Restaurant Reviews from GarDemp

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County: Kildare

No. of Reviews: 19

Member Since: 16 May 2008

Last Visit: 30 May 2013

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Cafe Topolis restaurant

37 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cheap Eats

Price Range:

Good
286 reviews

Reviewed 25th October 2009 ( visited 04th October 2009 )

great food at superb value - friendly efficient service... family of 6 ate there for EUR80 - great pizzas for the kids. Recommend highly. Will definitely return.
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Cafe Topolis restaurant

37 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Cheap Eats

Price Range:

Good
286 reviews

Reviewed 25th October 2009 ( visited 04th October 2009 )

great food at superb value - friendly efficient service... family of 6 ate there for EUR80 - great pizzas for the kids. Recommend highly. Will definitely return.
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Il Fornaio (Raheny)
55 Kilbarrack Road, Dublin 5, Raheny, Dublin

External appearance is ok but bit drab alongside some retail shops / internal decor needs to be improved / front of shop very visually appealing but dining area poor. No car parking (that I could see) so I needed to park in adjoining street. Waitress very friendly and efficient but I felt the restaurant lacked authenticity - the live-music was a very nice/talented Spanish guy. Would prefer if the Italian experience was more authentic. Food was decent. Service was good.

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The Oar House Fish Restaurant
8 West Pier, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin

Nice boutique restaurant on Howth pier - food very tasty, reasonable value, nice atmosphere, nice location but SERVICE WAS AWFUL. Place was packed (luckily we had reserved a table)... no recession in this area it would appear - customers were turning away when they saw how packed it was - serving staff couldn't cope with the numbers and were slightly rude and very s-l-o-w. Every course arrived on scalding hot plate which I realised was because the serving staff couldn't keep up with the food coming out from the kitchen so chefs kept the plates under very hot grill. Bottom-line is that there are many equally nice or better restaurants in the Howth area where you'll get better and friendlier service.

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Il Segreto
13a/b Merrion Row, City Centre South, Dublin

Business lunch - Nice ambience / very nice food. Service quite poor - 4 different waiters/waitresses attended our table - long wait for dessert (had to cancel in the end as mine arrived about 20 mins after others)... then had to ask twice for the bill & even though restaurant was nearly empty, it never arrived and I had to walk up myself to pay. Recommend they try assign 1 waiter/waitress to a table. Nonetheless very nice food and a pleasant experience. Good menu - recommend the 'belly of pork'.

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Eddie Rockets (Citywest)
Citywest Shopping Centre, Citywest Business Campus, West Dublin, Saggart, Dublin

Grand. Burger / diner. Shakes always great! I don't like the cheap plastic baskets that fries are served in. Free / ample parking in Citywest Shopping Centre - easy access off N7.

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The Birdcage Cafe
Avoca Rathcoole, Naas Road, Rathcoole, Dublin

Nice food but VERY pricey. Avoca still carries 'Celtic Tiger pricing' on all its products. Ample parking but exiting can be slow / hazardous - difficult to turn right back up to N7 flyover if you are returning to Dublin. The alternate carvery self-service restuarant in Avoca is also available but is also pricey and always very loud / hard to talk.

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An Poitin Stil
Naas Road, Rathcoole, Dublin

I frequent the Poitin stil every few weeks for lunch. Ambience is great. Ample parking. Easy access off the N7. Staff very friendly and helpful. Food is great. One slight criticism - a guest had a glass of wine - paid full price and only noticed then that it was one of the small 185 ml bottles and not the usual 250ml bottles. ATM onsite too which is handy.

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Woodstock Cafe
156 Phibsboro Road, Phibsboro, Dublin

Nice bistrot. Owners very kindly gave all proceeds on the day to CF Hopesource to help children with Cystic Fibrosis. Parking available off nearby Connaught Rd (don't waste time on phibsboro road itself).

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La Cocotte
Ground Floor, Alliance Francaise, 1 Kildare Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Zut alors! The food here is superb. Open to members of the Alliance Francaise (french language institute) but also to the general public. It's more akin to a cafe/brasserie than a restaurant but the chefs and wating staff are French and it shows in the food... Try the charcuterie platters - I had the mixed one with dried meats and cheeses - really wonderful and very good value. The only thing is that the 'resto' is occasionally reserved for musical 'soirees' etc so it's not always open in the evenings. Oh - I think they re-named it recently to 'La Cocotte' Bon appetit.

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Coast Restaurant @ The Grand Hotel
The Grand Hotel Malahide, Coast Road, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin

Have eaten here several times recently - food is quite good but unless you go for the 'early bird', it's a bit pricey (and we were disappointed when we went a while ago and missed the early bird by 5 minutes and weren't allowed avail of it) Like a lot of hotel restaurants, it can lack atmosphere Nice views over the estuary/bay House wine very nice Staff friendly and efficient The walk from the main lobby to the restaurant is quite convoluted

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Pablo Picante
131 Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , Baggot Street, Dublin

Thought I'd try something different - food was only ok... bit bland which surprised me. Decor could be done a bit better. Needs to advertise itself better - i walked by thinking it was closed. Might try again and look for something a bit more spicy. Staff very friendly and helpful.

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Anvil Bistro Restaurant
Saggart Village, Dublin 22, Saggart, Dublin

Have had lunch on numerous occasions in the Anvil and I wish them best of luck in their new location. Always nice food - generous portions. Suggest diners book ahead as it can get busy at lunchtime (particularly Fridays)

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The Red Cow Inn
Red Cow Moran Hotel, Naas Road, Clondalkin, Dublin

Attended a large function for DDSL soccer coaches and players - had to be the worst food i've tasted in a long time... mas-produced mush - ham (or was it gammon?) would have made a nice pair of soles for my shoes... turkey was overly moist (they always do thadt in alrge fucntions to faciliate re-heating)... dreadful service was efficient but not friendly Room was neatly laid out Before-hand Staff at receiption weren't tuned into those setting up the room and there was chaos in the main lobby where a few hundred guests stood in a throng while they waited for the room to be prepared.

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Mr China - Closed
Abbey Street, Naas, Kildare

Lovely restaurant for dine-in or take away. Excellent food and staff very friendly and courteous. Decor, surroundings nicely done (though one corner overlooks flashing ecterior lights which detract slightly from the ambience)... good value too.

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Thornton's Restaurant
1st, The Fitzwilliam Hotel, 128 St Stephen's Green, City Centre South, Dublin

Xmas lunch menu - reasonable value for superb food. Scallop to start and Venison main course - Sikka deer wonderful / less gamey than I thought it would be. Ambience slightly sterile but very opulent. Photos on wall are by headchef Kevin Thornton which was a nice personal touch. 2 minor criticisms = waiter spilled few drops of wine on 3 occasions when pouring and strangely, waitress asked for dessert choice when ordering starter and main course which semed somewhat hastly...

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Vie de Chateaux
The Harbour, Naas, Kildare

Sacre bleu - very disappointed. My wife and I were looking forward to this much-vaunted restaurant here in Naas to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We were both very disappointed by the atmosphere, service, food and found it very expensive. Most importantly, it didn't leave us with a sense of having visited a real Gallic/French experience. The service was almost - too efficient - food was delivered extremely promptly - almost in a hurry and plonked on the table with no commentary or desire to have a rapport with the customers (even when I spoke some francais). Tables too small and cluttered together 'a la mode parisienne' [charcuterie didn't even fit on the table] Charcuterie starter just didn't work - the acidity of the pickled vegetables just doesn't go with the meats and pate. I had the rib eye steak which was very nice but the accompanying lettuce in a strong dressing didn't go well with the steak and thick cut chips. My wife had salmon but foujnd it very bland. Price tag of EUR112 incl 1 bottle of wine was pricey for a disappointing experience Wine list was extensive but expensive... EUR29 for the cheapest bottle. A la carte menu choice was limited - 2 fish and 2 vegetarian leaving just 2 meat dishes, one of which was veal which I dont' eat on animal cruelty grounds so that just left me with a choice of steak. Atmosphere -there seems to be a trend in Irish restaurants these days to have hard surfaces everywhere / no music and just let the loud harsh voices create an ambience. That might work in a pub but not in a restaurant. Also - our table was smack against the kitchen where the waitress constantly crashed down crockery beside my right ear and the chef bizarrely kept turning on and off a glaring fluorsecent light over the grill to read the orders which was annoying. We love French food and the french experience but sadly; 'Vie de chateaux' was a very disappointing and expensive experience.

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Cafe Topolis
37 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

great food at superb value - friendly efficient service... family of 6 ate there for EUR80 - great pizzas for the kids. Recommend highly. Will definitely return.

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The House
4 Main Street, West Dublin, Howth, Dublin

Lovely restaurant in a great setting (just up form harbour in Howth)... I've been here twice recently - first time had a superb meal but 2nd time, was disappointed with Wing of Ray which was bland and difficult to eat - but maybe that was a bad choice by me. They do a meal for a tenner which is great value. Also - a superb starter = irish charcuterie which is nice to share for 2 or 3 people - it's dear but a large portion so well worth sharing. Would slightly criticise the ambience at the front of the restaurant where the modern trend for minimalist decor and lots of hard surfaces creates lots of noise and thus makes it a shouting contest to hold a conversation. Staff very friendly and helpful. 2nd visit was without a reservation and even though restaurant looked quite full, we were made to feel welcome and a table was found to us without any fuss. Will visit again... try the grilled mackerel - superb.

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Dakota
South William Street, South William Street, Dublin

Very pleasant meal for 2 Sunday afternoon. Meal was very tasty and quite good value. They do a standard price of €16.50 for house wines which was good. All starteres described as taster plates are great value at €5. I had battered calamari and prawns which were lovely and generous portion. Main course of cod and wedges was tasty. My wife had rib-eye steak which I had to share!! Service was very slow and a bit unfriendly - I had to walk to bar to request orders and ask for bill etc. Overall cost €67 + tip for 2 starters, 2 main courses and bottle of vino is good value for very fine food.

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Fate Restaurant (Naas)
1 Railway Terrace, Dublin road, Naas, Kildare

Enjoyed meal here with my wife and children. Great service - nice new restaurant (tho' our table was near to toilet which opened directly via single door into restaurant rather than usual arrangement via double set of doors away from dining room)... Not bad value. Most of the dishes were very tasty although mine was a bit bland.

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