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Sizzling new steak restaurant takes final unit at St Anne's Square

Businesswoman Zara Peden outside her new restaurant, Top Blade Belfast

THE iconic St Anne’s Square in Belfast will reach full capacity by the end of this month after a new gobbled up the final unit in the development.

Top Blade Steakhouse will be housed in the former Chopin premises and represents an investment of £100,000, creating 20 jobs in the process.

The brainchild of 22-year-old entrepreneur Zara Peden, Top Blade has identified a gap in the Northern Ireland food scene for a venue to specialise in flat iron steak.

The menu at the new 1,400 sq ft restaurant will provide a concise selection, championing great steak throughout.

Zara said: “Having visited flat iron steak restaurants in Soho, I knew I wanted to bring this concept to Belfast.

"Northern Ireland has a long-standing love for steak, but from my research, the price point can often act as a barrier. People today desire quality, tasty food, that is great value for money and that is exactly what we offer.

"I don’t believe people should pay extra to satisfy their steak craving. We have teamed up with Carnbrooke Meats in Dromora to ensure our guests have the best steak possible without paying a premium.”

She added: “Belfast has experienced a renaissance of its food scene recently and I want Top Blade to join the bustling hospitality sector in the city.

"St Anne’s Square presents the perfect location for my new restaurant and I'm excited to join the impressive roster of eateries in this wonderful development. Each restaurant in the square has something unique to offer and it is vital to give consumers those different options.”

The 46-seater restaurant (more details at www.facebook.com/topbladebelfast) opens seven day a week (Monday to Thursday from 4pm-11pm and Friday to Sunday from noon until 11pm) and will also offer a bespoke cocktail and wine menu as well as a tailored selection of beers and spirits.

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