La Scala Bistro
At the Stormont Hotel
With an enviable location just across the road from the stunning Northern Ireland Government Buildings, La Scala is perfect for light bites and more substantial fayre. As with all of the hotels in the Hastings group, the restaurant is big on food provenance and championing local produce.
The menu changes frequently but you can expect the likes of a hearty seafood chowder and a delicious Leggygowan goat’s cheese parfait- made from locally produced artisanal cheese and served with crunchy granola and divine golden beetroot. Don’t go past their uniquely yummy Belfast Rarebit. Their version is made with Irwin’s Stout Wheaten topped with Fivemiletown cheddar cheese sauce and Moyallon dry cured bacon.
Peter Hannan of the Meat Merchant fame, has his amazing steaks on the main course menu – you can really taste the difference with the Himalayan Salt cured beef. Stormont’s chefs have also had a great time coming up with new dishes to showcase local produce and be sure to try the Glenarm Salmon fillet or Duo of County Down Pork – Traditional Breed Pork Loin and Slow Roasted Belly of Pork on a bed of Savoy Cabbage, with homemade Champ Croquettes and an Armagh Cider Apple Sauce. See what we mean about championing local produce?
Make the trip out from the city centre. There’s plenty of parking, the food is wonderful and you can always walk it off in Stormont Park if you overindulge.