Restaurant Reviews from Nizzy
Peploes Wine Bistro restaurant
16 St Stephen's Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 01st June 2008 ( visited 31st May 2008 )I went to this Bistro for my Dad's birthday with my family. A party of 7, we were welcomed by friendly staff. Waited about two minutes for our pre-booked table, a nice and quiet corner. The menu was rather challenging, as I prefer mostly vegetarian dishes. However I ordered the Filo Wrapped Brie, my recommended dish, and Chicken Caesar Salad as my main course. My family all ordered, and our polite and informative waitress told us that for a party as big as we, complimentary side dishes were served. We drank red and white wine, bottled water and fresh juice. Our starters arrived, where the waiters and waitresses did not have to ask whose meal was whose. I thought this remarkable! My starter was delicious, two filo wrapped Bries, melted and gooey, a miniature salad and tasty prunes too. It was definitely enough for a starter. When the main courses arrived we were impressed with its presentation. My salad was good looking...but I wasn't too pleased with it in the end. The salad was crunchy and fresh, and though the chicken was succulent it had some stringy skin which didn't appeal to me. Too much chicken for a starter though. The croutons, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese were top notch, but near the end my salad tasted too salty. We ordered dessert, and I asked for a candle on my dad's Carrot Cake, which was granted without question. The desserts took long, due to my selection of Soufflé of the Evening, but we didn't mind this. Desserts arrived, with the candled cake, and a song of "Happy Birthday"! My Passion fruit Soufflé, Mango Sorbet and Fruit Coulees was absolutely amazing! It definitely was my best dish. It was light, creamy and very hot. The sorbet was perfect and melted nicely with the hot soufflé. The fruit was tasty also, all summer berries. I finished my dessert with a big smile, I highly recommend the Soufflé! The staff was extra nice, polite, friendly and helpful. The price was high, but for a 7-party three-course meal, with wine, I recommend Peploes Wine Bistro. xx
Boulevard Cafe restaurant
27 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 29th June 2008 ( visited 27th June 2008 )Arriving on a Friday night can be hectic. We pre-booked for 7.15pm, but unfortunately we had to wait another 20 minutes for the table. A group of three, we ordered the Tagliatelle Carbonara, Penne al Pollo and the Roast Breast of Duck. Due to the large group at another table, service was rather slow. We received our dishes ten minutes later and they were worth the wait. My Penne al Pollo was very light, creamy and full of flavour. I really enjoyed it. The pasta was cooked al dente and the chicken cubes were also cooked to perfection. Unfortunately the dish included mushrooms, and I'm not their biggest fan However, i ate a few of them, and i understand they give flavour to the dish. Karl's dish was perfect for him, and Mom's was very impressive, with its presentation. After the dinner we ordered desserts, i had the Triple Layer Chocolate Cake, and Karl ordered the Strawberry Tart. Both desserts were very fresh and tasty. Though it was Friday and full, i enjoyed myself, and do recommend the Boulevard Cafe.
26 Wexford St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I dined here for lunch with a colleague. It was a busy lunch hour on the Friday, but still were seated at a nice table. The menu is extensive, which made it hard to choose just one dish but I opted for the Chicken Cashew with Fried Rice and a Mai Tai cocktail, and my colleague ordered the Shaking Beef with Brown Rice. Both dishes came within 10 minutes of ordering, which during a busy Friday lunch hour is impressive. My dish smelled & tasted absolutely delicious! The flavour is very strong but not overpowering, the vegetables were fresh, the chicken was still moist and there were a lot of cashew nuts, which was important of course. The sauce itself was so tasty, and all worked perfectly with the fried rice. My colleague was completely satisfied with her dish, she couldn't stop raving about how good it tasted! The cocktail I ordered was strong and tasty, and quite refreshing too. The service at Opium was brilliant too; the staff is very friendly & attentive, the bathrooms are very clean and well designed and the value for money is brilliant. Definitely going back to Opium for lunch, dinner and cocktails!
Rock Lobster @ Harvey Nichols
Dundrum Town Centre, Sandyford Rd, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin
Went to for lunch whilst shopping, was seated at a nice booth in a quiet & sunny spot if the restaurant. Ordered the Atlantic Prawn Picnic Jar with a side of Green Beans. It did take about 25 minutes for the food to arrive, which was slightly too long for a non-busy period and for a salad & side. The prawn cocktail was presented in a large jam jar, full of green leaves, soft avocado slices, soft shelled prawns and purple tomatoes dressed with a spicy yuzu infused Marie Rose sauce. The salad was extremely delicious, fresh & flavoursome. However I would have preferred more prawns in the salad. The al dente-cooked green beans, though slightly oily, work well with the salad adding a good contrasting texture. I also ordered the Bittersweet Chocolate Torte for dessert, which was very good! The torte was solid yet still moist, accompanied by a vanilla creme anglais and topped with creme fraiche, and served with Cointreau infused orange segments. Refreshing, creamy and chocolatey! Service was good, definitely worth a visit.
Fade Street Social - The GastroBar
4-6 Fade Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
My colleague and I dined here last night, and were extremely satisfied and surprised at how much we fell in love with the food! We hadn't book a table but were seated at the bar, overlooking the kitchen, which is always a joy. I chose three dishes from the Tapas Menu: Cured Salmon with Truffle Honey, Yoghurt and Lemon puree; Prawn Tempura on Charred Crusty Bread with pesto, tomato, herbs, lemon puree and good olives; and Potatoes Cooked in Beef Dripping topped with Hollandaise & herbs. We also shared a bottle of white between us, Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Brumes de Loire. When the food arrived, the presentation of it all was outstanding. The salmon dish was a light delight of four crostini pieces topped with refreshing and tasty Irish salmon, and garnished with dots of truffle honey, yoghurt & lemon puree, capers and dill. Delicious! The prawn tempura dish was attractively interesting. The five prawns were dipped and fried in tempura batter on a skewer, atop a thick slice of soft & crusty bread spread with pesto and tomato & herbs, with a side of lemon jelly-puree and olives. It was a tasty combination. Finally, the potatoes were large handcut chips with a fresh housemade hollandaise sauce, though I wish there were more sauce. Everything really worked together beautifully, the flavours were fresh and very satisfying. The wine was a great accompaniment too. Ordered dessert and opted for the Baby Banoffi, which arrived in a little glass pot made up of layers of banana puree, caramel jelly, condensed milk caramel and biscuit crunch topped with banana sorbet. It was heavenly! The service was very good, waistresses very helpful, and the price for all was extremely good, at €40 per head. Definitely returning and recommending.
il Divo Restaurant
2 Terenure Road East, (Above Comans), Rathgar, Dublin
We dined at Il Divo for the first time, as a birthday dinner for myself, party of three. The menu is very interesting, I chose the Salmone Marinato as my starter followed by the Pollo de Niro for my main. I also ordered a rosé wine, which was non-sparkling, strong, slightly dry but tasty enough. The salmon starter was marinated with pink peppercorns, and it was very strong but very delicious. It was flavorsome and meaty, and the salad was fresh & well seasoned. The portion size was enough for starter. I also tasted the Carpaccio, which was equally as delicious! Also strong in flavour and very well seasoned. And I also tasted the Bruschetta, which had a great flavour of garlic and the bread was both soft & crusty, though quite a large portion. When my main arrived, I was quite impressed with the smells & presentation. The chicken roulade was stuffed with mountain cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and ham, which were very flavoursome and complimentary to the succulent chicken. The accompanying sauce was tasty though not enough. The mash potatoes & spinach accompaniments were a perfect combination. I half-half shared the Pollo de Niro and the Pizza Joe Pesci with my boyfriend, which was spicy, tasty and had a great base & crust. We didn’t opt for desserts. All were impressed with the food, the staff are friendly, nice atmosphere and good value. WOULD RECOMMEND.
Toscana (Dun Laoghaire)
5 Windsor Terrace, South Co. Dublin , Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Booked a table for 8 adults and one baby the day before, and were given a nice table, though not spacious enough for some of the party. I chose from the Weekend Special Menu, two courses at €19.95 including glass of house wine, beer or soft drink. Before choosing my dishes I ordered a Rossini (Prosecco & strawberries) as an aperitif, which is really delicious. There is a large variety on the menu, as well as he a la carte menu. For my starter I opted for the Suppli and chose the Pollo Diavola for my main course, and a glass of white house wine. We waited about 10 minutes or so for the starters. My boyfriend and I both ordered Suppli, but the waiter did not bring out enough, they mixed up one order of Suppli for Bruschetta, which we didn’t accept. I let my boyf have one of the two croquettes from my plate, and then shared his plate when it arrived. The suppli themselves are really tasty. They are rice and mozzarella cheese mixed croquettes, served with a fresh side salad and garlic aioli. Definitely recommended! The mains came out without too long a wait in between; my Pollo Diavola was served with a side salad rather than vegetables, and hand cut chips. The chicken was marinated in onion, garlic, herbs & lemon juice and cooked over grill, so it was slightly dry. The garlic aioli and salad were the same as that of my starter so it wasn’t something new at that point, slightly disappointing. The chicken did taste very nice though and the chips were fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. Overall it was a nice dish but as good as the starter. We didn’t opt for desserts. Roughly €200 for 8 two-course meals, wine, beer, soft drinks & Prosecco. Service was good, can be improved, staff are very friendly themselves and the bathrooms are clean.
1 Harbour Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Came back to Hartley’s for an impromptu early dinner on the May Bank Holiday Monday. Were given a nice table for four by the window, with ample space for us all. The A La Carte menu is full of great choices, as is the Daily Specials Menu. I opted for the Specials starter, Seared Tuna with Watermelon & Feta Salad, followed with the Char-Grilled Burger with Knockanore Smoked Cheddar & Streaky Bacon for my main course, and finished with the Specials dessert, Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch sauce and Mascarpone ice cream. I asked for the shoe string Fries instead of Home-cut chips. Drinks arrived after the order was taken, and we didn’t wait too long for the starters. My starter was very beautifully presented. The pieces of seared tuna had a crushed pistachio crust, and were perfectly cooked. The watermelon, feta and salsa salad was really refreshing and accompanied the fish very well. I really enjoyed the starter and I wasn’t too full after, I do recommend it if it’s on the menu. My main course was an impressively large and tasty burger. The meat wasn’t dry or overcooked, the bun was lightly toasted, and the cheese & bacon was plentiful. The side salad was very nice and fresh too, and the chips & aioli were perfect. My dessert was a real highlight of the meal. Very nicely presented: a generous-sized square of toffee pudding, dressed with icing sugar and some butterscotch sauce, a scoop of mascarpone ice cream, and a little jug of butterscotch sauce. It was delicious! Sweet and sticky without being too heavy, and the ice cream was amazing! The three lads were all very satisfied with every dish they had, and the service in Hartley’s is excellent. Friendly & helpful staff, comfortable interior and clean bathrooms.
Bijou Bistro & Wine
46/47 Highfield Road, Dublin 6, Rathgar, Dublin
Came to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday with my family. We were offered a nice table in the right wing of the restaurant. Menus very varied, and great choice for Monday night. I chose from the Early Bird Menu (which is either 2- for €20 or 3-courses for €25). I opted for the Goats Cheese Tartlet as a starter, followed with the Chicken Breast main course and also ordered a Bijou Sparkler cocktail. The boys all ordered from the Meat & Liquour Menu, opting to share one Spicy Chicken Wings starter and my Dad ordered the Goats Cheese Tartlet too, and for mains they ordered Grilled Lamb Steak, 10oz Sirloin and 6oz Fillet Steak respectively, and beers for all. Our drinks came in good time after and we didn’t wait too long before the starters arrived. The Goats Cheese Tartlet was really tasty. It was light and flavorsome, the tomatoes within the tartlet were well marinated and the rocket salad with dressing was a good accompaniment. The Chicken Wings were very tasty, spicy and the blue cheese dip was perfect. My main was very well presented; a generous portion-size for one. Two crispy skinned chicken breasts atop creamy mash potato, served with braised salad, wild fried garlic and watercress, and my side order of skinny fries. The chicken was tender and still moist, had a nice flavour of the garlic, the vegetables were well cooked and the fries were delicious. Overall it was a very tasty dinner with which I was very satisfied. The boys’ mains were all very good-looking, and also generous in size. My Dad’s 6oz Fillet Steak did have to be sent back to the chef as it was underdone to his liking; he asked for medium but was given rare. The waitress apologized and he was sent back a more medium (though still not perfectly medium) steak, with fresh sides (though less side salad). €100 for four 2-course meals, beers, cocktails and sides, Bijou Bistro was worth it. Definitely coming back soon! Comfortable, polite staff and clean bathrooms.
The Forum, Ballymoss Road, Dublin 18 , Sandyford, Dublin
Came back after being once before, my Dad had been thrice before. Unfortunatly this time we were VERY DISAPPOINTED. The food was terrible. I ordered the Pan-Fried Waltip Dumplings (meat variety) and they were not very crispy and the garnish was not fresh. My Dad’s Crispy Spring Rolls weren’t crispy either, and quite cold too. Our mains were even worse. I ordered the Chengdu Home Style Beef, as I had it before and it was really delicious. This time however, it was not lean and the meat wasn’t plentiful in comparison to the sauce and veg. I tried some of my Dad’s dish, the Deep-Fried Crispy Chicken. The waitress advised that it is a crispy chicken fillet cut in slices with a sweet and sour-like sauce. This was very much the opposite. The chicken was grizzly and rather bony, and not crispy. 80% of the chicken was inedible. The accompanying sauce tasted like an extra salty soy sauce. We did complain, and the manager and waitress were very apologetic and removed my Dad’s chicken dish off the bill. It was a very sad and disappointing experience as the previous time we had a really great meal and the food was great. New chef, new (bad) quality. Restaurant layout is nice, staff is friendly and the menu is very varied.
60 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Dined for lunch for 3 people. The menu is rather peculiar, ensure you ask your waiter if it’s your first time. I ordered the Chicken Brochettes (Lemon Garlic Bayleaf variety), with Couscous and Carrot & Cranberry sides. Not a big fan of chicken-on-the-bone so they are perfect for a chicken fillet-lover. There was a 10 minute wait for the food. The brochettes were 3 large skewed chicken fillet pieces, along with onion slices, bay leaves and mushrooms in between. Not a fan of mushrooms so that was disappointing, thankful I got the sides. The sauce/dressing on the chicken was very nice, flavoursome and the chicken was succulent and plentiful. The sides were really lovely, and complimented one another and the chicken really well. Crackbird don’t serve the usual soft drinks; instead they have homemade lemonades. I ordered the Rhubarb Lemonade, but thought it too bitter and slightly tasteless. I preferred the Cranberry Cooler my Dad ordered. €50 for 3 mains, 3 sides and 3 lemonades. Service was attentive and friendly. Recommendable.
Cactus Jacks (Middle Abbey St)
Millennium Walkway, Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin
Came for a spontaneous date with my boyfriend. We were given a table immediately and offered the choice of Early Bird Menu or A La Carte. Both have a great variety of dishes, and reasonable prices. I chose from the Early Bird Menu, and opted for the Mexican Street Salad to start, and the Sizzling Chicken Fajitas for my main. The starter was really colourful and flavoursome. The ingredients were very fresh and the vinaigrette was lovely. I really enjoyed all the flavours together, and the dish used fresh salad leaves (no brown bits). My boyfriend ordered the Cajun Coated Buffalo Wings, which I tasted. They were very crispy and plentiful, and very delicious. We didn’t wait long between courses, and our mains came at the same time. My fajitas were very well presented: 3 warm tortillas with 3 different dips (guacamole, salsa and sour cream) and then the sizzling chicken and vegetables. I was a tad disappointed with the vegetables, as it was only peppers and onion. I like my dishes to have more than two vegetables. The sauce with the chicken was very good though, and the combination of tortilla-dips-chicken-vegetable was satisfying. There was too much of the chicken and veg though. My boyfriend really enjoyed his Classico Burger, though too many chips with his 1 pounder burger. To finish our meal, we ordered dessert: I ordered the Chili Chocolate Rice Pudding, my boyfriend ordered the Tequila and Lime Cheesecake. Both an unusal combination but both were really well presented and certainly tasty. The rice pudding had the perfect balance of hot-and-cold, and sweet-and-chili. The chocolate sauce atop the pudding was hot so it helped with the lukewarm pudding, though the ice cream atop the sauce was rather unnecessary. The cheesecake didn’t really taste of tequila, which was good. It had a very refreshing taste to it, and was lovely and airy and was also complimented with ice cream. House wine was reasonably tasty, and the service was good. Three-course meal for €19.95 pp with wine, good value and pretty good food.
Wild Honey Inn
Kincora Road, Lisdoonvarna, Clare
Group of six with a reserved table, as two of us were also staying at the inn, a comfortable and spacious table by the window. Menu was varied but limited for some with an ordinary palette. For my starter i ordered the Smoked Salmon Salad. It was good, with fresh salmon, but unfortunately it was nothing too special. Pieces of smoked salmon, with capers, some mini potato slices, green salad and a dressing. Too much food for a starter, and also a bit disappointing. For main course i ordered the Fish & Chips. Another generous portion, well presented. Great tasting fish, in a breadcrumbed batter. The twice-fried chips were hearty and crispy, though the side salad was rather bland, and no other vegetables came with the dish. Overall it was very good but very filling. As for dessert, i ordered the day special, Sticky Toffee Pudding. This was seriously delicious! The presentation was minimal but the taste makes up for it. Spongy and moist pudding, and the toffee sauce was perfect and sweet, but the clotted cream was a perfect anti-sweet accompaniment. The staff was very polite and friendly, the atmosphere was nice and not too 'touristy'; it was a bit too warm but we could open the window; and the music was a tad too loud but good choice of music. With a bottle of champagne, glass of red wine, a blonde ale, coffees and 3-course-meals, a reasonable €50pp.
Cullinan's Seafood Restaurant and Guest House
Doolin, Ballyvaghan, Clare
Beautiful layout, both interior and exterior decor. A small but comfortable restaurant dining room, we booked a table for four and were seated at the window, with a beautiful view. Before our starters we were given a basket of bread, three varieties; garlic dough bread, tomato/olive/onion and brown bread, all homemade and warm. Such a great bread effort! For starter i ordered the Crispy Fried Brie, served with red onion relish. The presentation was brilliant, presented on a slate plate with floral leaves. Really tasty, perfect breadcrumbs and soft gooey cheese. The relish and extra red fruits added fresh tangy flavors to the brie. Very delicious starter, and perfect size too. For main course i ordered the Corn-Fed Stuffed Chicken. It was served on a bed of softened spinach, with roasted garlic, floral leaves, beetroot coulis and sides of crunchy green beans and carrots. Fantastic! The chicken was very succulent, the red pepper stuffing was refreshing and all the vegetables were cooked al dente. Pototoes were unneeded, though the were also served (boiled). As for dessert, there was a great range to choose from, and i opted for the Vanilla Panna Cotta with Red Berry Coulis. It was a creamy, light pudding and the bitter berry coulis goes perfectly with it, in a sweet-and-sour marriage. Everything was perfectly portioned. The others all enjoyed their meals too, from start to finish; everything was tasty and satisfying. The staff was very good, i highly recommend dining at Cullinan's. €37 pp for four people, three-course-meal.
The Doolin Cafe
Roadford, Doolin, Doolin, Clare
A group of six, we stopped into this little cafe for Friday lunch. I ordered the Curried Turnip & Carrot Soup, the day's soup special. It was served with two large pieces of fresh bread; one hazelnut and the other caraway. The soup was thick, with fresh ingredients and delicious. The curried turnip gave a good kick to the soup. I also ordered a side of Grilled Haloumi, which was perfectly grilled on one side only. Though the proportion was a bit stingy for €2.50. Our group's food was very enjoyable. Two had the Baps (Ploughman's and Roast Beef), which are served with crispy shoestring chips. Three had the Pancakes (all three varieties; fried bananas only, bacon only and fried bananas & bacon, all with maple syrup). The staff (one waitress for the whole cafe) was polite and informative. Come to this little country for really great lunch food!
Assaggio Restaurant @ The Westgrove Hotel
Westgrove Hotel, Abbeylands, Clane, Naas , Clane, Kildare
A group of six for dinner, we were seated immediately in a semi-quiet section of the restaurant. The menu was good, was torn between two main dishes, but opted for no starter and the Chicken Kiev as my main. The others all ordered starters, which they were satisfied with. Waited 5-7 minutes after starters were cleared for our mains to arrive. My Chicken Kiev looked neat. However, there were not enough mashed potatoes and the peas were a tad undercooked. The garlic butter was a great touch, however the Exchange’s take on Chicken Kiev is not at all the normal. It was merely a well-cooked fillet of chicken covered in crunchy breadcrumbs and fried. There was no surprise sauce of sorts in the centre of the chicken, which was disappointing. One of the mains was supposed to have a portion of chips instead of Naan bread (the Thai Chicken Curry), but the Naan bread was still there and the chips did not arrive. After telling our waiter about this, he said “sure keep the Naan now that it’s there,” and assured us the chips were coming. However, they never came to the table. The waiter never approached us again about the chips, another disappointment. Some desserts were ordered, i chose the Eton Mess amongst the small variety. The dessert was very well presented; it was served in layers in a martini glass. The meringue pieces were small enough to take one mouthful and it was overall not as sweet as expected, this i did enjoy. Teas and cappuccinos were also ordered and all desserts were satisfying. Staff weren’t very attentive and it was hard to hear one another in the restaurant. Overall value was alright though i wouldn’t be recommending this any time soon.
208 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin
Booked a 8-seat table for Dad’s birthday. Staff were very friendly upon arrival until end of dinner. We had great expectations about the food, and we weren’t disappointed! A great menu full of delicious-sounding dishes. I opted for the Gnocchetti di Barbabietola as my starter and the Calzone Napoletano as my main. The table ordered five Gnocchettis and nobody was dissatisfied. The beetroot potato dumplings are seriously tasty, served in a Parmesan basket with rocket and a slice of chicken. The basket was a bit tough but the chicken goes surprisingly well with the gnocchi. We waited a bit longer than desired for the mains, as the staff wanted everything to come at the same time. The pizzas are made at the front of house, for passers-by to see. My Calzone Napoletano was pretty huge and looked great! The flavours inside were fantastic: Mozzarella, Ricotta and spicy Salami in a folded pizza. It was a great main course. The calzone stayed hot throughout, and the ingredients worked very well together. The dough of all the pizzas and calzones at the table were consistent and great. However, my calzone was too much for me and I had to leave about 1/3 of it on my plate. Upon plate-clearing, I asked my waiter if I could bring the remains home, to which it was no problem. Our party was full after the two courses so no desserts. Along with Bellinis, Prosecco and red wine, the bill was reasonable for 8 people. The staff were all Italian and very aware of their customers. Definitely going to return!
3 Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin
Three of us came in early evening and got a table at the back near the windows. I chose from the Early Bird menu, which has two different options; I found this good. I chose the Suppli as my starter followed by the Pizza Romana as my main. The starters came within ten minutes of ordering which was good, and my Suppli was very tasty and wholesome but a bit too large a portion for a starter for one person. The accompanying salad looked rather dry and there was no vinaigrette. The Pizza Romana came at least fifteen minutes after starters were cleared, a bit longer than usual. The pizza itself was large with a good salami taste, but the base was very thin. I didn’t enjoy this overly thin pizza as I would a thicker base. For dessert I ordered a 3-Coup Gelato, with Pistacchio, Stracciatella and Limone. Their gelato is by far one of the best in town, really great flavours! As a whole I was only satisfied by the food, though the atmosphere was good and busy, attentive and friendly staff and a clean restaurant. The Early Bird menus are good value for what you do get. Not my first time, but not my last time dining.
Douglas & Kaldi Terrace Cafe and Restaurant
Level 2, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Dublin
Came here with my Mam on a girls day out. We ordered the Mediterranean Salad to share. It was very light and full of ingredients. Really a tasty and well seasoned salad. Perfect sharing size for two, when you don’t want too much to eat. Deserts and cakes are really excellent! I ordered the Raspberry Roulade, which was very beautifully presented, and accompanied with a lot of fruit and ice cream. There were great flavours throughout. Mam ordered the Lemon Meringue Pie. It had an amazing lemon taste and had a large but light and fluffy meringue on top. Along with cakes, we ordered a Chai Tea and the Hazelnut Latte respectfully. Both were really lovely, and well priced. Overall a great meal! The staff were extremely friendly and enthusiastic too. For atmospheric seating, try the tables by the window at the back. I was very impressed by this cafe and will definitely come back again. Forget elsewhere, Douglas & Kaldi is the better cake and coffee cafe!
Mao Restaurant (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin
Came without a booking, at busy evening period. Ordered the Salmon Terriyaki Fillet with Rice. My boyfriend ordered the Singapore Noodles. My salmon presentation looked small and not so special. A thin fillet of salmon, served on Asian mixed greens, with a sauce floating at the bottom. The flavours were ok, and the greens were nice but not plentiful. The rice looked a bit dry, and i expected Jasmine rice but was served basmati rice. There was no accompanying sauce, but a wedge of lemon. I asked our waiter for soy sauce when our dishes were served but waited another 5-7 mins before asking another waitress for it, which she brought immediately upon complaint. Due to this i was halfway through eating the salmon and had to use lemon to flavour the rice. Overall, my meal was disappointing. My boyfriend’s noodles were lovely though, flavoursome and a generous portion. Value for money and food were just good.
Captain America's Cookhouse and Bar (Tallaght)
Unit A3 Tallaght Cross Dublin 24, Tallaght, Dublin
Had dinner and drinks with some friends. The dinner was tasty and hot, for all of us. I ordered the Cajun Chicken Burger & Chips. The chicken was really well cooked and fresh vegetables on the burger. There was a lot of Cajun sauce, which was great with the chips too. They gave us extra sauce at no extra cost too. A generous portion for one that stayed hot for long enough. I had cocktails too; the Bounty’s Revenge and the Oreo Meltdown. Both were truly delicious, and reasonably priced too. The staff were really friendly and helpful, and asked for feedback after our meals and the cocktails. A great place for food and friends, even during the week. The overall experience was good though a tad expensive for the meals. The restaurant closes about 11.30pm during the week, but they encourage you to continue your night upstairs at the bar.
The Bull & Castle and F.X. Buckley Steakhouse
5-7 Lord Edward Street, Christchurch, Dublin 8, City Centre South, Dublin
Came here for a dinner date. Ordered the Beef & Guinness Pie, with side of Mash Potatoes. Really great presentation! The puff pastry was high and crisp, very appealing. The pie was full of flavour, and hot in temperature which is good. The ingredients were very good, the meat was perfect tenderness and the sauce was very consistent. This was a great mix with the mashed potatoes, made with spring onions. My boyfriend ordered the Ribs & Chips. They were plentiful, covered in a lovely tangy bbq sauce and the meat was perfectly cooked. The chips were delicious alone, but with its garlic sauce accompaniment they were better! Ordered the Warm Chocolate Brownie to share for dessert. It could have been better presented though it was delicious. Light and fluffy, with a tad nutty side sauce. The sauce was nice but would have preferred more. Overall the food is very good, the main dishes are better. Service was very friendly, polite and helpful. Atmosphere was great, chilled and the music was audible but not too loud. Great list of drinks too!
100 Lower Baggot street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
A fun night with delicious results! Booked a table for two, and on arrival were shown straight to our table. A party of four were also in attendance at the table. The menu may seem simple and possibly a bit pricey, but it is very good food with some fun. I ordered the Salmon Teppanyaki, my partner the Chef's Special. The complimentary Miso Soup was nice, though nothing too special. I would have preferred a choice of starters. The chef cooks all the food in front of you, on the hot plate. He also plays a few tricks and involves you in the fun. (Trying to catch omellete in your mouth, attempting the egg tricks etc.) The fried rice & veg were very lovely, though i felt the portion was too little. My salmon was perfectly cooked and flavoursome. Karl's Chef Special consisted of steak, chicken & prawns. I especially loved the flavours in the chicken, the prawns were good but had a bite to them still, and the steak was perfect. Disappointed no desserts were offered. Service was good too.
The Counter Suffolk Street
20 Suffolk Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Definitely a great burger joint to head to! Came in on Paddy's Day, no booking and got a table straight away. The size of restaurant is great. I ordered a beef burger, with aged cheddar, roasted red peppers with red relish on a classic hamburger bun. Ordered the sweet potato fries on the side, as a recommendation by our waitress. Truly a delicious meal! The meat was a bit undercooked for my liking, but perfect for most people's. The fries! Wow, they were really tasty! The helpings for both the burger and fries is very reasonable. Great value for prices. Our waitress was friendly and helpful from start to end too. We'll definitely be coming back, and recommending to all!
6-7 Jervis Street, Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin
Went on a date, booked in advance. Had the Baby Back Ribs to share as a starter. They were very tender, accompanied by a lovely sauce and the dish was generous in portion size. For my main course i ordered the Pad Thai Chicken. A delicious large noodle dish. There were lots of chopped peanuts and beansprouts on the side to mix in with the dinner. It was served with lime, which was great squeezed over the Pad Thai. Great flavours, very well cooked chicken and there was a good hint of chili. The service was attentive and polite. The restaurant had great atmosphere and became quite full after 6.30pm! Great value for great food, the Pre-Theatre menu costs €19.50 for two dishes and is worth it. I recommend to book a table if you want to come after 7pm.
24 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Had dinner and dessert here for a date night. Boyfriend and i ordered a medium pizza each, mine was Margherita with Pepperoni and Carmelised Onions. Very tasty pizza, though it went cold a bit too fast. About 8 slices in a medium pizza. Shared our favourite dessert, Hot Cookie Dough Dessert with ice cream. As always this was really delicious, but i reckon it should be bigger! Service was friendly, but total price was a bit high. Good for a simple dinner date.
The Fern House Cafe at Avoca Kilmacanogue
Avoca, Kilmacanogue, Wicklow
A beautiful restaurant with good food. But not as great as expected. The staff is friendly but unfortunately the service was rather slow throughout lunch. Lunch party of 8, we waited about 10 mins before our orders were taken. I didn’t order a starter, but the rest of the party went for a 3-course lunch. I ordered the Asparagus, Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni and then the Bread & Butter Pudding for dessert. Along with our dishes we ordered three sides of Chunky Chips (which are cooked in duck fat) and two jugs of lemonade, both the Summer Berries and the classic Lemonade. The starters satisfied everyone. They were flavoursome and large enough. The Cannelloni wasn’t so tasty. It was piping hot, which was a plus, but there was a lack of flavour and seasoning throughout. Rather disappointing as the accompanying salad was delicious; its vinaigrette was lovely. Overall the mains were not so impressive, bar the Braised Beef Stew with Turnip Mash and the Mushroom Risotto. There were complaints about the Tagliatelle with Crab & Scallops as well as the Cannelloni. More slow service between courses. The desserts arrived and the presentation of my Bread & Butter Pudding was quite appealing. The accompaniments of summer berries, creme anglais and ice-cream were served separately. The pudding itself was hot, soft and had plenty of raisins/sultanas. But the fruit was a bit too alcoholic (they’d used rum to marinade them). But I did enjoy the pudding overall! Also tried the Meringue Berry Nest ordered. Very light and tasty, just enough texture throughout. Dessert is definitely a success at the Fern House but the service and main courses need improvement. Food value is good but not great.
92 Terenure Road North, Dublin 6W, Terenure, Dublin
Went here for a family meal of five and were very well treated. We ordered starters, mains and desserts and gosh was it lovely. The service is top-notch from when you walk in until you have finished your meals and paid your bill. Very friendly staff and the food was fab! I ordered the Bocconini Croccanti (deep fried mozzarella balls) and they were very tasty. The cheese is high quality and the vinaigrette is very well seasoned and flavoured. I was in the mood for a pizza as i had the Gnocchi the time before, so i ordered Pizza Salami. When the pizza arrived it was very hot, and partially pre-cut. The salami on the pizza was very Italian, and not burned on the edges, the base was thin and crispy and the crusts were floury soft. Very great pizza indeed! Banofee Pie was my dessert and for my second time, it was scrumptious. Bananas, plenty of cream and a soft, crumbly base. Some people prefer a harder, crunchier base for such a dessert but i do love Bellagio’s Bannoffee Pie! Overall i was very satisfied with our visit, and the family all enjoyed their dishes very much also. Definitely one for the planner and not bad prices either. There is a Early Bird menu which is great value!
18-19 Glasthule Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
A group of nine, we arrived in Rasam, where our booked table was waiting. The staff was very polite, asking to take our coats. The table itself was well lit and there was plenty of space around us. The menu had a very large choice of starters, different meat, vegetarian and seafood dishes. I ordered no starter, but a Mango lassi, which is special on request. I also ordered Malai Kofta, Pulau rice and naan bread. The starters that were ordered arrived within good time, very prettily presented. Our drinks ( Champagne, beers and lassis) also came within minutes. The bubbly was served in flutes. But I did notice that not all the flutes were the same. In fact only three out of six glasses were the same style. Not very professional. However, the champagne was tasty, and the mango lassi was also very good. Nice orange shade with a swirl of pomegranate on top. According to the party, their starters all tasted delicious. When the mains arrived, they were all in cute bowls, full of aromatic sauces. However my dish happened to be the only incorrect one. A Baigan Bharta dish was cooked, and somehow that was my new dinner. I wasn’t happy with that, and it was too spicy for me, to which I had to order plain yoghurt. I recommend the yoghurt or raita for those who don’t take spicy well. The sides dishes were lovely, and all helped make the plate colourful. I tried the Tandoori Butter Chicken and Murgh Pasanda which were very tasty, as well as the Malai Kofta, which my aunt had ordered too. Onto the desserts, there was a great choice where I ordered the Rose Petal Creme Brulee and a Chai Masala. The creme brulee was very nicely presented though there was not enough on the side for the size of the serving plate. It was a creamy, rose scented, delicious dessert. The chai came in a pot with a teacup. I was not impressed with the chai; it was made with teabags, only two sugar packets and no extra milk. Overall I was satisfied, but I don’t really recommend it.
21 Upper Merrion Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
Went for my Grampa's birthday party with family. Private room was well worth getting. The service was excellent, the waiters were very attentive and polite. However the Lunch menu was rather limited. Though my pea soup was very delicious, flavoursome and well presented, my Risotto dinner was a tad boring. The side salad had no vinaigrette and was bland in flavour. The dessert, Chocolate Ganache, was very good and also well presented. But other dishes in the party, especially the Veal, was very varied, due to bad choice of cuts. People were getting different meats. Pricey but good overall, my personal opinion was only mediocre in comparison to other fancy restaurants.
Howards Way (Rathgar)
8 Orwell Road, Dublin 6, Rathgar, Dublin
Honestly a brilliant meal out! The food was amazing and the service was very good, both fast and friendly, the atmosphere of Harolds Way was brilliant. A great tasting starter and dinner and a wide variety of choices. I had the Potato & Leek soup to start, with homemade brown bread. Soup was tasty and hot, and the bread was fresh. Dinner was Fish'n'Chips, which was delicious. My family all loved their meals, each dish was perfectly cooked and presented. I recommend you book a table, it gets quite busy. If you can, the Early Bird menu is very good for price and choice of food. A party of 5, we receive two free bottles of wine, free tea/coffee.
27 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Arriving on a Friday night can be hectic. We pre-booked for 7.15pm, but unfortunately we had to wait another 20 minutes for the table. A group of three, we ordered the Tagliatelle Carbonara, Penne al Pollo and the Roast Breast of Duck. Due to the large group at another table, service was rather slow. We received our dishes ten minutes later and they were worth the wait. My Penne al Pollo was very light, creamy and full of flavour. I really enjoyed it. The pasta was cooked al dente and the chicken cubes were also cooked to perfection. Unfortunately the dish included mushrooms, and I'm not their biggest fan However, i ate a few of them, and i understand they give flavour to the dish. Karl's dish was perfect for him, and Mom's was very impressive, with its presentation. After the dinner we ordered desserts, i had the Triple Layer Chocolate Cake, and Karl ordered the Strawberry Tart. Both desserts were very fresh and tasty. Though it was Friday and full, i enjoyed myself, and do recommend the Boulevard Cafe.
103 Terenure Road East, Dublin 6, Terenure, Dublin
A night of celebrations! Mario's, in Terenure, really helped celebrate end of the Leaving Cert for myself and my parents. We arrived around 7pm, and were given a table straightaway, upstairs in a quiet corner. It was indeed a nice spot for dinner and we ordered starters and main courses when our waitress was ready. I ordered the Deep Fried Mozzarella and then the Al Fredo with penne pasta. Our starters arrived and they were delicious! I really loved it! My dad ordered the Crostini with parma ham & cheese, and my mom ordered the Prawns. We shared and tasted, and all approved. We had around 10-15 mins to chat until the steaming hot dishes came to the table. However, there was a mix up with my dad's dish, he had ordered the Tagliatelle Al PolIo, that night's special, but the waitress gave the wrong special. The dishes for mom and me were correct but unfortunately dad had to wait 10 mins for his dish. Again we shared and tasted each other's meals, when dad's right dish came along. It was a tasty dinner but I feel my dinner lacked something extraordinary. We had desserts too, Banoffi for dad, and Chocolate Pudding with ice cream for me. The pudding was very filling but the ice cream helped break it down. All in all it was a good meal, but I was disappointed there was NO Gnocchi on the menu. Polite service and reasonable price for three.
Captain America's Cookhouse And Bar
44 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Dined here for a nice lunch. Myself and my boyfriend arrived around 5pm, and were given a table straight away. We ordered from the Lunch Menu, at €8.95 for the meal. I ordered the Chicken & Cheese Enchilada with salad, and K ordered the Cheesburger with chips. Within ten minutes of ordering our dishes arrived at the table. Very fast service! The enchilada was really tasty, and the salad was really good, with the French dressing. K's burger looked nice and he said it tasted good too, but the let down of Captain America's was that the food went cold a bit too quickly. The possibility was that they just reheated food...which would disappointed me, but maybe that's how the Lunch Menu is. The dessert we ordered was the highlight; Cookie Sundae. Tasty ice cream, cookies, chocolate sauce and two spoons! Always lovely to share. The total was around €25, which was reasonably good. Maybe next time I'll go for Dinner.
Peploes Wine Bistro
16 St Stephen's Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
I went to this Bistro for my Dad's birthday with my family. A party of 7, we were welcomed by friendly staff. Waited about two minutes for our pre-booked table, a nice and quiet corner. The menu was rather challenging, as I prefer mostly vegetarian dishes. However I ordered the Filo Wrapped Brie, my recommended dish, and Chicken Caesar Salad as my main course. My family all ordered, and our polite and informative waitress told us that for a party as big as we, complimentary side dishes were served. We drank red and white wine, bottled water and fresh juice. Our starters arrived, where the waiters and waitresses did not have to ask whose meal was whose. I thought this remarkable! My starter was delicious, two filo wrapped Bries, melted and gooey, a miniature salad and tasty prunes too. It was definitely enough for a starter. When the main courses arrived we were impressed with its presentation. My salad was good looking...but I wasn't too pleased with it in the end. The salad was crunchy and fresh, and though the chicken was succulent it had some stringy skin which didn't appeal to me. Too much chicken for a starter though. The croutons, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese were top notch, but near the end my salad tasted too salty. We ordered dessert, and I asked for a candle on my dad's Carrot Cake, which was granted without question. The desserts took long, due to my selection of Soufflé of the Evening, but we didn't mind this. Desserts arrived, with the candled cake, and a song of "Happy Birthday"! My Passion fruit Soufflé, Mango Sorbet and Fruit Coulees was absolutely amazing! It definitely was my best dish. It was light, creamy and very hot. The sorbet was perfect and melted nicely with the hot soufflé. The fruit was tasty also, all summer berries. I finished my dessert with a big smile, I highly recommend the Soufflé! The staff was extra nice, polite, friendly and helpful. The price was high, but for a 7-party three-course meal, with wine, I recommend Peploes Wine Bistro. xx