarily call yourself a picky eater, but all your friends and family would. I can’t help it; I like what I like and to be honest I’m too afraid to try something new when I go out in case I don’t like it; and then still have to pay for it or think the waiting staff are judging me for not eating the food.

Belfast has an abundance of gorgeous restaurants in stunning locations, admittingly I haven’t tried them all, but the ones I have ate in, I would highly recommend. Top Blade, Zen, Goodfellas, AMPM and Harlem are all but a few you should try.

So, in the name of research, I took myself out to dinner to create this guide for my fellow picky eaters!

Top Blade

Located in St Annes Square in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter, Top Blade is the perfect location for an intimate date night or a night out with friends. The stunning rustic interiors set the mood as soon as you enter the restaurant and the whole experience is a pleasant one.

There wasn’t anything on the menu that I wouldn’t eat, it all looked and sounded delicious. And even better, it is very reasonably priced. They cater for all dietary needs, with vegan main and side options too! They also have a great drinks menu; I highly recommend trying the raspberry mojito.

Top Blade is definitely worth a visit for your next outing in Belfast. For a party of two, which included 2 mains, 2 sides, 2 sauces one dessert a cocktail and a pint it came to around £60!


Calling all Pizza lovers! Located in West Belfast on Kennedy Way, Goodfellas is the perfect restaurant for a casual dinner, or if you fancy a take-away, they have a brilliant ‘to go’ service.

Freshly made pizzas are never a bad idea, and I can honestly say I have never had a bad meal in Goodfellas. The Cajun Chicken pizza is a personal favourite. They have a huge selection of food, from pasta to pizza there is plenty to choose from.

And two words, Garlic Potatoes. If you know, you know. These are a ‘need to get’ if you ever visit Goodfellas.



Situated on Adelaide Street, Zen is another brilliant restaurant in the heart of Belfast City Centre. With only a 10-minute walk to the Cathedral Quarter, it is the perfect place to start your night out.

Zen offers a huge selective menu from sushi to simple Chinese cuisine and a fabulous cocktail menu. I know this doesn’t sound like the place for picky eaters, trust me I thought the same thing. I went with a group of friends, and we all ordered something different so we could all have a little bit of something. It really pushed me out of my comfort zone, but I’m glad it did. It was amazing.

Some of the things we ordered were, salt & chilli chicken, honey chilli chicken, chicken curry, veggie curry, crispy duck pancakes (my personal favourite), a few different types of sushi and loads of sides.

For a party of 7, the food and three rounds of drinks came to £40 each (including tip) which we thought was brilliant.

For your next girls or guys night out I would 100% recommend Zen, from the boujee interiors and the most wonderful staff it will really push picky eaters out of their comfort zone, but for the best!


Situated on Bedford Street, Harlem is a quirky and intimate little restaurant, just behind Belfast City Hall. It’s perfect for brunch or a quiet dinner.

The food is absolutely stunning, with such a good selection of starters, mains and sharing platters. There wasn’t anything on the menu that did not sound delicious.it is also very reasonable priced for being right in the City Centre.

Harlem is the ideal spot to drop in for a quick shopping break, having a catch up with friends or having a nice meal before a night out.


I hope this guide has helped my fellow picky eaters for when it comes to choosing their next meal out in Belfast. There are so many wonderful places to choose from, these are just my top choices for different types of nights out and occasions.

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