Restaurant Reviews from CharlieBrown

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 14

Member Since: 21 August 2010

Last Visit: 03 July 2011

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Fishy Fishy Restaurant

Crowleys Quay, Kinsale, Kinsale, Cork

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Cuisine:
Healthy Eating

Price Range:

Good
60 reviews

Reviewed 13th June 2011 ( visited 25th April 2011 )

Just have to eat at Fishy Fishy when you are in Kinsale, whether what the fuss about. So walked in for lunch bank holiday Monday. Unusual quiet initially, seated quickly, no reservation needed. Order a seafood chowder as entree, main was a mixed seafood salad. A little bit apprehensive going for seafood on Monday, and traditionally not the best day in the week for seafood. Not bad, so this is the positive fuss about the restaurant, though my seafood chowder was bit salty, thus the above argument. Seafood salad was superb. The final damage was just 25e with a glass of white wine. Worth the visit, folks
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Chapter One Restaurant

18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Great
311 reviews

Reviewed 28th August 2010 ( visited 26th August 2010 )

Went with wife for a early bird dinner. Good atmosphere, though limited in choices in the menu, but pretty happy with a choice offered. Good value for the quality of food. I ordered goat cheese in tomato jelly and beef confit in red wine, well I can't remember the full names, quite exotic in words to qualify for a Michelin Star restaurant. Names of the dish is not important, as long it lives up to the standard of its reputation. Not disappointed. Have to say the bottle of wine was pricey. Twice/thrice a year probably wouldn't break the bank, will go back. Recommended, a good treat
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Aqua Restaurant
1 West Pier, Howth, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin

The best seafood restaurant in Dublin, now let's see. Was here probably 5 years ago, thought the food was very pricey. Made a early bird reservation for lunch. Entree- tiger prawn salad, and main was grilled seabass fillet. A glass of red wine. I am itching to say seafood was mediocre, not worth the reputation and the advertisement. The tiger prawn was like a normal-sized prawn, maybe recession is hitting even the prawn population in Howth. The main was alright, nothing special worth shouting about. Maybe I came with high expectation, but can't blame me, it is pricey though. The final bill was 50e with cofffee, and the premium included is the seaview. Once I settled the bill, I felt I was all alone, not even a courteous thank you on exiting the premises.

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Fishy Fishy Restaurant
Crowleys Quay, Kinsale, Kinsale, Cork

Just have to eat at Fishy Fishy when you are in Kinsale, whether what the fuss about. So walked in for lunch bank holiday Monday. Unusual quiet initially, seated quickly, no reservation needed. Order a seafood chowder as entree, main was a mixed seafood salad. A little bit apprehensive going for seafood on Monday, and traditionally not the best day in the week for seafood. Not bad, so this is the positive fuss about the restaurant, though my seafood chowder was bit salty, thus the above argument. Seafood salad was superb. The final damage was just 25e with a glass of white wine. Worth the visit, folks

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Meridian Restaurant
Marine Hotel , Sutton Cross, Dublin 13, Sutton, Dublin

Spent a weekend relaxing at the hotel, decided to try the hotel's restaurant. A warm welcome at the entrance and seated promptly even without a reservation. Order a seafood chowder as starter and steamed seabass, and classic rhubarb crumble as dessert and filtered coffee to finish. Good value for money, initial impression was that it was going to be more expensive. 30e for a person, without wine. Food was commentable, nicely presented, worthly of a hotel's reputation. Can't fault it. Will come back again

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Jola's Restaurant
18/19 Lower O'Connell Street, Kinsale, Cork

Visited the menupages website for best rated Kinsale restaurant, Jola's stood out. Made a reservation the evening. Not disappointed at all, pleasant atmosphere with dining below ground, high ceiling, subdued lighting and baroque style deco. The staff gave a comfortable presence. My starter was panfried tiger prawns salad, and main was steamed seabass fillet in seasoned oil, parfait to finish. A refreshing experience, for the seafood and the price, none of Dublin's restaurants can match. A coffee on the house for good humour. I couldn't recommend more. Will definitely visit again

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Katie Daly's
78 Main Street, Gorey, Wexford

Went to Gorey to spend a quiet weekend, came across the restaurant by just the bustling atmosphere inside. No reservation, but seated quickly by the fireplace, though the place is full of life. I ordered grilled scallops as starter. Gosh, a full plate of juicy scallops, perfectly done. My main is panfried whole seabass. I can't complain, good value, maybe the chef just being nice to me. All in all, my final bill is just 40euros with a glass of white and coffee to finish. This is what I call excellent standard gourmet food, and I hope Dublin has more places like this

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Chai Yo
100 Lower Baggot street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went with a group of friends for annual reunion. Most of us ordered a 3-course value meal sitting around a semi-oval stove table with the attendant chef cooking your main in front of everybody. Kind of novel for first timer especially a few of friends, though I have been to few establishments with similar set-up. Interactive atmosphere with the chef, and not intrusive. Food is pretty standard and blank for some, and I take it that it emphaises on the teriyaki aspect of the cuisine. One nice thing that I notice, they do not rush you out of the establishment after you finish your meal, they let you enjoyed the whole night. Great for party

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Imperial Chinese
12A Wicklow Street, City Centre South, Dublin

First time back here for lunch after their revamp, deco is blank and white-wash, probably more european look. Food disappointedly has not improved, the fried noodle was cold underneath the surface, din sum seems to be take out of freezer and microwaved, and served. Waitresses was bit intrusive, watching over your shoulder while you eat. Still finding a good reason to go back.

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L'Officina by Dunne & Crescenzi (Kildare)
Kildare Chic Outlet Shopping Village, Kildare, Kildare Town, Kildare

Went to Kildare Village for my day off, retail therapy. I did not know Crescenzi's chain is here. More spacious, and comfortable, though lashing rain outside. Food was superb, food quality with good Italian standard. But have to say service was bit inefficient, I have to take the menu myself from the central bench, go to the counter to give my orders, and go to the counter to pay, otherwise I will be waiting for ages to be served. Felt like going to premium-class Self-service Bistro.

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New Millennium Chinese Restaurant
51 South King Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Came here for dinsum at lunchtime. The last time I was here was 2 years ago. No much changes in terms of deco and lighting. We ordered 8 dishes of din sum to start. I have to say the food is pretty blank, lacking in taste. No effort to put in presentation to justify the price. I expected they put some efforts in introducing new din sum dishes. Service was fast, I think they do expect you to be in and out the door in less than half an hour, felt like going to fast food centre than a restaurant. Complimentary desert and the bill on the table without asking, efficient!!, well 10% service charge included for the prompt service. If you are hard pressed for time, and want some food to go down quickly, this is the place to be.

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Chapter One Restaurant
18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Went with wife for a early bird dinner. Good atmosphere, though limited in choices in the menu, but pretty happy with a choice offered. Good value for the quality of food. I ordered goat cheese in tomato jelly and beef confit in red wine, well I can't remember the full names, quite exotic in words to qualify for a Michelin Star restaurant. Names of the dish is not important, as long it lives up to the standard of its reputation. Not disappointed. Have to say the bottle of wine was pricey. Twice/thrice a year probably wouldn't break the bank, will go back. Recommended, a good treat

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Pattaya Thai and Chinese Restaurant
9th Lock Road, Nangor Road, West Dublin, Clondalkin, Dublin

Went for dinner with colleagues. It have been some time ago from my last visit. Deco newer, pleasant atmosphere overall. Service was above average, attentive. Food was I think a bit fallen in standard compared to last time, suddenly portions were smaller. My three colleagues was generally happy. Other than that, service were prompt, thus the service charge.

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L'Officina by Dunne And Crescenzi (Dundrum)
Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

I adore Italian food, simple and authetic sourcing of local produce, and ingredients of season. Not disappointed at all, went with a friend, I ordered proscuito and mozarella salads, generous portion and tasty. I think most ingredients are sourced from Italy, you can taste the different in the salami bits and dry tomatoes. Hope choice of wine be better, especially the italian. Will definitely come back

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The Counter Dundrum
Pembroke District, (adjacent to the Mill Pond at Town Square), Dundrum, Dublin

Went in for lunch. Given a clipboard when you enter, a novelty. You can choose what item fancy your tastebud, mainly different combination for the burger. I ordered the beef burger with just salads, and an iced lemon tea. I was given the impression that I order so little. Waiting for my burger was longer than usual. A big white plate appeared, with scanty thin and few dry salad leaves with a 6oz beef burger sitting on top, my plate looked barren, no effort to put into garnishing and presentation. At least the big plate in pricey Michelin Star are presented properly with a tiny delicacy in the centre. So embarrassing to look at, give me a smaller plate instead, thank you. Come to think of it, the few salad leaves cost extra 2.5euro, 1000% profit margin from a bag of M&S salad. As soon as I finished my burger, the bill was put on my table without asking, hey my lemon tea was still half full, telling me indirectly- you small nimble eater, go home to have your full dinner!!

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Swai Restaurant
Unit B, The Campshires, North Wall Quay, City Centre North, Dublin

Pleasant and relaxing atmosphere, authentic Malaysian food, hard to come by in HongKong dominated Chinese food cuisine in Dublin. Surprised at the choice offered in menu, especially the claypot rice, a delicacy in central Malaysia, and now enjoying a big hit comeback among foodie in Singapore. Those adventurous Dubliners should try it, ask for the genuine authetic preparation, you will stand out as the one possessing the asian palate. I will definitely visit again, and I hope the standard doesn't drop along the way as do most HongKong restaurant. Bravo

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