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Belfast restaurateur opens new £500k Mediterranean-inspired eatery

Head chef Pierre Caulet and owner Guillaume Rabillat pictured outside new restaurant 44, located on Hill Street, Belfast
Gareth McKeown

A NEW £500,000 Mediterranean-inspired restaurant has opened in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter, creating 25 jobs.

Building on the success of his Lisburn Road restaurant, La Bastille, Guillaume Rabillat has launched tapas-style eatery 44. Located on Hill Street , 44 offers casual Mediterranean-influenced cuisine paired with a wide-ranging wine list including bottles from across France, Spain and Italy.

The concept behind the new restaurant is part of Mr Rabillat's mission to help change the perception of fine dining, making great food fun and approachable to all ages and backgrounds without compromising on quality.

Mr Rabillat said he is delighted to add to the growing Northern Ireland restaurant scene.

"The opening of 44 will create 25 new jobs within the hospitality sector and shows my continued commitment to Northern Ireland's dining landscape," he said.

"My team has developed significant fine dining experience in Belfast over the past 20 years producing high-quality food for diners from across Northern Ireland. I am very excited to welcome everyone to my newest Mediterranean adventure.

“44 will offer diners a complete fine dining experience, but without the stuffy, formal stereotypes. Our urban-style Mediterranean-influenced menu items will offer something special to suit all tastes and occasions, making the new restaurant not only the perfect location for a special meal with friends or family but also a great venue for a casual lunch or business dinner.”

Born and raised in France, Mr Rabillat has a wealth of knowledge in Mediterranean flavours and has dedicated his hospitality career to continuing this education, working in Paris, London, the Republic of Ireland and Belfast.

44's kitchen staff is led by head chef, Pierre Caulet, formerly of popular Belfast eatery, Coppi.

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