Restaurant Reviews from Dawmy

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 12

Member Since: 22 September 2007

Last Visit: 13 July 2015

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Elephant & Castle restaurant

18/19 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
American

Price Range:

Good
429 reviews

Reviewed 29th June 2010 ( visited 27th June 2010 )

I haven't been here in 8 years I would say and then heard a friend mention it recently a couple of weeks ago. I decided to check out their website on Sunday 27th June and noticed they did a brunch menu on weekends until 4.30pm. So headed in with my husband and 2 young children. Well all I can say is fab, fab, fab. The service was excellent. The chicken wings are still to die for. Our children had some french toast and maple syrup. When their plates arrived to the table I was thinking I should have ordered one between them as the portions were huge. But I am glad I didn't as they gobbled up 2 thirds of their own dishes. We will definitely be back in a couple of weeks again for more.
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Ananda restaurant

Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Indian

Price Range:

Good
264 reviews

Reviewed 12th November 2008 ( visited 08th November 2008 )

Buzzy restaurant with loads of staff but complete lack of service. Confused? So were we. We were put sitting beside a couple of food critics from the Food & Wine magazine, one of which is the editor. This table was getting loads of attention but none for us or other table beside us. We were about 10 mins waiting for menus after we were seated, no-one noticed so we had to ask. Order to be taken took another 15 mins. One of pre-dinner drinks had big chip out of the glass, asked for it to be changed for fresh drink as piece of glass could be in the drink but G & T was just poured into another glass. Starters took a good while to come, Amuse bouche came but waitress did not exlain what it was. Potted crab not nice, scallops were lovely. Main courses arrived too quickly then after the starters. One dish was a selection of dishes but no-one explained what was in the dishes and only one spoon for the lot. My peshwari bread arrived towards the end of my meal with no apologies. Waiter came over to ask was everythinng ok, we said no but he just shrugged his shoulders, smiled and walked off, bizarre!! no-one came near our table then. Manager came over to us to ask was everything ok as plates had not been cleared for a while. Meal was complimentary even though we offered to pay for drinks. I think having food critics in meant the rest of us had to suffer. Other things happened too but not enough time to go into detail. A pricey restuarant but went as fans of Atul Kocher but totally disappointed with the whole experience, which was a pity.Would rate service as 0.5 but system won't let me.
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Elephant & Castle
18/19 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I haven't been here in 8 years I would say and then heard a friend mention it recently a couple of weeks ago. I decided to check out their website on Sunday 27th June and noticed they did a brunch menu on weekends until 4.30pm. So headed in with my husband and 2 young children. Well all I can say is fab, fab, fab. The service was excellent. The chicken wings are still to die for. Our children had some french toast and maple syrup. When their plates arrived to the table I was thinking I should have ordered one between them as the portions were huge. But I am glad I didn't as they gobbled up 2 thirds of their own dishes. We will definitely be back in a couple of weeks again for more.

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Mitchell's Restaurant
Market Street, Clifden, Galway

Ate here with my husband, 2 children, Aunt and friend from France. Went in at 4pm. Got good table downstairs. They used to have crab claws in garlic butter as a starter on the a la carte menu, so I asked owner had they stopped doing them. He said thinks there are some from specials menu, so we got two whch we were superb along with mussels. My 5 year old loved them both and both my children wolfed down their fish & chips. Our mains were fab too. We got Sherpherds Pie done with lamb as it should be, cod & leek pie, fish & chips. We have eaten here for years and love it. Service was as great as ever and I could not recommend this place more highly. They introuduced their lunch/day menu until 6pm a few years ago and we think its great that our children can sample their food too.

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Aprile Ristorante
10 Lower Kilmacud Road, SET MENU ALL NIGHT MONDAY TO FRIDAY, Stillorgan, Dublin

First time here. Decided to try it for dinner after a hectic day with my husband and 2 children. They had high chair for our toddler which was great. Our 2 girls shared a spagetti bolognese which was lovely. My husband and I shared a bruschetta which was lovely too, our mains were equally delicious. We were delighted to see the restaurant fill up while we were there with other families and couples as Stillorgan so needs a nice Italian restaurant. The decor is lovely, much nicer than we though it would be from the outside as all you can see are white chairs and a neon blue light. The service was excellent too. We will definitely be back. Would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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Utsav
Number 2, The Rear, Lower Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan, Dublin

Ate here on a Friday night with my husband. We haven't been here in months and after work on a Fri decided to head there for dinner. The menu had changed a bit but the food was still as good as ever. The service was excellent too. Great for couples and families alike. we are going back there again soon but going for an earlier dinner this time with our children as they love the chicken tikka masala here and they do half portions. Well worth trying if you haven't been there before.

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Little Caesars Pizza (City Centre)
5 Balfe Street, Near Westbury Hotel, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here with my husband on a Saturday night. Got a table for 2 upstairs. Found service totally lacking which was disappointing as have eaten here for lunch couple of times before and service was good. But it seemed like a different place with the lack of service. Food was okay and because it wasn't too expensive there were no complaints. Although we did have to get the wine glasses changed due to lipstick marks on them that weren't ours:) We asked for bill and left notes and change as we didn't want loads of change back. But girl at till didn't bring any change back presuming it was a tip!!! Has she not heard of the recession. Also one of the owners was there too so this was bad form that the staff didn't up the ante when he was there.

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Ananda
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Buzzy restaurant with loads of staff but complete lack of service. Confused? So were we. We were put sitting beside a couple of food critics from the Food & Wine magazine, one of which is the editor. This table was getting loads of attention but none for us or other table beside us. We were about 10 mins waiting for menus after we were seated, no-one noticed so we had to ask. Order to be taken took another 15 mins. One of pre-dinner drinks had big chip out of the glass, asked for it to be changed for fresh drink as piece of glass could be in the drink but G & T was just poured into another glass. Starters took a good while to come, Amuse bouche came but waitress did not exlain what it was. Potted crab not nice, scallops were lovely. Main courses arrived too quickly then after the starters. One dish was a selection of dishes but no-one explained what was in the dishes and only one spoon for the lot. My peshwari bread arrived towards the end of my meal with no apologies. Waiter came over to ask was everythinng ok, we said no but he just shrugged his shoulders, smiled and walked off, bizarre!! no-one came near our table then. Manager came over to us to ask was everything ok as plates had not been cleared for a while. Meal was complimentary even though we offered to pay for drinks. I think having food critics in meant the rest of us had to suffer. Other things happened too but not enough time to go into detail. A pricey restuarant but went as fans of Atul Kocher but totally disappointed with the whole experience, which was a pity.Would rate service as 0.5 but system won't let me.

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One Pico Restaurant
5-6 Molesworth Place, Schoolhouse Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had dinner with partner and friends. Really nice table, with excellent food. However found it a bit overpriced even though food was lovely. Especially in these recession times. Had 9pm reservation and there were quite a few tables empty. I think they should revise their prices downwards and they might have more tables filled for longer on a Saturday night.

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Antica Venezia
97 Ashfield Road, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Ate here with my husband and 2 children for an early dinner on a Sat evening. Got a great table by the window and we all really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. We have been going here for a while and yet again it has not let us down.They did a special pasta dish for our 5 year old which was great and the 1 year old nearlly ate half of it too. My friend coudn't eat all her pizza so some was brought home and it was still delicious heated up the next day for lunch. This place is fab!!

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The Dining Room
35 Dawson Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here last night with my husband and we had a fab time. This is our second time to this restaurant and we weren't let down. We both had the prawns to start with which were gorgeous. I had the Ham Hock and Pork Belly and the dish was delicious but too much for me to finish. My husband had the cod which was really nice and a good size portion. The service was really good too although when leaving the restaurant there was no-one to give us our coats so we had to help ourselves.

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Pacinos
18 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Brought family here for lunch after reading other reviews but it was not great at all. Staff were great and decor in the restaurant was lovely, however food was awful, very poor quality. These days I expect my food to be freshly cooked. Here it was not. Starter of mushrooms were out of a frozen bag and like marbles as you couldn't get a fork into them. Meatballs starter was ok. Pizza hadn't enough topping and my first chicken dish had to be sent back as it was overdone in the microwave and I couldn't cut it, got second chicken but still heated up in a microwave and wasn't brought a fresh baked potato with it. Smell of sewage at back of restaurant due to drains being fixed. Need to buck their ideas with microwave/heated up food. We weren't the only ones sending food back.

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Dalis
63/65 Main Street, Blackrock, Blackrock, Dublin

Ate here for lunch with my husband, my two children and au pair. I find Dalis is a great family restaurant as well as for socialising with friends or for business. My husband and I have been going here for years and never once have we had a meal that let us down and this is especially inportant when bringing other people to a restaurant that we have recommended. They cater for half protions for our 4 yr old which is great so that its not the ususal deep fried food menu for children. We find it very relaxed when bringing our 4 and 1 yr old girls to eat, therefore we can enjoy our meal too.

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Gong Chinese Restaurant
8 Lower Kilmacud Road, South Dublin, Stillorgan, Dublin

Used to think this restaurant was good, however I now think it could do better. In Stillorgan the locals want restaurants that you can go to with their children as well as dinner for two or with friends. But this restaurant does not welcome children and this was for a first sitting. The guy who is the Manager/Partner couldn't wait to get us out quick enough. We are used to taking our children out to restaurants and always go to the first sitting as we understand that by 7.30pm the latest we need to be gone. The food doesn't seem to be as good as it was maybe that was because of how we felt we were treated??

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