Restaurant Reviews from Pegleg Peggy

Status: First Timer

Credibility Score:
52.5%

County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 7

Member Since: 09 January 2007

Last Visit: 11 April 2015

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Rolys Bistro restaurant

7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 4

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Cuisine:
Bistro

Price Range:

Great
1913 reviews

Reviewed 10th January 2007 ( visited 10th January 2007 )

Ahhh, Roly's in Ballsbridge. Love it! Excellent bistro food and always something a little different on the menu, too, plus a great wine list and a staff that know their food and drink and can make knowledgeable recommendations. Decent portions, too. Always our choice for top-notch food when we need to be sure we will get the best. It's the first place I would take an important guest. Be sure to book well ahead, and ask for a table upstairs, where the buzz is better (at dinner anyway). We like a table by the front window best. We find they will not usually guarantee a specific table or the upstairs but always do their best to accommodate us. Arrive a little earlier than you booked for the best chances. Oh, and DON'T confuse this restaurant with one in Dun Laoghaire. Same name, different operation altogether (don't ask about the war!) Roly's in Ballsbridge, owned and operated by the talented Colin O'Daly, is the original and always the best.
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Good World Chinese Restaurant

18 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Asian Fusion

Price Range:

Good
216 reviews

Reviewed 10th January 2007 ( visited 10th January 2007 )

Fantastic. Ask for the dim sum and Chinese menus, both of which have English translations and are far more interesting than the standard one. Be sure to book ahead, bring friends and eat Chinese style (each person picks a dish and then everyone shares) and enjoy yourself with some of the best Chinese food going! Kid friendly, too, though I'm not sure if they have high chairs.
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Gourmet Food Parlour Dun Laoghaire
7 Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

We've eaten here numerous times and keep coming back. Gourmet Food Parlour is like a reliable old friend - we know we'll always get a high quality meal of tapas goodies, well presented with good service at reasonable prices in a comfortable atmosphere. Great coffee and desserts, too. Only one quibble: Bring back the paella!

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Le Plancha
1A Monkstown Crescent, South Co. Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin

The only regret we have about dining at Le Plancha is that we waited so long to try it! This little gem tucked away off Newtownpark Avenue is exactly what we want in a neighbourhood restaurant - cozy, personal, great service, great menu, good price range, nice wines, excellent cooking. The menu is an interesting blend of Continental classic and contemporary Irish with something for every taste. Looking forward to going back some blustery winter evening for a comforting cassoulet, and paying a visit on Tapas night!

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Ming Court Chinese Restaurant
Unit 453 Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, West Dublin, Blanchardstown, Dublin

Our group of three dined at Ming Court this evening on the recommendation of a Chinese friend. We were happy to discover that it is run by the former owners of Good World in Dame St., which always had a terrific reputation for genuine Cantonese cuisine. The menu is similar but the service is much friendlier than it was at the old restaurant, and very attentive. We chose from the Chinese menu (you have to ask for it if you're not Chinese - don't worry, it has English translations) ) and shared a selection of Dim Sum followed by a generous dish of Prawn Ho Fun (prawns with wide noodles in a mild but delicious Cantonese sauce) and fried Choi Sum. We finished with custard buns, similar to Char Siu buns but with a warm, sugary egg custard filling instead of pork - a soothing and tasty desert, real "comfort food". Everything was delicious and the food was as excellent as we expected it to be given the pedigree of the restaurant. The kitchen had run out of a few items but the waiter explained that the dim sum menu is very popular at lunch time, which is the traditional time to enjoy these little dishes, so we'll be sure to go back some time for lunch. The decor and general atmosphere was a bit blah. We were there on a Saturday night aound 9; however, Sunday afternoon/early evening is the traditional time for large family gatherings at Chinese restaurants, so to get the best atmosphere that is the time to go, preferably with a group of friends or extended family so you can order lots of different dishes and share the food around Chinese-style. The one negative note is that the place seemed a bit grubby, and that brough our star rating down. The carpet could use a good deep clean, and while the toilets weren't dirty, let's just say it would be a good idea for the staff to check more often to ensure eveything is in good order. The overall feeling is that the restaurant could use a bit of a facelift. But that certainly won't stop us going back again!

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China Sichuan
The Forum, Ballymoss Road, Dublin 18 , Sandyford, Dublin

Yum, yum, yum. Some of the best Chinese in Dublin and definitely gourmet standard. Although the prices have gone up considerably recently and the portions have gotten smaller (less prawns every time, anyway) the food is some of the most unusual and tastiest you'll find anywhere. I grew up eating Chinese food in NYC and I can tell you this would beat all but the finest, hands down. Try the dan dan mein as a side dish. It's the real thing! Why I gave it four stars overall instead of five: (1) tired decor (2) crabby owner who always looks like he expects you to steal the cutlery (we thought it was just us he doesn't like but others have the same complaint!). But the staff, some of which have been there for years, are friendly, efficient and professional. Go, enjoy! And don't forget to book well ahead.

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Ahhh, Roly's in Ballsbridge. Love it! Excellent bistro food and always something a little different on the menu, too, plus a great wine list and a staff that know their food and drink and can make knowledgeable recommendations. Decent portions, too. Always our choice for top-notch food when we need to be sure we will get the best. It's the first place I would take an important guest. Be sure to book well ahead, and ask for a table upstairs, where the buzz is better (at dinner anyway). We like a table by the front window best. We find they will not usually guarantee a specific table or the upstairs but always do their best to accommodate us. Arrive a little earlier than you booked for the best chances. Oh, and DON'T confuse this restaurant with one in Dun Laoghaire. Same name, different operation altogether (don't ask about the war!) Roly's in Ballsbridge, owned and operated by the talented Colin O'Daly, is the original and always the best.

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Good World Chinese Restaurant
18 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Fantastic. Ask for the dim sum and Chinese menus, both of which have English translations and are far more interesting than the standard one. Be sure to book ahead, bring friends and eat Chinese style (each person picks a dish and then everyone shares) and enjoy yourself with some of the best Chinese food going! Kid friendly, too, though I'm not sure if they have high chairs.

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Mao Restaurant (Dun Laoghaire)
The Pavillion, South Co, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Mao in Dun Laoghaire is our default restaurant when we're looking for a quick meal somewhere near home with a consistent standard. The Asian fusion menu changes every few weeks so it doesn't get boring, and there is always a special or two, something for vegetarians, and a good range of non-spicy to very spicy dishes on the regular menu. Yummy noodle and rice-based dishes. They accommodate kids well (kiddie menu), the place has a good though somewhat hectic vibe, and the service is always good. On the downside it can be a bit noisy and I have left with my clothes smelling like a fry on occasion. Overall it’s a reliable and interesting venue with good value for money.

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