Michelin starred chef Richard Allen, executive head chef at Grand Jersey’s Tassili, has been invited to take over a Belfast restaurant for the second year running.
The Barking Dog in Belfast will be hosting a pop up Michelin star experience for diners on the 18th September and Richard has been given carte blanche to produce a menu inspired by his home larder in Jersey.
In 2013, Richard produced a menu for 40 guests at the Barking Dog to help celebrate Belfast Restaurant Week.
The city currently doesn’t have a Michelin star restaurant and it is hoped that Richard’s profile will help to promote Belfast as a food destination and ultimately inspire the opening of a high-end Michelin-star eatery in the city.
Richard’s six course menu will include: Cauliflower veloute, pollinaise, with cauliflower tempura and torched scallops; Mackerel, tomato, fennel and saffron stew; Roast fillet of beef, celeriac and truffle, with aruncini and a cèpe foam; Lemongrass granite, with lemon cream; Chocolate, pistachio and olive oil cake, with cocoa and orange and finishing off with coffees, teas and chocolates.
Michael O’Connor, director of Thornyhill Restaurants, which owns The Barking Dog, commented: ‘It was such a pleasure and privilege to be invited to spend some time cooking with Richard at Tassili last year and everyone at The Barking Dog was delighted when he came over to run the ‘Michelin Takeover Night’ at the restaurant for Belfast Restaurant Week. We are absolutely thrilled that Richard has decided to come back again this year, our chefs are very much looking forward to the opportunity to work with Richard and we are all eagerly anticipating his food creations.’
Richard Allen added: ‘It was an honour to represent Tassili and Jersey at last year’s Belfast Restaurant Week and it’s flattering to be invited back to Ireland for a second year running. I have really enjoyed putting my menu together, which will hopefully reflect my passion for fresh Jersey produce and give the diners a unique culinary experience.’