This is Niall and Joanne McKenna’s third Belfast restaurant, opened in a former foundry in the city centre and the unusual name remembers Stewart Hadski, who made pots and pans at the Commercial Court site in 1782. Now locally-inspired hot pots and sustainable fish are frying on pans in the same place.
It’s a long, narrow space with an open pass kitchen and a very well-stocked bar. It’s fairly industrial in style, but the floor to ceiling windows in the eating area are a good idea, and there’s no skimping when it comes to portion sizes.
The strongly seasonal menu changes daily and there’s a Mediterranean influence at play. You can expect dishes like whole baked fish or roast pheasant and seasonal vegetables, and a daily tart. There are at least two pastas and side dishes such as spinach and lentils are a highlight.
Wine Mondays, where they do 3 courses with wine pairings for £30, are particularly good value. It’s open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.
All round, an interesting restaurant with efficient and well-informed staff and an appealing combination of tasty seasonal food and good value. One to try.