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Anvil Bistro Restaurant

Saggart Village, Dublin 22, Saggart, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 22

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Cuisine:
Bistro

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Good
106 reviews

Reviewed 11th January 2014 ( visited 10th January 2014 )

My daughter and I could not wait to try the tapas here, and I have to say we were not disappointed. We had spicy wings, blue cheese dip, crab cakes, bread and dips, pilpil prawns, tempura prawns, wedges aioli, lemon sole and for dessert apple crumble and baked alaska. We washed this all down with the lovely Santa Digna Rose. We both thoroughly enjoyed the tapas, service was excellent and we would definitely return to try some others which are on the menu.
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Lime Tree Restaurant @ Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort

Blessington lakes, Blessington, Wicklow

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Cuisine:
European

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18 reviews

Reviewed 22nd July 2013 ( visited 20th July 2013 )

We ate here with a B/B and dinner package. For starters partner had Marinated black Tiger prawns with Egg Noodles served with a coconut curry sauce, he loved this and every last morsel was gone from his plate. I had Homemade duck spring Rolls with salad and Hoi Sin Sauce, these were just delicious. Irish Hereford Sirloin Steak was partners main course (6 euro supplement) medium done with vegetables, he was licking his lips as it was just brimming with flavour. I had the Vegetarian Stir Fry again with Hoi Sin Sauce, this was a very generous portion and nice, but I would not have it again. Desserts consisted of selection of Wicklow Cheese and Biscuits for himself and Warm Pecan Pie for me, the Pecan Pie was really the only let down of the meal as for me it just had too many nuts, others may like that but I found it a bit over the top. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. We choose a bottle of White Chilean wine which was fine. I would return here and would recommend it to others.
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Saba
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I had a lovely spicy wok chicken dish and daughter had Thai green curry both have my mouth watering even thinking of them as they were just absolutely delicious. Service was amazing and staff were so friendly and helpful. This in now one of my favourite restaurants.

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Di Bella Restaurant (Lucan)
Griffeen Centre, West Dublin, Lucan, Dublin

I had the early bird here which is served all day Sunday and at 19.95euro it is fantastic value. For starters I had bruschetta followed by lasagne with fries and for dessert the most divine banoffi plus a half bottle of Morande. Everthing was delicious and the portions were excellent. Partner chose from the main menu and had garlic bread followed by Filetto Pepe Verde with house wedges and a crumble to finish. We could not fault the food and the service was excellent and friendly, as it was just after four o'clock when we dined the restaurant was not very busy hence the atmosphere was a little bit lacking. We will definitely return as there is a lot on the menu that we would like to try. They also do a children's menu which is very reasonable.

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Anvil Bistro Restaurant
Saggart Village, Dublin 22, Saggart, Dublin

My daughter and I could not wait to try the tapas here, and I have to say we were not disappointed. We had spicy wings, blue cheese dip, crab cakes, bread and dips, pilpil prawns, tempura prawns, wedges aioli, lemon sole and for dessert apple crumble and baked alaska. We washed this all down with the lovely Santa Digna Rose. We both thoroughly enjoyed the tapas, service was excellent and we would definitely return to try some others which are on the menu.

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The Birdcage Cafe
Avoca Rathcoole, Naas Road, Rathcoole, Dublin

We called in here for coffee and cake and as it was my first time in the Birdcage I did not know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised the staff were very helpful and the tables are not on top of one another. I agree with others, it is not the cheapest place to eat, but the food is just so fresh that in my opinion it is worth the few extra euro for that alone. I had a cappuccino and a scone with the works, butter, jam and cream. yum yum. Partner had the biggest eclare we have ever seen and a Latte. There were some very tasty looking lunches on show and I will definitely go back and try some of them.

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Kundan Tandoori
Unit 4 Tallaght Retail Park, West Dublin, Tallaght, Dublin

Had the early bird here, good value at 15.99euro for two courses plus tea or coffee. We both had shammi kebab for starters which was nice but not exceptional. Partner had a very hot duck dish and I had the same only with chicken. When mine came I realized that it contained coconut, which I don,t like in food, the menu failed to mention this. However there was no problem changing this and we both enjoyed our meal. A glass of house white at 5euro brought the bill to under 40euro. This is not our first time here and we would go back again as they have a very varied menu with lots that we would like to try. Service is good but a few more smiles would not go amiss.

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TRAX Brasserie
Friary Road, Naas, Kildare

Seven of us ate here, four adults and three children. The menu is very extensive with something to suit everyone. The children have a choice of pasta, chicken wings, fish, also ice cream and a drink all for 10euro. Our starters were calamari, tiger prawns and two opted for oak smoked salmon, all delicious and perfectly presented. For mains two choose steak, one beef and I had tender confit duck leg and gratin dauphinoise all with accompanying vegetables. Two courses in the early evening are 19euro and three for 23euro however there is a supplement added for the steak and beef. A bottle of Rioja was shared by myself and another and this just added to this wonderful meal. The restaurant itself has lots of character with original brick walls and staff who are very pleasant and helpful, I am also very pleased to see that it is completely wheelchair accessible, with a ramp to the front and a wheelchair accessible toilet, something that a lot of other restaurants should take note of. I will definitely go back here as I could find nothing to fault it on.

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Oliveto Restaurant & Bar
Oliveto At The Haddington, 9-12 Haddington Terrace, Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

We dropped in here on Bank Holiday Sunday and the restaurant was quite busy, it is in a lovely location looking out onto the sea and there is a lovely seating area outside where you can bring your drink. We choose an Oliveto Board for two which consisted of Italian cured meats, bean salad, olives, pesto, Italian cheese salad and bread. This was lovely and tasty and was washed down with a glass of cider. The staff were very pleasant and efficient and the restaurant is spacious and welcoming. The only black mark is that they are unable to make a good Irish coffee, a shame because apart from that I liked Oliveto and would return. Prices are also in keeping with todays standards.

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Lime Tree Restaurant @ Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort
Blessington lakes, Blessington, Wicklow

We ate here with a B/B and dinner package. For starters partner had Marinated black Tiger prawns with Egg Noodles served with a coconut curry sauce, he loved this and every last morsel was gone from his plate. I had Homemade duck spring Rolls with salad and Hoi Sin Sauce, these were just delicious. Irish Hereford Sirloin Steak was partners main course (6 euro supplement) medium done with vegetables, he was licking his lips as it was just brimming with flavour. I had the Vegetarian Stir Fry again with Hoi Sin Sauce, this was a very generous portion and nice, but I would not have it again. Desserts consisted of selection of Wicklow Cheese and Biscuits for himself and Warm Pecan Pie for me, the Pecan Pie was really the only let down of the meal as for me it just had too many nuts, others may like that but I found it a bit over the top. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. We choose a bottle of White Chilean wine which was fine. I would return here and would recommend it to others.

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Mao Restaurant (Dun Laoghaire)
The Pavillion, South Co, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Called in here again around 7.15 and the place was very busy as the early bird finished at 7.30. There was a good choice on that menu at 19.99 for three courses and there seemed to be lots of families availing of it. However we opted to choose from the main menu, partner had Mongolian Curry, which he never had before, and this came with noodles in the same dish. It was a generous portion and very tasty. I had three starters, veg spring roll with sweet dip, squid with a chilli dip and black pepper wings. All three were what I expected and each tasted exactly how they should. We shared a bottle of Australian white well priced at under 15euro. If you want white linen and quietness then this is not the place for you but Mao do what they do very well with reasonably priced tasty food served by friendly staff.

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Itsa @ Dun Laoghaire (Bagel Store)
The Pavilion, Royal Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Called in here early for breakfast and as it was Bank Holiday Monday the place only had a few customers. I opted for a toasted Bagel with jam and tea. We sat outside as the sun was shining,my tea was brought out in a cup with the tea bag still in and nowhere to deposit the tea bag apart from onto the table, the milk and sugar arrived later. Partner had a bagel with sausage and egg and coffee. Although there was nothing wrong with the food something was missing for me here. I would call in again but only for a coffee.

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Mao Restaurant (Dun Laoghaire)
The Pavillion, South Co, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Ate here on Bank Holiday Sunday around 7.30pm and the place was buzzing and maybe just a little bit too noisy. I decided to have two starters crispy spring rolls which were as advertised very crispy and very well presented with a plum dipping sauce, chilli squid was my second choice and again this did not dissapoint, nice taste of chilli again with a chilli dipping sauce. Partner had Duck Curry which he had requested "very hot" and he was more than happy with it, it was also a very generous sized portion. We washed this down with a bottle of Australian Tooma White very well priced at just 12.99 euro, not the top of the range but it was just as nice. They do add on their own service charge in Mao, and I am not a lover of that but in saying that it was only 5% of the bill. We both enjoyed our meal here, the staff were very efficient and service was quick, the next time in Dunlaoire we would definately return. We left with change over from 50euro. It is nice to have a meal which does not break the bank.

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Assaggio Restaurant @ The Westgrove Hotel
Westgrove Hotel, Abbeylands, Clane, Naas , Clane, Kildare

We dined here while staying in the hotel, for starters partner had Tiger Prawns and I had Calamari both were lovely but we had to ask for bread for dipping and it was just ordinary brown bread not the lovely breads which you are usually given in an Italian Restaurant. Mains consisted of Chicken Parpadelle for partner which was absolutely lovely, (so he tells me) and I had Beef Lasagne with chips, the Lasagne was the tastiest I have ever had and was really enjoyable. One Chocolate Truffle for partner, again this went down a treat. We also had a bottle of Cono Sur and two Irish Coffee,s, we were delighted that they were able to make Irish Coffee just the way it should be completely black at the bottom and white on to. A very enjoyable meal and not too pricey, we will certainly return when we are in Clane again.

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Hong Hop
5A Newlands Cross Shopping Centre, Dublin 22, Clondalkin, Dublin

We dined here with special offer voucher 40euro worth of food for half price., starters consisted of prawn triangle which we shared and they were very tasty, for mains partner had steamed scallops with crispy vegetables and I went for crispy shredded chicken in chilli sauce. Both main courses were delicious and our plates went back empty. We had ice creams for dessert and as these were not on the A La Carte menu they as well as half bottle of house white and two coffees were extra, however it was still very good value. Our only complaint is that they do not have a machine to make cappucinno or latte but was told that it is in hand and both will be available in the near future. An enjoyable meal and not too costly.

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The Streat
Citywest Shopping Centre, Saggart, Dublin

Myself and nine friends stopped here for lunch, I had a Chinese Chicken Wrap which consisted of chicken, hoi sin sauce, cucumber and spring onion, this was very tasty and filling and I also had a regular cappuccino., for 8 euro this was, in my opinion good value. The others had a variety of sandwiches and wraps and they were all pleased with their choice. There was only one complaint and that was that there was a charge of 50cent extra if you wanted your sandwich toasted. There was a nice atmosphere with Christmas shoppers and the waitress was very pleasant and helpful. I look forward to my next visit to the Streat.

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Aqua Restaurant
1 West Pier, Howth, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin

I had Lobster Cocktail which was lovely( if a bit small) followed by my favourite Calamari in a tomato and chilli sauce. Partner had a large lobster, not cheap, but worth every euro for the sheer enjoyment and taste. We shared a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and finished with a latte and a cappuccino. We thoroughly enjoyed eating here, great atmosphere, friendly efficient staff and prices were acceptable for a restaurant of this standard. Although the restaurant is upstairs a stair lift was available for those who needed it, a nice touch and other restaurants should take note. Ten out of ten for that. Would love to return.

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Oriental New Star
Main Street, Portarlington, Laois

Four of us ate here plus two children and baby. I opted for the early bird at 15.90euro which is good value, starters of won ton which was nice and a main course of crispy chicken with chips, I asked for the chicken to be in a spicy sauce but on arrival it was not spicy enough, this was quickly rectified by the very attentive waiter. Others had for starters, Pepery Rib, Pepery Squid, Ebi Frai KP and for mains Chicken Cantonese, Beef Red Curry, and Mongolia Lamb. As it was early evening there was not much atmosphere in the restaurant but is was comfortable with three children in tow. Small toys were given to the children at the end of the meal and again they were much appreciated, as anything that keeps them on their chairs is a bonus.Drinks consisted of 2 orange juice included in the childrens meal at 9.50euro each, good value. Four Latte, one bottle of chinese beer, one bottle of Chianti, one Cappucino and one Liqueur Coffee. All in all this is a nice restaurant with nice food and good value but not exceptional. I would go back as the a la carte is very extensive and there is a lot I would like to try.

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Campo de' Fiori Restaurant and Risto Market
1 Malborough Terrace, Strand Road, Bray Seafront, Bray, Wicklow

I knew we would be in Bray on this date so I rang the restaurant the previous week to check that lobster would be on the menu, a very helpful staff member could not say yes for sure as it all depended on the weather and whether the boats could get out to fish, I was assured that they would ring me on Saturday and let me know. This they did and lobster was on, this was great customer service and other restaurants should take note. For starters I had Bruschetta pomodoro which you make up yourself with oil which is on each table and fresh tomatoes which are brought with the bread, yummy, partner had Quaglia al Marsala (quale legs) which were delicious. Main course consisted of the afore mentioned lobster, again partner had nothing but praise for this course too, I decided on the Calamaretti pomodorai (squid in tomato and garlic) the waiter suggested that the starter portion would be large enough rather than a main course portion, another brownie point, as he could just as easily given me a main course and it would have been double the price. This was sooooo tasty. We had a bottle of house white, a cappuccino and partner had a shot (can't remember of what) on the house and that went down a treat. This restaurant is fine dining at a fine price our bill came to a very reasonable 81euro and 60 cent. The next time I am in Bray I will definately return.

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Lemongrass (Citywest)
Citywest Golf Hotel, West Dublin, Saggart, Dublin

We had the early bird here, partner went for the two specials of the evening prawn pil pil with pitta bread which he just loved, it came to the table sizzling and he is still raving about it. He had the special chicken curry which also went down a treat. I opted for a starter of chilli squid with a portion of french fries, although it was a starter it was a good size portion and the squid was delicious and not rubbery as it can sometimes be. With one Latte and one glass of House Shiraz we left with a bill of 41euro, having enjoyed the meal immensely. They have a great selection of meals here and I think they are getting better all the time.

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Purple Ocean Restaurant
St Michael's Pier, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

For starters I had smoked salmon with capers and brown bread, delicious, partner had crab claws and the portion was very generous and tasty. Main course was cajun chicken for me which was lovely and a portion of homemade french fries, partner was delighted when he saw pork belly on the menu and asked if the chef could do a bit of crackling (like his mammy used to do) this was no problem and a large piece of crackling arrived with his pork. For dessert I had banoffi and himself had the cheese board. We shared a bottle of house white to wash down this very enjoyable meal. Service was excellent and friendly without being over the top. Prices are good in todays climate and we will definately return the next time we are in Dunlaoire.

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Homemade by Clodagh @ Arnotts
12 Henry Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Between us we had one childs dinner which consisted of Lasagne and baby potatoes and glass of milk for six euro, friend had Bruschetta Platter for eight fifty which was tiny but tasty and I had a scone. This all came to 22 euro which we thought was quite expensive for what we had. I hate when "so called famous people" add their name to restaurants and in doing hike up the prices. No we will not go back as we could have got nicer at our local shopping centre cafe.

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Wrights Anglers Rest
Strawberry Beds, West Dublin, Dublin 20, Chapelizod, Dublin

When I rang to book I asked if Lobster was on the menu on Sunday and was told "Lobster is on every day", however when we got there we were told that they do not serve lobster on Sunday. This was very annoying and a member of staff said that whoever took the booking must have been new, well in my books that is not good enough. Between us we had smoked salmon and potted crab for starters, both were delicious, I had chicken coujons for mains and partner was so disappointed about the lobster that he only had two Lattes, I also had a glass of house red. We will go back ( when the Lobster is on) but this experience has dampened my enthusiasm.

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Incanto Italian Fusion Restaurant
Mill Road, Saggart, Dublin

The lunch menu goes on till 3.o.clock on Sat, Sunday and bank holidays. Inside the restaurant is very pleasant and has a nice relaxing feel to it. I opted for Penne Latine and it was a generous portion and tasted divine, partner had striploin steak with mushroom sauce on a bed of mash with vegetables. We also had a small Antipasti which consisted of mussels, salmon,bruschetta,calamari, parma ham, chirozzo and cheese, this was to die for. I had a glass of house white and cappucino and partner had 2 latte. This restaurant is a great addition to Saggart and very good value too, we got out with change from 40 euro. We will definately go back again. p.s. They also have a very reasonable children's menu.

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Salamanca
1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We just wanted something small so we called in here and had three tapas between the two of us, these consisted of Albomdigas, Chorio al Vino and Paella De Casa, they were all very tasty and great value for 10euro although I would have loved some bread for dipping. This price included tea or coffee. There was a good atmosphere with visitors enjoying lunches. I would definately go back and try the main menu. Excellent value.

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Il Fico
Dublin Road, Naas, Kildare

We had a family meal here five adults and two children, the atmosphere was good being the bank holiday there was no shortage of customers. I agree with others the tables are a little close, but it is a long narrow restaurant so it is inevitable. We all had the early bird which is great value at €12.90 for two courses and goes on to eight on a Sunday. For starters we had Bruschetta, calamari, two had mussels in garlic and one had chicken wings,all were enjoyed. As one of our party is caeliac every effort was made by the waitress to help her choose a meal which was suitable for her, Mains consisted of Arabiata for myself, it was lovely and a very generous portion which I was unable to finish, two others had Pennne Diavola which they enjoyed too but would have liked a bit more tast of the white wine sauce and less tomato. The other two had spaghetti bolognese and a chicken dish, both were given the thumbs up. The children had spaghetti bolognese and pizza followed by one ice cream and one chocolate brownie, needless to say they were happy. Drinks consisted of one bottle of white house wine, three lattes two teas and soft drinks for the children, in total the bill was €140.00 great value for five adults and two children. We would all definately return for the early bird. Very enjoyable, good service.

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Toddys Bar & Brasserie @ The Gresham Hotel
O'Connell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Toddys has been revamped in the last couple of years and has a lovely atmosphere looking out to O'Connell Street , you are able to people watch in between courses. Our starters consisted of Prawn Cocktail and Cesar Salad, both were generous portions and very tasty. For mains I had lamb chops with peppercorn sauce and a portion of chips, partner had sirloin steak veg and potatoes. The food was well presented and served by very friendly and helpful staff. I know we are lovers of spicy and foreign food but sometimes it is nice just to go back to basics and have plain ordinary food, cooked well in lovely surroundings and Toddys was just the right place for this. Prices were in keeping with todays economic climate.

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Great India Restaurant
French Church Street, Portarlington, Laois

Had dinner here when in the area visiting friends. I had lamb masala and companion had Lamb Khuno (may be wrong spelling) both were delicious and the lamb was melt in the mouth, service was excellent and as there was only one other table of two there was not much atmosphere. They seemed to be doing a good business in take away meals. With two coffees and and glass of white wine we left very happy, that is until we noticed on the way out a board advertising a three course meal for a special price. We felt that this menu should have also been offered to us when ordering. We would go back as the food was lovely but making sure we read the special board before ordering.

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Anvil Bistro Restaurant
Saggart Village, Dublin 22, Saggart, Dublin

Four of us ate here for the first time in the new premises. The restaurant was buzzing when we arrived and there was a good atmosphere. We all went for the two courses for €25.99 two had prawn piri piri for starters and partner said they were the nicest prawn he had ever had. The other two had the delicious chicken wings. Mains consisted of chicken curry, duck, strip loin steak and fish. This is good food, cooked to perfection and served by very pleasant staff who are there to please the customer without being over the top. Drinks consisted of Prosecco Frizzante, Baileys coffees, Jack Daniels, tea and Latte. A very enoyable night, at a price that will not break the bank, and yes we will all return, maybe with children in tow as they have a snug that would be perfect for a family meal. Good luck to the new Anvil.

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Tikka House
1 Belgard Square West, West Dublin, Tallaght, Dublin

We have eaten here three times in the last month when down this part of the country.They do a special meal for two,three courses and a bottle of wine for 39.95 euro, this has to be one of the best deals around. On our last visit we had samosa and chicken shashlik, for mains prawn karahi and lamb bhuna and dessert is ice cream. This may not be the flashiest of restaurants but the friendly service and the excellent food make it one of my favourites, and for value for money it can,t be beaten.

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Colosseus Restaurant
Market Square, Kildare Town, Kildare Town, Kildare

We stopped here for the early bird, and were not dissapointed, we all had starters and for mains I had lasagne, which has to be the nicest lasagne I have ever tasted, the other two adults had pastas and they too enjoyed them. The little person with us had a childs portion for half price. There was no choice for dessert, it was ice cream only. I would definately return here possibly to try the main menu. Service was friendly too and prices were fine in to-days economic situation. I was also offered a "doggy bag" of the lasagne which I was unable to eat due to the generous portion, I thought that was a nice touch.

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Joels Restaurant
Newlands Cross, Naas Road, West Dublin, Clondalkin, Dublin

We stopped here aroung 5.30 thinking that the rush would be over, on entering we were overcome with the noise, I could easily have turned around and left but partner said we would give it a try. Between us we had nachos, crab salad and crispy chicken strips, the food was tasty and the service was good, but with people waiting for tables it is not the type of place where you could dilly dally unless you had a meal or drink in front of you. I personally felt like I was in a large school dining hall, it is too big and impersonal for me. On saying that there were plenty of families and lots of children who seemed to be enjoying themselves. Good for families but definately not the place if you want a nice relaxing meal..

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Carluccio's Caffe
52 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

We both had a salad here (Insalata di Mar) this consisted of prawns, squid and mussels with a chilli and lemon dressing.Partner had a Peroni beer while I had a diet coke. The waiter was more than helpful in discussing Italian beers and finding us a suitable seat outside in the afternoon sun.I was only sorry that I was not hungry enough to try the main menu as there is a great selection to choose from. I could not fault Carluccio's and am definately returning for a full meal.

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Twist Cafe
1 Fagans Lane, Maynooth, Kildare

We decided to try Twist over the bank holiday.We opted for tapas and between us we had marinated olives, mini bruschetta, calamari, cajun potatoes, mini fish cakes and meat nacho. We enjoyed the lot and washed it down with our own wine which no corkage is added to, a nice touch. There is a nice continental atmosphere to Twist and the two waiters on duty were super efficient. We finished off with 2 Latte and 1 Cappuchino and still got out for less than 50 euro. We would return and try the main menu the next time.

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Alex Restaurant
Conrad Hotel, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We ate here on two consecutive nights while staying in the hotel, staff are very friendly and service excellent. As other diners have mentioned the bread is absolutely delicious and it would be very easy to eat too much. First night partner had crab for starters and I was given a soup to taste even though I did not order anything, I thought this was a nice touch. For mains I had an Club sandwich on what ever bread I wanted with chicken and three cheeses, this was tasty and I could only manage to eat half, due to the generous size., monkfish was the other main and this was also a hit. The second night I had Lamb for mains and I have to say this was the nicest Lamb I have ever had, partner had Halibut and thoroughly enjoyed it too. Prices are not over the top even though this is a five star hotel. We would return for another meal.

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New Millennium Chinese Restaurant
51 South King Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I had crispy Won Ton for starters and companion had Prawn Cocktail both were generous sized portions and both very tasty, clean plates were testimony to this. For mains I choose Salt and Chilli Chicken, this is a dry dish, which is why I picked it and very, very nice, the other main was Stir Fried Lobster and companion was in heaven with this, there was not one morsel left on the plate when he was finished. Pineapple fritter and banana fritter with ice cream finished off what was a most enjoyable meal all washed down with two bottles of Sibarita Sauvignon. In my opinion prices were reasonable, our bill was a little expensive but that is only to be expected when ordering lobster. I would definately return here the next time I am in Dublin.

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Kundan Tandoori
Unit 4 Tallaght Retail Park, West Dublin, Tallaght, Dublin

Hearing this restaurant was under new management we decided to give it a try. We both went for the early bird menu at under €16 per person. For starters we had Seekh Kebab and Tandoori Chicken both being very tasty and plenty for a starter. For mains I had Lamb Chilli Masala and Naan bread and partner had Himalayan Beef also with Naan bread. I have to say this was the best Indian meal we have had for a long time. As I was not driving I indulged in a half bottle of Chilean wine for an extra €10. Once news gets out about this restaurant I think booking will be essential. As it was New Year the proprietor offered me a drink on the house, a lovely touch in to-days economic climate. A lovely meal for two and change out of €50 we will definately go again.

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The Terrace Lounge @ Knightsbrook
Knightsbrook Hotel Spa & Golf Resort, Dublin rd, Trim, Meath

Ate here on two nights we had Nachos which although a starter were plentiful and very filling as well as delicious. Fish Goujons were another choice and they too were very tasty and plenty on the plate. There was also an "Autumn Special" for €12.50 which consisted of Curry and pavlova, this was very good value. The staff were very attentive and pleasant and the place had a nice buzz to it.

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Rococo Restaurant @ Knightsbrook
Knightsbrook Hotel Spa & Golf Resort, Dublin Road, Trim, Meath

While staying here we decided to eat in the restaurant, for starters we had Salmon and Crab Tian and Roasted Breast of Wood Pigeon, mains consisted of Twice cooked Ballantine of Pheasant and Slow Cooked Supreme of Chicken, black pudding dust, Jerusalem artichoke puree and crispy chicken skin. We could not fault the food as everything we had was cooked to perfection. We both had deserts one of chocolate origin and the other meringue. This was all washed down with a lovely Chilean wine. Partner is very fond of Irish Coffee but it has to be made exactly right. He was assured by the Maitre D that this was not a problem and true to his word the Irish Coffee was given ten out of ten. An enjoyable night and for €40 per person including tea and coffee one that would not break the bank.

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Chrysanthemum Chinese Restaurant
Unit 1 Old Orchard Inn, Butterfield Ave, Dublin 14, Rathfarnham, Dublin

I found this restaurant to be quite dark with not much atmosphere., also people waiting for take aways were seated looking into the restaurant this I found quite off putting. The food is nothing spectacular, we had sesame prawn toast for starter which was nice, for mains we had Siu Hon King Prawn again nice is the best that could describe this. I had Crispy Chicken, when I ask for this dish I expect it to be crispy, this was not. I dont care if I never visit this restaurant again.

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Indian Brasserie
Butterfield Avenue, Rathfarnham Village, Rathfarnham, Dublin

Had I known we would be in this area I would have bought the city deal vouchers. We arrived just afte 5pm and as we were not too hungry decided on mains only. I had Lamb Kashmiri Gosht this was in an onion and tomato sauce and flavoured with mace, fennel and clove and a portion of chips. Delicious. Partner had Aad Chettinadu lamb cooked in 12 aromatic spices and a portion of Naan bread. His empty plate was proof that this was also most enjoyable. We had a bottle of House White (Campo Nuevo Viura) which completed an enjoyable meal. Service was excellent withouth being overbearing. I look forward to my next visit.

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Little Caesars of Rathfarnham
Rathfarnham Orchard, Butterfield Ave, South Dublin, Rathfarnham, Dublin

Contrary to some of the other reviews we enjoyed our meal here. For starters we had garlic bread and mozzerella, mains were cannelloni and tagliatelle fruiti mare, two latte, one cappucino and two glasses of house white. It was after 5pm when we arrived so it was in between lunch and dinner therefore the restaurant was not too busy.In my opinion this is a nice Italian Restaurant run by Italians which gives it a nice authentic feel, service is good without being overpowering.Our bill came to €55.65 which was good considering it included two glasses of wine. There is no service charge included here which always goes down well with me so it is up to yourself whether you tip or not. We certainly will be back, and will definately try their Monday to Saturday lunch menu which is great value.

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The Streat
Citywest Shopping Centre, Saggart, Dublin

Had early morning Latte and croissant here and friend had cappucino and apple tart with ice cream. The place is spotless and service is friendly and efficient. However I did find it expensive for what we had. maybe better value to be had with savoury rather than sweet.

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The Storehouse Restaurant - Closed
Friary Lane Naas, Naas, Kildare

Nine of us had dinner here, six adults and three children. Children could have a small portion of most of the mains and ice cream for €10 or chicken nuggets and chips. Some of our choices for starters, duck spring roll,goats cheese and pudding tart, could not fault anything. For mains we had thai curry,fish and chips, and two of the party had scallops which were described as perfectly cooked and delicious.Desserts consisted of Sticky toffee pudding, bread and butter pudding, ad cheese plate. Service here was faultless and the children were attended to as we were having our starters, so they were happy and it let the adults relax and enjoy their meal. Prices here are in keeping with to-days financial climate and will not break the bank. An enjoyable meal in nice surroundings, tucked away in a quiet little corner of Naas.

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Lemongrass (Citywest)
Citywest Golf Hotel, West Dublin, Saggart, Dublin

Had lunch here with two friends. They both had the Bento Box which was very filling and one had salmon while the other had beef. Delicious was the only comment. I had a starter from the main menu, lamb in a filo pastry, with some french fries, this was also very tasty, we shared a bottle of house red between us, and the three of us left very happy with the food, the service and most importantly the price.

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Virginia Restaurant
Maudlins House Hotel, Dublin Road, Naas, Naas, Kildare

We decided to have the early bird for €19.90 per person for two courses. For starters we had Mussells and Salmon. I have to say the salmon was the tastiest salmon I have had in a long long time. Mains consisted of Tagliatelle with garden peas, bacon, mint and Parmesan shavings. This was absolutely delicious.The only thing lacking was the lack of diners, we were the only two so the atmosphere was nil. A lovely place with very friendly and helpful staff. I am going to try their afternoon tea soon so will keep you posted on that.

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La Serre
The Village @ Lyons, Celbridge, Kildare

Lunch here is 2 courses for €25 or three courses for €30. There are five choices on each course. For starters we had Thai Duck Salad, Pomegranate, Ginger and BBQ Pork Belly, Carrot, Sweetcorn.Both very nice but portions quite small. Mains consisted of of Pot Roasted Pheasant,Pearl Barley Broth which we both had, this was lovely and very filling. We shared an Apple and Plum Crumble, with Muscavado Ice Cream which was delicious. With two Latte, 1 cappucino and a glass of house red (€7) this brought the bill to €71. In my opinion this is a nice place to go for a special occasion if you want fine dining.

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La Banca Ristorante
Main Street, Lucan Village, Lucan, Dublin

This was our first time to visit La Banca and we thought as they were now doing Sunday lunch for €20 this was perfect timing. We choose Goats cheese salad, and Garlic bread with cheese and salad for starters, for mains we had Penne Con Pollo and Penne Arabbiata.W both had banoffi for dessert. The food was lovely, service excellent. This is a little gem in the heart of Lucan.

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The Brasserie @ Newlands Cross
Bewleys Hotel Newlands Cross, Clondalkin, Dublin

There was plenty of choice here for lunch but neither of us wanted too much so I opted for a chicken salad sandwich which was delicious, friend had a small plate of cold cooked fish, sundried tomatoes, olives etc. also very tasty.Business was brisk and there was a nice choice of hot food, an excellent salad bar and some nice cream cakes on offer. Although I am not a lover of self-service buffet style lunches, this has to be one of the best on offer.Would go back again to try their hot food.

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Hibernian Bistro
Citywest Hotel, Naas Rd, West Dublin, Saggart, Dublin

Enjoyed lunch here with two friends, we decided to order three different sandwiches and share. One chicken, one tuna and one salad. These were a meal in themselves and delicious, we all agreed that they were the tastiest sandwiches we have had in a long time. Serving staff are very professional and not overpowering.

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The Kingswood Country House Restaurant & Bar
Kingswood House, Kingswood, Naas Rd, Kingswood, Dublin

Stopped here for something snackish and had spring rolls from the bar menu.Quite a good selection available for a bar menu, the usual burgers, lasagne, sandwiches etc.Companion had guinness and said it was the best pint he had tasted in a long time.Were told the restaurant is re-opening this week, so it will be worth giving it a try. Very pleasant and helpful staff.

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Tamara Restaurant
Unit 11/18 Belgard Square, Tallaght Town Centre, West Dublin, Tallaght, Dublin

The lunch menu was over when we called here around 4o'clock so it was in between lunch time and evening , therefore the restaurant was quite quiet. Between two we had Seafood Thai Green Curry with boiled rice and Crispy Chicken with french fries. One glass of house red and both had cappuccino's. The food was lovely and service was good. We did not meet any rude waiters, as some other reviewers have mentioned. One little thing that bugs me, is that the rice, chips noodles are priced seperately, this is not mentioned on the main menu, why not one price and then there would be no surprises when the bill arrives. Apart from that, I would return, but in the evening to see what the atmosphere and service are like when the restaurant is busy.

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Lime Tree Restaurant @ Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort
Blessington lakes, Blessington, Wicklow

Had dinner here with a party of six adults and three children. The children were served immediately which was great as the parents could peruse the menu in peace. Although the food is very ordinary, steaks, fish etc. it was all quite tasty. The steak eaters did say that the steak was delicious and cooked to perfection. As this was a special offer there was three or four choices on each course. The price per person was €59 and this also included bed and breakfast. Enjoyable and fantastic value., and small children go free.

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Barberstown Castle
Straffan, Straffan, Kildare

Had afternoon tea here with a friend. It consisted of individual salmon, ham and cucumber sandwiches which were nice but not exceptional. Then came a selection of cream cakes, and scones with jam and clotted cream. I must say the scones were delicious. During all this there was a piano player belting away in the corner, it was so loud that we had to move to a quieter spot to enable us to have a conversation. We asked for a second pot of tea and when we checked our bill discovered that we were charged an extra €7.50euro for this. Surely when you pay for afternoon tea an extra pot of tea should be included. This brought the bill to over €50 euro. On principle I would not return here because of this. Many places top up tea and coffee as a goodwill deed.

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The Peacock Restaurant @ Finnstown Country House
Newcastle Road, West Co. Dublin, Lucan, Dublin

I attended a family birthday party here and there was about 20 people in the group. I had salmon with crab filling for starters and duck for the main, the duck was cooked to perfection with a lovely crispy skin, delicious, for dessert I choose strawberry meringue all washed down with a lovely Chilean wine. As this was a set dinner there was a choice of five starters and mains so there was something to suit all tastes. Everyone else seemed very happy with their meals. Service was excellent and there was a good atmosphere in the restaurant. As we stayed the night we had a chance to sample breakfast, this was again up to scratch with pleasant staff and no delay in being shown to our table and coffee and tea brought out promptly. This is an old style hotel/restaurant but in my opinion could give some of the new modern places some tips on how to treat its customers. Will definately be back.

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Sika Restaurant
Powerscourt Hotel Restaurant & Spa, Powerscourt, Wicklow

It's far from this I was reared but I found myself dining here, due to a twist of fate.I was not sure if I should have a starter as I wanted to keep plenty of room for the main course. I decided to have salmon, the portion was miniscule, no fear of being too full. For mains I had partridge, which was nice but no nicer than I've had elsewhere. Companion had scallops (three) for starters which were tasty, for main she had lamb which she enjoyed. For dessert we had cheesecake and a chocolate dessert. In my opinion I think we are paying way over the odds just to say we ate at Gordon Ramsay's. To be honest I was expecting more.

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The Egg Cafe (Avoca Rathcoole)
Naas Road, Rathcoole, Dublin

Four of us had lunch here at the weekend which consisted of soup for two and calamari for two. Mains were antipasti again for two, one burger and pasta of the day. Everyone had desserts, three ice cream with shortbread (and choc flake) and one mousse. I had forgotten how enormous the portions are here and I should have left out the starter, but saying that the food was delicious and no one had any complaints in that department. Service is excellent and just happens the way it should without even noticing it. The atmosphere is lovely here with a great buzz in the place with families out celebrating, and someone will always have a birthday so that gives a nice happy touch. Two of us shared a bottle of house red Tempranillo. Prices are mid range and I think taking everything into consideration it is not overpriced for what you get.

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An Poitin Stil
Naas Road, Rathcoole, Dublin

It's quite a few years since I ate here, but I was pleasantly surprised with the improvements that have taken place in the restaurant. There are now some tables on the level, ideal for the disabled or the elderly. We had smoked salmon for starters which was lovely and nicely presented. Partner had lobster for main course which I'm told was delicious (at one time you had to travel miles to get lobster in Dublin). I chose chicken stir fry in Madras curry sauce, which was tasty, but not exceptional. We finished with profiteroles and pavlova which could not be faulted. The staff were extremely pleasant and yes we would return.

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The Strawberry Tree-Brooklodge
The Brooklodge Hotel, Macreddin Village, Aughrim, Wicklow

We dined here on two consecutive nights, it is the only certified organic restaurant in Ireland and the food is divine. If you are in to organic food then you must visit this restaurant. We sampled Seared Wild Pigeon, Roast Celeriac, Apple Mash, Thyme Jus, Seared Wild Scallops, Kolhrabi, Wild Mango Salsa, Wild Game Broth, Rocket, Sun Dried Tomato, and Feta Salad. For mains Roast Duck, Curly Kale, Kumquat Sauce.Braised Wild Venison Shank, Red Cabbage, Rosemary Jus, Saffron Poached Wild Pollock, Mange Tout, Sugar Snaps, Wild Anchovy, Watercress Sauce. There is also a lovely selection of desserts. At a set price of 65euro this has to be one of the finest dining experiences we have had and I think very good value, the food could not be faulted in any way. Try it for yourself.

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Kudos (Limerick)
Clarion Hotel Limerick, Limerick City, Limerick

We had a very enjoyable meal here.Partner had Thai Prawn Green Curry, while I had Roast Hainanese Chicken with a chilli ginger dip. Both were delicious.For afters we shared an Exotic Fruit Spring Roll, with ice cream, again very tasty and beautiful presentation.What added to the meal here was the very helpful and friendly staff. Will definately call in again when in Limerick.

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