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“Good food, not very friendly though...” 3 of 5 stars
Review of SALE e PEPE

SALE e PEPE
The Diamond, Malahide, Ireland
01 8454600
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Ranked #7 of 40 Restaurants in Malahide
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Belfast, Ireland
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65 reviews 65 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Good food, not very friendly though...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

Called into Sale e Pepe without a booking, hoping to have a quick dinner before heading into Dublin for a concert.
The menu was appealing, and we were directed to a table quickly. Both of us chose the crab crusted cod, which was very nice indeed. I followed this with panna cotta, and again it was lovely.
The service was fine, but seemed a bit cool. I didn't feel that we were particularly welcome or valued as customers. Maybe just a perception, but one thing that we both felt was missing.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Eye eye”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

If you like you rib eye cooked to order this is the place. Lovely crispy skinny chips and onions ring.The service is excellent.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“A Rare Jewel on the Emerald Isle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

In one of my favorite seaside villages around the world, I recently discovered this elegant restaurant. Visit Malahide for the charming marina and scenic tidal basin, but plan a meal at Sale e Pepe to make the most of your visit to this enclave less than 20 minutes from Dublin airport.

I was absolutely amazed by the quality of the meal, and the service, in this quiet seaside town. The decor is casual, but elegant - with a wide array of candle-lit fixtures providing a unique ambiance. The menu is far ranging, with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients.

For starters, I highly recommend the warm chicken and bacon salad - delicately tossed in a light tarragon and herb dressing. It is best described as gourmet comfort food! And I followed that with the absolutely stunning Baked Cod Filet encrusted by Crabmeat and Herbs. This extraordinary dish is served atop perfectly sauteed potatoes, resting in a delicate sherry and leek cream sauce. Wow.

I have enjoyed fresh seafood at the finest restaurants in the U.S. from Kennebunk, Maine to Charleston, South Carolina, and onward to San Francisco, California. This dish, so carefully prepared and with the fresh ingredients so subtly crafted, would rank on par with any meal that I have enjoyed in most of the major cities in the world. Don't miss it.

For the finale I asked the server for the most unique and characteristic dish available for dessert. She recommended the Banoffee - a dish available throughout England and the British Isles. This version was sublime, with the bananas freshly sliced and layered between a freshly baked shortbread and just-prepared whipped cream, then surrounded by a lovely homemade caramel. Characteristic, indeed, of the careful attention to detail within this kitchen.

So...what are you waiting for? Go and enjoy this and/or the other items on the menu that are available from within this highly skilled kitchen - and surrounded by the peaceful town of Malahide.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

piri piri prawns are fab, early bird is really good value, fish specials especially Dublin bay prawns are amazing, staff are friendly and great fun, especially one of the dark haired girls !

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Thomasville, Georgia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“AMAZING!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Little restaurant, BIG flavor!! This was without a doubt my favorite dining experience while visiting Ireland. I started with a delicious goat cheese tart that left me looking forward to my main course of cod crusted in crabmeat and thyme over a bed of greens and baby potatoes. After practically licking my plate clean, an assortment of ice cream was a perfect ending to a perfect meal! Also, if you have Louise as a server consider yourself lucky. She is amazing and will take care of you the entire night!!!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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