To many, Malahide is best known as the home to the famous Malahide Castle, ancestral home of the Talbot Family for over 800 years. To those in the know, there is much, much more to this bustling town on Dublin’s scenic coastline. Like many Dublin suburbs, Malahide was originally inhabited by the Vikings, but today is home to many of Irelands wealthiest. According to the Central Statistics Office, Malahide is top of the socio-economic charts, with a higher percentage of professionals residing there than any other town in Ireland. Not a bad place to operate a restaurant one would think. Located just 16 short miles from Dublin, it feels light years away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
In bygone days, Malahide was a summer resort for Dublin’s wealthy urbanites, and this tradition continues today. The beautiful Georgian houses that line the seafront and surrounding terraces are evidence of this. Today, however, it is far easier to navigate the journey to Malahide, and with the Dart on its doorstep, it’s more accessible than ever before. The village of Malahide has grown significantly in recent years, with a population today of around 15,000, compared to just 1,000 at the turn of the century. It is home to some of Ireland’s most notable talents including actor Brendan Gleeson and TV3’s Vincent Browne. Westlife fans are in for a treat, with Nicky Byrne and his wife Georgina being residents of the area too.
With plenty of sea air, two yacht clubs and Europe’s largest Sea Scout contingent, restaurants in Malahide need to be on top of their game when it comes to satisfying the discerning clientele. Competition is fierce, which benefits the patrons and results in a wide variety of options, to suit all palates and budgets. Malahide is arguably home to the largest selection of ethnic cuisines in one area, with choices that include Indian, Japanese, French, Mexican and Greek cuisine to name but a few.
1. Nautilus, Marine Court
Nautilus (formerly known as Ciao) is located on Marine Court, with stunning views overlooking the busy marina. Given the maritime theme, it’s hardly surprising that seafood features strongly on the menu, with a myriad of choices and it’s a pescetarian paradise. Diners are spoiled for choice, and the seafood platter is a celebration of all our fine finned friends. Carnivores are well looked after too, with Slow Roasted Pork Belly and Tipperary Beef among the choice available. Their early bird menu is good value, with 2 courses for £23.95, and weekend lunch is just £16.95 for 2 courses. There are certainly worse ways to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.
9 Marine Court, The Green, North Co. Dublin, Malahide
2. Kajjal Restaurant, The Green
If your plate is more attuned to something with a little heat, then Kajjal Pakistani restaurant is the obvious choice. A sister restaurant to Kinara Kitchen in Ranelagh and Kinara in Clontarf, it is a past winner of the Georgina Campbell award for Best Ethnic Restaurant in Ireland (2010). The chefs here take their spices seriously. Currently voted the No. 1 restaurant in Malahide online, no wonder this is such a popular spot. Located smack bang in the centre of the town, Kajjal is just 2 minutes’ walk from the Dart station, making is easily accessible to visitors and locals alike. It’s worth the trip. Sunday lunch is a celebration with live music to accompany your meal from 2pm – 4pm. The Tandoori Lobster Tail is worth it alone.
3. The Greedy Goose, Townyard Lane
Located in a quaint building on Townyard Lane, The Greedy Goose is a revelation. The emphasis here is on tasting menus, encouraging a more convivial dining experience. Choose three dishes from select menus, with prices starting at £15.95 for lunch or £19.95 for dinner. There is also an early bird menu available. The compact size ensures a vibrant atmosphere and with a ‘Greedy Goslings’ menu available, the whole family is kept happy.
4. The Gourmet Food Parlour, Gannon Park
For a more casual dining experience, The Gourmet Food Parlour shows just how it’s done. Located on the scenic coast road into Malahide, the Gourmet Food Parlour offers stunning views across the Broadmeadow Estuary and Lambay Island. Open until 7pm every day, and serving Brunch until 1 pm daily, this is a great spot for a laid-back weekend breakfast. Treat yourself and try the homemade Belgian Waffles for lunch, the creamy Seafood Chowder served in a Sourdough bowl is a novel idea. Children are well catered for too, and I don’t just mean a basket of chicken nuggets. A kid’s size breakfast could nearly feed an adult, with smoked bacon, Cumberland sausage, Clonakilty black and white pudding served with creamy scrambled eggs with chives, tomato relish and toast. At £5, you won’t find better value than this.
Gannon Park, Coast Road , North Dublin, Malahide, Dublin 17
5. Cape Greko, New Street
For those wishing to relive their summer holidays, Cape Greko is the obvious choice. This Greek and Cypriot restaurant is reminiscent of balmy evenings on a magical Greek Island. Greek Salad, Keftedes, Saganaki and of course the ever present Dolmades, it’s all here. The Chicken Souvlaki, served straight from the grill is marinated in garlic, oregano olive oil and Greek yogurt. Served with Tzatziki, peppers and onions, you will relive that holiday all over again.
Bon Appétit, James Terrace
Malahide is also home to one of Ireland’s few Michelin Star restaurants, Bon Appetit. Located on St. James Terrace, Bon Appetit has a fine dining restaurant on the first floor, a wine and tapas bar on the ground floor, and a chic brasserie in the basement. From Tuesday to Thursday, lucky diners can enjoy a 2 course meal in the Brasserie, including a glass of wine for just £24.94, a perfect mid-week treat. Alternatively, if you dine midweek, Bon Appetit is offering 25% off your food bill. This could be the chance to enjoy Michelin Star cuisine at an affordable price. Tempting indeed. Whatever the occasion, Malahide restaurants have something to offer everyone. Time for a trip on the Dart methinks…