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Lennox Cafe and Bistro restaurant

31 Lennox Street, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code:

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Reviewed 05th September 2013 ( visited 01st September 2013 )

It's been a while since I'd been here and I was once again bringing someone who hadn't been. I love it when I go back to a place after a while and it's every bit as good as my memory. My memory has a revisionist tendency too so I always expect more. I finally had the huevos and they couldn't have been more custom designed for my feeding needs. So much going on and with a load of leaves too so I felt like I was at least giving my guts a fighting chance. The service was lovely, above and beyond in fact as they obviously are aware of the clamping situation in the area - they announced to the raestaurant that if anyone had a car that wasn't ticketed they needed to get out fast. They saved one patron €80. Which was exciting to watch. But as another poster here mentioned, the streets to the side are free. This place is still great.
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Lennox Cafe and Bistro restaurant

31 Lennox Street, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Bistro

Price Range:

Good
62 reviews

Reviewed 05th September 2013 ( visited 01st September 2013 )

It's been a while since I'd been here and I was once again bringing someone who hadn't been. I love it when I go back to a place after a while and it's every bit as good as my memory. My memory has a revisionist tendency too so I always expect more. I finally had the huevos and they couldn't have been more custom designed for my feeding needs. So much going on and with a load of leaves too so I felt like I was at least giving my guts a fighting chance. The service was lovely, above and beyond in fact as they obviously are aware of the clamping situation in the area - they announced to the raestaurant that if anyone had a car that wasn't ticketed they needed to get out fast. They saved one patron €80. Which was exciting to watch. But as another poster here mentioned, the streets to the side are free. This place is still great.
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7 Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I think this is my current favourite restaurant. I hate that I can't get in when I want and I detest that they will only take bookings for 6 or more. But all is forgiven as soon as I get the first bite into my mouth. I was her with some non-believers i.e who claimed they didn't 'get' the big fuss about Mexican food even though they had been to Mexico? For one, I can't understand that and for 2 I was sure that this food would blow them away regardless. Thank god it did. We were here on a Sunday and they were doing the €7.77 for all items, so none of the things I wanted (remembered) were on the list. If you're interested I wanted the bisteak tartare... We ordered 7 small plates and we were stuffed (the 3 of us). And we were thrilled with all of it. I won't be able to remember all the Spanish names but it consisted of: the carne tacitos, the hake, the portobello muchroom, the steak strips, the El Gringo nachos which are hands down the best I've ever had. The atmposphere is always 5 stars in here and the girl making the cocktails even wrote down the name of the SoundCloud mix that was playing for me. This place is pricey and the cocktails are very pricey, but holy Jesus are they worth it. This is for treating yourself to a great night out, not a posh night out. So if anyone has anything they want to thank me for, you can take me here.

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Pho Viet Vietnamese Restaurant
162 Parnell Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I've been here about 6 times now and it never disappoints. The food is delicious and never lets you down. And you can't beat it for value for money and authenticity. Throw in the fact that you can bring your own booze? It's not the swankiest of surroundings but it is really fresh, really vietnamese food and whether you just want a good feed or you want to kill a hangover, this is a great addition to Parnell St. Now if I could only get them to deliver to Dublin 8. Have the pancakes, they are sublime. The curry, while being an excellent curry, is probably something you've had already.

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Kim Chi Hop House
160 Parnell Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

The food is delicious and the place is really quirky. And I hate using that word. There were 5 of us and it was a busy Friday, we had booked but granted we only booked that afternoon, so we were seated in the bar and the Ireland v Sweden game was on. None of us had any pressing interest in it but it the food was so good we were happpily able to tune out the match. Ok, the service. It was a little haphazard - but we were in the antartica of seats. But as soon as one of our party went up with our orders the food was straight out to us in super quick time. We all ordered starters, sides, mains extras - the mandu chicken dumplings were a hit all round as was the sushi. There was some yaki soba ordered, some bulgogi, something with duck and something spicy chicken - there was a lot of food and no one had a bad word to say about it. For 5 people (not including drinks) the total came to €97. That is excellent value for some high quality, interesting, tasty food. And cheaper sushi than you'll find in a lot of places around town. I can't wait to go back.

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Lennox Cafe and Bistro
31 Lennox Street, City Centre South, Dublin

It's been a while since I'd been here and I was once again bringing someone who hadn't been. I love it when I go back to a place after a while and it's every bit as good as my memory. My memory has a revisionist tendency too so I always expect more. I finally had the huevos and they couldn't have been more custom designed for my feeding needs. So much going on and with a load of leaves too so I felt like I was at least giving my guts a fighting chance. The service was lovely, above and beyond in fact as they obviously are aware of the clamping situation in the area - they announced to the raestaurant that if anyone had a car that wasn't ticketed they needed to get out fast. They saved one patron €80. Which was exciting to watch. But as another poster here mentioned, the streets to the side are free. This place is still great.

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Herbstreet
Hanover Quay, Dublin 2 , Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

Was here on a busy Friday lunchtime. The noise was deafening, the acoustics are weird in here, but that's about all I can find fault with. The service was prompt and the food was delicious. I had the bream which was hearty and filling on the casserole base. The turkey burger I was assured was fantastic. The sweet potato wedges were too massive to negotiate they all needed to be cut. But the place is a great spot down on Grand Canal Quay, definitley going back.

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Le Bon Crubeen
81-82 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I’ve eaten here a few times but not for a while. Had lunch here today and it was possibly the best crab sandwich I’ve ever had, meaty and fresh and delicious, with a lovely accompaniment of some chunky chips and a green salad. I was particularly hungry so could’ve eaten two (little on the small side for my appetite in general) but it left room for a fabulous dessert of double chocolate brownie with the inspired minted mascarpone accessory. He had the marinated chicken and thyme salad which again was succulent and generous in proportions. Along with the giant pot of tea for two and the excellent and prompt service it was a fantastic lunch.

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Musashi Noodles and Sushi Bar
15 Capel Street, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin

I've eaten here twice and had take-away also. This is excellent value for money. Good fresh sushi and delicious noodles. The restaurant is very informal and the BYOB is great for adding to that. The Staff are friendly and busy enough that if you miss them they'll be back around again. But the dishes are generous in proportions and snappy coming out from the kitchen. My only tiny gripe and it's a particular issue with me, is that while the last bite had just gone in my mouth the plates were whipped from under me while still chewing and the chopsticks still in my hand. But with both visits having bills come in under €50 for two people including tea and dessert it will have me coming back again. And the takeaway was a delight to experience also, no quality lost there at all.

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Locks Brasserie
No. 1 Windsor Terrace, South Dublin, Portobello, Dublin

Really I'd be hard pushed to mark this place down on anything. We booked the New Year's Eve special, which was a set menu of 3 choices of the 3 courses and it also included a glass of champagne on arrival. We did have to ask for this but some of the group got over zealous and ordered drinks as soon as they got there. They had run out of the two starters everyone was going to plump for but as our booking was for 9:30 that's not unreasonable. Other than that the service, ambience and food was a real fine dining treat. We couldn't have been treated any better by the very knowledgeable staff and the food was exqusite. And for 4 people with 2 bottles of prosecco and two bottles of wine the bill came to €405 - we were very pleased. Delighted.

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Lennox Cafe and Bistro
31 Lennox Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I've eaten here a few times and it has never disappointed. I was here for an extended brunch on Saturday. I had the eggs benedict but watched as people either side had the huevos rancheros - definitley opting for those next time. Not that my eggs benedict were not perfect, they absolutley were. He had the scrambled eggs and wild mushrooms - both dishes served on doorstop sized slices of chunky bread. He also had the quesedillas (we might have been sporting hangovers that required extra food) and these came with one of the best tasting guacamole sides I've tasted, I could have eaten a bowl of it by its self. My only complaint was that as we were by the door, it was a bit draughty from time to time, but I'd eat this food out on the street, standing up and wtih no cutlery - I love it that much.

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Bloom Brasserie & Wine Bar
11 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

Had lunch here yesterday. I was glad I booked, but then it is Christmas week. We both had the steak sandwich, which was absolutely delicious and cooked to perfection but I think a more appropriate description of it would be 'steak bruschetta'. It was tiny. It was one brushetta sized, diagonal slice of french bread. Granted it was topped with caramleised onions and sautéed mushrooms that were the best teamed accompaniment and expertly prepared. But what would have been a better accompaniment? Another slice of bread and some more steak! Ok, it did also come with a tiny portion of fries, again beautifully presented and prepared. But our requests for condiments were never fulfilled - again though, it is Christmas week and they were quite busy. The place is lovely, the staff are very nice but at €14 for a tiny steak bruschetta I'm not sure it's great value for money. But I think I'll give it another go and try the dinner menu before I completely write it off

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Yamamori Noodles
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I love this restaurant so much so that I'm going back again tonight. Was here on Friday night and was glad I booked as it was hopping. We had booked so we were shown to our seat fairly quicikly. Our sushi rolls were perfect as always but the gyoza for once were just a little lacking in flavour - but still tasty (we couldn't tell the differend between the pork and the ebi ones). Still very tasty, and some prompt service. Only complaint was that as my companion put his last piece of a sushi into his mouth an over zealous waiter came along and whipped his plate away. And I was still eating. I understand clearing some baords away when more is coming out, especially with sushi, but there was no more to come this wasn't necessary and made us feel a bit rushed. Still delicious though.

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Odessa
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Had a Menupages deal for here and was delighted with it especially being able to use it on a Saturday night. The food was excellent and the service while not especially attentive at the start was very accomodating, helpful and friendly. We started with cocktails, mine was an undrinkable Long Island Iced tea and his was a pretty delicious ginger mojito. The pace of the meal was a little off initially,(they were very busy though) as our starters arrived before our cocktails were finished and we were finished our starters before the bottle of wine arrived. After that however everything ran smoothly. We were given a nice gap between starter and main to enjoy a glass of wine, my cocktail was very courteously replaced with no fuss. And we had a luxuriously paced main and then coffees. My steak was perfection itself and he seemed more than happy with his burger. One of the best meals I've had in ages. I'll snap up another deal if it comes up again. Still love this restaurant.

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The Green Hen
33 Exchequer street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This was amazing value and superb food. We had the early bird - I had the mushrooms with poached egg on brioche. Divine. She had the cheese, walnut and pear salad and I could've eaten that as a main it was so good. Then it was the cod and the chicken - while she thought the cod was a little under cooked my chicken was divine. Accompanied by mash and green beens I couldn't have been happier. But if was was really hungry there'd have been room for desert - I wasn't stuffed.

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The Counter Suffolk Street
20 Suffolk Street, City Centre South, Dublin

This is an excellent burger no doubt. And one built so that you can actually get it in your mouth - not one of these megalithic constructions that look great but have to be deconstructed before your mouth could get near them. Was delighted that the waitress suggested that we go for the trio plate of fries, onion ring-strings and sweet potato fries, perfect for two people sharing. And the onion strings are to die for, crispy and tangy and full of flavour. But the series of choices to get your burger is almost overwhelming. I loved the burger, the fries and the malted shake that I ordered to wash it down. But it's quite pricey for what it is, very casual dining - especially the shake, which was delicious but was very small and for €5.25 it should have come in a bigger glass I felt. I'll still go back, it's a great burger.

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L'Ecrivain Restaurant
109a Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I'd waited so long, read so much and anticipated beyond reason. Except it actually delivered. This is a special place worthy of occasion.They're just getting everything right. The food, the atmosphere, the service - all with excellent timing and service so discreet - my glass was never empty and I hardly remember it being topped up. It just lived up to it's reputation and it was well worth the wait. For a celebration, for something out of the ordinary for a real fine dining expierince for the sake of dine dining - this is the place. We couldn't have been treated better, especially given that we were 20 mins late and yet still offered the choice of having a drink in the bar. I can't wait to be taken here again.

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Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Booked in here for lunch As I wasn't sure how busy it was. It probably would've been fine without a booking. While not greeted at the door the service was excellent as soon as we were seated. We opted for the lazy lunch, which is what we wanted - we were chatting and catching up. Our drinks arrived immeditately and we were left to enjoy them before our food arrived. This has to be the best burger I've ever had - only slightly let down by the quite charred bun. But not even that could ruin it. My companion had the lemon garlic chicken which came with some of the best mashed potatoes - made with green pesto. While we were happy to be left alone to linger over lunch I'm not sure I'd be thrilled if I was trying to get back to work. But that said, we didn't have to try hard to get attention from the waiting staff so maybe they just correctly gauged our mood.

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Cornstore (Limerick)
19 Thomas Street, Limerick City, Limerick

Was at home at the weekend and decided that I wanted a decent lunch for once & had heard great things about this place. I wasn't disapopinted. Had 3 lite bites between two of us and it was perfect. My sister had the goats cheese crostini and I had the feta & pommegranate salad - both were excellent and we shared the chicken wings. I'm particularly picky when it comes to wings I don't want them covered in barbeque sauce accompanied with garlic mayo - I want proper chicken wing sauce and blue cheese dressing to dip them in. And these chicken wings were fantastic. A lovely piquant sauce the right side of spicey and the best blue cheese dressing I've had in ages. Add to that the fact they were decently sized and there was a very generous portion of them. Not forgetting the charming, informative and attentive service. I hope I can go back for dinner next time.

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Alfies
10 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I love the cocktails here, their champagne mojito is unbelievable but this was the first time I'd had the food. We had the early bird and the service was cordial, informative and very prompt. The atmosphere was bubbly and conducive to a great night out. It's just all let down by the food. The burger I had was the worst I'd ever had in a restautant that wasn't a fast food chain. There was no garlic in the garlic mushrooms and the mushrooms themeselves had no flavour. The chips were quite good but I'd describe them as being more akin to wedges. My companion had the fish cakes which actually were quite nice and the chicken pesto which was tasty but the side of onion rings and the extra side of veg bordered on dire. The onion rings were rock solid and tasted of nothing and the veg was cooked to death. Maybe the a la carte menu has better quality but this wouldn't have me rushing back which is a shame as everything else is on the money. The staff are very attentive even when very busy and the place is so well located with a real buzz about it. It's just all let down by the food - cheap and cheerful can be done with a lot more cheer.

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Honest To Goodness
25 Market Arcade, Georges Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Found this place on Saturday and I almost don't want to write a review and give it away. It's a perfect little spot for getting away from it right in the middle of it. My sister had the Portobello mushroom hot salad which came with pesto toast and was a mansized portion. I had the Mexican sandwich which came with guacamole and salsa all on the home made bread. The portions were perfect and excellent value for money. It's a tiny little place but there was still table service which was astonishing I thought. And all the food is organic and fresh. This place is amazing.

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

I was here a few weeks ago for the pre theatre menu and it was almost as good as every time I've been here before. We were in a rush as we genuinely were going to the theatre so were in promptly at 5.30pm. There wasn't a warm welcome but this would be the only complaint on the service. The waitresses were prompt and attentive and the suggestion of the Spanish wine instead of the NZ Sauvugnon Blanc was perfect. The salmon starter was a little bland but the tomato and mozzarella was light, fragrant and perfect. Neither of us could fault the mains - Pork Belly and Parmesan Crusted Hake. Ideally sized portions for pre-theatre and fabulously executed. I have enjoyed Bang more on previous occasions but I could take my time then, but this is well worth a visit and and there was no scrimping. It just reminded me that I want to visit again when I can take all the time in the world.

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