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“A feast of Middle Eastern fare”
Review of Pilpel by the Sea - CLOSED

Pilpel by the Sea
Price range: $18 - $61
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed May 11, 2013

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.

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2  Thank ozjulier
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

Located in Baynes Street Margate, at nightime there is an excellent Chinese Restaurant down the road a 24 hour gym and Woolies. The food is Mediteranian well Israeli to be precise. Excellent food and service. Is there a menu??? I do not know, you sit down and out it comes and itcomes and it comes. Set price!!! The tastes are magnificent and if you cant find anything you like you need an intervention about you current diet.

The chef keeps an eye on you and is very concerned that you enjoy.

Just go sit back relax and enjoy.

I know it is getting cooler but it is a great evening you are certainly goung to want to chat and discuss the delights, Rug up, they have heaters as well and book a street table.

2  Thank tezzaBrisbane
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

Just been to Pilpel for the 2nd time, can't praise it enough. The food is plentiful and you have to only ask if you want more of one of the starters. The service is attentive and the main guy is more than happy to have a chat.
If you are in the area it would be unforgivable if you don't give it a try for yourself! Til next time..............

Thank Lynne C
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

The Redcliffe peninsula is a bit out of the way, but if you want to try some really great Middle East inspired food it is worth the journey. This place is unusual because it has a set menu, you don't have to choose anything. They bring you a variety of dips and mostly raw and pickled vegetable dishes and a plate of pita bread. Its very good, the shredded carrot dish was fantastic.
Mains were barbequed lamb and beef on skewers and a chicken dish, served on a bed of the best tasting fries you will ever eat. The owner said they were baked, sliced, and double fried which gives a wonderful golden chip. If you can't finish all the food, they give you a doggy bag. Dessert was rose water vanilla ice cream, exquisite. To get to the toilet you have to go through the kitchen, but you can go via the outside although it is a long way. It got incredibly noisy the night we were there, and I think we would go for an outside table next time. These have big heaters in winter. One of the better restaurants we have been to.

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1  Thank Jafdip
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

Left a lot to be desired, had been recommended this restaurant by family member so we decided to join them on their second visit. Total change since their first visit a month ago. The home made lemonade now tastes like cordial, lack of service, some wait staff don't know info about dishes, use to be able pick main from selection now has turned to set menu with no choice. You get what you are given. $40 per head, noticed a table of 2 received the same amount of food as our table of 3. Over heard a number of other guests comment about the change in restaurant lets just say they weren't positive comments.

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Thank Ryan C
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