Restaurant Reviews from Knoddy

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Member Since: 17 August 2013

Last Visit: 31 May 2017

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The Purty Kitchen restaurant

4 Old Dun Leary Rd, Monkstown, Dublin, Area Code: Co. Dublin

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54 reviews

Reviewed 16th September 2015 ( visited 12th September 2015 )

A real favorite of ours that never disappoints ! The staff are so friendly and the food is top notch. Have to alternate the mains choice between the Fish n Chips, the confeit of duck, and the slow cooked lamb shank - decisions decisions :-) no wonder we keep coming back ! Highly recommended.
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The Purty Kitchen restaurant

4 Old Dun Leary Rd, Monkstown, Dublin, Area Code: Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
Seafood

Price Range:

Good
54 reviews

Reviewed 16th September 2015 ( visited 12th September 2015 )

A real favorite of ours that never disappoints ! The staff are so friendly and the food is top notch. Have to alternate the mains choice between the Fish n Chips, the confeit of duck, and the slow cooked lamb shank - decisions decisions :-) no wonder we keep coming back ! Highly recommended.
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Dunne And Crescenzi (South Frederick Street)
14-16 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Return visit did not disappoint ! Authentic Italian and a vast choice. We had the Bruschetta Goat and Crostini Pate/veg to start and really one of these would have been enough to share - generous portions ! Both of us went for the Petto Di Pollo which was excellent. Always a great selection of specials on the b/board - this has moved very definitely into the 'favorite places' slot.

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The Purty Kitchen
4 Old Dun Leary Rd, Monkstown, Dublin

A real favorite of ours that never disappoints ! The staff are so friendly and the food is top notch. Have to alternate the mains choice between the Fish n Chips, the confeit of duck, and the slow cooked lamb shank - decisions decisions :-) no wonder we keep coming back ! Highly recommended.

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The Hen House
The Pavilions, South Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Ducked in here out of the rain for the early bird. Absolutely terrific value and very tasty. Well worth a visit. Only negative was that our waiter took my finished plate away while my wife was still eating hers. No need to be that zealous ! Otherwise a very good experience and noted for the next time we are in the area.

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La Mere Zou
22 St Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Booked for 5 of us for a double special occasion. We were delighted to get the round table in a sort of a booth which allowed for everyone to converse. Service was very good and food was excellent. Son's mussels starter was generous and the best ever according to him. Crab salads and Heirloom carrots were equally delish' 4 of us went for the roast duck as main with one going for the pork. All agreed that the duck portion was a bit on the mean side! A good place for the special occasion but a bit on the pricey side for our normal weekend outings. Maybe someone will treat me next time :-)

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Nico's Restaurant
53 Dame Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Step out of a busy Dame Street into Nico's and after 5 minutes you will forget where you are ! Really great homely and friendly place with equally great food. It has been too long since we were here but we will be back soon. Real tablecloths and napkins and a hand-written bill as well ! Loved it !

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The Steps Of Rome
1 Bird avenue, Clonskeagh, Clonskeagh, Dublin

Went here for dinner on a (quiet) Bank Holiday Monday. It's been a while but now that the memory has been jogged we will be back soon. Had the specials starter for two where you can pick any three from the display (whatever the Italian equivalent to Tapas). Great that you can order the house wine by the half litre carafe too. The mains of Penne Primavera and Involitini Pollo were delicious and all that very reasonably priced. Great homely attentive and friendly service. This is the real Italian deal.

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Carluccio's (Glasthule)
71-72 Glasthule Road, Sandycove, Glasthule, Dublin

Decided to stay local this Saturday and booked Carluccio's Glasthule. A most annoying dining experience is the best I can say. Over the top hard sell from the start going through all the most expensive specials and wines. When I ordered our bottle of Sicilian red (which we like), we got "So just the house red then". Shared Salumi was a good but pricy starter. Mains of Pork and Chicken were dry and tough and only came with saute spuds - all veg is extra which they tried to sell even as the mains arrived. When pushed for coffee we said "not just now". Minutes later the bill was presented without us asking (a definite no no in our book). The only they achieved in the hard sell with us was the door out - we won't be back.

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

Had been here a couple of years ago and judged it as so-so. Decided to try again for a meal before a show at the 3 Arena. Good decision on our part. Place has changed beyond all recognition. Now much more a restaurant. Took the early bird special. Mrs G had the Goat's Cheese Salad and I had the Chicken Caesar salad as starters - both very generous portions and delicious. Then Duck and Fish & Chips as mains - again delicious. Great friendly and informative service. Great value and we will definitely be adding this to our week-end restaurant choices - looking forward to going there again.

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Dunne And Crescenzi (South Frederick Street)
14-16 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

How have we not gone here before ? Often noticed from the 46A Bus Stop on Nassau Street tucked away up Sth Frederick St. Anyway we booked for Saturday night and it was necessary - quite busy. Great atmosphere and great layout - 3 houses joined up as one. Busy and interesting decor and very friendly and helpful service. We went for the specials of wild boar and swordfish pastas. very different and delicious. Good prices too. Will definitely be back.

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San Lorenzos
South Great Georges Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

We have been here before but it was mid-week and there were 5 of us - really enjoyed that visit hence the return visit. This time just the two of us went on a Saturday night. The food was very good - best anti pasta shared plate we ever had and chicken supreme mains were also very good. However the background music was not in the background ! it was cranked up like a busy pub - we couldn't really talk to each other. The tables for two had the smallest gap between them - barely room to squeeze by. Dining experience was spoiled by this and we will most likely wait for another mid-week/group opportunity if we decide to go back again!

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Oscars Seafood Bistro (Galway)
Lower Dominic Street, Galway City, Galway

One of the best restaurants we have ever been in. Really friendly and welcoming service coupled with generous portions. Nice little touch of having mini blackboards with the day's specials that can be propped up on the table beside you to have a read. Crab Cakes and fish starter special followed by the Haddock and Monkfish. Clean plates all around. Will definitely be back when next we visit Galway. Very reasonably priced as well. 5 stars Oscars !

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Ard Bia at Nimmo's
Long Walk, Near the Spanish Arch, Galway City, Galway

Visiting Galway for a few days midweek, we had a meal at ArdBia and found it to be a charming spot with an exotic menu. Both of us had the potted crab (which does not need the rock hard crisp bread that comes with it !) as well as the monkfish and langoustine risotto which was just delicious. A really good dining experience.

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The Purty Kitchen
4 Old Dun Leary Rd, Monkstown, Dublin

We had not been here for a while and decided to stay local this weekend. New menu but same familiar helpful and friendly service. Shared the chicken wings and both of us when for the lamb shanks which were excellent. We know why we keep coming back here - it just ticks all the boxes. Five stars all around.

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Camden Kitchen
3A Camden Market, Grantham Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

Four of us went here to celebrate a birthday. Five stars for food and value. The fact that a large party had got their order taken first meant that the kitchen was very busy and we had to wait ages for our starters and then mains to arrive. Absolutly no engagement with floor staff hence the low mark for service. However, the food was excellent. The girls went for the Hake while us lads had the duck. Very very tasty. House wine by the caraffe was very good and reasonably priced though the remainder of the wine list was on the pricy side. Overall a delicious meal. Will go back when hopefully the kitchen is not as overwhelmed.

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Terra Madre Cafe
13A Bachelors Walk, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Mrs G heard about this on a radio interview and made an on the spot decison to book it for the Saturday night. What a quirky find. very different (very small!) but well worth the visit. Limited menu (to be honest we were not quite sure what we had ordered!) but great atmosphere, great friendly staff and a very enjoyable and different food experience - in Dublin ! not Italy !.

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Fellini's Pizza Pasta
35 Deansgrange Road, Dublin 4, Blackrock, Dublin

A combination of the bank holiday bus strike and a recent review in the SIndo prompted us to give the local Filini's a go and we were not disappointed. Although small and cafe-like, the staff are very welcoming and friendly and the food was great - served at just the right pace. Will definitely go back.

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Eden Bar and Grill
7 South William Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Four of us ate here on Wednesday to celebrate my big birthday and what a great choice of Restaurant ! Great staff, great decour, great atmosphere, and, fabulous food. The Lamb shanks and Feather Blade stars of the show. Will definitely be back.

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The Exchequer
3-5 Exchequer Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Booked for 7PM Saturday - recommended by our 28 yr old daughter. Bad omen approaching the place when we could hear the loud music thru the glass dors and windows from the dtreet ! Much louder inside. Table not ready so we had to wait. Eventually seated in that strange long dining area. Mrs G got her back to the wall out of the noise. I was in the aisle with my left ear unprotected. Wine starts at €25 ! Starters of pate (i'll call it what it was' and goats cheese bought in and uninspiring. I had the Ling fingers (Fish & Chips) which were soggy. Mrs G had the bacon & Cabbage ( came on a board !! a lump of bacon and a skillet of cabbage drowned in cream). Hugely dissapointing. Compained but were made feel like we were the first ever to complain. Not a good experience - won't be back. Only positive is that the waiters and waitresses were friendly !

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The Purty Kitchen
4 Old Dun Leary Rd, Monkstown, Dublin

The Purty Kitchen has become one of our favourite places to eat in the Dun Laoghaire area. Went there again last evening and given the season that's in it, the place was buzzing. A very friendly server looked after us while we shared the medium portion of spicy wings (plenty for two), had mains of 'special' Hake and traditional Fish 'n' Chips all washed down with a nice bottle of Cabernet Sauv ! Great service, food, and, Value ! We' be back again, and again !

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The Sunshine Cafe
107 Lower George's Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

My wife (who lunches occasionaly in the Sunshine Cafe) happened to mention that it is open for dinner at the week-end. So off we went on Saturday night to try it out and what an absolute treat it was. Very friendly staff, excellent service, excellent food and excellent value. And a rather excellent musician - a young lady on the keyboard who gave us the Great American Songbook and Burt Bacharach classics ! An absolute gem of a night ! We'll be back !

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Gotham Cafe
8 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We just keep coming back here ! Had dinner here on Saturday last - shared the roast veg antipasta. Mains - I had my favourite Brooklyn Bridge Pizza, Mrs G had the Blackened Salmon all washed down with a nice bottle of Cab Sauv ! Really friendly place, great staff, food and prices. We'll be back !

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Rustic Stone
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Let me start by saying I like this place but something has changed. Booked this for Mrs G's significant birthday with son and daughter. Daughter availed of October's special offer of 2 mains for the price of one. My email and hers so that sounded like a sweet deal. Booked for Monday night, explained I had the vouchers and was told to bring a hard copy of same. Arrived at 7 to be greeted by a pleasant waitress and gave my name. Staff member had their back to the four of us but just grunted the table number for us (having a bad night). Waitress seated us and gave us menus (laminated and really worn out - seriously guys first impressions and all that). I gave her the vouchers up front (I've had problems in other restaurants for not doing this - don't know why). Anyway, being a special night we soldiered on. Waitress explained the 2 for 1 had to be from the same section of the main course menu - no problem there. Ok on to the food! For starters, wife and son won hands down with the chicken wings and Asian quail - plentiful and tasty. Daughter and myself - not so good! I had the Crab Mayo with toast (no idea why I was given a special knife) which was paltry - fingers of melba toast with a scraping of crab mayo. Marinated prawn lost on such a huge plate. Two and a half stars for the starter. Mains fared much better - Mrs G and son went for the steak on the stone and were mightily impressed. Daughter had the warm chicken salad and liked a lot. I had the lamb burger and apart from the ridiculous tower serving (a pet hate) was very tasty. So five stars for the mains. Called for our bill and was presented with a till roll that did not take the vouchers into account. When pointed out, she just went back to the desk and picked up an alternate bill €45 cheaper - seriously! Food still greatish but standards dropping!

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The Magpie Inn
115 Coliemore Road, Dalkey, Dalkey, Dublin

Two of us made a last minute decision to go out for grub on Sunday evening. Went to The Magpie and were greeted by a very friendly and helpful waitress. It was quite busy and only one table was available. We said we wanted to have a drink at the bar first and she said she would reserve the table or a different one if it came available. Twice she checked in with us at the bar to give us menus and to say she had a better table. We shared the bread and dips (didn't need to order the extra bread as we later discovered the starter is ample for two). Wife 'died and gone to Heaven' as there was good old Bacon & Cabbage to be had !! I went for the Chicken Pie. All that and 2 pints of the black stuff plus 2 G+Ts for €60 excluding tip ! Great service (really great!), and great value. We will be back !

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Oliveto Restaurant & Bar
Oliveto At The Haddington, 9-12 Haddington Terrace, Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Two of us went here for an evening meal on Saturday. While the food was excellent in terms of taste and presentation, the other highs and lows were not so good i.e. High prices and Low Lighting !! €22 for a half litre carafe of house red ! €16 for a shared starter board ! Mains about €5 above what you would expect to pay elsewhere. Table next to us had four people trying to read the menus with the torch light from their mobile devices and still had to use them when ordering from the floor staff ! I did the same when reading the bill and the waitress said that 'that's just the way it is here!'. This place seems more geared up for large parties than smaller ones. Excellent food (5 stars) but not enough to get us to return.

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The Purty Kitchen
4 Old Dun Leary Rd, Monkstown, Dublin

Had not been to the Purty Kitchen in years (even though we live in the Dun Laoghaire area). Rang earlier in the day to see if it was necessary to make a reservation and was told that Saturdays could be busy so a reservation was advisable. We arrived at 7 PM and were seated immediately by a friendly hostess but were not rushed in terms of ordering. The place was busy and lively (Kerry and Mayo in extra time!). We shared the chicken wings as a starter - plenty for two and delisious ! Spouse went for the Salmon and myself for the Haddock & Chips - beautiful ! Big bonus, the served wine in 1/2 litre caraffes - perfect - Great food, great value, friendly and charming staff, great atmosphere - will be back !

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Gotham Cafe
8 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Keep coming back to Gotham. Noticed on the Menu that the place is there 20 years now !. We shared the Roast Veg Antipasti and had the Blackened Salmon and Garlic/Rosemary Chicken as mains. All very tasty and washed down with a sub €20 Grenache/Syrah. Great buzz to the place and tables turned over as soon as they were vacated. Very friendly and attentive staff. There's a reason why Gotham is there for 20 years. Long may it continue. Great food and great value - we'll be back.

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Whitefriar Grill
16 Aungier Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Party of 5 of us went there on Monday night. Lucklily we had made a reservation as it was full (yes Monday night !). Have to say the atmosphere was spot on and the staff were very friendly and attentive. Food was a mixed bag however - two of us went for the crab cakes which were delicious and good size for a starter. Two others went for the parsnip soup which they said was like baby food - more a puree than a soup. Mains also a mixed bag - One had chicken and said it was very good, one had the hake and also liked. Two of us had the pulled pork which turned out to be one of these towering sambos of pitta skewered to hold it together and served on a board. Why oh why ? Had to deconstrut mine and eat ingredient by ingredient and try to stop it falling of the board ! My daughter managed better. With Early bird menu available all night and house wines by the caraffe this place gives good value for money. Will try again but will make sure I get a plat for my main next time !

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Kitchen
3 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

First time in the Kitchen for the two of us. we had the salad and the fish cakes for starters and the duck curry and chicken supreme for mains - all nicely presented and very tasty. Service was good and unrushed. Only downside is that the maximum number of tables have been squeezed into it so you can feel like a sardine at times. We were downstairs and our clothes reeked of cooking smells - even this morning. Pity about that ! will have to dress down for the next visit :-)

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Morels Bistro Bar Grill
17-18 Patrick St, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Five stars all around. We went there on a Saturday night to celebrate a family birthday. Whilst we have been in this restaurant when it was Alexis (and De Selbys!), this was our first visit to it as Morels. The place was full with groups of diners 2s, 4s, and a few larger parties. Great atmosphere, friendly staff, and terrific food. Two of us went for the Pigeon Salad and two for the Crispy Shrimp as starters. Clean plates all around Yum ! Mains - Myself and my wife went for the Slow Tender Roast Pork, son opted for the Slow cooked beef and daughter went for the steak. All beautifully cooked and presented and no need to order sides. The girls shared a desert. We all agreed that this was one of the best dining experiences we have had in quite some time. We will definitely go back.

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Cafe Topolis
37 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Great food, real friendle and welcoming staff, and great value ! Cafe Topolis is one of those little gems that you come across every once in a while. We shared the Bruschetta Al Pomodoro as a starter - no problem with the staff, our waitress brought the extra plate and cutlery for us to split it - very tasty and enough as a starter for two. All chicken mains, my wife had the Pollo All `Arrabbiata with baked potato and I had the Saltimbocca Del Sole with the sauté spuds - both delicious. All of this was washed down with a bottle of the house red.Total bill before tip €55.45 ! We will definitely be back.

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The Bay Restaurant @ Walters
68 Georges Street Upper, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Have not been to Walters for quite a while but two of us went there last night. 50/50 deal is great value and we had a very enjoyable meal. Had the table booked for 8PM and the bar downstairs was lively enough at 7:30 where enjoyed some pre-dinner drinks. Main restaurant upstairs was quiet for a Saturday night with only about 4 couples in the area. However that changed at about 9 when a large birthday party arrived. I had the Chowder and the Fillet of Plaice and both were excellent. My wife had the Chicken Caesar which she claimed was one of the best she had ever had - praise indeed - followed by the duck which she thought a bit tough. We had the house special red (bit pricey at €28). Total food was €70 (reduced by half to €35). Very enjoyable - we'll be back.

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Brasserie 7
The Capel Building, Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Four of us went to celebrate a birthday. Nice place, shame about the portions. In particular the Chicken Supreme which two of us had opted for. It was on the menu as being served with polenta. What came on a rather large plate was a small chken supreme on a plate that had decorative smears of puréed polenta and some stringy brocolli. We had to order a side of fries to make a decent meal of it. I pointed out to our pleasant server that the serving was pathetic and to convey this to the chef. She didn't. When we ordered the second bottle of wine, I told a second server that the portions were very dissapointing and for him to convey this to the chef. He didn't. Nobody seemed to be bothered that we were a bit disappointed with our meal. We paid our 170 euro and left - we won't be going back. This place needs to get its front of house sorted out. Tasty food let down by miserable portions.

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