Ulster Life’s Aideen McCanny visits the newly opened Fratelli Restaurant and experiences rustic Italian charm with a contemporary edge!
Fratelli Restaurant at Galgorm Resort has long been a favourite of mine so when I’d learned that the Fratelli name was arriving in Belfast, I couldn’t wait to pay the restaurant a visit. I was expecting the same level of fantastic food and exceptional service offered at the Galgorm venue and was pleased to find that this restaurant was no different.
Upon arrival, my husband and I were escorted to our table. On a bustling Friday night, the restaurant was a hive of activity with family celebrations, friends’ reunions and couple’s dates.
The restaurant’s stunning interiors immediately draws you in. Exposed brickwork and neutral shades combine with bold pops of colour from the restaurant’s artwork and soft furnishings to give the place a true homely, yet contemporary feel. The open plan kitchen allows the diner an insight into the hub of the restaurant and truly makes you feel like you are a part of the entire experience.
With an extensive selection of rustic Italian dishes, the menu at Fratelli certainly caters for all tastes. When it comes to starters, the menu affords the diner the opportunity to have as little or as much as they like! For a true taste of Italy, I would highly recommend ordering Cicchetti, which are tapas style dishes, typically served in Italian taverns. We shared the chicken and chorizo stew, garlic prawns with lemon and herb butter and feta and sun dried tomato arancini with truffled honey dressing. Each dish offers a delicious combination of flavours and textures and were cooked to perfection! In particular, I thoroughly enjoyed the chicken and chorizo stew which had just a little kick and was a perfect winter warmer, on a dreary February evening.
Onto the main course and again, the selection is exceptional. From pasta dishes, to Romana pizzas, seafood and steak, the menu is a diner’s delight! With a craving for pizza, the Diavolo was the order of the day, topped with Italian pepperoni, chorizo, red peppers, spicy jalapenos and fresh shaved garlic. My partner opted for the half roast duck with an aged balsamic glaze, served with dressed rocket salad and chilli pesto fries. The presentation of both dishes was simply superb and we both thoroughly enjoyed our selection.
With a sweet tooth to satisfy, I couldn’t refuse dessert. The menu includes an extensive range of miniature handcrafted desserts and ice cream, perfect for indecisive people like myself who can’t decide on just one. We choose to share the rich milk chocolate and raspberry cup, Amaretto panna cotta topped with crushed pistachio nuts and the original Glastry Farm ice cream, served with tea, which was the perfect end to a perfect meal!
Fratelli offers a true taste of Italy in stunning surroundings. With superb attention to detail and a fabulous combination of flavours, we left with the vow to return again soon.
60 Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7BB
Tel: 028 90 310862