All seven Taste of UIster members who were awarded Michelin stars or Bib Gourmands have have retained their status in the new Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2021.
The three One Michelin Star restaurants, all in Belfast, are Eipic (Howard Street), Ox (Oxford Street) and The Muddlers Club (Cathedral Quarter).
Four restaurants have also retained their Bib Gourmand status from last year. They are BallooHouse in Killinchy, Newtownards; Noble (Holywood); Wine & Brine (Moira) and Belfast’s Deanes at Queen’s. A Bib Gourmand is awarded for good value fine-dining. It goes to restaurants which provide a set menu for €35 (or £32) and under.
Despite most restaurants being closed, or at least heavily restricted, for the majority of the last 12 months, the Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland continued with its annual awards to top restaurants and chefs in an online ceremony on Monday night, hosted by Davina McCall.
The annual event sees the best restaurants in the UK and Ireland recognised for their innovation and excellence.
It had been pushed back from its usual October date to account for the lengthy closures most businesses have faced.
Due to the ongoing pandemic and lockdown, the accolades were handed out in a live-streamed format rather than at its usual lavish event in London.
The first award of the evening was a Michelin Revelation Award for Best Service. It was given to the Holywood restaurant Noble, run by chef Pearson Morris and manager Saul McConnell who previously worked under the direction of Belfast top chef Michael Deane.