Restaurant Reviews from goldenpeter

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County: Wicklow

No. of Reviews: 28

Member Since: 16 February 2015

Last Visit: 30 May 2016

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L'Ecrivain Restaurant

109a Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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291 reviews

Reviewed 14th May 2015 ( visited 28th March 2015 )

Ate here on a Saturday night with my wife. We were greeted warmly at the door by the front of house and, after taking our coats, we were shown to our tables on the mezzanine level overlooking the main dining room (with a great view of the Graham Knuttel tapestry). After an amuse bouche and lovely fresh bread to start we moved on to the starters. I had the squab pigeon, which was lovely but the portion was quite small. My wife had the foie gras which was even richer, but equally small. For the main course I had the Fermanagh lamb rump which was perfectly cooked and had very nice vegetables to accompany. My wife had the turbot which really cooked and looked really good. For desserts I had the goat’s cheese mousse, which was an unusual but interesting combination of the savoury and sweet, while my wife had coffee and petits fours. For the wines we asked our very friendly Hungarian waiter Balazs for advice and I must say the wines matched perfectly. This was a very high standard of dining and the high prices (incl. extra service charge which may surprise) reflected that. But it was a very enjoyable experience and at no point did we feel rushed.
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L'Ecrivain Restaurant

109a Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Fine Dining

Price Range:

Good
291 reviews

Reviewed 14th May 2015 ( visited 28th March 2015 )

Ate here on a Saturday night with my wife. We were greeted warmly at the door by the front of house and, after taking our coats, we were shown to our tables on the mezzanine level overlooking the main dining room (with a great view of the Graham Knuttel tapestry). After an amuse bouche and lovely fresh bread to start we moved on to the starters. I had the squab pigeon, which was lovely but the portion was quite small. My wife had the foie gras which was even richer, but equally small. For the main course I had the Fermanagh lamb rump which was perfectly cooked and had very nice vegetables to accompany. My wife had the turbot which really cooked and looked really good. For desserts I had the goat’s cheese mousse, which was an unusual but interesting combination of the savoury and sweet, while my wife had coffee and petits fours. For the wines we asked our very friendly Hungarian waiter Balazs for advice and I must say the wines matched perfectly. This was a very high standard of dining and the high prices (incl. extra service charge which may surprise) reflected that. But it was a very enjoyable experience and at no point did we feel rushed.
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Bobo's Gourmet Burgers (Dame St)
50-51 Dame St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We had great pre-concert dinner at Bobos last Tue. We both went for lamb burgers which were delicious and had sides of chili cheese chips which were really tasty and v. moreish. Service was very efficient throughout and the meal was good value for money.

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

Our second visit to this beautiful restaurant within a week. This time we opted for the Sunday brunch which was the best I've had in Dublin. On arrival we were greeted warmly and shown to our table. It was a little quiet when we arrived but the restaurant soon filled up. We went for the salmon and crab claw starters which were excellent. But the beef rib mains for two was the highlight - huge piece of meat which also came with stuffing and a range of sides. So much we could barely finish it, and had to skip dessert on this occasion. We had a complimentary bottle of hose red included as part of the restaurant's excellent loyalty scheme. Service was also very good throughout. The bill came to 60 euro which was very good value for a meal of this caliber.

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Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Great meal at B66 last Sunday evening. Went for the great value set menu (available all evening Sun-Wed) at 27.95. Duck confit to start and a really delicious main. My wife went for the same starter and vegetable tagine. We both opted to skip dessert and went for the gin cocktails instead (offered as an alternative at no extra cost), which were really good! Great value overall, the place is really nice inside, though I found service to be a little slow at times (probably because it was so busy!). 4/5

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

Good Sunday brunch at L’Gueuleton two weeks ago. Started with a foie gras parfait with poached pear which was absolutely delicious. My wife had the French onion soup which also looked good. For mains I had the roast pork belly which was slow cooked to perfection and came with a glass of vin rouge, while my wife had some really good Toulouse sausages. We shared a cheese plate to finish, which had a really nice mix of different cheeses. Service was a bit slow but I think that was down to the popularity of the place!

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Red Torch Ginger
14/ 15 Andrew Street , Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here Sunday night and the place was buzzing. The Red Torch Ginger (also the name of a famous Thai flower) has half price wines on Sun-Tue making it great value (we had a lovely bottle of Shiraz for 12 euro). For starters I had a delicious Thai combo while my wife had the dumplings, our mains of beef in Thai green curry and crispy duck with tamarind sauce were also very good. We shared a creme brulee, which rounded off the meal nicely. Only negative was that service was a little bit slow, but I think that was because of the large group that came ion before us.

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Viva
27 Richmond Street South, Portobello, City Centre South, Dublin

Went for Sunday lunch at this family-run tapas bar. The place is really Spanish looking with beautiful decor. We were greeted warmly by our friendly Andalusian host, who we chatted to for a while before placing our orders. We had tasty tapas starters of patatas bravas and salmorejo. We selected a good Spanish wine to go with the main event - a wonderful seafood paella that was really filling. Looking forward to our next visit to Viva!

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KC Peaches Wine Cave Nassau St
28-29 Nassau St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here Friday atmosphere, the place was buzzing. Had the 2 course special menu, which even included an intermediate course of salmon (very tasty). For starters my wife had a delicious blue cheese and onion tart while I went for the ham hock terrine, for mains my wife had the burger and I had the chicken, both good. The accompanying wines were equally good,especially the My Karp Riesling. Service was a bit slow because the place was so busy though.

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The Slaney Bar & Restaurant
Terminal 2, Dublin Airport, Swords, Dublin

Waiting for our flight to the UK on Saturday we decided to get a salad at Slaneys. We opted for the large Greek salad that you could share between 2. I was surprised that it so tasty and filling. Only downside was the very slow service - it took an age. Just as well our flight was delayed!

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Unicorn
12b Merrion Court, Merrion Row, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Our meal at the Unicorn restaurant was unfortunately one of the most disappointing dining experiences we have had in Dublin. The problem started when we arrived at 6pm. We were given the main menu but I had to ask for the Early Bird menu - I would have thought I would have been given the early bird automatically. It took a while to order but when our waiter eventually arrived, he told us that half the early bird menu was off! I wanted fish so I asked for branzino (sea bass) - it was definitely off, so my waiter told me. The same story with the gnocchi and the Vitello. I asked could I have a different fish instead of the sea bass the unhelpful waiter again told me no, same story with the vitello. Instead I ordered the calamari and the pappardelle, while my wife went for the prosciutto and linguine. It took an age for the starters to arrive but when they did they were very small portions. But things got worse with the main courses which took nearly 40 minutes (!) to arrive (at this stage we were worried as we had to leave around 7.30). My pappardelle were edible but my wife's linguine were completely dry and tasteless. When leaving I asked the manager Graziano why the service had been so poor and he said there was a problem in the kitchen,but he didn't elaborate further. I reluctantly parted with 69 euro which I thought was very poor value for what we got. It was so disappointing as the Unicorn used to be one of Dublin's greatest Italian restaurants. The only trace of the old (and great) Unicorn I was the presence of Frank the old doorman who I saw wandering around shortly before we left. We might come back to the Unicorn but we would have to be sure of getting the wonderful experience like the old Unicorn restaurant offered.

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The GreenHouse
Dawson Street, Dublin City Centre, Dawson Street, Dublin

Wonderful lunch here on Friday. Went for the two course menu as was pressed for time. First an amuse bouche then a delicious starter of foie gras, followed by the cod, which was cooked to perfection. Service throughout the meal was impeccable. The dining room is absolutely beautiful too. With Mickael Viljanen in the kitchen, the Greenhouse is well on its way to earning a deserved Michelin star.

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KC Peaches Wine Cave Nassau St
28-29 Nassau St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Attended the KC Peaches new world wine and cheese tasting event last night. Had four very good wines including a New Zealand Gewürztraminer and an Ice Wine which were perfectly chilled. The cheeses from Sheridans were well chosen and matched the wines perfectly. The wine expert also was well-informed and interesting to listen too. Minor complaints were that the event started a bit late and at times it was difficult to hear the wine expert due to noise from the main bar.

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Hugo's
6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Decided to give Hugo's a try for the first time at lunch today. The front of house greeted me and showed me to a table near the back of undoubtedly beautiful restaurant. The waiter came and read out the specials and I decided to go for the game pie with salad and fries. Service was quite prompt. The presentation of the dish was very good, served on a wooden board with the fries in a little frying basket. The pie wasn't great in the end though - there simply wasn't enough meat in it - too much tomato base instead. I left still feeling hungry. Perhaps next time I will go for the tempura of place which looked more tempting!

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Dax Restaurant
23 Upper Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We came to Dax for an early bird dinner (before a concert at NCH) on a recommendation by Olivier, the owner! We chatted to Olivier for a while about how he came to be in Ireland and then it was on to the meal! We had some lovely home-made breads and an amuse bouche of quail. For starters I had the rabbit sausage which was really savoury, while my wife had a lovely trout tartar. For the mains we both went for the fish course of red snapper, with very good sized portions. For dessert I had the figs and cream, while my wife had a chocolate cake. Both were equally delicious. Service was very professional throughout and was very good value for money.

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The Brown Bear
Two Mile House, Naas, Kildare

After hearing it had won at the Irish Restaurant Awards, we decided to try The Brown Bear restaurant for Sunday brunch. We were offered a basket of homemade breads to start – warm and fresh out of the oven, which I always love! I then had the starter of fish cake, samphire and yuzu which was very tasty although the portion was quite small. My wife had the scallops which looked equally delicious, though again a small portion. For mains I had the pork belly which was so rich and filling I could barely finish it, while my wife had the lamb shoulder which looked equally filling. For dessert we shared a lemon posset which was quite rich and sweet and rounded off a great meal. Service was also good and it was great to talk to Jean, the owner!

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Blessington Library Bistro
West Wicklow House, Blessington, Wicklow

Had a great birthday meal at the West Wicklow meal last night. Started with spicy chicken wings with cheese dip which were really moreish while my wife had the Boston prawn salad, which was more like a main course than a starter! For the mains I had the surf and turf special – rib eye steak with prawns with two delicious sauces (garlic butter and bbq) while my wife had the plaice filet and crab special, which also looked delicious. We had two glasses of Pinot Noir and Sauvignon blanc which were also just perfect! Service also very quick and efficient.

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An Port Mór Restaurant
1 Brewery Place, Westport, Westport, Mayo

Having heard so many good things about Frankie Mallon's restaurant we had to try this one. We went for the early bird menu whcih was good value at 23 euro for two courses. My wife had the soup which looked really good, I went for the pig's cheek salad, a house specialty which was really moreish! For the mains I had the lamb which was cooked just as I asked while my wife's trout looked equally good. For dessert we had the chef's dessert selection, which gave you a taste of several different desserts. all perfectly done. The wine was a little expensive so we just had a glass of house wine each. Service was good and very friendly.

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JGs Restaurant @ McWilliam Park Hotel
Claremorris, Claremorris, Mayo

Had a lovely meal here at John Grays last Friday night. We had booked a 2 night + 1 dinner stay and went for the set dinner. However, we were able to upgrade to any of the a la carte courses on payment of a supplement. We chose the soup and salmon respectively for starters and they were delicious. We each paid a 6 euro supplement for the T-bone steak main, but it was well worth it. What a steak! It was cooked to perfection and came with a really nice sauce and veg. Took a long time to finish, but we still had room for desserts. I had the chocolate fudge cake and my wife the banoffee pie, both perfectly done. The wines were a little on the pricey side but we settled for a nice Fleurie that cost 30 euro and it matched the steak quite well. Service was efficient if a little slow, but I put that down to how busy the restaurant was that night.

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The Greenroom Restaurant at Seafield Hotel & Spa Resort
Ballymoney, Ballymoney Wexford, Wexford

We had lunch at the bar at Seafield last Sunday. Food was quite good - we both had the charcuterie board to start and the lamb shoulder main course. The starter was quite tasty with good variety but I found the lamb to be a bit bland. For afters I had a wonderful cheese plate while my wife had a delicious chocolate dessert. Unfortunately, the service was quite slow but they did the setting was quite nice.

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L'Ecrivain Restaurant
109a Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here on a Saturday night with my wife. We were greeted warmly at the door by the front of house and, after taking our coats, we were shown to our tables on the mezzanine level overlooking the main dining room (with a great view of the Graham Knuttel tapestry). After an amuse bouche and lovely fresh bread to start we moved on to the starters. I had the squab pigeon, which was lovely but the portion was quite small. My wife had the foie gras which was even richer, but equally small. For the main course I had the Fermanagh lamb rump which was perfectly cooked and had very nice vegetables to accompany. My wife had the turbot which really cooked and looked really good. For desserts I had the goat’s cheese mousse, which was an unusual but interesting combination of the savoury and sweet, while my wife had coffee and petits fours. For the wines we asked our very friendly Hungarian waiter Balazs for advice and I must say the wines matched perfectly. This was a very high standard of dining and the high prices (incl. extra service charge which may surprise) reflected that. But it was a very enjoyable experience and at no point did we feel rushed.

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Bobo's Gourmet Burgers (Dame St)
50-51 Dame St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Great lunch today at BoBos Dame st. Chose the Cashel cheese burger with bacon and it was enormous! (All Bobos burgers are 7oz it seems.) Took a while to finish! Also got some chunky chips with aioli sauce which were quite tasty. Bobos also does nice juices and smoothies and I had the Zinger, with pineapple orange and lemon. All in all a very filling lunch!

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Mourne Seafood Bar
Millennium Tower, Charlotte Quay, Dublin City Centre, City Centre South, Dublin

Four of us ate here recently and were all agreed after that this was the best seafood in Dublin! I had already eaten at the Belfast and Dundrum Mourne Seafood restaurants so knew what treats to expect here. My wife and I had the salt and chilli squid to start while my friends had the prawn special. The portions were quite generous and moreish. For the main course I had the halibut, which was delicious even if the portion was a little on the small side. My wife had a sea bream, while our friends had the John Dory and Thai fish curry respectively, which all looked amazing. The white wine was a little on the pricey side, but matched the seafood quite well. We had a mixture of desserts and all at the table seemed happy with them. Service was also quite attentive and our server was quite knowledgeable about each of the dishes.

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The Waterloo Bar
36 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, D04 R6Y6, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Had a great Sunday brunch at the Waterloo. We both had the Super Moroccan chick pea salad to start, which was very tasty. For the main I had the Mixed Grill which would feed an army! Wonderful pork and leek sausages, smoked bacon, and beef brisket. My wife had the cod and chips which also looked great. Service was very quick and efficient and the pub had a nice atmosphere. We'll be back!

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ely winebar
22 Ely Place, (Just off St. Stephen’s Green), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We had a wonderful early dinner here at Ely Place. I had the steak tartar which was excellently prepared my my wife had the squid, which tasted really fresh. The accompanying wines were of the consistently high standard set by Ely. Service was prompt and very friendly. Very good atmosphere in the bar too.

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L'Ecrivain Restaurant
109a Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We had a wonderful tasting menu at l'Ecrivain on Wednesday (we took the Menupages 2-for-1 offer, great value). We arrived a little early and sat in the beautiful bar area downstairs . Then we went to the stunning dining room upstairs. Service was excellent with each course explained by the waitress. We had an amuse bouche of oyster, then scallops, foie gras, cod, lamb, and two desserts...all beautifully cooked and wonderfully presented. The wine was also very good, though a little on the pricey side. Coffees and lovely petit fours to finish and round off an excellent meal, one of the best I've had in Dublin. and great value!

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La Mere Zou
22 St Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Great early bird meal here last Thursday. The starters of Toulouse sausage and grilled sardines were really tasty and moreish. For mains we both had the lamb nardine, it was cooked to perfection with the meat really tender. The desserts were both lovely, ice-cream for my wife and for me the perfect creme brulee. Accompanying wines were also excellent. Service was very friendly and attentive. The perfect French meal and great value meal overall.

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Il Vicoletto
5 Crow Street (Next to Foggy Dew Pub), Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Good Italian restaurant with great wines. We shared a cold meat and cheeses as a starter and had the pasta special with speck for the main course. The tortelli were delicious but the portion sizes were ridiculously small! Four bits of pasta and I was still starving. The chocolate dessert was really good though and the wine superb. Good food overall but not great value for the price, especially considering the small portions.

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VnV at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Used my 40 euro voucher last Sat night for a wonderful dinner that consisted of amuse bouche, starter, main and glass of wine for two people. Amuse bouche was delightful as was the toasted garlic that accompanied it. Starters were moreish, really delish. My main of chicken was perfectly cooked as was my wife's lamb. Could have done with a bit more veg on the side, but just a minor complaint. We had two glasses of lovely wine in the beautiful Radisson bar to finish. Lovely meal!

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The Sideline Bistro
The Croke Park Hotel, Jones Road, City Centre North, Dublin

Very nice restaurant with good food. We had seafood starters of crab, very tasty but a little bit on the small side. The mains were excellent though - I had fillet steak that was cooked to perfection as was the duck my wife got. The two cheese boards that followed gave us an excellent array of Irish cheeses. We got the house wine which was a very robust red, just perfect.

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