Restaurant Reviews from Westdogg
Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 08th January 2012 ( visited 02nd January 2012 )Great little find. I love burritos and this is one of the best in the city. Tasty food at a reasonable price and quick service. Staff are nice and friendly too. My only complaint is that it is too close to my house thereby upping my burrito consumption! Also, it now opens on a Sunday. Awesome!
Guernika Pintxos & Tapas Bar restaurant
39 Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 14th December 2013 ( visited 14th December 2013 )Hmmmm, where to start. We went here with a voucher that gave us €30 to use on any of the dishes. We ordered 6 dishes, 1 blackpudding, 2 separate croquette dishes, patatas bravas, calamari and a grilled goats cheese thing. The croquettes arrived along with the black pudding. The first one I bit into was ice cold on the inside. I returned those and explained what happened. I then bit into one of the croquettes from the other plate to find the inside was not just cold, but still frozen. Yummy. Those also went back. To be fair, my partner said the black pudding thing was tasty. And hot. The patatas bravas were also tasty enough. And hot. Although, they were not so much in a spicy sauce as having a ketchuppy type sauce over a few of them. Which is not how I believed they should be served. My grilled cheese came out next. Now, I'm no foody but the title says it all. Grilled. And it was in the hot tapas section. This was, wait for it, cold. I explained this to the waitress who indicated that she thought it was meant to be like that. I pointed out that it was supposed to be grilled and was also in the hot section so she took it back. When it came back, it was warm. The waitress indicated that the chef stated that it was meant to be cold. Which raises 2 interesting questions: 1. Why would the chef think that a hot grilled goat's cheese dish should be served cold? 2. If it was meant to be cold, why would he heat it up when it was sent back? To be fair, the waitress was pretty apologetic but there was no hint of a discount or a complimentary anything. On the contrary, we got our bill to find that we had been charged for a can of beer that we did not have. When I explained this, the two behind the counter looked at our table as if we had secretly drank it and hidden the can. Again, there was an apology but the whole thing was a calamity of errors from start to finish. Don't think we will be returning.
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
We went here on a Taste.ie voucher which had a restricted menu. I had the tomato soup for starter and thought it tasted like cans of tomatoes blended together and (not very well) heated up. My gf tasted it and said she thought it tasted like the sauce from spaghetti hoops. Full disclosure, I chose not to have the basil pesto croutons that came with the soup so it is possible their addition would have brought the whole thing together and I missed out big time. My gf had the duck liver parait, which she said was average. I had the cannelono with feta for my main and was not at all what I expected. You hear canneloni and feta and you imagine a bubbling bowl of cheesy, tomatoey goodness. However, rather bizarrely, the feta came out ice cold, hard and was just placed around the side of the plate. Did not make any sense. My gf had the pork belly and said it was nice and tender. For dessert we had the brownie and the pavlova. Both were fine. Nothing to wrote home about. The food is definitely all pre-cooked as the dishes come out very quickly. Our dessert had arrived nearly before we had ordered it. And I am aware that they are not going to be making individual brownies or pavlovas in the kitchen to order, but I think the pre-cooking applies to all the other dishes also. Staff were friendly and competent and the place is nice. I have had brunch a few times here downstairs, which is now the wildly popular taco taco, and I was always happy with that. Dunno whether the kitchen has changed hands recently.
Boqueria Tapas Restaurant
3 Prussia St, Stoneybatter, Stoneybatter, Dublin
A group of us went here for dinner on a Saturday night on foot of personal recommendations. The decor is quite nice and the place is very clean. There is quite a range of tapas and, as there were quite a few of us, I think that we tried everything on the menu between us. As it is a tapas restaurant, I love the fact that you can just keep ordering as you finish another dish. My favourite. I am a vegetarian and they can substitute a lot of the dishes to make them veggie, which is great. Everything I had was delicious. And, on the meat side of things, the only complaint was that the tuna and the beef were a little salty. To be fair, I think that only came from one person. The desserts are great and the burger and chips dessert, believe!, was one of the reasons we came. It's an impressive dessert, looks like something from Masterchef and tastes delicious too. However, the passion fruit dessert is definitely the winner. Delicious. In terms of alcohol, they only sell one beer by the bottle, Estrella, but they have loads of wine. It is pretty pricey, you're looking at around €10 per tapas, but the portions are pretty big. You're probably talking about 3 portions per person and if you have a dessert, you're talking €40 per head without beer. It is good food though and the staff are friendly and competent. Only complaint I would have, which is minor, is that the coffee was not great. Would certainly recommend. Would be fantastic for a big group I'd imagine as you can share all the dishes and you can get one of everything. Go.
Swords Road, Drumcondra, Dublin
This place does not have the best location (right beside a Centra beside the Regency) so, in order to rise above that, the food was going to have to be fantastic. Unfortunately, that was not the case. The place itself is nice, looks pretty cool and the menu on its face is quite interesting. I had the beetroot starter which was bland and pointless. I couldn't even remember what it tasted like after I had finished. My gf's starter was not up to much either. For my main I had the artichoke risotto. It was pretty bad also. Again, complete lack of seasoning and the artichoke was undercooked. I rarely make an issue of food in a restaurant but felt I had to say something this time. To be fair, our waitress was very apologetic and did go back to the chef to pass on the message. She came back and said the chef prefers to cook things a little al dente. Now, I'm no food critic but I know the difference between al dente and undercooked. In any event, she comped me a beer as a result as we had a voucher so the meal was already paid for. The dessert was fine, again, pretty unmemorable. Maybe we were unlucky and got them on a bad day or maybe they care less about the voucher menu, which is not a positive either. In any event, I don't think we will be rushing back.
Da Mimmo Restaurant
148A North Strand Road, City Centre North, Dublin
We had gotten take away pizza from here before, on foot of recommendations, but were not overly impressed. However, everyone said eating in the restaurant was far better so we tried it and the people are right. Place is a great little spot and I mean little. There are only 7 or 8 tables and it's always full. I read a few reviews complaining that it was too crowded but what do you expect with a place this small? I think it actually adds to the atmosphere in the place. Also, I cannot understand the comments about the staff being rude. They were incredibly friendly and helpful, from suggesting a wine, which everyone agreed was delicious, to offering us a free shot as an aperitif. The food was great. All the portions were massive, bar the seafood pasta which, while delicious left herself a bit portion jealous. We only had 1 bottle of wine and food and left but it seemed like the kind of place that would be good craic (and very cozy!) for a group with unending supplies of wine. Will definitely go again. And the pizzas are definitely better in house.
27 South William Street, South William Street, Dublin
Myself and my gf got a menupages voucher for this place. Didn't know anything about it but the menu looked nice when I looked it up online. Located on S. William street, it's a little difficult to find as it is down a flight of stairs, which is a shame as it may get more street traffic with a bigger sign etc. Anyway, the restaurant itself is very nice. Modern and sleek with a secret door into the toilet. I won't spoil the surprise in this review. Once you go through that door, you have the choice of a peeled or unpeeled banana sign to let you know which one is the gents and which is the ladies. You can work that out for yourself. Music at a perfect level - loud enough to hear the music (which is good) but not loud enough to be intrusive. The food - we went for a single portion of the bread and dips and the cheese board to share for starters. You can get both of these as sharing platters but we went for a single portion of each, which was ample. Three very nice dips with the bread, and the crackers and cheese board was tasty with a very good chutney to accompany. There was a Croatian stew-type soup as a special for a starter, which sounded delicious, but my gf thought it would be too much to eat to start. For a main, she had the steak and I had the pasta. I'm vegetarian and it was the only option on the menu (something I think they are changing) but I was not disappointed. As many vegetarians know, going out for food can be very disappointing due to the lack of imagination of most restaurant owners in terms of a veggie dish or dishes. This was devine. It was easily one of the nicest pasta dishes I have ever eaten. So fresh and zingy. It was amazing and I had it gone in about 3 minutes. My gf got a rare rib-eye, which actually came out rare. She is a steak snob and said hers was absolutely delicious. Came with horseradish mash and some other bits and pieces. Completely savaged by her in a short period of time too. Two out of two. The gf was too full to have dessert so I went alone and had the apple and blackberry crumble. It took a little longer to come out than the other dishes, but nothing serious. Nonetheless, without even asking, they discounted the dessert by half on the bill to apologise for the slight delay. Classy. The crumble was very tasty. Big lumps of blackberry and apple but all still soft and tender. I hate when the fruit is hard or slightly hard in a crumble so this was cooked to perfection. Nice icecream on top and the crumble was crunchy with a bit of spice to it. In terms of alcohol, there is a wine list and a cocktail menu. For beer drinkers, there is no beer on the menu but they do serve bottles of Heineken. Bill came to about €95 or so, which is not cheap, but reasonable for the food. Service was quick and friendly. All in all, we were both very impressed and will go back, notwithstanding the fact that, due to the amount of new restaurants popping up on Dublin on a weekly basis, I try not to hit the same place twice. They are open for lunch too which will provide another option for city workers. Highly recommended.
101-102 Capel street, City Centre North, Dublin
The first time I was going to go to this place, I did not as it had just opened and there was only one review, which stated the place was terrible. Which just highlights the danger of people putting up inaccurate reviews or being way too harsh when it comes to reviewing an establishment. I went there with my gf and her sister. Firstly, I have read a few reviews that said the service was poor, unprofessional, terrible etc. We couldn't have had a more different experience (and we had 3 different servers) and I frankly cannot comprehend how that would ever be an issue based on the level of service we got, unless the restaurant was completely swamped and had too few staff on - which people should allow for when reviewing. We started with both the veggie and meat summer rolls, which were tasty and fresh. I also got an avacado smoothie which was one of the tastiest things I've ever had in my life. Seriously, get it. I'm not joking. Just do it. My gf got a strawberry smoothie, which was also delicious but I was definitely the winner. Both my gf and her sis got Pho - my gf got the medium rare beef and her sis got the chicken. Both were huge portions and both were delicious. Myself and my gf had become addicted to pho since we went to Vietnam last year and she said it was as good as any we had there (but obviously a little pricier...) I had a veggie dish which I assumed was also going to be pho (that was probably my fault as it had pho in vietnamese but not in the English translation). It was tasty but I ws disappointed it was not pho. Now, the only reason I gave it 4 stars was the lack of veggie options. I appreciate it is not a veggie restaurant but the veg options are extremely limited, which is the exact opposite of any restaurant I was in in Vietnam - and most other Asian restaurants. It also seems as if you cannot swap out the meat for tofu in any of the dishes but there could be legit reasons for this, such as the stock the food is made from. In any event, to conclude, it was my gf's sis's first taste of Vietnamese food and she was impressed, as were myself and my gf who went to Vietnam for a month last year. I would deffo go in but would like to think they will expand the veg menu. Also, if you take anything from this review, get the avacado smoothie!!
Avenue by Nick Munier
1 Crow Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Myself and my girlfriend went here on a Friday night with a Livingsocial voucher. Staff were very friendly from the get go and continued to be so. Decor was nice - pretty modern with funky music playing at a level you could still easily talk over. There is a funky little bar area downstairs where you can get cocktails etc but we didn't stay down there. I had heard complaints about this place owing to the €25 burger but I though the menu was reasonably priced for an upscaley restaurant on Crow street (other than the burger of course The person beside us got it and I couldn't see anything magical about it). The wine menu was quite cheap too and my girlfriend got a 500 ml carafe of wine for about €15. So, the food. I am a vegetarian and they have a full veggie menu on request which is a nice touch as I am used to getting a menu with one veggie option. Happy days. My gf got the peking duck starter which she said was delicious. She got the lobster for main and said it was perfectly cooked and tasty. I got a poached egg salad for my starter. Egg was perfectly cooked but I though the salad was a little boring and could have had a little more dressing. I had the pasts with roasted veg for my main and it was very good. Way more food than I thought initially. Very filling. So far so good. I didn't get dessert but herself did. I got a double espresso but the coffee tasted burnt, which I was surprised at. She went for the pistachio and orange polenta cake with pistachio icecream and a tuile of some sort. Pistachio icecream was great but that was the best part. The tuile was soggy and the cake was dry and had a tough hard texture. It felt like the polenta was not cooked properly. She left the entire cake behind and the waiter picked up on it immediately and asked if it had been ok? We explained that the cake did not seem to have been cooked properly and he said he'd go straight to the chef and find out what was wrong. He came back a few minutes later and tried to explain that the chef had said that was how it was meant to taste. Both of us have had polenta cake before and it certainly did not taste like that. In any event, it was good customer service for him to check and the price of the dessert was taken off the bill also. So while I took a star off for the dessert, I almost felt like putting it back on for the level of customer service as the situation was handled very well. We had a good night and other than the dessert and coffee, we were very happy with the food. Also, staff were friendly and attentive and handled our complaint in exemplary fashion. I'd go again.
Taste of Cairo Restaurant
38 Amiens St, City Centre North, Dublin
This is a real gem of a place. Think it only opened just before Christmas. we went here with a voucher. The place is just down from Connolly Station and, from the outside, doesn't look like much, but this changes once you step inside. Decor is nice and simple and the place also has a number of large hookahs for smoking flavoured tobacco. Staff are very friendly and the owner comes to all tables and talks to people throughout the meal. Food was excellent. Absolutely delicious. I had the falafels to start and I think they are the nicest falafels I have ever had. I had the mousaka for my main and I could have eaten it again for dessert it was that good. The place is also BYO with a reasonable €2.50 per person corkage fee. The atmosphere is very relaxed and they allowed us to sit and drink a bottle of wine after we had finished our food, without a problem. I will definitely be back.
11 Upper Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin
Myself and my partner went here on New Year's eve with another couple. The place was quiet, although it was only half 6 so quite early for most people to be out. Staff were v friendly and attentive. We had a voucher and the waiter kindly allowed us to pick items not contained within the voucher. I had the waterballs which were delicious. I fact, everyone's food was delicious. And very reasonably priced. Decor is more like a cafe then a restaurant but the food more than makes up for this. One other thing worth mentioning is that the owner is Muslim, therefore they do not serve alcohol, not can you BYO. This was not a major issue for us but it is something to note. Great food, good service and great value. Will definitely go again.
Guernika Pintxos & Tapas Bar
39 Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Dublin
Hmmmm, where to start. We went here with a voucher that gave us €30 to use on any of the dishes. We ordered 6 dishes, 1 blackpudding, 2 separate croquette dishes, patatas bravas, calamari and a grilled goats cheese thing. The croquettes arrived along with the black pudding. The first one I bit into was ice cold on the inside. I returned those and explained what happened. I then bit into one of the croquettes from the other plate to find the inside was not just cold, but still frozen. Yummy. Those also went back. To be fair, my partner said the black pudding thing was tasty. And hot. The patatas bravas were also tasty enough. And hot. Although, they were not so much in a spicy sauce as having a ketchuppy type sauce over a few of them. Which is not how I believed they should be served. My grilled cheese came out next. Now, I'm no foody but the title says it all. Grilled. And it was in the hot tapas section. This was, wait for it, cold. I explained this to the waitress who indicated that she thought it was meant to be like that. I pointed out that it was supposed to be grilled and was also in the hot section so she took it back. When it came back, it was warm. The waitress indicated that the chef stated that it was meant to be cold. Which raises 2 interesting questions: 1. Why would the chef think that a hot grilled goat's cheese dish should be served cold? 2. If it was meant to be cold, why would he heat it up when it was sent back? To be fair, the waitress was pretty apologetic but there was no hint of a discount or a complimentary anything. On the contrary, we got our bill to find that we had been charged for a can of beer that we did not have. When I explained this, the two behind the counter looked at our table as if we had secretly drank it and hidden the can. Again, there was an apology but the whole thing was a calamity of errors from start to finish. Don't think we will be returning.
BANG Restaurant & Bar
11 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Went here on the 5 course tasting menu voucher. Was pretty quiet when we went it, but it was 6pm and it did get busy by the time we left. Service was v professional - water magically filled constantly without you noticing, plates taken away in good time, friendly. Food was quite good. The main course was delicious, the cheese plate was bigger than anticipated and the dessert was delicious - some form of deconstructed Eton Mess. Very very tasty. Would recommend it. their early bird menu appears to be decent value too. One thing to note - the wine is not cheap!
Ilac Centre, O'Connell Street, City Centre North, Dublin
I love this place. Best find ever! I have had every pie on their menu (bar the vegetarian option) and none have disappointed. Service is quick, food is delicious and it is great value for money. Pie, mash and gravy - what's not to like? They also do 2 for 1 deals on those voucher sites from time to time and I would highly recommend grabbing those while they are on offer. Give this place a try. You won't regret it.
The Capel Building, Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
Went here on a Grabone voucher and was glad I didn't have to pay full price. Restaurant is very big, as in, looks like there is too much space, which is good if you don't want to be stuck on top of another table, but makes it look a little cavernous. Staff were pleasant and did allow me to have a soft drink instead of the wine on the voucher. I had the chicken wings for my starter and my girlfriend had the ribs. Both were quite tasty, although I felt my portion was a little small. We were waiting quite some time for someone to clear our plates and the place wasn't particularly busy. Mains were disappointing. I had the pork belly and my girlfriend had the monkfish tail. My pork was overdone, as were the vegetables and the potato gratin. Also my portion was tiny. I felt like I hadn't eaten when I finished. The monkfish was supposed to come with new potatoes but, for some bizarre reason, it came with a load of overdone brussel sprouts instead. Not a good mix with the curry sauce, believe me! My girlfriend did point out to one of the waiting staff that her dish had come with sprouts as opposed to potatoes and the waitress indicated that she'd ask the chef to change that in future - despite this not having meant to be on the dish in the first place! Her main was also quite small. All in all, a bit disappointing. It's a big place so I hope they get things right going forward or it will go the same way as Rhodes.
Mitsuba Japanese Restaurant
154 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin
Went here on a bank holiday Monday at about 7pm. Place was very quiet, as you'd expect. Waiting staff were quite friendly. Ordered the seafood Ramen and the beef Teriyaki. Very tasty and very generous portions. The Ramen came in a punch bowl sized bowl! The only major problem I had was the price. It is quite expensive and is certainly more expensive than other Japaneses restaurants I have visited in Dublin. That said, as I mentioned, the portions are quite large. Will go back to try some of the other dishes and the missus wants to try the sushi as it is supposed to be very good.
The Mint Cottage
2A Main Street, Raheny, Dublin
Myself and my partner went here on foot of a menu pages deal. It was excellent. Nice looking place, friendly staff and great food. The poppadoms at the start were fresh and the dipping sauces were delicious. I had the chicken kebab for starter - tasty and quite large - and my partner had lamb cutlets. She gnawed them until there was only bone left. I had the beef kerahi for my main - quite tasty and the beef was very tender. My partner had lamb again for her starter and was impressed. The rice was plentiful and the naans were tasty. I would not normally get dessert in an Asian restaurant as they are generally (I'm saying generally here, I know there are exceptions!) mediocre. However, we got bannoffi pie with a twist which was delicious. We ate it in about 2 mins! Great food, great value. Thumbs up.
Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin
Great little find. I love burritos and this is one of the best in the city. Tasty food at a reasonable price and quick service. Staff are nice and friendly too. My only complaint is that it is too close to my house thereby upping my burrito consumption! Also, it now opens on a Sunday. Awesome!