Restaurant Reviews from Din-dins
No. of Reviews: 17
Member Since: 29 June 2008
Last Visit: 20 June 2012
Brasserie Sixty6 restaurant
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 18th March 2009 ( visited 18th March 2009 )Very very good value when you take the 2 for 1 main course meal option. Myself and a friend had the rotisserie chicken with giant lump of mash and homemade coleslaw; and full-of-flavour lemongrass seafood risotto, both hearty portions that filled two hungry females, and a bottle of lovely wine all for 48 in total! Where else would you be going?
Keogh's Cafe restaurant
1-2 Trinity Street, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 16th September 2008 ( visited 04th September 2008 )Arrived here 40mins before closing time for a quick bite to eat, they seemed very reluctant to serve us although the place was pretty full anyway. We persisted and had a fairly pleasant blue cheese and broccoli quiche and a sort of chickpea tartlet. At about 25mins before closing time we went to look at desserts which were now all packed away so we picked a (stale-ish)croissant each, this took us about 2mins and when we got back to our table our full cups of tea and teapot were gone!!! Cue much consternation and confusion from us which the staff noticed, a girl came back with the same full cups of tea, guessed for us which belonged to each of us and walked off! No fresh tea, no apology, ten minutes later we were told they were closed after being literally whacked on the ankles with a mop several times as a gentle hint, we left at 10 minutes to the hour, will never go back , worst service ever!!!
La Dolce Vita (Kilmainham)
758/760 South Circular Road, South Dublin, Kilmainham, Dublin
This italian has a nice homely atmosphere and the service was genuinely friendly and pleasant but the food we had wouldn't tempt me back.To be fair we didn't order the more authentic italian-sounding dishes from the menu today, we were looking for cheap and cheerful and felt the meat and fish dishes were a little pricey, and there was no early bird option, We had chicken goujons and garlic mushrooms to start, then pizza (Isabella and Frutti de Mare). The portions were very generous, we couldn't finish our pizzas, and also the glass of house red was huge. It just didn't feel like authentically italian food, there was lettuce & mayonnaise based salads and sides of carrots and peas on the menu rather than more mediterranean food but everything we had was tasty and fresh and huge so you could do a lot worse if you want a good feed!
137 Rathmines Road, Dublin 6 , South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin
I love this place, purely because it's different from every other burger joint in the city! Having the option of having your burger in a wrap, pitta bread, bun or nude is a great idea, and with the very many options for dressing and sauces absolutely everyone will find something to suit them, there are several very good vegetarian options also. We had the special of spicy corn on the cob which was just amazing, a lamb and a lentil burger and shared sweet potato fries and garlic dip, everything as usual was freshly prepared and good quality, we sampled some of the unusual cider and beers on offer and had a good chat with our waiter, all in all we thoroughly enjoy our food everytime we eat here, you come out feeling full but healthy and the lively chatty atmosphere and good service makes up for the slightly annoying bench seats. A little bit of New York in Rathmines!
3 Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin
We got the early bird option here for a very affordable 13euro for 2 courses. Although the food is authentically italian, including a lovely minestrone soup and a good fettucine bolognese we tried, the service was disjointed, with our starters appearing instantly and then a very long wait for our main of pizza and pasta. It could be that everything was being made fresh from scratch for us but often people availing of an early bird are looking for a quick meal and a few impatient tables of people in a large half empty restaurant did not make for a good atmosphere, especially when people who had arrived after you got their food before you got yours. We were pleased however with the very good choice of affordable italian wines and the authenticity and flavour of the food we ate, apart for a very uninspiring salad for a starter but we also had an authentically unfriendly/super-efficient italian waiter which didn't make us feel particularly welcome. All in all there are other restaurants nearby with better choice on their early bird menu and better atmosphere where you feel more appreciated as customers and we probably won't return.
Mexico to Rome
23 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
This place is always busy, and for good reason. The early bird is amazing value, 13.95 for 2 courses, with a lot more choice than you'd normally find on an early bird. We had the tortillas and the fish cake to start, the salsa verde with the fish cake was fresh and unusual, the quesadillas very freah and tasty also. For our mains we chose Chilli con Carne, and the Gambas Pil Pil with garlic bread, both were well cooked,with plenty of spice and flavour, it was a huge portion of chilli, the portion size of the prawn dish could be larger, although it is exactly as described. Nice also to have a choice of half bottles of wine. We found the service very friendly quick and personal, felt a little hard done by that we couldn't avail of the free glass of wine and profiterole offer as we hadn't printed out a voucher from Menupages but everything else was so good we're only glad of an excuse to go back!
Port House Pintxo
12 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin
I'm giving Bar Pintxo 5 stars for everything! Ate here with a group of 17, everyone loved the dark candley interior and quirky toilet ( although separating boys and girls would make it even better), the food was very very good and considering there were so many of us we were impressed with how quickly everything was ready. We were very well fed and had lots of wine yet the bill was still surprisingly low. Have to mention our waiter, he took photos for us, presented presents to people, served us our food quickly, and really made the night, we wanted to take him home with us. Great venue for a party, holds a larger crowd than the Porthouse ( max 15) and is much more spacious.
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Very very good value when you take the 2 for 1 main course meal option. Myself and a friend had the rotisserie chicken with giant lump of mash and homemade coleslaw; and full-of-flavour lemongrass seafood risotto, both hearty portions that filled two hungry females, and a bottle of lovely wine all for 48 in total! Where else would you be going?
FIRE Restaurant and Lounge
Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin
We had our Christmas work dinner here tonight and all of us swore never to darken its doors again!!!! A set price Christmas meal of 55 euro turned into 80 euro each purely because 16 portions of side order were placed on the table at the same time as the main courses without any explanation that these were extra and would have to be paid for. Nobody had asked for any side orders and when they appeared we all assumed they came with some or all of the mains we had ordered and nibbled at them, most were left uneaten. This, along with the feeling of being herded in and out as quickly as possible and the almost ridiculously unfriendly staff meant I'll never go near the place again!!!!!
La Peniche @ RIASC
Barge Riasc, Mespil Road Jetty, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Lovely experience all round! Was taken here as a surprise for my birthday, we had the set Christmas dinner which was beautiful, we all eat out quite a lot and all agreed we had not had such good quality food in a long time. Hearty starters of garlicky mushroom vol-au-vents and smoked salmon and creme fraiche were perfect, and mains of amazing wild mushroom and truffle oil tortellini and french lamb stew were packed with flavour and very filling and satisfying. We were given a little tour and explanation of locks and sailing technique by witty and charming staff. Loved it and will be back!
17B Asdills Row, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
Ate here last night, it has a lovely spanish feel and look to the place and the menu had enough authentic spanish choices with some tasty non-spanish additions( e.g. crispy oysters) to keep most people happy. We were the only people there which does take from the atmosphere, I don't understand why they don't have a more obvious sign or better advertising as it really should be more popular. The early bird was a choice of one of about 15 tapas dishes as a starter and chicken or seafood paella as main. I had the manchega cheese and seafood paella, my boyfriend had the chorizo and cabbage tapas which he announced was the best thing he had ever eaten, and the seafood paella as well. Everything was as it should be, tasty and filling (huge fresh prawns!) and all came to only 13.95 each! The house wine was 18.95, others on the list started at 21, all were spanish, these are often the more expensive on other wine lists so I think comments about expensive wine in other reviews are a little unfair. Overall, pleasant, authentic and laidback, we will definitely be back.
Harrys Kitchen Restaurant
22, Dawson Street, Dublin
Three of us ate here on a Thursday evening, we didn't have to book, good to know there's somewhere decent and not full on a Thursday! We all took the early bird option, 23 for 2 courses, two of us had fish cake to start and fish and chips for a main, both fresh and pleasant, and nicely presented. My friend had the bruschetta and for her main asked that the pasta dish be cooked without sausage which the very friendly waitress assured her was no problem at all. A good sign as I wouldn't necessarily have assumed a pasta dish was prepared fresh for each table. All dishes were tasty and enjoyable, the wine list is a little expensive, especially the italian reds which is a little unusual but then I'm no wine expert and they do pride themselves on their wine knowledge so I'll assume they all merit their high price tag. We shared a very tasty chocolate brownie, full to the gills after our two courses. Not amazing food but reasonable, enjoyable fare in a convenient location with very pleasant staff.
1-2 Trinity Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Arrived here 40mins before closing time for a quick bite to eat, they seemed very reluctant to serve us although the place was pretty full anyway. We persisted and had a fairly pleasant blue cheese and broccoli quiche and a sort of chickpea tartlet. At about 25mins before closing time we went to look at desserts which were now all packed away so we picked a (stale-ish)croissant each, this took us about 2mins and when we got back to our table our full cups of tea and teapot were gone!!! Cue much consternation and confusion from us which the staff noticed, a girl came back with the same full cups of tea, guessed for us which belonged to each of us and walked off! No fresh tea, no apology, ten minutes later we were told they were closed after being literally whacked on the ankles with a mop several times as a gentle hint, we left at 10 minutes to the hour, will never go back , worst service ever!!!
Ciao Bella Roma
24/25 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
Two of us ate here last night and enjoyed it thoroughly. The menu is huge, with something for everyone, we had monkfish with rocket salad which was perfectly cooked, and seafood risotto, which was huge and both tasted very fresh. Starters are expensive but definitely big enough for two, they could maybe add a few more sides to the list but everything was tasty and service is always charming there, you feel like you're in italy, there's very little english spoken here and the staff are funny and friendly. Overall, proper authentic friendly italian, I love it!
Seagrass of Portobello Bridge
30 South Richmond Street, Dublin 8, Portobello, Dublin
Three of us ate here Thursday night and thoroughly enjoyed our food. Two of us ate the early bird for 20 euro, the portions were great and chicken and salmon very tasty. The mussels as starter were very tasty and also a huge portion. I had the tapas, the goat's cheese parcels were tasty and surprisingly filling, the squid and chilli risotto was gorgeous, and the rice parcels really interesting, it's great to be able to have tapas from different cuisines and countries in one meal. Everything tasted fresh and had imagination and the service was great, attentive but not over the top. As one of us had been there before and was recognized, we also got a free glass of wine each !
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Three of us ate here last night, really enjoyed the food. It's one of the few places where you can get healthy food that's also really tasty. The starters seemed a little expensive but were big enough for two, we had avocado norimaki, and shojin salad, both very tasty but vegetarians beware the seaweed in the norimaki, it's very fishy! We ate Seafood Cha Han, Buckwheat Yasi Soba and Chilli Chicken Ramen for mains, all very tasty and very large, for an average of 17 euro each, great value. The waitresses were very pleasant and polite, unlike the head waiter! Overall a really interesting place to eat.
Wallace's Enoteca Delle Langhe
Blooms Lane, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin
Four of us ate here for lunch and really enjoyed our salads and pasta dishes, salads were very fresh and tasty and cheap, pasta dishes always look small but fill you, the pesto is amazing, very fresh and homemade tasting. The menu is not huge but there's something for everyone. Overall there's a lovely relaxed atmosphere, staff are friendly and chat to each other in italian which adds to the experience! It's a pity they don't do dinner, it's just a winebar later with crostini type food, no hot meals.
24 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin
Went here last night with 5 others. The bruschetta was very reasonable at 5ish and was huge, the dips and bread were lovely although we didn't have enough bread to do justice to them. Most of us had the italian steak in strips which was very tasty,as were the baby potatoes, I had a lovely generous portion of asparagus risotto with a huge side salad, the waitress knew her wines well and gave good recommendations.The baked cheesecake was gorgeous and the liquers were very reasonable at 4 euro. Overall we really enjoyed our meal, everything tasted fresh and homemade even though one of us had to wait a good 5 minutes for her steak and we did expect something to be taken off the bill for that but were disappointed. It came to 50 each which for starters mains, sides, desserts for 6 people and 4 bottles of wine with some liquers and coffees is pretty reasonable!
Wrights Anglers Rest
Strawberry Beds, West Dublin, Dublin 20, Chapelizod, Dublin
Second time here since it opened, a menu with 6 different choices of fish, never mind the seafood and steak, two of us had red snapper, one friend had the sea bass, another had the tuna steak, every dinner was really tasty and interesting, perfectly cooked and the portions were big enough to fill four very hungry people. Desserts were lovely too but we really shouldn't have eaten them. Service was great, was a little over the top last time but I think they've calmed down after been opened a while!