Restaurant Reviews from mceneaneys

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 4

Member Since: 24 April 2013

Last Visit: 23 May 2016

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Fallon and Byrne restaurant

11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Good
483 reviews

Reviewed 23rd May 2016 ( visited 05th April 2016 )

So lovely, the quiet upstairs dining room with its white tablecloths sparkling in the sunshine flooding through the tall windows was the perfect, elegant setting for a gorgeous lunch. A salad of spring carrots, broad beans, halloumi and liquorice was a surprising star - especially as it was chosen by my friend, I would never have picked it myself because of the liquorice but ended up snaffling half of it. There is no need for me to go through each dish, everything is good, go there and eat it. The service was pitch perfect and even the ladies facilities are as far above the standards of its neighbours as they are above the street (- i.e. another flight of stairs, geddit?)
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Mulberry’s Restaurant

@ Arboretum Lifestyle and Garden Centre, Kilkenny Road, Leighlinbridge, Carlow

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Cuisine:
Bistro

Price Range:

Good
4 reviews

Reviewed 02nd February 2015 ( visited 01st February 2015 )

I had a really lovely bacon and brie quiche, with 2 salads; a crunchy 'homemade' red cabbage coleslaw and simple tomatoes in dressing. My sons had a rich and filling beef casserole with mash, the bowls were large -and emptied with relish. It can be difficult to serve good quality food from a buffet counter but Arboretum does manage to produce high quality dishes. There is a great range of desserts, gluten free cakes and scones. I had a mini crumble which was nice though the topping could have been more crumbly. My son had his favourite; roulade which he declared to be perfect. The rest of the family shared a fruit tartlet with lovely, if a little on the runny side, custard but the pastry was very soft on the bottom. We arrived around two o'clock and the two roast dishes; lamb and beef had just run out. The staff here are usually very cordial and helpful but I do have to mention that the man on the till was a little hassled and abrupt on this occasion, but that is very excusable at the end of a busy Sunday lunch period, I feel. The atmosphere here is that of a large and busy cafe, rather than a cosy or luxurious restaurant. It is much more light and airy than the typical pub lunch venue. There is a play area for children which is a big plus for families. In winter it does lose some of the pleasant atmosphere of being able to sit out and to leave the doors open onto the patio. It has a mixture of seating with both tables and chairs as well as sofas and coffee tables. The ladies toilets are worth a visit! I understand that the gents have similarly imaginative decor style.
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Fallon and Byrne
11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

So lovely, the quiet upstairs dining room with its white tablecloths sparkling in the sunshine flooding through the tall windows was the perfect, elegant setting for a gorgeous lunch. A salad of spring carrots, broad beans, halloumi and liquorice was a surprising star - especially as it was chosen by my friend, I would never have picked it myself because of the liquorice but ended up snaffling half of it. There is no need for me to go through each dish, everything is good, go there and eat it. The service was pitch perfect and even the ladies facilities are as far above the standards of its neighbours as they are above the street (- i.e. another flight of stairs, geddit?)

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Mulberry’s Restaurant
@ Arboretum Lifestyle and Garden Centre, Kilkenny Road, Leighlinbridge, Carlow

I had a really lovely bacon and brie quiche, with 2 salads; a crunchy 'homemade' red cabbage coleslaw and simple tomatoes in dressing. My sons had a rich and filling beef casserole with mash, the bowls were large -and emptied with relish. It can be difficult to serve good quality food from a buffet counter but Arboretum does manage to produce high quality dishes. There is a great range of desserts, gluten free cakes and scones. I had a mini crumble which was nice though the topping could have been more crumbly. My son had his favourite; roulade which he declared to be perfect. The rest of the family shared a fruit tartlet with lovely, if a little on the runny side, custard but the pastry was very soft on the bottom. We arrived around two o'clock and the two roast dishes; lamb and beef had just run out. The staff here are usually very cordial and helpful but I do have to mention that the man on the till was a little hassled and abrupt on this occasion, but that is very excusable at the end of a busy Sunday lunch period, I feel. The atmosphere here is that of a large and busy cafe, rather than a cosy or luxurious restaurant. It is much more light and airy than the typical pub lunch venue. There is a play area for children which is a big plus for families. In winter it does lose some of the pleasant atmosphere of being able to sit out and to leave the doors open onto the patio. It has a mixture of seating with both tables and chairs as well as sofas and coffee tables. The ladies toilets are worth a visit! I understand that the gents have similarly imaginative decor style.

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Captain America's Cookhouse And Bar
44 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We were seated quickly enough although we arrived without a booking after the panto on a Saturday evening and it was very busy. Once seated however things slowed down considerably, it was an hour later when we had just finished our starters. The starters were good I thought - we got a platter for our group of 3 adults, one 14 yo, one 12 yo and two children. I had a burger for my main course which was nice but the chips were slightly luke warm. A waiter asked if everything was alright but moved on so quickly I didn't have a chance to ask for mayo, luckily, and to their credit, another waiter checked in with us and I did get my mayo! MY partner had a steak which was 'very good, actully' and my sister had the chicken fajitas which were lovely, the salad with it was pretty ordinary. The small children liked the atmosphere and the pictures of Captain America himself. I enjoyed my mai tai's but we didn't stay for desert as everyone was fading fast. I know it was a busy time but even one extra person on the floor or producing food would have made this a more enjoyable experience.

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Morilles Bistro
The Yellow House, Willbrook Road, Dublin 14, Rathfarnham, Dublin

Beautiful food - which is what it is all about really - the wild mushroom and duck bouchee was a delicious savoury starter perfectly seasoned in pastry that was light as air. I just took half a star away for the lamb which was great but could have been slightly less done - and therefore even more tender - for my taste. Brilliant value, would give 6 stars if I could, three courses for 25 euro, and was completely full (well acutally over full - two courses for 21.95 would have done) was at Pizza Hut last week at child's insistence and spent similar money for really crap food. If you haven't been you really should try this superb restaurant, it will be hard to go back to ordinary dining though.

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