Restaurant Reviews from Ladypiggy

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No. of Reviews: 31

Member Since: 13 April 2007

Last Visit: 25 February 2013

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The Port House restaurant

64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cheap Eats

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Good
559 reviews

Reviewed 10th October 2007 ( visited 08th October 2007 )

I loved the atmosphere here - it was so cosy and practically dark except being lit by candles - really romantic. It is really good value with tapas starting at 3 euro. The tapas are a good size too. I had the lamb stew and the seafood paella (which is really a risotto) and my boyfriend had the prawns in batter, the serrano ham croquettes and the patatas bravas - All delicious!! He had a spanish beer and I had a half litre of white wine. The service was great, very prompt. We had churros with hot chocolate between us for dessert - yummy! Total bill 46 euro - not bad! love this place!
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Cornucopia restaurant

19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Cheap Eats

Price Range:

Good
190 reviews

Reviewed 12th May 2007 ( visited 12th May 2007 )

Have been here loads of times, as although I am not a vegetarian I love healthy, wholesome food. Cornucopia has a great variety of dishes - every time I go the menu is totally different. Not as good value as it used to be. It is usually packed and finding a seat is very difficult as is navigating your way to a table with a tray of food without dropping it! However the food is always tasty. Quiches, lasagnes, bean stews etc. all yummy! And the main courses are a good size. They often have interesting soups and the breads are delicious. I like the way they have a water cooler with cups stacked beside it so everyone can help themselves.
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FXB Monkstown
3a The Crescent Monkstown, South Co. Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin

Went here on a Sunday evening as we were just back from a weekend away, and far to hungry to go to the supermarket and then cook! We ate in the pub part downstairs.We shared a starter of chicken wings. The portion was very generous and they were delicious, the barbeque sauce was really yummy and they also came with a blue cheese dip. My husband had a steak with lovely homemade chips. I had the lemon sole with spring onion mash. The portion was very generous. We didn't have dessert. Overall, very nice. But I think the prices are a little high so could do with coming down a little.

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Siam Corner
Henry Street, Limerick City, Limerick

Called in here with my husband for a quick bite to eat on a miserable friday evening. We both had the early bird menu (€17.50 for 2 courses). I had soup and a red prawn curry. My husband had thai fish cakes and chicken green curry. All the food was lovely, service was great and a nice touch was after eights with the bill. All in all, very good.

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The Hibernian Inn Restaurant
Pearse St. Nenagh, Nenagh, Tipperary

Came here for food to break up a long journey, not by choice but because it was the only place we could find in Nenagh on a Sunday evening. I was there with two others. I had the cod in batter with salad, chips and tartar sauce. The fish was not fresh! The batter was soggy and the chips were not good. My husband had a burger which was a bit better and a friend who was with us had chicken goujons, the portion was tiny. The price of my fish was €18 which I thought was a huge rip off, expecially given that the quality was so poor. Will not be back!

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Quealy's Bar
82 O'Connell Street, Dungarvan Waterford, Dungarvan, Waterford

Ate here on a Sunday night when we were in Dungarvan for a few days. I had a goats cheese salad for starter. This was nice expect that there was hard slices of baguette in the salad which added nothing to it. My husband had a salmon terrine which was fine. I had a confit duck leg with red cabbage for main. This was lovely but more of a winter dish I thought. My husband had steak which was nice. For dessert we shared a lemon tart. So in summary the food was fine, nothing amazing and quite expensive for what it is. Our waitress was very forgetful!

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Nude Food
86 O'Connell Street, Dungarvan, Waterford

Had lunch here on a Wednesday afternoon while in Dungarvan for a few days. The cafe is lovely inside with a really nice atmosphere, lovely outside area too. I had the "ploughman's platter". This consisted off lovely home cooked ham, carrigaline cheese, red onion marmalade, chutney, cucumber pickle, potato salad, roasted cherry tomatoes and sourdough bread - all yummy. My husband had a chicken burger. We were both really looking forward to cake for dessert as they looked really nice at the counter. I had the coconut and lime cake and my husband had a chocolate brownie. However they were both dry and we were so disappointed!! They needed to be taken out of the oven sooner! We had organic lemonades with our meal and the total was €38 which I felt was abit too much.

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Lawlors Hotel
Dungarvan, Dungarvan, Waterford

We ate here as we were staying in the hotel and 1 meal was included in our package. The restaurant itself is lacking in atmosphere and is not exactly cozy! The plates and cutlery could all do with a really good wash as they are all dull and grubby looking. I had melon and parma ham for starter which was fine, however there were strawberries with it which I thought were out of place. My husband had pate which was ok. For main I had herb crusted salmon which was nice. The sauce that came with it had far too many ingredients though - spinach, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, leeks etc! My husband had a fillet steak which was ok but was served with pate which we thought was very strange. We didn't have dessert as they didn't sound appetising at all. The dessert menu looks like a kiddies menu. Our meal was included in our package but if we were paying for this meal we would have felt very ripped off, for example the fillet steak is €29!!! Far too expensive!

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The Tannery Restaurant
Quay Street, Dungarvan, Waterford

My husband and I were in Dungarvan for a short break and we went to the Tannery on the Tuesday night. We opted for the al a carte however we should have just went for the early bird as I think the quality of the food would have been just as good and much cheaper. Firstly we got a little basket of fresh warm bread with butter and garlic oil, this was yummy. For started I had the crab creme brulee which was delicious. My husband had the lobster salad which was nice but contained very little lobster! For main I had the whole plaice on the bone, this was delicious, really fresh. My husband had stuffed quail which was lovely. I had lemon meringue pie for dessert which I really enjoyed. My husband had apple jelly and almond icecream. The apple jelly was not good! Petit fours was toffee popcorn. We shared a swallows tale shiraz cabernet sauvignon - really good. Bill before service was €130. I would recommend the tanney but the early bird is the menu to go for!

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Sabai
19 The Mall, Waterford City, Waterford

Went here with my husband and two friends on a Saturday night. The decor and layout is lovely. Service is ok - our waitress was abit grumpy! We had a couple of starters between us - one was sweetcorn fritters which were yummy and came with a 3 dips - peanut sauce, chilli sauce and a kind of salsa. I had a red duck curry for main. This was yummy with lots of duck and veg. I did find it annoying that the main dishes here are all around €18-€20 and then you have to pay around €3-€4 extra for rice or noodles. I shared a "triple chocolate stack" with my husband which was fine but would have been nicer with a scoop of vanilla icecream.

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Ouzos Bar and Grill
22 Castle Street, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

Went here for Sunday lunch with my husband yesterday. The decor and layout of the restaurant is lovely. We were seated upstairs which was very noisy because of a large table occupied by people celebrating a grannys birthday I think! Thankfully they left while we were halfway through our main course. The set Sunday lunch menu is good value. I had the portabello mushroom with spinach and the grilled salmon. My husband had the duck liver parfait with plum chutney and the fish and chips. We both had the chocolate brownie with vanilla icecream for dessert. Everything was very tasty. Service was great, really friendly.

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Tante Zoes
1 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

Went here before a show in Vicar St. It was the worst meal we've had in a while. Firstly the wine list is very overpriced. The cheapest bottle on it is €25 and prices rise rapidly after that. Many far superior restaurants have wines starting at €19. My husband and I both chose the early bird menu. He had the calamari which were good. I had the dooki gumbo which was only ok, nothing special. Everything went downhill from there though! I had the cajun fish of the day which was hake. The fish was overcooked and tasteless. The menu stated that our dishes would be accompanied by the potatoes of the day and veg. So I asked the waiter if we could have the "potato dauphinoise" as our potato side. He said this was no problem but he then served us two types of potato and of course we were charged for the two! Highly annoying! Especially as the so called dauphinoise was chunks of boiled potatoes chucked in a dish with cream and melted cheese. This is not gratin dauphinoise so they really should change the name of this dish. The other potato dish was terrible - baby potatoes deep fried until the insides were soggy and tasteless. For dessert we ordered "Mississippi Mud Pies" Again this did not even resemble mississippi mud pie! It had a biscuit base, then a layer of vanilla icecream, then a layer of chocolate icecream then a layer of artificial cream. This restaurant should revise their dish names. Won't be going back

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Seapoint Restaurant
4 The Crescent, Monkstown, Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin

Ate here on a Thursday night with my fiance and had a delicious meal. I had the rabbit loin for starter and then the sea bream, which I both highly recommend. The service was great, really friendly and efficient. Can't wait to go here again!

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Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Went here with my fiance, my cousin and his girlfriend last night. It was my first visit. The restaurant is really trendy and has a nice atmosphere. We found service to be really good. Loved the warm loaf of bread we got to cut up ourselves. We only had one main course each because of time constraints so I will definitely be back to sample the starters and desserts. I had the roast chicken with grilled corn on the cob, mash and coleslaw - yummy and I got loads of chicken. The mash was delicious. My fiance got the rib-eye steak and the chips were really good! My one complaint is the wine-list. It is overpriced. But other than that, definitely worth a visit!

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One Pico Restaurant
5-6 Molesworth Place, Schoolhouse Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here for lunch with my fiance last week. We used the €20 voucher from this website. Otherwise it would be a little too expensive for lunch for us! The service was perfect. I had the aparagus with quails egg and pancetta for starter. My fiance had the smoked salmon. Both very delicious. For main course I had salmon with beetroot risotto and my fiance had the beef with fondant potato. both dishes were suberb. Presentatio of all dishes was fantastic. We finished with the white chocolate cheesecake and the chocolate fondant - absolutely delicious!Highly recommended!

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YO Sushi (Dundrum)
Level 1, Unit 26A, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Ate here once while shopping in Dundrum. The food is quite nice. The unlimited miso soup is a good idea. If you have more than a couple of dishes it is expensive and not very good value as the portions are very small. It's different and fun though so I'd give it a go once!

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The Forge Restaurant
Potteragh, Carnaross, Kells, Meath

Have eaten here a few times. The food is always good, I'm always stuffed after it. Nice restaurant, with different rooms. Nice atmosphere and good service. Would definitely recommend it. It is quite expensive though

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The Hungry Monk
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

Ate in the bistro downstairs with a couple of friends. It is lovely and cosy with a nice atmosphere. We just had main courses and two of us went for burgers and one went for the chicken curry. All the food was very tasty. Just finished off with hot chocolates. Would like to return to the restaurant upstairs some day. Would recommend the bistro.

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L'Gueuleton
No 1 Fade Street, Off Georges's Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here with my fiance on a Friday evening and had a lovely meal. We both had french onion soup for starter which was delicious. Main courses were fresh and tasty. Desserts yummy. Service was very friendly and quick. Nice atmosphere. Would definitely return

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Toscana (Dun Laoghaire)
5 Windsor Terrace, South Co. Dublin , Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Went here with my fiance on a Thursday evening, it was our first visit to Toscana. The restaurant itself is lovely - nicely decorated and a nice atmosphere. The staff are friendly and enthusiastic. Was surprised by how extensive the menu is. I had caprese salad,spinach and ricotta tortellini and icecream. All were delicious. My fiance had suppli, chicken in a white wine and mushroom sauce and the banoffi pie.One complaint is that when the people at the adjacent table left the waitress went overboard spraying their table with cleaner and nearly choked us!! Apart from that I have no complaints, will definitely return

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The Port House
64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I loved the atmosphere here - it was so cosy and practically dark except being lit by candles - really romantic. It is really good value with tapas starting at 3 euro. The tapas are a good size too. I had the lamb stew and the seafood paella (which is really a risotto) and my boyfriend had the prawns in batter, the serrano ham croquettes and the patatas bravas - All delicious!! He had a spanish beer and I had a half litre of white wine. The service was great, very prompt. We had churros with hot chocolate between us for dessert - yummy! Total bill 46 euro - not bad! love this place!

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Luigi Malones Restaurant
5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Went here with a large group of girls for a hen party. We were downstairs. The atmosphere was claustrophobic, I think the tables are too close together. There were a number of other hen parties there too. I shared tortilla chips with dips with another girl for starter and had a chicken pasta dish for main course. The food was only ok and the service was extremely rushed. From the moment we sat down it was as if the staff just wanted to get rid of us. Main courses were served when we had barely finished our starters. It is definitely not good value for money for what you get. Will not be going back!

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Avoca Cafe (Suffolk Street)
Avoca, 11 Suffolk Street, City Centre South, Dublin

This is a lovely restaurant, even the walk up all the stairs to it is enjoyable because of all the nice things to look at on the way (in the Avoca shop). It is very busy at lunchtime so I would advise avoiding it at that time. Otherwise it is great. Nice atmosphere, friendly service. The food is lovely and fresh and wholesome. I had potted salmon with salad and lemon cake for dessert. It is quite expensive though - but worth it once in a while.

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Wagamama - Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This is great for a casual bite to eat especially if you're meeting friends and then going out for the night. I've been in here a couple of times. The atmosphere is good, very casual and I like the way you can see into the kitchen. There's handy shelves under the tables for coats etc. as well! The food is yummy and is mainly wholesome and healthy too so you can feel virtuous afterwards. The noodle and prawn dishes are my favourite. Haven't tried the desserts yet but they look great. Service is good.

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Shimla
5 Weavers Row, Clonsilla, Clonsilla, Dublin

This is a lovely cosy restaurant with a great atmosphere. It is obvious that the staff have a great relationship with the locals as they chat away and seem to have regular customers - always a good sign! The service is great. The food is delicious. I've been here twice and can have no complaints. Everything was delicious and I was stuffed (but pleasantly so!) afterwards. Would definitely recommend Shimla.

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Rasam
18-19 Glasthule Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I love this place. It has a lovely atmosphere - lovely decor and friendly attentive staff. The food is delicious - fantastic, flavoursome food. There are some very interesting dishes on the menu and the presentation is always great. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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Harrys Cafe Bar
21 Upper George's Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Have been here twice with friends for lunch. The first time I got the Thai chicken noodle soup. Maybe I was unlucky but it was awful. It was just like a bowl of oily water with some noodles thrown in. The slice of brown bread I got with it was good though! The second time I went I had a large salad - which was ok. However my friend had soup and bread and the bread was stale. She had to wait ages for it to be replaced. Also we ordered water at the start and then had to ask twice more before we got it! I don't think I'll be going back here again. I think the service leaves a lot to be desired and the food is not good value.

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The Purty Kitchen (Dun Laoghaire)
3-5 Old Dun Laoghaire Road, Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I live nearby The Purty Kitchen and so have ate here a few times. The pub itself is nice and cosy and has a friendly atmosphere. The food is tasty. However the service is a big let down. It is the slowest I have ever experienced. I've often had to get up from my seat and go and find a member of staff to ask for ketchup, or whatever. I would recommend the Thai chicken, the fish and chips and the seafood platter and the desserts are usually very good.

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Cornucopia
19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Have been here loads of times, as although I am not a vegetarian I love healthy, wholesome food. Cornucopia has a great variety of dishes - every time I go the menu is totally different. Not as good value as it used to be. It is usually packed and finding a seat is very difficult as is navigating your way to a table with a tray of food without dropping it! However the food is always tasty. Quiches, lasagnes, bean stews etc. all yummy! And the main courses are a good size. They often have interesting soups and the breads are delicious. I like the way they have a water cooler with cups stacked beside it so everyone can help themselves.

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Salamanca
1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Dropped in here for a quick bite to eat on a Thursday evening with my boyfriend and my sister. It has a nice cosy atmosphere and the service was fine. We got five dishes between us. The table was quite small so it was quite difficult to find a place for everything. I think the prices are a little high for the size of the dishes - portions are very small and 5 dishes between 3 really wasn't enough. Everything was tasty though, especially the red peppers stuffed with bolognese. It is a nice place to go if you're in town some evening shopping.

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Alexis Bar And Grill
17 / 18 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Went here for dinner on a Thursday evening with my boyfriend a couple of weeks ago after reading a couple of great reviews. We were surprised by the size of the restaurant - it was much bigger then we expected. It is very open plan and therefore lacks intimacy. We both chose the French onion soup for starter, which was delicious, this dish is a favourite of mine and I wasn't disappointed. For main course I had the French cassoulet. I was slightly disappointed by this - it was a much smaller serving than I expected and there was quite a lot of pieces of fat in the sauce. My boyfriend had chicken with a white chilli bean stew - again the serving was very small. However both dishes were tasty. For desert I had the lemon tart, which I found a little heavy for my taste. The service was ok but did leave us feeling a bit rushed - as if they wanted to get us fed as quickly as possible and get us out of there! Overall though I like Alexis and will definitely return, will have the French onion soup again but will definitely choose different main courses and desserts!!

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Bits and Pizzas
15 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Went here with my husband to use the €30 menupages voucher. We shared the garlic mushrooms for starter which were nice. We both got a pizza for rmain course. I got the peppadew (mozzarella, goats cheese, piquant peppers and rocket). This was nice except that the edges of the pizza were burnt i.e. black and the rocket was just thrown on top of the pizza in a big pile, I think it would have been better if it had been wilted slightly but overall the pizza was still tasty. My husband got the kentucky pizza which he was very happy with. I had the chocolate brownie with chocolate sauce and vanilla icecream for dessert. This was yummy and a really big portion. My husband had the icecream - strawberry cheesecake, choc chip and choc and peanut. These icecreams were yummy (I had a taste!) and again it was a very generous portion. Service was very good. The bill (with a beer and an espresso and a glass of wine) was €60. I think that this is too much for the type of food on offer so was glad we had the voucher. I think they should look at their prices.

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The Real Gourmet Burger - Dun Laoghaire
The Pavilion, South Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Fantastic! Went one evening with my boyfriend. Decor is lovely, staff are friendly and the food is delicious. I had the Mediterranean lamb burger - thick juicy lamb burger with mozzarella and pesto with lettuce and tomato in a lovely seeded bap. It was delicious - much better than McDonalds!! My boyfriend had an equally good beef burger with guacamole. We shared a portion of straw rosemary chips - delicious. We finished with organic ice cream between us, which was yummy! All for just over €20 - not bad! It can be very busy at peak times and as you can't reserve tables I would advise people to go early in the evening. Will definitely be going back here!

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