Restaurant Reviews from Angua

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52.5%

County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 23

Member Since: 16 July 2008

Last Visit: 10 December 2010

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Wagamama - Stephen's Green restaurant

St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

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Good
549 reviews

Reviewed 17th July 2008 ( visited 11th June 2008 )

Excellent restaurant, always a pleasant dining experience. Fantastic menu with lots of vegetarian options. Tasty beers, try them all! A bit expensive for lunch and over casual for an evening meal.
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Wagamama - Stephen's Green restaurant

St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Good
549 reviews

Reviewed 17th July 2008 ( visited 11th June 2008 )

Excellent restaurant, always a pleasant dining experience. Fantastic menu with lots of vegetarian options. Tasty beers, try them all! A bit expensive for lunch and over casual for an evening meal.
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Zaytoon (Lower Camden Street)
44-55 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

The best kebabs in the city (though that may have something to do with my usual state when I arrive). Still, I would say that anyone coming from a night out should stop off here because the food is delicious and filling. Service is just fine, the staff are a little weary of late night antics but tend to view customers with tired amusement rather than any kind of hostility. It is quite good value all things considered. The portions of the side dishes such as chips could be better, though.

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The Old Punchbowl
116 Rock Road, Booterstown, Dublin

Came here for lunch after a romantic morning on the beach and a DART ride back the Booterstown. Never again. It was not the worst place I've been to, but somehow even though we were virtually the only people there the staff contrived to make us feel that they were just too busy for us, and that our presence was a nuisance. The food was really below par and the place felt grubby and chilly. If it gets really revamped then it could be a nice place, but at the moment it needs to stick to the drink and lay off the food. It is a good place for a G&T on the way home from work though.

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Seasons Restaurant, InterContinental Dublin
InterContinental Dublin, Simmonscourt Road, Ballsbridge, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Came in here after an exam a while ago and even though we were students, albeit fairly polished and well dressed students, we were made to feel like queens being pampered by our friendly waitress. Great way to calm our nerves after the day we had had, we weren't rushed at all and the only thing I can say is that the food is a bit expensive for what you get, though because of the sheer pleasure of dining there it's worthwhile to spend the extra. Recommended!

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

I came here for lunch last year in a small group and was surprised by the empty feel of the place. Not just empty, but desolate. The staff were nice, though the chap who was serving us seemed strangely nervous and refused to make eye contact. The food isn't particularly authentic or anything, but it is tasty and I found no cause for complaint. If I go again I will certainly avoid lunchtime as it made us feel quite uncomfortable sitting in that ghostly place.

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Kielys of Donnybrook
22 Donnybrook Road, Donnybrook, Dublin

I always liked this place for a nice quiet lunch, as long as someone else was paying (!) but when I went in there recently they had changed the menu. Unbelievably they had neglected to include a vegetarian option, which was all the more startling in a place that previously housed one of the best risottos to be found in Dublin, as well as a perfectly lovely cannelloni dish, which was admittedly a little heavy on the bechamel. I was furious when I discovered this, and asked the barmaid what was going on. She was quite sharp with me until one of the older barmen noticed, and offered me a pasta dish with a stir in sauce since I was a regular customer. I declined and went across the street to another place. It seems a little backward for a gourmet pub grub place like Kiely's to exclude such a huge demographic in Dublin 4. If you're health conscious this is no longer the place for you. Sorry!

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China House (Firhouse)
15 Firhouse Shopping Centre, West Dublin, Firhouse, Dublin

Below par, MSG high Chinese food in the Irish tradition. Really awful stuff. Staff aren't bad, and the food is pretty cheap, but at the cost of feeling really horrendous. Just don't bother.

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Jo'Burger
137 Rathmines Road, Dublin 6 , South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin

Gave half marks for atmosphere, was told upon arriving that there would be "at least" an hour's wait so opted for a takeaway. While I was waiting I nearly got a headache from the loud music, which is pretty bad considering I'm only in my 20s. The food itself is fun and imaginative, though some of the combinations are a little strange and not entirely palatable - one of the group got the Moletsane and couldn't finish it.

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Mother Reillys Restaurant
The Uppercross Hotel, Opp Tesco, Rathmines, Dublin

Nice little place, the grubby outside belies the nice, cosy inside. Really good for a quiet, laidback romantic midweek meal, though wasn't quite right for a first date. Recommended all the same. Really unsuitable for children, almost spoiled the evening.

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Scholars Pub
Old Court Centre, Firhouse, Dublin

A really charming, typical suburban local pub. The food isn't gourmet stuff, but is better than can normally be expected from this type of place, and the whole place is laid out in a really elegant way, makes you feel comfortable. Staff are grand, bar staff a little sullen perhaps but the waitresses/lounge girls are very lovely. Recommended

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The Goat Bar & Grill
Goatstown House, Goatstown, Goatstown, Dublin

Fairly standard pub grub, with so so service. Good function room.

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Eddie Rockets (Rathmines)
Lower Rathmines Road, South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin

It's a fairly typical Eddie Rockets. They do takeout here so I would say get your food and head off to eat it in the comfort of your own home, if possible. The problem with this is the fact that their fries with toppings are what drunken meals are made of. Though I no longer eat meat, I loved the chilli fries when I was younger. Everyone should get them. I am a big Eddie Rockets fan, it's fast food minus the guilt and I like the huge portions.

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Toast
Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin

I have loved Toast for years, though it's one of those incredibly pretentious places that serves great food in small portions. I like the atmosphere and the staff are cool. Considering it's Rathmines and not the city centre it's pretty expensive but it's good for a leisurely lunch.

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Renards Sports & Lounge Bar
35-37 South Frederick Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Maddeningly sterile and cramped place, certainly the atmosphere is its worst attribute. Lighting invariably gives me a headache, though the food isn't bad and is definitely good value for the city centre. The general feeling is unfriendly, which is not because of the staff at all! A nice lunchtime spot as long as you don't mind the unpleasant atmosphere.

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La Caverna Restaurant & Wine Bar
12 Fownes Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Lovely place, though the weekend atmosphere was frustratingly loud. Food was good. I would go back though I probably wouldn't gush about it to a friend. Less than the sum of its parts

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

Excellent for large groups. The lunch menu often has some good offers and they are kind to students! Ok, so the food isn't haute cuisine, but it does what it does and does it well. Good cocktails and good staff and service. The memorabilia around the walls is funny too, with anything from Westlife to the Rolling Stones. Little bit pricey, but pretty large portions so I suppose it's acceptable. A great place for dinner before a night on the town.

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Lemon (South William St)
66 South William St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Not a patch on its Dawson Street branch. Way too crowded and quite uncomfortable. Menu is full of delicious but overpriced food, and the servings are pitiful. Would be better if they came with a small salad or something similar.

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Simons Place Coffee Shop
22 South Great Georges Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Cheap and tasty, the type of place where you can nurse a coffee for an hour while reading. Maintains a very casual atmosphere and is a nice place to be alone. Regulars include several well-known Dublin musicians and artists, but don't expect them to be interested in their celebrity while sitting in the basement! I recommend their soup, which is thick and delicious, and their sandwiches which are hearty and filling.

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Cornucopia
19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Generally okay but I personally find the food a bit stodgy. Crowded but not in a nice way. Staff can be a little bit unpleasant. Portions are either enormous or stingy, never quite right. That said, it's nice to see a dedicated vegetarian restaurant and it does do pretty good food.

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Wagamama - Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Excellent restaurant, always a pleasant dining experience. Fantastic menu with lots of vegetarian options. Tasty beers, try them all! A bit expensive for lunch and over casual for an evening meal.

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Govindas Restaurant (Merrion Row)
18 Merrion Row, City Centre South, Dublin

Not a patch on the Aungier street version, but still one of the best restaurants for lunch. They tend to run out of food earlier too. A bit cramped, but that lends quite a cosy atmosphere. Lovely staff!

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Govindas Restaurant (Aungier Street)
4 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Quite simply the best vegetarian restaurant in Ireland - that I've found, anyway. Delicious food and friendly smiling staff, generous portions, a casual atmosphere and a relaxed feeling in the air. The food is quite authentic and is hard to beat even by the posher Indian restaurants in the city. If you haven't tried it, please do!

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Lemon (Dawson St)
60 Dawson St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Always a good bet for lunch, though 1-2 is hectic in there. A really great place for vegetarians, and very informal. Difficult for parties of three or more to find seating, usually, but a high customer turnover means you'll be able to sit by the time your food is ready. The staff are always very accommodating, though rushed. The only real criticism is that it's quite expensive for a small meal, even by Dublin 2 standards.

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Marios (Ranelagh)
39 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

A regular for me, as I live in the area and it's not necessary to make a booking. The staff are always friendly and casual, the food is more-ish and the servings are generous. I am a vegetarian and their vegetarian options are varied and all delicious. Their pizzas are among the best in Dublin with a thin crispy crust. Although you can't make a booking, you generally will not find yourself waiting long, except for quite large parties - once as a party of ten we waited under twenty minutes as they made every effort to seat us. Delicious wine and lovely cosy atmosphere, no music so you can hear yourselves conversing, and a patient staff who will let late diners finish a bottle of wine in peace.

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