Restaurant Reviews from Flash63

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 9

Member Since: 03 July 2007

Last Visit: 22 June 2017

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Shanahan’s on the Green restaurant

119 St. Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Cocktails

Price Range:

Good
241 reviews

Reviewed 25th July 2007 ( visited 25th July 2007 )

Best steak house in Dublin I took my family here a couple of weeks ago and it was, as ever excellent. I had primed them to forgo the starters, as I can’t believe anyone needs anything more than a steak here so I can’t comment on starters. The steaks were of course, massive, cooked perfectly and served with extras on the side. There were comments about how it is a little off that you have to pay extra for the extras but I really regard this as a little churlish. The wine was superb - we had a few varieties and they were all excellent and the service was exemplary. Of course it is expensive but for a treat it is top notch. I highly recommend it but budget on over 100 euros each!
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Salamanca restaurant

1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Spanish

Price Range:

Good
731 reviews

Reviewed 30th July 2007 ( visited 30th July 2007 )

If its one thing I know about dining with women, other than do not say their sister is pretty, it’s that they will inevitably try every thing on my plate. So the mystery of how multiple dishes of tapas ever got off Spanish bars and into restaurants is pretty much solved whilst providing women with he perfect dipping in and out meal. Unfortunately, and I don’t suppose many women care, its a rubbish choice for any male with half an appetite. But hold on; let me retract this for Salamanca. It’s absolutely excellent. Ok I had to forgo 50% of every dish I ordered and really wanted but they do for once provide decent helpings instead of the thimbles of fired chorizo you normally get. Good food, good portions, well presented in a nice manner with excellent wine. Ole Salamanca. And to add to my amusement one of the waiters spilled an arm full of dishes over a woman wearing white trousers - if its one other thing about dining with women I know, its that its always the one wearing white who gets food spilled on her.
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Rock Lobster @ Harvey Nichols
Dundrum Town Centre, Sandyford Rd, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

You wont suffer coming here but the food is distinctly average really - service was pretty slow and slightly ham-fisted, steak was slightly overcooked, and although it wasn't too bad really it was disappointing for the price.

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The Chop House Gastro Pub
2 Shelbourne Road, City Centre South, Dublin

very friendly service though they had lost my booking. Food was fairly good. service fairly efficient and it was generally an enjoyable experience.

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101 Talbot
Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I once had a work's Christmas party in the company's canteen where someone threw a bottle of wine over the CEO, a fight involving nearly every adult male broke out and I snogged the secretary. So imagine my delight when I entered 101 to find they had gone for the same motif! It's a little perturbing to find oneself at a works do when you've come out for a romantic meal for two so let me start by saying that this is not a restaurant for a romantic dinner for two. Too light, strange canteen meets refurbished swimming pool look to it and the cutlery and tray drawers are located so as to convey maximum school canteen noise back to the diners. Equally off putting is that every movement by the waitresses and waiters reverberates under the chairs and tables as they pass by. But hold on, let's give it a chance. The food was delicious. My black pudding and brie starter was a lot better than it sounds and my wife's pheasant was as succulent as any I've ever had. My lamb just melted in the mouth. The chianti was reasonable if a little pricey but we were vaguely satisfied by the experience. Friendly staff were also a pleasant surprise and we left feeling quite satisfied with the quality and quantity. The dessert menu however was a little dull and there is a limited selection all round but if you have a group of friends together this is not a bad choice. And if you fancy the Group secretary and hate your boss, I think you know exactly where to go.

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Port House Pintxo
12 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

I was watching Tribe the other evening where Bruce Parry was forcing salt down a yak's neck in order make it eat more to fatten it. I didn’t understand the theory behind this until I popped into Pintxo last night where I got more salt in my food than a thirsty yak. Every dish was over salted and then the potatoes, my god they must have ordered too many sacks of them by accident - even dishes that did not have spuds in them, had spuds in them - the chop had spuds, the spuds had spuds thankfully the chorizo didn't. Then there wasn’t enough bread with the dishes that needed bread - I should have made a salt cake. All the while we were being blasted by nightclub music way to loud for the small intimate area. What I can talk up is the service as the waiter was really good and the wine wasn’t too bad either - a nice rioja, but then again that might be the salt talking.

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Salamanca
1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

If its one thing I know about dining with women, other than do not say their sister is pretty, it’s that they will inevitably try every thing on my plate. So the mystery of how multiple dishes of tapas ever got off Spanish bars and into restaurants is pretty much solved whilst providing women with he perfect dipping in and out meal. Unfortunately, and I don’t suppose many women care, its a rubbish choice for any male with half an appetite. But hold on; let me retract this for Salamanca. It’s absolutely excellent. Ok I had to forgo 50% of every dish I ordered and really wanted but they do for once provide decent helpings instead of the thimbles of fired chorizo you normally get. Good food, good portions, well presented in a nice manner with excellent wine. Ole Salamanca. And to add to my amusement one of the waiters spilled an arm full of dishes over a woman wearing white trousers - if its one other thing about dining with women I know, its that its always the one wearing white who gets food spilled on her.

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

Patchier than a Russian quilt, the only thing that astounds me more than the variability of the food and service at Saba is its high rating with everyone I know. The first time I went there they forgot one of the dishes, took just under forever to deliver what they did decide they would bring us, got the bill wrong and with their stools for people who are 7 feet tall made us about as uncomfortable as they could. Moving on to a second chance this weekend, I can only restate how haphazard the place is. Dishes arriving a different times was ok but the main courses are often just poorly put together. Ok, the hake on banana leaf is excellent and the squid starter is superb but the soft shell crabs have too many flavours and a terrible texture and the beef curry is sadly bland and again over flavoured. I know how good Thai food should be and this is way off the mark. On top of this the tables are too small so its like juggling jelly on a unicycle getting everything into position. Having said that my friends thought everything was fine so I can either resign myself to a future visit or getting new friends. I must get that unicycle out of the garage and start practicing.

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Shanahan’s on the Green
119 St. Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Best steak house in Dublin I took my family here a couple of weeks ago and it was, as ever excellent. I had primed them to forgo the starters, as I can’t believe anyone needs anything more than a steak here so I can’t comment on starters. The steaks were of course, massive, cooked perfectly and served with extras on the side. There were comments about how it is a little off that you have to pay extra for the extras but I really regard this as a little churlish. The wine was superb - we had a few varieties and they were all excellent and the service was exemplary. Of course it is expensive but for a treat it is top notch. I highly recommend it but budget on over 100 euros each!

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The Winding Stair Restaurant
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin

Admittedly it was a few weeks ago that I was here but I can recommend this restaurant. We had a large party and generally everyone was happy. The only blemish was that one of our party wanted to dwell on the wine list and the server wouldn’t let her. Having said that, the food, wine, service and ambience were all very good and I would have no hesitation in going back. Just to note we were the last out and they did not put us under any pressure to leave which we appreciated. Good place.

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

A mixed bag here - food was delicious - really good flavours, served piping hot, authentic - cannot praise it enough. My main course was melt in the mouth. However, the service was terrible - and I'm hoping that this was all part of the authentic Moroccan experience, having been there recently! First they told us the tap water was not fit to drink - a worry there I cant help but feel - flashbacks to three weeks amoebic dysentery in the Middle East when I spent time there. Secondly they then charged us a heck of a lot for the bottled water. Commercially I praise them - as a customer I felt gouged. Thirdly they berated us because our full party did not arrive on time - fair enough actually - our fault - but then they told us to hurry up before we had all arrived and the order then took forever to come - 15 minutes to deliver even the wine! 30 mins to starters. Next up they then overcharged us - 20 euros for two cups of tea at the end - then told us tough on changing the bill again to compensate for the water issue. I do think a good restaurant would have waived the bottled water charge if they cannot serve potable tap water. We left a little dissatisfied with the service but the food was excellent. May give them another chance. Just as I may eat salad in Tangiers again.

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