Restaurant Reviews from Shadow07

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 9

Member Since: 09 July 2007

Last Visit: 29 March 2015

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Morilles Bistro restaurant

The Yellow House, Willbrook Road, Dublin 14, Rathfarnham, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Bistro

Price Range:

Good
68 reviews

Reviewed 11th July 2009 ( visited 01st July 2009 )

Morilles have got their act together. Dismiss reviews over 2 months old as Morilles has revised its prices and approach. Their early bird menu got us into the restaurant - which I might add was excellent. Portion sizes and choices were the same as those taken from the a la carte, but the nice surprise was that the a la carte is now affordable. We didn't return after our first visit 9 months ago as the prices were off the wall despite the food being top class. BUT now - you're getting excellent food as a reasonable price with service and decor to match. Plus we loved the music choice. I'd love to see this restaurant succeed as its nice to have a quality restaurant in Rathfarnham. I hope they get the support they deserve and are acknowledge for admitting they got it wrong the first time out when the recession wasn't even on the horizon. I look forward to my next visit - I've already made 2 bookings over the coming weeks.
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Isabel's Restaurant

112 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
English

Price Range:

Good
53 reviews

Reviewed 22nd June 2014 ( visited 21st June 2014 )

We had very nice meal in Isabels. We availed of a Menu Pages Voucher, and as such I thought that we may get an inferior food/menu to those paying full price. However to my pleasant surprise, we were treated like any customer, offered whichever seat we'd like either outside or inside. The service was particularly friendly and professional. The food was tasty, well presented and with the sides, the main course was plentiful. The starters were not huge, but very tasty. If I have one criticism, its just that the choices are so limited. 4 starters, 4 mains & 4 deserts & either potatoes (chips or boiled) and greens as sides. Interestingly enough they have a very large wine selection. I would certainly return, unfortunately not other half as he doesn't eat anything with shellfish or ham - so the choice of just 4 items was an issue for him.
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Roast
10a Merrion Rd, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

We had a really lovely meal. A standard that isn't reflected by the actual look of the restaurant itself, which is the only thing that let's it down. There is a chef who knows what they are doing in the kitchen. The staff are friendly, efficient & professional. I can recommend Roast but would love them to improve the restaurant look & feel. Having said that it is clean, but basic & tables a bit on the small side. & the entrance stairs could be made nicer.

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1900 Restaurant & Bar
59 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Lovely restaurant - though pricy. We had a lovely meal here it was our fist time eating in 1900 and didn't know what to expect. It's styled on an American steak house and the steaks were excellent. Though pricy as they don't come with anything - frys were extra, which is unusual when a steaks can cost up to 30e. Having said that we both had ribeye at 23e & I can say it was one of the leanest, juiciest, tender ribeye's I've had in a long while. My starter of duck salad would bring me back to 1900 alone. I'd highly recommend it. Service was friendly and attentive, our waitress Lydia was particularly helpful. Give 1900 a visit. You won't be disappointed.

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The GreenHouse
Dawson Street, Dublin City Centre, Dawson Street, Dublin

This is definitely my favourite restaurant in Dublin. I've saved it for special occasions. Each time its a thrill. The food, the service, the attention to detail. On the first occasion we had the 7 course tasting menu. I knew this was indulgent, but justified it as my special night. It didn't disappoint, such tasty molecules of food. the savoury meringues that just popped when in your mouth. They have reduced this now to a 5 course tasting menu. This is a perfect size, sufficient portions, you feel you've had a meal. We haven't opted for the wine tasting - but are glad to see that they have wines which are affordable as well as the more pricy top of the range selection. If I've one negative, and this is to the owner, its the venue itself. Its too small for this kind of fine dining experience. This chef will be deprived of his deserved Michelin star because of the venue. You step straight from the street into the restaurant and the tables are a little close for a Michelin experience. Do give the Greenhouse a visit, you won't be disappointed and the price is not excessive for what you get.

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Isabel's Restaurant
112 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We had very nice meal in Isabels. We availed of a Menu Pages Voucher, and as such I thought that we may get an inferior food/menu to those paying full price. However to my pleasant surprise, we were treated like any customer, offered whichever seat we'd like either outside or inside. The service was particularly friendly and professional. The food was tasty, well presented and with the sides, the main course was plentiful. The starters were not huge, but very tasty. If I have one criticism, its just that the choices are so limited. 4 starters, 4 mains & 4 deserts & either potatoes (chips or boiled) and greens as sides. Interestingly enough they have a very large wine selection. I would certainly return, unfortunately not other half as he doesn't eat anything with shellfish or ham - so the choice of just 4 items was an issue for him.

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Clodagh's Kitchen
Blackrock Village, Blackrock, Dublin

Clodagh's Kitchen is a welcome addition to Blackrock. The decor and design is very good with good space between the tables. The service was very friendly and polite, I had high hopes for my first visit. Unfortunately the meal and price of it left me very disappointed. I'm not sure the kitchen has got its act together yet, and is leaving the front of house down. I was looking for something light for lunch. Only one salad on the menu and this was a ceasar, which I didn't fancy on this ocassion. The only other light meal was an omlette. I asked if this could be served with salad instead of potatoes. "She'd check"!. My friend had steak with veg and mash 15.50 and I had the omlette 12.95 - which I thought was expensive, but felt as its Clodagh it should be worth it. Wrong. It arrived on the plate round like a pancake - a very thin one at that. There were 3cherry tomatoe and evidence of cheese, the chorizo was missing. Called waitress who offerd chorizo on the side or would I prefer it taken back". I said that I was confident that this omelette was unfinished as it would appear to have been made on just one egg, being this small and missing the chorizo - the salad by the way was a clump of rocket placed on top of the omlette. The 2nd omlette arrived with chorizo but seemed even smaller, with ripples of white mabling through it, as if omlette not whisked enough. I was very disappointed with the meal and the cost of 13euro. The only saving grace was the the potatoes arrived with the 2nd order and I was very happy to eat them. - I've spoken to 3 other friend who have tried Clodagh's and all 3 have had a poor experience regarding the food or the coffee. Considering Clodagh has made her name and reputation on food, its hard to believe that we're all raving about the venue and not what whats being served. I'll give Clodagh's Kitchen a 2nd chance and hope she's reading these reviews.

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Jamie's Italian
Pembroke District, Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14 , Dundrum, Dublin

Food excellent - atmosphere uncomfortable. I will give Jamie's one more visit as maybe the table we sat in was just unlucky. But the general feel of the place was hot, chaotic and busy. The tables for 2 seemed to be beside the open kitchen and service area. The heat from the kitchen was just astonishing. The noise level too didn't help. I'd suggest putting larger tables beside this busy area as they wouldn't notice the noise levels so much. The staff were friendly and helpful and certainly Christine on the phone and emails who helped secure my booking, as only 30% of tables can be booked, was extra helpful and deserves a mention. I'm hoping that Jamie will realise, as did M&S that formula's that work in UK don't always work here and queuing for 1.5 hours will wear thin after the initial interest in new restaurant runs out. Its definitely not the venue for a romantic relaxed evening, but the food was tasty. Even if their turkey signature dish was off the menu at 7pm.

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Dax Restaurant
23 Upper Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

As a special treat for my birthday we chose Dax as while we knew it would be expensive, this was a special night. My first impressions of the restauant were disappointing. It's small, overcrowded (tables too close for these prices) and decor is nothing special, if not dull. The food was nice, pleasantly presented on the plate and service was adequate, for the prices I was expecting more attention. We needed to call our waiter a few times as our wine was not beside us. I don't have anything negative to say about Dax, but similarly I have nothing particularly good to say about it. I think they may be relying on an old reputation but would need to do more to woo in new customers.

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Morilles Bistro
The Yellow House, Willbrook Road, Dublin 14, Rathfarnham, Dublin

Morilles have got their act together. Dismiss reviews over 2 months old as Morilles has revised its prices and approach. Their early bird menu got us into the restaurant - which I might add was excellent. Portion sizes and choices were the same as those taken from the a la carte, but the nice surprise was that the a la carte is now affordable. We didn't return after our first visit 9 months ago as the prices were off the wall despite the food being top class. BUT now - you're getting excellent food as a reasonable price with service and decor to match. Plus we loved the music choice. I'd love to see this restaurant succeed as its nice to have a quality restaurant in Rathfarnham. I hope they get the support they deserve and are acknowledge for admitting they got it wrong the first time out when the recession wasn't even on the horizon. I look forward to my next visit - I've already made 2 bookings over the coming weeks.

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Fallon and Byrne
11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

While all my friends rave about F&B the Jury is still out for me. I was disappointed last time with the very high noise level, we found it difficult to talk. I was with 3 friends and started our evening in wine bar down stairs where we tried out 3 different wines so as to select the one we'd like to continue with while eating. Surprise surprise! they don't serve the same wines upstairs in the restaurant. This annoyed me and has put me off visiting for a while, I feel someone has pulled a fast one on us and the taste is lingering. I might go back if dragged back by a friend, but will be slow to go by choice. Food is nice, service ok, only fair to point out the positives too!

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