Restaurant Reviews from BLily

Status: Connoisseur

Credibility Score:
52.5%

County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 28

Member Since: 03 June 2008

Last Visit: 15 July 2014

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Toscana City Centre restaurant

3 Cork Hill, Dame Street (opposite Dublin Castle), Dublin City Centre, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Italian

Price Range:

Good
478 reviews

Reviewed 15th December 2008 ( visited 09th December 2008 )

Very friendly staff and a great menu. I would definitely recommend it. The only downside is that the chairs are so close together it becomes very crowded and warm.
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Diwali Indian Restaurant

Unit 1, Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Indian

Price Range:

Good
135 reviews

Reviewed 10th July 2008 ( visited 04th June 2008 )

I went in here solely to avoid the danger of the nearby kebab shop, and was very pleasantly surprised. Very friendly staff and delicious food. It's unfortunate that it lacks any real atmosphere and not even a glass of the tasty house red can make up for it.
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Opium
26 Wexford St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Lovely food but rude staff! I visited here with a party of 8 last Friday night. From the start we had difficulties with service. Each drink took 10 minutes to arrive and all came out at different times. One waiter was a little brusque (which we ignored) but another was rude to one of our party and she was upset by this. However, the real problems started when the bill came out. After considerable explanations of the basics of mathematics by our party, it was determined that we were €7 short (this being from a service charge that one of our party had forgotten to include). This epiphany was reached after considerable rudeness by the waiter so we determined that the extra €7 would certainly not be paid. The staff were grossly overpaid by us for the service they provided. None of us will be returning.

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

The food here is amazing (and I’m not normally a huge fan of Thai). I went for the grapefruit, tofu and pine nut as a starter. A very unusual dish and really delicious. I would return just for this dish! Pad Thai noodles as a main, which again was excellent. Dessert was the only part of the meal that was lacking. Trying to be different, I went for Thai sticky rice and mango balls – the rice is not sweet in this dish so it makes for a strange mix of flavours. Portions are very large and there is good value over all. This could be a good place to go for a birthday – unless dimmed lights and singing waiters embarrass you…

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Odessa
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Had a very nice evening out here last Sunday. We shared some of the "fivers" to start - a mix of small dishes, inlcluding a spicy dahl with perfect consistency. I went for the nut burger as a main, which I would have enjoyed except I forgot to ask them to hold the smoked cheese... The house white is lovely and fruity so this made up for it! Prices are far more reasonable than I had expected. Overall, I would recommend it as a good place to go with friends as it is not too crowded and you can chat without shouting to be heard.

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Oslo
Connolly Station, I.F.S.C., City Centre North, Dublin

Very nice place for lunch. Staff is really friendly and will look after you well. No low-fat options on this menu unfortunately but it's great for pub food. Atmsophere is nice and relaxed.

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Rayhoon
8 Talbot Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Nice enough menu but quite limited. We went here for lunch last week and although the waitress took our order very quickly, we were waiting far too long for it to arrive. Then we had to rush our meal (we had only ordered one course).

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Saints & Scholars Lounge
35 Abbey Street Lower, City Centre North, Dublin

Lovely place with a nice relaxed atmosphere (complete with roaring fire) and good food. However, I found the serving staff very unfriendly - not a single smile for anyone... It has put me off going back.

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King 7 Bar And Restaurant
122 Capel Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Very friendly service here and an interesting menu, with generous portions.

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Toss'd Noodles & Salads
Chq Building, Dublin Docklands, City Centre North, Dublin

I have been here for lunch twice and both times I had the chilli veg noodles. This tastes delicious and the portions are generous. However, the service is so very slow that I was waiting more than half an hour each time. It is simply not worth wasting an entire lunchbreak here.

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McThurkel's
15 Townsend Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Typical pub food but the atmosphere is great, particularly after work on a Friday. Suitable for a big group as you can set aside a large area.

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Kitchen
3 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I've been here a few times and the food is always nice - particularly the desserts. Worth a look.

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Toscana City Centre
3 Cork Hill, Dame Street (opposite Dublin Castle), Dublin City Centre, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Very friendly staff and a great menu. I would definitely recommend it. The only downside is that the chairs are so close together it becomes very crowded and warm.

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An Poitin Stil
Naas Road, Rathcoole, Dublin

Typical "vegetarian menu" fare - very disappointing! Nice place though, with a good atmosphere and friendly staff.

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El Bahia Moroccan Restaurant
37 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This restaurant is great for a large group. You get your own room (that looks more like a tent) and can order a large mix of foods and try everything. Staff was very friendly.

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The Heritage Restaurant
The Royal Hotel & Merrill Leisure Club, Main Street, Bray, Wicklow

The food was standard for a hotel, with the portions a little on the small side. The staff were incredibly friendly and welcoming, which gave the place a nice atmosphere.

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TGI Friday (St Stephens Green )
St Stephens Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The desserts are amazing! I went for the chocolate fudge brownie, but they also do an really nice Sundae and an inspired range of chocolate shakes. If only the main meals were as nice. I had the veggie burger and my friend went for the Jack Daniels burger. Neither one was particularly appetising and we left most of them. This place is great for after-dinner desert and drinks, but not for the whole show.

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Govindas Restaurant (Abbey Street)
83 Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

This food is amazing. I always go for the special, which can include a wide range of dishes. The staff is always lovely. They could do with turning down the music though!

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The Vaults
(Under Connolly Station) IFSC, City Centre North, Dublin

Lovely pizza. This is great for lunch as they have a special - pizza and pasta with drink for €10.50. The staff are very friendly. Best to go on a Friday because it can be a bit empty during the week.

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

Lovely menu. Really tasty food. Not exactly suitable for a romantic meal given that customers are seated on benches. It would be great for a large party though.

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Nude Cafe (Georges Quay)
George's Quay Plaza, Georges Quay, City Centre South, Dublin

A nice enough place for lunch, although the wraps can be a bit bland. Given the location, they need to add more seats.

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

I used to love this place when I was in college. It was great for sweet or savoury pancakes and the atmosphere was lively. However, the prices have now gone far too high. Given the ingredients that go into a pancake I don't know how they can justify charging that much.

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Yamamori Noodles
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Lovely food, with generous portions. I would particularly recommend the vegetable rice with tofu and cashews and the tofu steak (so you can try something really new!). Make sure you make a reservation, otherwise you could end up queueing for a long time.

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Juice Vegetarian Restaurant
9 Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Unfortunately this was the first vegetarian restaurant I took my carniverous boyfriend to. And it will be a long time before he lets me choose again. The food we were served can be found on offer in most pet stores for the culinary pleasure of the discerning rabbit or guinea pig. But since real people eat more than rabbit food, we didn't find it too appetising. To be fair, I've been there only once and there are some interesting options on the menu. You might have more luck.

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

The food here is delicious, rich and filling. The salads are a great choice because of the wide selection. I particularly recommend the garlic potatoes with hazelnuts. Unfortunatly, the salad portions have shrunk steadily over the last few years and have lately been served in tiny bowls. Very strange.

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Bella Cuba Restaurant
11 Ballsbridge Terrace, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Not the best choice for a vegetarian! Despite the limited choice, the food wasn't bad - but it wasn't anything special either. Looking at this restaurant from outside it's amazing that anyone can fit inside. While you won't exactly be hitting your head off the ceiling, it does feel very cramped. Other diners were so close they may as well have been sharing our table. I have no interest in other people's conversations so I won't be going back here.

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Yamamori Sushi, Tengu
38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

This is one of my favourite restaurants. Even if you don't like sushi (like me), don't let the name put you off. There is plenty of choice on the menu and the portions are large so there is good value for money. This is great place to try something new - in particular the sake and plum wine, which you won't get in non-Japanese restaurants. The dessert menu needs improvement, but you'll be so full by then it won't make a difference.

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

I went in here solely to avoid the danger of the nearby kebab shop, and was very pleasantly surprised. Very friendly staff and delicious food. It's unfortunate that it lacks any real atmosphere and not even a glass of the tasty house red can make up for it.

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Millers Pizza Kitchens
50 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

Definitely the best pizza in Dublin! Try the herb nut vegetable with peanut sauce. In fact try the whole menu, if you can afford it. They have put up their prices significantly so you may need to remortgage your home.

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

Quick service makes this an excellent spot for those who have limited time at lunch but don't want yet another pre-packaged sandwich. The food is rich and very filling. In particular, the paneer and lasagne are worth a try. This place is perfect for vegetarians who want to eat more than rabbit food!

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