Gulliver’s is the ultimate, family run American style diner located in the heart of the Italian Quarter in Sligo. This is situated in what locals know as Tobergal Lane, nestled between the main thoroughfare of O’ Connell Street and the Garavoge River. It is home not only to Gulliver’s but also Bistro Bianconi and A Casa Mia.
Gulliver’s is on the first floor over Bistro Bianconi and the walls are covered with murals depicting different scenes for Gulliver’s Travels, which has become popular with a new generation of children with the Jack Black movie in recent years. There is also a glass lighthouse within the main restaurant, so I suppose they are going for quirky here, and it is all quite charming. The room is large, bright and airy over two levels, and seating is a choice of booths or tables and chairs
On the tables the placemats double as the menu and the children’s menu has a colouring competition to keep the little monsters amused. The children’s menu is only €7.50 for a main, dessert and a drink and the choices are freshly made with minced beef and vegetable in a tomato sauce and served on a bun with chips or mash or there’s a Lilliput Burger, a smaller one obviously. There is also pan fried chicken with chips or mash, bangers and mash or a cheese pizza. Desserts are all old favourites like Jelly & Ice Cream, an Ice Cream Sundae or a Soda Float.
The main a la carte menu provides a good choice; appetisers range in price from €4.75 for soup of the day to €6.95 for garlic mussels, egg mayonnaise or prawn cocktail. All burgers range from €11.95 for an original burger to €14.95 for a Mediterranean which is served with pesto, sundried tomato, buffalo mozzarella and rocket. There is a Goat’s Cheese option that tempts with prosciutto, goat’s cheese and caramelised onion. There’s a choice of steaks, a 10oz rib eye for €19.95 or 8 oz fillet for €23.95 served with the usual selection of sauces.
Other classics include chicken Kiev or chicken Maryland, and it’s this retro emphasis that they are going for; this is the opposite of a contemporary take, it’s a classic take on old favourites, done well and pitched at value for money prices. The desserts drive the point home with Knickerbocker glory and banana split and some real American favourites such as deep dish apple pie, key lime pie and sticky toffee pudding.
The wine list is a good selection of reds & whites all priced at €19.95 a bottle or by the glass for €5.00, the selection includes wines from New Zealand, South Africa and Italy as well as a Chilean sparkling for that special day.
The evening the three of us visited we ate off a set menu offering 3 courses for €18.00; exceptional value for money. I started with the Cajun chicken salad which was an extra generous serving of succulent chicken on a bed of mixed leaves, cucumber and scallions while both my daughter and husband ordered the tomato & basil soup.
For mains I decided to have the catch of the day which was floured & buttered grilled plaice, which was fresh and delicious. The hubbie had the 10oz rib-eye – served perfectly pink – and our daughter had the Lilliput burger off the kids menu.
Any trip to Sligo with the family and Gulliver’s would be my choice, it's a real flash back to my own childhood in Captain America’s in Dublin. Good value, great food and the atmosphere was buzzing; they only open from 5pm so get in early so as not to be disappointed