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Investment in local food suppliers served up with new breakfast menu

Photography credit: Brian Morrison Amanda Stewart, Yahi's New Product Development Manager who created the cafe's new breakfast menu which celebrates local suppliers, is pictured with Supervisor Andrea Forrester and one of the best sellers from the new menu, The Banh Mi Breakfast sandwich. Yahi's new breakfast menu includes no less than 14 local suppliers to make up fresh, quality items for customers on the go.

Photography credit: Brian Morrison Amanda Stewart, Yahi's New Product Development Manager who created the cafe's new breakfast menu which celebrates local suppliers, is pictured with Supervisor Andrea Forrester and one of the best sellers from the new menu, The Banh Mi Breakfast sandwich. Yahi's new breakfast menu includes no less than 14 local suppliers to make up fresh, quality items for customers on the go.

Amanda Stewart, Yahi’s New Product Development Manager with Supervisor Andrea Forrester and one of the best sellers from the new menu, The Banh Mi Breakfast sandwich.

A city centre café has launched a new breakfast menu in celebration of the NI Year of Food and Drink’s Breakfast Month, with an investment in local food suppliers at the heart of the menu.

No less than 14 local products are served up in the morning menu of Belfast’s Yahi café, located in the city centre’s Great Northern Mall.

The café opened just 10 months ago, and has invested over £100,000 into the local food supplier industry to date, with its aim from the outset to gather only from local fields and farms for their on-the-go customers.

The new breakfast menu boasts Northern Irish products such as Clandeboye Natural Yogurt, Sloan’s dry cure bacon from Kilrea, Ballygarvey eggs, White’s organic oats, Warrenpoint honey and Keen nut butters, alongside Clontakilty’s famous black pudding and Ballymaloe Relish from the south of Ireland.

Amanda Stewart from Yahi developed the menu alongside head chef Rotsen Zambrano; “From the initial stages of the Yahi concept, we have always known that local would be important to us. Customers are much more aware of how great ingredients that come from Northern Ireland’s producers can be, so they should be able to get the same local quality from their lunches on the go as they would with a sit-down restaurant meal.

“We’re excited to launch the new breakfast menu, it is has got something for everyone from organic porridge and house made granola, to the more adventurous Banh Mi or The Hunter hot breakfast sandwiches.”

Throughout the entire breakfast, lunch and snack menu, Yahi supports over 30 food producers based in both the North and South of Ireland. They include Givan Meats, Tamnagh Foods, Ewing’s Seafood, Fivemiletown Creamery and Mango Street, a local social enterprise supplying cold pressed raw juices, whose profits go towards combating homelessness and food poverty in the local community.

Yahi opened in March 2015 and currently employs seven full and part time staff. It was born from a ‘hunter-gatherer’ concept to provide wholesome and nutritious food that tastes great on-the-go, to accommodate consumers’ increasingly fast-paced lifestyles.

Yahi is proud to support Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink throughout 2016 and will continue to support local and artisan suppliers throughout the country.

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