Restaurant Reviews from Slurryhead

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Buenos Aires Grill restaurant

Unit 2 Castle Way, Golden Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Argentinean

Price Range:

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466 reviews

Reviewed 14th April 2013 ( visited 12th April 2013 )

Been here a few times before and always enjoyed both the food and ambience. We had a M.P. voucher this time (half price 4 course dinner) and we were a little disappointed. Clearly, there was a special limited menu and I would even be suspicious about the quality of steak served to voucher users. The discrimination was blatant for one starter in that the regular customer who ordered empenada got 2 portions where the voucher user got just one. We observed this practice during the night. I ordered the strip loin steak medium while my wife asked for the ribeye. They both appeared on the table a bit undercooked (bloody) which was not a big issue for us but my steak in particular was hard work. Nobody came during our meal to ask how it was. When I had finished I showed my waitress the amount of steak left on the plate (chewed or grizzle) and said I was disappointed. She said that was a pity but that was the end of it. No apology or no explanation was forthcoming. The desserts were tasty but a trifle on the small side and would have been expensive at the full price of €6.99. My wife enjoyed her 3 glasses of red wine at €5.75 each. She thought they were reasonably priced but lamented that it is becoming difficult to buy a half bottle of wine in a restaurant. We had a pleasant evening and our meal was good value at €40 (excl drinks). It would have been very poor value at the €80 which was advertised in the voucher offer as being the normal price. If I go out for a meal in a first class restaurant, I do not want to be treated as a second class citizen as happened to a degree in this instance. The normal floor manager was not present on this night but if he was, I would certainly have spoken to him about this.
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The Exchange Restaurant and Cocktail Bar

The Westin Dublin, At College Green, Westmoreland Street, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Brasserie

Price Range:

Good
75 reviews

Reviewed 18th October 2013 ( visited 16th October 2013 )

I've been here several times and always came away smiling. The food is stunning and the Early Bird Menu is great value. I notice that there is a supplement payable on more of the items on the menu than there used to be and some of them are a bit puzzling. However, for the quality of food service and the quality of the service, it's well worth it. There were 8 of us there last Wednesday night (BYO night) and everybody was impressed. The atmosphere was a bit light due to the small numbers dining and I hope we weren't too rowdy for the other diners. The service was also a bit slow but maybe the waiting staff observed that we were a group who were out for a night of chat and banter. The slow pace of the meal suited us fine but I think I would have been waving my hands about a bit if I was just dining here with my wife (which I hope to do again in the very near future). This place really is a gem and its situation in the centre of town, convenient to buses, Dart and Luas couldn't be better. Drinks from the bar are a bit price (€5.70 for a pint of Guinness) but that's a small price to pay in the overall context.
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Stoop Your Head
Harbour Road, Skerries, Skerries, Dublin

Had a light lunch with my wife here on a beautiful summer's day overlooking the harbour. It was magic. We ate in the sunroom (boy was it sunny) and started with two nice cool beers. My wife had an trio open sandwich of smoked salmon, prawns and crab claws while I continued the seafood theme with the seafood pie (In truth it was fish pie). Service was swift, although my second drink order was forgotten until I issued a reminder, and the food was really good and reasonably priced. Lovely ambience here, especially in the ultra warm afternoon sunshine.

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The Harbour Bar (Rush)
Lower Main Street, Rush, Co. Dublin., Rush, Dublin

My wife and I had an enjoyable bar meal here early on a Friday evening. It was our first time here and we came in fresh from a lovely walk along the beach and harbour. We had the fish pie and the rib eye of lamb, with ample fresh veg, followed by a shared dessert all washed down by 2 pints of Guinness each. The bill came to €53 which was very reasonable for what we had. The only downside was the Banoffee desert at €5.95 which had a most disappointing tasteless base and could have done without the sprayed on cream. Given the wonderful main courses it was a pity that some thought wasn't put into the dessert. We mentioned this to our very pleasant waitress but had no response from the kitchen. If we were in Rush again, we would certainly revisit but I'm not sure that we would travel any distance to dine here.

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Hilan Chinese & Korean Restaurant
45 Capel Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Dropped in here on spec on a Friday evening. It looked very promising as there were quite a few Asian customers. We had 2 beers to start which were very well priced for a restaurant. Looking back on the reviews now, we seem to have missed some very interesting options on the menu and we could probably have done with some guidance. We shared a mixed starter of BBQ lamb and beef skewers. The lamb was tasty but the beef was tough and inedible. I had the Duck and Mushroom (€14.90) while my wife had sizzling aubergine with pork (€10.90). She was disappointed that the aubergine was deep fried in light batter which was not clear on the menu but still found them quite appetizing. We had 2 bowls of egg fried rice (€3.90) but one would have been more than sufficient. Our bill came to €44.10 which was reasonable but certainly not a giveaway for what we got. We would go again but would spend more time studying the voluminous menu before placing our order.

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Firepit
40 Aungier Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Certainly not the venue for a fancy night out. More a cafe than a restaurant but with restaurant waiting time. We had a Menupages voucher but discovered that the meal price on the menu was very little more than the voucher price. While there were very generous helpings of starter and mains, there was an overdose of salt in many of the ingredients. Strangely there was no offering of dessert or coffee even though we would have been happy to pay on top of the voucher. Don't be fooled by the 5 stars as the menupages website is malfunctioning and I could not reduce the star ratings to 2 on my iPad as was my inclination.

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Toscana City Centre
3 Cork Hill, Dame Street (opposite Dublin Castle), Dublin City Centre, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Wow !! Best Italian restaurant in town for the Early Bird Menu. Great atmosphere, great staff, genuine Italian food cooked to perfection. Excellent location opposite Dublin Castle. Been here twice to see if it could be as good the second time around. Affirmative.

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The Central
4 Trimgate Street, Navan, Meath

52 of us rocked up here on Sunday afternoon (Dolce Choir) after making a reservation and had a wonderful dining experience. We were directed to the upstairs dining room and, given ournumber, we were expecting a delay in getting served. However, the Restaurant had obviously made provision for the increased numbers and waitresses were immediately on hand to take our orders. The first starters began to arrive even before the last orders were taken. Most people went for the 3 course special menu at €23.95 which was remarkable value. I had the smokies (smoked fish chowder with cheesy topping) to start followed by the best pork belly I've had in a long time. To finish I had the Key Lime pie which was a little heavy, together with a pot of tea. All for €24.95. The service was most impressive as the waiting staff were both extremely pleasant and efficient at their task. Unfortunately, our request for individual billing cause a long delay at the till but we could blame nobody else but ourselves for this. This is a great little spot right in the middle of Navan. They also had an impressive list of craft beers which, because of our singing commitment (Navan Choral Festival) our musical director would not allow us to explore in advance of our performance. Hopefully, I will be back to sample the offerings from the beer list in the near future. Truly, this is a little gem for native Navanians or anybody passing through.

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The Donkey Shed Restaurant
Newbarn Farm, Old Ashbourne Road, Ashbourne, Meath

The Donkey Shed at Newbarn Farm is a lovely place to visit, particularly with young children. The restaurant offers an excellent range of wholesome foods including some amazing salads and pies at very reasonable prices. When we visited for lunch on St Patricks Day it was pretty crowded but we were attended to promptly and our food arrived without delay. Service was pleasant and attentive and we really enjoyed our meal. Afterwards, we strolled through the farm and said hello to the ducks, geese, pigs, goats, hens and, of course, the donkeys. The farm shop is nearby where one can buy some of the vegetables and fruits produced on the farm. Well worth the visit and not solely to eat.

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

We booked for four people on a Tuesday night at short notice. The welcome from the young Moroccan waitress was genuine and warm. Immediately on entering through the ornate front door, it is clear that this is a special place. Walking into the eating area is like entering one of Tangiers' traditional restaurant. Great attention has been paid to the authenticity of the wall and ceiling decoration and ornamentation. There is a decidedly 'Moroccan' scent throughout arising from the fabulous spices and slow cooking methods utilised in the kitchen on the next floor. The diminutive waitress hauls on the ropes of the dumb waiter to transport the food from kitchen to dining room in a manner that would make her a valuable crew member on a sailing ship. The menu was simple and straightforward with the various types of Moroccan cuisine categorised. In addition to the lamb specialty, they also had beef, chicken, rabbit, cow tongue and vegetable options. Between us, we had a combination of tajines, couscous and bastilla followed by some Moroccan desserts and mint tea. Everyone was delighted with their dish (one of which was shared between two of the ladies). The house wine was reasonable and very drinkable (We ordered a second) and the only disappointment from our previous visit was that the house did not have a Moroccan beer on this occasion. We were assured that it was a stock issue and Moroccan beer would be available for our next visit. This is a lovely dining experience at a very reasonable price. Service is pleasant and timely and it was hard to understand why there were quite a few tables unoccupied. A fuller house would have benefited the atmosphere. Even at that it was easy to imagine that we were eating worlds away from Dublin City centre. This was our second visit and we will definitely be back again.

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

Wife and I popped in here for something fast on a Saturday night. The place was buzzing and the upstairs restaurant was fully booked for the following 2 hours. We bought a starter of beetroot and pear salad, which we shared, and 2 lovely main courses (beef stew plus lamb curry) which we were able to take with us to the wine cellar to eat. There we had some nice craft beers to go with our meal. We could have purchased a bottle of wine from the cellar and consumed it for a €10 corkage fee. There was a great atmosphere but, if anything, it was a bit too noisy. Great value and excellent simple food right in the centre of town.

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Saison
21 Kildare Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

After an initial misunderstanding about our voucher, we settled down to an excellent meal. We went for the 3 course menu at €39.50. For starters we had pigeon breast and scallops which were delicious. Our mains were slow cooked ox cheek and roast duck both of which came with mouth watering side surprises. Our bottle of white Spanish house wine was very drinkable and reasonably priced at €27. Dessert was equally imaginative to the first two courses and the meal goes down as one of the best we've had in Dublin for a long time. Service was courteous and timely. The meal was priced a bit higher than our usual 3 course evening meal in Dublin but was well worth the experience. We will be back.

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The Old Bake House (Clare)
Main Street, Milltown Malbay, Clare

My wife and I ate here late on a Monday night. The food was excellent and the friendliness of the staff was matching. We shared a seafood starter which was more than adequate. We had scallops and hake as main courses plus all the trimmings and we finished off with an excellent Sticky toffee pudding. All was washed down with craft beer and the well priced house wine. A crying baby guest upset the ambience until the restaurant owner took the infant under her wing and mollified the child where the mother could not. Well done Mrs Bakehouse. We will definitely be back.

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Shangri-la Malaysian Chinese Restaurant
16 Stoneybatter, North Dublin, Stoneybatter, Dublin

Food was nice but nothing special. Would have been poor value for money if we had to pay the alleged full value (We had a Menu Pages voucher). Pleasant and prompt service but restaurant was far short of capacity.

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

First the positives; this is a lovely and well appointed restaurant. I understand it started life under a well known celebrity chef but is now under new management. We had a voucher which represented reasonable value for what we got but it would have been very disappointing if we had been paying the full whack. It's a shame that in the majority of voucher meals now, the voucher holder is treated as a second class diner and rarely encouraged to return at regular prices. While our offer was for any two main courses from the A la carte menus, the menu we were given was pitifully limited. We shared a starter and then we each ordered the strip loin steak. While we asked for one medium and one rare, both came out pretty much the same. They were served with a non descriptive sauce which, when I asked what it was, I was told it was pepper and Jack Daniels. Not only was there no obvious evidence of The American spirit, but it was even short on pepper ! As we were in a hurry, we didn't sample the desserts. Brasserie 7 has huge potential and I wish it well but I hope the the fare for regular diners is better than that offered to voucher holders.

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Damascus Gate
10 Upper Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

Went along with my wife and had a very pleasant Wednesday evening. It wasn't very busy but it was a Wednesday. Amazing to see people eating outside on a late November evening (albeit under heaters). The menu of simple Syrian/Lebanese food is relatively short which makes choosing easy. The owner was available to advise on the various dishes which was most helpful. The food and service were very good We didn't bring wine but the house wine was very acceptable and excellent value. Bit of a bummer that they didn't have a beer licence so, no beer available. As I said previously, a very pleasant evening at a reasonable price and we would return again.

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The Exchange Restaurant and Cocktail Bar
The Westin Dublin, At College Green, Westmoreland Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I've been here several times and always came away smiling. The food is stunning and the Early Bird Menu is great value. I notice that there is a supplement payable on more of the items on the menu than there used to be and some of them are a bit puzzling. However, for the quality of food service and the quality of the service, it's well worth it. There were 8 of us there last Wednesday night (BYO night) and everybody was impressed. The atmosphere was a bit light due to the small numbers dining and I hope we weren't too rowdy for the other diners. The service was also a bit slow but maybe the waiting staff observed that we were a group who were out for a night of chat and banter. The slow pace of the meal suited us fine but I think I would have been waving my hands about a bit if I was just dining here with my wife (which I hope to do again in the very near future). This place really is a gem and its situation in the centre of town, convenient to buses, Dart and Luas couldn't be better. Drinks from the bar are a bit price (€5.70 for a pint of Guinness) but that's a small price to pay in the overall context.

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Hamptons Grill
Henry Street, Limerick City, Limerick

I toddled along with Mammy Slurryhead and Mrs Slurryhead for the Early Bird menu even though we were about 15 minutes beyond the 7.00 pm deadline. Not a problem. The menu was full of mouth watering choices. Mammy started with the Caesar Salad, Mrs had the Goat's Cheese and I had the Duck Spring Rolls. All three were excellent and substantial. For mains, both ladies had the Duck while I had the Lamb Shank. I probably made the poorer choice as the shank seemed to be a bit over cooked and tasted a little bland compared to other Lamb Shanks I've enjoyed. The mains were accompanied by a very generous range of sides. For dessert, we had pavlova, lemon tart and malteser cheesecake. All was washed down with a nice cup of tea. The bill came to exactly €100, which included a pint of Guinness and a half carafe of Rascal Shiraz. The service was very pleasant and prompt with the exception of a delay in delivering the drinks before the meal. I would highly recommend this restaurant. No wonder it was buzzing while we were there with hardly a vacant table in sight.

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

Been here a few times before and always enjoyed both the food and ambience. We had a M.P. voucher this time (half price 4 course dinner) and we were a little disappointed. Clearly, there was a special limited menu and I would even be suspicious about the quality of steak served to voucher users. The discrimination was blatant for one starter in that the regular customer who ordered empenada got 2 portions where the voucher user got just one. We observed this practice during the night. I ordered the strip loin steak medium while my wife asked for the ribeye. They both appeared on the table a bit undercooked (bloody) which was not a big issue for us but my steak in particular was hard work. Nobody came during our meal to ask how it was. When I had finished I showed my waitress the amount of steak left on the plate (chewed or grizzle) and said I was disappointed. She said that was a pity but that was the end of it. No apology or no explanation was forthcoming. The desserts were tasty but a trifle on the small side and would have been expensive at the full price of €6.99. My wife enjoyed her 3 glasses of red wine at €5.75 each. She thought they were reasonably priced but lamented that it is becoming difficult to buy a half bottle of wine in a restaurant. We had a pleasant evening and our meal was good value at €40 (excl drinks). It would have been very poor value at the €80 which was advertised in the voucher offer as being the normal price. If I go out for a meal in a first class restaurant, I do not want to be treated as a second class citizen as happened to a degree in this instance. The normal floor manager was not present on this night but if he was, I would certainly have spoken to him about this.

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

This was our second time to eat here. We were so impressed by our first visit that we brought the whole family back for our pre Christmas gettogether. The meal was faultless but I had one complaint. Following our last visit, we received a discount card which promised 20% off food and drink. However, when we got the bill, we were told that the discount was only on one of our 6 meals. To get a discount on all the meals, we would have needed 6 discount cards !! I have never heard of such an arrangement before. In fairness, they included the most expensive bottle of wine in the discount. As I said, the meal, service and atmosphere was excellent. It was a pity that the discount was not explained better, either when we were given the card or even before the meal (when we mentioned that we had a discount card).

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

You just can't beat Roly's. It's been here for years but the quality and value are better than ever. Even on a Monday night the place was buzzing but the service was not compromised. Mrs Slurryhead and I had a very pleasant 3 course meal and a couple of pints of Guinness to wash it down. Our waiter was a little on the dour side but his service was exemplary. Has to be amongst the best value restaurants in town. A classy restaurant, classy service, classy food but no classy prices.

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Botanic House Bar and Grill
22-26 Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Glasnevin, Dublin

Time was when you had to go into the city for a nice meal if you lived in Phibsboro or Glasnevin. Not anymore ! The gastro pub has come into its own in this area and Botanic House is one of the best in the area. The menu is uncomplicated and the food is fantastic. We had the fish cakes and the spring roll for starters. These were freshly made and came with a simple salad. An excellent starter. My wife had the sirloin steak which was slightly overcooked on her order but still delicious (I had a taste). My lamb shank was one of the best I've had. Plenty of deliciously cooked meat and very little of the grizzle which is inevitable to some degree or other on all lamb shanks. We shared a scrumptious dessert of apple and berry crumble which was freshly made and accompanied by two dollops of vanilla ice cream and a nicely crafted home made wafer. The Merlot house wine at €18 was very drinkable. Our meal came to a very reasonable €52 which we felt compelled to top up to €60 in view of the pleasant and timely service we had enjoyed. The only downside to comment on was the slightly muted atmosphere in the lounge due to the small number of patrons present. Under new management, the Botanic House is new to the good food game and I can only imagine that its popularity will grow as word spreads about the excellent food and value available. Highly recommended.

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

Went along for my menu pages deal last Friday and it was brilliant. Very pleasant maitre d and service in general was very good. Great starters especially the chowder. We shared the meat platter, which was enormous, as a main course. We brought away a doggie bag with what we couldn't finish and we fed the rest of the family for the weekend. There was steak, pork belly, chicken, ribs, chorizo sausages, puddings among other things. Only problem was we had to struggle to make room for dessert which was just as high quality as the rest of the meal. Great food, nice atmosphere and excellent value.

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

This is one of the best value eateries in the city centre. Great atmosphere, great food, pleasant staff and great value. Even though we were in time for the early bird, we choose from the extensive range outside the EB and were not disappointed. My only gripe was that the low level of lighting made it very difficult to read the menus. Otherwise, brilliant.

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Peppe Restaurant
31 North Brunswick Street, Smithfield, Dublin

This was lovely. We used a Livingsocial voucher and it was probably the best value we have got to date. It's a cosy little spot and the service was cheerful as well as being very timely (not rushed but not kept waiting unduly). The starters were delicious and my wife's lasagne was one of her best ever (with possible exception of the one she makes herself which I can vouch for). I'm afraid I couldn't resist the steak and it was great. It was done just as I had asked and the mushroom laced pepper sauce was just right. The house wine was very acceptable. We asked for a doggie bag for the Lasangne and the remains of our very large spinach side. Our only mistake was to go for a previously unheard of Italian dessert which turned out to be mini doughnuts without the hole. Downside of the night was a shortage of atmosphere as the restaurant was far from full. We will be back again shortly.

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The Dining Room
35 Dawson Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Great Table d'Hote menu for €25. I booked for 4 for Friday evening. Was told 7.00 pm was the last booking available which was strange as the restaurant was only two thirds full (TD menu is supposed to be available all evening). Salmon and pate starters were excellent and the main courses of slow cooked beef and fresh haddock were exquisite. The creme caramel and rhubarb pie desserts were a worthy finale. Coffees at €3 extra were acceptable. There is a 12.5% service charge which tends to limit the quality of service provided. Our waitress was curt and not overly friendly. However, this was a quality meal at a budget price and I would certainly go back again.

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Dada Restaurant
45 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

My wife and I ate here on a busy Friday evening. Just made it in before early bird deadline but Mrs decided to forego it in favour of a lamb tagine which was very meaty and quite tasty. I went for the EB and started with the chicken kebab, a good choice which we both nibbled on while we waited for mains. I had the chicken supreme tagine which was just about ok. The mint tea was a bit anaemic but the bottle of Moroccan beer was good if, as usual, a bit overpriced. Atmosphere was good and there was a nice buzz about the place. Service and toilets were very good. One small thing; there was an error on my bill where the early bird menu items were charged for individually, increasing the cost by a about €4. Waiter apologised and corrected it when I drew it to his attention.

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Botticelli
3 Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

Had a quick lunch here on my tod last Monday. I was a bit late (1.50) so there weren't many still eating. The lunch menu is €9.80 for which I had an tasty minestrone, an excellent spagetti carbonara and washed it down with a jug of water with a cappuchino to finish. Helpings were very generous. As expected, the choice is limited but adequate. Service was fast and friendly and definitely to be recommended at lunch time. I'll have to go back in the evening to see what it's like for dinner.

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Les Freres Jacques
74 Dame Street, Dublin City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

An all male group of 7 of us ate here (Early Bird) on a Friday night recently. Most of us stuck to the non supplement menu items which were more than adequate. The food was sumptious and the service was classy: We enjoyed our meal immensely and the good humour of the waiters added to our evening. While the menu without supplements is restricted, most people will find something to their liking for the basic 2 course or 3 course early bird price. As in most of these establishments, the wine is pricey unless you stick with the house wine which was quite palatable. Great value for a lovely restaurant and I'll definitely be back again.

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The Exchange Restaurant and Cocktail Bar
The Westin Dublin, At College Green, Westmoreland Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Mrs Slurryhead and I had a most enjoyable meal here on Friday night of the Italian rugby match weekend. We choose from the pre theatre menu which is great value at €18.50 for 2 course and €22.50 for 3 courses. The staff couldn't have been friendlier and service was brisk without being rushed. Her ladyship had the wild mushrooms to start while I had the clams. Both dishes were large helpings and very tasty. We then had the salmon and risotto which were well presented and thoroughly enjoyable. We finished with a shared toffee banofffee dessert which was so well presented, it was a shame to eat it. Our bill for 2 came to €41 which was the best value for quality food, service and presentation, I've had in town for some time. The only downside is that the wine list and other drinks are very pricey but I suppose they have to make their money somewhere. We'll be back very soon. Slurryhead.

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The Peacock Restaurant @ Finnstown Country House
Newcastle Road, West Co. Dublin, Lucan, Dublin

If you want to pamper yourself (or indeed someone else) or have something to celebrate keep this spot in mind.  At €37.50 the four course evening dinner menu is excellent value for any occasion. The venue is superb.  Converted from country house to hotel many years ago, it still exudes the warmth and intimacy of its former existence.  The hotel is furnished in period style leather and there is a palpable air of grandeur throughout.  When we arrived we were shown into the lounge by the friendly maitre d'. for a pre dinner drink, from where we were able to order our meal at our leisure. Both of our starters, the chicken pancake and the deep fried brie served with home baked breads, were excellent.  Our main courses of duck and lamb were cooked to perfection and went down very well with a lovely selection of vegetables.  We had trouble choosing from the tempting range of desserts but finally opted for a luscious banoffee pie and a sticky toffee pudding (a tad too dry) which we washed down with tea and coffee. The waiting staff were warm and friendly and any request was responded to immediately. Even though it was a busy Saturday night, we were informed that the table was ours for the evening.  We took our time, enjoying the resident pianist tinkling the ivories, and eventually retreated to the lounge for a digestif before heading home contentedly.  Drinks, including wines, were all reasonably priced.  This is a classy joint and with such a combination of quality, lovely old world ambience, service and value, we'll be back for the next birthday.

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Le Bon Crubeen
81-82 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I'd nearly give this spot top marks but not quite yet. We shared a starter of fish cakes which were tasty but were not heated through. My wife and I both had the fillet of lamb. She was delighted with hers but mine was tough. We swopped bites and both agreed. The manager couldn't have been better when I called him. He said he would replace it immediately and he was as good as his word. He suggested that the toughness may have been because I asked for medium rare which I said I couldn't accept. My replacement fillet was tasty but not pink enough for my liking. For dessert we chose apple crumble and bread and butter pudding. The crumble was the winner here as the B&B pudding was very dry. The lamb main courses were great value at €12.50 each but I thought the desserts were pricey at €5.95. We had a bottle of Shiraz for €20 and this was very good. I was a little disappointed with my main but I'd go back again to sample another main course and to acknowledge the absolute courtesy and service of the manager.

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Louies Bistro
20 Mountjoy Square East, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Had a very pleasant early bird meal here with my wife and daughter on Friday evening. Contrary to other reviewers' fears, this area is pretty safe and I'm not sure why they should feel otherwise. Southsiders' phobia perhaps ? If in any doubt, the very helpful staff will call a taxi for patrons. I had the chowder, which was top class and the striploin steak which was a bit chewey (my daughters steak was very tender). When I mentioned this to the manager, he promptly reduced the bill. Panacotta and apple tart desserts were excellent and the bill was very reasonable. This is an amazing restaurant based in a 250 year old Georgian house that has been tastefully renovated and with some style. Glad to see that the availability times for the pre theatre menu have been corrected on this site as they were very misleading. If you have to switch to the A La Carte menu, it turns a little bit pricey. I liked the fact that there is a full bar service although Arthur's Day, the previous day, must have created a run on their Guinness as the pump was dry when I visited. Louies slots into my top ten Dublin restaurants for value friendliness and quality (albeit towards the bottom end) and I hope it gets the custom it deserves to sustain itself in an area where there is a limited number of good eating houses.

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Captain America's Cookhouse And Bar
44 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Haven't been here for years (maybe 25) but had lunch with work group yesterday and it was good value and not crowded. I had the Chicken and Cheese Enchilada which came with a free soft drink of choice for €9.95. The enchilada was very tasty and came with 2 large baked potatoes and salad. Be sure to order from the special lunch menu though as the same dish could cost you more from the A La Carte and you'll pay extra for your soft drink. There was a bit of a gap between different people getting their meal but there were 13 of us so perhaps not that surprising. Pleasant waitress though who enquired how all were enjoying their meal. 10% added onto bill for service. I'd go again.

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Messrs Maguire
O'Connell Bridge, Burgh Quay, City Centre South, Dublin

Good Pub Grub. Had lunch from the carvery with a friend recently and I reckon this place ranks with the best. At €10.50 for the main course, it was excellent value for really good helpings of tasty food. I had the poached salmon wrapped in sole which would have been a quality dish in an evening restaurant. There was a delicious lemon sauce and more than enough good roast/boiled potatoes and vegetables that were cooked just right unlike some establishments where the veg is ridiculously over cooked. My friend had the pork with much the same sides as I had and, even though he's a big lad, he struggled to finish his meal. This is a lovely bar on several levels, fitted out in beautiful timber in the old style. It is full of little nooks and crannies with dining tables where one gets a feeling of private dining. Great value for Dublin City Centre. Must try it in the evening some time.

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The Purty Kitchen (Dun Laoghaire)
3-5 Old Dun Laoghaire Road, Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I had eaten here several times before with my family and found it very enjoyable. However, I brought a group of 4 couples to eat on the Saturday night of the Dun Laoghaire Regatta in July. 5 of the group, including myself, ordered the seafood skillet special which was delicious. We had a most enjoyable evening and we could not fault the value for money. However, I called back the following day to complain on behalf of 4 of my friends and myself and, having eventually managed to speak to a manager, he promised to contact their suppliers and to call me back on my mobile. I rang a week later to say I was still awaiting a response and was again promised one (different manager). Several weeks later, I emailed my complaint to the Purty Kitchen email address on MenuPages but again got no response. I dropped in recently for a quick lunch and asked to speak to the manager about my previous experience. He offered no apology or explanation other than to say he was not the manager I'd spoken to previously. He pretty much blanked me. It's a pity as this is a fine gastro pub but I wouldn't return to any establishment that totally ignores customer complaints. Sorry, I won' t be back and neither will my friends.

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The Poachers Inn Bar & Restaurant
Clonakilty Road, Bandon, Bandon, Cork

Seems to be one of the few decent places to eat in Bandon. We had the warm chicken salad starter (€7.90), the tapas plate (€9.95) the hake (€22.95), the seafood pie (€16.50). We finished with the apple crumble and the delicious banoffi pie (both clearly homemade but a bit pricey at €5.95 each). The hake was very generous and, while the pie looked a bit meager, it was almost 100% delicious seafood. Together with a pint of Murphys and a pot of tea for Mrs Slurryhead, our bill came to €75. While that was a bit steep for pub grub it was definitely restaurant quality and we were absolutely stuffed. Service was friendly and prompt even though there was a fair sized crowd in the bar. The one fault I would raise was the size of the gent's toilet. I can't imagine what it would be like approaching closing time if the bar was full as there was barely room to turn around there.

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Jimmy Chungs
Eden Quay, City Centre North, Dublin

This is different. Went with my two early 20s daughters and thoroughly enjoyed it (although dining with my daughters is always a pleasure). While 'eat all you like' didn't immediately appeal to me, the quality of the food was very good and the variety was unbelievable. The bill came to €57.40 for three 3 course dinners with three Chinese beers and a coffee. There was a huge choice for starters with slightly less for main courses and a very limited choice for desserts (I believe the Chinese don't go for desserts). There were several Chine and other oriental customers which is always a good sign in a Chinese restaurant. I'd recommend this for a family outing or for a fun night out (maybe not for an anniversary night out !) This is a great addition to the Dublin dining scent.

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Hedigans The Brian Boru
5 Prospect Road, Glasnevin, Dublin

I ate here 3 years ago and wasn't particularly impressed. However, we returned recently with a Livingsocial voucher and couldn't believe the improvement ! First of all, the friendliness and attention of the staff was unbelievable. It was like we were guests in their homes. The food wasn't half bad either ! The starters were delicious (soup and an excellent Caesar Salad) and the main courses were restaurant quality. Mrs Slurryhead had the fish which was delicious and I had the mouth watering chicken stir fry. We ate in the pleasantly laid out snug with one other couple who were also well pleased with their meal. There was a very pleasant ambience throughout the pub, which is full of surprising little alcoves, and the staff really seemed to be enjoying going about their work. Phibsboro and Glasnevin have a growing number of high quality eateries which makes the trip into town to eat an unnecessary journey. As we were leaving, a traditional music session was getting underway which we reluctantly left behind us. We'll be back shortly though ! .

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

Passable but no great shakes. Ate in the bar with 4 others on Mothers' Day around 3.30 when the main rush had died down. We had a Seafood Platter (€14.95), grilled salmon (€12.95) and 3 crumbed haddock (€12.95) Service was reasonably fast given the day that was in it. My salmon and baby potatoes was very good but the crumbed offerings were a bit bland by all accounts. Platter could have been a bit larger. The bill for 5, excluding drinks, came to €73.45 which was ok for what we got. We had a few drinks which we paid for separately and I was surprised at the €3 charged for a glass of Smithwicks, considering a pint was €4.70. The bar tender informed me curtly that she didn't make the prices. Charming !

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Town Bar and Grill
21 Kildare Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Marvelous Value. Wife and I had the 2 course special (€20 each) after work on Friday evening. We both had the chowder starter which was excellent although the big mussel shells got in the way of eating. My wife had the cannelloni and I had the hake. Both were delicious and presented well. Helpings were very good and the waitress was most pleasant and attentive. My wife had a half bottle of wine (€12) and I had a coffee (€2.95) bringing the bill to €55.45 before tip. On leaving, we priced our choices from the A la carte and it would have come to €82.95. The only downside was that, this is a very large dining space and there was a lot of empty tables around us. This affected the atmosphere. Our waitress said that they were expecting to be busy later in the night and indeed some of the tables were set lengthwise in anticipation of large dining groups Great value in any event and highly recommended. This offer continues for the month of April.

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The Pig's Ear
4 Nassau Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

We had the early bird menu on Friday evening. Very friendly welcome and staff very pleasant throughout. Menu was short but varied. We choose bean and shrimp salad and potted pork for starters. For mains we had chicken and sea trout both of which were delicious. We shared a lemon rice pudding which was not a high point (a bit gloopy). Partner had a glass of Guinness (from a can). The meal cost €48 before the tip and we thought it was just about ok on the VFM scale. Wouldn't be rushing back although the view over Trinity College grounds was very pleasant. The trek up 3 flights of stairs to the toilets needs a reasonable degree of fitness.

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Chapter One Restaurant
18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

This is a lovely treat if you can rise to it. The pre theatre menu at €37.50 for 3 delicious courses is great but I don't think I'd be rushing in for the regular menu unless I had something major to celebrate (e.g. a lotto win). The attention from the waiters is tremendous and they really make one feel appreciated. Lovely homemade breads. I had the cured organic salmon to start followed by spiced daube of beef. I wrapped it all up with an Earl Grey Pannacotta and a cup of coffee (€1.50 extra but I decided to treat myself and herself). The house white was fine and not too expensive. Service by our waiter was brisk but cheerful and there was no feeling of being rushed. PT menu starts about 6.45 and you must vacate the table by 8.45. No problem there. Most enjoyable experience at just over €100 for 2.

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

A group of 12 of us went on Friday night. I shared a potato melt starter which was delicious and was plenty for two. I had the fajitas combo which was excellent. The chicken and beef were both very tender and the mix of of peppers, onions and other bits and pieces was spot on. Unlike the main courses, the desserts were a bit small and overpriced. The only real downer, however was the service. One of our group was left without a main course and it took a lot of waving to get this point across to the waiters. I had to ask 3 different waiters over a period of 10 minutes for a water glass. The place was either understaffed or the staff were a bit disinterested. The 10% service charge is slipped in at the end of the bill without mention to what it is for. All in all, this was a good meal but overpriced. I would expect prices to come down in restaurants like this as the recession begins to bite.

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Dobbins Restaurant
15 Stephen Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had lunch in Dobbins today with 3 friends and it was faultless. Four quality courses for €23.50 from the generous table d'hote menu was excellent value. There was a choice of 5/6 items for the starter and main courses. We had the seafood sausage and the smoked haddock pasta as starters and all four of us had different mains. I had the pork belly and my friends had lamb, salmon and duck. We were all well pleased with our choices. Desserts were creme caramel and cherry and almond tart. Presentation of all dishes was superb and the service was pleasant and timely. Service charge was included in the bill to which we added a little extra to express our appreciation of an excellent meal in a very pleasant atmosphere.

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Kavanaghs (Gravediggers)
1 Prospect Square, Glasnevin, Dublin

There's no doubt that this is a great little family run spot for food and drink (It's been run by the Kavanagh family continuously since 1833, the year after Glasnevin Cemetery opened). However, nobody has pointed out that food is only served from Monday to Friday which is important to know. The tapas menu in the evening is really excellent. When eating with a group we were amazed that, having ordered two portions of most dishes, the bill only came to €12 a head and we ate lots. A nice idea on the tapas menu is the half portion of soup which is delicious. Something else to bear in mind is that they don't accept credit cards of any kind so bring your cash. My only criticism is that the lounge is very dark and could do with some imaginative lighting.

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Mary Anns Bar & Restaurant
Castletownshend, Skibbereen, Skibbereen, Cork

This place is a real jewel in West Cork. We are regulars here during holiday times and we have never been disappointed. It can be expensive if you go for the top-of-the-range dishes but there is excellent value at all levels of the menu. My advice is to skip the starter or else share one as the main courses are humongous. The sides of cheesy potatoes, mixed fresh veg and chips come with everything. The seafood starters are excellent (a full meal in themselves) and, as well as the fish dishes the steaks and lamb dishes are great. Try to leave room for one of the delicious desserts. Drink and wine prices are pretty good and the maitre d' is a larger than life character who goes out of his way to welcome everyone. Nice gallery of paintings also.

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An Sugan
41 Wolfe Tone Street, Clonakilty, Cork

We have eaten here several times and always find it very good. Most recently dropped in about 7.00 on New Year's Eve and it was very busy. The manager is a bit of a character (fancies himself as a singer) and found us a table in the bar (The atmosphere is much better in the bar than in the restaurant). We just had a main course. I went for the breast of chicken stuffed with salmon (delicious) and my wife also went for the chicken but with blackpudding stuffing. Both courses were excellent and the different sauces on both our meals were delicious. There is a blackboard menu in addition to the a la carte but my one complaint is the lack of any flexibility with this menu. For example, while there are various potato sides available, you can only have fries with the rib eye steak unless you pay extra for spuds.

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