Restaurant Reviews from CatONei11
The Roundwood Inn restaurant
Roundwood, Roundwood, Wicklow
Reviewed 08th May 2009 ( visited 03rd May 2009 )I ate here again with my boyfriends family last Sunday and once again, it was a very pleasant and satisfying experience. We had a mixture of starter, I had the oysters, which were simply presented and delicious. Pate, smoked salmon and soup were also devoured. The bread that they serve is amazing, I've never tasted anything like it. For mains, both my boyfriend and I had the roast lamb, which was just out of the oven and was excellent. Suckling pig and the schnitzel were also pronouced to be excellent. Lots of fresh vegetables were served on the side. Despite clearing our plates, we still had room for desert. I had the chocolate mousse (my bf ate that!), he also had the special red berry tart with ice cream. All in all, a fantastic meal at a great price. I love love love this place, you should try it!
Barberstown Castle restaurant
Straffan, Straffan, Kildare
Reviewed 06th July 2009 ( visited 04th July 2009 )I had lunch here with 2 girlfriends, after a pampering morning of massage! Big comfy couches a the piano man playing quietly in the background meant that we didn't want to leave. I had oysters to start with and one of the girls had the soup which was white asparagus soup. There was lots of brown bread served with both dishes, which was delicious. For our mains, I had the smoked salmon open sandwich. It was gorgeous, well presented and lots of thick, delicious salmon and side salad. Lots of bread bread too. One of the girls had smoked chicken salad and the other had the roast chicken open sandwich. Both were delicious and really big portions too. We shared a cheesecake desert and a freshly cooked brownie for afters. Yum yum yum! We had 2 rounds of tea and sparkling water. The bill was almost €90, which is pretty steep for lunch consisting of sandwichs and salad but it was delicious and the place is gorgeous.
The Pig and Heifer
2 Charlotte Way, Harcourt Hall, City Centre South, Dublin
Went in here for a quick bite at lunch and very disappointed. Ordered a tuna melt and a tea. The mug of tea was tiny. It came with the teabag in it but there was no where to put it. Bad attention to detail. My tuna melt was ok but not delicious. There was no one else in the place when I arrived so the atmosphere was mimimal.People did come in for takeway and every single time the door slammed. It really annoyed me since I wanted to relax and enjoy my lunch. I won't be rushing back. Bad value and there are much nicer places to eat.
45 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Ate here last night with 2 friends. I've been dying to go for ages so was really looking forward to it. The restaurant itself looks fantastic, very moroccan, even down to the music. It's beautiful inside and I'd say it's buzzing with atmosphere when it's full. The service was very good too. We went for the early bird (2 courses for €20). It has about 4 options each so is a bit limited but it was fine for us. 2 of us had the stuffed squid to start and the other girl had the spinach on pitta. Our squid was good. It wasn't really hot, but it was well made. A little bit hotter would be good. The spinach dish was nice. For mains, 2 of them had the chicken tagine with potatoes and I had the spicy lamb with french beans tagine. They were gorgeous, really flavoursome and piping hot. We all ate every last bit of our meals. Then we shared some cheese with more pitta. 2 bottles of delicious moroccan wine meant the bill came to €120, a lot more than we planned! I will definitely go back with a big group.
Village Bistro at Tonic Bar, Restaurant and Club
5 Temple Road, Blackrock Village, Blackrock, Dublin
Went here yesterday with my sister as she has been here a few times and loves it. I was a bit worried as the menu is massive and it's a pub but it was really good. My sister ordered the fish pie and I ordered the plaice with a sweet pea risotto. Due to a mix up in the kitchen I got a different fish dish. They were extemely apologetic and gave me the proper meal for free, which has won my votes. The food was gorgeous and the portions are really big. I am dying the try the breakfast, it looks like you won't have to eat for a week after it! Will be back soon!
Dunne And Crescenzi (South Frederick Street)
14-16 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
We ate here after a bout of Thursday night shopping. The place was very busy so had a really nice atmosphere. We asked the waiter to recommend a nice bottle of red and he gave us various choices, with different prices, which I appreciated. Ended up going for a Tuscan red, for €27, which was a great recommendation. For eats, we shared the antipasta miso plate and a bowl of olives. Pleny of choice on the plate and nice bread to go with it. For mains, my boyf had the gnocci special, which he said was delicious. I had the lasagne, which I never normally order when I'm out but I'm glad I did. It was so fresh and piping hot. We shared a chocolate cake with ice-cream. Even though it's in the menu as 'heated' it came out cold. When I politely asked the waitress to heat it up, she looked at me as if I had 2 heads. Not the way it's done in Italy I guess! Despite that, delicious cake and overall, delicious food. Bill was about €80, including the wine. Not cheap but typical for city centre.
17 Dame Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Ate here early on Saturday evening with my boyfriend. He used to eat here a lot a few years ago but I never thought much of it. I was pleasantly surprised on Saturday night. The food was pretty good and the service was fine. We both yuk sung to start, it was tasty but nothing amazing. For mains I had chicken szechuan, which had lots of green pepper chopped pretty big in it. My boyfriend had roast duck in plum sauce, which he said was delicious. Very succulent and not at all fatty. I think this is a place where you get what you pay for, reasonable food at a reasonable price. I was very surprised and pleased to see several tables of young people. Won't be rushing to go back as I'm not crazy on chinese food but I'm sure my boyfriend will be looking to go back for the duck.
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Went here with my boyfriend and 2 other couples for a catch up session. We all reallly enjoyed it. The atmosphere was buzzing. We had a nice big round table so everyone could chat without straining over each. We ordered a variety of food my particular favourite was the black pepper squid. My boyfriend had the dumplings which he said were pretty tastless so he used a lot of the dipping sauce. For mains, I had the super spicy wok dish with chicken. Yum. Really tasty and a good portion too. You could even do without the rice. Everyone else enjoyed their meals, especially my friend who was good by having the spicy beef salad. 4 people had desserts, just to round off the meal. The bill, including beer, wine and coffees was just over €300 between the 6 of us.
Bits and Pizzas
15 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Very impressed with this place. Decided to use my menu points and got a €30 voucher for here. Went with my boyfriend and I think it is the best pizza in Dublin. We shared baked garlic mushrooms to start. Very nice but very bad for you. Lots of delicious garlic butter and melted cheese. Yum. For mains, I had the sicilian pizza, which had Italian sausage, caramelised onions and sour cream. It was fantastic. Really nice pizza base and the toppings were so tasty together. My boyfriend had the Florentine pizza which looked really good too! They seem to offer gluten free and cheese free pizzas too which is great. Best of all the meal cost €6 with my voucher and was rounded off by a stroll along the pier. Will be back.
Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I had dinner here with 2 friends. Got a really nice seat in the back of the cafe, looking up at the gorgeous stained glass windows. Dinner was fine. I had the medium roasted vegetable salad, one of my friends had the caesar salad and the other had a pizza. Service was ok but we weren't in a rush so it didn't matter. Finished up with the special desert of the chocolate brownie. Tasted ok, wasnt' amazing but I still ate it! Bill was about €45, which you can't argue with. I like Cafe Bar Deli in general, the food is good without being very expensive and the menu means that you can eat as little or as much as you want.
112 Upper Drumcondra Road, North Dublin, Drumcondra, Dublin
We have had take-away from here before which was quite nice so we thought we would give the restuarant a shot. I didn't think it was great. The place is so narrow and small that it's difficult to create any kind of atmosphere in it. The tables are quite close together too. Saying that, it was pretty busy. I thought the food was only ok. Very disappointed to see that every single starter on the menu was deep fried. I could have soup but wasn't in the mood. My boyfriend had deep fried won tons for starters. They were ok but a bit tasteless. I had the steamed sea bass with ginger for mains. It was good but nothing spectacular. My boyfriend had noodles and prawns. The noodles and sauce was good but the prawns had been cooked to long so were quite tough. 1 dessert and 3 soft drinks and the bill was €65. Not sure I'd bother going back. Can get nicer thai food elsewhere.
The Winding Stair Restaurant
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin
I ate here yesterday with my boyfriend for lunch. I've been dying to go for months so was excited and starving! We arrived just before 1pm so the place was very quiet but it filled up quite quickly. There was a lunch special of 2 courses for €17.95, which we took. The specials menu was quite limited, 4 items for starters and 4 for mains but varied enough. I had the pate to start with the lamb burger for my main course. My boyf. had the soup and then the grilled mackeral. The soup and the pate were delicious. The breads with both were particularly nice, fresh and crusty. My burger was fine, nothing amazing. The 'chips' were in fact halved new potatoes. I don't think these are great for using as chips as they absorb a lot of oil. My boyf. enjoyed his fish. He had a glass of red wine, a really nice pinot noir. The toal bill was about €42 which is not bad for a big decent lunch. The regular menu looks to be quite expensive though so I'm not sure if I'll ever go for that. The tables are very close together so that and the prices would put me off.
Straffan, Straffan, Kildare
I had lunch here with 2 girlfriends, after a pampering morning of massage! Big comfy couches a the piano man playing quietly in the background meant that we didn't want to leave. I had oysters to start with and one of the girls had the soup which was white asparagus soup. There was lots of brown bread served with both dishes, which was delicious. For our mains, I had the smoked salmon open sandwich. It was gorgeous, well presented and lots of thick, delicious salmon and side salad. Lots of bread bread too. One of the girls had smoked chicken salad and the other had the roast chicken open sandwich. Both were delicious and really big portions too. We shared a cheesecake desert and a freshly cooked brownie for afters. Yum yum yum! We had 2 rounds of tea and sparkling water. The bill was almost €90, which is pretty steep for lunch consisting of sandwichs and salad but it was delicious and the place is gorgeous.
Canal Bank Cafe
146 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Had a latelunch here the other day so the place so fairly empty. I had the club sandwich with matchstick. The sambo was gorgeous and came with a small amount of curry mayo, which I didn't think I'd like but it was very good. My boyfriend had the omlette special, with goats cheese and spinach. No chips with it though so he shared mine. His brother had the plain burger. He said it was very good and came with lots of chips. €40 in total, which is so so.
The Quays, Kinvara, Galway
Had dinner here on the way back to Dublin from Clare. Fantastic location, especially when the sun is out. We just had main courses as didn't want to delay too much. I had the breaded chicken, another person had the filet steak and the last person had the rainbow trout. The meals were pretty big and came with chips, vegetables, salad and potatoes. Very nice food and the dishes were picked were pretty simple and didn't have any asian fusion inspirations but there is a bit of that on the menu. The fish is fresh though and very tasty.
Restaurant Ten Fourteen
324 Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin
Wow wow wow. A group of 5 of us ate here last Tuesday and we were blown away by the food. There is a fairly big menu and also several specials on a blackboard to choose from. 2 of use had the calamari special, one had soup (garden vegetable and hazlenut cream-delicious), another had the goats cheese salad and someone else had risotto. All of the starters were beautifully presented and were delicious. The main courses were even better, my boyfriends mother had the scallops, which she said were the best she has ever had. My boyf had a duo of beef special, the fillet had been hung for 28 days and the daube of beef had been braised for 16 hours! Melt in the mouth soft. I had the roasted cod, which was nice and chunky, someone else had the battered fish and the last person had the lamb, which was also cooked for 16 hours. Fantastic! We shared 2 deserts, both fruit and ice cream. With 1 bottle of wine, the meal came to about €220 for 5 which is good for the outstanding food. The best thing about this place is that any profits go to charity! Will definitely be back, hopefully very soon!
Bijou Bistro & Wine
46/47 Highfield Road, Dublin 6, Rathgar, Dublin
I ate here for my nephew's communion lunch. There were 12 adults and 4 kids so we went for the fixed lunch menu for €25 and €12.50 for the kids. They didn't have room in the upstairs restuarant so they put us in the bistro, which was nice so it didn't matter. The portions are really big so it's good value. I had nicoise salad for starters and ribeye steak. The salad was delicious and I cleared the plate. The steak was very fatty, which was disappointing. Two other people had steak too, one was fatty but the other one was perfect. Luck I guess. Other dishes included ceasar salad, fishcakes, salmon and chicken. There was plenty of veggies and salad with everything. Desserts were very big too so save some room if you having tha! The service was excellent and very attentive. My nephew even got a card and a box of goodies from the head waiter, whic was a lovely personal touch. I'd like to go back and eat in the restaurant.
Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place, City Centre South, Dublin
Ate here for lunch yesterday with 2 friends. I had the italian style chicken sambo and my friends both had the tuna sambos. The tuna sambos were completely different sizes, which was a bit odd. Our tea came out in huge latte glasses which is a little too modern. What's wrong with cups or mugs? Food is tasty enough but a tad on the expensive side for sambos. But, the atmosphere and the service have improved massively since the new restaurant/cafe was opened which is good.
YO Sushi Clarendon St
Brown Thomas, Clarendon St, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
Ate here yesterday evening and the place was certainly buzzing. It's much brighter and fresher than other sushi restaurants. We sat at a booth and had some hot dishes and lots of cold dishes. The food is very tasty and the menu is great at explaining what everything is and the different prices. The limitless water, tea or miso soup and the musical call buttons on each tables are nice touches. It's not cheap but it's a good venue to go with a bunch of people. Our bill for 12 different dishes, 2 glasses of wine and 2 soups was fifty something Euro, including the 1/3 off for May.
An Poitin Stil
Naas Road, Rathcoole, Dublin
I have been here for a christening before and the food in the restaurant looked amazing so I was eager to come back. Thankfully, I wasn't disappointed. My boyfriend had the carvery lunch of beer battered fish, with roasties and veggies. I had the hot joint sambo with the most delicious chips I've had in a long time. The portions are a decent size and their is a good choice to tempt your tastebuds. All for less than €18. I will be back for Sunday lunch!
65 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin
My colleagues and I ate here for a leaving lunch. It was a late lunch so the place was pretty quiet. There were 6 of us so we shared 2 portions of the chicken wings, 1 of the nachos and a prawn and chriozo skewer. All were demolished (but we were starving!). For mains, some of us had burgers, which were huge. Others had salads, which went down very well and one had pasta, which was very rich but very tasty. We shared 4 bottles of wine. The place was getting pretty bus when we were leaving about 6ish. The food here is about standard but it's really good for a work outing or a sunday brunch. We'll be back!
The Roundwood Inn
Roundwood, Roundwood, Wicklow
I ate here again with my boyfriends family last Sunday and once again, it was a very pleasant and satisfying experience. We had a mixture of starter, I had the oysters, which were simply presented and delicious. Pate, smoked salmon and soup were also devoured. The bread that they serve is amazing, I've never tasted anything like it. For mains, both my boyfriend and I had the roast lamb, which was just out of the oven and was excellent. Suckling pig and the schnitzel were also pronouced to be excellent. Lots of fresh vegetables were served on the side. Despite clearing our plates, we still had room for desert. I had the chocolate mousse (my bf ate that!), he also had the special red berry tart with ice cream. All in all, a fantastic meal at a great price. I love love love this place, you should try it!
Diep le Shaker
55 Pembroke Lane, (Off Pembroke Street), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
We managed to get a table for 6 of us after the Six Nations game. We were in great spirits and the restaurant didn't disappoint. We shared 3 starters and then had a variety of main courses. The food was delicious, fresh and steaming hot. The service was very prompt and efficient. The bill was about €250 for the 6 of us, including wine and a couple of cocktails, which is good value.
Charlemont Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Was freezing cold so went for a toasted special in the barge. Nice sambo, with a side of crips. A pot of tea helped unfreeze my hands so I was happy. Good simple food at reasonable prices.
1 West Pier, Howth, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin
I went here with my boyfriend on Saturday night. Despite being almost empty, we were told that they needed the table back by 9.30pm?!. We was here before and had a great time but we were both very disappointed with the food this time. I had pate to start, followed by swordfish with roasted veggies. The duck pate tasted exactly like any other pate I could buy in the supermarket. The fish was quite dry, despite the copious amounts of garlic oil drizzled over the whole plate. My boyfriend's starter of crab spring roll was ok. Plenty of crab but quite dry too. He asked for his steak to be medium but it came out a bit rare. His meal too was covered in garlic oil! We didn't stay for any coffees or desserts. With 2 glasses of wine (for me to wash down the swordfish!), the bill was about €120. We should have went to the chipper!
Siam Thai (Andrews Street)
14/15 Andrews Street, City Centre South, Dublin
My boyfriend and I had the early bird dinner here last night. It was about 6pm so the place was quiet enough but seemed to be getting busier as we left. I had dim sum and the chicken stir fry and my boyfriend had the duck spring rolls (he siad they were quite dry) and the massaman chicken curry, which he said was very good. I loved my chicken stir fry, the food was obviously fresh and well cooked. A coffee brought the bill to 55 euro with tip included, which is not bad in these credit crunch times!
No 1 Fade Street, Off Georges's Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
8 of us ate here on a Monday evening. The place was buzzing, even for a Monday. Definite improvement from the last time I were there. We had a variety of starters, the potted shrimp, the smoked salmon, the soup and the terrine. All were delicious. The smoked salmon was especially nice. Lots of thinly sliced smoked salmon, simply served wit a wedge of lemon and capers. For mains, I had the belly of pork. This was a first time for me but it was really quite good. A bit fatty but that is the norm with this type of dish. Lots of my friends had different types of fish, which were all pronounced delicious. Someone else had the steak, which was huge but excellent and someone else had the bangers and mash. She loves this so much, she orders it everytime she goes there! The food is excellent and the atmosphere is very relaxed and a little bit romantic!
39 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin
So, despite saying I wouldn't be back, I ate here for lunch today with 2 friends. My friend loves the spinach pasta dish here. They have a new lunch menu with 5 or 6 different dishes you can have at €7.95. I had the antique salad from this menu, with a side order of chips. And it was delicious. The chips were perfectly cooked and the salad was lovely and fresh. My friend had her pasta dish and my other friend got a large hawaiian pizza, which we all had a nibble of. It was very good too. Side orders and 3 diet cokes brought the bill to €50 but you could eat well for less than €10 from the lunch menu.
1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Ate here with my boyfriend after some late night shopping. Very nice. We shared the garlic and chilli prawns, avocada salad and the chicken paella. I love the paella here, really tasty and filling. We had pofiteroles for dessert, with a glass of wine for me and a frothy latte for him. Will be back!
The Saddle Room @ The Shelbourne
The Shelbourne Hotel, 27 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
My boyfriend and I had dinner here as part of a B&B package that we had received for a present. We were both disappointed. The food was good but was not amazing. I had the lobster and steak and my boyfriend had the tuna and steak. My lobster was very well presented but it was more like egg mayo with lobster. Both steaks were nicely done and the sides were fine. They didn't have the wine we wanted. Then they asked if we wanted a glass of champagne. Thinking they were on the house as a nice apology for not having the wine, we siad yes. They weren't on the house and it was €35 for 2 glasses. A little bit sneaky we thought. We defintely won't be going back for dinner there. So many other places offer better food and a service that's indifferent to your bank balance.
318 Clontarf Road, North Co. Dublin , Clontarf, Dublin
Was feeling very tender after running the marathon so wanted some delicious food. Funnily enough, the waiter knew our regalar order off by heart but we did change one dish! We had the chiken tikka and the monkfish for starters. So good. For mains I had temater aloo gosht (lamb) and my boyfriend had the saag paneer. We also had a side of plain naan and pilau rice. Even though it was a Tuesday, the place was pretty busy which just shows you that is great restaurant!
Montys of Kathmandu
28 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I got to organise my work outing and I choose Monty's for dinner. The rest of the team hadn't been before but they all said that they would definitely go back. There were 7 of us so we got to taste lots of different dishes. The prawns and the award winning monkfish were top favourites.Will be going again in the New Year!