For a taste of the Eastern Mediterranean in Belfast, you need to make your way to St Anne’s Square in the Cathedral Quarter where Buba has opened its doors. Owned and operated by husband and wife team, Tony and Andrea O’Neill, who also own the popular Italian inspired restaurant/cichetti bar Coppi, also in the Square, so you know it’s going to be good.
Buba’s style is fun and vibrant, a friendly and welcoming open plan eatery serving food inspired and influenced by the rich flavours of the modern day Eastern Mediterranean including Greece, Turkey and North Africa.
The menu is comprised of lots of small plate dishes, designed to share, and to give you a sample of all of the rich culinary traditions, exotic produce, flavoursome spices and cooking techniques this region is known for.
Head Chef Gerard Doran’s food definitely falls into the “spiced but not spicy” category. Think aromatic offerings like Flat Bread with Lamb, Pomegranates, Pine Nuts and Mint, Halloumi Fries with Chilli Jam, Persian Style Potato Hash, Pomegranate, Mint & Yoghurt and Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Turkish Delight.
There is a full vegan menu which definitely does not feel like an add-on.
As with all Taste of Ulster members, local ingredients are used where possible.
Definitely worth checking out!
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