Restaurant Reviews from PEXIE
The Port House restaurant
64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 19th November 2011 ( visited 18th November 2011 )Been here a couple of times before and have always had a lovely time. Lovely relaxed intimate atmosphere. Sampled a lot of things off the menu but the aubergine cheese sandwich and the mussels are always ordered. Never left here without being full or spending over €50 for 2 people including a drink. Great place for a date.
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 05th December 2011 ( visited 29th November 2011 )A couple of friends and myself stopped in here last Tuesday for dinner. The place was very very busy and we thought we might not get a seat but we where shown to a table right away, not the best position but considering how busy it was, it was fine. Service was ok, we were quite hurried at the start to order and our plates were taken from us as soon as our forks were put down but after the meal we had to wait 20 mins to catch someones eye in order to get the bill. Having said that the food was lovely. We had the est menu. The starter portions were huge. (larger than main courses I've had in some places) I had the phla salmon which was lovely and fresh with the lime. My friends had the duck rolls and spring rolls both of which were generous portions also. I ordered the Gai Yang Vietnam which was absolutely delicious. also its a deceptively big portion with lots of vegetables hidden under the noodles. My friend had the massaman curry which was also nice and the other had the Bangkok noodles which I thought was very nice, the vegetables cooked perfectly. We were too full to have dessert after and just had coffee. The Gingerbread latte was very yummy and Christmassy but very sweet and after the amount of food we had eaten probably not the best thing to have. The set menu is good value especially for the amount of food you get but the service that night left something to be desired, having said that it wouldn't stop me returning.
The Yard Restaurant
3 Lower George Street, Wexford Town, Wexford
very enjoyable. Laid back relaxed feel about the place. Food is very very good with good flavors & textures. the deserts are amazing. Early bird is fantastic value!! full size portions and top notch service. Staff are lovely. would definitely recommend and I am looking forward to going back there too.
7 The Green, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin
Stopped here on Sunday evening. Decided to sit outside as the day was so warm. Food was good, we ordered starter sized portions of the vegetarian dishes so had 6 between us and every one of them was lovely and we were completely stuffed, the sweet nan was delicious and the onion baji deserves special mention!! I had a ginger mojito which was really good, but still stung a little at 9euro. Service started to drag towards the end of the evening but the staff were very friendly and welcoming.
Hungry Mexican Restaurant @ Bodkins Bar
Bodkins Bar, 57 Bolton Street, City Centre North, Dublin
After the rugby match on Sat , dropped in here for something to eat. Place was empty apart from 2 other people. Service was very friendly and welcoming. Felt like it was lacking some atmosphere but we had just come from a packed and noisy pub. Food was good. Not great , but still great value for money for the portion sizes you get. Handy spot if you wanted to grab a quick bite before heading around the corner to the cinema. Will prob drop in here again, maybe not for the stunning food but for the value and warm reception and service at the very least.
Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, South William Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
A friend and I ate here yesterday for dinner with a meunpages voucher. The food was really good. We had the mushroom croquettes, the fajitas, nachos, goats cheese and a side of patatas bravas. The fajitas were especially good and the mushroom croquettes. Both of us were completely stuffed after eating. The only downfall was the setting, we had to eat in the main bar. We tested several seats, but they were all beside radiators which meant that we were being roasted alive and or the table was tiny. The seat we eventually sat at was a table with 2 armchairs which were far far too low for the table. I'm not short but sitting in the chair the table was about chin height which made it slightly uncomfortable to eat from but we didn't want to move again. Also the music was a bit loud, but I suppose it was the bar area. Service was friendly but we only saw our waitress once when she took our order and then when she removed our plates.
11 Upper Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin
Very tasty food, with large portion sizes. Lots of vegetarian options.We ate here with a menu pages voucher but even without that the food is very reasonably priced. Not a place for a fancy night out but for a laid back casual feed it definitely is the place to go.
19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Only ate in here for the last week and I've already been back. There always seems to be a queue yet you can still get a table. I've only been able for a small salad and a soup both days I've eaten here. Salads are to die for, fresh and filling (the potato salad with the hazelnuts is amazing) Both times my companions have ordered from the lunch menu, lasagna, quiche, and the spinach parcel. I thought that the prices were a little steep but then I saw the portion sizes. I'd definitely go on an empty stomach to sample the rest of the menu. Staff are friendly and quick. Nice relaxing atmosphere to sit for a while.
Milano (Grand Canal Harbour)
Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin
Dropped in here before a show for a bite to eat. Made the booking for 5 as I wanted to ensure we had enough time to relax and enjoy it. Very glad I did as by the time we left the place was packed. We were able to grab a seat outside which was lovely (could almost imagine we were on holidays somewhere) We ordered the vegetarian antipasto for starters to share, sweet peppers were especially nice. Didn't think the portion size was great for 2 people when it arrived but was nicely full after it. I ordered the superfood salad for my main, which was enormous!! Beetroot wasn't the best but everything else on the plate was delicious and it wasn't swimming in dressing. My friend ordered a Padano pizza, I only had a little piece, but it was really really tasty and again absolutely huge. Completely stuffed after the mains but we said we would have a look at the desert menu and discovered that they have a mini desert menu that includes a cup of coffee which was just what we wanted. We both got the Semi Freddo Reale and it was delicious. I was surprised that they had no Pre Theatre menu but when the bill came it was €50 (we didn't order drinks) which wasn't to bad considering the size of the feed we got. Definitely would go here again for any pre theater nibbles. Staff were pleasant and helpful but once the place started filling up it slowed down considerably.
Kostas Greek Restaurant
69 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Ate here on Sunday as they had a wide range of vegetarian options. Place wasn't busy at all when we arrived early for our booking but filled up pretty quickly after we were seated, but the waitress working was very helpful and managed to get everyone organized in relatively fast time. I ordered 3 mezza, for my meal, the smoked aubergine, cheese salad , and the spicy potatoes, all of which were very tasty and a reasonable size. My partner ordered chicken shawarma, nicely presented and was apparently very tasty. Both of us were quite full after dinner , didn't even need desert and the bill only came to €32!! Well worth a trip back.
Cinnamon Garden Restaurant
Main Street, Ashbourne, Above Molly's Pub, Ashbourne, Meath
Dined here for the first time last month and was very impressed. The place is laid out well, staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Food was very very good. I was a little worried as I could not see a vegetarian option in the mains, so instead I was able to order 3 side dishes (which average about €4 each so still cheaper than a full main course). I had the saag panner which was really really good, the subz korma and malabari aloo. Everything was tasty and well cooked and presented down to the rice and naans. Definitely looking forward to returning here.
The Atrium Lounge
The Westin Hotel, College Green, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
Booked here for afternoon tea for a surprise for a friends birthday. I had a table booked for 2.30 and we arrived at 2.45. (I was unable to call ahead to say we would be late as my friend didn't know about it and i didn't want to ruin it) Upon our arrival we were told that we were late and that the table has been booked for "something like 2 oclock" and for a couple of minutes we thought that we would be turned away despite the fact that the place was far from full. We were eventually shown to our table which was set out beautifully and we ordered the afternoon tea each. As I'm vegetarian I asked if I could substitute the 2 meat sandwiches for an extra egg or cucumber but was told "well there is still 2 vegetarian ones so you can just have them and leave the other 2" My friend who is pregnant was going to ask the same thing about the smoked salmon but decided to leave it after that. When our food arrived it was delicious, the scones where warm and crumbly and the selection of cakes was very tasty. When I made the booking I had told them it was for my friends birthday and asked could they provide something for it, but since we didn't see sight nor sound of our waitress from when we were served to when we had to go up to the bar and ask for our bill there and then, needless to say I was less than impressed. The food was very good but the service really put a dampener on what should of been an indulgent treat.
10 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Popped in here for a quick bite to eat last Friday. Service was top notch, very attentive staff. Fishcake starter was really good, my friend had the chicken curry which was nice too. We ordered fries on the side but they seemed like they had just come out of a fast food chain, a bit soggy and tasteless. I'll be going back but probably only for a small bite and a drink not a full meal.
Ichiman Japanese & Thai Restaurant (Lower Liffey Street)
20 Lower Liffey Street, City Centre North, Dublin
Was brought here by a friend for a quick bite to eat before the cinema. I am a sushi beginner so I didn't really know what to expect. The place itself is nice, more of a relaxed place. The service was fast and efficient. The food was ok. I had prawn roll and the tori kara age. The sushi was more rice than prawn, hard to taste any of it, and the kara age was ok. Nothing special although my friends portion appeared to be slightly undercooked. Wouldn't go out of my way to go here but would maybe go again if around the area and was stuck and fancied something different.
Buenos Aires Grill
Unit 2 Castle Way, Golden Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
went here with a menupages voucher last Friday. The layout and design is very nice and staff pleasent and welcoming. For starters we had the coconut shrimp which was very well presented and looked as good as it tasted and the soup of the day. For mains we both had steak. It was one of the best steaks I've had in a long time and the chunky chips and veg cooked and seasoned well. Both plates were completely cleared. Managed to fit in desert at the end. Vanilla creme brulee with orange and black pepper biscuit which was really delicious. Couldn't really fault the place. would definatly go back for the early bird menu or wait for payday as it would be a little on the pricey side.
The Westbury, Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Had dinner here last night and from the moment we arrived to the moment we left I could not find a single fault. Staff are exceedingly courteous. The food was superb. I had the chicken liver parfait to start and the pheasant 3 ways for my main. The presentation was lovely, everything that they put on the plate was there for a reason and not just for show. My friend had the steak, which was cooked exactly as he requested and it was absolutely delicious. We hadn't intended on getting desert but after seeing how good it was we decided it would be a shame not too. We had the pear flan and the white and dark mousse, again excellent. The whole experience was fantastic. It was the little extra touches that made it. Extra bread being brought to the table. Glasses being refilled before you even noticed they were empty. Chocolates with the pot of coffee at the end. The time left inbetween courses was just right we never felt rushed, our waiter even made a a point of telling us to take our time and enjoy out night. I would definitely recommend this for anyone looking for that little bit extra.
60 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Popped in here for a morning after cure after a friend had raved about it so much. The place has an unfinished feel about it which is quite nice. I liked the colorful napkins dotted around. I ordered the chicken pieces with the honey vinegar spritz and the potato croquettes. When the chicken came out it came with a little pot of honey in a jar and a little spray bottle of vinegar that you spritzed on the chicken and dipped in the honey which I thought was a cool idea and we had great fun with it. The potato was nice but had way to much parsley in it (but I'm not the biggest parsley fan anyway) It wasn't that busy when we arrived but after about 20 mins it was beginning to get crowded with lunch crowd. Great value for what it was but I didn't think it was overly special and I certainly wouldn't bother queuing or waiting to get a table. Service was grand if a little over enthusiastic although I could see it could be awkward with the table arrangement if it was very busy. If I was passed and there was tables I would pop in but I don't think I would go out of my to visit.
La Caverna Restaurant & Wine Bar
12 Fownes Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
Having been here a few times, I dined here on a menupages voucher on Sat. I was not impressed this time, in fact every time I have been it seems to have slipped a little. We where left waiting 30 mins from when the plates for are starters were removed to being served our main course, same with the deserts no offer of more water and drinks. In fact the only thing that arrived promptly was the bill. Which if I would not of been to happy paying if not for the voucher. The food was ok nothing spectacular. Soup and Brie for starters, Ravioli and chicken with peppers and garlic potatoes. Again nothing to write home about and certainly not worth waiting over a half an hour for. Desert was ok, creme caramel and brownies which the brownies won hands down. Overall not impressed with my trip this time and it left a bad taste in my mouth.
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
A couple of friends and myself stopped in here last Tuesday for dinner. The place was very very busy and we thought we might not get a seat but we where shown to a table right away, not the best position but considering how busy it was, it was fine. Service was ok, we were quite hurried at the start to order and our plates were taken from us as soon as our forks were put down but after the meal we had to wait 20 mins to catch someones eye in order to get the bill. Having said that the food was lovely. We had the est menu. The starter portions were huge. (larger than main courses I've had in some places) I had the phla salmon which was lovely and fresh with the lime. My friends had the duck rolls and spring rolls both of which were generous portions also. I ordered the Gai Yang Vietnam which was absolutely delicious. also its a deceptively big portion with lots of vegetables hidden under the noodles. My friend had the massaman curry which was also nice and the other had the Bangkok noodles which I thought was very nice, the vegetables cooked perfectly. We were too full to have dessert after and just had coffee. The Gingerbread latte was very yummy and Christmassy but very sweet and after the amount of food we had eaten probably not the best thing to have. The set menu is good value especially for the amount of food you get but the service that night left something to be desired, having said that it wouldn't stop me returning.
ZAO Thai Restaurant
96B Omni Park Shopping Centre, Swords road , North Dublin, Santry, Dublin
Have been here a lot with friends and my partner before heading to the cinema. The service is always excellent. I have never been left waiting for anything and if you ask for something it always arrives at the table right away. The place looks and feels especially cosy now that the Christmas lights are up. The only downside is that they prices are quite high for what you're getting and as a result I always have the early bird, which is good value but gets a little boring after a while.
The Port House
64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Been here a couple of times before and have always had a lovely time. Lovely relaxed intimate atmosphere. Sampled a lot of things off the menu but the aubergine cheese sandwich and the mussels are always ordered. Never left here without being full or spending over €50 for 2 people including a drink. Great place for a date.
12/13 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Decided to try here with a friend last Friday. Recieved a very friendly greeting at the door. Food was excellent. I had the fried mushroom yuba, which was amazing and the lamb shank which was also cooked perfectly. Portion sizes were good. The place was quite busy but the staff where still attentive. Only issue I had was that I was left waiting for my main course for 15 minutes while my friend had hers in front of her. Turns out they had given her someone elses order so she nearly had 2 dinners, when both our mains came out together. Other than that great value. Worth a visit.