Restaurant Reviews from Gills
Brasserie 7 restaurant
The Capel Building, Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1
Reviewed 12th July 2014 ( visited 11th July 2014 )I bought a menu pages voucher as a gift for my dad's birthday and my mother went with him yesterday to celebrate his birthday. They came home very happy. The offer included 2 glasses of prosecco which they did not fancy and there was no problem having 2 glasses of red wine instead. They raved about the food and the value for money. Dad had a huge rib eye steak (no extra supplement) perfectly cooked. They also had crab claws and tiger prawns and mum had duck. 2 starters, 2 mains for 29.00...excellent value.
Drumcondra, Drumcondra, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 9
Reviewed 04th July 2014 ( visited 03rd July 2014 )Fagan's has become a regular for myself and my family and we are generally happy with the food and service. Their Surf and Turf dish is worth paying the extra few bob..perfect staff and lovely garlic prawns and crab claws. Most of their fish dishes are very good and they also offer the usual pub grub of wings, burgers, pastas. Something for everyone.
Beeftro - Balfe Street
5 Balfe St, City Centre South, Dublin
We had a voucher and it really was good value, 3 course for 2 and a bottle of wine. But there were disappointments. I order the Kale and Avocado salad in Lemon dressing. The avocado was like a rock and the dressing was quite tart so needed additional oil. The rump steak was perfectly cooked BUT the taste of charred coal was quite overwhelming even after dunking in the nice pepper sauce. Such a pity. On a positive note the wings were very nice and my friend had the Gourmet Burger and had not complaints. Finished off with nice Sundae dessert. Wasn't perfect but was good value. Oh and I wish they would turn down the lighting...its quite bright for a dinner ambiance.
7 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Dublin
Rosa Madre is a lovely dining experience. The waiters are very attentive and friendly. They specialise in seafood dishes as well as the usual Italian Fare. We had a delicious meal including Dublin Bay Prawns and pasta with tuna. Its not cheap but there is an early bird option. Recommended.
Coppinger Row, off South William St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
First time to Coppinger Row and loved it. We were a table of 3 and had intended going for the Early Bird menu but when we saw the Specials and the A la Carte, we could not resist! Having said that I am sure the Early Bird offerings would have been great. We had Dressed Crab, Chargrilled Octopus with Chorizo and Lamb Flatbread. All 3 dishes were really tasty, great flavours. For mains we had Hake with mussels, Prawn Linguine and Belly of Pork, fantastic dishes and plenty!!! Portions are very generous. We had a carafe of Verdejo and a glass of red wine, bill was 140 euros. Not cheap but worth every penny. Can't wait to go back.
The Pigeon House - Clontarf
11b Vernon Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin
Went with my dad for an early dinner yesterday (Sunday). He has been a couple of times midweek and likes it and wanted me to try it out. I have positives and negatives. We were seated at the window but my view was of an emergency exit door, not ideal. The waiters were very attentive however there was quite a delay between ordering and serving each course. I was surprised we were not given bread to nibble on in the meantime. I had the fried egg and black pudding starter, it was very nice. Dad had the fish croquette which he enjoyed. Then I had the beef burger. I asked if it could be cooked medium and was pleased that it was just right however I thought the onion relish was overpowering and left most of that. Dad had a lovely dish of duck leg with sausage although we expected it to be a bit more of a stew type dish. So overall the food was very nice but a little expensive with 3 glasses of wine. We were offered the cheaper neighbourhood menu but the choice is very limited and nothing really appealed to us, so we had the dinner menu. I'm not sure it was value for money all round.
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
This was a disappointing evening (and I share the views of other reviewers). We also had a voucher for Odessa (note that ground floor restaurant is gone, its first floor). On arrival we found a group ahead of us who seemed to be having trouble getting a table. The floor manager could not find their booking however after several moments she brought them in to the room (we were left standing in the hall). Next our turn...and same deal. She could not find our booking for a few mins but finally found it and led us us in to the room. This was a bad start. My friend ordered the crab cakes which were really awful and I had the mozarella salad which consisted of 5 little scraps of mozarella, it was average. For mains she had the Steak and I had the cannelloni which was presented very like my starter with a mountain of rocket leaves on top. The dishes were fine, but average. We had the carafe of white wine and the service was good in general. Our desserts were the highlight with one banana cake and one brownie...delish (we wondered if they were outsourced!). The voucher included two cocktails. We were sent up to the 2nd floor for those and when we asked if there was a possibility of changing them for 2 irish coffees...not possible. We choose two cocktails and they were both horrible. So we put them back on the bar and left. Won't be back. With so many good offers out there...Odessa need to smarten up their act and their food.
Beeftro - Balfe Street
5 Balfe St, City Centre South, Dublin
Went to Beeftro with a voucher for 2 course meal and a bottle of wine. The meal was very nice. We had wings and ordered the Chorizo bread however there was none left so had black pudding with a duck egg...beautiful. We both had the burger for mains. Service was pleasant however I remember quite a long gap between the starter and mains being served but it was fine. The only thing I did not like was the lighting which I found a little bright/harsh. Would recommend for a nice meal and good location in city centre.
1 Victoria House, Haddington Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin
I visited the Asador last weekend with a friend. We had a voucher for 3 course dinner and wine so it was very good value. The food was really good. Wings were delish and Aspargus with Duck egg was yummy. Followed by their 'house steak' and a burger. Service was excellent. Highly recommended.
Avenue by Nick Munier
1 Crow Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Bland, disappointing. Nothing exceptional about the menu. I think the emphasis is on the loungy atmosphere rather than the food...so not for food lovers.
Mint Leaf Indian Restaurant (Drumcondra)
157 Lwr Drumcondra Road, North Dublin, Drumcondra, Dublin
Visited for the first time yesterday. Just walked in at 6:15 and were given a nice table for two. Service was very warm and friendly. We were offered A La Carte, Early Bird and the Wine menu. The decor is smart and modern. Poppadoms arrived with dips and then we ordered Wine (bottle 15.95) and Deep fried prawns and a lamb samosa followed by Telapia Fish curry and Lamb Balti. During our starter we were given extras (we must have looked hungry!) which was a very nice gesture. The prawns were nice although a little chewy. The samosa was delicious. The main courses came with Rice and Nan Bread all cooked perfectly. We were offered tea or coffee but were done so then we got a complimentary glass of Baileys. Bill came to 56 euros....a no brainer. Very nice, will be back.
Fade Street Social - The Restaurant
Drury Street , City Centre South, Dublin
Had my first meal at Fade Street Social Restaurant to celebrate my birthday. It was a lovely experience. The menu is different especially the Flat bread offering which is good value, the small size is adequate for one person. A criticism would be the price of some dishes. I ordered Trout as a main and think €24 for a fillet of fish and no accompanying vegetables is expensive...it was delicious though. Most of the main meat and fish dishes do not include a side. Sides are extra. I notice they have just put up a new early bird menu which I am sure I will avail of another day. Overall the food was delish, just one dish, the Duck Mousse was very salty which we mentioned. Look forward to my next visit.
27 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
It has been several years since I have been to this restaurant and I won't be rushing back. I booked a table for 6pm with a view to ordering from the Early Bird menu. When we arrived, a little early, the waiter did not seem to be able to see the booking and asked if we had a voucher? I replied 'No' and he brought us to a table for two which I knew at once was not in the nicest of spots. Looking around however most of the tables seemed to be set up for 4 or more people. We were given the menu and water. I ordered the Confit Duck to start and my friend had the French Onion Soup. She said the soup was quite tasty. My duck was luke warm so I decided to send it back. The waiter said it would take a few minutes however my friend had finished her starter and popped to the loo by the time the duck arrived which this time was half hot and half luke warm. Overall it was disappointing. My friend was not sure what to have for mains and was torn between the loin of pork or chicken supreme, the waiter was not very forthcoming on which would be the better choice, she went with the chicken which she described as 'dry'. She did like the accompanying colcannon and braised leaks. I selected a pasta dish off the a la carte which I have to say was very nice. Linguine with prawns, plenty of it and the prawns were very tender. I had asked for a glass of dry white wine and was offered a Pinot Grigio which was fine. I had a second glass as there was quite a delay between the starter and the mains. At this point there was a lot of clattering behind us where the waiters were stacking used plates into crates...I knew it was a bad spot! When we got the bill (Two early birds at 18:95 p.p.) I found that the 2 wines came to 14 euros. Seemed excessive. Overall the experience was poor and although it could be considered good value there are far better early bird options in superior venues for a couple of euros more
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
Availed of the Menu Pages Dinner Deal Voucher and had my first visit to Rustic Stone and was not disappointed. The whole experience was very pleasant. Our waiter was charming and swiftly fixed our slightly wonky table with a beer mat. It was pretty busy for 6:30 on a Sunday. We were on the ground floor which we liked. Not sure if I would want to be downstairs. To start I had the Salmon Tempura which was delish and my pal had the Orange Salad which did not sound that appealing but in fact was really tasty and very filling (she gave me half of hers). For Mains I had Tuna on the Stone (I love fish) which was amazing. She had the Gourmet Burgers which were in fact two mini burgers with different flavors. We ordered 2 sides of Chips and Greens and had plenty left over. The burgers were great! The offer came with dessert and a bottle of wine and cocktails. So it was really great value. I was very impressed and will be back. Thanks!
14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
Went to Pichet for the first time yesterday for the Early Bird Menu which is advertised as 2 courses for €20 and 3 courses for €25. Overall the experience was very nice however I have two issues. The early menu is limited with just 3 starters and 3 mains to choose from however the choices were interesting. What I did notice was that the main chicken and fish dishes did not come with anything so in fact we ordered side orders which were €3.50 each. In my opinion the side should be included and the price offered as 2 course for €23.50 for a complete main plate. Anyway that aside, we had a mushroom risotto and a salmon tartare to start which were delicious. I then had the Salmon and my friend had free range chicken and we ordered a portion of fries and green with chilly and garlic as sides which we shared. The food was really great, perfectly cooked. So the only other issue I had was that the broccoli on my fish was nearly cold and in general the food seemed to get cold quickly which perhaps could have been prevented if the plates were a bit warmer when serving. We had a bottle of house white for €26.00 euros which was very nice and the total bill was €73. Will look forward to my next visit.
Taste Food Company
South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
This is a nice little find for a no fuss meal. We walked in on Sunday evening and got a table for two. Its small so still a bit of a buzz even though it was not packed. They have outside terrace service too. We did not want much and ordered 1 main each. I had a chargrilled salmon salad which was really nice, lovely wasabi mayonaisse...and had a side order of sweet potato...lovely. She had Beef and Blue cheese burger which looked delish and came with hand cut chips. We also had a dish of olives and a bottle of house wine...came to 55.00..I would go back.
Eden Bar and Grill
7 South William Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Loved it. Love the decor, very nice service and great food. We had the Early Birdy Menu which is great value. We were given yummy crusty brown bread to nibble on and then we had the Goat's Cheese and the Duck Liver to start which were really yummy and nicely presented. Followed by the Seabream and the Pork Belly. No complaints, all really tasty and perfectly cooked. Now at 20.00 euros for 2 courses it is a very reasonable menu however the Wine begins at 24.00 a bottle which is a bit steep if you are on a budget. We splashed out on a Verdejo at 32.00 ...overall great meal. I will be back.
The Capel Building, Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
I bought a menu pages voucher as a gift for my dad's birthday and my mother went with him yesterday to celebrate his birthday. They came home very happy. The offer included 2 glasses of prosecco which they did not fancy and there was no problem having 2 glasses of red wine instead. They raved about the food and the value for money. Dad had a huge rib eye steak (no extra supplement) perfectly cooked. They also had crab claws and tiger prawns and mum had duck. 2 starters, 2 mains for 29.00...excellent value.
The Bistro at Ella
7 Main Street, Howth, Howth, Dublin
First time to Ella's Bistro. We had a voucher for 2 starters and 2 mains. Its very nice inside, with a lovely window seat view at the front. The service was friendly. To start we had the Pear and Blue cheese salad and Mussels in white wine. We were offered nice crusty white bread to accompany the starters. Both were very nice. My friend ordered duck breast for her main but asked that it be well done (which I would not have done myself) as a result it looked a bit overcooked and was tough but she enjoyed it. I ordered sole with crab meat and found it a bit disappointing. The first mouthful seemed exceedingly hot so I got the impression that it may have been sitting under a hot grill after it was prepared...it seemed overcooked on top...the sauce was nice but the fish seemed bland...not melt in your mouth fresh sole. For a dessert we had the Eaton Mess which was quite nice. We also had a half carafe of wine and a bottle of sparking water...with the voucher the meal came to around 58 euros which is good value. I would give it another go in the future.
Drumcondra, Drumcondra, Dublin
Fagan's has become a regular for myself and my family and we are generally happy with the food and service. Their Surf and Turf dish is worth paying the extra few bob..perfect staff and lovely garlic prawns and crab claws. Most of their fish dishes are very good and they also offer the usual pub grub of wings, burgers, pastas. Something for everyone.
80 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
First time to Darwins. Four of us went and had the Pre-Theatre menu. Each course was delicious. I had the Rilletes of Rabbit...which was amazing. Others had the Crispy calamari and risotto, all great. Three rib eye steaks were ordered and served perfectly medium rare. I had fish of the day which was a tender plaice with a yummy sauce. Two desserts were ordered, Icecream and Deconstructed Cheesecake...excellent. Definitely worth re-visiting.
Drumcondra, Drumcondra, Dublin
For a local pub, Fagan's is a great find. The food is really good especially their fish dishes. I have had the Seabass, the Surf and Turf and the monkfish, all great. Their wings are tasty and their chips seem home cooked. I have always found the service acceptable and the staff more than helpful. Great place for a decent place of food and a pint if you want one!
Corfu Greek Restaurant
12 Parliment Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I have been twice to Corfu and find it cheap and cheerful with nice service. They have an extensive menu but so far I have only tried the Greek Salad which is really good and the calamari which are quite nice. My friend had a vegetarian lasagne and said it was yummy. The service is very attentive and helpful. Nice place for a reasonable dinner (they do special deal menus), would go back.
The Capel Building, Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
We had the A La Carte which was very good value with the Menu Pages Voucher. Food was lovely and nice piano music. Will return.
Toscana City Centre
3 Cork Hill, Dame Street (opposite Dublin Castle), Dublin City Centre, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin
My second visit to Toscana and it was once again very satisfactory. As an avid menupages reviewer I have earned menu points and availed of a 1500 point offer of one free early bird meal. Myself and my companion ordered from the early bird menu which has a good choice of starters and mains. She had the chicken liver pate with toast and I had the bruschetta which were very nice. I followed with the Linguine di pesci which was lovely, pasta al dente and nicely cooked prawns, mussels and clams in a garlic white wine sauce. She had the chargrilled chicken with a baked potato and we left two empty plates. The service was excellent.
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin
I am actually reviewing on behalf of my parents. I have purchased offers for lunch at Roly's several times and each time they tell me that it was the best meal they every had! Sometimes they bring back a doggy bag if they have had too much and I must say it is always something delicious! They recommend it highly.
Diwali Indian Restaurant
Unit 1, Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Had a late night visit on Culture night, so it was great to get in somewhere for food. Not much to add here. The food is very good, the service is efficient and pleasant. I do think however that boiled rice should accompany a main course without charges and not be listed as an extra. Its pricy but the food is good.
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Returned here after a long gap as the last time we went their tempura machine was broken much to our disappointment! The first thing we noticed yesterday was how much the prices had elevated! It really is expensive now. We ordered a crab salad with seaweed and ginger which was very bland. We had an 8 pce futomaki seafood which was delicious but 16euros! And we shared a haddock tempura which was also very good. We mentioned the high prices to a staff member and he agreed with us, but said it was due to suppliers charging more money. The reality is that you can eat as well and for less in nearby Capel Street so we won't be back soon.
Parkgate Street, City Centre North, Dublin
Four of us ate in Ryans Bar last Weekend. Casual dining. You can't make a reservation (only upstairs FX Buckleys) in the bar but they will do their best to find you a spot,either at a small round table at the front window or on high stools around the bar. It was really busy possibly due to a concert in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. My friend had kidneys to start and said they were delicious. I ordered one plate of Mussels and Chips. A hug bowl of mussels arrived and accompanied by a smaller bowl of hand cut chips. Very nice. My friends had the steam, roast beef and lamb stew and all were very satisfied. Main comments would be that the staff are really friendly and efficient and the atmosphere was good. Food is absolutely fine for a casual meal out. I would go back.
9 Fairview Strand, Fairview, Dublin
We have been to the new Canters twice since it was taken over by Fahim and his team and we like it a lot. First point to be made is that it has a BYOB policy so if you like a drink with your meal, you have to bring your own. They will provide a wine cooler. The food is great. I tried the Chicken Sheek Kebab, tender and tasty. On both occasions I had King Prawn dishes, I think it was the Narikel dish the first time...and the Chilli Masala the second time. The prawns were huge and perfectly cooked. My partner ordered lamb and said it was the most tender lamb he has ever been served in an Indian. Fahim is charming and makes sure you have an enjoyable meal. Highly recommend a visit!
9 Vernon Avenue, North Dublin, Clontarf, Dublin
I had an early evening meal today and have come home disappointed. Positives are that its very nice inside and the service is good. We intended having the special 2 courses for 20 euros each which is available up until 7pm. The first disappoinment was the menu choice. It seemed very standard, nothing grabbed my attention but I opted for the Mackeral dish to start but was then told there was none. So second choice was a smoked salmon dish which was very tiny but very tasty. My friend had pate which looked ok and came with some flat bread. For a summer menu I thought the mains were heavy. I usually go for fish but there was only whiting which is not that interesting so I avoided the other meat options and had a chilly bean curry...nice but that's about it. My friend had a smoked chicken dish which was just a piece of chicken with some new potatoes, very boring. The a la Carte had some more options and there was a special lobster dish on but at a much higher price...so I guess if you want to have a reasonable two course menu then don't expect anything great.
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Finally made it to Saba! I had tried to book a weekend night (too late I guess) and it was always booked out. So as I was celebrating something last Monday I decided to book Saba. From Sun to Wed they do a special menu which is very good value. I do think the a la carte is quite expensive however having tasted the food I think I would pay it! I had a starter of squid (cut into chunks) lightly battered, loads of it and really tasty. Followed by a nice prawn curry, fragrant and yummy. My BF had a salmon starter which was quite nice and Massaman chicken. There were lots of other options so I go back for another early week special. Excellent food and service.
El Toro Bravo
27 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin
Visited last week on recommendation of my parents who love spanish food. I lived in spain for 5 years so I had expectations. Overall I will not be rushing back. They have a table at the very back of the ground floor of the restaurant which is beside the smoking terrace and the door was continuously left open, so rather draughty, I had to keep getting up to close it. It was very busy so the gap between ordering and receiving our first selection of tapas was about half an hour or so. Meanwhile we ordered 1 litre of sangria and a bottle of red wine (40 euros). Eventually the plates arrived of chipirones which are baby squid. They were very tender but could have been warmer. Also ordered were the prawn and avocado salad which I was told was nice (meany didnt share it!) and terreznos which are very typical tapas of crunchy pork scratchings (1000 calories!). I thought it was odd that we didnt get a nice basket of bread with the food. After that we ordered another selection of tapas including meatballs, bravas (potatoes with both tomoto and garlic sauces), lamb stew and chorizo al vino. All I can say is that it was nice. Nothing was delicious and the lack of bread was astounding. We did order bread and to be honest I cant remember if it was extra on the bill. The bill was reasonable but if we hadnt had the bread to mop up and fill up, I think I would have still been hungry. It came to 111 euros with the drinks. Service was friendly considering how busy the girls were. Saying it was busy makes it sound popular but actually there was an entire floor not being used that day. I would say its nice for a gang to have an informal bite to eat.
The Bloody Stream Restaurant
Under Howth Dart Station, North Dublin, Howth, Dublin
Ended up in the Bloody Stream last night. Its about the 5th time Ive eaten there and was a little disappointing this time. If I take it in sections...atmosphere...there is often live music on from 8pm on a Sunday and depending on who it is you can love or hate it being piped through the bar. Last night's musicians were awful. Food...I always tend to order the same thing as overall the menu is not that exciting. It caters for most tastes but a bit more seafood would be appreciated. We shared calamari which came with a very nicely dressed salad. The calamari was beutiful and tender. We both agreed however that the large size option at 11.95 was not as generous as we would have hoped. We had already ordered our mains of Grilled Seabass and Smoked Cod and Hand cut chips..but it was only after we had finished our starter that the waiter informed me that there was only one filet of seabass left and they usually serve two...so I could have it at half price or order something else! I decided to order the Grilled Sea trout as I was still feeling peckish and wanted a whole main course. The mains took a little while to arrive but we werent in a hurry. The sea trout was fine, simply grilled, nice and tender and served with the same dressed salad and baby boiled potatoes. I had asked the waitress earlier if mine came with veg and she said yes but in fact I was then told they were extra so I didnt bother. He was very happy with his fish and chips. Finally he ordered the apple crumble dessert which is nicely served in a glass jar with a lid. He has had it before and its lovely. But this time it arrived and it was cold. We were kind of fed up by now so just asked for the bill. He did tell the waitress about the cold dessert and in fairness she rushed off to get the price of the dessert back and handed him his money back. But we left feeling, we would be back if we were stuck...which we were last night!
The Oar House Fish Restaurant
8 West Pier, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin
The Oar House is now one of my favourite spots in Howth. I was devestated last night when we drove over at about 8pm and were told that they were closing early due it being quiet and a miserable night! Strangely there was barely a table free?? But Im not here to talk about that now...I have been several times and its always very good. I think its good value for money. Recommend the calamari (stick to normal not cajun) and they have great daily seafood specials on their daily board. Ive had monkfish and seabass beautifully cooked. Let's hope they dont close early too often!
Yamamori Sushi, Tengu
38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
I have been to Yamamori sushi several times and always enjoyed the food. I am a seafood lover so have mostly ordered seafood dishes which I have been very happy with. Highly recommend any of the seafood tempura dishes and also the seafood in wasabi sauce and the monkfish dishes are amazing. Yesterday I took my niece and my mother for an evening meal. I made some recommendations but they chose what they fancied. My niece had Teppan Duck Teriyaki, rare. The meat was pretty tough and the sauce had little flavour. Quite a boring dish. My mother ordered stir fried noodles with beef. It was tasty but again the beef was tough. I did comment on this when we were asked if everything was ok. So my conclusion is stick to the seafood! I will go back for more seafood but will not recommend meat dishes to anyone. Service is excellent, very friendly.
The Church Cafe Bar & Restaurant
Junction of Mary St. & Jervis St., Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
Went back to the Church Bar yesterday after nearly 2 years! We stopped going when the took off their special dinner for two with wine offer, and the menu seldom varied so we got bored with it. So it was nice to go back and try their new menus. We were offered Bar Food Menu, A La Carte or Early Bird (it was about 6pm). We opted for the 2 course early bird at 19:95. You automatically get lovely breads with butter to nibble on. We ordered the Confit of duck leg and the cajun chicken salad. The duck leg was really lovely and it was a decent sized starter. The salad was fine, it was what is said on the menu but it lacked flavor. The mains were Plaice on Mash with Savoy cabbage and bacon...deeelicious. Chicken a la brassa which was tender in a yummy sauce and served with garlic roasted baby potatoes. Wine by the glass is pricey at 5:75 but we didnt want a bottle so had 3 glasses. Im glad the standard is still pretty good here, will be back.
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Just back from a lovely meal at Sixty6.Ive been a few times over the last 3 years and liked it. The menu has been revamped. Im not going to give it a rave review because there were two hiccups! We went in around 6:30 and were offered an early bird menu, a special 3 course offer menu and the a la carte menu, so spoiled for choice. We were given a lovely freshly baked brown bread with butter to carve at our table. My mum had the early bird and ordered a gaspacho starter and a crab claw and prawn risotto. The gespacho was served in a jug accompanied by a small bowl of chopped veg and feta cheese so you could mix the ingredients in your soup bowl. It was yummy. The risotto was also yummy although very rich in flavour....not for the feint hearted. I ordered the warm grilled vegtable starter followed by the Monkfish with beans and chorizo. The wrong starter arrived so a bit of a delay to get the correct dish however it was totally delicious. Lightly girlled veg and two portions of smoked mackeral and and peppers. Myself and my dad ordered the monkfish, his was perfect and mine was undercooked (actually raw) so had to be returned. But once it came back, it was fantastic. The dish comprised of filet of monkfish, slices of chorizo, bortellini beans, fennel, onion, sundried tomatose...3 or 4 prawns (a bit tough) but overall it was a delicious dish. We didnt have dessert. One bottle of red house wine (ok) and a glass of white wine...107 euros plus. We noticed another table send two bowls of mashed potatoe back (probably cold)..so a few issues but the chef can cook!!! will go back again.
45 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Had seen such great reviews about Dada was looking forward to trying it out. Even though it was a cold icy night last Friday, we headed into town for xmas shopping and just took a chance and walked in to see if we could get a table. No problem but I guess because not many people were out and about. Its a lovely restaurant, I liked the decor and lighting. We were given a table for two naturally but I would say the tables for two are very close together, so a bit of a squeeze to get into your seat with several shopping bags. We ordered two starters, the dips with bread and the stuffed squid. The dips were nice but nothing to write home about and expensive at nearly 8 euros. However the squid was amazing, stuffed with minced lamb and in a delicious tangy sauce. I had the chicken in a preserved lemon sauce with olives which came with little cut roasted potatoe (which was a bit odd) but again the chicken was tender and the sauce fantastic. He ordered the lamb cus cus which was very hearty but a little dry as it doesnt come in a sauce but we will know next time to go for a saucier dish. He finished off with a yummy chocolate sundae and we had a litre of spicy sangria with the meal...came to 84 euros. Pretty good value and the service was execllent. Will be going back.
Kennedys Food Store
5 Fairview Strand, Fairview, Dublin
Had just been to the flicks, it was pushing 9pm so we went on the hunt for some place local to get a bite to eat. Spotted this restaurant in Fairview (never noticed it before) and having checked out the menu on the door we decided to go in. No problem getting a table although that could have been a bad sign on a Friday night! It was quiet but they sat us near the other guests so at least we felt a bit of atmosphere. The menu is not extensive but I wasnt that hungry (too much popcorn at the flicks) so wasnt that fussy. I ordered the most expensive starter described as prawns on toast with avocado and mayo...it was quite tasty but I felt it was a bit pricey in relation to quanity of prawns. The BF ordered a Chorizo and Butter Bean soup. When it arrived I thought it looked like a bowl of tomato soup and it was pretty much that but along with the beans and slices of chorizo (I would have xpected the chorizo chunks of sausage as opposed to slices) it was quite tasty. For the mains I ordered Red Snapper and he ordered Fried Liver (everyone to their own!!) and both were fine...just nothing special. The celeraic with the fish was yummy though. Both dishes were served with a dish of roasted new potatoes. We had a half bottle of Sancerre. Service was efficient and friendly. The bill was fine, 58 euros which I consider very reasonable for a late evening dinner with some wine. I will probably go back...if Im stuck for somewhere to go again.
The Brass Monkey
12 West Pier, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin
Went for an unplanned meal out in Howth last night. It was pushing 9pm so we didnt waste time checking out menus. We came across the Brass monkey and decided to give it a go. The atmosphere was casual but inviting, and being a Monday there were plenty of tables to choose from. Neither of us were starving so we looked for lighter dishes. The bf always has to try the seafood chowder so we ordered one for him and then we ordered 3 dishes from the starters/tapas menus to have between us. The waitress was very nice but did seem to be a bit behind with service however aplogised for delays. The chowder was substancial and came with lovely brown bread. It wasnt packed with fish but it was fine for 6.50 euros. We ordered the Calamari and Chorizo dish which was really tasty but had a few rubber rings amidst the more tender pieces, overall very nice. We also had the fish cakes, 3 came with a salad garnish. They were very nice. Finally we ordered the Crab salad which was a bed of salad, a small portion of crab meat accompanied by a crab meat spring roll. The roll was nice but the rest was pretty boring. I had 2 glasses of wine and the bill came to 41 euros...it was all fine but I wouldnt be rushing back. Good to note that they were still accepting customers after 9:30...so handy for a late supper.
Cape Greko (Malahide)
Unit 1 First Floor, New Street, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin
The food here was pretty good but I was disappointed! Basically I decided to book dinner here for my bf's birthday. He hadnt had a greek meal since the states several years ago and my last greek experience was in Amsterdam also a few years ago. I have eaten in greece so know what to expect. Although many of the starters sound very authentic, they are pricey so we decided to order a Mezze Platter so se could get a taste of several dishes. We got a large plate, half of which was filled with lovely greek salad with big chunks of feta cheese, lovely, a couple of dolmedas, leaves were a bit tough but filling was nice, halloumi cheese which was overcooked...and turkey meatballs which were bland (being turkey!)...so not a great start. Oh we had nice hummus and pitta bread too. The Lamb kleftiko got great reviews on menu pages so my bf ordered that and it was basically a large lamb shank in a sauce. It was cooked perfectly but just lacked 'greekness'! I had the seafood slavako (kebabs) and the fish was really delicous but again....I could have been in any good seafood restaurant ordering grilled mixed fish. Both were served with garlic potatoes?? The bf asked if they had Rhetsina and the waiter said they dont stock it because there is no demand for it.....We did get a couple of ouzo's at the end of the meal. He finished off with the Baklava dessert, flavour was good but the pastry was soggy. Overall the food was very nice but just not Greek enough!
Osborne Brasserie @ The Portmarnock Hotel
Strand Road, North Co. Dublin, Portmarnock, Dublin
We booked into the hotel for their special summer package deal which included 1 dinner for two. The restaurant is very nicely decorated, nice ambiance. As we were on a package we were offered the Table d'ote menu but found it quite acceptable. I had the portobello mushroom stuffed with goats cheese and spinach. It was presented beautifully with an extra roll of goats cheese dipped in breadcrumbs and lovely garnish. Yum. He had smoked salmon which was also presented beautifully and was actually close to sushi (which I love) again with lovely garnish. Not huge portions but we also had a lovely basked of various breads to accompany it. I had the butternut squash risotto cakes for mains served on lots of lovely salad. He had a sirloin steak cooked rare as requested along with some fresh veg. We were very happy with the food. I dont do desserts so he had the chocolate brownie....and said it was yummy. We really liked the meal. Service was fine but their are few irish staff so lacked ' the irish friendliness ' factor!
Wrights Findlater Howth Restaurant
Findlater House, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin
Myself and bf were out in howth on Friday looking for a nice lunch. We spent about an hour checking out all the various restaurants along the west and east pier but found a lot of places were packed out!! In the end we opted for Findlater's which was quiet enough at 3pm. We ordered two seafood chowders which seemed pricey at over 6 euros however it was delicious and well worth it. For mains we shared Lemons Sole gijons and a special seafood salad. It was really yummy. A large dish of mixed salad leaves with warm salmon, prawns, squid and hake I think! The gujons with melt in your mouth fish and crispy coating. An extremely nice meal. Recommend it. Service was efficient and friendly.
1 Shantalla Road Beaumont, Beaumont, Dublin
I have one major problem with the Beaumont House and that is the fact that it is one of the most expensive pubs in Dublin. I am referring to the drinks in particular which are cheaper in the city centre and other northside pubs. On to the food. It is basic pub fare, if you are not fussy its handy to go in and have a roast carvery or you can choose the a la carte menu which is quite extensive. Portions can be large but I prefer quality over quantity. It generally attracts either familys on Sundays or pensioners during the week. To be honest, I dont know how they can afford it!! If you do fancy going for a bite or a drink locally and you drink wine...the wine menu is better value than buying by the small bottle (glass). You can share a bottle of house wine for around 16 euros instead of paying 5.50 or more for those little bottles. Bring your granny.
12 West Pier, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin
Went to Deep last night having read the very good reviews here. Were not disappointed! The staff were charming and really welcoming which I found a huge plus! We had Calamari and Fish Cake for starters, the calamari was enough for two, not melt in your mouth (which is hard to get) just al dente and really tasty. Fish cake was very nice too. He then ordered the Cassoulet of Seafood which was a large bowl of mixed fish in a creamy sauce with a dollop of mash on top...very nice. I had the Seafood linguini which I loved. Sauce had squid, prawns and mussels through it. We had a nice bottle of pinot grigio, bill came to 82 euros....not cheap but certaintly well worth it. We will be back.
1 Bryanstown Centre, Dublin Road, Drogheda, Louth
Having read the reviews on menupages myself and my boyfriend decided to try it out. We booked in advance just in case as we had read that it gets quite busy. Location is strange, as it is set in a nice residential area just outside drogheda. At first sight I though, uh oh...not sure if I like the look of it but when i went in I was surprised to find a very trendy warehouse/classic/modern mish mash of design. It was quite full and there was a nice buzz. We were seated and given the menus which are several sheets of paper on a clipboard! I had already studied the menu on the website so had an idea of what to expect. I ordered the pail of whitebait and he ordered the corn chowder with crab meat. The presentation was really nice i.e. small bucket of fish. The whitebait was lovely but too much seasalt for my taste. The soup was also very nice. I had the fish special of the day which was yellow fin tuna (made in a chilly and lime sauce)...have to say I got no hint of chilly. The tuna steak was ample and smothered in capers I think. Perfectly cooked. He had the lamb shanks, meat falling off the bones. The nice touch is you can choose your own 2 side orders from a choice of about 7 or 8. I had delicious sweet potatoe wedges and glazed carrot and he had the mash and lentil puy which was really good. He finished off with the brownie with vanilla icecream. We had a bottle of house wine which was good value at 18 euros. Meal came to about 75 euros. Very good value. Defo going back..
Spice of India - South William Street
6 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
We tried the Curry Club last week because we had experienced the take away food from their Kilbarrack branch and found it really excellent. The restaurant is disappointing decor wise but that was not a big issue. We were there for a good indian. I highly recommend the Prawn Purri which is really delicious...and my boyfriend had the lamb sheesh kebab which was served a bit cold, but they replaced it on request, no problem. We were very happy with our mains too. Why I won't be going back is simple, the service in relation to cleaning up your table is poor and the take away version is better value for your money. More for less. Nothing wrong with the food....just not a great sit down place and works out pricey (with wine).
The Lord Edward
23 Christchurch Place, City Centre South, Dublin
It was a pity to see the two not so good reviews here for the Lord Edward although some points were true. It is an institution and would probably appeal more to the older generation in relation to style and service. My family (parents, sisters and myself ) and friends of my dad have mostly had the lunch menus at the Lord Edward but actually lunch can extend to early evening as there is never a rush to push you out...and of course you can always retire to the lounge downstairs and have a drink with the locals. The lunch menu is much better value than the a la carte dinner menu (I think there is an early bird as well). The seafood chowder or prawn cocktail are safe starters and quite nice. Mains offer several choices of fish and although it may not be served in a modern way...you are guaranteed fresh fish. All mains are served with an abundant amount of vegs, potatoes, chips, whatever you fancy. You wont leave hungry. Im not a dessert person but Ive been told their are very nice. The staff are extremely friendly (especially if you are friendly to them)...I know a couple of the guys have been there over 30 years and are very welcoming. As I said its not really for the young....but you could bring your folks or aul aunty and she'll love it! Be aware though, there are two short flights of stairs up to the restaurant.
Grainstore @ Darver Castle
Readypenny, Dundalk, Co.Louth, Dundalk, Louth
I was curious about this place and had heard they did great steaks so decided to give it a go. They have a special set menu and al la carte so lots of choice, depending on your budget. The food was good and the portions adequate. However although the meal was fine, I dont feel I would go out of my way to go back there. It was similar to any other middle of the road restaurants I have been to in the area.
Brian Muldoon & Sons Restaurant
1 Bridge Street, Ardee, Ardee, Louth
I like the atmosphere in the pub but sometimes find the seperate dining area a bit cold. Having said that, the food is nice, portions HUGE, and the service is good. They have a wide ranging menu, with something for everyone. I will always return to it now and again, so it would be good if they changed the menu from time to time.
26 Blooms Lane , Lower Ormond Quay, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin
Have eaten in Bar Italia about 4 times and been quite happy with the food. For italian it can be a little pricey but it is nice quality food. There is always a buzz there, and you are probably wise to book in advance. I usually order seafood pastas which have all been yummy. Service is good although the staff always seem to be on their toes or edgy...but perhaps that is because they are so busy!! Worth a visit.
Old Airport Road, North Dublin, Santry, Dublin
I would describe Little Venice and Cheap and Cheerful. Good value all day early bird set menus. Quite a large menu with lots of pasta and pizza dishes but they also have steaks etc. Portions are very generous! So if you are hungry and don't want to overspend..this is the place to go.
Montys of Kathmandu
28 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Wonderful! I love Montys, have been there 3 times and each time was great. Myself and two friends went just after New Years and I was really hoping it would be as as good as ever as one of my friends was a first timer! I was also very careful to mention that its a Nepalese Restaurant NOT Indian. I ordered the food and was very amused when the waiter said my pronunciation was very good with exception of the Pershwari naam (probably spelt wrong!). Once again I had the starter of calamari Tandoor style, succulent and tender, really delicious. We had 3 starters and two mains between us with rice, 2 side orders of vegtable dishes and 2 naam breads, it was plenty but we ate every scrap of it! All of it was scrumptious. The service was excellent. I had one dissapointment but actually it is probably silly to order an Irish Coffee at a place like this, but it was on the menu so I had it and had to send it back. There was no problem but the 2nd version was not much better. Otherwise it was all perfect, highly recommend it.
Elephant & Castle
18/19 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
The elephant and castle is a favourite and has been for years. Nice buzzy atmosphere. It has quite a nice mix menuwise but I have always gone specifically for the chicken wings (which thank god are back in baskets, didnt like the new fandangled white dishes that briefly appeared) and the elephantburger. For those who havent been, please be aware of portions, they are huge! One wings is plenty between two as a starter and you get plenty of chips (not oven chips!) with your burger so I have often shared this too. They are very flexible about sharing plates and also letting you take a doggy bag home is your eyes were bigger than your stomach! Its not particularly cheap but if you share and dont order too much wine (and you will have enough food) it can work out ok quite reasonable. Highly recommend it.
Oscar Taylor Restaurant
Island View Hotel, Coast Road, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin
The last time I was in this restaurant was about 25 years ago so I thought it was time to try it out again! So we went last Monday evening at about 9p.m. We didnt expect there to be many diners and indeed it was pretty quiet being a Monday. My only negative comment on the atmosphere is the lighting which is a bit glary, I would prefer lower lights especially in the evening time. The service was excellent but then we were few diners so we got plenty of attention. The menu is very extensive, lots to choose from. I started with the Breast of cajun chicken, it was presented very nicely, chicken was tender and plentiful and the sauce was quite sweet with crushed nuts (it said spicy on the menu but its not a bit spicy). Very tasty. My man had the Thai Fish cake and we both agreed it was overpriced for the size, and lacked any really interesting flavour. I had the Malahide Sole which was very nice, served on a bed of mash and he had the special Shank of Lamb which was also very good and served on a bed of mash. Now I think that Irish appetites have increased and restaurants feel they have to fill up their guests with extras, our main courses (served on mash) were accompanied by a dish of baby boiled potatoes AND chips! I really feel that this is overkill. Of course you eat it but you dont really need it! We were stuffed but my man likes dessert so had to order the apple pie to finish off. I had a lovely Irish coffee. I enjoyed the meal and would definitely go back.
Blue Cafe Bar
Harbour Road Skerries, Skerries, Dublin
I really like this eatery. It has a very good atmosphere, buzzy, low lights. I feel very comfortable there. The menu is quite extensive and my highlights have been the Seafood Chowder and the Thai Curry. Very nicely cooked and plenty of it. My boyfriend always starts with the Wings and they are tasty and plentiful. He also had the Cod on Mash one day and it was delicious. Service can be a bit haphazard, not on ordering, you do get what you ordered, but when it comes to ordering an extra glass of wine or a coffee, they take ages to get back to you with it and you feel you have been forgotten. Their follow up service needs to be improved. Otherwise, very nice, definitley will return.
Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK Temple Bar)
Unit 1, Temple Bar Square, Dublin 2 , Temple Bar, Dublin
I am in agreement with comments already made. The atmosphere is cold, probably because of the glass walls and if its raining outside you can almost feel it! I went because my mother is a burger addict and she was keen to try it out. I think its ridiculous that the Chips are priced separately as it makes a Burger and Chips quite pricey for such an ordinary place. I ordered the Cajun Burger and she had the Mexican burger. I asked if I could have it rare assuming that a specialist burger joint would use real beef prepared onsite, but no its the ready made lot that can only be served medium to well done. Disaster for me! The bugers arrived on cold plates with the result that they started to go cold instantly so no waiting on the chips!. Now I will admit that I found the flavours very good, definitely tasty but the meat was just average. We ordered one Chips and I was surprised that they were served already salted..fine as I dont mind salt but not if you dont take salt. They were tasty. My impression was that they were catering for young student types who would arrive in gangs, have quick burgers and leave...but I do wonder if young students can afford an 11 euros upwards burger?...and that is without the chips!
Airport Road, Cloghran, Dublin
I have been several times over the last year. It is one of the only local restaurants that serve food up to 10ish on a Sunday, so that is great! Service is very good however it is very quiet on a Sunday night so not much atmosphere. The food is acceptable, huge portions, so good value for money. The Lamb Chops are the highlight, highly recommended RARE!