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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 2

Member Since: 03 October 2008

Last Visit: 21 September 2015

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Pinocchio Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar

Luas Kiosk, Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 6

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Cuisine:
Healthy Eating

Price Range:

Good
189 reviews

Reviewed 21st September 2015 ( visited 21st September 2015 )

I came back for a dinner in Pinocchio with a friend who requested a 'non fancy, informal place'. From my past experience, i knew Pinocchio fits the bill. It was empty when we arrived there (18.00 on Monday, so no wonder) and got more full after 19.00. I had the house special appetiser, which was a type of bread, soft, with cheese and grilled veggies in the middle. Good, though not amazing. My friend had the Italian salad, which she was very happy about. For mains, we both had house-made ravioli, which were perfectly cooked (too many Italian restaurants in Dublin tend to over-cook them) with truffles and lovely creamy (yet not too heavy) blue-cheese sauce. We had a glass of red each, with my friend opting for the lighter red while i went for a more full-bodied wonderful deep red (both are Italian but, alas, i forgot the wine names and they did not indicate them on the bill). We were too full for dessert but i had a cup of Moka, which was very satisfactory. The waitress was excellent in both manner as well as mastery of dishes and the wines on offer. Only thing...that almost got me to drop them a notch on the rating is that prices went up compared to my last visit there and relative to the size of dishes. Specifically: Wine glass: 7.50 each (reasonable); Salad Italiana / other starter: 10.90-11.90 (each) Ravioli of the day: 18.90 (bit steep).
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Pinocchio Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar

Luas Kiosk, Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 6

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Cuisine:
Healthy Eating

Price Range:

Good
189 reviews

Reviewed 21st September 2015 ( visited 21st September 2015 )

I came back for a dinner in Pinocchio with a friend who requested a 'non fancy, informal place'. From my past experience, i knew Pinocchio fits the bill. It was empty when we arrived there (18.00 on Monday, so no wonder) and got more full after 19.00. I had the house special appetiser, which was a type of bread, soft, with cheese and grilled veggies in the middle. Good, though not amazing. My friend had the Italian salad, which she was very happy about. For mains, we both had house-made ravioli, which were perfectly cooked (too many Italian restaurants in Dublin tend to over-cook them) with truffles and lovely creamy (yet not too heavy) blue-cheese sauce. We had a glass of red each, with my friend opting for the lighter red while i went for a more full-bodied wonderful deep red (both are Italian but, alas, i forgot the wine names and they did not indicate them on the bill). We were too full for dessert but i had a cup of Moka, which was very satisfactory. The waitress was excellent in both manner as well as mastery of dishes and the wines on offer. Only thing...that almost got me to drop them a notch on the rating is that prices went up compared to my last visit there and relative to the size of dishes. Specifically: Wine glass: 7.50 each (reasonable); Salad Italiana / other starter: 10.90-11.90 (each) Ravioli of the day: 18.90 (bit steep).
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Pinocchio Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
Luas Kiosk, Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

I came back for a dinner in Pinocchio with a friend who requested a 'non fancy, informal place'. From my past experience, i knew Pinocchio fits the bill. It was empty when we arrived there (18.00 on Monday, so no wonder) and got more full after 19.00. I had the house special appetiser, which was a type of bread, soft, with cheese and grilled veggies in the middle. Good, though not amazing. My friend had the Italian salad, which she was very happy about. For mains, we both had house-made ravioli, which were perfectly cooked (too many Italian restaurants in Dublin tend to over-cook them) with truffles and lovely creamy (yet not too heavy) blue-cheese sauce. We had a glass of red each, with my friend opting for the lighter red while i went for a more full-bodied wonderful deep red (both are Italian but, alas, i forgot the wine names and they did not indicate them on the bill). We were too full for dessert but i had a cup of Moka, which was very satisfactory. The waitress was excellent in both manner as well as mastery of dishes and the wines on offer. Only thing...that almost got me to drop them a notch on the rating is that prices went up compared to my last visit there and relative to the size of dishes. Specifically: Wine glass: 7.50 each (reasonable); Salad Italiana / other starter: 10.90-11.90 (each) Ravioli of the day: 18.90 (bit steep).

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The Chili Club
Anne's Lane, South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

When reading my review, bear in mind: 1. The dinner was for a large (25) group; 2. I have ample experience with Thai food, including visiting Thailand and cooking it myself; 3. I sampled only vegetarian dishes. It was my first (and, likely, the last) visit to the Chili Club. The bottom line is: mediocre food, not indicating care or character, small portions; poor value. The atmosphere...is nondescript. You can't feel anything Thai about it, which is a pity. The menus are rather narrow in scope, which is not necessarily a problem by itself but it means that they need to be more carefully designed. From a vegetarian diner's perspective, the place is far from a treat. It is amazing how a kitchen, like Thai, that can be so vegetarian friendly in its original form...isn't. I had the vegetarian version of one of the two soups. The pleasant waiter was rather clue-less about what the Chef would substitute the chicken with. It turned out the substitute was just...more vegetables. The taste was ok, and very far from exciting. Annoyingly, there were many un-chewable (i.e., inedible) bits there, which i suspect is a result of cooking the soup too quickly and not allowing the lemon grass (which wasn't fresh) to get softened and saturated with the soup liquids. Of the two possible vegetarian mains, I ordered a yellow curry one. Very disappointing. The yellow curry was very sweet and lacked any character. The rice accompanying it was very average too. One aspect that was common to both dishes is the use of Champignon mushrooms rather than tastier (and more suitable) Asian mushrooms. Neither the mushrooms nor the vegetables absorbed the juices they were cooked in (?), which made the whole affair rather boring. It did not help that there were no condiments on the tables and it proved quite a challenge getting a spicy sauce to help wake up the curry vegetable dish. My neighbours at the table, who had non-vegetarian dishes, were far from being excited, either.

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