Restaurant Reviews from Mr. Greedy

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Last Visit: 08 August 2013

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Rasam restaurant

18-19 Glasthule Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Area Code: South Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
Indian

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Great
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Reviewed 11th November 2008 ( visited 09th November 2008 )

The food, service, decor and ambience here are all first class - even the toilets are swanky! I was back here for a birthday meal last Sunday night after almost a year's absence, and the high standards haven't slipped from what I previously experienced. While it would be on the slightly more expensive side, it's an ideal choice for that special occasion.They're currently offering a very good value meal deal for the month of November. Starters, main course, 2 side dishes, rice, naan bread, tea/coffee, and a bottle of house wine are available for just €75 for two people. Maybe this recession isn't all bad .....
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Rasam restaurant

18-19 Glasthule Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Area Code: South Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
Indian

Price Range:

Great
206 reviews

Reviewed 11th November 2008 ( visited 09th November 2008 )

The food, service, decor and ambience here are all first class - even the toilets are swanky! I was back here for a birthday meal last Sunday night after almost a year's absence, and the high standards haven't slipped from what I previously experienced. While it would be on the slightly more expensive side, it's an ideal choice for that special occasion.They're currently offering a very good value meal deal for the month of November. Starters, main course, 2 side dishes, rice, naan bread, tea/coffee, and a bottle of house wine are available for just €75 for two people. Maybe this recession isn't all bad .....
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Green Dragon Well
Unit 13, Killiney Shopping Centre, Rochestown Ave, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I was here last week for the first time for a family occasion, and was a bit disappointed with this place, to be honest. The odd thing is that it all looks fairly stylish and classy from the outside and even after you've entered the building. However, the actual dining area on the top floor is curiously old fashioned and dated - the carpet, decor and furniture are all a bit bland and cheap looking. Of course, none of this really matters if the food is first class, but unfortunately it's not.The menu here tries to cover all sorts of Asian dishes and doesn't really succeed at any of them. My Thai Tom Yam Koon soup was a weak, insipid effort as a starter, (always a bad omen, in my experience) and my mains of shredded beef was flabby rather than crispy, complete with a fairly dull sauce - I've had far better from many take-aways. In fact, everyone in our party seemed to get a remarkably similar sauce with their dish - regardless of what was ordered. The exception being the "fillet" beef curry, that reminded me of the take-aways of yesteryear - a drab olive coloured soup containing nothing but lumps of meat and onion. Desserts were of the generic laminated sheet variety, and the coffee was pretty dire. On the plus side, however, the portions were generous enough, and prices here are reasonable enough by Dublin standards. All told though, a distinctly average dining experience.

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The Real Gourmet Burger - Dun Laoghaire
The Pavilion, South Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

The burgers here are first class - among the best I've tried in any of the "gourmet" burger places springing up all around town. The meat itself is delicious, as well as being organic, apparently. They're just the right size too, (i.e. easy to fit in your mouth!) with the right amount of trimmings, and they don't leave you feeling over full after eating one. I was here for lunch during the week, and availed of their current deal - a burger, fries and a soft drink for €10, which is decent enough value. The chips, skinny fries with rosemary salt sprinkled on them, are pretty tasty too. Good enough as the food is, the place itself isn't very impressive - the seating and tables are a bit cramped, it's noisy, and it's just not a relaxing atmosphere. It's the kind of place you're happy enough to leave as soon as you've finished eating - though maybe that's their intention, after all. Service is friendly, though slow enough during busy periods. Well worth a visit for the food, but not a destination for a proper meal.

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen - GBK (South William Street)
14 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The burgers here in GBK are fairly tasty, if not quite as good as some of their competitors in the "gourmet" burger game. I opted for the blue cheese burger, which was a decent size without being too overwhelming, although the blue cheese sauce was rather difficult to detect. The only real problem with this place is the price of the food; charging €10.50 these days for a hamburger that isn't even organic is a bit of a joke, to be honest. It's only a slab of mince with a few trimmings around it, after all. Their onion rings are quite good, though the batter is a bit dry, and their chips are okay, though a bit steep at nearly €4 a portion. Service was good, with pleasant and efficient staff, even though the place was fairly busy. This is a stylish, modern venue with a nice atmosphere in a good location. It's the type of place that would be fine for lunch or some casual dining when you're in town - if they could just get real with their prices.

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Jewel in the Crown (Dun Laoghaire)
54 Upper George's Street, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

This place is an old-school Indian restaurant, that has more in common with a traditional British curry house than the kind of posh Indian establishments now found around Dublin. To be fair, it doesn't actually have flock wallpaper on the walls, but it does have the cheesy background muzak. I was back here with friends for the first time in a few years, and it was almost exactly the same as I remember from before. The whole place is a bit tired and worn looking, the decor is dated, and a lick of paint wouldn't go amiss. Despite all this, it does have a certain unpretentious charm, and the food is perfectly acceptable, if unremarkable. All the old reliables are on the menu, such as vindaloo, bhuna, korma, etc., though there's nothing particularly original or adventurous on offer. Funnily enough, in authentic Indian fashion, there are no beef dishes available - but they do offer chips as a side dish. Prices are reasonable enough, and the service is friendly and efficient. If you're feeling nostalgic for some informal dining in an old fashioned Indian restaurant, then this place fits the bill.

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Milano (Dun Laoghaire)
1 Harbour Square, Crofton Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

This place is an average enough restaurant, though its menu prices would suggest it regards itself otherwise. We were here at lunch time on a Sunday, so consequently couldn't avail of their €12.50 weekday lunch deal. As a result, I had a decent enough "Romana" pizza for an overpriced €15, from a fairly limited menu. Others in our party had okay looking pasta dishes for €14, which again seemed a bit steep to me. Service was okay and friendly enough. However, to be fair, what Milano's does very well is catering for families; they do a proper kids' menu for €8.50, (complete with a fake coffee "bombacino") and provided enough crayons, drawing paper, and other stuff to keep our group's little monsters fairly content. The place itself is big and airy, which also enhances the family friendly factor. It's decor is modern with lots of glass and steel, though without any real atmosphere. There's nothing wrong with Milano's as such, it's just that it's a bog standard restaurant chain with upmarket pretensions. Grand for some lunch during the week, or somewhere to take the kids for a treat, but I wouldn't consider it a serious contender for a night out.

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Siam Thai (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

Tried this place for the first time last night after hearing and reading great things about it. The food was indeed first class, and as good as any Thai food I've had in Ireland. I decided to stick with the classics, and had the Tom Yum soup as a starter, which was delicious; potent, yet subtley flavoured. For mains I had the beef green curry, which had plenty of good quality pieces of tender meat. Mrs. Greedy's Thai herb pork starter was also very tasty, and she was happy enough with the prawn stir-fry mains she ordered. We rounded it off with sorbet and mixed berry desserts which were ample and nicely done. With two decent coffees and a generous glass of wine, the bill came to a fairly okay €88. However, despite the quality of the food, for me the restaurant itself seems to be missing something. It lacks some of the finer touches such as complimentary prawn crackers, nice table settings and someone offering to take your coat when you arrived. Service, though friendly enough, was a little disorganised. Plus it also seems to lack genuine atmosphere and feels somehow impersonal and formulaic. As it's a big, busy venue, perhaps it's better suited to larger groups out for a party, rather than couples out for a romantic dining experience.

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Odells Bistro
49 Sandycove Road, Dublin 4, Sandycove, Dublin

This place is very easy to miss from the outside street - the signage is fairly inconspicuous and the entrance is through a closed hall door up a flight of stairs. Maybe this is why there was only one other couple in the restaurant when we visited on a Thursday night! The interior is bigger than you'd expect from the outside though, and it's quite cosy and intimate, even if the colour scheme is a little drab.The food was fairly good, though the menu was a bit limited and not particularly exciting. I had the "Louisiana" fish-cakes for starters, which are billed as a house speciality, and they were tasty enough alright, though well overpriced at €11.50. For the main course I had the roast guinea fowl in blueberry sauce, (the most adventurous option on the menu) which was very good, and a decent sized dish. By contrast, this was a reasonable €21. The wife had sauteed lamb kidney for starters and was fairly impressed, and she was also happy enough with her char-grilled pork as a mains course. Service was very friendly and attentive, as you'd probably expect in the circumstances, though the coffee was pretty dire. Overall, this place is worth a look - if you can find it!

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Cafe Mimo (Dundrum)
House of Fraiser, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Dublin

For what it is - a cafe in a corner of a department store - I've found this place quite good on both of my visits. I was here today during the sales and was happy enough with both the food and service.The wife and I had the panini and soup/chowder for €9, which was good value, filling, and tasty. The service was prompt and the food arrived quickly, despite the fact that the cafe was very busy, with people queueing to be seated. The cappucinos were first rate, too. Not the sort of place you'd ever book for a romantic dinner, but grand for lunch and a pleasant escape from the hordes and mayhem of the shopping centre.

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Alexis Bar And Grill
17 / 18 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I was back here earlier this week for a Christmas meal with 6 work colleagues. It's a busy and lively bistro-style place, so it's well suited for this sort of dining occasion. They currently have a €40 Christmas menu of 3 courses plus tea or coffee on offer. It's not as varied as the usual menu, though that's probably due to the recent pork apocalypse. My goat's cheese tartlet starter was great, though I also tried a friend's chicken liver paté and found it a bit bland. I'd the game pie for my main course which was very good. Lovely, succulent pieces of venison inside a tasty, fluffy, pastry dome. My only quibble is that it was slightly dry, and maybe needed a little more gravy, plus the accompanying mashed potato was average enough. Creme bruleé desert was fine, though the coffee wasn't nice. I found the service good and the staff friendly throughout the evening. A minor gripe this time round would be the selection of beers available - bottles of Japanese Asahi and nothing else. I'm fairly sure they used to offer a variety of different beers previously. All told an enjoyable experience, good food and reasonable value, but perhaps not quite as impressive as it used to be.

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Delizia
4 The Mart, Leopardstown Road, South Dublin, Sandyford, Dublin

I've been here a few times at the weekend for lunch, most recently yesterday. It's a fairly small premises that can feel a little bit cramped when it gets busy, with a deli shop area to the front that sells imported Italian foodstuffs and wine. The menu is somewhat limited, mainly consisting of panini, soup and salads. However, it's good quality stuff and authentic Italian food, with an interesting range of original panini combinations - my favourite being the one with anchovies, sun-dried tomatoes and mozzeralla - though at €7.50 a go, it's not particularly cheap. Service, whilst fairly friendly, can be a little slow at busy times. Worth a look for lunch if you're in the area.

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Rasam
18-19 Glasthule Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

The food, service, decor and ambience here are all first class - even the toilets are swanky! I was back here for a birthday meal last Sunday night after almost a year's absence, and the high standards haven't slipped from what I previously experienced. While it would be on the slightly more expensive side, it's an ideal choice for that special occasion.They're currently offering a very good value meal deal for the month of November. Starters, main course, 2 side dishes, rice, naan bread, tea/coffee, and a bottle of house wine are available for just €75 for two people. Maybe this recession isn't all bad .....

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