When visiting a restaurant most of us go somewhere local or perhaps jump on a train to the next city. I can say however I have never boarded a plane and flew to a restaurant destination. This was indeed precisely what I did when renowned chef Nico Simeone flew myself and 69 other lucky passengers to Belfast to experience the latest addition to his Six by Nico restaurant portfolio. On the menu was the six course “Chippie” theme. One which I couldn’t wait to try.
Myself and the other guests rendezvoused early doors, coffee in hand, at Glasgow airport on Wednesday this week. Ready for the “Fly by Nico” experience, I was off to Belfast on a culinary journey. A short time later we had boarded a specially chartered flight and were heading over the Irish Sea. Six by Nico Belfast is the third addition to the growing restaurant brands portfolio. It takes Nico’s conceptual restaurant idea out of Scotland for the first time and places it in Belfast’s bustling Cathedral Quarter.
Situated on Waring St, the restaurant is beautifully decorated. Stylish lighting and hints of metal and wood throughout compliment each other. The space also has a generous amount of seating which is just as well, with over 5000 reservations made prior to the doors opening today, Friday 8th of March. If you haven’t been to a Six by Nico restaurant before, firstly, you must go. Secondly, the concept is based around a menu which changes every six weeks. Nico and his chefs present a six course tasting menu, each one themed upon a different place, memory or idea. On this day we would be trying the “Chippie” menu.
The culinary experience began with some fish finger bites. A really cool, quirky take on a classic. Indeed all the dishes are an evolution of “Chippie” classics we all know and love. Just with an incredible Nico Simeone inventive twist. Chips and cheese was on the menu for example, but not like you think. Featuring parmesan espuma, crisp potato and curry oil it was an absolute delight. Additionally, each course is served with a matching wine. The perfect accompaniment to each course.
One of my favourite dishes was the monkfish cheeks scampi. Complimented with pea emulsion and wild garlic gribiche, it was soft and extremely flavoursome. I actually felt myself in awe looking at the dishes as they arrived. The creativity was just incredible. The Smoked Sausage made with pork belly, salt baked celeriac, black pudding and caramelised apple for example was just out of this world. Nico and his chefs are undoubtedly artists in the kitchen. Of course no “Chippie” menu would be complete without a Deep Fried Mars Bar. Caramelia chocolate, orange sorbet and cocoa nib made up this delicious, very moreish dessert. Definitely an amazing end to a fantastic menu.
As restaurant visits go this was incredible, food wise and as an experience. Nico’s take on “The Chippie” menu is without a doubt delicious. All the creative menu concepts and outstanding food and service will I’m sure be a hit with the people of Belfast. Furthermore at a price of £28 per person it is also terrifically good value. Click here to book now and experience Six by Nico for yourself.