Restaurant Reviews from LPAN
No. of Reviews: 31
Member Since: 18 November 2008
Last Visit: 05 September 2014
Cortina’s Mexican Restaurant
The Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 14
Reviewed 19th April 2011 ( visited 09th February 2011 )Having not had a Mexican meal in a long time, I was delighted to discover this restaurant in Dundrum. There was a great buzz as soon as we went in and I ordered a margarita while my hubby had a beer. We were quickly shown to a table which we shared with another couple and a group of three. We had the roja salsa with tortillas. The salsa tasted really fresh with a nice kick and the tortillas bore no resemblance to the bagged variety. We shared a mixed botanas platter and despite intending to order more we were content at that point so that was all we had.Everthing was fresh and tasty and that coupled with the great service and fab margarita's would definitely encourage me to go back.
The Real Gourmet Burger - Dun Laoghaire restaurant
The Pavilion, South Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 18th November 2008 ( visited 16th November 2008 )We regularly come here at the weekends as we find it a great child friendly venue. Love the food, atmosphere, colouring equipment for the kids. Have to say on Sunday the service was off slightly but always find the person on the door who calls you back when a table is available very professional. All in all worth a trip!
Milano (Temple Bar)
19 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
Popped in here on a miserable Saturday with my two daughters on a trip to town. My eldest ordered the salmon risotto which she devoured. I had a padana romana pizza and my younger daughter had a margherita. The restaurant lacked atmosphere at the time we were there but service was good. Food was reliable - and we just had water to drink. Safe bet with kids.
Pembroke District, Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14 , Dundrum, Dublin
This was my first time visit with my friend who lives locally so is a regular. We both had a cocktail to start which were delicious and there were quite a few interesting choices on the menu. I had the chilli squid which was very tasty. We both had the prawn linguine which was very good. I made the mistake of ordering the larger plate which stopped me having a dessert. The presentation is excellent, wine and coffee good but my overall positive impression was definitely improved by the young man who served us. He was only new but really enthusiastic and really made a difference to our experience. Would definitely go again.
Wagamama - Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Went here with my 12 year old daughter and had a great meal. We opted to share a meal deal with gyoza, yaki soba and the sorbet and I also ordered the firecracker squid. All delicious - quantity great - so much so we had to take some of the noodles home for lunch the next day. Service was efficent, attentive without being overpowering. Will definitely return again.
Dax Cafe Bar
23 Pembroke Street Upper, City Centre South, Dublin
Had an early booking here on Friday evening with my husband armed with a city deal voucher. The waitress that seated us at a high table by the window and explained what we could have with the voucher. It included a bottle of house wine and 4 tapas of our choice - 2 on the menu would require a small supplement. We chose dips, artichoke hear with goats cheese creme and potato and basil waffle with marinated veg from the cold section and a tortilla and clams with chorizo from the hot. The cold ones came first and were all delicious. We ordered more break to mop up the dips. Both hot ones were very tasty but my favourite was the clams with chorizo and the latter had a real kick to it. We then wanted to order a cheese plate but seemed to be forgotten about for quite a while but when eventually we were served the lady who did was excellent. She knew the menu well and suggested we try the cheese and wine tasting which was delicious. All in all the service when we got it was excellent. The food was tasty and next time I will ask for a table in the main heart of the room as we felt a little bit away from it all in the corner by the window.
Gourmet Food Parlour Dun Laoghaire
7 Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Myself and my hubby went here for tapas after I had a very pleasant breakfast here earlier the same week. We got a very warm welcome and were quickly given some water while we decided what to have. The waiter was helpful in terms of what to order and we ordered a mixture of a few dishes. The calamari was lovery and we had some scallops which were also delicious but quite small. The lemone chicken was good and were the patatas bravas. With wine and coffee the bill came to 80.50 which I felt was quite expensive but you could choose not to order the more expensive items like the scallops to keep the costs down.
The Queens Steak Room
12 Castle Street, South Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin
A group of 5 of us had a booking at 8pm here to celebrate my friend's birthday. Our party included her dad. Our table was not ready at 8 but was shortly afterwards and the smell of chargrilled steaks in the meantime made us all decide to order the steak on a stone. This is the first time I have done this in Ireland - have done it on holidays in Portugal before. The waiter was excellent and very helpful to us in choosing a reasonably priced bottle of wine. We thought the food would arrive quite quickly bearing in mind that we were about to cook it ourselves but it was a good while before the stones arrived. It didn't matter to me but some of our party were on the hungry side. The dish consisted of the the steak which you slice and cook on the stone to your own taste. The cut fries were lovely, a little bit of salad and 3 sauces to dip the steak into. My only complaint was that my fillet had quite a bit of fat on it. At 22 euro for the main including your fries and sauce I thought it was well priced and coupled with great service and a busy "buzzy" restaurant we had a great night.
The Forum, Ballymoss Road, Dublin 18 , Sandyford, Dublin
Went here to celebrate two friend's birthday's on a cold night in January. Despite being very quiet in the area, the restaurant was full to the brim and we had a drink at the bar while we were waiting. I hadn't been here since they moved from the Kilmacud road and was delighted when the little dish of spicy beansprouts and vegetables was put in front of me. I love this and my choice of starter - soft shell crab with salt and chilli got my meal off to a great start. My biggest problem of the night was trying to choose one main course..in the end I went for sole fillets in XO sauce. I fancied something spicy but this was too spicy for me as I could not taste the individual flavours. My mistake as the waiter did warn me! Everyone else was delighted with their choices and I will definitely go back but this time I will take more care choosing my main. With such a great menu it would be great if you could order "tapas" style dishes to maybe sample 3 or 4 dishes rather than 1 or 2.
The Eagle House
18 Glasthule Road, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Myself and 3 friends visited here on a Friday night to try out the Indian food that we had heard so much about recently. The guy who showed us to our table had dealt with my friend on the phone when she made the booking and he gave a very good first impression. To be clear this is food in a pub but the food is excellent. We had 2 veggie Thali's and 1 meat one and the last in our party had chicken tandoori. All were delicious and the house wine was great. What was great was being able to have your drink of choice and good food at reasonable prices. Liked it a lot and bought a voucher online recently with the intention of going with my hubby and kids soon.
1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Went here with my sister in law and some of her friends and family to celebrate her 40th recently. There was about 13 of us and the table was towards the back of a very busy restaurant which had a great atmosphere. Lighting was a tiny bit dim when reading the menu - maybe our age - but the waitress kindly agreed to give us a selection of both meat and seafood dishes so that we could try out as many dishes as possible. Before we knew it there were numerous different dishes in front of us. My favourites of the evening were the potaje con chorizo, the scallops and calamari but despite panicking at one stage that there were too many dishes coming we managed to get through it all. There was definitely something for everybody in the audience. We had lots of bottles of house wine and a lovely cake for the birthday and all went away satisfied for under 50 Euro a head. My only reservation would be that if I was going as a couple I would prefer slightly smaller and therefore cheaper dishes so that I could try as many as possible.
Cortina’s Mexican Restaurant
The Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin
Having not had a Mexican meal in a long time, I was delighted to discover this restaurant in Dundrum. There was a great buzz as soon as we went in and I ordered a margarita while my hubby had a beer. We were quickly shown to a table which we shared with another couple and a group of three. We had the roja salsa with tortillas. The salsa tasted really fresh with a nice kick and the tortillas bore no resemblance to the bagged variety. We shared a mixed botanas platter and despite intending to order more we were content at that point so that was all we had.Everthing was fresh and tasty and that coupled with the great service and fab margarita's would definitely encourage me to go back.
YO Sushi (Dundrum)
Level 1, Unit 26A, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin
In Dundrum at lunchtime to get my daughter's ear's pierced for her birthday and she begged to go here. As there was only 2 of us we went for it. We both had the unlimited water and she had miso soup. She then had gyoza and I had chicken katsu and some mushrooms. I used to have the mushrooms but they disappeared and since this visit they appear to have gone again. It came to 21.50 which is fine but it is expensive for a quick bite if all 5 of us are there and when compared to some great value early birds in restaurants at the moment I would rather spend my money on a night out rather than a noisy venue in the centre of a shopping centre. Service is attentive.
Harrys Cafe Bar
21 Upper George's Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Had a quick bite here one night before going to the cinema as had seem a review and was always curious when I passe it by. Service was excellent. I had wings with a blue cheese dip and shared these with my hubby. I then had Moules Mariniere with fries. They were plentiful and a bowl of water with lemon was provided with napkins which I always appreciate. I hate having to ask for the obvious as I have done in the past. My other have shared the wings with me and there was a lovely kick to the blue cheese dip. He had the chicken which he said was very good and it came with vegetables and lots of chips which I helped him through. The glass of wine I had was reasonable at E5 and with a beer and two coffees it came to just over E40. Very reasonable prices for well done not too exotic food.
The Port House
64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Myself, my hubby and his 20 year old son ventured here for the first time on the back of great feedback from friends. First impression on getting there was what a great buzz. As you can not make a booking we arrived about 7.30 hoping to miss the rush and it was very busy. We managed to grab a seat and order a bottle of Torres and some beers while we waited for our table. It is all a bit frantic as you come in and you nearly feel like they might forget yet but fear not - we got our table after about 30 minutes less that the 40 they said and the 50 we expected. The food was worth the wait. We tried steak in garlic, calamares, gambas al pil pil, patatas bravas, chorizo al vino, seafood paella, tortilla, Med veg, lamb chops marinated in garlic, chicken skewers and it was all delicious. It is a great way to try lots of different dishes and you can order more of anything that you especially love. The other two managed a portion of churros each but not me. I settled for a small Moscatel and a latte which was also good. Total bill with 1 bottle of wine, 3 beers, 1 desert wine and 2 coffees was E121.05. Would recommend this to anybody and will definitely go back as soon as possible.
Bar Italia (IFSC)
Lower Mayor Street, Custom House Square, IFSC, City Centre North, Dublin
On meeting my husband for lunch with the kids, Bar Italia seemed a good choice to satisfy all and it turned out to be a good decision. We were warmly welcomed despite havint two children and a very noisy toddler in toe and taken upstairs to a table near the back which took the pressure off us in terms of their noise level. We chose antipasto vegetariano, penne arrabiata, pasta with tomato and basil, margherita pizza and gnocchi. All were delicious and two of the children tried and loved the gnocchi. The pasta with tomato and basil was declared by my eldest to be " just like in Italy ". We were also given a basket of bread for the kids no problem. They also had no problem splitting an ice-cream for them as they never finish them and it can really add on to the final bill. Our coffees were delicious. Service throughout the meal was excellent and I would definitely recommend this as a family friendly restaurant.
Jaipur Restaurant (Dalkey)
21 Castle Street, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin
Saturated on Turkey and Ham, Jaipur was chosen as the first restaurant we would venture to in 2010 with another couple of close friends. Jaipur did not disappoint. It was very busy when we arrived about 8.30 and there was a great buzz. We were greeted with poppadoms and some tasty dips and no hesitancy providing additional poppadoms to use up all the varied dips and we had a keenly priced prosecco to celebrate the new year. We ordered pinot grigio but that was out of stock so we went for a chenin blanc instead which was liked by the 4 of us. 3 of us had Karare Jhinga to start which was absolutely declicous - prawns in coriander and shallots with crushed peppers and fresh lemon. I could have had another portion for my main course! My friend who is not a big fish eater had chargrilled marinated fruit and vegetables on rocket. She thought it was tasty but nothing that she could not have done herself. For mains, I had Goan seafood curry which I mopped up with a coriander and garlic naan. No complaints on my end. The others had Wicklow lamb in yogurt and two had lamb shanks. All cleared their plates and loved it. We decided to have coffee at home given the strain on finance at the moment so final bill came in around the 200 mark between 4 of us but all loved it and will return again.
45 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Myself and hubby went here for our wedding anniversary recently and we were both bowled over. From the minute we went in, we felt like we could have been in Morocco. The tiles, fretwork candles, moroccan style plates and the rich velvets etc all gave the impression of being somewhere far away. We had not had Moroccan in a restaurant before so went for the dips and the aubergine pate. Both came with plenty of bread and were a fabulous introduction. I then had the Hake tagine and my husband the seven vegetable couscous with lamb. He raved about the tenderness of the lamb and my fish was lovely. Despite being quite full we could not resist the desserts and the Moroccan tea and coffee. It was all very atmospheric and only added to the evening. We had a bottle of pinot grigio and all came in under E100. Will definitely be back and have recommended it to many already.
Diep le Shaker
55 Pembroke Lane, (Off Pembroke Street), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Haven't been here for ages and on leaving work recently, was taken here as a last dinner. Apart from a bit of a push to get us to our table, the service was excellent for the rest of the evening. I had Larb Ped which was delicious - nice balance between the duck and the lettuce. I followed this with Goong Phad Prik Sod - a good kick with cruncy vegetables. All of the nine in our group enjoyed the many dishes that were tried. To be honest it was difficult to chose something from the menu as the choice was so good.The cocktail list is impressive and the wine list likewise. No room for deserts but the coffee finished off the meal well. Will try the value menu next time - looks like fab value and the food has never failed me.
Milano (Dun Laoghaire)
1 Harbour Square, Crofton Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Armed with my Milano/Tesco vouchers and a reservation, which I didn't realise until recently you could make, myself and my husband arrived with 6 kids early on Saturday evening. The restaurant was busy with mostly families with kids. Great for us but if you are looking for a more romantic evening it may be better to arrive a bit later. The staff do however make a valiant effort to keep it's nosier customers to one area. We were shown to a corner "boothlike" table which was perfect for us. We had 5 kids menus and ordered a Diavola and Romana American Hot. I find the thin based pizzas absolutely delicious. My husband had two peroni and I had a glass of shiraz. We shared dessert while the kids finished their pictures. We all left happy, full and yet again impressed by the child friendly service in this local restaurant. As long as Tesco issue Milano vouchers we will be back.
Brownes Deli and Cafe
18 Sandymount Green, Dublin 4, Sandymount, Dublin
Had a girl's night out here to celebrate a birthday. From start to finish it was a great experience. Food was french ( and good), windows were open, waiters were excellent - we felt like we were on holidays. The early bird option was fantastic value. It would definitely be my choice again with budget being limited and you get a good night for your money.
1 Harbour Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
A group of 8 of us met to celebrate a friend's birthday. When we arrived the restaurant was very busy and we had to wait at the bar. I have no problem with this but one of our party (whose birthday we were celebrating) likes to eat early and we had to chase it up which is a bit frustrating.This is not the first time that this has happened to us here so it did not get things off to a great start. Once we were seated however everything was good. We had a good range of food between us but the star starter was the Thai beef - really light and tasty. I ordered the crab claws which are a starter as my main course and there was no problem with this which is a nice touch as sometimes you can be made to feel a bit "tight" even though it is because you do not want to be rolled out of the place. Positive remarks from all on the food and four who had not tried it before said they would come again.
4 The Crescent, Monkstown, Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin
As a big seafood fan but conscious of price at the moment, this place ticks all the boxes. From the moment my other half went in the door the service was faultless. We both went for the set lunch menu. I had mussels in chilli and coconut followed by sea trout, both tasty and excellently presented. My husband also had the trout but had the mushroom soup to start which was delicious. We had lovely bread on arrival and it was great to mop up the "broth" surrounding the mussels. We shared the creme brulee with banofee ice cream as we were both pretty stuffed. A glass of wine each and coffees and our bill was 60 odd euro. Fantastic value for the quality of food. The sun beamed in to this venue which makes you feel like you are on your holidays - will definitely be back!
46-47 Castle Street, South Co. Dublin , Dalkey, Dublin
Booked here at the last minute on Saturday evening after an unsuccessful attempt to get a table elsewhere. Just got there in time as they had to turn away other potential diners coming in off the street more or less as soon as we had arrived. We were 3 adults, 2 children and a baby and high chair was provided relatively quickly. Garlic bread was slightly burnt but pizza and pasta dishes were all ok. One of the kids had the prawn starter and chips as her dinner and the batter on the prawns was lovely and light. The other had a child's portion of carbonara and again they enjoyed that. Waitress made us feel it was no problem to get what we needed for the kids which was great. Our nineteen month tried a bit of everybody's and went away full. The two girls scoffed the chocolate cake until it got too much for them but was readily finished by my hubby and his son. A tirimisu was also ordered and vanished. Nice local restaurant but not necessarily somewhere for that special meal. Early bird is fab value though.
18-19 Glasthule Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Myself and my husband went here to celebrate our friend's birthday with himself and his wife. Very cordially met as always and directed to a lovely corner table with lots of colourful cushions. From the moment you enter the hall downstairs it is little touches like this that set a lovely atmosphere which make you nearly forget that we are in Ireland. I had the mushroom chilli fry as my choice of prawns was not availble due to the lack of large enough specimens we were informed by our friendly waiter. My friend mentioned about a particular aubergine starter that she likes that was not on the menu and the waiter immediately had a chat with the chef and organised a similar creation. She was delighted and she (and I!)enjoyed it immensely. My mushrooms were light and spicy. The two men had the set menu and delighted at the choice they had to eat. I followed with Chingri Malai a delicous prawn dish and my friend had lamb - which had been slow roasted for 8 hours. It was thoroughly enjoyed but as she couldn't finish it and could not leave it they kindly packed it up to take away. Our other halves again enjoyed the array of dishes they had on the set menu. With some well priced bottles of pinot grigio, we were only able to follow this feast with sorbets/icecreams all of which were delicious. I had a French coffee and the birthday boy had an Irish one and again no complaints. A consistently reliable restaurant with great service and always good for a takeaway if you can not make it there.
Gong Chinese Restaurant
8 Lower Kilmacud Road, South Dublin, Stillorgan, Dublin
We slid in here from the aftermath of the snow on Saturday night with another couple. They live locally and are regulars and we used to frequent The Sichuan before it's departure to Sandyford. The menu definitely reminded me of it and with that I chose the cold shredded chiken and my husband the salt and pepper squid. My starter was extremely tasty and the peanut sauce had a great kick to it. My husband's squid was ok but not the best I have ever tasted. One of the others had the squid too and the deep fried wontons were my friend's choice which she loved. For main course we had two prawn dishes and two monkfish dishes and a vegetables with garlic sauce. All were absolutely delicious and nothing was left. I had no room for dessert but my husband had toffee bananas and my friend ice-cream. Two bottles of wine, water and some coffees were also consumed. We were then offered a drink on the house which I always think is a lovely touch. The decor is a bit basic but the food was fab - rather that than the other way around!
Toss'd Noodles & Salads
Chq Building, Dublin Docklands, City Centre North, Dublin
This was a very welcome addition to the IFSC for lunch for those of us who are not that fond of sanwiches and still want a quick bite. Had the chilli vegetable noodes here which are a bargain at E7.95. My friend went for the Salad Nicoise. You do have to wait a little while for the food but the trick is to go to lunch around 12 and avoid the rush. Definitely a tasty and fresh alternative.
Bits and Pizzas
15 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Myself and my husband, our two kids and our baby had a quick bite here on Sunday. We were immediately made feel welcome and a high chair was organised for the youngest in our party. Our buggy was whisked away by the helpful waiter. We shared a garlic bread with cheese and the I had the vegetarian pizza which was delicious and loaded with toppings. My husband had the calzoni and our two daughters had the kids menu - one pizza and one spag bol. Our baby assisted them and was especially taken with the spaghetti. Soft drinks were 2 euro each which was better than most but I do think the veggie pizza is a tad expensive at 15 euro. Saying that, the food was delicious and service excellent. The room is nice but not my favourite environment ever. Reliable for a quick bite.
Ouzos Bar and Grill
22 Castle Street, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin
A few of us surprised a friend by meeting her here to celebrate her 40th that she had decided to keep as low key as possible. The starff were excellent - they had no problem when 2 of our party had to pull out last minute and were willing to let us bring in a cake one of the girls had made especially for the birthday girl. This sort of goodwill gives you a nice feeling about a local restaurant the ensures they will get your business again. On the night the caesar salad on the set menu was off as was the lobster for the lobster and crab claw salad. They substituted with prawns which were delicious. Most of us had the seafood but one had the chicken and said it was good. I had the crab claws and the prawn and crab claw salad which were all delicious and the salad was lightly dressed and very fresh. Coffee was good, wine was reasonable and we all left with a good feeling and will definitely return.
26 Blooms Lane , Lower Ormond Quay, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin
Enjoyed a late unplanned lunch here on a recent trip to the sales. The staff were extremely welcoming despite two kids and a baby in tow. I ordered the pasta pomodoro but when my 6 year old tasted it she devoured the lot. I instead settled for antipasto veg which was delicious. My other half had gnocci al ragu which he shared with my other daughter and declared it to be very tasty. Coffees lovely but the soft drinks were a tad expensive at 3 euro a throw. Will definitely be back as service was so good and food so successful with the little ones.
Fallon and Byrne
11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
This was the venue for our Christmas party this year for just over 20 people. The service from the start to finish was very efficient. The food was tasty - a bit slack with the veggies though. The atmosphere was great as it was full with other Christmas diners but I am not sure how I would feel being in such a big space with just my partner. Will definitely give it a try to see though...
Montys of Kathmandu
28 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Great buzz in Montys last Saturday night. Restaurant was full with pre-Christmas diners but the service was efficient. Food was delicious. I was one of a party of 7 and all dishes were devoured! My Jumbo Prawns were slightly cool on arrival at the table but the waiter quickly and politely returned with a replacement. Nice atmosphere and house wine both reasonably priced and to drink. Will return!
The Real Gourmet Burger - Dun Laoghaire
The Pavilion, South Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
We regularly come here at the weekends as we find it a great child friendly venue. Love the food, atmosphere, colouring equipment for the kids. Have to say on Sunday the service was off slightly but always find the person on the door who calls you back when a table is available very professional. All in all worth a trip!