A first floor restaurant over a classy kitchen shop in Holywood, this long-established favourite is fresh and bright - perfectly in tune with the lovely zesty cooking that proprietor-chef Colleen Bennett and her team offer.
Squeezing in through a laneway, up the narrow stairs and past the busy open kitchen arouses the culinary curiosity as you enter the chic contemporary space, absorb the ambience and then enjoy the ingredients-led, sesonal menus
Starters and main courses tend to overlap on interesting and loosely structured menus, with small and large portions of some dishes offered; a popular dish like Caesar salad with char-grilled chicken might come in two sizes, for example, and appear on both the lunch and dinner menus.
Imaginative use of fresh produce is a striking characteristic of the food at Fontana: vegetables and salads are used with great panache and seafood is usually strongly represented - consistently accomplished cooking, stylishly simple presentation and clear flavours make an appealing combination.
There's a good wine list, well trained staff are known for their warmly professional service, and prices are reasonable for the quality offered. A visit here is always a treat.