Restaurant Reviews from Sparklehorse
No. of Reviews: 24
Member Since: 02 April 2007
Last Visit: 08 September 2011
Ranelagh Village, Ranelagh, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 05th January 2010 ( visited 05th January 2010 )I was walking by Hobarts today when a I greeted by a lady (the owner perhaps), standing outside with a card for a free coffee - yes, free! The lady told me they have just changed their coffee and were now serving a blend that was Fairtrade, Organic and Rainforest certified - all of which was on the card. I love coffee and think these all admirable causes and so went in. While there, I decided to have a club sandwich which was of the very highest quality. Staff were extremely friendly and I have to say I also had the best cup of coffee I've had in Ranelagh. I'll definitely be back. Wish more places would do this kind of thing to attract custom. It certainly worked for me.
The Port House restaurant
64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 10th December 2007 ( visited 04th December 2007 )I used to go to this place a lot as when it first opened food service and ambiance were all delivered in equally good measure. The same cannot be said now. The menu seems more limited than it used to be and many staff members seem to have an attitude. I shan't be going back.
10a aungier st, City Centre South, Dublin
Crunch Cafe is exactly what Aungier Street has needed for years. I live in the area and am now a frquent visitor for lunch. The owner (who always seems to be there), takes a real pleasure in the food he serves, describling what's on the menu in fine detail. All the food is freshly cooked and represents wonderful value. I had organic salmon with salad the other day for €9.50, but have also had lasagna, hake and a wondeful pie, all of which were even cheaper (about €7.50). He also makes a text book espresso. Hats off. I can't recommend the place highly enough.
Andersons Foodhall & Café
3 The Rise, Glasnevin, Glasnevin, Dublin
The first thing I noticed when I walked in the door of Andersons was the queue - always a good sign. I then spotted they serve Illy coffee which indicated this is not a place to skimp on quality. Although I personally have a preference for Fairtrade coffee, Illy is my guilty pleasure. I had a lovely sandwich for about €10 which I felt expensive but again realise if the owners are using quality produce, they need to charge accordingly. All was going well until I ordered a double espresso. I received a single and I sent it back as it was poorly made - no crema. The waiter didn't seem to understand why I had returned it but came back with a slightly better looking one. Unfortunatley it was served in a cold cup. All in all a pleasent experience in a great atmosphere and lovely surroundings. They do need to step up their espresso game though. Senseless using such costly coffee beans if the staff aren't trained properly.
Ranelagh Village, Ranelagh, Dublin
I was walking by Hobarts today when a I greeted by a lady (the owner perhaps), standing outside with a card for a free coffee - yes, free! The lady told me they have just changed their coffee and were now serving a blend that was Fairtrade, Organic and Rainforest certified - all of which was on the card. I love coffee and think these all admirable causes and so went in. While there, I decided to have a club sandwich which was of the very highest quality. Staff were extremely friendly and I have to say I also had the best cup of coffee I've had in Ranelagh. I'll definitely be back. Wish more places would do this kind of thing to attract custom. It certainly worked for me.
39 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin
Had lunch in Marios last week and all in all it was very pleasant. I had the chicken diavola which was nice and I found the staff to be very friendly and attentive. Had a very good espresso to finish which was quite surprising as most Italian restaurants these days (contrary to popular opinion), seem to serve inferior blends. Good value too.
The Wild Goose Grill
First Floor, Above McSorleys, 1 Sandford Road, Dublin 6 , Ranelagh, Dublin
We ate here a month ago on a Wednesday night. It was pleasently full given the fact it was mid week which created a nice atmosphere. The rooms in this restaurant are superb and are only surpassed by the friendly and attentive waiting staff. I had scallops to start followed by lamb. Both were superb. I'd also strongly recommend the Goose potatoes. The wine menu is extensive to say the least with a bottle for all price ranges. For me it's the best restaurant in Ranelagh and I've been to quite a few.
19 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin
I've had both dinner and lunch here and found both the food and staff to be very good. Green Nineteen also offers very good value for money. Dublin could do with a few more places like this. If I had one small quibble it would be the coffee. Both the name of the restaurant and poster of Obama at the door give the impression these guys believe in doing the right thing, yet the coffee is neither green (organic), nor Fairtrade.
Bad Ass Cafe
Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I cannot quite believe some of the reviews posted on the Bad Ass Grill. We ate what can only be described as the worst meal I have had in 2008. The chicken wings are a pale imitation of a close-by competitor. For main course we both had burgers. The Bad Ass Grill would appear to have invented a new strain of cheese. Melted it was not. It in fact appeared to have been poured from a glass, in that it could only be likened to a liquid. To further compound this awful meal I was quite shocked to discover a 10% service charge on a bill for 2 people. At approximately €45 for a shared starter, 2 burgers and 2 cokes, better value and better food are to be found in many surrounding establishments. We shall not be back.
Cavistons Seafood Restaurant
59 Glasthule Road, Glenageary, South Co. Dublin, Sandycove, Dublin
I've been here twice and hope to make a third visit in the not too distant future. With fish this good it's no wonder the owners only open for lunch. The last time I went I had crab to start and a ray wing as a main. Both were fantastic. The chocolate nemesis for desert is perhaps the most chocolaty desert. I've ever tasted. That said, whilst prices would certainly be justifiable for dinner, is does seem somewhat expensive for lunch/
The Winding Stair Restaurant
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin
Absolutley top notch. One of the best meals I've had in quite some time. I really can't recommend this place highly enough. Traditional Irish food cooked to perfection.
22 Ely Place, (Just off St. Stephen’s Green), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I really enjoyed Ely. Unlike some posters, I was glad to find we were seated upstairs. In fact my only complaint abount Ely was the downstairs which looks and feels like a club in Leeson Street without the loud music. That said, the food was wonderful, staff extremely attentive without being overbearing with a selection of wines that was perhaps a little too extensive.
The Bald Barista
Avalon House, 55 Aungier Street, City Centre South, Dublin
I went here for a coffee as it seems quite a popular spot. Whilst waiting I observed the owner giving out to a staff member at the front of house. I thought this quite out of place. Latte art dose not equal a good coffee. Espresso here is ok, certainly not wonderful. Will not be back as there is better coffee for better prices in the area.
7 The Green, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin
Nice setting, enjoyed the food and service was a little above average. That said, ludicrously overpriced for Indian food.
31 North Brunswick Street, Smithfield, Dublin
I went to a 30th birthday here a couple of weeks ago. There were over 20 of us and the staff could not have been friendlier. We had mixed starters to begin with and all were of a very high quality. We were restricted to pizza for mains due to our numbers and I have to say, they too were quite good even though I'm not a pizza fan. I would certainly go back.
Chapter One Restaurant
18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
Having waited for over three months, we eventually secured a table for two on a Friday evening. We were made to feel very welcome from the moment we arrived. I had rabbit for my main which was top class although not as good as my wifes lamb which was outstanding. I enjoyed everything about this restaurant although I do feel that €180 for two (one bottle of wine no desserts), is too much to pay for food. That said the prices when compared to other restaurants in this class are most favourable and nobody was twisting my arm.
The Cedar Tree
11a St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Friendly, casual, relaxed and good value. I'd highly recommend any of the mezze plates. My only quibble is the belly dancing. Once is fine, but we had to sit through it twice in the space of two hours. When the dancing starts the music is simply too loud meaning an end to any conversations. As I said, once would be fine but when you're out with friends to catch up, twice is over doing it.
Indian Ocean Dublin
15 Montague Street, City Centre South, Dublin
I ate here last night due to the hype received on this site. Overall, it was a disappointment. The service was great and it is really good value. The complimentary drink at the end is also a nice touch. However, I go to a restaurant first and foremose for the food. There was very little subtlety to the spices which I find a problem with many Indian restaurants in Dublin. The onion bhajis were rather poor for a simple standard starter and my lamb madras was quite underwhelming.
Seagrass of Portobello Bridge
30 South Richmond Street, Dublin 8, Portobello, Dublin
When I heard the people behind Il Posto had opened a new restaurant, I made a point of going. Like Il Posto, the staff and service are great. The food is also very reasonably priced. The food itself however was not great. The vegetarian antipasti with dips contravenes trade descriptions for a start. Bread and dips would be a far better way of describing what this actually is. I had the lamb shank as a main which looked a lot better than it tasted as the quality of lamb was rather poor. Perhaps I just made the wrong choices. All in all a little dissapointing though. A long way to go before they approach the food standards of their sister restaurant.
Wrights Findlater Howth Restaurant
Findlater House, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin
I visited this restaurant at the weekend with my wife and mother. The decor is quite nice as were the waiting staff but the food is really nothing special. My mother asked is it were possible to have the whole tiger prawns peeled for her starter. The waitress asked the chef who declined. I found this quite disappointing. It's not a Michelin star restaurant and judging by the food we received such pretentions are far from merited. There are far better restaurants in Howth at this price range.
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Just what Dublin needs. Yet another overpriced mediocre Thai restaurant. Quite unsure as to why they have a star rating in relation to the suppossed spiciness of each meal.Not that it matters really as most of the main courses taste the same anyway. The only difference being your choice of chicken, beef etc. On the plus side there is good atmosphere and the staff were both friendly and attentive.
2 Lower Kevin, South Circular, Dublin
Fafies has always been one of my favourite places to eat. I live close by and I try to visit at least once a week in the evening time as it's a cut above anywhere else in the area. I'll now also have to start calling in for lunch. I got a take away coffee this morning and noticed their new lunch menu. A galette for under €7 represents amazing value. Great staff too. Can't recomend this place highly enough.
Konkan Indian Restaurant Clanbrassil Street
46 Upper Clanbrassil Street, Near Harolds Cross Bridge, Portobello, Dublin
I have now eaten here twice and must say it's an absolute gem. I'm not sure if I should rave about the food, the staff or the prices. It's a nice change to judge an Indian restaurant on something other than the varying degrees of hotness of the food. If this place were better located it would be it would be impossible to get a booking. Put quite simply, this is the best Indian I've experienced in Dublin and I've eaten in many. Tonight we paid €70 (including tip), for a shared starter, two main courses, two coffees and a bottle of wine. It proves that good food need not be expensive and frankly puts many other restaurants to shame in every respect. If one were to have any kind of quibble, it would be that the food comes out rather slowly. In all honesty, given the size of portions, this is quite a blessing.
Good World Chinese Restaurant
18 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
I'm not a huge fan of Chinese food but found The Good World to be a cut above the usual. The dumplings were good as was the service. What was particularly satisfying was the bill. Starters, main course, bottle of wine and coffee for two came to €80 including tip. I'd certainly recommend this restaurant.
4B Montague Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Awful, awful, awful. Cheap prices and large portions generally equals bad food which is precisely what is offered here. They do however open very late at the weekend which after a heavy nights drinking, might make the food slightly more palatable.
The Port House
64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I used to go to this place a lot as when it first opened food service and ambiance were all delivered in equally good measure. The same cannot be said now. The menu seems more limited than it used to be and many staff members seem to have an attitude. I shan't be going back.