Restaurant Reviews from Siobhanio

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 23

Member Since: 14 September 2008

Last Visit: 05 August 2015

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The Arch Bistro restaurant

Above the Glenside Pub, Landscape Road, South Dublin, Churchtown, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 14

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Cuisine:
Bistro

Price Range:

Good
78 reviews

Reviewed 04th August 2010 ( visited 28th July 2010 )

We had visitors staying and thought this would be the perfect place to eat having been here a few times before. For me the star of the menu had to be the Crab and Prawn Créme Brulee, the scallops were fantastic as well but it's hard to beat the pork belly, or the crispy poussin. Orange Posset for dessert was a fabulous treat. For a Wednesday, there was a brilliant crowd and the atmosphere was bubbling along, helped but the warm and friendly service and delicious food. Great value too! It's definitely the star of the 'burbs!
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Roma Restaurant (Louth)

7 Park Street, Dundalk, Louth

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Cuisine:
Italian

Price Range:

Good
3 reviews

Reviewed 14th April 2009 ( visited 03rd April 2009 )

Proper Italian Chipper. The place is always busy, particularly Saturdays and Sundays. Home made ice cream to die for.
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The Tramyard Dalkey
Castle Street, Dalkey, Dalkey, Dublin

Lovely setting for a bright summer day, with plenty of people around, adding to the atmosphere. Unfortunately, the service didn't match the location with our section being sorely neglected by the wait staff as the restaurant was very busy. A word with the very excellent waiter however sorted it out, and his excellent customer service saved the day.

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Etto Merrion Row
18 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I've been wanting to try Etto for such a long time, but it's so popular, it was difficult to get a table. Well worth the wait though! A glass of prosecco to accompany the pate of young Iberico jamon which was a lovely beginning to the meal, followed by melt in the mouth featherblade of beef and pan seared cod. The featherblade was moist and tender, cooked slowly for 12 hours and served with creamy polenta while the cod was beautifully coloured and accompanied by baby new potatoes and a whisper of truffle. We were both (barely) fit for dessert and the lemon posset and the flourless chocolate cake beckoned and did not disappoint. Well worth a visit, friendly service, and celestial cooking, a winning combination!

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O'Connells Restaurant Donnybrook
135 Morehampton Road, Donnybrook, D04 HX46, Donnybrook, Dublin

I had read all the reviews of O'Connell's and was looking forward to eating there with my extended family. It's a big but busy spot with plenty of locals and tour groups around. The service was OK, friendly but inattentive for much of the time. However, the food was a real disappointment. I ordered the Caprese salad, a simple dish of three ingredients, which lives or dies by the quality of each element. The Toonsbridge mozzarella was perfect, but unfortunately, the tomatoes were cold and watery and let the dish down. A look around the table did not inspire with a very small smoked salmon plate, although the french onion soup and the lambs kidneys got the thumbs up.I ordered the scallops and risotto for main and it was not much better, with the 3 scallops sliced in half to make it look more generous, but left them rather rubbery atop the bland risotto. I am not a fan of adding salt to a finished dish, but in this case it needed it. The fillet steak that my partner ordered was the thinnest piece of fillet I've ever seen, it was cooked medium rare as requested, but because it was so thin, it lacked the lovely char on the outside, leaving it pallid and grey. Accompanied by curiously stale tasting crispy onions and soggy chips, it was one of the worst dishes of the evening. No one in our party was enticed to order a dessert. I am aware of the Irish culture of not making the restaurant aware of an issue at the time, however, I was invited out to this meal, and thus, it wasn't my place to speak to the serving staff. I am a local and I would not been keen to return to O'Connells in the near future. Listing the provenance of the ingredients is admirable, but not to do them justice with the preparation and cooking is unfortunate.

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1st Floor DCF
7 St Andrew Street, City Centre South, Dublin

We visited 1st Floor DCF as we are big fans of the amazing sandwiches in their downstairs deli and were hoping for some tasty food. I'm happy to say we were not disappointed! A short and concise menu with gems such as braised beef short ribs and the biggest tastiest plate of mussels I've ever had, it was a winner. Couple this with very reasonably priced wine and super friendly and efficient service, this is one restaurant that we'll definitely be visiting again and again!

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Cava Spanish Restaurant & Tapas Bar
51 Lower Dominick Street, Galway City, Galway

We headed here on the first night of our Galway trip. It was busy and bright, and we had a great table right in the middle, best placed to see all around. The menu is inviting and the only problem we had was reigning ourselves in from ordering too much. Even then, we still managed to order too much and struggled to finish Marinated anchovies, Steamed mussels in sherry and garlic, Serrano jamon and slow cooked prok belly. A good bottle of wine rounded off what was a very enjoyable meal in a lovely venue.

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Kirwans Lane
Kirwans Lane, Galway City, Galway

Popped over to Galway for the Easter break and decided to try out Kirwan's Lane for a nice dinner before heading back east. When I made the reservation that morning, I was old there was only 1 table left - a good sign I thought. Upon arriving, we were greeted by a very friendly waitress and shown to a lovely table. After having a look at the menu and deciding what I was having, we were told the lobster was off the menu, the restaurant just wasn't available to buy it seemingly? Our wine selection wasn't available either. Down to business, I ordered the crab cocktail and the Scallops with hazelnuts and cauliflower purée. Himself had mushrooms on toast and the sea bass. When the starters arrived, my crab cocktail had morphed into prawn cocktail. I advised the maitre d, who made a face and took it away. Not the best service I've had recently. The rest of the meal passed without incident and it was acceptable, but not outstanding. Nice enough, but not the best value I've had recently.

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The Green Hen
33 Exchequer street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Oh the deliciousness! Girls night out and I'd heard good things about the Green Hen so decided it was the venue for the evening. Delicious bellinis on arrival and we were shown to our table by the very charming waiter. I did notice quite a number of cheese dishes on the menu. I had pheasant, melt in the mouth served with parsnip and pear purée whilst my guests had the Seafood Casserole and the Cod. Two sides of pommes frites and dauphinoise potatoes completed the order and there was not a scrap left on any plate. Too full for desserts, although the Créme Brulee looked tempting we called for the bill. €106 excluding service for 3 mains, 2 sides and a bottle of wine. I would happily recommend the Green Hen to anyone.

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Three Qs
Church Road, Greystones, Wicklow

I've recently been here with friends for Sunday brunch and it really couldn't be faulted. After a long walk on the beach, I was starving and a little bit greedy and the full breakfast was just the ticket for me. It was gorgeous, all the elements were so tasty and well cooked. Himself had the Croque Monsieur made with brioche and was in ham and cheese heaven. Gorgeous breads, freshly squeezed juice and charming staff. It's definitely worth a visit.

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Bates Restaurant
Main Street, Rathdrum, Rathdrum, Wicklow

After hearing brilliant things about this restaurant, we decided to make a special detour to it for dinner and made a reservation. When we arrived, the Maitre D' asked that we come back in half an hour as they had a large table just in. We arrived back to be shown to a nice table at the lower end of the dining room beside the large table. With so much seafood on the menu, it seemed a shame not to indulge so a good selection was ordered. Prawns on toast for mise, scallops for himself and our guests went for the charcuterie plate and the foie gras respectively. All were very good, and decent sized portions. Perhaps too much so, as it was rather daunting to think there was a main course to follow. Himself went for the rib eye and we all ordered the seafood platters. As a passing comment leaving the table, the waiter remarked that he hoped we were hungry. Odd we thought until the platters arrived. Served on huge oval plates, there was brill, monkfish, salmon, sea bass scallops and crevettes. All in full main course size. No sauce accompanied the dish, on the plate or on side and all the fish was chargrilled and a bit dry. The platters could have richly served two people, even three, but served only to curb my appetite at the size. As the fish was blackened by the grill, it gave a rather acrid taste to the fish and the monkfish was cold. I donated my crevettes to my guest and in her attempt to peel them, most of the flesh came with the shell as they were severely under done. This was mentioned to the waitress. Afterwards we opted for coffees and the bill. The coffee arrived, but not the bill. After waiting a respectable twenty five minutes after finishing the coffee, all four of us traipsed to the top of the restaurant to collect the bill. The Maitre D' handed to himself while my friend mentioned the crevettes, to be told in no uncertain terms that the chef had tested them and they were perfectly cooked. It left a sour taste, worse even than chargrilled scallops.

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The Arch Bistro
Above the Glenside Pub, Landscape Road, South Dublin, Churchtown, Dublin

We had visitors staying and thought this would be the perfect place to eat having been here a few times before. For me the star of the menu had to be the Crab and Prawn Créme Brulee, the scallops were fantastic as well but it's hard to beat the pork belly, or the crispy poussin. Orange Posset for dessert was a fabulous treat. For a Wednesday, there was a brilliant crowd and the atmosphere was bubbling along, helped but the warm and friendly service and delicious food. Great value too! It's definitely the star of the 'burbs!

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Kanum Thai Ltd
77 Mespil Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

For me, this is the best Thai takeaway around! I've ordered food from Kanum since it opened in August last year and I have yet to be disappointed with any dish. Their service is fast and efficient delivery coupled with so very tasty food is a winning combination for me. It is on the expensive side of the take away scale, but I tend to think of it as good food fast, rather than fast food. An aside note, their customer service is excellant and the staff and warm and friendly. Definitely my weekly indulgence. Recommendations are the Pad Krapow, Bu Cha, and the Green curry along with the Tom Yam soup.

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The Lobster Pot
9 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

We visited this restaurant as a birthday treat for me. Originally having intended going further afield, the weather determined our choice in the end. ( It was snowing and blowing a gale!) You ring the doorbell to gain entry when you arrive and the Maitre d' arrives down to collect you and bring you upstairs and takes your coat. As it was a Tuesday night, there were only a very few tables occupied. I couldn't order a glass of prosecco as only available by the bottle so just has a sparkling water. Himself had a beer and we perused the menu and the restaurant itself. We had a nice seat beside the window overlooking Ballsbridge and also more importantly beside the radiator. The waiter informed us that there was no lobster available, after we had both decided to order it. We made our choices of Scallops and prawns in garlic butter for him and Chicken Liver paté for me. The waiter brought the pan to the table and spooned out the scallops and prawns at the table. For mains, I ordered the Coquille St Jacques and he had the dover sole. Both were lovely, but not outstanding. A nice creme brulee for me rounded off the meal. The menu is a bit like time travel, quite dated, back to the seventies in some cases. I felt that the price did not reflect the experience we had, with the bill coming to over €270 for two starters, two mains, one dessert, a bottle of wine (€32) one beer and a bottle of sparkling water. As aforementioned, the restaurant was very quiet with most of the tables unoccupied, and aproaching the end of our main courses, we were the only patrons in the restaurant. We were enjoing a quiet conversation when the waiter showed a party of four men to the table directly beside us, all of whom appeared to be architects intent on talking about sewerage disposal units and grease traps! It spoiled what was left of our meal, particularly as they could have been seated at ANY other table in the restaurant. I wouldn't return to The Lobster Pot as I feel that there is better value to be had elsewhere.

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Chandni Restaurant
174 Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Ballsbridge, Dublin

I have eatne here a few times, but as I live nearby, I tend to get a take away. The food is absolutely divine, and it has a good range of dishes. The starters always have a good flavour with the just the right amount of spice. If you collect the food in person, there's a 12% reduction on the menu price and if you spend more than €20, you get free soft drinks, more than €30, you get free beer and more than €40, you get a free bottle of wine. The staff are always pleasant and warm to deal with. It's definitely worth a visit, to sit in or take away.

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The Chop House Gastro Pub
2 Shelbourne Road, City Centre South, Dublin

I have been to The Chop House twice since it opened, once on the Monday and on a very busy Saturday night. The Saturday, we had a large noisy party of 7 and a booking for 9pm. The girls arrived early, so with the table not quite ready, had a sneaky glass of prosecco. The waiter apologised as there would be a bit of a delay but the place was hopping. When the lads arrived, recommendations were sought and given, and the waiter came to take the order. We had a good sample of the menu given the size of the group, Suckling pig, Pistou soup, Charcuterie plate as well as the special of scallops. All were excellent, but the Suckling pig with remoulade was the star to my mind. I decided to try the Rib Eye, as did most of our party, with the exception of two choosing the chicken and fish and chips. The steaks were melt in the mouth delicious, the chips were crispy and moreish and the accompanying pepper sauce was creamy and piquant. The steaks are served on a natty wooded board which makes for effective presentation. After that feast there was only one order for dessert, and that was for the Tarte au Citron. Having commandeered a taste, it was creamy and tangy and the base was very light and crisp. It must be noted that the service has yet to find it's flow, but the staff were very attentive, informative, warm and friendly and this more than made up for any delays. I'm delighted that it's local to me, and I'll definitely be back again.

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Chai Yo
100 Lower Baggot street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The girls in the office and I had lunch here today and while the food was fine, it has to be said the service was abysmally slow. We went for the €12.50 lunch deal which has 3 courses and is pretty good value. We were seated quickly and the room downstairs while busy wasn't full. It took quite a few minutes for the waitress to take our order and so we settled back and waited. And waited and ... Hopes were raised when the waiter approached our table with a tray of steaming food but it was for another customer entirely. When the appetisers did arrive (Chicken Dumplings, Tempura Prawns and Tempura Vegetables) they were very tasty. But then the waiting began again. I do normally like a little time between courses particularly in the evening but this is lunch and it's always a good idea to arrive back to the office before hometime. Just when we thought we'd have to resort to eating the tablecloth, the main courses arrived. Crispy shredded beef and Pad Thai with Prawns and Vegetables were eaten rather quickly as we called for the bill and hurried back to the day job. A nice meal, but rather ruined by the frustrating service.

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Govindas Restaurant (Merrion Row)
18 Merrion Row, City Centre South, Dublin

This is a great spot for lunch. The food is always tasty (I have dreams about their Dhal!) and there's plenty of it. Take aways are available and what they call a small box is really a large Chinese carton and really good value at €6.95. A small sit in plate costs the same and you get salad with it. It can get a bit squashed at lunchtime, but the food is tasty, fresh and very reasonably priced and that's the order of the day in these troubled times.

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Windsor Bar and Restaurant
Dublin st, Dundalk, Dundalk, Louth

This is a very busy restaurant and they have a no booking policy which can be annoying on a Saturday night. Nonetheless, this is a very wholesome restaurant, serving amazing steaks and the symphony of seafood is definietly one to try.

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Roma Restaurant (Louth)
7 Park Street, Dundalk, Louth

Proper Italian Chipper. The place is always busy, particularly Saturdays and Sundays. Home made ice cream to die for.

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Lennox Cafe and Bistro
31 Lennox Street, City Centre South, Dublin

This little café is nestled in the heart of Portobello, just up from the Bretzel Bakery and is the perfect spot to sit outside and watch the world go by. The food is delicious, I definitely recommend the mixed leave salad, with juicy figs and crispy parma ham. Desserts are worth a try with Creme Brulee topping the list. Finish it off with a glass of sparkling prosecco. A place to be recommended to while away your Saturday.

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The Baggot Inn
143 Lower Baggott Street, Baggot Street, St Stephens Green, Dublin

Working just off Baggot Street, The Baggot Inn used to be a favourite for lunch generally on pay day. I'd been away for a few weeks with work and decided to grab a bite to eat there a few weeks ago. Talk about going down hill. The first thing I noticed was that even though it was quarter to one, the place was practically empty. The next was that the menu was dramatically cut short. There had always been a few choices in the pastas and salads and meat dishes but now there was a rather poor selection which included a few Paninis, Lasagne and the obligatory burger. The special pasta was chicken in a cream sauce. My colleague who is vegetarian was none too impressed having been looking forward to Caesar salad. Having both decided upon the Mozzarella and Basil Panini, we were rather surprised when it arrived literally minutes later. The sandwiches were accompanied by a portion of chips that might have been ok the first or second time they were deep fried but were unpalatable as chip can be. The panini itself was a bit pallid, not very toasted and the filling was uninspiring and gloopy. At €8 it was bad value as neither of us enjoyed our meals. Perhaps their dinner/evening menu is better, but I won't be rushing back on pay day.

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The Steps Of Rome
1 Bird avenue, Clonskeagh, Clonskeagh, Dublin

Steps of Rome is an institution on Chatham Street with it's bright yellow awning adding a dash of colour as well as sheltering patrons from the inevitable irish rain! Food is simple but good and tasty - must haves are the pizza slices available to eat in or take away. (The potato and rosemary one is particularly good!) Also offered are a range of pastas and salads. Coffee is good, but beware of the house wine, can be sometimes a bit rough. Cash only at the till, but good value and tasty food are the order of the day here.

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Green Nineteen
19 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

Just had to say a few words as I keep returning here again and again. The cocktails are amazing (the list is updated regularly but some of the classics are always available) and the food is fantastic, decent wholesome food that leaves you rubbing your belly with contentment no matter what you order. Super friendly staff and a funky atmosphere, fab food and fantastic cocktails and drinks makes this a winning venue to hang out with friends.

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The Blackboard Bistro
The Basement, 4 Clare Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We recently made a visit here and it was a truly enjoyable experience. We were greeted and seated immediately and with a glass of Viognier in hand took time to take in our surroundings. The decor is classic bistro style and the setting is intimate. There is something to please everyone in the entrees, himself went for confit of chicken terrine served with cornichons and I decided on the New England clam chowder. The terrine was meaty and rich and himself enjoyed every bite. For me the chowder was good, plenty of lovely clams in a tomato and spicy soup. Both came served with nutty home made brown bread. For the main course there is a good seafood selection with choices of Pan-fried Cod and Grilled Sea Bass, but the carnivores are well catered for with a divine sounding pan-fried duck breast served with a cinnamon jus along with the ever pleasing fillet of beef. Our waiter however advised that we could have also had casserole of Rabbit or a slow roasted Lamb shank. I opted for the grilled Sea Bass, continuing with the fishy theme while himself opted for the Lamb shank. My fish was everything I had hoped for, crispy nicely golden skin and perfect white flesh underneath. It came served with julienned carrots and leeks and was served with a mussel cream and there were several juicy mussels dotted around the bowl also. Himeself reckoned the Lamb however was the star of the show. It arrived dark and caramelised with a decent daub of mashed potato and honey roasted carrots and parsnips. Inside the meat was perfectly cooked and flaking away from the bone and melted in your mouth. We decided against dessert having no room to sample the ginger creme brulee, passion fruit compote or the cheese board, although, given the previous courses I would imagine them to be particularly good. A glass of port along with a Kir for me concluded our meal and the bill arrived at a very reasonable €106 which included two starters, two mains one bottled beer and one bottle of Viognier, a port and a Kir.

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