Restaurant Reviews from Slainthe

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Odessa restaurant

13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Brasserie

Price Range:

Good
486 reviews

Reviewed 29th February 2008 ( visited 28th February 2008 )

We dined here last night and were impressed. The service is on the ball and attentive. Whilst the upstairs room seems a tad noisy we had a downstairs table which was intimate and comfortable. I had the soup of the day (pea and ham) which was good and the fish of the day which was served on a bed of bacon, mussels and granny smith apple which was actually very nice. My wife had the crab appetizer and steak for main and both were very good. The price is reasonable, but next time we will attend for the early bird menu which seems even better value.
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101 Talbot restaurant

Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Good
309 reviews

Reviewed 28th January 2008 ( visited 19th January 2008 )

We had pre-movie dinner here a couple of weeks back. It's amazing how the place clears out at 2030. The atmosphere is unpretentious and the service is very friendly. I had the breast of chicken which I would give 4 stars for, but my partner had spag bol which was pretty ordinary. Value wise it's ok. Overall not bad.
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Jo'Burger
137 Rathmines Road, Dublin 6 , South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin

Had dinner here with some friends tonight. The menus were cute and the feel was very cool. However as the night progressed the noise level became annoying. It's hard to hold a conversation in here without shouting. As for the food it was very good. The burgers are definitely gourmet.

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Imperial Chinese
12A Wicklow Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Had dim sum (otherwise known as yum cha) here a few times. I'd have to admit that prior to coming here I was pessimistic about the food quality as previous ventures for Chinese food in Dublin for us have been fairly disappointing. However! We were pleasantly surprised with the quality of the dim sum pastry and fillings. The service is good and whilst the ambiance is retro (think 1980's San Francisco Chinatown) it has its charm.

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

We dined here last night and were impressed. The service is on the ball and attentive. Whilst the upstairs room seems a tad noisy we had a downstairs table which was intimate and comfortable. I had the soup of the day (pea and ham) which was good and the fish of the day which was served on a bed of bacon, mussels and granny smith apple which was actually very nice. My wife had the crab appetizer and steak for main and both were very good. The price is reasonable, but next time we will attend for the early bird menu which seems even better value.

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Simons Place Coffee Shop
22 South Great Georges Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Had lunch here yesterday. I'm from Melbourne Australia and it reminded me of the cafes along Brunswick street. There's a lively hippy/grungey/backpacker/unistudent feel to the place, and the service is unpretentious. The sandwiches and soup are simple but fresh. A glass of juice costs 1.20 which is probably the most reasonably priced beverage this side of the Liffey (disappointingly, it is out of a carton though). It's good to see a place that's not setting out to rip people off for a change.

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Chez Max (Palace Street)
1 Palace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here as a party of four on a Friday night. Very busy but cosy environment. The tables were close together but I did not notice our neighbours too much. The service was charming. For starters I had the French onion soup which was good. My partner had the goat's cheese parcel, she enjoyed that. I had the fillet steak for main course which was very good (and cooked exactly as I'd ordered). I was expecting pommes frites rather than wedges but I'd still give the dish 4 stars. My partner ate the mussels which were small and had tiny crabs hanging out of their mouths. Probably not the best mussels out there, and we didn't need to be reminded of their place in the animal kingdom. I sampled a few and would give that dish 2 stars. We had creme brulee for dessert which I quite liked but my partner found too sweet. The cost including wine and 15% was 40 euro each. I'd go back. I wouldn't go for the mussels though.

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The Hungry Monk
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

Didn't make a booking but walked in on a Sunday evening and we were offered the stools and barrel table next to the window. The service was very attentive and friendly. I had the burger with cheese which was ok. Wife had cod and chips which was good and mum had the curry which was good. Great decor. The other clientele appear to be older couples or men on there own.

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101 Talbot
Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

We had pre-movie dinner here a couple of weeks back. It's amazing how the place clears out at 2030. The atmosphere is unpretentious and the service is very friendly. I had the breast of chicken which I would give 4 stars for, but my partner had spag bol which was pretty ordinary. Value wise it's ok. Overall not bad.

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Yamamori Noodles
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here with a friend. The place was packed and it was pretty noisy. I don't go to bars because I can't hear what people are saying and the same goes for this restaurant. The food is reasonable. We had a few sushi/sashimi platters. Elsewhere in the world this would cost much less.

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Govindas Restaurant (Aungier Street)
4 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We were drawn into the shop by the smell as we walked past. The service is cheerful. The servings were generous in size and surprisingly tasty (we're usually carnivores). We're definitely going back when we feel like a curry or vegetarian food again.

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Eden
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin

Excellent food and service. A bit on the pricey side but this is something you expect. The atmosphere is classy though I found that the room was noisy. A friend ate the scallops which looked the part.

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The Abbey Tavern, Howth,
Abbey Street, Howth, Dublin

Went on a Sunday afternoon for lunch as a party of four. Nice comfortable environment. The service is on the slow side. We had to ask at the bar to put our order in but were told it was table service. The food came after about half an hour. We didn't mind as we were chatting but we noticed another table getting annoyed. When it arrived the food was reasonably good. The cod was fresh and chips well fried. The cauliflower soup was very good but the sandwiches that came with them were dry. The seafood symphony was good. Price was ok. Another bad thing is that the lunch menu is very limited.

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O'Neills Bar & Restaurant
Suffolk Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Nice relaxed atmosphere with a fairly comprehensive carvery and separate salad/soup bar make this great for a casual meal. Not fine dining but very good value.

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Charlies Four
8 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Fairly average food that matches the price. Fine if you are after a quick bite of something other than burgers/pizzas but definitely not outstanding. The curry prawn mee was far too chilli. The nasi lemak was satisfactory but on the smaller side.

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Fafies
2 Lower Kevin, South Circular, Dublin

Great little place. Today we tried the spinach and pine nut savoury crepe and the apple cinnamon sweet crepe. Both were delicious and the only critisism is the apple crepes needed a little more filling (but maybe this is the way they are meant to be). The service is charming and the atmosphere cute. Price is reasonable. Would go again.

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Bad Ass Cafe
Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I read about this place in a travel guide book. The atmosphere is noisy and relaxed. You will notice a lot of tourists in here. The menu is standard burger joint fare. I really can't comment on the main meals as we only went for dessert. I can tell you not to order the ice cream sundae. The vanilla ice cream was icy and the chocolate sauce tasted cheap. The apple crumble pie was average and small. The service was ok.

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New Tin Tin
7 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

We had the pre-6pm special. The serving sizes were quite large and very affordable. The food is average. The service is fast and the surroundings are clean and comfortable. Not a place to take your date though.

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Ginger
146a Lower Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin

The restaurant itself was quiet on a week-night and we decided to order take-away. The service was attentive and friendly. The menu contained all of the traditional South Indian dishes. We tried a prawn curry which contained only a few prawns. The lamb curry was very good. We also had a dahl which was excellent. The naan bread was a little on the burnt side. Valuewise we had a good dinner with enough left over for lunch the next day and it cost a little over 30 euro. Good quality, fast Indian food.

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The Bull & Castle and F.X. Buckley Steakhouse
5-7 Lord Edward Street, Christchurch, Dublin 8, City Centre South, Dublin

Overall the pub is pleasant and clean. The service is attentive and timely. The barman recommended a Czech beer for me, which was good. I had a steak pie, which was served hot, tasty, and a fair size. I would say this is decent pub grub in a fairly friendly atmosphere. If you are really into your beer this is the place for you as there is a great choice. Didn't check out the beer hall.

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Mandarin House
179 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

We did not have a booking so we had to wait for 15 minutes. We found the environment simple but clean. The wait staff were efficient, though not overly communicative. The food we ordered was served hot and we found the dishes to be very flavoursome. The prices are reasonable. We would dine here again if we were passing by but would not go out of our way.

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Kitchen
3 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We were pleasantly surprised by how quick our food was served to us despite it being a busy Thursday night. On other nights when it is not as busy, the service is still efficient. The pasta dishes are very tasty and are reasonably priced, as the servings are very large. Add: been back a few times now, our favourite pasta place.

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