Restaurant Reviews from Curlyann

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Kajjal restaurant

7 The Green, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin, Area Code:

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Reviewed 24th August 2009 ( visited 21st August 2009 )

This was my first visit to Kajjal and I look forward to my next. There were 3 of us and we shared two amazing starters of monk fish and chicken tikka. We each had 3 diff main courses and tried them all, absolutely gorgeous. We probably could have done with a little more rice than ordered. We had 2 bottles of mid price fab wine. With all that food and wine and great service I thought 55 euro (inclusive of good tip !) was very reasonable.....Can't wait to go back with my husband, he'll love it too !!
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Brunos restaurant

Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Reviewed 08th October 2007 ( visited 06th October 2007 )

I ate in Bruno's on Saturday evening with my husband at around 5pm. We were heading somewhere and stumbled upon this place. We went in as it wasn't as full as everywhere else. My husband had the soup and lasagne from the set menu and was happy enough with both. He ordered chips on the side which were forgotten about. They brought them when we asked with no apology. I had the tomato salad (described as vine tomatoes which they most definitely weren't) Extremely overpriced starter although its dressing was nice. For mains, I had the chicken stuffed with apricots and peppers, served on creamy mash with asparagus. It sounded better than it tasted. The mash was lovely but the chicken and asparagus lacked any flavour. I asked for coffee and got awful filter stuff - although was not charged as it's part of the set menu. The toilets did not impress me either. The staff were pleasant. The place was getting very busy when we were leaving with one person wanting to book a table! I wanted to tell them to go find one of the excellent other restaurants in Dublin and forget this place. It filled 2 hungry people but I would not return.
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Mr Fox
38 Parnell Square, City Centre North, Dublin

I was invited to this restaurant as part of a work event but hadn't heard of it before then. I would definitely return on my own steam. Even though I wasn't paying the menu has great prices. I was there for lunch/pre-theatre menu. Delicious bread and spreads were brought to the table first along with tap water. I had the trout for starters which was so good and I devoured it. I had the guinea fowl for mains, really good juicy flavour. Served with sides of green beans, miniature carrots and french fries (all so very well seasoned and tasty). Would recommend ordering sides as the dishes are quite small. The deserts are all in the theme of classic ice creams (ice berger, super split, bounty). As I love coconut I went for the bounty one, very gorgeous indeed. All served with very good house red wine. Staff and service were excellent. My only gripe was with the Americano wasn't good at all, very bitter indeed. That aside I am looking forward to returning.


The Old Schoolhouse (Dublin)
Coolbanagher Church Road, North Co. Dublin, Swords, Dublin

This was my first time here. I was late arriving but when we did order my glass of wine took way too long to arrive. For starter I had baked goats cheese with beets and walnuts. This was that fluffy type goats cheese....pleasant flavour. Thankfully some bread was left on the table as it needed it. The avocado salad looked like mostly lettuce, the prawn starter went down well. My main of monkfish and scallops was disappointing, and I had been looking forward to it. The monkfish wasn't hot enough, the scallops were cooked really well but didn't have much flavour. It then had drizzly black tasteless sauce included. I think this was supposed to be black pudding but I expected crumbly tasty style so this wasn't good at all. One of our group had toblerone cheesecake which was pleasant but certainly didn't taste like toblerone. The coffee was lovely though. They forgot to charge us for the bottle of wine and when we pointed it out they didn't charge they threw in the glass of red wine with no charge which I thought was decent. Nice pleasant place/staff but food didn't do it for me.


El Chico Mexicano Restaurant
24 The Plaza, North Dublin, Swords, Dublin

Ate with a friend here on a Thursday night (first visit). A few people coming and going so good atmosphere. Lovely waitress, great service, she was so attentive but not over the top......but the food left me "wanting". We both had chicken burritos and they were just so bland ! I just couldn't get any flavour at all......the tortilla was quite tough in parts like it had been heated in a microwave (I don't think it was but had that toughness to it)....a tiny side dish of guacamole and salsa on the side which were really tasty but I was sorry I didn't order more of them. I had a glass of red wine which was a generous glass and really nice. We both finished with coffees which were really good too. It was really good value at €36. Will try again as I do love Mexican food but hoping I get some flavour next time.


Dada Restaurant
45 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I ate here for my first time early on a Sat evening and decided while outside. Loved the decor and smell of mint that greeted us. I love lamb tagine and ordered this without studying the menu properly. We passed on starters. My husband had the hake tagine. Quite honestly I was a bit disappointed. It wasn't like a tagine I've had was more lamb shank with nuts and apricots, there was absolutely no sauce with it and not much flavour. It was served with warm pitta bread but I prob should have ordered cous cous. My husbands was really lovely though. Soft fish in a delicious garlic tomato sauce....really lovely. We also ordered a side of hot chickpeas and when our meal was put down the waitress said enjoy your meal. We asked about the side order and she muttered they were on their way. I knew she had forgotten them. The rest of the staff seemed lovely but I did not like our cold unfriendly waitress. We shared a white chocolate cheesecake which was nice but a bit dense. I tried the Moroccan coffee which I really didn't like, but I wanted to see what it was like. I had a glass of red wine which was ok...usual overpriced mediocrity but you get used to it. They don't see alcoholic beer here so my husband just had a coke. I would try again as I love Moroccan food and felt my choice was not the best but I would hope to get a different waitress.


Campo de' Fiori Bistro Market
1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Bray, Wicklow

Wandered in here on a bank holiday with our 2 young children and left very happy ! Lovely menu for us at €20 per person which was excellent value. The kid's pizzas were fantastic and they kindly packed up what was not eaten (delicious lunch for the following day). Service was great (place was quiet) with very pleasant staff. My pasta could have done with a little more flavour. Husbands chicken supreme was gone before I could taste it but he loved it ! Finished with delicious tiramisu and a gorgeous Americano. Really enjoyed and they were great with the kids too.


Downstairs Restaurant
Gilbert & Wright, Hollybrook Park, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin

Love this place. Ate here with 2 friends on Saturday evening, we were early so we watched it fill up. Fantastic starter of goats cheese and picked beetroot....portion seemed large but I ate it all. For mains 2 of us had sea trout and one had pork belly. The side orders we had were not needed as plenty of food on plate (should have brought them home so not to waste). We had a gorgeous bottle of red wine and coffees to finish....great service and looking forward to a return visit someday.


Jamie's Italian
Pembroke District, Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14 , Dundrum, Dublin

I was looking forward to my first Jamie Oliver eating experience but overall was a bit disappointed. I was part of a large group of people and the service was very good but the food left me (and my young daughter) wanting. The childrens menu reads well but didn’t deliver the goods as far as we were concerned. We picked chicken lollipops for her (I expected them to look like lollipops as I have seen them made on various masterchefs but they were just (very) small pieces of chargrilled chicken on skewers. There was a choice of polenta chips or salad (according to the menu although the choice wasn’t offered). I still haven’t personally met a young child who likes salad leaves and the polenta chips whilst crispy are extremely bland….what is wrong with serving chips made from good oul potatoes and honestly I cannot understand why so many restaurants do not have vegetables as a choice for childrens menu ?…small pieces of carrot, broccoli or sweetcorn would have gone down so much better than these “chips”. For my own starter I had fried squid with a garlic dip, very tasty indeed. The prawn linguine (main) was very well cooked…..slightly aldente and loads of prawns but honestly I thought the sauce lacked taste and depth. The deserts took quite a while to arrive and then did in ones and twos, children last which was a bit annoying….but the panna cotta was divine and icecream (on childrens menu) very good indeed (that was certainly finished as she was still quite hungry !!). I cannot speak for the rest of the group but I was certainly expecting more….I would still like to give it another go though with access to the full menu.


Rustic Stone
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

I visited the Rustic Stone for my first time on Saturday evening (early). I was most impressed and am already wondering how quickly I can return. The “bite” menu is excellent with many interesting choices. My husband had the crab to start which I had to extract from his plate with great difficulty to try…..absolutely fabulous flavour, my “duck n beef sandwiches” (lovely play on words) were melt in the mouth and I licked the accompanying chutney portion clean. I love the nutritional information included on the menu which could well change the choice you make, it is very informative without being patronising. For mains we both had the same (although it was my first choice and I desperately tried to change his mind !) Lamb Burger with polenta chips, the burger had to be dismantled in order to be eaten and I did apologise to the waiting staff for the mess made. The flavours were fantastic (even the bun !!) and my husband stated they were the best chips he’s ever eaten…..ever ! We were way too full to try desert but the Americano coffee was excellent. The price including alcohol was very good indeed, excellent value and brilliant attentive staff with just the right balance of professional consistent service without being intrusive. We rushed ourselves a bit due to heading somewhere after but would have liked to savour the experience I said…next time.


Isabel's Restaurant
112 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I can't make up my mind about Isabel's. I ate here on Friday evening with friends and while we had an enjoyable night a couple of things didn't seem quite right. We were seated at the entrance area, giving an impression of being in the reception area or hall. Then another big group was placed beside us which meant someone having to get out of their seat to let you pass. While it could be argued this adds to the atmosphere it could also be argued that more than is comfortable are accommodated here. Although it's located in a basement it has a nice airy but also cosy feel to it. I also didn't get the informal casual wine bar vibe I expected. It was more like a restaurant with a limited food menu and extensive wine list. There isn't a bar area where one could pass a little time with a glass of wine and light bite of food without being seated at the restaurant style setting. We picked a bottle of wine and were encouraged to go up a few euro to the next one, it was really lovely and "moreish". The salad starters were very pretty indeed but I chose the chargrilled quail which was really delicious. Most of us picked the fish of the day for main which was king scallops with carrot puree and chorizo. The scallops were cooked to perfection and it was completely delicious. We also ordered the 2 optional sides of green beans and almonds and three fried chips (too many crispy end bits in there). We also shared the 2 desert options between us which were really good. The coffee was not strong enough for my preference but served in a good decent sized cups which I love. The staff were attentive and pleasant and we did end up staying there quite late. Overall we enjoyed the night but felt the place isn't quite sure what it is !


Essence Bistro
75 Main Street, Swords, Dublin

I ate here early Saturday evening with 5 friends, it was very quiet but then the atmosphere improved as the restaurant filled up. The maitre d was not very pleasant though and had an overall aggressive manner, the rest of the staff were lovely though. I had tomato and mozzarella starter, the tomatoes used were cherry tomatoes and while they were tasty there was too many of them ! The mozzarella was lovely, creamy and soft. The other starters of soup, chicken wings, and forest mushrooms all got approval from the table. My order of was mistaken and therefore my mains came out after the others. I didn't mind too much but the staff were hugely apologetic and took a desert and coffee off the bill which I thought was fair enough. The trout was very good indeed but it accompanying baby potatoes and peas wasn't terribly interesting and would have loved a different mix of vegetables. The rest of the table had pork and chicken and everyone commented on how lovely they were and cleaned their plates. Would definitely return but hoping the Maitre D is on a day off !


Sanctuary @ Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown
Blanchardstown Town Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin

I was here on a work christmas lunch on Friday and it was a lovely experience. We had the choice of carvery and the usual pub menu. There was a mixture chosen between both. I had the roast beef choice from the carvery and while it was nice it could have been better. Juicy, tasty ( but unfortunately not pink) meat, the green beans were a bit overdone and the roasties a bit soggy. I wasn't sure about the choice of stuffing ?? and would have much preferred a yorkshire pudding. The other favourite choice of the group was the Pad Thai and not one of them was able to finish it. It was way too big a plate of food and although they all agreed it was tasty it had way too much chicken and not enough prawns (2 was the average per plate). The Indian curry on the other hand looked small but apparently was "definitely enough" and "had a good kick". The deserts were nicely presented and tasty. Coffee was good and house wine was very nice. It was a relaxed place with great service.


The Winding Stair Restaurant
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin

I had eaten in the Winding Stair a good while back and had a good experience but this one was not so good. There were 3 of us and we ate inbetween the early bird and dinner time setting. None of us ordered starters. For mains I had the lamb round which was tasty but just slightly overcooked for my liking (I was not asked how I would like it cooked). I felt the snow peas, beetroot and boiled potatoes (including black bits) and a creamy mayonnaise style mint sauce just did not work as a dish. It was just a mixture of food on a plate that didn't complement the meat or each other. A friend had the hake dish on a tomatoe sauce which looked really good. The other friend had the sea trout which again came with the bland boiled spuds and overcooked brocolli (argh!) She felt it was an ordinary dinner she would have cooked for herself any day in a hurry. With a bottle of wine and 1 coffee it came to €105 which we all felt a bit steep for the food provided. Service was excellent though and we added a tip for same. After this experience and price would most definitely not be rushing back.


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

Myself and my husband ate here on Thursday afternoon at an odd time of around 3pm. We were the ony ones in the restaurant. It's a lovely looking place and the staff were very nice too. The food arrived very quickly but that was perfect for us and to be expected as we were the only customers. I had the meatballs and my husband had the patata brava for starters. Both excellent dishes. We went for the mexican options (from a big varied menu), me for enchilada and him for Burrito. I expected beef in mine but it was more steak. Still it was tender and tasty and I had all the trimmings ! With a coffee, 1 coke and 2 beers it was great value at €44. Although I have to add the coffee was not good at all. Would like to return and try other food on the menu, lovely location too.


Coppinger Row
Coppinger Row, off South William St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I was in Coppinger Row on an early Saturday night with 2 friends, first visit for me. Really like this place and has the look of a european style bar from the outside. We only waited a short while for a table outside to be free. It was a lovely evening and nice novelty to be outside but you do lose the good indoor atmosphere. Starter of asparagus and baked duck egg and wild mushrooms, very unusual and very tasty. A friend had the crab and crayfish, very very nice ! For mains I had the lamb sausages, they were good but I got bored with them quickly enough ! There could have been a bit more mint yogurt included but overall really enjoyed it. One friend had the sirloin steak, it was cooked a little uneven but good flavour, My other companion had seabream which looked great although it had a bit too much broth on the plate. No deserts, one coffee and one irish coffee. Very good value on the wine also. Lovely staff and I would love to return some day soon :-)


The Saddle Room @ The Shelbourne
The Shelbourne Hotel, 27 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Ok so first I have to say I was here on a paid for work night out so cannot comment on value for money. But as far as food and service goes it was fantastic ! Excellent attention from the staff and constant top up of wine glass. We had a set menu and I chose the goats cheese salad (I love the "story" and origin included on the menu. This was excellent and generous portion of cheese. The accompanying rocket salad, dressing, pine nuts and roasted cherry tomatoes and peppers were perfect. I had sea bass for mains which was beautiful Most of the rest of the table had steak which looked gorgeous and cooked perfectly to order. Pavlova for desert was lovely combination of sticky and soft....good coffee to finish also.


14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

I ate in Pichet last night with 2 close friends. Despite having made a booking (and being reminded that day by phone) we waited 25 mins for our table to be ready. I had seared tuna for starter which was excellent, another friend had French Onion soup which she loved. The other friend regretted not getting anything as our mains then took 1 hour to arrive. This is unacceptable and when we did ask we were given some story about dockets getting mixed up. Fine but telling us before we had to ask in anger would have been a good idea. When it did arrive I had pork confit which was really not nice at all. I know it's a fatty dish but there was very very little meat on it and it was almost all fat, I ate it due to hunger. My friends each had steak cooked differently and neither were particularly impressed saying it was grizzly and tough. We passed on deserts and had an irish coffee and normal coffee. We were not charged for one starter and I'm not sure if that was for the delay or they just forgot, they never said ! Reading other reviews service is a big problem with this place which one would assume can be easily fixed. The maitre D' was a nice guy but the waiters were barely pleasant. Too many better restaurants to warrant returning here.


The Restaurant @ Marks and Spencer
Marks and Spencer, Grafton Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I had breakfast here with my husband on Sunday morning so it was very quiet and chilled out. It has been mentioned here before but despite few diners (and a lot of staff) the service was a little slow. I had my favourite breakfast of Eggs Benedict, eggs were delciously soft. The hollandaise sauce was a little bland though. The coffee wasn't great which was a disappointing as M&S coffee is usually great. My husband had the full fry and said the sausage wasn't great. He went all out and had the pancakes too, they were very good indeed. Soft and with loads of fruit compote. The orange juice at €3 a glass was a fresh squeeze price but not definitely not freshly squezzed taste. Lovely looking clean bright space with friendly staff.


Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin

I ate here with my husband on Saturday evening and we took advantage of the good value Pre-Theatre menu. I had feta cheese and cous cous fritters and my husband had the smokies. Both dishes were really good and lovely size portions. My husband had the sirloin steak cooked to perfection and I had the most delicious Morrocan Lamb Tagine with cous cous. It was so good with melt in the mouth lamb and was even garnished with crunchy whole almonds, very morish indeed. We both had desert but were too full to finish. He had icecream (3 huge scoops!) and I had the choc and orange brownie, fab ! I had 2 glasses of lovely French wine and fnished with a good coffee. Very good service and friendly staff, great food and really fab value....


Dax Restaurant
23 Upper Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I was in Dax on Saturday night with 4 other friends and we all had a wonderful dining experience. This was fine dining with impeccable service. Although the restaurant is in the basement it’s very airy and cool inside. I had the seared tuna to start which was served with delicious and perfect mild wasabi. Other starters ordered were oyster and prawn ravioli in seafood broth, others had goats cheese. All plates were left clean. For mains I went for the venison served with wild mushrooms and pumpkin gnocchi. This was very good indeed although some slices were slightly overcooked. My friends ordered pigeon (very good indeed, I tasted this one!) cod, halibut and beef. Herb spuds and green beans were also served. Again everyone was very happy with their meal and all plates were clean when collected. My desert was chocolate fondant and praline icecream, so divine, the fondant had the perfect crust on the outside with soft chocolate inside. Coffees and petit fours were then served. I’ve had better coffee. The wine list is pricey and we went for lower of this range with a delicious Italian Montepulciano d'Arbruzzo. Service charge is included in the bill which I never like as a practice but their service is so good anyhow. Very relaxed enjoyable evening. Would love to return :-)


7 The Green, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

This was my first visit to Kajjal and I look forward to my next. There were 3 of us and we shared two amazing starters of monk fish and chicken tikka. We each had 3 diff main courses and tried them all, absolutely gorgeous. We probably could have done with a little more rice than ordered. We had 2 bottles of mid price fab wine. With all that food and wine and great service I thought 55 euro (inclusive of good tip !) was very reasonable.....Can't wait to go back with my husband, he'll love it too !!


Yamamori Noodles
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

6 of us ate here last night on spec. It's a long time since I've eaten here and I was so happy to see the quality has not diminshed. Two of the group took advantage of the 25euro deal including miso soup, starter, main, desert, tea and coffee. Their portions were really too generous and both people left quite a bit of food behind which seems wasteful. The other dishes (including vegetarian Tofu) stir fried noodles were all demolished and everyone really enjoyed their meal. Staff were nice and very efficient. Always a pleasure to return.


Masterson's Steakhouse & Wine Bar
17 Main Street, Swords, Dublin

I ate here on a Sat night, we were a group of 8. Service was good but I found the food disappointing, well my choice anyhow. The steaks looked excellent and were cooked to order. Being a steakhouse it does seem to be their best on the menu. I had goats cheese crostini for starters which was way too big and quite sickening, having said that I did eat most of it due to my big hunger. The seafood medley was not good. It was obviously under lights for a while as the sauce had a light skin, most of the fish was overcooked and the sauce was waay too gloupy and salty, not a recommended dish. We all seemed to order banoffi which was mostly cream, coffee was good though. If I were to return I would definitely order steak or medallions of beef.


Wagamama - Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Wagamama is class ! I know it's an old concept now but it still works so well. Great value food that is extremely tasty and you still feel wholesome and healthy after it. I want to try everything on the menu. The fried tofu in my udon noddle dish was melt in the mouth. Desert of white chocolate and ginger cheesecake was to die for ! Great service too. Never change please !


Il Corvo Restaurant
98-100 Upper Drumcondra Road, Dublin 9 , Drumcondra, Dublin

I guess the main reason we went here on a Sunday afternoon was to take up on the menu posted outside which was a 3 course meal (plus coffeee) for €27. No time mentioned on it and weren't offered it inside. This is when we should have left. I had an extremely overpriced bruschetta for starter and my husband had a very small bowl of soup. Mains were Chicken Diablo, (ok but overcooked) and Julienne of Chicken and Bacon with mushrooms,onions with Tagliettelle. We waited a VERY long time for it to arrive. I was so hungry when it did I ate every bit and quickly. It was nice but nothing special. We had a pint of beer and sparkling water. I had a very average coffee. I thought this whole meal very overpriced at €70 including tip (not deserved after long wait). We rarely eat out these days so this was a disappointing treat.


Kudos Restaurant (IFSC)
Clarion Hotel Dublin, IFSC, City Centre North, Dublin

I was here with 13 work colleagues on Friday evening. Very nice meal which the whole group enjoyed. Our waitress was also very good, friendly and professional. One hot curry was delivered extremely mild and perhaps got mixed with another order. I had the lamb curry which was delicious but could have had a bit more lamb and less veggies in it. Did enjoy and would go back. One comment is why there isn't a full menu available on the website ? It's not like it changes regularly, this could really help if people expect to be a bit late and could order ahead when in a big group.


Cape Greko (Malahide)
Unit 1 First Floor, New Street, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin

Ate here on a Monday night with 2 friends. We all really enjoyed our meals. One had hummus for starters, very good indeed and a very large portion ! I had Saganaki and the other had Greek Salad, both very good dishes. For mains we all had Souvlaki (mixed and chicken varieties). Meat was excellent, tender and very tasty. Wine was also a very good Portugese for a good price. Very nice helpful staff (even though we stayed a little late). Would definitely return.


Acapulco Restaurant
7 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I had such a craving for Mexican food and so glad I satisfied it here ! Myself and husband walked in on Sunday, late afternoon. It was quiet but getting busier. Shared a potatoe skin starter with spicy chicken, delicious. I had Spicy beef chimichanga which was soo good, although could do with a bit more sour cream, if you love sour cream like me order more on the side. The tortilla was thin and crispy with loads of filling. My husband had a bowl of hot chilli which was also very good. Too full for desert but I had a very good coffee afterwards. Staff and service were perfect. It definitely hit the spot !


Time Restaurant @ Carlton Hotel
Carlton Hotel, Blanchardstown, Blanchardstown, Dublin

A group of 10 of us ate here recently and all were happy with their food. It was a late lunch so we were the only table, hence very quiet. Most had the 3 course lunch option which is pretty good value. I had the red Thai chicken curry. It was very nice but I have had better and it needed more heat. We had lovely French red wine and the staff were on hand and professional.


Peacocks Bar
Rivervalley Shopping Centre, Swords, Dublin

We ate here last Friday and were very happy with our meal. We both had starters of soup and mussels. The mussels were very tiny but in a delicious sauce which I soaked up with rolls of bread provided (nice touch without having to ask). My husband had the Spanish chicken which he loved and I had the Steak Duo. Vegetables were also brought on the side. My meat was perfectly cooked and absolutely delicious. Too much meat for me and there was no problem with bringing it home when I requested a "doggy bag". 1 Banoffi pie and great coffee left us both very satisfied indeed. A really lovely glass of house red wine was left off the bill in error. When we pointed this out they said not to worry about it. Great value (even with wine included!), lovely staff and will definitely return here.


Indie Spice Grill
Burgundy House, New Street, North Co. Dublin, Swords, Dublin

Myself and my husband ate here recently at the Sunday early bird sitting. Excellent service and beautiful food. Delicious, heart warming and yummy yummy food served professionally at hard to beat prices. Will most definitely be back !


Chilli Shaker Indian Restaurant
River Mall, 32-36 Main Street, North Co. Dublin, Swords, Dublin

I'm surprised at comments re poor food and unhelpful staff here. I have always had a good Chilli Shaker experience. I admit we do more take out than eat in although I hope to fix that very soon ! We had take out last night and I intend to finish it this evening and so looking forward to it. My husband had chicken balti and practically licked the container clean! I had Eastern Tandoori Biryani with vegetable curry which was just gorgeous. Very nice staff who also included 2 bottles of beer with the order - a very nice touch indeed.


Bar Italia
26 Blooms Lane , Lower Ormond Quay, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

I ate in here on Friday Dec 28th and although town was quite quiet we were lucky to get a table. I had heard about this place and was glad to be able to try it. Two of us had pasta dishes - mine with asparagus and peas in a creamy sauce which was delicious. The other person in the group had 2 appetisiers of salad and bruschetta which were also both delicious ! Very nice, although busy, staff, great value in both the food and house wine. Would definitely return.


26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I was in Saba with 3 friends last night and everyone was happy. I'm surprised at the comments of small portions and rude staff and wonder if I was in the same restaurant as these people! Anyhow, we all just had mains (we all had curries) and they were excellent. Monkfish green, chicken massamam, butternut squash and spicy beef. A mistake was made on one order but was changed quickly. We were "encouraged" to leave the table but I don't see a problem with this in a busy Dublin restaurant. We had nothing in front of us and they have a seating area at which you can retire. Found it to be very good value and we were all glad we didn't order starters due to size of mains (although I personally wanted to try them all).


Siam Thai (Malahide)
1 The Green, North Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

Myself and my husband celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary in Siam Thai on Saturday. I had been at the old restaurant a number of times but this was my first visit to their new premises (and my husbands very first visit to Siam Thai). The food was excellent - for starters we had Chicken Satay and Asian Lamb. Both meats were very good and portion sizes were a tad bit too generous. We had chicken green curry and prawn red curry for mains and both were very good dishes. They were also served with the spicyness requested. The house wine was lovely and good value for money also. My husband had apple crumble for dessert which was delicious. I had coffee which was not good - why do so many restaurants serve bad filtered coffee ? There was no live music the night we were there and we were a bit disappointed, I reckon it would have added nicely to the atmosphere. The staff were pleasant although a bit rushed and we didn't feel comfortable to relax too much. Both courses came out very quickly. I admit that I much preferred the feeling and vibe from the old place - it somehow felt like more of a special dining experience there...ah well I guess that's progress !


That's Amore - Malahide
12 Townyard Lane, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

Ended up in here on a wet Monday afternoon. We had intended to eat somewhere else but it was closed. It was an off peak time so the place was very quiet. The waitress was extremely friendly. I had the special of the day (goats cheese parcel) which was soo yummy and tasty. My partner had the panini with brie and bacon and was a little disappointed. Expected it to be crispy bacon - was still happy enough. The coffee was excellent too. It got quite busy as we were leaving with good atmosphere. I would return here.


Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin

I ate in Bruno's on Saturday evening with my husband at around 5pm. We were heading somewhere and stumbled upon this place. We went in as it wasn't as full as everywhere else. My husband had the soup and lasagne from the set menu and was happy enough with both. He ordered chips on the side which were forgotten about. They brought them when we asked with no apology. I had the tomato salad (described as vine tomatoes which they most definitely weren't) Extremely overpriced starter although its dressing was nice. For mains, I had the chicken stuffed with apricots and peppers, served on creamy mash with asparagus. It sounded better than it tasted. The mash was lovely but the chicken and asparagus lacked any flavour. I asked for coffee and got awful filter stuff - although was not charged as it's part of the set menu. The toilets did not impress me either. The staff were pleasant. The place was getting very busy when we were leaving with one person wanting to book a table! I wanted to tell them to go find one of the excellent other restaurants in Dublin and forget this place. It filled 2 hungry people but I would not return.


FIRE Restaurant and Lounge
Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

I too would like to add my "very happy with Fire" review. I had the early bird menu last night with 2 friends and it was all very good! Really nice staff, delicious food, lovely decor and surroundings and a great buzz in the place too. We had the works, 3 courses each plus 2 coffees, 1 glass of wine and 2 bottles of sparkling water - which came to €40 each including tip. Excellent value for an extremely enjoyable restaurant experience. Keep up the good work :-)

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