Girly Brunch in Balfes

If you read my blog post yesterday on my girly day out on Saturday with my Mum, you’ll know that we started our day out with brunch in town before going to the The Shelbourne spa for some pampering.

Our restaurant of choice was one of Dublin’s best loved brunch spots, Balfes in the Westbury Hotel, which has been open for quite some time now, but until this weekend I still hadn’t gotten around to going despite hearing lots of yummy things about it. So when Mum and I were planning our girls day out, it was the perfect time to give it a try and see if it lived up to all the hype.

The first thing I noticed when I arrived, apart from the gorgeous New York chic inspired decor and marble table tops, was the friendliness and professionalism of the staff. The manager greeted us warmly, showed us to our table which was a lovely spot in the centre of the room, and proceeded to take our drink order.

Mum opted for her old reliable latte, while I of course, decided on a nice glass of bubbly – I mean why drink coffee when you can drink prosecco, right?! There’s nothing better than a glass of bubbly to kick off any girls day out and why change the habit of a lifetime I say.


The brunch menu in Balfes is very varied, with many different options from healthy to indulgent. There are paleo and gluten free options, vegetarian options, as well as sharing platters, oysters, and all the usual breakfast options you would expect to find on any good brunch menu.

Spoilt for choice, it took us a while to decide what we wanted to eat, but eventually I decided on the Turkey Burger with guacamole, salsa and coleslaw, and just because I felt like being a little bit bold, swapped out the sweet potato wedges for normal skinny fries – delish!

There was just the right amount of everything on this dish, and I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that there was no bread bun with the burger. The dish definitely didn’t need it, and it made me feel like I was being at least a little bit healthy, even if I was having fries!

I enjoyed every bite and overall think it was definitely worth the €17 price tag that accompanied it.

Mum went for a breakfast option, namely the Blueberry Pancakes with bacon and maple syrup which cost a very reasonable €10.50, and the first thing we both said when it arrived, was how fresh it looked. The pancakes were made with fresh blueberries within the pancake mix rather than cooked blueberries or a blueberry syrup which sometimes happens. According to Mum the pancakes were light and fluffy and the bacon perfectly crispy, and she too really enjoyed her dish.

Needless to say it was a great experience overall. The food was delicious, and the lively, buzzing atmosphere that filled the restaurant made it even better.

We will certainly go back, and I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a reasonably priced place to eat for a good girly catch up. That’s not to say you couldn’t venture in with your other half either – I’ve already got Dave booked in for a brunch date in the next few weeks and I can’t wait!

Sorcha x

Brunch Time: Union Café

This weekend was all about brunch for me, so much so, I went to the same place on Saturday AND Sunday. Who does that?… Anyone?! The place in question was the new Union Café in Mount Merrion which I have heard a lot of great things about over the past few weeks, but with our wedding and Christmas I just hadn’t got around to trying it.

Yesterday was the day I finally got to give it a go when I met with two of my oldest friends for a good old fashioned girly catch up. Unfortunately they hadn’t been able to make the wedding, and one of them also just had a baby, so needless to say we had a LOT to talk about!

The girls were already there when I arrived and had a lovely cosy table with a big couch in the centre of the room. Sometimes when you sit at couches in restaurants I find you sink into them so much it’s hard to eat your meal, but these were so comfy and the perfect height. We ordered some bubbles and began chattering away, eventually realising we had to actually order some food.

The all day brunch menu has a great selection, but as we met later in the day, we decided to opt for salads rather than breakfast. I ordered the Dundrum Bay Crab Salad and the girls ordered the Rotisserie Free Range Chicken. The portion sizes were large so we took our time eating in between sipping our drinks and catching up on all our news. My salad was lovely and fresh, and the crab was particularly tasty too. The girls had nothing but good things to say about their choices also.

Although it was very busy when we were there, we didn’t really notice which is always good sign and the atmosphere was very relaxed. After a good two hours, we said our goodbyes, but having seen the breakfast menu, I was excited to be revisiting this morning with one of my besties.

When I arrived at 10.30am, it was very quiet but the lovely atmosphere still remained. I ordered a cuppa and perused the menu until my friend arrived a few minutes later. This time I went for the Bacon and Eggs which was delicious (if not a little bold), but so reasonably priced for the portion size. Once again, we were left to sit and relax with no interruptions, ordering another round of coffees two hours in.

All in all, I really enjoyed both experiences here and will definitely be back for brunch again soon. I’m also looking forward to trying out their dinner menu. Unfortunately one friend of mine did have a bad experience here a little while ago, but I’m hoping that was just a once off and that the high standard I experienced will continue.

Only time will tell…

Sorcha x