With Parisian and New York influences, Balfes is a new all-day dining brasserie and bar in the heart of Dublin 2’s Creative Quarter. Located on Balfe Street, where Grafton Street and the Creative Quarter meet, Balfes features a 20 seater outdoor terrace, a zinc-covered bar, open kitchen and is open from 8am until late Monday to Friday and from 10am until late Saturday and Sunday.
The menu offers healthy breakfasts, leisurely lunches and dinner using the best of Irish seafood and quality meat, with all produce expertly sourced by executive chef, Cathal Dunne. Strong on Irish artisan ingredients including farmhouse cheese and house smoked salt, Balfes also has its own coffee blend, home-baked pastries, muffins and cakes, homemade preserves and chutneys and cold pressed juice, making it the perfect space for breakfast meetings with tempting treats.
Grilled steak, prawns and whole fish are roasted on a charcoal grill, while fresh oysters, ceviche, seaweed cured Gravlax and Castletownbere crab make up the seafood offering. Fresh local produce goes into creating Balfes’ salads, weekend brunches, juices and cocktails.
Balfes caters for specific dietary requirements and offers plenty of gluten-free choices across the menu including gluten free omelettes, fish and chips, pancakes and offerings from the charcoal grill including the burger which can be served in a gluten free wrap. The menu also offers pilaf rice, a vegan rice option, and dairy free rice pudding.
Formerly Pitt Street, Balfe Street was renamed in honour of internationally celebrated composer, Michael William Balfe, who was born and spent his youth in a house on No 10 Pitt Street. The musical tradition continues today, rebooted for the 21st century. Complimentary all-day WIFI makes Balfes the perfect place to work or meet.
About the Team
Executive chef, Cathal Dunne has a passion for great food which started early on, as he grew up in his family-run Dublin restaurant. His commitment to allowing high quality ingredients to shine on the plate was honed during his time working with Sebastian Masi in The Commons. Cathal then took the helm at his own kitchen in La Maison in Castlemarket Street, before moving to Mulberry Garden and now to Balfes, where he serves quality Irish artisan produce.
Balfes’ restaurant manager is David Murray, who brings with him extensive experience working in Europe and the US. In Jerez in Spain, David transformed an old merchant’s house into an award-winning boutique hotel. This, together with time running high profile events including celebrity weddings and EU summits, enables David to deliver a welcoming, smart, yet relaxed, dining experience.
How to find Balfes Online
Join Balfes on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/balfesdublin), Twitter @BalfesDublin or Instagram @BalfesDublin.
To make a booking, call (01) 646 3353. Balfes is open from 8am until late from Monday to Friday and from 10am until late on Saturday and Sunday.