Restaurant Reviews from La Gourmande

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 6

Member Since: 10 May 2010

Last Visit: 28 October 2010

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The Cake Cafe restaurant

62 Pleasants Place, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Cafe

Price Range:

Good
94 reviews

Reviewed 12th May 2010 ( visited 27th February 2010 )

I had been meaning to try this place for brunch for a long time and when I finally made it I wasn't disappointed. While you may have to queue for a while to get a table inside you can sit outside in the lovely garden and enjoy a pot of tea (free refills). The menu offers a wide range, the homemade beans with sausages on toast is my favourite, and there is also a soup/toast/hotpot of the day on offer. Finish it off with a slice of yummy cake or a muffin and yet another cup of tea and you'll be satisfied well into the afternoon. There is always a mixed crowd which allows for some interesting people watching. Great value too!!
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Brownes Deli and Cafe restaurant

18 Sandymount Green, Dublin 4, Sandymount, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 4

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Cuisine:
Bistro

Price Range:

Good
98 reviews

Reviewed 28th October 2010 ( visited 27th October 2010 )

Another disappointing experience in Browne's of Sandymount. Although the €20 deal sounds appealing and the menu reads fantastically, when the food arrives it is a different story. Our waitress was very pleasant and generous with the wine portion. Starters were only ok, pate with buttered toast (cold half toasted bread without butter, when butter was requested it was little foil portions that you get in canteens). The cod main course arrived out sitting on crisps...looked and tasted like they came out of a tayto bag. When we voiced our disappointment the manager was less than polite with his explanation of pommes sarladaises. While €20 sounds like good value I think it would be much better spent elsewhere.
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Brownes Deli and Cafe
18 Sandymount Green, Dublin 4, Sandymount, Dublin

Another disappointing experience in Browne's of Sandymount. Although the €20 deal sounds appealing and the menu reads fantastically, when the food arrives it is a different story. Our waitress was very pleasant and generous with the wine portion. Starters were only ok, pate with buttered toast (cold half toasted bread without butter, when butter was requested it was little foil portions that you get in canteens). The cod main course arrived out sitting on crisps...looked and tasted like they came out of a tayto bag. When we voiced our disappointment the manager was less than polite with his explanation of pommes sarladaises. While €20 sounds like good value I think it would be much better spent elsewhere.

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

I went here recently on a Friday night with two girl friends for a treat. The food was delicious, especially the sides of basil mash and green beans. The desserts were a bit more standard but nice all the same. We had two bottle of wine and both were lovely. The service was friendly and efficient. We had a booth which was nice and private. When it came to the bill though it was €200 for 3 mains, 3 desserts, 3 coffees and 2 bottles of wine. Luckily I had a voucher for €150. It is great value for lunch and early bird but I think dinner is a bit steep, considering the deals on offer elsewhere. That said, reliably good food everytime.

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The Cake Cafe
62 Pleasants Place, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I had been meaning to try this place for brunch for a long time and when I finally made it I wasn't disappointed. While you may have to queue for a while to get a table inside you can sit outside in the lovely garden and enjoy a pot of tea (free refills). The menu offers a wide range, the homemade beans with sausages on toast is my favourite, and there is also a soup/toast/hotpot of the day on offer. Finish it off with a slice of yummy cake or a muffin and yet another cup of tea and you'll be satisfied well into the afternoon. There is always a mixed crowd which allows for some interesting people watching. Great value too!!

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Milano (Grand Canal Harbour)
Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

Previously I've only had positive experiences at Milanos on Baggot St, Dawson St and in Dundrum. They have had great buy one get one free deals on recently. This is my least favourite of their outlets.....I always go for the al tirolo pizza but here the toppings were spread thinly and the mushrooms were past their best. I didn't have any vouchers with me for this visit and at 50euro for three pizzas and one starter I thought it was a little expensive. However I would recommend their other outlets for a quick hassle free tasty bite.

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Via Veneto
58 Weafer Street, Enniscorthy, Wexford

After a day enjoying Hook Head and Tintern we decided to drop into Via Veneto for a bite to eat on the way back to Dublin. I had a great meal there a year ago with my parents. Again it did not disappoint. The service was remarkably quick and the food was delicious. My boyfriend said his Capricciosa was the best pizza he had tasted in Ireland and my pasta was equally pleasing. For under 30euro I will definitely be going back if I am in the area.

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Dunne And Crescenzi (Sandymount)
11 Seafort Avenue, Dublin 4, Sandymount, Dublin

I have previously enjoyed plates of bruschetta, veg and mozzerella in this small restaurant in Sandymount. However when I took someone there for dinner last week it was a different story. There was only one waiter and he wasn't the friendliest of fellows. Took ten minutes to get menus and another ten to give our order. Our starters (bruschetta and soup) took 30mins to arrive while we watched other tables around us that came in after us get similar. My pasta dish looked lovely but the pasta wasn't cooked when I bit into it....when I called the waiter over he gruffly told me that I was wrong, when I showed him the pasta he picked up the plate and walked over to the kitchen shouting. The person that was with me then cut into her cold lasagne which we also had to send back. Ten minutes later our food reappeared but alas my pasta was still not cooked and I had to send it back again. The lasagne was piping hot and burned both of our mouths, maybe the chef was trying to teach us a lesson. So two late starters, undercooked and then burning food and a forty euro bill made it a very unpleasant two and a half hours. And no sign of an apology. Won't be going back.

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