New culinary experience for Belfast as Roam finds a home

Chef Ryan Jenkins pictured at the opening of his new Belfast city centre restaurant Roam, which has led to the creation of 12 jobs. Picture: Jonathan Porter/PressEye

A NEW Belfast city centre restaurant, which started as a pop-up concept aiming to provide a unique dining experience, has opened its doors following a £200,000 investment and the creation of 12 jobs.

Roam in Callendar Street is owned by self-taught Belfast chef Ryan Jenkins (29), who has built a strong reputation in recent years for his culinary expertise.

He said: “Roam started off in 2018 as a pop-up restaurant in venues across Northern Ireland and during the pandemic, we kept the momentum going with our fine-dining boxes which were a huge hit.

“Since then, I have been working hard behind the scenes and I'm delighted to be opening the doors to Roam's very own home in the heart of Belfast.”

He added: “From our inception the menus at Roam ( have always focused on the very best, local ingredients.

“So whilst diners know the type of dish they are ordering, they won't know what the meal consists of until they are served it.

“It's a new and unique experience that we are offering and I am confident that it will not only appeal to our loyal clientele, but to a completely new customer base in our city centre location.

“I've built a brilliant team of chefs and front of house over the last four years. They have been with me from the beginning and have all helped play an important part in getting Roam to where it is today, so I am delighted to be able to give them full-time employment in a restaurant they are just as passionate about as I am,” Ryan added.