Restaurant Reviews from JaxMax
Madina Desi Curry Co restaurant
60 Mary Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 24th July 2010 ( visited 24th July 2010 )Had lunch here today as we've been dying to try this place since reading all the good reviews. Only a couple of people in when we got there but soon started to fill up after that. Very pleasant young girl served us and brought water to our table immediately. Ordered the Onion Bhajee and Chicken Pakora for starters - nicely presented and the tastiest either of us have had for a long time. For mains we had the Chicken Korma and Chicken Jalfrezi - the Korma was to die for! Creamy and sweet, just like I've been searching for in Dublin, and the chicken melted in my mouth, so tender. The Jalfrezi was full of flavour, but not quite as hot as my partner is used to, this suited me fine as I dont like hot dishes. The chicken in this dish was on the bone but still as tender as the Korma. I wasn't too impressed with the look of the fried rice until I tasted it - so aromatic, it was delicious. Great value for money and we'll certainly be back again to try more of their dishes. The only thing that confused us slightly was the menu, it seemed a little 'jumbled' but we found our way around it and thoroughly enjoyed out meal there.
Arc Cafe Bar restaurant
Liffey Vallley Shopping Centre, Fonthill Rd, West Dublin, Liffey Valley, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 22
Reviewed 18th September 2007 ( visited 16th August 2007 )Only eaten here once but thoroughly enjoyed it although we did have a bit of a job finding our way inside to the restaurant - managed eventually. The food was lovely but they served the wrong main course to my husband initially, this was sorted out very quickly and he wasn't kept waiting too long for the correct one. Overall service and food was very nice and we will be back.
Madina Desi Curry Co
60 Mary Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
Had lunch here today as we've been dying to try this place since reading all the good reviews. Only a couple of people in when we got there but soon started to fill up after that. Very pleasant young girl served us and brought water to our table immediately. Ordered the Onion Bhajee and Chicken Pakora for starters - nicely presented and the tastiest either of us have had for a long time. For mains we had the Chicken Korma and Chicken Jalfrezi - the Korma was to die for! Creamy and sweet, just like I've been searching for in Dublin, and the chicken melted in my mouth, so tender. The Jalfrezi was full of flavour, but not quite as hot as my partner is used to, this suited me fine as I dont like hot dishes. The chicken in this dish was on the bone but still as tender as the Korma. I wasn't too impressed with the look of the fried rice until I tasted it - so aromatic, it was delicious. Great value for money and we'll certainly be back again to try more of their dishes. The only thing that confused us slightly was the menu, it seemed a little 'jumbled' but we found our way around it and thoroughly enjoyed out meal there.
Dugout Sports Bar - Closed
Westbourne Hotel, Bray, Wicklow
Stopped in here one lunch time as had heard it was under new management. It was fairly quiet (I've heard it gets very busy in the evenings) and we were able to order our food immediately. Not a huge menu but everything on it sounded nice. We ordered the Bruschetta and Soup for starters - huge portions and both were very tasty and nicely presented. We both had steaks for our main and they were cooked to perfection, melted in the mouth. Apple pie and hot chocolate fudge cake were ordered for dessert - the fudge cake was to die for! The nicest I've had in a long time, and I was told the apple pie was just as good. Staff were friendly and efficient, making sure we were ok but not overly attentive - I have heard the new manager has done wonders with the place. Going back to Bray this weekend so will be enjoying lunch there again.
174 Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Ballsbridge, Dublin
We eat here regularly and it's our favourite Indian Restaurant in Dublin. The staff are great, friendly, informative and attentive. The food is divine. Free poppadoms and dips when we arrive, starters are well presented and tasty. Our favourite is the mixed grill platter for two. I like mild dishes so usually go for their Aftab or Korma - always delicious and the chicken just melts in your mouth. My partner likes spicy and loves their Kadhai and Chettinad curries - their lamb is wonderfully tender too. A previous poster seemed upset that they charged for their naan breads - but I have never known an Indian Restaurant give naan breads for free - poppadoms yes, but not naan. The desserts are limited but we're usually too stuffed to order them anyway. We have never had a bad meal here and will continue to dine here as often as our waistlines permit!
1 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin
Had the evening Early Bird here a couple of weeks ago. Starters were the Gumbo and Cheese Roll - both were delicious. For mains we had the blackened chicken and the steak with a side of vegetables and we just had to try the hush puppies, again everything was lovely. I made a point of asking the waitress if the hush puppies were made from corn meal as an earlier reviewer had mentioned she was given ciabatta - they were the real deal, lovely fluffy corn meal puppies, one portion was way too much for the two of us even and it almost killed us to leave one on the plate! For dessert we had the Mississippi Mud Pie and the Bread Pudding - MMP was to die for and I was told that the bread pudding was just as good. Service was excellent, friendly and not too in your face, can't complain about a single thing and can't wait to go back and try the Jambalaya!
Eden Quay, City Centre North, Dublin
We love Jimmy Chungs! Ate here today at lunchtime for the first time ever and thoroughly enjoyed our food. They had the largest selection of food I have ever seen at a Chinese Buffet in Dublin, Soup, Starters, Mains and Dessert - and all of it was really tasty. Some of the dishes could have been a tad hotter but that's my only criticism. While we were there the food was replenished regularly. The staff were attentive and polite. Can't wait to go back again.
Pizza Hut (Liffey Valley)
Liffey Valley Centre 22 Dublin, Liffey Valley, Dublin
Stopped off here the other day with hubby - never eaten here before and we're not huge pizza fans, but like one occasionally. Have to say we were very impressed by the pizzas we ordered, I had a small thin base bbq chicken and he had a medium deep pan mixed meat one. Both were lovely, the bases and toppings were really tasty. The chips we ordered were a bit of a let down, very small portion for the price and not particularly nice. Hubby (who has a good appetite) ordered the medium after being told by the waitress that most men would order that size - he ended up wishing he'd only ordered a small deep pan as there was far too much for him. Hubby ordered coffee which was gross, couldn't drink it. I stuck with sparkling water - safe bet! Not too impressed with the bill though - almost €50 for 2 people, for 2 pizzas, 2 drinks and 1 chips - those couple of extra toppings on our pizzas really bumped the price up! Service was friendly though and place seemed reasonably clean. Quite empty when we ate there. We'd go again though as we did enjoy the pizza and I'd like to try the salad bar they have advertised.
La Caverna Restaurant & Wine Bar
12 Fownes Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
A group of eight of us had the Early Bird menu here the other evening - very good value for money. Starters we ordered included Spring Roll which was nice (although they forgot about mine and I had to wait for them to cook another while everyone else scoffed their starters!), Stuffed Mushrooms, only complaint was that there were only 3 in the portion, Chicken Wings looked and (apparently) tasted lovely. Mains included Lamb Shank - very tasty and meat very tender but wish there had been some vegetables served with it. The Garlic Chicken got a big thumbs up and I managed to scavenge some of the veffies that were served with this. On of us had Spag Bol and there were no complaints there either. The Salmon was said to be good but the portion a little on the small side. I love Tiramisu but avoided ordering it here due to the other reviews, I ordered the Brownie and was a little disappointed with it, it was a tad dry and I was expecting such delights after everyone's fantastic reviews about it. Profiteroles, on the other hand, were delicious, and the Apple Pie and Crepe Suzette were enjoyed too. I would go back, the Early Bird Menu is certainly good value for money at L20 for 3 courses. Staff were polite and attentive although I think they forgot about our coffee/tea etc..... me and hubby had to leave earlier than the others and although we hung on for a while after dessert, nothing appeared. I'd certainly recommend it for the Early Bird though.
Cactus Jacks (Middle Abbey St)
Millennium Walkway, Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin
Our first visit to Cactus Jack's and I'm afraid we won't be going back. Things started badly before even getting to the restaurant as I tried to print off my voucher to get a free main course and the website wouldn't let me as it "didn't take bookings over the Christmas period". Decided to try it anyway. Got there early, about 4:30pm and ordered the Cactus Skins between us for starters and the Combo Fajitas to share for our mains. The Cactus Skins were nice and one order of them was plenty for the two of us. When the fajitas arrived we were initially impressed at the size of the portion but on closer inspection this was due to the mass of peppers and onions, the beef/chicken/king prawn was a little on the sparse side - especially as it was for two to share. The peppers and onions were nice but far too many of them in proportion to the lack of meat. The chicken and King Prawn were nice although not enough King Prawn and the chicken was in tiny little bits, not nice chunks. The beef was dreadful - we couldn't cut it let alone chew it and so it was all left on the side of a plate. We told the waitress that the beef was inedible, she apologised, said she would tell the kitchen, and that was the last we heard on the matter, and they still presented us with a bill for the full amount, so I'm afraid they forfeited their tip. The service was actually friendly, but they didn't bother offering any kind of recompense for the awful rubbery beef they served up, even after we pointed it out to them. We won't be going back.
118 Kilmacud Road Lower, Stillorgan, Dublin
Four of us had lunch here today. Starters were the soup, fried brie, caesar salad and chowder - caesar salad was described as superb, soup and fried brie were lovely, and the seafood chowder was delicious. Three of us had the steak sandwich with fries and side salad and the other diner had the chicken wrap - couldn't fault a thing. Two of us indulged in dessert, the bread & butter pudding and the rhubarb crumble, both were nicely presented and delicious. Staff were friendly and efficient, food was great value for money, 4 x starters, 4 x mains, and 2 x desserts for €80. We'll certainly be back!
45 Sundrive Road, Crumlin, Crumlin, Dublin
Have not eaten here in the evening yet, but we have the breakfast/lunch quite often and for cheap and cheerful the food isn't too bad although the scrambled eggs with the breakfast are like rubber!
Jade Chinese Restaurant
27 Little Mary Street Off Capel street, Dublin 7 , City Centre North, Dublin
Had a takeaway from here tonight. Not eaten in the restaurant before but saw the great reviews for this restaurant so had to give it a go. Really friendly lady serving and helped me with the pronunciation of some dishes! We ordered Spring Rolls - lovely, packed with crispy vegetables and not at all greasy, also tried the Shui Jiao - there were so many in one portion and lovely and tasty. We shared a main of Jing Chong Duck which had a lovely flavour and was a little spicy - the only thing I wasn't keen on was the skin being left on the slices of duck but it didn't take long to discard them. Overall very impressed with the food and the lovely friendly lady who served me - we'll be back to eat in soon.
Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK Liffey Valley)
Unit 40B, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, West Dublin, Liffey Valley, Dublin
We ate here the other afternoon before going into the cinema. Had I read the reviews first I probably wouldn't have bothered, but we went in unaware! Have to say, our burgers were delicious - and hot! I had the chicken, Camembert & cranberry and hubby had the Kiwi Burger, which I thought had a bit of a strange combination of ingredients (egg & beetroot amongst others), but he thoroughly enjoyed it and said it was the best burger he's ever had - high praise indeed from the burger connoisseur! Chips were ok and the 'Homeslaw' was kind of nice and 'different'. Service was friendly and efficient. We were disappointed that they didn't serve dessert though as we were in the mood to pig out. After reading all the previous bad reviews I'm not sure if I'd go back again as it sounds like our delicious burgers were in the minority and I certainly don't want to be paying for an expensive burger that's badly cooked!
The Church Cafe Bar & Restaurant
Junction of Mary St. & Jervis St., Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
Ate lunch here a few weeks ago with my husband. Service was friendly but the waiter knocked my drink over me and the table! Hubby ordered the Fish, Chips & Peas and I ordered the Special which was chicken breast in a kind of cream and wine sauce. Hubby enjoyed his fish, lovely batter, but the chips were dreadful frozen things and the peas weren't very nice either. My chicken dish was awful. The chicken was over-cooked, like cardboard, and the portion was very small. The potatoes and veggies weren't nice either. The nicest thing was the sauce which was quiet tasty. I didn't think it was value for money, and sadly we aren't tempted to go back and give them another chance.
17 Dame Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Not eaten in the restaurant yet but had a take away from here the other night and it was lovely. Ordered a selection of starters, the Lotus Prawn and Curry Parcels were delicious, Spring Rolls were a bit peppery, BBQ ribs melted in the mouth. The Special Fried Rice had a lovely flavour and was very colourful with a nice selection of vegetables. The only thing that spoiled it slightly was that the starters were a little greasy, but this won't stop me from trying the food in the restaurant sometime soon.
306-308 Lower Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin
I've eaten here quite often and the only time I didn't particularly enjoy a main meal was when, like the previous review, I ordered the Chicken Korma - quite different to what I am used to at other places. No complaints about anything else I've eaten here, although I was a little disappointed once when ordering a take away for a change to be told that I could only order the onion bhaji if I was eating in the restaurant! Anyway, it's a nice place, good atmosphere and the staff are friendly.
The Halfway House
Walkinstown Road, Walkinstown, Dublin
I keep meaning to try the carvery here as have heard only good things about it, but have only eaten here in the evening off the menu and it was lovely. I had the steak and it was cooked to my liking, portions were on the large side too and as I'd had a starter already had a little trouble finishing the main meal - kept room for dessert thought which was lovely too. Staff were efficient and friendly. No complaints.
Princess Garden of Lucan
Esker Hill, Lucan, Lucan, Dublin
We eat here fairly regularly and have found the food is best (buffet) when the restaurant is busy. Eat there at the right time and there is a good selection of both starter and main dishes to choose from and they are regularly re-filled. However, go there during a quiet period and you might find the food has been sitting there a while and isn't at its hottest. A silly complaint I suppose, but I often find the mixed vegetables dish is left sitting there with mainly Chinese mushrooms in it after people have taken the bits they want out of it and try as I might to time it right so that they have just 'refreshed' the tray when I go up to help myself, I very seldom succeed and end up walking back to my table giving envious stares to the other diners who have nice crispy pieces of broccoli, carrots and bean sprouts on their plates! Overall though, go at the right time and you can't go wrong with the buffet, and we'll continue to make regular visits to The Princess Garden.
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
Had lunch here last week - Sweet Potato Soup along with a huge plate of brown and white bread & butter was delish! And so was the slow roast rib eye steak sandwich. It encouraged us to come back again for Brunch today and we weren't disappointed. We had the Odessa Breakfast (although I was very tempted by the steak - will have this next time!) and it was lovely with a huge croissant on the side - my hubby did say he would have preferred toast & butter instead but I thought it was very nice. I tried their Smoothie of the Day which was very nice, but the tea was a little weak - could have done with 2 teabags in the large pot, but that's hardly going to keep us away! We plan on trying Odessa for dinner through the week - can't wait to try their Crayfish, Crab & Shrimp Tian I have read so much about!
The Quays Irish Restaurant
10-12 Temple Bar Square, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
Thoroughly enjoyed my lunch here today! Hubby and I decided to try this restaurant after reading all the good reviews - and they weren't wrong. I was surprised we had walked past here many times and not noticed the restaurant, which is upstairs, we just thought it was a pub. Service was good - food was even better and very well presented. For starters we had the potato and leek soup (lovely and thick and creamy) served with brown bread & butter, and the duck spring rolls - very artistically presented and delicious, absolutely packed with tender shredded duck. For mains we had the lamb shank which was so tender it fell off the bone and the Beef & mushroom stew - both served with a chive mash and root vegetables, and both were huge portions. We shared the Apple Crumble, again a good sized portion and very tasty. The only slight disappointment was the menu was much smaller than advertised here and I was hoping to have the crab claws but they weren't on the menu at lunchtime, perhaps it's different in the evening. We had a side portion of chips which weren't fresh cut but frozen, if they'd been fresh we would have given 5 stars all around - but it's my hubby who is the Chip Connoisseur, I can live without them so it's hardly going to put me off eating at 'The Quays'. Overall, great food, great service and a nice place to enjoy a good meal - we'll certainly be regulars from now on.
Ming Court Chinese Restaurant
Unit 453 Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, West Dublin, Blanchardstown, Dublin
Had the 'Pre Theatre Dinner' here yesterday with my husband, first time we've eaten here and it was lovely! For starters we had Skewered Chicken in a Satay Sauce and Shredded Chicken - not huge portions, but enough to get our tastebuds going! We shared our main meals - Sweet & Sour Pork and Fillet of Beef with Spring Onion and Ginger and Noodles on the side - delicious! The Apple Pie for dessert was just a small 'Mr Kipling' type of thing with a splash of custard, but more than enough to finish the meal and let's face it, we don't go to a Chinese Restaurant for the dessert! We can't wait to go back to try the A La Carte menu.
Coolquay Lodge (Dublin)
The Ward (Just off the N2), North Dublin, The Ward, Dublin
We eat here fairly often for family birthdays etc. Never been disappointed. Food is always tasty, nice fresh veggies (mashed creamed swede to die for last time I was there) and always good-sized portions. Bit squashed if you're in a large party - we had 22 last time and there was no elbowroom, which made it a bit uncomfortable, but no complaints apart from that.
Arc Cafe Bar
Liffey Vallley Shopping Centre, Fonthill Rd, West Dublin, Liffey Valley, Dublin
Only eaten here once but thoroughly enjoyed it although we did have a bit of a job finding our way inside to the restaurant - managed eventually. The food was lovely but they served the wrong main course to my husband initially, this was sorted out very quickly and he wasn't kept waiting too long for the correct one. Overall service and food was very nice and we will be back.
Crumlin Cross, Crumlin, Dublin
Had the carvery here a few weeks ago but was quite disappointed as it wasn't very hot and wasn't very tasty either. Shouldn't complain I suppose for the price, but other carveries manage to keep it hot.
Johnnie Fox's Pub
Glencullen, Dublin Mountains, Glencullen, Dublin
First visit to Johnnie Fox's and we had an early dinner there. I had wanted the Chinese Ambassador's Choice for starter but they had none left so had to settle for the crab claws which were tasteless, and, I suspect, frozen. Husband had the smoked salmon and that was nice. Mains were nice, I had the Mahi Mahi - fish (a little over-cooked) and accompanying potatoes (2 types) were lovely, but the bed of vegetables weren't to my taste - the sauce however, was delicious. Husband had the Swordfish, which again was lovely, and his side order of veggies were nice! Banoffi pie and Chocolate & Raspberry gateaux were scrummy. The ladies toilets however, almost caused me to throw up everything I had eaten, 2 out of 3 of them were FULL/OVERFLOWING with 'unmentionables' and whilst making a hasty exit I noticed that they hadn't been checked by staff for some 7 hours!! Whilst the food was nice for the most part, the toilet experience has put me off ever going there again - it's obviously a common occurrence as other reviewers have also mentioned this problem. The decor, tin table and sawdust on the floor didn't do anything for me but I'm sure the tourists love it.
Unit 20-22, The Plaza, Park West, Clondalkin, Dublin
Love this place! We come here at lunchtimes for a cheap and tasty place to eat - just under €12 each for an 'All you can eat' buffet. Don't go too late though or you'll find some of the dishes haven’t been replaced and there's less to choose from. The evening’s meals are nice too - we love the combination starter. Quite often we order WAY too much though and the staff don't bat an eyelid when we ask them for a doggy bag! LOL
Eddie Rockets (Rathfarnham)
Unit 2, Nutgrove Shopping Centre, South Dublin, Rathfarnham, Dublin
We've given up trying to get a decent breakfast at Eddie Rocket's (at least this particular one). Each time we order the Rocket Power Breakfast we are left disappointed - the last time we went will be our last time, admittedly we went fairly late for breakfast, around 11:30am, but what they served us looked like someone else's leftovers, it was disgraceful. We got one sausage each which looked like it had bee re-heated six or seven times and was tough as old boots. As usual the baked beans and mushrooms were cold, the rather was in the same state as the sausage - dried up and only luke warm, and as for the tomato... we both got one thin slice each and the middle was missing out of it - and it was cold!!! The fried egg was solid, yet still cold when it reached us and the hash brown was like a brick, oh... and it was cold!!! This isn't just a one off, every breakfast that we have had here has been like this, we've just been giving them chance after chance to get it right, and they just don't seem to be able to manage to. Their burgers are ok and so are their hot dogs, but everything is really over-priced. We've finally given up trying to get a half decent meal there and won't be bothering again.
The Boxty House
20-21 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Whilst I gave Gallagher's a glowing review earlier this year for it's breakfast, and still stick by that as they are great, I was sorely disappointed with my meal there this afternoon. I've had their steaks and they are lovely, but today I thought I'd try one of their 'Traditional Irish Meals'. I ordered the Bacon & Cabbage with Champ. When it eventually turned up (service was quite slow today) I was horrified to find out that the 'bacon' was nothing more than 3 thin slices of some kind of processed 'pretend' bacon, kind of like a very cheap gammon steak. The French family at the next table asked what myself & hubby were eating and if it was 'traditional Irish food' as that was what they wanted to try. My hubby had the Irish Stew (which was tasty) so we recommended that to them, but after my first mouthful of the 'bacon' I had to warn them not to try that as it was horrible. And it was. I gave the lumpy Champ and tasteless Cabbage to hubby who mashed it into his stew, left the bacon and ended up pinching bit of hubby's Irish stew and chomping on some brown bread to fill me up. I mentioned my disappointment (regarding the 'pretend' bacon) to the waiter who just said they'd never had any complaints about the bacon beforehand (let's face it, it's mainly tourists who eat there and probably don't know what decent Bacon & Cabbage should taste like) and promptly gave us a bill for the full amount. We pursued our complaint and eventually they knocked off the price of a small bottle of water and a pint of Murphy’s. I came away with a rather sour taste in my mouth and won't be eating lunch or dinner there again.
F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Pembroke Street
1A Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
My husband and I ate here recently after hearing so many good reviews. It was my birthday so I ordered a Bellini Champagne Cocktail to start - when it arrived it wasn't quite as large as I was hoping for and the 'champagne' was flat. I would have thought that at €9.50 a glass (very small glass) I'd have been enjoying peachy flavoured bubbles up my nose, but it wasn't to be. We ordered the Bacon Cakes which were served with a Carrot and Coriander puree, couldn't really taste the bacon, but they were ok. I ordered the fillet with the surf 'n' turf option but was a little disappointed with the prawns which arrived on a skewer - they were quite rubbery and tasteless. The steak, however, was delicious and cooked perfectly. My husband had the T-Bone which, so he told me, was also very good. We had to order mushrooms and onions as extras and I also ordered the 'Organic Market Vegetables' - I was expecting a selection of maybe carrots, cauliflower, swede or broccoli, something like that. Imagine my surprise when the waiter put a dish on the table announcing the arrival of my 'Organic Market Vegetables' - only to be faced with a dish of the same pureed Carrot and Coriander mush that had been served with the starter! Now that was a bit of a let down. I had the sautéed potatoes with my steak and my husband had the chips - mine were lovely, and I thought the chunky chips were quite nice although the hubby wasn't keen on them. Overall, the delicious steaks saved the day, but I thought it quite overpriced for what we had, we won't be eating there again unless it's to sample the early bird.
Newlands Cross, Naas Road, West Dublin, Clondalkin, Dublin
We go to Joel's at least once a week and cannot fault it. We usually go for the lunchtime carvery which is great value at approx. €9.00 for a hot main course. There is always a good selection of both hot and cold food, the portions are very generous. Unlike quite a few lunchtime carveries we have tried, the food is always hot and looks appetising - it also tastes great. We eat there in the evenings about once a month and have been doing so for the last three years - we have never had a bad meal or experience there. The portions in the evenings are even bigger than at lunchtime, last week I had the Babyback Ribs and Chicken Wings for my main meal and had no problems when I asked to substitute the chips/baked potato for coleslaw - they were very accomodating. The lunchtime Chef is really friendly and gets to know his regulars and the staff have always been polite and friendly too. The waiting time in the evening can be a bit of a pain if they are busy, and the car park is quite small so you could end up having to park down the road, but these are the only bad points I can think of. I'm really surprised at some of the poor reviews here (and lack of good reviews) as we thoroughly enjoy our meal every time we go to Joel's, it's always packed in the evenings and fairly busy during the lunchtimes sitting too.