Tedfords is a renowned restaurant in Belfast which specialises in fish dishes. Nestled in a three storey terraced house on Donegall Quay, which dates back to 1843, it offers impressive views of Belfast Lough and the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge.
I visited it for dinner on a Saturday evening to celebrate my husband’s birthday. We had both heard glowing reports about the quality of the food offered by chef Alan Foster and we therefore had high expectations.
We were shown to a table in the ground level dining room which is a long narrow room only interrupted by a large bar in the middle. The décor is opulent with rich reds and purples and stylish furniture. Overall it creates an upmarket feel which contributes to making each visit a special experience.
Although the menu is dominated by fish dishes it still offers scrumptious sounding options for meat lovers and vegetarians and manages to cater to everyone’s taste. We both opted for fish for our starters. I choose pan roast scallops which were accompanied by a confit duck spring roll, fennel salad and orange jelly jus. The entire dish was mouth-watering and the scallops in particular were the perfect balance of softness in the middle and a nice brown crust on the outside. My husband chose citrus cured salmon with smoked Lough Neagh eel, avocado puree and cucumber jelly. He was very impressed with the combination of flavours and delicate presentation of the dish. Two empty plates were collected by the waitress whilst we sat back and waited for our main courses which we knew would be equally divine.
We were not disappointed. My main of sirloin of salt aged beef on a bed of pomme anna, onion puree, café de paris butter and beef & thyme beignet was honestly one of the most delicious dishes I have experienced in a Belfast restaurant. Each mouthful was savoured and my husband’s attempts to pinch food from my plate were quickly quashed! My husband was equally dazzled by his choice of roast rump of Irish lamb with lamb pastilla, crispy polenta piperade, artichoke and sun blushed tomato jus which he quickly devoured.
We enjoyed our Merlot whilst we awaited our desserts. I chose the apple plate which is a selection of four apple desserts, each one different and beautifully presented on a long white plate. It consisted of an apple and almond sponge, a miniature apple crumble tart, apple sorbet, calvados crème caramel, hazelnut crumble and a cinnamon and orange syrup. It was lovely and refreshing. My husband chose a white chocolate cheesecake with raspberry sorbet, wild strawberries and white chocolate crumble which he thoroughly enjoyed. My husband and I agreed that every dish we had was cooked to perfection despite the numerous elements involved and beautifully presented.
Unsurprisingly, Tedfords is currently rated number 8 on Trip Advisor out of the 626 Belfast restaurants reviewed. I can honestly say that Tedfords is my new favourite restaurant in Belfast and I would gladly recommend it to anyone for any special occasion. Although the A La Carte prices may be slightly on the high side it also offers a reasonably priced lunch menu from Wednesday – Friday, 3 courses for £20, and a pre theatre menu from 5-6.30pm on Tuesday – Saturday at £22 for 3 courses.