Restaurant Reviews from savourytongue

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No. of Reviews: 27

Member Since: 05 December 2006

Last Visit: 16 August 2012

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One Pico Restaurant

5-6 Molesworth Place, Schoolhouse Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Reviewed 24th July 2007 ( visited 24th July 2007 )

Had a lovely lunch here it's a nice restaurant and the staff were nice but overall a very formal dining experience.
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Pearl Brasserie restaurant

20 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Reviewed 06th December 2006 ( visited 06th December 2006 )

Nice enough but nothing to write home about. Service was fine, food was nice enough but not AMAZING. I think it lacks atmosphere.
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ely bar & brasserie
CHQ Building, Georges Dock, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin

Met for a business lunch the place was very very busy and you could see that the staff were a under pressure. We were seated downstairs which is like being seated in a wine cellar ( I mean that in a good way). We had the special of the day which was a roast beef sandwich and cup of carrot and coriander soup, bangers and mash and a chicken dish. All were faultess and I'd definitely recommend for lunch. I have also eaten in the Ely on Grand canal dock and Ely place and they are all consistently good.


Masterson's Steak House & Wine Bar
Main Street, North Co. Dublin, Swords, Dublin

Very busy restaurant which has a good reputation for quality steaks. On this occasion we both had the soup starter and burgers for main course. The soup was a blended veg and it was very good. The burgers came with a salad garnish and side of chips. The burgers were very tasty however a little too burnt on the outside which was probably to ensure they were cooked thoroughly. The chips looked nicer than they were as they are very soggy on the inside. The wait between ordering food and being served each dish was more than 30 minutes which we thought was a little long. However there is a nice atmosphere and the staff are nice so I would visit again and this time try one of the steaks.


10a Merrion Rd, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Very nice restaurant. Like previous reviewer we too availed of the the city deal for two main courses and glasses of prosecco. The restaurant is located above Crowes pub opposite the RDS in Ballsbridge so parking can be a bit awkward as you have to search for a space on the street. The staff were very attentive and the restaurant was quite busy and I could see that people seated to our left and right were also availing of the city deals offer. The food was faultless and piping hot. My companion had seafood chowder to start and the chicken for main both were great, I had the steak and it was cooked to perfection and came with a generous portion of hand cut chips. I also ordered a side of roast veg which were tasty but too finely chopped so that they looked tiny having been cooked. Overall it was a lovely place to go for dinner and I would recommend it to others.


OKA Restaurant
Northwood Demense, North Dublin, Santry, Dublin

A nice place to eat. However, make sure you ask the waiter to explain exactly what the dish you order will be as I ordered a chicken dish with peanut and chili sauce but was surprised when I was presented with essentially chicken goujons covered in sweet chili sauce. My companion had the duck hotpot which he ended up sharing with me as I preferred it and the portion was plentiful. We had BBQ ribs and pork dumplings to start and both were tasty. Overall a pleasant evening and I would return to eat again.


6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Highly recommend this restaurant. Went for dinner and for starters we had the soup and the hummous/dips plate both were good and very tasty. We both had steak for the main course which were cooked perfectly and very tender. We shared a cheese plate for dessert. All the food was superb and there is a great selection of wines to choose from and the staff are very friendly and unobtrusive which I love. A little gem of a place.


D'Vine - Closed
Distillery House, Dyer st, Drogheda, Louth

Just OK. Wouldn't be raving about this place. For starters we shared antipasti plates which were fine. Main courses included the hake, risotto and pizza. I didn't really like the veg and white wine sauce with the Hake it was a bit sickening, the pizza was good and the risotto was very very bland. Nice selection of wines. Restaurant was very busy so it was difficult to get the attention of waiting staff. A bit too hit and miss for me wouldn't recommend to be honest.


Diep le Shaker
55 Pembroke Lane, (Off Pembroke Street), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Group of us went for lunch and we availed of the two course set lunch menu for 15.95 each. Starter choices varied between Popia tort(spring rolls), Muu Grop (Pork Belly) and Yum Gai (chargrilled chicken) everyone was very pleased with their choice. For the main course most of us went for the Panang Gai (Red chicken curry) and a couple had the Phad Thai (Noodles). Most of us thought that the curry was very hot as the red chillies were chopped up with the seeds included throughout the curry, but if you like it hot then it was perfect, some of us were a bit hungover to cope with the spiciness. The wait between serving the starter and main course was longer than what you would expect, but the staff were attentive and overall it was a nice lunch.


The Pig's Ear
4 Nassau Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Quirky little features to the place like serving soup in a saucepan, sugar 'bowl' is a small packet of suicra. Food was really really good for all three of us dining. We had lunch and had the two course for 15.95 offer. Starters were the crab, melon and soup all good. For mains we ordered the chicken and two sausage and mash. All plates cleaned and it was very very tasty. I would recommend this restaurant and the staff are very attentive and pleasant. Only thing is because of the wooden floors and relatively small space if there's a lot of people in, or a group, it can get really noisy.


Farm Restaurant (Dawson Street)
3 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

OK so firstly I should mention the visit prior to this one where I ordered the mushroom risotto and it was undercooked. I wasn't sure at first until I asked my lunch companion to taste it and she assured me it should not be al dente! When I mentioned it to the waiter as he was clearing the dishes away he simply said ok sorry about that. A complimentary drink/coffee would have been a better way to handle it. This didn't put me off revisiting and most recently I had lunch selecting the chicks on the run and my guest had the organic steak sandwich followed by the apple pie and the chocolate orange mousse. Food was excellent although I found the mousse too sweet for my liking and more chocolate than orange. The food was slow in coming but it was worth the wait. I like the vibe in the restaurant and that all the food is organic a lot of people I've mentioned it to think its a vegetarian place but no there's lots of great meat dishes on the menu. Worth a visit.


Kinara Restaurant
318 Clontarf Road, North Co. Dublin , Clontarf, Dublin

It's set on the waterfront of Clontarf and there aren't any designated parking spaces so you might have to drive around to find on street parking. We had made a reservation and even though it was a week night the restaurant was busy and we had to wait a little while to be seated. We were seated upstairs by the window overlooking the pier out to bull island and it was a beautiful evening so that was an added bonus. We shared Malai Tikka spicy chicken pieces for starter which was good. We had to wait a little while for the mains, we ordered two popular chicken dishes and both were excellent. I had Makhani Murghi with basmati rice and my boyfriend had Murgh Tikka Masala with pilau rice. We also shared some Dhaina Paneer Nan bread. For dessert we shared some homemade nutty ice cream. A glass of wine and two coffees later the bill came to approx 73 euro. I wouldn't be a huge fan of Indian food in general but Kinara is well worth the visit the food is bang on and you'll leave the place sated and promising to return.


Il Segreto
13a/b Merrion Row, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here for lunch with colleagues. The restaurant was offering main courses for about 10 euro so we selected from the value menu. When the food eventually arrived it was quite good but the service was appallingly slow and we had to ask several times for water, cutlery and condiments so not very switched on to the needs of their diners! I would not recommend this place for people on a work lunch break. Nice maybe for a leisurely lunch with a friend.


Elisa's Ristorante & Pizzeria
Drogheda, Drogheda, Louth

A hidden gem. Can't recommend this place highly enough. The food is fantastic and really good value. We both had pizza, my Italian boyfriend was amazed in all the years he's coming to Ireland its the best pizza he's had in this country. The mixed salad I had was lovely enhanced by the dressing and really really good black olives. Staff are lovely and restaurant is tastefully decorated, check out the specially commissioned Roman art on the wall. Will be visiting again!


Bewley's Café
Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Two of us had the value menu for 15 euro. One had soup the other had breads and dips. For main I had pasta dish vegetarian option and partner had pizza. For dessert I had the fresh fruit salad and partner had the chocolate brownie. The bread and dips were fine there was a LOT of garlic in the pesto sauce so be warned. Pizza and pasta were good. The chocolate brownie is very good but very filling!. Staff were nice and the setting is really nice Bewleys is a great place to meet a friend in the eve for a good meal at a great value price. Lovely coffee too


La Caverna Restaurant & Wine Bar
12 Fownes Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Lovely little place when you book a table ask for seats downstairs its nicer in my opinion with that open brick wall ceiling and the room is tunnel shaped. Cosy/rustic feel to the place. Staff are super food was great and would definitely recommend it.


Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

A great restaurant for lunch. Nice atmosphere good for having a business lunch or when you want to meet a friend somewhere nice. Was here the other week and my guest had the duck which is apparently noted as being one of the best in Dublin. I had the monkfish and it was melt in the mouth. Was too full for dessert.


Chez Max (Palace Street)
1 Palace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Nice place little bit cramped for space out the back but it has a nice atmosphere so that doesn't take away from it. Food was good, staff were lovely and apart from the moment I accidentally set fire to my hat on the tabletop tealight a nice evening meal was enjoyed with a good friend.


One Pico Restaurant
5-6 Molesworth Place, Schoolhouse Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had a lovely lunch here it's a nice restaurant and the staff were nice but overall a very formal dining experience.


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

A lovely restaurant. Nice decor. Went for lunch mid week so it was a bit quiet but the food was excellent and very good value. Apparently they have a really good Sunday lunch too which I might try some time.


73 Manor Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin

Had lunch here yesterday and have to say the food was excellent and really good value. We were stuffed after starters and main course but my friend ordered the bread and butter pudding. Oh my God it was the business REALLY nice. Staff were nice too. It's a little bit cramped is the only thing I'd say against it but if you don't mind the possibility of a couple of weirdos sitting in close proximity to your table then you'll love it.


Juice Vegetarian Restaurant
9 Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I know this place can be a bit hit and miss. Went for dinner with two friends last week and it was quite good. We had the Mediterranean platter for starter, which was fine, and then for main I had Filo Naoise -basically cheese and spinach in filo pastry on a sort of tomato/red pepper sauce, I liked it, it was very tasty. My friends went for the stir-fry and the Moroccan Tajine. Both enjoyed their dishes and out of the three dishes the stir-fry was the best. For dessert we had a smoothie and shared the sorbet - all good. The atmosphere in the place is quite nice too.


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

Just OK. I went to the restaurant as part of a large group, pre booked with set menu choices. From the outset we got the feeling the staff didn't want our booking and we arrived at the restaurant not really confident that things would be as we had arranged, but it was ok. I went for the vegetarian option, which was a salad starter, and pasta parcels with a sweet potato/swede filling for main course- nothing to write home about, bland and an afterthought. Other main course options were chicken and monkfish - I tried a little of both and have to say they were REALLY good, the monkfish was excellent. However for a dinner the portion sizes were miserly and there were no side dishes on offer so I knew that most people would end up at Burger King before the night was over! Maybe this place is ok for a couple dining out but we definitely won't be returning with a large group.


The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Not a big fan of tapas in general but have to say this place is the business. The patata bravas are fantastic, also the large portions are huge and really good value for money. It's in a bar (the clue was in the name) so prepare for the fact that it'll be really noisy at the weekend. Great if going out in a group for the evening and want nice food without having to book some place or queue for an hour waiting for a table.


Peploes Wine Bistro
16 St Stephen's Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Excellent. Really liked this place nice atmosphere, friendly service, and great food. Bit pricey but it was value for money and I wasn't paying! :o)


St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Great healthy food. Love this place. Informal so not good for cosy chat or romantic meal but good if in a hurry. Good menu although I had a fantastic steak salad in the Amsterdam Wagamama a few weeks ago and was disappointed to see it wasn't on the Irish menu when I dined there this week. Highly recommend it.


Pearl Brasserie
20 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Nice enough but nothing to write home about. Service was fine, food was nice enough but not AMAZING. I think it lacks atmosphere.


No 1 Fade Street, Off Georges's Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The booking thing is a pain in the ass but if you're in town for the evening can run in put name down and then head off for a drink and they ring you when seat available. The food is good but I found it a bit rich i.e. runs right through you! I liked the atmosphere in the place and anywhere that you can see the chef at work says they've nothing to hide to me. Would definitely recommend it.


19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The best vegetarian place in Dublin. You know it's good when you're not a vegetarian yet you love the food and forget there isn't any meat in the dishes you're eating. Would agree with earlier posts regarding the service etc it can be a bit school canteen-like and has the eddie rockets thing of sit with strangers when full but if that doesn't put you off then go for the food. Excellent salad range and the soups taste like nowhere else in town. Have tried many new dishes that I wasn't sure if I'd like and have always been surprised how good they taste. More expensive than Govindas but always leave feeling full.

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