Fish City, Ann Street, Belfast City Centre
Now here we have somewhere which, as they put it themselves, is “Just what the City ordered”. A fish and chip shop right in the middle of town. Marvellous! But on closer inspection, Fish City is much more than your regular wee chippy. I went along with my eldest Son and coeliac Sibling to try it out.
More of a contemporary restaurant inside but still keeping the familiar counter and open kitchen area. Great seats by the window, ideal people watching spot. Upstairs you have ‘The Fisherman’s Hut’. A bright, nautically decorated space with the Titanic making an appearance of course.
A Good Philosophy
Fish City prides itself on getting its seafood from sustainable sources. It’s cod and haddock are certified by the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) and they are the only restaurant in Ireland who can say this. Their other seafood is responsibly sourced and sustainability along with traceability are heavily embedded in their philosophy.
They also cater well for the more health conscious fish ‘n’ chips fan, keeping a close watch on the nutritional content and portion size of their food. Whats more, they even measure the size they cut their chips, so as to minimise the amount of fat they absorb. This level of dedication towards offering a balanced menu has placed Fish City in the top 3 of the healthy eating category of the National Fish and Chip Awards 2017.
More than just Fish ‘n’ Chips
Menu wise they open for breakfast from 9 to 11:30 serving porridge, bagels and fry ups. For lunches through to the evening you can get hot sandwiches, wraps and burgers. They have loads of starters and in keeping with the healthy eating idea, they have a ‘Fish City Slim’ menu where you can choose from the likes of grilled hake and super salad or steamed chicken and sweet potato fries.
On the traditional side there’s cod and chicken goujons, sausage and pastie suppers and the award winning MSC fish and chips.
One great point is the range of gluten free options. Each day they can offer GF chips and other options request. And on ‘Gluten Free Wednesdays’ the whole memu is available gluten free.
To top it off they are fully licensed with a surprisingly extensive wine list.
I chose the award winning fish supper for dinner, with homemade tartar sauce and mushy peas. The peas were a real surprise, made with basil and garlic and absolutely gorgeous. Fresh fish and top class chips made for a great meal. My dining companions were equally satisfied. Coeliac Sibling had the GF small cod and chips, my Son had the kiddies version and we got a portion of GF battered onion rings, something the CoeSib had never tried before, none of us had for that matter but we devoured them!
Responsibly delicious fayre from Fish City and at an affordable price too. Take yourself in from the hubbub of the town and give it a go.
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