Restaurant Reviews from Smash1ng25
Tillies Cafe restaurant
18 St Gabriel's Road, Clontarf, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 06th November 2010 ( visited 05th November 2010 )This place is a real gem. I went for lunch with my girlfriend on Friday and the place was packed. I had a ciabatta with ham and roasted peppers which was to die for. My girlfriend had the club sandwich which was delicious. The food always looks like it has been prepared with care and attention here which I like, and is generally very tasty. They also have a great selection of homemade desserts if you're in the mood. The staff are always friendly and service is very good. A great place for lunch - we're thinking of returning tomorrow!
The Nuthouse restaurant
Howth Road, North Dublin, Clontarf, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 01st October 2010 ( visited 22nd September 2010 )We went for the early bird on a Wednesday evening. The restaurant was reasonably busy and the decor and atmosphere were relaxed and intimate. Choices from the early bird menu are quite limited, there is a choice of 5 mains and 5 starters. However we decided there was enough to tempt us on this occasion. For starters I had the bruschetta, generous and very tasty. My girlfriend had the garlic mushrooms which were a little bland. For mains I had a seafood curry which was delicious and very substantial, while the other half had the steak baguette which she also liked. The bill came to 40 euro for 2 courses and a glass of wine each, which was very good value, although if we were to go again I dont think there are many alternatives on the menu to serve our tastes. However we couldnt fault the service or the intimate atmosphere. We would definitely go back if perhaps they offer some more variety the early bird menu
9 Vernon Avenue, North Dublin, Clontarf, Dublin
Visited on a Thursday evening. Great atmosphere with an almost full restaurant, cosy lighting and rustic décor. Menu was extensive to suit all tastes. Excellent food and service with a smile. Would definitely return soon.
12 West Pier, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin
We went for the early bird on a Friday evening which runs until 930pm - rare for a Friday!! The restaurant interior is cosy and festive. Choice on the early bird menu was wide. We had calamari and chicken wings to start - both generous portions and delicious. We then opted for seatrout and the prawn curry for mains- no complaints there. The a la carte menu also looked tempting, as did the specials board. We will definitely be back to branch out into the a la carte. Overall thoroughly recommended.
Brady's Pub, Shankill, Shankill, Dublin
Have been to Graces Garden a number of times in recent years, usually on a Sunday evening. Although the restaurant is usually very quiet, it is nonetheless pleasant to sit in and the staff are attentive and polite. Food is a good standard of Chinese/Asian cuisine and at 14.95 for 2 courses plus tea/coffee all week you can't really go wrong. Take away food is the same standard too in my experience. A good convenient option and will return.
Octopussy Seafood Tapas
7 West Pier, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin
We regularly pop up to Octopussy for their early bird which is just astonishing value at two generous tapas and a glass of delicious wine for 15 euro - can't be beaten. From the chorizo squid to tempura calamari to chicken wings, meatballs, seafood chowder, it is all delicious and so nice to have several things to pick at during the meal!! Other slightly more expensive options (but still cheap!) include the Loughshinny brown crab, or lemon and garlic scallops - again, top quality seafood, really delicious. We would highly recommend Octopussy - book a window seat if you're a twosome - the views are lovely and only enhance the experience.
9 Marine Court, The Green, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin
I went to Nautilus for Sunday lunch with some relatives, there were five of us in total. The sunday lunch menu offers good value at two courses for 16.95. Starters for the group included Clonakilty black pudding, asparagus spears and 'Seafood Cappuccino'. Most were very happy with their starters although I found the Seafood Cappuccino to be a bit gimmicky and not as tasty as hoped (Chowder in most places would taste better). Main courses included pan fried chicken with chickpeas and ham hock with potato gnocchi. Everybody was satisfied with the main courses. Service from start to finish was pleasant, prompt and not overly attentive (although the restaurant was unusually quiet for a sunny Sunday afternoon). The views of Malahide Marina, it must be said, are spectacular and really do add to the experience. Overall a positive experience and would not hesitate to recommend Nautilus as an upmarket Sunday lunch option that offers good value for money.
Geisha Restaurant & Bar (Malahide)
Marina Village, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin
We have eaten at Geisha five or six times over the past year. The food never fails to amaze - both presentation and taste are second to none. As other reviewers note, the views during the day are simply amazing - book a window seat if you can!! Sometimes there is jazz or piano music at the weekend which creates a lovely atmosphere. Their 20 euro Asian platter for two during the day is also a great option - plenty to try and all delicious. We will continue to return regularly.
The diamond, Main Street , North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin
Myself and my wife visit McGovern's every few weeks. They have the best chicken wings we have tasted!! There is an excellent selection of starters and mains, and the burgers are to die for (though we find sharing one is plenty for us, they're pretty big!!). The service is always prompt and with a smile. Highly recommended.
9 Townyard Lane, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin
This was our first visit and found this restaurant more or less comparable to the 2 other Indian / Eastern restaurants in the area. The restaurant was quiet for a Sunday evening which is a pity because the interior is lovely and a few more customers would add to the atmosphere - at one point during our meal the background music was switched off and the silence was deafening! This scarcely takes away from the excellent staff and delicious food however. The early bird choice is limited (I think this is standard for any Indian/Eastern restaurant!) but the food is very very nice. The buttery chicken dish is particularly delicious. We didnt look at the a la carte menu but what we had we very much enjoyed, and 19.95 for 2 courses including naan bread and rice is excellent value. We will definitely go back.
SALE e PEPE
The Diamond, Main Street, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin
A real find! We very much enjoyed a last minute early bird on a Sunday evening and were not disappointed. Both atmosphere and service were flawless, the lighting in the restaurant is lovely and intimate. The menu offers excellent variety and the specials are very tempting - I enjoyed the tiger prawns with salmon in lemon and white wine sauce - delicious! From start to finish myself and my partner thoroughly enjoyed our experience and will definitely return soon.
New Hin Keng
25G Malahide Road, Artane, Artane, Dublin
Having read some of the good reviews on Menupages, we decided to return to Hin Keng, after a gap of several years without a visit. We managed to get a table for two without a booking, but only just! Impressive for a Wednesday evening! The atmosphere was lively but intimate, and the service from start to finish was perfect. We ordered smoked shredded chicken and salt & chilli prawns for starters, both tasty, if a touch dry (although this is to be expected!). For mains I had roast duck with plum sauce which was gorgeous. My partner had chicken with ginger and scallion, which was nice if not amazing. In total, for starters, mains, a bottle of house wine and coffee, the bill came to 72 euro which we felt is a touch steep, particularly for midweek. Like a lot of Chinese restaurants, there is an extra charge for rice/noodles which tends to raise up the bill. The most striking thing about this restaurant however is that there doesn't appear to be any early bird option - we were most surprised by this, it must be one of the only restaurants in Dublin without one! To pay 80 euro (including tip) for a midweek meal, albeit an enjoyable one, is, I feel, too expensive, especially for Chinese food, which does tend to be less expensive than a lot of other cuisines. It is a pity as it is a lovely restaurant. Obviously they are doing fine without the early bird, but the option would be welcome.
369 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin
We visited Bay on a Monday evening and chose to sit inside. We have been here once or twice in the last 6 months and have enjoyed it as a place for a casual early evening meal. There is a nice atmosphere, however some of the tables are positioned a little close to each other, and on this occasion we felt slightly on top of the people next to us. There is a decent choice of food on the menu, if anything though the early bird choices are a little limited. The complimentary crackers and pesto are a nice touch to begin your meal with. For starters we had calamari to share which was tasty and a decent portion. For mains we had the chicken bang bang which was unusual and very tasty, and the beef burger which was excellent. Overall, the food in Bay is above average quality and reasonably priced, and the service is excellent. My only gripe would be to offer a wider choice on the early bird. Nonetheless, I would definitely return.
The Wild Swan Chinese Restaurant
1st Floor No1, Main Street, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin
I have visited the Wild Swan twice with my fiancee recently and on both occasions we were very impressed. It is so refreshing to find a Chinese restaurant that combines quality food with genuine value for money. The early bird menu offers extensive choices of starters and mains, plus ice cream and tea/coffee, all for between 16 and 18 euro per person! The food is generous and delicious, and is only enhanced by the lovely atmosphere and friendly service of all the staff. On both visits we have thoroughly enjoyed complimentary prawn crackers, starters and mains, dessert, coffees and a half bottle of wine all for 43 euro!!! A steal. We are soon moving to the area and will be back here many more times.
18 St Gabriel's Road, Clontarf, Dublin
This place is a real gem. I went for lunch with my girlfriend on Friday and the place was packed. I had a ciabatta with ham and roasted peppers which was to die for. My girlfriend had the club sandwich which was delicious. The food always looks like it has been prepared with care and attention here which I like, and is generally very tasty. They also have a great selection of homemade desserts if you're in the mood. The staff are always friendly and service is very good. A great place for lunch - we're thinking of returning tomorrow!
Wongs of Clontarf
436 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin
Visited Wongs with my girlfriend on Thursday evening. They run a "Special Menu" all night which pitches a 4 course dinner from 16.95. This is very misleading however because unless you want a vegetarian / noodle dish as main, the price is 24-25 euro, and we were definitely a tad put out by this at an early stage. However the house wine is only 16.95 which compensates. Starters of barbecue ribs and satay chicken were tasty enough, nothing special and quite small portions. For main I had duck with plum which was a little disappointing, for a renowned Chinese restaurant I felt the plum sauce was not nearly as flavoursome as it could be. My girlfriend had chicken szechuan which, to be fair, was delicious. Once our dinner plates were abruptly removed, the staff did a disappearing act. The restaurant was not busy but we were seemingly ignored. Eventually we spotted a waitress and got her attention in order to ask for dessert (a tiny bowl of vanilla ice cream) and coffees. A bill of 65 euro (including wine) before tip was definitely a little steep for what we got, especially when pitched as a value "Special" menu. The staff werent overly friendly which is a pity as the interior of the restaurant makes for a nice atmosphere. Overall I would say an average experience and wouldnt rush back.
Clontarf Castle Hotel, Castle Avenue, North Dublin, Clontarf, Dublin
Went with my parents for an early bird last Saturday. There were quite a few tables occupied yet the place seemed a tad quiet to me. A little extra background music would have improved the atmosphere. The choice on the early bird menu is quite limited so I had to order off the a la carte. Starters were soup, duck leg and bruschetta, enjoyed by all. My folks were happy with their steaks and my salmon with red pepper sauce was delicious. Apart from being served stale bread with the soup (which we sent back), the service was up to scratch. Overall good food at decent value in pleasant surroundings, but beware the limited early bird choice.
La Caverna Restaurant & Wine Bar
12 Fownes Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
This is our favourite Italian restaurant and we were eager to try it after undergoing renovations recently. We were not disappointed - they have modernised the interior without compromising the cosy intimate atmosphere. Also, many of the new tables have a small fish tank in the middle which is a very original feature! We have used our Hi-life diners card here twice before and on this occasion it was generally accepted again (some places let you use it only once). The food was mouth watering. We had garlic prawns and bruschetta to start, both delicious, probably the best bruschetta I have tasted. For mains I had smoked salmon with spaghetti and my girlfriend had the tiger prawns with penne, both of which were amazing! We shared a sticky toffee pudding for dessert (only because we were so full!), and again it was really nice. Overall with a bottle of house wine our bill came to just under 50 euro (with the Hi-life card). The restaurant was busy so there was a nice buzzing atmosphere but the lighting keeps it intimate and the service was faultless. We will return soon.
318 Clontarf Road, North Co. Dublin , Clontarf, Dublin
Myself and the other half went for an early bird in Kinara on Tuesday evening. Usually if you are seated downstairs (which was far quieter), and given a lovely table by the window. The food is always good here, for starters we had fried prawns and tender lamb cutlets. Both were nice, though not as tasty as some other starter options we have had in the past. For mains we had chicken and prawns which were both very tasty. Poppadums, rice and naan bread are all included in the early bird price which is a bonus. Overall a great place for authentic Indian food and the early bird is great value. We will continue to come here.
Howth Road, North Dublin, Clontarf, Dublin
We went for the early bird on a Wednesday evening. The restaurant was reasonably busy and the decor and atmosphere were relaxed and intimate. Choices from the early bird menu are quite limited, there is a choice of 5 mains and 5 starters. However we decided there was enough to tempt us on this occasion. For starters I had the bruschetta, generous and very tasty. My girlfriend had the garlic mushrooms which were a little bland. For mains I had a seafood curry which was delicious and very substantial, while the other half had the steak baguette which she also liked. The bill came to 40 euro for 2 courses and a glass of wine each, which was very good value, although if we were to go again I dont think there are many alternatives on the menu to serve our tastes. However we couldnt fault the service or the intimate atmosphere. We would definitely go back if perhaps they offer some more variety the early bird menu
Luigi Malones Restaurant
5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
Myself and my other half decided to try Luigi Malone's on a Tuesday evening as we were offered a free drink with dinner by a lady outside the restaurant. We were also informed of the Late Bird menu which offered 2 courses plus tea/coffee for 26.95. Having been seated, we discovered that it was cheaper to simply order off the a la carte menu rather than the Late Bird. I had calamari to start, tasty but the portion was a little small. My girlfriend had the chicken wings which we both enjoyed. For mains we had the barbecue pizza which was tasty and generous, and the tiger prawn pasta which was delicious. In addition to our free glass of wine each, our waiter informed us that bottles of wine were half price because it was Tuesday, so we happily ordered a bottle of house white for only 11.95. Overall the food was enjoyable if not amazing, but the wine offers were a big plus. Our bill came to 59 euro plus tip which was very impressive for what we got. Our waiter was friendly, although the restaurant was very busy and we did have to ask him twice for the bill. We were also given a 5 euro discount voucher for our next visit which was a nice touch. There are plenty of restaurants in Temple Bar and on this experience I think Luigi Malones is definitely worth a visit.