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The Fern House Cafe at Avoca Kilmacanogue restaurant

Avoca, Kilmacanogue, Wicklow

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Reviewed 01st April 2013 ( visited 17th March 2013 )

Almost perfect, just one or two issues let the experience down but will be back. Three of us had lunch. We arrived on-time for our reservation but there seemed to be some confusion with the people before us AND after us as two separate members staff milled about unsuccessfully trying to work things out rather than dealing with each party efficiently and in order of arrival. The restaurant is incredibly beautiful, airy and our table was well positioned. We ordered an anti-pasti platter to share between three of us and there was plenty of food - it was excellent and a nice way to start with delicious meats and a really nice carrot chutney. My wife had a duck confit and orange salad, she was delighted - neat presentation and a fresh and zesty flavour. My brother and I both went for the burger - we were disappointed - everything was right except for one crucial item - the cheese was incredibly smokey - from the first mouthful it was way too strong and we couldn't get any other flavours passed this. I ditched the bun and cheese but it didn't help. Chips were good. Was fairly full after the starter so it didn't ruin the overall experience but I will make certain I know the nature of what the burger is being dressed with if I go down that road next time.
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The Fern House Cafe at Avoca Kilmacanogue restaurant

Avoca, Kilmacanogue, Wicklow

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Cuisine:
Cafe

Price Range:

Good
77 reviews

Reviewed 01st April 2013 ( visited 17th March 2013 )

Almost perfect, just one or two issues let the experience down but will be back. Three of us had lunch. We arrived on-time for our reservation but there seemed to be some confusion with the people before us AND after us as two separate members staff milled about unsuccessfully trying to work things out rather than dealing with each party efficiently and in order of arrival. The restaurant is incredibly beautiful, airy and our table was well positioned. We ordered an anti-pasti platter to share between three of us and there was plenty of food - it was excellent and a nice way to start with delicious meats and a really nice carrot chutney. My wife had a duck confit and orange salad, she was delighted - neat presentation and a fresh and zesty flavour. My brother and I both went for the burger - we were disappointed - everything was right except for one crucial item - the cheese was incredibly smokey - from the first mouthful it was way too strong and we couldn't get any other flavours passed this. I ditched the bun and cheese but it didn't help. Chips were good. Was fairly full after the starter so it didn't ruin the overall experience but I will make certain I know the nature of what the burger is being dressed with if I go down that road next time.
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Damascus Gate
10 Upper Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

The staff here are excellent - good, friendly attitude. I had lunch with my mother, we were offered a minty sweet tea when we sat down (on the house). We both had the lentil soup served with pickles, lemon and coriander. I had a delicious chicken wrap with salad and hummus and my mother had a minced lamb in pastry with a minty salad and garlic yoghurt. The quality of the food is very good, the seasoning is spot on - the pace is fairly relaxed so I wouldn't recommend it if you are under too much time pressure. Will definitely be back - they do BYOB in the evening, will try it with a few friends.

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

Four of us arrived on spec for Dinner - we were seated immediately in the upstairs section as downstairs was rammed. We were given bread, water and the menus as soon as we sat down, great start. The wine and drinks list is incredibly good value - cheaper than your average town pub and a decent selection.We just had main courses - all were about 14 quid (we didn't get the famous steak as not everybody was on for that). Nice Asian salad (needed a bit of an extra chilli kick), excellent slow pot roasted beef with a rich sauce and great mash, Salmon - fresh and zesty with salad and Fish & Chips - well cooked and seasoned. All of the plates left the table wiped clean. No pressure on us to turn the table and very good service and attention to drinks levels. Will go back - nice to go out, relax, have good food and not get ripped in the process. Thanks guys, keep up the good works and serious effort - we noticed.

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Crackbird
60 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

It was OK. I had heard and expected great things. Gave it a go for Sunday lunch. We were a bit confused by the menu as a lot of the really nice sounding things were on the menu we were given but not available on the weekends. We panicked and ordered a whole soy garlic chicken - I expected a roasted chicken but it was deep fried, greasy, salty and a little burnt tasting (I have been told by a friend since that it is known as a fried chicken place - I should have asked - it didn't specify). We had a side of slaw (or plain shredded cabbage in mayo) and actually delicious crispy potato croquettes - the best thing by far. A side of sirracha sauce is 2 quid - you will need a sauce as the chicken is quite dry and needs an outside flavour to lift it and reduce the strong dark soy flavour. At the end of the meal I found parting with 18 quid a head a little much for a lunch (with tap water) that I didn't really enjoy at best and was a little unpleasant at worst. I will try the nice sounding and less expensive sandwiches during a weekday but I will be slow enough going back - better value and atmosphere to be had in town these days. Service was fine, not going out of their way but not rude - efficient. Music was a little head wrecking but that is in the ear of the beholder I guess.

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Greens Restaurant
Leopardstown Inn, Brewery Road, Leopardstown, Dublin

Pretty much flawless experience. Busy Thurs night - we were running 15 mins late - I called to let them know and I was dealt with in a very friendly and relaxed way even though the restaurant was packed when we arrived. Scallops with pork belly and Foie gras mousse to start - both served on slate, nicely garnished and seasoned. 1 Rib eye steak and 1 sirloin both ordered rare and both beautifully cooked - spot on. The accompanying potatoes and veg were suitably, creamy, crispy and fresh. We were persuaded to have a dessert between us and we finished full and very happy (definitely didn't need the dessert but it was nice). Really nice bottle of New Zealand Sauvingon Blanc (it was really hot day) at thirty quid - was worth the extra few bob. Overall a very good meal - the friendly, courteous and attentive service was a major bonus to the very nice food - rare to get both these days. Would highly recommend over many other South Dub restaurants.

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Indian Ocean Dublin
15 Montague Street, City Centre South, Dublin

The best thing about our visit was the chocolate mint at the end of the meal. The lunch menu is incredibly good value however the food was really not enjoyable. There was nothing nice about it - if I had purchased a budget Indian ready meal in a supermarket chain this is the quality I would expect to receive. The waiter was friendly and looked apologetic as we departed. I know it was a quiet lunchtime but surely that would mean the chef has very little pressure on him allowing him/her to prepare really nice dishes - unless it was just a matter of removing the plastic wrapper and pouring onto the plate. The food was served fairly luke warm in physically cold dishes and one of our party's plates could have had another run through the dishwasher pre-serving. Budget prices fantastic - just warn about the quality in advance please.

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Mak at D6
Fields Terrace, Charleston Rd, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Pretty good. Not a 100% decided on this one but am going to go again. We had nice and super crispy calamari (with chillies! Thank god not typical, afraid of spice, Dublin restaurant), a really delicious prawn salad (prawn on lettuce), a couple of different dumplings - would like a black vinegar dipping sauce if possible please! and a nice duck broth - we ordered one dish too many and were pretty stuffed but happy overall. I would recommend sharing all the dishes and going in a group of four to try a few different things. My wife felt that there was a bit of residual stinkyness from the deep frier generally in the restaurant but I didn't find this to be much of an issue, maybe don't go in your finery to be on the safe side.

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Turners Restaurant @ Killashee House Hotel
Killashee, Naas, Kildare

Thoroughly entertained by the Faulty Towers service staff And really enjoyed the food. My wife and I arrived in for dinner - early sitting - on a Saturday night. Seated in the beautiful dining room we were very promptly attended to and the games began. We must have had seven different staff attend to us. We had a nice amuse of pate and smoked chicken, mushroom soup was delicious poured from a jug onto a herby creme fraiche and a mushroom fritter. Salmon and Crab salad looked nice. Good steak and Duck mains. Chocolate fondant was perfect and cheese platter very generous. Wine list was good and not too punchy. The most amazing part of the proceeding though - as each course came out and was put in front of us another waitress came out a moment later with a duplicate order - happened for amuse, starter and mains - confused face each time - hilarious.

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Bondiola Argentina Cafe
53 Haddington Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Totally surprised, in a good way. Looks quite simple from the outside and it is inside too. Really nice, easy going staff and delightful sandwiches. Very reasonably priced. Went for a quick lunch, such a pleasure to have a non mass produced sandwich that is prepared freshly and with nice zingy flavours. Had the spicy char-grilled chicken sandwich, quite weak on the spice level but great combination of textures and ingredients. Very happy, good strong coffee too. Will be a regular - will be bringing my own chilli flakes though.

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The Fern House Cafe at Avoca Kilmacanogue
Avoca, Kilmacanogue, Wicklow

Almost perfect, just one or two issues let the experience down but will be back. Three of us had lunch. We arrived on-time for our reservation but there seemed to be some confusion with the people before us AND after us as two separate members staff milled about unsuccessfully trying to work things out rather than dealing with each party efficiently and in order of arrival. The restaurant is incredibly beautiful, airy and our table was well positioned. We ordered an anti-pasti platter to share between three of us and there was plenty of food - it was excellent and a nice way to start with delicious meats and a really nice carrot chutney. My wife had a duck confit and orange salad, she was delighted - neat presentation and a fresh and zesty flavour. My brother and I both went for the burger - we were disappointed - everything was right except for one crucial item - the cheese was incredibly smokey - from the first mouthful it was way too strong and we couldn't get any other flavours passed this. I ditched the bun and cheese but it didn't help. Chips were good. Was fairly full after the starter so it didn't ruin the overall experience but I will make certain I know the nature of what the burger is being dressed with if I go down that road next time.

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Michie Sushi (Ranelagh)
11 Chelmsford Lane, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Pretty small and intimate seating area, quirky spot generally - down a back lane. Four of us went. Menus and drinks appeared quickly. Our order came out in wave form - which I like - so we all tucked in and shared each platter. Very happy with the quality of the sushi and sashimi. Waitress was helpful and had no issue with us tweaking some of the platter stuff - we requested no omelette or squid and this was not a problem. House wine was nice and the saki was a bit of fun, not my cup of tea but something a little different. We tried some weird dessert - I can't remember the name but it was described as Japanese Turkish delight. I was the only one that liked it, an acquired taste. We were all very content with Michie. Will go back again.

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The Waterloo Bar
36 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, D04 R6Y6, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Good experience here. Went during the week for a quick lunch. Service was efficient, menu was well balanced - some reasonable options and some pricier ones too. We all went for soup and sandwich option - really delicious Celeriac, Walnut and Blue cheese soup - pretty heavy but incredibly nice - was a cold day too so was very much the right thing. I had the wine marinated beef baguette - bread was really good, nice salad leaves and nicely presented on a wooden chopping board with the soup. For 8.50 a man the standard was very high and we all left full and happy if a little lethargic for the office.

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Aussie BBQ
5 South Richmond Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Finally a proper burger joint. A pretty basic but honest offering. Went with a group of five on a Friday eve. Smokey entry hall and rough and ready tables beyond. Staff busy but friendly and buzzing atmosphere. The menu has a big enough choice to please but its not so big that you will be bogged down in what to have. We had burgers, some chicken, some slow cooked pork and the sausage hotdog - we all shared and got some fries and salad too. A couple of pitchers of beer at a tenner a go - good value. Food was all nicely and authentically barbecued, everything was well seasoned and portions were big. Would definitely order less next time round as none of us could face the pub afterwards - food coma. Good place though.

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Campo de' Fiori Bistro Market
1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Bray, Wicklow

Impressed. restaurant was fully booked so 6 of us went for dinner in their function room - expected to be marched into a dimly lit back room or down a lane - completely surprised - the room was fantastic - floor to ceiling windows, wood paneled and really nice atmosphere. The waiter was quirky, helpful and well able for our banter. House red was very drinkable and at 20 quid we had no complaints. We shared a meaty antipasto, a bruschetta and a spicy meat bruschetta to start - very decent portions and delicious to boot. Most of us had the fillet steak, there was a meat ravioli and a fish dish. Steak was very nicely cooked - medium rare with a balsamic sauce. The pace of the service was well judged, we didn't feel pressured to hurry and we were well looked after for drinks etc. Money wise you get what you pay for, our consensus was that it was fairly priced based on the high quality of the food and service. We will be back.

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Ichiman Japanese & Thai Restaurant (Lower Liffey Street)
20 Lower Liffey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Have only ever had the Sushi here, it is pretty consistent and the fish is fresh. Always a good buzz and it is reasonably priced for what you get. It can be a little slow so would recommend going with a group and getting stuck into a few beers while you wait. Good salmon sashimi,the rolls are nice and with the food served on big sharing platters you can cherry pick if needs be to avoid the big salmon roe or octopus if not a fan. The other half of the restaurant is a Chinese buffet, looks like standard noodley / chicken ball fare - not my cup of tea - but definitely go for the sushi.

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Murphys Ice Cream Wicklow Street
27 Wicklow Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Flawless service, quality ice cream and a bright and welcoming spot to boot. I'm not the biggest ice cream fan in the world but the rum and raisin was excellent. Two big scoops of ice cream for the same price as a punchy cup of coffee. Nice treat. Staff let us taste the ice cream before we picked and we were served quickly and efficiently. Tables in the back and a couple in the front looking out onto the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Will be back.

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Cafe Bliss
4B Montague Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Nice breakfast here with great service. The Michelin starred establishments of Dublin have little to fear from Bliss but a really nicely cooked omelette, including a coffee with chips and a side salad for a FIVER - very fair indeed. Owner / manager couldn't have been more attentive and the food was served quickly and consistently across the table. Definitely my new breakfast hangout.

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Ocha Teppanyaki & Sushi Bar
2 Main Street, Maher's Terrace, Dundrum, Dundrum, Dublin

Very good food, friendly and efficient service. Had some delicious sashimi and sushi. The restaurant is bright and simply decorated. The staff were incredibly welcoming and apologised for the '2 min' wait as they cleared a table for us. The food was well presented and the fish was fresh. Overall a good experience. After our meal the staff asked us if everything was up to scratch and told us they were a family run restaurant and the really appreciated our business. Will be back for sure.

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Jamie's Italian
Pembroke District, Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14 , Dundrum, Dublin

Had a disastrous experience at Jamie's. The Hostess advised us of a 40 min wait.... Having waited 1 hour 15 min we ordered some calamari and drinks in the waiting area. At 1hr 30 our bleeper went off so we left our stools and went up to be told actually the table was for someone else, our calamari arrived as we were standing at the desk and our stools were now also gone at which point we had to stand with our drinks and portion of calamari. We were then told 5 minutes more. At just under the 2 hr mark having spent our entire evening in the waiting area we decided to move on and look for a restaurant that values its customers rather than processing volumes.

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Bombay Pantry Clonskeagh
107 Clonskeagh Rd, Clonskeagh, Dublin

If you are tired on your way home from work and just can't face cooking then Bombay is probably one of the best Indian takeaway options in Dublin. Reliable service and food quality, prices have come down in recent years - good value deal for two - 19 quid. Never been unhappy - would definitely order in advance And pick-up! - a good 15 min cooking time (encouraging) and delivery is pretty slow - 40 mins plus generally. Keep up the good work.

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Yum
87 Camden St, City Centre South, Dublin

I like Yum. We go here for breakfast about once a week. It is fast, consistent and good value. One of the nicer veggie breakfasts in the city and at 6 quid including coffee its a lot of bang for your buck. Good hash browns, nice toast, decent eggs, beans, mushrooms and spinach! - the spinach definitely alleviates some of the hash brown guilt - tomato is never sure whether its raw or party cooked but not a biggie. If you are feeling greedy any of the 3 meaty breakfast options will completely satisfy you and all are just a couple of quid more. Gets busy enough on weekends so slightly earlier than 11 should see you seated. Don;t go changing.

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

Always have a good experience here. Went out with the work crowd for some tapas and vino. Cosy and warm atmosphere. We got the stonework nook at the back, 5 of us squeezed in around the table and just ordered in 3 waves of tapas. House wine was thoroughly enjoyable and quaff-able and all of the dishes were delicious - great chorizo, black pudding, calamari, spicy potatoes, ham and frittatta. A great way to eat but make sure you go with people who can share and also fight their own food corner so there is no post eating guilt - although you can just order a few more plates. Relaxed service - in a good way, very decent food and not ridiculous money wise - you can be as frugal or as opulent as you like - appetite permitting. Great olives and bread too.

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Cortina’s Mexican Restaurant
The Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

Organised a group outing to try their ghost chilli wing challenge for a Saturday night bit of fun with fellow spice fanatics. We were seated quickly and offered drinks that also arrived efficiently. The venue is nice, contemporary and airy. We signed our waiver docs (nice touch) to undertake the super spicy wing eating. In fairness the wings are very very very hot and will leave you with a serious burn for a good hour afterwards. We had some iced cocktails to wash them down and I would highly recommend them. The other non spicy diners amongst us were not overly happy with their mains, prawns were mentioned as being bland and cold. I have had the sharing platter there before - described as Mexican tapas showcasing the specials of the house - pretty oily with a deep fried feeling to all of it - a bit saddening. They do a lot of things well, the staff are well trained, its not cheap or overly expensive. The wings are awesome and need to be attempted. Would go back for a less expensive lunch food try.

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Diwali Indian Restaurant
Unit 1, Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went for Saturday Eve Early Bird. Really busy - good sign, cheery staff and drinks and poppadoms brought promptly. Waiter explained that with the early bird they were happy to accommodate us with any dish from the menu and if we had special requests, which we did, this was not only no problem but encouraged and we would not be hit with extras - good relaxed feeling from the get go. I asked for a really hot lamb dish and was pointed in the direction of an off the menu dish called Fal - basically the Chef's discretion with spice level. Was really happy - all the starters were tasty and fresh - no complaints. My dish was good and spicy too. Good vibe, good value - will definitely return for a boozy, buzzy and fun beginning to an evening on the town.

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Farm Restaurant (Leeson St)
133 Upper Leeson St, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

Had brunch here. Ordered Organic Veggie brunch with coffee. Really impressed. First time I have actually enjoyed tomatoes with a breakfast dish, really well cooked and seasoned with nice herbs, great protobello mushrooms, properly cooked eggs and non-sweet french toast - bonus. Beans in a ramekin - pernickety bases covered Service was friendly and the wireless service request button on the table is a weird and actually welcome touch. Slightly punchier money-wise than my normal breakfast spots but the quality more than equaled price.

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

Great atmosphere, well trained staff and good food. Went here with 2 friends. Starters - Duck and beef sandwich, chicken wings and the giant basket of bread with hummus etc. Mains - Pasta with truffles and 2 lamb burgers. Wine was very good, nice bottle of red. Food was all very well seasoned, cooked and executed. Overall a really good experience, I have only one bone to pick - our waiter recommended main courses which we ordered and then up-sold us on starters (good staff) however we felt slightly mislead as the main courses were enormous; a word to the wise on food quantity from the get go would have been appreciated - a very minor point and in no way would this dissuade us from returning.

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Burritos & Blues
2 Wexford Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

A little disappointed I'm afraid. My problem, the no. 4 blow your head off salsa - that is a pretty clear statement - I had expectations. To say that it wasn't spicy in the least would be about right. Not a hint of heat, just a kind of stewed tinned tomato juice flavour, why? Don't advertise something that you don't provide. Other burrito places, that I won't mention, give heat ratings that are fairly accurate. There was nothing wrong with the other elements of the burrito, absolutely no issue with service, premises, price etc.. I just like spicy salsa and I didn't get it. Please do something about this because I would happily come back if you do.

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La Bodega Tapas y Vinos
93 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6 , Ranelagh, Dublin

Good experience in La Bodega. Popped in here just after 9.30pm and grabbed the window table. We were looked after very quickly for drinks and menus, good start. My friend asked for a decanter for the wine to which we were told there were none but a jug was supplied promptly, recovered well. Had the calamari, bean stew, patatas bravas and a couple of other bits and bobs. For the money it was very good, the food came quickly as you would wish for with tapas. The portions were very generous and everyhting was well seasoned. Wine list was short and sweet and the wine we picked was nice for the money. I can't really fault anything here, no decanter! thats about it - will definitely be back.

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Park Hotel
Kenmare, Kenmare, Kerry

Nice hotel with highly attentive service, good food and not insane money. Stayed 2 nights in the Park, we ate in the dining room the first night. A couple of drinks in the bar while we browsed the menu and selected our dishes. An old world feel. Conducted to the dining room and were seated and attended to by a friendly waitress. As each dish emerged we were brought through a brief presentation of the dish and it's ingredients, nice touch. The food itself was very good, the presentation was of a good standard, I would say verging on Michelin standard. Everything we ate was well seasoned and worked with the ingredients on the plates. We left full and happy and were made feel welcome back in the bar. If you are paying for pampering and general looking after you expect the service to deliver and delight and it did, in abundance. Excellent.

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The Lime Tree Restaurant (Kerry)
Shelbourne Street, Kenmare, Kerry

Great experience here. Booked Limetree about 2 Months in advance of our stay in Kenmare on a colleagues recommendation. Very happy we did, restaurant was very busy, Saturday night. We got a very warm welcome on arrival, wine list was good and good value, we had a nice Sauvingon Blanc. We both had fish and it was beautiful. Despite only mentioning the fact it was my Wife's birthday on the phone a few months pre-visit a carefully dressed desert arrived with candle at the end of the meal. Great attention to detail! Will be back and couldn't recommend more highly, faultless.

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Pablo Picante - Clarendon Market
4 Clarendon Market, Between Clarendon Row & South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Get in there either before or after the lunchtime rush! But to be honest, I have never had a problem with long delays or seating between 1 and 2pm. Definitely my favourite burrito spot. If you are hungry go for the Cali Carnitas or Beefy Barbacoa. If you are trying to be well behaved go for the Senor Slim or Sunny San Diego (no cheese). I like a Dublin eatery that offers spice options that are actually accurate. The Super Picante Salsa is pretty hot and will not disappoint any chilli aficionado. With everything at around six quid and extremely filling you are virtually guaranteed never to have a bad experience. I would like to know the calorie count but I kind of don't at the same time. I eat here at least twice a week and recommend that you grab a loyalty card as you will hit your free burrito sooner than you think and the freebie is all the more enjoyable (you can give this to a friend or loved one to make the ultimate sacrifice). Have asked for an Ultra Picante Salsa and am hopeful that they will come up with something scarily spicy. Haven't tried any of their beers yet, they look interesting, with the Christmas silly season coming I will at some stage.

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Mao Restaurant (Dun Laoghaire)
The Pavillion, South Co, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Fast service, food well executed and professional staff. Dropped in at 12.30pm is pm a Tuesday for a very quick lunch with my mother. Decent main course plus a drink for under a tenner - not much more than you would pay for some kind of takeaway lunch or sandwich soup deal with a coffee. Five or six options on offer. I had the green curry with extra chillies requested and steamed rice. My mother had a beef stir fry dish. We both enjoyed our food. The staff made sure to bring cutlery for the mother and we waited less than ten minutes from order to food arrival (the restaurant was quiet so perhaps quicker than when at normal busyness level). They failed to spice up my dish but it was grand and I didn't have time to wait for a replacement. Portion size was good, just on the line between good and healthy without being too scabby. I would go back but I would probably go again with my mother so I could avail of a decent taste of her dish also - on the greed stakes. Good for quality, spot on for value with attentive and obviously trained staff.

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Rigby's Deli and Dining Room
126 Leeson Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I like the vibe at Rigby's. My brother had been a few times and had built up my expectations; I was happy with our visit. A small, smart restaurant with a fairly homely feel. I was glad to see the food being prepared out in the open. I had the small breakfast comprising of scrambled eggs, sausage, tomato, bacon and pudding with two huge slices of toast. The eggs were really good - creamy and well seasoned. The sausage was interesting and full of flavour. I wasn't overly keen on the pudding. The coffee was good and strong. My wife had the porridge - it wasn't great - neither of us are huge fans of cinnamon and it was fairly well laced. Having said that an overall good experience and good value. I would be keen to go back and try lunch and or dinner. Don't go if under time pressure. Also, any restaurant these days that offers BYOB is ahead of the game recession-wise, I like it.

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O'Connells Restaurant Donnybrook
135 Morehampton Road, Donnybrook, D04 HX46, Donnybrook, Dublin

My second time eating here and happy both times. Quirky, old school and homely. There is a definite feeling of visiting your favourite aunties and uncles for an unusually late lunch. For an ex pub the atmosphere should be weird but it is actually really nice. The service is friendly and very open. The menu takes a moment or two to assimilate as it is very detailed. It is clear the people running the restaurant genuinely care about what they are doing and the staff attitude reflects this. I had spiced cauliflower fritter and a hake gratin. My wife had pate and steak. Well cooked, well presented, nice side vegetables, not rushed and a good bottle of wine for the money. A relatively new neighbourhood restaurant that feels like it has been around for years.

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The Morehampton Brasserie (Previously the The Restaurant @ Donnybrook Fair)
89 Morehampton Road, Dublin 4, Donnybrook, Dublin

Happy with our visit. A quiet Monday night, we had missed the early bird but they gave us this menu anyway - a good start. Had a very nice Rioja Crianza and we began with a black pudding / bread starter - grand, a little dry, a chicken liver parfait - very nice and well balanced and a poached egg and mushroom pastry - nice, very filling. For main course we all had the Fish pie special, delicious, nice pieces of fish and a good, crispy potato top. Nice and hot. We were defeated by the time it came to dessert so we couldn't go any further. Overall a pleasant evening, good value, staff good (except for being issued with multiple wine lists - a minor slip) and very friendly. Will be back.

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YO Sushi Clarendon St
Brown Thomas, Clarendon St, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Went here after the gym, dangerous. Because of the self service nature of the sushi belt - if you are starving you will just start grabbing plates off the conveyor. This is good and bad. Instant gratification is always good but you end up being stuffed within minutes. I like the minimal staff interaction, they are there if you need them. The sushi is fine, fresh and there is a reasonable selection. The prices seem to have come down too since first opening. Sashimi, hand rolls and roe available to order and service time for fresh orders is fast. Would like to see more offers like blue plate Monday. The previous tenant had a sushi 55 promo - all you wish to eat for a set price within 55 minutes - this was great. Will continue to go here for hassle free and tasty dining.

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Yamamori Sushi, Tengu
38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Restaurant was swamped. We waited 20 minutes to be seated but it was quite buzzy so we didn't feel the awkwardness you get when standing around looking at everyone else eating. We sat in the heated outside smoking area. We were attended to very promptly and more importantly brought a jug of water instantly and without the usual still / sparkling sales pitch. Food came out 20 mins after ordering - pretty good considering how many they had in. I had a spicy beef in a hot pot served with some spicy sauces and a fried egg. Naughtily good, completely stuffed. Duck Ramen was excellent too. Didn't go for Sushi on this occasion but will next time. Menu pricing is pretty balanced and you can go as cheap or expensive as your wallet permits. Would be a good spot for a birthday / work bash. Plenty of life and friendly service.

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Kitchen
3 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Consistent, good food, great service and relaxed atmosphere. I go here for lunch a good bit. I work locally and always aim to get in at about 12.45pm. Service is always friendly, delays are rare and the food is always hot and hearty. Pasta dishes are good here, pizza is good and the chicken salad is decent if on a health kick. The staff always keep the restaurant pristine and we always get a warm welcome and friendly chat - this is key and appreciated these days, especially if bringing someone for a working lunch. Don't get in here for dinner often enough but intend to get in soon for a boozey dinner. Good value too.

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The Butcher Grill
92 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

One of the best meals I have had for a while. Tuna starter was excellent, nicely balanced with a delicious avocado salad. The Cote du Beouf for two - medium rare. Charred on the surface and rare in the centre with plenty of medium bits. There was such wonderful flavour the garlic butter was almost unnecessary but not unwelcome - flawlessly executed. House wine was good too. Overall not cheap but the price more than equals the quality of food and atmosphere. The staff are very friendly and unobtrusive. My only slight negative (and I had to dig deep) - we were in and out in 55 minutes, just a whisker too efficient. An additional 10-15 minutes to relax would have made the visit. Having said that, I would not begrudge any restaurant in the current climate an extra table turn.

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Pablo Picante
131 Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , Baggot Street, Dublin

I absolutely love this place. Really good choice of Burritos, really fresh ingredients and very well balanced flavours. They also have a veggie option for four quid. What I really like about Pablo is the speed of service and the fact that you can choose to have a milder burrito or really mess yourself up spice-wise if you wish with the super picante. I am tired of places that call things spicy when they are not, Pablo will deliver on spice and it is excellent. The rice flavoured with lime and coriander adds a really good dimension. I tend to fill up my loyalty card more than I should but not the worst complaint.

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The Steps Of Rome
1 Bird avenue, Clonskeagh, Clonskeagh, Dublin

Was really shocked by our treatment here. We popped in for a quick bite, we were in a bit of a rush so we ordered at the counter. The staff gave us two pizza slices and a bottle of coke for just under a tenner, it was full inside so we decided to brave the cold and snow and sit outside. As we sat down a very abrupt lady came running out the door shouting you can't sit there, you paid takeaway prices. We would have happily paid an extra charge to sit down had we known one was required but it all happened so quickly and unpleasantly that we just left. We ate our pizza slice down the road - it was fine, a bit greasy but nicely seasoned. The Gentleman that served us initially was efficient but we just wished that we had been informed of the rules of the premises prior to being shouted at.

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Yamamori Noodles
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Good food, service and atmosphere. We went in here on a Sunday afternoon, spotted the lunch specials on the sign outside. We had a lunch bento, a chilli chicken ramen and some spicy tuna sushi roll. Really pleasantly surprised. Got a cup of green tea when we sat down and evreything that arrived was hot and cold where appropriate and spicy where desired. Waitress was slightly hungover but very friendly - we got a bowl of rice instead of a miso but this was replaced quickly and without fanfare. Bill was fair, Ramen was excellent, a good kick to it, ideal for post Saturday night recovery soakage. Will definitely be back.

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

Good value and well executed. I went here with my sister and her two young children. We were very well looked after with two high chairs and a discrete booth at the back. 2 course lunch special was great value. I had a generous portion of meatballs to start, very moist, good flavour, a nice sauce and a good salad. I had the chicken sandwich for main course with garlic potatoes. Everything was fresh and well seasoned. The potatoes were slightly undercooked but I was quite full so this didn't bring the experience down at all. The owner came over at the end and made a big fuss of the kids and looked after us really well. When my mother apologised for the mess the kids had made the owner responded with 'that is why you pay us - to clean up afterwards - please come back soon.' A nice treat to go out for a pleasant lunch with kids and not be treated like lepers.

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Juniors
2 Bath Avenue, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Completely stuffed afterwards, in a good way. Got down here for 12.15pm to get a table outside and order in before the place was mobbed from 12.30pm till we left at 1.05pm. We went for the soup and sandwich combo for 10 euro. We got 3 different sandwiches - BLT, Grilled Chicken and Pastrami and split them 3 ways. Possibly the best sandwiches I have had eating out, massive, fresh and delicious. Really good bread and ingredients and excellent flavour. The soup was hearty and velvety and a little unnecessary but it was as well to have it. If you have been exercising or have a nasty hangover I would recommend Juniors - if you can get in before the rush. Staff interaction was friendly and minimal.

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Cortina’s Mexican Restaurant
The Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

We sat outside, comfortable seating and a good people watching spot. The waitress was friendly. I had the corn chowder which was very good, quite a heavy starter so would recommend a second starter or a salad after. My brother had the fajita platter with four different meats - nice selection - really good smokey flavours. My mother had a chicken salad and she was happy with it. Price-wise its fair enough and it is not the run of the mill mexican experience with one dimensional flavour. Will be back for a late saturday morning session and a couple of afternoon refreshments.

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ely gastro bar
Grand Canal Square, (Next to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre), Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

I had lunch here today. Great atmosphere, really friendly and accommodating staff. I had the cup of chowder and the vegetarian quiche. Unfortunately the chowder was under seasoned with an unnecessary and overpowering flavour of peppers. The quiche was quite small for twelve quid with a sad bit of salad - it felt like the plates had been pre-garnished and left out for a couple of hours - the amount of cheese on top and within the quiche made it quite greasy and very salty. Overall I was quite happy to pay for everything including a delicious coffee but purely on the basis that all of the elements of Ely provided a good experience. The lack of attention to the flavours in the food let them down sadly. However I will go back as it is a good spot with nice people - I will try the pie to be on the safe side.

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The Fern House Cafe at Avoca Kilmacanogue
Avoca, Kilmacanogue, Wicklow

I always go here with my Mum. She is an Avoca addict. I quite like the Fern House Cafe. Big, bright, airy - the atmosphere is very restorative. The food is well conceived and the menu is balanced with enough meat, fish. salad and vegetarian options to appeal to all. As you would expect of Avoca there are plenty of fresh, zingy flavours. Nice herbs, potatoes, vegetables, cous-cous. Good desserts and a nice drinks list including homemade lemonade. Never unhappy leaving here and you are in the right frame of mind for a wander through their foodie / hand-crafts shop.

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

Naughty brunch. Went here with a group of friends for a hangover cure. I had the breakfast skillet and a bloody mary. Pretty serious amount of food served in a hot pan. Nice bloody mary. A good reliable town eatery with a low fear level. Good service, always consistent food and not expensive. Well worth a visit if you are feeling a bit wooly.

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Millers Pizza Kitchens
50 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

Completely forgot about this place, really happy I wandered back in. Fairly tight fit and daunting until you get seated. We were sitting down the back with a view of the pizza ovens and kitchen. Pretty reassuring watching the two chefs preparing the fresh dough for each pizza. We had a really nice lunch that was very good value. We opted for the spicy dough pizzas and weren't let down, really fresh flavours and toppings. Service is slightly harassed as it is quite a snug setup but for food and atmosphere it is great. I wouldn't recommend going here if you have kids as I could turn into a bit of a nightmare but if you are a group of 2-4 looking for relaxed paced, fresh and well priced pizza with a beer - definitely has to be near the top of the list.

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Chez Max (Baggot Street)
133 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I very rarely give full marks but I cannot find any reason not to for Chez Max Baggot St. They deliver exactly what they say they will and do it very well and at an extremely good price. We had our lad's Christmas lunch here and everyone left very happy - plenty of food, wine, beer and well balanced service. If you want a quick, good value lunch they cater for that or if you want an excellent long lunch they do this exceptionally well also. Great French onion soup, stellar croque madame, moules frites, steak frites, nice salads, cheese / meat platters and solid specials. Wine list is pretty fair for City Centre and the service is very French - good attention to detail, efficient and not in your face friendly. Cool atmosphere, one of the few restaurants in Dublin where I have gone for lunch and stayed for dinner.

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Itsa4
6a Sandymount Green, Sandymount, Dublin

Was a little disappointed on my last outing. We had quite a poor lunch for the money. We shared a chicken wings between 3 and were met with a very small and sad bowl, not very good value and there was no effort made by the staff to let us know that the portion size may not be of an appropriate size. We ordered the burgers medium and they were well done and served without any kind of salad or garnish. Very plain. We all felt a little burnt when the bill arrived and just quite unhappy paying proper money for a mediocre lunch. Wont risk it again for a while or until I hear a good report.

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Dillingers
47 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Food very good, service friendly and efficient, slightly punchy price wise. I had a really nice lunch here. We had burgers and the Macaroni Cheese Croque Monsieur. Burger was well above average - definitely the best of the up-market burgeries. Macaroni cheese sandwich was unusual but worked really well, you will definitely not leave hungry. Atmosphere is really nice, chilled, buzzy and warm. Service is flawless. It is priced at the uppermost level of what I would expect to spend on this style of lunch but I will be back. On a final note, the food was pushing the salt boundaries - really nice but one flake more and it would be too salty, ok for me but if you season before you taste or are not that big into salt you may be in trouble.

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Seagrass of Portobello Bridge
30 South Richmond Street, Dublin 8, Portobello, Dublin

I really like this place. Unpretentious, well executed food. This is a cosy local restaurant with nicely conceived menus. The food is always neat, delicately presented and fresh. The lunch menu is simple and well priced. If you are strolling in / out of town or work locally you should pop in. Worth a visit.

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

Equally pleasant for Lunch or Dinner. A good standard of food always and efficient staff. Very reasonable lunch specials, excellent coffee and not especially pricey. A good place to eat if you are a table of 3 or 4. Exposed brick, a nice glass of red and a pizza with a cracked egg on top and a big drizzle of chilli oil. If you are having the lunch special go for a Tuscan bean soup to start as the portions aren't massive. A good Friday / Saturday Dinner option or midweek lunch.

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Johnnie Fox's Pub
Glencullen, Dublin Mountains, Glencullen, Dublin

Get out of town. Pints of the black stuff, mountain chowder, mussels, seafood vol au vent and a hungry fisherman's platter. Plan ahead for leaving your car up there. When you have aclimatised to the peat fire environment and settled into a few Guinness you suddenly notice that your phone hasn't rung once because there is a terrible cell signal. What freedom! You can catch up with an old friend or have a most bizarre business meeting without the stuffy atmosphere. There is an incredible air of serenity and the food is pretty good. Most of our monthly staff meetings end up here, surprisingly productive.

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Dungeon Bar & Grill
Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Killiney, Dublin

Still one of the best steaks in Dublin. We went here with my parents recently, I realy like the atmosphere, decor and the staff are friendly. I always order a steak here as the meat is beautifully seasoned and cooked over a flame. The most difficult part of visiting the Dungeon is deciding whether to have the Bernaise or the Garlic butter. If you apreciate a good rare steak this is the only place to go in South County Dublin. So many restaurants try to do too many things in a complicated way and miss doing the simplest things well. The Dungeon has removed the clutter from their menu and delivers simple dishes exquisitely. The wine list is varied and reasonable. The atmosphere is intimate with exposed stone, dark wood and candlelight. The only hotel restaurant venue I make an effort to go to.

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Canal Bank Cafe
146 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

I really like the Canal Bank. If I want to go somewhere to relax, have a laugh and enjoy a buzzy atmosphere this is where I go. Casual and friendly service, good wings, eggs benedict, bloody mary's and decent burgers. No fuss just genuinely smiley waiters and waitresses. No pressure to give the table back and a well priced menu with good specials, some expensive and inexpensive options to keep everyone happy. A good meeting point to launch a long day out or night on the town.

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Gong Chinese Restaurant
8 Lower Kilmacud Road, South Dublin, Stillorgan, Dublin

Had my 30th Birthday dinner here. Ten of us went into Gong for dinner. We had an absolutely excellent experience. The starter platter was delicious, good squid, chicken salad, spicy dry rib. For mains we had really nice and perfectly cooked chilli prawns, stewed spicy beef, garlic pork, dry lamb shreds, dan dan mein noodles. The house wine was very fairly priced and drinkable and the staff were exceptional. One of my group mentioned that it was my birthday and the manager came out with a bottle of champagne on the house. Very decent, and rare these days. Good spot with consistent food.

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China Sichuan
The Forum, Ballymoss Road, Dublin 18 , Sandyford, Dublin

We had a fantastic Friday afternoon here. We started with soft shell crab, spicy turnip, 'mouth watering chicken', 'man and wife beef' ,waltip dumplings, bon bon chicken and salt and pepper squid. Really impressive, great flavours and genuinely interesting combinations. The waiter was very gregarious and good fun, we needed little encouragement after the first couple of bottles of vino but the extra effort was much appreciated and added to the occasion. The main courses of monkfish with almonds, monkfish with yellow beans, Boiled Sichuan beef, spicy prawns and twice cooked pork belly were exceptional. We tried the Chiniese spirits for a digestif and a round of mojitos very generously arrived afterwards. If you can spare a sunny Friday or any afternoon I would seriously recommend heading to the Sichuan for lunch - just don't bring the car. Value wise it was very fair considering the amount of vino, food and drinks that were imbibed / consumed. Looking forward to getting in there for dinner soon.

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Lennox Cafe and Bistro
31 Lennox Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Once again delighted. A very chilled and excellent quality lunch. Really fresh ingredients, well executed and good service. Coffee is particularly good and the food arrived in good time. Everything was made to order and this was evident in the quality and presentation. I would recommend the Ultimate Caesar with Anchovies - must be within the top 5 Caesars in Dublin. The Antipasto is also great as a shared sarter between 3 to 5 people. Now one of my regular haunts.

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The Baggot Inn
143 Lower Baggott Street, Baggot Street, St Stephens Green, Dublin

Tables with beer taps - never again. Absolutely disgraceful attitude, manageress was very unfriendly. We arrived early on a Friday to secure a good table, arranged to meet friends and come 5.30pm having made an effort to get in we were told that they needed us to vacate the table for a reservation without offering to relocate us or prior warning of the impending kicking out - great fun for an hour or two but don't get too comfortable. Our waitress was very apologetic and genuinely embarrassed - poorly managed.

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Jo'Burger
137 Rathmines Road, Dublin 6 , South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin

I went to Jo Burger with my boyfriend and a work colleague. The portions were adequately sized, not too much, not too little. Service was with a smile and the portions of chips were decent. The burgers themselves were...ooh, pretty big. Nice buns also. Which is good. Plenty of sauce and a nice big pickle. Would definitely go back. The price was reasonable, reasonable.

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