Restaurant Reviews from Mr Fig

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County: Wicklow

No. of Reviews: 24

Member Since: 19 November 2008

Last Visit: 09 March 2018

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Damson Diner restaurant

52 South William St, South William Street, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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18 reviews

Reviewed 14th July 2014 ( visited 06th June 2014 )

Great location, busy always! good banter, decent food...pulled pork fries are great. Duck Salad aesome. Interesting cocktails. Most of the staff are friendly, some are more interested in looking good~! Good spot.
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Damson Diner restaurant

52 South William St, South William Street, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
American

Price Range:

Good
18 reviews

Reviewed 14th July 2014 ( visited 06th June 2014 )

Great location, busy always! good banter, decent food...pulled pork fries are great. Duck Salad aesome. Interesting cocktails. Most of the staff are friendly, some are more interested in looking good~! Good spot.
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El Bahia Moroccan Restaurant
37 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here Sat evening with my partner, I've been a few times but never on a busy weekend night. A little confusion over exact booking time due to communication breakdown between menupages and the restaurant but this was quickly forgotten. El Bahia really is like a little Moroccan hideaway and I know this having recently visited the country. It's intimate and warming and the staff are friendly and informative. They have a Mezza option for 70 bucks and it's a decent deal as long as you stick to the house wine and leave the sides. The menu is full choice, we had the couscous with lamb, chicken and veg and Essaouira preserved lemon chicken, after zaalouk starters, followed by morrocan sweets and coffee. The food here is amazing, it was so busy and they were a little short staffed so they done a great job. Negatives: mint tea is over priced, busy busy Sat night may have rushed the cooking time so the dishes not seen to their best. Recommended

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

Dined here of a Tuesday evening with my partner. Amazed at how busy the place was for midweek, great buzz. We were warmly greeted by our host and shown promptly to our table. I had a few coats and bags so it would have been nice for the host to offer to take them to the cloak room, which I had to ask for. For starters I had the Crab Salad with avocado mousse and ruby grapefruit, it was a great combo that worked well witht he table bread on offer. My partner had the Hummus, taboulleh and tapenade with flatbreads, which she enjoyed immensely. For mains I opted for the lamb fillet which our waitress had to check for availability, she speedily returned to cheerfully inform me there was one piece left, happy days. Although the fillet was on the bone and quite fatty (probably not the best piece they had hence last left) the meat was tender and well cooked. My Partner had the half a roast chicken with salads and veg, it was exactly as you would expect and very good at that. Washed down with the house red...can't remember the bottle but good. Recommended if a little pricey.

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The Lotts Cafe Bar
9 Lower Liffey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Had a Minute steak, salad and chips...all in all a fair effort, gravy on the steak was decent, steak itself a little fatty, chips a good portion. Quiet, Tuesday so expected...worth another try, always friendly and accommodating.

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Bombay Pantry Fairview
38 Philipsburgh Avenue, Fairview, Dublin

First and last time ordering from here. I'm on a Paleo Diet so was really excited to find a restaurant that caters for us few. Lots of "PF" Paleo friendly options on the menu, I kept it simple. Small plates of Chicken Tikka "kebab", Bombay Ribs and a cucumber salad. Took 50 minutes to whip up this small order on a Wednesday night, not great. Tikka was a few small, very dry pieces of chicken loosely sitting at the bottom of a tray with a few red onions, crap. Ribs were ok, mild sauce blew the head off me as it was full of chilli seeds, i like it hot but this was too hot for mild sauce. Salad was completely overpowered by the coriander, when will places learn that this needs to be used in moderation to the other ingredients. I also received a portion of rice, which I did not order and is a bit of a joke when your on Paleo and this is a PF restaurant. POOR!

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The Port House
64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Extensive Tapas menu so take your time and relax. Get the Padron peppers!! mind the hot one!!! Great foi gras, great stew. Like a cave downstairs...very intimate. Huge wine menu....go mad!

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

The best fine dine restaurant in Dublin.

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McGrattans Cafe Bar
Baggot Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

McGrattan's is a "gastro pub" Lunches are decent value, Chicken ceasar is excellent! pool tables, good beer, decent food, staff on the ball!

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Pablo Picante
131 Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , Baggot Street, Dublin

Had heard many people raving about PP's...not for me i'm afraid, got he Californian Burito with chicken, rice et al. Very plain on flavour, will have to try something else next time. Staff v friendly. Cost wise, the value is not great.

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Yamamori Izakaya
12/13 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

One of the few spots in town that you can get a great late bit of grub with some great beers and cocktails. Dumplings are TO DIE FOR! lots of little bites and snakes available! Go!

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Damson Diner
52 South William St, South William Street, Dublin

Great location, busy always! good banter, decent food...pulled pork fries are great. Duck Salad aesome. Interesting cocktails. Most of the staff are friendly, some are more interested in looking good~! Good spot.

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Il Sereno
112 Church Rd, East Wall Village, East Wall, Dublin

I am a local to the area and had been meaning to try this little eatery out for some time. So after a tiring days work, a week of the lurgy and a sparsely populated fridge that time had come. Firstly it was relatively early, 7ish and a biblical rain had just passed over so I was the only diner, when I arrived I was politely greeted by the friendly young waitress and given choice of table, I chose the one just by the register. Initial thoughts on the decor where, "I want one of these tables!" they are beautiful hunks of reclaimed style wood. The seats are all adorned with differing cushions which really bring a comfortable warmth to the place. The menu is pretty extensive for a small eatery, all Italian, a plethora of pasta dishes to try, plenty of pizza options and other dishes to ponder too. I opted for a prawn starter with a garlicky, creamy, tomatoey sauce...this was very tasty but could be improved, nice big prawns but for the price one more would be good, sauce to prawn and would be all the better accompanied by a crusty piece of bread for moppage :) For my mains I went the Pizza route, Prosciutto Crudo E Rucola to be precise, Lovely light thin base, sweet tomato sauce and plenty of salty ham just as I like it...possibly some more rocket would be nice...but that's just my taste. The Pizza size is impressive so there were 3 slices left for boxing and bringing home! For desert I had the sweet of the day, chocolate tart, soft, luscious, can't be faulted. All of this was washed down with three glasses of perfectly acceptable house red. I have to point out that the waitress on duty was brilliantly attentive , open and friendly and the music choices spot on! The bill came to €40 plus change. It's a little hideaway that you won't mind stopping by, I'll be back.

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ely winebar
22 Ely Place, (Just off St. Stephen’s Green), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Availed of the Lunch special, Dish of the day + glass of wine €18. Dish was risotto with smoked venison pieces and wild mushrooms...simply it was the best risotto i've had in quite some time. Perfect service, warm and relaxed (sat downstairs)...highly recommended.

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Coppinger Row
Coppinger Row, off South William St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Similar to a few of the places near by, GB, Damson, Bear...pretty much on a par however the fish burger I had was bereft of fish and all a bit bready, nice beer selection, same owners as Gourmet Burger? maybe.

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Damson Diner
52 South William St, South William Street, Dublin

Hip place that do the best fries in town, great fresh and interesting salads and staff on the ball. A little style of substance feel about it but seem to carry it off for now. Cocktails!!

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Bear
35 South William Street, Dublin 2, South William Street, Dublin

Have been here before and adored the place, Million Dollar fries and steaks had kicked ass! .......But, it's gone downhill, MDF raw, steaks nice, atmosphere dead....Me thinks they need to revamp or close as GB and Damson have passed them out..

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

Wasn't the the old Leon (the second one) anyway....it's better again! Lovely ambiance, decor and engaging staff. Food is top drawer, portion sizes perfect and a wine list as long as your arm. Go there.

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Charming Noodles
105 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

This little Chinese gem is well worth a visit, smack bang in China Town near Fibers pub. The place is as friendly as you like with a massive menu and great value. Be hungry as they don't scrimp on the portion size.

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The Larder Restaurant
8 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Myself and my girlfriend ate here after spending the day wandering the city. We were seated at the back, comfy and nicely decorated, however the spot light shining in from the lane behind could have been covered with a curtain guys, blinding! I ordered the Dublin Bay Prawn starter, what arrived were 3 to 4 of the smallest DBP I have ever been served, at least 2 had not been de-veined. This is a dish I have enjoyed in many eateries, I simply could not accept the dish. The helpful waitress took them back to the kitchen, slightly embarrassed. My girlfriend meanwhile enjoyed her chicken wing starter, the sauce was spicy and very tasty. I waited about 10 minutes before the waitress came back with basically the same prawn dish, de-veined and one extra tiny prawn, the creamy white wine sauce was lovely it has to be said. For mains I ordered the Cod Rissoto, unfortunately the rice was overcooked, far too mushy, the cod tasteless really and the salt content was heavy handed to say the least. I could not eat more than two mouthfuls. My Girlfriend had the Pork Belly, well cooked and well presented, however the bed of mash was all a bit watery and lacked flavour. When the new waiter asked how our meal was I informed him of our feelings, the plate told the story of my mains. I was soon presented with a slice of cheesecake (tasted like fridge) not freshly made, I neither wanted nor desired this and felt it a poor attempt at redemption. Non the less I thanked the waiter. On arrival of our bill which had nothing deducted, poor form, I called over the waitress, explained my disappointment with the courses and soon the bill returned with my mains removed. All in all a bad show, great location, great wine list (they have Picpoul de Pinet :) but some really stark food mistakes and no proper recognition of these on the night. Jury is out.

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Milano (Baggot Street)
1 - 2 Haddington Road, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

The best thing about this restaurant is the location, if you manage to get a sunny day and there is space on the terrace, great! you can while away the hours watching the ducks swim by on the canal. The prices reflect the unique location, the food is not as high a standard as Milanos on Hanover Quay.

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McDonagh's Seafood House
22 Quay Street, Galway, Galway City, Galway

Perfect fish and chip shop...benches / take away on the left, proper sit down on the right. Fresh fish always of good standard, does exactly what it says on the tin.

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Millers Pizza Kitchens
50 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

I'm a regular here both take away and eat in. Simply put they are the most inoative pizzas in Dublin, the ingredients are top quality, boar, lamd, thai style, indian style, seafood, the lot. the staff are friendly and althought he pizza can be the guts of €20 it's woth it. They also have a special for €16, Pizza + salad + glass of wine. Brilliant.

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

The Church is a stunning setting for a meal, a truly wonderful interior that will keep the conversation flowing. The acoustics within are excellent as you would expect in a church with an enormous organ! This helps the atmosphere greatly. However , the food was disappointing, I had the classic dish of Mozzarella with tomatoes and basil to start. The beef tomatoes where watery, unripe and had little or no taste, the mozzarella was bland and the basil was puréed pesto, not good! For my mains I had the roast half duck, this came with some seasonal veg which was well cooked. Unfortunately my duck was 80% fat which is not normal for this dish, it’s supposed to be fatty but this was just not a good piece. The waiter seemed completely unaware of the difference between Fat and meat. The house wine went down well, A Chilean red and white.

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Woodstock Cafe
156 Phibsboro Road, Phibsboro, Dublin

Went here late afternoon - After 2, so it was not too busy. I ordered a chilli chicken baguette. Chilli was very mild, chicken was processed, no noticable salad, came with lots of crisps on the plate, classy! Ordered, sat down, waitress came over nice and speedily, forgot to give me a napkin. Atmosphere was grand and quiet. €4.50, not worth it. Will give it another go but not expecting much.

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

I ate here last night, we were a table of 12. The restaurant was well lit, well decorated, warm and good fun too, the atmosphere was spot on for this time of year. The service was friendly, knowledgeable and efficient, they have the Christmas Menu on so this helps with groups, set starters, choice of mains, set desert. No complaints on the food front, nothing spectacular, my Hake in banana leaf was tasty and the salt and chilli was done to perfection. Worthy a return.

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