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The Martello (Bray) restaurant

Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow

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Reviewed 05th June 2011 ( visited 15th May 2011 )

Ate here for a Communion on a Sunday evening. They had a set menu available for €20 per head for starter, main, and desert courses plus tea/coffee. Could not fault food at all. There was a party of about 18 people and each of us was dealt with very well, all staff were very pleasant and patient throughout. I had the chicken satay starter on noodles (lovely), lamb shank main (absolutely beautiful) and banoffee pie desert (nice enough). Those who I talked to after the meal thought the food was very very good. If in Bray again, and a bit pekish, I'll certainly consider popping in for a bit of grub in this place. I just hope that their prices are as reasonable on the proper menu as on their set menu. Lovely!!
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Harrys Cafe Bar restaurant

21 Upper George's Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Area Code: South Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
American

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Good
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Reviewed 12th September 2009 ( visited 12th September 2009 )

Went here for some brunch this afternoon. I had the Big breakfast and T had the French Toast. When we arrived were had to wait approximately 5 minutes for a table, but I have seen the queue further out the door than it was today. Staff appeared to be totally rushed off their feet and I tried to get the attention of the Waiting Staff a number of times before someone came down to take our order. Waiting Staff were very pleasant, overall. Coffees were nice, but arrived ages before the food so had been drank/gone cold by the time the food arrived. Both of us relatively happy with our food. The tables are very close together in this place which means that you are able to hear the conversations going on at the tables to either side without even trying to ear-wig. Felt the prices were a little steep, with the bill coming to €21.55 overall. Would come here again, but probably just for coffee next time.
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Il Fornaio Restaurant (IFSC)
1B Valenta House, Custom House Square, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin

This was the third restaurant we had gone to in the IFSC as the other two were booked up with no space for 'Walk-ins'. When myself and T arrived we were seated by the waiter, who looked slightly unsure whether he had the room for us. As I said, we were 'walk-ins' so did not have a reservation. We were given both the Specials Menu (3-courses for 17.95) and the regular menu also. Both myself and T ordered off the regular menu. Starter and 2 10" Pizzas each with one 330ml Italian Beer and large glass of house White wine came to €44.40. We were very pleasantly surprised and happy with our meal there that evening. Food is simple yet filling and both were happy we hadn't ordered off the 3-course menu as couldn't fit anymore in after the Starter and Main. The place is very small and there were numerous 'walk-ins' who were seated also. At one stage the waiter had to turn away a group of 3/4 people as there was no room. Service was very pleasant, although I thought the waiter could have done with another person taking orders/etc. Food served was unpretentious and did what it said on the tin. Would definitely consider going back here if in the area again.

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Milano (Dun Laoghaire)
1 Harbour Square, Crofton Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

This was our first visit to this particular Milano's. We ordered Dough Balls as a starter (to share), Pollo Pesto and an American Pizza on a Romana (thin) base. There was also a softdrink and a glass of white wine too. The dough balls were good. I was very happy with the pasta as was T with the Pizza, although she did point out that it went cold quite quickly. The pasta dish looks deceptively small, but there is more than enough and I was struggling to finish it, very nice! We arrived without a reservation and were able to get a seat after a few moments wait. The restaurant was very busy and very, very noisy. If you are wanting a quiet romantic evening meal this is most definitely not the place. As with the other Milano's I've visited there is an open Kitchen so you are able to see the chefs prepare your dish, which I like. In saying that, they appear to have changed their uniforms recently which means the chefs now look like convicts in black and white striped t-shirts!! As mentioned above the place was very busy and there appeared to be a number of large tables in this night. There did not seem to be enough staff on to cater for such numbers and at times the staff appeared to be a little flustered. I would agree with a previos reviewer who points out that this is not a place to hang around to let your meal digest. More like an eat on run (on the night we were here anyway). I would go back to this particular Milano's, but perhaps at a quieter time of week/day.

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

Used my Menupage.ie points to get a €30 voucher for this place. I hadn't eaten here in such a long time, but the food hasn't changed one bit. Five of us ate here on a Sunday evening, the restuarant was quiet (hadnt expected different given the time and day). We all had starters: 3 Garlic Bread with Cheese, 1 Ceaser Salad and 1 Potato Wedges. All were happy with the starters. If you have a small stomach I'd advise sharing the Wedges as the portion is more than ample for two (with small stomachs). Mains included 4 pizzas (all very nice) and 1 Lobster and Crab Ravioli which was also very nice. We were all too full for Deserts. The toal for the above and 8 bottles of beer came to €80. This price included the reduction of €30 voucher. Well worth the visit there and would definitely recommend it if you like a nice pizza. They have standard pizzas, but you can make you own without any trouble. The staff are very attentive and there was no feeling of being rushed during our visit. Overall, a very enjoyable meal. P.S. They also do take-away (collection) and there appeared to be quite a number of people coming in for this during our visit.

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The Martello (Bray)
Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow

Ate here for a Communion on a Sunday evening. They had a set menu available for €20 per head for starter, main, and desert courses plus tea/coffee. Could not fault food at all. There was a party of about 18 people and each of us was dealt with very well, all staff were very pleasant and patient throughout. I had the chicken satay starter on noodles (lovely), lamb shank main (absolutely beautiful) and banoffee pie desert (nice enough). Those who I talked to after the meal thought the food was very very good. If in Bray again, and a bit pekish, I'll certainly consider popping in for a bit of grub in this place. I just hope that their prices are as reasonable on the proper menu as on their set menu. Lovely!!

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Milano (Temple Bar)
19 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Ate here on their Pre-Theatre menu on Friday night. There was a party of 4 and we did not have a booking but managed to get a table without much trouble. Place was packed when we arrived, but we were seated very quickly and given our menus. Don't have a bad word to say about anybody who took our order/served food/took payment for food apart from I think each of them was different. I'm a firm believer that the person who shows you to your table should be the person who deals with you throughout your visit. The Pre-Theatre deal is €12.50 for a main/pasta/salad and a drink....very very reasonable. Odered was 2 salads, one pollo pesto and one pizza. All of us were very happy with each of our dishes and could not complain about the sizes of the portions for the price paid. Had never eaten in any of the Milano's at all before this, would definitely consider eating in others following this visit. Overall, a very nice and reasonable visit here on Friday. There is a good variety on their standard menu (although A LOT more limited on their set menu).

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

Ate in the Pub during the Festival of World Cultures. They had a specific menu for the Festival. Nothing out of the ordinary on it. Just went for Main Courses of Beer Battered Cod and Chips, Penne Carbonara and, Steak Sandwich. All of us happy enough with the food. All in all it came to €30.50 for the lot. Thinking it was reasonable enough. While the portions looked a little small they were more than adequate and all three of us were stuffed to the brim after eating. Would think of getting food again from here in the future.

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ely bar & brasserie
CHQ Building, Georges Dock, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin

Went here on Friday evening for pre-theatre dinner. There were six of us in the group; 5 had starters (ham hock, cod and soup). All of us were happy although it was thought that the portion size of the cod could have been larger. Of the main courses; 4 Rib-eye Steak, 1 Fish Pie and 1 Chicken. All were again happy with the food. The Fish Pie was not finished as T felt there were too many peas in it. (That is not a jibe at the chef, T isn't really a fan of peas, the dish itself she thought was lovely). When the waitress came to clear our table she asked teresa if everything was ok, when it was explained about the Peas, the waitress offered T something else off the menu. We didn't accept, but I thought this was a really nice touch. I'm not sure of the final bill as myself and T had to leave to get to The 02. Waiting staff very attentive. Food very tasty. I would think about going here for pre-theatre again in the future. Overall, a very enjoyable dinner had by all.

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

Ate here for the first time in ages before heading to an engagement party somewhere else in the City. We had a table booked for about 6pm, but arrived early and there was no proplem in us being seated. We decided to oder from the Early Bird Menu and both went for a Starter and Main. I had the Garlic Bread and T had the Ceasar Salad. My Garlic Bread was bog standard, but did come with extra Garlic Butter (which is nice cos I like very garlicy Garlic Bread). T's Salad was fine too. For Mains I ordered the Ribs and T had the Prawn Fajitas. I cannot fault the quantity my Ribs and the flavour was ok, but it was lacking something that was there in my previous visits. T was happy enough with her Fajits, but I though the portion was a bit small (only my opinion though). I had a small glass of house beer and T had the house white. This came to €56 (incl tip of €5). I think that this was a bit too much for what we got. The Early-Bird does not include your drinks and I think that they could at least include one glass of beer/wine in the price. Will not be rushing back here to eat anytime soon. Just the final price really turned me off.

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Bakers Corner
Kill Avenue, Kill O’The Grange, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Myself and T ate here before the Ireland Game on Saturday evening. Overall, it was very good. I had the fish and chips, which was really tasty. Teresa had the Omlette which she really enjoyed, saying it was nice and fluffy. She also got some French Fries, which when they arrived were slightly cold. She didn't really eat them, I thought they were alright. With a Guinness and a Corona the total came to €35, reasonable enough. Only thing of note that I would mention was that we were served by three different waiting staff which made it a little impersonal, but given that it was a match day they were extremely busy. Will eat here again, and complements to the chef.

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40Foot Bar&Grill;
Pavillion Centre, Royal Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Knew this place had re-opened and was serving food so thought we would give it a go. T had the burger and chips, it was quite good and came with a bowl of French Fries. I had the 'Fish and Chips'. I have to say I was disappointed when it arrived. The plate consisted of some Tartar Sauce, (a spoonful of) Pea Purée, three generously sized haddock battered goujons and FIVE chips. Yes, Five steakhouse-like chips constituted the 'bed' the goujons lay on. I cannot fault the flavour of my dish but the quantity (for the price) was pitiful. Service seemed a little lacking also. Took forever for the drinks we ordered to be brought to the table. Atmosphere is great in the place and am so glad it has re-opened and the new design is great. Need to work on the food element of the business.....the selection is also somewhat lacking. For the two mains the price came to €30 (excluding drinks), which I feel was steep for what actually appeared on the plates. Would go here again, but would have second thoughts about food (mainly due to the cost and/also portion size). Chef seems to think we all have extremely small stomachs.....how wrong!!

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Trocadero
St Andrew Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Arrived to Trocadero about 15 minutes prior to our allotted time and we were asked to go to the Bar for a drink. We had no problem with this and headed to the bar. The whole place was packed to the gills and the staff looked very busy. Myself and T had a drink at the Bar and as the clock past 8pm and then 8.15pm I began to get a little concerned that the staff had forgotten that we were there. I spoke with the Bar-tender at 8.30pm who told me they were waiting for people to clear out so we could be seated. I stressed we had already waited for 30 minutes after out allotted time. He spoke with the Manager (I think) and within 5 minutes we were seated. From that point on our evening was lovely. T had the Brie for Starters and I had the Garlic Prawns, both were very good and the Prawns really Garlicy which I loved. For Mains, T had the sticky Monkfish which was fine and I had the 14oz T-Bone Steak which was cooked perfectly and was very flavourful. T asked the waiter if they Kitchen could do some Galric Potatoes with the Main and some lovely sauteéd new spuds arrived which were cooked with some garlic and herbs (gorgeous). We shared a heated chocolate fudge cake for desert, which was also lovely. Overall, we had a lovely night and the waiter at our table was very pleasant and friendly. The wait (and the feeling of being ignored) took a little of the gloss off the evening. Was just over €100 for the above plus a half-bottle of white wine. Would still eat here again, but will make sure the wait in the Bar wont be as long.

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

Went here for some brunch this afternoon. I had the Big breakfast and T had the French Toast. When we arrived were had to wait approximately 5 minutes for a table, but I have seen the queue further out the door than it was today. Staff appeared to be totally rushed off their feet and I tried to get the attention of the Waiting Staff a number of times before someone came down to take our order. Waiting Staff were very pleasant, overall. Coffees were nice, but arrived ages before the food so had been drank/gone cold by the time the food arrived. Both of us relatively happy with our food. The tables are very close together in this place which means that you are able to hear the conversations going on at the tables to either side without even trying to ear-wig. Felt the prices were a little steep, with the bill coming to €21.55 overall. Would come here again, but probably just for coffee next time.

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Hartley's Restaurant
1 Harbour Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Ate here on a Saturday evening recently. Had never been to Hartley's before but I will be back in the future. There were four of us in the group and there was not one utterance of disappointment from anybody. I ordered the T-Bone steak (Med-Well) and that is how it came out from the kitchen. Sometimes I'm weary of how to order my steak, but this chef knows his/her stuff. The waiting staff were excellent and very friendly. I could not fault anything about the food or the service on the night we ate at Hartley's. The only thing that gets me about the Restaurant is the 'Discretionary' service charge that is automatically charged to the bill. If it is actually discretionary why is it charged to the bill straight away. I would rather be able to decide the amount of tip to leave. In saying that there was no problem in paying it because the evening was very enjoyable. Well worth a visit.

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T.P. Smiths Bar & Restaurant
9-10 Jervis Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Have been here before for food, but not in a long time. Decided to head here before heading to see a Movie and have to say I was very disappointed. First we were downstairs, but found out that the Ealry Bird Menu was being served upstairs so headed on up. I chose the Fish and Chips and my partner picked the Plain Steak Burger and Chips. We had to go up to the Bar to order our food, which I did not like. Food arrived quick enough and portion size was adequate, but nothing really to write home about. I tucked into my Fish (in Batter) and was immediately disappointed. The batter was soggy and the fish almost tasteless. Seemed as if it had been left on a hot-plate for far too long. The steak burger was good, but again nothing special. Both had Profiteroles which were served with Chocolate Sauce from a squeezy bottle, but they tasted ok. Guinness went stale after 10 minutes which I was not impressed with at all. Won't be back in a hurry.

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The Porterhouse (Central)
45-47 Nassau Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here once or twice around the 6 Nations this year. Food and service were very good. I had the Fish and Chips and the portion size was quite ample. My companion had a pizza and found it very difficult to finish purely because of the large size of it. The Atmosphere in the place is really good, particularly around Match Days. I like the 'Plain' Stout and I love the huge selection of beers/ales/stouts/lagers they have. You will pay city centre prices for these but what else do you expect given it's location.

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China House (Parnell Street)
180 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Yet again a wonderful meal had by all at the China House. There were three of us this time. We odrered 10 Chinese Dumplings, 2 Lamb Skewers, 2 Boiled Rice, Chilli Duck, Sizzling Beef with Black Pepper and Crispy Sweet and Sour Pork. The ladies had a pot of Green Tea (with free refills) and I had a Tsing Tao Chinese Beer. All this came to a grand total of €37!! Absolutely lovely food. There was a large party in the restaurant also who were celebrating a child's birthday. Really nice atmosphere in the room. All of us were very, very, very pleased with the meal this time around (as usual). I really love this place and will miss it when I move away from Dublin next year. Will be back many times before the move though. If you are ever around town and are in the mood for some cheap and authentic Chinese food, served to you with genuine warmth, then make your way up to this place, you will not be disappointed!!!

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