Restaurant Reviews from Dreimire

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 27

Member Since: 17 February 2009

Last Visit: 13 June 2018

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Dada Restaurant

45 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
African

Price Range:

Good
381 reviews

Reviewed 15th May 2011 ( visited 15th April 2011 )

This is a lovely restaurant. We arrived a little late and were greeted by an extremely friendly manager who assured us it was no problem. We were led to a table which was in an alcove- ideal for us as we had a lot of catching up to do! Our orders were taken and served promptly. The stuffed roast squid starter served with a spicy sauce was unusual but tasty. The other starter of spicy spinach was absolutely delicious. My main course of a kebab starter and a portion of spicy potatoes was very nice but the spicy lamb tagine was just fabulous. A sweet chicken tagine was also excellent. We were given a very pleasant assorted dessert plate for two people to share between the four of us on the house as I had mentioned Menupages when booking. Service was very efficient and friendly I will certainly return to try that spicy lamb tagine.
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The Old Orchard Inn restaurant

76 Butterfield Avenue, Rathfarnham, Rathfarnham, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 14

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Cuisine:
BBQ

Price Range:

Average
64 reviews

Reviewed 12th March 2009 ( visited 12th March 2009 )

I often eat in this restaurant. Tonight I had beef and guinness stew which was excellent and served as a very generous portion with lovely mashed potato. My companoion had fish in batter with real (yes) potato chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce which was also excellent. Service was friendly and prompt and the cost was reasonable. My only regret here is that the seafood pie is no longer on the menu. This was mixed seafood in a creamy sauce flavoured with tarragon and topped with cheese. Delicious.
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Restaurant d'Antibes
The White House, Kinsale, Cork

A lovely restaurant with an interesting window display. Service was friendly and prompt. I had a seafood crepe with mornay sauce and side salad. This is a dish that I don't come across often. It was absolutely delicious. The other meal of fish and chips was ever so slightly but very tasty nevertheless. I would definitely come back.

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Little Italy Restaurant
21 John Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

We opted for the Early Bird Menu- 3 courses and a bottle for 2 people at €50. We were the only diners there though a family came in while we were eating. I couldn't fault the food-it was all lovely. We had deep fried prawns in filo pastry with a chili dipping sauce and fresh leaves and fried mushrooms with mozarella. We also both enjoyed fried fillet of pork with creamy wine sauce. Each dish was served with a nice buttery mash and buttered vegetables. Dessert was trio of ice-cream and tiramisu- a lovely ending. The wine was also very enjoyable. The waitress was friendly and engaging and service was very prompt and efficient. I would definitely recommend Little Italy.

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Bijou Bistro & Wine
46/47 Highfield Road, Dublin 6, Rathgar, Dublin

The restaurant was buzzing when we arrived on a Friday evening. We were met by a very pleasant waitress and escorted to our table which was fairly close to the kitchen. We shared a mushroom quiche starter. It was small but so delicious I wished that we had ordered one each. Duck with plum sauce was delicious as was the lamb. Both were served with a fabulous selection of vegetables. A beautiful meal! I will definitely return.

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El Bahia Moroccan Restaurant
37 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We visited El Bahia on an early Sunday evening with a menupages voucher. The restaurant, though small, has plenty of middle eastern decor. There was only two other diners there. Both starters of liver and chilli prawns were very nice. The lamb tagine was served in a beautifully shaped tagine pot and was absolutely delicious. The rabbit in Filo pastry was beautifully prepared and very, very filling. Service was pleasant, a little slow but worth it for the flavours we enjoyed. I will definitely return

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El Toro Bravo
27 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin

Our booking was for 8.30. When we arrived there the restaurant was empty and we were told immediately by the waitress that the restaurant would be closing at 9 o' clock (!) We ordered two glasses of wine which weren't served promptly even though we were the only customers in the place. We had a voucher for four tapas and ordered patatas bravas as an extra.The wedge of tortilla served was tasteless. The rich lamb stew with hot smoked paprika, peppers and garlic consisted of a dish of vile-tasting pieces of meat in gravy and was totally inedible.Patatas bravas were lukewarm fried potatoes sitting on a slick of tasteless gunk which bore no resemblance whatsoever to the spicy tomato sauce normally characteristic of this dish. Creamy mushrooms on toast were passable. A very heavily salted risotto containing few vegetables completed the meal. At the end the waitress removed the plates with no reference whatever to the food which we clearly had not eaten. Service throughout though slow was friendly. I have another voucher for this restaurant but I won't be using it.

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Vermilion
94-96 Terenure Road, Dublin 6 , Terenure, Dublin

I haven't been to this restaurant for a few years, so, when I saw a Citydeal package of two starters, two mains and two glasses of wine for €33 I jumped at the chance. The restaurant was as beautiful as I remember it with its understated decor and and crisp, starched table linen.We were greeted warmly and shown to a table at the window. Starters were Meen Balchao- Tilapia marinated in Goan spices and Calamari Peri Peri served with spicy tomato sauce. Both were magnificent. Mangalorean Fish Masala -Tilapia cooked in a sour and spicy tamarind and coconut sauce and Lamb Chatpata -lamb cooked in a spicy gravy flavoured with cumin, ginger,garlic and fresh coriander were equally so.The garlic, onion and coriander we ordered as an extra side is to die for. This was a most pleasant and memorable dining experience which I hope to repeat very, very soon. .

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Windmill Restaurant @ Tullamore Court Hotel
O'Moore Street, Tullamore, Offaly

We arrived for lunch at 1.45. A lot of the tables in the bright, airy restaurant were occupied.We were attended to very quickly by a very pleasant waitress. A tasty, chunky vegetable soup was accompanied by two large slices of brown bread.The salmon with vegetables and the fried plaice with fries were pronounced 'very nice'. The beef with vegetables was tasty but the meat was slightly tough. A generous amount of gravy was provided as an extra. This is a popular place and one that I would try again.

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La Rivista
22 Parliament Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

This is a fabulous restaurant with a beautiful, airy interior. We decided on the special Wine and Dine option for L50 - a 3- course meal for two with a bottle of wine. We were greeted very warmly on arrival. Starters were Garlic bread with cheese. The waiter added a little pot of pesto to the plate as he thought it would make a nice addition to the dish and it certainly did. The doughballs, which came with tomato sauce were nice. Pasta with smoked salmon in a creamy sauce was lovely as was roasted fillet of pork with a bacon, gorgonzola cheese & spinach stuffing. Desserts were what turned out to be the most delicious home made ice-cream and fabulous tiramisiu which was wrapped up very carefully for me to take away to enjoy later. This was the most enjoyable dining experience that I have had in a while and I will definitely be back. .

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Swans Chinese Restaurant (Kilkenny)
The Parade Kilkenny, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

This restaurant was very quiet on the evening of our visit.One of us decided on a dish from the set menu, the other from a la carte. The sweet and sour chicken with fried rice was fine. The beef with black pepper sauce was not great but he noodles were fine. A bottle of red wine, at €15, was good value and a very nice one.Nobody approached us during the meal to ask how it was. We were not impressed when the bill came and we discovered that an extra charge of €4 had been applied to the bill because we had requested noodles instead of rice and.fried rather than boiled rice. Our query in relation to this didn't elicit any great response. We were left with the impression that the person who served us may not have had a great deal of English. I won't be back.

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Cava Spanish Restaurant & Tapas Bar
51 Lower Dominick Street, Galway City, Galway

This is a very inviting establishment with gorgeous Spanish decor..On arrival, we were greeted warmly by the waitress. We were attracted to the early evening offer of 5 tapas for the price of 4. The tapas menu is extensive. We shared salt cod fishcakes with lemon mayonnaise, meatballs with tomato sauce,pig's cheek, rack and belly of lamb. We cancelled the chicken skewers that we had ordered as we were getting very full and didn't wish to waste food. Everything we ate was absolutely beautiful. The house red was a lovely wine. Service was very friendly and efficient.The restaurant was packed by the time we were leaving. I will definitely return if \i get a chance.

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Dobbins Restaurant
15 Stephen Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I was part of a group of 18 people who gathered for a function in Dobbins.When we arrived the restaurant was full and quite noisy so we were very happy to be shown to a lovely,airy, private room. Service was friendly and efficient. Everybody agreed that the food was absolutely delicious. I had prawn cocktail and rump of lamb with Provencal juices and champ.. Dessert of pavlova with a berry compote was superb. Other people enthused about the toffee pudding. All in all a lovely dining experience!

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Bakers Corner
Kill Avenue, Kill O’The Grange, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

This place was buzzing - full of students from the local art college after their graduate show. We were served by a friendly barman and waitress.The food was served very promptly even though the staff were clearly very busy. We had falafel in pitta bread which came with a lovely fresh salad. It woiuld have been even nicer with a little bit of dressing. The hot and spicy pizza was very tasty. I would definitely eat here again.

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Il Folletto Restaurant
Quay Street, Galway City, Galway

This is a lovely restaurant. Visited it at 8pm we ordered a pizza each and shared a carafe of lovely Italian red wine ( a very reasonable €19). The pizzas were generous in size and delicious. I couldn't finish mine so I brought it home to enjoy the next day, which I did.Service was speedy and very friendly. I will definitely return.

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Busker Brownes
Cross Street, Galway City, Galway

This place was almost empty at 6 o'clock on a cold, windy Thursday evening. We were attracted by the 'Specials' Menu shown to us by a very friendly waitress. We ordered pan fried hake with bacon polenta and lemon cream sauce and lamb shank with scallion mash. The fish dish when it arrived was barely lukewarm. The lamb shank was piping hot.The fish had clearly been left standing while the other dish was being prepared. While the food was delicious it was very disappointing that it was cold. Reheating the fish would have ruined it. The waitress asked if I would like anything else but I was too hungry to wait for another dish. The lamb shank was also delicious but very small and came with a very tiny portion of mash. We asked the waitress if she could bring some more as what was given was not sufficient. I realised from her reaction that it would be counted and billed as a side order. When I asked if it could be provided to bring the portion size to a proper level she informed us that the chef never gives out extra potato without charging for it. We pointed out that we were unimpressed with this scenario. She returned to say only that the chef had taken our comments on board. After another few minutes she appeared with a portion of mash. I can only suppose that the chef in question had had second thoughts. I would have to say that no matter how nice the food a practice of scrimping on the portion sizes will do a restaurant no great favours.

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

This is a lovely restaurant. We arrived a little late and were greeted by an extremely friendly manager who assured us it was no problem. We were led to a table which was in an alcove- ideal for us as we had a lot of catching up to do! Our orders were taken and served promptly. The stuffed roast squid starter served with a spicy sauce was unusual but tasty. The other starter of spicy spinach was absolutely delicious. My main course of a kebab starter and a portion of spicy potatoes was very nice but the spicy lamb tagine was just fabulous. A sweet chicken tagine was also excellent. We were given a very pleasant assorted dessert plate for two people to share between the four of us on the house as I had mentioned Menupages when booking. Service was very efficient and friendly I will certainly return to try that spicy lamb tagine.

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The Brass Monkey
12 West Pier, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin

This restaurant is situated right on Howth Harbour. Came here for afternoon coffee after observing the entertaining resident seals in the harbour.The coffee was lovely and fresh- unlike the stale, bitter variety on offer in some establishments in this city.Generous slices of banoffee and pavlova were served by a very friendly waitress. I would certainly recommend this place.

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Captain America's Cookhouse And Bar
44 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This place has been in business for 40 years and is still packing them in. We arrived at 6 on Bank holiday Monday. The restaurant was almost full and we were shown to a small table with 2 wooden chairs - bit of a tight squeeze. Another bigger table with more comfortable seats was vacated and before I had a chance to ask for it a waitress immediately announced that she would clear it straightaway so that we could move to it. A very nice touch! The menu is extensive. Our order of a Mexican Burger and a Mushroom burger, both with chips,was taken promptly. Both burgers were nice enough and came with a large amount of chips. The very bland mushroom sauce was thick and gloopy and not very attractive to the eye.The garnish consisted of a not very nice piece of wet lettuce. The service was very pleasant and speedy. Given that both meals cost what some restaurants in the area charge for two courses and a free drink, I think that I may be tempted to try them the next time rather than return to Captain America.

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Garden Tearooms
Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin

This is a lovely, bright and airy restaurant. We went in looking forward to coffee after a long walk in the Botanic Gardens. There was a queue so we waited until it had abated. We ordered and paid for a slice of pavlova, a coffee and a mineral. I asked the cashier to check the bill as I thought €9 to be a bit steep for what we got.She checked and assured me that it was indeed right - the pavlova cost €4.50. We sat down to enjoy this rather expensive treat. The coffee was very bitter and the pavlova, garnished with a single strawberry slice, at best, very average. I will not return.

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Sean Mac D's
69 Harolds Cross Road, Harolds Cross, Dublin

This is a great place. It was fairly quiet as it was a Monday evening. We ordered fish pie and a beef sandwich. The fish pie was lovely-not too heavy as they sometimes are.It came with focaccia bread and a little pot of butter on the side. The beef sandwich on focaccia bread was absolutely delicious. It came with chunky chips and some dressed salad garnish. The service was extremely pleasant and friendly. We will return.

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The Church Cafe Bar & Restaurant
Junction of Mary St. & Jervis St., Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

A group of eleven of us had a meal in the gallery section. The interior of this building is magnificent. We used the set menu option of starter, main course and dessert for €27.95. The choice was reasonable. Most people were reasonably happy with the food which included vegetable and brie tart starter (very nice) cod with a basil crust served on sweet potato lamb shank served on scallion mash and steak with chips. The lamb shank was underdone in that it took some cutting to get it off the bone. The potato didn't taste of the promised scallions. One of our party inquired about vegetables as the plates seemed a bit bare and was told that that they would cost extra.(Mixed vegetables are priced at €4.50) The general consensus was that, in the present climate, €27.95 is pricey for a meal without vegetables. Desserts were just OK. Service was pleasant. All in all we enjoyed the night. I wouldn't be tempted to seek out food in this establishment again as far better value is available elsewhere. However, the surroundings are so nice that I would definitely return for a drink

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Royal Garden
Terenure Road East, South Dublin, Terenure, Dublin

We visited this restaurant in the early evening, tempted by the All you can eat for €10.99 offer. The upstairs dining room is a pleasant, airy space and we were happy to sit at a beautifully laid table by the window. There was a decent choice in the buffet option but we decided to order from the very reasonably priced Main menu. For starters we had chicken wings and spring rolls - both very tasty. For a main course we had sweet and sour pork and beef with black pepper sauce with fried rice and noodles. Both meals were delicious. Service was extremely friendly and efficient. We will certainly return!

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Itsa @ IMMA
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin

This is an open, airy space in the basement of the Museum of Modern Art. I have been here a number of times recently. On each occasion I have ordered the homemade vegetable and lentil soup. It is absolutely delicious- chunky, flavoursome and filling and comes with some lovely homemade brown bread.Service is very pleasant and friendly. I'll certainly continue to visit!

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The Old Orchard Inn
76 Butterfield Avenue, Rathfarnham, Rathfarnham, Dublin

I often eat in this restaurant. Tonight I had beef and guinness stew which was excellent and served as a very generous portion with lovely mashed potato. My companoion had fish in batter with real (yes) potato chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce which was also excellent. Service was friendly and prompt and the cost was reasonable. My only regret here is that the seafood pie is no longer on the menu. This was mixed seafood in a creamy sauce flavoured with tarragon and topped with cheese. Delicious.

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Mannings Bakery
40 Thomas Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This is a deli/bistro type restaurant.It is bright and airy inside. It servesa good selection of sandwiches, paninis,salads and hot dishes. I had a baked potato with bacon and cheese topping and my companion had lasagne and salad. Both meals were very tasty. Service is friendly and prompt. I have eaten here a number of times before and will definitely do so again.

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Bellagio
92 Terenure Road North, Dublin 6W, Terenure, Dublin

I was a regular customer at this restaurant and often had family meals there before it was refurbished. Service was friendly, the food was good and the atmosphere pleasant. Sadly, I am no longer inclined to visit again after my experience in the new restaurant. Firstly tap water was not offered as a choice when water was requested, only still or sparkling. Our shared starter of calamari was unpleasantly rubbery so we left half of it. The plate was removed without comment. Fillet steak was fine. The mushroom sauce tasted only of cream. Ribeye steak was so tough and gristly that it was impossible to eat. Nobody asked us if we were enjoying our meal and once again the nearly uneaten meal was taken away without comment. On the plus side the wine was nice and we were offered a shot of limoncello or brandy at the end. However that didn't make up for the deficiencies of the meal.

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Howards Way (Rathgar)
8 Orwell Road, Dublin 6, Rathgar, Dublin

I visit this restaurant regularly-2 course meal for two plus wine for €50. You could'nt go wrong. The food here is consistently good. You get exactly what it says on the menu impeccably cooked and beautifully presented. Service is friendly and speedy even though the restaurant is generally full.

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The Cedar Tree
11a St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This is not my first time to visit this restaurant.I've never been disappointed. I had kibbeh- spiced minced lamb ball in a nice tomato sauce and served with pitta bread (€6.90) The addition of a bowl of fresh, dressed salad for €3.90 made a substantial and very tasty meal. My friend had a dish of spicy mixed seafood also from the starter menu (€8.90) I think. It was a beautiful dish. We each had a glass of excellent red wine. This meal was fabulous and offered superb value for money especially considering that I brought home what I could not eat and enjoyed it the next day. The restaurant itself is bright and airy with very appealing mosaic tiled tables and wall decor. Even though it was nearly empty the ambience was nice - Pleasant Lebanese music was playing in the background. Service was speedy and friendly. I will definitely be back.

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