Dubbed as Belfast’s newest culinary gem, Stove Bistro, headed up by Simon Toye and Simon McCance, is today celebrating one year in business.
The two Simons – Toye former Executive Chef at Deanes, and McCance, owner of Ginger Bistro – have firmly established Stove Bistro as one of the City’s top eateries in the heart of one of the city’s burgeoning places for food and drink.
The upstairs, well-spaced, clean-wood restaurant, in the heart of the Ormeau Road, has become renowned for its fantastic local seafood, delectable meat dishes as well as an exceptional vegan and vegetarian offering.
The effort and outstanding offering haven’t gone unnoticed with Stove having been just announced as finalist in the ‘Best Eatery/Coffee Shop’ in Belfast Chamber Business Awards.
The dynamic duo launched the restaurant in the midst of the Pandemic, and despite all the challenges, they haven’t looked back.
Simon Toye, former Executive Chef at Deanes said: “Opening a new business is challenging enough let alone opening a new business during a pandemic.
“We opened very much in the eye of the storm and we were forced to close within 4 weeks, it was absolutely shattering.
“However, instead of seeing it as a challenge, we saw it as an opportunity and the down-time allowed us to perfect our menus, to reach out to our customers to let them know we were here and our huge focus on sourcing the freshest local produce from Northern Ireland.
“When we were able to open the business for a second time, we were more than ready, and the response has been absolutely fantastic.
“We now have a solid team of staff and a chefs including myself, creating delicious fresh food to cater for all palates, food intolerances and preferences.
“Simon McCance has owned and operated Ginger Restaurant for almost two decades, and he brings all his business knowledge and expertise to the table, where I do the cooking. It is a partnership that is working very well, and we are excited about the future.”
Simon Toye concluded: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our loyal customers who have supported us over the past year and those who have yet to visit us.”
Stove Bistro is located at 455 Ormeau Rd, Belfast BT7 3GQ, and is open Wednesday to Saturday each week.