It was our first time in Belfast and the taxi driver who picked us up from the International Airport was very keen to let us know which pubs to visit and which restaurants were good. He talked enthusiastically about The Morning Star - saying it was the best place in the city to get a good steak. He said that he had recommended the place to everyone he collects in his taxi as it really was excellent.
That very evening, we walk to The Morning Star from our accommodation at The Hilton, where we met up with our relatives and headed upstairs to the restaurant, expecting great things. The restaurant was completely empty other than one other table of two people. It looked shabby and in need of a good fettle with quite loud, uninspiring music on. We all looked at each other in dismay but decided to give it a go, seeing as the taxi driver had been so insistent as to how good the place was.
The waiter took our drinks order - I asked if they sold 'craft beers' and he said no. I decided to have a look for myself at the beers they were offering and could see that there was definitely bottles of craft ale in the fridge. The waiter apologised and brought me and my partner a bottle each. Our relatives ordered a bottle of wine which was brought over and they seemed quite happy with it.
Because of the taxi driver, we ordered steaks; a fillet steak medium rare for me and a 10oz sirloin medium rare for my wife. We both opted for the triple cooked chips... When the meals arrived, the steaks were served on sizzling cast iron dishes. My fillet was cooked to perfection, however my wife's was already on the medium side and was quickly becoming well done. The chips were cooked from frozen and were typical cheap chips, certainly not triple cooked. As we started eating, a large group of young women came into the restaurant followed by a few older men. They walked down into another part of the restaurant where they became extremely loud and raucous, downing drinks and making lots of noise. It was obvious that this was unacceptable behaviour, and a waiter came over to tell us that normally they would go over and tell the group to quieten down, but unfortunately one of the people in the group was actually the owner! We were absolutely appalled and said so. The group carried on making lots of noise until they received their food. We finished our meals, paid and left. I would never go back. It really doesn't deserve its reputation.
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