Restaurant Reviews from joannecooper

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 10

Member Since: 13 October 2008

Last Visit: 13 August 2017

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Cleaver East By Oliver Dunne restaurant

6-8 East Essex Street, , Temple Bar, Dublin 2 , Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code:

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Good
92 reviews

Reviewed 13th August 2017 ( visited 12th August 2017 )

Further to previous review, I would like to update that the manager very nicely rang us and apologised for our experience yesterday. She has invited us back in to give things another go, so we will let you know how we get on!
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Cleaver East By Oliver Dunne restaurant

6-8 East Essex Street, , Temple Bar, Dublin 2 , Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
92 reviews

Reviewed 13th August 2017 ( visited 12th August 2017 )

Further to previous review, I would like to update that the manager very nicely rang us and apologised for our experience yesterday. She has invited us back in to give things another go, so we will let you know how we get on!
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Cleaver East By Oliver Dunne
6-8 East Essex Street, , Temple Bar, Dublin 2 , Temple Bar, Dublin

Further to previous review, I would like to update that the manager very nicely rang us and apologised for our experience yesterday. She has invited us back in to give things another go, so we will let you know how we get on!

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Cleaver East By Oliver Dunne
6-8 East Essex Street, , Temple Bar, Dublin 2 , Temple Bar, Dublin

Booked table for 7 people for a special lunch from 3-5pm on Saturday. One person arrived early. She sat at the bar for a while, and was brought to the table at 2.40pm. Everyone else arrived at 3. Two of us opted for the "two hour bottomless Mimosa/Bellini" option with lunch. The other five people went separates. At 4.40pm the restaurant refused to refill the two Mimosa glasses, saying we had "been there since 2.20pm". We certainly had not, After discussing this with the manager, and interrupting our lunch, the staff begrudgingly plonked a Bellini into one of the two glasses and walked off. (We had been drinking Mimosas because we don't really like processed orange juice). We then had to call her back, remind her there were two of us, and ask for Mimosas. We were told "there were no more Mimosas" at 4,40pm. Just also want to add that we are by no means drinkers, and I can assure you we were not tucking in!! I think we had three each. The attitude of the staff was disgusting and rude, not to mention erroneous assertions made about the time of the group's arrival. Reminds me about everything negative about Dublin in the boom time. All show and facade with nothing behind. AVOID!!!!

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The Boathouse Cafe
Farmleigh, Phoenix Park, Castleknock, Dublin

This lovely cafe overlooks the pond at Farmleigh, and is an ideal spot for families and children. Baby changing facilities and friendly staff. Good menu variety. However at busy times the cafe can be over-run and grubby under the tables and in the toilets. This is not a cafe for haute cuisine or a romantic lunch for two, but certainly is a great spot to bring a family.

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The Clermont
Main St, Blackrock, Dundalk, Louth

The Clermont, while lacking somewhat in atmosphere and exciting decor, has a well rounded menu, a wine list with a good selection, and warm and friendly staff. A good option if looking for well presented standard fare in this small town.

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Konkan Indian Restaurant
46 Upper Clanbrassil Street, Portobello, Dublin

Just enjoyed another excellent meal in Konkan, but do note that although you used to be able to bring your own wine (with no corkage fee), they have recently stopped this offer and now offer wine on the premises. You are not allowed to bring in your own wine, although the staff being as lovely as they are, allowed us to drink our own wine because we hadn't realised the policy change. BYO buffs beware!

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McHugh’s Wine & Dine Restaurant
59 St. Assam's Park, Dublin 5, Raheny, Dublin

Four of us thoroughly enjoyed our meal in McHughs. The menu was varied and interesting and the wine list offered good choice. What was quite unusual to see on a wine list in an Irish restaurant was the ample selection of foreign beers, dessert wines and ports. I have to agree with other reviewers that the chicken wings and the steaks were both really excellent, but we enjoyed everything we ordered and we will definitely be back.

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Taj Indian Restaurant
92 Silver St Nenagh, Nenagh, Tipperary

Our large family group met for a birthday celebration meal in Taj, and having sampled plenty of what the extensive menu had to offer, were very impressed with the variety and quality of the food on offer. It was a pity that the great food is not matched by either atmosphere or decor - poor crockery and decoration, served with the occasional loud blast of modern pop music, might have explained why only three tables were occupied on a Saturday night. Service was rather inattentive despite the fact that the restaurant was not busy. This was a pity because the food was authentic and tasty. I'd recommend the Taj for a good meal, but maybe not for a special or celebratory evening.

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

You just can't beat Steps of Rome for value! The pizza here is second to none, although they do some authentic pasta and salad dishes as well. Yes, it's small and rather cramped, but this will only add to your sense of glee if you do manage to get a sought-after table! Great after a hard day's shopping on Grafton Street - enjoy!

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Guinea Pig
17 Railway Road, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

Although it will somewhat lighten the load in your wallet, you will not be disappointed by the quality, atmosphere and service at the Guinea Pig. Although specialising in fantastic seafood, it has an extensive menu that does include other options. I'm sure we're all tired of paying high prices for mediocre food in Dublin, but in the Guinea Pig - you definitely get what you pay for. Highly recommended.

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Hardwood Restaurant
31 Popes Quay, Cork City, Cork

Four of us "foodies" ate in Hardwood on a Friday night a few weeks ago. We'd had their brunch, and were looking forward to a great evening meal. The food was disappointing in every way. We all ordered different things and nobody enjoyed it. Bouillabaisse fish soup normally does contain saffron, but this one was so overladen with it, it smelt "off". People at the next table also ordered Bouillabaisse, and the smell wafting around the restaurant was really revolting. And we all quite like saffron when eaten sparingly. The steak was tough as a boot, so either cooked poorly or a very cheap cut. In fact, although some items on the menu read quite exciting, on second perusal, it's more like somebody trying to be "innovative" and experimenting by throwing things together, not understanding what flavours blend well with what. The wine list is equally unexciting. I would never return to Hardwood Restaurant. The chef has no concept of fine food and it's all missing "the love"!

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