Restaurant Reviews from Iano

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 18

Member Since: 14 August 2007

Last Visit: 06 February 2018

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Thai Spice restaurant

3A Talbot Place, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
Thai

Price Range:

Good
293 reviews

Reviewed 04th October 2007 ( visited 06th September 2007 )

Went here for lunch with a work crew of about 10, to mark the occasion of one of our colleagues returning to his home abroad. A good selection of Thai food. Had the meatiest and tastiest spare ribs I have ever had in my life - simply superb - nearly a meal in itself. Duck main course was also good. The restaurant is small and seemed very popular. I would eat there again.
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The Queens Bar & Steakroom restaurant

12 Castle Street, Dalkey, Dalkey, Dublin, Area Code: South Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
Brunch

Price Range:

Good
87 reviews

Reviewed 14th August 2007 ( visited 14th August 2007 )

My wife and I eat at the restaurant (not bar food) in The Queens at least once a month - sometimes with friends and sometimes just for a quiet meal on our own. For us, it is easy to get to and from via the DART. It can sometimes be difficult to get a table, but that's due to its popularity. The staff are usually very precise with their estimate of how long it will be to get a table. So you give your name and then you can go into the bar and wait to be called. The chicken wings are excellent as a starter, and we are still working our way through the good selection of dishes on the menu!
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The Garden Cafe @ Avoca Mount Usher Gardens
Mount Usher Gardens, Ashford (off N11), Ashford, Wicklow

WATCH OUT FOR THE 10% SERVICE CHARGE! 2 of us had lunch here today. The food was good, although slow to arrive. When paying, I was told the amount and put a 10% tip in the tips jar on the counter, while my card was being processed. Only when I left did I discover that a 10% service charge had been added to my bill. I cannot remember the last time that I was in a restaurant that automatically applied a 10% service charge, and certainly not in a restaurant of this grade. I looked at the menu online, afterwards, and it is stated in the small print at the bottom. But tips are earned, and if you're going to charge an automatic tip, then don't put a tip jar on the counter too!

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

Excellent food, but the service was very very slow. We were told they needed the table back by 9.30. We got our starters at 9.15, so that wasn't going to happen. Once the food courses were delivered we weren't visited by the waietrs until well after we had finished. So asking for things like water and bread was a struggle. I'd go back for the food though

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Platform Pizza Bar
7 Strand Road, Bray, Co.Wicklow, Bray, Wicklow

My new favourite place to eat! It's a refreshingly different restaurant. Great atmosphere, lots of staff, good choice of food. Had the (boneless) wings to start, followed by the lasagne (served in a totally unique way with a garlic bread lid!). My companion had the pizza, which I was told was very good. Shared a brownie dessert and ice cream - both excellent. They don't have a big selection of draught beers, but they will get what you want from the bar next door. Overall a very enjoyable dining experience, and I will be back again soon.

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One Cafe
B.B.Q Centre, Shankill Road, Shankill, Dublin

I eat here about once a week. The food is consistently excellent, as is the service! Great place overall, with handy parking.

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The Beach House Restaurant (Bray)
The Seafront, Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow

This place has the potential to be a great restaurant, but it seems to have a problem with serving food hot. This was only the second time that I had been here this year, and it was the second time that my main course was served cold (by cold I mean lukewarm or worse). I ordered the duck, which was nice and tender, but cold. Some of the other people in our small group said their mains or vegetables were also cold. The last time I was here, was back in February, with a group of 15. Nearly half of the group that night complained that their mains were served cold. The menu is good, with lots of options, and the service is also good. But serving food hot is a basic expectation at these prices.

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Pings Chinese Restaurant (Wicklow)
The Mall Main st, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

Ate here with a group of friends. The prawn toast starter was poor - very thin and overcooked. Main course of duck cantonese was nice, but they were very economical with the fried rice and we had to ask for more. Dessert of profiteroles was straight from the fridge/freezer so too hard. But the "latte" I ordered was the most disgraceful attempt to pass off an instant coffee as a latte - it went straight back, as did the "lattes and cappucinos" of my fellow guests - dreadful stuff with undissolved lumps in the cup. Service was attentive and I think they must be doing something right because there was always a steady stream of people for take-away food, but the starter, dessert and coffee were a big disappointment. Good value Wine list.

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Town Bar and Grill
21 Kildare Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Service good, food terrible. Went here last night with a large group for a birthday celebration. My barely average Duck Pate starter was served with over-cooked toast that disintegrated into crumbs as soon as you touched it. And the amount of fat and grizzle in my rib-eye steak was disgraceful! My fellow diners encountered similarly bad steaks, and one had over-cooked venison. The dessert that they claimed was 'Tiramisu' was just a bowl of cream with chewy sponge fingers in it. And then there was the chilled red wine.... Overall a bad experience. And it wasn't a once off. We were here 2 years ago, for a similar bad meal - shame on us for giving Town Bar & Grill a second chance.

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Graces Garden
Brady's Pub, Shankill, Shankill, Dublin

Went here last weekend with a large group of people. We were working off a set menu and the food was fine, but the service was unfriendly, unwelcoming, and bordering on rude. For a restauramt that was less than half full you'd think they would have been more pleased to see us. They need to brush up on their customer service.

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The Steps Of Rome
1 Bird avenue, Clonskeagh, Clonskeagh, Dublin

Overall a disappointing experience. Waited quite a while for our pizzas, and when they arrived I could easily count the number of tiny salami slices on mine: 7 ! A miserable portion of meat on such a big pizza. Other than that the pizza was nice. Beware: they add on a mandatory 10% service charge to the bill - there were only 2 of us - and they certainly hadn't earned it. I won't be rushing back

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Rasam
18-19 Glasthule Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

My only hesitation about leaving a review for Rasam is that, with all the excellent reviews it gets, it may become so popular that I won't be able to get a table there again. This is a superb restaurant from all aspects. Attentive and helpful service; plush and varied seating and surroundings; fabulous food - some of it quite rich, but delicious. The Manager is a role model for excellent customer service.

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Avoca Handweavers
Kilmacanogue, Bray, Bray, Wicklow

Avoca's food is generally of a very high standard, but so are its prices. I paid nearly €3 earlier this week for a very average scone - that's not the sort of price I would expect to pay in a self-service restaurant. And the service was appalling. We sat at a table full of the dirty debris of the previous customers and no-one cleaned it away. And as there was nowhere to put the tray that I had (and the two trays at the table from other customers) I ended up propping them up on the floor with my feet for the duration of the visit. Terribly sloppy. Avoca is usually a very popular place for people and has a good reputation for its food - I just hope it is not getting too complacent with its own success.

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Thai Spice
3A Talbot Place, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin

Went here for lunch with a work crew of about 10, to mark the occasion of one of our colleagues returning to his home abroad. A good selection of Thai food. Had the meatiest and tastiest spare ribs I have ever had in my life - simply superb - nearly a meal in itself. Duck main course was also good. The restaurant is small and seemed very popular. I would eat there again.

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Canal Bank Cafe
146 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Went here recently with two friends for a post-work dinner. The chicken wings are superb and a must-have for every visit. Good selection of food. A friend ordered a steak cooked 'medium' and it came clearly medium/well. He was reluctant to return it, but we convinced him to do so. The waitress agreed with him straight awy once she saw the inside of the steak and replaced it without hassle for one cooked to perfection. The manager also came over to apologise for the error. A refreshing change from the attitude in many other restaurants.

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Palazzos - Closed
1 Marlborough Terrace, Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow

This is one of the few good restaurants in the Bray area that is actually open on a Monday night. It was my first time there, with my wife and another couple of friends, and we were not disappointed. I started with the bacon, tomato, feta and avocado bruschetta - it was stacked high with all of the stated ingredients - a very good start! I had considered a pizza, but decided on the Cannelloni. Overall a nice dish, but two criticisms: firstly it arrived in a lasagne-type oven dish, which was full of the canneloni, sauces, cheese etc. So it was very hard to distinguish it from a lasagne. In my opinion, canneloni's should not be served in a dish like that. Secondly, the oven dish that it came in must have been in the oven for weeks - I have never felt anything so hot and, as a result, the cannelloni was scalding hot at first. But once I let it cool down it was lovely. Desserts weren't bad. Wine list needs work on variety and prices. Some very over-priced wines (eg the Crianza). Service very attentive and overall we'd recommend the restaurant and will go there again.

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Chai Yo
100 Lower Baggot street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I ate here last Saturday night with a group of eight (4 couples). We decided to go for the Special Set Dinner menu (for a min. of 8) @ €35 per head. The starter selection was good, with Spare ribs, chicken satay skewers, spring rolls, and deep fried prawns - all very good...except perhaps for the spare ribs which were not very meaty. The main course consisted of an excellent variety of dishes, including S&S chicken, duck, prawns in garlic, a vegetable platter and a minced beef dish with a fabulous sauce that looked innocent but had a nice spicey kick to it. Then a well presented fruit platter to finish. Good selection of wines and teas/coffees. Service very attentive, and they certainly kept the wine glasses topped up...perhaps they were too keen to empty the wine bottles...'cos we inevitably ordered more! Overall an excellent restaurant and one we would definitely go to again.

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Kudos Restaurant (IFSC)
Clarion Hotel Dublin, IFSC, City Centre North, Dublin

Altogether excellent. I often go there for lunch and it has always been a winner (with one possible exception, but everyone's allowed a hiccup). Food is great and good value. Service is always fast at lunchtime.

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The Queens Bar & Steakroom
12 Castle Street, Dalkey, Dalkey, Dublin

My wife and I eat at the restaurant (not bar food) in The Queens at least once a month - sometimes with friends and sometimes just for a quiet meal on our own. For us, it is easy to get to and from via the DART. It can sometimes be difficult to get a table, but that's due to its popularity. The staff are usually very precise with their estimate of how long it will be to get a table. So you give your name and then you can go into the bar and wait to be called. The chicken wings are excellent as a starter, and we are still working our way through the good selection of dishes on the menu!

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Beaufield Mews Restaurant
Woodlands Avenue, Dublin 18 , Stillorgan, Dublin

I had read a number of glowing newspaper reviews about the refurbished Beaufield Mews restaurant and I decided to try it out with my wife. First impressions were good - we had a drink in the relaxing lounge area and chose our food there from the menu. When our starters were ready we were ushered into the dining area and that's when things started to go wrong. Firstly, the dining area was packed, with tables very close together and a noticeably loud conversation atmosphere, in stark contrast to the tranquillity of the lounge. Then we were put at a table right next to a large family with young kids. It was 9.45 and they left within half an hour, but we were out to get away from kids - we didn't expect to find a bunch of uncontrolled ones right beside us. The table service throughout was appalling. We had to wait for our wine, for our coffees and for the bill. The restaurant looked understaffed to cope with the number of diners. But even at the end of the night, when it was emptying, we found it difficult to attract the staff's attention. The food was good, but not as stunning as I expected it to be from the reviews. The restaurant has a mainly middle-aged to older clientele. Altogether, not what we expected and we won't be rushing back.

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