As I mentioned previously in my student friendly restaurant guide, there's nothing that makes me happier than dining out. I genuinely spend more money on eating out than clothes and love trying out new restaurants in Dublin. When the team at Balfes* restaurant in The Westbury hotel invited me down for a complimentary meal, I accepted immediately. I may not be a food critic but I can definitely appreciate a good three course meal!
Balfes restaurant, The Westbury Hotel, Dublin 2
The menu was quite an extensive one making it hard to choose! I went for the grilled chicken, peppers and guacamole salad for starters, as did my mam. We both chose steak for mains- I had an 8oz fillet steak and she had the 10oz rib-eye- served with mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and hand-cut fries. For dessert, I went for the chocolate fondant and almond ice cream, whilst my mam had grilled peppered pineapple and cardamom ice-cream. One thing I loved about the food was the portion sizes. I was worried the salad would be huge and that I'd be full before the mains came out, but that wasn't the case at all! The steak was one of the nicest I've had in months, and the chocolate fondant was near heaven.
The starters arrived 10 minutes after serving and every dish after that was almost just as quick. The staff were so lovely and really made the whole dining experience extremely enjoyable.
Slightly on the pricier side, I'll be honest. Considering The Westbury is a five star hotel though, I'd expect nothing less for the quality of the meal. The food was so delicious though and I'm still thinking about that steak...
Myself and mam had such a fantastic evening and it's easy to see why Balfes is such a popular venue in Dublin. With it's New York style brasserie vibe and luxurious feel, Balfes is the perfect place to treat yourself to a delicious meal in the heart of Dublin city. I'll definitely be back!
You can find out more about Balfes over on their website here. Let me know what your favourite luxury restaurants are in Dublin!
*disclaimer; I was treated to a complimentary 3 course meal & drink by the team at Balfes restaurant in exchange for social media coverage, but as usual, all opinions are completely my own!