Restaurant Reviews from Frenchducky

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Good World Chinese Restaurant

18 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Asian Fusion

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Reviewed 08th October 2009 ( visited 01st August 2009 )

Don't let the slightly dingy interior put you off, this is really a fantastic chinese restraunt. Very high quality food, reasonably priced, good service, they don't mind you sharing dishes. The main portions are huge. I'd recommend the seaseme duck, crispy salt and chili chicken and any of the pork dishes I've had there have been delicious. Really good find and very well priced.
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Good World Chinese Restaurant

18 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Asian Fusion

Price Range:

Good
216 reviews

Reviewed 08th October 2009 ( visited 01st August 2009 )

Don't let the slightly dingy interior put you off, this is really a fantastic chinese restraunt. Very high quality food, reasonably priced, good service, they don't mind you sharing dishes. The main portions are huge. I'd recommend the seaseme duck, crispy salt and chili chicken and any of the pork dishes I've had there have been delicious. Really good find and very well priced.
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The Cake Cafe
62 Pleasants Place, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I cannot recommend this place enough. It's a little slice of baked heaven in a lovely little urban garden the middle of Dublin. We first went after reading a review in the paper and now it's our go to spot for lunch, brunch and general nibbles. The staff are friendly and welcoming, the surroundings twee and kitsch. The menu excellently contrived, quirky, morish with a host of daily specials, (fried banana, bacon and honey on toast Mmm...) the selection of fresh juice, biscuits and cakes to die for. I love there buttery fresh Portugese sardines on toast, homemade lemonade and a slice of homemade orange polenta cake. Just like granny used to make if granny was a non egotistical Nigella Lawson.

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DIG IN
19 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

Had dinner hear a while ago and was looking forward to it as we had heard nothing but good things, we were really disappointed with the meal we had. The waiting staff were brusk and rude, barked at us the chicken was finished and then left abruptly without giving us an alternative, my boyfirend had the burger which was dry an tasteless, I had the duck, I'm usually a great fan of duck but this was overcooked, sickeningly greasy and bland. We couldn't be bothered having dessert after such an unenjoyable meal and the menu while cheap and cheerful looking is very very limited anyway. We could not get any of the staff to make eye contact so that we could pay up and leave, so we had to go down stairs of our own accord and pay at the door. Luckily we picked up dessert somewhere else and our eveing was somewhat redeemed. Cheap and uncheerful. Hopefully for them it was just a bad night.

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Thai House
21 Railway Road, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

Had a nice takeaway from here a while ago. We popped in on a Saturday night and found the staff to be friendly and effecient. We had the deep fried prawn cakes with spicy sauce to start which were really tasty and filling as a starter. We shared Noodles with beef, brocolli, carrots, egg and mushrooms with Garlic to flavour and a chicken with ginger dish for the mains. The beef noodles was the nicer of the two dishes and although dissapointed with the chicken we would definetly try it out again for an authentic thai takeaway.

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Campagne
5 The Arches, Gashouse Lane, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

I was really looking forward to Campagne having heard all the Michelin associated hype but was sadly dissapointed. The wine list and menu seemed really promising but it wasn't the night we had envisaged. We opted for the early bird menu, my boyfriend's goats cheese salad was oily, over salted and lacking any kind of finesse. My haddock fish cake was smoked (not mentioned on the menu) and the spring onion hollandaise a gloopy addition to the overpowering smokieness,coupled with the poached egg it was far too rich for a starter. My lamb was tough and appart from some nice vegtables reminded me of pub carvery fair, my boyfriend's suckling pig faired better. Possibly I should have gone for the safe bet and had the chicken. Dessert was a redeeming feature, my raspberry was well executed and well presented, my boyfriend seemed to enjoy his lemon cherry sponge. Unfortunately the meal on the whole did not sit well with me, the over richness of the hollandaise and toughness of my lamb leaving me with a slightly queasy feeling as we paid the bill. The waiters over attentive to the point of annoyance, kept refilling our glasses every 5 minutes and interrupting our conversation every time asking us how the meal was, unfortuneatly they did eventually leave us alone when we finished eating, so much so that we had to go to the front desk to get anyone to let us pay the bill. Not a bad restaraunt but really does not live up to the hype.

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Zuni Restaurant & Townhouse
26 Patrick St, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

We had a bit of a wait for a table on a busy Thursday night but once we were seated the service was very friendly and efficient. We shared a delicious, simple yet perfectly executed chicken and cashew nut salad which was a lovely lighy starter with a sweet and slightly spicey dressing. The bread we were given before the stater arrived was wholesome, fresh and tasty and came with a lovely herby butter. For mains I had the chicken maryland which was really well presented and came with inventive accompainements, sauted pineapple, mago and bernaise sauce sitting very well with tasty fresh mixed vegetables, puree and the seeded bread crub coated chicken. My Boyfriend had a beautifully rare Tuna steak with wasabi theat really packed punch and nicely seasoned rice. We didn't opt for dessert being to full from a large but the selection looked lovely with reasonably priced tea and coffees. All in all one of the best, least tired menus I've had in a while and very reasonably priced.

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Bits and Pizzas
15 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Nice laid back atmosphere, seemed very child friendly, lots of families in having Birthday parties etc.Chicken wings to start were really tasty and the cucumber mayonaise that came with whem refreshing. Mains fell down a bit, my spaghetti bolognaise contained alot of spagetti and very little meat/sauce (maybe they'd run out) My boyfriend liked his hawain pizza, he thought the base was particularily good. The pizzas and salads we saw being madeup looked really good though so maybe I just picked the wrong thing. The dessert menu was varied if a bit pricey. We had some really nice ice cream that tasted homemade and a large slice of bannofie pie. A really relaxed family style restaraunt with a bit more class than the usual pizza joint. I'd try it again if I was in the mood for something fast and filling.

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Chameleon Restaurant
1 Lower Fownes Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Nice decor, interesting and quite tasty selection of food, tapas element allows you to try a bit of everything, reasonably priced menu/wine menu. Slighly irritating that the staff have to extensively talk you through the menu in the same pre rehersed spiel and that you can hear it echoing through the place as if on repeat during your meal. We also had a hovering waitress ready to pounce on any tapas dish we finished. The food was good if not great. I would go back but would order off the main menu rather than the tapas one, if only to avoid the spiel.

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Alexis Bar And Grill
17 / 18 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Really good food, good service, good value, good atmosphere. The place was buzzing despite some serious snow fall outside. I had a really tasty beef bourginon, my boyfriend had a very well presented decent portion of cod with invented accompaniments (tomatoe butter, lemon tartar, mushy peas). A really lovely and large portion of bread and butter pudding to share finished off a fantastic meal. The wine list was really well put together and also reasonably priced only a 10 euro mark up on chateau le grave rather than the usual 20. It was good value prerecession and it still remains an affordable luxury.

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The Blackboard Bistro
The Basement, 4 Clare Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We had a really lovely evening here, The food was really tasty and well presented. I had the guinea fowl while my boyfriend had venison neither of which we'd had before but they were both really succulent and served with really good quality veg and delicious sauces. There was a carmel chocolate mousse on the menu and it was really gorgeous, again well presented with berries chocolate sauce and cream. The starters were slightly pricey so we declined. Service can ber a bit slow if they're busy as there's only one albeit excellent chef. We had a very friendly french waiter who kept us amused with good conversation while we waited for our mains. The chef even came out as we finished to say a quick hello .Lovely good quality food, lovely atmosphere, charming if slightly slow service. Reasonably priced mains and desserts. Authentic Parisienne atmosphere/menu in the centre of Dublin.

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Olesya's Wine Bar
18 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had the lunch special there today, pasta with italian sausage and was very dissapointed. It was far too salty maybe the result of too much shaved parmesan and the dish was simple without being elegant, I could have done better myself at home for much cheaper. 11.95 for boring over salted penne pasta and 3.85 for smooth orange juice from a carton described as freshly squeezed won't have me going back any time soon.

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Itsa4
6a Sandymount Green, Sandymount, Dublin

The best meal I've had out in a long time. Everythig was perfect from the service, to the ambiance, decor and cuisine. We shared a scrumptious duck salad to start which was the size of a main, I had the lovely chicken paillard with whole roasted shallots and creamy mash, my dining companion had the sausage which were tasty if a little dry. The itsa chocolate brownie was delicous, although everything on the dessert menu looked worth a try. A very well balanced, resonably priced menu. The wine list showed a fair mark up on a few bottles that I'm familliar with but otherwise seemed well rounded. A very pleasant dining experience.

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Il Caffe di Napoli
41 Westland Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We really enjoyed our meal here, it was tasty, reasonably priced and had a very nice atmosphere. I usually don't like italian restraunts not being to big a fan of tomatoey dishes but the had plenty on the menu that appealed to me. To start we had really lovely potatoe cake wrapped in salami, the balsamic dressing was delicious. I had italian sausage, parmesan mash and brocolli for my main and even the brocolli was really tasty. My dinning companion had a thin based sauage and mushroom pizza which he enjoyed, only complaint being it could have had more sauce on top. Free garlic bread with the starter and a lovely waitress made us tip generously. Desserts were a fresh strawverry tart and panecotta with bitter chocolate sauce. All in all a very nice experience in a very authentic Italian restraunt.

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Good World Chinese Restaurant
18 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Don't let the slightly dingy interior put you off, this is really a fantastic chinese restraunt. Very high quality food, reasonably priced, good service, they don't mind you sharing dishes. The main portions are huge. I'd recommend the seaseme duck, crispy salt and chili chicken and any of the pork dishes I've had there have been delicious. Really good find and very well priced.

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Good World Chinese Restaurant
18 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Don't let the slightly dingy interior put you off, this is really a fantastic chinese restraunt. Very high quality food, reasonably priced, good service, they don't mind you sharing dishes. The main portions are huge. I'd recommend the seaseme duck, crispy salt and chili chicken and any of the pork dishes I've had there have been delicious. Really good find and very well priced.

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Crystal Boat Restaurant
Gallery Quay, Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

I'd had take away from the crystal boat before and was encouraged to dine there by their anti-msg statemnet on their flier. We went on a Monday evening so it was quite but had a nice cosy warm atmosphere, the waitress was very attentive and we were given a larger complimentray bowl of non-greasy prawncrackers, score! I had the chicken and cashewnuts in a birds nest, while my dinning companion had lemon chicken, we both had egg fried rice. despite having gone for what you would consider safe options on a menu that boasts a good array of fish and seafood dishes we were both impressed by the presentation, taste and the overall pleasant feeling the meal left in our stomachs. Not a hint of my usual post chinese msg bloat. At 12.50 for the lemon chicken (really very tasty) and 14 for my chicken and cashew nuts, the meal was really good value. We will definetly be going back.

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La Cave
28 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Hadn't been there in years but recently went and thoroughly enjoyed their pre-theatre menu which was very good value. Our starters of pate and tapenad were very well presented and very tasty. Mains were excellent I had delicious duck in a pear sauce and my boyfriend was very pleased with his yellow fin tuna nicoise salad. The waitress was delightful and my Grand Marnier chocolate mouse decadent without being too rich. We will definetly be going back soon. Nice atmophere if a bit on the cosy side.

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