Restaurant Reviews from TheDrivelMachine

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No. of Reviews: 13

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Last Visit: 28 August 2014

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Les Freres Jacques restaurant

74 Dame Street, Dublin City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
French

Price Range:

Good
175 reviews

Reviewed 29th April 2013 ( visited 27th April 2013 )

I visited here last Saturday night with my boyfriend. We were using a menupages voucher. The staff of this restaurant are so welcoming and friendly. They seemed to love their jobs! Everyone dining was really relaxed. We were there for almost two and a half hours and I didn't even realise until we had left. For soup we had sweetcorn and chorizo, it was tasty and creamy, but the portion size meant it was not to heavy. We ate our bread as soon as we sat down, we were ravenous after work. They offered us another immediately. I had salmon to start which was so tasty. My boyfriend had the pork hock, which he loved. We both had the beef sirloin. It melted in my mouth! It was served with chips and veg. The chips were a let down. Really skinny and fried. Just not for me.For desert we had creme caramel, which was good. We had a bottle of merlot, and the staff were happy to let us savour it and didn't try to hurry us. I really enjoyed this meal, the service is excellent and the food is really special!
Most Visited Restaurant

Frite Haus restaurant

87 Camden St, Camden Street, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Good
29 reviews

Reviewed 15th August 2014 ( visited 15th August 2014 )

I think this is the only restaurant in dublin that serve bratwurst. The food is great, locally sourced and well prepared. The staff are lovely and so friendly. Great selection of beers. Great value. One of my favourites.
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DIG IN
19 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

I love Green 19 and have been coming here for years. It's still good value and worth visiting - BUT it has slipped so much in the last few years. The menu never changes and then when it did, they just took all the nice things away (amazing club sandwiches only available before 4). It's just lost it's sparkle. Even the home made ketchup recipe changed and now tastes so bland in comparison to what it was before. I've tried everything on the menu and sadly some of the things are a big disappointment. Just bland. And everything used to taste so so so good! Their coffees, drinks and desserts are still good, but again always the same.

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Pitt Bros Smoked BBQ
Unit 1, Wicklow House, Georges St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I love BBQ, and this place looks so cool. But it's not. It's quite expensive for what you get. I visited for a late lunch with a friend. Everything was just so average. There are other BBQ places that are much cheaper with better or similar food. It was a let down.

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SkinFlint
19 Crane Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

This is such a great restaurant and is often forgotten about I think. The pizzas are incredible, such good value for money and really tasty. The meatballs are also unbelievable although I'm not sure if they still do them, I haven't eaten them in a while. I'm not really into sharing tables, but generally I visit during quiet times so I can avoid that. They have great lunch specials also! So cheap.

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F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Crow Street
2 Crow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

This is a great restaurant and fantastic value for money. I have brought several friends here who have said it was the best steak they have ever tasted! The staff are always so friendly, professional and efficient. And it's always the same staff as well, which makes me think they are treated well. They have a great selection on their menu, catering for when you want to spend a little and a lot! They have a brilliant alcohol selection too, serving vintage whiskeys and less commonly found spirit brands. I really love it here - visited twice in one weekend on the insistence of my American guest! Well done everyone!

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Cleaver East By Oliver Dunne
6-8 East Essex Street, , Temple Bar, Dublin 2 , Temple Bar, Dublin

We visited Cleaver East without a booking to celebrate a special occasion. I was disappointed. The food is pretentious and not good value for money. It's a bit of an emperors new clothes job. Our bill came to €70 without alcohol and we went home and had dinner a couple of hours later, even after ordering the recommended number of dishes per person. We left at about 7pm, and had dessert elsewhere. I can't even really say if the food was tasty because there wasn't enough of it there for me to sample. Although, nothing really wowed me.

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Chez Max (Palace Street)
1 Palace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I absolutely love Chez Max! It is my favourite spot in Dublin. I always feel so refreshed after a few hours here, like I've taken a mini break to Paris. The atmosphere is great. The food is amazing, although I do limit myself mostly to the charcuterie board, because it is so delicious, sociable and such great value for money. The staff are so charismatic and friendly. They are perfectly happy to let you relax all night long over coffees, desserts and booze! Cannot recommend this fabulous restaurant enough!

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Good World Chinese Restaurant
18 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

We visited this restaurant last night. The restaurant itself looked messy and unwelcoming. We were seated at a huge table, more suitable for 4-6, than 2. So to avoid shouting at each other, we sat side by side. The staff were not unkind, but indifferent. My prawn cocktail was awful - with a slice of lemon that had been cut days before I reckon. The prawns were slimy. My partner enjoyed his ribs. The mains were unremarkable. The desert, we didn't eat. My banana split had two scoops of very cheap vanilla ice cream placed on top of a very ripe banana, which was covered in fruit cocktail and cream. Not even a glutton like me could attempt it! Pity, I always thought it looked fancy. Like Chinese restaurants twenty years ago. Will never go back.

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Frite Haus
87 Camden St, Camden Street, Dublin

I think this is the only restaurant in dublin that serve bratwurst. The food is great, locally sourced and well prepared. The staff are lovely and so friendly. Great selection of beers. Great value. One of my favourites.

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Herbstreet
Hanover Quay, Dublin 2 , Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

I had lunch here on a Saturday. I ordered the black eyed bean burger with fries. Its expensive at €14. It comes with two toppings of your choice; I choose bacon and blue cheese. They forgot the bacon. The bun was very stale tasting and would have been nicer toasted. The guacamole salsa on the side was soggy and not fresh. I ask for chipotle mayo, and they brought regular mayo. The chips were skinny as described but didnt appear homecut like i thought they would be - considering the image of the restaurant and price of the dish. My partner had pancakes which she said were fine. It seems really pretentious. I won't be back unfortunately.

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Brasserie 7
The Capel Building, Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I went here last night with a voucher, which included two course, two champagnes and two cocktails for €35. Bargain! I ordered prawn cocktail to start; several cos leaves with five very cold prawns, some pomegranate seeds, a mint puree piped into the middle and a miserable squirt of marie rose sauce. Edible, but not good. My partner had the chicken wings which he enjoyed. Not special but good. For mains we both went for the steak (€6 supplement) cooked medium.I substituted mash instead of chips. It was served with pepper sauce and a portobello mushroom and tomato. Presentation wise, it was completely unimpressive. It was not cooked medium either. There were some very small spots of pink but it was mostly brown. Although I can understand how difficult it would be to cook such a thin piece of steak in that way. It was definitely not 10oz! It tasted fine. I ordered a long island ice tea, which was very potent. Yay! My partner ordered a whiskey sour, which requires a touch more skill. It was "flavourless, didn't taste like a whiskey sour at all. Tasted like Jameson and water with a hint of lemon. There wasn't one thing sour about it, apart from being badly made". We asked for our champagne then which was clearly just sparkling wine. The oddest thing of the night was the lounge singer! We arrived at 18.55, and the whole meal was over by 19.45. The courses arrived very quickly which is a bit unsettling! The staff are very pleasant and efficient. I didn't feel too cheated over this, because we had a voucher but I think if I had paid full price I would have been. Pity.

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Dada Restaurant
45 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I visited Dada with a friend last night. It's so nice and cosy inside, and there's lots of interesting furniture and ornaments. The waiters were very nice. We shared a starter of breads and dips. I had the lamb tagine with nuts and apricots, and I ordered a side dish of cous cous - which was so tasty. And my friend had the chicken tagine with olives and potatoes. She found it a bit too salty but pretty much finished it all. They brought a basket of pittas to the table with the mains. We also order the 'Unlimited filtered still water for €1', but we had to ask twice to have it refilled. I have my doubts about how filtered it is! For dessert, we shared the traditional banana and filo pastry with Anglaise Creme. It was really light and nice to finish with something sweet. It was not worth €6.90 however. We were very full from the mains, that's why we shared - but had I been really looking forward to the desert, I think I would have been disappointed. Overall, I enjoyed the visit, and I'm looking forward to returning! The food is really good, and the service is great too.

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Les Freres Jacques
74 Dame Street, Dublin City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

I visited here last Saturday night with my boyfriend. We were using a menupages voucher. The staff of this restaurant are so welcoming and friendly. They seemed to love their jobs! Everyone dining was really relaxed. We were there for almost two and a half hours and I didn't even realise until we had left. For soup we had sweetcorn and chorizo, it was tasty and creamy, but the portion size meant it was not to heavy. We ate our bread as soon as we sat down, we were ravenous after work. They offered us another immediately. I had salmon to start which was so tasty. My boyfriend had the pork hock, which he loved. We both had the beef sirloin. It melted in my mouth! It was served with chips and veg. The chips were a let down. Really skinny and fried. Just not for me.For desert we had creme caramel, which was good. We had a bottle of merlot, and the staff were happy to let us savour it and didn't try to hurry us. I really enjoyed this meal, the service is excellent and the food is really special!

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La Maison
15 Castle Market Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I visited this restaurant on a Wednesday evening with a friend. We had a Living Social Deal, (€29 for a €60 voucher). It was the first day of the sun, so when we arrived most of the tables outside were full, but it was a bit stuffy out there so we opted to sit inside. There were several empty tables for four, but the host (a non uniformed, middle aged man) placed us at a TINY table for two, saying he wanted to keep the tables for larger parties. I didn't have a problem with this at the time; but several minutes after we arrived he seated two separate couples at these larger tables! Our table was extremely cramped and close to other diners. Working that night, as well as the host, were two female waitresses who were lovely and friendly. We shared a starter of pates and bread, which was really lovely and plenty for two. Our main was the rib eye steak and chips for two. It took quite a long time, but it was so impressive when it came. It was served on a large board, on top of a garlic ciabatta, with whole roasted garlic cloves and cherry tomatoes. There was also salad, and a jus. My friend asked for ketchup for her chips. And the host replied, 'we don't do it', and walked away. She thought he was joking! He offered no alternative. Later as we were finishing up, at about 8pm; he turned off the lights! There were several other tables still dining. It was just a really bizarre experience.The host was so rude! The restaurant was not that busy but he seemed to be running all over the place - which to us seemed like bad organisation. Everyone was giving a basket of bread, we had to ask for ours! I did like the food, and it's a cool quirky little place. The menu isn't overly impressive, but had the service been better I would have over looked that. This man treated us really bad and I can only bring it down to the fact that we were paying with a voucher. It seemed like the product of snobbery. Disappointing and confusing!

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