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County: Dublin

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Last Visit: 22 July 2011

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Boulevard Cafe restaurant

27 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
425 reviews

Reviewed 22nd July 2011 ( visited 11th July 2011 )

My girlfriend and I went for the early bird here on a Monday and were very impressed. Obviously fantastic value, but there was no sign that the meals were any smaller than the a la carte. We share a blue cheese and pudding salad which was excellent, and then I had a Tiger Prawn Linguine. Probably the best prawns I have had in a long time. They were huge, and very absorbed the flavour of the dish beautifully. My girlfriend was also very impressed by her Beef Bourguignon, not really my favourite but she was happy. When I asked about desserts, a slice of each was brought out on a plate so that I could actually see what the food looked like. This was a great idea and really helped, even if it was hard to choose. My only disappointment was the Mud Pie which wasn't as good as I had hoped. After the prawns though, anything would be a slight disappointment. All in All, we really enjoyed our meal.
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The Yacht (Clontarf) restaurant

73 Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 3

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Cuisine:
Gastro Pub

Price Range:

Good
68 reviews

Reviewed 10th April 2010 ( visited 09th April 2010 )

Fairly disappointed after just dropping in after a stroll along the strand with my girlfriend. We grabbed the fajitas, and were hugely surprised when what could only be described as a wrap arrived out. It was pretty good, but tasted more like Peking Chicken than fajita. Given that personally the whole point of fajita is the building of the fajita itself, I was pretty gutted. Still, tasty enough even if it was not what was expected. Value was good enough too, but I wouldn't rush back or recommend it to any of my friends in a rush.
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Boulevard Cafe
27 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

My girlfriend and I went for the early bird here on a Monday and were very impressed. Obviously fantastic value, but there was no sign that the meals were any smaller than the a la carte. We share a blue cheese and pudding salad which was excellent, and then I had a Tiger Prawn Linguine. Probably the best prawns I have had in a long time. They were huge, and very absorbed the flavour of the dish beautifully. My girlfriend was also very impressed by her Beef Bourguignon, not really my favourite but she was happy. When I asked about desserts, a slice of each was brought out on a plate so that I could actually see what the food looked like. This was a great idea and really helped, even if it was hard to choose. My only disappointment was the Mud Pie which wasn't as good as I had hoped. After the prawns though, anything would be a slight disappointment. All in All, we really enjoyed our meal.

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Metro Cafe
43 South William Street, South William Street, Dublin

It had been a while since I had been in Metro, but it has always been somewhere that I recommend to friends for a tasty Sunday breakfast. Somewhere to relax. I'm certainly not sure that would be the case anymore since going there last, as the food was terrible. To my annoyance I did not complain at the time. I got the Metro Breakfast (my favourite) but this time the whole thing was rubbery and reheated. Bacon was certainly reheated; scrambled eggs looked like they had come out of tupperware and then been been chopped and reheated; and the pancakes were impervious to syrup. My girlfriends bacon sandwich was also disappointingly filled with reheated bacon. I will say that the girl who served us was very nice, and the general vibe was fine. For a restaurant though, food should at least be a consideration.

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

My girlfriend and I went for dinner for her birthday, but I was disappointed by the evening. This was a gamble as both of us are of the same opinion: if I go to a restaurant, I want them to cook my food well. The famous "meat on a stone" is contrary to this idea. Still, there are several other options to go for. As other say, it was a very "relaxed" (read slow) service. When we arrived at 7.30 they had already run out of a couple of meal options which seemed strange. Starters were tasty, if a little surprising. The sweet chillies were enjoyable, but a lot hotter than expected. I like that, but be warned. For mains, both of us went for the burgers. Again, tasty but almost a last resort as the original idea had been to try some of the salads. Too cold outside for that though! Friends joined us for dessert, and I have to say this is where I was massively disappointed. They were shockingly poor. We tried 3 different desserts: brulee (no brulee involved but a large chunks of ginger), chocolate mousse (tasty, but excuse my ignorance in not know why the sauce that comes with it is called chocolate "soup"), and the Catalan Casanade (just don't). Overall, a very disappointing evening was had by all. I may go back to try the steak as this is obviously the draw of the place. I could be a while though.

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Boojum
Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

This place reminds me a lot of a chain in The States that I absolutely adore, so no surprises that I love this place. Echoing past reviews, the staff are great and the food is excellent. Not what I would think of as a true burrito, since it just feels so clean and perhaps even healthy. I have yet to try anything other than a shredded beef burrito, but this is only due to the fact that it is just so damn tasty. Add to this that fact that you can have a burrito and a beer (dos equis ain't all that bad) for under €10, and I love this place.

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Carluccio's Caffe
52 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Just called in for lunch with a friend. Really enjoyed my meal and was glad to see something a little different being offered on a set menu. I picked up the bruscetta for starters (which although the waiter confirmed was the set menu options, was still big enough for 2), and a very tasty spicy sausage pasta. Plenty of food, and not too heavy. My friend had the pasta a la gardenia (?) which she really enjoyed; deep fried spinach is a real treat, but it's not from the lunch menu so will cost more. Finally, we both went for the Tiramisu and were not disappointed. Really smooth taste of Kahlua and coffee, and one of the best that I have tasted in a restaurant. I would definitely head back here for lunch another day, though not on a diet.

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The Green Hen
33 Exchequer street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Myself and my girlfriend brought my Mum here for some food, having stumbled across it on the way to somewhere else. We were not disappointed, all of us going for the early bird option in various guises. We tried all the different options between us (fish, veggie, meat) and all of us thought the food was fantastic. Dessert was especially enjoyable, this being the first time that I have had a proper Chocolate Fondant in a long time. All in all, I would definitely be going back to The Green Hen; my girlfriend has been raving about it to all her friends so hopefully that too is going to drum up even more business. Not that they seemed to need it: we went on a Monday night at 7pm and the place was still close to full.

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The Yacht (Clontarf)
73 Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin

Fairly disappointed after just dropping in after a stroll along the strand with my girlfriend. We grabbed the fajitas, and were hugely surprised when what could only be described as a wrap arrived out. It was pretty good, but tasted more like Peking Chicken than fajita. Given that personally the whole point of fajita is the building of the fajita itself, I was pretty gutted. Still, tasty enough even if it was not what was expected. Value was good enough too, but I wouldn't rush back or recommend it to any of my friends in a rush.

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

Firstly I have to say that the value my girlfriend and I got when we visited Dada was excellent; it was during the "Dine In Dublin" week though, so we had a three-course meal for €30. Not typical. The food was very good, mini cigars and chicken skewers were very well received. Better still were the tagines that we both got. Tasty spices, a little bit of heat from the accompanying Harissa dip, but nothing overpowering if you didn't want it. My only disappointment was the desserts that arrived out on a mini-platter (that may have been to do with the €30 deal), but were obviously not of as high a quality as the rest of the food. My guess is bought-in. Really enjoyable night and the atmosphere was great; proper moroccan music and vibe, until a few more people arrived later on and it seemed to swap to something more European.

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

Been eating here both with large groups, and just as a couple. I have never been disappointed. As others have said, the staff are always friendly and it surprises me little that this is a popular date place. The atmosphere is lively, and the food is great. While I have never managed to order anything other than the Quesadilla, I have had the majority of the desserts. Nowhere in Dublin have I had a better Chocolate Fudge Cake, and the Deep Fried Ice-cream has no equal. The specialty Margaritas are great, but pricey.

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Cafe Provence
1 Church Road, Malahide, Dublin

Decided to go for lunch here after reading all the reviews. I have to say I was impressed by both the food and service. Everyone was very helpful, and a busy restaurant didn't affect this. I had one of the 6 or so specials, the plaice, which I really enjoyed. My girlfriend got a chicken fillet burger, and struggled to finish it. Overall, the food was fantastic and had I not already filled up on my main course, the dessert list was expansive. Well worth the visit, and clearly popular with the locals for good reason.

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