Where: Two locations in Belfast, 283-285 Upper Newtownards Rd (Ballyhackamore), BT4 3GH and 549 Lisburn Rd, BT9 7GQ. Rumour has it there will be a third location opening on the Ormeau Road sometime in 2018.
What: Independent Belfast-based chain serving pizza, pasta and salads. Decent range of vegan pizzas.
Prices: The vegan pizzas are priced between £12 and £14 depending on what size you go for. They also have a lunchtime special which is excellent value – £7.95 for a half pizza, garlic bread and drink.
Vegan menu: Nice selection of pizzas (with or without vegan cheese depending on your preference). The wedges and garlic breads can also be made vegan. None of the salads or pastas seem to be suitable unfortunately – they do have a vegan brownie dessert though.
Drinks: Standard selection of soft drinks, water, tea and coffee. Both restaurants are BYO beer and wine friendly too if that is your thing.
Service: Generally very good, I don’t think I’ve ever had bad service here. Both restaurants seem to be very well run and able to cope even if busy.
Comfortable? I much prefer the Ballyhackamore location for ambience – it’s lovely and bright and doesn’t feel too crowded. The Lisburn Road location is smaller and slightly oddly shaped – so if you are two people you tend to get put down the back which can be cramped. But to be honest the food is so lovely I am generally just glad to get a table.
Was the food good? Pizzas are consistently excellent – my favourites are the Earlswood and Cranmore. The garlic bread looks like the chef has made you an individual mini loaf. Everything tastes fresh and delicious.
Toilets: Can only comment on the Lisburn Road location for this, but the toilet here is a bit pokey and hard to find – I almost wandered into the kitchen last time I tried to find it. Perhaps more signposting would help.
My advice to the chef: Keep doing what you are doing.
My advice to the manager: It’s really lovely to have such a mainstream restaurant cater so well to vegans, particularly since I imagine the restaurants are busy enough without having to put in the additional effort. It’s much appreciated!
Overall: One of (if not the?) best vegan pizza options in Belfast. Highly recommended!