La Boca won my heart a little bit.
It's a restaurant with a great vibe about it, helped in no small part by the ever-changing displays of art on the walls. It's not too small and not too big, so it strikes the balance between intimate and uncomfortable very well!
The food is also delicious. I'm a big fan of Spanish food, so I took to Argentinian quite easily, enjoying some bread and olive tapendade, a mushroom/Serrano ham combo and some sort of chicken with salsa.
The staff were totally delightful - friendly, patient and attentive.
I will most definitely be back for some more as soon as I possibly can!
As part of International Women's Day, I went along to La Boca a nice little Argentine style restaurant based on Fountain Street in Belfast which was hosting an art exhibition featuring works by artists Liz Carrasco (Mexico), Veronica Borchi (Italy), Katia Popoff(Chile) and Helen Warner(England).
During the night La Boca was giving away free wine to all guests as we not only enjoyed viewing the artworks but also live music provided by a Latin American singer Anai from Argentina also interacted with the guests, we was also entertained by one of the artists of the night (Veronica Borchi) who gave us a acapella version of Summertime.
I also understand that Liz Carrasco managed to sell a few of her pieces during the night.
I would recommend anyone who has an interest in Art, or wants to experience an Argentinean night out to go along to La Boca.
Fine & lovely Argentine food with excellent specials right in la corazón de Belfast.
Really nice, simple, filling, hearty, fresh runnig-out-of-adjectives food.
The first time I went to this place wasn't for the food, but for an exhibition my friend was hosting there. I think it's fantastic that places like La Boca help promote young local artists and always use it as an excuse to call in for a cheeky beer. I went to the bar and asked for a Guinness, which being an Argentine restaurant, the didn't have. But they did have a huge collection of unique imported beers which they were quite enthusiastic to have me taste. Ahh life is hard sometimes...
Following this night we went to a charity dinner here (one of the many other things La Boca is happy to host). I like my spicy food and steaks so it appears Argentine cuisine is for me! All the food was cooked incredibly, the set menu gave a great selection of rustic dishes I had never tried before so it was a great opportunity to jump into some of South America's finest fare.
A little bit of Argentina has come to Belfast and this restaurant is well worth a visit. There is live music, but not too loud to be intrusive, on a Friday evening with tapas from 5pm. Service was quick and very friendly, putting our table of 4 firmly at ease and ensuring that we will aim to be back again.
Great food. Great service.Great atmosphere. Check it out - especially the empanadas and the chimichurri sauce!
I have eaten across the city but have always over looked this place for some odd reason. I first took the plunge for a beer tasting night hosted by Gapwines. A bit of a beginners taste test but it allowed us to sample a range of little South American tapas.
On that occasion we had cured meats, thick spiced sausages, really big juicy olives, little savoury pastries filled with spiced meat and vegetables and some bread and oils.
All very tasty, all very fresh, and each complimented the beers on offer perfectly.
The second visit was when myself and and small group of us called in for a late night supper. It's a fantastically welcoming place. Large wood tables, pop art on the walls and dimmed decor.
While I was there we went for a small platter, akin to what I had previously had. For main I had a Beef Milanese with Serrano ham. Unbelievably rich seasoned meat, fresh vegetables, salty cured ham and sticky unctuous cheese. This with accompanying home made chips and a bottle of Punk IPA from the Brewdog brewery in Scotland. They are essentially the young rebels of the craft brewing industry and use viral marketing and shock advertising tactics to push their wares.
The food was great, service fantastically warm and overall really well priced. If you a change from the usual suspects then pop in for some Argentine delights.
I am loathe to resort to clichés, but I can feel an inevitable one coming on, about La Boca, that I'm not going to be able to keep in. La Boca is a breath of fresh air. There, it's out.
I've been in here a number of times, mostly because it really is unique for Belfast and there's nowhere else like it. Argentinian! Any time I've been, I've never booked and although the place has been buzzing, the kind natured waiters have always ended up running around trying to find room for us. It's probably at this point that I've made a note to leave a not inconsiderable tip, before I've even tasted food.
But what food! I can make a nice steak at home and rarely order one when I'm out - my grill pan (and indeed, most of my cookware) is my prized possession. But don't rob yourself the chance of trying one of La Boca's, with that awesome chimichurri dressing they do. I'm salivating right now thinking about their side dishes of crispy rosemary potatoes, and the rocket and parmesan salad. I had a poached chicken fillet once, stuffed with peppers and goat's cheese, served in a big bowl with the poaching liquor.
I've always gone for the house malbec at a tenner a bottle - something they could easily charge more for.
I absolutely adore La Boca. There's nowhere else like it in this part of the world, to my knowledge. I could rave on about it for a week but I sense you'd be bored by then.
Just try it!
Oh dear oh dear oh dear! What has happened to La Boca? This one time gem used to be my favourite but I'm guessing it's under new management or something as things have gone down hill.
Went last night for my wedding anniversary, was very excited and when we got there the place was virtually empty. The waiter was lovely, chatting to us about this and that and very polite and mannerly. We ordered our starters which were tasty but the recession is clearly showing as the tapenade and oils with bread was all bread (9 pieces) and the actual dips were three tiny little tubs. That said it was delicious!
For our main we both ordered sirloin steak, mine well done and my husbands medium rare. My husbands steak was well done and I kept saying to him to send it back but service was slow and we were both hungry and he hates a scene. He said he'd say when the waiter came over. He didn't appear so my husband left a quarter of the steak and I ushered the waiter over. My husband explained that the food was delicious but the steak was overdone and disappointing for £17! Yes for £17 you would expect to get what you ask for. I'm also convinced the steak was more a rump or a frying steak rather than sirloin.. It was too thin! Anyway, the waiter said he would speak the manager. No one came over to apologise or anything and nothing was deducted from the bill. I've had enough of the rip off restaurants expecting us to pay extortionately high prices for food we could cook better at home so I told the manager I wasn't paying the full price. This is when things went sour, instead of her saying "I'm sorry,I understand, this won't happen again, can I offer you a free dessert, a coffee or anything at all" no she snapped my bill off me and told me "this isn't how restaurants work, the steak was fine and we shouldn't have eaten most of it" then she proceeded to tell me my attitude stank. I held my ground and said I wouldn't pay full price to which she eventually gave in and knocked 10% off but man was she cross, face like a bulldog chewing a wasp. I would have let her phone the police if she had wanted... It's just not good enough when people struggle to make money and choose to spend it in their restaurant they should get what they ask for and experience exceptional service from ALL the staff. The two male waiters were fabulous by the way, it seems to me that it was just the manageress who was terrible at her job and clearly needs retrained or perhaps a change of career... What jobs are there where you don't need to work with the public, that would suit her. Unfortunately I won't be back and neither will anyone else I know because im telling them all.
La Boca is an Argentinnian restaurant ideally placed in the heart of Belfasts thriving city centre. It hosts rustic charm with contemporary tranquility ro really make your meal relaxing and enjoyable. It was a beautiful sunny day (a rarity) and I was pleased to see they had great allocated outdoor seating to make the most of the sunshine. The restaurant was bright and airy as it had large open doors to help bring the outside in and inside out. There was a definate feeling of cosmopolitan European dining and I had a sense of being on holiday, probably the closest most of us will get to the med this year!
The menu itself is exotic and delicious. You can almost taste the food frm the descriptions and I struggled to decide on just one thing! The staff, as always, were fantastically helpfull and made the whole experience even better. The chef also offers daily specials which all looked just as good as the menu and we decided to go with the special which was cod wrapped in parma ham served with green beans and tarragon mash...yes it was all that it promised to be. Normally I am reluctant to go for a special as its normally all batch made at the start of the day or leftover excess but I was pleseantly surprised to find everything was fresh and cooked to order. The ham was perfect and the cod flakey and melt in the mouth delicious. We accompanied the mains with the rocket salad with parmasan which was so simple but so delicious...Im actualy hungry again reliving the meal. We also had a glass of wine which was delicious and reccommended by the server. Overall a first class experience and I would highly reccomend La Boca for a quick girly lunch on a shopping trip or simply a romantoic meal with a loved one. A fantastic experience all round.
I also would like to add some facts that you might not discover yourself. The restaurant poses as an art gallery, displaying different works by various local artists ahich are pleasant to the eye and for those of us with an artistic eye available to buy. Also, La Boca do a range of fantastic homemade sauces from chilli oil, jalepeno mayonnaise to walnut pesto which can be purchased in beautifull glass bottles.The condiments are made to oreder and the first purchase costs £10. £5 for the sauce and £5 for the bottle. Then you may return with your bottle and get refills for Fiver! Fantastic for trying out the recipies at home of as a gift for someone who likes to experiment!
After a very unfortunate incident at the restaurant which previously occupied these premises I'd always given La Boca a wide berth. Unfair you might think so I decided to man up and conquer my fear.
La Boca does 'Argentinean' food and in my limited experience it seems quite close to Spanish with a delicious list of tapas and more hearty, meaty main courses. I went for the steak, a rare treat and it was absolutely cooked to perfection. As an accompaniment I had potatoes which were roasted in some kind've vinegar so they had an amazing sweet/sour taste to them and the house red which was perfectly reasonable.
One of the best things about this place is the décor. It's a high ceilinged red brick room and there's swanky white cushioned seating all down the left hand wall. There's also a bit of a local art vibe to it as well and the night we were in there was some striking art hung on the walls.
Couple all that with the cosy lighting and music I'd definitely say there's a unique atmosphere in La Boca. Service was great, laidback but very professional and the bar at the other side of the room seemed to be doing a roaring trade in cocktails. I would definitely recommend this place for both the food and the atmosphere, perfect for a romantic dinner or dining with a larger more rowdy group.
Pros: Superb steaks.
Cons: Limited drinks menu.
Called in here for a break and some refreshment while doing some shopping with a friend, just for a spot of lunch, but I do think it would be a nice place to come for a meal in the evening, because it's atmosphere is welcoming and cosy. I think at night it could be quite romantic with its exposed brick and rustic feel and enjoyable background music. As it was, our pit stop was totally unromantic, but necessary as we needed a break from shopping, and La Boca was a good choice, as the food was reasonably priced and the staff were really friendly and helpful, and we didn't have to wait long either. I had a pasta dish, I can't remember what it was called, and my friend had the Sun-blushed tomato salad - and both dishes were lovely. I would recommend this place for lunch or dinner, and it is most suitable for couples or small groups of friends.
Love this place, really chilled atmosphere, great service and tasty tasty food
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