Restaurant Reviews from Gaff

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 8

Member Since: 08 October 2008

Last Visit: 10 January 2011

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Rasam restaurant

18-19 Glasthule Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Area Code: South Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
Indian

Price Range:

Great
206 reviews

Reviewed 04th December 2008 ( visited 23rd November 2008 )

Delicious Food I have, in the past, not been overly keen on Indian food. It is only recently, through the influence of my girlfriend, that I have broadened my horizons and decided to give it another chance. We had heard good things about Rasam so were looking forward to trying this place out. We were not to be disappointed. The food was absolutely delicious! We both had starters, mains with a couple of side dishes and desserts. Everything we had was exquisite, spicy and has become my new benchmark to measure all other Indian. The interior of the restaurant is beautifully laid out but the place lacked a little atmosphere, possibly because it was rather quiet when we were there. The staff were lovely and service was excellent. The bill came in at just over a €100, a little bit more than I had hoped to pay but considering the standard of the food probably worth it. Will definitely be going back but we’ll try and get the Early Bird menu in the future.
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El Bahia Moroccan Restaurant

37 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
African

Price Range:

Good
244 reviews

Reviewed 12th February 2010 ( visited 20th December 2009 )

I’ve eaten here on a couple of occasions and both times enjoyed the experience. The first was with a large group and the second with just my partner. El Bahia certainly offers you something different in terms of atmosphere and food was good and not too expensive. Its location also means it’s very handy to just pop into if you’re on Grafton St. I do, however, have a couple of criticisms; firstly the service was a little slow with the large group, to be expected to a certain extent but still could have been better; secondly, again with the large group, the drinks bill got a little out of hand as we weren’t given any indication of when we had reached our limit for the inclusive price – a little warning would have been nice. Having said that, I’d certainly return for the value early bird menu.
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Hugo's
6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I found Hugos to be a bit of a mixed bag; while the food was good and the staff were very friendly there were a couple of rather glaring shortcomings. As we hadn’t made a reservation we were seated in the basement. Normally this would be fine and wouldn’t bother me in the slightest but because it was early in the evening we were the only ones there with everyone else seated upstairs. Subsequently I feel we were rather forgotten about which resulted in some very slow service (especially between the starter and main course – we were left with finished starter plates for far too long). Having said that my starter (Game Sausage) was very nice and the steak was delicious. I’d certainly go back but would book ahead next time.

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

I’ve eaten here on a couple of occasions and both times enjoyed the experience. The first was with a large group and the second with just my partner. El Bahia certainly offers you something different in terms of atmosphere and food was good and not too expensive. Its location also means it’s very handy to just pop into if you’re on Grafton St. I do, however, have a couple of criticisms; firstly the service was a little slow with the large group, to be expected to a certain extent but still could have been better; secondly, again with the large group, the drinks bill got a little out of hand as we weren’t given any indication of when we had reached our limit for the inclusive price – a little warning would have been nice. Having said that, I’d certainly return for the value early bird menu.

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Eddie Rockets (South Annes Street)
7 South Annes Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Eddies has Nose Dived I haven’t been to an Eddie Rockets in years and won’t be rushing back. We popped into the one on Anne St for a quick bite on Saturday evening after doing some Christmas shopping – we had tried to get into the restaurant next door but it was full so Eddie Rockets was the closest option. We were seated straight away at the counter and both ordered burgers and fries. The staff were fine, service was okay but there was a lot of children making a fair bit of noise. This is something that I was expecting, it is very much a family restaurant and so kids making a racket is part and parcel of the experience. What I wasn’t expecting was the poor quality of the food. The burgers we had were bland, tasteless and very disappointing. Before going in I was thinking back to my previous experiences of Eddie Rockets with delicious oversized meals, proper Americana! What we were given were flavourless chips and crap burgers. Another quibble I had about the place was that they weren’t accepting laser or credit cards!?!? There was a sign outside stating this but we missed it on the way in – not difficult to do with the 200 or so signs that adorn the front of an Eddie Rockets. The waitress understanding enough and let me nip to an ATM so we could pay the bill. When we were leaving there was a large queue of people waiting to be seated and I couldn’t help but think - why would you bother?

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Harrys Kitchen Restaurant
22, Dawson Street, Dublin

Harrys in a Hurry A Saturday evening on Baggot Street, myself and the girlfriend were looking for a place to eat. It was 7pm, the rain pouring down and we’d arranged to meet friends in an hour. We contemplated a quick take away but decided to have a look for somewhere more upmarket. We stumbled across Harrys Café on Dawson St, a quaint restaurant and wine bar that we’d probably walked a hundred times. They explained that there was a table available but it was booked for 8:30 so we’d have to be finished quickly, suited us perfectly. We both went for the Value Menu which was very reasonable (especially as we didn’t order any wine). I had the Tomato Bruscetta followed by the burger while my partner went for the Fish Cakes and Spicy Italian Sausage Pasta. The burger was fantastic, best burger I’ve had in years! While I thought the food was great but my girlfriend was a little disappointed, she wasn’t too keen on the pasta. The two courses came quickly– the kitchen had obviously been told our orders were to be rushed through. The waitress was friendly and the atmosphere was good with a few groups of people enjoying their meals. We were in and out in less than an hour which was what we were looking for, I’m sure if we had booked ahead they’d have been more accommodating. Would visit again.

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Jasmine House Chinese
85 Main Street, Bray, Wicklow

Best Chinese in Bray As far back as I can remember we have always ordered our Chinese take-away from the Jasmine House. We have tried a few other places around Bray but always go back to the old reliable. The food is always of a high standard and reasonably priced. The (very) odd time we eat in the restaurant which is nice enough. The décor is a little dated but I do like the booths that they have.

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Rasam
18-19 Glasthule Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Delicious Food I have, in the past, not been overly keen on Indian food. It is only recently, through the influence of my girlfriend, that I have broadened my horizons and decided to give it another chance. We had heard good things about Rasam so were looking forward to trying this place out. We were not to be disappointed. The food was absolutely delicious! We both had starters, mains with a couple of side dishes and desserts. Everything we had was exquisite, spicy and has become my new benchmark to measure all other Indian. The interior of the restaurant is beautifully laid out but the place lacked a little atmosphere, possibly because it was rather quiet when we were there. The staff were lovely and service was excellent. The bill came in at just over a €100, a little bit more than I had hoped to pay but considering the standard of the food probably worth it. Will definitely be going back but we’ll try and get the Early Bird menu in the future.

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China Castle
58/59 Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

I don’t think you can ever expect too much quality from all you can eat buffets but this one does alright compared to some of the terrible places that I’ve been to in the past. It seems to do a big turnover at both dinner and lunch so the food is fresh and there’s a good variety Wasn’t too impressed with the inside and they really do pack in the people. Lunch was €8.80 for all you can eat, okay-ish Chinese food – perfect student grub. “Does exactly what is says on the tin”

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Jade Chinese Restaurant
27 Little Mary Street Off Capel street, Dublin 7 , City Centre North, Dublin

One of the many quaint café-esq Chinese eateries that have sprung up on the North side of Dublin in recent years Jade offers good food at very reasonable prices. While the interior is a rather minimal and a little drab this place more than makes up for it with good food and friendly service. This would be an ideal place to casually meet up with a few friends for something to eat before heading out for a night on the town.

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