Restaurant Reviews from Mickey121

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County: Kildare

No. of Reviews: 40

Member Since: 12 July 2007

Last Visit: 22 November 2018

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Jo'Burger restaurant

137 Rathmines Road, Dublin 6 , South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 6

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256 reviews

Reviewed 21st December 2007 ( visited 20th December 2007 )

Brilliant Burgers! Reading some of the other reviews , yes it is a little off the wall with the menu's in the beeno comic and the staff sitting beside to take your order, bush fries and so on, but its great to have something a little out of the loop of the usual humdrum burger joint and try something a little different. Music was excellent, atmospehere buzzing. The latte was top draw stuff. I will be up for another visit fairly soon!
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Darwins restaurant

80 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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326 reviews

Reviewed 12th July 2007 ( visited 12th July 2007 )

Our visit to Darwin’s was primarily to try their steaks, which we had heard, were very good and we were not disappointed. A great steak. A little expensive all round but worth it.
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Roly Saul The Restaurant
The Mill House, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

I brought my wife here for dinner for her birthday. I made the reservation through the menupages website and got a confirmation call on the day from the restaurant. We found the food was tasty, well presented and served piping hot. The service was good with no long waiting times as one would expect with a restaurant as such. We sat up on the 1st floor at a table next to the glass facade which was great to look out of. All in all, a lovely evening out and would be worth a return visit.


The Westbury, Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

My missus & I came here to celebrate a special occasion and we were well delighted with our evening out. We were impressed with the service. Little things like even though we only ordered a glass of wine each, the waiter came with the bottle to the table and you got to taste it before serving it. And the special little touches with the food, like the tiny Tabasco bottle that accompanied the crab and prawn salad. The food was full of good flavours. The pepper sauce that came with the fillet steak was robust and peppery, unlike some which can be more creamy than peppery and the portions were spot on, with even a little space left for desert & the chocolate taster we got with the coffee. Well worth a visit.


47 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

We came here for brunch on Sunday morning & being so popular you had to be when the doors opened to get yourself a table as the place filled up fairly rapidly. We were a party of 6 so following the general theme of the restaurant some of us had to sit on stools. Everyone was happy with their choice of burgers, big breakfasts, french toast loaded with enough bacon to push up your cholestrol up a few points just looking at it! I had the welsh rarebit...all big portions. My only gripe would be that I thought the pork sausages were not meaty enough. All in all we were still well satisfied and found the service good too.


Bijou Bistro & Wine
46/47 Highfield Road, Dublin 6, Rathgar, Dublin

My better half and I came here for our Valentines dinner and we were well pleased with our (my!) choice. The atmosphere, table setting and decor was perfect and the service was excellent with our courteous and friendly waitors. We loved the food, my missus highly complimenting the venison dish and I the fillet steak. The starters were equally good with a lovely mix of flavours. With us both having a starter and generous main meal, all that we that was needed to cap it off was a good coffee. A great night out and we would love to come back and try the bistro.


7-9 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

My missus decided for her birthday we should have some sushi for lunch so we decided to try Ukiyo out. Prices for lunch looked good and inside was fine. My missus went for 2 different sushi dishes & I tried the bento box special. The sushi I was told was good and the bento box was tasty too, no sushi bento boxes but a mix of hot Oriental dishes. The food made up for the slow service as we waited at least 15minutes before our order was taken and then a good bit for the food to come which was well welcome by then! Instead of waiting for the bill to come we got up and paid at the till. For the food, well worth trying again for dinner & a little kareoke.


The Kingswood Country House Restaurant & Bar
Kingswood House, Kingswood, Naas Rd, Kingswood, Dublin

First off, one would have to compliment the service here. The managers & waiters were very friendly from the moment we wallked right until we left. We were told they were short a waiter but there was never a problem & there were a few big tables. All in all we were happy with the food. The mixed starter for 2 was plentiful & tasty. Steaks for main, the missus went for the sirloin & Diane Sauce & I the ribeye with pepper corn sauce. My steak was tender being a ribeye, but the sirloin was on the tough side even for medium rare. For a steakhouse you would expect your steak to be aged & tender. The Diane sauce was a little different to what we were told, a reduced red wine sauce turned out to be a pepper corn sauce with tomatoe?? The pepper sauce was good. Too full for desert except for a French coffee which was lovely. All in all we were satisfied & might venture back again.


The Birdcage Cafe
Avoca Rathcoole, Naas Road, Rathcoole, Dublin

Popped in for a bite to eat and it was jammers as usual. The food is always good, the salads are fresh and portitions are always plentiful. We were saving our appetites for later so opted for a smallish meal. We'll still only pop in once in a while as a coffee, a cold drink, half a tuna roll each and a side salad to share was €21 for the 2 of us, for self service meal, I think is a little steep but thats the price you'll expect to pay in Avoca.


Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK Liffey Valley)
Unit 40B, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, West Dublin, Liffey Valley, Dublin

We decided to pop in here to try some place different before heading to the movies. With the offer of €5 for your burger if you have a movie ticket made it more appealing as €11.50 for only a burger I would have felt was a bit too expensive. The burgers were tasty and not over done. I had the bacon/ avo but could taste the avo was slightly unripe. The goats cheese burger with aubergine got the thumbs up as did the chips and onion rings. We had just under an hour to eat and all went well and we got out in time for the movie feeling satisfied.


Chai Yo
100 Lower Baggot street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We had heard good reviews about this restaurant and especially about the set menu for only 17.95 so we decided we had to try it. The menu itself has a good few dishes on it so you wont be stuck in making a choice. We were all pleased with the quality of the dishes and were certainly not left hungry! I had the chicken satay which sometimes tend to be over cooked but these were cooked perfectly. For mains I had the Duck Cantonese, it was full of flavour but would have been better with a few peppers or so but was still good. The Thai green curry also got the thumbs up. Desert choice small of either apple or banana fritters & coffee or tea, but with a good meal it was more than enough. Our waiter was friendly and service was good. Definately worth a visit.


An Poitin Stil
Naas Road, Rathcoole, Dublin

We decided this Friday to try out the Poitin Stil instead of the usual take away. We were shown to the table by the friendly waitress who served us for the rest of the evening. The missus decided against starters & went for the goats cheese salad for main. I decided to follow suit as I wanted to try the half lemon & herb chicken. The amount of food was definately sufficient enough with plenty of chips and vege's on the side. My missus enjoyed her salad with plenty of cheese but I found the chicken fairly bland and dry. Quite full we thought we'd share a desert which was alright. Just under €50 including a glass of wine each was okay but I might opt for an indian take away next time.


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

A friend of ours booked this place for a group of us. At first some of us were a bit dubious, thinking it would be well over priced with the awards the restaurant has.. In the end it turned out well. The food was delicious. I had the smoked fish platter which was lovely & a good portion. For mains, most of us went for the steak which was cooked perfectly. The duck also got the thumbs up. The wine menu we thought was a little pricey but we were happy with what we chose. We even managed to share a few deserts which were yummy. To sum it up, not cheap by any means but still well worth a visit.


The Streat
Citywest Shopping Centre, Saggart, Dublin

Popped in here for a sandwich & a cup of coffee. Both were good. Pretty good menu for breakfast and lunchtime. We will be back.


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

Came here with a few mates. The staff were friendly and service was on time, no delays although it was a Friday. But then it wasn't too packed for a Friday. The chilli and nachos starter is worth trying out, plenty of it & very tasty. Main meals all round were good & more than enough. All in all we all left satisfied and I would consider visiting again.


TGI Friday (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

The missus & I had dinner here on Friday and it's still not that good. The chicken wings are okay, at €1.50 each. Missus enjoyed the bruchetta. I had the JD ribs but they were fairly dry and all you got with them was some sauce to make them edible & chips, nothing else. For €24 you would think even a slice of tomato or onion rings or something else with it. Missus had a vege burger but avoid the red paper under the burger because soon its part of your meal. We won't hurry back.


Diep le Shaker
55 Pembroke Lane, (Off Pembroke Street), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Having tried Diep Noodle in Ranelagh a while back and enjoying it, thought we'd give this one a try. The restaurant itself is chic with a pleasant ambience. The staff all very friendly and helpful. And of course the food impressed us all. The dish which received the most praise was the lamb curry, with the lamb being perfectly tender & the sauce full of flavour. There was mix up with one of the stir fry's so some got the extra spicy instead of the mild they ordered. The mixed starter was tried by most to get a taste of everything which turned out good. An excellent selection of wines, reasonably priced, with a good choice to compliment the spicy food. We tried 1 or 2 of the cocktails and they were only ok. We had a friend with us over on holidays from South Africa and he was well impressed of which the same would be said by the rest of us.


The Bull & Castle and F.X. Buckley Steakhouse
5-7 Lord Edward Street, Christchurch, Dublin 8, City Centre South, Dublin

Having been to the FXB in Temple Bar, we hoped the food would be just as good. The beer hall was great for drinks before hand with plenty to choose from. Dinner menu was adequate enough with a few specials to be had. Usual starters all round and most of us opted for the rib eye steak for the main meal. Unfortunately we didn't all receive our steaks the way we ordered them so a bit overdone for some. The pepper sauce was a bit iffy, tasted a bit medicinal. Mushroom sauce was great though. Other than that the evening was enjoyed by all, with not too hefty a bill each.


Buenos Aires Grill
Unit 2 Castle Way, Golden Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

When we heard about this place we knew we had to give it a try because Argentina would be well renowned for their beef. So we went with fairly high expectations. Fortunately we were not let down. All was good from the word go, with the modern setting comfortable and table arrangement. Although we all wanted the 20oz T-Bone, we still had to try the starters. All were good, from the healthy portion of mussels, pasties tasty and the calamari tender. The T-Bones were tender, and most were grilled the way we wanted them (one was slightly over cooked). The sauces were good. The potatoes were delicious and when we asked for more we were given a huge helping! We had a very good Argentinian Cabernet to accompany the meal at a very reasonable price. No deserts as we were quite full so espresso's to top it off. A great meal without a hefty bill.


Avoca Handweavers
Kilmacanogue, Bray, Bray, Wicklow

A great place to visit for lunch. Gets pretty packed though. We wanted to eat in the Fern Restaurant but you only get in there with a booking so we ate in the food hall. The food was delicious, portions of salad with your meal are huge so you would be pretty full if you ate the lot, but you cant do that if you want some of thier deserts which cant be missed. Only down side was the tables, most are good but there are a few metal tables thrown in to take the crowds and they aren't the best. Still a nice to out to on the weekend.


19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I wouldnt call myself a Vegeterian (give me a steak anytime) but going for a bite to eat with the Missus, one needs to be open for something new. I cant say we were disappointed, I have the mix of different salads, tried some new variations and Missus had a vegetable bake of sorts with salads. All was crisp and fresh, full of flavour and not bland at all. The restaurant itself wouldnt rate high on the atmosphere and comfort ratings, bit compact and rickety tables but I suppose that comes with the territory. Still well worth a visit.


Barberstown Castle
Straffan, Straffan, Kildare

Valentines day was spent here and it was a treat. For the afternoon we had a small tea of scones and mocha coffees which were as good as you would find them normally. Dinner that night was brilliant. A tasting menu for starters was prepared for Valentines which was quite appetising and well worth it with a choice of main meals. Desert was selection of chocolate treats which the missus and I loved. A glass of sparkling wine to start the evening off and a good selection of wines to choose from for dinner. The service was excellent & we never left waiting and all were very polite. An enjoyable place to spend Valentines.


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

I cam here with the missus for my birthday. We had booked and arrived a bit late so we ended up waiting a bit for a table. The place was surprisingly very busy. All in all the food was good, would have liked to have sushi as a main but its a little on the expensive side. The noodles main dishes we ordered were delicious and the portions were big.


Luigi Malones Restaurant
5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

All in all a good restaurant to go and not go wrong. I've been here a few times already and have say the steaks which are brought in from Argentina are worth a try. Starters of wings, nachos and chinese parcels to share were all gobbled up quite quickly. We did seem to wait a while for our main course but it was good when it finally arrived, steaks all round. For desert, some tried the toblerone cause they heard it was good and it was. I tried the Baileys which just as good. One or two cocktail jugs were tried and enjoyed. Not disappointed again, so won't mind another visit! There's plenty more on the menu to try!


18 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

After spending a bit of time trying to find a place that would suit everyone, I settled on Pacino's. The result turned out well with everyone well happy with their dinner. The hit was the gourmet pizza's, the Michelangelo was excellent, even for those who usually go for the steak were well impressed. Some stuck with the Carne & Pollo choices and were well satisfied. The meatballs starters were excellent too! A few bottles of wine, espresso's to round it all off and at €35 a head including tip, it was well worth it.


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

Well based on reading a few of the reviews before heading to the restaurant, I avoided the prawn dishes. Tried the lamb peppers as recommended and they were good. I went for the lamb madras which was spicy and tasty. A mate of mine went for the lamb chili and garlic masala which was good too. The highlight of the evening was when we queried the waiter what the hottest curry was and we were told the Phal which they dont put on the menu. Well we had to ask them for a taste no doubt it was hotter than a vindaloo!All in all, good atmosphere, good food & pleasant service.


The Baurnafea House
Main Street, Rathcoole, Co Dublin, Rathcoole, Dublin

Happened to come across this place one Sunday afternoon and from the outside it looked fairly neat. Inside the pub is pretty modern and well kept. We all went for the carvery on offer and were happy with our healthy portions at a moderate price, with meat and all the veggies. Managed to squeeze in a baileys cheese cake for dessert which went down a treat. A good place to kick back and relax and watch the Sunday match.


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

I would like to visit this restaurant again to try what I missed out on the 1st time! I was with a group of friends and we were all happy with our meal. The service was good, the restaurant was busy with a good vibe. Cocktails for dessert hit the spot! I'll be back!


One Pico Restaurant
5-6 Molesworth Place, Schoolhouse Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I was looking for a special restaurant to take my better half to & browsed through a few of the reviews and One Pico seemed to come out on top. And fortunately we weren't disappointed. The service is superlative, one of the reasons why you pay that extra bit with at least 5 people tending to you during your meal. I was sort of expecting the portions to be small with previous reviews but I have to say we were pleasantly full after our 3 course meal and the food was delectable. I wouldn't hesitate recommending a visit.


Mexico to Rome
23 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

All in all, not a bad spot. The service was friendly. We had ordered a table for 8 & arrived on time. The place was pretty full and when we finally got our table we were given 2 tables to squeeze around which was pretty cramped and so one of us was almost sitting in the entrance. The food was ok, nothing to rave about but the cocktails made up for that which was lacking. Not the cheapest if you want any of the meat dishes as you still need to add on the sides.


Bonga Korean BBQ
52 Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

An interesting array of dishes await you at this buffet with plenty to try. If you enjoy asian cuisine and are open to trying something new you will enjoy the food. I went with a party of 10 and it was pretty much 50/50 split on who liked the food (back for 2nd...3rds) and who barely finished their 1st try. They are selling wine now but stocks were still low and didnt have most that was on the list. We tried the kareoke but unless your Korean is pretty good, you'll have an interesting time deciphering the instruction and then singing to all remixes of the songs. We would have probably more enjoyed if we had had a few more drinks beforehand. All in all, one still worth trying with the gang.


FIRE Restaurant and Lounge
Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

All in all, pleasant enough. Keeping in mind having some of the previous reviews complaining about the service, we were happy with our pleasant waitress and her service. We opted for the light starter of antipasta cold meats & cheese, as we wanted to tackle the 24oz majors steak. I usually like my steaks rare, but on this occasion it came more bleu, and being a rib eye steak it would have been better to go for medium as it isn't a lean cut. No need for side orders really, but still tried the Dauphinoise, which was the best part of the meal, and cauliflower and cheese patties. Wine selection was good. Prices perhaps a little on the high side than what they should be but still worth a visit.


94-96 Terenure Road, Dublin 6 , Terenure, Dublin

I was recommended to Vermilion by a friend & took my missus here for her birthday. Our first impression when we walked in were good as the decor in the restaurant looks very smart. Our waiter was attentative to our needs from the word start but not overbearing. The food was spicy and full of flavour. With a tasty starter (crab cakes& mixed starter)& main meal (chameen manga kolambi with prawns & lamb chettinad-hot& spicy!)we were well full to even think of trying the dessert so rounded up with coffee. Well worth visiting again.


137 Rathmines Road, Dublin 6 , South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin

Brilliant Burgers! Reading some of the other reviews , yes it is a little off the wall with the menu's in the beeno comic and the staff sitting beside to take your order, bush fries and so on, but its great to have something a little out of the loop of the usual humdrum burger joint and try something a little different. Music was excellent, atmospehere buzzing. The latte was top draw stuff. I will be up for another visit fairly soon!


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

A restaurant worth a visit. The 1st time I was at here was when they were open for 1 week. Then the service was very slow which was sort of expected. Waited a while before a group of returned and we went for the Suckling Pig which was well recieved. Was there again last week for a work do. First I was happy to see they had Austrian white wine of which I'm a fan and the bottle we got was lovely. The rib eye main meal was done to perfection with tasty mushroom topping. Do remember to order your sides as this is the 2nd time we forgot to order (no prompt from the waiter) and I could see some would have been happy with a side and not only the main meal. All in all, a good establishment to dine at.


Bahay Kubo
14 Bath Avenue, Sandymount, Sandymount, Dublin

A group of 8 of us went for dinner here last week. We were given the set menu which was bit disappointing not to have the full menu to choose from with only 8 of us. The starters was the mixed starter all round to share between 2, which was ok. Mixed thoughts about the main meal, but generally ok. Dessert was profiteroles all round. The highlight of the evening though was definitely the 3 piece band who were very entertaining and had everyone singing and clapping along at the end.


Punjabi By Nature Indian Restaurants & Takeaway
15 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

I was back here just over a week ago and been here a few times before. The good curry keeps on calling me back. I love the peshwari naan. Had the Lamb Chilli Masala, which was hot and spicy, and none was left behind. We were a party of 8 and there were no grumbles to be heard. We all left feeling well satisfied and will be back again soon.


Acapulco Restaurant
7 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Mexican it was to be and after scanning the reviews for the options, Acapulco looked the best. Booked the restaurant for a few of us eager to see if the food was any good and it was. No complaints. Helpful waitress on hand to guide us through the tequila slammer! Would recommend the Jalapeno chilli starter, fajitas were spot. For dessert we all went for the deep fried ice cream which was a good end to a great dinner.


Anvil Bistro Restaurant
Saggart Village, Dublin 22, Saggart, Dublin

This weekend my fiancé and I decided we must try the local restaurant and we weren't disappointed. The food is well presented, interesting dishes and all tasted very good. The service was friendly and not too rushed. Slightly on the expensive side but still worth it.


F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Crow Street
2 Crow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

The ideal restaurant if you want to go for a good steak. Having seen a review of the restaurant on the City Channel, it looked appealing. I tried the Rib eye steak for the 1st time and wasn't disappointed. Going with a group of lads we all opted for one of the various steaks they offered and the T-Bone got the thumbs up. I had the calamari for starters. Although always weary it will be rubbery, the calamari was just right. Service was good, portions spot on, no complaints here.


Kinara Restaurant
318 Clontarf Road, North Co. Dublin , Clontarf, Dublin

It had been a long while since we were last here and I had family over from Austria so I thought bringing them here would be a real treat. As I had remembered, the food was great! I never heard so many happy exclamations around the table when the starters were completed which was pleasing! We tried the lamb Champ Kandhari , the tender beef kebab, monkfish spiced just right and the tasty crab claws. All wonderfully spiced. For mains we all love lamb curries so we all had a different lamb dish of which all were as equally satisfying as the starters including the kishmish nan on the side. We were all well full by then so it was espresso's & green tea to finish off. My only gripe on the evening was the service. When we were seated we waited a few minutes before we managed to attract one of the waitresses to bring us the menu which was the way the rest of the evening went with not enough service. We even had to ask if we could please have coffee at the end as we hadn't been asked if we would like desert or coffee when we had finished our main meal. So all in all, the food was great but really poor service.


80 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Our visit to Darwin’s was primarily to try their steaks, which we had heard, were very good and we were not disappointed. A great steak. A little expensive all round but worth it.

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