Is Cristal Dinner Belfast’s most expensive menu?

Pictured L-R: Food & Beverage Manager, Marco Marro; General Manager, Gavin Carroll and head chef, Jonny Leake
Pictured L-R: Food & Beverage Manager, Marco Marro; General Manager, Gavin Carroll and head chef, Jonny Leake

The Merchant Hotel, Belfast is set to serve what’s being tipped as the city’s most expensive menu next month, with a lavish seven-course Cristal dinner in its Great Room Restaurant.

For £195 per person, you can enjoy the ultimate fine dining experience with a sumptuous seven-course meal, alongside matching luxury wines and Louis Roederer Cristal champagne. The exclusive menu, which is being offered for one night only on Thursday 9th October, has been created especially for Belfast Restaurant Week, which runs 4-11 October 2014.

Dishes from the luxurious menu include pressed guinea fowl and rabbit terrine with hazelnut and vanilla pear accompanied by a glass of Brut Vintage 2007; lobster thermidor matched with a glass of Cristal 2006; wild turbot, salsify, caspian beluga caviar with a glass of Cristal 2000; and a dessert of Brillat savarin, spiced black fig and candied pistachio paired with a glass of Louis Roederer Rose Vintage 2009.

With demand for tables at the exclusive dinner set to be high, culinary and wine aficionados are advised to book early by calling The Merchant on 028 9023 4888.

Gavin Carroll, general manager of The Merchant Hotel, said: “At The Merchant, we pride ourselves on offering our customers the highest quality dining experiences, alongside first class service. Our luxury Cristal Dinner is the latest in a series of exciting and novel one-off culinary events.

“Our award-winning chefs have devised a delectable seasonal menu that pairs the finest culinary offerings with the best fine wines and champagnes. We’re proud to offer this exciting menu during Belfast Restaurant Week – at a time when all eyes will be on the culinary offerings of our great city.”

For those that can’t afford to splash out on champagne and caviar, The Merchant has a range of menus and food events to suit all budgets during Belfast Restaurant Week.

In The Great Room Restaurant, diners can avail of a pre and post theatre set menu offering two courses from £18.50 per person or three courses from £22.50 per person with live music, Monday 6th – Wednesday 8th October and Friday 10th October.

In The Cloth Ear, choose from a set menu focusing on the best of local produce, with two courses for £16.95 and two courses for £19.95; or on Tuesday 7th October, try out their special marathon menu, which offers a seven-course menu made with produce sourced within 26 miles of The Cloth Ear, with a selection of samples of locally sourced drinks for £30 per person.

And, in Berts Jazz Bar, check out the exciting Bistronomy four-course menu with matched cocktails for £55 per person on Wednesday 8th October.

For further information, or to book a table at any of The Merchant’s special Belfast Restaurant Week events, call 028 9023 4888.

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