Restaurant Reviews from KateMay

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Canal Bank Cafe restaurant

146 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 4

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Cuisine:
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165 reviews

Reviewed 29th August 2016 ( visited 15th June 2016 )

Great place for brunch, we both ordered egg dishes, tailoring them to our tastes, and they were very accommodating. Coffee great too. Quiet week day morning, but the people were in and out, seemingly regulars getting take away coffees. Service was friendly and welcoming.
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Canal Bank Cafe restaurant

146 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 4

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
165 reviews

Reviewed 29th August 2016 ( visited 15th June 2016 )

Great place for brunch, we both ordered egg dishes, tailoring them to our tastes, and they were very accommodating. Coffee great too. Quiet week day morning, but the people were in and out, seemingly regulars getting take away coffees. Service was friendly and welcoming.
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Bar Italia
26 Blooms Lane , Lower Ormond Quay, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Popped in on a Friday evening with a friend looking for a bite to eat in a relaxed atmosphere. Starters (Polenta 'chips' and calamari) were ok, but the pizza was very good and quickly devoured. House wine very drinkable. Staff friendly as always. It was a Friday so staff in many places can be frazzled, but here they seem to take it all in their stride!

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Ciao Bella Roma
24/25 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Two of us popped in here late-ish midweek. Shared a plate of calamari and pizza. Calamari portion size was huge, and while nothing super special was very eatable. Pizza with anchovies was yum. Together with a couple of glasses of house red, everything was very good value, would certainly come again for a mid-week no fuss sneaky pizza dinner.

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

Great place for brunch, we both ordered egg dishes, tailoring them to our tastes, and they were very accommodating. Coffee great too. Quiet week day morning, but the people were in and out, seemingly regulars getting take away coffees. Service was friendly and welcoming.

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Er Buchetto
71 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

Love this place. Friendly welcoming staff. Soup and ciabatta €5 - in addition to usual tomato and basil, they often have a different soup which is yet not to be delicious. Strong coffee too. Big fan, I go there regularly.

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Dillingers
47 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Had a couple of sneaky mid-week margueritas and nachos with a friend sitting up at the bar. Service was impeccable, nachos of a great portion, and cocktails way too easy to drink. My only ongoing bugbear with the place is their insistence on having ketchup and mustard everywhere when most of their menu doesn't call for either. But I'll be back regardless.

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Forno
3 The Crescent, Donnybrook, Donnybrook, Dublin

Went with a friend who had purchased a €30-dinner-for-two voucher. We had Bruschetta/Calamari for starters and the Arrabiatta/Linguine for mains. We added on a bottle of Montepulciano and shared a toffee fudge cake for dessert. Prawn Linguine was very tasty and the stand out for me and my friend was delighted with the generous serving of toffee sauce. Food probably not for the connoisseur, but the portions are generous, the ingredients fresh and tasty, and with or without the voucher, it all would have been very reasonable. We ate our fill and had a lovely evening. Really liked the fresh open style decor too. Side note, 2 out of 3 staff were absolutely lovely, however there was another younger man whose manner was off, if it was just him this review would have been quite different.

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Dante (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Cheap and cheerful. €12.50 for 2 courses. Went with friend so shared 1 starter: bruschetta - edible; then she had pizza - seemed ok; I had chicken & feta - not so much to look at but tasty enough; and shared an ENORMOUS slab of brownie - happy days. Also risked the €8.95 red wine which is served with this special menu - a drinkable light Tempranillo. Service was very friendly, efficient & accommodating, atmosphere non existent despite the new décor, I'm afraid. Good after-work, pre-cinema cheap casual eat, you kinda get what you pay for, but wouldn't visit on a date.

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Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill
51 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

Was looking for a nice late lounging lunch on Monday and came across here - €17.95 for lunch/pre-theatre menu seemed great, and was not disappointed. Both of us had celeriac soup 9fantastic - meal in itself!), then I had beef bourgenone and my friend has veggie spaghetti; went mad with a bottle of pink bubbles & bill came to €74. We were the only people there to begin with, though didn't feel uncomfortalbe, but the place was packed when we left. Service was prompt and polite. Very pleased; will be back & recommend to friends.

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Angel Park Eatery
5 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Visited here today with a friend - how come I've never heard of here before? Both of us prefer the veggie options, I opted for Veggie Heaven Wrap and my friend the Italian Job focaccia; we finished with cappuccinos & shared a Rocky Road (huge!). Bill was €35 which is pricey for lunch of sandwich/salad (so wouldn't necessarily call this a place for cheap eats) but it was all really delicious & filling. Lots of burgers on menu, and there were a good number of men in the cafe, leading me to believe that the the fare is manly-men-friendly too! Very welcoming and friendly staff despite being very busy. Would recommend for a nice work/social lunch.

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

Fantastic Eggs Benedict - really thick slices of ham. Himself managed to get the last one so be there early! I ordered the crispy chicken salad - ok if you like greasy chicken with salad, seemed a strange combo for me though! So: definitely go there for eggs at brunch time, avoid salad!

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Thai House
21 Railway Road, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

What a fantastic restaurant! I would recommend this whole heartedly to everyone. Myself and my friend opted for the 2 course value menu - sharing a starter and a dessert, and opted for a bottle of sparkly too - altogether €72. The Value meal wasn't the same as posted online but it was great. I had the tofu red curry, which was really delicious. Top top stars! Got Dart down and last one back up, then went to a club back in the city. Was a great night - try it!

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Cornucopia
19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I went here a few years ago and although the food was good, it was a little grim - too packed and stuffy. So when friends suggested there a couple of weeks ago I was not so enthused, but wow it was fantastic! The restaurant has a whole new space to the left, decorated beautifully - it is cosy and welcoming. Food is better than I rememer too - delicious soups and hearty salads, and huge main courses - also fantastic value. I was surprised the number of tables of men! I've been three times since and always leave pleased, full and healthy.

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Fallon and Byrne
11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This is a review for their downstairs wine cellar which I think is the best thing about Fallon and Byrne. I have been to the restaurant and found it overpriced and the staff not so friendly, however the wine cellar is great. No bookings I believe and it's often busy with a happy atmosphere. Tasty small dishes - fantastic duck salad, cheese plate and fish stew. Perfect to have a glass of wine and a natter - service can be a little slow when busy. Mondays is the best night as it is €1 corkage. Apparently all the waiters are trained in the wines, however the one we had was, while enthusiastic, not entirely accurate, but charm is what it's all about. Am a regular and will continue to be.

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Pinocchio Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
Luas Kiosk, Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

I love this little place, I often pop in for coffee and treats. It is so wonderfully Italian - often it feels too good to be true - Italian friends popping in to see the staff, sometimes with children, and oh how they love to greet children, huge exclamations, coffee and treats all round! Great coffee too, also a handy place for free wifi in Ranelagh

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Queen of Tarts (Temple Bar)
3 - 4 Cow's Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin

Recommendation: great food, despite being quite pricey, but please try out first the original Queen of Tarts on Dame St for the more authentic character and wonderfully cosy intimate atmosphere!... I had arranged to meet friends in 'Queen of Tarts' and as things often go I went to the original on Dame St and they went to this one on Cow's Lane. The cafe on Dame St had a wonderful atmosphere on this overcast morning, however I moved to meet my friends and was quite disappointed with this sister cafe. Bigger does not always mean better: the music was that much too loud so as to hinder conversation, which may have been intentional as it was also very busy and thus this tactic would be conducive to keep the clientele moving. Upon ordering, we found that two of the courses we wanted were not 'on' that day. We also requested extra mustard which despite asking twice never appeared. Nonetheless, the soup and ham sandwich were delicious; and my friend who ordered the cheesecake refused to share, clearly a positive sign.

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The Port House
64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I brought three out-of-towners to The Port House to let them sample a little of what Dublin has to offer in terms of good food at reasonable prices (which can be rare!). We ordered two dishes each, one of which was lost in translation with the waitress and thus came 15 mins after everything else, and unfortunately was not really worth the wait - (Caldereta De Cordero - the lamb stew). Apart from that the food was great, the wine flowed freely and the service was very friendly, easily making up for the occasional difficulty in communication! Cheese plate is to be recommended - lovely combination; the Seafood Paella was also excellent; Chorizo was delicious; as were the Patatas (we went for all three sauces which we expected on the side and were a little surprised when they all came on top of each other - I would recommend ordering 2 portions, one Bravas & one Mojo). You may like to request a table downstairs for the atmosphere - it may mean a bit more of a wait but could be worth it (you can't book ahead, but there's wine and tapas-snacks to be sampled while you wait!). .

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