Restaurant Reviews from Sweets106

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County: Wicklow

No. of Reviews: 9

Member Since: 23 January 2010

Last Visit: 16 October 2014

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Bistro Spice restaurant

101 Monkstown Road, South Co. Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin, Area Code: South Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
Indian

Price Range:

Good
63 reviews

Reviewed 22nd May 2012 ( visited 18th May 2012 )

I had a menupages voucher for this restaurant. I was delighted to see its bring your own adn that there's no corkage! So we were able to have a great wine cheaply! The room itself is small and intimate, kind of place I like to eat, like being in someones dining room! Food was excellent. We had two starters, lamb kebab with mint sauce and vegatable parcles. Both really tasty, good sized portion too. We had two chicken dises for main, one chicken balti which was asked for hot. It was great, full of flavour not like some generic sauces you get. I can't remember the name of my dish but it was chicken with sesame and coconut, described as hot on the menu but on speaking to the manager he said I would probably enjoy it. It was hot but FULL of flavour. Two ice-cream desert and a coffee finished off this great dinner. I will be back ASAP. Excellent service and food. Maybe the best indian in south dublin!
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Bistro Spice restaurant

101 Monkstown Road, South Co. Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin, Area Code: South Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
Indian

Price Range:

Good
63 reviews

Reviewed 22nd May 2012 ( visited 18th May 2012 )

I had a menupages voucher for this restaurant. I was delighted to see its bring your own adn that there's no corkage! So we were able to have a great wine cheaply! The room itself is small and intimate, kind of place I like to eat, like being in someones dining room! Food was excellent. We had two starters, lamb kebab with mint sauce and vegatable parcles. Both really tasty, good sized portion too. We had two chicken dises for main, one chicken balti which was asked for hot. It was great, full of flavour not like some generic sauces you get. I can't remember the name of my dish but it was chicken with sesame and coconut, described as hot on the menu but on speaking to the manager he said I would probably enjoy it. It was hot but FULL of flavour. Two ice-cream desert and a coffee finished off this great dinner. I will be back ASAP. Excellent service and food. Maybe the best indian in south dublin!
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Fade Street Social - The GastroBar
4-6 Fade Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

A really fun place. Brilliant atmosphere on a Saturday night. Great cocktails and wine list. Yum food, we had goats cheese, pumpkin macaroni, duck. All perfectly sized for sharing. The staff can't seem to figure out who's getting what though......bit annoying as they keep coming to your table with stuff not ordered. All said I would definitely return!

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Avoca Bar & Restaurant
Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Dublin

I eat here quite regularly as my boyfriend lives close and LOVES the place. I have to say, I'm coming around to his point of view. The food here is good, not amazing but good pub grub. I particularly like the pizzas, they have a really thin base. The burgers, chickena dn beef are both great and they do this great 'pink sauce' for chips! Spicy and tangy! They had a deal on recently for a burger and pint for a tenner. Such good value. Four of us were eating there recently, one pregnant, so the extra oint was given to one of the other lads. The wine menu is good, nice and cheap plus you can buy wine from their off-license. Four of us had main courses, 2 bottles of wine and 5 pints for 80 euro! you defo can't go wrong. The servie is always efficient and really friendly. Great for a relaxed dinner.

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The Chop House Gastro Pub
2 Shelbourne Road, City Centre South, Dublin

Was here with a groupof friends a couople of weeks ago. We had booked a table but had a bit of a wait which was ok really as there's a great buzz in the bar and on the night oin question it was busy busy busy! One crab starter was light and flavoursome with lovely apple chunks! Three of us had steak. When we were ordering the steaks are produced so you see size, cut etc. I really like when restaurants do this, we also had a great debate about which cut was best on that night. I had the sharing cut, can't remember which cut exactly, It was really tasty, juicy and full of flavour but I got the better side! My boyfriends side was was quite grizzly which was dissappointing. we shared a desert, rhubarb which was only ok. The manager is gret in there. As it was our first visit we got a round of drinks on the house, he checked in on us a few times to make sure all was ok. To sum up, excellent buzz, food and service.

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O'Brien Chop House
Main Street, Lismore, Waterford

Overall an excellent evening in the Chop house. The menu was quite limited ont eh evening we ate here. We were a group of five and so between us sampled most of the menu! We shared the meat plate to start which was nice and fairly run of the mill. Seasoned nicley with garlic flowers?! I had duck for main, which was slightly over cooked. It was served with seasonal veg and mash which was lovely but maybe could have had a little more imagination. Steak and fish were really good by all accounts, the fish special may have been the best dish. We tried both deserts which were epic! A chocolate pot and rhubarb panna cotta. Both were amazing. To sart we had a glass of rhubarb belini which is the nicest drink I have ever tried! I will try to recreate it! The athmosphere was great, it's very relaxed and has lots of charm. I will be back!

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Bistro Spice
101 Monkstown Road, South Co. Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin

I had a menupages voucher for this restaurant. I was delighted to see its bring your own adn that there's no corkage! So we were able to have a great wine cheaply! The room itself is small and intimate, kind of place I like to eat, like being in someones dining room! Food was excellent. We had two starters, lamb kebab with mint sauce and vegatable parcles. Both really tasty, good sized portion too. We had two chicken dises for main, one chicken balti which was asked for hot. It was great, full of flavour not like some generic sauces you get. I can't remember the name of my dish but it was chicken with sesame and coconut, described as hot on the menu but on speaking to the manager he said I would probably enjoy it. It was hot but FULL of flavour. Two ice-cream desert and a coffee finished off this great dinner. I will be back ASAP. Excellent service and food. Maybe the best indian in south dublin!

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Mao Restaurant (Dun Laoghaire)
The Pavillion, South Co, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I usually like eating here, always get a table, quick food, better than what you would cook at home and reasonable price. BUT last night I called down for a quick dinner. Perfect starters, spring rolls and prawns, well flavoured and crispy. I had the special Kung Po chicken with added cashews which arrived perfectly. My dates chicken arrived and was the wrong meal it was taken back and another meal sent out. This one was correct but contained mushrooms which he hates and is not written on the menu so it went back again. The 3rd time it came out it was the correct meal but had very little cashew nuts or flavour! I tried it and it really tasted flat........it was meant to be spicy. I could have made something better at home. It was annoying as we could see the chef giving out when the food went back a 2nd time BUT it was their mistake and then to send out a poor dish.............dissapointing, espically for people who go there a bit for the flavoursome food. Then nothing taken off the bill. Not the best way to deal with the situation. I would return if they took off one starter for the mix up. I had finished my meal by the time he was starting! But nothing like that was done.

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Locks Brasserie
No. 1 Windsor Terrace, South Dublin, Portobello, Dublin

I ate in Lock's last month and was very excited to try it based on reviews etc. We were seated downstairs at one of the tables beside the window which was lovely. The seats are a little close together and the tables at the back wall are all arranged at a banquet which I don't like, it feels like you are miles away fromt he person you are eating with! Small problem all in all! There was a lovely athmosphere around the room and we could chat easily without hearing what others were talking about. The toilets are upstairs, so I got a quick look up there, lovely room up there too. The food, mine was lovely, my date's was ok. I had the scallops to start, perfectly cook, light and flavoursome. He had the roasted root veg served with flavoured salts. His looked amazing and I was really interested in it but it was a little flat, the veg didn't have much flavour and the salts were al little over powering, not well balanced. For mains I had the rabbit, agian perfect. Lots of exciting textures on the plate and the rabbit was tender and cooked perfectly. He had surf and turf, pork belly and prawns. Worst dish of the meal, dry and quite salty, I was really dissapointed with it and so was he. For dessert I had the chocolate fondant which was perfectly cooked.Over all good food but i was dissapointed with the surf and turf, it really wasn't great. Service throughout was excellent, our waiter was freindly and chatty and explained the dishes we had questions about really well.

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The Exchequer
3-5 Exchequer Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I have eathen in The Exchequer a few times now and it has always been an enjoyable experience. The day before Christmas Eve two friends and I had lunch in the dining room, there was a lovley buzz around the place, we had the Venison pie, Beetroot and Goats Cheese salad and the Ling Fingers. THE Ling was amazing, it is a great sized portion served with pea puree and tatare sauce, perfect batter very crisp, flavoursome puree.......it was really delicious. The pie was dense with Venison and was really well flavoured. The goats cheese salad is served with beetroot and walnut and prune relish, all elements of the salad are well balanced and work really well together. On another occasion four of us had dinner, the potted crab I had theat night was amazing, the crab was rich and creamt, served with brown bread. Another major highlight was the steamed cookles and mussels, a hugh serving with beautiful flavours. We shared with Chocolate plate which was amazing, it contains chocolate tart, fondant, white chocolate moose and chocolate ice-cream. It hit all the right notes ofr me, the tart was rich and a lovely soft'ish contistency! The moose lightened the plate and was not too sweet like some white choco. desserts can be. Again the ice-cream had a lovely rich chocolate flavour. We also had some cocktails to finish up, seriously the best cocktails in town, the Blush is amazing.

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

I ate in Town last night and was quite disapponited. The room itself is nice and there is a nice little area at the front for drinks, the room was a little cold when we arrived. We started with the Seafood Antipasta and the Wood Pigeon. The antipasta was really disappointing.There were 2 oysters, 1 Langoustine, 1 Prawn, 1 Crab claw, 1 Squid ring and some salmon. The menu describes the salmon as Gravadlax Salmon, which it wasn't, it seemed to be a piece of smoked salmon filled with a stuffing of some kind, this is not what Gravadlax Salmon is. The Wood Pigeon with Chestnut Lasagne was beautiful, probably the nicest thing we had all evening......it was rich and very well flavoured. For main course we had the Rabbit and Duck. My Duck was very nice, if a little tough, served with run of the mill spinach (not flovoured with anything) and grilled shallot. It was served with confit leg croquette which was a little odd. It seemed to be mashed potato mixed with some confit duck leg and lots of parsley, it tasted only of potato and parsley, leaving me wondering why it was on the plate at all. The rabbit was stuffed with an apricot stuffing and served with squash puree, one piece of pancetta and 1 baby turnip. The flavours all worked very well together but the rabbit on its own was really really dry, there also could have been more pancetta and turnip. We finished with the chocolate fondant with vanilla ice-cream, it was nice but not amazing. We had a glass of prosecco, which was lovely and a bottle of heineken to start and then a lovely bottle of Valpolicella. The bill was 135 Euro. I felt the food wasn't good enough for the price they were asking. The service was efficient but charmless. Overall the experience was not what I expected, it certainly lacks that special something you expect when paying prices like these. There are plenty of other restaurants doing much better food at better prices in a charming environment.

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