Restaurant Reviews from RosemaryMacCabe

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 6

Member Since: 19 October 2009

Last Visit: 31 August 2013

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Milano (Temple Bar) restaurant

19 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Reviewed 06th August 2013 ( visited 26th July 2013 )

Temple Bar is always a bit hit'n'miss when it comes to eating - we had originally planned to eat up the road at Pinxto but it was closed, so Milano it was. They sat our party of three really quickly and service was great. The menu is quite varied, although probably not great for those seeking low-carb dining options - even the salads come with delicious bread sticks. My Rustichella pizza (pancetta, parmesan, sundried tomatoes and rocket) was great - fresh, crispy, peppery rocket and delicious salty pancetta, and the dough balls were piping hot. Wine is a little on the pricey side, but otherwise it's a great shout and good for families.
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Milano (Temple Bar) restaurant

19 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Cheap Eats

Price Range:

Good
209 reviews

Reviewed 06th August 2013 ( visited 26th July 2013 )

Temple Bar is always a bit hit'n'miss when it comes to eating - we had originally planned to eat up the road at Pinxto but it was closed, so Milano it was. They sat our party of three really quickly and service was great. The menu is quite varied, although probably not great for those seeking low-carb dining options - even the salads come with delicious bread sticks. My Rustichella pizza (pancetta, parmesan, sundried tomatoes and rocket) was great - fresh, crispy, peppery rocket and delicious salty pancetta, and the dough balls were piping hot. Wine is a little on the pricey side, but otherwise it's a great shout and good for families.
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Hugo's Restaurant at Druids Glen Resort
Druids Glen Resort, Newtownmountkennedy, Wicklow

I was staying in the hotel at Druids Glen and decided to have lunch in the restaurant - it was a toss-up between the restaurant and the bar, and the former won out on the strength of its having a lamb shank offering, which I can rarely resist. I found the service really good - very friendly without being overbearing, attentive without fussing. I ordered the special starter, three juicy, seared tiger prawns with green beans and a small salad - very tasty, with really fresh ingredients and nicely crunchy salad leaves. For my main, I had the aforementioned lamb shank which came with pureed potato and carrot and was served on a slice of black pudding - with a rosemary sauce. Also incredibly delicious. I skipped dessert and had two strong black coffees, which came hot but not scalding (and a free refill). My bill came to just under €45 (no wine) - expensive, but worth it for seriously tasty, fresh food served really well and presented beautifully. I'll definitely be back.

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Milano (Temple Bar)
19 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Temple Bar is always a bit hit'n'miss when it comes to eating - we had originally planned to eat up the road at Pinxto but it was closed, so Milano it was. They sat our party of three really quickly and service was great. The menu is quite varied, although probably not great for those seeking low-carb dining options - even the salads come with delicious bread sticks. My Rustichella pizza (pancetta, parmesan, sundried tomatoes and rocket) was great - fresh, crispy, peppery rocket and delicious salty pancetta, and the dough balls were piping hot. Wine is a little on the pricey side, but otherwise it's a great shout and good for families.

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TriBeCa
65 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

I went to Tribeca with three friends for lunch a few weeks ago. There were four of us and we had no hassle getting a table. Two of the group were a little later so the waitress asked if we wanted to order; when we said we'd wait she brought water and left us with the menus. There was always someone hovering nearby so we weren't ever left wanting attention for very long during the meal. I had the Cobb salad which was really delicious - crunchy vegetables, crispy bacon, avocado and boiled egg, cooked to perfection. Really good. I also had a very good coffee. It's not the cheapest place in town for lunch but the food is brilliant. The only problem we encountered was that when we asked for the bill there was about a 10-minute wait. I think the wait staff got a bit confused about who was looking after it, but it wasn't a big deal as we weren't in a rush.

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Il Caffe di Napoli
41 Westland Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I ate lunch here today with two friends. The restaurant downstairs is a little lacking in atmosphere but the cafe upstairs is really sweet and does great sandwiches. We ate downstairs because upstairs was full. I had the melanzane parmigiana, which was delicious if a little salty - perhaps a little more aubergine and a little less cheese would have been nice. My companions had soup and spaghetti, respectively. I had a Diet Coke. Service was good, staff were really friendly. I'd definitely go back - but it's not the cheapest lunch option, with most dishes around the €10 mark.

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

Carluccio's is still one of my favourite restaurants, and its fixed price menu, at €14.95 for two courses, makes it a steal. I had the Penne alla Luganica, pasta with rich, spicy sausage, and the Panna Cotta, vanilla panna cotta with candied orange peel (which is usually disgusting but this one is amazing, trust me). Service was great - the staff are really friendly in there - and the food was delicious. The coffee is also to die for; I recommend the rich blend. Between three we paid €20 each for mains, one dessert, two coffees and two Diet Cokes. Top marks.

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Milano (Temple Bar)
19 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

I went to eat in Milano early on a Friday evening, at 6pm. We had tried to book earlier that day but were told they were full - however, we were advised to come and try to get a seat, and we did and it worked out fine. We were sat in the front corner of the restaurant which wasn't really ideal, just because you're a little hemmed in, and while it was busy, the atmosphere is somewhat lacking: something's missing, perhaps in the form of soft furnishings or ambient lighting, but it seems a little more dinery than I think it could. I opted for the Bosco salad and a Diet Coke. My salad was delicious; dressings came on the side, which I think is a great idea, allowing you to choose how much dressing you want or whether you just want to, as I did, use it as a dipping sauce for your dough sticks (also delish). One of my companions went for the Pollo salad, and as she's a vegeterian she asked for goats' cheese instead of chicken. There were about five pieces of goats' cheese and, instead of a variety of lettuce (mine had rocket and spinach leaves mainly), hers consisted of primarily Italian lettuce leaves, crispy and fresh but just not a lot of variation. Overall she found her salad a bit bland. Value-wise, Milano is definitely not up there with other expensive menus, but a large glass of wine can cost around €9 which, for what is ostensibly a fast food establishment, is too much. I'd definitely go back, but the service could be improved on - there was nothing wrong with it, per se, but the staff weren't all that attentive and it took longer than it should have for us to get our bill, especially that early in the evening.

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