Restaurant Reviews from Piranha
The Oar House Fish Restaurant
8 West Pier, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin
Reviewed 08th September 2014 ( visited 07th September 2014 )We hadn't booked and the restaurant was buzzing - Sunday lunch on a fabulous sunny day. The hostess didn't stress despite the queue of people hoping to get a table. We waited only 5-7 minutes before being seated at a table in the sunshine. The service was second to none, the atmosphere was fantastic and the food delicious. We had a Scandinavian Herring salad with beetroot and potato which was stunning (best I've had since I lived in Sweden many years ago). Crab cakes which were also delicious served with a dip of dill, mustard and a few other ingredients. Fish and chips with mushy peas. Summer fruit meringue and a Baileys creme brulee. Still water and a glass of pinot grigio followed by a coffee. The bill came to 54€ which was not extortionate for the quality of food and service. Can't wait to go back :-)
Jaipur Restaurant (Malahide)
5 St James's Terrace, Dublin 15, Malahide, Dublin, Area Code: North Co. Dublin
Reviewed 10th April 2014 ( visited 16th March 2014 )Friend visiting and we decided to have a quiet dinner and catch up. Unfortunately to start we had a family partaking in post dinner wine who forgot they had hyper children (fizzy drinks/chocolate desserts) in abundance taking over the restaurant :-( We ordered a biryani and a chicken dish and a couple of glasses of wine. The service started well but they forgot about us after that. This restaurant can be excellent but can sometimes be a bit 'hit and miss' in service. Their food always hits the spot tho' so I will probably be there again but not too soon.
Eleven Gourmet Cafe
St. Olaves Business Centre, Kinsealy, Dublin
Stopped in for breakfast with a friend who had not been before. Menus given and orders taken. The service was good (normally better) but we were left to our own devices once the food came. We had to go to the counter to ask for water. A refill would have been good but no staff keeping an eye on the tables - shame as my friend had not been there before. Prices reasonable which is a plus.
The Oar House Fish Restaurant
8 West Pier, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin
We hadn't booked and the restaurant was buzzing - Sunday lunch on a fabulous sunny day. The hostess didn't stress despite the queue of people hoping to get a table. We waited only 5-7 minutes before being seated at a table in the sunshine. The service was second to none, the atmosphere was fantastic and the food delicious. We had a Scandinavian Herring salad with beetroot and potato which was stunning (best I've had since I lived in Sweden many years ago). Crab cakes which were also delicious served with a dip of dill, mustard and a few other ingredients. Fish and chips with mushy peas. Summer fruit meringue and a Baileys creme brulee. Still water and a glass of pinot grigio followed by a coffee. The bill came to 54€ which was not extortionate for the quality of food and service. Can't wait to go back :-)
Kippers Seafood, Steak & Carvery
The Golf Links Public House, Strand Road, Portmarnock, Dublin
We had been threatening to try this place out since before Christmas and by the time we got there the running of the restaurant had changed hands! However, we had a fantastic 3 course meal for 4 people. Food fantastic - presentation excellent. The We had mussels, chicken wings, prawns to start. Steaks, fish pie and chicken fajitas for mains and chocolate brownie and chocolate gateaux for dessert (2 desserts) and coffees. The only weak meal was the chicken fajitas - the chicken was so dry, unfortunately but otherwise we could not fault the meal. Only one other table for 8 people beside us but they were in great form so the atmosphere was good. Looking forward to eating there again.
McHugh’s Wine & Dine Restaurant
59 St. Assam's Park, Dublin 5, Raheny, Dublin
Confirmation dinner for a party of 7 people. We booked for 6p.m. and were advised that they would need the table back at 8.30p.m. We ordered fish, duck, chicken, fish and a burger for mains and starters of a terrine (to die for), prawns, chicken wings and different salads - all delicious. Desserts ranged from lemon tart to chocolate brownie to pannacotta and again each one was delicious. Wines chosen were a Chablis and a Rioja (Nocedal) - both excellent. One soft drink, several coffees and total bill came to €270 incl service charge with the confirmation child eating free (from the adult menu). 6 out of 7 went for the early bird menu. Excellent value for the high standard of food, service and ambiance in this little gem of a restaurant. And, we left our table at approx 9.10p.m. - nobody came asking us to move and no sign of it being needed.
Jaipur Restaurant (Malahide)
5 St James's Terrace, Dublin 15, Malahide, Dublin
Friend visiting and we decided to have a quiet dinner and catch up. Unfortunately to start we had a family partaking in post dinner wine who forgot they had hyper children (fizzy drinks/chocolate desserts) in abundance taking over the restaurant :-( We ordered a biryani and a chicken dish and a couple of glasses of wine. The service started well but they forgot about us after that. This restaurant can be excellent but can sometimes be a bit 'hit and miss' in service. Their food always hits the spot tho' so I will probably be there again but not too soon.
La Mere Zou
22 St Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
Treated to lunch for my birthday. The welcome was good, the service very good and the food - amazing! We were on a 'deal' but were not treated any differently than the other diners. Looking at the menu the lunch was quite reasonably priced for the quality of food, service and ambiance proffered. Can't wait to go back!
9 Townyard Lane, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin
Celebrating a wedding anniversary and birthday combination we booked two vouchers with Menu Pages. We arrived and were welcomed nicely. Seated and provided with menus. Drinks offered and orders taken. An appetiser of poppadoms with dips was provided. We had a combination platter for two along with chicken tikka and prawns. All delicious. Lamb jalfrezi, makhni lamb, chicken pasanda and a himalayan chicken dish served with a mix of boiled rice, pilau rice and plain/peshwari naan breads. Food was very tasty and plentiful. Some indian beers and water to wash it all down. Desserts for the boys of lemon sorbet and a banoffee pot. Green tea for Mum and everyone was replete and extremely satisfied with food, service and atmosphere. We will be back.
Chai Yo Sushi Teppanyaki Thai Chinese
100 Lower Baggot street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Met with the gals - we try to meet up twice a year for a bite and a chat. Have been dying to try this restaurant for a while and wasn't disappointed. We all opted for the special €17.50 for 4 courses menu. Plenty of food - prawns, satays etc. Thai red curry x 2, prawns and cannot remember the other main. Banana fritters, ice-cream and a pineapple fritter for dessert with coffee. Two bottles of Marques de Riscal Rueda and the bill came to €132 which included a 10% service charge. This was€35 pp for a four course meal with plenty of wine - you cannot beat it. Food was delicious and the service was second to none. They even serenaded us to the embarrassment of one of the party but hey - great fun! Will be back to try the Teppanyaki as it looked like great fun :-)
Main Street, Malahide, Dublin
We love this little spot - especially on a Sunday a.m. or early p.m. There is always a welcome and no matter how often we have come here they always manage to fit the 4 of us in! The girls are amazing as they are always in good form and service, food and atmosphere are 100% - keep up the good work. Great value for money (specials always good value) and the kids love the salads, paninis and goodies.
1 Bryanstown Centre, Dublin Road, Drogheda, Louth
OMG - ate lunch yesterday at Eastern Seaboard and boy what a treat. Welcome good - we had booked. The menu is fabulous and the service superb. Crab, crayfish and prawn salad served on large lettuce leaves (romaine?) and crostini with a side included (puy lentils with balsamic vinegar) for €10.50 is a steal. My pal had Moroccan hotpot with crostini and her side was sweet potato wedges at €11 - both huge portions and delicious. What a find - we will be back.
The Port House Ibericos
5/6 Pembroke Cottage, Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin
Saw the sign for 'Churros' and raced down with the boys. Ordered two portions of 'Churros' with hot chocolates and a coffee. The 'Churros' came wtth a little bowl of chocolate dip - in Barcelona they serve Chocolato con churros where you get a cup of the dip and use this as your drink almost!! These were not bad - best I've had since Barcelona in 1999 .... so well done! The order went a little wrong and an extra hot chocolate was served. When I pointed out that I had changed one of the drinks to a coffee the waiter kindly offered the extra hot chocolate on the house to one of the boys who wasn't having a drink - thanks (he didn't drink it!) - nice touch. Can't wait to go back to try the Tapas menu.
Wongs of Clontarf
436 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin
Decided to eat out at the last minute and got a table no problem (as usual)! Starters ranged from spring rolls, crab claws to ribs. Sharing - all very tasty! Mains were King Prawn in a birds nest, sweet & sour prawns, chicken ? and beef with broccoli and oyster sauce. Plenty of rice for all and all tasted great. A nice bottle of wine and water topped up regularly. Service excellent and so pleasant - the waitresses love the kids :-) See you soon again.
Cava Spanish Restaurant & Tapas Bar
51 Lower Dominick Street, Galway City, Galway
Had a class dinner here on Sat p.m. on recommendation. The service was good but the portions were petite (mean) and the prices were extortionate. I had to go eat again within an hour - not a happy camper. Paella - €23.95 and this was not a main course portion - I've had similar in Dublin, and tastier, for €9.95. Two girls had the lamb - very tasty but €28.95 with very little else on the plate? The VAT decrease was to be passed onto the customers - not sure if CAVA did not get this message. Tasty tapas starters but again expensive in comparison to Dublin but will not be going again to be RIPPED OFF. Very disappointed :-(
Siam Thai (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin
Took my boys and a friend for lunch - special of Bento box for €9.95 - not to be missed. We had one with prawns in chilli oil, one with yellow beef curry and two with chicken. The salads were good, the won tons good and the main courses excellent. All campers happy - service excellent and bill very affordable for 4 lunches :-)
The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar
53 Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Lunch on my birthday with my family after a visit to Tutenkhamun at the RDS. We had passed this little spot last summer and vowed to try it out. We were not disappointed :-) Seafood chowder, black & green olive tapenades, paté, french onion soup, open sandwiches, saucisson/black chorizo with puy lentils. We had a glass of the Red wine of the month (bordeaux) and a glass of Chateau D'Orangerie (white) followed by chocolat fondant and coffee. My 9yr old requested ' l'addition s'il vous plait' to the delight of the waiter/waitress and other diners! A wonderful lunch experience and looking forward to a return visit.
One Pico Restaurant
5-6 Molesworth Place, Schoolhouse Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Celebrated my 50th birthday with my husband here on Sat p.m. having peeked in the windows on several occasions! From arrival we were looked after thoroughly :-) Starters of quail and curried monkfish complemented with a half bottle of white (unsure of grape) were to die for. A little palate cleanser came next. Wild venison with beetroot and damsons, baby potatoes and honey roast root veg. Scallops and belly pork was the second. These were accompanied by a bottle of Chateau Neuf de Pape which was decanted at the table - wonderful touch. We shared a cheese board (only disappointment as she didn't advise on different cheeses). Lovely atmosphere, wonderful food and two very happy diners left the restaurant replete.
Pacifico Restaurant & Grill
Marine Court, The Green, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin
Sat p.m. second sitting booked. We were seated by the bar and main walkway - tables squeezed together. A table came free by the window and we asked to be moved but they gave it to people who had just come in (later than us). We were moved to a table in the middle of the restaurant. Ages before our order was taken - they didn't offer water or to take a drinks order. Mixed platter to start - tacos overcooked and the dips awful. Mains were salmon special - only the outer layers were marinated. My husband had the pork special - it looked awful and didn't taste much better. Their house water (water melon flavour) was the best thing I had. The main guy offered us a drink on the house at the end of the meal to make up for ridiculously poor food and bad service. Too many tables squeezed into a small restaurant and too few staff for the number of covers. We won't be back
Coach Lane Restaurant @ Donaghy's Bar
1-2 Lord Edward Street, Sligo Town, Sligo
Last night of the holidays was celebrated here. Ambience lovely and the restaurant was filling up nicely when we got in. Homemade bread (with different flavours in the loaf) was amazing. Stuffed mushrooms, bruschetta, foie gras and scallops to start. All good. Chicken with wild forest mushrooms, pasta, catch of the day and sea bream which were all delicious. Lots of vegetables and a good wine list. My cousin joined us for a drink after the meal and we sat at the table until very late. There was no pressure to leave or pay the bill which was very pleasant. Top marks to the staff - very professional and yet, homely!
4 O’Connell Street, Sligo Town, Sligo
Recommended by our hotel we decided to have lunch here. What a little 'gem'. The small booths along the corridor of the pub, the old shop counter in the bar with stools around it. The food was great - chowder, fish & chips, pasta, bangers & mash - and a great pint of Guinness to wash it down! We came back the next day also as it had the best food on offer in that area of the city. Great wine shop attached also.
Portmagee, Waterville, Kerry
Driving around the Ring of Kerry, we had been advised to take the road to Portmagee and eat at The Moorings. On a beautiful evening we duly did so and were not disappointed. Setting wonderful overlooking the harbour. Service excellent. Food to die for - prawns in filo pastry and other mixed fish to start. Monkfish (best ever tasted), a mixed seafood platter which two of us could not finish - mussels, crab claws, salmon (smoked and baked), two flat fish and lots more. Fantastic food and an excellent wine list. Top marks and we look forward to a return visit. The restaurant was almost fully booked when we got there - great sign mid-week :-)
No 1 Fade Street, Off Georges's Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Bank holiday Sunday 9.30p.m. - four of us in town with no booking. Thought we'd be turned away here also but after telling us that the kitchen had just closed - the Maitre D saw how disappointed we were and offered us a glass of wine whilst he went to speak with the chef..... we were offered a main course. We stayed and had our main course and a dessert along with a couple of bottles of wine. Excellent service and lovely ambience. Thank you for taking us in off the street :-) We will be back
The Port House
64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
First time here - have been to Pintxo tho' - Fab too. Met a Swedish friend here for food after a First Communion weekend! We ordered a chickpea dish, patatas with mixed sauces, cheese with honey and a tortilla. She had a glass of wine - I had water (driving!) and it was all delicious. Service excellent and very reasonable. €32 for the two of us :-) Will be back soon.
Montys of Kathmandu
28 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
FANTASTIC : Went back to Monty's after a couple of years on Sat p.m. Welcome was wonderful, seated immediately and found our fave Lebanese wine (not available during troubled times - Kefraya) on list. We were served a glass of Prosecco to welcome us back :-) I had the Kachela to start - spicy and amazing. My hubby had the lamb choila (too many onions) but yummy. We ordered prawns and can't remember what he had - both to die for. Naan bread. Bottle of the Kefraya, bottle of still water and it was amazing. Service superb but not in your face - everyone was looked after. Irish coffees to finish and we were happy to go home. Can't wait to get back in with the kids to let them try the food :-) €120 approx and worth every penny.
McHugh’s Wine & Dine Restaurant
59 St. Assam's Park, Dublin 5, Raheny, Dublin
Confirmation lunch for our eldest. We were welcomed and seated. Menus proffered and we decided on food. We asked to move table which was no problem..... however, we waited quite a while to be offered drinks and for the order to be taken. Starters of chicken wings (boys) were greasy and over spiced. Fish cake and bruschetta were good. Chargrilled steak on ciabatta bread - poor. 8oz beef burger - grand. Pan fried chicken with chive mash, carrots and jus was mediocre. The desserts were good. Cheese board small with no offer of extra crackers/biscuits - cannot understand this in Irish restaurants. A nice bottle of wine and some drinks for the boys. We noticed a little sign regarding 'confirmation groups' and special prices prior to ordering but the waitress laughed when I mentioned it - have been there before several times but it will be a while before we come back :-( €140 which included a 'small' tip - expensive for the quality of what we received.
The Blackboard Bistro
The Basement, 4 Clare Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Had lunch here for my birthday courtesy of my sister-in-law. We were early - first diners at lunchtime. The welcome was warm and friendly. Had a few mix-ups with the menus but finally ordered a butternut squash risotto and a chicken dish with two glasses of white wine (a crisp bordeaux) which was to die for - though at €7.50 per glass they could have been filled up properly. The risotto was amazing and the chicken, according to my partner in crime was gorgeous! Coffee followed and at this time the place was a buzz and almost full. Excellent service, food and the atmosphere wonderful. I'll be back.... but will buy a bottle of wine the next time :-)
St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Had lunch with 'Dad' in town. We ordered one Cha Han with miso soup - yum, one prawn curry with rice (Eb something) - delicious and one Zasai gohan (chicken with rice and shitake mushrooms) - devine! My little guy had the prawns from the kids menu and there was no problem substituting noodles for the rice. Green tea, juices, coffee, one dessert and a couple of pepsis - all in it was approx €60 incl tip. The service was fantastic, the atmosphere, as usual, wonderful and it was teaming with lunchtime trade :-) Great value and great fun!
Cape Greko (Malahide)
Unit 1 First Floor, New Street, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin
Went for a late lunch with my hubby and son. Hadn't been for a while - great menu! We had the mezze to share - plenty for the three of us. I had the spinakopita (devine), my hubby had a lamb dish (meat falling off the bone) and my son had a chicken and rice dish - also gorgeous. One dessert, soda and coffees with a nice bottle of wine. The bill came to approx €70 which was well earned - great service, great food and lovely atmosphere. Will be back soon :-)
Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
Came in for a quick meal before meeting friends on the town. The welcome, as always, was fantastic. We hadn't booked but were seated immediately. Starters amazing - beetrooty one and salad, mains delightful - (pasta and vegetarian dishes) and accompanied by a nice buidéal of vino to wash it down. No time for dessert this time but we will be back over the Christmas holidays. Just love this restaurant :-)
15 Townyard Lane, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin
Dropped in for food on the way home. Our first visit since the Orangerie closed down. The restaurant was freezing - due to lack of doors at the bottom of the stairs. We sat by the window at a radiator but had to keep swopping places to keep warm. Food was 'grand' but a little pricy for the size of portion. They need to follow the tapas bar trend on size and price before this will take off I feel. Service was nothing to go back for :-( Sort out the heating and restructure the menu and prices and it 'could be' a big success.
Bad Ass Cafe
Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Went for lunch after the dinosaur exhibition. The food was mediocre and lump of cheese on one of the burgers was like a lump of plastic (awful) - we had to scrape it off and leave on the side of the plate. There were four of us - two portions of garlic bread (one with cheese), three burgers and a small pizza. The bill came to €83 which was steep for the bad quality. We will not be back :-(
19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Went to Cornucopia with a pal who has food intolerances and thought it'd be easier than catering at home! We had the sweet potato curry with two salads, vegetarian moussaka with two different salads and shared! The food is amazing, still, after all these years. I have been going to this restaurant since it opened and can only give it 100%. Staff so friendly and helpful. One lady there on Satp.m. was telling a friend that it seems to have made a comeback ....??? I advised that it had never gone off the radar :-) Keep up the good work.
The Oar House Fish Restaurant
8 West Pier, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin
My pal discovered this little gem whilst buying fish on the pier. We went down for 'coffee' and had our lunch at about 11.30a.m. sitting in the window overlooking the harbour. I had spicy prawn cocktail on brown bread with a little side salad €5.95 and she had the 'tenders' - white fish deep fried on toasted ciabatta with salad - same price! Two bottles of water and two coffees afterwards we had solved the problems of the world! Our waitress was wonderful giving directions to the cliff walk to passing tourists (she had a local map) and was so welcoming you couldn't but come in and sample something from the tantalising menu. Dying to try it out at night! 10/10 and more :-) Oh, total cost was €20.95 and portions were extremely generous.
Casa Pasta (Clontarf)
55 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin
Rang to book a table at 5.30p.m. on Sat and they fitted us in at 7p.m. (table till 8.45) This suited as we had the kids with us. We were seated immediately and drinks served. Food great as usual - deep fried brie and two garlic breads (one with cheese - yum). King Prawn stir fry to die for; pasta with chicken and gorgonzola sauce - yum; penne with tomato sauce on side - gr8 and a pizza that had to be re-ordered as they were having a blonde pizza night! It didn't take long and we were all happy to share whilst waiting and share pizza when it came :-) Top marks to the girls as it got very busy and we were not rushed from our table. We left there around 9p.m. and will be back as it is our kids fave restaurant!
La Caverna Restaurant & Wine Bar
12 Fownes Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
We were approached by a staff member - BUY ONE PIZZA GET ONE FREE OR BUY ONE PASTA DISH GET ONE FREE. Deal was until 5p.m. Sat so we had a quick look at the menu and went in as it was 4.45p.m. We ordered a starter two pizza's, one pasta dish and I ordered two starters as I couldn't decide on a main. Coffee x 2. We clarified the Pizza deal with the waitress twice. When the bill came the adjustment was made to take off the cheaper pasta dish as I had two starters and no main??? Management called - they couldn't explain the logic. We questioned but all they could say was they'd get in trouble - then stormed off up the stairs and left the poor waitresses to apologise. We paid - left no tip (they lost out there) and are writing to the owner as we were not the only UNHAPPY diners. A couple beside us waited 40mins for just a main as they were on their way to U2 concert and were so annoyed. Next table had to order 6 drinks before the buy one get one free applied. Why put on offers if you cannot honour it as it is advertised???? Shame as the food was good :-(
Unit 4, Town Centre Mall, Swords, Swords, Dublin
Went to buy a bicycle and The Cottage beckoned from across the road! We had roasted red pepper soup, a fritatta, panini to share - boys wanted two diff fillings and there was no problem making this up. Good coffee and lovely home baked goodies - chocolate slice with walnuts and fruit (YUM), cup cakes and apple slices with cream. This place never fails to please :-)
That's Amore - Malahide
12 Townyard Lane, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin
Dropped in with kids for a quick bite. The waiter served another table after he took our order - so slow. The kids had spaghetti bolognaise - 'twas just okay. The waiter had a filthy t-shirt on which was not very appetising? I had finished my coffee before my chocolate biscuit slice arrived with disgusting 'spray on' cream :-( Another couple left stating that they had waited half an hour and three tables were served before them. Shame as it can be very good.
The Summit Inn
Howth Summit, Howth, Dublin
Dropped in for a quick bite. Service was slow despite it not being busy. Soup was good and my pal was impressed as she had not been before. Like this place but don't let yourselves down on the service please.
9 James Terrace, Malahide, Dublin, Malahide, Dublin
We ate at the Brasserie on Sat p.m. - first time since the Bon Apetit changed hands. WOW - the atmosphere was wonderful - buzzing! The menu so varied and the food was wonderful. I had scallops, my hubby had chorizo potato cakes with a poached egg and hollandaise. Fab. Calves liver with a chutney and hubby had lamb. Melt in the mouth. Veg a little limited in choice but cooked perfectly. Good selection of wines and the bill was acceptable for the quality of food/service. Our waiter was perfectly attentive but not 'in your face'! We will be back and are dying to try the 1* Michelin tasting menu upstairs :-)
Restaurant Ten Fourteen
324 Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin
TOILET DOOR OPEN ALL THE TIME :-( We loved the food, the waiter was nonchalent and could care less tho' we rang and subsequently apologised for being late. Smart comments were not appreciated and we were seated where it suited him despite the place being half empty - inside the box. Looking forward to this so much and so disappointed by the staff.
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin
We arrived minus four people of the original ten and were ushered upstairs. Our hostess and waiter were so pleasant and nothing was a bother - including waiting for the last person to arrive (seven in total). Cocktails served incl. recipes! Food arrived in front of the relevant person etc. A cross section of the menu ordered - food excellent. Wine (organic Pinot Grigio - Arcania) good tho' previous years better :-) Everybody happy and only complaint was the heat - they need fans up there or otherwise just keep folk downstairs. Thanks for a smashing end of year at college :-)
Strand Road, Portmarnock, Portmarnock, Dublin
Sun p.m. last minute meal. No ventilation in this restaurant. Something was burning in the kitchen and hence the whole front of the restaurant was choking. Pizza overdone, penne with pesto was oil, oil, oil. The garlic bread and cheesy garlic bread grand and the rice with the prawns was very basic. Time they got extractor fans and some proper ventilation/heating in the front area. Drinks ok but when you order water you need to ask about 4 times before you get it.
Jaipur Restaurant (Malahide)
5 St James's Terrace, Dublin 15, Malahide, Dublin
We really like this restaurant. The food is really good and the staff very pleasant. Had a mixed starter for two - v. good. I had a chicken tikka masala dish and my friend had a spinach dish (green) which was gorgeous once you got over the look of it!! A beer is always better with spicy food so we had Indian beer. No dessert as the food is filling and portions large. Another pleasant evening - shame its in a basement premises.
Dunne And Crescenzi (South Frederick Street)
14-16 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Ate here on the way to the Pantomine last night. The welcome was not as warm as usual but once we got seated and had menus we were happy campers. The food was amazing, as usual - lasagne with speck and fungi, salsiccia with beans (cassoulet type) and a tagliere of cheeses with organic honey and breads. The smallest person had pasta with pesto :-) Two glasses of wine, coffees and one portion of ice-cream came to €60 - the restaurant had filled up and the ambiance was lovely. Shame we had to leave but the Pantomine was a great follow up :-) Looking forward to spending a little longer and sampling a little more the next time.
24 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
We had a voucher. Clothes shopping with kids so they chose restaurant. Service good. The atomosphere was grand but we were put right beside the buffet which we weren't partaking of as we had a voucher. Quite cramped. Food okay. Not the best pizza we have ever had and the garlic bread was better than the main course! Either move the buffet or keep the buffet eaters in that area.
Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK Swords)
Pavillion Shopping Centre, Malahide Road, Swords, Dublin
Ate here after a visit to the cinema. There was an offer on the back of the cinema tickets for any burger from the menu @ €5 so we asked if it was available after 5pm and it was!! I had the Falafel burger - delicious with cucumber raita, chilli relish (hot) and lots of yummy salad. My hubby had a bacon burger with a different relish - v. good. The kids ate from the kiddies menu @ €6.50 but in hindsight they would have been better to have a burger for the €5 as the main burgers are great - kids burgers not so hot. However, great value and service was fab. There was a kids birthday party beside us and they were looked after really well and caused no hassle to other eaters thanks to the great attitude of the staff :-) Keep up the good work - get the kiddies burgers right tho' !
The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Great food, great atmosphere and fantastic service. We love the place! Had a visit from 5 mad Swedish men (one of them originally Irish!) and couldn't think where to take them. Market Bar - perfect for a crowd. We were 8 in total and nothing was too much for our waiter. He advised on food for our 1 fussy eater (meat man) and for the rest of us he recommended a range of Tapas. Boy could the Irish learn a little bit about 'customer service' from our foreign nationals in this country - they are fabulous.
Port House Pintxo
12 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin
Oh my God! What a find .... I'm only posting now as I couldn't remember how to spell the name! The ambiance, the setting, the decor and the staff - what an experience. We happened upon Pintxo whilst in town with the kids. There was something for everyone on the menu and we just kept ordering more, more, more :-) Sitting amongst their selection of wines was amazing. The kids loved going to the loo as it was like entering Narnia - the wardrobe door!! Top marks for food, service, atmosphere - an overall winning combination 10/10
Milano (Dawson Street)
38 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
We have eaten here a number of times since discovering it. Each time we had the kids with us so family table! Excellent service, great attention given to the kids (not in the back) but in the main area to the front of the restaurant. Food excellent - nothing too much bother. The wine selection is not bad but that wouldn't put me off. Lovely atmosphere and never rushed out after eating. Thumbs up here as there sister restaurant in IFCS is not a patch on Dawson Street :-)
SALE e PEPE
The Diamond, Main Street, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin
A belated celebration for my son's 10th birthday. We were greeted in the usual friendly fashion and given a choice of tables. The early bird of 2 starters & 2 mains with 30% off any bottle of wine applied to the adults and the boys ordered from the a la carte. Prawns, duck spring rolls, warm chicken salad and mushrooms to start - all excellent. Minute steak, hake wrapped in parma ham, cod with a crab crusting and penned with prawns, s/dried toms and rocket - all excellent (possibly a few too many s/dried toms). A bottle of Barolo and soft drinks for the boys. Eton mess with mixed berries and a chocolate brownie with pecans - yum, yum! Birthday muffin with candle and Happy Birthday music and full applause from a then full restaurant finished off the evening on a high :-) €130 - v reasonable for 4 adult meals with wine and soft drinks. Fave restaurant.