Restaurant Reviews from Ellie83

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Giddy Goose Cafe restaurant

138-139 Lower George's Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
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Price Range:

Average
19 reviews

Reviewed 15th May 2011 ( visited 14th May 2011 )

After spending a year driving past this place and admiring from afar..I finally visited on Saturday and am very sorry I waited so long! Attractive on the outside, fresh decor and very clean on the inside. We had two "Big Gooses" which is a fry with all the trimmings - delicious. Tea and Hot chocolate served promptly by really friendly staff. Treated myself to a delicious and well presented Carrot Cake also. It seems very easy for a cafe to do well when it is like this one - run really well with simple but well cooked food. My only mistake was not getting the delicious looking pancakes! I have told everyone I have met about it since and I will be back!!
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Maia Restaurant

47 Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 4

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Cuisine:
Brasserie

Price Range:

Good
115 reviews

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

Words cannot describe the experience I had here. Having visited before and vaguely remembering a satisfactory sandwich, we tried once more as it is handy for location etc. I had heard it no longer did evening meals and now I can see why. No restaurant in Ballsbridge should suffer from lack of business on any evening unless it is seriously lacking in something be it quality or discreet attentiveness by staff..which this spot is. Ordered a Cuban Sandwich which was the blandest and least flavoured sandwich of all time. Why Owners/Managers don't try their own dishes from time to time is beyond me as they would be mortified to know they were selling this to people. Definately not what it said on the tin. Overfried, oversalted and cold "chips" on the side of the plate also. Had to ask for simple tap water more than once and friend was served coffee with it sloshed down the side of the cup. Both hot drinks were served and we had to ask for milk after the event. The Manager was walking around from table to table and shouting from afar without making eye contact to wonder if we were enjoying it as well as being extremelly off putting with his pompous manner. Also, I do not go out for lunch on a Sunday to be asked by a Cafe/Restaurant Manager several times if we have any codeine as a joke because he is hung over. I have never experienced anything so bad and I will never go back.
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One Pico Restaurant
5-6 Molesworth Place, Schoolhouse Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

What a gem! I had been given a recommendation to bring my parents here on their visit to Dublin and we weren't disappointed! We went for the pre-theatre menu. While I know the option exists to get a desert, I really would recommend having a three course option on this menu. That being said, when we got as far as it we were too full! The staff were so attentive albeit hard to understand in some cases. The bread we started with was delicious and we ordered a fantastic bottle of wine. I started with the goats cheese starter and it was simply wonderful as a goats cheese fan. I followed this up with the beef taster and was thrilled with my choice. I would say it is a bit much to ask someone to pay an extra ten euro for the tiny bit of fillet but it was absolutely delicious when I got it as was the braised rib I got with it. My father (a traditionalist) was absolutely underwhelmed with the size of his pork belly and maybe some sides should be included. That being said, a stunning meal and I can't wait to go back for dinner again sometime soon.

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The Pig's Ear
4 Nassau Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

I had come here for lunch before and was underwhelmed but was convinced to come back for dinner and I have to say I still felt the same. I love to eat out and I know what I like myself but I don't think this restaurant is it. On the upside, the person I went with adores the place and still does so all is well. I had a beautiful ham and pork terrine to start which was nice. But then had the beef cheek and ox tongue for my main and it didn't float my boat at all. Now I like braised slow cooked food but this was done to such a degree that the consistency was borderline unpalatable. The accompaniments didn't set my world on fire either. I just felt for a beef dish it was bland which was a pity. I am a desert lover but sadly, none of the deserts grabbed me so I went for the little treats instead. A nice evening but when I get to go out for dinner I want a little bit more than nice. Service was wonderful. And the consolation is I know my other half will definitely go back.

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Pitt Bros Smoked BBQ
Unit 1, Wicklow House, Georges St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I went here after months of the hearing the other half go on about it! So in we went for a casual Sunday lunch. I was a bit disappointed to be put sitting in the middle of a large banquet style table but soon got over it! I got the Pulled Pork on a Bun with fries as my chosen side and it was absolutely delicious. Perfectly tender, gorgeous sauce on the meat. The other half had ribs which he loved and some corn, slaw and onion rings. The onion rings are slightly bland but you can get over that. What's the best bit? Being able to get your free ice cream cone for desert which you make yourself! Years of childhood wishes come true! I am singing the praises of this place to anyone who will listen to me today! Well done. Simple wholesome food!

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L'Ecrivain Restaurant
109a Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

After three years of trying to make it here but not being able for various reasons, myself and my sister arrived in to be greeted by an extremelly pleasant and welcoming lady at front of house. We were offered our table but we said we would have a drink at the bar first to soak up the ambiance. The waiter was so friendly and together with our lovely glasses of champagne, we relaxed to the sound of their wonderful pianist. When we went to our table, we were surprised, having not been there before, about how lovely and full of atmosphere the dining area was and it was buzzing! We started off with some bread and if only I could have bought the Guinness and Treacle bread, it was exquisite! Following on from a lovely Amuse Bouche and into our three course meal. I felt somewhat, not being a fish fan, that my choices were limited. However when my food came, how happy I was. I had a Veal Pastilla to start which was succulent, melt in the mouth veal encased in some puff pastry. Following on from here I got my main course which was the beef. Now I willingly paid a €10 supplement for this which on reflection may have been a bit much but it was truly one of the lovliest main courses I had in a long time! Cooked to perfection, rich and inviting. After our main we had a delicious palate cleanser which was full of burnt orange sorbet, an orange syrup etc and was a delight. We chose the three course meal for €65 which in theory is not that expensive for a Michelin start restaurant but when you add on all those supplements, wine etc - it is these things that inflate your menu. I had a Malt Parfait for desert which was sublime. Following on from that we had the most gorgeous and interesting petit fours to go with our tea. On top of all that we had a lovely bottle of Rioja which at €50 seemed outrageous to charge for any restaurant..but it was a lovely bottle! All in, our meal cost two of us €250. Staff are outstanding. The toilets are not! I'll be back!

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Ragazzi Italian Ristorante
109 Coliemore Road, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

Went with a group upon hearing great things. Won't be back I'm afraid. While overall the food was lovely as mentioned by most of the team, there were a couple of issues along the way that put off a few of us. Very bland antipasti starter. One of my fellow diners wanted a beef dish with sauce on the side and was told she couldn't have it which was just ridiculous as an almost identical dish could be served with it on the side and when someone else ordered the original dish, there was no way of telling why exactly it had to be served in the sauce. There was quite a lot of money spent with a table of ten or so, including drinks and when the adequate tip was left for what we deemed distinctly average food and service, the waiter was quite rude to some of my party on the way out in relation to it. While in most instances the "friendly Italian charm" can win diners around, it most definately did not in this case.

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Jamie's Italian
Pembroke District, Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14 , Dundrum, Dublin

What a wonderful place! For a chain restaurant you do wonder! I had visited the Jamie's Italian in Leeds and thought it was fabulous so it was nice to get a chance to visit here! I booked over the phone but subsequently had to amend my booking. I tried calling 13 times to amend it but it rang out. I was told when I eventually called into the restaurant that they took the phones off the hook. Not good enough really. Anyway on to the food! There were four of us who had in total 5 starters, 3 mains, 1 desert, 1 coffee and a bottle plus a carafe of Montepulciano all coming to €138. That's not bad! Starters were delicious! Mushroom Brushetta, Roasted Vegetables and my gorgeous Mushroom Fritters with Garlic Sauce. The Italian Nachos were also lovely with their delicate smoked flavours. Amazing! For mains one of our party had bream which came whole. When he requested the head and tail to be removed, this was no issue. He said he had not had fish like it in years it was so good. One of the second portions of roasted vegetables for the table came out luke warm at this stage but there were many apologies by the staff and a new piping hot one was presented. My Prioscuittio and Pear salad was lovely but way too big! By the time I got to the end of it, I felt all I was tasting was salt though so that needs to be watched. Finally the table shared a Tiramisu. And what a wonderful one it was. Fresh and seasoned with orange for a twist. I would recommend this place to anyone but I do hope when I get a chance to visit again in a couple of months that it will be as nice. Don't fall down from the opening buzz please!

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Seapoint Restaurant
4 The Crescent, Monkstown, Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin

This was my second visit to Seapoint and to be fair it did not disapoint either time. This was with a Menupages Deal that included a cocktail each, two starters and two mains. The front of house staff are always so welcoming here and I thought it was a nice touch when we could get a glass of house wine or a mineral instead of the cocktail when we arrived. I had a gorgeous smoked duck salad for my starter which had goats cheese also. Some would say a strange combination and it certainly wouldn't be for everyone but I liked it alot. I had a chicken with tarragon and chorizo for my main which was delicious. I had an argument with a friend who had been here the previous week and who had gone for the same dishes regarding the potato accompaniment, She said it should have come with mash and I thought the rosemary fries it did come with were lovely, Each to their own I guess but maybe there should be an option. We rounded things off with a crumble and a creme brulee which were absolutely massive and hard to finish but delicious. I like that Seapoint also has a very relaxed and chilled out smoking area/waiting area with lovely couches and heaters. A lovely restaurant to visit if in the area and I would highly recommend for uncomplicated food and good service.

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Bloom Brasserie & Wine Bar
11 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

I visited Bloom for the first time with a friend who had bought a Living Social or City Deal voucher for two starters, two mains etc. The restaurant seems to be existing on these vouchers mid week it would seem. Bar a roudy work crowd down the back and a couple of other tables, it was very dead! But then it was a horrible night. Despite that we had a lovely meal. My salad starter was delicious, right size and right seasoning. The chicken I had for main was nice but quite bland unfortunately as many chicken dishes can be. Lovely wine though and after what seemed like forever a delicious creme brulee. I wouldn't rush back but at the same time I'm sure a weekend visit would do it more justice. You have to commend them for trying in these tough times where restaurants mid week are slow.

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Little Jerusalem - Rathmines
3 Wynnefield Road, Dublin 6 , Rathmines, Dublin

Little Jerusalem was just such a pleasure to visit. The place is teeny tiny so with 6 of us we were a a bit fearful of sitting on top of others but I think people have to just get on with it! Always a plus point that it is BYOB. The starters we each chose were just delicious. Mine was simple potatoes and onions cooked in wonderful spices while others had lamb topped and naans etc. Each were wonderful The mains were all thoroughly enjoyed also. Mine was a delicious lamb kofta in a wonderful tomato based sauce. We were celebrating a number of birthdays so we called ahead to see if they could organise a cake. They produced the most wonderful chocolate cake for us which was light as a feather despite looking like it would kill us! Absolutely delicious. The only negative was there was two waitresses on. One didn't seem very with it at all and bizarely for such a small restaurant, she didn't take food orders leaving the other girl run ragged! An absolute must for people to visit though, extremelly tasty!

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Sika Restaurant
Powerscourt Hotel Restaurant & Spa, Powerscourt, Wicklow

Really enjoyed the ambiance and the comfort and warmth of the dining room. Some points on the staff, too many maitre d' types wandering around, many of whom were incredibly hard to understand. The waiter serving the bread was equally as hard to understand. The tomato bread was delicious but the only one out of the selection that was anyway extraordinary. I had a lovely goats cheese and caramelised onion tart to start with. Really good size. My dining partner had scallops which were lovely albeit quite cold. I also ordered a glass of their Rioja to have with my meal which at €10 per glass I felt could be filled a little bit more. The waiter also dripped the red wine on the tablecloth while pouring - a real pet hate! For main course we both chose Steaks. We were watching the staff all evening (you have no choice with the way the tables are arranged for twos) and noticed one waiter appear from the kitchen with two main courses in hand and looking a little lost as nobody seemed to be waiting for them! The wine spilling maitre d' glanced at us and it was at that point we realised it was our steaks sitting there hovering and getting cold! Waiter didn't think they were ours as our starter plates had never been cleared! Such bad service and no apology to us when the steaks were then brought over to us given we had witnessed all of this! Steaks obviously slightly cold, both steak sauces had a film on them as they had obviously been sitting in the kitchen so long but the broccoli and mushrooms we requested made up for it! I had a rhubard crumble and my partner had profiteroles for desert, neither of which were anyway like what it said on the tin and I think they should warn you about that. My poached rhubard was also cold which I was surprised at. Lovely petit fours followed. Glad to say I went but can't imagine Gordon would be impressed!!!Maybe that's why he has since reviewed the spot!

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

The most delicious meal I have had in quite a while. Presented looking for a table for two at 5.30 on a Saturday evening. Without a booking it was no problem at that hour and despite the restauran getting busier as the night went on, we were never rushed. We went for the early bird menu. I had the Harira Soup with Chickpeas and Lentils to start which was full of flavour. For my main I had the sublime Chicken, Potato, Olives and preserved lemon which was amazing. I didn't want it to end!! My dining partner had Spinich to start which was marinated in spices and served with Pitta Bread. For main she had Hake in spices and a tomato sauce and much like me she was savouring every mouthful. All washed down with Moroccan Mint Tea. We stayed on enjoying our wine and then decided to sample the typical Moroccan pastries for desert. 4 small pastries(more like large sweets) for €6.50 was a bit much but each one was amazing especially the white chocolate, coconut and almond truffle. I can't wait to go back already! Both times I have been there it has been wonderful.

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Maia Restaurant
47 Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Words cannot describe the experience I had here. Having visited before and vaguely remembering a satisfactory sandwich, we tried once more as it is handy for location etc. I had heard it no longer did evening meals and now I can see why. No restaurant in Ballsbridge should suffer from lack of business on any evening unless it is seriously lacking in something be it quality or discreet attentiveness by staff..which this spot is. Ordered a Cuban Sandwich which was the blandest and least flavoured sandwich of all time. Why Owners/Managers don't try their own dishes from time to time is beyond me as they would be mortified to know they were selling this to people. Definately not what it said on the tin. Overfried, oversalted and cold "chips" on the side of the plate also. Had to ask for simple tap water more than once and friend was served coffee with it sloshed down the side of the cup. Both hot drinks were served and we had to ask for milk after the event. The Manager was walking around from table to table and shouting from afar without making eye contact to wonder if we were enjoying it as well as being extremelly off putting with his pompous manner. Also, I do not go out for lunch on a Sunday to be asked by a Cafe/Restaurant Manager several times if we have any codeine as a joke because he is hung over. I have never experienced anything so bad and I will never go back.

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Giddy Goose Cafe
138-139 Lower George's Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

After spending a year driving past this place and admiring from afar..I finally visited on Saturday and am very sorry I waited so long! Attractive on the outside, fresh decor and very clean on the inside. We had two "Big Gooses" which is a fry with all the trimmings - delicious. Tea and Hot chocolate served promptly by really friendly staff. Treated myself to a delicious and well presented Carrot Cake also. It seems very easy for a cafe to do well when it is like this one - run really well with simple but well cooked food. My only mistake was not getting the delicious looking pancakes! I have told everyone I have met about it since and I will be back!!

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The Port House Ibericos
5/6 Pembroke Cottage, Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

After visiting their sister restaurant in town well over a year ago, I had been dying to try out this gem! When we got there there was no table but we were encouraged to have a glass of wine outside while we waited. We chose to mark our dishes on their paper menu while we waited to make the job easier and we handed to the hostess as she showed us to our table. It seems she handed it to someone else who promptly lost our order! That left us with a long wait but despite that the food was delicious (although the Black Pudding and Chickpea was not as nice as I remember..a little creamy), atmosphere and surrounings gorgeous and wine fab...at perfect temperature. Will definately go back.

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