Restaurant Reviews from Seanohealaigh

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Cactus Jacks (Middle Abbey St) restaurant

Millennium Walkway, Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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549 reviews

Reviewed 12th May 2016 ( visited 03rd May 2016 )

We bought the menu pages deal to visit this restaurant. I definitely should have read the offer in more details. I kind of grabbed it expecting it was a special on the whole menu when really it's only the early bird offer albeit available 7pm + a bottle of wine. Anyways, that's my fault. The staff were pretty good about it and were clear that it was the set menu only. The food was pretty average. We shared the chicken wings and the pesto rice balls to start and then I had the chicken burger for mains. The batter was too hard in places but apart from that, no real complaints. Dessert was probably the best course.
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Cactus Jacks (Middle Abbey St) restaurant

Millennium Walkway, Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
Cheap Eats

Price Range:

Good
549 reviews

Reviewed 12th May 2016 ( visited 03rd May 2016 )

We bought the menu pages deal to visit this restaurant. I definitely should have read the offer in more details. I kind of grabbed it expecting it was a special on the whole menu when really it's only the early bird offer albeit available 7pm + a bottle of wine. Anyways, that's my fault. The staff were pretty good about it and were clear that it was the set menu only. The food was pretty average. We shared the chicken wings and the pesto rice balls to start and then I had the chicken burger for mains. The batter was too hard in places but apart from that, no real complaints. Dessert was probably the best course.
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The Old Spot
14 Bath Avenue, Sandymount, Sandymount, Dublin

I love this place. This was our third time there. I rarely go for steak when I'm out but certainly didn't regret choosing it here. Steak and chips, a portion of champions and the staff were excellent. Attentive and good craic, makes a difference. We arrived at 7pm, the place only really got busy after 8pm. Highly recommend this place.

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Cactus Jacks (Middle Abbey St)
Millennium Walkway, Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

We bought the menu pages deal to visit this restaurant. I definitely should have read the offer in more details. I kind of grabbed it expecting it was a special on the whole menu when really it's only the early bird offer albeit available 7pm + a bottle of wine. Anyways, that's my fault. The staff were pretty good about it and were clear that it was the set menu only. The food was pretty average. We shared the chicken wings and the pesto rice balls to start and then I had the chicken burger for mains. The batter was too hard in places but apart from that, no real complaints. Dessert was probably the best course.

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Wuff
23 Benburb Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin

First visit.... and I was very very impressed. Had a smashing eggs benedict with smoked salmon - it was perfect. Good atmosphere too, plenty going on.

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Cactus Jacks (Middle Abbey St)
Millennium Walkway, Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

We were a group of 8. We opted to head in early for the Early Bird Menu which is super value. Good food and service - certainly recommend a visit.

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Pichet
14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

A simply beautiful meal.... from start to finish. The atmosphere was lovely, as was the welcome and the attentiveness of the staff. After the freshly baked bread to begin (one or the breads was simply beautiful in texture and sweetness - I'd have had it for main if it was available); I started with the special which was an onion risotto with braised pig cheek. For mains I went for the roast duck which was mouth watering and I finished off with bourbon biscuit and milk sorbet (amazing). My friends will tell you, I very rarely give a 5 out of 5 in any rating conversation but this gets my hat's off. Yes it's slightly on pricey side but given the standard and quality of the experience, I have to rate it as perfect value too.

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One Cafe
B.B.Q Centre, Shankill Road, Shankill, Dublin

One Cafe is strong and consistent. There's something very friendly and welcoming about the staff. they're eager to help and relaxed enough for a chat when they can. The food is good and of a good standard. It has a large menu for a cafe if you ask me and their dinners are nice. It's set in a very unusal part of Shankill and certainly not a place that you'd expect a cafe While it doesn't look like much form the outside, they've done well to make it as inviting as it it.

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Zaytoon (Lower Camden Street)
44-55 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

Zaytoon's kebab is legendary. In my opinion you won't go for the atmosphere nor the service but the food is very very good. Their garlic sauce should be on general sale throughout all the big supermarkets - it's that good. It's nice to have the option to sit and eat a kebab with a knife and fork for a change.... good value because then it doesn't end up all over your face and front. A must stop when you're passing Camden St on a night out.

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Seven Wonders Coffee Bar
Aston Quay, City Centre North, Dublin

This is a great spot for a quick lunch in the IFSC. It has a wide range of bagels, salads and juices but the real winner from Seven Wonders is the coffee. I haven't found better in Dublin and every time I try somewhere else, I'm disappointed. The service is generally good but it gets quite busy between 12-2pm midweek so you end up waiting a small bit but it's well worth it. Staff are friendly and prompt!

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Munchies IFSC
IFSC, Mayor Street, IFSC, Dublin

Two words - Chicken Whoopie. It's a roasted chicken sandwich on ciabatta. They absolutely fly out the door, all those people can't wrong! I visit this place regularly and while it looks like the queue is too long at times, it's a very efficient line which makes sandwiches to the menu and to order. It moves fast. Yes it's slightly more expensive but it's Well worth it.

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Odessa
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

I'm a big brunch fan and this place does what I think, is the best Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict in Ireland. It's fantastic and it hasn't disappointed on either of the two occasions I've visited. I've eaten upstairs on both occasions. It's very nice. The simple things... lighting, music etc. is perfect for brunch. The staff were pleasant and very on the ball. I think it's good value given the standard of the food. It's a generous portion too. I'd go back every weekend but..... well, I suppose that would take away from the novelty.

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Milano (Clarion Quay)
Unit 6, Excise Walk, Clarion Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin

This is a very well run Milano's. I've been here a few times. It's in a good location for Monday to Friday work lunches and dinners, it's on the way to The O2 from the city and it's family friendly. All bases covered there I'd say. Staff are nice - no complaints. The restaurant itself is nice and bright on account of the large no. of windows. However, the sound seems to bounce off the back walls and it makes it very loud when the restaurant is full. The fact I'm making a point on such a small point shows how in general, everything else here is good. The menu is good.... in my opinion. Plenty of pizzas, some decent pastas and some good salads. The food is simple and nice. I can't get enough of their dough balls.

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

This place is a hidden gem. It's quite a competitive part of the city but I don't think it'll be beaten on value. It's not the most standout-ish place in Dublin, you could easily walk past hit without noticing it. Staff were efficient and the our large group was served very promptly. It was a very large and very tasty portion. It's a wide ranging menu that's bound to please almost everybody. I left full and content that I'd found a bargain. I'll definitely be back there again.

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Yamamori Sushi, Tengu
38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

This place looks great. It's very inviting once you walk in. It can be sometimes tacky when the kitchen is on show but it's well handled here and blended nicely onto the side of what you would call a traditional styled tabled area. The green tea which is served as soon as you sit down makes sure everything starts off on a good footing. The staff were friendly so no complaints. The vegetable yasai goyza was an excellent starter but my mains was a disappointingly bland. I went for the Cha Ha. There's a fairly big menu and I regretted not going for the bento box which looks like good value for money. Good cheesecake and the Japanese ale was surprisingly nice too.

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Buenos Aires Grill
Unit 2 Castle Way, Golden Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This is an interesting restaurant. For some reason I feel like I want it to do well. It has some nice things but falls just a small bit short on others. It seems honest, like it's trying to get there but it's just not making it. I started with the empanadas which I found quite soggy and bland. For mains I went for the 10oz. prime fillet. It was nicely cooked but the sauce and chips were a bit of a let down. The desert was strong enough, it was a banoffi that was lightand enjoyable. Overall I thought the appearance of restaurant was nice but it's itsy bitsy in places too. Mismatching tables, table cloths etc, napkins missing, hard to get attention at times etc. They're not huge issues but at the same time, they impact the experience and this is where it falls down. Give it a try would but set your expectations to would be my tip.

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Bits and Pizzas
15 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I have a lot of time for this restaurant. I've been twice and both visits were very enjoyable. It's tucked away in a quiet corner of Dun Laoghaire and given that it still seems to be going strong must be down to strong return business because I doubt it gets much opportune passing traffic. Staff are friendly and service was good. The restaurant is cosy and intimate but very simple. There's a great deal approx. e15 for a starter and mains. The garlic mushrooms are very good, as is the cheesey garlic bread (I'm getting hungry again thinking about it). The pizzas have been good too..... the first was the fairly unusual pizza with buffalo wing sauce, very enjoyable. Deserts were simple but lovely too.

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Backstage @ Bels CLOSED
Church Road, Greystones, Wicklow

We both called in on Bels on the off chance early on a Monday evening. It looks good and has a nice decor which in my opinion makes it the nicest looking of all the restaurants in Greystones. The staff were friendly and prompt so we had no complaints. The menu is right up my street, so after a short deliberation I decided to go with the Goats Cheese and Chicken for mains. Both were good, maybe the cheese slightly too much by the end but the chicken was very tasty. Good value for money in an inviting restaurant with good food, a traditional menu and great coffee.

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

I enjoy mexican food.... in fact I love it. I'd go back to Acapulco for the menu alone but that probably says more about the lack of good Mexcian in Dublin as opposed to how good the food was here. That said, I'd the Chimichanga which was delicious and I'd recommend it. But we'd also ordered the fajitas and they were quite bland. The restaurant itself is bright, cheery and doesn't itself very serious. When I was there on a Sunday evening, there was a good buzz about the atmosphere but the every now and then I'd catch the music in the background and it done my head in. The service wasn't the warmest nor the quickest but they got the job done so can't complain.

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