Restaurant Reviews from Greeneyedgirl
Rolys Bistro restaurant
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 4
Reviewed 16th December 2009 ( visited 28th November 2009 )My husband & I went to Roly's for a "romantic dinner" and we were not disappointed. The restaurant was very busy, but the service was quite good. The one negative was that we were sat upstairs at a table for 2, and its sort-of positioned right in the middle of the room with A LOT of foot traffic just next to us. Obviously this was understandable seeing as how they were busy. We were impressed by the seasonal menu, and decided to order dishes accordingly. I started with the wood pigeon (which was nice, but a bit tough). For mains I got the venison, which was gorgeous (SO tender, and seasoned perfectly!) My husband got the pheasant, which was lovely as well. We were impressed by the food & the value. In fact, when we got the bill we were quite surprised that it didn't come to more!
The Winding Stair Restaurant
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1
Reviewed 11th February 2010 ( visited 31st January 2010 )My husband and I ate here for his birthday. I started with the dressed crab with mixed leaves and soda bread. The crab was delicious and a much bigger portion than I expected. However, I only used 1 out of 2 slices of bread as they were very big pieces, and quite dense. My husband had the special which was a large flat mushroom with blue cheese and potato boxty. His was very nice as well, but there was possibly too much blue cheese on the plate (it was fairly pungent!) I then followed with the venison which was absolutely gorgeous. The meat was cooked very well (apart from 1 end slice which was pretty tough) and the sauce it came in was so yummy. My husband had the pheasant which was also delicious – really flavourful and very moist. We ended our meal with bread and butter pudding and apple and plum crumble, which were both lovely (although the bread and butter pud was a bit cool). The atmosphere is really nice, but the only downside is that there are far too many tables in the dining room and the place feels quite cramped. We were there on a Sunday night and they were only at about 2/3rd capacity – I wouldn’t like to dine there when the place is fully booked. All in all a lovely meal of fairly good value (we opted to not eat off the set menu which really is better value). I can recommend this restaurant for a nice meal out.
Eleven Gourmet Cafe
St. Olaves Business Centre, Kinsealy, Dublin
I was recommended this cafe by a friend, and came for lunch last weekend. It's a cute place and must be quite popular as it was quite busy! We were greeted straight away and order was taken very promptly, but the service of the food and follow-up (for coffees and dessert) was on the slow side. The food itself was very tasty. I thoroughly enjoyed my ham sandwich (some of the best red onion marmalade I’ve ever had!) and the caesar salad was delicious. The highlight for me was the desserts: toffee praline cheesecake and chocolate fudge cake. I am a dessert lover, and can be quite the critic, but I have to say they were both gorgeous! Overall it was a pleasant lunch with tasty food. Only downside for us was slow service during the latter half of our meal (but probably down to it being busy). We’ll definitely be back, however!
The Blackboard Bistro
The Basement, 4 Clare Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Came here with 5 friends for dinner (first time for all of us). The set dinner menu offers good value: €25 for 2 courses; €30 for 3. The Tartiflette starter was a winner with our group, and I also really liked the chicken liver salad. The homemade bread was delicious and we couldn't get enough of it! For mains, the venison was tender, flavourful, and cooked to perfection, and others in the group were very complimentary of their steaks. We were a bit disappointed by the dessert selections, so most people didn't order one, although the cheese plate was quite good. The downside was our table (which seemed to be a folding table) kept moving around (as people touched it, etc.) Also, the service was a bit slow, but at least they were very friendly!
Kim Chi Hop House
160 Parnell Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
My husband and I tried this restaurant for the first time after some Christmas shopping in town. We were immediately impressed with the variety on the menu. I ordered several sushi rolls which were absolutely delicious. I could tell the ingredients were very fresh, and I was impressed by the presentation. Having lived in the US, UK, and Australia, I have always felt that sushi in Ireland has been quite limited and too expensive! But I don't feel this is the case with Kim Chi - and I can recommend it for sushi-lovers! My husband (who is NOT a sushi-lover) ordered bulgogi which was also delicious. It's great to find something 'different' in Dublin. The service was VERY friendly, prompt, and attentive. We will definitely be back to try more dishes -- with friends!
Castle Grove Country Hotel and Restaurant
Ballymaleel (off Ramelton Road) A245, Letterkenny, Donegal
I can't believe this place hasn't been reviewed before! This is actually the 2nd time I've eaten here (visiting from Dublin), and I have to say both my husband and I are very impressed. The hotel is lovely (and was decorated beautifully for Christmas). I especially loved having a drink in the cozy drawing room before dinner. The meal was very delicious. The highlight for me was the venison: absolutely stunning flavours and cooked to perfection! The little touches such as the soup for amuse-bouche and home-made mince pies at the end of the meal showed that they really wanted their guests to have an enjoyable dinner. The service was excellent, and I really can't find fault in anything. We'll definitey be back again!
6-7 Jervis Street, Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin
I came here with 5 co-workers for our Christmas pary. The restaurant and bar were absolutely jammers, and there was a real buzzy atmosphere. I had been here a couple times before, and I've always liked the decor and atmosphere of this place - very contemporary but warm as well. We were the 2nd seating, and it was a bit slow getting seated / served (although I do realise they were busy as it was a "Christmas Party Night.") The staff were very friendly and answered any questions we had about food, drinks, etc. We got shared starter platters, which were fine, but not outstanding (just finger-food you can get a lot of places). The main courses were MUCH better - I got scallops, which were divine (and the chef even substituted some veg for me as I don't eat baby corn). Others in my group were really pleased - I tried my friend's chicken and cashew, and it was gorgeous. The dessert was lovely - pistachio brownie - even though I was too full to finish all of it! We had a lovely night, even though service was a bit slow. I would have been happier if we could have ordered a la carte, rather than the set group menu (there were only 6 of us, afterall). I think I would have been more impressed if I was able to choose my own starter.
369 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin
My husband and I had been talking about trying this place for a while, and when we decided to visit with some out-of-town guests, we thought we might be taking a bit of a risk. There was no need to worry, however! We were greeted and seated by the friendly staff, who then explained their menu (which I have to say is not simple, nor straight-forward), and even gave us tastes of two different wines in order to help us choose the one we liked best. We decided to share 2 starters between the 4 of us: the calamari and the tapenade bruchette - the bruchette was absolutely gorgeous and we found ourselves fighting over it! We were all quite pleased with our mains, although I thought the portion of my 'daily special' monkfish and prawn dish was a little too small. The hake cooked on hot stone was very tasty and unique. My friend's mushroom and steak risotto was my favourite, actually, and I would definitely order that again! The atmosphere was fantastic and the service couldn't be faulted. The only criticism was the menu was quite hard to read through - and somewhat confusing. I understand the reason for all of the nutritional information, but the menu could certainly use a better layout / format.
The Church Cafe Bar & Restaurant
Junction of Mary St. & Jervis St., Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
We came for lunch after the Paddy's Day parade (got in JUST before the rush!) I had the beef & Guinness stew which was very tasty, and a great warmer! My hubby had the lamb shank special which was absolutely delicious (and very tender). Our friends each got the burgers which were massive and they said they were very tasty. It was a nice lunch, but a bit on the pricey side. Service was good, but not exceptional (they were very busy, of course).
Solas (Wexford St)
31 Wexford Street, City Centre South, Dublin
We booked a few tables for a group of us (dinner and drinks). The service was pretty poor, if I'm honest. The girl wouldn't take down ALL of our drink orders at once, so she would get a few drinks, then come back, then get a few more, etc. Also, I had to send my drink back TWICE because she kept getting it wrong. I had the pork ribs to start, which were tasty but a bit dry (and very little meat), the pad thai was very good, however. The atmosphere was good and we had an enjoyable night. It was just a shame that the service wasn't up to scratch.
3 Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin
Had dinner here last night with some friends. One of the girls I was with had been before and recommended us trying it. None of us got starters (we weren't that hungry), but I got the 4 season pizza for my main. It was tasty with fresh ingredients, but had too much sauce and not enough cheese in my opinion. We all had some gelatto for dessert which was SO yummy! The service staff were friendly, but not very attentive. There were times that they walked by our table even when we tried getting their attention. The value is quite good, especially compared to other places in Temple Bar.
58 Grand Canal Street, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin
I had lunch at this restaurant last week for the 1st time with 2 girlfriends. The place was very busy, but we luckily got a table straight away. On the downside, it was pretty crowded and somewhat awkward at times with people squeezing past us to get to and from their tables. The service was very good with friendly, helpful staff. I shared the roast veggie and goat's cheese bruscetta to start, which was amazing (honestly I'd say the best bruscetta I've had!) I then had the chicken caesar salad, which was also very good. I finished up the meal with a tasty cappuccino. All in all, it was a lovely lunch with delicious food and friendly atmosphere. I'll definitely be back!
Siam Thai (Andrews Street)
14/15 Andrews Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Ate here with a group of friends. My husband and I ordered the mixed plate starter, which was delicious (especially the chicken satay). I then got the steamed sea bass with vegetables in a soy sauce - and it was honestly one of the best fish dinners I've ever tasted! Because it was steamed, the fish was soooo moist and flavourful! My husband got the stir fried beef in wine sauce, which was also nice - but not extraordinary. The rest of our dinner party enjoyed their meals (a couple friends are vegetarian, and they have a good vege selection). I wasn't blown away by the service (it was very mediocre) I'd definitely recommend Siam Thai - the food was very good (especially my sea bass), and good value.
Mamma Mia Deli Cafe Bar
2 Grattan Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I love this place! I work nearby, so I get my morning coffee from Mamma Mia, which is delicious (and I would consider myself somewhat of a "coffee snob"). Also like to come here for lunch with co-workers. The food is fab - truely authentic Italian (which I really haven't found elsewhere in Dublin). My favourite pasta is the mushroom and ham in creamy sauce, but the menu changes frequently so I enjoy trying new pasta dishes when I can! The soup is also gorgeous - and it's made fresh with whatever ingredients are in season. The service is fab - friendly and efficient. The place can get very busy during the lunch hour, so book ahead! Alternatively you can get food to take-away, which is handy. I highly recommend Mamma Mia!
Di Bella Cafe
Hogans Place, City Centre South, Dublin
I had been here a few times for lunch (I work nearby), and the place is always busy. On this occasion, 3 of us decided to try it for dinner. The restaurant was empty when we arrived, and there was only 1 other table seated in the time we were there. The menu is excellent with lots of variety, and very good value for money. Only 1 of us ordered a starter - stuffed mushrooms - which was delicious (I had a taste). For mains we got the Del Nona pasta - which is absolutely gorgeous; the chicken arrabiatta - which was nice, but not amazing (and a bit TOO spicy, even though I like spicy food); and tomato bruschetta - which was very, very tasty! The portions were generous, so we shared a dessert: apple crumble, which was the highlight of the evening! Service was OK; the waitress wasn't overly friendly, but was competent. It’s a shame they aren’t busier at dinner, but I guess the lunch trade more than makes up for it (in fact sometimes there is a bit of a wait if you haven’t booked a table). The décor is modern and simplistic, and the restaurant is clean, but not very cosy. They have a take-away menu, which is convenient if I wanted to get something after work and take it home.
The Cedar Tree
11a St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I came here with a group of friends on a Wed night. The restaurant was pretty quiet, but that was fine with us as we were loud enough for the place, I'd say! The atmosphere in the dining room was nice, but there was very loud music from a club/bar next door which was a bit annoying! We ordered quite a few different starters (so that we could taste a bit of each other's plates) - garlic mushrooms, grilled halloumi, garlic & chilli prawns, and salad. The winners were definitely the grilled halloumi & the prawns.. very yummy! For my main I had the mixed meshwe, which was nice, except I was never given the rice I ordered with my main (I took some of my friend's rice instead). The meats were very tasty - especially the grilled lamb pieces! My friend got the chilli chicken, but she wasn't overly impressed (I on the other hand thought it tasted lovely). We were so full from the 2 courses, that none of us had room for dessert! We enjoyed the meal very much. The service was good, but not excellent (we had to ask for jugs of water a couple of times). I'd definitely recommend this restaurant for anyone that wants a change from the "typical" Irish / European cuisine that so many restaurants offer!
Yamamori Sushi, Tengu
38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
A friend and I went here for dinner - we'd been here a few times before. We both ordered sushi, temaki, and norimaki rolls. The sushi menu is a bit small in my opinion - they could do with a few more choices / combination of rolls. Yet the items that we did order were very tasty and fresh. We also got a portion of edamame, which was nicely cooked. The atmosphere in the main hall is OK, but can be a bit noisy at times. We sat at a table along the wall, and it felt a bit cramped, with couples on either sides of our table. All in all this is a nice spot, but a bit pricey. I'm more inclined to go for lunch as the sushi menu is exactly the same but the prices are more reasonable.
7-9 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I ate here with a group of friends (we had pre-booked, which I’d recommend you do as the place gets very busy). The food was really nice. The dishes that went down very well with the group were the bulgogi beef, peking duck, and chicken wings. For a Japanese restaurant I was disappointed they didn’t have more of a sushi selection. Also, the service wasn’t great, to be honest. We kept having to ask for drinks, and they didn’t automatically replace the napkins and cutlery after the starters (so we had to ask them for that as well). At the end of our meal we paid and I had to ask for the change back. I guess the server thought we were giving an extra tip on top of the service charge?! Anyways, I do recommend the place – the food is very good.
The Winding Stair Restaurant
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin
My husband and I ate here for his birthday. I started with the dressed crab with mixed leaves and soda bread. The crab was delicious and a much bigger portion than I expected. However, I only used 1 out of 2 slices of bread as they were very big pieces, and quite dense. My husband had the special which was a large flat mushroom with blue cheese and potato boxty. His was very nice as well, but there was possibly too much blue cheese on the plate (it was fairly pungent!) I then followed with the venison which was absolutely gorgeous. The meat was cooked very well (apart from 1 end slice which was pretty tough) and the sauce it came in was so yummy. My husband had the pheasant which was also delicious – really flavourful and very moist. We ended our meal with bread and butter pudding and apple and plum crumble, which were both lovely (although the bread and butter pud was a bit cool). The atmosphere is really nice, but the only downside is that there are far too many tables in the dining room and the place feels quite cramped. We were there on a Sunday night and they were only at about 2/3rd capacity – I wouldn’t like to dine there when the place is fully booked. All in all a lovely meal of fairly good value (we opted to not eat off the set menu which really is better value). I can recommend this restaurant for a nice meal out.
179 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin
My husband and I have been to Mandarin House many times (it's our local Chinese) and we have never been disappointed! I absolutely love this place - the only Chinese restaurant I've found that serves traditional Chinese food (as opposed to many "Westernised" Chinese restaurants in Dublin). On this occasion there were 4 of us dining and, as we're all friends, we decided to order a few dishes and share amongst ourselves. We started with pork yuk sung with lettuce leaves, which is absolutely delicious. It's a nice, light starter - but packed with flavour. We also had Husband & Wife sliced beef lung. Don't let the name put you off - it's gorgeous. It's a platter of cold, thinly sliced beef and lung in a soya and chili sauce. The only criticism I would have is that the portion is too large for less than 4 people. For mains we shared sweet and sour prawns, which is the only sweet and sour dish I eat because it's unlike any other sweet and sour! The sauce isn't sickingly sweet like you get from most places. We also had lamb with spring onions, which is very yummy (but lashed in garlic, so beware if you're on a date!) The service is always excellent, and be sure to ask for daily specials. There are usually 3-4 dishes which aren't on the menu because they're made from whatever fresh ingredients they have in that day. I highly recommend this place!
100 Lower Baggot street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I ate here recently with a group of friends where we had a whole teppanyaki table (upstairs) to ourselves. Originally we had booked the table for 13 people, but 3 people cancelled last-minute. This turned out to be lucky for us because the 10 of us barely fit around the table (I don't know how they would have fit 13!) The service was very good - prompt and friendly. Our chef was outgoing and entertaining, and was very good at involving us all in the dining experience. I ordered the Chef's Special (prawns, chicken & beef), and all were delicious - I especially loved the teriyaki chicken. The vegetable portion is a bit on the small side - in fact I would prefer about double the amount I was given. A friend ordered the scallops, and again the portion was quite small. If you have room, I'd recommend the Bombe Ice Cream (very tasty with the fresh fruit), but I would give the other desserts (all pre-prepared) a miss. The total for my husband & I (all-in with food, wine, desserts, coffees & service charge) was €120, which isn’t cheap. You can eat for less if you don’t get all the extras like we did. I'd recommend the teppanyaki for a bit of fun - especially with a group as there's lots of interaction (and some singing!) But if you're looking for a quiet, romantic meal, I'd opt for eating at their regular restaurant downstairs.
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin
My husband & I went to Roly's for a "romantic dinner" and we were not disappointed. The restaurant was very busy, but the service was quite good. The one negative was that we were sat upstairs at a table for 2, and its sort-of positioned right in the middle of the room with A LOT of foot traffic just next to us. Obviously this was understandable seeing as how they were busy. We were impressed by the seasonal menu, and decided to order dishes accordingly. I started with the wood pigeon (which was nice, but a bit tough). For mains I got the venison, which was gorgeous (SO tender, and seasoned perfectly!) My husband got the pheasant, which was lovely as well. We were impressed by the food & the value. In fact, when we got the bill we were quite surprised that it didn't come to more!
Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
I have been to 101 Talbot a number of times (and was always very satisfied), so I decided to book our office Christmas party there for 12 people. When we arrived the place was PACKED, so I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of service since they were so busy! However my fears were dispelled almost immediately by the prompt, competent, and friendly waiter. He made suggestions, and even gave my colleague a taster of the seafood chowder because she was unsure about ordering it! The chowder turned out to be delicious, and so was my starter - the black pudding, bleu cheese & apple salad. The mains were gorgeous as well with the favourites among the group being the pork belly, chicken, and mussels. None of my 11 colleagues had been to 101 Talbot before, so I was a bit nervous introducing them to one of my favourite restaurants. But 101 Talbot did me proud! My friends were very impressed and said they'd definitely go back. The only constructive criticism I have is that the floor was almost dangerously slippy - especially with a lot of the girls in heels! Other than that, a fabulous meal was had by all!