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“Afternoon drive spoiled only by stopping here”

Balloo House Bistro
Ranked #2 of 4 Restaurants in Killinchy
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed August 24, 2013

Had heard good reports about the Balloo House quality of food. Sadly not today. Arrival outside spoiled by walking through ploom of smoke. Inside i thought the place looked really nice. We went straight for 2 main courses, the Pea and Ham Risotto and the Hake special. Simply put there was little taste of either while the potato cake was cold. They had left a second one on a sideplate which seemed like a nice gesture when served. Needless to say we left quickly rather than risk paying any more for poor quality food. When paying and being asked "everything ok,yes?" I did try to respond. "Ok but the.." .. No point finishing the sentence as the head waiter (maybe a manager??) had just walked away.. Guys- listen to the reports and get it right please. We wont be back but hopefully you will sort the kitchen team. The young girl who served us initially was welcoming and did her job well. Shame others didnt live up to expectations.

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Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

Just had lunch at balloo house. Had chicken bacon mushroom sauce and my partner had pea and ham risotto both delightful. Great value, friendly staff ill definitely be back!!

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Reviewed August 20, 2013

I've been eating here for 30 years and its always been reliable. I took my mother and sister here for dinner as she was retuning to Italy after a long planned visit home, and it was very mediocre.
Starters were ok but two of us ordered salmon as a main course and it was dreadful. Cold and partially cooked. One of the ladies ate hers (she likes sushi). the other was returned. A replacement dish appeared after the rest of us had finished our meal.
We had a couple of desserts and ordered coffee to accompany them. It simply never arrived, despite reminders.
It was however on the bill when it arrived!
Overall a very disappointing experience and expensive for basic and very mediocre food and service. I wouldn't return.

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2  Thank Freddie1955
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

We booked restaurant for four on the 17th August for a special birthday,after hearing great reports.
Unfortunately we were disappointed overall .
The standard of the fish dishes was very poor over cooked & portion sizes small.
Doubt we will return.

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3  Thank Cyndy H
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Went out for supper on Saturday night as usual they were very busy and so the atmosphere was really good. Food was variable from good to average depending on the dish but the service was good. Would go again but not in a great hurry

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Thank Caggyot
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