Restaurant Reviews from Bubbles30

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Member Since: 03 February 2009

Last Visit: 13 May 2016

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Darwins restaurant

80 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Coeliac options

Price Range:

Good
326 reviews

Reviewed 18th August 2015 ( visited 29th July 2015 )

A group of us went there for dinner on a Wednesday evening and we had a wonderful meal. On entering the restaurant we were warmly greeted by the staff and shown to our table where we started off the soiree with a lovely bottle of Californian chardonnay called "Menage a Tois"; this came highly recommended by the sommelier and it really was an excellent apéritif. The décor is very striking and Darwin's "Origin of the species" is depicted on the walls, so you may look at your predecessors while enjoying your dinner. The whole idea of the place is that the meats are fully traceable and are personally selected from the in house butcher's at the rear of the restaurant; the origin of the species can be traced! We decided to choose from the A La Carte menu and for starters we ordered a mix of the pan-fried tiger prawns and the buffalo mozzarella; both were beautifully presented and mouth-wateringly tasty. As we were there for the steaks we ordered a combination of different cuts; the New York Strip loin, the T-bone and I had the fillet steak with béarnaise sauce which was perfectly cooked (medium), it was juicy and delicious. My friends also praised their steaks remarking how they were cooked exactly as desired which doesn't always happen. We had a very agreeable red to accompany our mains called "Le Tire Bouchon Rouge", a French Merlot which complemented the steaks very nicely. I should add that there are seafood and vegetarian options available also. For dessert, which was divine, we shared a Darwin's dessert plate for two and an Eton mess. The selection of desserts we sampled were simply fabulous; if you're a chocolate lover like myself you will relish the chocolate brownie with vanilla ice-cream. The Eton mess with winter berries, ice-cream, meringue and raspberry sorbet was as good as it reads; just gorgeous. To finish up the evening we were given shots of sambuca on the house; much appreciated. Overall it was a very enjoyable experience; I highly recommend it!
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Chez Max (Palace Street) restaurant

1 Palace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Coeliac options

Price Range:

Good
279 reviews

Reviewed 17th September 2015 ( visited 14th September 2015 )

Went there with a friend on a Monday evening for a casual dinner and was pleasantly surprised. Upon entering the restaurant we were greeted by the manager MIchelle who was friendly and very attentive. The décor is charmingly Parisian and the atmosphere is cosy. For starters we had the Saint Marcellin Chaud and Soupe à l’Oignon, both were very tasty. To accompany our main courses we decided to order a Bon Rouge as the French would say; St Nicolas de Bourgueil which is a lovely cabernet franc from the Loire Valley. This wine complemented our mains of Steak Frites and Magret de canard roti wonderfully. Both dishes were hearty, generous and delicious. We didn't have dessert on this occasion but we will definitely be back!
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Chez Max (Palace Street)
1 Palace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went there with a friend on a Monday evening for a casual dinner and was pleasantly surprised. Upon entering the restaurant we were greeted by the manager MIchelle who was friendly and very attentive. The décor is charmingly Parisian and the atmosphere is cosy. For starters we had the Saint Marcellin Chaud and Soupe à l’Oignon, both were very tasty. To accompany our main courses we decided to order a Bon Rouge as the French would say; St Nicolas de Bourgueil which is a lovely cabernet franc from the Loire Valley. This wine complemented our mains of Steak Frites and Magret de canard roti wonderfully. Both dishes were hearty, generous and delicious. We didn't have dessert on this occasion but we will definitely be back!

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

A group of us went there for dinner on a Wednesday evening and we had a wonderful meal. On entering the restaurant we were warmly greeted by the staff and shown to our table where we started off the soiree with a lovely bottle of Californian chardonnay called "Menage a Tois"; this came highly recommended by the sommelier and it really was an excellent apéritif. The décor is very striking and Darwin's "Origin of the species" is depicted on the walls, so you may look at your predecessors while enjoying your dinner. The whole idea of the place is that the meats are fully traceable and are personally selected from the in house butcher's at the rear of the restaurant; the origin of the species can be traced! We decided to choose from the A La Carte menu and for starters we ordered a mix of the pan-fried tiger prawns and the buffalo mozzarella; both were beautifully presented and mouth-wateringly tasty. As we were there for the steaks we ordered a combination of different cuts; the New York Strip loin, the T-bone and I had the fillet steak with béarnaise sauce which was perfectly cooked (medium), it was juicy and delicious. My friends also praised their steaks remarking how they were cooked exactly as desired which doesn't always happen. We had a very agreeable red to accompany our mains called "Le Tire Bouchon Rouge", a French Merlot which complemented the steaks very nicely. I should add that there are seafood and vegetarian options available also. For dessert, which was divine, we shared a Darwin's dessert plate for two and an Eton mess. The selection of desserts we sampled were simply fabulous; if you're a chocolate lover like myself you will relish the chocolate brownie with vanilla ice-cream. The Eton mess with winter berries, ice-cream, meringue and raspberry sorbet was as good as it reads; just gorgeous. To finish up the evening we were given shots of sambuca on the house; much appreciated. Overall it was a very enjoyable experience; I highly recommend it!

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