FXB Monkstown restaurant
3a The Crescent Monkstown, South Co. Dublin, MonkstownSouth Co Dublin
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Reviewed 06th May 2019 (visited 4 May 2019 )
Food was delicious. Had the prawns to start, highly recommend. nSteak for main was perfectly cooked & so tender. nOur waiter was very attentive & was lovely. nNo complaints will defo be back
Reviewed 07th September 2017 (visited 6 September 2017 )
Oh dear, they've changed everything. One of my favourite casual eateries has turned into a dark cavern and my 'go-to' meal is off the menu. No more pork hock!! However, the food is still good even if the menu has changed, it's a bit more limited and the price has gone up a bit. Early bird is still the best value if you fancy fillet medallions with mash and a dessert. My friend had the beef cheeks which was delicious and 'melted in the mouth' apparently. Beware: the salted caramel parfait was poisoned (and I mean poisoned) with salt and had to be sent back. Taken off our bill but no acknowledgement or apology til we were litterally going out the door. That was the only disappointing thing food wise. I'll miss the old decor and the atmosphere that went with it but that's life. Suggest booking ahead as it was busy enough for a Wednesday @ 6/6.30pm.
Reviewed 31st August 2017 (visited 31 August 2017 )
All I can say is how dreadful it is. What a shame how a place could be ruined. Who ever thought of such a depressing decor and pricey food. There was no flavour and poor presentation. We have been eating there for at least 30 yrs, my mother who is 94 yrs came with me. The only good thing was the old staff. No desire to ever go back.
Reviewed 09th October 2016 (visited 8 October 2016 )
Restaurant was full so we were left waiting. Unfortunately both the starter and mains were very poor. I could not cut through the Steak due to the amount of gristle. I ordered a Red Wine Jus that came out like wallpaper paste and tasted like it. Staff never came near us. I bought a good bottle of wine which was the highlight. The waiter turned away from the table 3 times due to the amount of unfinished food on both our plates. I was not asked if the meal was OK which was surprising with the amount of food left. The bill was thrown on the table. Overall very poor. It's not the staff's fault for bad food. But bad service is 100% on them. Sad to say but probably the worst meal I recall paying for
Reviewed 06th July 2015 (visited 6 April 2015 )
Great food, friendly service and a nice relaxed atmosphere that makes you want to stay on after your meal for another drink. I have never been disappointed after a visit.
Reviewed 20th March 2015 (visited 31 January 2015 )
I dined here with my family on a busy Saturday evening. Having eaten in the bar area previously, we were expecting good food and again the food was good and with reasonable portions. Unfortunately it was let down somewhat by the service which was not at all timely or organised. We had varied starters and between us had chicken wings, chowder and various other items. All but one had steak for main course but unfortunately one family member was served their steak long before anyone else received theirs. In addition, his accompaniments were served last despite his steak being served first. Clearly its not ideal. The restaurant was really busy and all of the waiters there seemed really pressurised. I don't think we're a particularly demanding group but everything seemed to be a problem due to the pressures of dealing with this very busy service e.g. when we wanted to order drinks etc. Perhaps naively we weren't expecting the noise levels which we experienced here; the restaurant upstairs overlooks the bar downstairs and the noise travels. All in all, the food was nice but affected by some items which were missing and had to be requested and by the fact that there were large gaps between each of us being served and between some items arriving.
Reviewed 01st March 2015 (visited 17 February 2015 )
I generally go for the great Early Bird menu here but this time I went just for a quick main course at the bar. When in a hurry this is a great place to get quick service and the bill comes promptly when asked for. I had the Lamb Shank and my partner had a Burger. Both were tasty and well presented although my husband would prefer a bun rather than a bap for his burger - nit picker! Thank you FXBs for being reliable, as usual.
Reviewed 15th February 2015 (visited 28 January 2015 )
i live down the road from this restaurant and we go here all of the time. i stuggled with the atmosphere rating on this as we like the relaxed family feeling here. it can be manythings. in the evening it is a pub with good food and in the day it is a restaurant with good beers and wine if you want. it is not a very rowdy pub. you wouldny be going to do shots here but they are a lot of fun. the steak is definatly the one to get and there beef curry with chutney is very nice. homemade brownbread icecream is my sons favourite. all of the staff feel like family now and are really friendly. they never have a problem if you are not happy.
Reviewed 23rd October 2014 (visited 7 October 2014 )
I Finally made it here, after hearing about it for a long time. We ate in the bar. Given the reputation, I could only order a steak, so I went for the sirloin. I have to say it was probably the nicest sirloin I've eaten, very tender, juicy and flavourful. My partner went for the beef curry and was similarly very impressed - would love to know the recipe for it, it was delicious. Someone else had the ham hock and it looked like you'd need to be VERY hungry to manage it, although a certain proportion was (understandably) fat. Great to have the option of draught beer (and the rest of a full bar), though we had wine on this occasion. Very impressed overall, I'd love to live walking distance from a place like this.
Reviewed 17th October 2014 (visited 8 October 2014 )
the hallmark of a good eatery is return custom: several visits later and i cannot recommend it more. there is a signature FX upstairs, with a superior menu – and it is (deservedly) busy busy busy. their fillet stake is to die for – even vegetarians will be tempted! make a reservation to make sure of a table! on the ground flooor everything is more...grounded: yes it is a pub...and yes it is a different kitchen (and a more reasonably priced menu)...BUT the food is uberpubgrub – some of the best in town imo! usually we get a table straight away but sometimes you might have to wait – not a problem in the always a-buzz bar: simply put, i have run out of fingers to count how many times we've enjoyed ourselves in this establishment
Reviewed 23rd September 2014 (visited 19 September 2014 )
My very favourite local restaurant! Consistently good food, friendly efficient service and pleasant atmosphere in the bar downstairs. Maybe not completely moderately priced for bar food however enough to bring us back each week!
Reviewed 25th July 2014 (visited 8 July 2014 )
Have eaten here twice over the past couple of weeks, the food had been consistently excellent, perhaps when its really busy they could do with extra or more attentive staff. On both occassions we ate downstairs in the bar area as there seemed to be more of an atmosphere and could apply the restaurant menu to downstairs which is good. I have had the hamhock which was truely amazing in my eyes, the crispy skin and the tender ham was delicious, on my return i tried the fillet of beef was also very tender juicy meat. My other half had the salmon which she really enjoyed so much she chose it again the second time. For desert we have tried the death by chocolate and banoffi which were very nice, and the apple and blueberry crumble which I didnt enjoy as much as the previous. For a 2 course early bird @ 20 pp its abover average for quality of food and family atmospere, service and value are on a par with similar establishments.
Reviewed 27th April 2014 (visited 8 April 2014 )
I regularly eat here with family and friends and have never been disappointed. We generally eat in the bar downstairs but, depending on the time and the occasion, we also eat in the restaurant upstairs. They're famous for their steaks which are always delicious but my favourite is the pork hock - I love crackling and it's hard to find these days. The early bird is good value and runs all evening during the week so I tend to take advantage of that but so do a lot of people and it can get very busy. The staff are friendly and helpful and are always happy to get me a doggy bag for my pork hock - it's too big for one sitting, for me, on top of a starter. It's also the little things that I love, like newspapers to read if you're on your own and a nice fire in winter.
Reviewed 09th April 2014 (visited 5 April 2014 )
Delicious steaks were like butter. Potatoes (chips/mash) were included but other sides were extra but tasty. Service was a little slow, but they were very busy on a Sat night. Got a birthday surprise - candles on dessert with singing, so overall a very pleasant experience. We ate in the restaurant not the bar. It was a tad on the pricy side, but it was a special occasion.
Reviewed 01st January 2014 (visited 29 December 2013 )
Very disappointed our steaks were not cooked as ordered. I ordered a fillet media rare and it was well over cooked. My 12 year old asked me why do they ask how you want your steak if they make no effort to cook it as ordered. What answer do you give to that. A very disappointing experience.old