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Brasserie Sixty6 restaurant

66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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1079 reviews

Reviewed 29th January 2015 ( visited 28th January 2015 )

I was greeted by a waitress who was hard to discern from a customer by her attire which was a bit disconcerting to say the least, the impression stayed with me for the whole stay. Perception and appearances are an important part of the dining experience IMHO. The restaurant could take some cues from another restaurant not a million miles away where staff are immediately identifiable by the crisp stylish uniformity of their attire which adds to the ambience, sense of professionalism and specialness of the experience immediately upon entry which stays with you for your entire stay there. First impressions count. Saying that all the waitresses here are pleasant, friendly and seem to genuinely enjoy their jobs, interacting with customers and providing them with the best meal, experience and customer service possible. From the Swift menu I chose the burger with smoked Applewood cheese (my favourite cheese) and asked the dish to be tweaked in about five different ways to suit my taste. The waitress didn't flinch in doing this for me which was a relief since I felt a bit embarrassed. The dish arrived beautifully and appetising presented in a linear fashion on a long wooden board and it was delicious. My perfectly cooked breadless burger which I requested came on a bed of tomato and onion, the latter which I also specially requested accompanied by little ramekins of a gorgeous garlic aioli, a not overly sweet chutney and a gorgeous onion fraiche; heaven for lovely of sweet or savoury accompaniments with their main. By serving them on the side it allowed me to tailor my meal to suit my palate which doesn't favour sweet with savoury. The accompanying skinny chips which I requested rather than the thick ones were topped with a gorgeous tasting smoked paprika, I just wanted more. I gulfed the meal down ravenously. It was delicious and quite an imaginative and creative move away from your run of the mill burger. Well done to the chef for his innovative creativeness.
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Brasserie Sixty6 restaurant

66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Brasserie

Price Range:

Good
1079 reviews

Reviewed 29th January 2015 ( visited 28th January 2015 )

I was greeted by a waitress who was hard to discern from a customer by her attire which was a bit disconcerting to say the least, the impression stayed with me for the whole stay. Perception and appearances are an important part of the dining experience IMHO. The restaurant could take some cues from another restaurant not a million miles away where staff are immediately identifiable by the crisp stylish uniformity of their attire which adds to the ambience, sense of professionalism and specialness of the experience immediately upon entry which stays with you for your entire stay there. First impressions count. Saying that all the waitresses here are pleasant, friendly and seem to genuinely enjoy their jobs, interacting with customers and providing them with the best meal, experience and customer service possible. From the Swift menu I chose the burger with smoked Applewood cheese (my favourite cheese) and asked the dish to be tweaked in about five different ways to suit my taste. The waitress didn't flinch in doing this for me which was a relief since I felt a bit embarrassed. The dish arrived beautifully and appetising presented in a linear fashion on a long wooden board and it was delicious. My perfectly cooked breadless burger which I requested came on a bed of tomato and onion, the latter which I also specially requested accompanied by little ramekins of a gorgeous garlic aioli, a not overly sweet chutney and a gorgeous onion fraiche; heaven for lovely of sweet or savoury accompaniments with their main. By serving them on the side it allowed me to tailor my meal to suit my palate which doesn't favour sweet with savoury. The accompanying skinny chips which I requested rather than the thick ones were topped with a gorgeous tasting smoked paprika, I just wanted more. I gulfed the meal down ravenously. It was delicious and quite an imaginative and creative move away from your run of the mill burger. Well done to the chef for his innovative creativeness.
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Peperina Bistro Garden
25 Dunville Avenue, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Went for lunch with 2 companions & choose the place with limited expectations since a dish I had got years back was mediocre at best. It was a case of a restaurant I didn't expect much of surpassing the mark for my meal anyway. The prawn linguini was to die for, it was a case of the simpler the better. No big sauces here however the flavoured oil was delicious and I devoured the lot. The best flavoured dish I've had in a long time. My companion enjoyed her BLT but my other companions found her cod rather tasteless (it often tends to be anyway) but enjoyed the chips. Both dishes were nicely, quirkily & professionally presented. We all chose bread and butter pudding with crème anglais for dessert and it was amazing. Nicest meal I've had out in a long time made even better because my expectations were so low. Besides the dessert menu you can choose from some cake options on display none including fresh cream. They appear to do some of their baking on site & there was a lovely aroma from the kitchen. Service was good, pleasant & relatively prompt, we were greeted nicely on entering the restaurant. The smiling waitress constantly kept our water topped up though it took a while to catch her eye to ask for some pieces of lemon. 2 very over chunky pieces were delivered to the table with 3 people present. They could have been better sliced. The patio area at the back is an amazing space they could do a lot with but I found it tackily decorated. They didn't make the most of what could be a beautiful area providing a nice view from the back of the restaurant. Although the restaurant is nicely decorated I won't be asking for their interior designer for their bathroom. I loved the coloured glass handles on the front door;

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Ashtons GastroPub
11 Vergemount, Clonskeagh Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin

Dined there for lunch with a big crowd. Joined a long queue waiting for food. Still at the cold food section I was asked what I wanted. Told him I hadn't seen the hot food yet so he impatiently barked out what was on offer. Not happy I decided to go & see for myself & also decided to wait till I got to the hot food counter to order otherwise my food would have got cold waiting in line, it wasn't very hot anyway as it turned out not that they would have cared since I was just a number in a queue as far as they were concerned. The stuffed lamb steak I had was delicious however the 4 salads on offer were a lame selection to say the least. I requested raw onion which came with a blank refusal so I settled for a mixed salad so I could pick out the bits & pieces I liked & some coleslaw. Such were the unequal amounts hastily thrown on to the plate I sent him back to rectify the situation which he impatiently did. There was no mash potato, the roast potatoes didn't look very appetising, so I settled for boiled potatoes. Everyone around me at the table seem to enjoy their food. I longed for some white pepper but none of the overworked waitresses were to be seen. My plate was far too overladen for the size of my appetite so there was a lot of wastage of food which I don't like to do. Later in the afternoon one of the ladies at the table bought small tubs of peanuts which had a smoky flavour. I loved them because I love smoky food but it wasn't to everyone's taste. Don't expect to be waited hand on foot particularly during busy periods because its pretty much fend for yourself or make do with it.

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Zen
89 Upper Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin

Dined with my friend for lunch on the Friday off the value menu, it is the only day they are open for lunch. We both had meat sung for starters which was delicious but very filling. My companion had Chicken Kung Pao for mains and I had Pawns with ginger and scallion. Both of us had the lovely thin chips. The only complaint I have is as I'm getting older my appetite is decreasing, I'm always full after the starter and I'm never really able to enjoy my main. I always end up bringing most of it home and its never the same. My sister was allowed only have one course from the value menu once but now they insist I have to chose from the more expensive a la carte menu if I wish to do so. I wish there was the option of choosing only a main from the value menu. Saying that the food, service, greeting were impeccable and I wish they'd give me the name of their interior designer.

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Beckett's
Cooldrinagh House, Leixlip, Kildare

Situated in a nice farmhouse, the bottle green pull down blinds which surround dining room take away heavily from the room IMHO. I started off with a goats cheese tart with rocket and garlic aioli instead of olive tapenade which was advertised. Besides being far too heavy on the rocket the dish was nice. Companions had leek & potato soup and Thai fish cakes which they both enjoyed. Accompanying white and black bread nothing to write home about & the rolls weren't crispy!!! For mains I got chicken with wide strands of tagliatelle pasta with a few hard to find shiitake mushrooms and a tiny bit of spinach greasily presented topped by a breast of chicken with a tomato concoction on top. The dish was neither here nor there & wasn't particularly memorable or pleasant IMHO. My sister went for pork timbales on top of Clonakilty pudding with rhubarb sauce and neighbour went for duck a l'orange with sultana stuffing which they both enjoyed. The cubed sautéed potato's were nice. For dessert I had chocolate pudding with raspberries and raspberry compote which make a nice contrast. Always reluctant to take on the heaviness of chocolate pudding I enjoyed the dark chocolate flavour of this one. My companions went for Baileys cheese cake & apple & cinnamon pastry pie which they enjoyed. Waitress was very pleasant & service was good & swift. The conservatory room got a bit hot & although I was relieved they opened a rooftop window my sister found it too cold which was also cooling her food. I suppose you can't please everyone. An alright meal but it wouldn't blow me a way by any meals, my companions seemed to enjoy it more than I did.

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KC Peaches St Stephens Green
35-37 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Spotted this place in passing so since it offered a fairly good deal whereby you fill up a large (which is not so large) plate you get whatever you want out of the hot dishes and salads for €9.95. This to me is the kind of offer that always sounds better than it tastes; the food has always been standing around for a while and you end up with a mish mash of everything on your plate. There are medium and smaller plates too. The staff barely understood English, I had to repeat myself many times to be understood though one had a slightly better command. I went to grab a tiny circular tray, it was filthy and dripping with water. A member of staff worked down through a number of trays for me; they were all in the same condition so she had to take one, clean it & dry it off for me. The food was just okay, no amazing culinary experience here and I felt a lot less satisfied after a meal than if I had gone for a regular main and starter. It just ain't my thing. I decided to have tea and a cake so I chose the raspberry shortbread finger over the banana bread. It tasted like chalk so the waitress kindly replaced it with the banana bread at no extra charge. It was marginally better since I've tasted far better elsewhere. I've satisfied my curiosity when I needed a quick, inexpensive bite but I won't be returning.

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Kilkenny Restaurant & Cafe
1st Floor, 5/6 Nassau Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Ended up here because I bought a voucher for the Kilkenny Design Centre in Kilkenny accidentally opps however the man at the till in the Dublin restaurant was very gracious about my embarrassing mistake. Was too late to back track on the meal now. The ham, chicken and leek pie was sold out so I eyed a lamb and mint casserole up nervously because I'm not a great fan of mint in a main. The guy dishing up the mains kindly gave me a taste of the tomato looking sauce which was very nice as the dish was. I was served two enormous scoops of mash potato which was very nice since I refrained on the roast potato. There was water, ice and lemon on hand which was good however although the main was very tasty I thought it was very pricey for what I got considering the tremendous value to be found elsewhere for lunch in Dublin. Mine came to €13.95 for a main alone. Had a look at the salads, they didn't blow me away. Nice cakes if you want to partake, I didn't. I'd spent enough as it is because I only went there because of my unusable voucher. Opps

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El Bahia Moroccan Restaurant
37 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Small, cosy room, nice Moroccan atmosphere. There is a separate, smaller room which looks like a Bedouin tent & looks amazing. Nice pleasant, competent waitress. They have 2 dinner settings, 6pm & 8pm & be advised try not to avoid being late like my companion because the waitress doesn't beat about the bush come 8pm sharp about repeatedly requesting us to vacate the table, getting firmer with each request as I hurried my companions who was finishing her coffee. My companion starting off with sardines & although she liked the flavours she found the fish far too small. I started off with spicy prawns & they were delicious. Both our starters came with a finely diced beautiful mixed salad. For mains she choose lamb with prunes & I choose lamb with potatoes in a garlic, olive oil & saffron sauce. They came served sizzling, mouth burning hot in tagines so be warned. Everything tasted freshly cooked & was tailored to my taste minus the peas. We wiped out tagines clean, there's the evidence. My companion was asked did she want pitta bread or couscous, she chose the former & €1 was added on to the bill without being mentioned besides from the Menupoints voucher we were using. My companions extra glass of wine cost nearly €6 which I thought was a bit steep but I suppose these extras is how they make their money. Being a teetotaller I had to settle for condensed fruit juice which didn't taste great, far too sweet, and I wasn't really happy with it. Still by and large we really enjoyed the food, flavours and atmosphere but if you want a relaxing 2 plus hours dinner this wouldn't be the place for you.

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Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I was greeted by a waitress who was hard to discern from a customer by her attire which was a bit disconcerting to say the least, the impression stayed with me for the whole stay. Perception and appearances are an important part of the dining experience IMHO. The restaurant could take some cues from another restaurant not a million miles away where staff are immediately identifiable by the crisp stylish uniformity of their attire which adds to the ambience, sense of professionalism and specialness of the experience immediately upon entry which stays with you for your entire stay there. First impressions count. Saying that all the waitresses here are pleasant, friendly and seem to genuinely enjoy their jobs, interacting with customers and providing them with the best meal, experience and customer service possible. From the Swift menu I chose the burger with smoked Applewood cheese (my favourite cheese) and asked the dish to be tweaked in about five different ways to suit my taste. The waitress didn't flinch in doing this for me which was a relief since I felt a bit embarrassed. The dish arrived beautifully and appetising presented in a linear fashion on a long wooden board and it was delicious. My perfectly cooked breadless burger which I requested came on a bed of tomato and onion, the latter which I also specially requested accompanied by little ramekins of a gorgeous garlic aioli, a not overly sweet chutney and a gorgeous onion fraiche; heaven for lovely of sweet or savoury accompaniments with their main. By serving them on the side it allowed me to tailor my meal to suit my palate which doesn't favour sweet with savoury. The accompanying skinny chips which I requested rather than the thick ones were topped with a gorgeous tasting smoked paprika, I just wanted more. I gulfed the meal down ravenously. It was delicious and quite an imaginative and creative move away from your run of the mill burger. Well done to the chef for his innovative creativeness.

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Garden Tearooms
Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin

A functional rather than cosy oval room at least it gives you a place to sit since the cold functionality of the lobby has ner a chair for a weary walker to rest their bones which is a huge oversight IMHO in a visitor/information centre. The restaurant is self service, near the entrance with a nice view of the huge conservatories. I started off with an open prawn sandwich with a salad garnish and went from being almost accidentally being overcharged from it to finding out that it and the other open sandwiches, tuna/salmon were on special offer. A nice surprise representing very good value for money but how are customers supposed to be inspired about it? The prawn sandwich was very good indeed topped with a plentiful mound of tiny prawns topped with a sauce that wasn't run of the mill and very pleasing to the palate. Although I asked could I have some onion in my salad garnish, which was just lettuce leaves, I wasn't given enough and I longed for some other flavours, colour and textures in the salad which was bland beyond belief. A few tomatoes, peppers, scallions etc would not have gone amiss & would have completed the dish nicely rather than the salad I got which was just cheaply thrown on the plate as a side thought rather than forming any meaningful element of the dish from which it detracted. For afters I indulged in one of the lovely cakes on display, a cream with real strawberries in it and jam sponge which was very nice indeed accompanied by a beautiful and pleasant hot chocolate. They seemed to have run out of some of their muffins quite early in the day which left some question marks in my mind regarding adequate supply. Not fine dining, I however enjoyed my lunch in a pleasant setting for a reasonable price.

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

Dined on the excellent value early bird menu where you can available of 2 courses for €13.50. I was placed at the front of the restaurant which I requested and initially the atmosphere was very tranquil until a heavy banging noise went on behind the staff door just behind me for long enough to be very irritating. Had the same dishes as I had before. The chicken wings were very piquant and the salmon was lovely. Unfortunately my appetite failed me just into the main course and the waiter was very obliging in packaging it to go for me since I'm loathe to waste food. Good food but restaurant needs to be aware that tranquillity is part of the package to and whatever task the male member of staff was engaged in might be better left until out of hours.

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Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

A lovely quiet restaurant with warm lighting giving a cosy, calm, relaxed feel. Dined free from the Swift lunch menu with the Menupoints I'd earned here from my reviews. :) The menu has been altered considerably with old favourites such as the chicken with pancetta, mash and pesto and smoked ham and smoked cheese sourdough sandwich off. If you like duck you'll be in 7th heaven, I don't. Instead I went for the Pork and Leek Sausages with herb mashed potatoes, red onion marmalade, rich gravy and crispy onions. Now when I say I like sausages, I like certain sausages and brands, so it's a tall order to please me however the two huge sausages I was served were pleasing to the palate. A warm, hearty dish, it is ideal for a cold winters evening. There is quite a lot going on in this dish and each element complemented the other well and the mash was lovely & creamy. The crispy onion however came in a huge almost nest on top, the rings tasted nice but a bit greasy and I personally think would have been nicer served in the more traditional short pieces. My iced, lemon water was served cleverly giving me the option of putting in as much ice and lemon/lime slices as I wanted. I asked for tea to be served with my meal but I must have been misunderstood so I left it until after the meal and drank it enjoying the calm, relaxing feel of the restaurant. Congratulations to the lovely waitress, Agatha, on the big development in her life. :)

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Alfies
10 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Met my a nice maître D who carried my bag upstairs for me. Had the same meal as previously on the €10 Swift menu including a drink starting with the chicken and ham vol au vent for €1 extra. This time it came over flowing with filling and was a very tasty and enjoyable starter to my meal. Unfortunately the meal then headed south. My scampi for €2 extra came battered instead of breaded which I had before and prefer. I'm obviously in the minority according to the chefs feedback though the waitress said if I ever returned at a non busy time they would cook them breaded for me. If I'd known they were going to serve my fish like this I would never have darkened their door. :( If the word 'limp' was ever invented to describe anything it was the accompanying skinny chips. Fresh, fluffy and crisp they were not, more like something that had been standing there a while & served without thought or regard. They complied with my request for raw onion instead of the salad garnish after the waiter initially refused but the kitchen agreed. I paid a €1 extra for a dip so + 1 euro tip the bill came to non €10 but €15 for a very substandard meal. I took a while to get the greasy taste of the batter out of my mouth. Yuck! The accompanying fresh pineapple juice was very nice. They were apologetic about my meal and offered to replace my chips, an offer I declined since I was full. The waiter, who needs to look a little less serious and smile, carried my bag down for me. Top marks to the male staff for gentlemanly courteous behaviour but I won't be returning in a hurry. There are for two many restaurants around who can serve up much better food for the same price and less. From my experience this time Alfie's needs to up its game. Shame because I've always enjoyed my meals there before and thought it would be a sure fire hit but it wasn't. Staff were nice though.

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The Dropping Well
Classon's Bridge, Milltown, Milltown, Dublin

Treated out today, there were 3 of us in total. I started with the fish starter consisting of fresh salmon, smoked salmon & prawns with Marie Rose sauce at €9 which I thought was a bit steep given the 4 or 5 prawns I got and since it is not a difficult dish to start, saying that it was tasty & just what I wanted. Another went for chicken liver pate & another went for the soup of the day which was potato & leek & he said there was ateing & drinking in it. For mains 1 chose stuffed roast pork, another lasagne with thick chips (I believe thin ones are available also) & salad & I chose golden fried plaice with roast & mashed potato & asked for raw onion instead of the traditional cooked veg. I could have opted for grilled plaice also. Servings were plentiful, I got a huge piece of plaice & a huge quenelle of mashed potato which I thought could have more daintily presented, & 1 roast potato. Everyone enjoyed their starters mains & desserts. For dessert 1 chose trifle, another pavlova & I chose bread & butter pudding with ice cream. I got a very ample serving of a big square of pudding & it was very nice. Teas and coffees came with a biscuit and afterwards we received a chocolate, all nice touches. We were seated in the bright conservatory overlooking the river which was very pleasant. Service as very prompt & good. The main downside is the menu is not that adventurous and doesn't seem to change much however we had a very pleasant, tasty meal in a nice setting which we all enjoyed.

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10 Thousand World Buffet (O'Connell Street)
46 - 49 O'Connell Street Upper, City Centre North, Dublin

Dined there at lunchtime on a voucher for one. Expected more international cuisine but mostly, apart from a roast beef offering, it was your typical, unexceptional Chinese buffet. A lot of the dishes listed online weren't there including a seafood chowder, the staff didn't even have the faintest idea what it was though they were lovely, smiling, helpful and competent. Though I tried a lot of the dishes I ate a lot of the bread crumbed chicken wings with al dente onion & pepper which I love anyway. Most of the other food was pretty average. For the dessert atleast they had a real cream cake alongside a few synthetic ones which I wouldn't touch, ice cream and some nice cup cakes. The teppanyaki counter doesn't open until 5pm. A passable buffet but nothing special IMHO, I was expecting more food options from around the world which I didn't get. Room was nicely decorated, bright, clean and typically Chinese with a lot of red. Toilet overflowed but staff were dealing with it swiftly though nearly got knocked out by door into loos when member of staff swung through on other side which wasn't good or safe.

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Ashtons GastroPub
11 Vergemount, Clonskeagh Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin

Dined there with 2 other people for lunch. Arrived early at 12.30pm. If you weren't into having roasts or salads there wasn't much else to choose from the buffet menu except for salmon with capers, (I hate capers) so I chose chicken escalope with sauté potatoes, pesto, sundried tomatoes, green beans (which I exchanged for raw onion) and rocket from the kitchen menu . Mine was to be a 20 minute wait (due to one of my groups transport connection, we were pressed for time) while my companions dug into their roasts of pork and lamb with gusto & enjoyed their immensely including the gratin potatoes which they loved. I would have gone for turkey & ham but there was no extra stuffing so I refrained. Given the time of year the lovely as ever waitresses were a bit rushed & the requested mint sauce never arrived though I was provided with extra pesto & while pepper which was good. They were trying to please & help the customer as always. Eventually my dish arrived earlier than expected. It was tasty but average at best & expensive at €16 given I can often pick up a 2 course lunch for €10 elsewhere. When I asked what the desserts were I was told to go to display unit and figure out myself even though 1 wasn't entirely obvious, I wasn't happy. For desserts 1 choose a chocolate roulade which she wasn't mad about, another sticky toffee pudding which she liked & I tea and a small mince pie for €4 which was very good value though I requested it warmed & it came out cold so I had to send it back however it was nicely presented & enjoyable. Leaving I noticed a full tray of chicken stuffed with mushroom with I reckon a mushroom sauce. I was properly annoyed that this choice hadn't been there early. Room & surrounds were good & atmosphere nice.

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

Dined on their new Christmas lunch menu where you can have a starter & main for €10, a dessert for a couple of euro extra + coffee or tea for €1.50 extra. The menu is similar to the previous lunch value menu with a couple of extra options. Having spent the morning in a cool building, I found the almost empty restaurant chilly too since I was early for lunch. The waiter couldn't have been more accommodating in finding a warm radiator for me to sit beside which was very much appreciated. I started off with 3 breaded prawns with an orange tartar sauce, an unusual combination which didn't taste as strange as it sounds. The prawns were huge and very meaty but personally they didn't appeal to me, I prefer smaller prawns with a less meaty consistency. I found them off putting but this is just personal taste. The breadcrumb cover was nice. For my main I choose the chicken linguini again but this time I didn't tell them to go easy on the linguini and I found the dish very stodgy and not as pleasant to the palate as before but that again is personal preference. The service was super prompt but if I returned I'd choose different options from the menu.

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Rustic Stone
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Went there to snack on the chicken wings. I always feel when I visit this restaurant that its service comes with that extra bit of elegance and panache. Asked the waiter about the small & big portions since the prices enticed you to order the bigger portion for value. He said there were 3 wings in the small portion & 6 in the larger though they were big wings so you can imagine my pleasant surprise when I resisted the temptation to order the larger portion which I didn't need to receive 6 large wings. It is nice to see a different take on chicken wings than the spicy wings with blue cheese dip & celery served in 50% of restaurants. The take here has a delightful combination of unusual flavours though the sauce might be a tad too sweet for some. The wings were cooked to a beautiful, crunchy crisp. I enjoyed my visit here.

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Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Was greeted by the lovely and competent waitress, Agatha, who recognised me from last time. I went for the lemon chicken with mash, pancetta and pesto again and I asked for extra of the two latter with which the chef kindly obliged. It is a favourite dish of mine and it tasted nice as ever with beautiful creamy mash. The pepper mill was very hard to get any pepper out which was frustrating. For the included drink I chose a fresh orange juice and to be honest I found it barely drinkable. Full of pulp it had a strange sort of flavour that tasted far from fresh. Perhaps it was the oranges they used but it certainly wasn't sweet or pleasurable to drink & I left 3/4's of it after forcing myself to drink the other quarter. I brought it to Agatha's attention and she kindly offered me a replacement which I declined. The lady was born for customer service.

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

This time I was seated towards the front of the restaurant before the bar which I preferred. Less of a shabby chic feel. I chose from the great value €10 winter lunch again. I chose the same starter as last time; the spicy chicken wings with sesame seeds and they were very tasty if not exactly plentiful. For main I choose linguine with chicken with green and red peppers, mushroom & some onion. It came with a beautiful sauce and the dish was topped with parmesan. It was a beautiful fusion of flavours, the chicken was plentiful and the dish was ample. They do not skimp on their main courses. Heading to the loo at the back of the restaurant I noticed the restaurant was packed and that there was a great buzz about the place. There is a lovely imitation fire at the back exuding a warm, homely feel and atmosphere. They still however had no black pepper mill, an oversight they might choose to rectify. I would recommend this restaurant.

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

Dined on their recently introduced great value winter menu where you can have a starter or glass of wine plus a main course for €10. Was seated towards the back of the restaurant which had a bit of a bohemian, shabby chic décor. Chose spicy chicken wings with sesame seeds for a starter. They were very tasty though not a huge portion. For mains I choose chicken in a beer, bacon and leek sauce with mash. Think there was an option of chips too. The dish was very tasty and plentiful without being too boozy. Excellent value for money and very nice food though the restaurant could do with having a pepper mill like most restaurants have. A strange oversight. I would recommend this restaurant for the quality of food and acceptable service but don't expect modern décor.

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

Had a starter and main from their early bird. Choose chicken wings to start with which were very tasty. For main I went for salmon with gratin potatoes with a wine and parsley sauce. The dish was very nice though the salmon had a different texture from the firm flesh I'm used to, perhaps it was from the method of cooking but it was still edible, cooked enough (just about) and pleasing to the palate. Unfortunately no veg were included which was a minus. Service was excellent and attentive.

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

Dined there on a deal expecting a restaurant with a unique Argentinian atmosphere & experience. What I got was a modern, bright restaurant that didn't transport me to this country, I should have heeded my Argentinian friend. I dined with a friend on a deal where you get a barbecue platter. Since both of us like out steak done completely differently we were forced to make a compromise & we ended up with it done medium, too rare for me, too overcooked for my friend. The chicken had a lovely flavour, the freshwater white fleshed dorada fish I found a bit tasteless. Pork ribs were nice but limited & I could leave the chorizo meat balls. Sauce portions were tiny. The garlic butter had no flavour of garlic & was served so hard it was difficult to get it to melt on the lukewarm steak & plate. The traditional chimmichurri sauce was nice. Chips were nice, cooked veg were not for me & they refused me an alternative of raw onion. Deal came with wine but I had orange juice instead which was accidentally included on tab. Tea came with no tea bag so I had to request it. Foreign waitresses, possibly Argentinian, were efficient but serious. Okay meal but neither of us would be rushing back & certainly not for the barbecue platter.

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The Dropping Well
Classon's Bridge, Milltown, Milltown, Dublin

Myself and my friend just had a main course each. I chose the black pudding salad which is very tasty though must have had a whole punnet of tomatoes in it. I didn't get much of the flavour of the mustard sauce coming through. My friend had sea bream with Provençale sauce and potatoes. He really enjoyed his dish. Got a nice table in the corner of the bright conservation. Service good and cheerfully delivered as always. Atmosphere good the only downside is I felt the menu choice for the mains lacked a bit of imagination.

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Buffalo 19
109 Lower Rathmines Rd , South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin

To be fair this isn't really my type of restaurant but its local & I visited there on a deal so I got a portion of chicken wings for next to nothing which I couldn't refuse. The décor is very nice & very Americanised; they even had American flag/flags draping the window outside. It is very clean & you can see right into the kitchen where your food is being prepared. I was going to go for a takeaway but I decided to eat in house so pleasant & bright was the décor. The staff were very helpful & pleasant. The wings came in a plentiful portion coated with a 'hot' sauce & accompanied by a blue cheese sauce dip. The only negative was there was no pepper available. So filling was my portion I ended up bringing some of it home and the staff kindly gave me a new portion of the blue cheese dip. Nothing wrong with this place from the limited meal I had for the people that type of eatery appeals to, I just don't happen to be one of them.

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F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Pembroke Street
1A Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We ended up here which had a reasonably priced 2 & 3 course menu though when you take away the sandwiches and salads the lunch mains are is limited. Dining with 2 friends, I was the only one who choose the starter, a fish chowder. Now the quality of fish chowders can vary greatly so I waited with trepidation. To my glee out came this gorgeous looking thick, creamy soup packed with fish but I glee was short lived since 95% turned out to be mussels which I don't like. The other 5% consisted of the smallest prawns I've ever seen in my life and some salmon along with potato. I've never felt the need to tell any restaurant I don't want mussels in my soup since I normally get 3 or 4 which I fob off on my sister & then tuck in the rest of the variety of the fish I do enjoy. To be fair the soup itself was nice & tasty but it would have been more adequately named a mussel chowder. For mains the other 2 had a steak sandwich with chips. As would be expected in a restaurant famed for its meat they waxed lyrically about the tenderness of the meat. Indeed when we entered the restaurant we were put sitting across from a display of huge slabs of meat which 2 of us found off putting so I asked to be reseated. Sensitive vegetarians should avoid this place. For mains I choose salmon with a herb & cheese crush on a bed of crushed new potatoes, certainly a novel & healthy way to serve potatoes with their skins on. It came with a cucumber salsa but I asked for raw onion instead but then found the dish lacked something because there was no sauce. The salmon however was fresh & tasty, I just felt the dish was incomplete. My 2 friends chose eton mess for dessert which was one of the specials. It came beautifully presented on a slate topped with scrumptious fruit. They really enjoyed it. My friend needed to catch a bus to Meath across the road & we had a divil of a time catching someone's attention to pay the bill.

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Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I visited on a Menupoints visit; meaning I've earned Menupages points from posting reviews but stupidly I forgot my voucher. The waitress, Agatha, couldn't have more nice and gracious about it. A big thank you to her and Emma from Menupages for sorting out my mess. The restaurant has soft lighting and a comfortable interior with a warm atmosphere. This restaurant deserves 150% for customer service. I was allowed to dine from the Swift lunch menu and I choose the Lemon and Garlic chicken with pancetta on a bed of mash with rocket pesto. It is a really nice dish with lovely flavours however with a little tweaking it could be a great dish. I'm a sauce person and since pesto was the only sauce on the plate I could have done with more. While I got plenty of chicken the beautiful piece of smoky pancetta on top was very small and I could have done with a lot more as well. Given I was dining for free I decided to order a hot chocolate for which I thought I would have to pay not realising a complimentary drink comes with the Swift meal. A nice reward for my reviews, thanks again.

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Brasserie 7
The Capel Building, Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Lovely staff, lovely restaurant & lovely atmosphere. Had some cosy sofas to sit on as I waited on my delayed eating companion & staff were very pleasant about it. Restaurant divided into 2 areas. One near door seemed quieter while other area seemed to have more of a buzz about it however later in night there was live music & the former area was the place to out of it. We went there on a deal; 2 courses each & a bottle of wine for €30 so I reckon its one of the best value restaurants in town. My companion started with prawns on an avocado & tomato salsa I think, followed by duck. She really enjoyed it. Disappointed that crab claws in garlic butter weren't on the menu & were replaced by the prawns, I chose chicken wings in a sauce for a starter. Nice & tasty but nothing very special. I also choose chicken with wild mushroom sauce & tarragon with gratin potatoes. Despite the fact that I'm not fond of tarragon, the dish was tasty. Barr the prawns, the servings were plentiful. I would recommend this restaurant, it was great.

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The Dropping Well
Classon's Bridge, Milltown, Milltown, Dublin

Dined in the airy, bright conservatory with 2 other people. Asked could I have a half portion of the Clonakilty black pudding salad for starters & they kindly obliged. Portion was huge, got about 5 or 6 pieces of black pudding. Flavours lovely. Minor criticisms. Bacon was almost cremated & I would have preferred poached egg more runny so it could ooze over the black pudding. Companions had chicken liver parfait. They enjoyed it. For mains two of us had the fish special of sea trout with spinach, mashed potato, samphire, a small tomato concoction on the fish & butter sauce with capers. I asked for bread stuffing which they kindly obliged with a huge portion on the side. Fish was very fresh but would prefer it served fish side up rather than skin side. Very nice dish indeed. Companion had steak sandwich. All dished beautifully presented, very tasty & portions very good. Had no dessert but companions shared a pavlova served with fresh fruit. Finished off with tea served with a biscuit & got a choccie at the end. Those little extra touches are important. Best meal I've had out in a long time, really enjoyed nearly every component. Waitresses were very nice, chatty & friendly. Everyone left very happy & full.

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Oly’s Bar and Restaurant @ Jurys Inn
Jurys Inn, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin

Dined on my own on a Menupages voucher. Nice modern setting almost across from the Jeannie Johnston in a large, relaxing, fairly empty room. Limited menu. Choose Wrights chowder for starters. Not the best chowder I've ever had. Very creamy with a lot of veg, could have done with more fish. Nothing to write home about. Accompanying bread just OK. Had main of chicken wings with celery sticks and blue cheese dip. Nice enough but nothing special. Choose side of skinny fries, looked great & nicely presented on other tables. Mine were underdone so didn't eat many. Concerned staff offered for the chef to do me another portion but I was full so they kindly gave me a packet of gourmet crisps to bring home instead. Fish special was fish pie which was €15 including complimentary soft drink which wasn't cheap if it were without the drink & other fish dish was cod. A lot of burgers on menu which I don't like. Staff very obliging, helpful & kind but wouldn't return due to the limited menu and average food. Suppose give it time.

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Enigma Grill
Castle House, Main Street, South Dublin, Rathfarnham, Dublin

Dined alone on the express menu which I discovered today to my dismay means you get your starter served at the same time as your main (scuse my ignorance). For €10 this included a drink which sounded like good value to me. I was thinking of opting for the goats cheese tart but it sounded rather plain so I opted for the ham and mushroom bouche. A small dish arrived with the small amount of pastry hidden and the 'filling' was far too salty for my liking. For mains I fancied the linguine with prawns & chilli which I was informed came with a white sauce. I asked for many prawns I'd get. 3 was the retort. When I replied 3 aghast I was hastily told maybe 4. Forget about it. My next choice would have been the steak sandwich but it sounded rather plain when I required: bread, steak and cooked onions with no sauce. So I opted for my third choice sizzling chicken with veg. The waiter warned me it would be spicy and he wasn't joking in fact personally I hated the flavour which lingered between spicy and sweet; the latter I hate in sauces anyway. On the plus side the thin chips were nice & nicely served but the garlic mayonnaise I requested was too garlicky. For dessert I opted for 2 mini desserts out of a choice of 5 or 6 with cream or ice cream. I choose the mini baliey's cheesecake and the mini fruit tart with ice cream and regular tea. Mini they certainly are though nicely presented. The cheese cake was very nice but the fruit tart, instead of having patisserie cream as one might expect, it fell way short of taste and effort with just cream. My dessert was served with no spoon, my tea with no milk. I had to request both which were quickly delivered to my table. The biccie with the tea was a nice touch as were the choccies and mints after the meal. The waiters were nice and pleasant, the service fairly good, the surrounding nice but the meal was just average IMHO. Perhaps I made the wrong choices. I'd still give it one more try for dinner before totally disregarding it. .

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Antica Venezia
97 Ashfield Road, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Dined here with a friend. She choose the calamari for starters which she enjoys wherever she goes, here where it was served with garlic mayo was no exception. We were served two pieces of garlic bread before the meal which was a nice touch, I saved mine for my starter of spicy prawns. Now I like spicy but I found myself spluttering with the hotness of the accompanying chilli sauce and poking around it just to choose the prawns which is all I really ate. I didn't really enjoy the dish but that's just personal taste. For mains my friend choose lasagne which she enjoyed and I chose the chicken with pancetta and wild mushrooms in a cream sauce which was very tasty. For a side I chose rosemary potatoes. My friends pasta dish was one of the few that came with a side so I was disappointed when she chose the garlic potatoes instead of a salad to complement my side since we tend to share our sides. We both were even more disappointed to find there was very little difference between the 2 potato dishes. Mine was dry with a few specks of rosemary, hers was the same dry slices of potatoes with a hint of garlic. There was no sauce and cheese as you would expect with garlic potatoes though out of the two offerings, we both preferred this one. Neither of us had dessert, we finished off with a beverage. After asking for the bill we waited an eternity before we had to quickly stop a rushing waitress and ask again otherwise the service was pleasant & efficient.

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Alfies
10 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I had one of their two course lunch deals which is extremely good value given there is a drink included for €10. I chose the chicken vol an vent for a starter which was very tasty indeed and the scampi for a main. Both came with a slight supplement, I think €1 for the starter & €2 for the main. For sides I chose skinny fries. The only complaint I would have is that I was served my starter with my main which is a pet hate of mine. The food was nicely presented in a linear fashion and the service was good and pleasant plus they allowed me substitute raw onion for the lettuce which came with the scampi which was a huge plus.

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Zen
89 Upper Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin

Dined on my own this time from the special value dinner menu. Since I arrived at opening time I had the restaurant to myself for the majority of the time until another family arrived so this is sometimes not a buzzing restaurant if that's what you want so be prepared for it. I decided to try a different starter I'd never tried so I opted for the meat sung. It comes in 3 parts: minced pork on a bed of rice noodles, a sauce and crispy lettuce cup leaves. On its own the pork is unexceptional but when you marry the 3 components together the magic happens. Being a hater of rice, the rice noodles were a pleasant surprise. They were lovely & a perfect complement to the pork. For a starter the dish was very filling & I was full before the main even arrived but perhaps I have a small appetite. I knew from previous experience that the prawn with ginger and scallion dish would be a hit and it didn't disappoint. The combination of flavours melts in your mouth. I love Zen's chips which are thin and always beautifully cooked so I had that as an accompaniment. I didn't have a dessert though the After Eight at the end of the meal was a welcome thoughtful touch.. The service was good and helpful. I choose this restaurant because I knew it would be a sure fire hit, it didn't disappoint. They also provide takeaways, indeed I took some of my dinner away, but the food never travels as well as when it is served up immediately in the restaurant.

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Morels Bistro Bar Grill
17-18 Patrick St, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

It had a well priced set menu and a short special menu which was much pricier and contained the smoked haddock which I had been looking forward to but wasn't willing to splash out. Maybe I'm getting fussier though I struggled to find anything I really wanted on the set menu. My sister and I went for the crispy prawns with mango salsa and vinaigrette even though I do like to mix savoury with sweet. The food is beautifully, professionally presented but the dish was average. My friend went for the celeriac soup served with dark brown bread which I belated spotted and would have been happy to go for too. He really enjoyed it. Both of my companions choose the pork dish which they really enjoyed and I went for the herb encrusted whiting with mash which was very nice. All the dishes again were beautifully presented. The deserts didn't appeal to me. Although I'm not a big cheesecake fan, the mango cheesecake looked nice when being served to other tables. Since it was only €4 more for dessert and I didn't want to sit there watching my companions stuffing their faces we all chose the cheesecake which was topped with a raspberry which complemented the refreshing mango flavour perfectly. Service was pleasant and very efficient and timely though the artwork on the walls was not to my taste but hey you're not eating that. 3 courses came to €22 or €22.50 which was very good value.

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Bellagio
92 Terenure Road North, Dublin 6W, Terenure, Dublin

The restaurant only had an a la carte menu which can work out pricey. Personally I struggled to find anything I liked on the menu which was nothing like it is online here otherwise I would have no difficulty. None of us had starters. I ended up going for the calzone in desperation as a main. It was nice with plenty of filling though not the best I've ever tasted but far from the worst also. My sister had a steak which she did not enjoy since she found it had a too strong flavour of charcoal. My neighbour had the seafood linguine as a main which he enjoyed though there was a limited amount of seafood in it. A starter portion was almost as expensive as a main. Our friend had spaghetti bolognaise which she enjoyed. I skipped desert though sampled my sisters cheesecake which was nice. The two others went for crème brulee which they really enjoyed. The décor is modern but I wouldn't be rushing back based on the menu options which just didn't appeal to me.

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Zen
89 Upper Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin

Reception seemed less stuffy & formal than last time which personally I preferred. All 3 of us dined from the special lunch menu in the spacious, quiet, pleasantly appointed room with nice mock fire which added a touch of coziness. Only I had the starter which the others dug into. It was crispy chicken & prawn dumplings. It was a nicely done and presented dish which the others raved about more than me. I longed for spiced crispy chicken wings which weren't on the menu. The flower carrot was a nice touch. For mains I went for what I thought was the safe option of beef curry which I requested only with onions & chips. Unfortunately personally though the beef was beautiful and tender I hated the aniseed flavour of the sauce and I'd rather not have had the cooked carrots throughout which I hadn't requested. The flavour may be more authentic Sichuan but it wasn't pleasurable for my personal taste. I also would have liked a black pepper mill to be available which surprisingly wasn't. . My sister had ginger and scallion prawns with rice which were beyond gorgeous. They had a charcoal flavour & were served with beautiful al dente salad vegetables. A dish to die for. My friend had duck with plum sauce, she really enjoyed it. The skinny chips we both had were gorgeous. Only one had dessert; banana fritters with ice cream which went down well. Service was efficient & pleasant & the After Eights at the end was one of those pleasant touches that really matters. The special lunch deal was for 2 or 3 courses and they kindly only charged my sister €10 for having one course which I thought was very nice of them. A meal with many highs & one major low however I would still recommend this restaurant but be warned steer clear of ordering a curry if you don't like a strong liquorice flavour throughout.

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JD's Steakhouse
4 Rathfarnham Road, Dublin 6W, Terenure, Dublin

Dined on a Menupages deal, they couldn't find my reservation when I arrived but handled it very diplomatically. My companion & I had starters of prawns and spare ribs between us. She loved the prawns, I prefer mine a bit smaller. Accompanying white bread roll wasn't crusty which was a pity. Spare ribs were nice though some lacked meat. For mains I went for fish platter. Very tasty indeed restaurant obliged giving me raw onion rather than salad and garlic mayonnaise. The skinny chips weren't that skinny, would have preferred them even thinner. My companion had the special of hake with red pepper and tomato sauce with the potato gratin. The potato was very nice since we shared our two potato dishes she really enjoyed the hake. I went for dessert of strawberry tart with strawberry ice cream syrup. It was nice but I found the pastry too thick, could have done with more custard filling. Disappointingly they had no diet seen up so I had to go for a full sugar one which I prefer to avoid. They obligingly allowed my companion to being her unfinished bottle of wine home with her and me half my main which they kindly boxed. My companion had no dessert. Service was professional, competent and done with a smile. We had a very nice meal in relaxing surroundings. Only a few small incidentals needed to be tweaked.

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Ouzos Bar and Grill
22 Castle Street, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

Went to make the booking & was a bit startled by the bad phone voice & being unprofessionally called 'Honey' which to me was far too unfamiliar disrespectful mind you I'd being warned by 1 of our party who'd rang earlier. Had we not been intent on visiting this restaurant I'd have put the phone down. Since everyone in our party love seafood I read the menu in excited anticipation 2 of us made a mental note to order the sole marinere so imagine our disappointment to find it wasn't on the menu. The staff were pleasant though the 'honey' culprit soon revealed her identity I had to ask for a second time that she not address me by this 'name'. She apologised which was better than her giggling down the phone at me the first time. Nice narrow room with some peculiar artwork, nicely decorated loos. My starter of crab claws with shrimp etc was okay but I prefer garlic butter. The piece of sourdough was miniscule. The cheese scones along with the brown bread in bread basket were a nice touch. Friends had pate & parsnip soup which they both seem to enjoy. For mains I one other chose salmon with a citrus glaze. Organic salmon had lovely flavour though personally I didn't like the potato topping. Accompanying potatoes were unusual & tasty. Friend loved his main. Others choose lobster crab salad & tempura haddock skinny chips which they both enjoyed. Chips were lovely as was garlic mayo they served me on request. Desserts of apple crumble, crème brulee, brownie went down well though I found bread butter pudding too stodgy. Another member of staff resorted to referring to us as darling. What is it here!. Besides the ridiculous name calling the staff were attentive, professional & obliging. I even got my white pepper which was a big plus. Meal was rounded off with some nice wrapped sweets a bill which required a lot of deciphering it was so confusing.

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Guernika Pintxos & Tapas Bar
39 Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Having read the reviews here yesterday before I dined & you put the frighteners up me and possibly the restaurant too since my two first tapas came out sizzling hot. The restaurant is located in upper Abbey Street across from Upper Liffey Street & NOT Middle Abbey Street in a pleasantly appointed room. The Spanish waitress was nice & helpful but took a while to take my order. My tapas of prawns with spicy sauce fell flat since any trace of spiciness seemed burned to the bottom of the dish & what I got was 4 bland, slightly tough prawns in some oil with a slice of bread to mop it up, no pepper mil!. The 2nd tapas of burgos black pudding, quail eggs, twistorra sausage served with two slices of bread was very nice indeed though I would have preferred my egg runny. The pudding was to die for & the potato was beautifully cooked, sausages were very spicy. The menu differed somewhat from the one here with spicy wings on the breakfast menu & other dishes omitted which disappointed me. Went for main of breaded chicken stuffed with serano ham & cheese and potatoes brava. Chicken was very nice indeed & not too large served with cubed potatoes & a bit of salad so I needn't have ordered potatoes separately, if only the waitress had the insight to tell me. She also brought the potatoes brava out way earlier than the main meal so I sent her back with them, a lack of a bit of insight again otherwise she was lovely though not really dressed like a waitress. Personally I always find cubed potatoes too dry and found sauce with potatoes brava too bland for my liking. Unfortunately most of the desserts weren't ready which wasn't really good enough! They had a choice of ice cream, chocolate fudge cake topped with raisins or 'joel' with honey which I figured out the waitress must mean yogurt from a trip to Turkey recently. The tea came in large cup. A nice little restaurant with plenty of potential, just needs a bit of tweaking. I was pleasantly surprised & you don't get fussier than me.

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Marios (Ranelagh)
39 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

There were 3 menus, a 3 course Xmas menu for €25.95 which 2 of us dined from, a lunch menu which one dined from & an a la carte menu. I had prawns in a spicy tomato sauce with scallions to start from. It was very nice & unusual though I didn't eat all the sauce since it was too spicy & I like spicy food. Companions had breadcrumbed & mozzarella respectively. Both enjoyed it. I had salmon with caper and dill in a sauce which was very tasty and I had a plentiful serving. I was a bit worried since I don't like capers and am not a big fan of dill but I didn't want to pay the prices on the a la carte menu. I needn't have worried, it was delicious though rosemary potatoes were a bit dry. After the brie my sister went for a chicken dish with gorgonzola, sundried tomatoes and bacon with chips from the Xmas menu. She really enjoyed it. My other companion has a steak sandwich withy chips from the lunch menu. She loved it. I went for tiramisu, it was delicious. My sister was allowed go for tea instead of desert but the waiter thoughtfully gave us 3 dessert spoons so the other 2 shared my delicious dessert. Waiter was nice, service was professionally but more than a tad slow. I would recommend this restaurant.

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Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I got this meal for free as an award for posting on MenuPages which was nice. I dined from the Swift lunch which was my only option and the meal is worth €10. If you go for this menu your options are limited and many of the options are focaccias or food with sourdough so a lot of bready options. I did see a focaccia with chips from the Swift menu served to another table. The portions were huge and it was beautifully presented on a wooden platter. I however went for one of the few options without bread namely lemon and garlic chicken with pesto mash and pancetta and it was very tasty and nicely presented indeed. I got a good helping of mash and chicken, could have done with a bit more of the gorgeous smoky pancetta and perhaps even a bit more of the pesto that was dotted around the plate complementing the pesto in the mash. Atmosphere was Christmasy and service was good though perhaps the pleasant I think English waitress colloquialisms might seem a tad brisk here. Said something like 'Are you done here or are you still working on it' which wasn't rude just perhaps could be said in a better way otherwise she was polite, attentive, efficient and professional to a fault. I did not have any other courses so I can't comment. Thank you Menupages!

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Cucina
Unit 9A, Kings Court, Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Nice little restaurant, nice staff in a vastly improved street from my memories so location ain't bad. Music a bit loud when I arrived at 5pm to an empty restaurant, sounded toned down later. Had chicken wings to start, average: nothing to rave about. Acquaintance had squid, she seemed to enjoy it. For mains she had tiger prawns in a kind of cream sauce, I tasted them, both of us thought they were lovely. I was torn between the calzone and salmon with tiger prawn cream sauce. I chose the wrong one; the calzone from the comprehensive menu. Puffed up by air it actually contained quite limited filling, pretty short on the cheese which they kindly changed to goats cheese for me. With so so flavouring and was a less than average calzone from my experience. I was kicking myself. For deserts I chose strawberry tiramisu only to be told they had run out of it. Given that we were one of the first people who had got to the dessert stage it is more likely it had never been made, I was very disappointed so I choose the regular tiramisu instead. Nicely presented it was too top heavy with the creamy mixture with some very heavily flavoured coffee sponge languishing at the bottom. I left half the creamy mixture on the side of the saucer. Prefer if there were more layers of sponge in it and sponge was less coffeeish. Acquaintance had vanilla and strawberry ice cream which we both shared. It was very nice. I reckon you could get a very nice meal here if you chose the right things, I obviously didn't.

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Campo de' Fiori Bistro Market
1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Bray, Wicklow

The ever entertaining Maitre D had his hands full with us with a birthday cake being sneaked into their kitchen seconds before the birthday man arrived but he acted his part to a tee. 2 had mussels for starters which they got mounds of. Came from Baltimore and they could taste the sea of them, I had pomodoro (tomato) bruschetta, nice particularly with the parmesan I added. Other friends had a chicken salad in mayo. It tasted nice. She dined from the set men while we dined from the value men, they don't let you mix the 2 menus. She had a fettucine dish, the birthday boy had lamb lasagne while my sister & I had the chicken stuffed with spinach and smoked cheese with mushroom sauce. Served very novella cuisine style, my sister nor I were not blown away with the dish, the East meets west salmon dish I've had here before I fond much nicer. Others enjoyed their main course. Since we had a birthday cake we skipped desert though I took away a tiramisu which I haven't eaten yet though I know from experience it's nice & light, not too coffeyish. Waiter had nice accent but he has a bit to go in the customer service department before he fully develops the charm his Italian waiter counterparts can pull off so smoothly. .

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Bistro Martello
1 Martello Terrace, South Co. Dublin, Sandycove, Dublin

Stunning location in a non commercial area by the sea, it has an outdoor seating area with blankets for chillier climes. Staff and service are excellent & professional, even the chilled tap water is nicely served. Tables a bit small. Had a goats cheese in filo pastry to start with, nice but I've had nicer. My main seafood skillet was to die for though careful you don't burn your mouth. My desert frangipane tart OK, ice cream lovely. My friend loved all her courses calamari, special of cod in lemon butter (loads of fish specials etc) and special of crème brulee. Would thoroughly recommend this restaurant. It is a little gem and indulging in fabulous fresh seafood by the sea just speaks is a real treat.

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The Bloody Stream Restaurant
Under Howth Dart Station, North Dublin, Howth, Dublin

After landing on the west pier after a great ferry trip from Dun Laoghaire I chose this after scouring a lot of the over priced restaurants on the way. What is it with Howth, do the restaurants have a conspiracy to charge rip off prices just because fish is landed there + the location& they play on that. Price wise this didn't fare any better but I was attracted by the open fire and memories of the great scampi dish I used to have here. So though the scampi was a rip off at €17.95, mouth watering memories made me choose it. What a disaster it was. Gone were the umpteen, breaded scampi I used to get to be replaced by about 6 large scampi cooked in greasy batter horribly presented on a skewer. The chips weren't any better, hard & unpleasant, I even heard the approx. 10 year old at the next table refusing to eat them. If kids don't know good chips, I don't know who does. My request for lots of onion & a little tomato was served the other way around. To be fair the lovely waitress was very apologetic and offered me a replacement meal. I chose the fish pie at 12.95, probably the cheapest main course you'll get in a restaurant in Howth. It was nice enough, nothing special; top heavy with mashed potato & a nice parmesan crust though I didn't taste any smoked haddock in the pleasant sauce. I refused chips with it, told them "don't even go down that road", fluffy they were not! The waitress was again very apologetic however I won't be rushing back here again or come to think of it, Howth, for a meal. I just couldn't afford it. There are too many better value deals and far superior food to be found elsewhere that doesn't have the delusions of pretentiousness that Howth appears to have.

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il Divo Restaurant
2 Terenure Road East, (Above Comans), Rathgar, Dublin

Had a tremendous meal. My companion started with real minestrone soup with ateing & drinking in it, I had the cold cuts with cheese (felt like a whole block) and focaccia bread though personally I would have preferred a less flattish, less well done bread. Mine was very filling & both starters were lovely. We both went for the chicken stuffed with cheese, ham, basil & stuffed tomatoes which had a nice outer crispy skin & a mouth watering sauce, only complaint is I got a bit short changed on the sundried tomatoes. My friend had tiramisu for desert which was light, spongy & creamy, not too coffeyish. It was gorgeous. I had the pastry tubes stuffed with ricotta & candied friend. They were okay, not as nice as the tiramisu IMHO. It was accompanied by so so lemon ice cream and a gorgeous almondy little maroon biscuit. The orange juice I had was very refreshing. One of the deserts, a chocolatey one was off the menu. They kindly allowed me combine my voucher with the early bird menu price for my friend. They have very well priced, comprehensive early bird deals. The restaurant is roomy, nicely decorated though sound travels a bit too much from neighbouring tables. Service was pleasant, prompt & good, they even allowed me sample a starter, I cannot recommend this restaurant enough, it was brilliant:)

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

The restaurant was far from full & not as noisy as before. They've put up a separator which may act as a sound barrier. The menu was very different from the one online because Sunday lunch is only determined on the day by the ingredients left over from Saturday so I was told on the phone. I ordered a pork starter which turned out to be cheek from a pigs head in a small cubey form, shredded & wrapped in breadcrumbs on a small bed of mash & with a celeriac remoulade. Certainly different & okay but once is enough. My sisters caesar salad with pancetta & parmesan, my neighbours celeriac soup and companions asparagus risotto were all received very well. They brought me the wrong starter of seafood ravioli but quickly corrected it. The staff were young, nice & professional. 2 had lamb for mains, one found the helping too large & offputting & meat too tough, the other enjoyed theirs. Another enjoyed their beef though pined for more veg. My chicken tagine in a curry sauce was tasty & unusual though I found the cous cous a but tasteless and could have done with some raw onion. Desserts, which had a limited choice of 4 options, of blueberry mousse for 2 was well received, creme brulee for 1 got an okay review & I had a small sliver of lemon tart with blood orange sorbet which was okay though nothing special. Starter & desserts are small helpings, main courses plentiful. There is a beautiful outdoor seating area & stylishly designed restrooms.

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

The restaurant has a rarefied atmosphere upstairs; you feel you're among the business & moneyed set. The setting is nice & tables are nicely laid. You're promptly offered 4 types of bread after you take your table. I enjoyed the white bread but personally found the tomato bread a bit liquoricey. The others enjoyed theirs. My companion loved the apricot bread, no-one had the brown bread, it looked very dark. My 7UP came without the slice of lemon I requested so I had to reorder it & lemon slices both for my drink & the water were promptly delivered to the table. I ordered the prawn bisque. It was horrible; like dark dirty dish water & the prawns had been pulverised & were no-where to be seen. They give you a shot of brandy to put in it but it didn't improve the flavour. To be fair however when I later complained the concerned waitress offered me another starter. I chose the cured salmon which atleast was edible & tasty enough though I thought nothing to rave about One of my companions enjoyed the same starter & my other companion enjoyed the Thai fish cakes. 2 of us went for chicken with wild mushrooms & orzo pasta which is rather like stodgy rice. My other companion went for lamb pie which she enjoyed though it almost burnt the mouth off her. 2 choose the mixed salad to accompany it & it was beautifully presented in an edible though flavourless kind of open bag. The chicken was nice; the sauce was brown & thin, again nothing to rave about. Since I asked them to go easy on the pasta I had to wait a few minutes while my meal went cold before it was delivered to the table. It came with a couple of sliced mushrooms through it but their attentive concern kind of backfired a bit though they meant well. I wasn't mad about the desserts though there was a white chocolate & brownie cheesecake with chocolate chip ice cream which wasn't on the original menu so in desperation I choose that. The cheesecake I found a bit bland & the ice cream very dark & heavy. One companion chose the queen of puddings, the other creme brulee

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The Dropping Well
Classon's Bridge, Milltown, Milltown, Dublin

I got a nice table in their lovely sunroom. Only objection I had to the decor was the tiger skin hanging from the roof. Came with the purchase of the building I believe but not very PC in this day and age depending on your prospective. Service was quick, attentive and polite. I just went for a main course and had salmon with shrimp sauce. I asked for stuffing and extra sauce with it which they kindly gave me. The stuffing seem to be little more than breadcrumb and a binder, I've tasted nicer. The sauce was okay but I would have liked to have seen some shrimp in it rather them being pulverised into the sauce which I presume they were. The shreads of fennel that were supposed to come with it were nowhere to be seen. I got mashed & roast potatoes and the raw onion I requested instead of whatever vegetable was on. They were happy to please and tailor my meal to suit me. The meal was filling & tasty though I would have preferred the salmon served skin down rather than skin up. The mineral came at a special price of €2 with the main which was good value. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and the surrounds. It's the sort of pub you'd enjoy even if you're not into drink.

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

This is a slick, modern restaurant so if you're looking for cosy Italian decor you won;t get it here. However it is nicely and sophisticatedly decorated. They have a lunch special for starter, main course and tea or coffee for €10.95 which is very good value considering the quality of food you get. You get about 5 good choices in each course and for once the online menu was the same as the actual menu thankfully. Service was attentive, polite & professional. I started off with chicken wings in tomato sauce with chilli, oregano and spring onion. It was a very tasty dish & different from the run of the mill fare you get in alot of restaurants. Same goes for the main course. I choose chicken in a pesto cream sauce with spinach accompanied by Meditteranean mash & it was delicious and very filling. Desserts are extra, I think she said €6.50 but I had no room left. I would recommend this restaurant.

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Campo de' Fiori Bistro Market
1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Bray, Wicklow

Great service & great meal. There was a €20 & a €25 menu, the 4 of us chose the latter. Nice fresh white bread was brought to the table. You eat it with olive oil, not butter in this restaurant but it really is quite nice. It is considered more authentically Italian. 2 of us had a quail starter in a fresh tomato with some olives. Din't like olives but you'd barely notice them in the sauce. Other 2 had 2 soups, minestrone was 1 of them. I think leek was the other. Everyone enjoyed their starters. For mains 2 had sea bream with tiger prawns & mussels kinda served separately on a large plate with some wine jus & broccolli with chilli. One loved the veg, the other found it too hot, personal taste. I had breast of chicken with pancetta, rocket, parmesan in a sage and butter sauce, it was delicious. Accompanying roast potatoes more like wedges were okay. Another had a ravioli dish. which they enjoyed. 2 had the desert special of milk chocolate cake with a tiramisu mousse & 2 had a ricotta cake with raisins or sultanas. Everyone thought their dessert was delicious. 10 out of 10 for an almost perfect meal with great quality ingredients, superb dishes & service. New restaurant is nice too though I felt a bit of a cold draught at my back occasionally.

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Bianconis Bistro
232 Merrion Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Went on one of those vouchers deals i.e. €60 worth of food & drink for 2 for €30. Since the 3 course set menu was €22 that left us with €16 for drinks including tea & coffee, plenty you would think since I'm a teetotaler. I asked could I also see the a la carte menu too as well as the specials set menu. The gentleman in charge explained there was a chowder & a parsnip soup. Both I & my companion interpreted that the chowder was available on the special set menu & we both went for it. It was to die for, full of delicious chunks of salmon & white fish though a tad underseasoned. It was served with 1 slice of stout bread, unusual but unlike the soup, limited. I'm a pepper freak & asked for a black pepper mill & then white pepper since both shakers on the table were salt, their mistake not mine. I sensed some audible irritation from the gentleman serving on my 2nd request for white pepper. The medallions of pork had been replaced by pork belly which I hate so I went for the lemon chicken from the limited menu. It had the taste of the Med alright but it was plain & only came with a light jus, nothing to rave about IMHO. My companion had salmon simply done & he loved it. His roast (more sauteed) & my mashed potatoes were to die for, the latter was lovely & creamy. There had been a run on the Tiramisu & there was none left for moi by 3pm which annoyed me. I went for warm lemon drizzle cake with amaretto ice cream which was gorgeous, my companion went for apple crumble with vanilla ice cream but got amaretto instead. He really enjoyed it despite the mistake in the order. On being presented with the bill it turned out we owed €9. I only had 1 mineral & tea, my companion had a glass of wine costing €6.50 with regular coffee. The voucher should have more than covered it. When I queried it the proprietor told us he had charged us from the a la carte menu as I requested. I had done nothing of the sort, I had just asked to see it & certainly wouldn't have chosen that chicken dish had I been ordering from it. Both of us w

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Zen
89 Upper Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin

Was greeted promptly soon as I entered the tastefully decorated lobby by a gentleman who offered to take my coat. Attentive, polite and professional but a tad too serious during the evening, a smile wouldn't go amiss. The building in restaurant had a bit of an old world architecture like it had been a church or something with its stain glass windows, mightn't be to everyones taste. The 4 of us chose from the excellent value set menu of 2 courses for €15 and 3 courses for €19. I ordered barbecued spare ribs which were nice as were one of my companions spring rolls. The waitress was excellent and smiling. Hot plates were placed on the table for the main course which were 2 duck dishes, 1 beef with black pepper sauce for moi & sweet & sour chicken with fried rice for 2. The accompanying chips for 2 were nice & beautifully presented in an upmarket takeway fashion. The flower work with carrots was nice. One negative note, there was no black pepper or mill though there waas white pepper. 3 went for the banana fritters & ice cream & I went for the coconut ice cream, they have a wide selection of ice creams & sorbets. Everyone enjoyed their desserts & the after eights with tea were a nice touch. The loos are very clean & tastefully decorated also though it would be better were the cupboard off the disabled loo were locked, just a small criticism. Overall a good value enjoyable meal with professional service & just a few small things need to be twigged.

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Gotham Cafe
8 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I ordered from the specials menu of two courses for €15. I started off with the chicken wings which were nice enough in themself but I didn't like the accompanying peanut sauce but that's just personal taste. I followed it by a pepperoni pizza which had some goats cheese & sundried tomatoes. It was a bit tasteless to be frank & the taste of the goats cheese didn't come through. I got half it boxed to bring home & had to add loads more toppings to give it some flavour. The service was good though the initial welcome wasn't the warmest. It's a nicely decorated restaurant.

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The Oar House Fish Restaurant
8 West Pier, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin

Having travelled across the city & after enduring horrendous rain to sample the smokies imagine my consternation to find, due to costing reasons, the menu had been changed the day before & the smokies were no longer on the menu. I was prepared to walk out but I asked the lovely waitress would the chef prepare it for me. She consulted him & he had the ingredients so he prepared it for me anyway & it was a dish to die for. I started off with the chowder which was very nice also. The white accompanying bread was nice but I found the brown bread a bit tasteless. There was plenty of it & butter which filled me up & I was offered more. The restaurant is nicely decorated with a nautical feel though the fact it was a bit emply took away from the atmosphere but it is a nice setting. Be aware if you're looking online that the menu may not be correct since as of yet it hasn't been updated. They have a fairly extensive specials board. The waitress also kindly wrote out the smokies recipe for me to take home. Pity due to operational reasons, which the lovely waitress explained to me about in detail, that this lovely dish had to be removed from the menu.

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Sean Mac D's
69 Harolds Cross Road, Harolds Cross, Dublin

Menu had been changed from what I read online & most of what I liked had been taken off. Started with ham hock & black pudding terrine, hated it & it smelt worse. Companions had parsnip soup, loved it. Good brown bread & presentation. Excellent young waitress, couldn't have been nicer & more more helpful, shame the food didn't match.. Rib Eye steak was on menu & I was told this was a thick steak (though don't know if this was true) which I don't like so I opten for steak & onion sandwich instead. It was horrible, no onions, batch loaf bread smeared with mayonnaise and a few tiny slivers of beef & some salad though chips were OK. Companions had lamb, thought it was a faitrly okay dish. Desserts of bread & butter pudding with caramel sauce & ice cream were nice enough just as well or I would have starved. Place lacked ambience, like working mans pub. Won't return, voucher or no voucher. Was sold this deal on the basis of menu & local location, the former reason turned out to be a total farce. Worst meal I've had out in a long time.

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Camden Kitchen
3A Camden Market, Grantham Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

Dined there today. Had the goat's cheese croquettes which were gorgeous. They eventually gave me some bread with my meal unrequested which was a nice touch & fills you up even if it did come a bit late. Unfortunately bathrooms involved a steep climb upstairs (downstairs area is quite small) and the soap dispenser fell off the wall which gave me a fright. One of the chefs, I think, very kindly came over & gave me a detailed and very personal explanation of the 3 dishes I was interested in so I could make an informed choice. Said I wasn't much into lettuce so to take it easy on it & could I have some raw onion instead. They didn't oblige as some restaurants do so perhaps they had none in stock. Its these little touches that matter. They accidentally added service charge to my bill which the polite & well trained waiter said was a mistake & then cheekily asked did I require any change from €20 for a bill that came to €9.50! No matter how polite & well trained he was it wasn't worth that. Didn't like that & it took away a bit from the experience, smelt of opportunism. I rounded it up to €10 for a very pleasant meal.

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L'Ecrivain Restaurant
109a Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I dined from the set menu, thought it was awful. First they gave me the wrong menu. The limited choice of lamb that I wanted or cod was replaced by corn beef on the correct menu. Starters were Ham hock (i.e. cheap cuts) terrine or broccoli soup & only one dessert with 3 components. Service was slow, they couldn't care less that I left most of my main course though they didn't charge me the €4's for the tea. The sorbet had a sour flavour though the little square of lemon cake was nice, I found the chocolate square very heavy. To switch to the A la carte menu meant one main would cost the same or more than the 3 courses from the set menu, maybe that's the idea. We had to request a second slice of bread, my companion raved about the brown bread, I thought it was OK. She drank only half her soup. Much a do about nothing if you ask me. I won't be going here again:(

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