Restaurant Reviews from DubKaz

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 13

Member Since: 23 March 2007

Last Visit: 14 September 2017

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Indie Spice Grill restaurant

Burgundy House, New Street, North Co. Dublin, Swords, Dublin, Area Code: North Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
Indian

Price Range:

Good
216 reviews

Reviewed 10th January 2011 ( visited 17th December 2010 )

A small group of us went here for lunch just before Christmas. There was a deal on for a 2 course meal for €10. We added nan breads and drinks to this. The food was amazing. Even the one person who'd never eaten Indian food (and was slightly apprehensive) loved it. The place wasn't too busy but had a nice quiet buzz about it as a few more tables filled up. I have also been here for dinner, last February. The food then was fantastic too. Excellent service, top quality food and very good value. I will certainly be back!
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Diep le Shaker restaurant

55 Pembroke Lane, (Off Pembroke Street), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Asian Fusion

Price Range:

Good
386 reviews

Reviewed 14th April 2007 ( visited 14th April 2007 )

I brought my husband here for a birthday treat. We were seated straight away and given our menus. Our waiter was fine, maybe a bit too hurried though, as we barely had time to ask questions about the menu. We were a bit miffed when quite a large amount of wine was spilled on our table when he was pouring it for us though, but these things happen. Our meal was really excellent and exactly what we were hoping for. An authentic Thai meal can be difficult to get in Dublin, but this place really is delicious. Unfortunately Diep is one of those many restaurants who insist on charging rice portions as expensive extras, but that seems to be the norm so what can you do!? Our waiter became harder and harder to track down as our meal progressed. He was exceptionally quick, however, in clearing plates and topping up wine. When we asked about a dessert option, he briefly slowed down as he passed out table to tell us what the specials were, but never returned to offer a full desert menu or take our order. We asked another waiter for the menu and ordered from him. This other waiter was also useful when we decided that we probably wouldn't get too far out the door without paying, despite our original waiter's distinct lack of interest in offering a bill. Overall though, I must say that it was a very pleasant and tasty dining experience. I wouldn't let a busy waiter put me off a return trip or be a deciding factor in whether or not to suggest the restaurant to anyone else. We will certainly be back! For two starters, two main courses, two portions of rice a litre bottle of water and one dessert it came to €120.
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Classic India Restaurant Sligo
7/8 Market Street, Sligo Town, Sligo

This is a great Indian restaurant which we've been to on three occasions. The food is delicious, the staff are very friendly and it's reasonably priced too. A great spot for an intimate meal for two or for a big group of friends on a night out.

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Thai Garden Restaurant
Church Avenue, Blanchardstown Village, Dublin 15, Blanchardstown, Dublin

For some reason we went from eating here regularly to not having visited for the last few years. We decided to visit recently to see if the restaurant was as good as we had remembered; and it was. The food is delicious, bursting with flavour. The service is very good also. We won't leave it as long to go back again for more.

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Zaragoza
South William St., Dublin , South William Street, Dublin

Our big gang of 10 ate here recently. The staff seemed nice enough; there when we needed them. The food seems quite expensive for what you get and the nature of this type of food means that you need to order plenty if you're having a 'proper' meal. The patatas bravas were quite poor when it came to the seasoning but as regular chips they were nice. Unfortunately there just wasn't enough food to go around and I was famished later in the evening. I don't think I'd go here again but that's not a reflection on the quality of food at all, just the fact that in order to feel that you've been fed you'd need to order around 3 to 4 items instead of just one 'main' course.

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Saba
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We ate here on a Friday night, expecting amazing food due to all the hype on sites like this. My husband had a nice meal, but I didn't. He had delicous lamb patties followed by a chicken green curry. I ordered vegetable tempura and a tofu & veg main course. The starter dip was mayonaise flavoured with some mustard. Not overly interesting of even Thai, I'd imagine. My main was a disaster. Maybe the tofu wasn't fresh, but it was withered, hollow in the centre and absorbed all the sauce from the dish. Inedible. The sauce was supposed to be a mix of lemongrass, chillies and other ingredients which I can't remember. In fact all it appeared to be was half a bottle of soy sauce poured into the bowl. I ate only half of my starter and none of my main. Unfortunately the dishes were cleared while I was in the ladies room, so hubby didn't want to complain while I was gone. It's a shame that they think this kind of food is acceptable. Other than that, nice staff, nice atmosphere. Won't be back at €116 for the food, two bottle of wine and a coffee.

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Eatzen Chinese Restaurant
Unit 1, Clonee Village CentreMain Street, Clonee, Clonee, Dublin

This is usually just our go-to place for take-aways, but as we had a rare 'kid free' evening, we decided to eat in the restaurant for a change. We arrived with no booking at about 6pm. The restaurant is quite big and spacious but both times we've been there it's been practically empty. There were about three other tables filled when we arrived. The menu is quite extensive and the wine list is good. There are a number of items on the menu that aren't available on the take out, which meant that there is still something new to interest usual take-out customers. Our food was really delicious, beautifully presented and served by friendly but not intrusive staff. A lovely meal out and reasonable too.

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Indie Spice Grill
Burgundy House, New Street, North Co. Dublin, Swords, Dublin

A small group of us went here for lunch just before Christmas. There was a deal on for a 2 course meal for €10. We added nan breads and drinks to this. The food was amazing. Even the one person who'd never eaten Indian food (and was slightly apprehensive) loved it. The place wasn't too busy but had a nice quiet buzz about it as a few more tables filled up. I have also been here for dinner, last February. The food then was fantastic too. Excellent service, top quality food and very good value. I will certainly be back!

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Ravellos Restaurant
Clonsilla Village, Dublin 15, Clonsilla, Dublin

We ate here a few years ago, just after it opened and had an abysmal meal. We were stuck recently for somewhere local to eat and, with two young kids in tow, decided that enough years had passed for us to give Ravello's another shot. It was a mistake. The food is bland, unimaginative and poorly presented. Yes, it serves pasta dishes, but that's where the Italian connection with food begins and ends. I have honestly had more exciting meals out of a supermarket bought sauce. The service was very good and the staff are exceptionally friendly. It seems to be a very child-friendly restaurant and that's always a good thing. Unfortunately though the main aspect that they fall down in is the one that matters most; food. Perhaps they get good reviews for their meat 'n veg kind of meals. Having never ordered that part of their menu maybe I'm missing a hidden gem. As I won't be going back I'll never know.

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Bon Appetit
9 James Terrace, Malahide, Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

We ate here two weeks ago and had the most amazing meal. We chose the a la carte menu as the tasting menu looked quite delicious but it wasn't suitable for a vegetarian. Unfortunately the tasting menu had to be ordered for an entire table, if any one person wanted it, so that was ruled out. We craned our necks trying to have a peek and see what it looked like as other customers were served and the meat-eater's mouth was drooling! The food isn't 'fussy' or 'exotic' but is fantastic quality produce cooked excellently. The staff are very helpful and attentful without being overpowering. As I wasn't paying, I don't know how much it cost, but I know that it wasn't cheap. The menu cost €50 each, plus a bottle of wine for about €40. Side orders of veg. were €10 (why do restaurants still do this??!!), a bottle of water, unknown price, two deserts were about €7 each and two coffees, again price unknown. We'll be back.....for a special occasion.

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Aqua Restaurant
1 West Pier, Howth, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin

The dining party consisted of six adults and one toddler. We went for the afternoon meal. We had a quick drink in the bar before being shown to a lovely table right by a window. Due to the design of the room it's very hard not to have a great view, but by the window certainly is the best. We all decided to choose from the set menu, rather than a la carte but the selection available suited everybody's taste. Five orders of risotto and one soup arrived quickly and everyone enjoyed their dish. When it came to main courses we all decided on the battered cod with chips. The cod sizes were nice and big and the 'chips' were delicious quartered and roasted potatoes. There was also a small garnish of salad on our plates and some side dishes of vegetables which arrived. The food was very nice, but as this restaurant is emphasising its seafood qualities, it certainly wasn't anything exceptional or above normal that I have eaten elsewhere. In saying that though, I couldn't fault the food at all. The service was exceptional and friendly at all times. The staff were readily available when needed and very pleasant to deal with. Deserts and coffee were delicious, but as I wasn't paying I only have a rough idea of the cost. The set menu was about twenty five Euro a head, which is quite reasonable. I'd like to go back and try out the a la carte menu sometime, but the prices did seem quite expensive for what was listed.

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Jaipur Restaurant (Malahide)
5 St James's Terrace, Dublin 15, Malahide, Dublin

Four of us decided to eat here for a Christmas get together. We'd been here a few times before and chose to go back as we'd always had beautiful food here and nothing but good experiences. The popadums and slection of three dipping sauces are nice to nibble at as you read through the varied menu. We had three prawn starters and one cottage-cheese and plum roll for starters (sounds strange but was lovely), followed by three chicken dishes and one prawn with coconut and saffron dish. We ordered two garlic nan breads and two different types of rice to go with it. The food was served promptly without being too quick and a nice length of time was left to savour our starters before the main courses arrived. The food was absolutely beautiful, cooked to perfection and bursting with amazing flavours. Only one glass of wine was ordered, as most of us were driving. Four coffees were our only after dinner treat. Overall, including a tip, the meal worked out at forty five Euro a person. Slightly steep, considering the severe lack of alcohol on the bill. It's not the kind of place you'd eat in too frequently, due to the pricing, but it certainly makes a nice treat for those special occasions.

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Jaipur Restaurant (Ongar)
Unit 35 and 39, Main Street, Ongar village, Dublin 15, Clonee, Dublin

I live nearby and was thrilled to see the Jaipur sign going up on the premises before it opened. I'd eaten in two other branches and always had amazing meals there. This one didn't disappoint. We've never booked a table, though we have gone for the fabulously reasonable early-bird on the last few occasions. The staff are vey attentive, without being too overwhelming. The food is beautiful, cooked to perfection and bursting with amazing flavours. They also seem to do take-out too, which should prove handy!

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The Oar House Fish Restaurant
8 West Pier, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin

My parents have been raving about the Oar House for so long that finally I went there with my husband. We had a fabulous meal. I ordered the cajun calamari, which I'd never heard of before, and they were beautiful. My husband had buffalo prawns to start and literally mopped up the juice with bread, it was so nice. I ordered John Dorey from the specials menu, while my husband had good old fashioned fish and chips. The food is cooked to absolute perfection in the open kitchen. My fish was beautifully prepared and I really enjoyed my meal, as did my husband. We arrived with no booking and were given a table with the instructions that it had to be free an hour later. This suited us fine, as we weren't looking for a long evening out, so we skipped the desert and coffee option. We just had one bottle of wine. As far as I can remember the bill was about eighty euro. The service was excellent, the staff are very friendly and helpful. The restaurant looks quite rough around the edges, but fits in perfectly with the maritime theme you'd expect to find in a restaurant along a busy fishing harbour. We will be back!

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Diep le Shaker
55 Pembroke Lane, (Off Pembroke Street), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I brought my husband here for a birthday treat. We were seated straight away and given our menus. Our waiter was fine, maybe a bit too hurried though, as we barely had time to ask questions about the menu. We were a bit miffed when quite a large amount of wine was spilled on our table when he was pouring it for us though, but these things happen. Our meal was really excellent and exactly what we were hoping for. An authentic Thai meal can be difficult to get in Dublin, but this place really is delicious. Unfortunately Diep is one of those many restaurants who insist on charging rice portions as expensive extras, but that seems to be the norm so what can you do!? Our waiter became harder and harder to track down as our meal progressed. He was exceptionally quick, however, in clearing plates and topping up wine. When we asked about a dessert option, he briefly slowed down as he passed out table to tell us what the specials were, but never returned to offer a full desert menu or take our order. We asked another waiter for the menu and ordered from him. This other waiter was also useful when we decided that we probably wouldn't get too far out the door without paying, despite our original waiter's distinct lack of interest in offering a bill. Overall though, I must say that it was a very pleasant and tasty dining experience. I wouldn't let a busy waiter put me off a return trip or be a deciding factor in whether or not to suggest the restaurant to anyone else. We will certainly be back! For two starters, two main courses, two portions of rice a litre bottle of water and one dessert it came to €120.

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