Restaurant Reviews from Snugglemuffin
Chez Max (Baggot Street) restaurant
133 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 19th March 2011 ( visited 16th March 2011 )Chez max in my new favourite lunch time spot. The staff are always friendly and by no means over bearing. Lunch ranges from tartines and salads to a full main. On my last visit I had the smoked chicken and pear salad. Staff friendly no problem getting dressings on the side or leaving something out. Lovely for under €8. My friend had the smoked salmon tartine, there was plenty of smoked salmon on two slices of bread with cream cheese and a side salad -very tasty. Not usual a creme brulee fan we shared this and it was lovely. The place always seems packed at lunch time but service is quick so I have not had to wait for a table yet. This place has a great buzz about it.
The Cake Cafe restaurant
62 Pleasants Place, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 19th March 2011 ( visited 17th March 2011 )Visited the cake cafe after hearing numerous reviews. Its tucked away behind Camden street. We opted for the Afternoon tea cakes with prosecco - this does not come with tea thats extra! Overall it was very disappointing. We got a selection of cakes. Nothing special the cupcakes were nice. The chocolate brownie was so hard when I went to cut it it broke and flew onto the ground. After waiting a while we realised it didnt come with tea so we ordered this and when it came in a large pot it was just about enough for two cups and these were small china cups not great when we were already paying €25 for afternoon tea. In the end they didnt charge for the tea. The atmosphere was relaxed, the cafe has nice miss matched crockery. Otherwise over priced for the quality of food we got. Will not be visiting again.
58 Grand Canal Street, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin
Three of us went to Paulies after hearing great things about it. We skipped starters and went straight for Pizza. They have a wide selection - I am not a big pizza fan but they were good. For dessert we had the tiramisu and chocolate mousse. Both lovely. The staff were excellant and food came out very very quick which was just as well. My one compliant was the place was so cold that at one stage we had to ask for our coats to finish our drinks and in the end left without finishing them. And I was on the inside part but unfortunately the partition is opened all the time. I wouldn't rush back until the weather gets warmer unfortunately the cold did put me off as you just can't enjoy food if its that cold.
ely bar & brasserie
CHQ Building, Georges Dock, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin
I am not sure what to make of Ely. I like the Ely in the IFSC as it is clearly a winebar and week days has a good atmosphere. However the one in the Chq on my last visit I left trying to understand if it was a winebar or a pub they had the football on and it seemed to take over the whole bar. Not a fan of football we opted to sit outside. Here they have blankets which is a nice touch. The staff can be hard to get their attention. I find they are quite off hand and not at all helpful. At times they are too busy chatting themselves. Food I find is over priced for the quality - it is nice but could be better and not memorable. The dessert was lovely and the wine list is extensive but expensive with many by the glass. I find the service in Chq lets it down. Completely different to that I have experienced in both their sister restaurants.
5 Gallery Quay, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin
This is a lovely little cafe in the Grand Canal Dock area. It is a small cafe with seats inside and outside. Nothing too fancy but comfortable. Even if it is busy you tend to get a seat and its not somewhere you'd sit for the afternoon so people come and go quickly. I have gone here a few times on a Saturday for brunch they have a great selection of breads, pasteries along with savory pastries and my favourite their bruschetta. Freshly made. The coffee is good and strong and the staff efficient and friendly. They seem to work well together so the queues move very quickly. The cafe seems to do alot of take away but in that area its not surprising. Well worth a visit. I also notice on my way to work they always seem to have a queue which is a good sign.
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I went to Saba last sunday with a girlfriend, this is our usual spot for a catch up but its been a while and a bit disappointing on top of that. The atmosphere that was good this place is always buzzing. We had a table by the window and no one beside us which was nice for a catch up. The food however is not up to the usual standard. I feel this could be that its more geared towards the set menu and things are pre-prepared. We started with prawn crackers while we were deciding on what to get. These were stale so we had to send them back. Starter were cold having already sent back the crackers we just ate these needless to say a little disappointed. My main was phad thai was up to the usual standard while the dessert although it looked pretty was advertised as warm and this was not the case. I left a little disappointed. I understand now its pretty much a set menu but as the food used to be of a high standard its disappointing to see this drop and food served luke warm as if its been sitting around. The host was lovely and seated us straight away without a reservation but our waitor could only be discribed as distracted. Actually he told us he was! 3 course dinner menu at 23.95 is good value but food could be served with more detail and its not too much to have it warm and fresh.
The Egg Cafe (Avoca Rathcoole)
Naas Road, Rathcoole, Dublin
The atmosphere in the egg cafe depends on how busy it is when we went it was very quiet as it is a large room. But it is relaxed and informal. Staff are friendly and attentive. We were seated quickly the room is big and open and nicely interior considering it is a cafe at the top of a large store. There are cook books dotted around the place that you can flick through while waiting on your food which is a nice touch. I much prefer the egg cafe to the canteen style cafe across the hall. It has waiter service; the menu is lovely for lunch. Both our dishes were really good quality and tasty. Anytime I have eaten in Avoca I would find it hard to fault the food - prices are mid range but are reflected in the quality and flavours. And I love their chips and I am not a fast food lover. The extras like mini ketchup's in a jar etc separate Avoca from other cafes. This is definitely one for the girls with offers on Prosecco when we were there. Although my boyfriend loved it too - portions sizes also big so you’re sure to be full.
6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I have been to this restuarant numerous times over the last 2 years and always like it here. However this was my first visit in a while the last time I wasn't impressed but they had been very busy. But there appears to be a new guy front of house and he was lovely, very friendly - I think this makes a difference. The waitor also was very efficient. I had the lunch board - which is a nice selection and has plenty for lunch along with a soup which was really nice. My friend had the feta salad and it was tasty breads were provided. For lunch its worth a visit.
King Sitric Fish Restaurant
East Pier, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin
My first thought when I visited this restaurant is that it is very old fashioned so it depends what you are looking for. The service is very good. The food I wouldn't say excellant unless we really made poor choices I am a big fan of sea food restaurants and this wouldn't be up there in that regards. Having said that the food was nice but only nice even if a bit on the expensive side. Yes the fish was very fresh I found the main a little over cooked and to be honest the presentation a little out dated. They did have extra touches like a shot glass of what seemed like a smoothie however I found this one a little strange as I didn't think it fitted in some sort of tasty amuse bouche would have been better. But then you have to take into account it is not a modern restaurant just depends on personal taste. My expectations may have been a little high going here but I have had tastier and better value meals in Howth.
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
I visited Odessa after a few friends recommended it. I wasn't disappointed. The food very tasty for the price. I have passed this restaurant a few times as I never found the menu very exciting however I can say what they serve tastes very good. I skipped the starter and mother had a prawn tian with lovely homemade brown bread. All very fresh. For main I had fish - it was cooked well with lovely mash and then for dessert we have a berry crumble which was really good and quite big. The place was buzzing with a great atmosphere. The staff just the right side of helpful and not over bearing.
La Cuvee @ Eno Wine Bar
1 Burton Hall, Mayor Square, IFSC, City Centre North, Dublin
I have been to Enowine a few times and eaten in La Cuvee once. Firstly on La Cuvee we went one weekday evening it was early around 5.30-6. The restaurant was very quiet. The staff were friendly, we ordered two mains I had the duck while tasty it was over done which was disappointing. For dessert we shared the Pear and Almond tart which was lovely. The staff although friendly when taking our order when unattentive when we were trying to get the bill. Even though the place was not busy. On Enowine we have visited here a few times and I love the idea. You buy a card and taste wines as you go. The staff here are lovely always friendly. It is disappointing it closes early though as the concept is good. The change the wine selections quite frequently so there are always new wines to taste. Highly recommend trying here.
Cafe Bar H
Grand Canal Plaza, Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin
I tried Cafe H for the second time on Sunday. As it was a sunny evening it was lovely to sit out and this was helped by the heaters making it more comfortable. The staff were friendly and helpful. The menu was good but very over priced for tapas. I thought the whole idea was small dishes but at €9 (most are above this) for one you wouldn't be trying too many. However I do think they are taking advice on board we got the cheese board and it was definitely an improvement on my last visit. The wine was very good. We tried 3 glasses between us and each glass was really nice. I would go back for the wine however I tend to agree with other reviewers while the food is tasty it just feels too expensive.
Milano (Baggot Street)
1 - 2 Haddington Road, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin
Reading the previous reviews I feel I visited a different restaurant. As I work close to Milanos on Baggot Street we sometimes have work lunches here. The latest being last Tuesday. Firstly I agree the staff are very friendly and helpful although towards the end it can be difficult to get the bill quickly. The place itself is awful noisy so difficult in talk in a group. Also the tables for large groups can be quite awkward as they are too big so you end up only talking to the person next to you. On my last visit I have the Chicken Pollo salad. Very little Chicken for the price mainly leaves which is a shame for a lunch at €13 I think there is better value about. The salad is just nice not good value. I also had a glass of white wine I have tried them all none are particularly good or memorable. On the up side it is nice in the summer to be able to sit outside. I have never tried the desserts so cannot comment on them.
Chez Max (Baggot Street)
133 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Chez max in my new favourite lunch time spot. The staff are always friendly and by no means over bearing. Lunch ranges from tartines and salads to a full main. On my last visit I had the smoked chicken and pear salad. Staff friendly no problem getting dressings on the side or leaving something out. Lovely for under €8. My friend had the smoked salmon tartine, there was plenty of smoked salmon on two slices of bread with cream cheese and a side salad -very tasty. Not usual a creme brulee fan we shared this and it was lovely. The place always seems packed at lunch time but service is quick so I have not had to wait for a table yet. This place has a great buzz about it.
Mitsuba Japanese Restaurant
154 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin
When my boyfriend told me we were going to a restaurant on Parnell street I didn't know what to expect.So happy we came across this place. We got vouchers on a deal website so decided to try it on St.Patricks day. Made a booking just in case and I was glad we did. At first when we entered the restaurant we were seated down the back. I was going to request we move up front when I realised we were next to the teppanyaki table. We started with temaki it was fantastic then we got a sushi platter- which was made to order. Followed by Yaki Soba and Ebi Tempura. As we were eating the chef was putting on a great show at the teppanyaki table next time I'm requesting a seat here. The staff were very friendly great atmosphere. I will definitely be back very soon.
The Cake Cafe
62 Pleasants Place, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Visited the cake cafe after hearing numerous reviews. Its tucked away behind Camden street. We opted for the Afternoon tea cakes with prosecco - this does not come with tea thats extra! Overall it was very disappointing. We got a selection of cakes. Nothing special the cupcakes were nice. The chocolate brownie was so hard when I went to cut it it broke and flew onto the ground. After waiting a while we realised it didnt come with tea so we ordered this and when it came in a large pot it was just about enough for two cups and these were small china cups not great when we were already paying €25 for afternoon tea. In the end they didnt charge for the tea. The atmosphere was relaxed, the cafe has nice miss matched crockery. Otherwise over priced for the quality of food we got. Will not be visiting again.