Restaurant Reviews from Laure

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 34

Member Since: 25 April 2010

Last Visit: 15 September 2015

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Toscana (Dun Laoghaire) restaurant

5 Windsor Terrace, South Co. Dublin , Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Area Code: South Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
Italian

Price Range:

Good
264 reviews

Reviewed 21st May 2010 ( visited 08th May 2010 )

I must have eaten in Toscana about 20 times over the last few years. The menu is great. While some people may think that a restaurant should only have a handful of options, Toscanas huge menu is great. There are well over 10 starters and my favourite is Suppli. Their minestrone soup is great on a cold day too. They have a great selection of pastas, pizzas and meat and fish dishes. I will say that the beef fillet isn't great but its inexpensive. Over the years I've tried many mains but usually have a pasta dish as they are simply delicious. Their meat dishes are very tasty too (especially Pollo Toscana and the veal dish) but can be just too filling for me! Their pizzas are a great take away option (no delivery though). The dessert menu has the usual italian options, tiramisu, cheese plate, gelatto etc. The sorbets are very nice. If you're having an after dinner coffee, beware, its very strong! Prices are very reasonable, on the most recent visit dinner for 3 was just €90 and that was 2 courses each plus 2 desserts and 2 beers. The all Italian service can't be faulted either, its extremely friendly and when you're a regular in a restaurant its nice that its recognised! If I have to fault the place, I think that maybe Toscana could do with a bit of a facelift and some of the wobbly tables fixed.
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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

Price Range:

Good
101 reviews

Reviewed 21st May 2010 ( visited 16th March 2010 )

I have gone to Harrys for lunch with work friends a few times as its very convenient to our office and has a good selection of food for lunch. Its usually very busy at lunch time and you'll sometimes even see people queuing at the door waiting for tables to free up. Their soups are very, very nice, theres a different soup on the menu each day and even though I've never tried their seafood chowder myself, it seems popular as you'll always see a good few patrons eating it. Unfortunately what is on the menu isn't always what you get though. For example I once ordered an open sandwich that was listed on the menu as having roasted tomatoes but when it came the tomatoes were raw, not really a problem though as I simply asked for the dish to be put under the grill for a few minutes. This however did not go down well with the waiter who loudly tutted and grabbed the plate from in front of me and said nothing. Nor did he say anything when my plate was returned even though I thanked him. In general all of the staff are quite unfriendly, in fact once a colleague and I were in the middle of eating and a member of staff asked us to move tables to accomodate a larger group, we did but thought it was a little rude to ask while we were in the middle of lunch, had we been asked bfore eating, no problem. The food is also very overpriced, yes it is good (when you get what you actually order) but soup only comes with once slice of bread, and you are charged 90 cent for a second which is a bit steep. Most of the sandwiches/salads are around €8 which is also expensive and more times than not, the salad leaves aren't very fresh. If Harrys dropped their prices a little and the staff perked up a bit I think it would be a much nicer place to eat.
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Cornstore
40 Cornmarket Street, Cork City, Cork

I ate here for a late lunch, we were a party of 4. It was busy enough even though it was in between lunch and dinner time. Service is extremely friendly and polite, but a little slow. The menu is big, lots more than their fish and steak speciality. Food was ok, nothing to write home about, portions were certainly big, but overall lacked flavour. Quinoa salad was a bit bland and the butternut squash and goats cheese canneloni was just a dish of mush. One of us had the burger which was apparently very tasty, and the desserts were a winner all round, particularly the creme brulee and the lemon posset.

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Fallon & Byrne (Dun Laoghaire)
People's Park, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Lovely lunch here last Friday afternoon. We made a booking but it wasn’t necessary. Lunch menu has the perfect choice in my opinion, lots of salads, fish risotto and meat options. Caprese salad starter was delicious, really good quality mozzarella, the others loved their prawn cocktails. Sea bream main went down particularly well. Nice touch with the choice of homemade breads at the start of the meal too. The lemon curd dessert was so so tasty and another highlight! €140 for four people (4 starters, 4 mains, 2 desserts, 2 coffees, 1 glass wine and 1 bottle of water), so its not the cheapest but the food and service is good. The location is great and the dining room is beautiful and airy with lovely views out the fountain and across Dublin Bay, they have really done a good job at converting the old tea rooms. I’d love to try it for dinner.

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Patrick Guilbaud
21 Upper Merrion Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Amazing. Can't fault it for food or service. The best meal i have ever had. The dining room is very big and open, so maybe its not the cosiest place, but who cares when you're eating food like that! The petit fours were a particular treat, and its nice to meet the man himself, Patrick Guilbaud. He makes sure to introduce himself to all the diners, but ensures its when you're between courses.

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

I ate here with a couple of friends on Saturday evening. We went for the early bird option which is served until 18:45. Not that many restaurants in Dublin city have their early bird offered that late at a weekend, so this is a big plus in my book. Staff are mainly friendly and attentive, although two of them could have cracked a smile once or twice, especially as they seemed to be the more senior members of staff, possibly managers. The food is delicious, and even the early bird has plenty of options (€20 for 2 course), the presentation of the food is great, very modern, which doesn’t really go with the shabby chic décor of the restaurant. I guess this place is still quite new, so maybe hasn’t figured out who it is just yet. Portions are big, probably too big, but I guess that better than too small! The highlight for us all was the sea bream and mussels dish, perfectly cooked and very very tasty. The wine menu was disappointing, there wasn't a huge choice of wines between €24 and €34, I do love that they serve their Prosecco in old fashioned champagne glasses though! They have live music too, but they were just setting up as we were leaving. The clientèle seemed to be mainly groups of women (which we were too), which I guess makes sense, as the décor is on the girly side, lots of big tables too for groups. I wouldn't come here on a date, or with my parents, but I would eat here again with friends. I’ll be curious in a couple of months to see if they have changed anything to match the food to the surroundings more. Bottom line though, the food is tasty and its fairly priced, so the fundamentals are right!

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Opium
26 Wexford St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I had been looking forward to eating here for a long time, having heard great things about it, but I was left disappointed. We were well aware that it was a bar/restaurant with a DJ, so weren’t expecting fine dining or an intimate atmosphere. We booked a table for two for a Thursday evening, and were told that we may only have it for 2 hours, that was fine, but when we arrived we were told that we could only have the table for 90mins. This was annoying as we looked forward to a few of their cocktails after dinner. Service started off well, with a friendly waiter. It was a little slow, but that wasn’t a huge problem. The menu was good but starters were pretty bad. Crab cakes were particularly bland, and a little overcooked. The mains were ok, very large portions, but the green curry was so so hot that the fish at the bottom was so overcooked by the time I got to it, maybe serve the fillet of fish sitting on top instead to avoid this? After the starters the service had really slowed down, and it seemed that the bar was very busy, and focus came off those of us still dining. Including the after dinner cocktails we had, we spent €190, a bit too expensive for what I would judge as mediocre Thai food and poor service. I’d come here again maybe for cocktails at the bar, but not food.

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Chapter One Restaurant
18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

My husband and I ate here for a special occasion, and while we enjoyed the food, we were just a little underwhelmed , given the restaurants Michelin star. We started off on slightly bad footing, as when we never received a call from the restaurant to confirm our reservation, we called them only to learn that they had cancelled our booking! Apparently someone with the same surname had cancelled a booking, so they assumed that ours was part of the same booking. Pretty big assumption! Luckily they were able to accommodate us though. The bar area id very busy, and not really big enough for a busy Friday night. We ordered our meal from the bar area while having a drink and were brought to our table just before the first course was to be served. The food is delicious; I had the tastiest venison, and the best pasta I’ve ever eaten. My husband hasn’t stopped talking about the tapioca (it was amazing)! The only minor criticisms of the food are that, one of the scallops was a little over cooked, and very chewy, therefore not nice to eat. When this was mentioned to the waitress she looked surprised and simply said “oh”. I guess maybe they’re not used to negative comments about the food, but an apology would have been nice. I also wasn’t bowled over by the dessert (blackberries and baked custard). It was nice, but I expected something more flavoursome and elaborate for a Michelin starred restaurant. The starters are quite big, so you definitely won’t leave hungry. The selection of wine is great of course, and there is plenty of choice for less than €50. Mostly the staff are great, very friendly, however we weren’t too keen on the member of staff that just seems to greet guests and have a chat with them. It all just seemed a little insincere, and just about the theatre of a very animated man, rather than to enhance your evening. He also gave us a copy of the Chapter One book to flick through while having a drink, which just felt like he was trying to sell it. Chapter One is definitely more reasonably priced than some other fine dining restaurants in Dublin, but I think I’d rather pay slightly more to eat somewhere else.

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Talavera Restaurant
Radisson Blu, St Helen's Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Stillorgan, Dublin

Normally I don’t eat in hotel restaurants, but as this one is close to my home, and we fancied Italian, we chose to eat here, and we weren’t disappointed. The staff are excellent, very friendly and attentive, some of the best service I have had. The restaurant itself its quite nice, it’s a reasonably formal dining room, and quite plush, but it didn’t feel too stiff, we could relax. The menu is excellent, all four of us found it difficult to choose as there was so much that we all liked. I like that you can order any of the pastas or risottos as a starter portion too. The focaccia and oil served at the start is delicious and fresh. All of the pasta is fresh, and you can really tell that they use good quality, fresh ingredients. The meat dishes were cooked to perfection, particularly the steak, which was still tender even though it was ordered and cooked well done. The side order veg we very tasty, and not over cooked like restaurants so often do with the veg, The desserts were excellent, particularly the chocolate fondant. The prices are extremely reasonable for such excellent food, great service and nice surroundings. My only criticisms are that the dining room was too cold, but it was a very cold Tuesday night, so the restaurant wasn’t full. The restaurant is also a little hard to find. It’s in the basement of the hotel, but after following the signs we arrived in a corridor of closed doors, and only found it after opening a few different ones. I look forward to eating here again.

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Asador
1 Victoria House, Haddington Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

We were a party of 2 and made a reservation for a Friday evening. Surprisingly it wasn’t too busy in the restaurant for a Friday night. There were a couple of large groups, but other than that there were only about 50% of the tables occupied. As it wasn’t so busy, I think that the staff should have ensured that the couples were not sat beside the large groups as they were very loud, which took away from the atmosphere a little for my husband and I. The menu is very nice, there were a number of items on the menu that I would have happily eaten, and I found it difficult to choose. My husband started with the scallops which were cooked perfectly with delicious accompaniments (especially the crispy bacon). His only complaint was that they were slightly small, so an extra scallop would have been nice. I started with the prawns, which were absolutely delicious. They were so fresh, and in contrast to the scallops, the portion was quite large. The level of spice was also perfect for my taste. I read one review of this dish complaining that the oil wasn’t sizzling, which can be a nice effect; however, it would only have ruined these delicious prawns by over cooking them. For mains we both had fillet steaks, I like that there are 2 different sizes to choose from. The steaks were perfectly cooked medium rare as we had ordered; the only minor issue was the lack of seasoning. We had a side order of creamed spinach which was the best creamed spinach I have had, even if I don’t like having to pay for side orders of veg! We had a lovely bottle of Saint Emilion, which was lovely once it came up to room temperature (it was a little too cold at first). Cocktails were ok, but not good enough for €11. The bar was well stocked and gave the impression that cocktails would be special, but the Patron Margarita was light on tequila, and the Asador iced tea was too sweet. The service is good, quick and polite. We found one of our waiters (we were served by 3 or 4 staff throughout our meal) a little hard to understand but otherwise it was good service.

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Coppinger Row
Coppinger Row, off South William St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I ate here with a friend on a busy summer Friday night. The restaurant doesn’t take reservations, but we had no trouble getting a table when we arrived at about 7:30. We were seated towards the back and told we could have the table for an hour, a couple of mins later we were offered a different table that we could have for longer. We moved to this table, but it would have been better if they had just sat us there in the first place. We wouldn’t have minded waiting at the bar. Our order was taken by a polite waitress, but we had to ask about specials as we hadn’t been told about them when given the menus. My friend ordered the sirloin, which he enjoyed, and it was cooked rare as requested. I had the hake with mussels and chorizo which was delicious, especially the chorizo broth it sat in. The hake was a little over cooked, but otherwise a very tasty meal. Like too many restaurants these days, sides are an extra charge. This really bugs me, especially as the mains sometimes come with salad or potatoes and it’s not stated on the menu. I suppose I should ask in future. The wine menu isn’t great, nothing jumped out at me. €30 for the rioja that we had was definitely too much, it wasn’t particularly good wine, even though a lot of diners seemed to be drinking it. We had a few cocktails for dessert, these are very good, but at €11 are too expensive. The food is also a little pricey. The restaurant was very busy, and the Maître d seemed more occupied with some large groups that included some well-known faces, as a result our food took over 30 mins to arrive, and it took too long to order drinks afterwards and to get our bill. I’m glad I tried this place, but I don’t think I’ll be back, the food is good, but there are a dozen better restaurants in Dublin 2, that will have good service even when they’re busy, and are also better value for money. If you want to people watch or be seen, but aren’t too fussed about eating, then maybe this is the place to go.

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The Queens Bar & Steakroom
12 Castle Street, Dalkey, Dalkey, Dublin

My husband and I went here on a Sunday afternoon for a bite to eat for lunch. We took a table outside and were given menus immediately, but no drink order was taken. It was just midday when we sat down so it wasn’t too busy at this stage. 10 mins later we finally managed to get a waitresses attention to take our order, when we mentioned that we had been waiting too long, she completely ignored this! The menu is ok, a few salads, burgers, sandwiches and bigger meat and fish dishes. The chicken wings were popular and being served to lots of diners, and I have had these before, and they are very tasty! Glasses of water and drinks were brought quickly enough and food was brought in good time too. My husband had the burger which he was very happy with and it was very big with a good size portion of chips. I ordered the lemon, fennel and chicken salad, and got something very different, albeit reasonably tasty. I assumed a mistake had been made in the kitchen so didn’t eat it and tried to get attention of a waitress. It got to the point where my husband was almost finished, so I began to eat it. The chicken was nice, and plenty of it, but the rest of the salad was so bland. I eventually got the waitresses attention and explained that there was no lemon or fennel, and she said “there is” I moved the leaves around to show that there was no fennel, and explained that there was no point bringing me something else as my husband was almost finished. The manager then came out to ask me why I was unhappy. He explained that the chicken was marinated in lemon and fennel, even though I could not taste this, and it did not state this on the menu, he didn’t offer an apology or seem to care. I was pretty disappointed to see we were still charged for this on our bill. I will not come back here again and I do not recommend it. The service is bad and food only average. I saw a fellow diner explain to a waitress that he was waiting too long for his drink order, her response was “oh right”.

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

The food here is very good, and all 3 of us enjoyed what we ate (all fish), the service is also good and very friendly. We had who I assume is the manager or owner serving us and he was extremely nice and chatty. Its €22 or €23 for 2 courses on the early bird menu, but there are a number of equally good city centre restaurants doing 2 courses for €20, so maybe San Lorenzo is a tad on the pricey side. I had a quick glance at the a la carte menu and thought that at around €25 for most mains, this was too much. The menu, I thought was excellent, plenty of choices for all tastes, but this is not a typical Italian restaurant, don’t expect it to be only pizza and pasta! I had a beautifully cooked piece of hake which was served with gnocchi and crab and the most delicious red pepper sauce. My friends were equally impressed with their sea bass and fish stews. Portions were a good size too, and I loved that the bread was served with olive oil. The wine list was good too, lots of good wines for less than €30, so if you’re on a budget you don’t need to feel limited to just one or two. We had an excellent French white for about €24 or €25. I’m not crazy about the décor in here, it feels a little cold, and too casual for the prices we paid. My friends and I were seated at the window table, so maybe if we were further back in the restaurant we may have found the atmosphere a little better. But I get that it’s a New York style Italian, and maybe that’s the style (I don’t know as I have never been!). I like that you can see down into the kitchen from the 1st floor restrooms. I think that I would come back here again, but maybe not for the a la carte menu, it does seem like a good place though for a casual dinner or lunch. One other good thing to mention, one of our party was running late for our reservation and even though we were told that our reservation was only until 8pm when they needed the table back, we never once felt rushed to order or pay our bill.

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Odessa
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

A group of 9 of us ate here for a birthday celebration on a Thursday night. We arrived at about 6pm and by 6:30, the restaurant was almost full, so it’s a popular place and I can see why. The early bird menu is excellent value at less than €20 pp for 2 courses, and while the choices on the early bird are limited, the selection is good with something to surely suit everyone. The food was nice, nothing to rave about, but for what we paid it was tasty and filling. We had plenty of wine and at €22 a bottle for house wine we were happy as it was quite a good wine (certainly the white). The staff were nice, maybe not overly attentive as the restaurant was extremely busy. A birthday cake had been dropped in earlier in the day and they kindly brought it out with lit candles after our mains. All in all a nice meal, I would be interested to come back and try their a la carte offering next time.

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Baan Thai (Ballsbridge)
16 Merrion Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

A friend and I popped in here one evening after work for dinner. We were greeted by a very friendly waiter and shown to our table. The menu is very large, all the dishes you would expect in a Thai restaurant, so it was difficult to choose. We shared 2 starters, both were deep fried and unfortunately a little soggy. We both had curries for mains, one chicken red curry and one prawn green curry. Both were delicious and the quality and quantity of chicken and prawn in the dishes were excellent. We were also given more than enough steamed rice for 2. I asked for my green curry to have a little extra spice so was delighted when I tasted it. I was a little disappointed in the veg (or lack of) in my curry, all I got were chillies and some bland texture-less bamboo shoots. We ordered a bottle of house wine and in total our bill was just over €50 which I thought was very reasonable, as our choices were on the early bird menu. I would be disappointed if I paid any more than this. I think the food we ate was fine for what we paid. The décor is similar to most Asian restaurants in Dublin, dark and a little dated. I really can’t fault the friendly and efficient service, and I would come back here again if I was in the area, but only for the early bird. I think there are better Thai restaurants in Dublin city and the suburbs.

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Dobbins Restaurant
15 Stephen Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

My friends and I had the private dining room upstairs booked for a bridal shower. The room was absolutely beautiful, decor was great and it all felt very plush. There was no extra charge for the use of the room, and we had our own waitress for the night. All of the staff working that evening were fantastic. I came in early in the afternoon to deliver some decorations and a cake, and the staff were so helpful and friendly, this continued that night during our dinner. The food was excellent, a little slow perhaps, but there were approx 10 of us so the important thing was that we all ate at the same time. All the food was hot and nicely cooked. The complimentary breads were delicious too. There is a big negative in my review though; we had agreed a price per head with Dobbins a few months previously when booking, which was €20 pp for 2 courses. When we arrived they had no recollection or note of this. I showed them the email communication where we agreed on this price. Unfortunately this was a mistake made by a member of staff at the time of our booking (at least this is what we were told). Dobbins would not honour this, but instead offered us the early bird menu (even though it was 8pm). We agreed to this as it was only about €6 or €7 more pp, and the restaurant agreed to include plenty of side dishes and teas and coffees. The food was a vast improvement on my last visit to Dobbins a few years ago, but the fact that they refused to honour the €20 pp deal even though we had emails with the agreement has left me a bit annoyed and would put me off eating here again.

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L'Ecrivain Restaurant
109a Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

My husband and I ate here last Friday night, having made the reservation 4 months ago. It was a special occasion, so we were really looking forward to it, but unfortunately we were left a little disappointed by both the food and service. We started off the evening with a drink in the bar which was lovely, the bar man was charming, and it was nice to listen to the pianist as we looked through the menu. We were then brought upstairs to our table. We were seated on the mezzanine level, which I much prefer to the main room; however our table was seated right beside the area where the waiting staff came to get menus and cutlery, so we felt a bit disturbed by this, as cutlery was dropped a few times. I guess even when you book four months in advance it doesn’t guarantee one of the better tables! However, the restaurant wasn’t full on this Friday night. When we sat down we had to wait a few minutes for menus to be brought to us again and our order to be taken. Now while this isn’t a huge problem as we didn’t want to be rushed and were quite happy to take our time, but we actually felt that they may have forgotten about us as it took so long. We had also already ordered our wine in the bar and were told that it would be ready for us when we got to our table. Our waitress was lovely, very friendly and checked on us plenty throughout the meal, without being overbearing. The food was good, but definitely not as good as expected. This was our first time in a 1 star restaurant, having eaten in 2 star Patrick Guilbauds recently. I didn’t expect there to be such a huge difference between 1 & 2 star restaurants. I also felt that I have eaten in other un-starred restaurants much better than l’Ecrivain (e.g. James St. South in Belfast, or Volt in Berlin). The breads provided were delicious, no complaints there. While the menu sounded delicious, the food didn’t live up to it. My husband had hake to start which was beautifully cooked, but totally overpowered with the over pickled olive tapenade. I had the pigeon, which was cold (well room temp maybe) and came with a quails egg that was cold too. I couldn’t eat the cold stringy skin on the pigeon breast either. However the hazelnut puree was absolutely delicious. Maybe the dish was supposed to be cold, but I would have preferred it warm at least, maybe I should have asked our waitress. There was also a bit of confusion with the waiting staff as they brought us another tables mains by mistake at first. They apologised and there was no harm done, but not exactly Michelin star service. For mains I had the nicest piece of monkfish I’ve ever tasted, beautifully cooked, however I didn’t enjoy the other things it came with, and didn’t eat them as everything was overpowered by a very tangy, vinegary mayonnaise like puree. My husband had lamb, which itself was delicious, but the accompanying things were just too bland (parsnip puree) or overpowering. We decided to go for dessert which was by far the least impressive dish. I went with coconut meringue and exotic fruit. It was ok, the meringue was nicely flavoured with coconut, but the cream was too thick for my taste and the fruit and jelly just didn’t have enough flavour. My husband had his favourite, lemon tart which was too bitter. The highlight of the meal, was the sorbet between starter and main. It was lime, cucumber and chili flavoured and it was so good! In fact a bowl of that for dessert would have been perfect! The wine we chose was from the more affordable sommelier selection, but it was a very good wine. So even though the wines start at around €40 a bottle, I think you can be guaranteed that they are all good wines. Portions are also quite generous, especially the starters. We were a little surprised that 12.5% service charge was automatically added, and we felt a little awkward when paying as the lady (maybe the sommelier, as she took our wine order) who brought us the card machine didn’t ask us how our meal was, and said nothing and just stood in silence as we paid! Something tells me that this isn’t normal for l’Ecrivain though, so maybe in a year or so, I’ll give it another go, and hopefully I’ll be impressed next time.

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The Green Hen
33 Exchequer street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I ate here with a friend on a busy Thursday night, we didn't have a reservation but were offered a seat at the bar while we waited only 5 mins for our table. We had a very good cocktail while we waited. Menu is excellent, very traditional French fare, and there was nothing on the menu that I wouldn't have ordered. The fish mains were particularly good, I had an excellently cooked and presented piece of hake and my friend had a beautiful salmon dish 3 ways. We had a lovely waitress, very knowledgeable about wine, and recommended one that was just right for us.The restaurant has a lovely atmosphere, its small, but it feels very Parisian. The only negative is that the Maitre D seemed a little flustered as they were busy. while we were shown to our table quickly and it was great to get one without a booking, he just didn't come across as very friendly or welcoming. I will eat here again, but if its for a Fri or Sat evening I will make a reservation as its small and obviously popular.Prices are standard for city centre, and having such a nice waitress was great.

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

I love this restaurant! And considering that I'm not a big fan of Indian food generally, this is a big statement. My husband and I fancied something different for dinner and as we never eat Indian we thought we'd try it and we read a good reveiw of Rasam so thought it was a good option. We had booked a table and the restaurant has a lovely atmosphere, nice decor, not tacky at all and the tables are nicely spaced out. The staff are all Indian and our lovely waiter was more than happy to explain the menu to us as we're not familiar with the cuisine. We were very happy with what we chose, especially the prawn starter. I had a medium spiced chicken dish which was perfect for me and the chicken was very tender. The have lots of lovely side dishes to order too which is nice as there are never vegetables in Indian dishes. Its a little on the pricey side but worth it for the service and excellent quality food. I would eat here again.

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Port House Pintxo
12 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

My husband and I came in here for dinner and loved that they don't take reservations so we didnt have to worry about not having booked. Its quite a dark restaurant with lots of candles but I quite like that cosy atmosphere. We ordered some manchego cheese to nibble while looking at the menu and found it hard to choose as theres such a good selection. We ordered 6 dishes to share and every single one was delicious! The prawns were so big and cooked perfectly and my husband loved the ham croquettes (and he lived on these when living in Spain so he's fussy!). The paprika chicken is probably my favourite. If I had to find one small fault, its that the meatballs were not quite hot enough and as the restaurant was busy we couldnt get our waitresses attention to change them. We had only eaten one or two so when the waitress cleared our table she was very polite and said that they would of course be taken off our bill. The wine menu is very very good. A lot of nice Spanish reds to choose from within a good price range. I'm already looking forward to going back!

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Befani's Mediterranean & Tapas Restaurant
6 Sarsfield Street, Clonmel, Tipperary

I've eaten here a few times, most recently with parents, brother and bridesmaids the day before my wedding. I always enjoy the food here and they have a nice wine list too, but the atmosphere is always a little cold, even when the restaurant is busy. The staff are nice and efficient, not particularly chatty or friendly, but I guess thats ok, some people prefer that. I like the menu selection and always try something different, the selection is good, ususally lots of meat and fish dishes and a few vegetarian options too. On my last visit I had the seafood kebab which was ok, unfortunately the prawns were a little over, but the monkfish was very tasty. The vegetable side orders are very tasty, not overcooked like in a lot of places and they dont charge extra for them which is very good. I'm sure I'll come here again, I think its the best casual restaurant in Clonmel.

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Bishops Buttery Restaurant @ Cashel Palace Hotel
Cashel Palace Hotel, Cashel, Tipperary

A group of about 22 of us ate here the night after my wedding and it was absolutely delicious. Even though we were a large group the set menu that were given was still very varied, and very well priced. Its just really nice good hearty irish/european cooking, with a hint of fine dining in the taste and presentation. Not one person was unhappy with their food, the bacon and cabbage being a highlight. And the bread served is delicious. I understand that we were a wedding party from the night before so the staff were of course going to be very good and nice to us and the atmosphere was going to be lovely, but I know that its always like that regardless of whether its a post wedding party or not as my Mum eats here quite regularly and has said that the staff are great. The wine selection is a little pricey for the quality and selection but otherwise I can't complain!

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The Leopardstown Inn
Brewery Road, Stillorgan, Dublin

A group of 7 of us had dinner here and it was excellent! Lovely menu, good portions and reasonable prices. The battered fish and chips is especially good, and I tasted some of the steak too which was cooked to perfection. This is much better than most "pub grub". This place is also great for drinks, and if you want a really good cocktail then the carousel bar is where to go. The bar doesn't rotate too fast so no need to worry about falling off. It can be tricky to get seats at the bar at weekends, and its a little expensive for drinks, but no more than city centre bars.They have a nice wine selection for a pub too. I will definitely eat and drink here lots more.

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Greens Restaurant
Leopardstown Inn, Brewery Road, Leopardstown, Dublin

I have eaten in the Leopardstown Inn a few times before and always liked their good menu and food, so when my parents, husband and I went in recently for Sunday lunch we were disappointed to see that carvery was the only option. Fortunately we were able to take a table in Greens restaurant upstairs though. We were shown to a lovely table in an alcove that was very cosy and private. The set menu was huge, about 8-10 choices of starters and mains and 4 or 5 desserts. For three courses I think it was only about €25pp. Mum had a crab salad to start which she loved, dad and I had the garlic mushrooms which were nice, just too large a portion and not enough garlic sauce. My husband had a starter that was 3 mini dishes and he didn't like one which was a bloody mary jelly. For mains mums battered fish and chips looked the best, Dad and I had a herb crusted fillet of hake with gnocci which was disappointing as the hake was overcooked. My husband had the beef burger which looked good and came with what must be the worlds biggest wedges! Can't comment on dessert as we didn't have any as we had been out to eat the night before too! Service is ok, its slow and the restaurant wasn't very full so I would have expected less of a gap between courses. Its ok, but I prefer the food downstairs in the bar.

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

I have wanted to eat here for a while but always left it too late to book so my husband and I planned ahead and booked a table for a pre Christmas dinner. We wanted good food, in a nice atmosphere with a great bottle of wine and thats what we got! The menu selection is nice, typical french really. My husband started with a chicken parfait, and loved it, I almost had to stop him from licking the bowl! I had the most delicious wild mushroom stew, lots of garlic and beautiful melted comté cheese on a piece of baguette. When our mains came we were a little disappointed, but I think thats due to us choosing badly as we saw other peoples meals and they looked very good. My husband had venison, but as there were two venison dishes on the menu he ordered incorrectly. He wanted the delicious looking medium rare haunch but ordered the slow cooked rack instead in error. He ate it all and thought it was tasty, but he wanted something a little more "restauranty". I had the scallops, pork belly and risotto for my main. All 3 parts were very tasty (especially the perfectly cooked 4 scallops, and the melt in the mouth pork belly) but I didnt really enjoy all 3 together, they didn't seem to go. We shared a delicious cheese board for dessert, about 5 different cheeses and one was more than enough to share. The have a fantastic wine menu and you dont have to spend a fortune to get a good one. The staff here are very good, our French waitress was so friendly and chatty even though they were busy and she had a number of tables to wait on. I would definitely come back here, but I'd order a different main!

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

I ate here with my parents and husband just before Christmas. It was a first visit for all of us and as we only booked the day before we delighted to get a table as most other places we tried were booked out. Having read reviews of this restaurant I knew to expect that it was very big, noisy and generally hosts a lot of large groups and it was no different for our visit. The staff were all very pleasant, but we had about 3 different waitresses all evening. The food selection is good and the Xmas menu on offer was good value at about €30 for 3 courses. I was also able to substitute my dessert for a cocktail instead (which was only ok). Starters were all delicious (especially the grilled prawns and the lamb meatballs), The mains were all tasty too. 3 went for steak, and all were cooked correctly and I had the half rotisserie chicken. Portions were all big and a nice selection of side orders. Mum had a crumble for dessert but it was too sugary so she couldn't finish it. All in all a decent casual restaurant, I would come here again if I was hungry and wanted a good choice of meat and fish for a fair price. I wouldn't come here again for a special evening though. Wine selection is also poor in my opinion, but they have a full bar so plenty of other options!

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Saba
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I've eaten in Saba a number of times and most recently on a Friday evening with 2 friends. The food is always great as are the cocktails. I had a delicious prawn green curry, which wasn't on the menu but no problem to order, it was the perfect level of spice. My friends both ordered noodle dishes and all plates went back cleared. We didn't have starters or desserts, but if we had arrived earlier would probably have opted for the very good value 2 course early bird. Service on this visit was unfortunately very slow, but the restaurant was extremely busy, maybe they need more staff? The wine recommended by our waiter wasn't dry like we asked for,but other than that we had no complaints!

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Le Petit Cochon
Glasthule Road, Sandycove, Dublin

My boyfriend and I came here on a Saturday without a reservation and got a table no problem, but by 7pm the restaurant was full. We were attracted by the all day every day menu of 3 courses for €26. We both had delicious prawns for starter, a very generous portion and the salad that the prawns sat on was very tasty too. For mains I had the vegetarian option of Butternut squash risotto which was very tasty but came with a rocket salad which I felt was a slightly odd combination. He had sea bass for the first time and was very happy, it was simple but cooked perfectly although we thought the supplement for the sea bass was a bit much (€4 i think). Desserts were Creme Brulee and a chocolate mousse pot which didn't live up to the other two courses unfortunately,I think the Brulee had been prepared earlier as the caramelized top wasn't even warm and the mousse was a little dry around the edges. Staff were very nice and friendly and at no point did we feel rushed to vacate the table even though it was a busy Saturday evening. the complementary bread while we looked at the menu was delicious! I'd def come back here for a nice casual meal but maybe not for something special.

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Darwins
80 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

It was visit number 4 for me to Darwins and as always I wasn't let down. The restaurant was full when we arrived so good job we reserved. I started with the delicious tempura prawns that were cooked perfectly and it was a substantial portion. Himself had the mozzarella and asparagus, the mozzarella was melt in the mouth delicious. We come here for their delicious steaks (although I have eaten vegetarian options and chicken in the past and been very happy) so we both ordered the fillet (8oz for me and a huge 11oz for him!) cooked medium with pepper sauce and veg. We also ordered a side of the sauteed spinach which is annoying to pay extra for (€3.50 I think)but very tasty. Our steaks were cooked to perfection, the only minor issue was the pepper sauce being extremely peppery. We shared a cheese board for dessert which was a fine size for 2 people, some cheeses weren't to my taste but thats a personal thing and no fault of the restaurant. Theres a great selection of wines, I recommend the Neil Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon with steak, delicious! Price wise, Darwins is great, €25 for a perfect 8oz fillet is very, very resonable. Staff are very good and friendly here too, particularly the lady who runs the restaurant.

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FXB Monkstown
3a The Crescent Monkstown, South Co. Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin

I ate here on Friday at lunchtime with my folks. We've eaten here a few times before so knew that we'd be well fed. We all had starters which were all good. Mum had home made chicken soup which was full of chicken pieces and came with delicious bread. I had breaded mushrooms, nice but nothing to write home about and Dad had the chicken wings, again nice, huge portion but nothing special, a dip would have been nice. Mum and I had the battered cod and chips which was very tasty but one piece of cod would have been enough to share, they were huge! the chips were very good. Dad had a pot roast beef which was beautifully tender and he enjoyed. We just about squeezed in desserts, one trifle (very boozy) and 2 scoops of very very creamy homemade icecream (strawberry was a bit tasteless). A very good feed with great service that won't break the bank! Great place for a casual meal, the specials are always worth considering too.

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Eden
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin

Myself and my boyfriend ate here for the 2nd time on a Tursday evening, we didnt have a reservation but luckily they had a couple of tables left. We ate here about 18 months previously and weren't overly impressed due to an overcooked steak and waiting 20mins for a new onewhile my chicken went cold, but we decided to give Eden a 2nd chance and were glad enough that we did. The breads are delicious (and complimentary!). I gave the starter a miss but himself had the asparagus wrapped in parma ham with the most delicious feta cheese, when I had a taste I wished I had ordered a starter. The open kitchen was in full view of our table too and we could see this dish being prepared alot so its obviously popular. For mains we both had fillet steak, cooked to perfection (medium), unfortunately the lovely spinach and mustard mashed potato was only warm. With no room for dessert we just had a couple of cocktails on the terrace, which is now enclosed which is nice. Theres not a great selection of wines by the glass and our waiter never read us the specials as we were told he would (but we knew we were ordering steak anyway), otherwise an enjoyable meal that wasn't too expensive. Its nice to see a quality city centre restaurant offer a fillet steak for less than €30. I wish more would follow suit!

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

My parents and I ate here last Sunday for a late lunch, so we were on time for the set menu. €24 for 2 courses and €29 for 3, which I think is a little expensive. Yes the food is delicious but compared to other equally good restaurants in the area Seapoint is expensive. I started with a delicious goats cheese salad which came with 5 pieces of gnocci. I didn't eat all the gnocci as it would have been too filing as a starter but the cheese was delicious. Dad has delicious potted crab, which I almost wish I had ordered and Mum had the tomato risotto, which was as expected. For mains I thought the selection on the set menu was poor, there were 6 options, 3 fish, 1 chicken dish, a burger and a steak. I think that a vegetarian option is necessary or remove one of the beef and replace with veal or pork. Having said that though mum and I had the chicken which came with mushroom risotto and the most delicous mustard cream sauce. Dad had the burger which came with chips and he was happy enough, nothing special though. Ice cream for dessert was beautifully presented, with a choice of three scoops, each scoop served in its own small brandy snap basket. The best part of the meal had to be dads cheese board dessert (€4 supplement), not only was it beautifully presented on a pice of slate with the names of each cheese written, but each cheese was delicious, 6 types in total if I remember correctly, but i couldn't remember all the types. The bill came to €107 before service which covered 3 starters, 3 mains and two desserts, 2 cokes and a large sparkling water. The food was so so tasty but just too expensive. The service is also among the slowest i have ever come across and the waiting staff do not appear to be the happiest. The decor in the dining room is nice, but its a little noisy due to the hard floors and windows. Otherwise, quite enjoyable, I'd consider coming back, but I'm not sure that I'd be happy to pay a la carte prices.

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

I have gone to Harrys for lunch with work friends a few times as its very convenient to our office and has a good selection of food for lunch. Its usually very busy at lunch time and you'll sometimes even see people queuing at the door waiting for tables to free up. Their soups are very, very nice, theres a different soup on the menu each day and even though I've never tried their seafood chowder myself, it seems popular as you'll always see a good few patrons eating it. Unfortunately what is on the menu isn't always what you get though. For example I once ordered an open sandwich that was listed on the menu as having roasted tomatoes but when it came the tomatoes were raw, not really a problem though as I simply asked for the dish to be put under the grill for a few minutes. This however did not go down well with the waiter who loudly tutted and grabbed the plate from in front of me and said nothing. Nor did he say anything when my plate was returned even though I thanked him. In general all of the staff are quite unfriendly, in fact once a colleague and I were in the middle of eating and a member of staff asked us to move tables to accomodate a larger group, we did but thought it was a little rude to ask while we were in the middle of lunch, had we been asked bfore eating, no problem. The food is also very overpriced, yes it is good (when you get what you actually order) but soup only comes with once slice of bread, and you are charged 90 cent for a second which is a bit steep. Most of the sandwiches/salads are around €8 which is also expensive and more times than not, the salad leaves aren't very fresh. If Harrys dropped their prices a little and the staff perked up a bit I think it would be a much nicer place to eat.

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

I must have eaten in Toscana about 20 times over the last few years. The menu is great. While some people may think that a restaurant should only have a handful of options, Toscanas huge menu is great. There are well over 10 starters and my favourite is Suppli. Their minestrone soup is great on a cold day too. They have a great selection of pastas, pizzas and meat and fish dishes. I will say that the beef fillet isn't great but its inexpensive. Over the years I've tried many mains but usually have a pasta dish as they are simply delicious. Their meat dishes are very tasty too (especially Pollo Toscana and the veal dish) but can be just too filling for me! Their pizzas are a great take away option (no delivery though). The dessert menu has the usual italian options, tiramisu, cheese plate, gelatto etc. The sorbets are very nice. If you're having an after dinner coffee, beware, its very strong! Prices are very reasonable, on the most recent visit dinner for 3 was just €90 and that was 2 courses each plus 2 desserts and 2 beers. The all Italian service can't be faulted either, its extremely friendly and when you're a regular in a restaurant its nice that its recognised! If I have to fault the place, I think that maybe Toscana could do with a bit of a facelift and some of the wobbly tables fixed.

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

Best pizza in Dublin! I've been going to Bits n' Pizzas for years and its consistently great. Delicious pizzas, great service and great value for money. I always get pizza but they have some other things like lasange on the menu which I've heard are also delicious from friends. They also deliver so if you live in the Dun Laoghaire area this is where to get your take away pizza from, and its usually very quick too and always piping hot when delivered. They often send me takeaway vouchers via text too which are great if you order from them a lot. Highly recommended!

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Diep le Shaker
55 Pembroke Lane, (Off Pembroke Street), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

My boyfriend and I ate here on a Friday night recently. We made the reservation the previous evening and when we arrived it was very busy so its probably best to reserve a table at the weekend. We were given a table upstairs and the atmosphere was nice with plenty of space between tables. We have eaten in the noodle bar in Ranelagh many times and always love it so we were looking forward to trying its "big sister". We both had prawns to start which were unfortunately over cooked. I had chicken green curry for main while himself had beef red curry. Both were delicious with the perfect level of spice and nicely cooked and good quality meat. For dessert we had cocktails which were very well made and tasty. The service was only ok, as its a large restaurant it seemed a little impersonal at times, and throughout the night we had 3 different people serve us, which personally I don't like. Overall the food was good and it was a nice atmosphere for a romantic meal but I failed to see how the food was any better than the noodle bar yet they charged about €5 extra per mains and €3 extra per starter, and the menus are pretty similar. So if you want good thai food you will certainly get it at Diep, but for better value go to the Noodle bar in Ranelagh. if you're happy to pay a little extra for a better but less casual atmosphere go to Le Shaker!

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