Restaurant Reviews from J&M
One Pico Restaurant
5-6 Molesworth Place, Schoolhouse Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 04th March 2010 ( visited 08th January 2010 )Excellent restaurant. Very welcoming staff and lovely decor. All four of us were very impressed with every meal. The sommelier did excellent job advising us on wine. Definitely a place we'll be coming back to.
101 Talbot restaurant
Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1
Reviewed 10th November 2010 ( visited 21st October 2010 )We'd gone to 101 Talbot fair few times 2-3 years ago, we were always very happy with the service, but somehow we forgot about it. We went there again before the play in Abbey few weeks ago. We didn't have much time so we went only for mains and some wine. I had tuna steak and he had just steak. I was very impressed. Probably one of the nicest meals I've ever had and we eat very well and dine out in nice places. I had it done medium rare and it was perfect! Texture, flavours, the sides of roasted potatoes and asparagus, all just 10 out of 10. He liked his steak, was raving about the flavours, but found it just a little bit stringy. House wine was delicious and staff very friendly. The only drawback would be that the restaurant is very crowded and loud and there's not much privacy, but the food makes up for it.
Jaipur Restaurant (George's Street)
41 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
We were part of a group of 8 that wanted to catch up before Christmas. On looking at the menu first we were all tempted to go for the set menus but on closer inspection we all went with individual starters and main courses. I had the prawns to start off with which were delicious and were a generous enough portion. My wife had the duck breast for starters which was nice and tender. Others in our group chose from a wide variety of dishes and all were happy with their choices. The minced lamb kebabs were quite a favourite. For the main course my wife had the Goan Seafood Curry, while I had the Shorshe Machhi, which is sea bass in a mustard shorshe sauce and flavoured with fresh coriander also. Very tasty and the fish was excellently cooked allowing its tenderness to remain. We chose a bottle of red and white wine for the table. I was drinking the red.We chose a rioja which was very easy to drink but probably too simple for the complex flavours. A second bottle of Merlot was much more suitable. Over all our meal was very nice, although it was a little pricey. The menu is very extensive and employs creative indian flavours. Would definitely go back but its more for a special occasion.Maybe watch out for early bird deals.
1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
My wife and I visited Salamanca on the evening of "Culture Night" in Dublin. We were just looking for a quick meal to keep us going after work, so we decided on a few tapas from Salamancas. We decided to share four tapas between us, and this proved more than ample in quantity and a delight taste-wise. We picked the tortilla, stuffed peppers with cous cous, an aubergine bake with some goats cheese on top and garlic potatoes. The food was typically spanish and impressive in its presentation.Overall we were very pleased with our choice as it kept us going for the entire evening and wasn't too much of a hit on the wallet.
Crockets Bar and Bistro @ Crockets on the Quay
The Quays, Ballina, Mayo
we called into Crockets for a quick meal as we were starving and were delighted with all aspects of the meal. I had a steak which was a decent size and came with a nice garlic buttery sauce. My wife had a beautiful piece of fish (Blossom if I recall correctly), served with freshly steamed asparagus and some beans. The atmosphere and decor is wonderful, although it was very quiet when were there.service was friendly and prompt. Well done; we'll be back.
7-9 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Four of us went for a meal on Arthur's day, before heading off for a few pints of plain. Two of us had the Bento box, which was a decent meal providing a nice bit of variety. The chicken satay skewers were tasty and meaty, and rice was plentyful. There was also some sushi included although it was fairly straight forward. My wife had the eel, which she found interesting and tasty. The eel meat was decent and tender. We had beers to accompany the meal, but there was not a great variety of beers.We went for the japanese beers which were decent, although a bit watery.
La Mere Zou
22 St Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
We went there on Monday, the first day of Dine in Dublin. It was lovely. The atmosphere and staff were great. The food was very good. The oyster starter was good, not fantastic though. The main of duck was very filling and comforting. The others went for goats cheese starter, which they all loved and fish and pork for main, which everyone was happy with as well. It's not the best restaurant in Dublin, but it's very good and can definitely be recommended.
Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
We'd gone to 101 Talbot fair few times 2-3 years ago, we were always very happy with the service, but somehow we forgot about it. We went there again before the play in Abbey few weeks ago. We didn't have much time so we went only for mains and some wine. I had tuna steak and he had just steak. I was very impressed. Probably one of the nicest meals I've ever had and we eat very well and dine out in nice places. I had it done medium rare and it was perfect! Texture, flavours, the sides of roasted potatoes and asparagus, all just 10 out of 10. He liked his steak, was raving about the flavours, but found it just a little bit stringy. House wine was delicious and staff very friendly. The only drawback would be that the restaurant is very crowded and loud and there's not much privacy, but the food makes up for it.
9 James Terrace, Malahide, Dublin, Malahide, Dublin
We went there last Saturday for an early dinner after a day in Malahide. It was our first time there and we have to say the experience was mostly enjoyable. Between 6 and 7 pm they have a great Early Bird menu at just 29 euro that's for some reason is not advertised on their website. It includes 3 courses. Before the starter we got wild chestnut amuse bouche- wonderful start to awake all the taste buds. For the starter we had a sea trout and salmon, both were perfection. Mains were probably a little bit less exciting, the sea bass with saffron risotto was very good, but the 'best end of lamb' failed to impress. The desserts were very good and so was the cheese board. We had picked a wine on a special offer, which initially was included at a full price in our bill. That was corrected, but the other disappointing thing about the bill is that the tip is included in a bill. It was called optional, but I just cannot imagine asking your waiter to take it off the bill. In general though, it is brilliant, smart restaurant with very good food and very professional stuff.
6-7 Jervis Street, Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin
We've came here one rainy Saturday afternoon to celebrate friend's birthday with some cocktail making classes and a dinner. It was brilliant. The cocktail making class with a friendly barman, explaining everything and giving us a bit of background story about each cocktail was great. The dinner was really delicious, between all of us we had a wide selection of dishes and everyone liked what they got. There's really good atmosphere in a place as well. We can definitely recommend it.
Farm Restaurant (Dawson Street)
3 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin
Not really impressed with this restaurant at all. Everything seemed a bit bland and just not that good. We had chicken wings and duck pate to start with. The starters were actually way nicer than our mains. Chicken wings were particularly nice, but that's the starter that many restaurants get right. For the mains we had lamb and vegetarian cakes and we both really didn't like what we got. Lamb was very dry and fatty. The vegetarian cakes tasted like bisto gravy and they just weren't right at all. It would have been good value if the food was nice, but it wasn't. It reminded me of canteen food rather then restaurant food. We won't be coming back there..
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin
We went for the early bird menu and it was fantastic value; 20 euro for a main and a starter. We had lamb kebabs and the chicken for starters, both really nice. For the mains we had prawns and lamb meatballs, delicious, served with absolutely beautiful fresh naan. The value is not that good if one orders from al' carte menu, most mains are way over 20 euro, but there's much more choice. We both had delicious cobra beers perfecly soothing the spiciness of the meals.
Chapter One Restaurant
18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
It was our second time in Chapter One and it was even better than the first visit. We were heading to theatre afterwards so we went for the pre-theatre menu. Everything was delicious. We had the white pudding starter and the pea-asparagus soup. Both delicious! The only drawback was the bread, which usually (in this class of restaurants) comes freshly baked and in many varieties which you can choose from, whereas here it was already on the table, good but not warm fresh. For the mains we had hake and the shoulder of lamb. Both superb and both with excellent side dish. We both had a chocolate mousse to finish with, and one of us really liked it but the other one found it a bit too rich. Service in Chapter One is excellent and they offered to collect our tickets from the theater for us, but we had them collected. The wine list is excellent and the australian 'Musician' wine we had was fantastic. It is one of the best restaurant in Dublin and it's THE place to go out for a very special evening.
One Pico Restaurant
5-6 Molesworth Place, Schoolhouse Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Excellent restaurant. Very welcoming staff and lovely decor. All four of us were very impressed with every meal. The sommelier did excellent job advising us on wine. Definitely a place we'll be coming back to.
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
We went out on the Wednesday night and it was surprisingly busy. Three of us had early bird menu. Amazing value at 16 euro for the starter and the main. The beetroot and blue cheese salad was delicious, really nice combination. The pate was very tasty as well. The dip plate was okey but maybe the least interesting from three starters. For the main we had sea trout, chicken and the duck leg. All were delicious, especially the duck leg. The staff are very friendly and overall the entire experience was very enjoyable.