Restaurant Reviews from sinead.otoole08

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Sabor Brazil restaurant

71a Camden Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Brazilian

Price Range:

Great
115 reviews

Reviewed 10th November 2009 ( visited 23rd September 2009 )

I decided to book this place for my anniversary, after reading the reviews. I also read a review about this restaurant in the Irish Independent, which sounded amazing. Let me tell you, it was! Truly a lovely place to relax, unwind and enjoy a beautiful meal at your own pace. The decor was fab, all the chairs are covered in fine linen, along with the tables. There's a warm cosy atmosphere created by candle light fixtures to the walls and tables, very romantic. My partner and I forgot to bring our carefully chosen wine for the evening, so we rang ahead and the lovely waiter told me exactly where to go to acquire the same bottle of wine. We had the upstairs room to ourselves for most of our time there. The waiter was fantastic, very friendly and informative, and easy on the eye!! We had complimentary olives to start, then a complimentary sorbet, which brought a smile to our face. We had the Brazilian platter which was beautiful, but way too much food for 2 people, I would recommend that a party of 4 avail of this option. For mains, we had the Brazilian stew and Chicken stuffed with cream cheese and chive. Both were amazing and so much food!! We had another compliamentary sorbet after our meal, which was beautiful. We didnt order desert, however the waiter gave us a compliamentary desert to share between us. It was beautiful! If you're a big eater, you will love this place, if not - arrive very hungry! ENJOY!
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Cafe Topolis restaurant

37 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Cheap Eats

Price Range:

Good
286 reviews

Reviewed 05th February 2010 ( visited 18th January 2010 )

My partner and I decided to stop into Topolis as we passed by and saw the early bird price EUR14.00 for 2 courses. Having looked at the menu, we agreed this would satisfy our taste buds. It was early, about 17:00 or after, and we were the only 2 in the place. They were only getting set up for the evening, the place was a bit chilled and therefore this hindered the atmosphere. We shared brochette and the wings for starter. The brochette was very garlicky, with big lumps of garlic as opposed to it being finely chopped; it gave the impression that it was just thrown together. I went for pasta with beef in a tomato sauce, my partner had the chicken salad. I couldn't fault my mains, it was lovely, plenty of it and very tasty. My partner's salad was also plentiful and very tasty. As soon as we finished, we asked for the bill and left. We went to a bar close by and had a few hot whiskeys and later that evening we noticed from the outside that it was a lot busier and atmosphere looked cosy and warm. We decided that we were just too early to experience the true atmosphere of Topolis and so that is why we've changed our grading from 2 to 3 for atmosphere. Great value overall, would recommend this early bird menu for a cheap eat, well worth it.
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The Laurels (Clondalkin)
Main Street, Clondalkin, Dublin

Went for diner yesterday. Starters, we had the wings and I'd safely say they were the nicest wings I've tasted in a long time. For mains, my stake was perfectly cooked and portion sizes were good also. Live music, good food and Guinness... a perfect back holiday Monday retreat.

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McGettigans Cookhouse and Bar
Amiens Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Went after work and was pleasantly surprised. We both shared a portion of chicken wings which were delicious. We both had the fish and chips for mains. Lovely big portions. The batter was crispy and light, the perfect foundation for a few pints to follow. The selection of beers on draught was good... the atmosphere was lively and the colour schemes and interior design gave it authentic rustic feeling, almost like an American bar. Very cool place. Great value. I'll be back again for sure.

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Brasserie 7
The Capel Building, Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

We ordered the warm chorizo salad and chick wings for starters. The chorizo salad was oily, but delicious. Some bread to mop up the oil would have topped it off. The wings were plentiful and delicious also. For mains, I had the special of the day, which was Seabass and mash and veg. My friend ordered the spinach and ricotta cheese tortellini. The seabass was not fresh, on its last legs before getting chucked in the bin. It was served upside down, skin side up, draped over the mash. Who serves a delicate piece of fish skin side up? When I flipped it over, you could visibly see it was not as fresh as one would like, so it was strategically placed skinside up. I ate it regardless as I was hungry and granted, I didn't get sick.. I lived to tell the tale today. The tortellini was on the other hand, a splendid dish. Filling, fresh and full of flavour. My friend thoroughly enjoyed it. Again, bread missing to scoop the sauce up at the end. I had a menupages voucher which was €35 for 2 starters, 2 mains and a bottle of wine. The wine was middle of the road but perfect for where it was. The diner was lovely too. Well worth the voucher price. I would definitely go back again.

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Fade Street Social - The GastroBar
4-6 Fade Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Attended a birthday party here and we each ordered 3 portions. The food was delicious. However, I was finished mine in 5 mins and still hungry after. Portions were small and expensive for what it was. I've dined in the restaurant before and it was exceptional. A hard act to follow. I'll probably go back there in future.

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Koh
6-7 Jervis Street, Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin

I pre booked our reservation through Menupages, having received a solid recommendation from a close friend. On arrival, the trendy décor raised our brows and we took straight away to the cool ambiance and music. We were greeted with a smiling waitress who seated us in the restaurant straight away. It was early (5.30) and already the place was filling up. We choose a bottle of Italian house white and were given the option of sauvignon or chardonnay. (which was something you dont see that often) For starters I had the Vietnamese beef balls in a curry sauce and my friend had the duck laab. Both were amazing. For mains, we had green chicken curry and chicken noodles. Again, to die for, really good! It was the first time we ever saw a list of cocktails for desert, so we decided to be adventurous. We ordered two, The Banoffee and The Baileys Chocolate cocktails. OMG! You will just have to try it to believe it. The pre theatre menu was only €20 for 2 courses or €23 for 3. The desert cocktails were not included in the early bird price, and were priced at €9 each..which we didn’t mind paying as it was new to us. After our meal, we finished our wine in the trendy cocktail bar. We browsed at the cocktail menu and from the vast range, we couldn’t resist. They were really good quality and arranged with a touch of class. The staff were friendly and attentive, the food was amazing, excellently priced and… will I be back? Absolutely!

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Bar Italia
26 Blooms Lane , Lower Ormond Quay, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

My friend and I arrived for diner without reservation and were quickly sat down. We went for the 3 course meal for €28 pp. My friend had mixed salami platter for starter and I had the mixed char grilled marinated vegetables. There was a good range of meats and quite a big portion too. However, mine was unexpectedly cold. Having said that, the wonderful flavours carried it off well and all was forgiven. For mains we ordered a pizza each. I ordered a pizza with Tomato, buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil, which arrived with only 3 leaves of basil for the whole pizza! My friend ordered Tomato, Italian seasoned sausage, rocket, mozzarella, which looked and tasted far superior to mine. The bread on the pizza was amazing, nice and light – couldn’t fault that. I had to prompt the waiters to bring our pizzas we had a show to catch in the Gaiety. Because of the delay we had to skip desert. Throughout our meal we drank a bottle of house white which was lovely and fruity. Our bill arrived with the desert included. The waiter very kindly gave us the wine on the house for the inconvenience of missing desert and marking the bill wrong. Will I be back? Yes! The ambiance was lovely, the waiters were very polite and the food rounded it off to a complete 3 star from me.

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The Boxty House
20-21 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

It was cold, we were hungry, saw their early bird menu and price and said it looked good so went in. We were sat by the window, which added to the atmosphere a little, we were the only two in the place at that stage. By the time we were leaving, the place was packed. We ordered 2 glasses of house white wine, which was very much your middle of the road wine, nothing exciting. I had the chowder for starter, my friend had the stew. Both were lovely, and hit the spot, just the thing one would want on such a cold day. My American friend ordered the traditional fish and chips. Good size fish and lovely chunky chips but the mushy peas (served separately) looked like they were left exposed all day without being covered. The top layer was dry and had a crispy hard crush to dig through!! Somehow, I doubt this was part of the effect! Moving on! I ordered the fillet of salmon. I was so disappointed. 3 bits of salmon arrived folded into a pancake! Yes, it was literally a pancake folded in half with 3 bits of salmon inside and a splash of cream sauce with a dollop of mashed spud! This dish was not on the early bird menu, it was ordered off the diner menu...priced at 17.99! For this price, I expected to get a beautifully cooked full size fillet of salmon, not a sample wrapped in a sweet pancake drenched in sauce! For desert, we asked the waiter what culinary delights were on offer. Nothing appealed to us, so we decided on 2 Irish coffees. They were perfectly made, and certainly the best course of the 3! We felt we were being pushed out. Waiters cleaned our table about 4 times and constantly checked their watch for the time in front of us, reminding us to hurry up, drink up and get out! My American friend insisted in paying the bill, so I never actually got to see what the damage was, but whatever it was, it wasn’t worth it. I’ll never be back. Sorry.

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WILDE
The Westbury, Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I took my partner here as a treat and used up my menu points earned. I got a 3 course meal for 3000 menu points. We started with fresh baked bread with dressed olive oils for dipping. We ordered a bottle of Chilean Chardonnay which was slow to start but when it did, it was fab! The selection was very good and saying that, we both chose the same starter. Crab and prawn cocktail. It was absolutely stunning. So light, fresh and crispy! For mains I chose the 6oz steak and my partner went for the slow belly roast pork. Both were beautifully cooked and incredibly scrumptious. Good portions too. We both were too full to have a desert each, so we shared a creme brulee. It was surprisingly light and was a perfect ending to a rather splendid dining experience. We will definitely be back. The service was very professional and added such class. The total bill, inc the discount voucher and drinks, came to EUR79.00.

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

I went to Rolys after my graduation in The RDS. Brought the folks and partner. We all went for the early bird menu which had a very good selection of starters and mains. We could choose from a range of different types of home made breads, and any amount also!!! I had the soup to start, which was absolutly fab - as soup goes - but everyone else chose the fish cakes and everyone had to admit that they were possibly the nicest fish cakes they have eaten to date. Mains was a mixed decision from the group. I had the confit of duck, which was so tender and tasty, while others chose the cod and lamb cottage pie. The vegetables that accompanied our diner were gorgeous, I've never tasted a carrot puree like this, so good! We were too full for desert, but very tempted. The service was second to none. We had 4 waiters looking after us, danced attention, yet didnt outstay their welcome. We had 2 bottles of wine, 4 starters, 4 mains and 4 expresso coffee's and it all came to EUR171.00 total. I would certainly go back and would highly recommend Rolys for anyone who loves good food and plenty of it!

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Vine Restaurant
109 North Main Street, Wexford Town, Wexford

Stayed in Wexford for the weekend. Went for diner here Saturday for the early bird EUR23.50 which encluded a starter, main course, a glass of house wine and a coffee. As Thai food goes, this was as good as it gets. The starter was nothing special, theres not much you can do with Thai chicken wings and spare ribs to be fair. Both were cooked perfectly, not greasy or overdone and the portion was decent also. Main course selection was great, I choose the green curry, chicken. My friend chose a spicy beef red curry. Both were fabulous, and the portions again were very generous, so generous in fact, that we had to retire for the evening as we ate so much!! The wine served its purpose and the coffee was delish! In terms of service, although our food was served up by a friendly waitress, she forgot about us after taking our order, and arrived with our starter, having not recieved our cuttlery and glass of wine. She quickly realised her error and apologised. No harm done, as we thoroughly enjoyed our meal and would recommend this restaurant to anyone who was partial to Thai cuisine.

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Fallon and Byrne
11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

A collegue told us all one Monday morning that he had diner in F&B that weekend, after 2 mins our mouths were watering. We checked out the menu online and we were very impressed to say the least, to keep it in mind the next time Im wandering from restaurant to the next, brousing menu's etc. Well, the day happened 2 wks ago. Delighted with the opertunity to treat a friend, we headed for F&B, to avail of the early bird menu. Its been two weeks and I just logged on to view the menu to get the names of the particular dishs we ate, but to discover its a completely new menu. So, i'll give it a shot on memory. I had the crab creme fraiche, avruga carviar and mango - omg - to die for! My friend had a chicken pate with fig and salad - again - gorgeous! We went the house white, and you could taste the quality, beautiful wine. (sorry, I cant remember the name) For mains I had the free range chicken and my friend went for the rib eye stake. There was not a word from us as we ate, only carefully taking in all the unusual flavours and realising how wonderfully it worked. The early bird I would highly recommend, you're given 3 choices off their al a carte menu, so for the quality of food, it was completely worth it. Fully satisfied, after 2 hrs of endulgence, we left the restaurant and passed many restaurants on our way to Dame St, and none of their early bird menu's came even a hair close to Fallan and Byrne. 100% for quality of food, service, atmosphere and value.

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Il Fico
Dublin Road, Naas, Kildare

I reviewed this restaurant in March 2010. Since then, we have regularly eaten here, on average once a month. I would just like to say that nothing has changed since my initial review. The service, the quality of food, the portions, the house wine, and great tasting food. We always go the early bird menu which is great value and runs from 5-8pm. The number of choices for starters, mains and desert is outstanding. We have ordered nearly every starter and mains at this stage and simply cannot fault any of it. Its a great place to eat and I highly recommend it.

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The Wild Swan Chinese Restaurant
1st Floor No1, Main Street, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

I booked a table for 4 of us to go here, and tried to book through menupages but couldn’t - so therefore I missed out on points. The reason I booked here as it was highly recommended by one of the girls who lives in Malahide. She had never eaten here before, but from word of mouth, she said it was the place to go. The atmosphere was only ok, even though it was busy. The service was fast and very attentive, but sadly, the food was not great. As far as Chinese restaurants go, this has to be the worst place I've ever eaten. I shared my starter - Yuk Sung - with 1 other person. I was very salty and not a good portion for two people, it was more like a portion for 1 person. It was finished long before the other two girls finished their starter. They ordered skewered chicken and chicken and sweet corn soup. Again, small portions and big prices! For mains I ordered Thai red beef curry. I don't know what I got, but I know one thing, it wasn't red Thai curry. Thai food is my favourite and I make my very own Thai curries, but this was just not right! Almost like they got a Chinese curry paste and put a couple of heaped spoonfuls of grated coconut into it, leaving the curry paste texture clumpy with bits of coconut getting stuck in my teeth. It was simply sweet and salty coconut with a hint of chilli. YUK! My friends ordered chilli beef and black bean, sweet and sour prawn, and chicken and ginger. Everyone agreed that their main courses were very salty and sweet and certainly was not worth EUR18.00 per main course!! I will never eat here again. We split the bill, which was EUR35.00 a head, which included a bottle of wine and 4 bottles of beer, but it certainly was not worth the money. I drank water for the rest of the night as the salty diner was giving me a thirst that I simply could not quench!! Never again, ever!

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Cafe Topolis
37 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

My partner and I decided to stop into Topolis as we passed by and saw the early bird price EUR14.00 for 2 courses. Having looked at the menu, we agreed this would satisfy our taste buds. It was early, about 17:00 or after, and we were the only 2 in the place. They were only getting set up for the evening, the place was a bit chilled and therefore this hindered the atmosphere. We shared brochette and the wings for starter. The brochette was very garlicky, with big lumps of garlic as opposed to it being finely chopped; it gave the impression that it was just thrown together. I went for pasta with beef in a tomato sauce, my partner had the chicken salad. I couldn't fault my mains, it was lovely, plenty of it and very tasty. My partner's salad was also plentiful and very tasty. As soon as we finished, we asked for the bill and left. We went to a bar close by and had a few hot whiskeys and later that evening we noticed from the outside that it was a lot busier and atmosphere looked cosy and warm. We decided that we were just too early to experience the true atmosphere of Topolis and so that is why we've changed our grading from 2 to 3 for atmosphere. Great value overall, would recommend this early bird menu for a cheap eat, well worth it.

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Shanahan’s on the Green
119 St. Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Went to Shanahans last night for my 30th Birthday. It was the ultimate dining experience! The food, the service and the atmosphere was second to none. I had the muscles for starter and the 12oz fillet stake - it was absolutely divine! The nicest stake I've ever tasted. Would love to be able to afford eating here on a regular basis, but for now, until I win the lotto, I'll have to keep Shanahans for special occasions. I highly recommend Shanahans.

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Gotham Cafe
8 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

After a successful mornings shopping, my mother and I decided to treat my mother to a lovely lunch. I had eaten here before (diner) and I remembered it was fab, so I thought I'd try out the lunch menu. Even though it was cold outside, the two bottles of Heineken, crisply chilled, went down a treat. We both went for the Veg Thai Curry, which was plentiful and delicious. The whole bill came to approx EUR32.00, which was very reasonable. I would highly recommend Gotham for lunch AND diner.

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Sabor Brazil
71a Camden Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I decided to book this place for my anniversary, after reading the reviews. I also read a review about this restaurant in the Irish Independent, which sounded amazing. Let me tell you, it was! Truly a lovely place to relax, unwind and enjoy a beautiful meal at your own pace. The decor was fab, all the chairs are covered in fine linen, along with the tables. There's a warm cosy atmosphere created by candle light fixtures to the walls and tables, very romantic. My partner and I forgot to bring our carefully chosen wine for the evening, so we rang ahead and the lovely waiter told me exactly where to go to acquire the same bottle of wine. We had the upstairs room to ourselves for most of our time there. The waiter was fantastic, very friendly and informative, and easy on the eye!! We had complimentary olives to start, then a complimentary sorbet, which brought a smile to our face. We had the Brazilian platter which was beautiful, but way too much food for 2 people, I would recommend that a party of 4 avail of this option. For mains, we had the Brazilian stew and Chicken stuffed with cream cheese and chive. Both were amazing and so much food!! We had another compliamentary sorbet after our meal, which was beautiful. We didnt order desert, however the waiter gave us a compliamentary desert to share between us. It was beautiful! If you're a big eater, you will love this place, if not - arrive very hungry! ENJOY!

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Mexico to Rome
23 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

I would highly recommend this place for the lovely food and the excellent value. There was a great selection on the early bird option, however I decided to go with the evening menu...which was super!! We were a party of four people and we equally enjoyed our meal..and in times of recession, this place is the place to eat!! 4 starters, 4 main courses (not early bird option) and 2 bottles of wine for EUR116.00! I'll be back!!

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Milano (Temple Bar)
19 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

One of my favourate restaurants in Dublin. I eat here regularly and have yet to be dissapointed. Would highly recommend Milano's of Temble Bar.

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

Brought my partner here for our 4th anniversary for somewhere different, cuisine wise. It was very cosy and romantic. The food was second to none, tried frog's legs for the first time, which was exciting! They were lovely. The wine was absolutely gorgeous. The place was full and very busy and even so, the service was quick and the waiters were very attentive and friendly. Value for money?? Absolutly... the quality of the food and wine was 1st class. Would highly recommend Chez Max.

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