As anyone who follows Gin & Griddle on Instagram or Twitter will know, we go to Dalkey quite often. We lived there for a long time, it was his before we met and we lived there together until just after we got married. It’s a special place for us, and somewhere we hope to live again in the future. In the meantime we visit, for walks along the coast, and for drinks and dinner in the many restaurants in the village. Next door to our favourite wine shop wine bar Grapevine, is DeVilles.
Established in 2012 by sister and brother, Kim and David O’Driscoll, DeVille’s is a French bistro restaurant, open 7 days for dinner as well as lunch (and brunch) on Friday and through the weekend. We love to sit at the bar, sipping on a martini, or the high table in the window is a great spot for some people watching while you eat. DeVille’s is classic and warm, both the place itself and the menu full of comforting and delicious food, perfect for the season to come.
Inside, traditional bistro style, with tiled floors, dark woods, leather and reds, with high tables, booths and bar seating. The menu is classically curated, featuring all the dishes you would expect to see in such a place. From French Onion Soup & Scallops to start, to pan fried Dover Sole and dry aged steaks. Fresh oysters are available by the half dozen (€12) or dozen (€24). There’s also a €15 bistro menu which has a choice of 6 dishes including Fish & Chips and Steak Frites (with a €3 supplement). The wine list is heavily French with a good selection across different price points. And with a full bar menu in DeVilles, you can enjoy a gin martini as an aperitif!
On our last visit, I had the Rack of Lamb (€26), cooked to order perfectly pink and served with a wedge of creamy potato dauphinoise. With a jug of gravy and a side of Green Beans & Broccoli, it made for quite the meal.
The previous visit, I had Pan fried plaice, pea purée, tomato & caper salsa, asparagus and crispy baby potatoes (€15) with a side of cauliflower (€3.50) to accompany it…(and spot the cheeky gin martini in the background!)
Steak is a big feature of the menu here, and the Steak Frites with a choice of pepper or béarnaise sauce on the Bistro menu (€15 + €3 supplement) is great value. Rump steak, cooked medium rare, a gorgeous chargrill flavour, accompanied by a jug of béarnaise and the crispiest chips.
DeVille’s is a buzzy and welcoming restaurant, with excellent, friendly service and food that is comforting, rich and warming. I foresee many autumn and winter evenings perched here with a glass of red and a plate of something delicious.