Restaurant Reviews from Mr. Creosote

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Crowes restaurant

10 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 4

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Reviewed 25th January 2014 ( visited 24th January 2014 )

Crowes does a great Phillie Cheesesteak, with salad & fries, for 10e. I've had the real thing in Philadelphia, and Crowes' compares to the best of them! There can be a wait at lunchtime, and the staff often ask regulars with a big group to call ahead with orders, to avoid lunch hours running over. The 8e pulled pork sandwich is also a favorite of mine.
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Crowes restaurant

10 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 4

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Cuisine:
Cheap Eats

Price Range:

Good
7 reviews

Reviewed 25th January 2014 ( visited 24th January 2014 )

Crowes does a great Phillie Cheesesteak, with salad & fries, for 10e. I've had the real thing in Philadelphia, and Crowes' compares to the best of them! There can be a wait at lunchtime, and the staff often ask regulars with a big group to call ahead with orders, to avoid lunch hours running over. The 8e pulled pork sandwich is also a favorite of mine.
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L Mulligan Grocer
18 Stoneybatter, Stoneybatter, Dublin

Great traditional food, the pork belly was amazing, and clearly made from fresh locally sourced ingredients, but somewhat pricey for a pub, even a gastro pub. Perhaps a Sunday Special, for those on a budget, would be an idea? The menus are hard to read, but our bill came in an aluminum pencil case with penny sweets - a nice touch. The bar has a phenomenal range of beers & whiskies. I plan on going back to try some craft beers!

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Juno's Cafe
26 Parkgate Street, Parkgate Street, Dublin

Dropped in for dinner on Friday after work. I'd the rib-eye steak, which was perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection, rare as ordered. My Malbec was excellent. My wife had a chorizo and roasted tomato salad - the chorizo was delicious. Service, as usual, was cheerful & friendly.

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

Stopped in for some tapas & sushi, and found some super Japanese craft beer - the Hitahino Nest White Ale, a Belgian White was the highlight.

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Crowes
10 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Crowes does a great Phillie Cheesesteak, with salad & fries, for 10e. I've had the real thing in Philadelphia, and Crowes' compares to the best of them! There can be a wait at lunchtime, and the staff often ask regulars with a big group to call ahead with orders, to avoid lunch hours running over. The 8e pulled pork sandwich is also a favorite of mine.

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Bellamy's
Ballsbridge Terrace, Ballsbridge, Dublin

A few of us from the office treated ourselves to a carvery on a Friday. The service is friendly, the helpings large, and the food wholesome and tasty - just what I want from a carvery! At 11.50e, it's not cheap, but if that puts anyone off, they can always try Bellamys "Pie Wednesday" / lasagne or shepherd's pie (with sides) for 6e - excellent value!

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Jo'Burger
137 Rathmines Road, Dublin 6 , South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin

I don't live in or near Rathmines, but it's worth the trip across Town for Jo'burger (I've got carry out there since!) The burgers are the most unique around, if you're looking for something different, smoked applewood cheese for me on this visit. Service could've been quicker, but it was a busy night, and it's not cheap. They've super beers too - I'd a sensational Belgian beer

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Crackbird
60 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Hard to find fault with Crackbird - their chicken's great, the service is attentive & helpful, the atmosphere is relaxed and the food is good value.

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

Three of us went for dinner before the cinema, with Tesco vouchers and, being a Saturday night, there was a good atmosphere. I'd the regular wings, which were really tasty, and the fillet mignon, which was also very good, and came rare as ordered. I tried the JD Ribs and was impressed with them too. There was a bit of a wait between courses, and even allowing for the vouchers, the food is pricey, but overall I enjoyed the food, and it's better value than comparable American diner-type competitors.

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The Black Sheep (Dublin)
61 Capel Street, Dublin, City Centre North, Dublin

I'd the 2 course deal here, and had a starter of chilli prawns, they were really good. I'd fish & chips as a main, cos it goes well with IPA beer. The fish was fine, but the chips were great. The mushy peas were good, as was the tartar sauce. Service was a bit slow, despite it not being busy, but was friendly.

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

The Bull & Castle does a very good beer battered haddock, with chunky chips and great mushy peas - complemented by a craft beer recommended by the barman. Not bad value either.

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The Bakehouse Bakery & Eatery
6 Bachelors Walk, City Centre South, Dublin

The Bakehouse does one of the best brunches in Dublin. It was open at 10am the day I was there (the opening hours above say midday), and I'd a fantastic bacon & egg sandwich (fresh bread, bacon was crisp, eggs were running, and tasty relish - finger licking good!). Service was friendly. I've never eaten here in the evening, but am looking forward it soon.

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The Hungry Monk
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

Enjoyed a great family meal in the restaurant's new(ish) extension. I had the Dublin Bay prawns, and the dry aged Sirloin steak. The highlight was the chocolate sundae which, even though I was stuffed, was a treat. We all felt comfortable in the new room, service was friendly, like usual, and the food was excellent. The Hungry Monk is one of North Wicklow / South Dublin's best restaurants.

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Les Freres Jacques
74 Dame Street, Dublin City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Bought a menupages deal, and had a great meal and experience. We spotted some friends passing the window, invited them in, and the staff had no problem finding us a bigger table. They worked around the vouchers, recommended (the cheapest) wine, which turned out to be so good, we ordered a second bottle. Decor is a bit dated. Super value, and we'll be going back

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Locks Brasserie
No. 1 Windsor Terrace, South Dublin, Portobello, Dublin

We celebrated my wife submitting her PhD at Locks, taking advantage of their Value 2 Course Menu. I had the slow poached salmon, which was excellent, and my wife had the Celeriac Veloute with truffle. For mains we had the Slow Braised Pork and Cannelloni. At this stage my brother had joined us, and he was seated without any fuss whatsoever. He had the Tempura of Sole which he said was delicious, the batter in particular. We all had deserts, not included in the value menu, as well as coffees and wine. Our meal was excellent, and the value for what is clearly a fine-dining experience, but in a laid-back setting. Service too was relaxed and friendly.

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Cafe Java - Ballsbridge
Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Dropped in to Java for brunch with some friends. They've an extensive menu to choose from, and I had the all-day omelette and a freshly squeezed orange juice. The juice was fresh, but the omolette was small enough, and a bit bland. The meal was neatly presented, but came to more than ten euro, which I thought was expensive.

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Crowes
10 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Crowes have a special lunch deal; Buy a lunch during lunch on a Friday, and if you come back for after-work drinks, they'll shout your first drink. A group of us took them up on the deal and were very satisfied. I had the cheeseburger and chips. The burger was juicy and the chips were home-cut and chunky. There was some delay, which the barman said was due to a large party in the restaurant upstairs. He advised calling ahead next time, which is fair enough. One thing to watch out for, the deal doesn't run on Fridays when Leinster play their home games, so call ahead, but the value is unbeatable all the same.

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Bianconis Bistro
232 Merrion Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Four of us had an early-bird at Bianconis early in the evening, so the restaurant was very quiet. I started with the Bruschetta, which was a bit too oily. My wife's Pate was perfect however. We shared the daily pizza special, caramelised onion and rocket, as recommended, and this was delicious. I'd also recommend the American Hot / Pepperoni pizza. I'd a glass of house red, from Abruzzo, and this was well above par. Service was attentive and helpful, and we all agreed that we would visit again, without hesitation.

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Wallace's Torino
9 Grattan Crescent, Dublin 8 , Inchicore, Dublin

My wife and I dropped in without a booking, on the Bank Holiday weekend and were warmly welcomed. I had the Crostini Med to start, and my wife had the Goats Cheese. These both arrived quickly and were complemented by the good red house wine. For Mains, I had the Pasta Arrabbiata, a favourite of mine from Enoteca's sister restaurant in town. My wife went for the Pumpkin Raviolis, a nice seasonal twist on the menu, and well recommended by our friendly, but busy, waitress. We then shared a Tiramasu. All our food was very tasty, made from fresh ingredients, and the atmosphere was distinctly Italian, helped by the display of wine bottles on the walls.

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The Counter Suffolk Street
20 Suffolk Street, City Centre South, Dublin

We were looking for a bite to eat in Town, and spotted the Counter. It looked bright and clean, so we went in. Our server explained the menu to us, which is straightforward but full of choices, and we ordered our burgers and fries. These took a while, but were great, although our fries were a bit cooler than they should have been. The highlight of our meal however were the deserts. My wife had the oversized chocolate chip cookie with ice-cream and I had the strawberry milkshake. These were outstanding. The cookie was crusty on the outside, but soft and warm on the inside, and delicious. My milkshake, at over €5 was slightly expensive, but proved good value. It was enormous, the right balance of ice-cream & milk, and almost put me in a coma! Service was friendly, although we had to order glasses of water a couple of times before they came, and after we had drunk these, had to order more, which never came, despite us having also ordered bottled water / Coke with our meal.

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Ryan's & F.X. Buckley Steakhouse Parkgate Street
28 Parkgate Street, Dublin 8, City Centre South, Dublin

We decided to drop into Ryans on the way home from Town, without a booking. We were politely told that the table was booked in an hour, which was fine with us, as we just wanted a quick burger. Between this, and the fact that we were offered the Early-Bird offer, despite it being 10 minutes after it finished, we felt very welcome. Our burgers were wholesome and very filling, although our fries were a little cooler than they should have been. Interestingly, Ryans offer a range of O'Hara Irish "craft" beer, and booklets suggesting food / beer pairings are on the tables. If I'd been having a meal before going into Town, rather than coming home, I'd definitely have tried a beer, as I'm curious to see how this food / beer initiative develops.

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Pizzas n Cream
Albert Walk, Bray, Wicklow

Had a New Year's Day lunch here with three generations of my family, including young children. It was such a large party, we were seated in a rather cold open area downstairs. The food, as always, was delicious. The pizzas here are excellent, soft bases, a sectret tomato sauce and generous fresh toppings, whatever the choice of pizza. The milkshakes and sundaes are highly recommended. Pizzas n Cream has always been staffed by young locals, and these add considerably to the light congenial atmosphere.

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

My wife & I had the earlybird. I had used a MenuPages voucher, but didn't get to print it off in work before I left. This was no problem for the front-of-house, who ushered me in to his computer to run my voucher off! We had the garlic bread & nachos to start, and these were both big portions, the nachos especially could fill a couple. The garlic bread was very tasty. I had the chicken & mushroom carbonara, and this was slightly bland. My wife's hamburger, which we shared since she'd filled up on nachos, was very meaty, and I'd have this the next time I visit, and probably skip or share a starter. Staff were, as explained above, very accommodating, and attentive once we were seated. We'll go back the next time we're looking for something to suit a group in Templebar.

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

Met with a group of class-mates and took advantage of the great €17.50 deal for four courses. I started with the Thai Chicken Wings, but found these much the same as regular Chicken Wings, except for the dip they came with. I then had the Stir-fried Chicken with Cashew nuts, and this was very generous, with enough to share. I had the Fritter for dessert and this was rich, but tasty. The only slight drawback was that we were seated downstairs, at a rather crammed table, tho thankfully away from the Happy Birthday-singing staff upstairs. Service was great, our glasses were kept filled, and we were brought extra rice when they saw that we were helping ourselves to tastes of one anothers' choices.

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The Martello (Bray)
Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow

My family took advantage of the great value early bird for a birthday dinner. My food was great, as was everybody else's. I started with the chicken satay, and this was very good, with just a hint of curry. My steak came as ordered and was also very good. My brother had the braised lamb shank, and I eyed this enviously. We were seated at a table in a dark corner, and after our unanswered requests for some more candles, we ended up having to pinch these from an adjoining table. On the plus side though, the early bird was extended without comment to cover the late-comers from work and commuter traffic, a gesture I always appreciate.

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

I met my wife in town after work and we dropped in for the earlybird. Leon was a favourite of ours, and thankfully the brasserie atmosphere survived the changeover. I started with the Rabbit Terrine with Plum Relish, and this was simple & tasty. I then had the Irish Hereford Rib-Eye Steak with escargot, and a side of pommes frites. The steak, medium rare as requested, was cooked to perfection. The pommes frites were hand-made, chunky and very tasty. Service was good, albeit on the cool side, but we will very definitely return for more.

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Bewley's Café
Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

My wife and I saw The Picture of Dorian Gray at the James Joyce Tea Rooms in Bewleys, which included a two course meal of mains and dessert before the show. Whilst the food was tasty, the portions were small. I had the egg tagliatelle with chicken, roasted red peppers and pesto cream sauce. This was very tasty and I could have had much more. I had apple tart & cream for dessert, which was adequate. Service was very good, and the play, which was performed around and amongst the diners, was excellent. This was a novel evening, in charming atmospheric surroundings, though the food is a little expensive given the portions and dessert. We'd definitely go again.

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Wallace's Enoteca Delle Langhe
Blooms Lane, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Met some friends after work and shared the mixed board of ham, salami and cheeses. This came with a tub of honey and several slices of crusty bread. This was very tasty, and there was enough between bread, meats and cheeses not to spoil our appetite. Choice of wine was limited, for a Friday night, no Sicilian or Chianti, although the waiter did offer to leave to get some from one of their sister restaurants, so full marks there. Great spot to start the evening!

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The House
4 Main Street, West Dublin, Howth, Dublin

My wife and I ate outside on the sun-trapped patio when we visited Howth on a sunny June Saturday. We were attracted in by the Irish Times review that's displayed by the front-door. We arrived too early for evening dinner but ordered a couple of glasses of house wine and the Irish cheese board which came with delicious chutneys. The eveing service started and we had the steak and home-cut chips and burger. These were very good. Service could arguably have been more attentive, although we were sitting over our cheese-board for an hour, and the staff could have been forgiven for thinking we wanted to be left alone.

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Dandelion
St. Stephen's Green, St Stephens Green, Dublin

Celebrated a friend's birthday here, taking advantage of the 2 for 1 main course offer, which worked out great over 14 people! I had the chicken wings to start and these were hot, too hot actually, they literally made my lips numb! This was a view held by most of us who ordered them. Helpings were very generous though, easily enough to share, particularly with a night out to follow. I had the burger and homecut chips for my main course, and this was very tasty. The chips were good too. Service was a little slow, but it was a busy weekend evening, and the staff were courteous. Hats off to Dandelion though for not cutting back on the size of servings to offset their offer, and serving up quality food at great value.

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Campo de' Fiori Bistro Market
1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Bray, Wicklow

I ate here with my wife. We have been trying unsuccessfully to make a booking over the last few years, and were finally lucky when we made a last minute decision to eat out. ALL our food was outstanding, so to cut a long story short, we had the Bruschetta Al Pomodoro & Insalata Caprese to start. Whilst my brushetta was good, my wife's buffalo mozzerella & tomatoes was mouth-wateringly good. For mains I had the Spaghetti Al Fouco, made to order as to how hot you want it. I needed extra bread to wipe my plate! But again, my wife chose better, her Ravioloni Di Funghi Con Ragu' E Funghi hit the taste jackpot, presumably for the white truffle oil used in it. Our desserts, Tiramasu and Chocolate Mousse with Vanilla ice-cream, were delicious, as were the espressos we finished off with. We were offered limoncello with our bill, which we gratefully accepted. This is one of the best restaurants, Italian or otherwise, that I've ever eaten in.

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Donelli's
Market Square, Wicklow Town, Wicklow

I had lunch in Donelli's during work at the local courthouse across the square. The restaurant was busy with solicitors & barristers also having their lunches, and whilst the speed of service reflected this rush, the atmosphere was enhanced by the presence of a big chunk of the local legal fraternity. I had the potato wedges with melted cheese and bacon. These were homemade, as advertised, and very tasty. The gents was very clean and the overall decor was smart and trendy, but relaxed and comfortable.

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Eddie Rockets (Liffey Valley)
Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, West Dublin, Liffey Valley, Dublin

My wife likes the garlic-cheese fries after a movie at Liffey Valley. You have to be quick out of the film to avoid a long queue, but it's usually worth it. The standard of food in Eddie Rockets is consistently good, and while the variety of burgers on offer out there has increased since Eddie Rockets came on the scene, theirs still score well for my money. The M50 burger I had on this visit was delicious. The milkshakes & malts aren't bettered anywhere else in my opinion. Like other reviews, I'd take issue with the value on offer, expensive for what is essentially a gourmet burger, fries & shake in retro surroundings.

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Queen of Tarts
4 Cork Hill Dame Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I spent an hour killing time In The Queen of Hearts by the Arlington Hotel between meetings in town. The coffee was good, and there was no pressure between cups to order refills. I also had a strawberry tartlet which was nicely presented and delicious. The decor is cosy, if a little cramped, the sister store around the corner is probably better suited to sitting for any amount of time.

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The Porterhouse (Parliament Street)
Parliament Street le Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

I stopped into the Porterhouse for a late lunch, to sample their Oktoberfest. I had Bratkartoffeln, a tub of roast potatoes, bacon and grilled onion, and a Bratwurst. Whilst filling, these weren't as tasty as what I'm used to from the Porterhouse. The Bratkartoffeln was quite bland, the bacon being overdone and the potatoes under-seasoned. My Bratwurst could have done with more, or stronger, mustard. As I was finished work, and on my way home, I had an Hersbruker Oktoberfest seasonal beer, brewed by the Porterhouse Brewing Company, and this was excellent.

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Barberstown Castle
Straffan, Straffan, Kildare

My fiancee and I ate here before our wedding in Barberstown Castle, so that we could get an idea of what our guests and us were in for at the reception. Our meal and the setting surpassed all expectations, and was the best dining experience I have had. Before dinner, we were invited to wait in the bar, a relaxed understated fire-lit room which set the tone for the evening. Dinner was then served in an intimate dining room. I started with the duck terrine, and this was delicious. I then had the roast beef, which was tender, was accompanied by traditional potatoes and vegitables. I had creme brulee for desert and this was very good. Service throughout was excellant and finances permitting, we wouldn't hesitate to go back for a special occassion.

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The Porterhouse (Bray)
Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow

Spent part of my stag weekend at the Porterhouse in Bray, where we went for a feed after spending the afternoon in the mountains. Our group shared a spread of chicken wings, garlic bread, garlic bread & mozzerella and pizzas. The chicken wings stood out and were "finger-lickin good". The helpings were generous and would do for two, even three people. The pizzas were also very good. Fans of The Porterhouse in Templebar should definitely take a trip to Bray seafront to check out where it all started.

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Shelby's Brasserie
73 Main Street, Bray, Wicklow

We ate here for my mother's birthday, and enjoyed a wonderful meal / evening, thanks largely to the welcoming and hospitable staff, who were patient and good natured with late arrivals to our party, and had no problem offering them and other diners the early bird after it was advertised to end, and this wasn't a slow night by any means. However, restaurants aren't judged on service alone, but fortunately for Bray, the food is excellent as well, and the chocolate fondant alone is worth the trip out!

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Bar Italia
26 Blooms Lane , Lower Ormond Quay, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

I ate here just after lunchtime. We were seated quickly, and served almost immediately after that. I had the pasta arrabiata, a light & delicious chilli-flavoured main. We shared a bottle of the house white wine, a Sicilian, and took in the passing traffic!

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Knights Bistro @ The Arlington Hotel
23-25 Bachelors Walk, O'Connell Bridge, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I attended one of the "Irish Nights" over Christmas with American guests, and was very pleasently surprised. It is a set-menu, for €29.95, with a show including a charismatic George Murphy singing ballads and a Riverdance-type dance show. These were both very entertaining and added to the atmosphere. I started with the Taste of Ireland plate, which was tasty. I then had herb-marinated roast chicken, and this too was tasty. Desert was cheesecake and chocolate cake and was okay. This meal exceeded my expectations, given the number of covers in a comparetively short space of time.

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Foleys Bar - Queen Maebhs Restaurant
1 Merrion Row, City Centre South, Dublin

I hadn't eaten in the bar in Foley's before, usually opting for the restaurant upstairs, but there was a match on the big screen so we took a table downstairs. My group ordered the chicken wings while we waited and these were delicious, served with blue cheese, carrots & celery. I ordered the 8 ounce steak, which even downstairs in Foley's was delivered on a distinctive sizzling hot-plate, resting on top of sautéed mushrooms and onions. I dunked the "proper chips" in the sauce, described as a signature Jameson Irish Whiskey Sauce, soaking up every last drop. Service was quick and came with a smile, returning halfway through how our food was.

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Wrights Anglers Rest
Strawberry Beds, West Dublin, Dublin 20, Chapelizod, Dublin

I ate here with a group for Thanksgiving. I am a regular and have shared some of the negative experiences shared by other reviewers, including most frustratingly a lack of feed-back from complaints, but will confine this review to my recent visit. I had the €14 special of the Mussels, Chips & Paulaner Beer. The beer was excellent, served ice cold and to perfection. The mussels too were good, but the chips were of the frozen & run of the mill variety. I noticed this because my friends who'd ordered steak sandwiches had huge chunky & delicious looking home-made chips. I finished off with a strong espresso, served with half a flake, a nice touch. The Angler's Rest can't be faulted for atmosphere, and the staff are refreshingly down to earth and friendly. I hope this restaurent takes reasonable criticism on board now so it can flourish in the future.

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

My wife and I returned to the Winding Stair,as we had friends in town, staying at a five star hotel, and wanted to treat them to a really good meal without breaking the bank. None of us were to be disappointed. The food was top-notch, the sirloin steak I had was cooked to perfection, and the homemade chips were delicious. The cheese potato cake, two of which were ordered by our party were delicious and filling, and our visitors thought they were uniquely Irish. The atmosphere and service on the night were bustling and attentive, respectively, and we left fully satisfied with our choice of venue.

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TriBeCa
65 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

My fiancee and I arrived without a reservation for a quick bite and a glass of wine and were seated after being asked to wait while they checked for bookings. We were surprised as the restaurant was empty, but have to say that by the time we were leaving it was filling up, quickly. We weren't rushed either. I had spaghetti with meatballs, and it was very tasty, though I felt over-priced. My fiancee had the three-egg omelette which comes with salad and lots of crispy fries. This was much better value. We shared the chocolate brownie & ice-cream, which was delicious. I was disappointed by the lack of an early bird, and would not go back because of this. There's simply better value available elsewhere.

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