Awarded a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide for Great Britain & Ireland 2023, Waterman which was opened by Niall Mckenna and his team in June 2022, offers a no-frills dining experience in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter. Serving a local, seasonal menu, with accents and influences from Europe the menu changes daily. The food menu is paired with a short wine list with local gins and beers changing monthly. The kitchen is headed up by head chef Aaron McNeice. Aaron joined Niall as part of the James Street South team in 2012 when he worked as a James Street South apprentice.
Aaron is joined by a young dynamic team and together they’re cooking simple modern tasty dishes. The front-of-house team is led by Sean White who is the restaurant manager. Sean has worked with us for over six years following, previously at Hadskis. Sean and his team deliver friendly professional service with a sense of fun. Niall Mckenna has been cooking in Belfast as a chef since 2000 when he returned to his home city following years working in London. In 2003 Niall opened his first restaurant James Street South, which operates as James St today. Waterman Restaurant is his biggest project to date as it encompasses a Restaurant, a Cookery School and a conference, meeting and events spaces for larger groups hosting events whether they are professional or private.