Restaurant Reviews from HappyGillmor

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Chapter One Restaurant

18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Great
311 reviews

Reviewed 09th January 2009 ( visited 09th January 2009 )

Class, my favourite! There last night and apart from the slightly cold feel my wife felt from the stone wall beside her, couldnt complain about anything...and even that was very minor. Two highlights, my main course of Ham shoulder was stunning and the best meal i have had in a long time. This was followed by the most dramatic making of an Irish Coffee that tasted superb. Staff top class and makes other restaurants (largely) seem very average. We had the Michelin Inspector at the table next to us and he looked very happy too! Pricy but worth every penny.
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Chi Asian Restaurant

9 Georges Avenue, Blackrock, Dublin, Area Code: South Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
Asian Fusion

Price Range:

Good
75 reviews

Reviewed 17th February 2008 ( visited 12th February 2008 )

Have read a few of the other reviews and am surprised to see some complain of parking....isnt this a "problem" everywhere??? Anyway the restaurant...we went for a quick bite in Blackrock the other night and went back here as we had a good meal here previously. We were delighted to see the cost of the set meal was €56 for two courses including a bottle of wine! Ok the wine wasn't brill but it was acceptable. The food portions were not huge either but again they were more than adequate for us. The quality was good but not exceptional. Service was good and we will be back. It was one of four we lookeed into that night and while the others were empty (or almost empty) Chi had a good scattering of patrons. Value for money for sure!
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Fade Street Social - The Restaurant
Drury Street , City Centre South, Dublin

Really enjoyable meal. Excellent service. Very good buzz about the place. Couldn't really fault a thing...even the cabbage was done perfectly!

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Gleesons
44 Booterstown Avenue, Booterstown, Dublin

Lovely food by and large, some course better than others. A bit pricey for what it is and I feel would do a lot more business if they reduced prices or had specials. Children's selection is good. This is/was a pub after all so don't expect crystal glasses, silver service and fresh flowers on the tables, the waitresses are nice (usually and if not stressed out which sometimes happens as they get caught out with numbers) without having the extra buzz and interest in their work that I love to see...How about more of the "good evening, I'm X and I'm looking after you this evening"...overall we go there a bit and like it but would love it if we see three things change...more specials/early birds or reduced prices, friendlier/more welcoming waitresses and better cutlery.

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Baan Thai (Ballsbridge)
16 Merrion Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Mine was a take away so the atmosphere relates to the feel of the place as i collected! Anyway, the food was good, I love their Pad Thai, my wife had green chicken curry which she said was very good. Why dont they redcue prices for take aways though..too pricy for take home food. Have sat in there too and always had a good (if a little close to other tables which can lead to interesting eavsdropping!) experience.

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Kendals Restaurant @ Mount Juliet Conrad
Mount Juliet Conrad, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Thomastown, Kilkenny

Lovely food, great service, not sure on value. I was there as a guest at a group golf outing where they entertained about 60 people. The room was nicely laid out with a good choice of starters and mains. I had salmon to start and it was very nice. I then choose duck confit for main with mash and it was very nice. The one (small) negative was that the duck was very salty but overall it was lovely. Finally I had apple tart and ice cream. Sounds boring but it was anything but....it was really good. A very generous plate of open apple tart on a tasty pastry with creamy tasty icecream on top surrounded (if you like things sweet) by a "moat" of caramel....I would come back for this alone! Nice coffee and really good service led to a most pleasurable evening. My recommendation...check the prices and if its reasonable, go along and give it a go...and order the apple tart!

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The Wild Goose Grill
First Floor, Above McSorleys, 1 Sandford Road, Dublin 6 , Ranelagh, Dublin

Had booked this through you guys and mentioned it was our anniversary, i would normally do this as it adds to the occassion if the restaurant adds in a little amuse bouch or something small (or even mentions it) but no sign this time...not a biggie. the restaurant was packed on the wed night, think they do the early goose all night on wed so thats working a treat, great buzz but very noisy, only when people started to leave did it get better. Maybe if they had a carpet/rugs? anyway to the food. starters were top class (fish pasta and pork belly) my wife's main was very good too but my duck ( I have to stop ordering duck!) was a bit tough but tasty....the sweet potato and sides were very good and complimented the duck very well. service was a little slow to start but they were all very nice and very good. Price was a little high (we stuck to the a la carte) for these times. This was our second visit and we will be back. Nice restaurant.

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The Roadhouse Bar and Restaurant
Clongowney, Mullingar, Westmeath

I have never gone to a place that was so regularily mentioned as a good place to stop and been so dissapointed. This was the worst of all that pub food is. Bad seating (just about acceptably clean), cheap utensils and glasses and patcy service led to a most unpleasant stop. The chips were the only good thing. Just because you get a lot of something doesnt mean its good. This was the sort of food you expected five years ago and I for one will avoid in future.

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Milano (Dun Laoghaire)
1 Harbour Square, Crofton Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

You get what you come to Milanos for. Even to the extent that I wasnt going to bother with reviewing it! The kids menu is very basic but a good idea (@8.50 I think) and gives them 4 courses, they feel like they are getting loads and, instead of them eating and then looking to go they have to wait for the next course...Milanos got this right for sure. Service slow and sporadic the day we visited but its new so lets give it a chance. Pizzas good as always but, if you like crispy bases and flavoursome cheeze, not as good as those I have previously reviewed. We will be back with the kids for sure...now if they could do something similiar for the adults on price and value (Pizzas should not be dear) that would be something.

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La Taverna Armento @ BrookLodge & Macreddin Village
The Brooklodge Hotel, Macreddin Village, Aughrim, Wicklow

We were staying in Brooklodge for a few nights and ate here the second night. It is very small and basic but I liked that. We had an antipasta plate to start which was very authentic and good. I had a sausage and chive pizza which was top class, the best pizza I have had in a long time...and I eat a lot of pizzas! My wife had rizotto which she said was very nice (but there was enough in it for two people). The desserts were grand and the wine (organic) was nice but prob better value at around 23 to 25 euro. Finally, we were treated to a couple of glasses of lemoncello, which is one drink that we make me come back for more. This is nothing fancy but good authentic southern Italian food. It will have its critics but we liked it and would recommend you visit.

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The Strawberry Tree-Brooklodge
The Brooklodge Hotel, Macreddin Village, Aughrim, Wicklow

Had a nice meal and the food was very good however I was expecting it to be tastier as everything was organic. I felt that the food was over flavoured and this did not allow the real flavours to come out. My wife had hake with flavoured rice but the flavours completely overwhelmed the fish. I had the duck which was very good. I would give it another go.

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Chapter One Restaurant
18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Class, my favourite! There last night and apart from the slightly cold feel my wife felt from the stone wall beside her, couldnt complain about anything...and even that was very minor. Two highlights, my main course of Ham shoulder was stunning and the best meal i have had in a long time. This was followed by the most dramatic making of an Irish Coffee that tasted superb. Staff top class and makes other restaurants (largely) seem very average. We had the Michelin Inspector at the table next to us and he looked very happy too! Pricy but worth every penny.

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Chi Asian Restaurant
9 Georges Avenue, Blackrock, Dublin

Have read a few of the other reviews and am surprised to see some complain of parking....isnt this a "problem" everywhere??? Anyway the restaurant...we went for a quick bite in Blackrock the other night and went back here as we had a good meal here previously. We were delighted to see the cost of the set meal was €56 for two courses including a bottle of wine! Ok the wine wasn't brill but it was acceptable. The food portions were not huge either but again they were more than adequate for us. The quality was good but not exceptional. Service was good and we will be back. It was one of four we lookeed into that night and while the others were empty (or almost empty) Chi had a good scattering of patrons. Value for money for sure!

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The Lobby Lounge, InterContinental Hotel
InterContinental Hotel, Simmonscourt Road, Ballsbridge , Ballsbridge, Dublin

Ate in The Café. Lovely food, service excellent, perhaps a bit pricy. Still has a hotel feel that may not suit everyone. We stayed the night and the breakfast the next day is top class too. Opt for tapwater instead of the usual offering of "still or sparkling" as it is just as good and significantly less expensive! Overall two starters, two mains and a bottle of Wither Hills and coffee came to about €140. The best bit (as usual chosen by my wife!) was the smoked salmon starter. Staff very good and very nice.

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The Coach House Pub & Restaurant
Roundwood, Roundwood, Wicklow

Good value pub grub. Burger was very nice (if a little spicy which suited me but may not be to everyones taste - there were wee chillies in there) but my wife had chicken caesar salad which tasted nice but too much sauce. Wy wife mentioned this to the waiter and he came back to say that we would not be charged, which was nice of them. Our Children had chicken strips (a bit spicy for kids but nice for Dad) and sausages and chips. (standard fare) It's one I would happily go to again for a burger and a pint. Happy.

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Maia Restaurant
47 Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Been here twice now and the same comment applies to both visits - they need to do something about the door, the gaff was freezing on both occasions. The food is good but the service is a little "hit and miss". The girl on our first visit forgot our order completely but she was very nice so we agreed not to complain! On the second visit the basics such as water and our initial drinks were very slow in arriving. The "owner/manager" may as well not be there (unless he knows you) as he does nothing to add to the experience. The least he should do perhaps is welcome diners, ask are they enjoying the meal and say goodbye when they are leaving. I have had the burger (good) with chips (very good) and the next time the Hake (also good if a little greasy but what do you expect with a batter I suppose) It is nicely and trendily decorated and there is a nice mixture of people coming and going but they need to brush up on the service and fix the door situation. Brunch here sounds like a good idea so i'll be back for that...in the summer!

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Peploes Wine Bistro
16 St Stephen's Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

I have been here many times and returned again last Saturday night for a meal with 6 others. As usual it was top class service and atmospheric surroundings but (again as usual) I left feeling like I had got what I wanted but paid just a little too much for it. I had the brie starter and you could not fault it, perfectly melted cheese and light crispy batter with a nice salad/sauce. For main I decided to be brave and opted for the Venision. It, to my taste anyway was overpowered by the flavours of the sauces that came with it. Altogether too rich a flavour in the sauces whilst the venison, when tasted on its own was quite nice. I would not order it again though. One of the party had the rubard and apple dessert which I had a taste of and went back for more, its was very good. Some nice wine (and no one doing the dog on it!) and the overall bill came to €160 per couple. Maybe I am being unfair insofar as everyone else raved about their food which mostly was the steaks. (Does that in intself say something about the menu?) I will be back as you cannot fault so many aspects of Peploes (esp service and ambience) but the Deer are safe for now!

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The Stillorgan Orchard
1 The Hill, Stillorgan, Stillorgan, Dublin

We go to the Orchard fairly regularily for quick meals with the kids. Being aged 5 and 4 they have particular tastes and this place suits them well. Chicken tenders are good for them and burger (although too big and slightly undercooked in the middle as they tend to be when so large) is also very good. Why does no one just offer the option of either 1/4 lb or 1/2 lb burger? It is still a pub though so dont expect a vintage wine list or top class service. (nothing wrong with the service all the same) We did have to complain about the girls starter of garlic "bread". They were small hard, rock like creatures and tasted mildly of garlic....our waitress handled well but then, when it was still on the bill I asked her what the chef had said. She had been told to take it off the bill but forgot...anyway she was full of apopogies and overall a satisfactory (but maybe slightly pricey for pub grub) meal. Nice chips. Furniture getting a bit tatty.

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Al Boschetto
2 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Ballsbridge, Dublin

There Saturday night last. No booking and with the kids. Nice atmosphere and typical Italian. My wife had lasagne which she said was very nice. I had pizza that was uninspiring insofar as the base (crucial) was crumbly rather than crisp. Did nice pasta (hard not to) with butter/cheese for the kids. And while the staff were very nice and friendly I thought they were slow and not very professional. So for cheap (ish) and cheerful it's grand. Nice garlic bread with cheese, it must be said.

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Rody Bolands
12-14 Upper Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin

Ate here recently and was happy with my club sambo. Very big portions. Other people's food looked ok too. Fresh carvery. No real atmosphere. Suspect better on a Saturday night. If you need dinner and a few pints then it's better than the average pub fair....but not much!

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