Restaurant Reviews from Dine-a-sorus

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Pablo Picante restaurant

131 Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , Baggot Street, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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41 reviews

Reviewed 12th November 2012 ( visited 06th October 2012 )

Just keep coming back to this place. Best Silver Bullet Burrittos in Ireland!
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Pablo Picante restaurant

131 Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , Baggot Street, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
American

Price Range:

Great
41 reviews

Reviewed 12th November 2012 ( visited 06th October 2012 )

Just keep coming back to this place. Best Silver Bullet Burrittos in Ireland!
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Pho Viet Vietnamese Restaurant
162 Parnell Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Get in here quick before it becomes a haunt for foodies!! One of the best if not best Asian food places in 'Chinatown'. The Pho (which I learned is pronounced 'fa') is a newcomer to Ireland with a few places around town now offering Vietnamese style food. We had the summer rolls to start and OMG - these are just divine, that is not a word I use much but there is no other way to describe the utter fresh and tasty experience of eating these rolls of manna with some peanut sauce! We had two different versions of Pho and both (one with beef only and one with beef and pork) were unbelievable. Hard to finish but so so sooooooo satisfying. I questioned what the difference between Vietnamese curry and other curries was and I was dutifully given a sample on the house, now the sample I should add was a full bowl of curry! The service in here is great, it was empty the few time we were in so does not add to the atmosphere but I am sure it will pick up soon. Best value for money in Asian food in the city centre by my estimation.

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McGowans of Phibsboro
Phibsboro, Phibsboro, Dublin

I was surprised at how good the whole experience was in here as I was expecting a pub with half decent food. I had wings and a Mexican burger which were perfect. The fries are great, not dripping in grease and cooked perfectly. It is amazing how many places just cannot cook chips! My opposite had a fantastic goats cheese starter and all in all it was great meal for the price. Great value to be had and great place for a pint too. And if trouble breaks out - there are plenty of guards around!!! Well worth the visit.

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Cafe Azteca
19 - 21 Lord Edward Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The food here is beyond doubt some of the best ethnic, never-mind just Mexican food in Dublin. They are very genuine and traditional. The Staff are only too happy to discuss food with you and tell you in detail how they are making your dish! Many times I have got some of the sauces etc. to go. Soft tacos are the ones to go for here and I highly recommend blowing your mind with the habenero salsa. One thing that is a downer is the price, for a cafe / take out joint it is a little on the spendy side. The goods they sell behind the counter I have spent a fortune on over the years but are now available at half the price elsewhere in the city.

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The Bull & Castle and F.X. Buckley Steakhouse
5-7 Lord Edward Street, Christchurch, Dublin 8, City Centre South, Dublin

Firstly, the beers are great here, actually one of the cheaper places to get micro brews in Dublin. However, the food is not up to standard. Considering it is coming from the FXB kitchen, the bar food is not what you would expect. Most of the dishes we got were a bit on the greasy side, just average pub grub. The service can be slow at times, even when it is not too busy. All in all, not a bad spot but there is better to be had around that area.

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Pablo Picante
131 Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , Baggot Street, Dublin

Just keep coming back to this place. Best Silver Bullet Burrittos in Ireland!

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Da Neros Trattoria
Seamus Ennis Road (Above Xtra Vision) , North Dublin, Dublin 11, Finglas, Dublin

Look, the thing is, if you dont go here expecting a Paulo Tullio experience, you will be okay. They do take the Italian bit lightly, just because you have pasta with something or add marinara sauce does not make it a traditional Italian dish (meatballs with cheddar melted on them being a point in case). There is good value to be had here but I have had just as good italian dishes in local pubs off the bar menu. If you are looking for a cheap meal it is the place to go, if however you are looking for a decent Italian, steer clear!

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Yamamori Izakaya
12/13 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here as a group and all of use were very happy with the food we got. The service was quite good and the atmosphere was great. this really lives up to the standard of otehr Yamamori outfits. The Taste of the Oriental -Early Bird Menu with a drink for €20 is by far one of the best value meals around town. Great food, good beer etc.... Would really recomment this p[lace and then tot eh sister bar downstairs for sake afterwards!

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La Serre
The Village @ Lyons, Celbridge, Kildare

So here is the thing: the setting, service and food are no doubt good but something was missing. Although some including myself enjoy the outdoors feel of the restaurant, it can make for a very cold experience if the weather outside is a bit blustery (which it was on my visit). The food I would rate as fair to good, we ate off the €35 menu. although I do not expect to get Michelin star food for this price, it seemed this restaurant falls somewhere between a low end Michelin star wanna be and a value for money gastro experience restaurant. It is hard to explain but I felt they tried hard, was very good but not quite what I was expecting. Some of the dishes ordered at tour table were very different and well presented but the flavours were a little bland with the accompaniment such as quinoa and aubergine etc. One complaint I would ask mgmt. to look at is the service hatch. We were sitting next to it and the constant 'ding ding' and calls for 'SERVICE' were a bit annoying and took form the atmosphere. All in all the experience was good but as I said, it falls down on a few things. Value for money is something I struggle to gauge here as I know the food was good value for the money but the whole experience I could get elsewhere for €20-€25. So no great shake in that way.

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The Porterhouse (North )
Cross Guns Bridge, Glasnevin, Dublin

Okay, i have a love hate relationship with this place. The food is good, staff are great but recenly they sold teh kitchen upsairs to a third party operator and although the menu is great value at 20 euro for a great 2 course meal with a drink, the fantastic menu from downstairs has suffered and is now only a fraction of what the other PH's offer. At least they still have the chicken wings! Recently went with a voucher and after confusion about bookings, the food was cold coming out and had to wait a long time for replacement meal. Even so, I still like the place and this is a once in about 20 visit experience. Did I say try the Chicken wings? Suicide sauce baby!

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Pablo Picante
131 Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , Baggot Street, Dublin

Yes, yes, yes! Finally, someone who understands how to make authentic Mexican food. The meat is perfect, the rice is best I have had in years, the piquant sauces are delightful. A Silver bullet is the only way to go in here. Get the steak Classico, you will come back for more and more. Mucho, mucho bueno!

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Yamamori Sushi, Tengu
38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I have been meaning to review this for a while as I go tehre quite a lot. I prefer it to its sister restaurant on Georges Street, mostly because the atmosphere and decor is more appealing. There are also more 'non canteen' style seats here. The food is always great with the Ramen being the best value ont he menu, I dont think I have yet finished one! The valeu is not bad either, however, with Japanese beconming more and more available, I think they could drop the prices a little. The lunch bento is great value and the ramens, but the rest is a tad over priced. There is a little place in Liffey St that offers sushi as good as at half teh price! But not to take form the restaurant experience, it is wonderful, great food, fantastic service. And one recent discovery of mine is hte beer menu. Try the Japanese 'German' stlye hefeweisen, tastiest beer I ahve had in quire a while.

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101 Talbot
Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Wow, wow and wow! I was in this restaurant years before when it was only a few years open after changing from the American Connection. They were known for their veggie dishes and I can say this has not changed. The atmosphere is fantastic, smaller and more intimate that alot of city centre restaurnats and the art work on teh walls adds a little something extra too. The food was excellent, we orderd the saugage and the bean dip, OMG, in the words of thos spikey haired twins! The mains were the vegitarian Gratain and the Pork Cutlets. They were even better! The dessert was the brownie which was better than the main, the night could not have been any more perfect! All in all we had a bottle of wine and 2 three course meals with coffe for under 80 auid. The value in here is the best int he city in my opinion!

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Burnell Bar and Grill @ Hilton Dublin Airport Hotel
Northern Cross, Malahide Rd, Coolock, Dublin

Listen, this is a Hilton so when reviewing it is hard to not compare to other Hilton restaurants I have been in. This place just lacks something its hard to put your finger on. Maybe its that its too open or the standard food fare. The service is good enough tho. I would recommend for lunch as there is a killer carvery that is worth the money, otherwise, there are more places locally you could get better value.

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Knox's Restaurant
18 Abbey Street, Ennis, Ennis, Clare

Not a bad place, one of the few places in Ennis you see full of tourists on a regular basis, so is recommended by all the local hotels. I really like the bar food in the pub as it is much better value for money but the restaurant itself does exactly what is says on the tin. Nothing too special but nice enough. Good portions and the service has always been good.

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Thai Palace Restaurant
49 Parnell Street, Ennis, Clare

WOW WOW WOW. In the middle of little old Ennis is one of the most unpretentious and authentic Thai restaurants I have ever eaten in. Strike that, it is by far the best I have ever eaten in. The service is amazingly friendly and the staff are all Thai, the chefs are too which makes a huge difference. The menu is extensive and has something for everyone. The lunch menu for 10 euro for 2 courses cannot be beaten anywhere in Ireland in my opinion as the quality is second to none.

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

Although it is not a truly authentic Mexican, the mix of Euro-Mex and some Spanish dishes works well here. I do think it is a shde off the mark with its Mexican food compared to some of even the burritto bars around town. Saying that, there is value for money here and the fajitas are always good. The decor and service is also good and for a night out with friends (good drinks too), it is a great spot.

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Galileo Cafe
Church Street, Cahir, Tipperary

One of the few BYOB places I have found in Ireland. I often stop here while travelling to Wexford and each time, the food is really good. The salads are a bit on the small side for the price in my opinion, but there is a great choice and the dressings are quite good (real ancovies in the caesar!). Pizza is good quality dough and the toppings are generous enough. Can be a busy little place and often have to wait for a table. Good overall, could do with dropping the prices a little, they are around what you would expect to pay in a city but not small town Ireland.

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La Salsa (Galway)
6 Mainguard Street, Galway City, Galway

Well, the basics are sound here, decent food with minimal spend! More of an American style taco shop, not traditional Mexican, but it seems to be the place to go for the hangover cure. Decent sized burritos and real meat, not the pretend stuff you get is some takeaways around Galway!

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Scottys Steakhouse
Cuirt na Coiribe, Headford Road, Galway City, Galway

Seriously, you should starve yourself for a day before going here to get the most out of the amazing food and portion sizes you are going to get. The service here is fantastic, I have been numerous times and can honestly say, each time, the service has been of a high standard that is found in very few restaurants these days. It is obvious that Scotty himself instills this in his staff. One of those places where the chef will pretty much do anything you want with your food. Also for the hot and spicy lovers, they have about 10 different types of hot sauce! Great food, reasonable prices, fantastic service, I could go on and on all day about this place!

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Rafterys Rest
Kilcolgan, Kilcolgan, Galway

This pub is named after the Blind poet Raftery. "I am Raftery the Poet. Full of hope and love, My eyes without sight, My mind without torment. Going west on my journey By the light of my heart, Tired and weary To the end of the road. He would have beed delighted to reach this pub at the end of the road, with its charm and old school ambiance, it is a jewel of a dining experience. Sitting by the open fire on a Sunday with a wonderful roast dinner is the perfect way to spend the afternnon. The food here is not pretentious, its is a pub serving really good pub food. The portions are huge and extra veg is always on offer. The service is also wonderful, friendly local staff are only too obliging. Sunday lunch runs around €10 and for the comfortable surroundings, open fire, good food and friendly staff, I would rate this as one of the top places to eat outside of Galway city.

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Moran's Oyster Cottage
The Weir, Kilcolgan, Kilcolgan, Galway

The drive to and the location of this restaurant are fantastic, I can see why the tourist flock here. However, my first time thre recently was a shock to the system! Firstly, it is a pub serving restaurant grade food which I always find is hard to pull off. The food wasn't bad but lets be real, I went there for Sunday lunch and the only affordable items on the menu are the chowder and soup . It was vastly overpriced and compared to the great pub grub joints in the area, the value for money is non existant. As far as service goes, we sat for quite some time If you would like to bring your foreign visitors somewhere traditional, I would seek out one of the many pubs in Kilcolgan serving good food at a reasonalbe price rather than spend €20 on a salmon darne in a pub that is now just living off its name rather than moving with the times and offering good value, good food.

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Main Chef
Bridge Street, Gort, Galway

Cheapest little take-away in town!! This little take-away is wonderful. Low prices with fast service and good food. Thre is a sit in area at the back that is always empty but they wil open it especially for you if you ask! Crispy chicken is really good and Singapore fried rice to die for. Best by far of the Asian restaurnats in Gort for take away, would highly recommend for take out, but not for sit-in.

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Ken's - Closed
1st Floor, Bridge Street, Gort, Galway

Kens Chinese restaurants in Gort and Loughrea are almost identical in decor, not surprisingly, as they are a chain, however, with chains like these it is hard to get the same quality of food and service but, Ken has pulled it off. This review could be for either restaurant. The service is fantastic, very pleasant and attentive staff in both restaurants. The food is quite good and they are willing to adapt any dish to your liking. The menu is standard when it comes to modern Chinese restaurants with some other Asian countries also represented on there. The only fault with Kens is the prices. Both the sit in and take away prices are above the norm and although the food is good, there are other really good take aways in the area much lower priced. If they can address this as I think most restaurants will int he coming months due to the economy, then Ken's could be the bees knees!!

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Jack B Yeats Bistro
The Lady Gregory Hotel, Ennis Road, Gort, Galway

The bar of the Lady Gregory has for a long time been a stop off point for travellers coming from Limerick to Galway and that is how I fould this lovely little hotel bar. The food is standard carvery fare and is served in good portions. The staff are very warm and friendly and they keep the bar tables clean and clear during busy luch and sunday servings. The food is good quality and the place is perfect for sunday lunch, you can even watch the football while you eat on the tvs in the back end of the bar on a sunday afternoon. Value is always hard to quantify for carvery joints, but this is a nice place with friendly service, good food and standard pricing, so all in all I would give it 4/5 for value.

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Copperbeach Restaurant
The Lady Gregory Hotel, Ennis Road, Gort, Galway

The Lady Gregory, although not the fanciest hotel in the world, it has a certain charm about it and this is transfered to the bar and restaurants on site The evening meals here are up to €25 for starter and main per person and is good value in nice surroundings compared to what you would pay elsewhere int eh town, however, breakfast is the meal to eat here! Sunday mornings for less than a tenner, you can enjoy a relaxing full breakfast with the morning papers and great service. All in all the restaurnat is nice and comfortable, nicely priced and good service.

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Cafe Florence Oranmore
Oranmore Town Centre, Oranmore, Oranmore, Galway

Overpriced and under-seasoned! I have been here once and swore never to return. It is in a shopping centre and the decor and atmosphere match the location. Quite a number of tables were diry when I entered and were still not cleared some 10-15 mins after I sat down. Maybe I caught this place on a bad day but something told me otherwise when I received my food. The menu was nothing special, standard pannini, pasta, soup and sandwiches etc. The Bolognase I was served was first of all tiny fro the price I was charged and tasteless. It seems the food is mass produced for quick and easy sale. As far as value for money, if you are looking for a quick bite just for nourishment, it is not too bad. Families are well catered for and there seemed to be a lot of mothers and children meeting up there. Kids portions were priced about right if the full portions were not.

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Asian Fusion
Castle Court, Castle Road, Oranmore, Galway

Bring the American Express!! This restaurant is hidden away somewhat and its entrance is non descript. The interior is lovely but normal and is what we have come to expect from Asian restaurants in Ireland. Very open and somewhat cold if you go in early in the evening. Service is good and cannot be faulted. The food is also of good quality but not anything exceptional. The menu is very extensive but the word 'Fusion' like so often in Ireland is mis-used here. The fusion refers to the mixture of ethnic foods on the menu as individual items rather than what Fusion food is - a dish that incorporates two or more cuisine styles (eg. Asian Pasta or Thai Chilli Chicken pizza). Value however does not even enter into the equation here. The entire menu is almost shockingly overpriced and almost every dish can be found elsewhere in the city for half the price, steer clear if you want value for money.

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Ambiance - Closed
Bridge Street, Gort, Galway

This is a cafe more than a restaurant. The carvery style service is not quite what I was expecting, but it works for speed during luch hour. The ambiance is non existant, again a cafe feel with kids and teens filling the restaurant. Not the place to go to read the paper or do some work while having a bite to eat. The service as I said is a carvery style but the place is clean and the staff will get you anything you need. Value for money is hard to quantify here. I suppose it is not too expensive as far as lunches go but as it is carvery style, not an exciting menu and the atmosphere is more for the lunch-hour brigade. All in all I would look elsewhere for food in the area, the same priced meal can be had in a hotel around the corner, with much nicer seating!

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Paddy Burkes (The Oyster Inn)
Clarenbridge, Clarenbridge, Galway

This is an institution when it comes to Oysters and the Oyster festival. I would agree, if you are looking for oysters it is a place to go. For general food, it however is quite the normal pub fare. The menu is quite standard, some twists on salads etc are quite inventive but don't quite hit the mark, my pet hate is when restaurants put a twist on a menu item and it no longer is that menu item, the Caesar Salad here is lovely but it is not a Caesar Salad! The service is as you would expect in pub environment and the atmosphere is quite the same, although very pleasant. For pirvacy, try get a table in the very back room, although on occassion you may be forgotten; as I have! Value for money can be found elsewhere in the area but as far as pub grub goes, it is not too bad.

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The Old School House Restaurant
Clarenbridge, Clarenbridge, Galway

This is a great place and it seems to be very quite everytime I go past, so I hope it will stay open! First off, the summer or spring, when you can sit outside is the best time to visit this restaurant, the outdoor seating at the back overlooking the garden is fantastic on a nice day. Inside is also a pleasant experience with the old schoolhouse feel every corner. The staff are excellent and very attentive, you will not have to go looking for a waiter, due to the size of the restaurant they are always within calling distance! The Early bird is the reason to really go here. For €25 good value but it could be dropped to €19.99 to give exceptional value and in todays economic climate, they may have to to attract more clientelle.

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Da Tang Noodle House
2 Middle Street Mews, Galway City, Galway

This is a great little restaurnat on a not so busy street in Galway which makes it more of a local haunt! The menu is quite extensive with influences from Thailand, Vietnam, Japan and China to name but a few. I have also ordered off the menu and they are quite willing (dependng how busy it is) to accomodate you. The sevice is quite good when it is not so busy, however, a number of times on busy evenings I have had to wait longer than would be acceptable, but due to the great food I have let this slip by. Value for money is not a great as other restaurants around Galway but the overall ambiance and quality of food is why I'd pay a little more here.

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Ho Wun Chinese Takeaway & Restaurant
2 Main Street, Dunboyne, Meath

I recently went here as I have for years used their take away in Finglas. I was not diappointed by the food or service, one of the friendliest restaurant staffs anywhere in Ireland! However, compared to the take-away prices, you seem to pay quite a lot for the privilege of sitting down. Compared to other chinese restaurants in Dublin and surrounds, it is on a par price wise, although being charged almost €5 for a pint glass of milk almost knocked me over whent he bill came. The food is the main attraction here. If you want great chinese food and want it done in any particular way, they are very accomodating, if it is not on the menu, they will try to create it for you.

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

This has been a favourite of mine for years. The service levels have dropped somewhat however in the recent past. The early menu is where the best value is to be found, some of the sushi and sashimi is over-priced on both the early and late menues but for best value you should go for a big bowl of broth with noodle and meat! Chilli Chicken ramen for under €10 is great value. I hope that in time the prices of the sushi begins to reduce as it becomes more main-stream, some restaurants (including Yamamori unfortunately) that offer what were unique foods in the past are still trying to hang on and charge over the odds for their now more common foodstuff.

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