Restaurant Reviews from Chunky Lover

Status: Connoisseur

Credibility Score:
52.5%

County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 24

Member Since: 14 November 2006

Last Visit: 10 June 2011

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Millstone, A Dublin Restaurant

39 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Good
355 reviews

Reviewed 06th June 2011 ( visited 30th April 2011 )

This is a great restaurant. The food is good solid homely food in a nice restaurant with great service. The food is really nice. Its not going to win any awards for fancy food but it has something for everyone, and its all cooked really well. The food is really tasty and I have never had a bad meal here. Friends that have eaten here also rave about the place. The service is always excellent. The staff are really friendly and very helpful. Probably one of the best restaurant services in Dublin. The value is really good. Its mid priced but for the quality of food, it really is great value. The only fault I had with the place is that it is small and the tables are very close together. Even with that it is highly recommended.
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Luigi Malones Restaurant

5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
International

Price Range:

Good
698 reviews

Reviewed 14th November 2006 ( visited 14th November 2006 )

This is probably my favourite restaurant in Dublin. It is good value for money. The selection is excellent, and the food is perfectly prepared every time. Try the Spicy Island Chicken. It can be very cramped and staff are always running about which takes away from the lovely surrounds and food. Food is very filling and the desserts are the best in Dublin. Definitely recommended!
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Millstone, A Dublin Restaurant
39 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This is a great restaurant. The food is good solid homely food in a nice restaurant with great service. The food is really nice. Its not going to win any awards for fancy food but it has something for everyone, and its all cooked really well. The food is really tasty and I have never had a bad meal here. Friends that have eaten here also rave about the place. The service is always excellent. The staff are really friendly and very helpful. Probably one of the best restaurant services in Dublin. The value is really good. Its mid priced but for the quality of food, it really is great value. The only fault I had with the place is that it is small and the tables are very close together. Even with that it is highly recommended.

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Bon Appetit
9 James Terrace, Malahide, Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

I have been to the brasserie before and I enjoyed the food, although it was very rich. So I decided to go to the restaurant to try it out. The room is lovely and I love the location. The food was good but definitely not Michelin Star quality. I have been to numerous Michelin star restaurants and this was the poorest quality by far. I found the food to be at the same level as any decent restaurant in the city but with Michelin star prices. The service was without doubt the worst part of the experience. I always felt talked down to by the staff and we got brought the days veg to our table and found a nice addition to our bill. These sides weren't requested and weren't on the menu so I felt that was a tad sneaky. The value was quite poor for what we got. The mains were around €35 each and the sides that were added brought that to around €40 each. Thats very expensive, and when the meal is average, it really doesn't represent value for money. All in all, the restaurant is nice and the food good. But the service and value for money leave a lot to be desired.

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Gotham Cafe
8 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I have been here on numerous occasions. Nice spot for lunch when in and around the Grafton Street area. Food is nice Cafe fare. Good options of sandwiches, salads, pizzas, etc. The food is decent and this is the spot I would recommend to a friend if they were looking to stop for a bite to eat in the south side of the city. Service is always a bit scattered to be honest. It really depends on who you have, lots of the waiters usually have an eye on the next table they can serve when taking your order which is very poor. Food is good value though. Its not very expensive and I do believe you get good value for money. I would have no problem recommending this place.

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BANG Restaurant & Bar
11 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

A good meal. I went here with my partner and I am happy to say it was a really nice experience. I attended here on more than one occasion over the past year and it is very consistent. The food is good, a nice balance of quality and quantity. Portions aren't the most generous but perfect if part of a 3 course meal. The service was excellent, we were well attended to, however the tables are squeezed close together and the waiter couldn't actually get to our table without moving other customers. That must have been very annoying to the people being moved. The price was ok, it isn't cheap by any means but I do think it is good value for money. Overall it is good quality food at a reasonable price.

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Mr Bumbles Restaurant
Kickham st, Clonmel, Clonmel, Tipperary

As one reviewer said below, it was hard to believe this place had a recommendation by Bridgestone. It was a bit disappointing, the food was basically deep fried and lacked any real taste. Soup was nice but the rest was just plain and bland. Probably nice for a lunch stop.

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The Park Hotel
Poppyfields, Clonmel, Clonmel, Tipperary

The service and location was very good and the restaurant itself was very nice. The food was quite good but was really let down by the eerie-ness from the room. There was absolutely zero atmosphere and there was very few in the room. Hence it got awkward on a few occasions when the waiters had to walk across the big room to see if we were finished our meal. It took away from the good food and nice staff.

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Oasis
Main Street, Cashel, Tipperary

I was here a few months ago with a few friends. The service / atmosphere / food was all average. The service was fairly prompt and I had no complaints. The place was busy and there was a decent atmosphere. The food was decent, nothing to write home about but enough to be a decent place to go eat. No complaints really. Average.

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

I have to admit, This probably is my favourite restaurant in Dublin. It has everything, great food, good variety, great atmosphere, brilliant staff and a great location with plenty of parking around the corner. Everything from the bread to the desserts are amazing, the starters are varied and absolutely lovely. The mains gorgeous, and desserts brilliant. Can't recommend it highly enough.

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Milano (Clarion Quay)
Unit 6, Excise Walk, Clarion Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin

I have to admit, I like Milanos. It has really nice Pizzas and is in nice Environs and its casual and good value. Really nice for a bite out to eat if you don't have somewhere booked or want a casual meal.

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Town Bar and Grill
21 Kildare Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Excellent spot. I can't recommend this place enough. The food, the atmosphere, the service, the location, all sublime. The food was fantastic, and the service was very professional. We had a problem as our desserts never arrived after 30min and when we complained they realised they made a mistake and gave us dessert / Coffee / Service Charge all for free. Top place, hard to beat in Dublin.

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Farm Restaurant (Dawson Street)
3 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

I have been here on a number of occasions. It is very hit and miss. The staff are friendly and the place and location is really good. The value for money is one of the best around. The food is the problem. One night superb, one night awful. It prob has to do with the Chefs and who is on, etc. I went one day and we were only allowed order a burger or a veg option, which was a disgrace. A very nice spot for lunch if in town as no booking really required.

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Marco Polo not live
O'Connell Street, Limerick City, Limerick

Luigi Malones is a great chain of restaurants, and the Limerick outlet is the best by far. The food is the same as Cork or Dublin Luigis, which is very very good. The atmosphere here is much better in my opinion. They have great deals for lunch and dinner. The starters are big portions and are prob as big as the mains, but nice. The chicken wings and goujons are the best in the country. The Spicy Island chicken is absolutely gorgeous. The Lamb and Chorizo Skewers were prob the worst I had, they had a bad taste of burn the two times I got them. The Toblerone Cheesecake and Ice Cream Tower are the two best desserts in Ireland, you won't get better.

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Raymonds Restaurant
Distillery Walk, Midleton, Midleton, Cork

The food in Raymonds is absolutely gorgeous, even if the service is slightly snooty. I have visited here on a number of occasions and the service varied. It went from Brilliant to Brutal, it depends on who you get. The restaurant is small and intimate but very stylish. The food was done to a high level but you still get generous portions. They do take their time serving but I like that as you have time to chat between meals. There was no complaints over the food, the only downfalls were the service (which varied) and it is a bit expensive for this part of the country. Be carefull though, booking is def required.

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The Red Store
150 North Main Street Youghal, Youghal, Cork

Absolutely gorgeous... This is a must if looking to dine in Youghal. Theres a proper restaurant upstairs and bar food downstairs. Both are down to an exceptional quality. Never a real need to book due to the two floors. The bar is my favourite, its nice, bright and has a very relaxing ambiance. The starters are decent but the mains are very generous and wholesome. The desserts are also very very nice. You will not get better "pub-grub" than this anywhere in the country. You will not be disappointed.

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Mexico to Rome
23 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

I was very impressed with this restaurant. They have two menus, one for Mexican Food and one for Italian. Offers great choice as you can mix and match. The food was authentic and very good. The service was good but the Atmosphere wasn't great purely because people were constantly coming in looking for a table (A good sign!!). One thing that caught a friend of mine out was that all the dishes come without side orders, and they don't do chips and only have 1 type of potato, 1 type of veg and salad as sides, not a great selection. Overall, the food prevailed and I can highly recommend this place.

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Pearse Brasserie at The Pearse Hotel
98-107 Pearse Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

A pretty average restaurant. I live around this area so its handy for a quick bite. The food is good and its reasonably priced. The menu is very good and varied! Its great for a quick stop off.

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Dandelion
St. Stephen's Green, St Stephens Green, Dublin

This is an average Dublin restaurant. It is very dark and really lacks atmosphere. The service was good and the food not bad. Never really got time to settle. Selection not that great but enough to satisfy most people, i.e. One Chicken Dish, One Fish Dish..etc. Food came very very quick, which is slightly worrying. Won't go back anytime soon. Only Average!

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Thunder Road Cafe
Fleet Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Bring earplugs. It is actually painfully loud. I’m young and go to a lot of concerts and could not stick this. The food was typical take away/burger chain place. Big party place. Nothing really worth talking about. Great place if you've children but gets busy in the evenings with all the parties. Service not existent.

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TGI Friday (St Stephens Green )
St Stephens Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Do not go here unless you’re in a group!! There was 3 of us there one evening and the atmosphere was a bit tense because of all the rowdy parties in there. It felt like it was going to spill over and there was no security around so that was a bad start. It was incredibly loud. We ordered our food about 7/8pm and 15min later we got told hardly any of our stuff was available as it was sold out (on a Friday Night @7/8pm,Crazy!!). We had to settle for other orders. The food was so-so. Nothing worth writing about. It was standard Dublin price for Below-par Dublin quality. Give it a miss unless on a party!

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Shack Restaurant
24 East Essex Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

This is an Irish restaurant serving Irish food at its best. The food here is mainly Irish but not exclusively. It attracts a lot of people being in the centre of Temple Bar. I had to book a week in advance just to get a table and I was not disappointed. The restaurant is very small and a little bit cramped but that is about the only negative. The service was first class, the food was quick and exactly how we ordered it. The choice is huge and will easily please everyone. It is definitely value for money and the chef will give you the recipe if you want to know how to cook the meal at home. It is in a perfect location for a night out. Definitely worth a try. (Try the Bacon & Cabbage).

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Cactus Jacks (Middle Abbey St)
Millennium Walkway, Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

This a little gem in the heart of the city. The food is simple and gorgeous and very reasonable. The portions are generous and it has a really relaxed atmosphere. It is the kind of place to impress somebody without breaking the bank. The medallions of steak were the best I ever had anywhere. The goujons are also gorgeous. I am a picky and plain eater and my partner is not and we both loved this place. Can't go wrong.

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Luigi Malones Restaurant
5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

This is probably my favourite restaurant in Dublin. It is good value for money. The selection is excellent, and the food is perfectly prepared every time. Try the Spicy Island Chicken. It can be very cramped and staff are always running about which takes away from the lovely surrounds and food. Food is very filling and the desserts are the best in Dublin. Definitely recommended!

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Bad Ass Cafe
Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Cheap and Cheerful but not slacking on quality. Food is good and quick and at a very reasonable price. Staff are excellent. I love this place. The only problem is it’s not the type of place to impress a loved one or a colleague. Steak is big, filling, tasty, and inexpensive. Perfect for a cheap night out.

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F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Crow Street
2 Crow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

This place is more about Quality than quantity. The food was lovely (except for the dodgy chips that were cooked in dirty oil). The steak was gorgeous but very small and very expensive. Do not go here if you are feeling hungry. It would be a good place to impress somebody. Service a bit snobby but not the worst I have experienced.

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