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Last Visit: 03 December 2014

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La Dolce Vita - The Chase restaurant

Carmanhall Road, Dublin 18, Sandyford, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 18

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Reviewed 03rd December 2014 ( visited 30th November 2014 )

Lovely place for an Italian (cross-over) meal. The antipasti misto is always a good starter. The pasta dishes and pizzas are nice, though I suspect an Italian might find some of them exotic. My wife and I have been here twice in a week recently and it's normally a quiet place for a meal, though not on Sundays when kids eat for free. :-) I heartily recommend a bottle of prosecco with the meal as it's both refreshing and inexpensive when compared to the wines.
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La Dolce Vita - The Chase restaurant

Carmanhall Road, Dublin 18, Sandyford, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 18

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Cuisine:
Italian

Price Range:

Good
131 reviews

Reviewed 03rd December 2014 ( visited 30th November 2014 )

Lovely place for an Italian (cross-over) meal. The antipasti misto is always a good starter. The pasta dishes and pizzas are nice, though I suspect an Italian might find some of them exotic. My wife and I have been here twice in a week recently and it's normally a quiet place for a meal, though not on Sundays when kids eat for free. :-) I heartily recommend a bottle of prosecco with the meal as it's both refreshing and inexpensive when compared to the wines.
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Base Wood Fired Pizza
Terenure Road East, Terenure, Dublin

Excellent pizzas. Beyond that there really isn't that much to say in all fairness as it's a takeaway and not much time is spent taking in the atmosphere. Service on the phone has been good.

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Utsav
Number 2, The Rear, Lower Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan, Dublin

Great place for a good Indian meal. Lovely decor and relaxed atmosphere. The food is always good and they cater for spicier palates upon request. Friendly service. I usually go for a takeaway, however, it's more pleasant to have an in.house meal. Both my wife and I like this place and wish we could go more often, however, it's a bit out of our way.

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La Dolce Vita - The Chase
Carmanhall Road, Dublin 18, Sandyford, Dublin

Lovely place for an Italian (cross-over) meal. The antipasti misto is always a good starter. The pasta dishes and pizzas are nice, though I suspect an Italian might find some of them exotic. My wife and I have been here twice in a week recently and it's normally a quiet place for a meal, though not on Sundays when kids eat for free. :-) I heartily recommend a bottle of prosecco with the meal as it's both refreshing and inexpensive when compared to the wines.

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MacNean House & Restaurant
Main Street, Blacklion, Cavan

A magical experience. It's a lovely place, pleasant staff, great rooms and superb food. My wife and I had a truly excellent evening. MacNean House is a lovely B & B with beautiful rooms. We went for the Prestige Menu (including Wine selection). The food is excellent and the wines raise the bar another notch in terms of culinary experience.

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Damson Diner
52 South William St, South William Street, Dublin

First time visit. Will not be the last. Spent the evening with my two eldest cousins. Great, cocktails, superb food, pleasant place and very popular. I was under the distinct impression people visit for a quick cocktail and a nibble before heading on to wherever they're heading. We spent the night until closing time, enjoying everything at a more leisurely pace. We almost went through the whole list of cocktails. They have some very good modern takes on some old classics. Gigolo, Life in Venice and The Heming Way are our favourites. We ignored the mains and went solely for the scrumptious "bites" and "in-a-bowl": - Fennel Bhaji - "The fennel gets a very subtle flavour, and together with the Asian slaw is truly gorgeous." - Ssam Duck AND Pork - two portions - "We heartily recommend a dish ot three of these, and if you're more than one person then go for 10." - Salt & Chilli Gambas - "Hmm...:-D" - Seared Tuna -"Hmm...a sliver of Heaven." - Californian Halloumi Salad - "I detest Halloumi, but this time and in this dish it was quite nice." - Chilli Con Carne - "This one dish floored the three of us as it was superb. The seasoning was just perfect, with both cumin (Niamh, you were right) and possibly cinnamon." - Steamed Mussels - "Delicious! Would gladly have devoured another 2 or 3 helpings." - Seared Scallops - "Good, but not great, especially compared to the other dishes."

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La Dolce Vita - The Chase
Carmanhall Road, Dublin 18, Sandyford, Dublin

La Dolce Vita Trattoria has moved, after 13 years in Sandyford Village, to Carmanhall Road (Sandyford Industrial Estate, behind the Beacon and past Dunnes). The new place is bigger and less noisy with a bar (I can imagine sitting at the bar sipping on a glass of wine while munching away quite happily on a pizza or two). Same great food, good selection of wines and friendly staff. Still a great place for families or romantically inclined couples. I've had a take-away a while ago, mainly to check out the new place and then I took my wife to dinner the other day. Even though it saddens me they've moved (nostalgia) I think the new place is much nicer and I think better suited for a restaurant. I can imagine it's a great place to have lunch if you're one of the lucky ones working nearby. My wife and I will continue frequenting this great restaurant as it's one of our favourites.

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Ocha Teppanyaki & Sushi Bar
2 Main Street, Maher's Terrace, Dundrum, Dundrum, Dublin

Went for the very first time with my wife the the in-laws. Used the Menupages voucher, a great deal. The place was a tad empty apart from two Japanese couples (good sign). Service was a bit haphazard, with some misunderstandings, however nothing that detracted from the overall experience. We all had a soup, starter and main and we where all very happy with the food. We went for: - starters: the gorgeous spring rolls with sweet chilli, Ebi Furai (deep fried cripsy prawn) and Ika Furai (scallops). - soups: Ocha Special Soup, Tom Yum Soup (prawn or chicken) which one of us found to be a tad too spicy, however the rest of us loved (it's meant to be spicy). - mains: Yaki U-Don Chilli Sauce (loved this dish with the thick noodles, duck (you have a choice of whatever meat/seafood you want) and mildly spicy sauce), Chicken Red Curry (nice kick to it), Choo-Chee Duck and Japanese Curry Beef. All dishes were delicious and the wine that came with the Menupages deal suited the meal. I find the prices to be a tad too much, however I'll be back for more as the food will bring me back.

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The Vanilla Pod Eatery
The Iveagh Mall, The Park, South Dublin, Carrickmines, Dublin

First time here. Very busy, popular and somewhat cramped. Great food, good service and good sized portions. Fabulous salads and sandwiched. Will try the VP Burger next time.

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Utsav
Number 2, The Rear, Lower Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan, Dublin

Great food, lovely restaurant. The first time I was here. Went for a takeaway. Next time I'll bring my wife for a romantic dinner for two.

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Scholars Pub
Old Court Centre, Firhouse, Dublin

Comfy pub, good service with decent food. It's my local and I like to spend an hour or two at the weekend enjoying a pint or three here.At times my wife and I will have dinner which is generally good, though not overly exciting.

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Diep le Shaker
55 Pembroke Lane, (Off Pembroke Street), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

My expectations were high and I was unfortunately let down, by the food of all things. Arriving a bit late was fine (apologies), we got an a cosy table upstairs (good for romancing the wife). The service was superb from start to finish and the atmosphere, from the place, the decor, the staff to the soothing background live music was great. However, the food was bland at times (not seasoned correctly - not talking about spiciness) and I asked for very spicy food (Thai person spicy) and got medium at best. The presentation was the best part of the meal, which says quite a lot. Oh yes, the drinks are fabulous. My new favourite, French 75. I won't be coming back to eat. I have other favourite restaurants in Dublin in this genre. I might come back for the drinks, the atmosphere and service only.

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Shan Restaurant
6 Crow Streetle Bar, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Great Indian restaurant with great food late at night. Very good when you've got the munchies after a good night out. Had the Lamb Vindaloo with a Garlic Naan washed down with a Cobra. Great spiciness to the Vindaloo. One of the best Garlic Naans I've had in Dublin. I'll be back again and begin the evening with a meal at Shan before heading out for a pint or three in Temple Bar.

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Baan Thai (Leopardstown)
Central Park, Block P, Dublin 18, Leopardstown, Dublin

My wife and I have been here on numerous occasions and we've always been very happy with our dining experience. I love everything about this place. It's definitely the best Thai place in Dublin. The staff are very friendly, kind and provide excellent service, though in a very relaxed manner (almost makes me feel at home). :-) You can ask for the right spiciness level to suit your taste, which is great. My wife and I have our definite favourites on the menu, however all the starters, soups and salads we've tried have been excellent (please try the seafood hot-pot and carrot salad). At times, with a decent bottle of wine, it might seem pricey, however it's well worth it. Whenever you get a chance, go for the menupages' vouchers as they offer a great 2-for-1 deal.

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The Box Tree
Stepaside Village, South Dublin, Stepaside, Dublin

Four of us had an excellent experience at the Box Tree, our first time there. Everything was brilliant. We arrived early, shown to the bar (Wild Boar) for a couple of drinks while waiting for our table. The dining area was pleasant, though a tad loud, as there was a full house that day (good sign). The meal was superb, the wines matched perfectly and the service was spot on. The whole experience was a pleasure. The staff were very knowledgeable about the food and wines, giving us good guidance. We'll definitely be back again.

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The Wild Boar
Stepaside Village, Dublin 18, Stepaside, Dublin

Great place, intimate yet bright and airy. Good selection of Ales and a great selection of wines. The food is very, very good. The only disappointment is the sketchy service. My wife and I enjoyed the Fish Cakes, followed by Crab Linguine, Salmon and Cod Ravioli, Blackberry and Apple Tart as well as a Brownie (I'm not much for desserts, but this was excellent). I highly recommend this place. It would benefit from an improvement of the serving staff.

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Madina Desi Curry Co
60 Mary Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Late night dinner with two friends. My first, yet not last, visit. Food is excellent. A lot of good choices. The prices are very recession-friendly and the portions generous. It doesn't look like much from the outside, though don't let that fool you. We all had a Mango Lassi each to drink with the meal, which suited the food very well (no alcohol served, which I think is a good idea as the food is the centrepiece). The service is friendly, chatty and prompt. I'll definitely come back for more.

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Bijou Bistro & Wine
46/47 Highfield Road, Dublin 6, Rathgar, Dublin

Five of us had a very enjoyable evening in a relaxed atmosphere and good food. Everybody enjoyed their meals, from starters to desserts. The lamb's liver with bacon, onion and mash was cooked to perfection. The burger was a definite knock-out too. We liked the unhurried yet attentive service. The only fly in the proverbial ointment is that it's a tad pricey.

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

I won't be coming back to this place, unless it comes under new management. We gave up and went for a pizza instead. We both love tapas/pintxos and were so looking forward to tasting the delights of this new restaurant. The food was definitely not up to scratch. A good selection of dishes, however they were poorly executed and most of them utterly tasteless. The place is very rustic and feels comfy. This is ruined by the tables being far too close together. The saving grace was the most excellent wine we had. They have a truly wonderful selection of Spanish wines of which you can choose to drink most of them by the bottle or glass (large/small); an excellent idea.

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Mao Restaurant (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

First time my girlfriend and I had dinner at Mao. It was a pleasant experience. A bit loud, with plenty of families. The food was fresh, tasty and fairly spicy. The service was good, quick and attentive. We'll certainly be back again, especially for those occasions when we're looking for something quick and tasty.

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Kinara Kitchen
17 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

Finally! Great spicy flavours! Great seafood and fish dishes! A Dublin Pakistani (Indian) restaurant that understands that dishes can and should be spicy, no compromise on gutsy flavours. I had the monkfish starter, extremely well seasoned with garlic, ginger and sea salt. The monkfish was cooked to perfection, juicy with just enough bite. The main dish, lobster tail with cashew nuts, pineapple, turmeric and chilli; it was a dish to die for. I'm definitely coming back for more. This is my new favourite Dublin restaurant. The décor is dark, yet warm and gives the place a cosy feel. Service was excellent despite the place being packed. You must book a table in advance as many couples were turned away at the door. Despite it being somewhat pricier than comparable places the food is simply divine and well worth it. Please give it a try!

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Little Caesars of Rathfarnham
Rathfarnham Orchard, Butterfield Ave, South Dublin, Rathfarnham, Dublin

We had dinner here for the first time as we both felt like having a pizza and Little Caesar sounded like a decent enough place to give a try. We won't be going back. The place it at best tacky. The food is no more Italian than I am. The absolute and only positive experience of going here is the friendly and prompt service. As the food is poor at best the value for money isn't good. I'd suggest other places to go to, however the other patrons seemed quite happy with the fare.

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The Cedar Tree
11a St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I absolutely adore the Cedar Tree. I only wish I managed to get loved ones and friends to go more often as it's a necessity to fully enjoy the food, I've been in both the ground floor and the cellar restaurant. I love the atmosphere of both. The Service is friendly, attentive and always done with a personal flair. All staff are knowledgeable regarding the dishes and excellent Lebanese wines. This time we, the three of us, celebrated my eldest cousin's 40th Birthday. I always go for a selection of both cold and hot dishes (never the set menus) as the selection is better (flexible) and we all enjoy more dishes. The selection of beer is very limited, Heineken (wouldn't drink it even if I was dying of thirst), however the Lebanese wines (especially Ksara) are absolutely gorgeous. We had 12 different dishes to start with, before going for 3 more. Since the food is excellent, the service great and the atmosphere brilliant the value for money is superb.

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Punjabi By Nature Indian Restaurants & Takeaway
15 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

Our second Punjab Balti meal, the first being a take-away. The place is nicely and sparsely decorated with white walls. Even though the tables are close together it's fine as it's not disturbing, The food is excellent. We'll be back again for sure, whether it's a take-away or in-place dining. The only slight snag, in my opinion, is that the hot dishes aren't particularly hot (same comment I have for all restaurants I've been to in Dublin claiming to server hot (spicy) dishes). Must be the Irish palate... The Service was good, attentive and fast. Since the food is good, though somewhat pricey for the amount served, I consider it well worth the money.

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Johnnie Fox's Pub
Glencullen, Dublin Mountains, Glencullen, Dublin

I love the atmosphere at Johnnie Fox's. The wonderful nooks and crannies with quaint utensils all over the place. The fires give a nice warmth and special comfort. However, the food is a grave disappointment. It gets worse for every time I go there. This afternoon I had the Whitebait and the dipping sauce was tasteless while the Whitebait was soggy. I had the scallops as a main and I really don't understand how anyone can so manage to mangle fresh ingredients in such a way. At least my girlfriend enjoyed her Mahi-Mahi, though I found it overdone and the sauce tasteless. The Guinness is good though. The service was OK. As I found the meal a disappointment I can't in all honesty say I got value for my money.

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Paparazzi
Unit 4 Old River House, Templeogue, Dublin

Crowded place, full of locals and returning patrons; an excellent sign. A bit rough and ready, like a 50's dinner. I wanted to treat my girlfriend to an Italian (her favourite) yet not have to travel too far. I had read about Paparazzi on MenuPages and decided to give it a try. The portions are generous which I appreciate greatly. We had no problems having a pleasant conversation even though the place was positively buzzing. The Bruschetta was not quite up to the basic requirements; poorly executed. The Manzo (Strips of beef cooked in a spicy fresh tomato sauce with olives and onions) was a piece of heaven, even though it wasn't particularly spicy, Yet the flavours were wonderful. My girlfriend went for the Tagliatelle Pollo Broccoli which was somewhat tasteless in my opinion, though she was happy. I thoroughly enjoyed my Linguine Seafood (prawns, calamari, mussels, cockles, in a garlic and tomato sauce; you can go for creamy white wine sauce instead). To wash it all down we had 2 bottles of Chablis; suited the food well. Despite the place being choc-a-bloc the service was attentive and friendly; a definite plus and another good reason to come back. We had the pleasure of enjoying a liqueur on the house too (I know, I know a common ploy these days though I appreciated it nonetheless). Regarding value, provided the right dishes are chosen the value is very good. We will definitely return.

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Ananda
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Ananda was a very pleasant and unplanned surprise. My girlfriend and I were looking for a bite to eat in Dundrum and I was longing for an Indian. My girlfriend had heard about Ananda so we went there (took a while to find it though, on top of Winters' Bar). Despite us not having booked in advance they made a table available to us (booking in advance is strongly advised). The place is beautiful and well decorated. The fact that the place was packed wasn't in the least bit disturbing. I could even see myself just sipping on a drink at the bar. The food is truly superb, whether you go for the traditional or the Season's Special. We had the following: Starters - Samundri Moti, Beetroot and Asparagus salad with Goat's Cheese and Portobello Mushroom; Mains - Kashmiri Rogan Josh, Tandoori Chicken Murgh; Deserts - Pista Kulfi, Ice Cream. I decided to go out on a limb with the Kashmiri Rogan Josh (lamb on the bone) and the lamb literally fell off the bone. It was nicely spicy too. All through the dinner the service was close to impeccable. We found the dishes a bit pricey, though they do have an early bird special (no dishes that day that took my fancy) for a good rate. However, I found the price well worth paying as the restaurant is one of the best I've been to in Dublin.

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Fillies Bar & Restaurant
Leopardstown Racecourse, Leopardstown, Dublin

A lunch with my girlfriend. Don't think much of the interior, it's distracting, but the place is comfy enough with space between the tables so it's possible to have a decent natter without having to resort to miming. The service is good, attentive and quick, pleasant and down-to-earth. The soup of the day was truly delicious (fennel and leek) and the bread was very good. My seafood pasta was a grave disappointment; tasteless and watery with overcooked prawns. My girlfriend had the brie salad which was tasty. Had the seafood pasta been good the food would have been worth the price. I suspect that had I chosen a better dish it would have been a good price.

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La Dolce Vita - The Chase
Carmanhall Road, Dublin 18, Sandyford, Dublin

My girlfriend and I had lunch here before I left for a trip abroad. It was the first time I was here, though my girlfriend has lunch here at least once a week as she works nearby. One of the best pasta places in Dublin (and in many other cities in Europe). We had the spicy seafood pasta and salmon pasta with cream. We shared a bruschetta as a starter. It was fresh, very tasty and left a very pleasant after-taste. As I'm used to spicy food I'm often disappointed but this dish had a serious zing to it. A very cosy place and I'm told it gets crowded quickly. Will definitely go there for dinner one of these days. The service was impeccable, however with only four patrons that wouldn't be too difficult. The lunch prices are very good, especially as the food is excellent, around a tenner a dish. Highly recommended.

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The Counter Dundrum
Pembroke District, (adjacent to the Mill Pond at Town Square), Dundrum, Dublin

Lunch in Dundrum on a Saturday, spent it for the first time at The Counter. Great hamburgers, great concept (design your own burger) and the cheese-and-garlic fries. Comfortable chairs, but too noisy and a bit on the crowded side. The service was not as attentive as I would have liked, I had to wave indiscreetly a couple of times to catch a waiter's attention (as opposed to an almost imperceptible nod or wink in the best places). Pricey, though for an occasional visit it's fine because the food is good.

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Pinocchio Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
Luas Kiosk, Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

I treated my girlfriend to Pinocchio and was designated driver since I wanted her to enjoy her favourite wine. This was our first time at Pinocchio, will definitely not be our last. I was late in booking (booked the same day), but they managed to scramble a table for us, provided we arrived half-an-hour earlier. The restaurant looks unassuming on the outside, but once inside it's quite comfy. I was pleasantly surprised that the Luas passing above was hardly noticeable. It's a small restaurant, with a fair stream of regulars which is a good sign. The service was attentive, good with only a slight hiccup in delivering the dishes in sync. We both went for the seafood pasta which was an excellent choice. I polished of the cheese tray which was wonderful and my girlfriend had the chocolate dessert/mousse which was perfect I believe. We found the prices to be somewhat on the pricey side, however the food does warrant it. We will be back again for seconds and thirds.

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Scent Garden Restaurant
1st Floor Scholars Pub, Ballycullen Road, Tallaght, Tallaght, Dublin

My girlfriend and I spent a quiet evening at the Scent Garden. We've tried their take-away on several occasions and enjoyed the food. It was a very quiet evening with only 6 other patrons. The food is good though a bit pricey when sitting in the restaurant, as opposed to having a take-away. I had the Shredded Chicken with Salt and Pepper, followed by the Hot & Sour Soup and finally the Siu Hon King Prawns. My girlfriend had the Vegetarian Spring Roll and the Chicken Thai Green Curry. The Siu Hon King Prawns where wonderful, though I could have done with some extra spice (personal taste). All other dishes were good too. Staff were very attentive and we felt well looked after. The take-away is a great value for money as the food is good while it's a bit pricey when sitting in the restaurant. Next Sunday I'll give the buffet a try.

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Scholars Pub
Old Court Centre, Firhouse, Dublin

Scholars pub is my local now that I've moved back to Dublin after 36 years in Sweden. It's a pleasant pub. The food is generally good, provided you select the right fare. The burgers are very good and the salmon cornets are excellent (starter). The steaks are not up to scratch and the pepper sauce is tasteless. I still love to down a couple of pints of the black stuff, especially when eating out on a lazy evening. Friends and relatives enjoy the place too.

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Il Primo
16 Montague Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

My very first experience of Il Primo. Had a Christmas lunch with my loved one's cousins, aunts and uncles. I had the slowly cooked rabbit as a main and the strips of beef with rocket and parmesan as a starter. Some of us had tomato soup followed by sea bream. I went for my favourite finish, a cheese platter. It's a cosy place, a bit noisy, yet comfortable. The food was excellent and was enjoyed by all. A new Italian to add to my growing list of good restaurants in Dublin.

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

Visited Rasam for the second time. The food and atmosphere is still excellent. The Service a bit nonchalant this time around. I still think the wines are excellently priced and I enjoy being able to enjoy a good bottle of wine with the superb food.

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

Had lunch with my Great Aunt a second time at the Winding Stair as we so thoroughly enjoyed the our first time there. A little too crowded with a high noise level which makes it difficult to talk. Excellent food, perfectly prepared and seasoned with lovely wine. The Service this time around was as impeccable as our last visit; attentive, polite and professional. I'm more than happy to pay for the food, however the wines are too over-priced. I will be back again and again and again...

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