Belfast restaurants named among the world’s best

Deane’s EIPIC and OX restaurants in Belfast have been named among the world’s very best.


The two restaurants, Northern Ireland’s only Michelin star eateries, are named in the latest issue of La Liste of the top 1,000 at a gala event in Paris.


La Liste focuses on restaurants providing “outstand excellence and universal appeal in world gastronomy”.


Michele Shirlow, Food NI chief executive, congratulating the two restaurant owners, said: “This is a marvellous endorsement of the restaurants and also of Northern Ireland’s culinary excellence. It is a very timely listing that follows Northern Ireland’s recent recognition as the “World’s Best Food Destination’ in the prestigious World Travel and Tourism Awards in London.


La Liste is based on “the compilation of hundreds of guidebooks and millions of online reviews” and features “an impressive set of 16,000 top-rated establishments in 165 countries”.


The list is shaped by the opinions of an panel of international of food experts led by founder Philippe Faure. The listing is based on an impartial and objective process involving the latest technology that cross references almost 600 food publications to calculate an annual score that sets a ranking for each restaurant.


The latest listing also includes restaurants run by two other Northern Ireland chefs – Clare Smyth, from Bushmills in Co Antrim, the chef/owner of Core in London, and Antrim’s Mark Abbott, the head chef at Midsummer House in Cambridge. Both restaurants have also won Michelin stars