When Balfe’s first teamed up with BodyByrne Fitness back in 2016, their healthy breakfast menu was a roaring success. So much so, that they incorporated nutrient-packed lunch and dinner items to their menus. Designed by wife and husband duo, Siobhan and Paul Byrne, the menu is full of dishes that will fuel your body with goodness while still being really tasty. Paul brings over 27 years of nutritional knowledge to the table as well as having trained some of the countries top athletes. Siobhan has been in the industry for over 10 years and regularly appears on television and in columns discussing diet and training.
An alternative to the calorie-laden eggs Florentine, usually slathered with hollandaise sauce was the BodyByrne Eggs Florentine (€9.50). Served with wholemeal toast & yoghurt dressing, this dish allows you to curve your craving for hollandaise by swapping it for yoghurt. It’s definitely not like the rich calorific hollandaise (which is, of course, delicious), but it’s a lovely mixture of creamy sauce that won’t leave you feeling bloated. Perfectly poached eggs allowed the gooey yolk to spill from the centre and mix with the dressing for a luxurious mouthful of food.
The fitness buff at our table opted for the BodyByrne Full Irish Breakfast (€16.50), a dish that will certainly set you up for the day ahead. This breakfast staple is beloved by many across the country and isn’t known for its healthy ingredients. However, here you can choose from either poached or creamy scrambled egg, cutting out any greasy fried eggs. This nutritious dish is served with avocado, cured turkey rashers, white turkey pudding, black pudding, sweet potato cake, tomato salsa & toasted ancient grain sourdough bread.
The sweet-toothed diner at our table chose the BodyByrne oat pancakes served with organic almond butter and banana (€9.50). Cooked in coconut oil these pancakes were an instant hit. Coconut oil is high in healthy saturated fats, so you don’t need to feel guilty when munching on these flavoursome treats. This wonder oil can also help raise the good high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in your body.
The pancakes were light and fluffy, paired perfectly with rich almond butter and banana. A heavenly combination that tastes so good, you’ll be surprised it’s not bad for you.
Another healthy dish on our table was the BodyByrne Turbo Energy Granola (€8.00). Served with Greek yoghurt & berries this is the ideal dish for anyone with a sweet tooth or maybe even a shared breakfast dessert (if you’re a little greedy like me). A very substantial sized portion that will keep your hunger at bay, this sweet dish came with fresh blackberries, blueberries and strawberry, along with some honey.
Balfes is a beautiful venue, that you could happily sit in all day, lounging over coffee and reading newspapers. It’s a luxurious place that feels special without being stuffy, and the healthy dishes on offer allow diners to enjoy nutritious meals without compromising on flavour. So whether you’re on a health kick and cutting the carbs, or just fancy a flavour packed meal without the guilt, BodyByrne at Balfes has to be your next destination.
In total for four breakfast dishes, plus teas and coffees, the bill was €58.50.
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REVIEW BY SINÉAD SMYTH