Restaurant Reviews from LeftoverBoy

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Last Visit: 14 February 2014

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F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Pembroke Street restaurant

1A Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Healthy Eating

Price Range:

Good
156 reviews

Reviewed 14th November 2008 ( visited 14th November 2008 )

Booked for quick lunch today. We the hot roast beef sandwich & roasted med veg ciabatta. If you want a small plate of food this isn't the place to go. The roast beef was rare and tender served genuine hand-cut chips. The med veg was freshly made. All tasted superb. The place was full by 13:00 always a good sign. Will definately be going back again & again. PS if you are dining proper order the Byerskloof Pinotage 2004 for €25.00 a superb wine & great value.
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Rustic Stone restaurant

South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
529 reviews

Reviewed 25th February 2011 ( visited 24th February 2011 )

I wanted to try this as this was something that I had experienced in South Africa in the late 80's. The atmosphere was good and the service was attentative. I stupidly asked for my steak rare and was of course told I had to cook it myself. So when it arrived it was already overcooked. I also thought that it was over-priced €27 for a steak that still had to be cooked. What are the chefs getting paid to do cook the sides? On a positive note the "fish in a bag" went down very well, cooked by the chefs this time. I don't think I will be going back there.
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BANG Restaurant & Bar
11 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We booked the 7 course taste of Spring menu, the food was matched by the service both were excellent. The highlight for me was the fish course of halibut with crab tortellini much praise coming from a devout carnivore. The foie gras came a close second, my wife voted for the lamb followed by the fish. The waiters were a tentative but in the background. We haven’t been there in a while but will certainly be going back soon. Highly recommended.

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The Bull & Castle and F.X. Buckley Steakhouse
5-7 Lord Edward Street, Christchurch, Dublin 8, City Centre South, Dublin

Took Aussie family there as they enjoy a pint or two and good food. That's pretty much what we got. We hadn't booked as we thought there would be plenty of room on a Sunday evening, wrong. We were accommodated upstairs in the beerhall where we'd been for a while earlier. The service and the food were very good although the steak that two had was a bit chewy. My own version of surf & turf (open steak sandwich & Cajun crispy onions with a portion of garlic prawns was excellent, highly recommended). Everyone else had great food even the veggie who we enjoyed taking to a steak house. Overall great experience would definitely go back and recommend.

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Bloom Brasserie & Wine Bar
11 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

Bought one of the voucher deals and was glad I did. The restaurant is down in the basement but does have an outside area which was great so we sat out there. There is a tapas & a la carte & menu available. I ordered the seared chicken livers served with toast, apple compote & mixed leaves. Very tasty indeed. We had the lamb cutlets and confit duck. Both were well cooked and had excellent garnish. The cheese board (my dessert) was great and well presented on a board with bread, quince and grapes. I found the wine a little pricey in comparison to the menu. The service was a little slow but made up for it in friendliness and helpfulness. All in all it was a very enjoyable evening and would definitely go back and recommend it.

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The Harbour Master Restaurant & Bar
Custom House Dock, I.F.S.C Dublin 1, IFSC, Dublin

I tried to book the previous two Saturdays but was told it was fully booked. I thought that was a good sign. Oops big mistake. We walked in through the bar area, loud music coming from upstairs. The restaurant was not that full at the time. We were seated next to the stairwell to the toilets below and the upstairs which is a function room where the music was coming from with no doors to it. We ordered one starter, the duck liver paté and both ordered rump of lamb with celeriac puree a tian of artichoke with herbed potatoes, medium rare for me & medium for herself, I also ordered a side of chips and béarnaise sauce. I noticed people getting up and going to the bar in the next room to get drinks. I soon understood why, it was quicker to go to the bar and get it yourself. The starter was very tasty although a bit too cold, we just held it over the candle for a few minutes. The mains arrived separately, I looked at the plates and they looked entirely different, my wife had the celeriac but no artichoke and her “herbed potatoes” were diced potatoes that looked like they had been fried with parsley sprinkled over it. Her lamb was cut into two chunks and it was rock hard. My lamb was just over medium and on a bed on samphire with the promised herbed potatoes but no sign of celeriac puree or tian of artichoke. I then looked at the béarnaise sauce which should be a bright yellow with flecks of green from the tarragon (this is for their chef’s benefit) the sauce was dark brown and I turned the container upside down and it never looked like it was going to move. I eventually caught the waitress and explained that what we had here was effectively two different plates of food, both pieces of lamb were overcooked and the sauce looked like it was made yesterday. She took the sauce away and came back with the same sauce; chef said it was made fresh. I told her to tell the chef that he doesn’t know how make béarnaise sauce. She also said that they pre-cook the rump of lamb to medium. I

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Rustic Stone
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

I wanted to try this as this was something that I had experienced in South Africa in the late 80's. The atmosphere was good and the service was attentative. I stupidly asked for my steak rare and was of course told I had to cook it myself. So when it arrived it was already overcooked. I also thought that it was over-priced €27 for a steak that still had to be cooked. What are the chefs getting paid to do cook the sides? On a positive note the "fish in a bag" went down very well, cooked by the chefs this time. I don't think I will be going back there.

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The Malt House
Old Malt Mall, High Street, Galway City, Galway

4 of us had a wonderful evening here the food was great, the wine superb and the service was excellent, what more can one ask for. We all ate something different the scallops and the rack of lamb were the winners. We will definately go back there next time in Galway.

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The Saddle Room @ The Shelbourne
The Shelbourne Hotel, 27 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

It's never a good sign when you have to stand at the entrance to a restaurant & wait 10 mins to to be seated (No maitre d' in sight). The food was pretty decent the starters of chicken liver parfait & west cork scolops were the highlight. The mains of ribeye steak with six chips & lamb steak with microscopic ratatouille were nice. I have "herd" that there beef is of the finest in Dublin. I've had tenderer from Superquinn's 21 day aged ribeye. The service in general leaves a lot to be desired there was one waiter on for the entire section of the restuarant. He said they had been really busy earlier on due to the "early bird menu". My question is should a five star establishment not have sufficient staff to cover all eventualities. It is a pet hate of mine to have to ask the waiting staff to remove the plates from the table when finished as they only seem to be there to bring you your food. The table next to us waited about 20 mins for this to happen. Five star restaurant 3 star quality.

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Ryan's & F.X. Buckley Steakhouse Parkgate Street
28 Parkgate Street, Dublin 8, City Centre South, Dublin

Took out friends from overseas who had been eating too much fish. Okay so we had prawns & mussles for starters but this is the place to go whenyou want meat. We all had different steaks the rib eye steak to the fillet cooked to perfection and then topped off with chocolate brownies. Food & wine prices were reasonable and the service was great. I will be back for more again & again.

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Jaipur Restaurant (Ongar)
Unit 35 and 39, Main Street, Ongar village, Dublin 15, Clonee, Dublin

Keep meaning to go there as it is close by. Eventually got there, WOW!! great food, service the works. Will be making regular stops there. Highly recommended!!!

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Town Bar and Grill
21 Kildare Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Three of us went there for lunch. The lunch menu was vaired and well priced 2-courses €29.95 & 3-courses €34-95. The food was good I would recommend the roast cod & rib eye steak as mains. The wine list is extensive and the staffvery attentive. A good dining experience.

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F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Pembroke Street
1A Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Booked for quick lunch today. We the hot roast beef sandwich & roasted med veg ciabatta. If you want a small plate of food this isn't the place to go. The roast beef was rare and tender served genuine hand-cut chips. The med veg was freshly made. All tasted superb. The place was full by 13:00 always a good sign. Will definately be going back again & again. PS if you are dining proper order the Byerskloof Pinotage 2004 for €25.00 a superb wine & great value.

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