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Review of Holohans Pantry

Holohans Pantry
Ranked #3 of 1,088 Restaurants in Belfast
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$34
Description: Holohan's is a family owned Irish restaurant situated on University Road just a stones throw from the Queens University. Holohan's Pantry is located in an old listed building oozing charm and ambience, a mixture of old style surroundings in a bright and welcoming setting. Like its sister restaurant, the hugely successfully 'Holohans at the Barge,' the Pantry offers the same unique dining experience, based around great Irish produce, recipes and warm, genuine Irish hospitality. Using classic recipes, updated with modern cooking techniques and some of the best local ingredients, the chefs at Holohan's produce food that is both nostalgic and contemporary. There is also a real focus on locally sourced craft beer, ale and cider, and a great selection of some unusual Irish whiskey's. As a family Holohan's has valued their gift for hospitality through three generations, the current owners grandmother, Sabina Holohan, encouraged the family to welcome guests "as if it were visiting your home". With modern life accelerating at such a fast pace, we often forget that the most important part of hospitality is to be hospitable, something for which the Irish have been renowned the world over. While there is an informal and relaxed ambience at Holohan's, the staff is nevertheless consummately professional, with a fantastic knowledge of our food, drinks and provenance. The Irish have a rich and wonderful culinary heritage, our extensive research has gathered a wealth of cooking methods, recipes and techniques from the last three hundred years. Many of the dishes on our menu have a weight of history behind them and have been passed on down through the generations. From the peasant food of the North West born out of hardship and necessity which gave us dishes like Craibechan, a delicious savory porridge made from pearl Barley and of course the house specialty, BOXTY, which comes from the traditional word bacstai or aran bocht ti meaning 'poor house bread'. "Boxty on the griddle, And Boxty on the pan; The wee one in the middle Is for Mary Ann" At University Road we now have a wonderful all day Irish breakfast menu from 8 am Tuesday to Friday. Our goals are to provide and champion our particular brand of food and service in a relaxed and comfortable setting. While we celebrate Irish culture, we try to do so without resorting to Irish cliches, we feel the "Irish-ness" comes from the welcome, the hospitality and the wealth of history contained within our menu. At Holohan's, we aim to work in a transparent and ethical manner, ranging from the treatment of the animals that provide our meat, to sourcing sustainable fish and using seasonal, locally grown fruit and vegetables. Fast becoming known around the world for the quality of our produce, our little Island is becoming known as the larder of Europe, and what better way to demonstrate and celebrate this then using Irish produce to cook Irish food. Holohan's is the perfect place to enjoy this resurgence in Irish cuisine, and more than just food, we aim to give a good night out! We hope to see you soon, Holohan's at the Barge!
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Description: Holohan's is a family owned Irish restaurant situated on University Road just a stones throw from the Queens University. Holohan's Pantry is located in an old listed building oozing charm and ambience, a mixture of old style surroundings in a bright and welcoming setting. Like its sister restaurant, the hugely successfully 'Holohans at the Barge,' the Pantry offers the same unique dining experience, based around great Irish produce, recipes and warm, genuine Irish hospitality. Using classic recipes, updated with modern cooking techniques and some of the best local ingredients, the chefs at Holohan's produce food that is both nostalgic and contemporary. There is also a real focus on locally sourced craft beer, ale and cider, and a great selection of some unusual Irish whiskey's. As a family Holohan's has valued their gift for hospitality through three generations, the current owners grandmother, Sabina Holohan, encouraged the family to welcome guests "as if it were visiting your home". With modern life accelerating at such a fast pace, we often forget that the most important part of hospitality is to be hospitable, something for which the Irish have been renowned the world over. While there is an informal and relaxed ambience at Holohan's, the staff is nevertheless consummately professional, with a fantastic knowledge of our food, drinks and provenance. The Irish have a rich and wonderful culinary heritage, our extensive research has gathered a wealth of cooking methods, recipes and techniques from the last three hundred years. Many of the dishes on our menu have a weight of history behind them and have been passed on down through the generations. From the peasant food of the North West born out of hardship and necessity which gave us dishes like Craibechan, a delicious savory porridge made from pearl Barley and of course the house specialty, BOXTY, which comes from the traditional word bacstai or aran bocht ti meaning 'poor house bread'. "Boxty on the griddle, And Boxty on the pan; The wee one in the middle Is for Mary Ann" At University Road we now have a wonderful all day Irish breakfast menu from 8 am Tuesday to Friday. Our goals are to provide and champion our particular brand of food and service in a relaxed and comfortable setting. While we celebrate Irish culture, we try to do so without resorting to Irish cliches, we feel the "Irish-ness" comes from the welcome, the hospitality and the wealth of history contained within our menu. At Holohan's, we aim to work in a transparent and ethical manner, ranging from the treatment of the animals that provide our meat, to sourcing sustainable fish and using seasonal, locally grown fruit and vegetables. Fast becoming known around the world for the quality of our produce, our little Island is becoming known as the larder of Europe, and what better way to demonstrate and celebrate this then using Irish produce to cook Irish food. Holohan's is the perfect place to enjoy this resurgence in Irish cuisine, and more than just food, we aim to give a good night out! We hope to see you soon, Holohan's at the Barge!
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived here on a wet Friday evening and were greeted with a warm welcome. Our server was friendly, informative and efficient. We were all very impressed with the quality of the food, delicious from start to finish. Highly recommend!

Thank Iris I
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Staff were very friendly and enthusiastic about the menus. Having done my research we went for an early bird option 5-10-5 which has a good choice. We both went for the ham hock terrine with guerkins and pear(dnt normally like but was an awesome combination). Mains were the boxty of the day (seafood n chicken) cudnt fault it and good portion size. Desert of sticky guineas pudding and the parfait again was amazing and good portion size. To top it all off I had the most amazing Irish coffee. From start to finish great food, great service and lovely atmosphere definately deserves the good reviews!

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great food
Great staff
Great decor

Overall Grrrrreat

Regards,

Anthony Tiger


Better than a bowl of Frosties for sure

1  Thank Christopher T
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Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

We did a lunch pit stop here after seeing people rave about it ok TripAdvisor. Holohans does not disappoint!

We wanted to order something we wouldn't get back home in England so we both went with the Boxty specials. There were 2 today, a sea food option or steak. We ordered 1 of each.

A boxty is a potato crepe which is the filled. I started with the steak (my husband and I did half and half), which was delicious. However the sea foot filled boxty, was DELICIOUS! So much so that I could have eaten another one easily!

The dish is served with a small portion of vegetable and then you can add a side if you chose to. We ordered chips (seriously come of the nicest I have had in a while) and champ. We would have been fine with just the chips between us but I wanted to try the champ before I return home tomorrow.

The service is fast and very welcoming. There is a lovely, relaxed atmosphere and at no point did we feel rushed. This is a quirky little find with a vey delicious, reasonably priced lunch menu. We spent around £32: 2 xBoxty, chips, champ & a Diet Coke.

I highly recommend Holohans if you have time to go!

1  Thank Icklerobin
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Reviewed 12 August 2017

Excellent food, staff where very friendly, atmosphere cosy and relaxed. Look forward to returning for dinner soon!

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1  Thank ceara809
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