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Last Visit: 29 November 2017

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Vermilion restaurant

94-96 Terenure Road, Dublin 6 , Terenure, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 6

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Reviewed 29th March 2016 ( visited 17th March 2016 )

I am writing this review for one reason and one reason only. Haven eaten at this restaurant for the last 8 weeks, I had my final meal there last Thursday. The reason for this is that Vermilion have decided that the recession in Ireland is over and that they will charge you twice for your food!!!!! Yes twice, their new policy is a €1 charge on doggie bag's, can you believe it! I find this appaling that local people are eating in this restaurant and the very people who are supporting this business are being RIPPED off. Lets remember that Vermilion already provide a takeaway facility , so the excuse I was given (bags to be printed etc) is nonsensical! I hope that this review is approved and printed, I have contact Vermilion re same and have a picture of the receipt as some may find this charge as I did UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!
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Vermilion restaurant

94-96 Terenure Road, Dublin 6 , Terenure, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 6

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Cuisine:
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Price Range:

Good
420 reviews

Reviewed 29th March 2016 ( visited 17th March 2016 )

I am writing this review for one reason and one reason only. Haven eaten at this restaurant for the last 8 weeks, I had my final meal there last Thursday. The reason for this is that Vermilion have decided that the recession in Ireland is over and that they will charge you twice for your food!!!!! Yes twice, their new policy is a €1 charge on doggie bag's, can you believe it! I find this appaling that local people are eating in this restaurant and the very people who are supporting this business are being RIPPED off. Lets remember that Vermilion already provide a takeaway facility , so the excuse I was given (bags to be printed etc) is nonsensical! I hope that this review is approved and printed, I have contact Vermilion re same and have a picture of the receipt as some may find this charge as I did UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!
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Sophie's
33 Harcourt Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Brought my mum here last Monday 19/6/17, on a lovely sunny Monday afternoon for lunch! We dinned on the Terrace which was much smaller than I had thought it would be, however, its a lovely spot for a bit of grub and a libation. Both of us had the half rotisserie chicken which was succulent and extremely tender and tasty, it came with apple and fennel slaw (Delish), skinny fries could have been crispier and gravy to the side which was yum!!!! Complimented with a beer and a cappuccino, it came in at €50 inclusive of tip! A definite must, I will be back!!!!

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di Luca Trattoria
10 Harcourt Street, St Stephens Green, Dublin

OK, so went here last night for dinner! Believe me none of the pictures you feature are anything near what we were served. For starts, I had warm soup, flavour was OK but temperature left ALOT to be desired. For mains all three of us had the venison Ragu, I asked for mine not to have any cheese shavings on it. Three ragus arrived all with chesse, so mine had to be returned, the two that remained at the table were served in cold bowls, pasta was good, but I am quite sure it was beef mince that was cooked in a stock cube mix and served, my ragu arrived as the other two had finished, I had requested that my bowl be warm, well, it was quite obviously microwaved!!! Condiments are served in little open bowls so that everybody's fingers can be dipped in for their salt and pepper. I requested a salt and pepper mill, and was told that they had none so a small coffe cup was brought out with Saxa salt in it??? When I told the waitress about why I requested the mills (due to the complete UNHYGENIC manner of using your fingers) she informed me that the chef was very passionate about serving salt and pepper in this way and that they were changed ONCE daily, charming!!!!! Within minutes all salt and pepper bowls were removed from all tables. The wine was good, however expensive. The menu on Di Luca's website is not the menu that we were presented with. In a nutshell this is one place that I will not return to, under any circumstances! The food is appalling to say the least, €99 for three people, dare I say a happy meal would have tasted better and would be better value for money!!!

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The Vintage Kitchen
7 Poolbeg St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

In the words of my apparently "Educated' palate, WOW!!!!

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Pickle Restaurant
43 Camden Street Lower, Camden Street, Dublin

Wow, Ok so the decor is not to my taste, but hey, you dont go to Pickle to eat the walls. You do go to Pickle to eat AMAZING Indian food, I have never tasted as good! From the chicken wings with roasted tomato, garlic & Kashmiri chilly chutney to the Wild boar vindaloo curry and spicy (my choice) Butter chicken with fenugreek, ginger and cardamom butter naan, it was all to die for! Washed down with a Martino S/B. I cannot wait to return!!!! It is a must visit on Camden Street!

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Meghna Tandoori
8-12 Terenure Place, Dublin 6, Terenure, Dublin

Spend a very 'mix match' evening in Meghna last night. We arrived at 7.30 and were told to sit at the window, a table dressed for two when there were three of us???? We were NOT shown to our table, rather unmannerly, I thought!!! We ordered wine first followed by our food at 7.50, at 8.25 we were still awaiting starters??? They arrived thereafter at 8.35, two fish kebabs and a chicken Tikka for me (the chicken was pink) so I sent it back, a cooked chicken tikka then arrived and my glass of wine was removed (apparently there was onion in it, or so the waiter told me), it wasn't replaced until I asked. It was substitued with a positively 'rank' glass of "I have no clue what'!!!! The mains were really good, my Chicken Chilli masala was gorgeous, and my counterparts Chicken jal frezi was great however the lamb passanda was poor! The choice of wine , a Pinot Grigio, was good. The service appaling, Im not sure that I will be back?!?

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Vermilion
94-96 Terenure Road, Dublin 6 , Terenure, Dublin

I am writing this review for one reason and one reason only. Haven eaten at this restaurant for the last 8 weeks, I had my final meal there last Thursday. The reason for this is that Vermilion have decided that the recession in Ireland is over and that they will charge you twice for your food!!!!! Yes twice, their new policy is a €1 charge on doggie bag's, can you believe it! I find this appaling that local people are eating in this restaurant and the very people who are supporting this business are being RIPPED off. Lets remember that Vermilion already provide a takeaway facility , so the excuse I was given (bags to be printed etc) is nonsensical! I hope that this review is approved and printed, I have contact Vermilion re same and have a picture of the receipt as some may find this charge as I did UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!

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Vermilion
94-96 Terenure Road, Dublin 6 , Terenure, Dublin

I ate here last Thursday 11/2/2016. We had a table booked for 2 people for 7.30, running late due to Luas strikes, Vermilion accommodated our 8pm arrival with no issue.For starters I ordered Chicken Tikka and my companion Aloo Tikka, both of which were scrumptious! Mains for me was Chicken Tikka Masala, very mild dish but very tasty, the other was Chicken Jalfrezi, steamed rice for me while my companion opted for Pilao. As an extra we order Garlic Onion and Coriander Naan (extra garlic) and this is the first Indian that obliged with extra garlic, it was delicious. The wine was a good choice also Emiliana Sauv Blanc, resonable at €21. Dessert consisted of 2 x Calypso Coffees for me while, the other had 2 x French Coffees. We had purchased a deal which meant the cheapest meal was free. The grand total €80.35, what a delightful bargain

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Diwali Indian Restaurant
Unit 1, Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I booked my table through Menupages for 3 people, 7.30 last Staurday. Diwali was jam packed due to christmas festivities, and we waiting patiently for 30 mins to be seated along with some free Cobra, nice touch! The food is fantastic, from the Onion Bhajis to the Chicken Tikka and Tandoori Chicken for starts. Mains consisted of Chicken Jalfrezi, a Garlic chilli Chicken masala and a Lamb Biryani, all really tasty and perfect portion sizes. The garlic Naan was delightful also. My only whinge would be the wine, however Im not sure I have ever been sure about wine and Indian food, I will stick with Beer instead. Staff were extremely pleasant and generous, I will be back and am looking forward to it already!

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Keshk Cafe Restaurant
71 Mespil Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Went to Keshk on Saturday night with a friend. Both of us had the same starter (Tiger Prawns in filo pastry) which were out of this world, delish!!!! I went for Chilli Kafta with potatoes and my friend opted for Lamb meatballs with potatoes also. Portions were perfect size, although I requested my leftovers in a doggie bag! 10/10, will be back, highly recommended!!!!

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Beeftro - Balfe Street
5 Balfe St, City Centre South, Dublin

My third time to dine here, but this was my first lunchtime visit. We booked for 3.30, and the restaurant had approx 10 other diners in when we arrived which is good considering the odd time. We ordered chicken wings to share for starts, I have to say Beeftros chicken wings are 'Up' there among the best chicken wings in Dublin I think!!!! For mains we both chose the 200g Sirloin Rump, which came with fries and salad, the steak was perfectly cooked, absolutely delicious as was the salad and their chips are so tasty. The menu is very well priced and great value! I will be back, well done Beeftro!!!!

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I Monelli restaurant
1-2 Portobello Road , Portobello, Dublin

Sorely disappointed!!! I dined with two friends in I Monelli on Wednesday night. I Monelli have now moved into the wonderfully leafy Portobello and are utilizing there window seats well! I ordered the Pasta e Fagioli, and my companions the Insalata Rucola e Parmigiano and soup of the day. My soup left alot to be desired, gloupy, bland and quite honestly looked like baby food from a jar. The Insalata, my friend loved, personally I thought that it had come straight from an extremely cold fridge, but he enjoyed it. The soup of the day I was told was delicious. For mains I opted for the classic Cannelloni, it was perfect in everyway apart from its temperature. This is probably me, but I like my dinner served HOT, not warm or tepid, HOT!!! The other mains ordered were ccheri alla Rana Pescatrice (monkfish & pasta in a tomato sauce) and a special which consisted of cubed lamb with mushrooms and pasta in a cream sauce. The monkfish looked good, but tasted like it was thawed from frozen, certainly not fresh that day! The lamb dish was dreadful on every level, the meat was chewy and the dish looked dreadful. The wine list is quite expensive also if you do not opt for the house wine (€20), we went for a Pinot Grigio at €26.95, which was perfectly acceptable to the palate. My friend had been told that the early bird was on all night, not so when the bill arrived (€121), after a discussion we we refunded the difference and given a bottle of wine also. Unfortunately I do not think that I will be back unless serious efforts are but into the cooking and serving. On a night when we were a group of 7 that were in the restaurant, these food fails should not occur!

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Riverside Restaurant @ Kilkenny River Court Hotel
Kilkenny River Court Hotel, The Bridge, John Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

A disappointing lunch on a beautiful sunny day. We arrived at approx 2.30pm and got seated at the banches beside the river. Although you can have a drink sitting on a bench you cannot eat there, although themanager told me that if I collected the food from the bar myself that I could. Well we got over that hurdle by finding a seat where food was served, again outside as the sun was splitting the stones. Both mum and I opted for a BLT with a portion of fries! We both received a BLF (Bacon Lettuce FAT sandwich), no sign of any tomato and more fat than Bacon, how is it even possible to get a BLT wrong, I have no idea. We called the bill and were given the wrong receipt twice. At €13.90 for 2 BLF's and €3 for chips, please try and get it right!!! Would I return for FOOD, no way!

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Vaughan's Eatery
105/107 Terenure Road North, Terenure, Terenure, Dublin

We ate in Vaughans on Mothers day, and for some reason the restaurant was not busy at all, which I can only imagine was the reason for its lack of atmosphere. For starters the Chicken Liver pate was gorgeous, although my toast could have been "toasted', like my Mums was. The steak was superb, tender, and cooked to perfection sitting on a bed of mushroons and onions, served with a side of fries and pepper sauce. We will be back!!!!!

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Vermilion
94-96 Terenure Road, Dublin 6 , Terenure, Dublin

Arrived late however staff were very accomodating to our party of four! We all had starts, chicken tikka x 2, 1 mixed plater for 2 x 1. All plates were cleared, thoroughly tasty food. Four mains I had chicken Chilli masala, my partner had lamb chatpata, my friends had another chicken chilli masala and a Mangalorean Fish Masala. It was absolutely delish!!! The house wine was also excellent. Cannot wait to return!

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

This was my second time to visit this restaurant and was in my eyes 'for a last chance saloon' for them to convince me to return. Sadly that will not be happening. I really do not understand why you would employ service staff that do not have a comprehensive crasp of the English language. This is just unacceptable in a mainly English speaking country. The chefs quite obviously have issues with time management. If three out of four people order 'point End Steak' and the forth person orders Octopus, why can all four dishes not arrive to the table at the same time???? I had ordered my steak medium to well and it arrived medium rare! Staff are extremly pleaseant however unfortunately I am not eating the staff. Fade Street Social is an over priced eatery in a less than creative part of town.

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Whitefriar Grill
16 Aungier Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Arrived at 7.30pm, and received no greeting, I introduced myself and advised on my booking. Atmosphere was busy busy, vibrant, music was funky and at the right volume. Service was excellent, we had a very pleasant waitress serve us and advised us what was on special and what the kitchen had run out of (Pork belly, I believe it was on the night). Our food arrived promptly and was very tasty - my partner had crab scotch egg, while I had the chicken wings - really good. For mains my partner went for the rump with garlicky gambas which he really enjoyed , while I went for the striplone on the bone, unfortunately though, my mains was served on a ‘warped’ wooden board so eating and cutting a steak proved difficult as my ‘board’ was swinging in circles. My partner had a glass of red which he thought was beautiful and I went for the staff pick glass of white wine, it wouldn’t be my cup of tea but the selection of wines was good! We shared a creme broulee desert which was delicious and to finish I had a baileys coffee, my partner ordered a calypso coffee, but was served an Irish coffee, he didnt mind. Overall it was a really pleasant evening, our waitress was pleasant and attentive. One thing that I would change if I could would be the cramped seating, you are literally seating on the next tables knee, so a private conversation is out of the question and squeezing out to the VERY clean loos almost a feat of genius in itself!

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Camden Rotisserie
37 Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

Ate here by chance on Tuesday evening. The building itself is quite swamped by Camden Street itself so keep your eyes peeled for this little gem!!! Best Chicken that I have ever eaten in Dublin, lovely spicy chicken wings, amazing chicken fillet burger (all real juicy chicken BTW). Staff uber friendly and value for money, you couldn't get any better value, not in this city anyway!!! Dont miss out, a real find!!!

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Chatham Brasserie
Chatham Street, City Centre South, Dublin

We decided to go here for breakfast two weeks ago. The full Irish was advertised outside for €12.95, which we though sounded expensive but thought, why not we will give it a go! We were quickly seated to a table of our choice with complimentary newspapers (nice touch). Both of us ordered the full Irish breakfast. Within minutes we were brought tea and coffee and mini Vienna rolls which were so fresh. Then came the breakfasts, each plate with two sausages, two rashers, an egg cooked to your choice, grilled tomato, white & black pudding and two large potatoe wedges. Absolutely delicious. Staff were friendly and attentive. Food quality was excellent, would certainly recommend and would go back again!

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Buenos Aires Grill
Unit 2 Castle Way, Golden Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We ate here last Saturday night. The restaurant is bright and spacious, with a luscious 'pair of red lips' surrounding the grill. For starters, I had the crab cake, tasty and well seasoned, my partner had the calamares, which he said was gorgeous, perfectly cooked and plentiful. As a true meat lover that I am i went for the 20oz T-bone steak, with house spuds & salads. My partner had the 14oz sirloin steak, we shared a side of fries, spinach and mushrooms. The mains were tender, succulent, and really tasty, both of us cleaned our plates. We washed down our meal with a beautiful bottle of Vina Amalia 2007. Staff were friendly and attentive on a busy night that saw Argentinia beaten in Rugby but not in Food! We will be back!

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

I ate in Shanahans last Saturday night as a birthday treat! We arrived at 10pm and had two drinks in the bar, which is a beautiful setting. At 10.30pm we were greeted by a really pleasant waitress and were brought to our table on the second floor. We started with the trio of salmon, absolutely gorgeous. For mains I tucked into the 24oz T-bone steak, and polished off every morsel. My partner had the ribeye, we has sides of fries (portion way too big), whipped potatoes and buttered spinach. Our waiter recommended a beuatiful Sancerre which accompanied our meal very pleasantly. For the whole night we were treated like gold dust but I suppose why shouldn't any be for the prices that one pays here. For an absolute special treat, go if you can, I will but may need to re mortgage!!!

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Lennox Cafe and Bistro
31 Lennox Street, City Centre South, Dublin

After taking a stroll down the canal, I happened upon The Lennox Bistro, which I had heard of, so I thought I would give it a go! A busy little bistro, buzzing with a diverse crowd of South Circularites. I waited 15 minutes and was seated at a table with a complimentary Independent and weekender!! It was mid morning so I focused on the Breakfast menu, which had eggs of every variety, poached, scrambled & baked, all organic of course! I decided to go for the Lennox Irish Breakfast which consisted of 2 perfectly cooked pieces of Bacon, 1 perfectly poached egg nestled on a piece of toast, half a tomato, sauteed potatoes, black pudding and the worst sausage I have ever tasted in my life. On three occasions i thought I had broken a tooth due to the large pieces of gristle that I discreetly pulled from my mouth ( I am still wondering what sort of meat it was made from)! Along with my organic breakfast I had a freshly squeezed glass of orange juice, beautiful, but at €3.50 a glass, why shouldn't be!! In total my bill came to €13.00, which I believe is very expensive. In saying that, I will go again, (not for breakfast), but for lunch as the menu is quite varied. All in all, a nice addition to the area, with friendly staff but a tad on the expensive side!

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Meghna Tandoori
8-12 Terenure Place, Dublin 6, Terenure, Dublin

Well at last, a fabulous Indian in Dublin. We ate here last Saturday night and were so pleasantly surprised! I started with a sizzling plate of Chicken tikka, my cohorts had the Tandoori mixed platter. Both dishes were fantastic, flavours were great. For mains I had the chicken Chilli Masala, which was perfectly seasoned and had the exact right 'kick' to it. The other two mains were Chicken Vindaloo and Lamb Pasanda. Wine was great, staff very friendly, and the price spot on, three starters, three mains, 2 Naans, rice, 1 bottle of red and 1 half bottle of white. Two brandies, one calypso coffee, and two regular coffees came to a grand total of €156.46. How good is that!!!!

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La Dolce Vita - The Chase
Carmanhall Road, Dublin 18, Sandyford, Dublin

I eat lunch here at least once a week. Staff are really friendly and accomodating. Food is great and brilliant value for money. My favourite dish which is their Lasagne, made with buffalo mozzarella and an amazing tomato sauce. My lunch companion, when feeling good and healthy, tends to go for the bacon caesar salad, which she thoroughly enoughs and always cleans the plate. For €12.95 for a lasagne, served with garlic bread and crinkly fries, how can you go wrong!!!!

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Howards Way (Rathgar)
8 Orwell Road, Dublin 6, Rathgar, Dublin

We ate here on a Thursday night. We were welcomed in by a friendly chap and allowed choose where we sat (we went for the window seat). For starters I had the Crispy Chicken wings, very tasty!! my partner had the duck salad which he said was gorgeous. Mains for me was the steak which was covered by a delicious sauce made from tomato, chilli, garlic and coriander. The side of matchstick chips were also very tasty. The other mains ordered was the chicken pasta dish, a clean plate was later handed to the waiter! As an early bird menu that lasts all night long we received a free bottle of house wine to accompany our meal (wouldn't really rate this wine choice). After a very pleasant dining experience, and an after dinner drink on the house, €45, I cannot complain, just praise! i will be back!

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The Dining Room
35 Dawson Street, City Centre South, Dublin

We visited Balzac last Saturday night, for a 9 o clock sitting, asked if we would like to have a pre dinner drink in the bar, obviously we accepted. All four of us decided to have a Mojito, which was spectacular. We were then brought to our table which was situated in the centre of the very impressive dining room, however, two out of our party had pulled the short straw in that they felt they were ducking and diving to avoid trays of food and drinks, I however was not experiencing the same (thank God). My starter was the chicken liver parfait, cleverly served in a glass terrine, with toasted soda bread, delicious. This was followed by a mains that was out of this world, slowly cooked beef (cheek of beef, no less). The beef was so tender that it literally melted in my mouth and was easily cut with my butter knife!!!! Lemon Berry fool finished my meal, a little too sweet for me, but the dish was emptied none the less!! All in all, food, I would give 9/10, service 8/10 (a little slow). A great night was had by all, and we will be back!!!!

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JD's Steakhouse
4 Rathfarnham Road, Dublin 6W, Terenure, Dublin

Went to JDs for a birthday meal. Saturday night in Terenure, all was well. We were seated immediately by a friendly waiter, given some time to peruse the menu, chatted then ordered. For starters I went for the pate, which was beautiful. Two of us went for steak for mains, which was served with potato wedges (more like roast spuds, but were fluffy and plentiful). The steaks wee beautifully cooked, moist and 'melt in the mouth'. The other two mains were the pasta chicken dish and by the look of the empty plates I can only assume that it was extremely tasty. Reasonably priced, good wine list, I will be back!

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Darwins
80 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Darwin’s is one of the best restaurants that I have ever eaten in. The food is MAGNIFICENT to say the least. The staff are pleasant, friendly and efficient. I don’t think that anywhere in Dublin can top it!!! Five star quality.

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