Restaurant Reviews from Glion
No. of Reviews: 59
Member Since: 20 February 2008
Last Visit: 29 June 2009
Powerscourt Hotel Restaurant & Spa, Powerscourt, Wicklow
Reviewed 05th May 2008 ( visited 04th May 2008 )My boyfriend and I celebrated our anniversary at Gordon Ramsey's yesterday afternoon. It was a perfect day. The weather was perfect so we had some champagne before lunch out on the terrace. The views of the sugarloaf and surrounding woods were stunning. The Ritz Carlton is set in a stunning location (although my boyfriend found the hotel itself reminiscent of Nazi architecture; grand, white and oppressive) The staff were so pleasant and helpful our moods were instantly lifted. We chose from the lunch menu (reasonable at 30 euros for 2 courses considering you get a basket of yummy bread and an amuse bouche) The wine list was like an enormous photo album.We chose a rose montepulciano. I had herb crusted goatscheese with walnuts and apple sorbet followed by a deliciously crispy sea bream with pak choy and artichokes....beautifully cooked. Boyf had the veal followed by ravioli, asparagus and quail eggs. We shared a pear and biscotti cheesecake with blackcurrant sorbet...heavenly and finished with coffee and chocolates. The enitre bill came to 170 with a 10% tip (which is great if you consider that the 2 glasses of champagne came to 38 euros...quite steep) I would highly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion or if money is no option. Word of caution though, if you are relying on a bus to get you there, take into account that the 44 bus to enniskerry is a rarely spotted, endangered creature, especially on sundays.
Pizza Stop restaurant
6/10 Chatham House, Chatham Lane, Off Grafton Street, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 29th February 2008 ( visited 16th December 2007 )What stays in my mind about Pizza Stop is that it was great value but you certainly don't notice any compromise in quality. We had a cosy table against the window, the staff were good, the atmosphere inviting. The food wasn't memorable but that can be a good sign too. I had pizza, the wine selection was okay. If you're looking for a nice restaurant with edible food but you're on a budget, this is your place.
Delgany, Delgany, Wicklow
The first time we ate here on the 10 euro for main courses deal we were delighted. The food was tasty and the portions were generous. I had battered fish and chips with mushy peas and boyf had a chicken and bacon dish. The second time we came we were disappointed that the standards are dropping already. Not eating meat, there wasn't much choice for me. The goatscheese salad was absolutely swimming in dressing and although tasty , not really a bargain for a tenner. Boyf ordered the fajitas....he was a bit disgusted that the fajitas are in fact one scabby little fajita with no rice or side of any kind. A real pity...we were so happy to see this local place go from empty to full overnight thanks to a fantastic special offer. It won't stay full if the standards and portions keep decreasing
Nosh N Coffee
Unit 15 - Meridian Centre, Church Road, Greystones, Wicklow
Its a real pity to read the review where a customer was so badly treated. (someone was clearly clueless trying to charge 3 quid for milk) This cafe has a fantastic special offer of any sandwich with any coffee for 5 euro. I had a very tasty brie with cranberry sauce. Staff were nice but I did notice that they all seem to be teenagers with no manager figure around and I could have done without hearing all about the staff's social lives at the top of their voices...but that will happen if there is nobody in charge. Not giving high marks on purpose ...just having trouble controlling the computer. I give them 2 and a half stars to three stars
1 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin
Came for lunch. We were very impressed with the price (8.50 for mains). Very tasty food. Cheese log was very indulgent and the seafood jambalaya and blackened salmon were tasty and very generous portions. Staff were attentive and friendly and the atmosphere is quite cosy Will definitely be back
Wallace's Enoteca Delle Langhe
Blooms Lane, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin
Ate here last night and we really enjoyed it. We had the meat board and the veggie board (nice variety) with a big salad. What's nicest is that there aren't any proper meals on the evening menu so the staff are fine if you just want a snack or even just a glass of wine. Boyf and I ate our fill. With 2 glasses of wine and one espresso it came to 33.50, pretty reasonable. We will be coming back
Church Road, Greystones, Wicklow
Finally managed to eat here. Its quite a small restaurant and usually full. The service was very professional and attentive. I found my morrocan fish with chickpeas well cooked but extremely bland. Everyone else was satisfied with the t-bone steak, lamb, and wild boar sausages. The bread was really yummy...homemade with different flavours. We had very nice wine but all the decent wines are pretty expensive. On the whole , a really nice evening...will definitely be returning
The Queens Bar & Steakroom
12 Castle Street, Dalkey, Dalkey, Dublin
Had a fantastic lunch out on the terrace. The staff were really busy but they stayed on top of things and worked very hard. The burgers were tasty as was the prawn and salmon sandwich and my salad with cashel blue cheese was one of the nicest salads I have ever eaten. We will definitely be back
1-5 Exchequer Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Check out La Vie's new full page of specials. Must have been put on to combat the recession. Although I agree with the other reviews that the place is nice and comfortable and that the food is only average, this specials page makes a difference. I had a big plate of pasta on a Friday night for only 7 euro. (I noticed they charged 17 euro for the same pasta a la carte) You can also get fish and chips for 8.50. Don't expect amazing food but I'd go here for a good deal in a nice setting. Also, try to order your wine by the bottle because you can hardly see the wine by the gass its so small
Hard Rock Cafe
12 Fleet Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
If you are considering eating here, do yourself a big favour and go somewhere else. I went here with friends because many years ago we worked in Hard Rock Amsterdam. The place is exactly the same. Nachos were good but 15euro? come off it. My veggie burger was cremated. The staff were efficient and the manager really apologetic but even the second non-burnt burger was vile. The cocktails may be good value but the bar person needs to be trained...they were so badly made. Music was 80's rock all evening. Its just bad on the whole but the staff are really nice.
Palazzos - Closed
1 Marlborough Terrace, Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow
I was seriously impressed with the lunch offer in Palazzos. Only 11 euro for a starter, main and a glass of wine or beer or coffee. The choice was excellent and the service nice and fast. The food was okay. Its quite a narrow restaurant so if you're going with a large group be sure to book in advance. In fact if you go with any number at lunch I would try to get there early. I will definitely be returning for the lunch special and with that choice I need not have the same thing twice.
Molloys Coffee Shop
14 Quinsboro Road, Bray, Wicklow
The staff here are so genuinely friendly. They remember your usual within two days. Its just a pity that the coffee is such muck. Its watery and sometimes tastes really stale.
The Blackboard Bistro
The Basement, 4 Clare Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Ate with 4 on saturday evening. The atmosphere was good and the staff were very professional (not especially warm but efficient) The food was very tasty but my gripe was that the portions were way too small. Elegant, granted but we were all still starving afterwards. If they don't want to make the portions more substantial, they could at least serve a basket of bread (for the price you pay, it would be appreciated. I would go back but maybe for lunch
IFI Cafe Bar
6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin
If service was any more lax in the IFI, the waiters would be lying down. On the other hand if you want to have a long lunch and not be bothered I recommend the corner table in by the bar. Soup was tasty as was the brown bread. I think of this place more as a pub with food than a restaurant.
The Hungry Monk
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow
We wanted to eat at the restaurant but it was full so we got a table in the bistro downstairs. The atmosphere is perfect for christmas, all dark wood and gothic candles. Boyf had a goatscheese tartlet and a steak and I had the butternut squash soup with lovely bread and the lemon sole with a really good tartare sauce. The wine choice was pretty good and there was a good variety of half bottles so I could have white and boyf could have red. We split a cheese platter of wicklow blue cheese (pity it was all the same cheese) The staff were very good but rushed off their feet. All in all we had a really nice night. Little things like port calvados and coffee were pretty expensive but the food was good value. If you can, try not to be seated at the table by the door...tall bar stools and not much leg room. We will definitely be returning Make sure you check out the toilets' gregorian music.
The Counter Dundrum
Pembroke District, (adjacent to the Mill Pond at Town Square), Dundrum, Dublin
Went for a veggie burger last night. I love the wide range of cheeses, topping and sauces.(red onion marmalde, yum) Just a pity the burger was cold because it was damn tasty. I do have one gripe though. The wine is served in clunky water glasses, its really unpleasant. I totally disagree with the review below regarding the staff. I thought they were friendly and efficient.
The Porterhouse (Parliament Street)
Parliament Street le Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin
We ate here out of convenience more than being tempted by the menu. This is a great lively pub on three/four floors with house brewed beers and sometimes live music. The food is not exactly pub grub but its pretty generic. Having said that the salads satisfied so I have no complaints. The staff are a bit hectic, that might have something to do with the four floors they have to run up and down.
Ballinteer Avenue, Dublin 16, Ballinteer, Dublin
Although I wouln't recommend going out of your way to dine here, if you're in the neighbourhood and fancy a bite to eat you can't go wrong with Ballinteer House. There seem to be quite few regulars and quite a few people eat which is always a good sign. The food is typical pub food not fancy but also not expensive. My friend had a steak which was good value, the chips were good as was the soup. Service with a smile is also always nice
The Gallery Restaurant at the Church
Junction of Mary St. & Jervis St., Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
went for an early dinner on sunday. The atmosphere of the church is one of the best in the city. The building is breathtaking and the smoking garden is aways cheery. I had caesar salad and crostini. It was okay no big deal. My friend had a steak which was nice but pretty expensive. We will be back for drinks and to soak up the atmosphere but I probably wouldn't eat here regularly.
Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow
Homan's is in a perfect location, between the greystones station and the beach. The terrace is pleasant for people watching on the odd sunny winters day. However the inside is so small, I didn't feel so comfortable. The tapas are okay, I don't think they're great value and the coffee is 3 quid, possibly the most expensive coffee in wicklow. The staff are pleasant enough but because the place is so small you get to hear their life stories, like it or not. I will probably return for a coffee, dear as it is but I will have my meals elsewhere
Dunne And Crescenzi (South Frederick Street)
14-16 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Went for a long lazy lunch in dunne and crescenzi. Having eaten in their dundrum restaurant before I had high expectations for the food and it did not disappoint. They don't take lunch bookings so I suppose we should count ourselves lucky that we squeezed into the very last table right up at the counter. As the place was packed we were left waiting a while but mmm, the antipasto plates are really worth the wait. The coffee is also very good. I will definitely return
The Square, Enniskerry, Enniskerry, Wicklow
Poppies is everything I look for in a cafe. The atmosphere is very country kitchen the coffee is good and the cakes are always too tempting to pass up,particularly the crumble. All food is homemade. I recommend the lasagne and the baked potatoes. Perfect in its location, cosy and slightly rural...the best cafe for miles around.
Backstage @ Bels CLOSED
Church Road, Greystones, Wicklow
This is a really nice restaurant. Now on Sundays they have a good deal (supposed to run until 8pm) but we got the deal at 9pm. 28 euro for three courses and 1.50 for coffee. Boyf had a huge steak which as usual had the expected 3 euro supplement. The staff are really friendly and they know their stuff. I had sea trout with a gorgeous beurre blanc. My starter was a bit yucky, bland crab claws on a soggy bruschetta...I advise against this dish but otherwise we were more than happy to eat here and we will be back
Dundrum Town Centre Dundrum, Dundrum, Dublin
On the plus side the staff are very nice and I would recommend this place if you have around half and hour to forty minutes to kill before the cinema. We needed a quick bite and the food was brought to our table promptly. You know the type of food yourself, generic, nothing special at all. If you like the American (Planet Hollywood) style this will be a plus for you. Personally I find it quite soulless and corporate. Boyf had steak sandwich, I had mozzarella sticks....pretty forgettable
Drumcondra, Drumcondra, Dublin
I have mixed feelings about Fagan's. We picked this pub for a casual staff dinner because we had come for pints after work before and enjoyed the cosy atmosphere. It was jam-packed for a Wednesday and we were a bit cramped around the table but we didn't mind. Service was pleasant and efficient. My colleagues who ate steaks or chicken were satisfied if not madly enthousiatic. However two of us who ordered the plaice were underwhelmed. I was unsure about whether it was supposed to be poached or had just turned out soggy and frankly cold, accompanied by plain boiled potatoes and not pick of carrot, broccoli or any other side veg in sight.(shouldn't we expect that for a 16 euro dish?) Will I return? No doubt but next time I'll check that my fish is either fried or breaded and will order a side of veg
The Real Gourmet Burger - Dun Laoghaire
The Pavilion, South Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Popped in for a burger on Saturday night. The food was really tasty. I had the portobello mushroom burger with big hunks of roasted pepper and avocado...mmmm Boyf had a burger with bacon, brie cheese and mango which he loved. The food was tasty and filling. The one thing I would say is that this place is not somewhere you could chill for a long and relaxed meal. The staff clearly want you in, fed and out the door as quicly as possible so they can seat the growing queue going out the door. I question whether they needed 8 floorstaff to do this though. Two burgers, yummy homemade chips and two beers cost 30 euros, not bad, I say. Will definitely return when I'm looking for a quick and tasty bite
The Burnaby Lounge Bar
Church Rd Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow
We had lunch here on Saturday, sitting in the very pleasant garden. Boyf had bacon and cabbage with mashed potato and I had an open tuna sandwich with very nice brown bread. Prices were quite reasonable. I wasn't too impressed with the coffee but the staff were attentive and it was touch and go but it didn't rain. I would definitely return and possibly nab the prime table under the parasol.
Diva Restaurant & Piano Bar
The Harbour, Greystones, Wicklow
We had dinner in Diva on Saturday evening after spending the day walking around the oh so beautiful greystones. The atmosphere was really good, a beautiful building, great views of the sea and the mountains and a guitarist playing softly in the background. I can't comment on the wine as we had Italian beer but the prices seemed steep. I had a nice pizza with goatscheese and grilled veg and boyf had an enormous t-bone steak. The side salad was disappointing, costing a fiver. Staff were very friendly...I don't get the comments from other reviews about them being arrogant. Had limoncello for dessert (a bit tiny for a fiver) but did notice that they have a dessert menu to satisfy any sweet-tooth. Not amazing but we would go back
Glendalough, Glendalough, Wicklow
Hmm, the Glendalough hotel getting four and five stars all over the place. Maybe people are still elated from the stunning surroundings of the lakes themselves. Had luch here on Saturday The decor is still from the seventies, the waitress almost brought irish coffee instead of irish stew. No, I won't go on a rant because we had an okay bite to eat. Steep at 10 euro for a small sandwhich with no extras (sorry, there were two lettuce leaves). It would be great if they upped the quality all round, especially given the wonderful location
The Porterhouse (Bray)
Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow
As a pub, the Porterhouse in Bray is really nice, especially the window seats. Their own brews are particularly yummy. Pity they didn't have any whit beer when we were there on Saturday. Eating is a little less cosy. We were bumped up to a dark table right in front of a blaringly loud television that switched between deafening football and rugby. Although I think the menu is well rounded for pub grub, I found it a bit too pricey and not special. Although the guys enjoyed their really big steaks, truly half a cow-sized.
The Purty Kitchen (Temple Bar)
East Essex Streer, Temple Bar, Dublin
It was a difficult brief to fit. The boys wouldn't eat somewhere without a large screen for the football and the girls didn't want to eat awful food. After trawling around for half an hour we happened upon the Purty Kitchen. Although the food in Dun laoghaire is of much higher quality, everyone was happy enough. We shared a big plate of nachos and had steak, fish and chips, club sambo and portobello burger. There were no healthy options...lots of grease all round but the price was reasonable. There was a very annoying leak right beside our table but the staff were very nice and around four of them told us a plumber was on his way. There were some very noisy Romanian supporters screaming the roof off but, quiet and candlelit? - that wasn't the brief.
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
Five of us went for brunch yesterday. Let me tell you, this is everything a brunch should be. The choice of dishes is spot on. We had collectively: veggie breakfast, scrambled eggs with chorizo, eggs Benedict, and french toast with fruit compote. Hats off, all yummy and well priced too. Add to this well made bloody Marys and mimosas and more than efficient and friendly staff....who were attentive but never rushed us and you get that warm feeling that every Sunday afternoon should give.
24 East Essex Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
We were here for the early bird last night. Some things you have to keep in mind... portions might be smaller, you may be rushed or not paid much attention by the waiters.... but I draw the line at food being unfresh. Pity because under 20 euros for three courses plus coffee is amazing value and the surroundings were actually really nice as were the staff. Starters of soup and potato skins were nothing special. Boyf felt that his steak was several days old and my seafood pancake was not the freshest... I'm giving them a two because, we both felt very queasy afterwards and a glass of wine costs 6.60 (rip off for a glass of plonk).
Govindas Restaurant (Abbey Street)
83 Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Dublin
I didn't know that Govindas had branched out.Have been to the one on the south side before. This place is amazing. Really tasty healthy food and probably the only place with great prices still. I had the medium dish for only 8.50 and it was enough. I had a tomato, tofu and poppy seed mix, a potato, veg and sesame seed mix with a garden salad. I love that there is plenty of choice and a very relaxed atmosphere. Even if you generally eat steaks, I don't think Govinda's will dissappoint.
4 Olive Mount Terrace, Dundrum Road, Dundrum, Dundrum, Dublin
We got takeaway from Tulsi on Sunday. While I agree that the quality of the food could be improved, I found it very good value. For just over 20 euros we got poppadoms with mint sauce, a tray full of battered veg, onion bahji and samosa (pretty inedible), veggi jalfrezi, a strange bright pink dish with chickpeas, naan bread, two portions of rice and salad. Although quite bland, there was lots of it. The delivery guy had to ring three times while looking for my house but hopefully, they will find it quickly from now on
Powerscourt Hotel Restaurant & Spa, Powerscourt, Wicklow
My boyfriend and I celebrated our anniversary at Gordon Ramsey's yesterday afternoon. It was a perfect day. The weather was perfect so we had some champagne before lunch out on the terrace. The views of the sugarloaf and surrounding woods were stunning. The Ritz Carlton is set in a stunning location (although my boyfriend found the hotel itself reminiscent of Nazi architecture; grand, white and oppressive) The staff were so pleasant and helpful our moods were instantly lifted. We chose from the lunch menu (reasonable at 30 euros for 2 courses considering you get a basket of yummy bread and an amuse bouche) The wine list was like an enormous photo album.We chose a rose montepulciano. I had herb crusted goatscheese with walnuts and apple sorbet followed by a deliciously crispy sea bream with pak choy and artichokes....beautifully cooked. Boyf had the veal followed by ravioli, asparagus and quail eggs. We shared a pear and biscotti cheesecake with blackcurrant sorbet...heavenly and finished with coffee and chocolates. The enitre bill came to 170 with a 10% tip (which is great if you consider that the 2 glasses of champagne came to 38 euros...quite steep) I would highly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion or if money is no option. Word of caution though, if you are relying on a bus to get you there, take into account that the 44 bus to enniskerry is a rarely spotted, endangered creature, especially on sundays.
Chatham Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Went to Chatham Brasserie for Sunday brunch. Not being a fan of eggs, I couldn't actually order from the brunch menu...all 8/9 dishes had eggs. The a la carte menu favours the meat lover but I did find a mackerel and chedder on brown bread (sounds horrible, but was actually very tasty) with a side salad...really good, asian style salad. The restaurant itself had a nice atmosphere. Although efficient, it wouldn't have hurt the staff to crack a smile. I would go back for dinner but this won't be a future brunch haunt. If you like eggs, you'll be spoilt for choice.
Bits and Pizzas
15 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
I don't want to be totally negative, as after all we did get a 30 euro voucher and I do condone Bits and Pizzas for taking part. First the positives. A cosy restaurant with nice staff and good icecream. However, much as we were hoping for a perfect night some things had to be improved. We had booked a table and yet were kept waiting for 25 minutes. Half way through our starters we were told our main course was ready and could they bring it to the table...mmmm, do we have any choice? The pizzas, costing 15.70 were tiny (and mine had no tomato sauce...it was not meant to, the waitress told me...if you ask me it was meant to, very dry) Boyf enjoyed his chicken pasta though. To top it off we were charged 5.25 for one espresso, they charged for a wine by accident. Not all bad, but we won't be returning in a hurry.
Pizza Hut (Dundrum)
Unit CSA, 2M Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin
I did not find Pizza hut great value.Then again, I didn't go for the buffet. 17 euros for a medium veggie pizza is not too cheap and cheerful. Pizza hut in dundrum gets a big plus point however for the space itself. Up at the very top of the Dundrum shopping centre we sat at the huge round window that showed a lovely view of South dublin. As we sat there in the empty restaurant we wondered if the building might better be used for something else (my penthouse apartment for instance) The staff couldn't have cared less...which left us waiting quite long but was also handy because they also didn't care that only three of our party of five were actually eating. Handy for a pre or post cinema bite.
1st Floor 26b Nutgrove Shopping Centre, South Dublin, Rathfarnham, Dublin
We got takeaway on Sunday evening. The food arrived within the half hour as promised. The quality of the food was very good. I had the vegetable jalfrezi with rice and garlic nan. Boyf had the balti special. I was quite surprised that even the balti special which cost 11.75 did not come with rice and cost an extra 2 euros. Our meals came to 30 euro with delivery and tip which is really very steep when you consider we had no starters or drinks. Still, the food itself did not disappoint.
Ciao Bella Roma
24/25 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
I have found the cheapest early bird menu in Dublin. 8.95 for a starter, pizza and a glass of wine. Okay, so the bruschetta was soggy...but 8.95 and the glass of wine was more like a third of a glass of wine ...but 8.95 (mind you, not vinegar, drinkable wine) and the waitress couldn't have been narkier...but 8.95 Pizza was big and pretty bland. It is unbelieveable considering the bruschetta alone on the a la carte menu is 8.95. We had fun laughing at the losers who walked in just minutes too late for the earlybird. Check it out.
The Drury Court Hotel, Stephen Street Lower, City Centre South, Dublin
I went here with a friend I hadn't seen in a while for an early dinner. Having come here for a drink often enough, it was convenient to not have to move when you need to eat. I had some very tasty sardines and my frined had a burger which she tucked merrily into. All in all, the food was nice and the cocktails here are a must but most of all its a very down to earth place with a nice and young crowd.
The Blue Goose
27 Ormond Quay, City Centre North, Dublin
I ate here a while ago. The food is really cheap. I had a Balkan cheese salad (it was packed with slightly salty, imagine a creamy feta cheese). Boyf had the dish of the day; cod with potatoes, a bargain at less than a tenner. If you're in a scruffy mood, this place is good as the place is a pub and the food would be pub grub except for the twist that there are eastern European dishes on the menu.
39 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin
Went to Mario's last night with a friend. It being Paddy's day, the place was only half full. We shared some tasty bread with three dips to start. I had the pizza verdura...goats cheese, spinach and aubergines..yummy. My friend had the cold meat platter. All in all, a pleasant experience...nice house wine, friendly staff. One big black point though...at a fiver a pop, I expect more than a thimble full of limoncello.
Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
If you are looking to impress someone with swank, do not bring them to 101 Talbot. If you are looking for a relaxed atmosphere and good food, this is the one. I am still thinking about that amazing butterbean and smoked onion dip served with pitta bread and veg crudite. And my John Dory in beurre blanc....I ate it so fast, I was stuffed for the rest of the evening and almost cried that I couldn't fit dessert...and what a dessert menu. You do feel that you are sitting in across between a classroom and a swimming pool but with very good service and very decent wine, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We booked a table for 4 on a friday evening just two hours beforehand and when we showed up twenty minutes early it was no problem. I would go back here with a group.
YO Sushi (Dundrum)
Level 1, Unit 26A, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin
The ichi ban (conveyer belt) is fun. I can never resist having a couple of plates when I'm shopping in Dundrum. The bad side of it is that you try to limit yourself to the affordable plates (under 4 euro) but all the tantalizing and frankly rip-off dishes keep swooshing past your nose...okay, just one more. The order bell to call the waitress is great. I wish they sold portable ones, I'd bring them everywhere. You may not enjoy being watched by hundreds of shoppers as you chow down but it does give a Japanese feel to the whole thing.
The Upper Deck duplicate
Harbour Road, Above the Waterside Pub, Howth, Dublin
We went here with the whole family. The building was quite classy, which pleased the elders and Mexican food is always fun, which pleased everyone. Okay, so the menu was a bit bland and you can get cheaper fajitas in town but we had a fantastic night and bless our waiter who promptly catered for our many demands. It’s always nice to work off all that cheese with a brisk walk by the sea too.
The Alamo Restaurant
22 Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin
It’s not that the food isn't nice. It was tasty, but what took away from my experience was that I couldn't relax. I think the reason I couldn't relax was that the place is just so small. The fact that it’s in temple bar area means that it is often packed which means everyone's squished on top of each other. The fajitas are good though.
7 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Like to go for a mexican now and again. My criteria for a good mexican is bit different than with other restaurants. You already pretty much know what should be on the menu. Atmosphere is important..a bit of life and bustle is good but deafening music is not. Acapulco, it's a nice place. I was devastated years ago when they took over from the beautiful old-school Marx Brothers but had to grudgingly admit that it was still a nice space, colourfully done up. And the food....as long as they're not stingy with the guac, salsa, sour cream and cheese, I'm a happy bunny.
9 -13, Dundrum Main Street, Dundrum, Dublin
We were excited to find this place as it is closer to our house than the shopping centre. 'This could be our little Saturday brunch cafe', we thought. They had done it up nicely, there were lots of free newspapers lying around, the man who served us was sweet, the coffee was good....and then our food arrived. He had a burger, which he found so-so and my veggy sandwich. Basically it was the burger without the burger. A slightly stale burger bun with burger trimmings.' Yeah, this could still be our local coffee house' we said 'but we'll stick strictly to coffee from now on.'
17B Asdills Row, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
We happened upon this restaurant by chance,hoping to find a place before we reached the centre of Temple Bar. Hadn't had Spanish food in a while...not a lot of tapas bars in Dublin. The atmosphere was warm and the waitresses were friendly. Had a lovely starter of aubergines in red wine covered in melted cheese. Had the swordfish for main. The dish surrounding the fish (mussels and sauce) were lovely. Couldn't help feeling that my swordfish was fresh from the freezer though. Portions were generous, presentation, a bit old fashioned with most dishes piled in ridiculously high towers (the Masterchef judges would be horrified) My boyfriend and I were pleased with the drinks...cava by the glass and ricard (which boyf can't find anywhere in Dublin) nice wine by the glass and a very generous glass of calvados to finish. Prices were good, atmosphere lovely and food edible. I recommendd La Paloma as a nice change from the usual.
The Purty Kitchen (Dun Laoghaire)
3-5 Old Dun Laoghaire Road, Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
If its fish you like, you have to eat here at least once. I came for lunch with a group of six. Purty Kitchen has a very informal feel. It seems as if all the guests have been coming for years. Lots of people bring their kids so good tip if you have kids and be warned if you prefer kid free zones. Chowder, delicious, mussels, likewise...not surprised that they have won so many seafood prizes. Something about the atmosphere would stop me from going here for a special occasion.
L'Officina by Dunne And Crescenzi (Dundrum)
Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin
We actually managed to get a table for two without reservations, on a Friday night. The place was buzzing and we sat looking around and waiters running all over the place. Cons were that our table was tiny and we seemed to be in the way of the whizzing waiters. The food, however was stunning. My boyfriend had a cheese plate to start which he regretted becasue it was huge. I had a tasty salad but my highlight was the beautiful risotto, just perfect. We had liquid dessert 'limoncello' with proper espressos...a perfect end to a meal. Another plus, good wines by the glass.
Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin
I like it here. When we want to eat near the house but don't want to use our imginations we end up in Milano's. It is always packed but they have a nice system.You pop off for a drink and they ring you when your table is ready. Nothing is super special but you know exactly what to expect. Personally I love pizza and I'm perfectly happy with the standard. The place to go before the cinema or if you enjoy being surrounded by loads of people.
11 Fownes street, le Bar, City Centre South, Dublin
Maybe its in the bread they use, maybe its the fillings, probably its the kind of bohemian atmosphere that brings me back to my college days when this place existed and was almost the same (except you could smoke, of course). A general rule; what you gain in free-spirit atmosphere, you lose in service (We will not be opressed)This kind of place is just what you're looking for sometimes, good sandwiches, no frills.
28 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Wow, what a pleasure. On the one hand I want to keep this place to myself. We went for a good value early bird menu. The food (as the whole place) was unpretentious and great quality. Every course was beautifully cooked, the wine list was excellent.My sea bass melted in the mouth and I still smile when I think about that tart tatin We were upstairs but will try to see what the actual cave-like downstairs is like next time. If you like classic, simple food this is the place for you. If you're looking for a hip place to be seen...there are plenty of places around the corner on Dawson street for you.
6/10 Chatham House, Chatham Lane, Off Grafton Street, City Centre South, Dublin
What stays in my mind about Pizza Stop is that it was great value but you certainly don't notice any compromise in quality. We had a cosy table against the window, the staff were good, the atmosphere inviting. The food wasn't memorable but that can be a good sign too. I had pizza, the wine selection was okay. If you're looking for a nice restaurant with edible food but you're on a budget, this is your place.
Upper Kilmacud Road, Dundrum, Dublin
We had lunch here after a pleasant walk around the farm. We sat out on the terrace, an afternoon sun trap, reading the papers, taking our time. Nobody bothered us. I had a vegetable & goatscheese tart,which did collapsed when they heated it in the microwave, with three salads (the potato pesto salad was yummy). Thought it was good value at under 10 euro. We had scones with jam and decent coffee afterwards. Fine dining it aint but the atmosphere alone makes me keen to return.
2 Mahers TerraceDundrum, Dundrum, Dublin
Believe me I really wanted to love this place. Having recently moved to the area, it would have been handy to have a great Indian up the road. The speciality tandoori dish was just hunks of dry tasteless meat. The waiter (who was friendly) suggested a sauce. This cost around 4 euro plus having to pay extra for everything bar the chutney is not my idea of value. Won't go back there in a hurry. I'd rather trek elsewhere for a proper meal.
Johnnie Fox's Pub
Glencullen, Dublin Mountains, Glencullen, Dublin
I was pleasantly surprised. Generally Dubliners tend to look down their noses at this obvious tourist trap. We brought some Dutch friends who were looking for 'buckets of oirishness. We were only intending to have a drink but were inspired by the menu and the surroundings. We were first ushered into a big room with a deafening trad session taking place (I mean, come on, a seisiuin with microphones?) but we managed to escape to a lovely little room with an old fashioned fireplace. I recommend the seafood chowder, creamy and filling, served with wonderful brown bread.
The Steps Of Rome
1 Bird avenue, Clonskeagh, Clonskeagh, Dublin
I love this little gem. Run by an Italian family (I think most of them work there)Authentic pizza slices and at a good price.Not top cuisine but good honest food Pity it's so small though. It is almost always full. Good thing you can take a slice away.