Restaurant Reviews from Neasy

Status: Connoisseur

Credibility Score:
52.5%

County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 21

Member Since: 09 December 2008

Last Visit: 04 June 2014

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The Counter Dundrum restaurant

Pembroke District, (adjacent to the Mill Pond at Town Square), Dundrum, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
American

Price Range:

Good
240 reviews

Reviewed 07th October 2010 ( visited 20th September 2010 )

Never knew I like burgers until I discovered Counter Burger! This place is amazing, it really beats any of the other new burger restaurants. The choice of toppings for your burger are endless, and the sweet potato fries are delish. Be warned the portions are huge!
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Carluccio's Caffe restaurant

52 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Italian

Price Range:

Good
242 reviews

Reviewed 18th January 2009 ( visited 18th December 2008 )

Went to here for lunch with two colleagues. The place was very busy with a big queue but the staff did a good job reassuring everyone they would be seated soon, and gave us the menu to ponder over while we waited. We shared the antipasti for starters and then the ravioli for mains. Both were really good. If you want real Italian food this is the place to go. It is quite pricey but the food is very good quality. The shop at the front has some lovely Italian goodies to buy.
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Tante Zoes
1 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

I went to Tante Zoes with a deal voucher that I purchased. The voucher had expired by a week or so but they obliged and said it was no problem. Having been to Tante Zoes 3 or 4 times in the past I was really looking forward to it. The waiter brought the menu to us, but to my surprise it was a completely different menu than usual, I think it may have been an early bird menu even though it didn't state this. My voucher however was for the a la carte menu. The menu we we're given was not for creole food at all and didn't have ay vegetarian options on it. I asked the waiter for the 'normal' menu which he thought brought to us. I wouldn't have massively minded an early bird/set menu but the cuisine on it was very different to the usual menu. We proceeded to order one jambalaya and one gumbo. Both we're so disappointing! The food seems to have gone down hill so much, or was it because we had a voucher.... Definitely will not be returning.

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Bibi's Cafe
14b emorville avenue, South Circular, Dublin

Having been away for a year and really missing Dublins' brunch spots I headed to Bibi's. This place is tiny but really cosy. I've only been here for brunch previously and as we landed here on a midweek after noon it was just the lunch menu going. I ordered the soup and my other half the tart, both were devine, and the coffee and lemonades are so good too!

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Lennox Cafe and Bistro
31 Lennox Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I love Lennox! After a year away I couldn't wait to go here for brunch. I love that this place has so much more than the usual eggs benedict and french toast. I ordered their Huevos Rancheros which is a huge tortilla topped with avocado, chorizo, rocket, egg (any way you want), kidney beans and cheese. It's huge and it's the perfect cure! Great coffee and great service too. It's always busy but worth the five/ten minute wait. *Tip for the drivers, if you park on the street it's on at the weekend you will have to pay but the adjacent streets are Mon-Fri parking only!

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Fade Street Social - The GastroBar
4-6 Fade Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Four of us (and a small one!) went here for lunch. The place was bustling and busy and they managed to squeeze us in without a reservation. We were unsure as to what size the dishes were since they were seemed pretty reasonable. The waitress suggested we order 3-4 dishes each, but as we were all going out for dinner that evening we decided to order just two dishes each, this turned out to be a ton of food!! When we had ordered our dishes the waitress left the menu with us 'just in case', I'm not sure why they thought this wouldn't be enough food for lunch...and we we're pretty hungry! I got to devour the chickpea chips which we're really good (and came with the most delicious pernod sauce), and the whole soft shell crab which was also really good. I also got a nibble of the crab toasties which were lovely, the crusty bread with prawns and pesto which was really good and the crispy chiffon squid which was a huge portion but unfortunately very dry and appeared to be a lot more 'crisp' than squid! Will definitely return to try a few more dishes!

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Dux & Co.
51 Wellington Quay (By Ha'Penny Bridge), City Centre South, Dublin

A group of us we here for a friends birthday over the Christmas period. We booked a table and nearly everyone was at least 30 minutes late but this was no problem for Dux & Co thankfully! (the restaurant was quiet enough that evening). The waitress was very obliging and let stick balloons all over the table and chairs and also let me drop in a surprise birthday cake and bubbles (it is byob). The food is cheap & cheerful so it was the ideal place for a night out over Christmas. The menu isn't huge but there is certainly enough choice to please everyone. I had halloumi with chilli and lime for starters which was fab and the polenta steaks for main which was really tasty (they have 3 veggie options which is more than a lot of places!). My boyfriend had the fish pie which I reckon needed some crispy bread to go with it as there was a lot of sauce. All in all a great cheap spot with excellent service & cute decor, I've been a fan of their stall at the Sandyford market so delighted to see them opening a restaurant!

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The Port House Ibericos
5/6 Pembroke Cottage, Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

I have been to the Port House in Dundrum 3 times already since it has opened, and I'll back again plenty more times. The food is great, there's lots of choice and something to please everyone. The food is really good value, so you can have a very cheap meal there. The best part is they don't rush you, so you can sit for hours and take your time enjoying your food. The wine menu is really great as well.

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Port House Pintxo
12 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

This is by far my favourite tapas restaurant in Dublin. Theres so much more on the menu than the usual tapas and the wine menu is really good. The setting is really nice, perfect spot for dinner with friends or a romantic dinns. I'd go back for the stuffed peppers and the calamari alone!

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The Counter Dundrum
Pembroke District, (adjacent to the Mill Pond at Town Square), Dundrum, Dublin

Never knew I like burgers until I discovered Counter Burger! This place is amazing, it really beats any of the other new burger restaurants. The choice of toppings for your burger are endless, and the sweet potato fries are delish. Be warned the portions are huge!

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

Cosy busy little spot with a great cocktail menu. Its feels a bit more like a really nice small bar than a restaurant. The menu is quite small but the prices are very reasonable. I had the vegetable risotto which was really good, and my other half had the steak which wasnt quite as good. The lime icecream & choc brownie were to die for..

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Olesya's Wine Bar
18 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This is a really lovely spot to spend a few hours having a quiet few glasses of wine over a cheese platter. Okay the place aint cheap but they have some really nice cheese and meat plates as well as mains and a great wine list.

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El Bahia Moroccan Restaurant
37 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went for the special €20 menu after work. The restaurant itself is lovely, really nice Moroccan decor & the staff were lovely. The food wasnt overly exciting or Moroccan! Had the soup for starters, the chicken tangier for main and the baklava for dessert, the chicken was really nice but quite a plain dish, wheres all the lovely Moroccan flavours?! If you really love Moroccan food you might be bit disappointed but its a nice spot for a cheap meal.

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Town Bar and Grill
21 Kildare Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Went to Town Bar & Grill for the lunch special; three courses and a glass of wine for €25 which is really good value, but I think this place is a classic example of one of those restaurants that has reduced their prices and also the quality of the food. The food was really average and the service a bit disappointing, we waited about 20 mins after they cleared away our mains before they asked what we would like for dessert. But I guess for the huge price reductions theyve made that they arent going to serve the food they used to.

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Johnnie Fox's Pub
Glencullen, Dublin Mountains, Glencullen, Dublin

Johnnie Foxes is not just for tourists! The seafood here is soooo good and it is a really cosy spot for lunch or dinner. They've recently reduced their prices so its really reasonable now. The best is the lovely thick slices of homemade brown bread while u wait for your dinner. Yum!

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

Love Ukiyo, have eaten there so many times but it never gets boring. The restaurant has a really nice atmosphere especially at the weekend when its buzzing.The marinated mackerel is really good, haven't tasted mackerel that good anywhere else. The bento box specials they are doing are such good value & a really nice selection of food. And the best is the dessert amaretto cheesecake with almond icecream - again its like no other cheesecake I've ever tasted. This is not just a karaoke bar people the food is delish!

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Wagamama - Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This has to be one of my all time favourite restaurants. I went for the first time in months having serious cravings as I used to (have the money to) go all the time. Ordered the yasai katsu curry, I'm not a veggie but the sweet potato in it is delish. Being off chocolate for lent I couldnt order my fav white choc cheesecake so settled for the mango tart - not as good as it used to be - what happened to the coriander & the little pot of custard?! Have to admit the service was poor despite the fact the place was far from busy. But I will put that down to an off day as the staff are usually so chirpy and helpful. If you want really good food at a very good price Wagamama's the place.

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Carluccio's Caffe
52 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Went to here for lunch with two colleagues. The place was very busy with a big queue but the staff did a good job reassuring everyone they would be seated soon, and gave us the menu to ponder over while we waited. We shared the antipasti for starters and then the ravioli for mains. Both were really good. If you want real Italian food this is the place to go. It is quite pricey but the food is very good quality. The shop at the front has some lovely Italian goodies to buy.

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Farm Restaurant (Dawson Street)
3 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

Four of us went here for lunch for my friends birthday. While the decor of the restaurant is quite funky I felt the food was disappointing and you could you the same standard in a cafe for a cut of the price. For starters we ordered soup and they forgot about it, we waited a half an hour at least & then we had to say we had ordered soup. The mains were very bland, I had bangers & mash, and while it was nice it was also nothing special. It just seems the farm is trying to be like a long list of similiar restaurants in Dublin that are "organic". This is a great claim to make but not if it doesnt seem to make any difference with the food. There are so many nicer cafes with homemade food & locally sourced ingredients. I wouldnt rush back.

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

Went yesterday with 3 friends. It was the first time I had been since it got taken over by Wrights. I had the fish cakes for starters and there were quite nice, followed by the seafood pasta, which a bit too greasy but overall very nice. One of my friends had the battered cod with chips and mushy peas, the cod tasted a bit bland, the chips were hard and the peas werent mushy! My vegetarian friend had the gorgonzola pasta which didnt seem like anything to write home about but in fairness I guess it is a seafood restaurant. And my other friend had one of the daily specials swordfish which was probably the best of the lot. For dessert we shared the rhubarb crumble and the bread and butter pudding, both were superb. What got to me was the service in this place. It constantly felt like we were inconveniencing the wait staff it we asked for a drink or the menu even! we had three different wait staff and there was not a smile out of one of them. We waited a 30-40 mins after the main meal and no sign of a dessert menu or would you like a coffee even! When we went to pay the bill we again waited and waited for them to come with it and then to actually take my friends laser, again it seemed we were being an inconvenience for interrupting them, and it was not the busy even. Its a very cosy restaurant, great for a rainy day, but it just seems like they really need to try a little harder.

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Cafe Fresh
Top Floor Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, City Centre South, Dublin

Went for lunch in Cafe Fresh. Had the puy lentil shepards pie with two salads. It was really hearty, good comfort food. The portion was huge. It mightnt be the most cosy place for lunch but the food is good quality and healthy. They have a fridge full of frozen takeway soups and dinners also if your feeling too lazy to cook.

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Ananda
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

After a really long wait for this restaurant to open I finally went to Ananda on Friday. First impressions were very good, the decor is very funky and the staff are very nice. I had the tandoori chicken and my boyfriend had the thali. The tandoori chicken looked a bit disappointing at first glance as it was not served as Indian usually would be, maybe they are trying a bit too hard to make something fancy that shouldnt be. The thali however was very good and for anyone whos never had a thali its a great way to try a little bit of everything. Having been in Indian I didnt think it was very traditional, it is definitely very westernised, but not necessarily in a bad way though. The service was excellent and I still felt the atmosphere was very relaxed and not intimidating at all. Its a lovely place to go for a treat with a group of friends or a romantic meal. I was a little bit disappointed as maybe I had hyped myself up too long about this restaurant, but I will definitely give it another go. The damage for two mains, one side and one dessert was €72.

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Odessa
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Headed to Odessa on Sunday morning, had the eggs florentine with fried potatoes and a smoothie, it was the nicest breakfast for my hungry and hungover head. Not bad value at all with brekkie at about a 15 each, considering you would pay the same in a cafe for a breakfast half as nice. Its nice and quiet and comforable downstairs which also helped the sore head.

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