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Jo'Burger restaurant

137 Rathmines Road, Dublin 6 , South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 6

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Good
256 reviews

Reviewed 23rd June 2010 ( visited 06th June 2010 )

This is a great local eatery & I am never disappointed when I go here. The food is so fresh & the sauces are really tasty & imaginative. After my first visit I left quite a bit of bun behind on my veggie burger & the waiter suggested that I try the wrap next time. I always go for that option now as you can fill up on the good stuff (the burger & salad) & not the bread. It's a pretty funky interior & the owner/manager (?) is always around with his finger on the pulse. My only little gripe would be that sometimes after a late night when I go for grub the next day the dj/music is a bit too loud for my delicate head! Otherwise it's a thumbs up from me.
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The Happy Pear restaurant

Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Great
54 reviews

Reviewed 11th June 2010 ( visited 22nd May 2010 )

I love this place. The food is soooo good. I read about it awhile ago & meant to go out so often but never made the drive (from Dublin) until about a year ago. Now it's a monthly treat! It's mainly Sundays that I go & it's pretty chilled out. The food area downstairs is a bit cramped & draughty but once you go up to eat it's ok. The building could do with a make over (quaint DIY decor but it doesn't achive a warm feeling while dining) The main attraction is definitely the gorgeous veggie food. And belive me it's a winner with non veggies too.
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Mayfield Deli & Eatery
Terenure Road North, South Dublin, Terenure, Dublin

I ate here for the first time & was hoping for good things for brunch. I was hungry. I went for the French toast. (Though I had hoped for a stack of pancakes.) I knew when I got it that it wouldn't fill me. The compote was a bit too bitter for me & there wasn't enough maple syrup to counteract it. It looked nice & tasted nice but it wasn't great value & I left hungry. I feel I paid lunch prices for less food? Coffee was good & the service & it had that nice hipster/eclectic decor going on. Won't be rushing back though.

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

I came here with friends. We double checked our reservation on the day due to a reservation being given away before. You might want to do the same to avoid disappointment. Because you will be disappointed if you miss out on the food. I went for the 3 courses for 26e (approx) It was all really, really good. My starter was the melanzane parmigiana, so good, followed by the risotto made with the red wine (I think). It's an interesting colour & the taste is amazing & just the right amount without being too heavy. The dessert was really mouth watering, a chocolate fondant with a scoop of simple vanilla ice cream. The outside was baked & the inside was gooey, just perfect. My friends enjoyed their meals equally & I know we will all return. Yum. (It does get busy & there were people waiting on our table, but we knew that & tried not to linger. A mid week meal would be more relaxing.)

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Wallace's Taverna
24 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin

I went here with an Italian friend & we both left happy. It was pretty quiet when we were there but it became busy as the evening went on. I had a glass of rose, that was average. But what was to follow was good. We ordered the spinach 'flan' (it was more like a ball) but it was a lot tastier than it looked & the melanzane parmigiana, god it was good. My main was the risotto with gorgonzola & pear. It was really good, creamy & the combination of pear & gorgonzola & walnut (?) was perfect. My friend had octopus & was happy with it (I'm not promoting non vegetarians choice!). The portions were good, the food was tasty & there was enough choice that I would definitely return. The staff were friendly & efficient too. Good value, good food & I will return.

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Paulie's Pizza
58 Grand Canal Street, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

According to my stars this rates well but there were just a few reasons why I want to write a review. I knew it was pasta & pizza but I didn't realise I wouldn't have a veggie option on the pasta menu. It there is one it'd be nice if it was on it & I didn't have to ask, I didn't bother. There was fish & meat but no veggie option. I couldn't fault the starters. I would go back & have a few of them as they were really good. I had the bruschetta with mozzarella. Everything was good about it & it was a generous portion. I had a Greek pizza & it was good, not amazing, just good (& big). The red onion was nice on it. The wine we had was decent but at 7.50 a glass it was no great deal. We sat upstairs & unfortunately we were directly under a speaker. It was a bit loud & I I think I was nodding to things I should have been elaborating on as I couldn't hear half the conversation with my friend. It's fairly busy & there were loud kids and stuff so just be aware it ain't going to be a relaxing experience. Maybe later is better, we ate at 7-8pm. We also had to vacate the table in a hour so there was no hanging about. I'd go again for the starters.

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Terra Madre Cafe
13A Bachelors Walk, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I ate here last night with 2 friends & it was a lovely experience. Unfortunately I was still hungry when I left. I had the sprouted capers to start which was so good. The white wine I had was way too nice too, it was like honey. The main course was a black truffle ravioli. My god it was mouth wateringly good. But it was such a small portion (for 19.50?). I ate it all in seconds, and was left trying to fill up on bread. My friend ordered the pasta with tomato sauce which was also good, her portion was slightly larger. The strawberries & the flan were quite nice too but I really just wanted to run in to the kitchen, find the truffle pot & refill my bowl! The staff were great, there were other Italian customers which seems like a good thing, & it was a pretty cool little place. It wasn't trying too hard which was refreshing. But more food on the plate please. Please... Ciao.

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Brother Hubbard
153 capel st, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I ate here & really enjoyed the food. We were lucky to get a table when we walked in, others after us had to wait for tables. The decor is pretty cool & there's quite a sprinkling of hipsters inside. The table was small & as the place itself is pretty tight on space we got a few elbows in our backs & found ourselves listening involuntarily to the table next to us conversation. But the food was really good, original (Moroccan pancakes), fresh & very tasty & I would go back for more, much more. Maybe at a quieter time though. The service was fast & friendly.

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Manifestino
10 Terenure Road, Rathgar, Dublin , Rathgar, Dublin

I ate here for the first time as it's local & I love Italian food & the reviews were positive. It's nice inside but small. When I sat at my I was wedged between the next chair with a person in it & my small table. When I was joined at the table there was no space for both our legs! And when the rather large plates arrived it was a good job we hadn't ordered sides as I don't know where they would have fit. I started with a lovely bruschetta (the aubergine dish I wanted was not available) & then had the spinach ravioli. It was nice but not as great as I'd hoped. As a vegetarian there was only one other main pasta option for me. That narrows down the chances of me returning in a hurry. The service was faultless & there was a nice atmosphere in the place. For a starter, a pasta main & one glass of wine it came to around 30e for me. I didn't think that was good value.

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Pinocchio Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
Luas Kiosk, Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

We were seated next to a large party on arrival. Not great considering there were lots of other tables. We could have chosen another table but didn't realise the noise would be so loud. It wasn't just the proximity of the table it was overall. It's one of those loud restaurants i don't like. Whilst taking our coats off we were asked almost immediately if we wanted water. We said yes & assumed it would be a jug of tap water. No, it was a bottle of water at 3.50 a pop. I felt a bit rushed in to this unesscessary expense. I never pay for water. I chose a mushroom ravioli. It was tasty but i could have eaten more. My bf had chicken on a skewer it was very sparse looking. The potato was on the skewer too & not much else on the plate. He was done in a few minutes & was talking about going home to eat more. He could have eaten four times the amount. We just wanted a decent main. And not to have 2 or 3 courses to be full. And not to leave hungry. We could have bought 2 singles of chips with the 3.50 they got out of us for the stupid water! I won't go back.

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Monks Ballyvaughan
Ballyvaughan, Clare, Ballyvaghan, Clare

Myself & 4 others ate here & were hungry. This is not a good condition to be in if you leave the city & are a vegetarian apparently. Obviously it's a seafood restaurant but there was a veggie option (also the cheapest main & that made others interested too) which i was banking on. Our waitress came to take our orders & was not the most helpful. When we enquired as to what the vegetarian option was she gave a one word answer; "linguini". I then asked if there was a sauce with it. "Tomato". Were there vegetables in that? "No." Nice profit margin there. Would that whet your appetite? I think not. So i went for the starter of toasted goats cheese bruschetta. A smear of goats cheese on 4 tiny toasted slices of french stick on a mound of iceberg lettuce covered in chopped peppers arrived. As is unfortunately common I was basically given a plateful of lettuce leaves. I was starving as i left & 8 euros or so poorer. With all that fancy seafood you'd think they could manage a decent vegetable dish with some amount of value for money included. Disappointing.

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Acapulco Restaurant
7 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I ate here & was happy to get a table at 8.30 on a Sat. night without a booking. That was about the only thing i was happy wit though. The menu is impressive. I had nachos grandes to start, which i shared. They were average & the top ones were a bit burnt which didn't look great. I went for the veggie enchilada. It was pretty bad. A parcel of gloop really. A kidney bean type chilli which looked & tasted like it had been sitting in a pot for hours & was flavoured with a bucket load of chili powder thrown in to it. The spoonful of rice that came with it was a bit stingy & the small bit of guacamole that was spread on top was rotten. I had a glass of house white too which was fairly rancid. I regretted not staying at home & cooking myself. It was a waste of food & money. I won't be returning. The only thing this restaurant has going for it is it's location.

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Carluccio's Caffe
52 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

The online menu looked good so I was looking forward to dining here. Unfortunately I wouldn't go back in a hurry. When you wak in the downstairs is a bit like a train station (basically a lot of tables plonked in a bright shop) & I hoped we were't going to be seated there. We weren't & were led upstairs only to be seated by a fire exit (?) that was used by the staff. I moved to the window seat rather than endure a meal where I was banged into. This was not so great either as there was a real chill/draught off the large window at our backs. We moved tables. The noise level is pretty high, you find yourself kind of shouting across the table to be heard. All this would be ok if the food was good. It was average, I had the mozerella salad, it had 2 microscopic basil leaves on it, the rest was rocket. There should have been more basil & more olive oil. The focacia bread was melt in the mouth amazing though. My main was the deep fried spinach balls with cougette & penne. The penne was very undercooked & I sent it back, the sauce was heavy, so heavy that I couldn't eat more than 4 forkfulls. My friends gnocchi was the same. Both pretty stodgey. The chocolate bread & butter pudding was more like a brioche & was yum, the ice cream was good too (in a cheapo metal bowl though). The service was odd, we couldn't get our waitress' attention for more water or for the bill, she seemed quite busy. I wouldn't go back, there are better Italians in Dublin with better food & atmosphere for the same price.

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Dillingers
47 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

I ate there last week & It was very good. I went there specifically to eat some Dennis Cotter dishes though & was somewhat disappointed that there was only one of his mains on offer. Online, there are 2 mains & also on the menu in the window, but when you sit down to view the actual menu there was only one vegetarian main. The starter was a beet, fig & cheese which was delicious. The main was a risotto (not the most original of dishes for a veggie) & it was very tasty. But what do I order if I want to return with other friends? The same main? As veggies do we all sit with the same food in front of us? How often will the menu change? The thrill of having Dennis Cotter's food available in Dublin was kind of short lived. The choice od desserts was not the May West either. No chocolate on offer. So we had nothing. I'd go back but what's the point when I don't have a choice of food? Bit of a shame.

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Taravie Hotel
Courtown Harbour, Courtown, Wexford

This is pretty old school & seems to deliver what the majority want. When you walk in the smell of grease (ie deep fat frying) hits you in the face & is pretty much an indication of what's available on the menu. It seems to be stuck in the 1980's. The service is fast & friendly even when they are really busy which is great. A revamp of the menu would be wonderful but maybe their reckoning is "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". As a veggie & someone who eats healthily there is not much for me here at all. It has a nice local, cosy feel if you can block out the tv's that are constantly on.

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Jo'Burger
137 Rathmines Road, Dublin 6 , South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin

This is a great local eatery & I am never disappointed when I go here. The food is so fresh & the sauces are really tasty & imaginative. After my first visit I left quite a bit of bun behind on my veggie burger & the waiter suggested that I try the wrap next time. I always go for that option now as you can fill up on the good stuff (the burger & salad) & not the bread. It's a pretty funky interior & the owner/manager (?) is always around with his finger on the pulse. My only little gripe would be that sometimes after a late night when I go for grub the next day the dj/music is a bit too loud for my delicate head! Otherwise it's a thumbs up from me.

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Via Veneto
58 Weafer Street, Enniscorthy, Wexford

I ate here early on a Sunday evening & had high hopes as I read good things about it & love a good Italian. It probably wasn't a good sign when one out of the two occupied tables were eating their meal with their coats on. It was chilly in there & I left mine on my shoulders too. I thought mabe because it was only around 6pm the place needed time to heat up? My starter was simple but the tomatoes (one third of the ingredients) were not ripe. My main looked great, an aubergine & ricotta pasta dish. But when I tasted it I nearly cried, it was REALLY salty. I could only eat half of it & that was mainly because I was being treated to the meal as a surprise thank you & didn't want to seem ungrateful. He loved his meal though, so maybe I was just unlucky. I would like to give it another chance sometime though.

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The Happy Pear
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

I love this place. The food is soooo good. I read about it awhile ago & meant to go out so often but never made the drive (from Dublin) until about a year ago. Now it's a monthly treat! It's mainly Sundays that I go & it's pretty chilled out. The food area downstairs is a bit cramped & draughty but once you go up to eat it's ok. The building could do with a make over (quaint DIY decor but it doesn't achive a warm feeling while dining) The main attraction is definitely the gorgeous veggie food. And belive me it's a winner with non veggies too.

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Portofino - Closed
18 Main Street, Gorey, Wexford

The sign on the footpath outside offered an "Early bird" for 15.90 for 2 courses so we looked at the menu & thought we'd give it a go. When we were about to order we asked about the Early Bird & were told it didn't apply on Bank Holidays. Why did they have the sign advertising it outside then? I ordered a porcini mushroom & tagletelli main & was pretty diappointed with it. It lacked any omph & frankly I could do better myself. I paid about 14 euros for this lack lustre dish. It was heavy & greasy. I wouldn't go back. My boyfriend's starter only had half the seafood it was supposed to have, but having said that he siad it was a generous (but salty) amount of the ones that were in it. I told the waiter when he asked if everything was ok how I felt but what could he do? I felt better having said something anyway. I

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