I am not a food blogger and nor do I know an awful lot about the ins and outs of writing about food. Unless we are watching Masterchef or The Great British Bake Off then I am an expert. That being said I recently ate in a restaurant that actually made me utter the words ‘Oh my God’ very audibly for the next table to hear. Meg Ryan style.
EDŌ Restaurant, (pronounced Aye-Doh, Latin For ‘I Eat’) in Belfast is one of the nicest restaurants I have ever set foot in. Walk through the doors and you are immediately greeted with not only pleasant smiles and a friendly welcome but a smell of food overtakes the sense, transporting you to a drooling state. My eyes darted all around the restaurant from the bar as you enter with bottles piled high, the fantastic seating arrangements and brilliant décor.
Jonny Elliot, Head Chef and Owner brings you the best ingredients and extensive knowledge having worked with some of the best chef in the world like Gordon Ramsey and Gary Rhodes. Jonny knows his flavours and has a Bertha Oven in the kitchen which allows the chefs to cook with apple and pear wood giving their food a smokey flavour. The best thing about this restaurant is that the menu really does appeal to everyone, whether you are a starter and a main dish kind of person or a tapas style sharing theme is more your thing, Edo has got you.
We decided to try a few dishes while there as everything on the menu sounded unbelievable and we couldn’t decide.
Pimientos de Padron, £5
I looked at this on the menu and thought ‘nahh’ but I was guaranteed that they were lovely and so, I had to try them. Oh my days, I honestly don’t know what was done to them but the peppers melted in my mouth and were unbelievably tasty. With a little salt and I am assuming some olive oil these were the perfect dish to have while deciding what other dishes to have.
Jamon Iberico (Bellota), £10
A type of cured ham produced in Spain and Portugal that is just quite simply delicious. You get so many slices, we were full at the end of this dish… obviously that didn’t stop us! Also, we went straight in on this before I could get a photo, it looked too good to wait.
Ham Croquettes, £4
Yes, you read that right. I haven’t stopped thinking about these for the last 3 weeks. I actually got croquettes in another restaurant and they were nothing in comparison. Thinking about them now I am starting to drool. In fact, heading back to this restaurant in a few weeks and I may have to order about 4 of these.
Goats Cheese Fritter, £5
If anyone knows me at all, or at least listens to me when I talk about food, if there is Goat’s Cheese on the menu, it gets eaten. It is always delicious and this time there was absolutely no exception. Normally when I order Goat’s Cheese it come dressed up on a fancy plate with lots of dressings that I don’t even know what they are. I loved that this dish came down just as it is. Edo’s food is so good that it doesn’t need to hide behind the garnish. It stands up with confidence, front and centre saying ‘eat me.’
Ham Hock, Celeriac, Pickles & Brown Butter Breadcrumbs, £16.50
Moving away from the smaller dishes and onto main dishes, what you see before you is the most delicious ham that I have ever had. It actually wasn’t even what I ordered however, I stared at Joel’s plate dribbling, I had to have it.
Normally when I eat large cuts of meat they can be quite tough, dry and sometimes hard to swallow but I swear that ham actually fell off and melted into my mouth. Not only that, but it was a taste sensation. When it arrived to the table my first thought was, ‘how is that only £16.50?’ Such a glorious dish for such an affordable price.
Kebabs, Flat Bread, Tzatziki, £12
I am surprised I chose this as when being ‘bad’ and ordering take away I would never really get a kebab. I did however, spy someone else in the restaurant who had ordered it and I could smell it wafting over, so it was either order it or ask that gentleman for a bite.
Unbelievably tasty and I wouldn’t dare touch a take out kebab after tasting this kebab.
Believe me, I was busted at this point and I really needed a nap. That didn’t stop me ordering dessert because – why not? You honestly can’t go wrong with churros in my eyes, they were deliciously warm and sugary and an accompanying chocolate dip.
So whether you are having date night, night with the girls or a big celebration EDŌ is the place to be.
View their website here and make a reservation!