Restaurant Reviews from aussiefoodie

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Salt Cafe @ Avoca restaurant

The Crescent, Monkstown, Dublin, Area Code:

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Reviewed 25th October 2014 ( visited 12th September 2014 )

Another visit, another review only because this time was better. Went with a group of friends for breakfast after school drop offs - had a great time. Good service, yummy breakfasts, good coffee. We had booked, and were given a large table at the back of the cafe which was perfect for laughter and chatter.
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Salt Cafe @ Avoca restaurant

The Crescent, Monkstown, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Cafe

Price Range:

Good
24 reviews

Reviewed 25th October 2014 ( visited 12th September 2014 )

Another visit, another review only because this time was better. Went with a group of friends for breakfast after school drop offs - had a great time. Good service, yummy breakfasts, good coffee. We had booked, and were given a large table at the back of the cafe which was perfect for laughter and chatter.
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The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar
53 Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

What a great find! Great service. Yummy food. Heaps of wine. What more could you want in a night out? Small, cosy atmosphere; tapas style plates of food; vast wine selection and delicious deserts. Congratulations on a really lovely restaurant.

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Cinnamon (Monkstown)
23 The Crescent, Monkstown, Dublin

So happy there's another opportunity to enjoy Cinnamon. Love the one in Ranelagh and was delighted when i saw this one in Monkstown. How clever to replicate the atmosphere and ambience of the 'original' place so that people like me who know both feel right at home. The staff are friendly and attentive. The food is good, home made fare. Wish you much success at your new location. See you soon for breakfast.

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The Sugar Loaf Lounge
Powerscourt Estate Enniskerry Ireland, Powerscourt, Wicklow

Afternoon Tea is a real treat here. The service was warm and friendly. We were given plenty of time to sit and relax, enjoy the ambience and view while sipping our tea and enjoying our sandwiches and cakes. Very enjoyable and indulgent afternoon.

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Banyi Japanese Dining
4 Bedford Row, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We've lived in Japan so know our sushi and Banyi certainly met our expectations. A good variety of sushi on the menu, traditional larger meals all presented with the high level of artistic presentation we've come to expect. Lovely friendly service. Very happy to recommend Banyi if you are looking for an authentic Japanese meal in Dublin.

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Good World Chinese Restaurant
18 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

We have lived in Chinatown in Yokohama Japan for 3 years, and know our Chinese food. Good World is as authentic as they come, outside of a traditional Chinatown. You know it's good food when there are several tables of Chinese dining there; wish we knew some of the more traditional dishes to order. Dimsum was great; lobster was amazing; salt'n'pepper fish yum yum yum. A new found favourite for our family

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Fade Street Social - The Restaurant
Drury Street , City Centre South, Dublin

Having read the reviews, and heard they hype was very keen to see for myself. Wen for lunch with a friend and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The room slowly filled up with patrons, the service was attentive (other than when we needed to pay and leave for school pick up, the waiter was a bit too casual despite us telling him we were in a hurry). I can't wait to go back for dinner and to try the other dining areas on offer. Well done!

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Salt Cafe @ Avoca
The Crescent, Monkstown, Dublin

Another visit, another review only because this time was better. Went with a group of friends for breakfast after school drop offs - had a great time. Good service, yummy breakfasts, good coffee. We had booked, and were given a large table at the back of the cafe which was perfect for laughter and chatter.

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Baan Thai (Leopardstown)
Central Park, Block P, Dublin 18, Leopardstown, Dublin

Every time we dine here, we always enjoy it. From the gentle greeting right thru service, it's gentle and refined. The menu is authentic and delicious. The only 'fault' with last night was for some reason once our meal was served, we were left alone. No one came to offer another glass of wine, or more food, or desert or coffee - all things we probably would have agreed to. Only when we asked for the bill did they clear the table. Despite that, it was a great meal. We'll be back many more times.

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The Butcher Grill
92 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

This place was a recommended to us as my husband is a meat-lover. The first thing was trying to make a booking! This place is very busy (good and bad thing) so it took a few dates to finally get in; then we were offered a 7pm or 9pm sitting. 7pm was too early; 9pm too late to start a dinner so we opted for 7pm and felt like kids. We arrived, and realised why it's so hard to get a booking - the place in tiny!!!!!!! Tho, they do squeeze you in. The dinners nearest us were not happy; having been told they could not order desert as they only had 15 minutes before they had to leave the table for the 7pm booking (which by the way hadn't arrived) The lady was so calm - she explained that the meal was great, the wine was lovely but after spending so much money on a meal being told no desert, and you have to leave was too much. You can image my husband and I !!!!!!!!!!!! Best order quickly, eat quickly and get out. As it was our 2 courses were ordered, delivered, eaten and table cleared in just over an hour! Very expensive, delicious fast food. Think if we go again, we'll pop in for a burger, oh, that's right, we'd have to book in advance, so maybe not. Not sure why Dublin restaurants think they can maintain their reputation simply by charging ridiculously expensive prices, offering friendly but not brilliant service and good food - after a while the good food isn't the only thing they have. Oh - if you have a bad back, don't recommend eating there. The chairs are very uncomfortable.

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The Goat Bar & Grill
Goatstown House, Goatstown, Goatstown, Dublin

We've swapped our dinners here recently for hearty cooked breakfasts while we watch the Wallabies on TV. The bar staff change the TV channel for us, and don't mind us sitting eating and sipping coffee while cheering on the green'n'gold.

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Clodagh's Kitchen
Blackrock Village, Blackrock, Dublin

Lovely little find in the corner of the shopping centre. Lovely service, fresh food, 'yummy mummy' atmosphere. I was here a few months prior with a group of friends and despite a few no-shows, the staff were so kind in reorganising the table.

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Salt Cafe @ Avoca
The Crescent, Monkstown, Dublin

Didn't really enjoy the breakfast here ... and wasn't expecting much at lunch time but have to say, Lunch was very enjoyable. Lovely selection of food, a good vibe in the place (it was full), and good service. Felt I needed to balance my last review :)

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Banyi Japanese Dining
4 Bedford Row, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

After living in Japan for 3 years, we have become rather hard to please when it comes to Japanese food, however, Banjyi was great! We discovered it while strolling around Temple Bar, and will definitely be back. Oiishi desu, origato

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Salt Cafe @ Avoca
The Crescent, Monkstown, Dublin

Sorry everyone, not sure about this one. I LOVE Avoca, and their food and Fern Tree Cafe but Salt wasn't up to the same standard in my humble opinion. We went for breakfast and sadly, had better food in many other places around town. The coffee's were very very milky and weak; sausages'n'eggs gluggy. I'll give it another go with a gal pal for lunch, but doubt I'll get hubby back. LOVED Avoca foods ... the butcher was great!

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Ocha Teppanyaki & Sushi Bar
2 Main Street, Maher's Terrace, Dundrum, Dundrum, Dublin

Having lived in Yokohama for 3 years, we're very spoilt when it comes to Japanese food. We have very high expectations which is really unfair considering the high quality of fresh produce and the expertise of chefs. However, have to say, Ocha comes pretty close. The crockery is delightful - and that's a very important part of a real Japanese restaurant experience. The food presentation was very attractive, which is another crucial part of Japanese dining. And the tastes were fresh and light and delicious. We were very impressed and will be back many many times for sure. Well done!

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Cinnamon Ranelagh
87 Ranelagh, South Dublin, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Originally from Sydney, we're used to popping out any time on the weekend for breakfast ... but sadly, Dubliners tend to think breakfast must finish at 11.45am. So happy to find Cinnamon - not only do they serve breakfast til 4pm on weekends, it's a great menu! The place is buzzing with atmosphere, newspapers are being read at tables, kids are drawing, babies in prams ... great coffee is being sipped and the food is delicious. Very happy to find Cinnamon, and so close to home too.

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Wagamama Dundrum
Unit G1, Building 12, Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Love Wagamama. The food is always fresh, tasty and served by friendly staff. Been to Wagamama in Sydney, various parts of the UK and now Dublin and it's always the same which is what you come to expect from a chain. Wagamama Dundrum is the same - great staff, good atmosphere, tasty food.

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Wrights Findlater Howth Restaurant
Findlater House, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin

While it took the 4 adults a while to choose off the menue - we were looking for more fresh/grilled healthy seafood options I guess, we were all very happy with our meals. The seafood pasta was a huge serving, which neither of us were able to finish; the fish'n'chips was falling over the edge of the plate, and while my husband left a lot of the batter, he enjoyed the fish. One carnivore amongst us .. and our daughter enjoyed her calamari. Our visit was ok, not great/not bad, OK. Not sure we'd rush back, but it was a pleasant, spur of the moment Sunday lunch.

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Milano (Dun Laoghaire)
1 Harbour Square, Crofton Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

At our 9 year old daughters recommendation (she'd been to a birthday party a few weeks ago) we popped in for lunch. While the restaurant was quiet (maybe we were early?) we had a really enjoyable time. Very impressed with the menu, especially for those people with special dietary requirements, such a gluten free and vegetarian. Great offering of pizza toppings, salads and calzones. The kids menu was one of the most extensive and interesting we've seen for a long time (both here and in UK) and priced well. My salad was delicious. Husbands pizza scrumptious. Good coffee too. Ticks all the boxes for us.

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China Sichuan
The Forum, Ballymoss Road, Dublin 18 , Sandyford, Dublin

We do like this place - it's got great food and good service but we always say how expensive it is when we leave. Perceiving value for money when dining out is also part of the overall experience. We've enjoyed dinner here with our daughter (so 2 adults and 1 child) no alcohol and was surprised at the bill - we ate here last night with friends and enjoyed a couple of bottles of wine and ate well, and still thought 'that was expensive' LOVELY meal, FUN night, but expensive. Not sure why ..... maybe we order the posh dishes? We had similar experiences with other restaurants in Dublin when we lived here 5 years ago - great nights out, good service, great food but an OTT bill at the end. Over charging seemed to be the thing - if you were paying top dollar/euro you were at a top restaurant - doesn't work that way. China SIchuan is a very lovely restaurant, serving delicious authentic Chinese food but we still think it's an expensive night out. We certainly don't feel cheated (as we've done in other places), more of a 'gosh, that much?' Our bill last night was nearly Euro 280 for 4 people. (PS: They need to up the lighting too)

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Door 51
51 Ranelagh Village, Ranelagh, Dublin

Great local find. Being new to the area we have really enjoyed finding new places to eat ... Door 51 is one of our new local favs. The staff are so friendly and polite. The food is simple and delicious. They welcome kids (at least for breakfast and afternoon tea) and make us feel right at home. Well done!

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Dunne And Crescenzi (Sandymount)
11 Seafort Avenue, Dublin 4, Sandymount, Dublin

Despite ALL the awards on the walls, and ALL the positive things we'd heard about the restaurant we were very disappointed. The service was very slow - from the time we waited to be seated, to being given menus, for our order to be taken, for the meals to come. The waiter apologised and said something about the kitchen being too small, and it being a busy night. We all thought that an odd comment to make. When our mains arrived two of us were served, then several minutes later the 3rd diner, then the 4th diner. Our squid ink pasta with prawns and baby mussels could have had less ink and more seafood while my husbands gnocchi bolognaise was served in such a sloppy manner it looked messy. The wine was delicious! I'm sure this place has a great reputation and is deserved of all the awards and accolades, maybe we just had a bad night :( which in itself is no excuse for a restaurant of this calibre. Not sure I'd get my husband to go back again, but I'd be willing to

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Eddie Rockets (Stillorgan)
Stillorgan Shopping Centre, Stillorgan, Stillorgan, Dublin

What a great family friendly place this is. We enjoyed the casual fun atmosphere and great service. The meals were very generous in size, and very tasty. Appreciated the nutritional notes against meals, and that there is a lot of choice too. It's a fun, cheap night out with the kids.

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Michael's Italian
57 Deerpark Road, Mount Merrion, Dublin

friends took me here for lunch today - what a great find, tucked away in suburbia. The food was presented well, and was fresh and tasty and authentic in every way. Congruations to the owners/manager and chef - you should be proud of your achievements.

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Itsa4
6a Sandymount Green, Sandymount, Dublin

Very pleasant little cafe for lunch with the girls. Courteous waiter, prompt service and tasy food. Would love to come back for dinner.

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Siam Thai (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

Third time here - love it. Being an Aussie and very used to Thai food at all price points, this is one of the best restaurants in Dublin in terms of overall value for money. We were upstairs for a drink and asked if we could have a table there and no problem! We had the set menu and it was yummy, creative and filling. The dancing at the end of the night was a bonus - we'll be back. THANK YOU for a lovley girls night out

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My Thai
The Beacon Hotel, Beacon Court, Dublin 18, Sandyford, Dublin

A group of girlfriends met for dinner last week - great night. Good service, yummy food. What more could you ask - we absolutely LOVED the lobby decor and sharing a drink in bed

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The Stillorgan Orchard
1 The Hill, Stillorgan, Stillorgan, Dublin

This is a great place for a mid week lunch with pals. Good value tasty food. My only complaint and it's to the PATRONS not the staff is please please PLEASE be considerate of others in the car park - it's not the best laid out car park in the world and parking anywhere doesn't work! I've had several occasions (eat here often) when I've been parked in, or had to wrestle with the steering wheel back and forth to get our of my parking spot .......... thank you in advance for consideration

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Patrick Guilbaud
21 Upper Merrion Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Ninety of my closest friends joined me for lunch today (seriously tho, it was my Clubs end of year Summer Luncheon) and everyone had a marvellous time. As you would expect, we all had high hopes for this once in a lifetime opportunity and we were not disappointed. I took photos of each meal as it was served and sent them to family and friends back in Australia to show them that Dublin CAN do amazing food. I'm sure every one of us will return at some stage with friends/partners for a more intimate experience. Until then - I'm not eating as I don't want the flavours to leave my mouth. Thank you for a truly wonderful experience.

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The Step Inn Lounge Restaurant
Enniskerry Road, Stepaside Village, Stepaside, Stepaside, Dublin

Great local place to eat for those of us in the immediate area. Great burgers, prompt service, though could be friendlier. Nice to know there's a good eatery 'around the corner' that’s well priced and comfy - with or without kids.

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FIRE Restaurant and Lounge
Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

this is our second time at FIRE ... still can't get used to a dinner reservation for 9.30pm! Despite this, our table was ready early and we were seated. While we love FIRE and will eat here again, we are now of the firm opinion that it's NOT a restaurant for romantic, or even a simple dinner for two (which we were) - its a great place for groups of 6+ - the size of the tables endorses this. We're moving from Dublin to Japan soon so maybe we'll have our farwell dinner here - budgets allowing

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The Fern House Cafe at Avoca Kilmacanogue
Avoca, Kilmacanogue, Wicklow

What a gem. A proper restaurant, with waiting staff who know their profession, an interesting tasty menu,(absolutely LOVE the mushrooms and tomatoes on toast for brunch) AND one of THE most picturesque settings we've seen since leaving Sydney. When you take all these elements into account, it's not inexpensive, but it's worth every Euro. Highly recommend this place for a yummy mummy mid week lunch or a special occasion.

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The Step Inn Stone-Grill Restaurant
Stepaside Village, Dublin 18 , Stepaside, Dublin

There aren't too many restaurants/pizza places/cafes etc who cater for children, let alone have a dedicated play area. YEAH! East Side Pizza. Generous, thick, luscious pizza's, good kids menu ... and thank you very much for accomodating us last Friday - above and beyond the call of duty and much appreciated.

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Baan Thai (Leopardstown)
Central Park, Block P, Dublin 18, Leopardstown, Dublin

Thank you for helping to organise my husband's surprise b/day dinner. We were a group of 13 with very different cuisine likes and dislikes. Organising the entrees and wine to be served the week prior was a great help. We all had a wonderful time. Most of us had eaten here numerous times before and everyone commented on the consistency of food, service and atmosphere. You're definitely a favourite place to eat.

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Brownes Deli and Cafe
18 Sandymount Green, Dublin 4, Sandymount, Dublin

A friend introduced me to Brownes and I'm so glad they did - great atmosphere, good food and pleasant service. A great 'local coffee shop'. Was told it turns into a very nice French restaurant at night - happy to try that soon.

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The Purty Kitchen (Dun Laoghaire)
3-5 Old Dun Laoghaire Road, Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Heard about this place for a while now - first time last weekend. The place was empty - were we too early? The waitress made us feel very welcome; slow, tho - we had to ask to order. Two all day breakfasts which were disappointing; seafood medley which was tasteless and lacked presentation; two grilled tuna on greek salad (where were the olives and feta?) and one yummy scrummy steak! Maybe we should have all had fish.

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Palazzos - Closed
1 Marlborough Terrace, Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow

My mother always said: “If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all”, which for websites like Menu Pages wouldn't work, so here goes a not-so-positive review. Popped in for lunch with Aussie in-laws and toddler. We were sat in the dining area to the side on our own. Then a few other families joined us. We felt as if we'd been seated away from the main restaurant BECAUSE we had kids with us - so first thing I'd say is, in my experience not a kid friendly restaurant, which didn't make us feel welcome at all. Secondly, all our meals were less than average. We ate there a while ago now so can't remember exactly what we ordered, but suffice to say won't be back.

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Mao Restaurant (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Saturday night: walked into Mao with no booking and was asked to wait about 15 minutes even though there were empty tables and no one waiting ahead of us. I explained we were going to a 9pm movie - sat down straight away. Two main meals and two cokes Euro 40 - tad expensive even though the tereyaki salmon was yummy. Good service, chatty Aussie guy at front desk - all in all a nice quick meal, but on the expensive side.

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YO Sushi (Dundrum)
Level 1, Unit 26A, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

HOORAY! Finally, a sushi bar/train in Dublin! Being an Aussie and used to great Japanese across all price ranges and menus I could not wait for Yo Sushi to open. In fact I sat myself down at 11.05am the Friday they opened to be told they don't start serving till noon! Disappointed as I was, we came back for dinner before the movies. YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! Fabulous quality food; great selection; friendly staff - it's a tad expensive, but hey, that's Ireland for ya! GO YO SUSHI! Here's to many more.

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Chai Yo Sushi Teppanyaki Thai Chinese
100 Lower Baggot street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Thank you to everyone who was honest in reviewing this restaurant. We're from Sydney where sushi bars are very popular, and range from over the top in price to cheap and cheerful. As Dublin dining can be expensive the reviews came in handy. In addition, we hadn't heard many good things about Japanese restaurants since we've been here (and its' one of our most favourite foods) Suffice to say WE LOVED IT! Where do they get their produce from? The seafood was amazing. Oh so fresh, tasty food, quality service - next time we're going to try the Teppanyaki tables.

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

Yet another fun filled night! This time, we took Aussie visitors for mid-week dinner. They loved it! The food, the atmosphere, the band. Mum enjoyed it so much she's offered to take us back for another meal/music night before she leaves for Sydney - and this time we'll take the camera. If you want somewhere amazing on all levels to share with overseas guests you have to bring them here. We love it!

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Toscana (Dun Laoghaire)
5 Windsor Terrace, South Co. Dublin , Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

We said we'd come back and we did; with friends this time. Another lovley meal, good service, great atmosphere, great value.

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Cafe Mimo (Dundrum)
House of Fraiser, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Dublin

Being new to Dublin, thought this place had to be expensive for two simple reasons (1) table service and (2) in the House of Fraser. A friend suggested we go there for morning tea a couple two weeks ago. I was pleasantly surprised. Thoroughly enjoyed our meals; nice coffee; friendly service. Took my husband and toddler there for w/end brunch - again, very happy with food/service etc. Made the 3 of us feel right at home. As there are so few good cafes (with table service) in Dundrum, and that's what we're used to back in Sydney, we will definitely be back on a regular basis.

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Bits and Pizzas
15 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Booked online thru MenuPages.ie - too easy. A good cheap and cheery meal out with friends - good service, good atmosphere, yummy food at a reasonable price. The wine list is small, but it's a pizza place so no one took offence- might be better off offering BYO. The desserts looked good and tasted great. We'll be back for sure.

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The Brasserie @ Leopardstown
Bewley's Hotel Leopardstown, Central Park , Leopardstown, Dublin

Made reservations online with MenuPages.ie which worked perfectly. Had a really enjoyable meal. Pleasant surroundings; friendly staff; good food. The steaks were cooked to our order; hot tasty veggies; yummy home made apple pie and a very pretty choc sauce decorated plate of ice cream - all in all a great meal. No wonder our neighbours eat here every week! We'll be back.

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Avoca Handweavers
Kilmacanogue, Bray, Bray, Wicklow

Why do cafes in Dublin insist on cafeteria style with plastic plates? That being said, Avoca is a nice place to take Mum mid week for morning tea or lunch. The shop is amazing for gifts to send 'home' (if one comes from overseas) and the Salmon Dip is THE BEST ever! The cake slices are HUGE; offer good range of vegetarian dishes which is a plus; salads are fresh and very tasty. Coffee needs a professional barista.

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Harrys Cafe Bar
21 Upper George's Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Finally a great place to sit, relax, chat over (several) tasty coffees and have a tasty casual meal. They even have light milk, which is a rarity in Dublin (we are ex-Sydney, Australia where skinny chino's are the norm). Very drinkable coffee (unusual for Dublin) and good food. Feel like we've found our very own 'Central Perk' where friends meet to chat and have a coffee. The other great thing is they've at least heard of a BABY CHINO!

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Deep
12 West Pier, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin

Very impressed! Loved the decor; loved the atmosphere; loved the food. Service was disappointing - too slow. We were seated right away but then waited over 10 minutes for the menus. More time passed before we were offered drinks; even more time before said drinks arrived. We had our toddler with us in a pram - no staff offered to help us in or out of restaurant. Thankfully there were a couple of kind patrons who did or I'd still be standing in the rain with a sleeping child! However, our dining experience was such that we will return for the food and atmosphere on a Saturday night with babysitter at home so we can enjoy a long lingering meal. Then the service might be acceptable.

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