Restaurant Reviews from Goodfoodman

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No. of Reviews: 6

Member Since: 05 September 2008

Last Visit: 18 March 2014

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Dobbins Restaurant

15 Stephen Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Great
541 reviews

Reviewed 06th October 2008 ( visited 05th October 2008 )

Went to Dobbins yesterday for Sunday lunch with 5 others for a family meal. The €25 per head 3 course meal is excellent value. The starters included prawn tempura, goats cheese tart and duck spring roll which were all delicious. There was also a good selection of mains including various dishes containing duck , beef and lamb. My beef was cooked to my taste but was about one third of it was fat which was a disappointment. The desserts were the real highlight though with the chocolate mousse and sticky toffee pudding the stand outs. I've never been disappointed here.
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Gourmet Food Parlour Malahide restaurant

Gannon Park, Coast Road , North Dublin, Malahide, Dublin, Area Code: Co Dublin

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Cuisine:
American

Price Range:

Good
24 reviews

Reviewed 17th March 2014 ( visited 15th March 2014 )

Went for brunch here with my wife and toddler on Saturday. We waited to be seated, as per the sign. After 5 minutes of standing around and watching the staff chat amongst themselves we decided to sit at a free table and got a high chair. The waitress, who looked like she'd just heard her dog had been run over, brought the menus and the food arrived soon afterwards. I had the croquemadame which was delicious, plenty of skinny chips and salad. My wife got a scone and, as she cut into it, the whole scone crumbled apart. The manageress saw this happening and assured us that the scone was fresh. She didn't offer to replace it. Croquemadame aside, this was quite a poor experience and we won't be rushing back. It's no surprise the waitress was miserable as customer service starts at the top and it's severely lacking here.
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Gourmet Food Parlour Malahide
Gannon Park, Coast Road , North Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

Went for brunch here with my wife and toddler on Saturday. We waited to be seated, as per the sign. After 5 minutes of standing around and watching the staff chat amongst themselves we decided to sit at a free table and got a high chair. The waitress, who looked like she'd just heard her dog had been run over, brought the menus and the food arrived soon afterwards. I had the croquemadame which was delicious, plenty of skinny chips and salad. My wife got a scone and, as she cut into it, the whole scone crumbled apart. The manageress saw this happening and assured us that the scone was fresh. She didn't offer to replace it. Croquemadame aside, this was quite a poor experience and we won't be rushing back. It's no surprise the waitress was miserable as customer service starts at the top and it's severely lacking here.

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The Bistro at Ella
7 Main Street, Howth, Howth, Dublin

Myself and my girlfriend dined in Ella last Friday at 8. We were greeted by the very friendly manager who let us choose our table. The restaurant was about half full. The decor was more café style than restaurant and although it was a nice June evening it was actually quite chilly at the table - jumpers were required. I had the seafood crepe to start which had nice pieces of chunky salmon and cod and a v tasty sauce. My girlfriend had the goats cheese in pastry. The pastry was definitely not fresh and the cheese was v hard. For mains I had the monkfish and scallops with gratin potatoes. It was a bit flavourless but the fish was v fresh. The girlfriend had Thai green curry with beef which was incredibly bland. For dessert I had the cheese plate which consisted of some v small pieces of cheese, tiny crackers, caramelised onion and some sort of green liquid. Not pleasant. The girlfriend's nightmare experience continued with her meringue which was a bit stale. Neither of us were drinking but the wine list seemed adequate. The one redeeming feature was the service which was attentive without being intrusive. The bill came in at a hefty €84. Needless to say I won't be returning to Ella as there are far superior restaurants in Howth which are much better value. It's a shame because the front of house staff are excellent but are being let down by the poor quality of the chef(s).

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Dobbins Restaurant
15 Stephen Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went to Dobbins yesterday for Sunday lunch with 5 others for a family meal. The €25 per head 3 course meal is excellent value. The starters included prawn tempura, goats cheese tart and duck spring roll which were all delicious. There was also a good selection of mains including various dishes containing duck , beef and lamb. My beef was cooked to my taste but was about one third of it was fat which was a disappointment. The desserts were the real highlight though with the chocolate mousse and sticky toffee pudding the stand outs. I've never been disappointed here.

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Salamanca
1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Visited Salamanca in the early evening on Saturday with my girlfriend. We were immediately brought to a nice seat by the window. We finally settled on six dishes (Patatas Cubos, Fritos De Queso, Croquetas De Pescado, Empanada De Pollo, Pimientos Rellenos and Ensalada De Queso De Cabra, basically four mains and two sides) and a bottle of pinot grigio. I'd been to tapas bars before so obviously knew that the trick is to order a few dishes and share. When the waiter took the order he was extremely condescending, asking if we were sure we'd eat all we ordered. His tone was certainly a sneering one. The food was very good and the portion sizes were perfect for both of us. We followed this up with two desserts, the crepes being excellent. The bill came to €96, including the wine at €28. I would certainly recommend Salamanca for a casual meal but avoid that waiter!

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New Millennium Chinese Restaurant
51 South King Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Met a friend for lunch here today. Had been for lunch here on a number of previous occasions and never had any complaints. I had the vegetable spring rolls to start. They were satisfactory but the accompanying sauce was a bit tasteless. There was also a random lettuce leaf and half a cherry tomato on the plate for some reason. My friend has the satay chicken. The sauce was delicious but the portion of chicken was very small. I had the special chow mien for mains. It was delicious. Prawns, chicken and bacon were in abundance and the noodles were plentiful.However, the random lettuce leaf and half a cherry tomato appeared again! My friend had the beef in black bean sauce with fried rice and was very happy with it. The desserts consisted of a bowl of rock hard tasteless ice-cream. The green tea was excellent though and obviously not from a tea bag. The service throughout was good. €13.95 a head for this 3 course lunch is excellent value and I'll definitely be back.

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Restaurant Ten Fourteen
324 Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin

Myself, my girlfriend and another couple went to Restaurant Ten Fourteen last night. The awning outside was down and with the red and white stripes looked like the exterior of a butcher's shop. A friendly waitress greeted us and asked if we wanted a table by the window or at the rear beside the counter. We chose the latter and it allowed us to see the chef in action. He seemed to be very calm although admittedly the restaurant was only half full. I had the goat's cheese salad with plum sauce to start. The cheese portion was large but there wasn't enough salad. The bacon salad with butternut squash was very well presented and tasty. The potato tartlet could have done with more seasoning. For mains three of us had the Carlow steak which was cooked exactly as requested. The Bearnaise sauce gave it a nice kick and the chunky chips were excellent. The Monaghan chicken with champ was bland. The side dishes of diced parsnip and carrot were a throwback to the 70s and were left untouched. The lonely piece of broccoli on top wasn't popular either. For dessert three of us had sticky toffee pudding, which turned out to be toffee cake with a tiny scoop of vanilla ice cream. The cake was delicious. The assortment of ice cream was vanilla, chocolate and strawberry - not exactly adventurous. The bill came to €160 including soft drinks. We didn't have the wine although the wine list looked ok. The profits all go to charity and all in all this is a very good local restaurant. The waitress was a bit clumsy but knew the menu very well. I will certainly be back to try some of the fish main courses which looked interesting.

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