Restaurant Reviews from LooksLikeRain

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 8

Member Since: 16 June 2008

Last Visit: 29 April 2011

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La Dolce Vita - The Chase restaurant

Carmanhall Road, Dublin 18, Sandyford, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 18

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Cuisine:
Italian

Price Range:

Good
131 reviews

Reviewed 04th August 2009 ( visited 16th July 2009 )

We visit here regularly. The food is always good and the service excellent. The menu is mainly pizza and pasta but there are often wonderful specials such as salmon lasagne and baked cod. Great place to bring kids in the early evening but it does become more intimate in the late evening. Also the deserts appear to be mostly homemade. Early bird menu is one the best value menus around without any compromise on quality. The house wine is good quality wine for the price. Well worth a visit.
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Captain America's Cookhouse And Bar restaurant

44 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
American

Price Range:

Average
334 reviews

Reviewed 10th July 2009 ( visited 26th June 2009 )

A great place to bring kids. Lots of choice besides burgers and chips. Better quality than other similar places. Fair price for the food offered.
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The Beach House Restaurant (Bray)
The Seafront, Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow

After having coffee in the cafe downstairs on a few occasions it was clear that this establishment was under new management and I was eager to try the restaurant. So, we found the staff very welcoming and the whole dining area has been renovated to high standard. The layout of the dining room really made full use of the exceptional location. The atmosphere was pleasant but the background music seemed to be some sort of covers album which could have been the worst of some talent show, not to my liking but did gave us a laugh. There were lots of tempting dishes on a very creative menu that did not stray too far from the standard fare of many Irish restaurants. We ate from the early bird menu which was very good value at € 20 for two courses, three course option was also available. The taste and presentation of the food was very good. I could not fault the service which was excellent. We also had the luck to be able to see a pod of dolphins feeding near the shoreline while we ate. All in all we were very impressed with everything until I visited the gents. They were dirty and grubby. Given the effort that was certainly put into the main dining area this was very off putting. Makes one wonder how much refurbishment and cleaning went into the areas we cannot see such as the kitchen. Hopefully it is just something they have not got round too yet but a decent clean and fixing of the socket to the wall would help. I would definitely consider returning but will be checking the toilets before I order.

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La Dolce Vita - The Chase
Carmanhall Road, Dublin 18, Sandyford, Dublin

We visit here regularly. The food is always good and the service excellent. The menu is mainly pizza and pasta but there are often wonderful specials such as salmon lasagne and baked cod. Great place to bring kids in the early evening but it does become more intimate in the late evening. Also the deserts appear to be mostly homemade. Early bird menu is one the best value menus around without any compromise on quality. The house wine is good quality wine for the price. Well worth a visit.

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Captain America's Cookhouse And Bar
44 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

A great place to bring kids. Lots of choice besides burgers and chips. Better quality than other similar places. Fair price for the food offered.

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TGI Friday (St Stephens Green )
St Stephens Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Yeah, Its burgers and chips, not even homemade burgers. Surprised at the prices, €22 for a chicken main and € 15 - € 17 for frozen processed burgers. There are plenty of gourmet burger joints offering higher quality for the same price. Early bird menu at €15 is more reasonable for the quality of food. Good place to bring kids as the staff are very attentive towards them and the place is already noisy.

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Brunel Restaurant
Tinakilly Country House Hotel & Restaurant, Rathnew, Rathnew, Wicklow

We had a very pleasent evening here with exceptional service and great food. Menu on this web site is not the current menu. Beautiful surroundings but the food is a not quite at the standard I would have expected for these prices and service. Veg to accompany main meal seemed to there just to fill you rather than to add to your meal. Irish cheese selection was very basic, all available in your local service station. I would expected some artisan cheese. Wine list was extensive with all price ranges catered for.

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The Step Inn Lounge Restaurant
Enniskerry Road, Stepaside Village, Stepaside, Stepaside, Dublin

As pub grub goes this is one the best. A large group of us ate here at the weekend and we all enjoyed the food. The waiting staff did appear to be under pressure but we were well attended.

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Roly Saul The Restaurant
The Mill House, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

This has the potential to be a great restaurant and hopefully in a year they will have sorted out what appears like teething problems. We were seated upstairs but like so many places they do not understand air-conditioning. It was blowing ice cold air at us, and it was only 4 degrees out side. We were moved to another table but watched as other diners were put through the same. The wine list had a good selection of lower priced wines, €30. The crab cakes were the one thing worth returning for. Far superior to a competitors famed lobster ravioli. The main courses were all overcomplicated. The Halibut was cooked perfectly but did not need the chorizo to over power the taste. The beef fillet was very tender but over done for medium. The deserts were standard. The cheese plate was reasonable but not severed with a fork. Also, the grapes had gone to mush. This was pointed out to the waiter who did not even apologise. This meal had some good points, the crab cakes but lacks a passion to truly please the eager diner. Overpriced for what is actually served.

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Fota Restaurant @ Fota Island Resort
Fota Island Resort, Fota Island, Cobh, Cork

Having dined here previously we had high expectations of a wonderful nights fine dining, see review from March 09. Unfortunately we were disappointed. The food was excellent but other areas of the night really let this restaurant down. The first was a common problem in Ireland, air conditioning. The room was less than 20 degrees with a constant cold draught blowing. Most ladies in the room kept their jackets on for the evening and many people moved tables throughout the evening in the hope of finding that elusive warm spot. The second simple problem was the music. There was a piano player playing just outside the restaurant creating a relaxed atmosphere throughout the hotel. This music was more than loud enough to create the same ambiance in the restaurant. Instead the restaurant continued to play piped music. It was not possible to hear either as it just generated noise. The service was the big disappointment. After introducing herself, our hostess soon forgot about us, and our needs. We never got our aperitifs and almost had to beg to order wine. The delivery of the food was confused. Our breads arrived during our starter and not pre amuse-bouche as is normal. Even though our hostess noticed our empty plates on a few occasions the task of clearing them seemed to be below her. After a long time our plates were removed by another member of staff, who apologised for the delay. It was clear from the other diners that we were not the only table feeling neglected. At the prices charged here the service should be at a much higher standard. Previously this restaurant did give a higher level of service. The level of service lets the chef down who did deliver an excellent meal. I only hope this was a once off bad night. I will probably return here again but I would leave immediately if the service and room are still frosty.

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