As a pre Mother’s Day treat, we went to Pilpel Restaurant at Margate after seeing the promo on Channel 7’s The Great South East.
We certainly were not disappointed with our choice and found this to be a fun restaurant where family of all ages are made welcome.
The cuisine is Middle Eastern and there is certainly plenty of food. For $39 a head you are given a taste of everything on the menu – and this isn’t the usual degustation menu sized meals.
It is BYO so bring your own drinks/mixers but they do supply a sweet home made lemonade and of course water at the tables.
After our initial welcome, where we were able to advise of food allergies (which were graciously adhered to), we very quickly received the “entrée” of countless little tasting plates. These included such items as dips, salad items and hot middle eastern savouries (to name a few), along with a generous serving of home made pitta bread.
The staff are very attentive and friendly and our mains were served as soon as we had devoured the first course. This comprised of a large platter piled high with a variety of char grilled meat as well as a dish of seafood in a creamy sauce. Hidden underneath was a bed of some of the best chips I had ever tasted - not sure if they are middle eastern but certainly went well with the kebabs.
As a fitting end to this feast, they served small glasses of homemade rosewater and mint icecream .. delicious!
I would recommend booking, as it is popular with the locals as well as those of us who have just discovered this treasure on the Redcliffe Peninsula.