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Hole In The Wall Phoenix Park restaurant

Blackhorse Avenue, Navan Road, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 7

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Reviewed 09th April 2014 ( visited 28th February 2014 )

Always have a great meal here. Food is the same in the restaurant and the bar. Tapas options as starters - prawns with garlic & chilli are always delicious. Not a huge selection for mains but normally there's something there that suits everyone. Great value as there's an early bird every night until 6.30pm and all day on a Sunday - 2 courses for 17.95 and 3 courses for 22.95. Always very busy but have never had a problem with the service. The wine shop is the cherry on top - spend over 10 euros and you don't pay for corkage in the bar or restaurant. Enables you to have a very good quality wine with your meal and not pay restaurant prices. Should always be checked out at Xmas too as the decorations are amazing. Keep up the good work!
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Hole In The Wall Phoenix Park restaurant

Blackhorse Avenue, Navan Road, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 7

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
81 reviews

Reviewed 09th April 2014 ( visited 28th February 2014 )

Always have a great meal here. Food is the same in the restaurant and the bar. Tapas options as starters - prawns with garlic & chilli are always delicious. Not a huge selection for mains but normally there's something there that suits everyone. Great value as there's an early bird every night until 6.30pm and all day on a Sunday - 2 courses for 17.95 and 3 courses for 22.95. Always very busy but have never had a problem with the service. The wine shop is the cherry on top - spend over 10 euros and you don't pay for corkage in the bar or restaurant. Enables you to have a very good quality wine with your meal and not pay restaurant prices. Should always be checked out at Xmas too as the decorations are amazing. Keep up the good work!
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Boqueria Tapas Restaurant
3 Prussia St, Stoneybatter, Stoneybatter, Dublin

Arrived on a Thursday evening recently with a friend who lived locally. Waitress told us we would prob need to order 4 or 5 dishes between us. In the end we ordered 6 as the dishes we chose were quite small. We prob would have ordered more but realised that the bill was getting very expensive. 6 dishes, 1 bottle of wine and 2 glasses of wine came to €100. This is far too expensive for what we got. I would describe the food as nouvelle cuisine tapas as the portions were small. Neither myself or my friend are fussy eaters but we found some of the dishes not to our taste and very rich. Dishes we had were: the scallops (good but very expensive at €12); rainbow trout – it was cured and just looked and tasted raw, my own fault for not reading the menu properly; Duck breast with charred onion dumplings – too rich and not pleasant tasting; crab cakes – very nice but tiny portion for €9; green beans with bacon and shallot dressing – very good; barrel chips with spicy tomato sauce and roast garlic mayo – really good version of the usual patatas bravas, however the plate was huge on the table (as were some of the other plates). Okay to try once but won't be back for the food or the price. The other major negative for me was the fact that there was only one toilet for gents and ladies – a no no in a restaurant!

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The Great Wood
Westend Shopping Park, Westend Commercial Village, Blanchardstown, Dublin

The concept is that you order and pay for your food & drink at the bar by giving yr table no. Good meal deals each day & also good value if you order a drink with yr food (just €2 extra). Downside is that the food wasn\'t good both times I ate here. The 1st time I had superfood pasta & the pasta was totally rubbery. The 2nd time I had salmon fillet with veg & baked potato. Salmon completely overcooked & even looked dried up, veg totally over boiled & god knows how long the baked potato was cooked for. The Friday special was fish & chips which my friend had but the fish looked like it had been frozen & then totally over fried as it was very dry. It was very busy on Friday evening & there was a 40 minute wait for food. Personally I don\'t like the concept as its completely impersonal, but if yr just looking for something quick & cheap to eat & are more looking for a few cheap drinks with it than worried about the quality of the food then it\'s probably the place for you, but if yr like me & prefer the quality of yr food with a nice glass of wine & good service then you\'ll hate it. Also what really put me off the place when we were leaving were the bouncers outside who are obviously on a power trip. It was only about 8.50pm & they stopped a respectable looking bloke asking \"Where are you from bud, have you been drinking tonight mate?\" & then wouldn\'t let him in to meet his friends. You get the idea ..

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Taste Food Company
South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

3 of us dined here on Friday night. My husband had the burger which was a great size. My friend had the hake and loved it and everything it came with. I ordered the lamb brochette. When it came out & I took it off the skewer it was very pink which isn't to my liking. I asked the waiter if it could be cooked a bit more and when it came back it was delicious. The waiter also checked several times that we were all ok even though the place was very busy. We were quite full after our mains so we just shared the trio of desserts & each one was absolutely divine. If we hadn't have been going to the theatre & didn't want to run the risk of falling into a food coma while we were there, then we def would have ordered another trio as they were so nice! Very good quality food and very good value for money. It's always excellent at lunchtime as well. Will keep going back.

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The Gables
McCabes Wines, The Gables, 1 Torquay Road, Dublin 18 , Foxrock, Dublin

Bought the recent deal - €120 for 5 course menu for 4 people. Great value and amazing food. Thought that the appetiser would just be a small amuse bouche, but they brought out two platters of various little tasters and they were all fab! For starters 3 of us had scallops and 1 had the wood pigeon. For mains 3 had sea bass and 1 had the cod. Desserts were gluten free brownie with peanut butter ice cream, sticky toffee pudding and a special of poached pears with rum and raisin ice cream. No point in trying to single out one dish because EVERYTHING was delicious! Fantastic meal and great value for money. Two bottles of a lovely Rioja topped it off nicely. It was our second visit with our friends and we'll def return :)

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Hole In The Wall Phoenix Park
Blackhorse Avenue, Navan Road, Dublin

Always have a great meal here. Food is the same in the restaurant and the bar. Tapas options as starters - prawns with garlic & chilli are always delicious. Not a huge selection for mains but normally there's something there that suits everyone. Great value as there's an early bird every night until 6.30pm and all day on a Sunday - 2 courses for 17.95 and 3 courses for 22.95. Always very busy but have never had a problem with the service. The wine shop is the cherry on top - spend over 10 euros and you don't pay for corkage in the bar or restaurant. Enables you to have a very good quality wine with your meal and not pay restaurant prices. Should always be checked out at Xmas too as the decorations are amazing. Keep up the good work!

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The Linden Tree @ Carton House
Maynooth, Co Kildare, Maynooth, Kildare

Stayed in the hotel last Saturday and dinner was part of the package. I'm not normally a fussy eater but out of 5 choices of starters I settled on something as normal as soup! The other choices were either blue cheese, beetroot cured smoked salmon (a bit boring), ham hock (not for every pallet) or duck sausage which came with a mustard and apple sauce which again is not for every pallet. I had sea trout for mains which was very nice but what it was accompanied by was not so good. My husband had rack of lamb which he enjoyed, albeit it was a bit tough. The highlight was a dessert of vanilla and lime cheesecake which was to die for! Enjoyed the food in the bar that day much more, the smoked salmon croque monsieur was delicious! I've stayed here lots of times and the food is generally very good. Maybe it was just a bad choice on the night.

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PHX Bistro
12 Ellis Quay, Ellis House, Smithfield, Dublin 7, City Centre North, Dublin

Two of us went last Friday. We share the Gambas pil pil. Really nice big prawns and flavoursome but could have done with a bit more chilli to give it a kick - might just be our taste though as we both love hot food. Fish & chips / pork belly for mains and both were very good. We shared a dessert of chocolate and peanut brownie with vanilla ice cream. It was a bit more like a soft chocolate cake instead of a brownie but was still very good. Would def go back. Good value for money.

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Milano (Temple Bar)
19 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Food excellent as always. The platter of dough balls with 3 dips were yummy. I got the Romana American Hot which was delicious but think I'll stick with the regular one in future as the thin one tends to go cold quickly. Service was very good too.

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The Gables
McCabes Wines, The Gables, 1 Torquay Road, Dublin 18 , Foxrock, Dublin

Very pleased with the food overall. Scallops to start, others had the goats cheese & beetroot salad which was a really good sized portion. Most of us had sea bass for main & again it was lovely and served with the right amount of veg. The highlight though was the dessert - gluten free chocolate & hazelnut sponge which was like a brownie but not as heavy. Served with peanut butter ice cream. Divine! Overall lovely food and good value for money.

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Salamanca
1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Very lively atmosphere for a Saturday night but this didn't impact the service which was very good. Really enjoyed all the food but felt some of the dishes could have been hotter. The prawn and monkfish skewers were def the best. Also really liked the spinach croquettes but these were one of the dishes that could have been hotter. Also felt that some of the dishes were a little expensive for what you got. Wouldn't put me off going back though.

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Bite - New Location Opening Soon!
29 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Heard good reviews & were really looking forward to trying Bite as we're both fish lovers. First thing I didn't like about it was that when you enter you go through one dining room and are led down two steps, then through a narrow corridor to the right, through the outdoor area and then to the right to the next dining room. You also have to pass through that narrow corridor to get to the bathrooms, but you're passing the kitchen and servery area with staff trying to get by you with full and empty plates. Also, the complimentary bowl of popcorn you are given when you first sit down - I really don't get that! Think they're trying to be a bit too retro! For starters I ordered crispy soft shell crab & hubby ordered prawns pil pil. His prawns were lovely and served as you would expect with olive oil, chilli and garlic. My crab however was not good - done in a thick batter which was extremely greasy and there was hardly any crab meat in it. Would have sent it back only hubby was starving & he finished the lot! For mains I ordered the hake & hubby the grilled sea bass. I've def had better hake elsewhere. Not much flavour to it. Hubby's sea bass was a very small fillet. For sides I had ordered skinny fries which were ok but a bit hard but hubby's duck fat fries (which he was reaaallly looking forward to) were really hard and had to be cut up as he said they were actually hurting his mouth to eat! We also ordered the chargrilled broccoli with garlic and chilli. They were full of flavour but again very greasy. Overall found most of the food far too greasy which was disappointing. For dessert we shared the lemon pot with biscotti which was nice and refreshing & ate this outside as it was very warm inside. For two starters, two mains, two fries, one side, one dessert, two cocktails and a bottle of prosecco the bill was around €99. So pretty good value but overall found the food disappointing and because there are far nicer places to eat in Dublin I doubt we'd be back.

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Brownes Steakhouse
The Plaza, Blanchardstown Village, Dublin 15, Blanchardstown, Dublin

The early bird menu is very good value at €15 for two courses (supplement payable for steaks). Think there were 4 or 5 choices of mains from it. The main menu seemed very varied and quite good value as well. A couple of minor complaints: (1) It can be quite noisy so wouldn't be recommended for a romantic dinner. (2) We found it tended to get very hot due to the amount of people ordering steaks on the stone! (3) I think it should either be stated on the menu what the Fish of the Day is or you should be told. I presumed it would be cod or haddock but it was actually smoked haddock which wouldn't be to my own personal taste. Overall though the quality of the food was very good, service very efficient and very good value for money. I would go back.

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

8 of us had lunch on Saturday for a friend's 40th birthday. In general most were happy with the food. However the disaster of the day, and the reason I won't be returning, is this. I ordered bruschetta to start which looked nice until I spotted a hair in it. Called the waiter and he took it away with no apology. New dish brought fairly quickly. First bite nice & was about to take a 2nd bite when I spotted another hair! Called the waiter again and he took it away but I had to call him back to say that I didn't want another one, my stomach had flipped at that stage! When he came back to clear my friend's plates his response was: "Our chef has blonde hair so it must have been in the air". Would anyone find this response acceptable?? Plus I had to check the bill myself at the end of the day to make sure we weren't charged for this dish. When we handed the money over to a different waiter he said "you know you weren't charged for that starter" - bit late, they should have had the courtesy to point it out when the bill was presented! The service overall was not good. We were the largest group they had all day, virtually no one inside all day and only a few tables changing hands outside over the course of the day. Our total bill was over €500, so a lot of money spent. I was going to complain to the owner after our meal but she had left. We had already seen earlier that the waiter had alerted her to the problem with my starters. I hope she reads this review and does something about the service. No one can afford to be complacent in this day and age.

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Mao Restaurant (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Two of us ate here on a Tuesday night. Arrived just before 6 and the place was fairly quiet but busy enough by the time we left (upstairs empty though). They have a 3 course menu available for €19.95 and this is excellent value for the quality of food you receive. No complaints with any of the courses. Staff were friendly and efficient from the time we arrived to the time we left, even when the restaurant was busier. Will def be back!

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Hole In The Wall Phoenix Park
Blackhorse Avenue, Navan Road, Dublin

This is the 3rd time I've eaten here in the last month with different people and none of us had any complaints. Food always good quality and good variety with different specials, staff always very friendly and attentive. Whatever you order, get a portion of the handcut chips with it they're gorgeous!

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The Winding Stair Restaurant
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin

3 of us visited the restaurant last Friday. On arriving at 9pm the place was packed & I was immediately surprised at how small and cramped the place was. We were seated at a table by the window. Even though it was freezing outside the place was very warm as it was so cramped. I asked the waitress to open one of the high windows but she told me that people then complain because it's too cold. Did she not realise that I was complaining because it was too warm?! The food was delicious, with no complaints from any of us. However, because the place was so cramped and so warm (God knows what it would be like during the summer) I won't be going back again - which is a shame.

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

We had dinner in Roly's Cafe last Friday night. My husband had the set menu which is very good value at €22.95 for 3 courses. I dined from the main menu which I still found to be good value. We were waiting a little while for our starters but the manageress saw this and came over to us, apologised and gave us a complimentary drink each. This is exactly the way this should have been handled - address the problem before it becomes a complaint. She told us we wouldn't be waiting as long for our main course and we weren't. The food was very good quality overall and my husband with the sweet tooth was very impressed with the range of desserts on display! A very good dining experience overall and will be back.

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

4 of us went there recently on a Saturday night. Food superb, service excellent, value for money excellent, wine list very good. However, it's a very noisy and lively atmosphere so don't go if you want romantic quiet evening! The one thing I didn't like were the toilets. There are 5 in front of you when you go down the stairs with a symbol on each saying they were for both men and women! There's a sink in each toilet, but the mirror is at the back of the loo so it's not very pleasant for a woman leaning over a loo to put her face on! Overall I thought it was excellent and would definitely go back.

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New Hin Keng
25G Malahide Road, Artane, Artane, Dublin

Myself and my friends have gone to Hin Keng every Christmas for our girlie night out and we're definitely going back this Christmas! The food is excellent. Service is excellent. You never feel rushed. They even give you a free drink at the end of the night! It's always busy which is a great sign.

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