Belfast is the capital city of Northern Ireland and a hip, happening destination with a rich cultural offering. Its historic dockyards built the famous (but doomed) RMS Titanic ship, and this legacy is explored in the Titanic Quarter and Slipways, the latter of which is now used for open-air concerts in the warmer months. This city, which inspired books such as Gulliver's Travels and the Chronicles of Narnia, is very friendly, with fantastic shops, cool nightclubs, and a packed live music calendar with gigs at the Waterfront and Odyssey Arena. It also has excellent Belfast Indian restaurants, with delicious food to enjoy when it's time to refuel!
The city is easy to traverse by foot, and it packs in a wealth of fine cuisine - from student cafes through to Michelin star dining. If you love a good curry, you'll be delighted with the array of Indian restaurants in Belfast. The Titanic Quarter, Queen's Quarter and Cathedral Quarter are good places to find dining venues, along with the streets around Victoria Square Shopping Centre. You'll notice plenty of very well-priced Indian restaurants across Belfast due to the large student population. There are South-Asian dining venues to cater for all needs here - from informal eateries for busy workers in the city centre, through to Belfast's Indian restaurants with fine dining menus in the suburbs.
South Asian immigrants - mainly from India and Pakistan - came to Ireland from the latest 1980's - often to work as doctors. During the Celtic Tiger boom period, large numbers of non-medical workers came to live in the country too. These families settled rapidly, and many new Indian restaurants in Belfast have opened in recent years, along with busy South Asian kebab shops. Most South Asian families in the city live in Ballynafeigh and Shaftesbury, where there are plenty of Belfast's Indian restaurants to be found. They have integrated well and the Irish love of festivities means that communities will celebrate St Patrick's Day alongside other South Asian festivals such as Diwali and Eid al-Fitr! At these times, the Indian restaurants in Belfast can get very busy with families and groups, so it is well worth booking in advance with Quandoo. Remember, you can reserve your table up to two hours before you plan to dine - avoiding queues altogether.
Our community of diners on Quandoo have left excellent reviews for a number of the Indian restaurants in Belfast. India Gate in the City Centre is a contemporary restaurant with an extensive menu. Their chana chicken dish always gets a mention for being exceptionally delicious, made from chicken and chickpeas, slowly cooked with onions, peppers, tomatoes and spices. The paneer is also popular with vegetarians in particular. The Nu Delhi on Bruce Street in the city centre is highly rated for being a little different, and its contemporary interior is as popular with business diners as it is celebratory groups.
With so many diverse Indian restaurants in Belfast, why not step away from the usual chicken tikka masala and order something a little different? Most of Belfast's Indian restaurants will have interesting house specials which showcase regional cooking - often incorporating fish, lamb or vegetables. Look for alternatives to your usual favourites too. For example, if you love naan, then you must try peshwari naan which is packed with coconut, dried fruit and fried butter. It is rich, sweet and sumptuous! And remember to enjoy those side dishes too, such as tarka dhal, fried okra and Jeera aloo. Still got room for a pudding? Look out for fried and sugar-coated Gulab Jamun on the menu at festival time or Gajar Ka Halwa, made with carrot, nuts, sugar and condensed milk. But regardless of your taste preferences, you'll find a menu to suit you at the Indian restaurants across Belfast!