Restaurant Reviews from Darstar

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 13

Member Since: 14 October 2009

Last Visit: 01 March 2012

The Best Restaurant

The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar restaurant

53 Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 4

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Cuisine:
Bistro

Price Range:

Good
54 reviews

Reviewed 19th October 2010 ( visited 30th August 2010 )

The staff here are wonderful, so helpful and knowlegable about their wines. You can't go wrong!
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The Steps Of Rome restaurant

1 Bird avenue, Clonskeagh, Clonskeagh, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Cheap Eats

Price Range:

Good
152 reviews

Reviewed 14th October 2009 ( visited 13th October 2009 )

I ate here last night with my partner and though i'm never one to complain i have to say this is the worst meal i have ever eaten in Dublin. It was really shockingly bad quality - my friends meal looked like it had been slapped down on the plate, the potatoes were overdone, the meat was dry and grey looking - just horrendous! I had the tortellini - it was thick and chewy, the filling tasted of flour, the sauce was nice but very greasy. Just a really poor show from one of the capitals favourites - it must be really going downhill!
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Michie Sushi (Ranelagh)
11 Chelmsford Lane, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

I ate here for the first time last week for lunch...well actually i got a take-out Veggie Combo box and i was seriously impressed. Firstly this restaurant is a hidden gem - down a wee laneway off Ranelagh, its so small it has a sliding door to save on space! The staff are exceptionally nice, and offered me green tea whilst i waited for the food to be ready. The food was yum and such good value: 2 x 6 piece sushi roll, 2 omlette pieces, 2 inari pieces and wasabi and ginger etc all for bargain 9euro. You cannot get better value anywhere in Dublin. I'm going back for more today for lunch :)

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Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill
51 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

I ate here for a late Friday lunch and i was so incredibly impressed with the food i just had to leave a review. I'm a veggie so i didn't know what to expect of a place deemed a 'Steakhouse' however the Polenta dish i ate was to die for! I can honestly say that i hold it up there with the best restaurants as one of the most yummy veggie dishes i've ever encountered. I also recommend the Rioja to drink - delicious. Also our service was perfect, our female waitress was a gem and was full of helpful advice and charm. Thanks for a lovely evening!

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Kinara Kitchen
17 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

We went here last night and found the serivce exceptional but the food lacking in flavour slightly. I am a veggie and there were only 3 Main Course options for me on the menu, 2 currys and 1 Palak Paneer, so i ended up choosing 2 side dishes as my main for lack of choices. My partner had the beef kebabs to start and absolutely loved them, said they were nice and spicy and would definitely have them again. However his Main course (a Beef Bhuna) was completely lacking in taste in his opinion and was without any of the spicy-ness he was promised my the waitress. Saying that however, the staff are absolutely lovely and were very attentive and happy to chat away, also very informed abouot the flavours on their menu.

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Pearl Brasserie
20 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Undoubtedly my favorite restaurant in Dublin, and seeing as I'm vegetarian that says a lot! The choice of veggie options at this gourmet french restaurant prove its worth. I eat here as much as possible, and bring work clients as much as possible too because i know the service will be professional and impressive. Fabulous staff too!

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The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar
53 Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

The staff here are wonderful, so helpful and knowlegable about their wines. You can't go wrong!

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Chez Max (Baggot Street)
133 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

For a coffee shop this is first-rate. It had a lovely cozy atmosphere with a real wood burning fire in the cafe on a cold wet autumn day. The staff are lovely and it was good value with a croissant and an americano costing 3.50. I will be back!

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Punjabi By Nature Indian Restaurants & Takeaway
15 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

I have only ordered takeaway food from here but after the last time i won't be any more. The food was quite tasteless and compared to other Indian restuarants in the area. It just came across as bland, as as we're obsessed with Indian food it says alot if myself and my partner leave our dishes half empty. However, the staff were lovely and very helpful.

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Bistro Bianconi (Ranelagh)
12 Ranelagh Village, Ranelagh, Dublin

I have only ever ordered a pizza for takeaway from Bistro Bianconi but i have to say it is the tastiest pizza i have ever encountered. I'm a veggie so it tends to be hard to get a genuinely mouth-watering pizza option anywhere but here i have been delighted and devoured all their veggie options without fail. Top marks all round!

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Maia Restaurant
47 Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

We ate here for lunch for a friends birthday and the food was yummy. I had the rigatoni and goats cheese which is divine but very filling! Always a good choice when in Ballsbridge. The deli counter is also great value with many of the main courses being offered in small lunch boxes for under five euro!!

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Il Segreto
13a/b Merrion Row, City Centre South, Dublin

I ate here last week for lunch with 2 clients and i have to say it never fails to impress. The staff are wonderful, attentive and have an eye for detail. The food is divine and i could eat here every night of the week. Even the bread and dips are beautiful. Once again i went for the Ravioli Magro and it was scrumptious.

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Johnnie Fox's Pub
Glencullen, Dublin Mountains, Glencullen, Dublin

I've been to Johnnie Foxes a few times and i cannot fault the atmosphere or the staff - they're always very good. But the food is very poor i'm afraid. Yesterday we went back yet again for Sunday lunch hoping to be impressed, but it was disappointing. My partner had the Lamb and while he much preferred it to the Duck he had on the last outing, he got very little on his plate beside the Lamb. I'm veggie and i opted for the Penne Pasta having been let down by my choice of Lasgne on the last visit (there are only 3 veggie options!!). Once again, the penne was utterly tasteless and seemed like one of those stir-in tomato sauces had been used. A dash of salt, pepper or anything resembling a herb would have helped but clearly the chef doesn't have time for us veggies. It was lacking any originality or taste at all. It now means if i go again i have to try the Veg Kiev as its the only option left - but i just wish the chef would consult a veggie and rethink the menu again as i won't be back until they do. Very disappointing but high fives to the staff anyhow

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Mao Restaurant (Chatham Row)
2-3 Chatham Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I love this place - i go every Sunday for lunch and devour the pumpkin spring rolls. Just delicious. I'm veggie so its very hard to get tasty food in the City centre but this place is top of the list for a bright and breezy lunch!

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The Steps Of Rome
1 Bird avenue, Clonskeagh, Clonskeagh, Dublin

I ate here last night with my partner and though i'm never one to complain i have to say this is the worst meal i have ever eaten in Dublin. It was really shockingly bad quality - my friends meal looked like it had been slapped down on the plate, the potatoes were overdone, the meat was dry and grey looking - just horrendous! I had the tortellini - it was thick and chewy, the filling tasted of flour, the sauce was nice but very greasy. Just a really poor show from one of the capitals favourites - it must be really going downhill!

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