Restaurant Reviews from KilaBila
Gourmet Food Parlour Swords restaurant
Unit 2 St Fintans, North Street, Swords, Swords, Dublin, Area Code: Co. Dublin
Reviewed 03rd November 2009 ( visited 09th October 2009 )Went here with 4 of my friends on the Friday night - Tapas night. The place is decked out really cosy with candles pretty much the only lighting in the seated areas. The tables were a wee bit squashed together but it was ok, not too cramped. As a meat eater, I was very happy with the choices and had the prawns, mushroom and potato dishes. Thee of my friends are veggies so there was not much choice - we were informed only on the night that we could have pre-booked a salad but it was too late to prepare it on the night. So be warned any veggies!! Wine was lovely, chilean white and the overall cost was amazing - it worked out at €30 per head which I felt was well worth it. the musician was excellent. I would really reccomend this place as a starter for a good night out as Swords has an abundance of good pubs to choose from for after. Also ideal for a couple.
Harveys Bar and Grill Restaurant (Above Harvest Bar & Lounge)
Main Street, Balbriggan, Balbriggan, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 11th August 2009 ( visited 03rd August 2009 )Have eaten here several times with two kids and husband and always find the food lovely ( a wee bit over priced though). if you like things covered in cheese and deep fried then this is a winner all the way. Had the enchiladas the last time I was there and thought it was very creamy and tasteless. But apart from that, everything the kids and hubbie got was lovely. Great atmosphere for a girlie or lads night out, just think Captain Americas on a smaller scale.....
ely gastro bar
Grand Canal Square, (Next to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre), Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin
Have only eaten here once and I will definitely be back again. Went here on a Tuesday night before 'Chicago' in the Grand Canal. They only had the pre-theatre menu on offer but that was fine because I fancied steak and my hubbie fancied a burger and they had both on the menu....I had requested that my steak be done medium rare (I like a bit of blood) but when I got it, there was no blood but the inside was nice and pink...I queried this but apparantely, their beef is dry cured, hence very little blood?? Anyway, it was fantastic. The service was quick and the staff were very friendly and checked in with us now and again, enough to ensure are drinks were topped up.....price wise, if I can remember correctly, for two courses, we paid about €23 each and then my hubbie had two beers and I had two glasses of prosecco...I really liked the vibe of the place and would reccommend it.
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Ate here couple of weeks ago with 4 colleagues. All I can really say is WOW. I had heard that this place was a touch pretentious but I found it welcoming, warm, hospitable - considering our motely crew of staff! It was after the major lunchtime rush but the place was packed to the rafters. They fit us in which was great - we hadnt booked ahead which I would now do if going back...For starters I had the chicken wantan which was small but enough. Very tasty. For mains, I had the prawns with rice and I must say, the dish is now firmly in my top 3 prawn meals I have ever had...and I have had many! Our meals were accompanied with different vegetables and potato gratin which was creamy and had a little bite - perfection! For dessert, I had the meringue with summer berries - again, WOW. Was really fully but just had to eat it...I would love to come back here with my partner for an evening meal and a couple of glasses of wine. The staff were very efficient, attentive and a touch flirtatious which is always a bonus! Will definitely be back
The Cedar Tree
11a St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Ate here on Friday with 5 girlfriends. It was my first time eating here, some of the girls had eaten here before and loved it so much they wanted to come back..ok, here is my HONEST opinion...atmosphere was nice, the place is decked out in lots of golds and reds but I felt it was a little bit too tight where we were put (down the stairs, very back of the room). We were all starving so ordered lots of starters - these were delicious - cucumber in mint yogurt, hummus, some sort of aubergine hummus, falafel, spicy sausage - all yum. By the time the mains came, we were all pretty stuffed but made a good attempt to finish. I got the chicken skewers with side salad - salad was a bit too wet, chicken was lovely though. 4 of the girls got veggie dishes and were all very happy , another got the spicy prawns and really enjoyed it too. This is where it goes a bit wrong for me...the service just wasnt that great. I had to ask the waiter twice for another bottle of wine and when he finally managed to bring it to us, it was about 10 minutes after I had asked him the second time. He spent most of his night chatting to people who I presumed were friends/family...anyways, the really sexy bellydancer was great! Bit awkwared when you are stuffing falafel in your mouth but a nice addition....overall, it cost about €45 each, including tip. This also included 3 bottles of wine, a baileys and two desserts.
10 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Suprised to see negative remarks about this place but I suppose each to their own...I came here two days in a row to avail of their fab lunch menu. There were about 14 of us doing a training course, and if we got there about 12.45, we were able to sit relatively altogether....! The lunch menu for €10 is absolutely fantastic value for money - the service was friendly and quick, the food was delicious and I would highly reccomend this place to anyone who is shopping in town, or out for a business lunch, or who just likes to eat great food at great prices...I would definintely go back as long as they keep their lunch menu at €10 and continue serving their great food...reccomendations : garlic mushrooms, thai curry with rice, bbq chicken salad, steak sandwich. I have never been here in the evening or for drinks so just take my word for it for their lunches!!!
TGI Friday (St Stephens Green )
St Stephens Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Ate here over the Christmas with brothers and sisters and we had a really enjoyable night! The place was half full which meant the staff could give you that extra bit of attention. We all got the shared platters to share (obviously!) and these consisted of a mixture of ribs, wings, shrimp, nachos....we also got side orders of onion rings and chips. It is what it is - beer food! The wings are very hot so be warned! The main attraction for us for the night was the €5 coctails - we all drank long island iced teas for the evening and at €5 a pop, we could afford a few! I would reccomend this place for a girls night out, lads night out, family get together, families with kids - it is an all rounder...not really a place for a romantic night out though....
6-7 Jervis Street, Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin
Ate here with hubbie night before new years....we needed to book a table which to me, is always a good sign as it means the restaurant is in demand!! We arrived early so had a coctail in the lounge...bit pricey at €8.95 for a margarita but was delicious nonetheless....I thought that the staff would come and get us but we had to head into the restaurant ourselves when our reservation time was due...not a big deal....we both got starters - I got the king prawn and my hubbie got the satay chicken - we were both happy with our choices.....for my main, I had the thai green chicken with fragrant rice and hubbie had duck in red thai curry with egg fried rice. Again, we were both very happy with our choices - mine was a touch on the hot side but not unbearable..I would reccommend it for those who like a kick in their food. We didnt get dessert - I had a glass of prosecco and my hubbie had a coke - the overall bill came to €71 which I thought was a bit steep....the service was very fast, we were in and out within the hour....lovely place, nice atmostphere, bit pricey but would go back.
Town Bar and Grill
21 Kildare Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Went here for work night out - there were 9 of us in total. I had eaten here before some years back and had a lovely meal so decided to book it for our Xmas dinner...we had a set menu which had plenty of choice on it...I went with the Antipasti for starter which was MASSIVE!! It was really delicious but, to be honest, for a starter was far too big. Went with Steak for main - again, was quite big and a bit fatty but I enjoyed it nonetheless. For dessert I had the brownie which was lovely, not spectacular but lovely....I had the house white wine for the night which I found went lovely with the meal....two of my colleagues had the chicken which they found to be very small and they left not feeling that they had a full meal......It was a nice night out, pricey but nice to do now and again. the total bill was €500 which included a 12.5 service charge.....would reccommend for couples as it has that romantice feel about it.
Kennedys Food Store
5 Fairview Strand, Fairview, Dublin
Ate here on Friday with my two sisters and all I can say is - Wow. This place really deserves 5 stars....the ambience was lovely, the staff were very friendly and helpful, the decor is contemporary,clean and romantic....anyways, we went for the early bird which was €17.95 for two courses....we all got the antipasta with artisan bread with a choice of three dips - I opted for the green pesto, hummous and olives. Everything was so fresh - the green pesto particularly stood out for me...for main, again we all went for the same - rib eye steak, cooked medium rare to perfection. This was served with about 4 giant wedges and bernaisse sauce - it was really really good. We didnt leave one bit on our plates. Two sis's shared a bottle of house red and I got two glasses of white, which at €4.50 a glass I thought was reasonable. We didnt bother with dessert and overall, the bill came in at around €82 for the three of us - I felt that this was money well spent for a lovely meal in a lovely place. Its hard to believe that this little gem is in Fairview and not in the big city!!! Will be going again for sure.
24 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin
Went here with hubbie and six year old son. We hadnt planned on eating out for lunch so resources were limited. On arrival, we had to wait a few minutes to be seated - it was lunch hour and the place was very busy. They seemed short staffed also...but anyway, we got our table and some nice (a little bit stale but ok) bread with some olive oils. My little man chose a bowl of penne in butter off the kids menu and this was only €3.80 which I though was brilliant as a happy meal would have been more but less nutritional!! Me and my hubbie shared the lunch deal pizza which was a 9 inch ham....this also came with a glass of wine. The lunch deal was €10 which I thought was great value also. the pizza was absolutely amazing and, as I am not really one for pizzas, I would have easily eaten a full one to myself if I was having dinner....little man scoffed every last piece of his pasta and washed it down with a bottle of OJ. Hubbie got a coffee and chocolate cake (which we shared!). Altogether, with a couple of euro tip thrown in, it came to €25 which i felt was a decent price to pay for decent food. I would highly reccommend here for family lunch out as the kids menu has lots to choose from at very reasonable prices. Will definitely be going back.
Port House Pintxo
12 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin
Went here for birthday with 9 friends. The atmosphere of the place was the first thing that struck me on arrival. It is quite dark but not too dark! Our table was pre-arranged and we had ample seating. the staff were very friendly (though the waitress had little English). 3 of the 10 of us are veggies and they all felt well catered for. We just went with the cheap house wine which did us fine. I got 3 dishes which were enough. the only thing that I found a bit off putting was the price of a glass of wine. There was a choice of small or large - when requested, the waitress brought a large glass and proceeded to charge about €9 for it! My friend did not know there were different sizes so we'll know the next time we go...I would highly reccommend this place for a girlie night out or an intimate venue for a couple. The food is fab, wine was tasty and atmosphere is great! Oh, and not to mention the toilets....check them out....
19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Ate here two Sundays ago with three vegetarian friends (I am a non veggie!) Had red pepper and basil soup (think there was something else in it but not too sure) It was lovely, thick and served with a choice of bread - went with the brown. My friends all went with the large salad and by large, they mean Large! It was fresh, well cooked and the fact that it was a Sunday, everything was lovely. Place was busy and it seems to be a reccession free spot.....would reccommend this place for a lunch and chat with old friends....
Gourmet Food Parlour Swords
Unit 2 St Fintans, North Street, Swords, Swords, Dublin
Went here with 4 of my friends on the Friday night - Tapas night. The place is decked out really cosy with candles pretty much the only lighting in the seated areas. The tables were a wee bit squashed together but it was ok, not too cramped. As a meat eater, I was very happy with the choices and had the prawns, mushroom and potato dishes. Thee of my friends are veggies so there was not much choice - we were informed only on the night that we could have pre-booked a salad but it was too late to prepare it on the night. So be warned any veggies!! Wine was lovely, chilean white and the overall cost was amazing - it worked out at €30 per head which I felt was well worth it. the musician was excellent. I would really reccomend this place as a starter for a good night out as Swords has an abundance of good pubs to choose from for after. Also ideal for a couple.
Stoop Your Head
Harbour Road, Skerries, Skerries, Dublin
Went here for hubbies birthday (just the two of us) and I absolutely loved it - from the setting (overlooking Skerries harbour) to the food. It was very busy when we went but we were given the option to wait in the pub next door and we would be called or to eat at the bar in the restaurant. We opted to eat at the bar (not very fussy!) but once we had finished our starters, they gave us a table for our main and dessert. I had crab claws and prawns in garlic butter - my mouth is watering just thinking about it...they were cooked to perfection. Hubbie got steak - he's not a seafoodie but he really enjoyed his steak which, I might add, was huge! Again, cooked exactly to what he asked. I would defo go here again, really good quality food and not too expensive but not too cheap either. I left her full, content and happy to part with a few bob for the lovely time that I had.
19 Castlemill Balbriggan, Balbriggan, Dublin
Cannot fault Cates - it is what it is - full on breakfasts, lovely lunches (bagels, lasagnes etc) and you can even have a beer or glass of wine in the evening. Very reasonable, eat here with kids and hubbie a good bit if we are doing our shopping.
The Red Bank House & Restaurant
5-7 Church Street, Skerries, Skerries, Dublin
Ate here with hubbie a few weeks back. And the only reason I ate here was because I got a €100 voucher as a gift!!! It is a really lovely equisite place that oozes authenticity and comfort. On arrival, we were seated in a "living room type" area where we were offered a list of pre dinner drinks and also our order was taken here. Main restaurant area was lovely and not too busy (this was about 7ish and it got progressively busier the later it got). Service was what you would expect from somewhere that has an expensive menu!!! Food was delicious - lamb and duck, but starter (three little tarts) was a bit bland for my tasts. Hubbie liked it though. My favourite part was dessert ! the choice was fab and I opted for pavalova with extra strawberries and cream. Hubbie got some traditional greek pie which reminded me of christmas mince pies!! He like it though. Cheapest half bottle of white wine was not very nice but I suppose it was not going to be - still a bit pricey at €15 for a half bottle. I really liked it but will probably never eat here again unless I get another voucher or somebody else brings me!!!! I would reccomend it for intimate dining with a loved one.........
George's Hill, Balbriggan, Dublin
Ate here last Saturday with my two sisters. We went for the early bird at about 6.30pm and the place was empty but quickly filled up after about 7...starters were absolutely divine - i had bruschetta and sis's had ceasar salad. Main was Fettucine with chicken and pesto and I thought it was lovely but portion was a bit on the big side (I hate leaving food!). sis got steak which she was not wild about but still ate it. Other sis got pasta in arribiata sauce and loved it. All in all, the service was fab - waiters were very genuine lads, not too in your face but made sure that you were ok. Wine was really nice - it was house white but went down ok. For three of us, carafe of white and two glasses of red it came in at €83. Good food, great service, will defo eat here again - and its some where I would also feel comfortable bringing the kids!
Harveys Bar and Grill Restaurant (Above Harvest Bar & Lounge)
Main Street, Balbriggan, Balbriggan, Dublin
Have eaten here several times with two kids and husband and always find the food lovely ( a wee bit over priced though). if you like things covered in cheese and deep fried then this is a winner all the way. Had the enchiladas the last time I was there and thought it was very creamy and tasteless. But apart from that, everything the kids and hubbie got was lovely. Great atmosphere for a girlie or lads night out, just think Captain Americas on a smaller scale.....