Restaurant Reviews from Raven

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 23

Member Since: 30 March 2009

Last Visit: 13 March 2010

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Ukiyo restaurant

7-9 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code:

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Good
164 reviews

Reviewed 31st March 2009 ( visited 31st March 2009 )

I keep going back to this place, its perfect if you are going out for something nice to eat at night or if you're just meeting friends for lunch. I havent done the Karoke yet..but theres time! The aubergine starter is amazing, and the main course with the seaweed wraps is great, you can make your own sushi! They also have really good specials. The waiters are really friendly too.
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Ukiyo restaurant

7-9 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Cheap Eats

Price Range:

Good
164 reviews

Reviewed 31st March 2009 ( visited 31st March 2009 )

I keep going back to this place, its perfect if you are going out for something nice to eat at night or if you're just meeting friends for lunch. I havent done the Karoke yet..but theres time! The aubergine starter is amazing, and the main course with the seaweed wraps is great, you can make your own sushi! They also have really good specials. The waiters are really friendly too.
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Jimmy Chungs
Eden Quay, City Centre North, Dublin

This is the perfect place if you are starving and could everything no the menu..beacuse you can...eat everything on the menu! The service on arriving was really good, it slakened off when it got busier but this was not an issue. The fit out of the restaurant is really nice with some lovely features. There is so much choice of food you could be eating all day. Seriously, go with an empty stomach. Personally I thought the food was really nice, but my boyfriend - who is Asian - was not that impressed. The price is reduced for December, all you can eat of starters, mains and deserts for 13.90euro, very good value if you can eat loads. I would suggest this place for a large group, definately for a large group of big hungry men. Very enjoyable.

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Les Freres Jacques
74 Dame Street, Dublin City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Went here for a special meal for my birthday and I have to admit it was a really lovley experiece, the staff make you feel very welcome. I was a little dissapointed with the food though. Firstly, although we went for the early bird if you want anything anyway fancy there is a suplement on top of the early bird price. I really didnt like my starter at all, however my main - whole sole - was delicious, I couldnt even eat half of it however and it felt like a huge waste, particularly in this current blah blah...We shared a desert which was delicious and the wine that the waiter helped us choose was perfect. All in all I enjoyed it, but I've had better elsewhere and dont think I'll be rushing back.

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

Feeling very hungover and trying to find a hearty brunch with the option of a bloody Mary for my friend, not too far from the bus stop at 3pm in the day I was delighted to find it all at the Millstone. The menu here was very good and the food was amazing, I had the eggs bendit with smoked salmon, my friend has eggs florentine with asparagus and we shared fries. I had 2 cranberry juices and my friend had the aforementioned bloody mary. It was all fantastic and really great value for money. My only complaint was how slow the service was, the waitress was really kind and doing her best but the problem was she was on her own..however she did say sorry about ten times and promised free coffees for the delay. After our lovely cappuchinos we were surprised to find them at the bottom of the bill but we didnt say anything because it was a really nice experiece and definately worth it. I will be back.

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

Went here for a quick lunch on my own, the service was very quick and friendly. The foor was so gorgeous..I would have preferred it to be a little less salted though, maybe ask for this in advance. The home cut fries are amazing, and the whole thing was very filling. I will definately be going back.

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Salamanca
1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I'v tried to eat here before and was told I'd have to wait an hour by a very rude memeber of staff during a very busy night. I accept that it gets busy and people get flustered, however their rudeness put me off going back..until I was passing recently with my boyfriend and he convinced me to give it a go. And I'm so glad I did. We got the tapas tower to share and a really good bottle of white wine and the whole thing was just great. All of the food was well cooked and there was more than enough for the 2 of us. Its a pity that people in restaurants dont realise that they dont need to just think of the people sitting down but also the people interested in sitting down, Im sure they would get even more business if they added this extra touch.

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Crackpots Restaurant & Pottery
3 Cork Street, Kinsale, Cork

Food not bad, service awful, pottery ugly. Not recommended.

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Fishy Fishy Restaurant
Crowleys Quay, Kinsale, Kinsale, Cork

this place is amazing, the food was so fantastic. We all had a large crab claws to share between 4 and our own dishes besides, I got the deep fried haddock and was totally blown away. First off, I have to say the crab claws were absolutely amazing. The haddock and skinny fries were delicious too. There was well enough food to go round too. I only had about 3 chips as I was trying to finish as much of the amazing fish as possible. I would definately reccommend this place to a friend. the only sour note was that due to the popularity it was hard to get attention when first arriving in, and not all of the waitresses are as nice as some others..just try to get the friendly ones beacuse they more than make up for the less friendly ones. Also note, they dont take bookings so arrive early.

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The Dining Room
35 Dawson Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Second time here, this time was for the menupages night out. The food was great as always..not sure on the wine. The white was undrinkable so I stuck to the red. That said the cocktails to start were second to none. I had the chicken parfait, seabream and chocolate cake all of which was delicious and the double espresso to finish off was perfect.

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

OK, well, as much as I really wanted to like this place there were a few things wrong and added to the one of my pet hates in a restaurant will not have me coming back. Myself and my boyfriend went here for a quick lunch last week, we had 2 coffees, 2 asian noodles, and 1 desert(which was at least 1 day old if not more). All of this came to 30quid including the tip which was not an option, I think its silly having this for only two people in the middle of the day, when I pointed out it was not stated on the menu I was shown where it was - in small print at the bottom of the dinner menu- as she may not have noticed I informed the waitress that it was lunch time and it was not on the lunch menu, and was met with a shrug. I cut my losses though having already experieced THE thing that annoys me most in a restaurant. I am quite a slow eater compared to my boyfriend, hello, I chew my food! ..and the waitress came along and took his plate even though I was still eating, thus leaving me feeling like an eejit eating on my own. I will definately not be back. On a side note, the food was Ok. Also the decor was a disaster, its a bad mix of different styles. Grrr..she really should have left that plate!

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Lisa's Trattoria
81 Terenure Road North, South Dublin, Terenure, Dublin

First impressions of this place were really really bad. The senior staff member is not very friendly on first meeting her-luckily she does get much better once she warms to you. The waiter, although a very nice guy, is not the most professional I have ever seen. The decor is old, tatty, questionable. The menu are falling apart and filthy. However, the food was delicious. To be honest we would have left before we found uot if the place had not come so highly reccomended. There were 4 of us and we all had somthing different, the wide range on the menu proved that they are good at all the different plates of food. The portions are huge though, I would advise only a main course. we got a bottle of wine, which tasted delicious but didnt look great, the manager brought us down a more expensive wine on the house as she didnt feel comfortable with the colour of it herself, I thought this was a nice touch. Although overall it was a really nice experience, it did take some effort not to worry about how 'clean' the kitchen is, Im not sure I would go back based on this. Yummy food, but they could do with a good spring clean.

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Alexis Bar And Grill
17 / 18 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I ate here for a family birthday this evening, I have to say I was pleasently surprised to find this place in such a neighbourhood and it was great to see i so busy at an early hour. There were 5 of us for the early bird menu, unfortunately the actually birthday boy didnt arrive until we had finished out starters but the staff had no problem getting him a starter quickly and holding our mains until he was ready too. The service was quick, helpful and very friendly. To add to it, the food was delicious and really well presented. We had a gorgeous bottle of white wine and a few glasses of red that I was told was nice. On my way to the bathroom I saw they also had a lovely smoking area outside. You can see the kitchen from all the tables and the place looked spotless. The only problem I had was there was far too much food, which besides being a waste, meant I had no room left to try a desert, which all looked amazing. At 124euros fro 5 people out to dinner it was excellent value. I will definately return.

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The Italian Corner
23/24 Wellington Quay, Dublin City Centre, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

How do I describe this promising Italian restaurant in one of the best locations in Dublin with fantastic views over the Liffey? ...bland, blah, and boring. Went here for lunch today, although almost empty it took 15 mins to get attention of any of the girls so we could order. We both chose the spicy chicken wings to start and penne arabiata for main, these came with tea or coffee for 10euro as a lunch special. There was way too much food for anybody to manage and it was so bland it wasnt that tempting to try. Still 20euro for a quick-ish lunch, plus a tiny service tip, because lets face it there was none, is probably an ok price to pay for thinking that any touristy place would be decent.

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Mexico to Rome
23 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

I like this little restaurant in Temple Bar. Yes its full of tourists but the food is good and the portions are a nice size. Its good because they could probably rip people off being in such a central location. The managments manners arent the best but the others waiters are very helpful and friendly. We got the early bird and it was very good value for money but it would be better to go monday to thursday because you can get a free glass of wine and a free desert those days if you mention menupages. My only complaint was we had to ask for a wine cooler for our white wine, which was left out to warm up, and i hate seeing a manager popping out for a ciggie during service but besides that no other grievances.

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Wagamama - Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

have been here a million times and still love it, its quick, filling, and a really different experience with the benches you sit on with others. My boyfriend and I always order a load of starters instead of a main each, its nice to share and taste the different things. However, our last visit here saw my boyfriend ending up covered in miso soup..there were loads of miso sorries but no miso going to take money off the bills. I felt they could at least have given the beers free seeing as he had to get it drycleaned after the waitress knocked it all over him. I still think I will go back though as its just so handy..and yummy.

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The Port House
64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This was the last time I will ever go here. I had a bad experience 2 months ago but I really like the place so wanted to give it another try. I really wish I hadnt. My boyfriend and I went here for a quick bite and a glass of wine before going on somewhere else, we ordered the 8 pintos from the bar area to go with our glass of red. What we got cannot even be described as edible, the bread was rock hard and the 'creamy' brie was congealed on the top of it. I brought this to the attention of the waitress and shegot snappy saying 'what did I expect, its prepared in the morning time', I replied that I did not expect to eat food at 9pm thats been out all day. If this is their ethos when it comes to serving food then they will surely not survive in this recession. I will not be going back here unless I hear that they have vastly improved their prep attitude and have gotten rid of that very rude waitress, who also attributed to my previous bad experience may I add.

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Penang
11 & 11A Upper O'Connell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Had a lovely meal here in the evening, the servive was friendly and attentive. We shared the chicken curry dish and the okra dish plus rice and there was more than enough. its great to find a really tradidtional restaurant like this on OConnell street that isnt full of tourists, and the people watching if you get a window seat is just perfect.

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Hop House / Kimchi
160 Parnell Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Went here for a late lunch on Friday, the place was almost empty, which I like, but as I say, it wasnt the right time for a lunch crowd. Its a very comfortable space and the waiters are very friendly and helpful. I had the Bento box which had the perfect amount of everythng and my boyfriend had-an impressively presented- Korean soup with tofu and seafood. A bottle or 2 of Kirin beer topped off a really lovely lunch. God value for money, will definately be back.

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The Gallery Restaurant at the Church
Junction of Mary St. & Jervis St., Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Brought my mother here 3 weeks ago beause I often drink here and love the interior. We got a seat upstairs and it was great being able to people watch. The staff were so nice and the food was amazing, I had the chicken she had the salmon and we shared a maybe too heavy, and cold, creme brulee. I have been here before with my boyfriend at nighttime and it was a much more special experience except that we were squashed in what felt like a corridor.

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Yamamori Noodles
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Too noisy, and not very comfortable. The food is good but hard to digest as you're rushing to leave.

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The Crystal Bar @ The Beacon Hotel
Beacon Court, Sandyford, Dublin

I used to go here everyday - before the recession - and I love the food and the people and the place itself. Thai green curry is the one you have to try, and the Nazi Goreng, and if you see a little of something you fancy but would rather another way the chef will always try to accommodate you by making something special. The service can be really slow at times, but thats my only complaint. the deserts are also to die for. And you can follow it all up with amazing cocktails or delicious wine in the bar, or the heatd smoking area with beds and chandeliers!

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YO Sushi (Dundrum)
Level 1, Unit 26A, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Hate this place, you're out in the middle of the shopping mall floor, totally exposed. The food is expensive for what you get and not that filling. There is a much better deals available. Its impossible to get anybodys attention, although a lot of the time they just seemed to be havnig a chat with their mates.

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Ukiyo
7-9 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I keep going back to this place, its perfect if you are going out for something nice to eat at night or if you're just meeting friends for lunch. I havent done the Karoke yet..but theres time! The aubergine starter is amazing, and the main course with the seaweed wraps is great, you can make your own sushi! They also have really good specials. The waiters are really friendly too.

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Koh
6-7 Jervis Street, Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Love this place, the people are so friendly and accommodating. The food was amazing, try the soft shell crab for starters, its to die for. Will definately be back.

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