Restaurant Reviews from Martin

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 10

Member Since: 18 July 2006

Last Visit: 18 January 2015

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Chapter One Restaurant

18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
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311 reviews

Reviewed 26th November 2008 ( visited 11th October 2008 )

My first five star review! Easily my favourite restaurant in Dublin. I've been trying to make my way through the Michelin Star restaurants of Dublin, and so far this is by far and away the best. I think it's safe to say that you will get the highest quality of food here, but it's the service and the atmosphere that places Chapter One out in front. Often at this level a restaurant can become stuffy and the diners may be more self aware. I didn't find this here at all - bouts of singing Happy Birthday certainly take the stuffiness out of any occasion. My tip, try the Irish Coffee at the end, it's worth it for the show!
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Chapter One Restaurant

18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Great
311 reviews

Reviewed 26th November 2008 ( visited 11th October 2008 )

My first five star review! Easily my favourite restaurant in Dublin. I've been trying to make my way through the Michelin Star restaurants of Dublin, and so far this is by far and away the best. I think it's safe to say that you will get the highest quality of food here, but it's the service and the atmosphere that places Chapter One out in front. Often at this level a restaurant can become stuffy and the diners may be more self aware. I didn't find this here at all - bouts of singing Happy Birthday certainly take the stuffiness out of any occasion. My tip, try the Irish Coffee at the end, it's worth it for the show!
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Bellagio
92 Terenure Road North, Dublin 6W, Terenure, Dublin

I had dinner here last Monday with my wife and my parents. While most of the food was tasty it was fairly basic and some was a little hit and miss. My wife's pizza was extremely salty, but I blame her for ordering a pizza with both anchovies and capers. My father's pork belly was nice, but very small - likewise for the lamb chops my mother ordered. My linguine with mussels was bland. The cheesecake was excellent and the tiramisu a little above average. Overall it's fine, but a little overpriced. The decor has the feel of a winebar, but the setup and wine list is definitely geared towards a standard Italian restaurant.

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Little Jerusalem - Rathmines
3 Wynnefield Road, Dublin 6 , Rathmines, Dublin

Great little find, very much hidden away. My wife and I went for dinner here last Sunday night after stumbling across it by accident. Initially we were put off by the appearance just inside the door of what from an initial glance might be a kebab shop, but the art and layout beyond that makes it clear it is more than that. It's down the side street by Slattery's. I had the falafel to start, two lovely crisp on the outside balls of flavour. My wife went for the baba ganoush to start, and there was a lovely smokey flavour to this. This was accompanied with about 3 large naan breads, two would have been plenty. The mains were very tasty as well, but the starters were so large that next time I think we'll just share a Mezze plate. Nice touch putting both mint and lemon in the water at the table. Don't forget this is a BYO, we didn't realise this and I dashed out to the closest place to grab a bottle. Two Arabic coffees to finished rounded off a good value meal.

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Ravi's Kitchen - duplicate
174 Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Very generous sashimi portions. I had lunch there today (with four colleagues) and the sashimi portions and service are what really stand out for me. I went for the two course lunch menu for 14.50. There is a choice of about 5 starters and main course. The tuna and salmon sashimi was probably sufficient for a decent lunch in itself. I followed this with the chicken miso ramen. It would be nice to see some chilli ramen on the menu, but you can always add the powdered chilli yourself. Our waitress was very pleasent and happy to talk to one of the group who lived in Japan for a year. All five of us were very happy with our lunch.

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Chapter One Restaurant
18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

My first five star review! Easily my favourite restaurant in Dublin. I've been trying to make my way through the Michelin Star restaurants of Dublin, and so far this is by far and away the best. I think it's safe to say that you will get the highest quality of food here, but it's the service and the atmosphere that places Chapter One out in front. Often at this level a restaurant can become stuffy and the diners may be more self aware. I didn't find this here at all - bouts of singing Happy Birthday certainly take the stuffiness out of any occasion. My tip, try the Irish Coffee at the end, it's worth it for the show!

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Lisa's Trattoria
81 Terenure Road North, South Dublin, Terenure, Dublin

I had dinner here on a Wednesday night with two friends. To be honest we had tried down the road first, and when that was booked out we walked up to Lisa's. I was very glad we did. I had recently got back from Rome, and could easily still have been there. The food is excellent and this is an authentic trattoria.Remember a trattoria should be informal, so I think some of the complaints about the staff may be slightly off the mark. I think it adds to the atmosphere. Service could have been slightly quicker, but I'm amazed anyone would complain about the food. If you fancy good Italian food, and are out for a family meal rather than a business dinner, then I can heartily recommend Lisa's.

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La Peniche @ RIASC
Barge Riasc, Mespil Road Jetty, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Great value, but not for the food. I went last night with a group of work colleagues. I must say first impressions are very good as it was suprisingly spacious. With another particularly noisy group on the boat, I was glad I wasn't out for a romantic meal. The food was average. I had pea and mint soup to start that could have done with more mint; followed by the corn fed chicken which was a little small and not hot enough. I had the cheese plate to finish that was short on varity. Its worth going up on deck as you go through the lock though!

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Monsoon (Rathmines)
306-308 Lower Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin

Very happy with last night's meal in Monsoon. Three friends and I had dinner there last night. We shared a platter for two between the four of us, very nice and certainly enough for four; this starter for two may be a bit much. I had an excellent Lamb Sagwalla as my main and the others all had Lamb Rogan Josh! No complaints from anyone, although my Lamb was a little fatty. The service was brisk and attentive. We skipped desert and the meal (including two bottles of wine) came to a reasonable 133 euro. My only concern was the fact that the place was only about a third full on a Sunday night, and gives the size and openness of the room it does seem empty if less than half full.

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Howards Way (Rathgar)
8 Orwell Road, Dublin 6, Rathgar, Dublin

Great food at a great price in (very) cramped surroundings. I go to Howard's Way about once a fortnight and am never disappointed. The food is always excellent and the early bird offer (which seems to be all night, every night?) including a bottle of wine for ~22 euro is great value. The cramped surroundings would normally put me off, but the food and the recently improved service makes up for this. The staff are among the most attentive of any restaurant in Dublin now. Drop into the Bottler's Bank (Colman's Bar) after for a nice pint to round off a great meal.

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The Purty Kitchen (Dun Laoghaire)
3-5 Old Dun Laoghaire Road, Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Go for a walk in the sun around Dun Laoghaire this summer, and then drop into the Purty Kitchen as the sun goes down. I went here yesterday after doing the same; it’s a great way to round off the evening. Don't forget to book the table in advance though; it can be very busy especially when the weather is fine. We had to accept a 9pm booking, but they were able to accommodate us when we arrived at 8.45. I love the Prawn and Crayfish Pil Pil, if one of the specials doesn't take your fancy I can recommend this, especially for those who like a little bite in their dishes. Only complaint is the service could be a little better, and its size means you may have a long wait if you don't book.

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Baan Thai (Ballsbridge)
16 Merrion Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Try the chicken and coconut soup to start, I could drink a bucket of that! The red duck curry has always been my favourite main course. The chicken green curry is excellent as well. It offers excellent value for money on the lunch menu, but it can get very crowded and the tables are fairly close together. The service is always pleasent and prompt, and occasionally crazy :)

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