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Blue Cafe Bar restaurant

Harbour Road Skerries, Skerries, Dublin, Area Code: North Co. Dublin

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Reviewed 16th May 2008 ( visited 13th May 2008 )

My boyfriend and I eat here often. It is a great smart-casual dining experience. The surroundings are lovely, overlooking the harbour in Skerries. On a sunny day it is a great place to come for a drink and just sit outside. The food is very tasty. I definitely recommend the Buffalo Wings, and the portion is large. The Gambas Pil Pil (sizzling prawns) are delicious too and they do a proper Tomato Mozzarella salad (though it is starter size). I always enjoy coming here and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Some of the meals are priced on the dear side, but there is a lot on the menu that is well-priced and tasty. There is also a daily specials menu which is good value. The upstairs bar is nice at the weekends.
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Blue Cafe Bar restaurant

Harbour Road Skerries, Skerries, Dublin, Area Code: North Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
Cafe

Price Range:

Good
91 reviews

Reviewed 16th May 2008 ( visited 13th May 2008 )

My boyfriend and I eat here often. It is a great smart-casual dining experience. The surroundings are lovely, overlooking the harbour in Skerries. On a sunny day it is a great place to come for a drink and just sit outside. The food is very tasty. I definitely recommend the Buffalo Wings, and the portion is large. The Gambas Pil Pil (sizzling prawns) are delicious too and they do a proper Tomato Mozzarella salad (though it is starter size). I always enjoy coming here and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Some of the meals are priced on the dear side, but there is a lot on the menu that is well-priced and tasty. There is also a daily specials menu which is good value. The upstairs bar is nice at the weekends.
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Green Nineteen
19 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

Have visited this restaurants on a number of occasions - always have to come back for more! Most recently was here for a friend's birthday. Every occasion I have been here, from lazy Sundays to Thursday dinners there has been a great buzz about the place and it seems packed to capacity. The menu is excellent value for money with a great selection of mains from €10 - my favourites are the red lentil & tofi curry and the morrocan lamb tagine which I think are excellent for the price. On this occasion I went for the special which was beer battered cod, chips & mushy peas for €14.95. It was lovely and the portion was so big I could not finish it. Green Nineteen also has a great cocktail list and the staff are attentive but not intrusive. Nice little touches like a carafe of water with lemon & mint being put on the table when you sit down without having to ask. On a sunny day it is great if you can grab one of the 3 tables on the terrace. A nice little sun-trap. Overall a great place to come for a laid-back casual meal. Great value and a good buzz about the place.

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The Green Hen
33 Exchequer street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Came to the Green Hen for an early bird as having been in France recently was having withdrawal symptoms and wanted something that bit French. I think The Green Hen delivered. Although we were one of only 2 tables filled in the place at the time (early bird on a Tuesday) the place was nicely decorated and did have that 'bistro' feel. For €18.50 I had two courses - the Pear & Walnut salad to start and, one of my favourites, Duck Confit, for my main. Loved both, nice sized portions and left contented full. Service was attentive and friendly and I would definitely come back again.

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Oliver St John Gogartys
57/58 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin

Visited here as we wanted to celebrate a small achievement with some lobster and their 'specials' menu had the best value we could find at short notice in the city centre - beautiful whole lobster in a cream & whiskey sauce for €29.99. As a city centre resident I never really think to eat in any of the Temple Bar pubs, dismissing them as likely standard fare for tourists, but I was really pleasantly surprised. Lovely cosy restaurant on the 2nd floor, nice and friendly staff and we each had the lobster which was delicious and hit the spot. Will definitely come back again. Total bill came to €70 for the two lobster and two large glasses of wine. We also saw some of the other offerings being carried to neighbouring tables and the portion sizes were nice and large and seemed to be going down well!

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L'Ecrivain Restaurant
109a Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I was lucky enough to be treated to a night out here. I had heard so much about L'Ecrivian & wondered would it be able to live up to the good things I had read about it. I wasn't disappointed. We had a table booked for 9.15 and were offered the choice of going straight to the table or having a drink at the bar. We decided to have a drink first and went up to dinner later. From start to finish the staff couldn't have been more friendly & attentive, but in no way overbearing. The meal itself I really enjoyed. I chose the €65 dinner menu which had 6 courses advertised - a veloute (small & tasty, starter (I had goat's cheese ravioli & aubergine tart), granite (small, refreshing), main (chose hake, was absolutely delicious & probably the best dish of the night), then received an extra course of a passionfruit pot, then dessert (chocolate & pistachio cake) & finally coffee served with a selection of coffees. Despite the individual portfions being small enough, I nearly had to be rolled out of the restaurant, but was v. happy. My other half went a la carte - grouse to start (v. tasty) & halibut for the main (nice, but we didn't like as much as the hake) . As a very nice touch, he received free all the amuse bouche I did so had the veloute, granite & passionfruit pot aswell. For the two meals, a beer, 2 glasses of wine & a bottle of wine, it came to just under €200 including tip. Given the quantity & quality of the food, the overall atmosphere and the wonderful service we felt that it was a fair price and would definitely recommend it for a special night out.

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Saints & Scholars Lounge
35 Abbey Street Lower, City Centre North, Dublin

Hadn't eaten here before but stopped in here at the request of my mother who had worked here in her youth. We went to the bar for the evening carvery. The bar is fairly standard, with a bit of a faded feel and I was surprised it was so busy. Service wasn't great as there was one waiter who was very busy and we needed to wait a while for him to come and clear our table before we could eat. On the plus side I couldn't complain about the food. It is standard carvery so I got exactly what I was expecting, though since we both got the Lamb (€11.95) I was surprised that they brought out a fresh leg and divided it between the two of us. The usual sides and gravy came with and it was a huge portion of food I suppose even by carvery standards. For those who enjoy a carvery meal and want to get one in the evening I would recommend Wynns. The atmosphere might be a bit lacking, but then, it is served in the bar, not in a restaurant.

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Cactus Jacks (Middle Abbey St)
Millennium Walkway, Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Three of us stopped here for the Early Bird Special. At 19.95 for 3 courses and a drink (either wine or a soft drink) it seemed like good value. The layout and decor of the restaurant is good, with good views onto the Millenium Walkway for people watching and lovely, rustic wooden tables. We weren't very adventurous with our starter as the three of us chose the Louisiana Hot Wings from a selection of 6. They were decent, average wings. A good size for a starter with about 7/8 each and a side dip of blue cheese to go with them. For mains, I had the fish & chips which wasn't wasn't very Mexican but was made up of 3 large cod goujons, a large portion of fries and a salad. It was absolutely fine. Another friend had the Latino Burger which he found very tasty, nice spice from the jalapenos and a good bowl of chips on the side. The best main of our choice was the fajitas which my sister had. A sizzling platter full of beef fillet & chicken pieces (she did better than a previous reviewer as there was a lot of beef & chicken) with peppers and onions. It came with soft tortilla wraps and a selection of 3 dips/spreads. The bite I had was very tasty and she was really happy with it. For dessert we were again unadventurous, but were stuffed at this stage and all chose the selection of icecreams. Standard vanilla, strawberry & chocolate. Overall, with the 3 glasses of wine we got we thought the Early Bird was good value & the service was excellent.

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Sinnotts
South King Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Came here for lunch today with my parents who were looking for a good carvery lunch. Being on Grafton St at the time I thought of Sinnott's and it turned out to have been a great choice. We went at 12.30pm and the place was nicely busy but had no problems getting a table. There were about 5 choices on the carvery, soup & sandwich options aswell. I chose the soup at €4 which was a great choice - decent bowl of vegetable soup, but a massive slice of homemade brown bread & a brown roll came with it too which made it extremely filling. The homemade brown bread was v. tasty too. My Mum had fish & chips, Dad the beef. Both ~ €11 if memory serves and again the portions were v. generous. They were very happy with the food - the beef wasn't overdone and still retained some pink-ness, yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes, cabbage, carrots & stuffing too came with it. The fish & chips were a large chunk of white fish, battered and a big portion of chips & side salad. Mum wasn't able to finish. I wasn't expecting too much from a city centre pub at lunchtime, but if you are hungry & want a feed at a reasonable price I would definitely recommend Sinnotts and I will be back again for lunch.

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The Italian Corner
23/24 Wellington Quay, Dublin City Centre, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Ate here when looking for a snack at around 6pm in the evening. I wasn't especially hungry, but my OH was starving. When we saw the offer for all pizzas for €7 it seemed the perfect stop-off, a pizza would fill him and I was planning on gettting something small. The restaurant was about half full at this time, and there were no restrictions on the pizzas that was on offer for that price. There was also an early bird menu on offer but as I was not really hungry I just ordered some garlic bruschetta. Neither of us could complain about the food, my OH enjoyed the pizza and I got a very large portion of the garlic bruschetta for €4.50 (more like regular garlic bread and was given 4 very large chunks, with a side salad). The only thing that I thought was bad value was the high charge for a bottle of sparkling water, which was at San Pellegrino prices for sparkling water they decanted on-site into house bottles. Service was fine, the staff were friendly, but not very attentive. We were 10mins trying to get their attention at one point, but they were getting groups seated so they were occupied. The main issue I had with the place and let it down for me was the decor. It didn't bother my OH, but I found it rather dated in style even though it may have been done recently. There were heavy pink plasticky tablecloths, fake bunches of grapes and vines, and a very bad fresco on the wall. It has nothing to do with the food so wouldn't bother some people at all, but I thought it a little tacky. For what we got though it was good value and for a quick pizza before 7pm I would recommend it at that price!

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Kingfisher Restaurant
Old AIB, Main Street, Portlaoise, Portlaoise, Laois

After a long week, a friend and I decided to herald in the weekend with a meal in the Kingfisher Restaurant. This was our third visit after two great previous experiences. The restaurant is situated in a lovely old building and the interior is nicely done with wonderful high ceilings, and the tables aren't on top of one another. The menu is extensive, so a lot of time was spent studying it trying to figure out what to have. I had a chickpea starter (Chana Chaat) which was as tasty & tangy as described, and I followed that with a Prawn Chilli Masala. Both courses were delicious and very generous portions. My friend had the charcoal grilled chicken (Mongolian Aag) to start and a Lamb Jalfrezi for the main. She really enjoyed both and was wondering how on earth she was going to finish everything! We had Peshwari Naans & Steamed rice on the side. The Kingfisher isn't cheap, but with most starters under €10 and main courses in the mid-teens we felt that it was great value. The food was delicious and The service was attentive and friendly, and if something is particularly spicy they will warn you in advance to be sure you want it that hot! We didn't have any alcholic drinks this time, but beer and wines are available. We will definitely be back again.

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China Castle
58/59 Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Popped in here for a quick lunch today with some friends. Attracted by the all-you-can-eat for €8.80 which sounded like very good value and it was. Well, the hungrier you are the better value it is! As others have mentioned, it does lack in atmosphere, but the service (re-filling glasses, clearing plates, taking the bill) was friendly. Onto the food. We all enjoyed it. Basic Chinese dishes and a very good variety. Today there were two soups to choose from - Chicken & Sweetcorn and Vegetable. I had the former and it was tasty if a bit gelatinous. For the mains options, there were about 6 salads/about 8 different mains from stir-fires to curries and prawns to beef and vegetarian, 6 sides (various rice/noodle/chip options) and also a section of more deep-fried dishes like onion rings & spring rolls. Certain elements could have been a bit warmer but overall I was happy with my choices. I was too full to go for dessert, but they were available too. We would come back for a handy bite to eat another time. Wouldn't recommend it for a special occasion though.

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Penang
11 & 11A Upper O'Connell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Visited here as was in the O'Connell St area and didn't want to travel far for food in the freezing cold! Saw the sign on the door advertising their "Special of the Day" which was Chicken or Beef in a Black Bean Sauce with rice/chips and a drink for €7.50. For such good value we gave the place a shot. Glad we did. It is a standard Chinese (decor and menu, but that said the menu was extensive) and we all went for the spcial which was a generous, tasty portion. The restaurant wasn't very busy but the staff were attentive and friendly and as someone mentioned below, there is no pressure to get you to finish up - even if the whole party had gone for the special! I would go back again if I needed something cheap and cheerful in the city centre.

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Chatham Brasserie
Chatham Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Visited Chatham Brasserie for a work Christmas Lunch and had the Christmas Lunch Set Menu. First impressions of the restaurant were very good, nice restaurant, good atmosphere and very attentive staff despite the place being very busy (we saw some people being turned away). Foodwise, the Christmas menu was tasty, but portion sizes were hit and miss. The Butternut Squash soup and Mackeral Pate dishes that colleagues had got big thumbs up, but I had a Chicken and wild mushroom risotto that although tasty, was tiny. I was luckier on the main course where I had steak and was happy with the size of the steak and the sides. Colleagues who went for the chicken dish however felt shortchanged with a lack of sides (one slice of potato doesn't really cut the mustard). Happy all round with the deserts. I will come back and try the regular menu some evening as I did like the flavours of the food and figure it was just bad luck with those particular dishes on the Set Menu.

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La Maison
15 Castle Market Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here as a spur of the moment thing as myself and my boyfriend were looking to get a bite to eat and enjoy the sunshine at the same time. La Maison had a table free outside and we had heard good reveiws about the place so we gave it a shot. Really like the setting, the staff were attentive, brought glasses of water with lemon without prompting and the decor is good. I was just back from some time in France and had a bit of the post-holiday blues so the definite French flavour to the place perked me up! Not being too hungry we just went for main courses and we both plumped for the "Andouilette sausage in wholegrain mustard with Lyonnaise potatoes" which the waiter cautioned us was a 'particular' kind of sausage made from tripe with a strong flavour. We decided to stick with it though my boyfriend was more tentative in his decision. I liked it. I thought that the texture would be more of an issue to someone unfamiliar with this kind of sausage as the meat isn't ground as finely as compared with a regular sausage and I didn't find the flavour too strong. My boyf couldn't finish it though, the texture was just too weird for him in the end, though he was glad he gave it a shot and he had been warned by the waiter! The two main courses with 2 glasses of wine came to €42 which I thought was fine for a good meal in a good location. We will be back to try some of the other dishes on the menu!

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen - GBK (South William Street)
14 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Visited here last night with a friend as we were looking for somewhere we could sit outside and take in the Irish sun while it lasted! We were lucky enough to get an outside seat which was lovely and perfect for people-watching, soaking up the atmosphere and pretending to be European for one of the few days a year the sun splits the sky! The waitress was lovely, no delay in taking our order or in the delivery of the food. I had the Butternut squash burger, and my friend had the Jalapeno burger and we'd recommend each of them. A bit too much lettuce on both but we just took it out. We split side orders of fries (nice, chunky, not too greasy and a decent portion) and onion rings (which were proper onion slices in not too much batter). I'll head back again on another sunny day to try out some more from the menu!

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

Went here for a romantic meal with my boyfriend and had a lovely evening. The food was great - portions were large, so prepare for that. I had scallops and the monk fish which I would thoroughly recommend. The service wasn't great at first. I think that they forgot about our order as we were waiting about half an hour for our starters, but once the floor staff had realised that we hadn't had our food yet they were concerned and surprised and kicked things up a gear. The atmosphere is nice and relaxed and the layout is bright and airy. There is a small outdoor smoking area at the back of the restaurant. I would go back again. The menu is extensive and provides a nice change from most of the other restaurant cuisines in the area.

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Poppadom (Limerick)
U2C Robert Street, Cornmarket Square, Limerick City, Limerick

Visited this restaurant when we were spending a night in Limerick city. We were very impressed. The food was delicious, there was a decent wine list and the service was prompt and friendly. The restaurant does not use any artificial colours or additives in its food and we were really impressed with the breadth of the menu and the number of dishes that aren't on your run-of-the-mill Indian restaurant menu. The decor was nice too - creams and wood. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Limerick (or locals who probably know all about it already!) and we will go back should we be in the city again. I would recommend the prawn starter and the lamb chettinad which don't appear on the menu list here, but the menu at the restaurant is much broader.

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The Gallery Restaurant at the Church
Junction of Mary St. & Jervis St., Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I visited this restaurant for the Early Bird Menu before heading to the theatre. The decor is lovely and there is a great view down from the mezzanine onto the buzzing floor below. The service was friendly and attentive. The menu itself is great value at €25 for a 3 course meal plus tea/coffee. Overall we were very happy with the meal, and the wine list was decent as well. I will be back again!

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Blue Cafe Bar
Harbour Road Skerries, Skerries, Dublin

My boyfriend and I eat here often. It is a great smart-casual dining experience. The surroundings are lovely, overlooking the harbour in Skerries. On a sunny day it is a great place to come for a drink and just sit outside. The food is very tasty. I definitely recommend the Buffalo Wings, and the portion is large. The Gambas Pil Pil (sizzling prawns) are delicious too and they do a proper Tomato Mozzarella salad (though it is starter size). I always enjoy coming here and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Some of the meals are priced on the dear side, but there is a lot on the menu that is well-priced and tasty. There is also a daily specials menu which is good value. The upstairs bar is nice at the weekends.

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Saba
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Was really looking forward to Saba as I had heard so much about it. Came for a mid-week evening meal with a friend. She was raving about the Chicken Massaman curry and couldn't wait to go back and have it again. She wasn't disappointed. I went for the Butternut Squash curry which was also delicious. The service was also good, and the menu is reasonably priced by Dublin standards. It is also quite varied, there is something to suit most palates, and the wine list isn't bad. The only downside was that there was a workman in during our meal. The restaurant was about half full, and he was doing some drilling. It was so loud it was pointless trying to talk over it during longer spurts, and everyone was just looking around waiting for it to end! I wonder that they couldn't get in someone during the day? Other than that I really liked it, especially the food, and look forward to going back again.

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