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Fallon and Byrne restaurant

11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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483 reviews

Reviewed 21st May 2014 ( visited 16th May 2014 )

A light supper in the basement consisting of the boar terrine, cheeseboard and dips. The boar terrine and the open prawn sandwich are my two favourite dishes on the basement menu - just perfect! They had a delicious Spanish Rioja, Artuke, open that night that was just sublime. Usually, I am not blown away by many of the wines by the glass but I know that one and its a solid, tasty rioja. Service, although they are nice folks, is abysmally slow but somehow it doesn't seem to matter as much when surrounded by good food and nice wine.
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Fallon and Byrne restaurant

11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Good
483 reviews

Reviewed 21st May 2014 ( visited 16th May 2014 )

A light supper in the basement consisting of the boar terrine, cheeseboard and dips. The boar terrine and the open prawn sandwich are my two favourite dishes on the basement menu - just perfect! They had a delicious Spanish Rioja, Artuke, open that night that was just sublime. Usually, I am not blown away by many of the wines by the glass but I know that one and its a solid, tasty rioja. Service, although they are nice folks, is abysmally slow but somehow it doesn't seem to matter as much when surrounded by good food and nice wine.
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Vasco
Coast Road, The Burren, Fanore, Clare

Great little restaurant with some regular options but also offering a welcome reprieve from fish & chips and chowder. The menu seems to have a middle eastern nod with tagine and flatbreads. I ordered an interesting sounding goat, buttermilk and fennel main course which was very tasty and had a well dressed simple green salad and roast baby potatoes. My husband ordered a crab noodle salad which was also really tasty. The local beers on offer were.well executed( nice IPA and stout). I would recommend checking this out if you are in the area but book in advance and bring cash as with most places around here the availability of a working card machine is limited. Service was friendly and efficient. Booking advisable

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Goggins Inn
99 Monkstown Road, Monkstown, Dublin

Just moved locally and we have eaten here three time - very good food on all occasions. I would recommend the monkfish scampi and my husband really enjoys the burger. Nice wine selection too.

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Seagrass of Portobello Bridge
30 South Richmond Street, Dublin 8, Portobello, Dublin

Nice BYOB place with a strong set menu. There is a lot of supplements on the menu choices which is a bit disappointing. The night we were there the service was a bit hit and miss as they were so busy with large groups. Highlights were the chilli prawns, salmon and the hot choc dessert.

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Lumanti of Nepal
88 Rathgar Road, South Dublin, Rathgar, Dublin

Consistently tasty and interesting food at reasonable prices. The momos and the tandoori prawns are my favourites. Service is always great and takeaway from there is delivered hot and promptly. Definitely worth a visit.

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Fallon and Byrne
11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

A light supper in the basement consisting of the boar terrine, cheeseboard and dips. The boar terrine and the open prawn sandwich are my two favourite dishes on the basement menu - just perfect! They had a delicious Spanish Rioja, Artuke, open that night that was just sublime. Usually, I am not blown away by many of the wines by the glass but I know that one and its a solid, tasty rioja. Service, although they are nice folks, is abysmally slow but somehow it doesn't seem to matter as much when surrounded by good food and nice wine.

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Forest Avenue
8 Sussex Terrace, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

Had brunch here on a Sunday with another couple and it was super. The courses were perfectly sized and displayed a comprehensive array of cooking skills and flavours that justified the number of courses on a Sunday. Service was great. The wine and drink recommendations were perfect. Highly, highly recommend the Sunday brunch.

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The Winding Stair Restaurant
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin

Great setting. A super spot to bring visitors as it has great views and offers some quintessential Irish food in a modern way. Perhaps a bit on the steep side price wise. Some great flavours in the dishes. Service was attentive and friendly.

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Mayfield Deli & Eatery
Terenure Road North, South Dublin, Terenure, Dublin

Had lunch here this week. Ordered the sandwich special of prawn and bacon bagel with a side of their French onion soup - delicious. Great local spot. Banana bread is also super. Scones are fine - could be better.

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Mehek
91A Rathgar Road, South Dublin, Rathgar, Dublin

Booked online through Menupages with a voucher for 2 mains, 2 sides, naan and a bottle of wine. Great value and the food was delicious. The Tandoori Jhinga Masala was absolutely delicious as was the peshwari naan. Very quite on a Monday night but that suited us perfectly. Service was also very good.

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Etto Merrion Row
18 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Having eaten here 3 times since it opened, I felt confident that it would be a good location to bring some US colleagues to ensure they see the more modern side of Dublin restaurant scene. It certainly proved to be a great choice. We had a late addition to the party but that was handled very well. The ever-changing adventurous food was just superb. The favourite dishes at the table were the beef, the duck and the prune dessert. There was a warm smoked salmon starter that also stood out. Great restaurant. Highly recommend it.

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Fallon and Byrne
11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Once again the nibbles in the basement with a carafe of wine were the perfect spot for a meal out with a visiting work colleague from the US. We had the special boar terrine which was incredible, the cheese board always good and the open prawn sandwich which is also always consistently excellent. The standard of bread accompanying the dishes this time was fresher than normal which is great. I do like being able to get a carafe of wine - perfect portion for two people eating that may want to move on for a few drinks later. My only negative comment is that there never seems to be enough staff.

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777
7 Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I eat here a lot but this is my first review. Its a great spot. I have eaten here for both lunch and dinner on Sat and Sun, dinner only on Friday and the last time was for Taco Tuesday - Two Tacquitos for €4. The blackened shrimp, chorizo, special beef and the lamb tacquitos are all delish. My two other favourite things on the menu are the tuna sashimi and the hanger steak. I've also had their market fish special a few times and it has always been excellent. I do wish it would be possible to book just so you could guarantee a seat. Always a great atmosphere and super cocktails. One of my go-to restaurants in Dublin due to great food, atmosphere and cocktails.

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Vermilion
94-96 Terenure Road, Dublin 6 , Terenure, Dublin

I have been a long time client of Vermilion, both dine-in and takeout. Recently it is always take-out. One staff member constantly asks for things to be repeated - I have updated my address on file several times now and if I have to explain my address once more I will literally go down with a picture! The food is still outstanding and that's why I order the takeaway. Consistently good dishes are the Jhinga Mirshc Masala, Ghost Ka Salan and the Lamb Vindaloo. Please, please bring back the Bombay Aloo.

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Bear
35 South William Street, Dublin 2, South William Street, Dublin

Fancied a nice bit of steak so headed along to Bear on a Friday night around 8 or so. We got a seat immediately which seemingly is rare on a Friday night. We ordered the chicken livers and the prawn and sweet potato fish cakes for starter which were both pretty tasty. I loved the chicken livers as they were very flavourful, in contrast my husband preferred the fish cake but I didn't think it packed enough of a punch. We ordered the Onglette to share, medium rare, under the advisement of the waiter and sure enough it was delicious - not quite as tender as he had described but very tasty nonetheless. As sides we got fries and horseradish coleslaw - word of warning get the coleslaw only if you like horseradish as its pretty powerful but then I loved it. No desserts yet but they are refitting the place and getting a dessert chef so watch this space. Nice atmosphere but the music is just a fraction too loud. Especially if you in there as a couple across a relatively wide table and don't want to shout at one another. Would recommend this place for group nights out above a cosy couple dining experience.

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Salamanca Fusion
38 - 40 Parliament Street, City Centre South, Dublin

My husband and I visited here on a random Thursday night and were expecting a similiar experience to the main Salamanca. This was not the case. I ordered the honey glazed prawns which were quite nice but my husband ordered the charcuterie which left a lot to be desired. It really was below par - olives from a tin, meats from ??. The service was quite good, very fast as they are used to turning as many covers as possible in an evening. All in, i'm glad I tried it but I won't be back.

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Il Baccaro
Meeting House Square, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

On a cold Sunday evening facing into a long week in work, I fancied some Italian food so I persuaded my husband and a friend of ours to go along here for their Early Bird. We rang ahead and enquired about the early bird and availability and they said no problem. We arrived and we were just given the normal menus, so when we asked for early bird menus there was a distinct and obvious tone of annoyance, to be shortly followed by a spiel that the early bird menu had ben redone on Friday and wasn't going to be available until Monday. perfectly acceptable but not a great tone and no suggestion of an alternative solution - bizarre. Anyhoo, the food. We ordered baby squid, mixed bruschetta and a tomato one. All very good except the mixed brushetta which came with a very raw garlic option and also 6 pieces of bread - a lot for a starter. Ordered the gnocchi, seafood linguine and the caprese salad for mains - all very, very tasty. Its true what other reviewers have said - the menu is limited but the raw ingredients are excellent. We just ordered a 1/2ltr of the house red which is perfectly acceptable red wine that you'd get in a lot of restaurants in Italy or France as part of your set menu. I would visit again but just FYI if you are planning on going for the early bird maybe get solid confirmation over the phone that the menu exists and is being offered on the evening you are booking for. All in all a great experience and not bad value.

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BANG Restaurant & Bar
11 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

3 of us went here for the Early Bird at very short notice. We got a great table upstairs by the window which is a fab room for decor. Service was pretty good but we did get served by someone different at nearly every single opportunity. The food- 2 starters of the Goats cheese which was tasty. 1 person got the Arancini which was very tasty and a good portion size. For mains we chose, two steaks and one salmon. The steaks both arrived medium rare although one had ordered rare. The salmon was delicious. Ordered a cheese plate and a chocolate mouse for dessert which were both excellent. All in all we ended up with a good meal but again most things we chose had a supplement attached and hence its not the best value Early Bird in town but its certainly tasty...

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Crackbird
60 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I ate here for the first time on Friday evening and given that normally there are queues out the door we were very lucky to get a table straight away at around 6:45. Just to set the scene, the restaurant is laid out very much like Jo Burger its mothership in Rathmines- i.e. sharing tables. I have 2 issues with this arrangement. Firstly, because these tables are so wide and the music is so loud I could hear the people to my left and right easier than I could my husband sitting across from me. Secondly, inevitably food is going to arrive for either party at different times so at some point you have people right there staring at what you've ordered or you are doing it yourself - its just being human. Other concerns are that the seating is wedged AND its high stools - waiting for a disaster to happen. The problem with having food somewhere a DJ is playing is that, audiowise, its all about the DJ so if you want to have a conversation just forget it. Having said all that, the food, well lets be honest, the chicken was super. We ordered a half a chilli chicken and the lemon and garlic brochettes which were fab!! The potato salad was a let down - kind of reminded me of what you'd get at a large country funeral - i.e. great intentions but cooked under distraction so not all potatoes pieces were cooked evenly. All in all, go here with someone that you have no interest in talking to but who equally shares you're love of really, super chicken. This place is not for lingering.....

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The Port House
64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We were in town for a appointment and figured we'd have a good chance of getting a table on a Monday and we did but the place was still busy. We were sitting upstairs at the front section which in my opinion is the worst seat in this otherwise very well laid out establishment. We ordered around 7 items, mainly the Iberico Ham, Spanish cheeses, Calamari, Spinach Chickpea and black pudding (my absolute favourite) and some others, plus we had a bottle of wine. I don't order desserts in here as I just think the savoury is much tastier! Our wine was excellent - its referred to as Wimbledon in a glass on the menu and it never disappoints. Yet another great experience and without breaking the bank. My only low was the seat we had. However, if you are thinking of going just do it - its a great spot and in a super location.

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ely gastro bar
Grand Canal Square, (Next to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre), Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

Ate here on Saturday night under the illusion that its an Ely so it should be pretty good - it wasn't. They were pretty accommodating about us changing the booking but that was no surprise when we arrived as it was pretty empty. Firstly, there were 3 items not available on the menu and we were only told this after we had read the menu and made our decisions... which we had to change. Then we were wrongly adivsed on what portion of the Super Salad to order as a shared starter portion as it was massive and very filling as a main between 2. I had the chicken fillet burger (minus the bun) which they were happy to do and it was perfectly tasty but nthing amazing. My husband had the Lamb shank - the meat was tasty but the supporting vegetables were "strange" - like the water had been removed from them with the flavour. We ordered a glass of wine each - one NZ Pinot Noir (very nice) and one Austrian Gruner Veitliner (I drink a lot of this wine and I have my suspicions whether it was actually a GV or had been replaced by a Sauvignon Blanc - anyhoo, my bad as I didn't say anything. We got the trio of desserts which were fine and the pineapple tart tatin was very interesting and different in a good way. So all in 1 starter (main size), 2 mains, 2 glasses of wine, 1 dessert and 1 coffee = €73. In my opinion expensive enough for what we had. Much like other reviews, I don't think i'll be in a hurry back but it certainly won't put me off eating in the other Ely's because its a completely different experience. My final note is that the staff seemed like nice individuals but they lacked a bit of basic common sense. or maybe just direction.

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Saba
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We left the pub in a taxi in the rain, anticipating a great Saba experience. We order the take-away a bit but hadn't been back to the restaurant for some time. We rang ahead and booked and the guy was very friendly on the phone, as he was when we arrived. We ordered tempura pak with Cod and the Black pepper squid for starters. The Tempura pak was better on the take-away menu. The veg pieces were massive and hence a real chore to eat plus the mayo had half the flavour of the one that you get from Saba To Go?!? On the other hand the black pepper squid was tasty. I ordered a second starter as my main course - the Goong Pao which was a real disappointment, 2 different dressings, the watercress was swimming in a mix of both of them and the prawns although tasty weren't the qty you'd expect for €12.45. The other main was the Phad Krapow, beef, which was tasty. The one desert we got as my husband was on the set menu was the dark chocolate tart which was a hard slab of chocolate and did not taste like it was worth the calories. All in all, a disappointing experience and I will be removing this restaurant from my little list of places I recommend to people visiting Dublin.

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Bodega! (Waterford)
54 John Street, Waterford, Waterford City, Waterford

Yum! We were staying in Waterford for the weekend and I booked Bodega for dinner after a lot of thought. We ordered the crab and prawn cannellini and the mozzarella and tomato galette for starters - both very tasty. As I had a big lunch I opted for another starter for my main - the goats cheese and my husband got the fish pie. Both were again delicious. As the food had been so good we decided to go for desserts - we had the hot chocolate souffle and the Deise bread & butter pudding - really delicious. We also had a great Argentinian Pinot Noir which was available by the carafe - a great idea if you plan on having a few drinks for the remainder of the evening! All in all, I'll be back the next time I am in Waterford and i'd have no hesitation in recommending this restaurant. My one negative would be the single shared toilet for the size of the restaurant but its a minor complaint.

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O'Brien Chop House
Main Street, Lismore, Waterford

I attended the Foraging Day organised by O'Briens Chop House which included a coastal and woodland forage, 3 course lunch and a glass of wine. We met at 10AM and foraged until 2:30 at which time we brought back our collection to the chefs and they cooked us up a lunch. We had smoked haddock (smoked by the Chop House) with some of the wild salad leaves we had picked - Daisy Flower, wild mint, sea spinach. Then we had a fillet of hake cooked in a butter sauce containing some of the smaller items we had collected. Before lunch we tried some jams made by the Foragers - the fireweed jam was super! Not to mention the blackberry leaf tea which was very refreshing. All this was enjoyed with a glass of a great NZ Pinot Noir and closed out with a medley of desserts and delicious coffee! I will be back to try the lunch menu. A great experience all in!

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The Hungry Monk
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

We popped into the Hungry Monk for Sunday lunch at relatively short notice. The goats cheese starter was great and my husband's Lamb kidney's starter was very tasty also. We both ordered the lemon sole goujons for our mains and they were tasty but nothing amazing. The accompanying fries and tartare sauce were great. Service was very friendly and efficient. I'm not disappointed as such but for some reason I was expecting more. I would go back.

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

My husband and I regularly forgo family Sunday lunch or anything else for that matter in Clonmel/ Kilkenny and put the boot down to make it back to Avoca on the N7. The food is always super fresh, comes in gargantuan quantities and is good value for the quality of the ingredients. The only downside is the queuing system and the fact that can sometimes we standing around with your food looking for a table. One word of warning is that it is a VERY kid friendly place so if you are hungover or just not in the mood for little people then its best to avoid it at the weekends. All in all , one of my favourite places to eat.

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Wagamama Dundrum
Unit G1, Building 12, Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Ordered a take away from here for the 2nd time last night and it wasn't worth the wait. Much like the previous visit the food just didn't taste like it was freshly made and lacked depth of flavour. The soba noodles had a very synthetic consistency. There are so many better restaurants and take-aways in the area rather than this. On the plus side the staff are very friendly but thats about it i'm afraid.

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Montys of Rathgar
88 Rathgar Road, Rathgar, Dublin

My husband and I go here regularly for both the early bird and the a la carte. The food is great, the service is always very good and the wine selection is excellent. My stand out pieces are the Monkfish main which they have won an awrd for, the Aloo Jeera and the Chilli Chicken. We regularly get take-away from here and it arrives piping hot and as good as it is to eat in the restuarant. We often meet the owner who is an exceedingly nice man and you can tell he works very hard to maintain the high standards he has set. His wife runs Nepalese cooking courses so we are definitely going to do one of these next. I can highly recommend this restaurant.

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