Restaurant Reviews from Sparkles

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Elephant & Castle restaurant

18/19 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
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Good
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Reviewed 29th August 2007 ( visited 29th August 2007 )

The salads here amaze me, they make their own dressing and although very simple, its the nicest I've had. I recommend the avocado salad or the ceaser salad and a portion of the famous chicken wings between two people. If you like omelettes they have a huge selection and they're always perfectly cooked and fluffy. The staff are really friendly and accomodating. Definitely worth a visit.
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Punjabi By Nature Indian Restaurants & Takeaway

15 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 6

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Cuisine:
Indian

Price Range:

Good
224 reviews

Reviewed 29th August 2007 ( visited 29th August 2007 )

The food here was lovely and the service was great. I went with my boyfriend - there's quite an intimate atmosphere so it's a nice place to go for a romantic meal. I had chicken jalfrezi which was gorgeous, there was nothing left on either of our plates!
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Doheny and Nesbitt
5 Baggot Street Lower, Baggot Street, Dublin

Wasn't overly impressed. I like pub grub as much as the next person but it just felt a bit flung together for me. Ordered a sandwich on brown bread, it came on white. It was toasted so I didnt notice until the waitress had gone. Nothing else on the plate - just a giant white bread sandwich with ham (admittedly freshly carved), not fully melted cheese and scallion instead of onion. Bit disappointing. Could have done the same myself at home, only better.

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK South Anne Street)
5 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Took advantage of the €5 burger deal at lunchtime with a friend from work. The quality was great and the price applies to any burger on the menu. we also shared a bowl of chips on the side which were really nice. The place was really busy but there was a nice buzz. We were however, left waiting for our food for a bit longer than we would have liked and they were very slow with the bill so we had to get up to pay for it ourselves to get back to work on time. I'd still go back though, and maybe go 15 minutes earlier to avoid some of the rush.

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Carluccio's Caffe
52 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here with my friend one Friday after work and was delighted to find they had a set menu. The last time I ate here it had worked out really pricey. We had a bowl of olives to start. They are the nicest olives I've ever had in my life and I would go back for those alone. The garlic bread is to die for and the pasta dishes are just gorgeous. My friend had the pasta with clams and I had the minced Italian sausage with penne. They really do know how to make a bowl of pasta taste beautiful. To finish we had coffee - they have two different types which is great as we had one each and were able to compare. We also had wine with our meal - the house white is lovely and much cheaper than the rest of the wines on the menu. I'd definitely recommend a girlie dinner here.

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The Blueberry Tea Room
Castle Street, The Diamond, Donegal Town, Donegal

I love this little cafe, it's my favourite place to eat in Donegal. It's always really busy but the service is good, the staff are friendly and the quality of the food is consistent. I always have the pasta special which is really nice (although at €10 is pricey enough for a bowl of pasta in a cafe). The chicken goujons are also tasty and they do a great soup and mash for kids. You do have to wait for a table at times but things are moved along very quickly and you're never waiting long.

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Tonis Bistro and Coffee Shop
3 Main Street, Donegal Town, Donegal

This is cheap (for Donegal) and cheerful. The coffee is nice enough and I had the chicken goujons and chips. The stuff is frozen but then its just a cafe and its higher quality frozen food. the staff are friendly and the atmosphere is of a nice buzzing cafe. Perfect for lunch on the go.

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Tara Hotel
Main Street, Killybegs, Killybegs, Donegal

Really fancied some fish and chips being right beside a fishing port so I go to the Tara Towers, order my battered fish and chips and I get.... Frozen fish. The disappointment was unbelievable. The chips were fine, although also frozen. The fish was unforgivable and for the price we paid it was enough to swear never to go back. The service was good though. The prices they're charging here for frozen food are criminal.

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Peking Chef Chinese Restaurant
Main Street, Killybegs, Donegal

This used to be really nice but since it's changed hands the food has gone downhill. It shows too because the restaurant was empty. The cutlery deserves a mention because it's incredibly heavy and not comfortable to eat your food with. We used chopsticks for the meal as a result. The spring rolls were fairly standard. I had chicken sezchaun which was really gloopy and was like something that came from a jar. My partner had special fried rice which was ok. It's way too expensive for the quality of the food.

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Bay View Hotel (Killybegs)
Main Street, Killybegs, Donegal

This is not great value for money. Absolutely everything is overly deep fried. I had the (overdone) chicken wings which were nothing special and the garlic mushrooms were out of a bag. I would expect better from a hotel. Very disappointing. We were there for lunch - I'm not sure what the evening menu is like.

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Mary Murrins
Bruckless, Killybegs, Donegal

This is a nice local pub run by a nice family. The food is great value and is really nice pub grub. They even make their own chicken goujons. My most recent time there was even more enjoyable with the open fire.

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Aroma
The Craft Village, Donegal Town, Donegal

This is a great little restaurant in the Craft Village. Its in the corner and is often full but if you're willing to wait for a table its well worth it. The menu changes daily as far as I know, although you will get some regulars on there. My boyfriend had the burrito which I tasted. It was gorgeous - really authentic. I had the prawn green curry which was really lovely for a cafe. The coffee is decent and the atmosphere, although a bit cramped is nice a lively. The shops in the craft village make this a nice setting for your lunch.

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

Went here for drinks after work and decided to have dinner there too after seeing plates coming back for other people. It's a carvery style set up but you can also order from a menu for a plate of food such as fish and chips etc. I had the fish which was lovely and the chips were exactly the kind of chips you'd want with a nice big piece of battered fish. Very tasty. Boyfriend had the beef and guiness stew which was actually really really nice (I stole some!) with rice. They load up the plate which makes for a hearty dinner. Great pub grub. Only downside is that the pub is laid out in sort of pockets here and there and doesnt lend itself to a great atmosphere.

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Jewel in the Crown (South William Street)
5 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here for lunch with a friend. This is not the most earth shattering Indian food you'll ever have but its tasty and is cheap and cheerful. Unfortunately the place did smell a bit of damp which didnt turn me off my meal but it doesn't do much for the atmosphere - it pushes it to the side of ever so slightly dingy, especially as there is little or no natural light coming in. That aside, the waiter was friendly and was more than happy to oblige when I asked for my jalfrezi to be extra hot. It didn't disappoint! It's great value for money at €7.50 for a main at lunchtime and the service was quick.

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Sushi King now closed on Dawson St
Gochi Japaenese-French Fusion Now Open, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here on a Friday lunchtime. The only thing I don't like about this place is that they have recently put more tables and chairs in and it's getting really cramped. Other than that the food is great - I had chicken terriyaki and have also recently taken away some of the daily specials which have been really nice. The chicken yellow curry was lovely. The sushi is nice but some of the tempura ones can be a bit too mayonnaisey at times. The best stuff goes early so best to take your lunchbreak before 1pm if possible.

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

I had always wanted to try this restaurant but put it off due to mixed reviews. They have a number of specials on at the moment so 3 of us said we'd give it a go. I have to say my experience was an enjoyable one. The atmosphere was lovely; you're taken from bustly Dublin to authentic Moroccan surrpundings which I loved. The service was very pleasant and efficient (possibly more attention placed here due to the reviews?). My boyfriend and I wanted lamb tagine which was not on the early bird menu or the August menu but my friend had the special 4 course €14 menu for their 10 year anniversary and enjoyed every mouthful. Our lamb tagines were really tasty although I think they could have done with a little more meat, especially as we ordered from the main menu. Our starter of red peppers with spices was absolutely to die for and I'd go back especially for that. Overall it was a lovely evening with not a hint of the negativity that previous reviewers had encountered. It's only downfall is that the portions are not big enough and need more meat. I would give this place a go or even a second chance if you're interested in a completely different experience.

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Salamanca
1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I gave this place full marks when I reviewed it last year but sadly the staff are letting it down now. I've been a few times since my last review and the experience you have completely depends on the staff. The food, as ever, was great. I had the steak with potatoes and pepper sauce which was cooked perfectly and the potoes were lovely. My friend had the same. We were waiting for quite a while for our food on this occasion which I've not experienced before and as it was only lunchtime, it was quite quiet. When I asked for the bill, I had 20 minutes left so I decided to have a coffee too and asked for both together. After 10 minutes, my friend had to leave so I held back. 10 minutes later I had to leave so I paid at the counter and found my coffee waiting there for me - the staff are not good at getting the bill and bringing the coffee in a reasonable amount of time. And most frustratingly, they can be seen cleaning tables. I had a sip of my coffee and had to leave - was really disappointed too as they serve lovely coffee.

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Cafe en Seine
39 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

Went for lunch. Won't be going back. There's a new lunch menu which is soup and a sandwhich for €6.50 or €7.50. Thats good value but when I asked if it was possible to toast the sandwich I was told no - which is ridiculous coming from a place who serves hot food at certain times and who used to do hot lunch. Soup wasnt great - very very watery and really salty. I opted for egg mayonnaise as I couldn't have a toasted sandwich. There was more mayonnaise than bread and egg put together. Really sickening.

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Jimmy Chungs
Eden Quay, City Centre North, Dublin

I've been here twice - the first time was good and the second time was rubbish. I won't be going back as half way through the starter portion of my meal I almost passed out with tiredness. Testament to the amount of MSG in this food.

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Dakota
South William Street, South William Street, Dublin

Go for the chicken wings, simple as that. They're fabulous. Lacking slightly in atmosphere but great if you get a nice enough day to sit outside. Chips are massively overpriced at €4.50 for one portion.

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Bruxelles
7-8 Harry Street Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Nic eenough pun grub but make sure you're hungry because they load up the plates with more food than you could eat in the whole day. Service is lacking any kind of smiling whatsoever but it's handy if you want a pub lunch in town. Menu is a bit limited.

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Casa Pasta (Howth)
12 Harbour Road, Howth, Dublin

We had a bit of a bad experience here - but saying that I would go back. There were a bunch of kids who were unsupervised - they'd been booked in by their football coach and left there when the restaurant staff had been led to believe he woudl be staying with them. It got noisy but the professionalism with which we were dealt was fantastic. The restaruant manager was lovely, gave us the meal on the house and for this I would go back as the mishap was not their fault. The food was not as good as it can be as I think we got the last of the weeks purchases on the €25 menu. However my pasta was very nice. The wine was good and the decor is very inviting and cosy. I will try it again and I'm sure I'll be back here with a better review.

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The Restaurant @ Marks and Spencer
Marks and Spencer, Grafton Street, City Centre South, Dublin

This was nice. The staff were very friendly but a little run off their feet. This cause slight delays but nothing major. I had the chicken which was well cooked and the tomato and mozarella panini got the thumbs up from my friend. I didn't think there was much atmosphere about the place - could be down to the fact that everything is white and stainless steel. For that reason I wouldn't go back - was a bit like a clinic. But worth a try for the food and you can make up your own mind about the decor. Value wise it was middle of the road - wasnt cheap but didnt break the bank either. I just think there are better places to eat for the same price.

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Burnell Bar and Grill @ Hilton Dublin Airport Hotel
Northern Cross, Malahide Rd, Coolock, Dublin

I had breakfast here for the first time on 23rd Jan with a friend of mine and I have already been back a few times. There is a hot buffet with all the regular fry-up components (although some of them were actually grilled). There were cold meats and smoked salmon, breads, yogurts, fruit, cereal, pastries, juices and bottled water. The chef will cook any type of eggs you like to order and the coffee, which is costa, is all included in the €10 flat price. We sat there for a good hour and when they were closing the kitchen they asked if we would like another cappuccino and if we would like to take it to the bar - all included in the price! The value here continues to impress me. I have also recently been for lunch and had lovely homemade soup as well as fantastic fresh fish and chips on another recent occasion.

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Saba
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here for my Christmas party and had a lovely time. It was a set menu which had a mixed starter for everyone to share. This was lovely, there was something for everyone and plenty on the plates. I had a red curry for mains. the waiter was visibly unimpressed that I wanted red curry instead of the green on the set menu. It wasn't a problem to change so I though the attitude was unnecessary. I was too full for dessert but everyone elses looked really good.

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Cafe Leon
Wicklow Street, City Centre South, Dublin

People rave about this place but I just wasn't mad about it. Possibly because we were led upstairs to a room that didn't feel like part of the restaurant. Very Parisienne which I actually really like but they didn't capture quite so well as we were waiting a very long time for menu's, drinks and then an age for our food. We had two children aged 12 and 8 who got really restless at having to wait so long. Admittedly not the best place for children but coupled with bad service and a dull atmosphere it just wasn't an enjoyable experience. They just don't quite have that Paris theme mastered yet in my opinion.

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Kinara Restaurant
318 Clontarf Road, North Co. Dublin , Clontarf, Dublin

Food is great. Not as nice decor and atmosphere wise as Kajjal but would still go for the food. Good staff and the owners always remember you. Eitehr that or I eat in both of these restaurants far too often :) Still, testament to their quality.

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The Waterside Inn
Opposite Howth Yacht Club, Harbour Road, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin

This is the best pub grub in Dublin. Something for everyone on the menu and you'll never be disappointed. I recommend the chicken wings with the spicy sauce. Same waiter there for years and he's fantastic.

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Eddie Rockets (Swords)
Main StreetSwords, Swords, Dublin

In general, Eddie Rockets is overpriced fast food. This is one of the better ones as its clean and the staff are efficient. The onion rings are better here than in a lot of the other ER's too!

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Kealys of Cloghran
Old Airport Road, (Off Airport Roundabout), North Dublin, Cloghran, Dublin

Nice pub grub for lunchtime and the staff are very good at serving you quickly as they know you've just an hour away from the office. Big plates of food - really nice wraps.

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Coachmans Inn
Airport Road, Cloghran, Dublin

This is a real Sunday afternoon carvery type place - which I'm not really a fan of. They do have al la carte in the restaurant section but it's quite old fashioned and absolutely nothing special. I went as part of a celebration type meal for my grandparents and extended family which is very much the kind of people you will see around you. Wouldn't choose to go here.

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Brunos
Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin

I didn't like this at all. For such a prominent location I think the food is nowhere near the standard it should be. I went here on a Saturday afternoon about 5pm so they weren't rushed off their feet and still the service was terrible. I had pasta with shellfish which had one empty mussel and one large prawn. I'm not sure what the rest of the shellfish was. The sauce wasn't nice either and it was luke warm. If you've no other choice than to eat here I would choose something extremely basic from the menu. Although not hugely expensive, was way overpriced for what you get.

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The Porterhouse (Parliament Street)
Parliament Street le Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

Yum Yum Yum! Love this pub food - it's really hearty. Go for the warm chicken salad. Always served quick as a flash and with a smile. The food is very reasonably priced and never a disappointment. My other half likes the stew. Also, the chicken wings are great with an unusual beer!

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Eddie Rockets (Blanchardstown)
Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, West Dublin, Blanchardstown, Dublin

Nice hangover food. This particular Eddie Rockets is always busy with a queue out the door most of the time. Once seated the food can be a bit delayed but the service is friendly enough...

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Siam Thai (Malahide)
1 The Green, North Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

The food here is fantastic every time, never disappointed. It works out slightly on the pricey side as the rice is extra but if you're going on a nice night out its worth it. Lovely setting too - I love getting dressed up to go here! The wine is good too.

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Kajjal
7 The Green, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

I love this place - huge fan of Indian food and of all the restaurants I've been to this is definitely the best. The food is fantastic and the waiting staff are very attentive even when busy. The wine list, although a little pricy, has a fantastic selection of great wines.

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Jaipur Restaurant (Malahide)
5 St James's Terrace, Dublin 15, Malahide, Dublin

Lovely food and the staff are really helpful. I recommend the chilli fry for anyone who likes spicy food - gorgeous! The atmosphere leaves a little to be desired as its quite quiet.

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Tks thai
132 Lower Baggot Street, Baggot Street, Dublin

The food is great here - recommend the red curry. To be fair, there's no atmosphere as the decor is bland and there's rarely more than 10 people in the place. Normally we are one of three tables occupied. The prices are good though and if you are happy enough with the company you have then its a nice cheap and cheerful place to eat. Not for romantic or social nights out though! Would go back for the food.

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Cinnabar @ Crowne Plaza Hotel Northwood
Santry Demesne, North Dublin, Santry, Dublin

I've been here hundreds of times and can definitely recommend it if you're looking for really good pub grub but a little more upmarket than usual. In saying that, it's still quite cheap. The sandwiches are made with such effort, they're always very tasty. The nachos are one of my favourites. They're baked fresh so they're still warm on your plate, with spicy mince with jalapeno peppers, melted cheese, sour cream and guacamole if you ask for it! Heaven! The red curry noodles with chicken and shrimp are another favourite of mine. The coffee is good too, they serve Starbucks. Service is very efficient.

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Aurora Asian Cuisine
Unit 5, Block C , Tyrrelstown Town Centre, Dublin 15, Tyrrelstown, Dublin

I wasn't taken with this place. The food made my stomach very dodgy - it was as though it had been allowed to go cold and had then been reheated but not properly. It was luke warm. The others seemed to enjoy their meal but I felt the sauces were very thick and stodgy and very salty. One good thing about it though is that the decor is fantastic.

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OKA Restaurant
Northwood Demense, North Dublin, Santry, Dublin

I wasn't impressed with this place. The food is overpriced and fairly tasteless. I've eaten in so many Chinese restaurants and as this was an attempt at an upper class Chinese I decided to give it a go. The decor is very nice but its a little confusing, I didn't feel like I was in an Asian restaurant, it felt more like Spain. The staff are quite boring, no smiles or banter. I was left feeling full and unsatisfied afterwards. I wouldn't go back.

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Lemongrass (Liffey Valley)
Arc Bar, Liffey Valley Centre, West Dublin, Lucan, Dublin

I've been here a few times, mainly for lunch. The food is very nice, really tasty. You can see what's going on in the kitchen too. The service is efficient and the staff are friendly. If you get there early enough you can get a Bento Box (lunch) which has different compartments. You get a starter, rice/noodles, main course, chopped fruit and some chilli sauce. It's the perfect size for lunch. I recommend the garlic and chilli lamb with steamed rice and the duck spring roll to start.

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Marios (Sandymount)
2 Sandymount Green, Dublin 4, Sandymount, Dublin

I wasn't overly impressed with this place. I was really disappointed at the distinct taste of tinned tomatoes from their tomato sauces - I hate to get that in a restaurant! I've had other pasta dishes there with creamy sauces which were quite nice. The pizzas are ok, there are better out there. The service is ok but the staff aren't as welcoming as they could be.

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Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I have to say I really love this place it's one of my favourite restaurants. I've never had a bad meal, the salt and pepper prawns are amazing and the steak is always cooked exactly how I like it. The service has always been pleasant and they have a nice selection of wines. I love the buzz about the place and I've even booked it for my birthday so my family can visit the place I always rave about. It's unfortunate there are so many bad reviews and I would urge people to give it a second chance - weeknights are the best nights to go.

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

Watched the rugby here for Ireland V Italy and had a lovely pub lunch with some really nice wine. We had a selection of starters; chicken wings, garlic bread and chips and garlic mushrooms and it was just perfect grub for watching the game. We ate at the bar which added to the atmosphere for us. The staff are really friendly and the place is lovely and cosy.

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Wagamama - Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had the lunch special on Thursday and was a bit disappointed. The dish itself was the seasonal special of turkey breast, beansprouts and green beans with rice. The turkey was lovely but there was only three pieces! And they weren't chunks of turkey, they were carved pieces that had been chopped up small. It could have been for a vegetarian. The rice tasted like it hadn't been washed. The vegetables were really fresh though and the juice was nice. I'm so suprised at the poor standard as I've always been a huge fan of Wagamama.

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New Hin Keng
25G Malahide Road, Artane, Artane, Dublin

This is a nice Chinese although we went on a Saturday and it was completely jammers. You almost don't want to have to leave to use the toilet. The staff were friendly, service was good and the food was very nice.

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Jewel in the Crown (Dun Laoghaire)
54 Upper George's Street, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

This wasn't great. We went for lunch and the place was really quiet and a bit drab as far as the interior goes. It was a bit uncomfortable as the place was almost silent. The food was ok although they are one of the many restaurants who won't put a lot of spice into their food - not even in the Vindaloo! They also used a lot of colorants in the food - you could see it on the plate. A lot more additives than I thought was necessary.

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Mongolian Barbeque
7 Anglesea Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This place is good for something a bit different. All the food is on a bar type layout and you choose your own veg and meat to be cooked on the barbeque. It's really cool to watch. I would suggest seperating your meat and veg in two bowls though and ask them to cook the meat first. I've found that the veg can get a little overdone as they wait for the meat to cook. The staff are very nice.

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Luigi Malones Restaurant
5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

This is a regular for me, not because its the most amazing place in the world but because its cheap, tasty, handy if you're on your way out somewhere and just a pleasant place to eat. They have a loyalty card for regulars, which rewards you with free meals or bottles of wine. The staff are always friendly and the service is quick. The wine is great and there's something on the menu for everyone. I like the lamb and chorizo skwers and the pizzas are great too.

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Il Baccaro
Meeting House Square, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

This is the most authentic Italian I've ever been to, you'd just have to love it. The dishes are beyond a doubt put together by Italians. The mushroom risotto is the best and the garlic bread is great. I recommend tiramisu to finish! The atmosphere is cosy and would be great for a romantic meal - we went there for valentines day and it was perfect.

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Elephant & Castle
18/19 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The salads here amaze me, they make their own dressing and although very simple, its the nicest I've had. I recommend the avocado salad or the ceaser salad and a portion of the famous chicken wings between two people. If you like omelettes they have a huge selection and they're always perfectly cooked and fluffy. The staff are really friendly and accomodating. Definitely worth a visit.

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TGI Friday (St Stephens Green )
St Stephens Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This is a good restaurant for a loud girlie night. The food is good and really tasty and the cocktails are fab. The service is entertaining too but watch out if its your birthday because if they find out they'll make a show of you! Good for parties and a fun venue.

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Peploes Wine Bistro
16 St Stephen's Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Had lunch here and it was really good. The food was fab, I had risotto which was cooked perfectly. The wine selection was great, we had chateauneuf du pape and it was fantastic. The service was great, the food was great. The restaurant was a little dark for daytime as it's in the basement but would be perfect for a romantic meal.

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Maloti
34-35 South William Street, South William Street, Dublin

Five stars for this place, it's absolutely fantastic. It's really cheap but the food is the best Indian I've ever had. The sauces are made from really fresh ingredients and you never have that layer of oil you can sometimes get with an Indian dish in a lot of restaurants. I've been here loads of times now and still its both mine and my boyfriend's favourite. They are not afraid to add spice to their food while at the same time having a great selection of mild dishes. The sheek kebab is great to start and I love the chicken Jalfrezi. The service is great and 17euro for the set menu any time of day or night is fab.

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KC Peaches Pearse Street
Unit 10A Trinity Enterprise Centre, Pearse Street, Dublin 2 , Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

This place is brilliant for lunch, it's reasonably cheap and the food is amazing. At first it looks like a run of the mill salad bar but the food is really well made and very nicely seasoned. They also do hot food, a different dish each day. Great for a healthy lunch.

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ely winebar
22 Ely Place, (Just off St. Stephen’s Green), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I had a lovely lunch here, chicken with mushrooms. It was very well presented, the staff were lovely and the surroundings were really tasteful. It's a really attractive place and good to bring someone you are trying to impress. Very pricey though at about 20 euro for a main course from the lunch menu. I believe the dinner menu is quite pricey too.

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Eddie Rockets (Dame Street)
Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

As far as Eddie Rockets goes, this is one of the better ones. You know what you're getting when you go there and it's not overly unpleasant like some of the other ones in town. It's ok for something to eat when you're on the move. In general I think Eddie Rockets is overpriced though.

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Eddie Rockets (Baggot Street)
33 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 2, Baggot Street, Dublin

This was an awful experience, went for a few drinks after work and popped over here for a bite to eat. The service was awful, our waitress was really rude and I could swear they put sugar in the garlic sauce. Left me feeling quite ill! WAY too overpriced for what you're getting. The one on Dame street is miles better.

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Punjabi By Nature Indian Restaurants & Takeaway
15 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

The food here was lovely and the service was great. I went with my boyfriend - there's quite an intimate atmosphere so it's a nice place to go for a romantic meal. I had chicken jalfrezi which was gorgeous, there was nothing left on either of our plates!

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Saints & Scholars Lounge
35 Abbey Street Lower, City Centre North, Dublin

I went here for my grandad's birthday and that's really the only type of occasion I would recommend this place for. It's very old fashioned and quiet. The staff are very old fashioned - it's like taking a step back in time. It would be a good venue for a retirement/70th birthday party as the atmosphere is perfect for an older person. There is a bar beside the restaurant with a fire which is nice. The food is ok, I had the trout. Everything else on the menu was like Sunday dinner.

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Old Plaza Restaurant
Unit 20, 1st Floor, The Plaza, Swords, Dublin

I love this restaurant, I've been to hundreds of Chinese restaurants and I can't enjoy Chinese anymore unless I have it here! The early bird menu is brilliant value, starter, main course and tea/ice cream for 18 euro. I also had a birthday party in one of the rooms at the back of the restaurant. There was a Karaoke machine and the staff were just brilliant - they even sang a few songs with us! I've been here about 50 times and I've never been disappointed.

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

Fantastic place for seafood and the beer garden out front is my favourite place to be on those rare sunny afternoons in Dublin. The food never disappoints. Most recently had battered cod and chips. All so fresh and cooked to perfection. I'm a regular here.

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The Porterhouse (Bray)
Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow

This place is great - fantastic food, really tasty. Brilliant atmosphere and friendly staff. If you're lucky enough to go on a nice day you can sit outsite with a lovely view of the beach. Just really good pub food. Recommend the chicken salad with avocado and my boyfriend loves the Irish Stew.

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Lunch menu is good value, the food is great although the service is a bit all over the place. It's a nice place to eat but I don't think it quite lives up to the hype. Three course lunch is about 21 euro and the food is really tasty. Ceaser Salad was way too over-dressed though. I had the prawns as a main and they were very good. Desserts are fab.

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Jewel in the Crown (Ballsbridge)
41-43 Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Brilliant value lunch menu, €2.50 for starter and €7.50 for main! It's a set menu but normally there is something for everyone. Food is tasty and service is efficient. Nice for a cheap lunch away from the office.

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Al Boschetto
2 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Ballsbridge, Dublin

I have often been here for lunch as I work across the road. The staff are very pleasant and very helpful. The food is consistantly good and good value for money. The ceaser salad can be a little over dressed though. The service is quick which is ideal for a one hour lunch break

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