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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 7

Member Since: 05 February 2011

Last Visit: 04 February 2018

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Howards Way (Rathgar) restaurant

8 Orwell Road, Dublin 6, Rathgar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 6

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Cuisine:
Breakfast

Price Range:

Good
83 reviews

Reviewed 03rd May 2011 ( visited 09th April 2011 )

Celebrated my husbands 50th here with 12 friends on Saturday 9th April. Have to say I was really impressed - as I have been complaining about the menu not being changed for a while they put on a special menu for the ocassion. All of our friends thought the food was magnificent & the service was fab as usual thanks the staff. No problems with me bringing down a birthday cake which was served for dessert & we were even offered complimentary Sambukas. Keep up the good work
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TGI Friday (St Stephens Green ) restaurant

St Stephens Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
American

Price Range:

Average
218 reviews

Reviewed 12th February 2011 ( visited 11th February 2011 )

Went here last night with 2 friends. All decided on the two courses at 15 euro which is quite good value. Two friends ordered chicken wings with Jack Daniels sauce & they both enjoyed them I had deep fried mozzarela sticks which sounded lovely however, they tasted very processed, obviously bought in frozen. None of the starters were served with a salad garnish so the plates looked quite bare & boring - surely a couple of leaves & half a tomato doesn't cost that much. For mains we ordered fish & chips which was very tasty, burger & chips (very few chips) and the burger was cold and chicken breast with Jack Daniels sauce which was gorgeous however, the carrots which accompanid this were raw and I mean raw not al dente & the chessy mash which was very tasty was rather cold. Service was reasonable but took a while to get anybody's attention as there didn't seem to be too many staff on duty. As we had a voucher fo 50 euro I wasn't too disappointed but don't think I'll be back any time soon.
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The Pines Cafe Bar and Restaurant
196 Whitehall Road, South Dublin, Terenure, Dublin

Disorganised chaos - having reserved tables and ordered platters two weeks ago to celebrate my birthday with family and friends last night I wrongly assumed that everything would be organised for our arrival at 8.00pm. When we arrived there were people sitting at the tables I had reserved, as we were a little bit early I said nothing thinking that they would be leaving soon, however when I asked one of the floor staff she told me that there were no tables reserved, I told her that I had made the booking with Dave the barman and again she said there was no booking. I was also told that there was no food ordered, at this stage I was starting to get stressed as my guests were due to arrive, including my elderly mother in a wheelchair. We had to sit squashed around a few tables for over an hour before somewhere suitable became available. Karen was the only staff member who did anything to help, she organised a table for us and also spoke to the chef and got the food sorted. When the food arrived we asked one of the lounge girls if we could have some cocktail sticks and we were told that they didn't have any and she gave us toothpicks to use instead. What I find hard to believe is that the manager on duty, Eric was aware of the problem and did absolutely nothing about it. When I went to pay for the food later in the evening I was expecting them to offer some sort of discount given the complete mess they had made of things but how wrong I was, Dave the guy I had originally made the booking with insisted that I pay full price, I said I didn't think this was fair but he insisted so I paid the price we had agreed initially and told him that was the last time we would be visiting The Pines, again Eric the bar manager stood there listening to this conversation and did nothing. Our group would have spent at a rough guess €400 - €500 there last night and this how you get treated. We would normally go to The Pines two or three times a month but I will be taking my business elsewhere from now on.

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Lily Bridge's
Racket Hall, Country House, Dublin Road, Roscrea, Tipperary

Ate here last Friday & Saturday night as staying in the hotel (Rackett Hall) which is fab but unfortunately is let down big time by the food on offer - intended eating in the bar on Friday night & having a nice meal in the restaurant on Sat.as it was included in our package - but it seems the bar & restaurant menu are one & the same & a bit confused, not typical bar food & definitely not what you would expect on a menu in a country house hotel. Had burger & chips on Friday - the burger was lovely & tasty but the chips were anaemic - why can't theu leave them for another few minutes? husband had mini mixed grill which he enjoyed. The menu for our package on Saturday night was very boring so I asked if we could order from another menu and pay a supplement which the manager agreed to - I had deep fried brie which was reasonable enough but not very pleasing to the eye, a little more colour in the salad garnish would have made a huge difference, my husband had leek & potato soup which was fine - we both had steaks for mains but again the attention to detail was rather lacking - the steak was ok but it was served with more anaemic chips & onion rings that were very well cooked - the accompanying pepper sauce was a disaster more like bisto with a couple of peppercorns in it. Overall the hotel was fab but really think they need to vastly improve on the catering side of the business, we were given a voucher when checking out for a special offer within the next 6 months but I really don't think I would return because of the poor food quality & what seems to be a lack of interest in producing a decent menu

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Arc Cafe Bar
Liffey Vallley Shopping Centre, Fonthill Rd, West Dublin, Liffey Valley, Dublin

Ate here with my husband last Saturday night as I had a living social voucher 29 euro for 2 starters 2 mains & 2 glasses of wine. Waited about 30 minutes for a table despite having booked. Having perused the Arc menu on menupages before my visit l had a bet on with my husband as to what he would order but when we were eventually seated & given menus I discovered that the menu had changed even though the old menu is still displayed in the window so I lost the bet as the ham hock terrine is no longer available. I ordered the roast chicken salad for starters and himself had the duck spring roll - my salad was extremely bland & I had to pour some of my husbands hoi sin sauce on it to give it a bit of flavour, the spring rolls as stated on the menu is actually 1 roll cut in half & although the taste was ok it was very awkward to eat the accompanying noodles because of the bowl that they were served in. We both ordered the fillet steak which was absolutely fab but the bed of champ was freezing cold. I ordered mixed veg as a side dish (although I really wanted the creamed spinach which was on the old menu) & now wish that I hadn't bothered the carrots & caulieflower where grossly overcooked but when I mentioned this to the manager I was told that they had probably been cooked earlier & heated up - sorry not good enough. On a positive note I have to say that our waitress was extremely attentive & pleasant. Overall was ok for 29 euro but there is no way I would have paid 76 euro which would have been the total without the voucher

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

Had lunch here today with a colleague - I had Leek & Potatoe soup which I found to be very salty & way too thick more like liqudised baby food than soup, however the magnificent salads made up for it - 3 salads, soup & a slice of bread for 11.95 which I thought was a bit priey considering the deals that are around these days but I suppose you live & learn.

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The Bracken Grill Steak & Seafood Restaurant @ The Bracken Court Hotel
Bridge Street, North Co. Dublin, Balbriggan, Dublin

Ate here last Saturday night with my husband as part of a beddeals package, we both ordered the morrocan chicken starter which was suppused to be in a yoghurt, lemon & coconut sauce but which was actually quite tasteless this was served with a cornmeal wrap which as a result of the sauce on the chicken was soggy. Both ordered the rib eye steak which was lovely & the handcut chips & peppercorn sauce was gorgeous, however it was supposed to be served with roast beef tomato but all we got was a half of a regular one. The tiramisu for dessert wasn't hectic so I ended up left half of mine. I didn't think the service was up to much - the head waiter wasn't in any way friendly or inviting, the jug of water that wasbrought to the table was warm & despite us both ordering steak only one of us were given a steak knife. Don't think I'll be rushing back any time soon

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TGI Friday (St Stephens Green )
St Stephens Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here last night with 2 friends. All decided on the two courses at 15 euro which is quite good value. Two friends ordered chicken wings with Jack Daniels sauce & they both enjoyed them I had deep fried mozzarela sticks which sounded lovely however, they tasted very processed, obviously bought in frozen. None of the starters were served with a salad garnish so the plates looked quite bare & boring - surely a couple of leaves & half a tomato doesn't cost that much. For mains we ordered fish & chips which was very tasty, burger & chips (very few chips) and the burger was cold and chicken breast with Jack Daniels sauce which was gorgeous however, the carrots which accompanid this were raw and I mean raw not al dente & the chessy mash which was very tasty was rather cold. Service was reasonable but took a while to get anybody's attention as there didn't seem to be too many staff on duty. As we had a voucher fo 50 euro I wasn't too disappointed but don't think I'll be back any time soon.

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Howards Way (Rathgar)
8 Orwell Road, Dublin 6, Rathgar, Dublin

Celebrated my husbands 50th here with 12 friends on Saturday 9th April. Have to say I was really impressed - as I have been complaining about the menu not being changed for a while they put on a special menu for the ocassion. All of our friends thought the food was magnificent & the service was fab as usual thanks the staff. No problems with me bringing down a birthday cake which was served for dessert & we were even offered complimentary Sambukas. Keep up the good work

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