Restaurant Reviews from Mini-haha

Status: First Timer

Credibility Score:
52.5%

County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 5

Member Since: 18 September 2010

Last Visit: 10 November 2010

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Il Fornaio Restaurant (IFSC)

1B Valenta House, Custom House Square, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
Italian

Price Range:

Good
45 reviews

Reviewed 21st September 2010 ( visited 15th September 2010 )

I have to say that this is a good little italian restaurant with hard working staff. It is small and fills up fast at lunchtime. I would not rate it on the comfort front as the table are quite close together and seating is not overly comfortable, but these are little sacrifices to be made in exchange for a good Pizza. The pizza is very good and I would particularly recommend the Fornaio as the combination of cherry tomatoes, parmesan, mozarella and fresh basil is an unbeatable conbination. They have other good italian style pizzas and their pasta is good, I enjoyed their bolognaise, more italian style rather than typical Irish style. They also have a whole selection of sandwiches made with italian bread and foccacio - the sandwiches are tasty. They do a €10.95 lunch special which is good value. Service is really good and the waiting ataff are very personable. Good Italian coffee too. Good location fo rpeople watching.
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Eatery 120 restaurant

120 Ranelagh Road, Ranelagh, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 6

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
203 reviews

Reviewed 18th September 2010 ( visited 14th August 2010 )

I don't what has happened to Eatery 120. Reading some of the recent reviews, maybe you get a different view of things if you are a first timer. I have to say as a regular, the food has gone down hill. Mushrooms on toast €8 am I crazy but does that sound like something you granny would rustle up if she hadn't anything in the fridge and a little pricey don't you think for chopped up button mushrooms with a little cream on a plain bit of chippata. Similarly, one of the specials was skirt of beef or something similar. Dreadful, dreadful, dreadful piece of leather. I am all for using cheaper cuts of meat and under-utilised veggies but in some ways the likes of Eatery 120 are losing their way because of the recession and the desire to produce food at reasonable prices (not the mushrooms). Are we forgetting about taste, about combining food, about challenging palate. These guys can cook, however my burger was overdone and flavourless. The service is not bad, I would say that it is difficult enough if you have to come from the kitchen on the first floor and have to serve people on the ground floor. What I do like is the ground floor, it is always very welcoming and has a very comfortable feel, I cannot say the same for upstaris which is cramped and a little frantic. The biggest criticism I have is the wine list, it is second rate and totally overpriced - I find it difficult to pick out one bottle from the list. Time to be re-invented - Eatery 120 needs to revise the menu and the wine list to stay on top.
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Peploes Wine Bistro
16 St Stephen's Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

I eat in Peploes on a regular basis. I have to say I prefer lunch to dinner. We were a group of six who had dinner the other night and we were seated straight away. Everything seems a little rushed but in fairness the staff are very pleasant. The wine list is good if a little overpriced. There is very little on offer in the €20 - €30 range, which is not really good in the current climate. The starters were mixed - I had I really nice mushroon risotto. Two people had the Caesar Salad - dreadful was one comment and he other was that it was inedible - the salad leaves had wilted completely and there was far too much dressing on the salad. A Caesar Salad is not hard to make and the key is the the leaves are lightly coated with the dressing otherwise you get a limp mess. For the main course I had the steak, it was cooked correctly but it seems to be a continuing theme in this restaurant that there is always part of the meat that is inedible due to sinew. A good chef with butchery skills should easily be able to sort that out, to my mind it is laziness, a bit like leaving the veins in a prawn. My fellow eaters had the monkfish and prawn pie. They all believed that they were going to receive a pastry crust. This did not materialise and i arrived in the form of an apple crumble. Monkfish is quite a meaty fish so to my mind you need a light tasty sauce with ideally a puff pastry topping. You could see that the pie was not freshly made, was soggy and really unappetising. The sea bass main course special was good, fresh and tasty. The meal was expensive for what we received. It is a lovely bistro but I would think twice about going back I have to say. I would like to see Peploes continue to perform but dare I suggest that it needs to re-invent its menu and in particular and key to people spending money in top restaurants - the chef needs to up his/her game and maybe actually sit down and taste their own food and make sure what is being sent out of their kitchen is quality food

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Il Fornaio Restaurant (IFSC)
1B Valenta House, Custom House Square, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin

I have to say that this is a good little italian restaurant with hard working staff. It is small and fills up fast at lunchtime. I would not rate it on the comfort front as the table are quite close together and seating is not overly comfortable, but these are little sacrifices to be made in exchange for a good Pizza. The pizza is very good and I would particularly recommend the Fornaio as the combination of cherry tomatoes, parmesan, mozarella and fresh basil is an unbeatable conbination. They have other good italian style pizzas and their pasta is good, I enjoyed their bolognaise, more italian style rather than typical Irish style. They also have a whole selection of sandwiches made with italian bread and foccacio - the sandwiches are tasty. They do a €10.95 lunch special which is good value. Service is really good and the waiting ataff are very personable. Good Italian coffee too. Good location fo rpeople watching.

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Milano (Clarion Quay)
Unit 6, Excise Walk, Clarion Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin

Used to be a regular lunchtime customer here but I could not be bothered now. Every time I arrive in and around lunchtime there is never any availability despite there visibly being seating available. They have a new Maitre D and they are not really up to the job. I said I was a regular customer and that I was not happy that I could not get a seat the last four times I had presented myself at the restaurant and they kind of shrugged it off. Yes the food has gone down hill - I now go Elsewhere to down the road to experience quality service and quality Pizza. More time than I can remember the dough on the Pizza or the Garlic bread has not been allowed to rise and you get a very tough chewable crust and the centre of the pizza is raw dough - you can imagine what that does to you!. These people need to up their game.

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Eatery 120
120 Ranelagh Road, Ranelagh, Dublin

I don't what has happened to Eatery 120. Reading some of the recent reviews, maybe you get a different view of things if you are a first timer. I have to say as a regular, the food has gone down hill. Mushrooms on toast €8 am I crazy but does that sound like something you granny would rustle up if she hadn't anything in the fridge and a little pricey don't you think for chopped up button mushrooms with a little cream on a plain bit of chippata. Similarly, one of the specials was skirt of beef or something similar. Dreadful, dreadful, dreadful piece of leather. I am all for using cheaper cuts of meat and under-utilised veggies but in some ways the likes of Eatery 120 are losing their way because of the recession and the desire to produce food at reasonable prices (not the mushrooms). Are we forgetting about taste, about combining food, about challenging palate. These guys can cook, however my burger was overdone and flavourless. The service is not bad, I would say that it is difficult enough if you have to come from the kitchen on the first floor and have to serve people on the ground floor. What I do like is the ground floor, it is always very welcoming and has a very comfortable feel, I cannot say the same for upstaris which is cramped and a little frantic. The biggest criticism I have is the wine list, it is second rate and totally overpriced - I find it difficult to pick out one bottle from the list. Time to be re-invented - Eatery 120 needs to revise the menu and the wine list to stay on top.

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Rustic Stone
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

One word describes this restaurant - Terrific. The name Rustic Stone in some way doesn't do this Restaurant justice. It is more a refined stone or crystal. Food combination is Dylan's thing - grapefruit with olives, who would think of that? But it works. This is an exploration in taste and texture, it is about challenging your taste buds, with quality seasonal produce. Steaks arriving siziling on a stone, how very 1970s, reminds me of that dreadful racklett thing from Switzerland or fondue. However, I have to eat my words, it works, the steak is moist, tender, succulent and tasteful. I presume the steak is grilled for a couple of minutes on one side and then the other raw side is put onto the hot stone and hey presto you get steak cooked exactly to your liking That is the real advantage of the stone you get the steak cooked exactly to your liking. Service was extremely pleasant, Dylan was upstairs at the end of the night and I even managed to get a smile from him - what is happenng Dylan? I think he was happy to see satisfied customers. If there are four of you, you should request a banquette when booking. Decor is pleasant modern classic bistro style, not fussy maybe tables a little too close together. There is a bit of a wait for the food but that is most definitely a teething problem and it is worth the wait. The menu is a challenge and takes some time to get around if you haven't been here before. You need to decide whether you want to do the tapas type of thing as a starter or not. The wine menu is good value, we had a bordeaux red at a very reasonable price, terrific with steak. Very little to fault here, great food, wine and a buzy ambience. South Great George's Street is becoming the Gourmet Street of Dublin.

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