Restaurant Reviews from Kiwi D

Status: Connoisseur

Credibility Score:
52.5%

County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 22

Member Since: 20 July 2009

Last Visit: 27 March 2016

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Aurora Asian Cuisine restaurant

Unit 5, Block C , Tyrrelstown Town Centre, Dublin 15, Tyrrelstown, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 15

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Cuisine:
Asian Fusion

Price Range:

Great
73 reviews

Reviewed 20th November 2011 ( visited 19th November 2011 )

This is our local Thai and I have been there for restaurant meals and takeaways on many occasions. The food is always excellent and the restaurant is lovely, fitted out to a really high standard. Last night we went there for a friend’s birthday in the private karaoke room - such a laugh. As usual the food and the service were brilliant, we had the room for the night and they let us stay well after the restaurant had emptied. They do a great value 3 courses €25. I had Vegetable Curry Samosas, followed by a Special Kung Po and deep fried Banana, all very good. Amongst the group there was a real selection ordered and everything looked good. This was my second time in the karaoke room and I can't recommend it enough, even for those who like me who can't sing and vow they'd never do karaoke. The bill came to €50pp for three courses, plenty of wine/beers and the tip. Next time we want to try the Teppenyaki menu.
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Dada Restaurant

45 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
African

Price Range:

Good
381 reviews

Reviewed 14th May 2010 ( visited 14th April 1978 )

I was taken to Dada by the hubby on a Tuesday night for my birthday. It had a decent crowd for that time of the week and a bit of atmosphere with the Moroccan decor. I had the cheesy filo to start and it was gorgeous. For mains we both had tagines, I went for the Chicken and Pear and it was really good, H had a lamb one and also enjoyed it. For dessert H had organised with the restaurant to bring out a cake, it was a seriously moorish cheesecake with a birthday message on top and the waiter sang me happy birthday! Slightly embarrassing but above and beyond on the service front.
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Hatch & Sons Irish Kitchen
The Little Museum of Dublin, 15 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I'd heard good things about Hatch and Sons so when I found myself hungry for lunch and practically on their doorstep I was delighted with the excuse to give it a try. I had a chicken sandwich which was super tasty, although a little hard to keep on the slate/plate given he generous amount of salad. With this came a very good coffee. A great spot for a quick bite in town, would definitely go back.

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Mourne Seafood Bar
Millennium Tower, Charlotte Quay, Dublin City Centre, City Centre South, Dublin

Had a gorgeous meal here with some family from overseas on a Thursday evening, I wanted to show off the local seafood and it was the perfect choice. I stared with the crab croquettes, they came with a wasabi cream which I wasn't sure I’d like but really made the dish. Starters ordered by others included Piri Piri prawns, Oysters and the Seafood Chowder. Everyone really enjoyed their choices although my brother-in-law was looking for some bread to go with the chowder . . . I liked that it didn't come with bread and wasn't a massive portion as it’s the sort of thing that can be too much if you’re following it with a main. For my main I had a Monkfish Tempura special which was divine with the lovely light batter, the Surf and Turf looked great as well. The wines were lovely and overall everyone was really impressed. There were a couple of very minor service issues, but nothing that would stop me from going back – I can’t wait.

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Andersons Foodhall & Café
3 The Rise, Glasnevin, Glasnevin, Dublin

Popped in for a coffee, ordered an Vanilla latte which I'm not usually partial to and it was amazing, I'll be trying them everywhere from now on. Also picked up some lovely chocolates from their good selection. It looked really good, would like to return for a meal.

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Millstone, A Dublin Restaurant
39 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Visited with three girlfriends on a Saturday night. Cosy atmosphere and good musician playing, although we were sitting quite close so it made it a little bit hard to hear at times. The staff are very friendly and we had a good laugh with the manager. We chose it because it had several good options for our vege friend. Everyone enjoyed their meals but the standout dish for me was my Yorkshire pudding starter which was lovely.

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Wrights Findlater Howth Restaurant
Findlater House, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin

Had lovely meal here with my husband on Saturday night. We both enjoyed our starters, he had the scallops and I had seafood crostini which was gorgeous. For the mains he had the steak, perfectly cooked and I enjoyed the fish special of Seabass. The service was just right throughout the meal . . . although I did wonder why they hand't offered us desserts . . until the waiter came out with a birthday cake my husband had dropped in to them earlier :-) I asked if they had a dessert wine to go with it, unfortunately they didn't have any on the menu but they more than made up for that with a complimentary chocolate port they brought up from the bar. Would definitely go again.

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El Bahia Moroccan Restaurant
37 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

My husband and I bought the menu pages voucher and opted for the early sitting on a Saturday night. It was our first time and we just loved it. The dining room had a really nice cosy atmosphere. I had the Prawns to start which were lovely and my husband enjoyed his Moroccan style sausage. For the main I had the Lamb cous cous which was gorgeous, my husband love his Tagine with Rabbit too. We would definitely eat here again possibly with a group as a party rooms looked good.

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KC Peaches Pearse Street
Unit 10A Trinity Enterprise Centre, Pearse Street, Dublin 2 , Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

Went to KC Peaches for a late Sunday brunch. The staff were really friendly and when my husband ducked out to get the papers they offered to hold off on making his coffee so it wouldn’t get cold. I had a smoked salmon bagel which came with a choice of sides, I went for the fruit salad which was lovely and fresh. Hubby went for the Big Breakfast, he was a happy man with an overflowing plate . . . I couldn’t resist stealing a taste and can report the eggs and sausage were lovely. The coffee was really good too. Overall it was a nice atmosphere, good food, good service and reasonably priced – will defo be back.

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Aurora Asian Cuisine
Unit 5, Block C , Tyrrelstown Town Centre, Dublin 15, Tyrrelstown, Dublin

This is our local Thai and I have been there for restaurant meals and takeaways on many occasions. The food is always excellent and the restaurant is lovely, fitted out to a really high standard. Last night we went there for a friend’s birthday in the private karaoke room - such a laugh. As usual the food and the service were brilliant, we had the room for the night and they let us stay well after the restaurant had emptied. They do a great value 3 courses €25. I had Vegetable Curry Samosas, followed by a Special Kung Po and deep fried Banana, all very good. Amongst the group there was a real selection ordered and everything looked good. This was my second time in the karaoke room and I can't recommend it enough, even for those who like me who can't sing and vow they'd never do karaoke. The bill came to €50pp for three courses, plenty of wine/beers and the tip. Next time we want to try the Teppenyaki menu.

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Chameleon Restaurant
1 Lower Fownes Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

After a gorgeous meal with my husband earlier in the year I was itching to go again so booked a table for 4 of us having a girly dinner. On the day I got a message asking which type of table we preferred (normal or low with cushions), I was passing so popped in to confirm. They were really helpful as I wasn't sure and after a test-sit I went with the cushions. It was great because we had our own space and a big table which was soon covered in a huge variety of food. We ordered several of the rijst-tafel menus to share and everyone loved it. Not everything was to everyone's taste, (unavoidable with such variety) but that's the beauty of having so many other choices to go with. After the meal another friend joined us for a glass of wine (not a problem in our spacious cushioned area) and we ended up staying on till the staff were leaving, they were great, just left us too it in the corner and even brought us baby guinnesses. I'm still being praised for my choice, so I'm sure we'll all be back.

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La Cala
12 Ellis Quay, Smithfield, Dublin 7, City Centre North, Dublin

Went on a Thursday night with two girlfriends who recommended it. I didn't know what to expect after reading a few of the reviews but I was pleasantly surprised. They had an early bird deal of 3 small tapa's for €10 so we went for 6 small tapa's + the lamb cutlets and some patatas bravas. The overall standard was really good, I'm not an expert on Tapa's so I can't say how authentic it was but I really enjoyed my choices of the Calamari (a good generous portion) and the huevos estrellados and I couldn't stay away from the sauce on the meatballs. The service and the atmosphere were both fine, faded into the background really. We shared a lovely bottle of red and managed to finish most of the tapa's (we vowed not to order the patatas bravas next time). The bill came in very reasonably at just under €60. Will be back for sure.

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Met friends here for a drink and tapas on a Friday evening. Have been here before and once again felt it lacked atmosphere, it was just noisy. We shared a few tapas. The calamari and patatas bravas were nice, but the later in particular was overpriced at €8 for a small plate. The service was mixed, one waiter rudely told my friend we could not use a reserved table. Later while we were still standing next to the table he seated someone else at it, telling them a reservation had been cancelled so they could use it. Also one of our party had been at the bar earlier with a large work crowd and food we assume one of her colleagues ordered was put on our bill. Our waitress was just trying to do her job but it took several conversations before the issue was eventually sorted by a manager. It seemed obvious that in a bar on a busy Friday night they should take payment with orders to avoid these types of situations.

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The Larder Restaurant
8 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Good food and great value. Had an early bird meal with a girlfriend on Saturday night, the bill was just €45 for two courses each and three glasses of wine. We both started with the breads and dips, she chose the hummus which was yum. I chose the Dukkah option, being pleasantly surprised to see Dukkah on the menu. I enjoyed it, although it was just a smidge salty. We both had lamb burghers for the main (going for the early bird our choices were restricted). It was good, a nice alternative to a beef burger. Desserts looked great but we didn’t have time to say + were pretty full after the starter and mains. Will go back again for the al a carte which had some nice options.

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The Boathouse Cafe
Farmleigh, Phoenix Park, Castleknock, Dublin

Visited the Boat House on a weekend afternoon and was pleasantly surprised by the value given it’s location. We both had sandwiches which were very good, as was the coffee. We were looking for a place to relax with the papers though and found the atmosphere a bit lacking – more cafeteria than cafe. Would come back with visitors to Dublin or if already in the park, but not for a lazy Sunday afternoon with the hubby.

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Eastern Seaboard
1 Bryanstown Centre, Dublin Road, Drogheda, Louth

Went to the Seaboard for a Sunday Lunch with girlfriends. Really loved the style of the place which reminded me of the cafe/bars more popular in my native NZ. I ordered one of the specials, Halibut with a prawn and bisque butter. I don’t normally go for whole fish dishes but since fish was the speciality I thought I would give it a go. I was not disappointed, it was one of the nicest I've ever had! I liked being able to choose two sides from the list and had a lovely mash and green beans. I thought it was really good value and would definitely go back, just wish is was closer to home so I could leave the car at home and try out the wines next time.

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Dax Restaurant
23 Upper Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The hubby and I treated ourselves to Dax for our anniversary after having a superb evening here with family about a year ago. It was lovely with the same excellent service, presentation and food. It’s quite expensive though, it was our anniversary so we went all out with aperitifs, 4 courses etc but even so the bill was a LOT more than what we’d usually spend. I would recommend the place to anyone looking for a true fine dining experience but expect to pay for it.

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Dada Restaurant
45 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I was taken to Dada by the hubby on a Tuesday night for my birthday. It had a decent crowd for that time of the week and a bit of atmosphere with the Moroccan decor. I had the cheesy filo to start and it was gorgeous. For mains we both had tagines, I went for the Chicken and Pear and it was really good, H had a lamb one and also enjoyed it. For dessert H had organised with the restaurant to bring out a cake, it was a seriously moorish cheesecake with a birthday message on top and the waiter sang me happy birthday! Slightly embarrassing but above and beyond on the service front.

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

Had a lovely evening with the hubby in Alfies on Saturday night. Strawberry daiquiris were seriously yummy and great value at only €5. We had the sampler patter to start, quite a mixture – nacho’s pate and deep fried camembert but generous. For the main I had the Scallops which were, unusually, served with mash potato, it was nice but not mind blowing. H’s duck was perfectly cooked and really tasty, I know what I’ll be ordering next time. For dessert we shared a gorgeous brownie. All in all the food was pretty good. The waitresses were nice although quite busy when we arrived so we were left standing for a while, and our first drink didn’t come until we were half way through our starter, from then on though service was quicker. We were there using a voucher I won from Menu pages, after two drinks each (cocktails for me, a nice red for him) and all the food mentioned we had to order another round to use up the €100 voucher so pretty good value. Great atmosphere too, would go back again with him, or with the girls. Thanks Menu Pages!

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Panem
Ha'penny Bridge House, 21 Lower Ormond Quay, City Centre North, Dublin

Got a takeaway mediterranean chicken salad for my lunch and was really impressed. A bit salty but otherwise loads of flavour. Was looking for something lite but otherwise would have gone for one of the pastries which looked yum. A great spot to get real food when you are lunching on the run.

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Saba
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went to a Friends Birthday here in early December. It was a Tuesday night so we all went for their special of three courses for €25 which was excellent value. I had a lovely and good sized salt and peper squid followed by an equally good Pad Thai and Banoffie for dessert. Have already been back once since with the hubby, value wasn't as good later in the week but was still worth it for great food, atmosphere and service. Will be back again.

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Lady Lucy's Rooftop Restaurant
Carlton Millrace Hotel, Bunclody, Wexford

Visited the restaurant on a Saturday night while staying in the hotel. To me it felt like it was attempting fine dining with a great, room, service, atmosphere, interesting menu and good food presentation, but the food itself didn't live up to it. I had a pork belly on dahl to start but the pork was really dry and the dahl didn't really taste of anything. My husband had a fish cake which was mainly potato. For the main I had a chicken breast on risotto, which was only average and on a very oily plate. My husband had a steak, he enjoyed it but it was the rarest med-rare I've ever seen (I would have had to send it back) and he commented that it was quite fatty which is saying something as he doesn't mind a bit of fat. We had vouchers from our hotel deal so we were happy with what we paid but if we'd paid the full price of approx €105 for two starters, 2 mains and one dessert + one bottle of house wine I would have felt it was a bit overpriced for what it was.

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Taste Food Company
South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Popped in for a quick dinner after work on a Tuesday, found the place reasonably busy considering it was still early so nice atmosphere. Had a chicken and chorizo pasta which was gorgeous, service was very good as well. Was checking the place out as I'm planning a Christmas Party and have gone ahead and booked the party in their upstairs function room.

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Gourmet Food Parlour Ballyboughal
Oldtown Road, Ballyboughal, Ballyboughal, Dublin

Have been here a few times for coffee and look around the shop and Gallery, love this type of cafe with its own style and things to look at. Most recently went for brunch, really enjoyed the scrambled eggs with salmon and good coffee too, great value as well. Will definitely be back.

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