Yes, you hear it right. Harlem is thriving in the bustling streets of Belfast’s city centre. Harlem Cafe is without a doubt, my favourite lunchtime hangout when I am in Belfast for meetings. They also happen to make a pretty mean cappuccino with the proper creamy froth consistency so important to me. I cannot stand dry froth or cappuccinos that are really lattes, but I digress…
It’s beautiful eclectic decor of antiques of different shapes and sizes provide an inviting and fresh atmosphere. High ceilings and good lighting also help set the lovely dining experience. It is run by Faye Rogers whose educational background in window-dressing and fashion design makes all the antiques that her husband has collected over decades gel into a perfect collage.
And the food? oh well, they do a very good job on that front too. They provide a rich and diverse menu to please all palettes and make it a point of sourcing local produce as much as possible. Last time I went, I had this delicious and authentic Irish stew with a slice of wheaten loaf and butter. Funnily enough, it was just what I needed on a cold July day in Ireland.
Kudos to Faye for really coming through on her vision for ”the customer to experience — great coffee, delicious home-made food, a fantastic venue to dine and meet up with friends, and all wrapped up with excellent customer service.”