Friday 16 October, 2009 by peter
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The Hilan is the best Chinese restaurant in the city and I would say that we eat there at least 3-4 times a month. We do try to branch out to other restaurants (M&L or Fortuna Siuchan) but we keep coming back to the Hilan.
The staff are pleasant, helpful and friendly, the atmosphere is buzzing and most importantly, the food is amazing. Try the garlic streamed prawns, dry fried chili beef or the scallops. Amazing stuff.
“will easily provide a sumptous banquet for three complete pigs.” You had me at pigs. I must eat there next time Im up from the country.
OMG this is so weird, I ate there last night for the first time! Really enjoyed my sizzling seafood and the BBQs look great. I’ll be back.
On the phone to them booking a table now! I’m clearly very easily influenced.
I love this place and come back regularly for both the bbqs and the Hot Pots! Brilliant value and delicious. They are very generous with their portions too, I never manage to finish mine. The staff are lovely and helpful too even if we make a bit of a mess dishing out the Hot Pot.
I have discovered Hilan in 2006 I think… They were just starting off and Ive stumbled upon them during xmas time, hungry and tired after shopping, and nowhere to go cause everything was packed. I went in there and never looked back… *laughs* I was living in Clontarf at the time and my ”local” was a fancy Chinese place that I can tell you.. would lose out to Hilan in a jiffy. Highly recommended, excellent food and heck, they came along way service wise since 2006. I love that place, the food, the staff (the floor manager has been there since 2006, got to see her promoted *laughs*). One thing tho: during winter time, Id suggest you ask for a table that is not close to the door, its always left open by people coming and going.
I’m fascinated with the real Chinese restaurants in Dublin. M&L is my favorite. never been to Hilan – but will try it. If you want to order real Chinese food from a real restaurant – check out this course that teaches you enough Chinese to order your food, and brings you for a Chinese dinner – http://www.teachmemandarin.com Great fun – great food – and a new language!!