Best cheap eats in Belfast picked by Michelin-starred chef Stephen Toman

As part of the Cheap Eats series in our Money blog, we ask Michelin chefs to pick their favourite place for a cheap meal where they live and when they cook at home. This week we speak to Stephen Toman, chef owner at the one Michelin starred Ox restaurant in Belfast...

Hi Stephen, can you tell us your favourite places in Northern Ireland where you can get a meal for two for less than £40?

Rarely do I get out with being in the restaurant so much but when I get a chance I like to go somewhere casual.

There's a great little pub not too far from me that does great pub grub and an even better Guinness.

It's called Robert Stewart's, or Bob Stewart's to the locals. I recommend the peppered steak and a pint of the black stuff to wash it down.

For in the city centre I recommend Ora. The perfect spot for small plates and wines by the glass. Super cocktails also. The bang bang chicken or the pork fritters never fail.

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What's your go-to cheap meal at home?

Cooking at home, I try to keep it simple.

I enjoy making Mexican with my daughter, she is crazy about fish tacos. We normally just serve it with guacamole, salsa, spiced rice and coriander mayo.

Other than that it has to be a Sunday roast, even on a Tuesday.

My favourite is a good quality ham, glazed with maple, orange and clove, served with fondant potatoes and spring greens.

Use a little bit of the ham stock to deglaze the roasting tray, and thicken with a few knobs of butter for the sauce.