Restaurant Reviews from NicolaT

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No. of Reviews: 29

Member Since: 14 May 2009

Last Visit: 03 January 2017

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Odessa restaurant

13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Reviewed 31st July 2013 ( visited 25th July 2013 )

Went to Odessa on a Thursday night around 8pm. Everywhere is always busy at that time but Odessa always try to accommodate you in one of their many floors. Their mains can be quite expensive but they do great deals on an early bird (also available Mon-Thu) and their fiver plates and soul food for €10. On this occasion I got the fish pie, plenty of fish with a good mix of potato, very tasty. The main reason I go to Odessa however is the service, always polite and helpful, which is sadly not the case in every restaurant. The only downside is that some (not all) of the tables can be quite close together, but that's only an issue for some tables on the main floor, not the other floors. Definitely recommended.
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Odessa restaurant

13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Brasserie

Price Range:

Good
486 reviews

Reviewed 31st July 2013 ( visited 25th July 2013 )

Went to Odessa on a Thursday night around 8pm. Everywhere is always busy at that time but Odessa always try to accommodate you in one of their many floors. Their mains can be quite expensive but they do great deals on an early bird (also available Mon-Thu) and their fiver plates and soul food for €10. On this occasion I got the fish pie, plenty of fish with a good mix of potato, very tasty. The main reason I go to Odessa however is the service, always polite and helpful, which is sadly not the case in every restaurant. The only downside is that some (not all) of the tables can be quite close together, but that's only an issue for some tables on the main floor, not the other floors. Definitely recommended.
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Hailan Japanese
2 Main Street, Maher's Terrace, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

Great addition to Dundrum, now serving Korean and Thai food as well as Japanese. We were in relatively early (around 5pm) and the place was quite quiet but soon more people came in. I had salmon and tuna sushi which was very good, large portions compared to most sushi restaurants in Dublin. Recommended!

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F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Pembroke Street
1A Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I've often eaten here and am always happy to come back for the great food and service. They have recently renovated the restaurant and added a small bar at the front and new seating area around the corner at the back. The early bird menu is excellent value - I had an beautiful 8 oz rump steak, potatoes and lovely chocolate tart with ice cream all for less than €20. You can't argue with that.

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sapori italiani
Newry, Newry, Down

Staying in a hotel across the border, we thought we pop over to Newry to see what was on offer rather than go to the hotel restaurant. After a bit of a wander around town, and passing quite a few empty and neglected looking restaurants, we noticed this lively looking, though slightly out of the way, Italian place on the edge of the river. Popped in and there was a good atmosphere to the place. The staff were a little slow to serve but very friendly. Had a starter, main course and dessert, all lovely and at (what I thought) was a reasonable price, though I don't know how they compared to the usual prices in Newry. Would recommend to anyone in the area.

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Whitefriar Grill
16 Aungier Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I wanted to try this place as I'd heard so much about it. I can be a somewhat picky eater from time to time and I have to say, there wasn't that much choice for me on the menu but I knew that before I got there. In the end I had the tandoori marinated chicken, which was very flavoursome, I was impressed. For dessert I had the chocolate fondue, which was sadly and very surprising too sweet for me to finish but was excellent. The best thing about Whiterfriar Grill is the service, very friendly helpful staff who are there when you need them but not when you don't. Recommended.

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

Went to Odessa on a Thursday night around 8pm. Everywhere is always busy at that time but Odessa always try to accommodate you in one of their many floors. Their mains can be quite expensive but they do great deals on an early bird (also available Mon-Thu) and their fiver plates and soul food for €10. On this occasion I got the fish pie, plenty of fish with a good mix of potato, very tasty. The main reason I go to Odessa however is the service, always polite and helpful, which is sadly not the case in every restaurant. The only downside is that some (not all) of the tables can be quite close together, but that's only an issue for some tables on the main floor, not the other floors. Definitely recommended.

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Milano (Dawson Street)
38 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I often come here on a Thursday night and have generally had to wait for a table, it was only on this visit though that I discovered that there is a whole large area at the back of the restaurant - I have no idea if it's some times closed but if it is, they really need to open it more often. When you do get seated though, the restaurant is nice. There's a good atmosphere in the place and while the tables are quite close together, they aren't too close. The food in Milano's is generally what you'd expect from a mid market Italian restaurant. It's ok, not great. If you don't want pizza the menu is quite limited and I do find that the pizza isn't brilliant for what is ostensibly a specialist pizza restaurant. This is fine though, at least you know what you're getting when you go there. On this particular occasion I had the garlic bread to start, I'm a big fan and it did not disappoint. I also had the pollo pasta as the main. It was fine but nothing to write home about. My two biggest issues with this particular Milano's are thus - There rarely seems to be anyone on front of house duty. I've often seen people come in, wait for 5 or 10 mins then leave without ever seeing a member of staff, meanwhile you'll have seen 2-3 tables of people leaving. The second is that the bathrooms is always slightly less clean than you'd expect. I wouldn't call them dirty, just messy. Undoubtedly I will however be back for a quick and predictable meal soon.

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Indian Brasserie
Butterfield Avenue, Rathfarnham Village, Rathfarnham, Dublin

Visited Indian Brasserie on Easter Saturday in the early evening. Unsurprisingly it was quiet but the staff could not have made us feel more welcome. The food was excellent and service was prompt. The naan was particularly tasty - they do not have Keema naan on the menu but they were more than willing to cook us up some - we had only asked if they had it. Mains were good, certainly of a high standard. Not the best I've ever had but definitely recommend. We did not have dessert so I can't comment on that. I will definitely visit back.

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

Went here at about 8.30pm on a Thursday night, it was busy enough but we were seated promptly. The cuts of steak here are unusual however I can confirm that the feather steak was tasty and very good value for money compared to what you would usually pay for a similar tasting but better known cut. I also got a side of the Million Dollar Fries - essentially potato dauphinoise that's been cubed and fried. Very tasty. They did seem a little on the expensive side however in my opinion it was a large portion - possibly one for sharing if you're not looking for a lot of potato. As regards value, the steaks themselves are good value however if you get extras like sauces, sides or drinks it adds up very quickly, as we discovered to our detriment. There are currently no desserts which was a disappointment. The waitress assured me however that there would be soon. The music wasn't too loud and not overly eclectic - visitors to Crackbird will know what I mean. Service was generally good however when our meal was over it took longer than you'd expect to attract the attention of anyone to clear plates or bring us the bill. Surprising considering we were sitting almost beside the till. Overall, a good experience. I would go again.

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

Popped into Saba quite late with no booking as all the resturants in town seemed to be busy. Saba was also busy but they said it was a 10-15 wait time rather than 30 mins in the others. This was not the case, it was also more like 30-40 mins. I have been to Saba quite a few times in the past so I knew what to expect. As usual the food did not disappoint. Ordered off the Satay, Hake in Banana Leaf and chocolate tart off the set menu. There was a €5 supplement for the Hake so in my opinion it was quite expensive in the end. Food, both taste and portions, were excellent. Even though it was busy there was a great atmosphere in the place, I found it not too loud and the service was relatively attentive. Aside from the (much) longer than expected wait, it was a good experience. I would go again however due to the price I would think of it as more of a place to go for an occasion rather than somewhere to pop into.

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TGI Friday (St Stephens Green )
St Stephens Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here on New Year's Day at 8pm with a group of 14. Fair play to the place for being open, many restaurants weren't. There was a bit of mix-up with the booking, as in they didn't have it, but they did get a table together in about 20-25 mins. The place wasn't that busy but it did not seem entirely unreasonable as it was a big group and they had to wait for some tables to clear first. Most of the group ordered from the very reasonably priced Christmas set menu and all seemed to be quite happy with their choice, particularly the fudge cake dessert. I went a la carte and for starter shared a sesame jack chicken strips, very tasty and recommended. Chose fillet steak for main which was very good, slightly expensive but much better than I expected from a restaurant not known for steak. On the whole the food was great and it was a good experience however the service was very slow, we were a large group but the place was not busy and there seemed to be enough staff on despite it being new year's day. We were slightly hidden but it took more than 20 mins to get the bill and then pay it. In total we were there for almost 2.5 hours and this was just for starters, mains and desserts - no drinking. This seemed excessive to me. That said, I would certainly visit again, it's good food at a relatively reasonable price however I would go earlier if it's a big group unless you're planning on being there all night.

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

Went here on a Tuesday night around 7pm, as usual it was very busy. I ordered the half soy chicken and lemon and feta sauce with potato croquettes and waffle crisps while we waited for the mains I do love Crack Bird, I have been to this one and the previous pop-up one in Temple Bar quite a few times. The food is great but at this stage the gimmick is wearing a little thin. For those who have never been there, Crack Bird is quite a different experience from most restaurants in Dublin. The menu is very limited, you share high tables with other groups which are all quite close together and the music is very loud. A private conversation is impossible. You would not come here on a first date. Unless you know your date particularly loves Crack Bird. That said, I still love the food. I think the chicken is great value for the amount you get. The sides are probably a little overpriced though. It is greasy, as some other reviews have said, particularly the waffle crisps but it is very flavoursome so if you find something you like then it'll be the only place you can get it.

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Mongolian Barbeque
7 Anglesea Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had always wanted to try this place but never really knew anything about it. Went in as other choice in Temple Bar were full with private parties. Must say, I love the idea - you pick the veg, meat, spices and sauces you want then they cook it there for you then you also get as much rice as you want. The all you can eat for €15.99 was great value as I ate a lot of food. I mean a lot. Quite similar to a stir fry I could cook at home but so much easier and of a similar price consider the price of meat these days. I only had the chicken but it was of good quality. My only issue was that the place was very quiet and the music was, at times slightly loud. All in all a great food experience, will definitely be back.

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

I go here relatively often of an evening for a good filling dinner. The food is consistently good and the different deals (fiver, soul food and early bird) on the menu make it great value. On this occasion i had the 2 course early bird (5.30 till close on Sundays) for €17.95. Lovely flavoursome tomato soup and roast chicken for main. Good portions for the price. The place was much quieter than you would generally see midweek however I would imagine that the fact that it was Sunday and the awful weather played quite a part in this. Staff were polite and since it was quiet, a little less run off their feet than usual. I will undoubtedly be back.

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Murphy's Ice Cream
Strand Street, Dingle, Kerry

The home of the famous Murphy's Ice Cream! I'd been to their cafés in Dublin a good number of times and am happy to report that the café in their home town in no disappointment. Their ice cream is just as tasty! It's worth note though that this is a high traffic café so do not expect to lounge around in the same way as you might in their other cafés. It's on a main street and there was a constant queue of people looking for ice cream and coffee so it was not quite as relaxing as you might like. There is a small outdoor area to the back and the toilets are out there as well which is a little strange. I don't drink coffee so if you're curious about that I can't help you there, but I can tell you that they do have lovely, refreshing and good value quality ice cream. That said, don't forget to have a look at the menu if you're in the mood for something more as they do have a relatively large range of desserts apart from the quick ice cream scoops.

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Half Door Restaurant
John Street, Dingle, Dingle, Kerry

This may be one of the most expensive restaurants in Dingle but goodness it was worth it. They do have a set 3 course menu for €40 however I went for the a la carte (mains range between €26 - €35) and I'm glad I did, there was no way I could have eaten more. I ordered the baked fillet of plaice, lovely large portion of fish, cooked beautifully, while my dining partner ordered a different fish fillet special with basil pesto - similarly praised. Desserts were ordered and consumed and I was assured that this was the best chocolate brownie my partner had ever tasted. One of the best meals I have had in a restaurant in Ireland. The service was excellent, our main waiter was charming and was always keeping out an eye to make sure we had what we needed. The only criticism I would have is that it's quite a small restaurant so the tables are close together. It was fine the night I was there and the design of the place means that you don't particularly feel intruded on however, I could imagine that if there was even a somewhat loud table in the same room (there are two rooms) as you it would be very distracting.

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Danno's Restaurant & Bar
Pier Head, Strand Street, Dingle, Kerry

Came in for a late bite to eat after a long, wet and windy drive from Dublin. The place was quiet but given the weather and the time of night this was hardly surprising Lovely simple food in a welcoming pub environment. Being in Dingle I ordered fish - very tasty and while everything in Dingle is a little expensive, this place served good portions at a reasonable value.

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Tante Zoes
1 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

Was in a group on Saturday night, they kindly allowed us to use the early bird menu even though it was around 7.30 by the time we ordered. More on the food later however the main problem I had with the place was the service. There were only 2 serving staff for the whole restaurant on a relatively busy Saturday night. In addition to normal diners we were 1 of 3 larger parties so to say they were stretched would be hugely understating it. They forgot orders and were very slow in bringing out the dishes or any extras, like drinks. That said, perhaps there were circumstances out of their control. I hope so because if this is usual I could not recommend the place at all. Food-wise the place was decent, the meat gumbo starter was excellent however the main of fish gougons and side of macaroni cheese was a little lacking in flavour. The cajun wedges on the other hand were very tasty though others at the table did think they were a bit overly spicy. The brownie dessert was extremely tasty, very much recommend if you like brownies!

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

It's been about 2 years since I last reviewed The Counter but not anywhere near as long since I've been. It's not my top choice in the Dundrum area but it is alway consistant and generally easy to get a table. The Counter is a good solid burger restaurant. I very much enjoy choosing the topping for my burger and the fact that you only get what you order (no extras, like tomato sauce, which I hate) is much appreciated by me. They still serve normal (and quite large) plates of fries however they now do a single order if you don't want as many. These days it probably is a bit expensive for what it is, especially considering you don't get any extras, however, it's still the best burger place in Dundrum. It's not fine dining but it is good if you are looking for something reasonable quick and easy before a movie.

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Vaughan's Bar & Bistro
Market Street, Clifden, Galway

It was a rainy day in Galway when I called into Vaughan's Bar and Bistro in Clifden. The menu is simple and traditional but covers the staples really. The place itself was quite tourist-y but I imagine many of the restaurants in the area are. I believe it is also a B&B so there were mainly tourists eating here. I had the salmon and chips, garlic bread and apple tart with ice cream. My dining companion had the beef and Guinness pie. I wasn't that pushed on the apple tart but that's only because there was little more cinnamon than I would like. The rest of the meal was gorgeous and my companion agreed it was the nicest meal of our long weekend trip to Mayo/Galway. One thing I will say it that when the food came out I thought the plates were quite small however the meal was filling and the apprehension over the plate size was completely unfounded. I would definitely go back if I was in Clifden, very satisfying.

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

U2 weekend and town and Temple Bar in particular were jammed. So our group of 7 decided to try The Market Bar for a table, bit further of the beaten tourist track. We were rewarded for the walk with a table so all was good. Just to note at this stage, the prices for the main courses on this website are slightly out of date. Small mains are now €8 while large mains are €12. Still decent value as the large mains really are large. Anyway, I've been to Market Bar many times and I always get the fish pie because... I love fish pie. This time was no exception and it did not disappoint! Also got the chocolate chip brownie for dessert. It was slightly drier than I would have liked but then again some probably like it that way. All in all a great meal. My only complaint is about the service. They seemed extremely distracted even though I wouldn't have said the place was heaving. They dropped random plates down to our table (beside the kitchen) without a word to us and they missed one of the orders. They also took about an hour to clear our plates and we then had to ask for desserts. Now the group was drinking but we were all also eating and, as I mentioned, sitting by the kitchen, so you would have thought we could get some service. When we did get to talk to them they were quite nice though.

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The Diamond Cafe
Main Street, Belturbet, Cavan

Stopped in here as it was actually the only place I could find open for food at 4pm on Wednesday. As the name would suggest, it's a cafe. On the menu was normal simple fare. I opted for the fried egg, sausages, toast, garlic bread and chips. I fear my eyes were bigger than my belly. It all tasted fine. It really is a simple local egg and chips cafe run by friendly staff. Grand for a travelling sales person, as I was that day. I thought it was a little on the expensive side but then again I did order a variety of separates rather than a meal as it were.

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The Portobello
33 South Richmond Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went in for a bite to eat here on a Wednesday around 6.30pm. Save for a group of American tourists the place would have been empty. It was a relatively warm day though. Anyway, as I walked in I wasn't particularly impressed with the place. It had a wiff of Kitchen Nightmares to it. I couldn't fault the service though, the barman was extremely friendly and they had no problem giving me a cod and mash as opposed to cod and chips. The food on the other hand left much to be desired. The mashed potatoes were dry and unpleasant and the fish was tastless. I did enjoy the batter though The quesadilla that my dining companion ordered looked awful. Really awful. I didn't try it myself but I gather that my impressions were not unfounded. Would not go back here.

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The Baggot Inn
143 Lower Baggott Street, Baggot Street, St Stephens Green, Dublin

Like many other reviewers, I work in the area so popped in for lunch with a group of around 7. They have recently changed their lunch menu, sign of the times and all, the menu is simpler and most dishes are €10. Apparently the reason they were finding it difficult to get the food served in an hour with their previous menu. I would believe that since I did have to rush through a meal there once. Anyway, I ordered the special which was two good sized lamb skewers (kofta style) on a bed of mashed potato and spring onion and with a bit of rice on the side (I'm not sure if the rice was there just because I had asked for no salad). There were quite a few odd orders from our table and the staff made sure we got what we ordered. I was satisified with the meal, it was well cooked and the mash was particularly nice. Overall I suppose it could be considered slightly plain in the sense that there was no gravy or sauce but that's generally how I order food so I'm not sure if that's how it usually comes or if it was because I said I didn't want any extras. The staff were attentive but not overly so. All in all a good meal, though I might try the lasagne the next time, it looked good.

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Bobo's Gourmet Burgers (Wexford St)
22 Wexford Street (Beside Whelans), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Popped in for a quick bite to eat on the way to a class at around 6pm. They had a wide selection of burgers however I have simple tastes so I ordered a beef burger with cheese and skinny fries. Just to note, the menu has changed compared to the one on this website today (25 Jun 09). They have a wider selection but it is a bit more expensive. It's a small place so no problem with service. The burger was good, it wasn't the greatest burger I've ever eaten but it was tasty. I wasn't too pushed on the fries, might try the chunky ones next time. Shared a chocolate biscuit cake with ice cream for the dessert. Best part of the meal, excellent cake, good balance of chocolate, fruit and ice cream. On balance it was a decent meal and I was stuffed to the brim but I did think it was a bit on the expensive side. The burger was around €8.50 and you had to order the fries separately for around €3.50 (may have been slightly more). Came to €33 for the two of us, one other burger and fries and no drinks, so I didn't think it was the best value for money for just a quick bite to eat.

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Green Nineteen
19 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

Had heard this place was great value so decided to pop in. The menu is simple as is the decor. We were there at around 6.30pm on a Wednesday and were told they needed the table in an hour. The place was busy and we were seated upstairs. The upstairs is a kind of half floor and balcony. As a result the staff aren't up there that often so it took a while before we could order. I ordered the bangers and mash. The meals arrived quickly enough and I was impressed by the food, given that it was only €10. I saw an earlier review complain about the size of the sausages but I can assure you that the ones I got were large and I got a good amount of mashed potato as well. Nice and tasty Ordered the brownies for dessert while my companion ordered the apple tart. The brownies were lovely but the apple turned out to be rhubarb. Luckily he likes rhubarb. They seemed surprised when we mentioned it while getting bill but were suitably embarrased. All in all it was good meal at a very reasonable price. I'd worry a bit about the service though, they were a bit aloof and it was hard to attract attention when we were upstairs, they didn't regularly come around and check on us. They were polite when you got to talk to them though.

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The Steps Of Rome
1 Bird avenue, Clonskeagh, Clonskeagh, Dublin

I've had many a pizza slice from Steps of Rome and they're great however this time I went in for pasta. Now I've always thought of the place as more of a cafe, it's very small so you can't be dawdling around over a full meal. I've been in later in the evening at it gets very busy however on this occasion it was around 5pm and it was comfortable Order the penne gorgonzola and was very satisfied, a simple honest dish, very tasty. I would probably say it's on the expensive side as it is ungarnished as it were but still I was happy to pay for quality. It really is a very authentic place and the food is great. I would recommend it if you wanted to pop in and have a good quick meal but not if you are expecting to sit down and have a nice relaxing dinner.

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The Cedar Tree
11a St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

It was an extremely rainy Tuesday night so the restaurant was quite quiet. I would not say the atmosphere was great but then again it wasn't entirely the restaurants fault. We arrived at around 7.30. Service was prompt. I ordered a starter, I forget what it was called but it looked like a spring roll... except that it was chicken. It was ok, not great. For main I ordered the the mixed kofta - chicken and lamb - with rice. I quite enjoyed it but to be honest I would have preferred it a bit hotter. On the whole it was't a particularly memorable meal but it was at a reasonable price. I wouldn't be rushing back.

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

Popped in on a sunny Tuesday afternoon as a visiting friend was looking for "irish" food in an "irish" pub. She ended up having a smokey burger and loving it however I had the gammon steak with poached eggs and roast potatoes. It was ok. There was something in the taste that I didn't like. I'm quite fussy and I'm not sure what the flavour was but it did somewhat over power the food. That said, it was a good solid meal at a really excellent price. There can't be that many places in the city centre where you can get that much food for under €10. Atmosphere-wise - it was very sunny and the Porterhouse doesn't have an outside area nor is it open like some pubs as it would open onto a busy road... so it was relatively quiet but the music was decent and the staff were very friendly and accomodating, even of a late order change on a main course. All in all, I would go back but I would pick a different dish.

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Nandos (Dundrum)
Sandyford Road, Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

I had been to Nando's a few times in the UK and I loved it so when they opened a branch here I was straight down there. This was my second visit. Essentially Nando's is cheap and cheerful. The decor, I think, makes it look a bit fancier than it really is. Basically it does good solid food at a very reasonable price, I had a 1/4 chicken with chips and rice, very tasty. Also they do free refills on the soft drinks. Food service was also very quick but it is worth note - for people who haven't been there before - that you have to go up to the counter to order then they bring the food down to you. I was there early enough in the evening, mid week on a wet day, and the place was about 1/2 full. I would note here though that I was there on a Fri or Sat night the first time and it was noisy and busy and there were a lot of kids around. This was around the time Hamley's opened so perhaps it wouldn't be as busy these days.

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