Restaurant Reviews from grimm105

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Last Visit: 22 February 2017

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Boojum restaurant

Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Great
87 reviews

Reviewed 18th August 2014 ( visited 21st July 2014 )

I've been to a lot of the burrito places in town that have popped up over the past few years and while they vary in quality, Boojum has consistently delivered the best burrito I've had in Dublin. This is definitely fast food but with the quality you'd expect in a casual dining place. The staff here are all really friendly as well. Anytime I want a quick burrito I will always go out of my way to visit Boojum over the other options around town.
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The Three Tun Tavern restaurant

1-5 Temple Road,, Carysfort Avenue,, Blackrock, Blackrock, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Gastro Pub

Price Range:

Average
11 reviews

Reviewed 25th August 2014 ( visited 15th July 2014 )

Having eaten in Wetherspoons' pubs in the UK previously, I kind of knew what to expect with the Three Tun Tavern: decent pub grub and drinks at very competitive prices and it pretty much delivered. The decor is pretty much what you'd expect from a Wetherspoons pub, partly wooded floor, partly carpeted, with numbered tables for ordering and pictures and decorations relating to the history of the area. The ordering process is pretty straightforward, you note your table number and then go and order at the bar. The menu is quite extensive and everything has calories beside them for those that want to watch how much they're eating. What sets Wetherspoons apart from pretty much every other gastropub is that each dish is served with a drink, alcoholic or non-alcoholic, with only a €2 surcharge for alcoholic. This is great as you don't feel ripped off if you want to have a drink with your meal. The drink selection is also a nice change from your typical fare. A good selection of ales, Irish and American craft beers, a couple of Irish Guinness alternatives and even wine on tap. We ate here on a Tuesday which was steak club day so my partner ordered the 8oz striploin steak with peppercorn and Jameson sauce, chips, mushroom and peas with a glass of rose and I ordered the gourmet BBQ hot dog which was a huge sausage in a soft baguette garnished with pulled pork and cheese and it came with chips and 6 beer battered onion rings and I also got a small 330ml can of one of the American craft beers. Everything was great for me and very filling and my partner enjoyed her meal also. We both had a chocolate brownie sundae for dessert which was lovely but very rich and probably a bit too much after our big main meal. The staff were very attentive and helpful and I could tell they were making a good effort as the place had only been open around a week at this point, hopefully this continues! Altogether including drinks and dessert the whole thing came out to about €32 for both of us which is incredibly good value so I'll certainly be returning. My only complaint was the lack of music in the pub. This is pretty much a Wetherspoons policy to not have music but I don't really understand it as even some low volume, generic music helps to create an atmosphere and everyone can still talk. That said, it wouldn't put me off coming back and I look forward to Wetherspoons expanding in the republic as it's about time pubs start getting a bit more competitive with pricing.
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Emilianos Ristorante Italiano
21 High st, Waterford, Waterford City, Waterford

Myself and my partner came here for dinner on a 1 night stay in Waterford based on the reviews and I have to say it easily lived up to the expectations. As soon as you walk in there's a great buzz about the place, with a very authentic Italian feel, from the decor to the all Italian staff. Upon arriving we were offered to have our jackets put away and were given bread, breadsticks with butter and olive oil as an appetiser. I knew when I bit into the bread that this place was the real deal, it was lovely and crusty, clearly freshly baked. We skipped starters and for mains I ordered a pizza and my partner ordered a pasta dish. We weren't waiting too long until our meals arrived, and my partner was offered parmesan while we were both offered pepper, with very attentive staff making sure we had everything we needed. The pizza was amazing, with a thin, crispy base and gorgeous toppings. I tried part of my partners pasta which was cooked in the proper Italian way, "al dente". The portions were generous and filling and we were totally satisfied after. We probably would have skipped dessert but after passing the gelato counter on our way in, we couldn't resist getting a couple of scoops each. I had the tirimasu and after eight flavours and they were really good. I particularly liked that there were spongy bits of tiramisu hidden in the ice cream. The meal was also very reasonable value. Along with a carafe of pinot grigio and a pint of heineken, the whole meal was just over €50, well worth it for the atmosphere, service and quality of food. I would definitely be back if I was back in Waterford again.

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Frite Haus
87 Camden St, Camden Street, Dublin

I came here having previously bought a voucher which I didn't get to use before it expired but the staff were kind enough to allow me to use it anyway. Apart from the voucher, they do have decent regular meal offers. I had a venison hot dog and garlic mayo dip with my chips (or "frites" as they like to call them!). The hot dog was very good and I had never tasted venison before so it was new to me! The chips were nothing overly special, just the usual chunky chips you'd get anywhere but tasty all the same plus they come with a dip and there's a pretty extensive list of dips available! They also have a pretty decent menu of craft beers available although these are very pricey so I just went for a small (300ml) glass of Erdinger for €4.10 which was still a little pricey for my liking. We also had dessert and I got the Belgian chocolate waffle with vanilla ice cream which was really nice. The staff were very nice although service was a little on the slow side which was disappointing as we were basically the only people in the restaurant but it wasn't anywhere near bad enough to stop me coming back. There's quite a cool atmosphere in the place with good music that's not too loud coming from the speakers. All in all it was a lovely meal and I'd certainly come back again!

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Carlo's Restaurant
63-64 O'Connell Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Had lunch here using a voucher I bought and can't really fault it. I got the fish and chips and had no complaints. It's nothing mind blowing but it's a nice little place in the city centre, more of a lunch-y atmosphere then for a full dinner in my opinion though.

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Wings Gourmet Burger
Unit C, 46/49, Opposite Gresham Hotel, O'Connell St, Dublin

Had a meal here after buying a voucher but the regular prices are good too (€10 for burger, fries and drink) and it's very competitive compared to other burger places in Dublin. I couldn't fault the place at all really, good service, clean and most importantly very nice burgers and fries, easily comparable to more expensive competition. There was literally no one else in here when we came in which is shame as O'Connell St. is severely lacking in any decent restaurants. While this isn't "fine dining" by any stretch of the imagination, it's certainly better then the glut of fast food options that dominate the street and great value too.

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The Three Tun Tavern
1-5 Temple Road,, Carysfort Avenue,, Blackrock, Blackrock, Dublin

Having eaten in Wetherspoons' pubs in the UK previously, I kind of knew what to expect with the Three Tun Tavern: decent pub grub and drinks at very competitive prices and it pretty much delivered. The decor is pretty much what you'd expect from a Wetherspoons pub, partly wooded floor, partly carpeted, with numbered tables for ordering and pictures and decorations relating to the history of the area. The ordering process is pretty straightforward, you note your table number and then go and order at the bar. The menu is quite extensive and everything has calories beside them for those that want to watch how much they're eating. What sets Wetherspoons apart from pretty much every other gastropub is that each dish is served with a drink, alcoholic or non-alcoholic, with only a €2 surcharge for alcoholic. This is great as you don't feel ripped off if you want to have a drink with your meal. The drink selection is also a nice change from your typical fare. A good selection of ales, Irish and American craft beers, a couple of Irish Guinness alternatives and even wine on tap. We ate here on a Tuesday which was steak club day so my partner ordered the 8oz striploin steak with peppercorn and Jameson sauce, chips, mushroom and peas with a glass of rose and I ordered the gourmet BBQ hot dog which was a huge sausage in a soft baguette garnished with pulled pork and cheese and it came with chips and 6 beer battered onion rings and I also got a small 330ml can of one of the American craft beers. Everything was great for me and very filling and my partner enjoyed her meal also. We both had a chocolate brownie sundae for dessert which was lovely but very rich and probably a bit too much after our big main meal. The staff were very attentive and helpful and I could tell they were making a good effort as the place had only been open around a week at this point, hopefully this continues! Altogether including drinks and dessert the whole thing came out to about €32 for both of us which is incredibly good value so I'll certainly be returning. My only complaint was the lack of music in the pub. This is pretty much a Wetherspoons policy to not have music but I don't really understand it as even some low volume, generic music helps to create an atmosphere and everyone can still talk. That said, it wouldn't put me off coming back and I look forward to Wetherspoons expanding in the republic as it's about time pubs start getting a bit more competitive with pricing.

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Mongolian Barbeque
7 Anglesea Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Different to most of the usual Asian restaurants, in here you are given a buffet full of noodles and many different vegetables and you can fill your bowl as high as is possible with whatever you like. You then pick a small bowl of meat (fish, chicken, beef, some pre-seasoned, some not) and then you can fill the vegetable and meat bowls with any number of Asian sauces and spices, making the dish as mild or spicy as you like. You then join a queue in front of a cook with a massive semi-circle grill, your food is taken, cooked up and given back in a big bowl and when you return to your table there's a jug of water and a separate bowl of rice waiting for you. Really enjoyable place to eat, where you can customise the dish exactly to your tastes and at under €6 for lunch, it's very reasonable. Would recommend.

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Pitt Bros Smoked BBQ
Unit 1, Wicklow House, Georges St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had heard good things about this place before eating here and was not disappointed. Pretty uncomplicated menu featuring a lot of mouth watering BBQ meats and some good sides. Portions are nice and big at a very reasonable price so won't leave disappointed. The free self serve ice cream is a nice bonus at the end also. Good choice of craft beers and ciders also. It's got a pretty interesting look to the place such as wooden palettes hanging from the ceiling and barrels cut in half used for lights, which definitely adds to it. It's very much casual dining as you pick what you want from the menu and then go up to the till and pay, and your food is then brought to you. Only downside was the long wait (approx. 30mins) and you cannot book in advance so keep this in mind if you're planning to show up for lunch for example when I imagine it would be very busy. Definitely recommend (but not for vegetarians!).

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Cafe Azteca
19 - 21 Lord Edward Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Have eaten here a few times and it never disappoints. Run by genuine Mexicans, you can be guaranteed of getting real Mexican food here. I've only ever had their burrito and it's big enough that it's easily a full meal in itself and incredibly tasty too. They also have cooking classes that I've heard good things about. I also went to a free tequila tasting event here which was really fun and informative.

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Boojum
Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

I've been to a lot of the burrito places in town that have popped up over the past few years and while they vary in quality, Boojum has consistently delivered the best burrito I've had in Dublin. This is definitely fast food but with the quality you'd expect in a casual dining place. The staff here are all really friendly as well. Anytime I want a quick burrito I will always go out of my way to visit Boojum over the other options around town.

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Bison Bar
11 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I've been frequenting the Bison Bar for several years now but had never tried there food but after hearing so many amazing things, I finally recently ate here and it met my expectations. I had the brisket with potato salad and the burnt end beans and everything was amazing. The meat was really succulent and the beans were really good with a nice little spicy kick to them with the potato salad being a nice creamy balance to the beans. My partner had the pulled pork, onion rings and coleslaw. I tried a little of the coleslaw and pork and while the pork was amazing as expected, the coleslaw in particular was very good. You could tell if was freshly made rather then being like the processed crap you get elsewhere. Have had a lot of great nights here and so was glad to see the food matched the atmosphere. I recommend the Bison Kick cocktail if you are there for the night!

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The Gallery Restaurant at the Church
Junction of Mary St. & Jervis St., Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Finally ate here having heard a lot about it previously. We ate from the more casual bar menu rather then the restaurant upstairs. Great atmosphere in the place and very unique. With that said, the prices are very expensive compared to you typical pub grub menu and the food (lasagne in my case) was far from the best I've had and not even a great portion size. It's a nice novelty, being a converted church and it has a good beer garden but it's not somewhere I'd go to often, to eat or drink.

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Honest To Goodness
25 Market Arcade, Georges Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Came here for a bite having had not heard of it previously but saw it suggested on a google search. Nice little place with a pretty good menu. Service was good although the portion size was a little on the small side for what we paid but definitely worth a look! Try the caesar fries, had never seen that done before but they were really good!

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Neon Asian Street Food
17 Camden Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here last weekend after hearing good things and was quite impressed. Very casual atmosphere, food is provided in "take out style" square boxes but there are bowls on the table to use and you have chopsticks or plastic cutlery to use for eating, so very much like getting take away but in a casual dining restaurant environment. Service was very fast and most importantly food was delicious, and the free self serve ice cream cone afterwards was a nice touch. Cost was pretty much what you'd expect for this type of food, not cheap but perfectly reasonable. Only qualm really would be the plastic cutlery, would be nice to get proper cutlery when sitting down in the restaurant.

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Copan
304 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin

Had a 3 course meal here with my partner, having bought a groupon voucher that was really great value (so I can't speak for the regular prices). We had very generous portions for all courses and it was very tasty and really filling. Cocktails were also 2 for €6 so we splashed out on a few each. My only complaint would be that both cocktails have to be the same to avail of the offer but it's a small price to pay for €3 cocktails. The service was particularly good, with the waitress always on hand to take more cocktail orders when we finished, and being the perfect balance between attentive but not overbearing so we could enjoy our meal.

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Crackbird
60 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I ate here after hearing some really great things but I was left slightly disappointed. The food was good but not amazing by any stretch. Atmosphere was good and there was a decent buzz about the place and service was prompt and professional. Drinks were a bit on the pricey side. I would come back to try other dishes on the menu but it wouldn't be top of my priority list to return to.

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