Restaurant Reviews from Honey24
Milano (Baggot Street) restaurant
1 - 2 Haddington Road, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 4
Reviewed 13th December 2014 ( visited 12th December 2014 )Went here for my daughter's 2nd birthday with my husband. We had a great time. She was given crayons, stickers etc on arrival. The kid's menu is very good,there are 3 courses but for my daughter's age you can order just a main for a lower price. I went for American hot pizza and my husband went for pollo pesto pasta. As always with Milano, we really enjoyed the food, it's very tasty. They do coffees with small desserts on the side which is perfect after a big main. We had a 25% off voucher so our bill came to €33.44, really good value and an enjoyable experience, will be back!
Octopussy Seafood Tapas restaurant
7 West Pier, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 13th December 2014 ( visited 11th December 2014 )3rd time back here, 1st time with my hubby. We were seated at the window overlooking the harbour and lashing rain, great setting. I had spicy prawns with garlic potatoes and my hubby had seafood paella, we enjoyed it all. Glass of house red/white is €5 which is great value and very nice. Service was good without being over-attentive. Will be back!
Marine Hotel , Sutton Cross, Dublin 13, Sutton, Dublin
Arrived here with no booking Sunday evening. We enjoyed the food and found the service attentive. Found the verbal updates between waitress and Maitre D annoyinging, could overhear alot of info being passed over about customers, I don't really want to hear the runnings of the restaurant. I would go back but sit further away from entrance/kitchen area.
Strand Road, Portmarnock, Portmarnock, Dublin
First time here and I'll be back. We both had pizzas which were delicious. Wine is reasonably priced. The staff make this place very special, warm and friendly! Decor etc is nothing fancy but with service and food like that I look forward to the next visit!!
Mamma Mia Deli Cafe Bar
2 Grattan Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
This place is cosy, warm and welcoming. Service is very friendly and food very tasty. Good value also, would recommend!
Octopussy Seafood Tapas
7 West Pier, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin
3rd time back here, 1st time with my hubby. We were seated at the window overlooking the harbour and lashing rain, great setting. I had spicy prawns with garlic potatoes and my hubby had seafood paella, we enjoyed it all. Glass of house red/white is €5 which is great value and very nice. Service was good without being over-attentive. Will be back!
Milano (Baggot Street)
1 - 2 Haddington Road, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin
Went here for my daughter's 2nd birthday with my husband. We had a great time. She was given crayons, stickers etc on arrival. The kid's menu is very good,there are 3 courses but for my daughter's age you can order just a main for a lower price. I went for American hot pizza and my husband went for pollo pesto pasta. As always with Milano, we really enjoyed the food, it's very tasty. They do coffees with small desserts on the side which is perfect after a big main. We had a 25% off voucher so our bill came to €33.44, really good value and an enjoyable experience, will be back!
9 Townyard Lane, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin
Dined here for the first time with a menupages voucher. Went on a Saturday night so restaurant was fairly full and had a good atmosphere. Food was very enjoyable and main maitre d' was superb. Other staff were a bit hit and miss, a bit jittery and distracting. Overall, would go back for another visit but wouldn't be in a rush to.
Noble House - Malahide Rd
Northern Cross, Malahide Road, Malahide, Dublin
My husband and I went here on a Sat night at 8pm with a menupages voucher which allowed us €50 worth of food and drink for the cost of €25. I really liked the initial decor impression of the restaurant and the lighting. The food was very nice, I had the schezwan chicken. The portions for me were perfect but for someone very hungry I would recommend having a starter aswell. Prawn crackers are given complimentary at the beginning of the meal. We shared the chocolate cake and ice-cream dessert, this was tasty enough. Negatives for me were: 1) Staff over attentive, this is better than the alternative of course but grates on me especially when you are trying to have quality time with your other half. 2) Music - just a minor thing but for the whole hour and a half we were there they had the same artist on a cd singing, a bit of variety would be nice. Overall I would return but maybe in a group so that the over attentiveness is not such an issue.
Indian Ocean Dublin
15 Montague Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Headed here with a dealrush voucher with the other half - 2 starters, 2 mains, 2 sides & 2 glasses of wine for €26.50. The decor of the restaurant is not to my taste - it is too bare and the lighting too garish, also as they bring the food up the stairs to the restaurant level it is quite dirty looking so not great first impression. However the service is very good and most importantly the food is of a high quality. I had the samosa to start and the chicken balti for mains. The main course was excellent, really enjoyed it. My husband had the chicken tikka skewers to start and a lamb main course both of which he really liked. I think the background music needs to be a bit louder or something as atmosphere was quite strange, you felt like you had to whisper at times. For the quality of food and the price, it was certainly excellent value however the decor and atmosphere issues would mean that I wouldn't be rushing back unfortunately.
Quattro 4 Pizza
8 Sussex Tce, Sussex Road, City Centre South, Dublin
Arrived here with my husband, pleasantly surprised with amount of people there and good atmosphere. First impressions were ruined however by waiter knocking glass of water all over hubby as we walked to table, but accidents happen. However, the service throughout was very bad...we were left ages with the menus, no water offered. When we eventually got the waiter's attention, he actually told us to wait another few mins and returned in 10, considering there was an older gentleman not doing much I don't think its acceptable to have kept us waiting further. I ordered a club lemon and they advised they had none. Our food arrived in ok time and my pizza was nice but husband's meatballs and pasta was average with spaghetti being over-cooked. We got the bill as quick as we could and left no tip - I sensed this was a new restaurant so perhaps it's teething problems, but will not be rushing back.
Diep le Shaker
55 Pembroke Lane, (Off Pembroke Street), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Got a gift voucher for here and so went for the first time ever with my husband on a sat night. Greeted warmly and coats taken off us, there was a great buzz in the restaurant which was a brilliant first impression. Led to a table upstairs which was fine but had a corridor feel to it. Service was excellent throughout the meal. We shared a crab starter which was very tasty and fresh. I then went for the Wok-fried Tiger Prawns with jasmine rice -this was advertised with 3 chillies beside it i.e. hottest dish but I didn't find it hot at all, it was tasty but not what I hoped for. We had a €75 voucher and had to put €25 towards it which included a bottle of wine, I would probably give this another try but was disappointed by the main which is a pity and also found it quite expensive so would go for an early bird special or similar next time.
Cactus Jacks (Middle Abbey St)
Millennium Walkway, Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin
Went for the early bird with a couple of friends on Sat night just before 7pm cut off point. Great value at €19.95 for 3 courses including a glass of wine. Food was good, had guacamole to start which was tasty but did not enjoy the flavour enough to finish the whole thing. Had the special of the day for mains which was a cajun chicken supreme, really enjoyed it. Finished with a tequila and lime cheesecake which was very good. Bill was €32 each including extra wine and a cocktail so felt like good value. It was disappointing though how there were empty tables near us for most of the night, would have been a much better atmosphere if it was full which I had presumed it would be on a Sat night.
28 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Went here for a bday meal with my husband and parents. Its a cosy atmospheric restaurant however a bit too tight between tables however it does add to the charm once you manage to get seated. Went for the early bird which was 2 courses for €16.95. I had the tuna nicoise salad to start, it was fresh but for me nothing special. I went for chicken ala grandmere for mains, again was nice but had no wow factor and added a bit of salt for seasoning which I can't remember ever doing before in a restaurant. Service was good, house red wine was nice. Atmosphere makes this place special but was disappointed with the food overall.
23 Quay Street, Galway City, Galway
Had a great experience here, the service is one of the friendliest and relaxed I have come across. We shared the crostini with cheese and pesto to start - this was just ok, nothing special to be honest. For mains, I had the seafood with linguini and really enjoyed it, perfect portion and lovely big juicy prawns and plenty of mussels. We had 3 glasses of wine each and a coffee and bill came to €63 which we were happy with for peak sat night dining. Will definitely go back when next in Galway!
100 Lower Baggot street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Great place for a group of people, guaranteed to leave with a smile on your face. Food is very good quality although a bit expensive. Staff very attentive and only drawback for me was that it was a bit claustrophobic on the table we were at in the back of the restaurant. Have been twice and will definitely return for another entertaining night!
Octopussy Seafood Tapas
7 West Pier, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin
Went here with 2 friends at 6.30pm on a Sat. There are 2 areas for seating, we were in open area as you enter restaurant on high stools and were the only ones in that area for most of our meal which I though was unusual for it being a sat evening. It was difficult to judge how much food to order but luckily we got it right and finished almost everything. Food was really good and choice on the menu was impressive. Service was fine, it was good how there was no rush and they weren't all over us considering how quiet it was. I will definitely go back but hopefully they are busier next time!
Berty's Bar @ Annebrook House Hotel
Austin Friar St, Mullingar, Westmeath
Stayed in the hotel on a deal which had a 2 course dinner in the bar included with my husband and another couple. The bar was quite lively without being too busy for 8pm. I found the starter selection a little limited and went for chicken caesar salad hoping it would be a good version of it, I was very pleasantly surprised - the chicken and bacon were really fresh and tasty and the lettuce leafs crunchy. For the main I went for burger and chips, really enjoyed it and the side salad was really fresh aswell. I had a coffee for afters however 2 profiteroles and 1 pavlova was ordered by the others and they really enjoyed them. Overall the service, food and value was very good. The only negatives were that the lighting is a bit depressing, they could do with some candles etc. Would also prefer a more exciting starter selection. The quality of food would definitely make me come back.
ely bar & brasserie
CHQ Building, Georges Dock, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin
Really disappointed with this place and will not be back. For a tuesday evening I was surprised that the best offer was 2 courses for €25, this is steep in my opinion so decided to go for a main only in the ala carte. I got organic banger and mash and my hubby got burger and chips. The banger and mash was luke warm and had obviously been waiting a few mins before arriving at the table. My husband enjoyed his burger and chips. We got a bottle of wine, cheapest is €26,we went for a €29 bottle and didnt enjoy it unfortunately. The mains were about €17 each which for what we got was too expensive in my opinion. The end of the evening really annoyed us, we must have been waving and trying to get attention for 15 mins, my husband eventually had to get out of his seat and stand near the kitchen to ask for the bill. There are so many nicer places than here with better value and better service. It is such a pity as the setting is amazing and the actual restaurant is very architectural and striking.
Golden Elephant Restaurant
Sutton Cross Shopping Centre, North Dublin, Sutton, Dublin
My husband and I decided to treat ourselves to dinner after a long week in work. Headed down for a 7.30p.m. booking and was pleasantly surprised to see the place pretty full. Decided to go for the 4 course set menu which is excellent value at €17.95ish. We were greeted warmly and our menus were on the table when we sat down. I was a bit disappointed when I asked could I have the King Prawns in a different sauce (on the set menu) and she said they may charge extra however in the end they didn't so that was good. I had the chicken wings to start which were lovley and came with a really nice crunchy salad of peppers and onions. I then had the King Prawn in a spicy schezwan sauce, again very nice. We didn't go for dessert as we were full and my husband had a coffee. We were offered a complimentary drink which we availed of, this was unexpected and very nice gesture. Overall we really enjoyed the food, service and atmosphere and will be back!
Milano (Grand Canal Harbour)
Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin
I go here the odd time for lunch and it is always busy. The service is a bit hit and miss but we do get out of there within the hour so that's fine with us. I always go for pizza and it's really good. Will definitely keep returning!
D'Vine Wine Bar
16 Bachelor’s Walk, City Centre North, Dublin
Got a great value city deal voucher for this restaurant and headed there with my husband. We got bruschetta and pizzas plus a bottle of house red. The bruschettas were ok, pretty basic but fine. The pizza menu we were given was fairly lacking in ingredients but that might have been due to the offer. The pizza was very nice and cooked right infront of us, however I should have asked for more toppings in hindsight. What made the evening for us though was that the service was very nice, lovely background music and the house red wine was excellent and served in huge glasses..we really relaxed and enjoyed the ambience - it was still bright outside so would like to head back later at night to really savour it properly!
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Ok well to start with the positives! Great atmosphere and decor, really brilliant 1st impression. Secondly service is really good and the complimentary bread was lovely and fresh. I had a menupages points offer of buy one main course, get one free but if I hadn't I would have thought the prices were on the high side. My friend went for the rotisserie duck and I went for a prawn and crab claw main with potatoes. My friend really enjoyed hers, however I was disappointed. The seafood and potatoes were really nice however the seafood was in my opinion really let down by the sauce it was bathing in. I didn't enjoy it at all unfortunately. I would definitely give the restaurant another chance but would go back with an offer and try a different main. Our meal however was finished off by the lovely waiter saying we were entitled to a free cocktail with our menupages voucher, this was a lovely surprise and was delighted. Will probably be back but won't be rushing back!
10a Merrion Rd, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Got a boards deal voucher for 2 main courses and 2 bellinis for €22 (which turned out to be very good value). Arrived at 7p.m. on a Friday evening, think we just missed the Leinster match crowd as restaurant was quite empty which was a pity, as atmosphere would have been better. Service was very friendly and attentive. I went for the chicken and my husband went for the duck, both were delicious! We will definitely be back!
Bloom Brasserie & Wine Bar
11 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin
A friend and I went here after work with a boards deal voucher. We were well impressed with the décor and lighting of the restaurant, it was intimate and as its downstairs you feel like you could be anywhere. We went for 3 tapas each, I had the chorizo potatoes, scallops and prawns. Unfortunately I wasn't blown away by the food, the potatoes were the best of the 3 dishes. My friend had potatoes aswell, and went for the bean salad and duck leg. The bean salad was lovely but thought the duck leg was quite fatty and it made the bread underneath very soggy. We had a bottle of white French wine for €24 - the wine prices are expensive and there are only a few in the early 20e bracket. We shared an apple crumble dessert which was the highlight of the evening by far. The service was very good. Due to the atmosphere and surroundings, I would probably give this a second chance and go for the salad, potatoes and a new dish the next time, however I won't be in a rush back.
Rathmines, Rathmines, Dublin
My husband and I went here after getting a great boards.ie voucher online. We arrived to a warm welcome and a good atmosphere. It is a small restaurant and unfortunately for them it wasn't 100% full however they had a few big groups that really added to the atmosphere. The waitress was really nice and she said we could pick any bottle of wine included for on our voucher which we were pleasantly surprised at. I went for the Greek salad to start and himself went for prawn salad, both were very good. I then went for prawn linguini and he went for stuffed chicken, again these were both very good, no complaints. We shared an apple pie dessert. Overall we had a really enjoyable experience and although the location is not ideal for us, we will definitely make an effort to come back again.
The Bracken Grill Steak & Seafood Restaurant @ The Bracken Court Hotel
Bridge Street, North Co. Dublin, Balbriggan, Dublin
Stayed in the Bracken Court Hotel at the weekend and we booked dinner in the restaurant for 8.30p.m. Our first impressions of the decor and ambience were good but unfortunately we were met by a young man at the entrance who was very dis-organised and took about 5 mins to seat a couple and get them menus etc. We were then led to a table for two that was practically boxed in by a wall on one side and a column on another -very disappointing. We got a glass of wine fairly promptly but from there on in the service became shockingly slow - we waited an hour for our starters and a further hour for our mains. This meant we were eating our dinner at 10.30pm. From looking around, we weren't the only ones experiencing these unacceptable delays. To be honest, I don't mind gaps between courses but this was too long and my appetite for my main was ruined by the time it came. Since the dessert was included in the package rate, on principle we ordered them and thankfully they were out within 10 mins. The food was nice but the slow service ruined the experience and I will not be returning.
Crystal Boat Restaurant
Gallery Quay, Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin
I went with a friend from work to this restaurant as she had noticed it advertising its early bird. You judge a restaurant mainly by its food, service and value for money. The value for money really depends on the food and service. Well unfortunately neither are good in this restaurant. We entered the restaurant behind 3 other ppl who had no booking and were told they would have to wait. We then tried to get the waitresses attention after a few minutes and when we did it appeared that the booking we had made was not required as they were operating on a first come first serve basis from what we could gather. We were seated beside what must be the self service section for lunches during the day, very unattractive. The general décor was unimpressive. During our order, the waitress left our table and went off and returned with our glasses of water, she also told me I couldn’t have a selected red wine by the glass even though it gives a per glass price, she checked and then said she could do it by the glass. Our main courses arrived first and when we said we had ordered starters the girl said would we have it all together? We said no as we would be concerned about it going cold and she went off in a huff. I was given the wrong starter, ordered the cod and got the chicken. After this, we were given our mains which were the same mains we were delivered 20 mins earlier. My rice was starting to go hard. At this stage, I was very disappointed …. The main course wasn't nice and what we thought would be value for money was turning out to be a total waste of money. I said to my friend could we get out of there quickly, which we did and headed off for a drink elsewhere. Never will be back and do not think they would do so well if they were not in such a close proximity to the Theatre.
Mexico to Rome
23 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
A friend and I went here for an early bird - we got '€11.95 2 course' offer from diningtreats.com. I had the bruschetta to start which was nice but a bit soggy in places unfortunately. My friend had the garlic bread which she enjoyed. I then had the chicken in mushroom and white wine sauce with side salad - I enjoyed this but too much dressing on the salad in my opinion so didn't finish it. My friend had a lasagne type dish with canneloni which she liked. We had a bottle of Sangre Torres which was very nice and brought the bill to €45. Overall, good value, atmosphere and service but would not be rushing back for the food.
The Brass Monkey
12 West Pier, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin
Met very warmly upon arrival at lunchtime with no reservation and seated in a lovely corner table with my husband. They had a power cut and so had candle light throughout which was lovely. The atmosphere and service here is very good and we instantly relaxed. I had the lobster and prawn ravioli-it was nice but could have been hotter. My husband had the cod which he really enjoyed. We had the chocolate brownie and lemon tart for dessert both of which we liked but I thought there was too much sugar on the lemon tart, I just wanted the tangy taste. We had a carafe of white wine (500ml) -it was ok but wouldnt get it again. Had a prosecco with dessert -large glass and only €5 so that was good value. Overall bill was €79 - to be honest would only go back for early bird or similar but will definitely be back.
The Bloody Stream Restaurant
Under Howth Dart Station, North Dublin, Howth, Dublin
Good service, buzzy atmosphere & good value - we ate in the small restaurant upstairs which is very charming. I had a seafood platter and enjoyed the majority of it. My dad and husband had the smoked cod and said it was the nicest they had ever had. My mam had the steak and thoroughly enjoyed it. Bill was around €80 and that included coffees, 1 soft drink, 2 glasses of wine and 2 beers, 2 desserts ...so good value for quality of food. Will be back.
193 Clontarf Road, North Dublin, Clontarf, Dublin
Pizza was nice but will not return because of the rude and unfriendly service. Do not understand how this place stays busy, I assume they do not need repeat business!
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
Decided spur of the moment to go out to dinner in town so while my husband was on his way in to meet me I had a walk around to see what offers were available and came across Odessa which had an early bird that went on all night on a Thursday which was great! I went in to enquire about a table and was greeted warmly and told that I might be able to be squeezed in when I came back. We were back within 30 mins and were given a table in a room next door which was a lovely setting and had a nice buzzy atmosphere. We went for the 2 course early bird @ €16 each. I had the chorizo salad to start and the smoked haddock for the main, both were very nice. My husband had pate to start and then duck leg for main which he loved. We had a glass of wine each so the total bill was €42.50 which was very reasonable for the quality of food. Service was top notch also. Will definitely be returning!
Milano (Baggot Street)
1 - 2 Haddington Road, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin
My husband and I went here to avail of a offer for 2 main courses for €15. We had the mixed salad and olives to start which were lovely and fresh. I then tried one of the new pizzas that is claimed to be the hottes pizza on the menu - in terms of spice from the chillis it was hot enough for me, however in terms of temperature it arrived to the table between luke warm and hot which was disappointing. My husband had the sloppy giseppie which he enjoyed. We had a large glass of wine each and 1 coffee. Bill came to about €40. Service was great and apart from the temperature of my main I really enjoyed the food. We were seated inside but with views to the canal which was quite pleasant.
23 Watermill road, North Dublin, Dublin 5, Raheny, Dublin
My husband and I went here with my parents and brother to celebrate my brothers Leaving Cert Results. We arrived at 8.30 p.m. to a warm reception and a buzzy atmosphere. I shared the brushetta to start with and really enjoyed it. I had the linguine, chilli, and basil for mains - it was cooked well and I did cough a few times as the chilis hit the back of my throat. The service was really good and the owner/manager type person came over and offered me extra chillies which was a nice touch! Overall a very enjoyable meal. It came to about €170 for the 5 of us. That include 2 bottles of wine, 2 coffees, 2 beers, 1 dessert and 2 courses for all of us so we were happy enough. Will definitely be back but probably try and stick to a group again as the tables for 2 looked quite close together and overall I think its a good place for a few ppl rather than a romantic meal for two.
18 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
After reading a few positive reviews, my friend and I went here and were looking forward to a good value tasty meal. However were were very disappointed and wont be returning. The service was quite good and we were treated warmly. However the seating was uncomfortable (hard wooden benches) and the atmosphere was very strange, think it was alot to do with the lighting. We shared the buffalo wings as a starter which were advertised as spicy. I could not detect any kind of heat at all - a bit of a let down. They should be described differently, as they are ok but not what you expect. I ordered the arrabiata for main and have had this on many occasion - this too lacked spice and flavour. It also came with too much pasta which I find off putting. The bill came to about €50 including a glass of wine each which is good for the location it is in, however the food just wasnt upto scratch at all.
Milano (Dawson Street)
38 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
My mam and I went here after the mini-marathon. WIth is being so close to the finishing line, I didnt think we would get seated anytime soon but was pleasantly surprised only having to wait about 10 mins in the seating reception area. We shared the bruschetta which was really nice and served on 2 seperate plates to us. I then had the american hot pizza while my mam had the lasagne - both were delicious. We shared the banoffi for dessert which was nice. I had an americano and my mam had a cappucino to finish. We also had a bottle of the peter lehan shiraz which was very nice. Bill came to about €70 which we were happy enough with. THe service was brilliant and could not fault it! Overall a very enjoyable experience and will be back !
Unit 4 Old River House, Templeogue, Dublin
Definitely not a first date kinda place...I went here with my husband and 2 other couples. We arrived at 9.30 p.m. and the place was in full flow, there was a fantastic party atmosphere that really suited our group. You definitely need to be in the humour for this place as you need to speak loudly and the waiters are a bit cheeky. For starters I had the tomato bruschetta which was very tasty but portion was too big for me personally. I had the penne arrabiata for my main which was very nice and also a big portion. I didnt have dessert but one of the guys had tiramasu and raved about it. It worked out €75 per couple which included wine and coffees - we were happy enough with this and they gave us all a free shot at the end which was a nice touch. So all in all I enjoyed the food and atmosphere and would return with a group of people!
2 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Ballsbridge, Dublin
After reading good reviews my husband and I headed here after work before the Leinster match. It was quiet enough as we got there around 5-ish. We were greeted warmly and found the service very attentive. They did not have any of the 3 half bottles on the menu so we were offered a half litre of the house red which was delicious. We shared the prawns to start which I wasnt mad about, the prawn was very lacking in the bread/batter surround. However the main courses excelled - we both had pizzas, I had the diavola and really enjoyed it, the thin bases and freshness of it was lovely. We didnt have dessert and the meal came to about 55 including tip which gets included automatically even on parties of 2 so beware. All in all a very nice meal at a reasonable price....would go back!
Restaurant Ten Fourteen
324 Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin
Well, I booked here for my husbands birthday after reading the rave reviews and overall I'm glad I did. There were a couple of negatives which I'll get to but nothing that would not make me try this restaurant again. To start I had the prawn brushetta - I had never had this dish before and as I love both prawns and bruschettas I was looking forward to it. Unfortunately, even though the prawns were lovely, I found that they had smothered the bread in sauce, a little goes a long way sometimes. My husband had the chowder which he really enjoyed. Things improved greatly for the main course - I had hake which was served on a bed of mash, make sure to order a side with this if you are hungry. My husband got the duck which was excellent, it came with duck in the centre and then duck springrolls at the side of the plate. We shared a lovely bottle of Merlot and couldnt manage dessert but I had an espresso which rounded off the meal very nicely. The one other negative for us was that we arrived a few minutes early for our meal, and when the first available table came available we were seated at it but it was on an aisle with the waiters rushing past on way to kitchen and wasnt ideal for an intimate setting, this bugged me slightly as I had booked about a month in advance and would have hoped for a more relaxing spot in the restaurant. As I said at the beginning the positives do greatly outweigh any negatives and I would recommend it.
The Ivy @ Dunboyne Castle
Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa, Dunboyne, Dunboyne, Meath
I was here on Mothers Day 09 - there were 6 of us altogether and we were greeted warmly. The table we were seated at was a tight setting and if we had been a party of 7 we would have got a generous round table which would have been more comfortable. Mothers Day is a bit like other celebratory days, they have a set menu and probably send the best chef home but I wanted to save my mam the hassle of cooking so hence the booking. I was surprised that the restaurant was only half full, however the atmosphere was really good. I had caesar salad to start which was not good, it had been smothered in a thick mayonnaise consistency type sauce. Things improved after that, I got the pork sausages which were very tasty and the veg was lovely and al dente, however it wasnt very hot when I got it which was a pity. The apple crumble to finish was very nice and ended off a nice meal which Im sure is much nicer on an ordinary day and would therefore try it again another time. The glasses of wine are generous but for €7 each I suppose they have to be. Overall we had a nice meal and enjoyed the service and atmosphere.
Luigi Malones Restaurant
5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
I went here for an early bird with a friend after seeing the offer on Menupages which was 2 courses for €19.90 and a bottle of wine for €5, We were dubious about the bottle of wine but low and behold it was true and there was a choice! We went for the pinot grigio and can highly recommend it. But the offer is limited to 1 bottle, we decided to stay in the restaurant for 2 more glasses each rather than go to a pub and were a bit shocked to see they were €6.90 each on the bill. So the first bottle of wine was a triumph and the atmosphere was great with lots of tables with girls enjoying the cheap cocktails. The food to be honest was a bit of a letdown. THe caesar salad did have fresh lettuce but overall didnt rate highly compared to others I have had. Both of us went for the chicken pasta dish and found it quite bland. I woudl still give this place one more go just to see if I could find better offerings of food, since the wine offer is so good, but will defintely only stick to the 1 bottle next time!
Harrys Kitchen Restaurant
22, Dawson Street, Dublin
My husband and I were back at Harrys for some dinner after work. We went for the 2 course early bird which doesn't finish until 8p.m. which is good. There was no starter that I really appealed 100% to me but I went for the beetroot and feta salad and was really happy with my choice - very fresh and the pumpkin seeds really worked. My husband went for the fishcakes and enjoyed them. For mains I had the linguini pasta which was very enjoyable. We got a bottle of wine included in the deal which meant the price was €50 and was very good value. The white Corinto wine was really nice and we ended up getting a 2nd bottle and ordering a dessert to share so the bill came to €85 in the end. Service was good and atmosphere was ok considering it was a weekday. Overall a really enjoyable experience and will be back!
15 Stephen Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Hi, I have eaten at Dobbins quite alot but always have had the early bird or else the lunch set menu. I think both of these are good value for money and the service has always been excellent. My team in work decided on a spur of the moment late lunch and we rang to book at 2.20p.m., 10 mins before their lunch service was finishing. They were very obliging and said they could fit us in. It was the Friday before the Ireland and England match and the place was buzzing, the atmosphere was great. We didnt have long to wait and were seated at a nice booth. I had the mussels to start which were lovely and then the breaded plaice for a main which were also very tasty and well presented. I went for the meringue for dessert which was really nice and came without much cream, if any, which suits me as I dont like cream. Lunch was €25.85 per person and well worth it in my opinion!