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Last Visit: 30 June 2010

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Coppinger Row restaurant

Coppinger Row, off South William St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Reviewed 30th June 2010 ( visited 24th May 2010 )

Great food, great value, really strong atmosphere. It's really full for peak dinner times but they're very helpful and give you a seat and suggest a drink at the bar while you wait for a table. It's a lovely casual place and it's got just the right amount of light and atmosphere to be comfortable for any situation. It's actually quite fun to sit at the bar if you're not at a table because you get to see all the cooking going on. Only complaints are, menu is small and doesn't change much, drinks are expensive for what you're getting, but the food is fab. I recommend you go and enjoy it, because it's a great place until you get bored of the menu, but then you can just wait and pop back when they've changed it again.
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Coppinger Row restaurant

Coppinger Row, off South William St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Brunch

Price Range:

Good
153 reviews

Reviewed 30th June 2010 ( visited 24th May 2010 )

Great food, great value, really strong atmosphere. It's really full for peak dinner times but they're very helpful and give you a seat and suggest a drink at the bar while you wait for a table. It's a lovely casual place and it's got just the right amount of light and atmosphere to be comfortable for any situation. It's actually quite fun to sit at the bar if you're not at a table because you get to see all the cooking going on. Only complaints are, menu is small and doesn't change much, drinks are expensive for what you're getting, but the food is fab. I recommend you go and enjoy it, because it's a great place until you get bored of the menu, but then you can just wait and pop back when they've changed it again.
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The Cake Cafe
62 Pleasants Place, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Have been here a few times before and found it a bit of fun but average enough... but seeing as we're having such a lovely Summer, decided to come and enjoy the weather. It's really nice to sit outside, would be even nicer if they had blankets to keep you warm. It's got great opening hours for a café, staying open til 8pm and there's a good range of savoury and sweets from the tiny to the normal-sized and fun crockery when you get tea. Kind of a cool place for a relaxed first date, lol, it's in the Daintree building which is where girls go shopping for wedding invitations, subliminal, eh... There's loads of little things on the menu so you can stay for ages and try the different hot and cold drinks. They have a great menu of specialty teas.

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Coppinger Row
Coppinger Row, off South William St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Great food, great value, really strong atmosphere. It's really full for peak dinner times but they're very helpful and give you a seat and suggest a drink at the bar while you wait for a table. It's a lovely casual place and it's got just the right amount of light and atmosphere to be comfortable for any situation. It's actually quite fun to sit at the bar if you're not at a table because you get to see all the cooking going on. Only complaints are, menu is small and doesn't change much, drinks are expensive for what you're getting, but the food is fab. I recommend you go and enjoy it, because it's a great place until you get bored of the menu, but then you can just wait and pop back when they've changed it again.

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Tavern
Dylan Hotel, Eastmoreland Place, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Since opening a few years ago, the restaurant at the Dylan has constantly being trying to reinvent itself, and although it's a LOT better now that it was in its earlier days as 'Still' (when it was going for fine dining dead atmosphere and ingredients but without the quality of cooking to pull it together), it's still not there yet. It really fails to make sense when you consider the excellent Dylan bar with much better food and atmosphere in the very next room. As regards value, they've recently launched a new cheaper menu, and it's far better value than before, but it doesn't seem to be available all the time, which is a shame and it's still more expensive than it ought be. In contrast, eating in the bar in the next room is a far better, more enjoyable and more consistent experience. The only problem for a meal is the silly tables in the bar (which are fab for a bar, but not great for dinner plates). The service in the bar is fantastic, but I've found the staff in the restaurant dining room a little disinterested. Also frustrating for regular visitors is that the menu doesn't change much, and what I REALLY miss from the 'Still' days are the excellent desserts. The chocolate fondant is supurb, but I hate ordering the same thing every time. They really need to start pitching this right, a much fresher, more interesting wider menu that changes more often. It's a shame that they're not seeming to make the effort on this as the venue is lovely. They've recently started doing barbecues outside although this is more the bar again than the restaurant. What would be great is if they took part of the back garden of the hotel and spilled the restaurant in there for some better atmosphere.

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L'Gueuleton
No 1 Fade Street, Off Georges's Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Really can't fault this place on anything. Excellent value, perfect tasty tender food, great service. Nice, simple wine list but with a great selection. Big so easy to get a table in, but with plenty of atmosphere. Really brill menu with so much choice. Have been here about four times now, and have gone for something different every time. Steak is perfect, chicken (beware it's whole so it's a bit messy) absolutely amazing, would really recommend it, the hassle of stripping down the carcass is unnoticeable, the meat is so delicious. The french onion and crouton soup as a starter is lovely, can't remember my starters the other times, but last time I didn't bother getting one and was quite happy, the main portions are plenty large and there's no need for a starter. I really like how the menu isn't broken into starters and mains, it lets you kind of go for whatever you feel like, and there's such a selection that you'll probably feel like almost everything, and that's what next times are for! :-) This is a great venue for a date, a casual meal with a friend, family dinner, business meeting and there were people out on all of these, it just added to the atmosphere! :-)

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Thornton's Restaurant
1st, The Fitzwilliam Hotel, 128 St Stephen's Green, City Centre South, Dublin

Having not been for a few years, I decided to go with my dad to celebrate finishing college, had no problem booking a table on the night. Rang at 5pm for 7.30pm. You can actually just walk up though, so it's a bit less scary than it used to be. The restaurant has changed a wee bit and is split into three areas, a dining area beside the kitchen, a canapé bar and the main dining room. Unfortunately, despite the amazing food, the most perfect cocktail of flavour and texture you'll find anywhere in Ireland, the atmosphere's a bit rubbish. The dining room looks and feels like it's on a cruise boat and very little is made of the great views over the green. The roof is shiny white plastic. The gorgeous food photos by Kevin Thornton are nice though. Menu-wise, we but decided to go for the eight course surprise menu. An excellent choice! You can also order a five course menu either, which might be a better bet as it's a good bit cheaper. The surprise menu was full of drama with really exciting dishes, ingredients you'd rarely encounter, truffles and fois gras of course, and beetroot, but the highlight was without a doubt the arran island sea urchin, served, quite literally on a cloud, a cloud infused with aromas of the islands. I found the wine menu a bit clumsy and the sommelier wasn't particularly friendly or interested in helping us choose. The main waiter we had though was quite helpful and advised on wine and was good at reading what we were looking for. Still though, the almost intentionally subdued atmosphere is distracting and uncomfortable and you really need the magic of the surprise menu to overcome it. It does, but it shouldn't be left to amazing food to have a great night! The brilliant Petits fours are only yours when you order a coffee or tea, which is, I suppose normal, but a bit rich considering how much you pay for your food, specialty teas and coffees being up to a tenner extra. The tea I had was well worth it though, and I think was about €6.

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La Maison
15 Castle Market Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

When I eat out I rarely order Chicken or Fish, but here at La Maison both are exquisite, as are all the other lovely french dishes on the menu. For starters I'd really recommend the patés, absolutely delish and the waiter brought extra toast when he saw I'd finished the toast and not the paté. All the waiters are and presented perfectly. Service is attentive and personal, very friendly and genuinely interested in the food they're serving. It was my first time to eat a whole fresh artichoke and I'd missed the heart after eating all the lovely leaves, the maitre'd came and explained about the heart then and how it was the best part, and it truly was. The slightly salty vinegary dip that accompanied it went perfectly with the soft creamy texture of the artichoke heart. Main courses are all excellent, the descriptions sound simple enough, but the food is cooked so perfectly that even the simplest dish is a delight. Save room for dessert though, namely the fig and raspberry tart which ACTUALLY has gotten better each time on three successive visits. Other than that, the fondant looks excellent. Wines are reasonable and a handful are by the glass which is great for dining alone. Check it out for yourself

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Salamanca
1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Stopped off on my way home here after a long journey on a Sunday night. Was just me and I was feeling the hunger when I noticed the live music in the front of the restaurant. The menu looked good and there was a lively atmosphere but it wasn't noisy. Staff were friendly and attentive. I had a case with me and they put it somewhere for me so I didn't have to worry about it. Was going to have three rather large dishes that I think were meant to be for sharing, the waiter was very good though, he told me it'd be a lot and recommended to get something smaller instead of one of the dishes. Food was delicious and had room for a mojito and dessert, had a lovely frozen banana crepe thing. Definitely would recommend that.

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Expresso Bar Cafe & Wine Bar (Ballsbridge)
1 St Mary's Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Have eaten here for the past five or so years a few times a week, sometimes very busy, always get a table and friendly prompt service, the water is refilled before I ask, the dessert is served as I love it, the food is always reliably good, not the best food in the world but always reliable, safe, and enjoyable! A Saturday or Sunday is the best time to come to enjoy the "Breakfast Salad" with a poached egg! (Don't get fried), oh and also, Never order a starter, they aren't very good, they never have been. The mains are spot on though and the desserts are superb. Go for the Expresso Breakfast Salad, The burger, the Goat's cheese galette, or the steak sandwich, oh and have a side of creamed spinach. The specials are often really good too, today was superb! They do a take-out service but are very busy at peak lunch time so best to order a little earlier or a little later if you don't want to eat in. This is my favourite restaurant!

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