Restaurant Reviews from DPhe
Shanahan’s on the Green restaurant
119 St. Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 17th December 2008 ( visited 15th December 2008 )This is not a restaurant you decide to come to lightly. Firstly there is the cost, but secondly the sheer size of the portions demand that you be hungry before you show up here. That said we were helped to chose our meals by a well-clued waiter who suggested to opt for a half-size Caesar salad, which in the end was still a large starter. I started with the scallops which were excellent, and followed by the fillet mignon, cooked to perfection. Desserts looked good but the large portions did not allow me enough stomach space to indulge. I will be back again early in the new year, just before my diet begins!!
Baan Thai (Ballsbridge) restaurant
16 Merrion Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 4
Reviewed 03rd June 2007 ( visited 03rd June 2007 )I brought my wife and three kids along for an early evening meal, having reserved the table by phone just a half-hour earlier. No waiting for a table, it was ready when we arrived. It's a small dining area, tables closely packed together. Service was reasonably prompt, and helpful. The starters were a bit disappointing - we ordered the platter option, and everything on it had the look of having been taken out of a deep-fat fryer, though in fairness the portions were tasty. The mains were good; we all ordered various seafood meals. The giant prawns in tamarind were genuinely giant ... approaching lobster proportions. My only real gripe with the place was the toilets upstairs, which were small and not terribly well kept. Otherwise it was a good restaurant and I'd happily go back.
Fade Street Social - The GastroBar
4-6 Fade Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
My first time eating here, and it was really enjoyable. Every course we tried (and we had 7 savoury tapas-style courses between the two of us) was delicious. Rounded off with a carafe of Malbec and couple of desserts. The food is deceptively filling, despite looking like small servings. We quickly deduced that any course with the word 'truffle' in the description was just fantastic, but the others were damn fine also. Definitely a place we'd come back to, and worth the higher prices.
22-30 Merrion Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin
I was not expecting much in fairness. I couldn't get a table at any of our favourite restaurants in town, but Bellucci's could oblige us. We were very surprised, both by the food (delicious) and the friendly service. The place is a little bit dated, but the seafood specials were really excellent, as was the salad starter and the chocolate fondant dessert. We were certainly glad we went!
Unit G1, Building 12, Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin
I always look forward to eating in Wagamama. On this occasion I opted for the terriyaki beef donburi, which was served in a bowl, and I also ordered the squid and duck gyosa sides to share. The donburi was absolutely delicious, my first time trying that item from the menu. My wife chose the vegetable katsu curry and my teenage kids went for the terriyaki chicken donburi and beef terriyaki soba respectively. The plates were left empty. This is the restaurant of choice for my young adult children. All in, with drinks, desserts and coffee the bill was around €100 which is excellent value. I highly recommend.
Chief Chang's Buffet
St. Stephens Green Shopping Centre, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
It is what it is. I visited this restaurant for a quick and cheerful lunch with no fuss. The buffet is all-you-can-eat so it's not by any means the finest food on offer. The food is tasty enough, as good as any take-away would offer, and unlike many buffet venues it's not loaded with breadcrumbs to fill you up. The ladies at the counter are pleasant. This is not a place you'd bring somebody on a date, but for me, just being hungry and wanting instant satisfaction, it was fine. At just under €10 for as much as you can eat it is great value.
47 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin
Popped into Dillinger's with wife and daughter for a quick bite of brunch. The place was buzzing with people, and we were fortunate to get a table straight away. Service was prompt and friendly, but not overly so. My wife & I went for the Norwegian Eggs while daughter went for the Chicken Caesar salad. The Norwegian Eggs were just delicious. One egg is served on a bed of spinach and the other on some sort of potato rosti, both with smoked salmon and a Hollandaise sauce. The food dissolved delightfully in the mouth. The chicken salad proved to be too big for my daughter, but I was happy to finish it off. Great food, lively spot, I'll be back!
Oliveto Restaurant & Bar
Oliveto At The Haddington, 9-12 Haddington Terrace, Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
I went here for lunch yesterday with my wife and our two younger teenage kids. Usually at least one of the kids will opt for a pizza, but for some reason everyone went for the seafood tagliatelle except myself, as I was tempted by the sound of the squid ink packages. I also had the bruschetta to start, as I feared the squid dish might not satisfy my appetite. There was a family atmosphere about the place, plenty of young children at almost every table. Service was prompt and friendly, and the open wood oven created a nice atmosphere. The bruschetta was substantial as it turned out, and very tasty. My main course of squid ink packages (black ravioli filled with stock fish) in a tomato sauce complimented by squid rings and the occasional vegetable was delicious, but certainly would not have satisfied my hunger by itself. The seafood tagliatelle was well received by my wife and kids, and all the plates went back empty. Knowing that this establishment serves the best tiramisu in Dublin we were unable to resist dessert, and even a coffee to wash it down. Total damage for the four of us, including my glass of wine and minerals for the two kids came to just under €100. Not too expensive, not too cheap, and a friendly place anytime I've been. This is definitely one of my favourite places on the southside.
Mao Restaurant (Dun Laoghaire)
The Pavillion, South Co, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
I bring the family here every three of four months and it's always a treat. The food is good (a little spicy for the youngest), the service is usually cheerful and the prices are affordable. On this occasion they were doing a very good special offer on a 3-course meal. Malaysian chicken has become the family favourite, though I'm personally very fond of the Phad Thai. The restaurant is very well served by road & rail transport, and is adjacent to a multi-story car park. On a clear day, the view of the seafront is very pleasant from the restaurant, too.
The Real Gourmet Burger - Dun Laoghaire
The Pavilion, South Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
This is a busy place and the noise levels reflect that. However the atmosphere is suitably relaxed and informal. There is a wide range of burgers on the menu, including beef, lamb and venison. Today I opted for the "pilgrim" burger and it was very tasty (though I had to dismantle it a little to get it into my mouth). My partner opted to have a burger in a wrap rather than in the bread bun and this was no problem for the staff. The food is deceptively filling, so be careful ordering sides... you might not be able to finish them. Desserts were good - we tried affagato and banoffi (a special of the day) and there were smiles of satisfaction all round. It's not cheap, so don't expect McDonalds prices for your burger!!
Shanahan’s on the Green
119 St. Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
This is not a restaurant you decide to come to lightly. Firstly there is the cost, but secondly the sheer size of the portions demand that you be hungry before you show up here. That said we were helped to chose our meals by a well-clued waiter who suggested to opt for a half-size Caesar salad, which in the end was still a large starter. I started with the scallops which were excellent, and followed by the fillet mignon, cooked to perfection. Desserts looked good but the large portions did not allow me enough stomach space to indulge. I will be back again early in the new year, just before my diet begins!!
The Counter Dundrum
Pembroke District, (adjacent to the Mill Pond at Town Square), Dundrum, Dublin
Our family of 5 had mains only here last Sunday. The music was loud (although our waiter did turn it down a little when we asked) and the atmosphere was not great. The service was not very fast, but to be fair the place was busy. Food was good, though basic enough. Thin French fries were a bit dissapointing, but my custom 2/3 chicken burger was tasty and everyone else was happy with their burgers. A final bill of €75 was not too bad for this part of Dublin.
Wagamama - Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I've been to Wagamama's over 40 times and I keep coming back. It's quick, it's fun (if you're willing to experiment with dishes) and it's tasty. Sure there are restaurants which give better value for money, and you can get better desserts almost anywhere else, but for a family dining experience where nobody gets bored waiting for food, nor worries if they dribble a bit while eating, it's hard to beat Wagamama. I recommend the duck gyoza as a side-dish.
Kilmacanogue, Bray, Bray, Wicklow
This is a place you can eat your fill and be convinced that it must be good for you. The food is always tasty, with fresh salads served liberally along with your main course. It's self-service (unless you opt for the new extension where there is a waiter service but the food selection is not nearly as good) so there's a bit of "work" involved before you get fed. The desserts are cruelly displayed just as you stand waiting to pay at the cash point. It would take an iron resolve to pass these fabulous-loking creations, and I don't recommend you try to avoid them! Give in, try the pavlova or the chocolate crunchie cake... you won't regret it.
FIRE Restaurant and Lounge
Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin
I just had an office lunch at Fire, and while the service was slow, the food was of a very high quality. Fire is not an ideal place to bring your kids (just DON'T), not ideal for an intimate date (not that kind of atmosphere), but is really well suited to catering for an office event, provided nobody is too worried about returning to work in the afternoon.
Johnstown Road, Cabinteely, Cabinteely, Dublin
I went here with my partner and our 3 kids for the first time this month to try somewhere new. The restaurant was sparsely populated when we got there, though business picked up while we were eating. Service was polite and prompt, and the food really was excellent. Even my picky-eater child found something on the menu he was happy with, and then ate it fully when it arrived. That's a rare event.
Le Petit Cochon
Glasthule Road, Sandycove, Dublin
Ok, it's a bit more expensive than a lot of its competitors, but I've eaten here 3 times and each time has been a delight. Abandon all hopes of sticking to your diet plan, because the temptation here is too great. Don't leave without having one of their desserts, you can always walk along the seafront afterwards and burn off the calories.
Baan Thai (Ballsbridge)
16 Merrion Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin
I brought my wife and three kids along for an early evening meal, having reserved the table by phone just a half-hour earlier. No waiting for a table, it was ready when we arrived. It's a small dining area, tables closely packed together. Service was reasonably prompt, and helpful. The starters were a bit disappointing - we ordered the platter option, and everything on it had the look of having been taken out of a deep-fat fryer, though in fairness the portions were tasty. The mains were good; we all ordered various seafood meals. The giant prawns in tamarind were genuinely giant ... approaching lobster proportions. My only real gripe with the place was the toilets upstairs, which were small and not terribly well kept. Otherwise it was a good restaurant and I'd happily go back.