Restaurant Reviews from Chirssieprincess
Bodega! (Waterford) restaurant
54 John Street, Waterford, Waterford City, Waterford
Reviewed 23rd August 2010 ( visited 19th August 2010 )My boyfriend and I visited Waterford last week and came accross Bodega so we tried it for lunch, to be sufficiently impressed that we came back for dinner a few days later. For our lunchtime visit, we both chose from the two courses for €20 option. We both had fishcakes to start, which were heavy on fish rather than mostly potato as you sometimes find. The fish was also noticably fresh. The accompanying chilli oil was a nice touch and the salad was plentiful and well dressed. For mains we had chicken and confit duck leg. Both dishes were generous portions and well flavoured, both of us were very pleased. We couldn't fit in a dessert but we did enjoy the remains of our carafe of pinot grigio. When we returned for dinner, the place was packed, so booking ahead was advisable. The blackboard of specials was left at our table while we looked at the menu also. Both of us ordered starters from the specials board, deep fried brie and venison pate. The starters were out of this world, again great portion sizes. For mains I had rack of lamb, which I think was the best lamb I have ever tasted, it was delicious. My boyfriends fish pie was also great, very fresh fish and lots of it. Again, we couldn't manage dessert so finished our bottle of Albarino. The wine list deserves a mention, there are some interesting choices and the prices seemed reasonable enough (though we are judging by our normal Dublin standards!!). The service was fine on both occasions, just fine though, nothing more. I would definitely go back to Bodega, but perhaps not on a Friday evening again, a little too packed for my liking but I guess it shows that the place is doing well, which it deserves to.
The Gingerman restaurant
40 Fenian Street, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 08th April 2009 ( visited 07th April 2009 )Went here lastnight for a bite to eat with a friend. No menus on the tables so we asked for some at the bar. Nobody appeared to take any orders, so again we ordered at the bar. Selection on the menu was fairly poor considering what most pubs offer these days. Lounge girl came around handing out menus after we needed them. The food took a long time to arrive to the point that we were almost going to again squeeze our way to the bar to enquire about our order. When it did arrive mine was a large pyramid of lumpy mashed potatoes with four sausages swimming in a sea of gravy. Mash was off putting and not very warm. Sausages were fine and a good size, however they were billed as 'spicy' on the menu... this they certainly were not. Gravy was supposed to be onion based, but really didn't taste like it was, more like Bisto based. Friends burger and chips were fine, nothing amazing however. Both our dishes were in the category of 'specialities' on the menu!!! Dread to think what other dishes must be like if that's the case. Again, back to the bar to pay the bill. Not impressive and I don't think I'd waste my money eating here again, there is much better value and food to be had around the city.
14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
My other half and I were here for an anniversary dinner recently and we found this restaurant to be absolutely lovely in every sense. We couldn’t actually get a booking any earlier than 9.30 on the night we wanted, so we went with that time. I did have worries when we arrived as there were a number of large groups who were clearly on a Christmas night out, however there is an area off to one side of the main dining space which is almost like a corridor lined with tables for two – perfect for a romantic meal and to have some distance between us and the revelers. To start, as it was a special occasion, we had a cocktail each, passion fruit bellini for myself and peach bellini for him. Both of us had the crispy hens egg as a starter (fond memories of this dish from the Pichet stand at Taste of Dublin in the summer). For mains, steak and venison were ordered and arrived perfectly cooked as specified. Having had a taste of everything we ordered, both of us agreed this was very good cooking indeed. All washed down with a bottle of Albarino, we were unable to contemplate desserts, although the descriptions on the menu did spark our interest. Overall, a great meal, with attentive and polite service. We’ll certainly be back, hopefully soon.
The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin
A friend and I went here for a bite to eat and a catch up. I've enjoyed the food here before (although have not been to eat here in a couple of years), but what we both received on the last visit wasn't great. I ordered a battered smoked fish and bravas potato dish. The fish was very dry inside and the batter quite oily on the exterior. The potatoes were fine, again a bit oily for my liking. I couldn't really eat very much of the dish as it just wasn't appetizing overall. My friend had the meat and cheese plate, which consisted of a lot of 'filler' of vegetables. It perhaps should have been called an antipasti plate rather than a meat and cheese plate. There must be something good about the food though, as it was busy the whole time we were there. So mcuh so that a waitress was practically ready to pounce on our table (to clear it and give it to waiting customers) as we finished our drinks. I found this off putting and unnecessary. Will probably think twice about coming back (this wasn't where we had originally planned to eat).
The Grafton Lounge
Unit 2, Royal Hibernian Way, Dawson Street, City Centre South, Dublin
I was at a barbeque here during the Summer and the food then was quite nice. I can't say it was too good the last time I ate here. Granted all I had was a chicken ceaser salad while meeting a few friends, it was still a pretty poor effort. Far too much dressing, leaves too large to easily eat (I'm sorry but if I'm paying for a salad it should have been chopped sufficiently), the chicken itself was in tiny pieces which were barely identifiable and clearly from a packet of pre-cooked meat that you would buy in any shop. Overall disappointing and could do better I'm sure, but I don't think I'll be back to find out.
Dylan Hotel, Eastmoreland Place, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin
We first discovered Dylan restaurant at a Dublin food festival and it has since become a favourite destination for us as a special treat. The food has been perfect on each of our visits and the staff are polite and very attentive without being intrusive. Our last meal here was superb, scallops and crispy pork belly cooked to perfection, followed by wonderfully cooked lamb and finished with a raspberry creme brulee for me, with my partner having a fennel soup, sea bream and vanilla cheese cake mousse with berries - having tasted a little of his dishes also, I can say that I was impressed by everything. Its worth noting that neither of us would normally order dessert as we don't particularly enjoy sweet things, however given the level of skill demonstrated by the kitchen in the previous courses, we had to find out if this carried through to the desserts. The restaurant is on the expensive side, so it really is more of a treat but I did notice on our last visit that they had a summer special menu which seemed very reasonably at about €35 (I think!) for 3 courses and included a glass of prosecco. There is an outside area at the front where you can sip your wine / coffee after dinner and also a lovely enclosed beer garden area off the bar which is also very pleasant for after dinner drinks. We'll definitely be back and continue to recommend to friends and colleagues.
F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Pembroke Street
1A Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I hadn't eaten here in a while and it was great to see that the high standards are still in place. My partner and I arrived having only booked a few hours earlier and were promptly seated. Although the all day value menu looked great, we both ordered off the a la carte. My starter of lobster and langoustine cocktail was plentiful, well flavoured and nicely presented. The only let down was a large piece of lobster shell which put me off finishing the dish. My partner found his chicken liver pate very enjoyable. For mains we both had steak, fillet for me and t-bone for him. Both were delicious and couldn't be faulted. I would love to know what seasoning is used on the steaks! We also enjoyed a bottle of petit chablis and two large bottles of mineral water. The bill in total about about €108, but as the service had been very good all evening, we added a generous tip. We finished off the meal by taking our glasses of wine out onto the front terraced area. A pleasant evening and definitely value for money. We wouldn't hesitate to return.
Residence, 41 St. Stephen´s Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
I went for dinner at this restaurant for the first time recently. There is no doubt, the setting is lovely, small rooms with a few tables in each rather than one large dining room. I did however find some elements of the meal quite disappointing. The amuse bouche was a prawn bisque I believe, with lots of tasteless foam on top. None of my party of four could finish the taster portion - it was incredibly salty, perhaps the tasteless foam was meant to balance this out, but if so it failed. The rest of the group seemed happy with their smoked salmon and crab starter. I regretted my choice of black sole, dublin bay prawns and brown butter sauce. The sole was overpowered by lemon juice or zest, hard to tell. It also contained a number of bones, which I was not expecting for the standard I had hoped for from this restaurant. The two prawns were particularly strange, though warm, they had the texture of raw prawns. I was unable to finish them. I thought the sauce the best element on the plate. That really shouldn’t have been the case! Playing it safe with the main course, I had ordered the fillet steak. This proved to be a nice tender fillet and cooked perfectly medium rare – something which is basic yet I have had a terrible run of luck in Irish restaurants! The slow cooked beef underneath was also well executed as was the sauce, but I found it strange that this was all served in a bowl. Another small gripe was that the waiters did not seem to be interested at all in topping up wine glasses. Three of our glasses had been dry for a few minutes before any waiting staff thought to fill them up. A pre dessert of a tiny creme brulee was good, considering I am not a lover of desserts in general. Had I not been quite full at that point, I would have considered a cheese board but this would have been a waste for me as one of the party had it and it was a choice of five cheeses from the trolley along with a whole host of accompaniments (peppered honey, walnuts, grapes, fruit jelly…) and of course all the breads for the cheese.
The Saddle Room @ The Shelbourne
The Shelbourne Hotel, 27 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
I’m a regular visitor for Saturday lunch, about once a month with a party of normally 3-4. I have had many lovely experiences here, but the last one got off to a sour start. It was a busy lunchtime, busier than I had ever seen it but not surprising as the Irish rugby team were staying and at around lunchtime were due to make their way to the Aviva stadium, along with many others eating/drinking at the Shelbourne. That said, we were greeted by the most apathetic host who almost sighed at the fact he needed to look up our booking. He proceeded to say nothing or even look at us, so we stood wondering what was going on until another member of staff showed us to our table. One of the party made a remark (not directed at the waiter or in an angry manner) that it wasn’t our usual table, and we were sharply told that our usual table was very popular and would need to be booked weeks in advance. I casually pointed out that yes, we had booked about 3 weeks in advance and specifically asked for that table, but I did not mind the table we had been shown to and it was not a big issue! Things improved from there. I had a starter of gravalax, which was perfectly nice, but I had a better version of the dish in that restaurant a number of months before. For main I had the pork, which was absolutely wonderful, caramelised on the outside to just a nice degree, yet perfectly moist inside. The cheeseboard to finish was good, as always. There was a little extra touch which I hadn’t seen before, a stilton soaked in port. As the restaurant was a bit hectic, we didn’t linger long over our wine, or indeed order any more, which was probably for the best as the bill was less than it would normally be! The waiter who looked after us for the most part of our meal was very pleasant and had a good knowledge of both the menu and the wine list. This almost made up for the bad start to the meal. I will be back as I would hope not to have a repeat of the disappointing elements of our last lunch.
Eddie Rockets (Wexford Street)
Wexford Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
My partner and I visited here after work one evening when we didn't fancy cooking dinner ourselves. Normally I quite like this Eddie's and enjoy the food, but this time turned out quite differently. The waitresss was prompt in taking our order, and the wait for the food wasn't long. Unfortunately my chilli cheese dog was all a bit cold, not just the frankfurter but the chilli and the cheese sauce. I really should have sent it back but was so hungry I put up with the hard kidney beans and not even luke warm meal. The chips were fine, hot at least! My partners chicken tenders looked burnt to be honest, but he didn't seem to mind. The waitress didn't bother to check how our food was, even though the place wasn't busy at all. I don't know exactly what the meal cost as I didn't pay, but I can be pretty certain it was terrible value for money. We might give it another go, but there are plenty of places to eat around this area, so it could be a while before we chance going back there again.
54 John Street, Waterford, Waterford City, Waterford
My boyfriend and I visited Waterford last week and came accross Bodega so we tried it for lunch, to be sufficiently impressed that we came back for dinner a few days later. For our lunchtime visit, we both chose from the two courses for €20 option. We both had fishcakes to start, which were heavy on fish rather than mostly potato as you sometimes find. The fish was also noticably fresh. The accompanying chilli oil was a nice touch and the salad was plentiful and well dressed. For mains we had chicken and confit duck leg. Both dishes were generous portions and well flavoured, both of us were very pleased. We couldn't fit in a dessert but we did enjoy the remains of our carafe of pinot grigio. When we returned for dinner, the place was packed, so booking ahead was advisable. The blackboard of specials was left at our table while we looked at the menu also. Both of us ordered starters from the specials board, deep fried brie and venison pate. The starters were out of this world, again great portion sizes. For mains I had rack of lamb, which I think was the best lamb I have ever tasted, it was delicious. My boyfriends fish pie was also great, very fresh fish and lots of it. Again, we couldn't manage dessert so finished our bottle of Albarino. The wine list deserves a mention, there are some interesting choices and the prices seemed reasonable enough (though we are judging by our normal Dublin standards!!). The service was fine on both occasions, just fine though, nothing more. I would definitely go back to Bodega, but perhaps not on a Friday evening again, a little too packed for my liking but I guess it shows that the place is doing well, which it deserves to.
Harry Street, St Stephens Green, Dublin
I visited Cafe Novo as part of a group of four last weekend. While I was very impressed with the service as usual, the food was somewhat of a let down on this ocassion. Two of us had the beer battered fish, which curiously came in 3 pieces instead of one large piece as I would have expected. The fish hadn't been properly drained after being deep fried and as a result was very oily and unpleasant. The fries which accompanied were fine. Another of the group had the burger which was served on a wooden board, this proved difficult to eat from and he wasn't impressed by it. The only one of our group who was pleased with their food had the shepherds pie, and finished it all. The smoothie I had was quite nice, and I would reccomend trying these as they're freshly made to order. I'm not sure how much the final bill was as I wasn't paying, and there were other drinks ordered aswell, but I felt the food wasn't up to its usual standard. That said, I've never ordered that fish dish before, and usually stick to the steak sandwich which I've always found to be very good. Again, hats off to the waiting staff, they are among the nicest and most obliging I've come accross in Dublin.
The Baggot Inn
143 Lower Baggott Street, Baggot Street, St Stephens Green, Dublin
Just back from lunch here. Staff were very friendly I have to say, a big difference from the last time I was here however that was on a busy evening. We were informed of several specials of the day, although we didn't find any overly appealing. I ordered the chicken ceaser salad and my partner went for the lasagne. Both dishes arrived promptly. The salad was very generous portion wise - lots of chunks of warm chicken breast, halved cherry tomatoes, bacon, croutons, cheese (which I don't think was parmesan, unless it was heavily processed), and fresh lettuce of course. There was a little too much dressing for my liking, but that's just personal taste. The lasagne was pronounced to be good, and a side salad, chunky chips and coleslaw accompanied it. Overall it was good for a quick lunchtime bite, and the bill was very reasonable - for our two dishes plus a coke and a sparkling water it was only €20. I would go back for lunch, but I'm not sure if I'd go again for dinner though, it just seems to be very hectic in the evenings.
Leeson Court Hotel, 26/27 Leeson Street Lower, City Centre South, Dublin
I go to Kobra for lunch every so often, as its a fairly safe bet for a quick decent meal. Last week I ordered the bacon & cheese burger. I have to say the bacon was terrible, it was completely dried up and so hard I didn't even attempt to eat it. That said, once the offending bacon was removed, the burger was very nice, a generous sized patty with a tasty red onion relish on top, some mushroom sauce and the cheese was nice to top it all off. I actually couldn't finish it as it came with chips. The kitchen have also changed their chips, which are now 'home made' style, almost more like wedges. They came lightly salted too, just the right amount of salt in my opinion. My other half had the fish and chips, which he enjoyed. All in all its not bad value, but I'd order the plain burger next time, the bacon was laughable and paying an extra charge for that and a bit of cheese isn't on.
FIRE Restaurant and Lounge
Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin
Visited Fire for approx the 7th time on a recent Saturday evening. On arrival our party were shown to our table for four at the balcony on one side of the main room, which I was pleased about as I had asked for this area when booking (the main floor space can be crowded so I prefer balcony when its for a small group of people). Two of the party were first time visitors to Fire, and were impressed by the dining space. Noticed a slightly long wait for our water and for someone to take our orders, but only slightly longer than usual. Ordered a bottle of the reccomended Spanish wine in both red and white, only €25 per bottle and it was lovely, enjoyed by all of us. For starters I had the lamb skewers which were beatifully tender and melted in the mouth, although you are not asked to specify how you want them cooked, I felt they were done about medium, which is perfect for me. Two others pronounced the fishcakes to be nice, and the crayfish cocktail went down well also. For mains I tasted my partners pesto stuffed pork, which was nicely moist, working very well with the strong rosemary flavour of the stuffing. One of us enjoyed the lamb rump medium, clean plate after. Another had the whopping 10oz fillet with prawns, which took him a while to polish off, but he was very impressed by the dish. I enjoyed the 6oz fillet, cooked to med rare perfection, it came with homemade chunky chips, crispy onions and a tasty salad. Only two of us managed desert, one chocolate fondant and one drunken berries. Both very nice indeed. I felt the bill was reasonable for the quality and amount of food and drinks we had – 4 starters, 4 mains, 2 desserts, 2 bottles of wine, 3 baileys & 1 espresso. It came to approx €240 before tip.
40 Fenian Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Went here lastnight for a bite to eat with a friend. No menus on the tables so we asked for some at the bar. Nobody appeared to take any orders, so again we ordered at the bar. Selection on the menu was fairly poor considering what most pubs offer these days. Lounge girl came around handing out menus after we needed them. The food took a long time to arrive to the point that we were almost going to again squeeze our way to the bar to enquire about our order. When it did arrive mine was a large pyramid of lumpy mashed potatoes with four sausages swimming in a sea of gravy. Mash was off putting and not very warm. Sausages were fine and a good size, however they were billed as 'spicy' on the menu... this they certainly were not. Gravy was supposed to be onion based, but really didn't taste like it was, more like Bisto based. Friends burger and chips were fine, nothing amazing however. Both our dishes were in the category of 'specialities' on the menu!!! Dread to think what other dishes must be like if that's the case. Again, back to the bar to pay the bill. Not impressive and I don't think I'd waste my money eating here again, there is much better value and food to be had around the city.
The Harbour Master Restaurant & Bar
Custom House Dock, I.F.S.C Dublin 1, IFSC, Dublin
I really cannot discourage any readers enough from eating here. It is actually a bit shocking how bad the food, service and value are. I originally started coming here as it seemed like a nice enough pub to have a quiet drink in on a Saturday afternoon... but I made the mistake of eating here and have to say I won't give it a second chance. There are much nicer bars to eat in around the IFSC... and the difference in price isn't all that noticeable. Very disappointing overall, I really couldn't get out of there fast enough, but on reflection wish I had cornered the manager about our inedible meals and the non existent service. Agree fully with some below comments about staff not bothering to bring any cutlery and then becoming irritated when asked to do so.
Seagrass of Portobello Bridge
30 South Richmond Street, Dublin 8, Portobello, Dublin
Went here with friends for a quick lunch on one of their recommendations as she had really enjoyed the brunch here before. We did book in advance but there was no real need as it turned out. The staff were very pleasant, cannot fault the service at all, apart from forgetting one of our portions of chips, but this was soon rectified. As it was a quick lunch, we didn't have starters, just mains and chips. I had the mini meatballs which were lovely, good meat and very tasty tomato sauce. This came with a rocket dip (not the nicest, but I think its down to personal taste) and a small salad, so we were all glad we had ordered the extra chips. I have to say they were seasoned perfectly, we could not get enough of them! Although it was a brief visit, I'm excited to bring my boyfriend there for dinner soon, and check out the tapas menu too. The early bird deals seem very reasonably priced as well.
Il Fornaio Restaurant (IFSC)
1B Valenta House, Custom House Square, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin
Really did not enjoy this dining experience. The food was not up to a decent standard, the starter was acceptable but hardly outstanding for a plate of bread cheese and meat. My boyfriends and my mains were disappointing to say the least. We certainly won't be returning. The staff did little to improve our experience, and seemed bored and disinterested. This was the worst experience of an Italian restaurant to date.
Luigi Malones Restaurant
5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
I've visited here with both friends and my other half, and I've got to say I've never come away with many good things to say about this place. Food isn't great, the descriptions of the dishes actually caused a bit of a problem between a waitress and a friend, as the dish beared very little resemblance to what was on the menu. Overall not impressed by the food or the staff. Would not return in a hurry.