Restaurant Reviews from Plummy
Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 22nd October 2010 ( visited 19th October 2010 )This place is amazing! I passed it for several months without going in until a friend gave me a voucher. To say blown away is an understatement! I went back 4 more times in the next week! My favourite is the Shredded beef burrito, with black beans, rice, green salsa, cheese, and sour cream. It fills me up all day long! I have recommended it to other friends and everyone who goes loves it! The price is super cheap and the staff are fantastic. only complaint is that i wish they had soft drinks in the 7€ lunch offer. I'm not a big fan of bottled water!
Cactus Jacks (Middle Abbey St) restaurant
Millennium Walkway, Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1
Reviewed 16th November 2010 ( visited 16th November 2010 )Had lunch here today and was nicely surprised! We took advantage of the 3 for 10€ lunch special. The Meatballs, nachos, and quesadillas were fantastic. I will defintely be ordering them again! On the other hand though, I found that there was little flavour to the Tortilla espanola and the calamri were very chewy. I could have taken or left the patas with the cheese and bacon. They were perfectly cooked, but just missed that "bite" that I attach to tapas. The service was slow, but it was the end of the lunch rush and it appeared that there was only one poor rushed girl working. Overall great value, I am absolutely stuffed and will be returning, i would like to try other things on the menu! they looked lovely!
The Larder Restaurant
8 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I went here for lunch with a friend, and the food was amazing! I had the roast chicken and smoked apple wood cheddar sandwich with two salads and she had the chicken and chorizo penne. I also had the hot pot starter special that was beautiful! For dessert we had Death by chocolate and it was lovely, but rather dry. Unfortunately the service left something to be desired. When we first walked in, it was unclear if we were to just walk to any table or had to wait to be seated. Despite making eye contact with several servers, we eventually just chose a place. We also didn't get our menus until we had been seated for about 10 minutes. While there were about 4 servers around and it was the end of the lunch rush, it was hard to grab any of their attentions to order! On the plus side, when we did eventually order, the server was lovely, but blunt, but our food came quick! I will visit again because the lunch special was a great deal, amazing food, and super filling. I was so stuffed I couldn't even have dinner! But hopefully the bad service was simply a fluke and will not repeat itself.
21 South Richmond St, South Dublin, Portobello, Dublin
Went here for the first time, and was slightly surprised. The food was better than described, I was really impressed with the Chicken korma, but the lamb madras was ok. Sizes were small, but with the 12€ deal, including a glass of wine, it was pretty filling. Service could have been more attentive, especially since were were the only ones there... They don't really encourage you to stick around after you're finished your meal. I'll visit again, but only when I'm craving something cheap and cheerful.
Fitzgerald's Bar & Restaurant
22 Aston Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin
I have gone here for lunch SEVERAL times, and the staff is amazing. The soup and sandwich deal is great for lunch, but the winners are their fish and chips, and especially the beef and guinness stew and shepard's pie. it's great for a quick lunch, or for a few pints and bites to eat. On fridays and Saturday nights, they have a great band, that is well worth sticking around for.
Merchant's Arch Bar and Restaurant
48/49 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin
This is place is amazing! I have been a few times, unfortunately I have yet to make it up to the restaurant, but the lower bar is great and relaxing. I have had the cheeseburger, steak sandwich, lamb stew and the sea bass special. The steak and burger were great, nothing surprising, but a strong classic. SO much of it for a cheap price! The lamb stew was surprisingly spicy with the cumin, but was a nice change from the usual stews served in temple bar. The sea bass has been far my favourite. It was served on Basil mashed potatoes that had me and my friend fighting over the last bite. The hollandaise sauce was nice and light and I nearly licked the plate. Drinks are what are expected in Temple Bar, but the service is fantastic. Always friendly, and when I didn't know what to order (too many choices) they were a great help! I strongly recommend. The majority of dishes are only 10€ and the breakfast is nice and cheap!
Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK Temple Bar)
Unit 1, Temple Bar Square, Dublin 2 , Temple Bar, Dublin
I went here recently for lunch with a friend. We were lured in with the 9.99€ deal. I was very disapointed that the only burger you can choose for that deal is the plain burger (I feel it defeats the purpose of going to gourmet burger if you just get the plain...). I ended up ordering the Garlic burger and my friend the pesteralla chicken. We split fries. While the burger was good, the garlic mayo that was on the burger could be found in any pub along the quays. While I will return, I don't think I will be rushing back. They have had much better burger deals in the past and I would be more drawn to that then their current deal. The service was pretty good, but because it was so quiet, they seemed to forget we were there and it took a while to get their attention. I found the place a little cold and it may have been just that day, but it seemed full of unhappy people still wearing their coats. Two burgers, fries and a soda came to 22€ for the two of us... I would go back, but I would want a slightly better deal. The burger can come to up to 10€ and that is all you get. At other places in Temple bar, you can get fries with that for only a euro or so more.
Cactus Jacks (Middle Abbey St)
Millennium Walkway, Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin
Had lunch here today and was nicely surprised! We took advantage of the 3 for 10€ lunch special. The Meatballs, nachos, and quesadillas were fantastic. I will defintely be ordering them again! On the other hand though, I found that there was little flavour to the Tortilla espanola and the calamri were very chewy. I could have taken or left the patas with the cheese and bacon. They were perfectly cooked, but just missed that "bite" that I attach to tapas. The service was slow, but it was the end of the lunch rush and it appeared that there was only one poor rushed girl working. Overall great value, I am absolutely stuffed and will be returning, i would like to try other things on the menu! they looked lovely!
Milano (Temple Bar)
19 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
I have eaten here a few times and it is always lovely. I usually go for the pizza as I have found that the pastas are either overloaded with sauce or they are nothing special and not worth the high price. There are usually some amazing offers if you sign up for their new letters or you'll find vouchers in strange places (like the back of your movie ticket!) Which makes it well worth it! I will definetly go back! My favourite pizza of all time is the Quatto Framigo, (I know I spelt it wrong!) with a nice drizzle of the Garlic oil for the crust.
38 - 40 Parliament Street, City Centre South, Dublin
i went here for lunch the other day to catch up with a friend. It was later in the day so the resturant was fairly empty. We took advantage of the lunch special and ordered the 7 for 20€ they were all lovely. The meatballs and spanish omlette especially (and I am not a fan of omlettes!) I was not super happy with the patas Brava, as there was no garlic flavour, but I know that is just me being picky. The other dishes were simple and very nice for the lunch special. The 7 dishes were more than enough for 2 people, but I think if there was a 3rd of us, we would have ordered an extra dish or so. After dinner we ordered dessert, the tolberone cheesecake and Cremebrulee. The cheesecake was super rich, and the cremebrulee was beautiful, but I think the crust was made of too corse sugar and it didn't have that nice crunch to it. The service was slow, but were were in no rush so I was not bothered by it. It was a late lunch and I know that they were short staffed and preparing for dinner. The servers who did help us were lovely and great and helped us change tables once we realized we wanted to order the whole menu. I will definetly be coming back here for lunch or dinner as it was a great meal out.
Mexico to Rome
23 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
I have visited here about twice, the first time for lunch with my boyfriend and the second for dinner with a group of 15. the lunch was really nicely priced at 8.95 including a glass of wine and I had the goats cheese burger and brucetta while my BF had the cheeseburger and garlic bread. While the two starters were nothing to write home about, the burgers were nicely cooked and very filling. The service was a little spotty though. One server acted like were were just annoying him, while the other was nice but overly efficient to the point where we were wondering if she was a robot. (deposit plate here) The 2nd visit was very nice, we took advantage of the early bird special which offered a very wide selection. I must say I was really impressed by how much you could choose as most places only gives you beef, chicken and veg option. we ordered several items off the menus (there were 15 of us, how could we not!). Everything came out quite quickly and while it was nothing to write home about, it was nice. That said, all those who ordered steaks were not asked how they wanted them, and they all came out well done. They were still very tasty, but my friends were disappointed because they felt it could have been better medium rare. My meal was nice, a beef burrito, but when my friend ordered hers as spicy, it came covered in dried chillies and then became just too spicy. would have been nice to been able to control the application of chillies. as for the service, we were treated nicely, but it took several requests for a jug of water to appear, and our waiter seemed constantly confused. when I asked for a glass of red wine he asked me when I wanted it.... (it was Monday, I wanted it then and intravenously.) Overall, it was a good meal, ok service but an amazing value. With my free voucher for a free glass of wine and free dessert, the whole meal (mixed dips and beef burrito) came to 13.95€ a very good deal these days! I will visit again, but not rushing.
The Cedar Tree
11a St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Went here for dinner with a few friends recently and was plesently surprised! The interior was beautiful and service was quite good! granted, there was only one other group in there... They did take care of us, when they accidently threw out our left overs that we asked to take home, they made us another full one!! We had 2 meat mezzes and one vegetarian and the food was either fantastic or bland. there were more fantastic ones then bland ones though! The waiter was also kind enough to let us know what was each item, especially some of the stranger ones! The final bill was pricey, but I would definietly return!
The Church Cafe Bar & Restaurant
Junction of Mary St. & Jervis St., Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
I have been to the Church several times and the setting is amazing! I love just sitting and soaking up the history and beauty of the church and even sitting outside in one of the best patios in Dublin. Unfortunately the fabulous setting does not equal great pricing or food. The pints and cocktails are quite pricy (even for Dublin city centre!) and there is really nothing special about the mixed drinks. I could get better from my local pub for 1/4 of the price. The food has not always been disappointing. I remember going over a year ago and just drooling over the church potatotes with onion and garlic, but when I tried them again recently the potatoes were nearly raw, the onions not even cooked and barely warm and it felt like they melted the butter in the microwave and poured it over the lot somehow hoping that the heat from that would cook the food on the way to the table. Everything is bland and seemingly cooked as if the chef went to basic pub grub school. The service has been always mixed, the majority of times, I have been super impressed with the service. My first visit there, the manager came by to make sure everything was going well and gave us free drink vouchers for our next visit, even learning our names to say goodbye when we stumbled out of the door 5 hours later. but when we went back 4 months later, the bartenders looked like we were interrupting their staring at the wall time when we ordered a drink. My most recent visit a few weeks ago was one of my best, service wise. we were looked after by a young gentleman who brought us our drinks, check in on us every 30 minutes (in the past we have been forgotten by the bar staff when we chose to sit outside... during summer....) and finally when we asked where we could by cig papers, he went to the shop and bought them for us!!! It was some of the best service I have ever had in Ireland, hands down. I just wish it transfered to the rest of the staff!!!
Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin
This place is amazing! I passed it for several months without going in until a friend gave me a voucher. To say blown away is an understatement! I went back 4 more times in the next week! My favourite is the Shredded beef burrito, with black beans, rice, green salsa, cheese, and sour cream. It fills me up all day long! I have recommended it to other friends and everyone who goes loves it! The price is super cheap and the staff are fantastic. only complaint is that i wish they had soft drinks in the 7€ lunch offer. I'm not a big fan of bottled water!