Restaurant Reviews from LilyB

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 13

Member Since: 13 December 2006

Last Visit: 16 June 2015

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Maximilian's Taste of Italy restaurant

Superquinn Shopping Centre, Main Street, West Dublin, Blanchardstown, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 15

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Good
30 reviews

Reviewed 03rd May 2015 ( visited 01st May 2015 )

My daughter and I have lunch here every Friday and are always warmly greeted by Daniella, the manager. The menu is very Italian and very good value - from the cannelloni to the antipasti to the pizzas and pastas. We are only one of many regulars. We could have lunch in the main restaurant (where the food is also good and great value), but we prefer the continental, relaxed atmosphere downstairs, Best place to each on Blanchardstown!
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Hugo's restaurant

6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
French

Price Range:

Good
308 reviews

Reviewed 06th February 2009 ( visited 04th February 2009 )

We had the early bird before going to the Concert Hall. One of us had the Moroccan Lamb Tagine and the other Fishcake with Prawns and Roasted Vegetables. Both were delicious. The rhubarb and apple crumble was too sweet for my taste - but may suit others. Creme brulee was lovely. Hugos has a lovely old world comfortable atmosphere - not the usual wood-chrome-noisy modern style. The menu is more interesting and adventurous than most, it is good value for Dublin 2 and the service is efficient. We will definitely go there again.
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Dante (Blanchardstown)
Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, Dublin 15, Blanchardstown, Dublin

As stated in many other reviews, Dante's has no atmosphere at all - very cold and clinical. The waitresses are very nice but the food is very poor. Our pizza was burnt black and had to be sent back. The replacement was swimming in oil. The cheescake was tasteless and almost frozen solid -clearly bought in. The scampi was also tasteless. We were told it was bought in frozen. It seems that Dante's is more an "assembly" point for pre-prepared ingredients than a proper kitchen with a chef who actually cooks. Yes it has cheap deals - but they are not worth it as the food is such poor quality.

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Peploes Wine Bistro
16 St Stephen's Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Have been to Peploe's for lunch or the early bird many times. Always buzzing and always a good atmosphere. Our latest outing was a "ladies lunch" for 3. We had the set menu for lunch - 3 courses for €29.50. Goat’s cheese, crab tortellini and pate for starters, followed by the 2 Fish of the Day (Hake) and the fish pie. Desserts were also good. All dishes were delicious and beautifully presented. But be aware that the portions are small - so best not be really hungry! Service, as always, was impeccable. Would recommend highly,

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Marco Pierre White Courtyard Bar & Grill
1 Belmont Ave, Dublin 4, Donnybrook, Dublin

Our first time in the Marco Pierre White Courtyard for Sunday lunch . We were a party of 4 and were impressed. Restaurant was buzzing - yet service was excellent. Our waitress was really charming. Between the 4 of us, we sampled everything on the set menu and nothing disappointed. Even the risotto was good - and that is a difficult dish to get right. Particularly liked the Bayonne ham starterand pork dish. Lots of little up-market touches for a really good value price - such as warmed bread, lemon half wrapped in muslin and a big bottle of filtered water for €2. We appreciated the fact that the restaurant has a full bar - not just wine. We will definitely be back.

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Maximilian's Taste of Italy
Superquinn Shopping Centre, Main Street, West Dublin, Blanchardstown, Dublin

My daughter and I have lunch here every Friday and are always warmly greeted by Daniella, the manager. The menu is very Italian and very good value - from the cannelloni to the antipasti to the pizzas and pastas. We are only one of many regulars. We could have lunch in the main restaurant (where the food is also good and great value), but we prefer the continental, relaxed atmosphere downstairs, Best place to each on Blanchardstown!

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Okra Green Castleknock
Unit 1, Village Shopping Centre, Dublin 15, Castleknock, Dublin

Okra Green is a really good Pakistani restaurant with a different, more adventurous menu to the usual Indian restaurant. It is also very good value for money - both their set menus and the a la carte. Four of us went there for Mother's Day lunch and ate a la carte. Every dish we had tasted wonderful. - and mothers were presented with a glass of sparkling wine - a nice touch. We started with potato cakes (2 of us), Tandoori Jhinga prawns (€2,50 extra but worth it!) and Batak (duck) Roll. Then we had Chilli Masala Gosht (spicy lamb curry), Beef Shahi (mild creamy curry) and a house speciality of lamb, aubergines and potatoes (2 of us). All of the dishes were fresh and tasty and served with pilau rice and naan bread. Unlike most Asian restaurants, Okra Green has a dessert menu. So we treated ourselves to poached pear, cheesecake and lots of delicious homemade icecream. We finished with really good coffees and an espresso. We drank beer with our meal... and with the help of the current Menupages deal offer, came out at about €28 euro per head. Fantastic value. The staff and manager were friendly and helpful and we we will definitely be returning soon. Finally all I can say is ...someone in that kitchen can really cook!

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Wrights Anglers Rest
Strawberry Beds, West Dublin, Dublin 20, Chapelizod, Dublin

Sunday lunch at the Angler's Rest means good food and chaotic service. I think it is the best restaurant in the Castleknock area - and I am not alone in that opinion. Every Sunday, it is stuffed to its (fishy) gills - even in these straitened times. We have been there many times and last Sunday we had the sea bass and the ray. Both were delicious. Our order was taken promptly but then we had to wait....and wait.... We were served by 4 people at different stages. This was not intentional on their part or ours. It was just that we had to remind someone that we were waiting .....for our drinks.....for our mains.....for water.....for the dessert menu. The bar and waiting staff do their best but they just cannot cope with the numbers at peak times. They are run off their feet. But the atmosphere is buzzing, the food is good and it has a full bar. So we will be back.

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De Brúns
Ashleigh Centre, Main Street, Castleknock, Dublin

Went to Brasserie 15 for Sunday lunch - very nice decor and atmosphere. No set menu. We ordered 2 main courses and one dessert. Plenty of waiting staff - doing just that - waiting. They take your order immediately, bring bread and drinks, and then forget about you. They never take the initiative and look around to see what is happening at the tables. After 30 minutes, I called one over and enquired about my food. He went and fetched it. We were served boiling hot, tasteless beef stew and boiling hot, burned fish pie....both pre-cooked and straight out of the microwave. So no culinary reason why we were left waiting so long. As a gesture of goodwill, we were not charged for the dessert and one coffee....so maybe we will give Brasserie another chance....Castleknock really needs a nice restaurant..

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Hugo's
6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We had the early bird before going to the Concert Hall. One of us had the Moroccan Lamb Tagine and the other Fishcake with Prawns and Roasted Vegetables. Both were delicious. The rhubarb and apple crumble was too sweet for my taste - but may suit others. Creme brulee was lovely. Hugos has a lovely old world comfortable atmosphere - not the usual wood-chrome-noisy modern style. The menu is more interesting and adventurous than most, it is good value for Dublin 2 and the service is efficient. We will definitely go there again.

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Aqua Restaurant
1 West Pier, Howth, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin

Really overpriced at night. Expensive starters and no veg or potatoes with main dishes. Expect to pay extra for everything except the bread basket) and don't expect to get out for under €80-€100 a head if you buy wine and have a dessert & coffee. We were a group of 4 and found the quality of the food very good - but not worth what we paid for it. We won't be going back.

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Ravellos Restaurant
Clonsilla Village, Dublin 15, Clonsilla, Dublin

Great little Italian restaurant. Third time having family Sunday lunch there..€17 set menu very good value...but the Chef's Specials are also great and worth that little bit extra. I had lovely lamb chops Italian style and my son a fiery chicken "al forno" starter. Great Italian staff and the free limoncello or sambucca are always welcome after the good coffee. The menu, quality of food, service, atmosphere and value are far superior to other restaurants in the area. I will be back to Ravellos again...many times I hope!

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Marios (Ranelagh)
39 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Cheap and cheerful is how I would describe Mario's. I have eaten here for years ....and years.... and years. Their starters are more interesting than most pizza and pasta places. Try their vegetarian "starter" plate...very tasty, filling and good value. I often have 2 or 3 starters instead of a starter and a main course. Mario's rarely disappoints and is good value for what you get.

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The Bistro at Ella
7 Main Street, Howth, Howth, Dublin

Thoroughly recommended. Fourth time eating in Ella's. Lovely food for both fish and meat-eaters, good wine list, good service and about the same price as other good restaurants in Howth. Early bird menu is particularly good value.

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Tibor's Bistro
11B Vernon Avenue, North Dublin, Clontarf, Dublin

Les Amis is nothing special.... somewhere to grab a quick bite to eat rather than linger over a coffee or glass of wine with friends. And it has the worst excuse for a Knickerbocker Glory in Dublin.... slices of raw apples with ice-cream.... served in a tall glass!!

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