Restaurant Reviews from Eefs84
No. of Reviews: 25
Member Since: 21 August 2007
Last Visit: 11 March 2009
Cactus Jacks (Middle Abbey St) restaurant
Millennium Walkway, Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1
Reviewed 03rd October 2007 ( visited 02nd October 2007 )Went here last night for a bite before the cinema. Was absolutely gorgeous! I had the garlic bread for starters and Pollo con Ajo for mains. The chicken was divine - fresh slices of chicken in a garlic and basil pesto sauce with baby potatoes, cherry tomatoes and the nicest green beans I have ever had! They had been char-grilled or something, but I couldn't get enough of them! My boyfriend had the chicken tenders to start which were hot and fresh, and the fillet steak medallions for mains. The steak came with sauce, tons of onions and mushrooms and the nicest chips I've had in a while! Our waiter was a gem. He was super attentive, but not instrusive, and knew exactly when to approach the table. Great value, and I can't wait to return!!
Unit 4 Old River House, Templeogue, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 16
Reviewed 21st August 2007 ( visited 21st August 2007 )We come to this place on the odd Sunday afternoon when not much else is open. I know Sunday is meant to be a family day, but this place is seriously like a creche sometimes. Children are let run rings around the dining area and shout at the tops of their voices. If staff were shown to ask parents to control their children it might be acceptable, but they don't seem to care. As a result, the parents relax with their wine while Junior is racing his sister past our table. The food is good - nothing spectacular. It's a good mid-price Italian for the area. The restaurant falls down where so many other Italians do - the dessert. There are only so many Bailey's cheesecakes you can have!!
Caffrey's of Batterstown
Batterstown, Dunboyne, Meath
Was here for Sunday lunch with 23 other family members. We were seated in a room by ourselves which was quite handy, allowing the smaller members of the family to talk at their preferred volume. The menu is expansive and I chose the Duck spring rolls and the cajun chicken burger. The spring rolls were to die for. Tons of duck in them and a gorgeous side salad. I would have loved to have eaten them for a main course! The sweet chilli dip to accompany them was very tasty. My main was quite nice too. The chicken fillet was a good size and it came with a choice of mash, chips or garlic potatoes. I went for the garlic potatoes but I should have chosen the chips. Great, big, chunky chips cooked perfectly. The garlic spuds were nice but a bit too heavy for me. For dessert I had the sticky toffee pudding. Amazing! Definitely order this! The value was fantastic. It worked out about €30 for 3 courses. The service was v good, albeit a bit slow at times. I will definitely be returning here for dinner or lunch in the future.
Esplanade Hotel Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow
Went to Breakers for dinner last week. Great find! We were out in Bray and this caught my eye. I had the supreme of chicken and he had the roast pork. Both were gorgeous! And such good value too. I'll definitely be back here for some more next time I'm out in Bray. Special mention to the Black Forest Gateaux for dessert. Yum!!
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Went here for a girly birthday lunch on Saturday afternoon. I am absolutely in love with the place. The decor is so chic and service is top-notch. Our waiter was so friendly, yet never imposing or intrusive. He checked if we wanted breaks between our courses and made helpful hints while we ordered. To start I plumped for the Satay Gai - divine. I am a big fan of satay chicken in most Asian restaurants but this was by far the nicest I have ever had. The chicken skewers were thick and tasty and I wish I could have endless amounts of the satay sauce. For mains I had the Bangkok noodles - quite spicy but they were delicious. A perfect sized portion too. Dessert was the yummiest chocolate pudding and vanilla icecream. We washed this all down with a few bottles of Prosecco and some cocktails. The rest of the girls raved about their dishes and I cannot wait to go back to try some more! Definitely a contender for best restaurant in Dublin!!
Captain America's Cookhouse and Bar (Tallaght)
Unit A3 Tallaght Cross Dublin 24, Tallaght, Dublin
Was here for a family lunch on Sunday afternoon. Wasn't impressed at all. We got the combo starter to begin with. It seemed as if everything had been chucked into the deep fryer for a bit too long. The mushrooms in particular looked quite unappetizing. For my main course I got The Frenchie burger (a burger with a lot of fried onions on top) and fries. This was fine. The meat was very tasty and they didn't scrimp on the onions. The fries were cooked perfectly. There was a meagre side salad - a slice of tomato and a couple of leaves. I asked for some mayo on the side but I have no idea what I actually received. It did look like mayo but in no way tasted like it. It was more like creme fraiche or yoghurt. Awful. For dessert I had the cheesecake. Not nice at all. The cake had a similar taste to the "mayo" - a kind of sour, milky taste. And I can't really remember finding many crunchie pieces in it. The other members of my party were similarly unimpressed. The service was dismally slow and the presence of two clowns for the kiddies would drive you demented with their horns, balloons and shouting. It's so handy with it's location and the cocktail list looks superb but they will really have to up their game with the food and the service (and ditch the clowns!) to get me to come back!
16 Montague Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Great little Italian tucked in off Harcourt Street. We were shown to a cosy little table upstairs and had a gorgeous bottle of red wine. For starters, I chose the sardines and he had the sirloin. A great start - both were perfection! For mains, I had the spaghetti with chorizo and he had the cannelloni. Again, beautiful! I'm getting hungry just writing about it. The atmosphere is so intimate - even though there was a larger party upstairs with us, we felt as if we were completely alone. We were too stuffed to attempt dessert, but they are definitely on my list for next time!
La Caverna Restaurant & Wine Bar
12 Fownes Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
Took my dad here for a birthday meal on Saturday night. We left completely satisfied. The food was gorgeous and the service was top notch - couldn't have asked for anything better. We were seated down in the cellar - beautiful and cosy - with fab wine glasses! Starters were bruschetta (with a gorgeous balsamic vinegar kick), potato skins and stuffed mushrooms. The mains were equally as pleasing: Pizza de la casa, Garlic chicken, fish of the day, which was lemon sole and the seafood symphony. Never saw plates being cleared so quickly! Chocolate brownie, creme brulee and an Irish coffee rounded off the meal. We are definitely going back soon!!
Luigi Malones Restaurant
5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
Checked out the Apres Work promotion here last night. With a voucher from Menupages.ie, it was a bargain of a night out! We had chicken goujons and garlic sourdough bread to start. The portion of goujons was huge. Would have certainly satisfied us both. Gorgeous garlic dip too. For mains, we both plumped for the burger. Perfect - the beef was beautiful with a hint of something special. The home fries were great and the coleslaw was definitely homemade! We got two free cocktails with our main courses and they were fab! Unfortunately, there was a flood in the kitchen and dessert wasn't on the menu. I was dying to have some of the Toberlone cheesecake! Will definitely be back soon!!
Siam Thai (Andrews Street)
14/15 Andrews Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Went here on a busy Friday night. We started off in the bar with a nice bottle of red wine and then were moved to our table. First impressions were that it was kind of a bit chilly. I think the air con was right on top of us. We both opted for the set menu for €35. A selection of starters was great - the prawn won-ton and the chicken satay skewer were my favourites. The satay sauce was so fresh. For mains, I had the beef curry with penang paste and noodles, my friend had the chicken massman curry with fried rice. My beef was amazing. just the right mixture of flavours. I didn't finish it as it was slightly too hot for me but afterwards I was seriously regretting not attempting it!! My friend's chicken massaman was a bit bland - really only tasted of coconut. But I loved the inclusion of potatoes in the curry. For dessert, we shared the fruit pavlova and some ice-cream brownie concoction - both gorgeous! Great value for the meal. I'm dying to go again and try something else!
Marco Polo not live
O'Connell Street, Limerick City, Limerick
Love Luigi Malones! It pleases everyone and the fajitas are to die for! The few times I've been down in Limerick, we try and stop by here for a bite. FAB Toberlone cheesecake too.
Millstone, A Dublin Restaurant
39 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Gorgeous! Popped in here for a bite on Tuesday night and was blown away. You think you're in a cosy little restaurant in Italy. We both plumped for pizzas - myself, the Cajun Chicken one and he made one up himself - chicken and pepperoni on a margharita. Both were amazing. Haven't had pizza that good since we were in New York! The cajun chicken was a little bit too hot for me - I can't quite handle the jalapenos and I missed the normal marinara sauce, which was replaced with BBQ sauce on the cajun pizza. I robbed a slice of his and it was amazing. I'm annoyed I didn't go for a more traditional pizza, but my choice was divine. We'll definitely be back!!
Cactus Jacks (Middle Abbey St)
Millennium Walkway, Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin
Went here last night for a bite before the cinema. Was absolutely gorgeous! I had the garlic bread for starters and Pollo con Ajo for mains. The chicken was divine - fresh slices of chicken in a garlic and basil pesto sauce with baby potatoes, cherry tomatoes and the nicest green beans I have ever had! They had been char-grilled or something, but I couldn't get enough of them! My boyfriend had the chicken tenders to start which were hot and fresh, and the fillet steak medallions for mains. The steak came with sauce, tons of onions and mushrooms and the nicest chips I've had in a while! Our waiter was a gem. He was super attentive, but not instrusive, and knew exactly when to approach the table. Great value, and I can't wait to return!!
Yamamori Sushi, Tengu
38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
I was a bit wary coming here for dinner being a complete Japanese food virgin. I was worried it would be raw fish and chopsticks all over the place. The menu is huge. We spent a good ten minutes deciding what to have, before spotting something else and being thrown back into confusion. I plumped for the Chicken Teriyaki and added a side of noodles, not knowing that a decent bowl of steamed rice came with the dish. The chicken came out on a hot plate with plenty of vegetables. Both the rice and the noodles were gorgeous and the complimentary green tea was quite refreshing. My friend chose the bento box of the day which seemed to be great value with a little bit of everything in it. Am definitely going back!
Dunne And Crescenzi (South Frederick Street)
14-16 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Popped in here for a leisurely lunch on Saturday afternoon. Even though the restaurant looked busy, we were seated as soon as we walked in. The decor is reminiscent of a traditional Italian dining room or kitchen and the bottles of wine in all the nooks and crannies gave a it a nice touch. I chose one of the specials of the day: lasagne al ragu for €12. Gorgeous. It came in its own ceramic dish and was the perfect temperature. Very filling but went down perfectly with a glass of Merlot. Will definitely be coming back here!
O'Connell Bridge, Burgh Quay, City Centre South, Dublin
Great pub grub. Absolutely delicious hamburgers and a gorgeous carvery at lunchtimes. Go for the roast in a roll. Will fill you for a week!
37 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Great Italian that doesn't feel like every other one in Dublin. Gorgeous interior and really friendly staff. Can highly recommend the Saltemboca de Sole or however you spell it! Chicken stuffed with Parma ham, sundried tomatoes, cheese and lots of other good things! Will fill you right up so take it easy on the sides! Great pasta dishes too.
Solas (Wexford St)
31 Wexford Street, City Centre South, Dublin
A great spot for a quick lunch or some drinks and nibbles after work. The menu is fantastic. Great pizzas (which they serve until late) and main dishes. Have to recommend the BLT - a huge sandwich with fresh salad and cooked to perfection bacon, accompanied with a bucketload of fries - all for only €8!! This is also a lively pub so if you're planning on having a nice chat over dinner, get in before the partiers! They have a great roof terrace for whenever it gets sunny too!
1 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin
Love this restaurant. Went for a graduation meal and had a brilliant night. The plantation log (a cheese and garlic pate type dish served with Melba toast) is fabulous and I can't get enough of the Lou Lou Mae jambalaya. The others with me had seafood gumbo, vegetable strudle and steak and each dish was 5/5! Bit pricey to always be going but it's great for a special occasion. The atmosphere is great: the lighting is low and old blues play softly in the background. They have a huge list of cocktails for after the food! A definite recommendation!
Thunder Road Cafe
Fleet Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin
This was always a safe bet when heading out in a large group, although I called in for a late lunch/early dinner one Saturday afternoon and was left wanting. The portions seem to have been considerably reduced. My boyfriend got a burger and chips. In the past you wouldn't have been able to see the plate for food overflowing on it. This time there were a few chips and the burger - it looked very sparse for what we were paying for it. I chose the spicy chicken macaroni. It was alright. It seemed to be swimming in the sauce and was kind of bland. We both chose desserts and finally had them brought to us after our waitress went on break and failed to tell her replacement our order. The Mississippi Mud Pie was cold and seemed to have a ice-cream base, which doesn't seem like other variation on the dessert I've had. The profiteroles were pronounced gorgeous. It was a very disappointing visit and I'm not sure if I'll be going back again in a hurry.
Unit 4 Old River House, Templeogue, Dublin
We come to this place on the odd Sunday afternoon when not much else is open. I know Sunday is meant to be a family day, but this place is seriously like a creche sometimes. Children are let run rings around the dining area and shout at the tops of their voices. If staff were shown to ask parents to control their children it might be acceptable, but they don't seem to care. As a result, the parents relax with their wine while Junior is racing his sister past our table. The food is good - nothing spectacular. It's a good mid-price Italian for the area. The restaurant falls down where so many other Italians do - the dessert. There are only so many Bailey's cheesecakes you can have!!
Jewel in the Crown (South William Street)
5 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Gorgeous food. Try something new everytime I come here and have not been disappointed yet. The room is a little cramped and the wait staff seem a little distracted, but this is a great dining experience.
Lemongrass (Liffey Valley)
Arc Bar, Liffey Valley Centre, West Dublin, Lucan, Dublin
Went here for lunch one Friday. We all opted for the bento box lunch, which is a box divided into four compartments with your starter, main, side and fruit for dessert. I chose the chicken satay skewer for starter, which was a little lacking on the sauce. Then the Pad Thai with chicken for mains. Since the Pad Thai comes with noodles already, where my companions had rice in their compartment, I had some vegetables which seemed a little dead. The Pad Thai itself was divine - I could have eaten a double portion. The fruit for after is a nice thought, but becomes a bit wilted and limp sitting next to all the hot food during the meal. But, all in, a great value lunch for €15 that filled me up for hours.
Little Caesars of Rathfarnham
Rathfarnham Orchard, Butterfield Ave, South Dublin, Rathfarnham, Dublin
My least favourite of the Little Ceaser's locations. It is far too cramped and you feel as if you are sitting on top of your fellow diners. The food is uninspired and seems thrown together. The service is erratic. When enquiring about a marinade on a dish, we somehow ended up with extra ketchup. Not to mention the dirty spoon my sister was given with her dessert. Some of the other LC locations are good but the Rathfarnham one seems too rushed and harried to be enjoyable.
China House (Firhouse)
15 Firhouse Shopping Centre, West Dublin, Firhouse, Dublin
Great Chinese. My favourite in the Dublin 24 area. The chicken is fresh and doesn't have that string, chewy quality you can get in other lower price bracket restaurants. The satay is amazing - a regular when we go to eat or takeaway. The service is great. Always ready with a smile and they anticipate your every need.
7 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
One of my favourite restaurants in Dublin city. The enchiladas are to die for and the sides are perfect. The best bit is the dessert though - deep fried ice-cream and deep fried banana and Mars bar. It's not as disgusting as it sounds! One of the best desserts around and a welcome break from the countless banoffi pies and cheesecakes in competing restaurants. Looking forward to the next trip!
8 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Popped into Gotham for a quick lunch on Saturday afternoon. I had to wait about 10ish minutes for a table, which wasn't a problem as I was waiting for a friend. The staff were very helpful and found me a table as soon as possible. The lunch menu is quite varied - with salad, specialty sandwiches, main dishes and pizzas all vying for your attention. I plumped for the chicken ciabatta with a creamy basil and tomato dressing. It was served with a decent side salad and roasted baby potatoes. Gorgeous! I wiped the plate clean and was full for the rest of the day. My friend was equally as pleased with her bacon and apple chutney (I think!) bagel. The bill came to just under €20 for the both of us, and we weren't rushed from our table as soon as we had finished eating. A great alternative for a bit of sustenance during a spree.