Restaurant Reviews from Puddingpie

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 16

Member Since: 22 December 2008

Last Visit: 24 January 2010

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The Lady Helen @ Mount Juliet restaurant

Mount Juliet, Thomastown, Kilkenny

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Cuisine:
Fine Dining

Price Range:

Great
5 reviews

Reviewed 11th February 2009 ( visited 11th February 2009 )

We were staying in the hotel for the weekend and booked dinner in Lady Helen for the Saturday night. We had the set menu which included a taster, starter, middle course, main course, dessert, tea/coffee and petits fours. The whole experience was superb. The menu catered for every taste. The food was fresh, cooked to perfection and the portions were ideal for each course. The staff were very attentive, professional and friendly and there was a lovely calm atmosphere throughout the meal. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this for a special occasion.
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Ouzos Bar and Grill restaurant

22 Castle Street, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin, Area Code: Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
81 reviews

Reviewed 10th February 2009 ( visited 04th January 2009 )

Ouzo’s had been my favourite restaurant when it was in Ranelagh, so the newly opened Dalkey restaurant had a lot to live up to. We went on a Sunday evening and I was disappointed to see the menu had changed with many of the seafood options having been removed. We ordered from the Sunday lunch menu which runs from 12 to 7 on a Sunday and is excellent value at €23.95 for 4 courses. Despite the value I still felt the restaurant as a whole didn’t live up to the excellent service and food (particularly the fish) the Ranelagh branch served up. This is still a nice place to come but for anyone who was a fan of the old Ouzo’s, don’t go with the same expectations.
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Kudos Restaurant (IFSC)
Clarion Hotel Dublin, IFSC, City Centre North, Dublin

We regularly come here for work lunches and the food is always very good. The service is usually hit or miss with the staff not always being so friendly. There is a pleasant atmosphere and it's one of the better places for food in the IFSC. Recommended for lunch if you're in the area.

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La Peniche @ RIASC
Barge Riasc, Mespil Road Jetty, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I used my menupoints for dinner at La Peniche and wasn't dissapointed. Highly reccommend if you're looking for an unusual dining experience. There are better value restaurants out there at present, however, La Penich has something different to offer. The staff are very pleasant and friendly and add to the whole experience. The food was all very nice except for my chocolate and coffee gateau which wasn't to my liking. I would bring friends here again.

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Soho Bar and Restaurant
77 Grand Parade, Cork City, Cork

A group of us visited the restaurant upstairs one Saturday evening. I had monkfish on the “rock”. This is where your meat or fish comes out raw along with a heated rock. You then cook the fish on the rock to your liking. It was excellent and a real novel ideal. The remaining main courses ordered varied between duck, fajitas and salmon. Overall the food was superb. It’s a pity the staff aren’t to the same high standard - our waiter was bordering on rude. The manager did however give us 2 free main courses where they had mixed up the order. Overall it was a good experience and the high quality of the food outweighed that of the poor waiting staff.

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Greenes Restaurant @ Hotel Isaacs
48 MacCurtain Street, By the Waterfall, Cobbled Courtyard Close, Cork City, Cork

I went here with friends for the early bird option one Saturday evening. It was really good value and the food was excellent. Our table was looking out onto the waterfall and there was a lady playing the piano behind us which created a lovely atmosphere throughout the restaurant. The staff were very friendly and after we noticed a slight mix up with the bill were very apologetic.

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Baxter & Greene
Retail Unit 6, Ballymount Industrial Estate, West Dublin, Ballymount, Dublin

This is a lovely little café that makes working in an industrial park not so bad. The food is great and really fresh and the portions are quite big. It makes a change from the usual shop deli lunch. I would highly recommend it if you happen to work in the area and it would be a welcome addition near any work place.

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Millstone, A Dublin Restaurant
39 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We came here early on a Wednesday evening and I was surprised how busy it was. There was a lovely atmosphere with a guitarist playing in the corner and candles on each table. We both got a pizza as we were short on time. The pizza's were fab, typical of those you would find in their sister restaurant on bagot street. My only regret was we were in a rush and didn't have time to enjoy the experience more. I'll definetly return some evening when time isn't an issue.

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Toss'd Noodles & Salads
Chq Building, Dublin Docklands, City Centre North, Dublin

Walked past Toss’d one lunch time and the place was buzzing so returned the next day. I wasn’t disappointed, I had Noodles and they were very tasty. The portions look quiet small to begin with but turn out to be a lot bigger than you think. The ingredients were lovely and fresh. Will definitely return to try out a salad.

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Alfies
10 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here on a Saturday evening and the place was packed. Service was very friendly and there's a good atmosphere however I found it quite dark in there. Food was nice, had the mixed platter for starters which I would recommend. Overall an enjoyable experience but I think it's more suited to larger parties than a quiet dining experience.

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

I can't say I agree with some of the comments below on the food being overpriced. We went here on a Saturday night for dinner and found the food quite reasonable. The majority of mains were under €20 which included sides. The food was to a very high standard and our waiter couldn't have been friendlier. The wine list was also good value and had a nice choice. The restaurant was full and there was a great atmosphere throughout with a nice mix of people.

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The Lady Helen @ Mount Juliet
Mount Juliet, Thomastown, Kilkenny

We were staying in the hotel for the weekend and booked dinner in Lady Helen for the Saturday night. We had the set menu which included a taster, starter, middle course, main course, dessert, tea/coffee and petits fours. The whole experience was superb. The menu catered for every taste. The food was fresh, cooked to perfection and the portions were ideal for each course. The staff were very attentive, professional and friendly and there was a lovely calm atmosphere throughout the meal. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this for a special occasion.

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Chez Max (Baggot Street)
133 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

We came here on a Saturday night for the 7.30 sitting. We were delighted to hear that the table of 8 beside has had found a babysitter last minute and the baby was at home instead of at the meal. The food was delicious, particularly the smoked chicken salad for starter and the cheese board. There was a nice atmosphere throughout the restaurant and the service was very authentic. The food is good value for money as is the wine. This is a lovely little restaurant that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

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Ouzos Bar and Grill
22 Castle Street, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

Ouzo’s had been my favourite restaurant when it was in Ranelagh, so the newly opened Dalkey restaurant had a lot to live up to. We went on a Sunday evening and I was disappointed to see the menu had changed with many of the seafood options having been removed. We ordered from the Sunday lunch menu which runs from 12 to 7 on a Sunday and is excellent value at €23.95 for 4 courses. Despite the value I still felt the restaurant as a whole didn’t live up to the excellent service and food (particularly the fish) the Ranelagh branch served up. This is still a nice place to come but for anyone who was a fan of the old Ouzo’s, don’t go with the same expectations.

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The Merrion Inn Bar & Kitchen
188 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin

We called in to The Merrion Inn on the way back from a walk on a winters evening. I ordered the cajun chicken as recommended by my companion and she ordered the roast chicken. Both dishes were excellent. The cajun chicken was perfectly cooked and not too spicy and was accompanied by creamy mashed potatoes and crisp sugar snaps. The roast chicken was equally as good with a small complaint that there was a shortage of stuffing. There isn't a dessert menu as the desserts change daily. From that days selection we chose a light chocolate cake and a carrot cake, both were delicious. The servings are generous and the standard of food is much better than your usual pub food. Staff are very friendly and I promised to return.

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Captain America's Cookhouse And Bar
44 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

A large group of us went here for a Christmas get together. We had the set menu and numerous cocktails to accompany it. The food and cocktails were good and exactly what you'd expect from an American style diner. Service was very attentive even though the restaurant was packed. We were a bit rushed towards the end of the meal as the table had been booked after us. We were all very surprised that the bill was so reasonable as we'd been ordering cocktails in high volumes. We think we might have been given a few complimentary. The experience overall was very pleasant and I would reccomend it for a fun group night out.

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The Bailey
Duke Street, City Centre South, Dublin

We went here for a light lunch on a busy Saturday before Christmas. It's a great little pub to meet friends for a chat or to sit by the window and people watch. We both had cajun chicken salads, which came with a lovely fresh bagutte. It was perfect for what we wanted, however the menu doesn't cater for much other than a light bite. Not many people were eating but having a pint or a coffee. They also do a lovely Irish Coffee which is nice after a days shopping on grafton street.

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

We called in early on a Sunday evening and were surprised to find it almost empty, as we'd heard it was a popular spot. We decided to come back at 7.30 and put our name on the list to be called then. When we came back, the place was buzzing and almost all the tables were full. The waiter was very friendly and attentive. We decided to skip starters and went straight for the maincourse. I had the hake which was lovely and meaty on a bed of perfectly cooked vegtable salad. As my companion said, it had my name written all over it. We were aiming to go for dessert but as the mains were so filling and delicious, we didn't want to ruin the experience, so we settled on a coffee and a brandy. There was a great buzz around the restaurant which added to the experience. This will be a restaruant of choice in future. There is also a lovely new bar upstairs which I would reccomend. We were told it has the same owner but no name yet!

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