Restaurant Reviews from Fishfinger
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 27th February 2008 ( visited 26th February 2008 )Here last night with friends for own Super Tuesday. Eden 'virgin' so didn't know what to expect. Had starter of black pudding which was delicious, followed by Lamb tagine. Really flavourful and tasty. Couldn't manage dessert! Friends had steak (agree that chips were a bit burger king!), duck and vegetable tart respectively. All enjoyed it immensely. Service was fantastic. It is a bit pricey but well worth it for a special occasion or treat. Only 1 question. Why are the waiting staff dressed like chefs?
208 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 29th February 2008 ( visited 28th February 2008 )Mr Fishfinger decided we needed a night of from beans on toast so went to this local place. Surprisingly busy but got cosy table at the back. Standard menu is rather compact but Specials Board offers some lovely options (panfried halibut with chili and basil, yummy). Our waitress was attentive and friendly and made a sterling effort in pronouncing the Italian dishes despite being Chinese! Wine is very reasonably priced with a bottle of Pinot Grigot for just €17. Also salt and pepper pots are very random and it would appear there is only one set for the whole restaurant. All in all a nice relaxed little bistro for close friends and family but not one for impressing others!
65 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin
Finally set foot through the door after talking about it for 6 years! Had chicken wing. (What else?) Also shared french fries and mixed salad sides. Salad lovely & fresh. Wings good, nice sauce. Only criticism was that they came a paper napkin lined basket - which soaked up all the sauce. Put in a bowl please! Desserts of Afumigato - delicious - although a choice of liqueur other than Bailey's would be nice. Service very efficient and friendly. Nice atmosphere. Did feel it was a little pricey for these times but thoroughly enjoyable. Lovely for a girl's night out or impromptu casual meal.
2-5 Winthrop Lane, Winthrop Street, Cork, Cork City, Cork
Old friend brought me here as been here loads herself. Couldn't book a table so we went earlyish and waited in a short queue. Warm chicken salad, small bbq pizza and penne with meatball sauce all excellent, fresh and delicious. We shared a dessert of strawberry meringue washed down with chilled Peroni. Service was fabulous and although the restaurant was packed, staff were efficient, friendly and calm. No pressure to eat up and get out. Just lovely. And under €80 for three people!
O'Connells Restaurant Donnybrook
135 Morehampton Road, Donnybrook, D04 HX46, Donnybrook, Dublin
Having seen the transformation from Madigan's graveyard to buzzing O'Connell's, we had to try it. Shared a beautiful starter of duck with honey and soy. Mr F & I both had braised shank of lamb. Cooked perfectly with tasty savoy cabbage and velvety mash. Additional huge sides of dauphinoise potatoes and mashed carrot and turnip were also delicious but completely surplus to requirements. One main meal would have done the both of us! Dessert is a novel idea of Two Little Pots where you pick two of a choice of six. Coconut Panecotta was light and fresh but lacked coconut. Chocolate pudding very nice and moreish. Sadly both pots were tiny, barely bigger than eggcups. Maybe the dessert chef and the side order cook should have a discussion about scale. Service was good although one gentleman (the owner?) was a bit over bearing and needs to stand back and let his excellent team do their job. Early bird is excellent value for money.
Harry Street, St Stephens Green, Dublin
Came here with a friend during her work break. Had coffee and warm chocolate brownies. Service was very slack. Friend had to eventually go to the bar to order. Food was very good, tasty, warm and satisfying. Really don't like the cutlery - teaspoon with a kink in it so it sits on rim of cup. And the spoons for the brownies looked like a gynaecological implement! Overall very expensive for a Cafe. All style, no content. Won't be back.
61 Upper O'Connell Street, City Centre North, Dublin
Came here with a friend who had last been here about 5 years ago. Both had rib of beef. Very generous portions, veg was very nicely cooked and seasoned. Beef tasty although my slices were a bit stringy and fatty, friend's was much better.Service very efficient and friendly. Lacking in atmosphere and music choice more suited to a pub (Abba and The Clash!). Wouldn't rush back here but certainly the place to go for traditional home-cooked food.
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Met a friend here for lunch. Never been here but traded in MenuPoints for a free main course. Both went for the chicken skewers. Very nice, lovely flavours. Only wish there had been more of it. And half a pitta bread each seemed a bit mean. Service was incredibly slow. Its a big place and was almost empty yet it took 25mins to get a drink and another 30 to get the bill when we were finished. Really liked the individual toilets downstairs. If I hadn't had the voucher I would have thought it overpriced. Won't be rushing back.
Brownes Deli and Cafe
18 Sandymount Green, Dublin 4, Sandymount, Dublin
Terrible. Terrible. Terrible. 2nd visit here was worse than the 1st!!! Staff uninterested, menus dirty and ripped, toilets closed. Given 5 sides of A4 but not told for almost an hour that virtually nothing was available.No "proper" lunches (their term, not mine), no ciabattas, pancakes, no one available to poach an egg!!! Unbelievable. Manager came over when I complained that the roast beef wrap I got was inedible. He gave lots of excuses but no apology.
Howl At The Moon
Lower Mount Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Not eaten here but the cocktails are AMAZING!!!! Only €5 every day until 11pm and they certainly have a kick to them. Yum yum (Does this count on MenuPages??)
The Restaurant @ Marks and Spencer
Marks and Spencer, Grafton Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Bit of a regular haunt for me. Usually meet friends for tea and pancakes. Have also tried the steak bagette, nachos, prawn salad and apple crumble. All really tasty and satisfying. Nice to sit on the sunterrace sipping Prosecco too. Service can be slow but always friendly. The only negative is that almost every time I go I am informed they have run out of a number of choices. Hard to comprehend when they have their own supermarket in the basement.
The Morehampton Brasserie (Previously the The Restaurant @ Donnybrook Fair)
89 Morehampton Road, Dublin 4, Donnybrook, Dublin
Despite living about 10 doors up from here I'd never been up to the Restaurant! Got a 2 for 1 voucher through the door so thought we'd give it a go. Service was very good, waiter attentive without being over bearing. Room was busy - lots of vouchers being fluttered. We shared a starter of mussels which were lovely. Sauce was delicate and delicious. My main of guinea fowl was tasty and Mr Fish Finger's of pork was very nice if a little overcooked and dry. Waiter recommended the courgette gratin side which was my fave part of whole meal.Layers of courgette and gruyere cheese baked and topped with caramelised red onions. Delish! Shared dessert of chocolate mousse - light and fluffy on top and mega chocolatey at base. Got another voucher through for Sunday Lunch. Guess where I'm going today!
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
First time back here since July. Delighted to report that it's back up to its usual standard. Food fantastic - duck roll and chicken satay for starters, massaman curry for mains. All delicious, service friendly and efficient, lovely atmosphere and ambience.
Old Court Centre, Firhouse, Dublin
Happened to be in the area and dropped in around 2.30pm. Asked about food and was directed to the Carvery. Chef standing there was not pleased to see us. Two sides of meat were sitting out. I asked for the Roast Beef. Response - "Don't have beef." I pointed at the dark joint and enquired what it was? "Lamb". Similarly Mr FishFinger asked for the boiled ham. "Don't have ham." He also had to ask to get a gruff "Corned beef" explanation. The trimmings looked very dry and unappealing so we asked for brown bread sandwiches. Chef disappeared off. Returned TEN MINUTES later with white bread sambos and a "side" salad (one spoon of limp tasteless salad. And how much was this thoroughly unpleasant experience? €14 not including drinks. Outrageous. And whatever the "corned beef" was it looked, smelled and tasted remarkably like boiled ham.
Kielys of Donnybrook
22 Donnybrook Road, Donnybrook, Dublin
Popped in on way home for a bite to eat. I had lemon sole goujons and Mr FishFinger had a ham & cheese sandwich. Both were delicious, came with stacks of chips and side salad. Service was fabulous. Excellent value. Great local pub for food, drinkies and fun.
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Met my lunch buddy here again. Starters of veg dumplings and chicken skewers were hoovered up in record time. Mains of chicken teriyaki was sizzling sticky and delicious, yamamori ramen was enough for 2 people. Very tasty filling and neverending. Desserts was partaken - cheesecake and choc raspberry brownies with complimentary coffee and tea. We rolled out of there 2 hrs later very happy. Definitely recommend for excellent service and big portions!
Douglas & Kaldi Terrace Cafe and Restaurant
Level 2, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Dublin
Dropped in here for lunch after work today. Texas bagel was tasty, bbq sauce lovely. Hot n Spicy bagel was also nice but not hot n spicy! Service efficient but not overly friendly. Very nice sitting on the terrace in the sunshine :-)
The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin
4 of us shared a selection of tapas. Perfect as one friend is vegetarian. Tortilla, chicken salad, olive, potato bravas, selection of cured meats and bread and dips. Everything delicious except the dips fro the bread. Weirdest flavoured and textured hummus and pesto I have ever experienced! And no one could name the third dip... Food service very good but same waiter for drinks was a bit slow. Also told by the waiter that bar was closed when it clearly wasn't. Bizarre.
Mao Restaurant (Chatham Row)
2-3 Chatham Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Met a friend here for late lunch last Saturday. She had the thai red curry with chicken and rice. I just had the butternut squash spring rolls. Curry was really tasty and loads of it. Spring rolls were ok. A bit bland and dipping sauce was gloopy and tasteless. There was a big bottle of sweet chili sauce on the serve-over which looked very tempting but wasn't cheeky enough to ask. Service prompt which was great as friend on her lunchbreak. 1st time here and would go back.
97 Ashfield Road, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin
In the spirit of making the weekend last as long as possible, came here Sunday night for a spontaneous treat. Shared chicken wings starter. Delicious but very filling. Glad we shared. I had fillet steak surf & turf with garlic potatoes for main and Mr Fish Finger had the black sole in white wine with side of mushrooms & onions. Everything cooked to perfection. Fish lovely, moist and light. Steak perfect. Service very good. Attentive but not intrusive although a little surprised not to be offered coffee or desert. Lovely atmosphere, good buzz and quite busy for a Sunday before pay weekend. Huge improvement on last visit of about 18months ago and delighted that the refurbishment is not just superficial. Although it was most enjoyable I did feel it was a little pricey. €75 for 1starter, 2 mains and 2 beers?
Zaytoon (Parliament Street)
14/15 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Belted in here after a pub crawl along Temple Bar but while we both were still relatively sober. Both had the mixed shish with chips. Very tasty. Service very efficient and impressed at how clean the place was considering its a kebab shop in TB on a Saturday night! Only criticism is the doors being permanently wedged open. Even in summer its too cold!
The Cellar Restaurant
The Merrion Hotel, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
My very generous boss brought a colleague and I for dinner last night. Passed on starters and straight to 3 x fish & chips! Not very adventurous I know but their reputation preceded them! Gorgeous. Fish lovely and light and chips chunky and crisp with lashings of tartare sauce. Not overly keen on the minty peas but that's my personal foible. We all deviated on desserts. Boss had a "beach hut" of ice cream (no I wasn't sure either), colleague had strawberry souffle which very beautiful and I had profiteroles with orange cheesecake ice cream and toffee choc sauce. Sounded exciting and nicely presented. However the combination proved too sickly to my taste and there proved to be just too much on the plate. Wine list was reasonable especially as there is a "sale" on some of them, many up to 50% off, including champagne! Sadly in a sign of the times the room was almost empty, only 3 other tables occupied and the bar was relatively quiet for a Friday night. Definitely would return here.
133 Upper Leeson Street, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Heard good things about this place so decided to venture forth. Shared a starter of deep fried calamari. Salsa garnish nice and batter tasty but squid was a little chewy. My main of lemon and shrimp risotto was delicious, light and fresh. Mr Fish Finger's calzone pizza was enormous and stuffed with filling, piping hot and he practically licked the plate clean. Very enjoyable evening, Service very friendly, lots of people coming & going who seemed to be regulars. The music was a bit loud when we went in but staff happily turned it do when requested. All in all a 'definite maybe' to go back to.
The Weir Bistro
Western Road, The River Lee Hotel, Cork City, Cork
Planned to eat here on Easter Saturday but told they were booked out. Good omen? Hmmm. Went Sunday instead. Booked table for 7.30, order taken and bread & wine brought promptly. Given an 'amuse bouche' we hadn't ordered at 8.10. Order of rare t-bone steak and medium rib-eye steak arrived at 8.20. Rib eye was rare. T-bone cooked beyond recognition - grey, dried out & inedible (should have been rare?). Waited another 10 mins for the sauces. Then when they arrived the waitress offered to 'heat up' the plates. Words fail me! We were staying there too and just to add insult to injury breakfast next morning was 15mins late and cold!
Zaks Restaurant (Cork)
No 4 Marlboro Street, Cork City, Cork
Popped in for a late lunch last Saturday. Both of us had seafood chowder and shared a half bottle of sauvignon blanc. The wine was a bit bland and insipid but the food was incredible. Delicious chunks of salmon and smoked haddock with succulent mussels. Waiter was friendly and attentive and brought extra bread and butter when he accidentally spilt my bowl of chowder. Great value.
57 Deerpark Road, Mount Merrion, Dublin
Brought here for business lunch today. Regular in Lowes on the Rise so knew what to expect. Very nice fresh tasty healthy food. Always busy and yes it is a little cramped but the food is well worth the trade off in elbow room!
Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin
Met a friend here after Chrimbo shopping. Arrived alone as my friend works in the Centre. Stood at the door for a full 5 minutes while staff faffed about at the service counter. Eventually went over to ask if I should just take a seat to be told 'Get back in line' by a very frosty waitress. Almost walked out there and then. Fortunately our waiter was more friendly. Pizza was nice enough, nothing special and coffee was ok. Although my friend's tea was twice the size of my coffee (and was cheaper!). Also had considerable difficulty getting the bill, resorting to putting our coats on and standing by the till!! €60 for 2 pizzas, one glass of wine and tea & coffee. Not great value for money in my opinion.
Rotana Cafe Restaurant
31 South Richmond Street, Dublin 2, Portobello, Dublin
Found this place by complete accident. Big fans of the Cedar Tree so very excited to find this one closer to home. Casual is definitely this place. Shared the Mazze III (€17.50) which had a bit of everything on it. And real home made chips were delicious. Everything was fresh and you can watch the chef prepare your meal from scratch in the gleaming kitchen.Not licensed but that didn't take away from our enjoyment of a very tasty meal. Tried some of the baklava as well, which was nice but all tasted the same, just different shapes. And the coffee was awful! Service was a bit slow too but would definitely come back for a mid week casual meal.
The Cedar Tree
11a St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Back to our old favorite for Mr FishFinger's birthday. Can't think of many places where I want to try everything. Eventually went for mixed kafta and maghmour with sides of spiced potato, rice and mixed pickles. All were gorgeous. Pickles were very salty but plenty of water and wine alleviated this. Love this place. Food is always excellent, service friendly and attentive, and we always leave very happy. Satisfied but not uncomfortably stuffed.
6/10 Chatham House, Chatham Lane, Off Grafton Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Really enjoy coming here with good friends for an informal dinner and a few glasses of vino. Very relaxed, everything fresh and tasty and service always efficient and friendly.
39 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin
Spur of the moment popped in for dinner. Place was packed for a Wednesday night! Had a decidedly average lunch here before so wasn't expecting too much but it was lovely. Food was really good, great value and staff very friendly, if a bit ditsy. Forgot to give us our starter and then had trouble catching someone's eye for a Baileys for the coffee. Overall very nice though.
Martines Restaurant & Wine Bar
21 Quay Street, Galway, Galway City, Galway
Can't really add any more than previous reviewers. One of my favourite restaurants anywhere. Any time I'm in Galway I always make sure I come here. Had most of the menu and its all lovely. Scallops, lamb and bread & butter pudding especially. Really nice cosy atmosphere, excellent service. Even came here one Saturday night at 10pm and were accommodated with a big smile and full menu. Amazing.
21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar , Temple Bar, Dublin
Joined friends for Chelsea/Spurs game on Sunday. Had burger with cheese and bacon. Tasty and salad dressing was very nice. Chips crisp and dry. Mr Fishfinger had platter for 2 (he was starved). Was all nice but not great. Just as well he wasn't sharing it tho as not that much on plate and same price as my gutbuster plate. Weirdest thing I've ever seen was he got dipping sauces poured on a saucer and plonked down in front of him. No explanation. Weird...
T.P. Smiths Bar & Restaurant
9-10 Jervis Street, City Centre North, Dublin
Maybe I'm easy pleased but had cod goujons, chips and onion rings last saturday while watching the rugby. Very tasty. Piping hot and not too greasy. Don't mind paying before eating in some pubs. It's so you don't do a runner.
208 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin
Mr Fishfinger decided we needed a night of from beans on toast so went to this local place. Surprisingly busy but got cosy table at the back. Standard menu is rather compact but Specials Board offers some lovely options (panfried halibut with chili and basil, yummy). Our waitress was attentive and friendly and made a sterling effort in pronouncing the Italian dishes despite being Chinese! Wine is very reasonably priced with a bottle of Pinot Grigot for just €17. Also salt and pepper pots are very random and it would appear there is only one set for the whole restaurant. All in all a nice relaxed little bistro for close friends and family but not one for impressing others!
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin
Here last night with friends for own Super Tuesday. Eden 'virgin' so didn't know what to expect. Had starter of black pudding which was delicious, followed by Lamb tagine. Really flavourful and tasty. Couldn't manage dessert! Friends had steak (agree that chips were a bit burger king!), duck and vegetable tart respectively. All enjoyed it immensely. Service was fantastic. It is a bit pricey but well worth it for a special occasion or treat. Only 1 question. Why are the waiting staff dressed like chefs?
F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Pembroke Street
1A Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Brought Mr FishFinger here for his birthday last wednesday. We like to try new places but this is a firm favourite we return to for special occasions. Shared the calamari starter then rib eye for me & sirloin for the birthday boy. Yummy as ever. Service good but a bit slow. Also their choice of draught beer was not on so stuck with overpriced bottled options. Still be back for the food :-)