This restaurant manages to retain a warmth beyond other examples of "modern-Conranesque" restaurants. It has become well renowned in a short period of ... More
This restaurant manages to retain a warmth beyond other examples of "modern-Conranesque" restaurants. It has become well renowned in a short period of time for serving imaginative, modern Irish cuisine, using the best of local produce. Steamed mussels in white wine, garlic and parsley, roast fillet of sea bass and garlic mash, wild boar sausage or perhaps crispy duck confit give you an idea of the dishes to expect. The menu changes regularly. At both times of the day an extensive à la carte menu is available. For wine buffs, there's a choice of 14 house wines. A visit to Alden's also comes recommended by Bridgestone, Michelin, the Tipperary Guide and The Taste of Ulster.
Six months ago I would have agreed with every positive comment I have ever read about this place- However, this is now not the case. I have lost count of the number of times I have eaten in Aldens and it was without doubt my favourite restaurant EVER, but the last two occasions have been terrible. The service has lost all of its polish, professionalism and attention to detail- all of the elements that made Aldens unique and special. When we made our comments known, the Manager was dismissive and indifferent to the point of being arrogant and rude, a letter to the owner failed even to get an acknowledgement. In short our verbal comments, one telephone call and two letters have been ignored. I am glad that business is so good for Aldens that it can afford to lose customers, I for one will never be back. It is over priced, and in my opinion it used to be worth every penny but that is now no longer the case. Do yourself a favour and avoid it, there is splently of choice out there, there are plenty of other restaurants where your business will be more appreciated and where you as a paying customer will get the serice and food you deserve.
Vegetarian options consisted of 1 single main course, 4 items on plate all different temperatures.
No imagination in food, and poorly cooked.
Service poor, in fact with only 3 tables in - we had to call over waiter to order after a long wait.
Pretentious, stuffy, poor food. The wine tasted of Windowlene..despite a differing description on the menu.
Ecellent wine list, constant vaiaton on the excellent menu. Food to die for. Mix of all ages. Been here at least once a month for the last couple of years, and would reccommend to anyone. Never had a bad experience, you get your monies worth.
We went for my 19th birthday, as a change from going to roscoff's which is generally the usual. And to my utter surprise, it was absolutely perfect. A wonderful night, with wonderful staff and food cooked to perfection. Would recommend anyone go there!!!!
after eating in aldens anywhere else in belfast is a let down
By A Yahoo Contributor, 10/23/05
always beautifully prepared and presented food. Really nice laid back atmosphere, not at all snobbish. You are made fel special from the minute you walk in until you leave. Food is to die for. Eat there once a month as a treat.
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