Sitting on the spot of artist William Conor’s studio and decorated with huge child-like paintings of Penguin classics, it’s probably a bit strange that the first thing that stuck out about Cafe Conor was the scones. A giant pile of them teetering temptingly at the end of the counter. Plain, fruit, cherry & white chocolate…
But bolting indoors from the icy blast of Belfast’s Botanic Gardens, already eight hours into the day after an early morning flight, it was a welcome sight. Only after removing the multiple hats, scarfs and thermals did it become clear we’d stumbled on quite a find.
Packed to the rafters with families enjoying the award winning breakfasts, couples catching up over coffee and regulars relaxing over an early lunch, Cafe Conor was going like a fair. But front of house was unflappable. Our friendly waitress reeled of the specials, recommended wine by the glass and accommodated even the strangest requests thrown at her by the sulky seven year old sat next to us with an unfaltering smile.
Appetites whet by the well presented plates coming from the kitchen – headed by chef Craig Reid – we certainly weren’t disappointed when out mains arrived.
The superfood salad, mixing crisp leaves, grains, avocado and roasted veg, was light and satisfying, while the burger was big and, eh, beefy. A good textured bun, generous handful of salad and perfectly cooked chips were served with a homemade ‘slaw – one of the best I’ve tasted in a while.
And the scones. Light, fluffy and freshly made – definitely worth the calories.