Restaurant Reviews from maidan

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 10

Member Since: 01 October 2011

Last Visit: 30 October 2013

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The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar restaurant

53 Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 4

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Cuisine:
Bistro

Price Range:

Good
54 reviews

Reviewed 01st October 2011 ( visited 16th September 2011 )

Myself and my partner went to French Paradox for a cheeky bottle of wine and some food to celebrate his birthday. We had the most wonderful evening it must be said. We were tucked away in the back ground floor corner which felt very cosy and rustic. We had a sharing charcuterie platter, aubergine caviar and the duck salad, all of which were simply divine. The staff were friendly and attentive and remembered our individual wine selections once the intended 1 bottle was long gone!!. Only gripe and its a tiny one is that the area can be quite small so if a group of people are chatting away, it can seem quite loud but a small price to pay for such a wonderful place
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Dalis restaurant

63/65 Main Street, Blackrock, Blackrock, Dublin, Area Code: South Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
77 reviews

Reviewed 30th October 2011 ( visited 28th October 2011 )

Been to Dali's quite a bit with various guests over the years. It has always been consistently good and was one of the first restuarants to provide their early bird or set menu as it is called now all evening long including weekends which is a nice touch. The dining room in Dali's is quite small and tables can seem tightly packed but somehow that is forgotten when you settle in. The set menu is excellent value for the quality of the food on offer. My partner had the rabbit parpadelle to start which was simply divine, lightly sprinkled with almonds and melt in the mouth. I had the mackeral which was small but very tasty, the pickled egg lacked flavour however but overall not a bad starter. For mains, had the 8oz beef which was cooked perfectly medium if a little fatty. My partner had cod in a beetroot risotto which was perfectly cooked. Overall a very enjoyable meal, service was attentive and prompt but lacked a little of the local friendliness Dali's had in abundance some years back.
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Seapoint Restaurant
4 The Crescent, Monkstown, Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin

Seapoint is a lovely little gem of a bistro, have had dinner there before on the early bird menu but had lunch there recently which was very pleasant. Partner had mackerel smokies for starter and a stunning warm crunchy duck salad which he raved about. I had a goats cheese tartlet to start and lemon sole in batter with home cooked fries as main. These menus were 18 euro for lunch and represented excellent value as the portions, food quality and presentation where what one would expect in an evening sitting. Pleasant, attentive staff, good wine list all added up to a lovely meal

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O'Connells Restaurant Donnybrook
135 Morehampton Road, Donnybrook, D04 HX46, Donnybrook, Dublin

This restaurant is a bit of a contradiction, it serves food yes, but still feels and serves you like its still the pub it once was. Service is friendly, far too quick and efficient to the point you want to ask them to stop and leave you alone for a while. Starters were served within 3 minutes of ordering and mains came out in record time after the starters were cleared. Food was ok, not bad, not great, just ordinary hearty fare. I had sirloin steak as main which was nice but the accompanying 3 day gravy was off putting as it was served on top of the steak in a lump, felt and tasted a bit oily and made you want to scrape it off. Partner had tuna steak for main which was bland and boring. Overall, left there having eaten our meals feeling that it had all been quite rushed and lacking

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Clodagh's Kitchen
Blackrock Village, Blackrock, Dublin

Been here on 3 occasions and gave it the benefit of the doubt for teething problems with the first two visits, sadly, teething problems they are no more and appear to now be a consistently low standard of service and food quality. On the service side, there is a higher than normal staff to guest ratio than one expects, happy days if only they actually did their job and did not ignore all the guests around them vying for service and attention. I dare say that getting up and walking out without paying might be the only action to get their attention. The food quality is also quite poor and certainly not on a par with the prices being charged. Their 'famous' crabcakes lacked basis seasoning and were served with mixed leaves, I had to ask separately for the rosemary potatoes that were supposed to accompany them. The crabcakes were basically mixed stodge and one could not discern the fried exterior from the interior. The wine list reads like a poor choice of one person's regional favourites rather than a carefully selected broad range to accompany the dishes (god knows they need it) and guest's palates. On receiving our bill, we noticed that we had been overcharged for a stock item, when this was raised with the Manager, he was completely dismissive. Don't waste your hand earned cash paying Clodagh's high rent in Blackrock!

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Tippenyaki
39 Castlewood Avenue, South Dublin , Rathmines, Dublin

Visited here with a deal voucher and glad we had the voucher as the food quality does not live up to the prices being charged. Had read such good reviews on menu pages so were expecting a real treat. This is an atmospheric restaurant to a point in that the staff perform and interact with those sitting by the cooking plates. The noise, however, of the constant chopping and banging of steel knives against the steel plates was deafening at times. The food quality was, in my view, poor with no real seasoning being evident in the dishes. The miso soup was good, starter salad was drenched in what can only be described as vinegar, 8 pieces of sushi were smothered in an oily mayonnaise and served at just below room temperature. Had the sirloin steak tippenyaki style for main which, at 21.95 was a real disappointment owing to a lack of seasoning, adequate spice or an appreciation of how this piece of meat should be cooked to bring out its flavour. I feel they concentrate more on creating a party atmosphere than the food quality which is fine if that's what you're looking for but I prefer my chefs to be culinary experts than singing experts.

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Furama Chinese Restaurant
Eirpage House, Donnybrook, Donnybrook, Dublin

Love Furama, its by far the best chinese in Dublin. Have dined here many times and still get excited about going back. It is decorated in the old chinese restaurant style with dark walls and no natural lighting or windows which only adds to the experience. You feel very cocooned in Furama's world. Food quality is always excellent. I had the salt and pepper squid to start which was very tasty and even though it is deep fried, did not taste at all oily. Partner had the prawn dim sum which were crispy but retained the soft dim sum texture one expects. For main, I had stir fried sole which is delicious and combined with pak choi to make for a very tasty meal, Partner had basil and chilli beef which was succulent, flavoursome, spicy and fragrant. One of the best chinese meals he's ever had was his overall assessment. Furama is not cheap but the high quality and standard delivered makes it very good value

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Frankie and Johnnie's Steakhouse
1 Upper Camden Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Oh dear, hard to find something nice about this place. Went here on a citydeal but restaurant had changed styles since buying the deal - started as caribbean then went steak house. Initial greeting was very functional and were waved in the direction of a few free tables for us to choose our own. The dining room is very poorly finished with broken mirrors, pictures and a general feel that they stopped the renovations half way through. We were very restricted with the deal we had so can only comment on that. Both of us had a 'special' soup to start which was basically leek and potato from a packet and very very poor at that. We also both had the jerk chicken as main which came with coleslaw and a small salad, We ordered a side of 'Tomato Stew' which was basically a cheap tin of sieved tomatoes heated up. The jerk chicken was very poor quality and still quite pink in parts so we both left that. The service was equally bad unfortunately. As each full dish was removed from our table, there was not one enquiry about why we didn't eat it. Really couldn't wait to leave the place

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La Dolce Vita - The Chase
Carmanhall Road, Dublin 18, Sandyford, Dublin

Went here with a grabone voucher so am basing review on value of voucher rather than normal cost. Quite impressed with the quality of the food and overall service here but it is a little basic in culinary terms but it serves its market well. Had a prawn cocktail to start which had the biggest freshest prawns I've had in quite a while which really impressed me, calzone pizza as a main which was very tasty in the middle if a little doughy on the edges. My partner also had prawns to start but in a tomato and basil sauce which was lovely. This is a reasonably priced location and makes no bones about the clientele it's looking to attract with free kids menu etc. and yes it does attract families with kids but once you know that in advance, you'll have a good meal, that won't cost the earth in a decent dining room and thats not half bad, will certainly be back here - with or without a voucher!

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Dalis
63/65 Main Street, Blackrock, Blackrock, Dublin

Been to Dali's quite a bit with various guests over the years. It has always been consistently good and was one of the first restuarants to provide their early bird or set menu as it is called now all evening long including weekends which is a nice touch. The dining room in Dali's is quite small and tables can seem tightly packed but somehow that is forgotten when you settle in. The set menu is excellent value for the quality of the food on offer. My partner had the rabbit parpadelle to start which was simply divine, lightly sprinkled with almonds and melt in the mouth. I had the mackeral which was small but very tasty, the pickled egg lacked flavour however but overall not a bad starter. For mains, had the 8oz beef which was cooked perfectly medium if a little fatty. My partner had cod in a beetroot risotto which was perfectly cooked. Overall a very enjoyable meal, service was attentive and prompt but lacked a little of the local friendliness Dali's had in abundance some years back.

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

Went to Carluccio's for a friend's birthday, there were at least 12 of us so we just wanted somewhere with no fuss and a menu that would suit most tastes and budgets. We were seated upstairs and on arrival were warmly greeted and there was a great buzz on the floor which added to the excitement of our evening. The waitors were very attentive to the table and navigated the always tricky process of getting a large group of people to make their choices!!. While the atmosphere and evening overall was very good, the food was a bit of a let down. i had the calamari to start which was of the frozen variety unfortunately and was literally calamari, it really needed a aoili or dip to add mositure as it was quite dry. My Partner had the param ham which was literally parma ham but tasted very fresh. He aslso had Spaghetti Alle Vongole in Bianco for his main which arrived cold and had to be sent back but it was completely recooked and not reheated which was nice, its always hard to get a large number of dishes to the table quickly so one being cold aint bad in context. I had the 10ox beef on the bone which, in the main, was quite tasty. It was ordered medium but the beef was not evened out in size so some was rare, some medium but overall it was flavoursome. Staff were very friendly, attentive and managed us very well

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The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar
53 Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Myself and my partner went to French Paradox for a cheeky bottle of wine and some food to celebrate his birthday. We had the most wonderful evening it must be said. We were tucked away in the back ground floor corner which felt very cosy and rustic. We had a sharing charcuterie platter, aubergine caviar and the duck salad, all of which were simply divine. The staff were friendly and attentive and remembered our individual wine selections once the intended 1 bottle was long gone!!. Only gripe and its a tiny one is that the area can be quite small so if a group of people are chatting away, it can seem quite loud but a small price to pay for such a wonderful place

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