Restaurant Reviews from Ohjustpeachy

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L'Gueuleton restaurant

No 1 Fade Street, Off Georges's Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Reviewed 10th November 2013 ( visited 13th September 2013 )

Thoroughly enjoyed the ambience, the music, the food, the presentation of the food, the taste of the food, the unrushed experience, the friendly yet professional staff; will be returning soon. Steaks were cooked exactly as requested, wines are reasonably priced.
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Il Corvo Restaurant

98-100 Upper Drumcondra Road, Dublin 9 , Drumcondra, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 9

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150 reviews

Reviewed 19th March 2010 ( visited 12th March 2010 )

I brought my mother to her favourite restaurant to celebrate Mother's Day. I've never been a big fan of Il Corvo but it was her choice and her night. The sardine starter was nice but the antipasti misti (meats) selection was really poor and I've had better from prepacked grocery store versions! The pasta mains were fine, nothing remarkable or memorable about them and that's a shame. If I can steer guests elsewhere that's usually what I do and with better quality meals available in other restaurants in Drumcondra I wouldn't rush here again.
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FIRE Restaurant and Lounge
Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

The service was excellent, staff are very professional and friendly. We were offered both the a la carte & pre-theatre menus, at €30 for 3 courses we opted for the pre-theatre menu and weren't disappointed. The wine list is extensive & should suit all pockets. The king prawn starter was still bubbling in its decadent oils on arrival, it was very tasty; the goat cheese starter was light & subtle. Steaks were cooked to order (rare) and were very tender with great fluffy chunky chips. Chocolate framboise & cheesecake bar were both delicious and a great end to a great meal. The cocktails served downstairs in the lounge were a nice way to complete our meal. Lovely night.


Restaurant Ten Fourteen
324 Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin

Ate here with voucher but would pay full price as the quality of ingredients is excellent; staff are efficient and friendly. Try the seafood chowder - hearty & filling.


No 1 Fade Street, Off Georges's Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Thoroughly enjoyed the ambience, the music, the food, the presentation of the food, the taste of the food, the unrushed experience, the friendly yet professional staff; will be returning soon. Steaks were cooked exactly as requested, wines are reasonably priced.


St Andrew Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Lovely atmospheric restaurant, luxurious booths, spent ages playing 'name the celeb' from the many pics hanging on the walls. There were also plenty of smiling faces from the staff. Great quality food and great service but a bit pricey - best for special occasions.


14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Had wanted to try the food for awhile and it was worth the wait. It's a lovely restaurant & suitable for romance/dates imo. The quality of dishes was excellent, the presentation of each dish was lovely and the service was excellent too.


Salamanca Fusion
38 - 40 Parliament Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I had a Dealrush voucher (2 starters, mains, desserts & wine) which halved the cost of the meal BUT I would pay full price - the restaurant plays spanish/latin music, the staff are efficient & professional, the decor is nice, there are lots of special offers, cheap cocktails and the food is really good.


The Big Blue Restaurant
30 Church Street, Howth, Dublin

Had a voucher for two three-course meals with prosecco for €34, that's why I gave a maximum score for value. The low playing non-intrusive music, decor, layout & seats by a window overlooking the graveyard with views out to Ireland's Eye account for a very high score for atmosphere. The staff were also very friendly, efficient and helpful giving another maximum score. The weakest part of the evening was the food; each course was just ok; nothing was delicious, the bruschetta was weak, the bass was average, the steak wasn't the best cut of meat and overall we were quite dissapointed with the quality of each course. If the food was better I would go back because the outlook is quite special and the staff are great.


Taste of Brazil
32 Parliament St, Temple bar, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Unfortunately for me the best thing about this restaurant was the live music; on the evening we ate there a solo singer/guitarist played and entertained the diners. The decor and the food were of a low standard and it all felt a little canteen-like. The 'coxinha' (chicken drumstick) was bland, the outer shell was tough and there was more potato/cassava stuffing than chicken. Thankfully the 'bolinho de mandioca' (deep fried cassava & mince stuffed balls) had some kick to them and were fine but nothing special. The rump steak was overcooked despite asking for 'rare' and the chips were lousy (I'd guess they're frozen chips). The chicken salad main was swamped by little tasteless potato sticks & again there was very little meat in it; the grilled pineapple was the best part of that unfortunately. The desserts were not nice; the chocolate tart was like a runny nutella shortbread and the passion fruit tart was a mousse that had an 'angel delight' consistency. We will not eat there again.


The Harbour Master Restaurant & Bar
Custom House Dock, I.F.S.C Dublin 1, IFSC, Dublin

Plus:The FOOD is of a high standard and I would eat here again though not if looking for a romantic experience. The lamb main & pork mains were both tender & succulent. The sides of champ & mushrooms were plentiful to share between two. The cheesecake dessert was rich and cheesy. The service was good. Minus: The restaurant section has a more pretty outlook than the bar area but the music from the bar and the noise filter through so depending on what's playing/how busy it is this can take away from the ambience. The two areas also appear to share toilets (I could be wrong on that but I could only find a ladies room in the bar) and they're rather shabby with broken door handles, lack of loo roll and overpowering smell of cleaning blocks.


The Porterhouse (North )
Cross Guns Bridge, Glasnevin, Dublin

Like others I ate here with a citydeal voucher: starter, main & bellini €10. The staff were really great but the food was really average. I wouldn't call it a gastro pub myself (food needs improving & they should drop the thick frozen chips for home made wedges/chips) but I'd definitely go again for the drinks (had a special offer on daiquiris & great broad beer selection - as you'd expect of the porterhouse) and a large, semi-covered garden bar. Ordered from the restricted menu but didn't mind choosing from three items per course. Unfortunately the squid was tough, the chicken dry & missing its cheese; the ribs were very fatty but at least the steak was cooked as requested, was large and came with nice mushrooms & onions.


Chatham Brasserie
Chatham Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Stopped for lunch on a sunny day & sat in the opened window people watching. Not a cheap menu but the quality of the food was superb. Had the goat's cheese salad (as a main) which was truly delicious - the two large servings of cheese were sweetly caramelised and served with fruits including fig, strawberry, nectarine, apple. There was a nice fairly dry pesto and plenty of salad leaves with it. It was one of the best goat's cheese salads I've tasted and I'd recommend it to all cheese lovers. My guest had the homemade burger which came with choice of toppings and choice of chips; it was a large burger that elicited many ooohs and aahs. With one cider & one prosecco cocktail the bill at €46 was a little steep but as I said the quality of the dishes kind of warrants it.


Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Really liked the music, decor and atmosphere. Was disappointed by the slow service (especially when waiting for the bill) but there were only three floor staff and the restaurant was busy. The deals available make it good value €25.90 two courses + glass of house wine. The brown bread served while awaiting starters was really light with a crispy crust - very tasty. Can't and won't knock the food atall, it was all very tasty. A crispy, light caesar salad with olives & warm smoked bacon, neither drowned in nor lacking in dressing. Meatballs with a fresh tomato sauce. Juicy flavourful chicken with herby mash, a corn dog shaped stuffing ball and veg - yum. The tortellini came dressed with juicy cherry tomatoes and a light sauce - yum again. The house wines (both red and white) were good wines. Overall a lovely meal.


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

The main comment I have on this restaurant is that the service is really poor. Perhaps it's best to sit in the upper part of the restaurant if you don't want to be ignored?! We were seated at the window and had to look for a staff member to ask for dessert menus, tea and then twice more for our bill. This lack of attention would make me think twice before I'd recommend it to friends. On the plus side the food is good: we both had the hummus & tapenade starter which comes with plenty of pitta and a range of crispy veg for dipping. The risotto was filling & tasty and very large in portion size; the fish pie had a crispy cheesy potato crust and was almost enough for two. The salad accompanying both dishes had a variety of leaves and a tasty balsamic dressing. A bill of €58 for 2 starters, 2 mains, 2 teas and two large glasses of wine was reasonable enough but the poor service meant we were very stingy in our tipping.


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

On arriving about 6:45pm we were offered a table by the door or at the bar - we opted for the door (we barely noticed the cold air when the door opened because we were so engrossed in our meals). We noticed at least 10 people being turned away so I gather it's a very busy & popular place which is no surprise. The interior is lovely, the food is fantastic, the service is friendly and the atmosphere is good too. To start we had the mushroom brioche which was delicious and the crab cakes which were delicately spiced & light. The highlight was definitely the venison shank which was so tender it literally fell from the bone and no knife was required - it was a beautifully cooked main. The lamb was also beautifully cooked, pink & tender and full of flavour. We tried the rhubard creme brulée which was a posh version of rhubarb & custard; the berry crumble was light & full of juicy fresh berries. The meal was wonderful, hats off to the chef. I'd highly recommend stopping in here for a meal or at least a snack at the bar. Not cheap in today's market, our bill was almost €120 but that included wine, a liqueur and a truly delicious meal.


6-7 Jervis Street, Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Ate here early on Saturday (about 5pm) and were advised of the pre-theatre special offer (€19 for 2 courses or €24 for 3). As the menu was very long we had a cocktail while looking. There was a cocktail making class taking place (for a price) and there was a good fun atmosphere in the bar. The restaurant has booths available for large groups and the tables are far enough apart for private conversation. For starters we had the vietnamese meatballs & prawn and coconut balls - both were light and spicy. For mains we had the pineapple pork which was very fruity & mild and the chili holy basil beef which though hot (as indicated on the menu) was still full of flavour. The dessert choices include desserts in a glass (alcoholic in nature) but we had the brownie and the cheesecake. The desserts were fine but no comparison to the rest of the meal which was really really good. This place seems to really buzz and is a fun spot for a group night out.


13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

we arrived about 7:15pm & were seated straight away (without a reservation) and told the table was needed by 9pm - that was fine with us. the service was quite slow but the staff on duty were busy so it wasn't through laziness. thankfully we were presented with a bread selection (rye & tomato) while awaiting our starters so that kept us going. the vietnamese chicken salad was light and crunchy but the dressing a little acidic. the odessa dips (tapenade / basil pesto / cold roast veg & olives) & pitta were fine but nothing to write home about. the seabass main was thoroughly delicious with great potatos and al dente asparagus. the mushroom pearl barley risotto was full of rich mushroom flavours, very nice. overall the meal was good, there was a decent buzz in the restaurant and the cost was average (€78 without tip for 2 starters, 2 mains, bottle of red wine).


Cafe Topolis
37 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Without a reservation and full of xmas cheer we were welcomed indoors and then seated downstairs where we were the only diners. It suited us perfectly as we were there to catch up and gossip. There was an xmas tree and some music playing downstairs and soon more diners arrived until downstairs buzzed as much as upstairs. The early-bird menu was on offer at €16 each for two courses + coffee; the range of dishes was extensive and we chose a reasonably priced wine (all wines appeared reasonably priced which was great). The starters of bruschetta and mussels were good; the mains of pizza rucola and caprese were fresh, loaded with rocket (as requested) and they were both delicious. It was a great night all around, value for money, taste, atmosphere and service.


Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin

Bruno's was an experiment and it's somewhere I'll add to my list of go-to places. The food is great, the staff are friendly, even the music (easy listening) was enjoyable. They had an early bird (till late) for €15 each! That's two courses plus tea/coffee. We started with the seafood chowder and mussels. There were plenty of mussels, all plump and tasty in their white wine sauce. The chowder included mussels, salmon, white fish, was creamy and totally yum. For mains we had the beef & guinness pie and the lasagne. The pie came in an individual dish with pastry lid; there were chunks of tender beef and a tasty sauce, potato, veg, a proper pie. The lasagne came with separate side salad and coleslaw dishes - both were fresh, tasty and crunchy; the salad included olives, peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, lettuces. a great mix. The lasagne itself was very good, plenty of flavour, meat, and cheese. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal, would recommend to all and will be back again ourselves.


The Westbury, Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Chose this restaurant as a treat and thanks to the menupages voucher only paid for one of the two three-course meals (€40 choice menu). Wilde's would be outside my pricing comfort zone normally (without the voucher would have cost €140 for two - bottle of wine, two 3-course menus, two liqueurs & tip) but I must admit the great service and great food didn't let us down atall so what set out to be a treat was exactly that! The goats cheese tart was light and tasty; the pea soup was warming and creamy. The pork belly was crispy and tender, the seabreem was delicate & creamy (thanks to the creamed leeks) and the small pieces of chorizo added greatly to the taste. The wilde tiramisu was very airy but a little too cream-laden, the lime tart was tart without being bitter. The service was attentive but not ott and we felt comfortable eventhough there was only one other diner! As a treat this restaurant delivers but in comparison to other city centre eateries in my opinion it's somewhat overpriced.


Rustic Stone
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Popped in without a reservation on a Saturday afternoon & was eated within five minutes. The restaurant was buzzing with conversation, the aromas wafting from the kitchen were tantalising and there was a very positive vibe in the air (all down to the staff I reckon). The food is just FANTASTIC! We had the "outrageous orange" salad, the "tempura of salmon", the "fish in a bag", the "tuna" and some "polenta chips". Every morsel was devoured & thoroughly savoured then enjoyed; the hot stone cooking of the tuna really allowed for sushi-style eating or cooked to liking and it was a fun way of presenting. Each dish was beautifully presented and though some people might say they'd like bigger portions I thought it was all just the right amount so you could leave feeling satisfied but not stuffed. It was expensive but worth it once in a blue moon. €73 for the above plus one glass of wine and one beer!


La Boheme
2 George Street, Waterford City, Waterford

Wow! What a treat! Absolutely fantastic food & service; you really must eat here if you're in Waterford. The Market Menu at €35 per person consists of ingredients that are sourced locally as much as possible, it offers plenty of choice, covering game, meat, fish and vegetable options. From the decor, to the music, to the menu, to the staff, to the quality of the food, to the presentation of the dishes, EVERYTHING in this restaurant is wonderful and utterly deserving your attendance.


Chez Max (Palace Street)
1 Palace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

If you miss the early bird (ends 7pm) this can be an expensive french restaurant. We paid €78 for two starters, mains & bottle of wine (€27). The service is good, the staff are friendly & helpful, the atmosphere is pleasant and the music is complimentary. For starters we had the baby squid in tomato sauce (a bland sauce but well cooked squid) and onion soup (very nice with cheese & croutons served on the side, thoughtful). For mains we had the chicken supreme (in a small amount of bland cheese sauce but tasty rice and chicken) and the lamb (tasty but a little fatty). It wasn't a bad meal but it wasn't great and unless doing the early bird i don't think i'd bother going back.


Boulevard Cafe
27 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

The all-night early bird @ €17 is great value and with wine @ €19 it's a really affordable place for a meal out for everyone. The starters of goat's cheese tartlette and pork belly were thoroughly enjoyed. There was no skimping on the goat's cheese, there was enough to last till the very last fork of salad and it was served on a sweet onion tartlette with rocket, pine nuts and dressing. The pork belly didn't last long enough to get a taster but there was lots of mmms coming from that direction - always a good sign! Unfortunately the mains of ravioli & beef bourginon(?) looked dry & tasted dry too, they may have sat under a heat lamp a little too long. They were still eaten up and the best part of any meal - dessert - was delish too. With two three course meals and a bottle of tasty chilean red the total bill was €67 - bargain!


80 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

In these times of financial strife I think the restaurant is overpriced and should consider introducing some special offers. We sat early (before 730pm - no early bird): €114 without tip for three courses with wine for two people seems a tad high these days. Due to the celebratory nature of our night out we didn't worry about it but in future that would put me off. My OH was annoyed by the bad music playing and it's a constant gripe of his - why do they insist on playing weak 80s tracks in the backgorund in so many restaurants?? On a positive note, the quality of the food is excellent and the award for best steak in Dublin is much deserved. Both the 11oz fillet and 14oz dry-aged were demolished! The meat was full of flavour, wonderfully tender and cooked exactly as requetsed. Both the starters and desserts were good too, the staff were friendly & professional and the interior is pleasant.


Cafe Sol
William Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

This restaurant was soooo good we ate there twice! The early bird offer of three courses for €27 is really good value for money as the quality of ingredients, the service, the presentation and utter deliciousness of the foods made it a joy to experience. It's informal inside and there's modern artwork on the walls (some for sale), the music is eclectic and unintrusive (some french, funk, jazz, easy listening), the tables are dressed in white, and the room's light & airy. The food - wow, seriously, wow. The trout paté was light as a mousse, special starters like blue cheese bruschetta with chorizo (yum), sausage loaf thingy (wrapped in parma ham, yum yum), special mains of hake were plentiful, fresh, unusually dressed (eg homemade lentil pesto, pickled fennel, pumpkin seed risotto) the rack of lamb was droppin off the bones (and resutled in much finger licking), the chocolate tart is for serious chocolate lovers, it was utterly scrumptious; the rhubarb bakewell, espresso sponge - everything was grrreat. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to all and sundry but not if you're looking for traditional irish food & music, it's much too cosmo for that!


Lautrecs Tapas & Wine Bar Kilkenny
9 St Kieran's Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

LUNCH: Stopped here for lunch on a rainy afternoon. The name of the restaurant was what attracted me so I was slightly dissapointed with the front of the restaurant which is rather canteen-like in my opinion. The walls were dotted with posters rather than quality prints of Lautrec's works. The front space held simple wooden tables with lightweight wooden & steel chairs. As it was lunchtime there was little atmosphere and with only one waitress the service was very slow. The food however was good. I had the penne with chicken, "sunnies", mushrooms, garlic, cream sauce - it was a tasty dish with ample chicken, sundried tomatoes etc. My guest had a large chicken caesar salad which again had plenty of chicken but he was trying to eat healthily and unfortunately the chicken was smothered in a coating of some sort. I'd hope at night the restaurant has a better atmosphere, more welcoming tables and good french music.


Flanagan’s Restaurant
61 Upper O'Connell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Stopped here en route to cinema for a quick dinner. It's an odd layout with mezzanine that looks like it was added late, the decor is a mish-mash of styles and dates, the music playing is a pop mix and it's all a bit confusing. The menu is not cheap with starters around the €7 mark but if you're just having a main it's ok (starting prices around €12). We both had the Flanagan Burger which came with chips. Unfortunately the chips were flat, oily and overcooked (may have been sitting on warmer) but the burger was tasty (6oz of good quality beef with herbs) and we were able to add our own condiments which is always a plus. The staff are efficient and professional but the total lack of atmosphere and style was enough to put me off returning.


Yamamori Sushi, Tengu
38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Further to a great dining experience in March I've dropped into YSushi three times more midweek and been as impressed as the first Satruday night visit. The specials are great value, fresh and oozing with flavour. The bento box specials provide a variety of tasters including salads, meats, veg, sushi and all totally yummy. Sticking to the main menu gives a huge variety of dishes to choose from, I haven't had a dissapointing dish yet and have recently tried the crab salad, tempura, sushi, miso, edamame, rayman and each japanese beer on offer! It's a genuinely great place to eat, the value for money is excellent and lots of other restaurants could learn from them!


Dada Restaurant
45 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This was my first visit to DaDa and it's somewhere I'll definitely go again. The bill came to €84 for two starters, two mains, one dessert, one liqeur and a bottle of wine - really good value for the quality of the experience. The mini cigar starter was light and flavoursome and the goat's cheese salad consisted of good mixed leaves with soft delicious cubes of cheese. The hake tagine was well spiced but in a way that you could taste every one, it was lovely. The chicken breast couscous was delicately flavoured and thoroughly tasty. The rosewater cheesecake was of a good consistency and quite luscious. The service was friendly and relaxed, the lighting and music were just right and it was very comforting on a cold night.


Shack Restaurant
24 East Essex Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

I ate here with my OH on a freezing cold evening and was delighted with the warm, cosy atmosphere inside. It smelled and sounded like an authentic Irish restaurant The paté and mussels starters were lovely. Unfortuantely some of the toast (for the paté) had mold on it that I didn't notice till I was shovelling it into my gob and it did me no harm so no biggy. The sauce left after the mussels was really tasty and was devoured. The steak & guinness stew was wholesome and full of steak. The sirloin that was asked for rare was indeed rare but wasn't a great cut of meet and had a lot of tough sinew to get through. The side potatoes & veg were perfectly cooked, the veg still had a slight bite. The post-meal Irish Mists with coffee made for a delicious end. I'd definitely eat here again but would probably try the fillet steak rather than sirloin.


La Caverna Restaurant & Wine Bar
12 Fownes Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

The early bird menu has enough variety to be well worth skipping the á la carte imo. We were given a 10% discount card and used that on top of the early bird price - that's a good incentive in these strapped times. I felt that upstairs in the restaurant is dated, dreary and a little cramped if you're given a booth; I didn't see downstairs. The starters of calamari and cheese-stuffed mushrooms were fine, nothing special but nothing wrong. The swiftly served mains of lasagne with salad and burger with chips were tasty, the lasagne in particular was well seasoned and full of flavour. As with lots of other restaurants the music was neither Italian nor quiet - what is with restaurants playing compilations? Overall we were satisfied and would eat here again for value's sake.


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

Have enjoyed eating here three times; twice midweek without a reservation and once during their extended lunchtime (to 6pm). All three times I've thoroughly enjoyed the food which tastes fresh, just enough on the plate and light on the tummy. The wine list is varied and the menus offer something for everyone. The lunch special at €19.95 for two courses & coffee gives more choice than you'd normally expect and comes much appreciated these days. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anybody.


Masterson's Steakhouse & Wine Bar
17 Main Street, Swords, Dublin

This restaurant provides good value for money and is lovely for a casual meal. The decor is inoffensive (cream & brown) and the tables are quite well spaced from each other (good for girls gossiping). I ate with two friends and our only complaint was that the service was slow. There weren't enough staff on duty but maybe that was because the restaurant was busier than anticipated...Anyway, the steakhouse burger with chunky chips was a huge success; the goat cheese pizza was delicious, the stuffed mushrooms were perfectly cooked & creamy, the sizzling prawns were tasty and the chicken wings were finger-licking good. The mascarapone cake was tiramisu by another name and the lady finger cake was like a giant toffee-pop biscuit. For two cokes, three starters, three mains, two desserts, two coffees, we were happy to hand over €75 plus tip!


Drumcondra, Drumcondra, Dublin

The Guinness is good, the staff are friendly and so are the customers. I've eaten here successfully a few times so had no qualms about it this time. However, the main meals were served one at a time with several minutes between each arriving at the table; the side of champ was last to arrive after a gap of several more minutes and so the food while tasty had cooled a lot. It was a fluke I'm sure so it won't put me off eating here again. As people say it's a great local pub and the food's of a good standard.


Beaumont House
1 Shantalla Road Beaumont, Beaumont, Dublin

The evening a la carte menu is very expensive considering it's pub grub. The buffalo wings to start (about 8€) were really good but the tiger prawns as a main were totally dissapointing and at 18€ excessively overpriced. There were about 10 filo pastry deep-fried tiger prawns that were pretty fleshless and like the ones you'd buy for a house party, really felt ripped off. The curry came with a skin on top of the sauce that can only be a result of reheating - at 17€ it was again dissapointing. This wasn't the first dissapointing meal I've had there but it will be the last!


101 Talbot
Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I really like 101 Talbot. The food is great, service is relaxed, atmosphere is casual, the room is very noisy (due to all the pleasant chatter), the walls have art for sale and best of all the restaurant is great value! To start I had the chili & coriander hummus which was light & refreshing with really fresh, crunchy crudités and lightly toasted pitta. He had mushroom & chili soup which was delicious. For main he had the steak which was large, tender and utterly gorgeous while I had the hake which was flaky and perfectly accompanied by the sundried tomato dressing. A bottle of white wine and an espresso washed it down but I was too full for dessert. The bill (without service) came to around €85.


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

Have eaten at Tante Zoe many times and always enjoy it even though the menu hasn't changed in years. It's reliable! The staff are attentive and pleasant but not OTT. Unfortunately the Cajun popcorn starter was a tad overcooked so rather than golden and crispy they were brown and a little chewy; it didn't stop us eating them all though. The ostrich meat main course was delightful & the sea bass was flaky and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. The accompanying potato & veg were all tasty and nicely cooked, not at all soggy. The desserts aren't that special so you won't be missing much if you're too full to eat any more. There are cocktails & liqueurs available too to get you started or help you finish. Enjoy.


Mao Restaurant (Chatham Row)
2-3 Chatham Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I agree with the last poster that more was expected of the renovations, it looks almost exactly the same as before! It's not a romantic place but perfect for meeting pals. I started with the golden parcels with scallop & prawn filling - they were both light & tasty, and the dressing was really fresh. I had the nasi goreng for main and thanks to a perfectly runny egg, it blended with the rice wonderfully; there was too much on the plate to finish but it was good. There was a fair amount of time left between the starters & main for our appetites to grow (something you don't get often enough) but I'm not sure whether it was intentional or because the whole restaurant was busy! For two starters, two mains and a bottle of red wine the bill without tip came to €58.50 and was well worth the money.


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

Visited for the first time at the weekend and will definitely return. Loved the Iki beer, so refreshing. The staff were swift, helpful and friendly - always a bonus. The duck gyoza was tip-top. The teriyaki steak soba delighted my companion and even though we weren't asked how we'd like the steak cooked it was pink and tender and didn't last long on the plate! The yaki soba was also great; I've never before managed to finish a noodle dish (often find the noodles heavy) but I could have eaten more! The noodles were light and tasty, every mouthful made my mouth water and the pickled ginger added that extra twang. Wagamama is most definitely good value for money and utterly fresh & tasty. Yummy.


Il Corvo Restaurant
98-100 Upper Drumcondra Road, Dublin 9 , Drumcondra, Dublin

I brought my mother to her favourite restaurant to celebrate Mother's Day. I've never been a big fan of Il Corvo but it was her choice and her night. The sardine starter was nice but the antipasti misti (meats) selection was really poor and I've had better from prepacked grocery store versions! The pasta mains were fine, nothing remarkable or memorable about them and that's a shame. If I can steer guests elsewhere that's usually what I do and with better quality meals available in other restaurants in Drumcondra I wouldn't rush here again.


OKA Restaurant
Northwood Demense, North Dublin, Santry, Dublin

Have eaten here four times for special occasions and convenience but I feel it's overpriced and the staff don't leave you alone long enough at any point - they refill your wine glass every time they think it's too empty and it feels like a ploy to push you into buying another bottle. The food's been fine but I think there are better Asian fusion restaurants around.


Chilli Banana
112 Upper Drumcondra Road, North Dublin, Drumcondra, Dublin

Had to review this restaurant again because their early bird deal of €18 for two courses with rice is worth another mention. I've eaten here twice in the past week trying different items from the early bird menu - everything I've tasted has been great! Prawn starter, spring rolls, cod panag, beef & ginger, red thai curry, each dish was light and delicious. It really is worthwhile spending an evening here. The staff are always very helpful and the drinks menu is very wide ranging.

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