Tibors is the quintessential bistro. Everything about this well established northside eatery oozes appeal, and seems designed to please. Whether it's the cheerful welcome from staff as you step through the doors, the classy, intimate décor (which works equally well in the day or night), the charming service or the fabulous food, every detail has been carefully considered.
This Dublin restaurants staff work hard to please, displaying impressive knowledge of the menu and wines while offering suggestions and recommendations.
Starters eschew the obvious, and might include choices like a plate of Irish charcuterie board or grilled mackerel fillet with pickled red onion, capers and carrot salad. Salads are a speciality, with imaginative offerings like crumbed Blue Bell goats cheese with walnut and beetroot salad, or baby spinach salad with sweet potatoes and mixed seeds.
Main courses are large and filling, and quality of ingredients igives alift to simple dishes like Toulouse sausage with mash and crispy onion rings and traditional fish and hand cut chips with pea purée and tartare sauce. Other options include a homemade burger topped with streaky bacon, sauteed onions and cheddar, served with hand cut chips.
The house steak, 8oz fillet or sirloin, is a real star dish served with with hand cut chips & portobello mushrooms and pepper sauce. Simple and perfect.
This ethos of simplicity and quality is also reflected in the desserts, and service.
A relaxed, convivial atmosphere is created by the friendly waiters, the smooth jazz and comfortable seating - a roomy outside terrace should prove popular with the lunchtime crowd, especially for sunny Sunday brunch.
The layout of the room means parties, families and couples can all be catered for in real comfort, which is a smart move in a neighbourhood restaurant.
Tibors is more than a neighbourhood restaurant though: in many ways its standards are higher than some of our most popular city restaurants.