Restaurant Reviews from Ultan

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No. of Reviews: 16

Member Since: 28 July 2010

Last Visit: 05 May 2015

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L'Gueuleton restaurant

No 1 Fade Street, Off Georges's Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
French

Price Range:

Good
362 reviews

Reviewed 24th October 2010 ( visited 07th October 2010 )

After much procrastination I chose the Rib eye steak over the Toulouse sausages, a tough decision given that the sausages were accompanied by choucroute, and a good one is hard to beat. My partner went for the baby chicken and neither of us were to be disappointed. And so: the steak was served rare with a beautifullly charred outer crust and well seasoned. The bernaise was one of the better I've had as were the fries, they're not chunky chips if thats what you're after. The baby chicken was moist and the bourguignonne sauce was intesley deep and fruity as it should be from the burgundy. The warm pear and almond tart was probably my least favourite of all the food but was infintely better than any dessert I've had in a restaurant in Dublin. Now that's not saying much as I rarely order dessert. The atmosphere is great here too, aided by the open kitchen, which I always like.
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Seapoint Restaurant

4 The Crescent, Monkstown, Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin, Area Code: Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
Bistro

Price Range:

Good
104 reviews

Reviewed 16th October 2010 ( visited 25th September 2010 )

It was a slow Sunday afternoon and so despite being a party of 8 I expected we would be served in a prompt manner. We weren't, we had to wait a half hour before orders were taken, that includes drink orders. The lunch menu is small and not particularly exciting but fine for a quick afternoon bite, or so I thought. One major qualm I had was the doubling up of Risotto on the menu, I was led to believe that good chefs never offfer the same dish as a starter and main. After another half hour of waiting my Oyster steak arrived well done after it was ordered Rare. It was mealy and dry, as you'd expect from overcooked steak. I didn't send it back as I was last to be served and couldn't bear holding up the meal any longer. Medium mature cheddar was shaved over the top of my steak, which was served on coarsely chopped onion and asparagus (why chop up good asparagus, to stretch it further was my only thought). Tepid fries resembling those from Burger King were served in a little side dish, but I was glad of them as the meat was so bad. My friends mostly ordered the chicken which they enjoyed I must admit, however, all had to order side dishes, no included in the set price. I know you're not paying a huge amount for this food but there are far better reasonably priced restaurants in Dublin.
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EastSide Tavern
104-105 Leeson Street Lower, City Centre South, Dublin

Could not fault the food here, really good price point on everything and clearly a kitchen that know what they're doing and seem to care as well. Same goes for wait staff who were excellent. Very casual but we more than polite. Only criticism is that it was extremely slow, maybe 45 mins to get a main course and it wasn't busy but the place is nice with a good bar so there are worse places to wait.

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San Lorenzos
South Great Georges Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Got a steak which was pretty good but not amazing and certainly not with the eye watering €38. Wine also starts at quite a high price so its not the most accessible menu. Staff were inattentive and bordering on rude. Could be a great American style Italian if they just refinder their menu to suit the interior and casual atmosphere of the place and staff.

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BANG Restaurant & Bar
11 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went with work for lunch and will never return. Like the menu, the space needs a makeover. You get the feeling they are trading purely on their name which has been generally associated with quality. The only high note was our server who was polite and friendly without being intrusive.

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FIRE Restaurant and Lounge
Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

uncomfortable mess hall style dining room with less than stellar service. For the size of the dining room our party of 6 was cramped into a corner table in which two chairs obstructed the passing of waiters on a regular basis. Unfortunately the food wasn't any better. I had the trout, which was overcooked on a greasy bed of, what can only be described as a disastrous attempt at, arrancini. The steaks also looks mealy and overcooked and the chips were cold which is some feat considering they surely aren't. Never again.

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Fade Street Social - The GastroBar
4-6 Fade Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

You're never off to a good start when the server starts by explaining how you should order. Think Nando's in heels. The menu is a confused mess of disparate items ranging from mac and cheese to chinese style pork belly. I'm with a big group and we order nearly everything on the menu as we're told you should go for two or three items per person. When it arrives I feel like I'm picking at a vegas buffet, a slice of beef here with a side of popcorn, and rounded off with a mini banoffi. If the menu doesn't annoy you the service probably will. It's endless. Wait staff are constantly trudging back and forth from the kitchen with food that you completely forgot you ordered. To top it off, none of the food is great, the quality of ingredients is good but its all so incoherent you just want it to end.

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Milano (Dundrum)
Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Grabbed a quick pizza with my girlfriend on the way to the cinema and regretted not going to McDonalds, We both chose from the extra thin base range, mine had some roquito peppers, a meagre amount of cheese and absolutely no gran padano as it said on the menu. My girlfriend's pizza had sugary caramelised onion with grainy goats cheese. Worst of all, both pizzas were completely underbaked and soggy. Normally I'd complain and send it back but we were in a rush and the place was ridiculously understaffed. Won't go back.

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Chai Yo
100 Lower Baggot street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Hot, sour, sweet, and salty. These are the fundamental taste senses of Thai cuisine, and were overwhelmingly lacking in harmony in the food at Chai Yo. The Pad Thai looked lifeless and tasted worse, only a dousing of soy sauce helped give it some flavour. My friends both ordered crispy duck. It was fatty with not the slightest hint of crisp skin, overcooked mealy meat, and was accompanied by what can only have been soy sauce mixed with cooking juices. When craving a luxurious dessert one rarely goes for Thai and Chai Yo is a perfect example of why. The meal gets worse at this point andyou realise that all hope of a good dish coming from the kitchen is definitely lost. Banana fritters are undescribable, and a must miss.

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Solas (Wexford St)
31 Wexford Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Sitting at the bar having a drink before getting food and the barman, who was busy flipping bottles and shaking cocktail mixers, for no apparent reason, inadvertantly let go of a bottle which smashed my girlfriends drink all over her. She got a new drink poured but nothing was offered on the house, A sign so obvious I feel like a fool now for even sitting there any longer. We ordered food from a waitress who struggled to comprehend what we were asking for, another bad sign. The chilly mexican burrito I ordered was sickly sweet so I aksed her to take it back as I had already asked if it was very sweet to which she said no. Anyway a long story short it was awful, both the service and food. No refund was offered and I think I went to Mcdonalds after.

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Gotham Cafe
8 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Was not overly enamoured with this place, perhaps because I had only heard good things about it and expected more. Was very busy and I found it hard to hear friends at the other side of the table. The wait staff weren't friendly, I know they were rushed, but isn't it their job to make you feel welcome. I got a cobb salad that was lacking bacon, the chicken tasted like that rubbery pre-cooked stuff you find packaged in supermarkets, the avocado was scarce and pretty flavourless as was the dressing which should be strong and peppery. My firends ordered a pizza between two as the waiter said it was meant for two, it wasn't. It was tasty but very small and would be suitable for one. Certainly one of the better pizzas you'll find in Dublin, I think they use some fancy oven, think its coal fuelled or something. I reckon its paid for itself by now so its time the pizza price was reduced. It'd be great if they concentrated on pizza and adjusted prices accordingly

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Novo
Harry Street, St Stephens Green, Dublin

I can't say a bad word about this restaurant. In fact I will make a point of saying how great the staff are here. It was a Friday night, had booked through menu pages using menupoints to get a burger and were seated immediately. Not that it was too busy or anything but the staff were immediately aware of our presence and didn't leave us standing around. Drink orders were taken within 2 minutes and once the drinks were brought our order was taken. We both opted for burgers, partly because I had a voucher for one and also because we saw one ordered at another table and got the taste for it. I'm not going to go into every detail such as the quality of the beef, beautiful crust, excellent grind (not too tightly packed), great fresh toppings (you get the gist), all I'll say is that its the best buger I've ever had in Dublin. Far superior to other well known high falutin burger places and also much better fries. Presented excellently on neat wooden boards and please just go and try it.

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Charlies Four
8 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I dont think this charlies is as good as the original or any of the others for that matter but that could be because its newer and still not quite there. Nice inside though. Food is good for the price, spring rolls are as good as you get around dublin and its an ideal alternative to McDonalds or something like that. Whats not to like about Charlies, its cheap and decent food.

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L'Gueuleton
No 1 Fade Street, Off Georges's Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

After much procrastination I chose the Rib eye steak over the Toulouse sausages, a tough decision given that the sausages were accompanied by choucroute, and a good one is hard to beat. My partner went for the baby chicken and neither of us were to be disappointed. And so: the steak was served rare with a beautifullly charred outer crust and well seasoned. The bernaise was one of the better I've had as were the fries, they're not chunky chips if thats what you're after. The baby chicken was moist and the bourguignonne sauce was intesley deep and fruity as it should be from the burgundy. The warm pear and almond tart was probably my least favourite of all the food but was infintely better than any dessert I've had in a restaurant in Dublin. Now that's not saying much as I rarely order dessert. The atmosphere is great here too, aided by the open kitchen, which I always like.

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DIG IN
19 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

I booked ahead for a thursday evening which seems to be a necessity for this place, especially if you want to stay for longer than 30 minutes. When we arrived the service was prompt and we were sipping glasses of the house wine within minutes. The wine was ok, better than some house whites I've had. Our orders were taken in what seemed like minutes of our arrival and more shocking was that the food appeared about 3 minutes after placing the order. I went for the pork belly and my dining partner C. had the pot roast chicken. The pork belly was tender, well cooked and had plenty of flavour, unfortunately the accompaniments did not live up to the same standards. The cabbage in particular was practically raw, I certainly dont like overcooked veg but raw cabbage is almost inedible and difficult to digest, as I learned later. The chorizo bean sauce lacked depth of flavour which is surprising considering the ingredients. C. was not particularly enamoured by the chicken either, the whole dish lacked seasoning and refinement. Ok so you pay 10e for a main, what do you expect I hear you shout, and I thoroughly agree. I believe that the low price is reflected in the food, the poor quality and lack of devotion to the cooking methods shine through and so it makes the food not even worth 10euro. I would rather pay a little more for some quality, and there are plenty of Bistros and Trattorias in Dublin offering just this. I know expectations are low when you eat at a place like this, however, I don't believe they will be low enough to be met by the poor standard of food on offer. On the plus side the setting is nice, atmosphere is good and I feel if the management up the price and thus the quality this could be a decent restaurant.

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Milano (Dawson Street)
38 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

We used a voucher for a buy one get one free pizza, which the staff were more than happy to take. A good start as I'm always a little worried about bringing in vouchers. Myself and my friend both tried pizzas from the newish menu created by Francesco Mazzei and I must admit I was pleasantly surprised. Living in Dublin we're mainly exposed to New york style pizza so it was a welcome change to be eating a Neapolitan style pizza (Romana Pizza on the Milano menu). The base was crisp and nicely charred in places and had a nice wood flavour (may have been coal as I'm not sure what type of oven they use). They don't overdo the toppings either so you can taste every element of the pizza, I had garlic oil, olives and gran padano and my friend ate the Pollo Pancetta I think. Neither of us had any complaints and would go so far as to say its the best pizza I've had in Dublin for quite some time and reasonable too even if you dont have a voucher.

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Odessa
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

I've been twice and ordered from the ealy bird menu both times and I have no complaints. I'm shocked myself because at this price I was pretty wary on trying it out. My scepticism was quickly brushed aside with an amazing confit duck leg dish that is as good as any restaurant dish I've had in the past 6 months. It's not just good for the price you pay, it's just good. Last time it was served with stem broccoli and crushed potatoes which were all great accompaniments. Mt fellow diners equally enjoyed the chicken dish and were quite taken with the chorizo and bean soup starter. My only gripe is the the poor house wine but I've come to expect that from most places these days. I'd probably order a beer if I was going for a quick cheap bite again.

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Seapoint Restaurant
4 The Crescent, Monkstown, Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin

It was a slow Sunday afternoon and so despite being a party of 8 I expected we would be served in a prompt manner. We weren't, we had to wait a half hour before orders were taken, that includes drink orders. The lunch menu is small and not particularly exciting but fine for a quick afternoon bite, or so I thought. One major qualm I had was the doubling up of Risotto on the menu, I was led to believe that good chefs never offfer the same dish as a starter and main. After another half hour of waiting my Oyster steak arrived well done after it was ordered Rare. It was mealy and dry, as you'd expect from overcooked steak. I didn't send it back as I was last to be served and couldn't bear holding up the meal any longer. Medium mature cheddar was shaved over the top of my steak, which was served on coarsely chopped onion and asparagus (why chop up good asparagus, to stretch it further was my only thought). Tepid fries resembling those from Burger King were served in a little side dish, but I was glad of them as the meat was so bad. My friends mostly ordered the chicken which they enjoyed I must admit, however, all had to order side dishes, no included in the set price. I know you're not paying a huge amount for this food but there are far better reasonably priced restaurants in Dublin.

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