Restaurant Reviews from Pi31415

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Asador restaurant

1 Victoria House, Haddington Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 4

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57 reviews

Reviewed 08th March 2013 ( visited 07th March 2013 )

Very good food and excellent wines - a tad on the high side of pricing. Service efficient and friendly in spite of the buzz. Nine of us enjoyed good food and good company. The appeal is clearly toward the younger set! Consequently, my one and only reservation is that (like some other restaurants), nothing has been done to subdue or muffle noise. If anything, the layout and materials magnify the effects of chatter.
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Asador restaurant

1 Victoria House, Haddington Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 4

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Cuisine:
BBQ

Price Range:

Good
57 reviews

Reviewed 08th March 2013 ( visited 07th March 2013 )

Very good food and excellent wines - a tad on the high side of pricing. Service efficient and friendly in spite of the buzz. Nine of us enjoyed good food and good company. The appeal is clearly toward the younger set! Consequently, my one and only reservation is that (like some other restaurants), nothing has been done to subdue or muffle noise. If anything, the layout and materials magnify the effects of chatter.
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The Sussex
9 Sussex Terrace, Upper Leeson Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Very tasty menu with a lot of choice on both the al la carte and early bird menus (the smokies are very good and should be tried if you've not had them here before. Beware though - if you go for this choice you are automatically transferred to the al la carte menu rather than charged a supplement!) . Went for an early meal so the place was still fairly quiet (which suited me!). I opted for a delicious ceasar salad starter followed by the shepherds pie.

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Farmer Browns
25a Bath Avenue, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Arrived very early which is why the 'atmosphere' is 4 stars - but the place filled up quickly. Quirky decor and furniture - but with food as delicious as this, it can afford to be on the bohemian side! Really good salad to start - probably the best I've had in any restaurant in 2013. The burger was very good - tasted of real meat, not the cloying burger meat I come across more frequently than I'd wish! If you want 'different' and you want good - give this place a try!

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Montys of Kathmandu
28 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Wish I'd read my last review of Monty's before booking a table for three colleagues. The poppadoms were stale (again) and the food, whilst very tasty was surprisingly expensive (at over €40 a head). Nepalese food has an interestingly subtle twist on Indian food and Monty's prides itself on using locally sourced produce - but the experience did not merit the bill. Because the place was empty (which is understandable for early on a Tuesday night) the pervasive damp smell was also hard to ignore. I was disappointed with the experience and will likely wait another two years before trying Monty's again.

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Asador
1 Victoria House, Haddington Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Very good food and excellent wines - a tad on the high side of pricing. Service efficient and friendly in spite of the buzz. Nine of us enjoyed good food and good company. The appeal is clearly toward the younger set! Consequently, my one and only reservation is that (like some other restaurants), nothing has been done to subdue or muffle noise. If anything, the layout and materials magnify the effects of chatter.

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Asador
1 Victoria House, Haddington Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Very pleasant brunch in this popular new restaurant. Service was friendly and attentive, but not overbearing. We had the Jane Russell sausage sandwich with fries and the burger. A bottle of sparkling water and two coffees. Total bill came to €40 before the tip. Would probably need to come to dinner to make a final judgement. I liked the place, I liked the food, I liked the service - but I did wince a bit at the bill, especially as I could get a full breakfast with coffee etc in a local upmarket establishment for the same or less.

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Pearl Brasserie
20 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The outside is deceptive and can be off-putting. The prospect of going into a basement eatery is not to everyones liking. Very busy for a Monday evennig - and no surprising given the quality of the food. The whole experience was very pleasant. From initial reception to the final farewell this is a place to bring business contacts (or family, if a special treat) if you want to have a high quality experience. I went for the vegetable tempura followed by spinach fondue and ended with the cheesecake. Excellent. Colleagues went variously for the sea bass (special) or venision and they were enjoyed with equal relish. Four starters, four mains, two desserts, a bottle of wine and two bottles of still water came in at just over €60 a head (inc tip). Definitely worth keeping as a 'failsafe'

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Il Vicoletto
5 Crow Street (Next to Foggy Dew Pub), Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

I really like that this is a small intimate restaurant with friendly and attentive staff. This is my fourth visit in as many months and it's delivered every time! I visited with five family members and we had a variety of starters and main courses (try as we might, we were unable to find room for desserts!). The bruschetta, the beef, the sea bass, the ragu, the pasta - all really tasty. All complemented with good and reasonably priced wine. I even get to practice my mangled Italian without being laughed out of the place. Very much a hidden gem.

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Farm Restaurant (Leeson St)
133 Upper Leeson St, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

A consistently good restaurant in the location of a former Italian restaurant. The food is simple but very well prepared. I had the hummous and the Asian Salad for my main followed by the Farm Surprise for dessert. The salad has a myriad of flavours to tempt the palate and the dessert, their take on 'Eton Mess' is wonderful. I've also had breakfast and brunch here and really like the casual ambience which is not at the expense of attention to detail. Well worth a visit

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The Gables
McCabes Wines, The Gables, 1 Torquay Road, Dublin 18 , Foxrock, Dublin

Visited on a very quiet Monday evening on the strength of other reviews. The downside of the visit was the fact that only two other tables were occupied. The starter of celariac and apple soupd was very tasty and whilst I had the beef, my partner had the baked fish on a bean and chorizo broth (rather like a fabada). The food was delicious, the service attentive and the price was very reasonable. I would very definitely return - probably with a larger group!

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O'Connells Restaurant Donnybrook
135 Morehampton Road, Donnybrook, D04 HX46, Donnybrook, Dublin

Unusual but an enjoyable experience. The menu took a litte while to understand but was clear on the second reading! Look at the main course and that will give a good guide to the overall cost of the meal. Even though this is a former pub it has all the attributes of an old boys club: white table-clothes a good choice of starters and 'comfort food' for the main course. The emphasis is on comfort. Service is very friendly and this is clearly a popular venue for families and groups of five or more - however, I felt just as welcome in a twosome!

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

Very lively atmosphere and very busy for a weekday night! My starter of meatballs in a tomato ragout with some rocket leaves was very tasty - the complementary fennel seed bread helped mop up the plate! We had different salads for mains: the warm grilled vegetable salad with mackeral and the ceasar salad with chicken. Both very tasty and both very filling. Very good quality and presentation as well. The choice of wine is limited but fine. Service was very warm and friendly, in spite of the heavy workload for staff. Our table was near the front of the restaurant which appears to stretch back a long way - given the buzz, I'm glad we were where we were, it might have been too noisy deep inside the restaurant. A very enjoyable experience and a restuarant I'd happily recommend to friends.

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Pasta Fresca
2-4 Chatham Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Happened to be in the area with a friend and we called in for a warming meal on a cold night. It was quiet inside, with perhaps 8 others dining. Shared a starter of bruschetta for two (which I could have eaten without sharing - delicious!). For mains I had the Spaghetti con Polpette in a rich sauce whilst my friend had the spaghetti con Gambertti. My pasta was not as I recall from my last visit. It was belching so much steam that I had the impression it had just come out of the microwave. It was also verging on stodgy - to the point that I could only eat half the serving (though the meatballs were very tasty). For dessert I had ice cream, my friend had the cheesecake. My dessert was good (what can you do with ice cream - it's either good quality or not!) and my friend confirmed that the cheesecake was very good too. No real complaints - but I feel that it could have been better and at €54 (we drank tap water), I didn't leave thinking "that was a bargain".

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

Very busy for a Sunday night - Rustic Stone scores highly on most fronts. The menu is certainly different (in a good way), and the option of cooking your main course on a hot stone, is an interesting twist. We had a variety of starters from the mixed breads with dips to tempura of salmon and chicken wings. All were delicious. For mains, we went for the peppered steak, the rib-eye, the lamb burger or the tuna. Again, all very well presented and very filling when you included the side orders. Desserts were tasty - from the knickerbocker glory to the sushi of fruit or the chocolate soup. The choice of wines were limited but very good. Downsides? A lively atmosphere where the wait staff seemed to be rushing around frenetically. In spite of this - we arrived at 7:30pm and didn't manage to leave till just before 11pm. The wait between courses was verging on the painful. It's certainly worth a visit but plan for a long evening.

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KC Peaches Cafe & Delicatessen (Nassau Street)
28/29 Nassau Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Having noticed KC Peaches on a walk through the city on Friday, I called in with the Blonde for breakfast on Saturday. A very pleasant experience. The serve yourself breakfast bar is very well stocked and there is more than one choice of yoghurt and muesli which is a nice touch. The coffee was very good and the seating generous - at no time did we feel cramped. The bill for the two of us was great at less than €15! If I had one minor niggle (and in fairness I didn't mention it because it only dawned on me afterward) is that there were five or six flies around the tables on our side of the room - though with wide open front doors, I'm not sure how you would deal effectively with that. That said, I'm almost certain to return this weekend!

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L'Ecrivain Restaurant
109a Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Friday evening, four veggies, fantastic food. This is not a low cost establishment - but it was very good value for stunning food. Came here with friend who were over for the weekend and they agreed that this was the very best meal they'd had in a long, long time. We all had something different and all enjoyed the experience from the Veloute to the risotto and from the gnocchi to the pithivier. It was all very delicate, beautifully presented and very filling! Service was friendly and unhurried and some buttons had to be undone before we left! Last visitted in 2010 and I'm delighted to confirm that on the bais of this performance L'Ecrivain remains a premier league establishment

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Seasons Restaurant, InterContinental Dublin
InterContinental Dublin, Simmonscourt Road, Ballsbridge, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Had vegetarian friends visit for the weekend and wanted the whole experience to be memorable. So - where to find a very special meal and a special location? Seasons ticks both boxes. Chef came out and suggested alternative options - some of which were chosen. Service was very professional. The restaurant has recently been decorated and now has a light and Iry ambience. I had the Ceasar Salad to start followed by a vegetable curry and finished with ice cream. Friends had a variety different starters and desserts - all interspersed with interesting between-course treats! Once again, this was a most enjoyable experience. Seasons has now been booked again for a year-end special!

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Kafka (Dublin)
236 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin

Called in early for a meal on Friday. At 6:30 the place was quite empty. However, by the time we had ordered, the place began to rapidl fill. Testimony to the popularity Kafka enjoys. We had Ceasar Salad to start followed by chicken on a skewer with roasted vegetables and rice. Both dishes were very tasty. The service was friendly and prompt, is spite of the sudden rush of customers. Dessert consisted of Swiss Apply crumble and ice cream with for dessert. With sparkling water and two glasses of wine the bill was good value at €60 including the tip. Given the number of people turned away at the door - this is definitely a place for which I think you have to book!

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Bijou Bistro & Wine
46/47 Highfield Road, Dublin 6, Rathgar, Dublin

On the strength of my last visit in December, I took the Gorgeous Blonde for an early dinner where we had an upstairs window looking at the rain from a cosy table by the window! We both had the tomato and mozarella starter which was very tasty. For the main course I had the vegetarian crispy polenta & aubergine, with a side of sugar snap peas - delightful!. The Blonde opted for the cod and would have scraped the pattern off the plate had it not been a plain white plate! We shared the cheese board with had a modest selection of wonderful cheeses with delicious triangular oat cakes. The wine and sparkling water did not deform the bill and a very pleasant start to the weekend was enjoyed. Definitely a 'keeper'

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Da Vincenzo
133 Upper Leeson Street, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Six of us had booked a late table and arrived just after 9pm - we were expected and the table was still free! The restaurant was not full and so the service was very good! We had a mix of starters from Bruschetta to Chees Bruschetta to Garlic Bread and a mixture of mains from Penne to Pizza. All went down a treat! The dessert menu was a bit limited and the wine selection was fine (if a little more expensive than I would have expected). The decor and layout of Da Vincenzo reminds me of a local Italian restaurant I used to use when I lived in Italy. The simple dishes are done very well and even writing this review has me thinking of going back!

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Dillingers
47 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Called in on the strength of other reviews and were not disappointed. We arrived early and the place very quickly filled up. I had the Grande Nachos and my partner the Lamb Shank Biryani. Both went down well. We shared a dessert of New York Cheesecake - and it tasted exactly like the ones you get in NYC. We had a lovely seat by the window and so could enjoy events both inside and outside the restaurant. Service was efficient and friendly. A great place for a casual meal - though arrive early if you don't want to be left hanging around waiting for a table!

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The News Cafe
55 le Road, Blackrock, Blackrock, Dublin

Ahead of a ten mile walk, there is nothing quite like a good breakfast and the News Cafe certainly delivers! Previous positive reviews are justified. Unassuming location and with a functional interior we had hearty food at great value prices, served by very friendly staff. I'm guessing it could be quite cramped during a rush and I hadn't taken in the note on capacity (20 seats), but I'll certainly return.

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The Abbey Tavern, Howth,
Abbey Street, Howth, Dublin

Five of us turned up for a meal in the Loft having read lots of good reviews. Four went for the 'special' (3x Course + wine for €70). All the dishes were delicious, the decoration very tasteful and the ambience pleasant. Service was both friendly and efficient - I have no complaints on any count. I had the Soup of the day followed by the stuffed chicken and the Banoffee to finish. A great restaurant if you're in the area and worth a once-in-a-while detour if you're not. The bill including the tip came in at €35 a head which was good value for the amount of food we had.

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Town Bar and Grill
21 Kildare Street, City Centre South, Dublin

This was first visit in 2011 and I took a friend who was up from Cork and really enjoys good food. I very much like that we were given the choice of two tables (one in a cosy nook and the other where we could watch the coming and going of other diners!). I had the Thai beef salad which was fine, though I would never have guessed it was a Thai dish from the flavour. In fairness, my focus was not on flavour - I was distracted with the sight of rare/bloody meat on my plate. My friend had the mixed salad which she enjoyed. For mains, I had the cannelloni which was rich and tasty and my friend had the duck, which went down well. We had apple pie and ice cream for dessert and good strong coffee to complete the meal. Service was attentive (perhaps a little too attentive at times), the ambience and buzz were very pleasant. This is a reliable venue and a good choice when you don't want the experience to be the centre of attention for the wrong reasons!

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The Winding Stair Restaurant
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin

When good food and good service go together, you have the ingredients for a most enjoyable meal. So it was with my visit to the Winding Stair. The staff were very friendly and the food good. Mixed the Pre-theatre and al la carte to come up with a very nice combination (at al la carte prices!). Started with fried haloumi with tomatoes, spinach and pesto and for the main, had parsnip and cauliflower crumble with a side of fries. It was very good. Finished the meal with an apple and pear crumble with honeycomb ice cream. Very tasty. The room itself is large and open with the tables arranged in a fairly "cosy" manner. It was busy and fairly noisy - so not a place to go to if you seek a quiet rendevouz! A good place if you want 'buzz'. The wine-by-the glass was very reasonable in price and selection. Worth a second visit.

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Ragazzi Italian Ristorante
109 Coliemore Road, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

How places can change - but I'm hoping it was just the night. From having submitted three excellent reviews, I've held off submitting a review because I don't like to be negative. But having sung its praise for over two years, I admit to being very disappointed to be told that I could not have a simple pasta dish because it was "off menu". Others will tell you all about the on menu good dishes. Two months on and I'm still dissatisfied. I do hope it was just the two waiters and not a sign of success having gone to the head - I've not been able to return in case my fears a proved to be well founded.

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The Pig's Ear
4 Nassau Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

The restaurant is a single room of an old house on the first floor with windows overlooking Trinity. The 'look' is aesthetic with plain floor, walls and tables and some quaint touches that made me smile (the sugar served in sugar bags to remind you of days gone by). We ate fairly early though the place was busy enough by 7pm. I had the country style terrine and my colleague the salmon. Both were delicious. For mains, we had the risotto and the seabream. However, it was the dessert that really scored the points! I had the brown bread ice cream and my colleague had the cheesecake. Both were served in old-fashioned jam jars - another quaint touch. They were also very, very tasty!! I was ok with the price. Not surprised, not delighted, but at the top end of the range of what you might pay for this sort of meal. The side dishes, water and glasses of wine can add significantly to the bill.

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Hugo's
6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I thought the interior much cosier than the outside suggested. The tables are close but not too close and the food was just right. I had the rillettes of chicken which proved to be a tasty appetizer and followed this with the cajun and pineapple salad. For dessert I had the summer fruit compote with the nutty crumble topping. The servings were just right, the atmosphere was very pleasant and the service efficient and unobtrusive. The food and wine were priced at the right level for what you got. I think it's testimony to the restaurant that the place was pretty busy by 7:30pm. Certainly a place to which I'll return.

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Sabor Brazil
71a Camden Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I remain ready to be disappointed - but my latest visit was as good as the three before. That you are not rushed is a key ingredient of this dining experience. If you are after anything other than a gentle evening that is like eating in the house of a good friend - this is not for you. I'm working my way through the menu and have not yet found anything to disappoint. My only disappointment last night was that I think my son chose a more interesting main meal than I did - but I'll rectify that next time. A real pleasure and treat - preceded by a ten mile walk and a swim in 40' in order to enjoy the meal to the full!

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Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill
51 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

Joined a group of seven for dinner on a Wednesday night and the place was in full swing when we arrived. Fortunately, we had a corner, window table which deflected much of the noise. Service was friendly and efficient. My starter of ham and melon was simple and fine. The other starters looked very good too. A variety of mains were chosen and I went for the steak given the other options available. It was very, very good. The desserts were delicious and I can commend the Eton Mess! We had a Lebanese Red Wine which was very highly regarded by those who tried it. Two minor gripes: the main courses came with hand cut chips but no other vegetables - I suspect that these added fairly significantly to the bill. Secondly, there was no vegetarian alternative available. My guesstimate of the price tells me that the meal was expensive (confirmed by the look on the face of my host and the detailed way in which he checked the bill!). Very glad to have tried it - but not sure I'll hurry back as there remain new places to discover

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Sika Restaurant
Powerscourt Hotel Restaurant & Spa, Powerscourt, Wicklow

Took the Gordon Ramsey Dinner Package and had the Tasting Menu. The waiter was good enough to allow some of us to go for vegetarian rather than the meat/fish options. The food was absolutely delicious - seven formal courses but ten if you include the canapes and after dinner chocolates. Service was wonderful and the breakfast the next morning was spoiled only by the fact that it took place less than 11 hours after the sumptuous dinner. Overall - stunning value. Wonderful location and a great way to enjoy a special night away!

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Foleys Bar - Queen Maebhs Restaurant
1 Merrion Row, City Centre South, Dublin

Struggling to find a place for breakfast we saw a sign outside suggesting that it was open. There were only two people inside. We ordered the full breakfast. If you like fried food, it was very good indeed. Sausages, bacon, egg, tomato, black and white pudding, baked beans and toast. Tea or coffee. €9! For me it was a once-in-a-while 'heart-failure' heaven! The place was quiet, which suited us, and the ratings are relative to the place itself rather than on any absolute basis. Pub Grub that we were grateful to find on a wet and windy morning!

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Montys of Kathmandu
28 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went to the theatre with a colleague and we couldn't deicide where to eat. Went into Monty's on the basis of previous good comments. Had 50 minutes to eat and decided to go for a main course and a dessert. Got off to a bad start when we were served poppadoms - they may have been free, but they were also stale! Happy to say that my Bhutuwa - Chicken with Mushroom Rice and my colleague's lamb dish was wonderful. A very, very enjoyable meal. Priced on the high side, but this is a place to which I'll return

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Il Segreto
13a/b Merrion Row, City Centre South, Dublin

An enjoyable evening. The food taste and presentation was delicious and service by the waitress was attentive (until we tried to get the bill!). The Ham Hock and House salad starters were very tasty. The pasta main course a delight and the dessert was a real work of art. Will definitely return. That said - IF I was asked to find fault (and you can always find fault if you look), I thought the music a tad loud and intrusive and the waiters at the bar spent a lot of time loudly conversing amongs themselves. Not enough to put me off though.

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

Returned with a colleague after a two year absence and was delighted to catch the whiff of the wood burning stove as we entered. I opted for a pasta starter and an American Pizza, both of which were very good. My colleague went for the calamari and the veal. This remains a nice, casual restaurant though I'm not sure I'd like to eat in their basement room (if that is ever open). Sevice was ok, if perhaps a bit slow. Wish I'd read my last review of this place as I had forgotten that the 'Eton Mess' is an ice cream rather than the real thing! I'd be happy to return if in the vicinity and if nothing else came to mind!

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The Morehampton Brasserie (Previously the The Restaurant @ Donnybrook Fair)
89 Morehampton Road, Dublin 4, Donnybrook, Dublin

After a break of two years, went back for lunch today to what used to be Donnybrook Fair and is now The Restaurant. A very pleasant experience. Opted for the Thai Green Chicken Curry with rice and the Cheesecake whilst colleagues opted for other variations. The place was about half full. Service was good. The menu was simple and the price for four of us was very acceptable. The next big challenge will be to see if it is as good as it was on breakfasts!

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Khans Balti House
51 Donnybrook Road, Donnybrook, Dublin

What started as an idea of having a Green Curry in honour of St Patrick turned out to be a visit to Khan's for what turned out to be a great evening. A group of us sat down to a variety of starters from pakoras to prawns and samosas to shashlick. Mains ranged from North Indian garlic chillie chicken to chicken korma and rogan josh. A variety of rices and naans completed the main serving and ice creams rounded off the feast. After settling the bill and in spite of bringin our own wine, we were offered a drink on the house. This remains my favourite Indian restaurant in Dublin

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Cafe Azteca
19 - 21 Lord Edward Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I took up the option to try my hand at Mexican Coooking. Lessons are provided when the place is closed (and normally on a Thursday night). In reading reviews I opted to visit the web-site and found the link to lessons. All I can say is that this was a wonderful experience. The cafe is small and functional, but the owner is passionate about Mexican food. We made tortillas and sopes from corn flour, we also made pico de gallo, guacamole and also quesadillas. When the cooking was finished, we sat down to enjoy the fruits of our labour. I now know a great deal more about cooking Mexican food and passed a couple of very enjoyable hours in the process!

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

Was taken here for a meal with a friend who was visiting town and had pre-booked. We arrived at about 6:30pm. Great buzz in the place which was already almost full - staff were friendly. Opted to skip starters and had the cannelloni with a side order of mushy peas! My friend had the halibut with a side order of vegetables. For dessert I had the cheesecake with ice cream. It was a pleasant enough experience though my cannelloni was 'grilled' to the plate and looked as though it had been re-heated. So I suspect that not all dishes are 'fresh' from the kitchen. No idea what the bill came to but guess it's fairly standard.

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Antica Venezia
97 Ashfield Road, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

I decided to try this on the strength of a number of reviews I read. Went on a Sunday evening with the GB. I had the pasta & fagioli soup. She had the bruschetta. For mains, I had a pizza whilst she tried a pasta dish. The starters were very good. The pasta was very tasty. The pizza was OK. With so many other places yet to try, I can safely say that I enjoyed the experience but shan't be hurrying back - there was no 'wow' factor. As an aside, the waitress only smiled as we paid and left a tip.

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Cafe Provence
1 Church Road, Malahide, Dublin

Had to pick my friends up from the airport early on Saturday morning and headed to Cafe Provence for breakfast. It's a cosy, unassuming cafe close to the crossroads in the centre of town. The experience was as good as my last visit. Staff were very friendly, food was very good and they kept topping up the coffee at no extra cost. I have no doubt that if I lived in or near Malahide, I'd come here regularly for breakfast and possibly lunch/dinner!!

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Peploes Wine Bistro
16 St Stephen's Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Four of us ate here early on a Saturday evening. It was my first visit in three years. I noticed a definite change but cannot pinpoint whether it's me, the economy or Peploes itself. The restaurant was almost full at 7pm and there was a lively atmosphere. The menu was fine but quite limited and seemed to me to be focussed on very rich, creamy dishes. And perhaps that's it - it's not what I really desired that night! I had the tomato and mushroom bruschetta which was excellent. Unable to find something to my liking for mains, I was offered squash risotto, which was good. My guests had a variety of dishes from the filo brie with prunes which was very tasty to scallops and for mains all three had fish. Everything was eaten and there was even room for the crumble with ice cream or the chocolate dish. Still a good choice if you are looking for somehere upmarket.

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Expresso Bar Cafe & Wine Bar (Ballsbridge)
1 St Mary's Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Four of us turned up for a Sunday breakfast. It was wonderful to be seated immediately as this place has always been crowded on earlier visits. The food was fine, but they forgot the coffees and got two of the four orders wrong. Glad we went and I will be back - sometime.

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

Arrived unannounced to try out the brunch and shied away from the invitation to dine downstairs on the strength of other reviews. The upstairs (ground floor) was hopping and very busy having only opened 15 minutes earlier. I went for the Huevos Rancheros and was not disappointed. The Gorgeous Blonde went for the cooked breakfast - both saw us through till the evening meal without any desire to snack! The waiting staff were very pleasant and attentive. My one gripe - the size of the Americanos are very small.

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

Was originally attracted by the "Now serving breakfast" notice in the window and decided to give the place a try. The staff were very friendly and the place was busy for a Saturday morning. Seems I was too late for the breakfast and so had the special of soup and Spag. Bol. The soup was fine and the sauce in the bolognese was very tasty indeed. The restaurant is long and very narrow - so the emphasis should be on the word 'casual' in terms of expectations. The service was just a bit hit and miss with three waitresses serving and/or clearing. To pay the bill, I finally had to go up to the cash register. Certainly a place to consider for a weekend lunchtime meal.

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The Real Gourmet Burger - Dun Laoghaire
The Pavilion, South Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

This review relates to the Ballsbridge outlet. Large selection of burgers - I went for the Mexican (which was tasty, but not spicy). They've stopped doing two types of fries and now have 'medium' cut with or without rosemary salt. Mine were greasy, but in a way that I very much enjoyed. A limited selection of desserts but the fudge that my colleague tried and the Affogato I enjoyed, both rounded off the meal nicely. Fairly spartan and functional decor - delivering exactly what you would expect. Meal and drinks for two with tip came in at just under €50.

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

After reading a number of positive reviews, I took the Gorgeous Blonde for an early evening meal. The bruschetta was very tasty and the rigatoni was fine. The wine was excellent as well. However, I was unable to see anyone in the place under the age of 30 (other than ourselves). The noise level matched. Great if you don't want to be able to hear each other - perhaps not such a great idea if you are looking for a quiet and leisurely evening out.

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Dunne And Crescenzi (South Frederick Street)
14-16 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

After a day at the shops we called in unannounced and were promptly seated at a comfortable and relatively private table (which we'd requested). This was my first visit in over two years. The soup was hot and thick but to my taste buds was fairly bland (and I accept that I like strong flavours which may make my comment unfair). The 'special' of the day (a pasta dish with tomatoes and ham) was ok and very satisfactory in the circumstances. The Blonde had a large salad which was enjoyed. As a wine bar, the place has a wide selection of wine - the food menu however is much more limited than I remember and I did struggle to find something I liked. That said, on a busy early Saturday evening, I was grateful that we were accomodated. Service was pleasant and efficient.

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Fallon and Byrne
11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Saturday was the third visit to F&B this year. They only had an early evening slot for us and I thought that it might be empty at 6pm. It was about 40% full and continued to fill as we dined. The starter dishes were very good in both quality and quantity. The GB had the Pear, Roquefort & Toasted Walnut salad and I had the Ceasar. Our guests had the soup. Each main course chosen went down very well, from Steak to Burger to chicken and the desserts were rather good too! Service was very pleasant and it was a great night out

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Cavistons Seafood Restaurant
59 Glasthule Road, Glenageary, South Co. Dublin, Sandycove, Dublin

For fish lovers, this, as others have said, is a real gem. The seating is tight and sitting near the door on a cold and breezy day did not detract too much from the experience. I had specifically requested one vegetarian option in advance of the visit but this seemed to take them by surprise. What was served were some grilled vegetables, which were adequate. That said, it was a wonderful meal and a very worthwhile journey out of Dublin. The servings were very generous, with the Tortelli of Shrimp being shared as a starter and the scallops supplemented with a plentiful salad and potatoes. The coffee was very good and the whole experience was rounded off with a trip to their deli next door to stock up on some dulce, figs and cheeses!

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The Saddle Room @ The Shelbourne
The Shelbourne Hotel, 27 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Taken here to dine on Saturday evening and had a very quiet table. Service was professional and polite. All our staters were very tasty and they were willing to go 'off-menu' when we asked for variations on the menu. I had the pumpkin soup, without the goats cheese - delicious! Other starters tried were the blue fin tuna and the crab cocktail. All were complimented. The main courses were delightful. I asked for the risotto to be spiced up and that's exactly what they did. Very much to my liking. The steak proved too filling for my companions but they enjoyed what they ate. My one niggle was the disappointment of the desserts. They were nothing special and the servings were somewhat meagre. Nonetheless, an enjoyable evening - I can't comment on the value, as I didn't pay!

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Tavern
Dylan Hotel, Eastmoreland Place, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Quirky hotel with some lovely decor. The bar lighting flatters rather than highlights! The restaurant menu and wine selection were appropriate for 'special' visits - and this was a special visit. Ten of us dined, two very serious 'foodies' and three very serious wine tasters. None were disappointed and a fairly broad selection from the menu was tried without complaint. In response to a special request, they even served oysters 'au natural'. Including wine, the bill topped €130 a head (and everyone walked out in straight lines!). Well worth a visit for that once in a blue moon treat.

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Purple Ocean Restaurant
St Michael's Pier, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Once again, I had a very pleasant experience on Saturday evening. I think the soccer kept people away as there were two empty tables in the restaurant at 7:30pm. It was nonetheless, fairly 'buzzy'. After very good starters (I had the very tasty home made soup), I went for the chilli stir fry for main course, whilst my friends had either the fish or the Thai curry dishes. I avoided the Banoffi pie (but had a spoonful of my friends) and opted for the fruit salad which was fine. To top it all, I got the table that is up on the raised floor at the end of the restaurant. This affords a very nice view of the harbour lights. Service was excellent.

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Nico's Restaurant
53 Dame Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Hard to believe it's been two years since my last visit. Everything was as good as I remembered. Four of us sat down to a very good meal. Starters included, Minestrone, pate and Nicos salad - all appreciated. Three of us went for the Penne Arrabiatta as a main course and ice cream was the favoured dessert. Service was attentive and the live music from the pianist was a very pleasant touch. Food, wine, coffees and service came in at €45 each

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Maia Restaurant
47 Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

After earlier reviews, I decided to give Maia another try on Friday night. Went there with the GB and had a very pleasant evening. Specifiying a desire to have very spicy penne did the trick and I had no complaints. The Ceasar as a starter was delicious and the desserts were very tasty too. We ate relatively early, so the place wasn't heaving with people. It made a remarkable difference to our enjoyment. So good was our experience, we came back for Sunday Breakfast. Also very relaxed and very generous.

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Dax Restaurant
23 Upper Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate there again this week and was very satisfied with all aspects of the evening. I dined early and the place was about half full (a good sign!) The Fish Cake with the summer salsa was very tasty and the risotto good enough to be the right choice for me once again. No alcohol this time, so the bill was a very pleasant surprise.

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FIRE Restaurant and Lounge
Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

Sedate atmosphere, wonderful dining room. Table sizes that are amongst the most spacious in Dublin. The decor and table settings are simple and elegant. The food? I'll be back - very soon. What a wonderful experience! I was genuinely very pleasantly surprised. My only 'gripe' is that the menu is not extensive - but what I had was delicious and it will be a few visits before I can work my way through it.

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Marios (Ranelagh)
39 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

I enjoyed my meal but remain ambivalent. I had hoped for an experience of Italy having read other reviews. If that is what you expect, this place is not for you. That said, the Bruschetta was delicious and the pizza very tasty. I like thin crust pizzas and this is what was delivered - sadly it was also soggy to the point of breaking up. The Banoffee was wonderful (though the chocolate sauce should have been an option rather than served regardless). The eclectic staff were very friendly. The eclectic Muzak a bit disconcerting. Now that I know what to expect, I'll certainly go again!

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

For anyone who has never tried, or who loves Creole food, this is most certainly worth a visit. It has a resonance with upscale restaurants in Louisiana with only two differences - both of which are possibly cultural. Iced water would be served upon arrival and diners would not have to listen to the private conversations of the waiting staff. The food itself was good (though not if you are on a diet as there seems to be cream, butter or cheese on most things) and the service, acceptable. We tried starters of chicken Caesar salad - excellent and the rissoles - nothing special. For the main course we had the Mardi Gras - tasty and the steak - very good. The ambience was pleasant and the lighting, cosy. Two course meal for two without drinks and tea to finish: €77 inc service. I will definitely go back when someone asks me to take them to a Creole restaurant.

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Jewel in the Crown (Ballsbridge)
41-43 Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Needed to be in an out in less than an hour, but something was lost in translation. In spite of being almost deserted, the main course took ages. The poppadoms were not fresh and the only way I can describe the chicken jalfrezi is that the sauce was too thick to be enjoyed. I remember this place when it was an Asian fusion restaurant and I liked it better then. In fairness, I'll try to give the place another chance when it's busier - if I can get over being served reheated poppadoms!

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ely winebar
22 Ely Place, (Just off St. Stephen’s Green), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Returned for a casual meal and to avail ourselves of the "DART" €30 special offer. Three courses including tea or coffee for this flat price. Four of us had starters which included Smoked Salmon, Prawns and Ceasar Salad. The main courses of Irish Stew, Burger and Fish Cakes were very much appreciated. In spite of it being Thursday, it was quite 'buzzy' and that added to the experience. The wine selection was very good (if a little pretentious with €600 bottles on the wine list!!). Good food, good service and a good evening.

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Il Primo
16 Montague Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

On the strength of reviews I took the Gorgeous Blonde to Il Primo and found ourselves upstairs at a cosy table, served by an affable Australian. I don't question the quality of the food wine nor the unusual offerings on the menu. However, the two things that put me off more than anything else were the miserly servings of wine (the Gorgeous Blonde thought she had been given a taster rather than a glass) and the very paltry serving of cheese and crackers for the dessert. A wonderful place to go when you seek something different. But not a place to go if you've spent the day walking and building up an appetite!

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The Boxty House
20-21 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I've eaten here three times but have tried to eat here at least seven or eight times when wanting to allow visitors to try 'Irish' food. The place has a very simple idea - take a basic, staple Irish dish and move it significantly upmarket. If this were a pub, I would call it a 'gastro-pub'. The result works well as an 'experience' for visitors. If you have a choice, try to sit upstairs on the ground floor rather than in the basement

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Chapter One Restaurant
18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

My one and only regret is that I left it so long before venturing to Chapter One. We had our office Christmas meal here and it was a wonderful experience. The atmosphere was a discreet 'buzz', the food was exceptional, the wine selection extensive and the ambience - just right. The waiting service was very warm and professional without being overbearing. The performance of watching Irish coffee being made at your table is almost enough of a reason to visit! Chapter One is very high on my list of 'keepers'

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One Pico Restaurant
5-6 Molesworth Place, Schoolhouse Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Back again after a longer break than intended! Everything changes and everything stays the same! The atmosphere was very pleasant for an early Sunday evening. The food was good, but limited in terms of options and nouveau in terms of portion sizes. That said, the restaurant did accomodate my request for things off menu (a salad starter folloed by a squash risotto, both of which were delicious). The Blonde went for the beetroot salad followed by the bass - the plates went back empty! We shared a tasty cheesecake dessert and very much enjoyed the whole experience. One Pico remains a premier league eatery - which is priced accordingly.

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Nancy Hands Bar & Restaurant (Near Dublin Zoo)
30-32 Parkgate Street, Parkgate Street, Dublin

The food here was surprisingly very good for a restaurant above a pub. The service was very friendly and the only two negatives I found were that it is just a bit of a trek out from the centre and the place was all but empty when I ate there (on a very wet and windy evening). I'll definitely return though.

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Chatham Brasserie
Chatham Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Soulless and formulaic. I was initially grateful to get a seat without having booked but whilst the food was ok, and the place was full of brash, noisy groups, I know that I shan't make the effort of booking a table here at any point in the future.

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Johnnie Fox's Pub
Glencullen, Dublin Mountains, Glencullen, Dublin

If you've shown a visitor the 'flirt in the skirt' and they've seen the 'stiletto in the ghetto' then Johnnie Fox's is a must! A well honed operation for both tourist and local. The food is good 'pub fayre', the decorations, an amusing diversion (look for the weather stone outside!) and the live entertainment is great fun, first time round

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Juice Vegetarian Restaurant
9 Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Nice setting and pleasant layout, but what it gains in the interior design it loses on the rest of the experience. Only an 'ok' place that left me wishing I'd tried somewhere else instead.

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Cornucopia
19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Out shopping on a Saturday and want to catch a quick, good, wholesome lunch? Head for Cornucopia. It's a bit frenetic with people piling in all the time, but it can be fun to share your table with complete strangers. If in doubt, just go for one of the Soups of the day and then a dessert - their carrot cake is wonderful.

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Cafe Fresh
Top Floor Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, City Centre South, Dublin

It can be a bit chilly in here as it's on the top floor of the Powerscourt Centre and the doors are kept open! It's quite Bohemian too, but the food is staggeringly good. If they were to go 'up-market' they'd be as busy as Rolys!

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Toscana (Dun Laoghaire)
5 Windsor Terrace, South Co. Dublin , Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Easy going informal restaurant that's great for a casual night out. The food is good and the service was fine. Parking is just across the road and if you're lucky with the seating inside, you might even get a place with a view of the sea!

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Eddie Rockets (Donnybrook)
Main Street, Dublin 4, Donnybrook, Dublin

Cheap and cheerful. Bright and brash. What you see is what you get. Formica abounds. The atomic burger has a kick and the ice cream floats are fun. Very much a 'spur of the moment' choice of venue - go when the mood is upon you. The booth style seating isn't cozy or intimate and there are no hiding places!

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Kites
15/17 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

The people I've taken to Kites think it's wonderful. I've been back three times this year solely on the basis of convenience. It remains 'OK' and I would still struggle to class it as 'wonderful'. There is little by way of atmosphere but thankfully no loud music. The Szechuan is too bland to hit the spot for me - but the spicy pork yuk sung starter is fun and the lemon chicken quite 'lemony'!

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Shanahan’s on the Green
119 St. Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

THE place to go when your six numbers all come up on a rollover week. Food is excellent and service is incredibly attentive. Like the gondolas in Venice - you have to do it once, in spite of the price.

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The Lobby Lounge, InterContinental Hotel
InterContinental Hotel, Simmonscourt Road, Ballsbridge , Ballsbridge, Dublin

Wonderful hotel and restaurant - not for the faint hearted when it comes to picking up the bill!

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

The cafe opens at 7:30am aduring the week and at 9am on the weekend. Had a pre-weekend breakfast on Friday and as usual - was not disappointed. Perhaps I am too much of a regular but I find that both in the cafe and the restaurant, service and food have been excellent on my last several visits. Roly's can have 'off days' but this has not been my experience.

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Baan Thai (Ballsbridge)
16 Merrion Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

It may have been the day, it may have been me. I've only eaten there once and if forced to recommend a Thai place, would suggest Diep le Shaker in preference.

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Canal Bank Cafe
146 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Contemporary bistro. Pleasant staff and good food - though the fish special was in a bit too much oil. The mezze plate was delicious and the omelette, very good. The room itself could have been warmer and it was a bit disappointing that we should be placed right next to another couple when slightly greater privacy could have been given us.

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