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Rustic Stone restaurant

South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code:

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Reviewed 04th January 2016 ( visited 22nd December 2015 )

The tempura salmon wrapped in nori seaweed is one of my favourite dishes and this time I had it as a main course accompanied by polenta chips, wich were very good especially served with pink peppercorns. My friend had the Asian Quail grilled on a stick. It had a nice flavour but a bit dry.
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Rustic Stone restaurant

South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

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529 reviews

Reviewed 04th January 2016 ( visited 22nd December 2015 )

The tempura salmon wrapped in nori seaweed is one of my favourite dishes and this time I had it as a main course accompanied by polenta chips, wich were very good especially served with pink peppercorns. My friend had the Asian Quail grilled on a stick. It had a nice flavour but a bit dry.
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Whitefriar Grill
16 Aungier Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Nice atmosphere and friendly staff. We went for brunch and ordered the Norwegian eggs with potato rosti, smoked salmon, spinach and hollandaise. The eggs were perfectly poached. One was positioned on top of a small rosti with very little hollandaise. It also came with huge chips. A little odd to serve rosti and chips on the same plate, still they were nice chips. Interesting drinks menu.

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Las Tapas de Lola
12 Wexford St., City Centre South, Dublin

It was our first visit and as my husband said at the end of the evening 'the best tapas outside Barcelona'. One senses a love of food here. The waiting staff enjoy describing the food and drink and relating it back to their country. The free red wine & lemon drink was very refreshing. One of the specials of the day was Ajo blanco (garlic & almond crema). Sooo good, particularly for garlic lovers. The Fritura Malaguena (mixed fried fish platter) was very tasty. The Bunuelos de bacalao (salted cod fritters) were very nice. The Cazuelita de arroz negro (rice with sea food, squid ink & aioli) was also tasty. I had the tarta Santiago for dessert. It was nice, but too cold to my liking. Can't wait to return to try some of the meat dishes on offer.

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Cliff Townhouse
22 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2, St Stephens Green, Dublin

We haven't been to the Cliff Townhouse for a while and were delighted that the interior hasn't changed. It is such a light room with comfortable chairs. Very attentive staff. Lovely bread to start with. We both had the smoked haddock starter, which was very nice. The hake & seabass were cooked to perfection and very tasty. Can't wait to return.

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The Green Hen
33 Exchequer street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

It was our first visit to The Green Hen. The waitress was very attentive. The peach bellini and kir royal were nice, but could have been a tad colder. My husband loved his hake and it was expertly cooked. My sirloin was delicious and cooked to perfection. Good french fries. Will definitely return.

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Campo de' Fiori Bistro Market
1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Bray, Wicklow

We were looking for a restaurant during the Bray jazz festival and luckily chose this one. We had a table in one of the alcoves. People were coming and going, obviously popular. We enjoyed the insalata caprese, especially the imported buffalo mozzarella. The tomatoes were not as flavoursome as in Italy. The homemade bread was also very good. The tonnarello fuoco with homemade pasta was delicious and my husband enjoyed his pizza. We enjoyed cantucci e vinsanto for dessert. This was quite a find and we will definitely return.

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King Sitric Fish Restaurant
East Pier, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin

The restaurant has a nice view over the pier. It wasn't full on a Saturday evening, but the cafe bar downstairs was heaving. The staff were friendly. My husband enjoyed his Dublin Bay prawns, which is quite hard to find in Dublin. The scallops were nice, but not a patch on the ones we had recently in Scotland. The mixed fish specialty was a bit disappointing as it was barely served warm. My husband had another starter for his main course otherwise I would have returned it. Next time we would try the cafe bar.

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

This used to be my meeting point for friends when it was still a bakery and we finally made it to the restaurant. We loved the cozy atmosphere. We ordered scallops (a tad overcooked) to share and both had fish for our main course, which was good. The carafe of house red was excellent. We loved the way they presented chocolate with a carving knife on a wooden board to accompany our espressos. The staff were friendly and efficient. We would definitely return.

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One Pico Restaurant
5-6 Molesworth Place, Schoolhouse Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

My companion returned her brown shrimp risotto as it was overly salty and swimming in butter. However, she couldn't fault the celeriac main course which was beautifully presented and very tasty. My beef cheek was beautifully cooked. The reason for my visit was to order the clementine souffle with pistachio ice cream again. One of the nicest desserts I have ever tasted. The service was friendly and efficient.

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Rustic Stone
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

The tempura salmon wrapped in nori seaweed is one of my favourite dishes and this time I had it as a main course accompanied by polenta chips, wich were very good especially served with pink peppercorns. My friend had the Asian Quail grilled on a stick. It had a nice flavour but a bit dry.

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Rustic Stone
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

I returned for the raw tasting platter - fresh, delicious, interesting and flavoursome combinations. Generous portion. Refreshing non-alcoholic drinks.

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Sister Sadie
46 Harrington Street, Portobello, Dublin

I ordered a bircher, one of the nicest things I've eaten for breakfast in a long time. It is soaked oats served with banana, dates, nuts, yogurt, pomegranate seeds, fresh mint, etc..I've tried to replicate it at home and although very nice not as good as the one at Sister Sadie. The coffee as good as Brother Hubbard. Good and friendly service.

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Rustic Stone
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

We lunched here with a voucher from The Taste. It was quiet probably due to the bus strike and the rain. My husband ordered the Tempura of Salmon with crunchy broccoli, mint and cucumber, which was probably the nicest salmon I have ever tasted. I opted for the Mixed RAW platter to start - Tuna and Sweet pickled peppers, Carpaccio of salted beef with Celeriac, Horseradish and capers, Raw Chicory with crunchy carrots and Carrot Quinoa. All very tasty and worth ordering but I am going back for the salmon! For the main course we had the Meat on the stone to share for 2 served with pesto chips. Although it was all very tasty and good quality meat it is a bit fiddly and I wouldn't choose this option for myself again. We shared the sorbet platter with very interesting flavour combinations. The espressos were not great.

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Marco Pierre White Courtyard Bar & Grill
1 Belmont Ave, Dublin 4, Donnybrook, Dublin

Our first visit with a GrabOne voucher. We had a good table and loved the distressed looking leather seats (very comfortable) and decor. Baking bread ourselves, the slightly warm home baked bread was delicious. If the deal didn't include a 3-course meal, I would have asked for more. My husband started with the shrimp cocktail and melba toast and said it was nice. I had Bayonne ham & celeriac remoulade. It was the nicest ham I had in a very long time, complemented beautifully by the celeriac. We both had the roasted shoulder of lamb that came with gratin dauphinois, root vegetables and minted peas. A very tasty plate of food, especially the lamb. Could perhaps have done with a bit more jus. My husband liked his selection of ice-creams and I had the sticky toffee pudding, which is a slimmers version of what you get served in the UK and not nearly enough sauce! It had a nice flavour though. We ordered 2 glasses of wine, mine was slightly less than my husband's and when I later saw all the sediment in my glass I realised that I got the last of the bottle. This is a no no and would be my only complaint. Good and friendly service. We would like to return and try some of the other things on offer.

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Pinocchio Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
Luas Kiosk, Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

We came here with a Menupages deal. The place was almost deserted on a Saturday lunch time. Friendly service. The antipasto starters consisted of 5 types of thinly sliced Italian cured meats, grilled aubergine & courgette with garlic and 3 different bits of cheese with lovely ciabatta. It was a generous portion and very tasty. I have never had an Italian pinotage before and it was very nice. My husband had penne with tomato sauce with Italian sausage and red pepper. His only complaint was that there was too much sauce on the pasta, which you won't get in Italy. I opted for the ravioli with ricotta cheese and spinach with tomato sauce. The ravioli was home made and very good. Not so sure about the tomato sauce. It reminded me in taste and colour of canned tomato soup of decades ago. It takes away from the lovely ravioli. This place would have so much more atmosphere with proper brick walls inside in stead of brick wallpaper, which is just odd.

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The Woollen Mills
42 Ormond Quay Lower, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Nice buzz and good service. Very interesting menu. The fried herring and pork roll were delicious. Lovely bread and good chips. The stools could be more comfortable.

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The Morehampton Brasserie (Previously the The Restaurant @ Donnybrook Fair)
89 Morehampton Road, Dublin 4, Donnybrook, Dublin

We dined here with a rewarding times voucher. Good ambience and friendly service. The food was very tasty, particularly the fresh mussels mariniere and the ribeye of Irish Hereford beef. The warm chocolate pudding was yummy, but it didn't come with salted caramel ice-cream as described. The red wine selected for the offer was excellent. I would return.

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Rustic Stone
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

This was my first visit to the Rustic Stone. I enjoyed a raw tasting platter. It looked and tasted amazing. Everything was so fresh and the flavour combinations pure genius. Everything worked together. The service was friendly and efficient. I will definitely return.

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Suesey Street
26 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We came here with a Dining Room voucher and were made to feel very welcome. Lovely ambiance and good service. The food was in general good. The morteau sausage & poached egg salad was nice although it was more like a hard boiled egg with no runny centre. The slow cooked duck leg was very tasty but a bit too salty. The hake was cooked perfectly, but got a bit lost with the powerful morteau sausage. The melting chocolate pot with compote and pistachio ice cream was delicious. We were presented with a walnut bread to take home, which was utterly delicious.

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The Vintage Kitchen
7 Poolbeg St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This is a great little restaurant with enthusiastic service and good value for money. A group of us came here before Christmas. The portions were very generous. They were doing 4 covers that day, so it felt too rushed in the end. Within 5 minutes of my starter being taken away my main meal was in front of me and within seconds after my plate was cleared my dessert was on the table. I felt very uncomfortable for the rest of the evening having had to consume so much food in such a short space of time even though I didn't eat it all. Usually restaurants allow about half an hour in between courses. We were actually asked to leave so that they could get ready for the 6pm service. The fish chowder was very tasty, but far too salty. It would have been more enjoyable to linger longer. I would return but not at Christmas time with a large party.

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The Hot Stove
38 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin

It was our first visit to this lovely restaurant and we had a Rewarding Times voucher. We were presented with an Amuse-Bouché - Celeriac soup with tonka bean foam & smoked venison tortellini at the bottom. Very tasty start. Starters consisted of Cold lovage soup with grilled monkfish cheeks & crispy dry aged lamb and Mushroom & parsley raviolo with parsley pesto & walnuts. Both very good. My husband had the Trio of lamb rack, loin, belly with cheese croquette, aubergine puree, rolled aubergine & grilled baby courgette. Very good. I opted for the Wild boar with potatoes, black trumpets & braised lettuce. Also very nice. The Warm blackberry & honey cake with almond icecream was delicious and the Trio of icecreams also very good. Very good service.

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La Mere Zou
22 St Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

We returned with a MP voucher. What a joy to enjoy fantastic food on a Saturday lunch time when most people are dashing around the shops. I started with the mussels and my husband was glad he ordered it for his main course. Very generous portions. The duo of smoked fish: salmon and haddock beignet was also good. I ordered the seared fillet of hake, celeriac purée, kale, chanterelle mushroom, black fig & hazelnut. Very tasty. The warm carrot cake with orange curd, ginger bread ice cream & walnuts was delicious. People always ask me for my carrot cake recipes, but this was a different texture to my own baking and utterly moorish. Good ice cream. Although we had to wait quite a while for our dessert, the staff were apologetic and the rest of the service was attentive. La Mere Zou remains one of our favourite restaurants. We will definitely return.

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Fiorentina
40 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

It was our first visit and we were made to feel very welcome. Nice atmosphere and good service. For starters 'Asparagus, crispy fried hen egg with truffle' and 'Parma ham, with bruschetta and burato mozzarella'. For the main course 'Steak with chips and green leaves with 16 year old balsamic vinegar' and 'Sea bass with tomato sauce, capers and olives, roasted rosemary potatoes and samphire'. This was followed by 'Pistacio and vanilla ice cream' and 'Roasted peaches with amaretto, flaked almonds and mascarpone. All very tasty.

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Isabel's Restaurant
112 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

It was our first visit and what a little gem. Beautifully presented food. We loved the fish & chips with homemade tomato sauce and pickles. A popular choice as it sold out during the evening. Friendly attentive staff. Would definitely return.

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

We visited with a voucher, 3 course meal for 2. Lovely atmosphere, good service, mouth watering food. Chicken skewers marinated in yogurt, cumin, chili & poppy seeds with guacamole and pitta bread stuffed with coleslaw for starters. Followed by very tasty beef burgers with smoked apple-wood cheddar, homemade chutney, creme fraiche, tomato and thick cut chips with aioli. Very good chips! Chocolate pannacotta with orange curd and cappuccino ice cream for me and my husband approved of his selection of ice creams.

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Pichet
14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Chaotic booking and service. Good food.

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147 Deli
147 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Nice place, good food. A bit less chicken on the 147 Club, but more bacon please. The Reuben tasty, but not quite as good as expected. Decent coffees. Nice pictures & furnishings. Friendly staff.

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The Happy Pear
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

Scruffy but friendly. The food was tasty but nothing special.

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

We enjoyed a 4 course dinner for 2 incl a bottle of wine with a Rewarding Times voucher. Friendly and attentive service. To start with we were presented with porchetta tonnata (sliced gremolata-rolled pork belly w/ tuna mayo & capers). It was melt in the mouth delicious. My husband didn't mind having porchetta again as part of the anti-pasti plate, which was very good, and I enjoyed the char-grilled asparagus w/ poached egg, shaved parmesan & hollandaise. We both had fish for the main course - Char-grilled yellow fin tuna w/ aubergine caponata, basil, pine nuts & fennel seeds, new potatoes, rocket & salsa verde and Grilled cod agro-dolce (Sicilian sweet & sour onion & sultana w/ spinach, roasted yam & smoked chili harissa. Both were good dishes. Having been to Italy many times, my husband usually order the selection of ice-creams. Here it was below par and the only disappointment food wise of the evening. The pecan pie was good. Why does the music have to be so incredibly loud? I'm glad we didn't have company as it was impossible to have a conversation. I would love to return for the food, but they need to sort out the loudness of the music.

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Dillingers
47 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

We had an early dinner with only a couple of tables taken. It looks like a diner and I liked the stools at the bar. Friendly and efficient service. We enjoyed the steaks, cooked to perfection, accompanied by chips and a bottle of red wine. Good ice cream.

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Darwins
80 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We were made very welcome by the proprietor and the service was friendly and attentive. My husband ordered the t-bone steak and although he enjoyed it a lot he wished he had also ordered the New York striploin steak, which was cooked to perfection and very flavoursome. We opted for chips in stead of the accompanying mashed potato. They could have mentioned that they charge half price for it. The spinach was also tasty. Unfortunately we had no place left for dessert. The steaks never disappoint.

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Cafe Rua
New Antrim Street, Castlebar, Mayo

We went to the original Cafe Rua.The Mezze consisting of Carrowholly cheese, quince jam, beetroot salad, carrot salad, boiled egg & mayo, green leaves, pate, brown bread and a glass of lemonade was very good and good value. We expected to see local cured meats on the plate as well. There were many interesting things on the menu. The cheese & quince jam were so good that we went to Cafe Rua deli afterwards to purchase some.

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Ice House Hotel
The Quay, Ballina, Mayo

Friendly and attentive service. For starters the Clew Bay scallops with Calvados reduction and slow cooked pork belly with butternut puree was delicious. Pan fried hake with crispy calamari and roasted sweet potato and pepper salsa was very tasty even though the hake was a tad overdone. A selection of icecreams and citrustart with vanilla icecream and passionfruit coulis and blackberries completed our meal. An enjoyable meal.

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

It remains my favourite restaurant in Dublin. The food never disappoints, the service is friendly and attentive. Starters of 'Irish King scallops with cauliflower puree and soft black pudding' and 'Smoked haddock scotch egg with curry mayonnaise and a type of salsa verde' were very good. The star of the evening was the chargrilled fillet of beef that has been hung for 28 days served with chips, a rich mushroom sauce and watercress (the perfect accompaniment). The meat was so flavoursome and melted in your mouth. Ice cream and sticky toffee pudding finished the meal. The sticky toffee pudding was nice, but unfortunately not sticky and it could have done with a lot more toffee sauce. Easily remedied, just bring a small jug of toffee sauce with the dessert!

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

We went here with a voucher. I love the name and it is a place to socialize and share. Charming waitress and she picked the Chefs selection from the tapas menu as per the deal. We were off to a good start with Salmon with truffle honey, yogurt & lemon puree followed by Chinese pork belly slow cooked with Asian spices & crispy peanut brittle. Both delicious. Whilst I was still on the salmon the third dish of Slow roast whole baby chicken arrived. It didn't have that much flavour. The next dish was Truffle pasta with charred artichokes & parmesan. It was a generous portion and utterly delicious. This was followed by Chinese cabbage with nori, seaweed & radishes. My husband hated it, but I quite liked it. The sixth dish was Potatoes cooked in beef dripping topped in hollandaise. This was the best potato chips I have ever tasted. The next 2 dishes were not great - Popcorn & crispy deep fried chicken with truffle oil and Floured crispy chiffon squid with light lobster mayonnaise & tarragon. Very interesting tapas overall, not to be found anywhere else in Dublin. My only complaint would be that we felt totally rushed. When I was still busy with the third dish all seven dishes were on the table, which meant that some of them went cold.

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

We visited Dada with a voucher deal. The booking was for lunch time and only one other table was taken in the front area and a couple in the back room. I'm sure the place will have a better atmosphere when it is buzzing. The food was good, especially the pastela (filo pastry stuffed with quail, chicken, almonds, saffron & cinnamon) and the chicken tagine with pear. A slight complaint that there wasn't enough of the lovely sauce on the chicken. The service could only have been good with so few customers to attend too.

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KC Peaches Cafe & Delicatessen (Nassau Street)
28/29 Nassau Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Delicious looking cakes, so much so that it was difficult to make a choice. I settled on the cheesecake, which was very good, and enjoyed a cappuccino with it. The food looks very interesting too and I noticed generous servings. I bought a coconut macaroon to take away. It was sitting at the top of my shopping basket and I boarded a bus opposite KC Peaches. Half an hour later when I opened the packet at home it looked like the macaroon had exploded. This was definitely not my doing. After dinner I salvaged what I could and wished I didn't bother. It was the worst tasting macaroon I have ever tasted. It wasn't sweet enough and had no flavour and most of it went in the bin. Unlike the delicious coconut macaroons we've had on several occasions in France. I definitely would not recommend it.

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Boteco Brazil
6 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7 , City Centre North, Dublin

We arrived soon after it opened, thus it was very quiet. It is quite a large place and would probably have a better atmosphere when it is packed. Interesting tapas which we haven't come across before. Friendly service.

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

It was one of those perfect meals where you couldn't fault anything. Friendly and attentive service. Wonderful wine. We fancied the same food and started with king scallops, which came with a carrot & coriander remoulade and curried clams. It was delicious. Very good sirloin steak, cooked to perfection, for the mains. Ice cream for dessert. We will definitely return.

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Brioche
51 Elmwood Avenue Lower, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

What a cute little place although some of the tables might be a little close to each other. We arrived early and had a good table. The staff were very pleasant and knowledgeable. We enjoyed 4 tasting plates and 2 glasses of wine with a GrabOne voucher. The food was good and quite filling, so much so that we couldn't manage dessert. A good excuse to return.

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Terra Madre Cafe
13A Bachelors Walk, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

It felt like being transported back to Italy especially as there were a group of Italians sitting at the table next to us. We shared a starter of bruschetta with Sicilian capers that was handpicked by someone on a mountain in Sicily. The season is apparently very short and it was utterly delicious. The pasta and gnocci dishes were both good. Good house wine. The star of the meal was the espresso. It was made in a small glass with plenty of crema, strong but smooth. An hour later I could still taste it in my mouth. It was the best espresso I have ever had including in Italy.

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Il Primo
16 Montague Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Although we have been here many times in the past sitting downstairs by the bar, it was the first time that we've had a 3-course meal sitting upstairs. I ordered the rocket salad with strips of beef and parmesan shavings. It was as good as always and I also make this dish at home. My husband had bruschetta with garlic prawns which he enjoyed very much, although he didn't get much garlic. We ordered the beef pizza and haddock risotto as main courses. The pizza was nice, the haddock risotto flavoursome but the rice was far too overcooked and I also found a few bones. My lemon almond torta was the star of the night. My husband chose the cheese plate, which was fine. We enjoyed a good bottle of wine. Espresso materialised about 2 minutes after we had ordered it, thus couldn't have been freshly made hence the lack of sufficient crema. The service was friendly, but could be improved upon. For eg we had no cutlery on the table when the main courses arrived and empty plates were left on the table for a long time. Other than that it was an enjoyable evening.

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Lemon Jelly Cafe
Millennium Walkway, Jervis Street, Italian Quarter, Dublin

We went to Lemon Jelly for lunch before going to the cinema. The waiter explained that we could have a crepe in any combination and he could even cut it in half if we wanted to share. The crepes were very tasty and I liked the raspberry smoothie. Very friendly and attentive service. It was great to watch the people walking past.

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L'Ecrivain Restaurant
109a Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Our first visit to the restaurant with a menupages deal. We received a warm welcome. Very pleasant surroundings and I liked the fact that there are different rooms on different levels. We were presented with a selection of breads and the Guinness bread was wonderful. The food was beautifully presented and very good, but I wouldn't go as far as to say that it was that memorable. My husband had the cured monkfish and Hereford beef assiette. The beef was very good. I had the quail and Wicklow lamb. I've never eaten lamb that rare, but it was very nice. We shared the fun toffee dessert. The staff was attentive, but I was surprised that empty dishes were cleared from our table whilst I was still eating. I wouldn't have expected that from a Michelen star restaurant. Still it was a most enjoyable evening in pleasant surroundings.

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

It is a lovely room upstairs to dine in. The service was very friendly and attentive. We both ordered beef burgers and it came with a large portion of chunky chips. For dessert we ordered a selection of ice cream & sorbets. It was all very tasty. The food is very reasonably priced, but 5.50 for a beer is a bit steep!

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Dax Cafe Bar
23 Pembroke Street Upper, City Centre South, Dublin

We returned with a voucher and shared the cheese & charcuterie platter. A good selection of cheeses & meats accompanied with a little dish of pear puree, which worked very well with both cheese & meat. Good sour dough bread. Great value at €19 for the platter. We also shared the pear and blue cheese salad. Lovely wine.

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Cinnamon Ranelagh
87 Ranelagh, South Dublin, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Ranelagh has gained a few restaurants during the recession and this is a welcome addition, a place where you can go in late at night and just have a coffee and a slice of cake if you so fancy. On this particular evening we shared a few plates of food incl the vegetable platter with lovely red pepper hummus and nice breads. It was tasty apart from the artichokes that were stored in brine (not oil) and the olives came straight out of the fridge, which wasn't so nice. We had lovely wine. The service was friendly and efficient. Cinnamon has a nice atmosphere, particularly like the couches in the back.

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Fafies
2 Lower Kevin, South Circular, Dublin

A French colleague suggested this place to me a few years ago, but somehow I never managed to get there. I bought a voucher online and we decided to go on a Saturday lunch time before heading off to the movies. It was the most delicious buckwheat crepes I have ever tasted. Mine had emmental cheese, ham, spinach, sundried tomato and a fried egg on. My husband had emmental cheese, bacon and egg. I love the way they fold the galettes. My only regret is that we didn't pay a visit sooner. It is cosy inside with a lovely atmosphere. The staff were very friendly. We will definitely return and recommend it to others.

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Thornton's Restaurant
1st, The Fitzwilliam Hotel, 128 St Stephen's Green, City Centre South, Dublin

It was our first visit to Thornton's to celebrate two belated birthday's. It is a pleasant room and beautiful framed photographs adorned the walls. We were presented with a variety of rolls fresh from the oven and they were all very good. We settled for the €25 euro lunch menu. The star of the day was the Lightly Smoked Fillet of Mackerel with Brunoise Vegetable and Tomato Consommé. It was presented in a glass bowl with smoke trapped inside and released on arrival at the table, giving a wonderful aroma. It was beautifully moist and we both savoured every mouthful although we both thought it needed a little more seasoning. The tomato consommé was meant to be eaten last and was very good as well. A good palate cleanser. We both chose the Fillet of Atlantic Hake with Golden Potato Scales and Pea Sauce. It was beautifully presented with pea shoots, pea puree and a sliver of bacon. My only complaint would be that it was smaller than the starter. I took minute mouthfuls to make it last, but most people would have finished it in four mouthfuls or less. I finished the meal with the Lemon Tart with Cassis Sorbet and my husband the White Chocolate Opera Mousse with Fresh Raspberries. Both were good. The staff were friendly and attentive, but it wasn't perfect. We changed from a Riesling to a light Italian red wine halfway through and the waitress asked us whether we wanted clean glasses and the dirty glasses were never removed until we had finished our desserts. Still it was an enjoyable meal.

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Cava Spanish Restaurant & Tapas Bar
51 Lower Dominick Street, Galway City, Galway

As in Spain we started with a glass of Cava whilst looking over the extensive menu. We ordered a variety of tapas dishes to share - bruschetta with broad bean puree, a plate of cured meats, mussels with chorizo and fried calamari. It was all excellent. A most enjoyable lunch accompanied by a glass of red wine. Nice atmosphere and friendly service. This is the best tapas bar we have frequented in Ireland.

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Basilico Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
Oranmore, Main Street, Coach House Hotel, Oranmore, Galway

We were staying in Oranmore for a few days and decided to try out the pizzas one evening at Basilico. This is a proper looking Italian restaurant with linen tablecloths and comfortable chairs. It was about half full on a Monday night. The service was good and friendly. Everyone serving us were Italian. It is quite an extensive menu. We just had a starter of Grana Padano & Pere, a lovely combination. The pizzas were very good. We had ice-cream for dessert. I would certainly recommend Basilico.

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Manifesto
208 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin

We went for an early dinner based on Paolo Tullio's review on tasteofireland.com We shared a starter of Parmigiana. It was well made and almost as good as my own version. My husband wanted to try the pizza as the pizza chef was the winner of the gold medal at the world championships in 2006. The pizza was very good indeed. I decided to go for the Spaghetti alla Chitarra with lobster. It looked very attractive and the flavours were sensational. This was one of the nicest pasta dishes I have ever eaten. We shared ice-cream for dessert. Three scoops were presented on a rectangular plate and each scoop was accompanied by different berries i.e. red currants, goosberry & raspberries. Very attractive looking and good ice-cream. The service was attentive and welcoming. The tables are a bit close together for a romantic dinner. We will be back.

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Pichet
14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Foodie friends recommended this gem, which was a good sign. It was so popular, we couldn't get in before Christmas. Fabulous food and generous portions. The highlight was the venison, which was very tender and beautifully presented. Lovely homemade bread. Attentive staff. Pichet offers high standard food at reasonable prices. Book well in advance.

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Milano (Temple Bar)
19 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Four of us arrived just after 9pm and upstairs were quite full. We ordered pizzas, two on a Romano base and two classic ones. The Romano base is wonderful, crisp and thin as a proper Italian pizza should be. A glass of red wine at €8.50 was quite pricey. Service was quick and efficient.

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Dax Restaurant
23 Upper Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We have wanted to go to Dax for a long time, but somehow never made it. Now we can't wait to go back. It was a memorable lunch. We were made to feel very welcome, the staff were very friendly and attentive. The two course lunch was very generous, so much so that we ordered a dessert between us. Prawns with guacamole and terrine of ham hock & confit chicken for starters were very tasty. We both had veal shin for the main course. It was served on mashed potato with tiny little onions & mushrooms with a nice sauce. It was delicious. The meat melted in your mouth. The accompaniment of roast potatoes seemed a bit strange at first, but there wasn't enough mash so came in very handy. The chocolate tart with hazelnut ice-cream was very yummy. We couldn't fault the food. My only complaint would be the 12.5% service fee. In this case I would gladly have given this amount considering the food and service, but I still feel it should be up to the customer to decide.

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The Silk Road Cafe
The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, City Centre South, Dublin

I met a friend here for lunch. On this particular occasion I only wanted something light and chose 2 salads of my choice. I received 2 stuffed vine leaves and a small portion of tomato, cucumber, red onion, feta & black olive salad. At 8 or 9 euros this was not good value. It is much better value to choose a hot dish. They serve delicious Spanakopita (spinach & feta cheese wrapped in filo pastry covered in sesame seeds), which I often have, and I also bought two for the evening. My friend had soup. It was cold and she had to ask them to re-heat it for her. They have interesting Middle Eastern food and I always enjoy eating here. The baklava is also good.

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Toffoli
34 Castle Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I was delighted to see that this place is still open and they were doing good business. I had a sandwich with ham and provolone cheese that came with a side salad. It was very tasty. My friend had the homemade "foccacie" stuffed with rocket and provolone cheese. It was more like a pizza base folded in half and very tasty. A bit expensive at €11 though. The ingredients are fresh and good quality. It's a cute little place to meet someone for lunch.

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The Pig's Ear
4 Nassau Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

My friend and I were the only ones in the restaurant on Good Friday. They didn't tell me that they are not allowed to serve alcohol when I made the reservation. We wondered whether we would have been allowed to take our own. It's a cute room. The waitress was delightful. I chose the calfs liver with mashed potato and caramelised onions. They forgot the crispy bacon on top and I had to ask for it. My friend had fish with stuffed red pepper and potatoes on the side. She said it was beautifully cooked. My liver was dry. It was disappointing seeing that the chef only had 2 meals to cook. Good mash. It was 14.95 for 2 courses, which is good value. However, it is not good value if you only have one course as you pay the same.

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Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill
51 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

We had a lovely meal here Saturday lunch time. The place was packed and it continued to be so during the rest of the afternoon. The service was a bit slow. My husband loved his fresh crab salad to start with. I had a ribeye steak with Bernaise sause. It was cooked to order and very flavoursome. They are a bit mean with the chunky chips. The green salad was perfectly dressed. It is quite a large portion, better for two to share. My husband had the smoked haddock (special) with creamed spinach on the side and liked both dishes. I finished with creme brulee, which was perfect. My husband had a selection of icecreams, but said it was nothing special. We would definitely return.

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Pinocchio Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
Luas Kiosk, Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

We finally went here for lunch on Saturday. It's a great little Italian place. We started with a glass of prosecco, which was average. The Tartara Di Tonno Con Vongole E Avocado (fresh tuna with wild clams) was so delicious, that we wished we had ordered one each. I decided to stick with fish and ordered cooked tuna for my main course, which was served with clams and mussels. Unfortunately the tuna was totally overcooked (should be pink inside) and not good value at €24. My husband ordered a dish of sausages in a spicy tomato sauce from the specials board. It was very good, both in taste and value. We had 2 glasses of house wine. The bill was just over €70. We would return to try some of the other dishes.

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Bay Restaurant
369 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin

Four of us had lunch here on Sunday. The place was packed and there were people queuing. Cute little place, but perhaps too many tables. Three ordered fish & chips, which looked and tasted very good and I had the duck cassoulet, which was also very good. The portions were very generous. Nice atmosphere and friendly staff. We would return.

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The Saddle Room @ The Shelbourne
The Shelbourne Hotel, 27 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

It was our first visit. We opted for 3 courses at €49, which wasn't bad value. The food in general was quite good. The goats cheese gnocchi that came with the pumpkin soup was excellent. It would be lovely to have just a bowl of gnocci. The Wild Irish Pheasant was tasty, but a little tough. The roasted Halibut was excellent. The Vanilla Creme Bruleé was superb. The warm waffles tasted like old waffles that had been warmed up slightly, served with chestnut ice-cream (which didn't even melt on the waffles) and chocolate sauce. The chocolate sauce was cold which didn't make any sense at all. A very disappointing dessert. Complimentary mince pies came with the coffees. The service was good and friendly, although we had to ask for our wine to be topped up at one stage.

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

Lovely ambience, good service. Some of the tables are a bit close together. French onion soup & croque monsieur were good. The latter was better than what we had in Paris in September. However, I have never in my life had such overcooked mussels before. If it wasn't for the fact that we were on our way to the cinema I would have returned them and order something else. I would return, but obviously not for the mussels.

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The Tea Room Restaurant
The Clarence, 6-8 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin

We used the menu points voucher. The a la carte menu is very expensive and the voucher requires that you choose 3 courses of which the cheapest main course is for free as well as 2 free glasses of champagne. Despite this the bill still came to €157.95 excluding the tip and it included 1 glass of red wine, a half bottle of white and 2 dessert wines. The food was very well presented, but most of it was very bland and needed seasoning. The bread selection was quite good. The free tasters were very nice. I started with the frog legs with a parsley puff pastry, veal & broad bean stew & mustard sauce. Both the veal and the frog legs were tasteless. This was unfortunately my introduction to frog legs. The lobster ravioli was presented as one large ravioli and again very bland. The halibut itself was very nice and cooked well. The roasted saddle of venison was also good. My husband ordered the cheese plate as he was still hungry. The crackers didn't look homemade as indicated. I had the chocolate sphere with banoffi inside. The waiter poured hot chocolate over and it started to disintegrate - very dramatic and tasted nice. Good espresso and little petite fours. The service was excellent. I have lunched here a few times and have always found it good value, but will not return for dinner.

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK Temple Bar)
Unit 1, Temple Bar Square, Dublin 2 , Temple Bar, Dublin

Judging from the other reviews it can be a bit hit and miss. Apart from waiting a bit long the burger was very nice as well as the chips. The only thing I didn't like was the side order of garlic mayonnaise with the chips. All you could taste was raw garlic. I was still reeking of it the following day. Mayonnaise with garlic please, not the other way round!

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The Winding Stair Restaurant
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin

We enjoyed lunch here. Good honest food. It was a beautiful sunny day and the menu veered towards autumn/winter dishes, which I don't think they could have foreseen. My husband had a starter of black pudding on a shredded potato cake with mushroom sauce and caramelized apple. The black pudding was very good, but the potato cake wasn't that great. The dish could also have done with more apple. The Irish Haddock fillet with lemon & herb crust champ & butter sauce was very tasty. There were several broken pieces of fish on the plate, which was probably visually not that attractive looking but it did taste great. The champ was wonderful. My husband's sirloin steak with garlic butter and chips were very good. I had a delicious plum & cinnamon tart w, whipped cream. The staff were friendly.

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The Oar House Fish Restaurant
8 West Pier, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin

It was a beautiful sunny day, one of a handful this summer and we set off on the train to Howth. We were a little early and went for a walk along the harbour watching the very fat seals. A labrador was constantly barking at one of the seals, which was very funny. It was our first visit to the Oar House. It was empty when we arrived but a few tables were taken later on. Most people probably didn't wanted to be indoors on such a nice day. I had scallops with mango and salad to start with. It was a very generous portion and delicious. My husband had a prawn cocktail and said it was fine. He followed that with deep-fried coated calamari, which was very nice and I had fish and chips which was also very good. Unfortunately there wasn't any room left for dessert. The staff were friendly and efficient.

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

My husband and I came for lunch on a Friday to avail of my menupoints (buy one main course and get the second one for free). We shared a caesar salad with lovely rotisserie chicken. My cod was perfectly cooked and my husband had a steak sandwich, which he said was adequate. Just a pity their lovely chips are not available to order for lunch as a side dish. The portions were generous. The main courses also came with a free soft drink or a coffee. We opted for 2 espressos. With 2 glasses of wine the bill came to €30 which made it excellent value. The service was good.

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Zuni Restaurant & Townhouse
26 Patrick St, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

We had an early dinner here on Sunday. The service is friendly and efficient. I love the room and open plan kitchen. Nice selection of breads. We all enjoyed the food. It remains one of our favourite restaurants in Ireland even if we only get their once a year or so.

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The Wild Goose Grill
First Floor, Above McSorleys, 1 Sandford Road, Dublin 6 , Ranelagh, Dublin

I made a booking in person a couple of days prior, but they couldn't actually find me on the list which was odd as I watched the guy writing down my details. Luckily we got a table. Our 3rd companion was half an hour late due to traffic. The staff were very friendly and efficient. It might have been nice to get bread in advance as I was rather hungry due to the late arrival of our friend and it only arrived with our starters. Our first bottle of wine ordered was corked, but handled very quickly and efficiently. The food was very good. I opted for the mussels followed by the pappardelle with wild mushrooms. My husband had 2 starters: Prawn, crab & avocado cocktail followed by Seared scallops with Clonakilty black pudding. My husband is still talking about the latter. Apparently the best Clonakilty black pudding he has ever tasted. Our friend had the French onion soup. The espresso was decent. We had a port and 2 muscats at the bar afterwards. The interior is a huge improvement on the previous Ouzo's. We will be back.

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

My husband and I met here for a quick bite before a concert. I had roast partridge on a bed of salad with beetroot, which was delicious. My husband had chicken liver pate, which was also very nice. We shared a cheese plate. Ely's still does one of the best cheeseboards in town. The wine is always very good and we started with a glass of South African sparkling wine (champagne method), which was very nice. The service was good and staff very friendly. This remains one of our favourites.

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Il Primo
16 Montague Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

We had our office Christmas dinner here. Very few of my colleagues have been and were pleasantly surprised. The game lasagne was nice, but a bit dry and not up to the usual pasta standard. The risottos however, were excellent. Although I don't like boozy tiramisu's, this could have done with more alcohol. The service was good.

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

This is our standard meeting place after work when we are attending concerts at the NCH or the Sugar Club. We've had many excellent meals here in the bar area. Last Monday was no exception. I had carpaccio of beef, which was very tasty. Lovely selection of breads. The service is quick and efficient. Desserts are yummy. They do lovely wines by the glass.

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Fallon and Byrne
11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I had lunch here with my friend on Thursday. We started with a glass of Prosecco as you do. She ordered a small Caesar salad and I had the artichoke tart, which came with tapenade and a green salad with semi sundried tomatoes. It was delicious and the flavours worked very well. My friend wasn't overly impressed with her salad and also didn't like the fact that it was presented in such a deep bowl. The French bread was very nice. Good cappucino's.

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

I had a lovely breakfast here on the 4th March. Scramble eggs with wild mushrooms on a slice of sourdough bread. The scramble eggs were not as good and runny as my own, but reasonable and better than in most places I have tried it. The mushrooms were wonderful. I was offered a choice of coffee - Milano or Napoli and opted for the latter, which was very good. The staff were very friendly, but a little slow in producing bills and in my case the correct one. It was only their second day open, so I'll let them off. There were interesting looking cakes in the window and I will definitely try out the deli. The cakes looked very tempting in the window during my last visit, so I brought my husband here on 21 March for a coffee. He had a slice of raspberry tart with it, which was delicious and I had a slice of Carluccios chocolate cake. It was very nice, but very rich. We were quite surprised at the price when the bill came. The cakes were over €7 each, which is quite dear.

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Hugo's
6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

It was our first visit and we enjoyed a late lunch. We liked the decor. We shared the Assiette de Charcuterie. It was very good value for a small portion and we were glad that we didn't order the bigger size. The meats were good, but the salad wasn't very fresh and unappetising looking. I had steak and potato wedges. The steak was tasty enough, but very difficult to cook such a thin steak to a medium request. The chips were good. My husband had a chorizo omelette, which was tasty. The wine was very nice. The staff were friendly and efficient. We were not quite finished by closing time, but they didn't rush us at all.

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Cafe Leon
Wicklow Street, City Centre South, Dublin

We opted for late lunch upstairs. They had a real fire going, which created a lovely atmosphere and I love the mismatched chairs. We both started with the French onion soup, which was very tasty. For mains I had confit of duck leg with lentils and a side portion of spinach. It was very flavoursome. My husband had Croque Monsieur, which was pleasant enough but not the best he has ever tasted. He thought it was a little bit on the dry side. The staff were friendly and efficient.

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Eatery 120
120 Ranelagh Road, Ranelagh, Dublin

We love to come here for occasional brunch over weekends. They serve wonderful Eggs Benedict. I've had it with smoked salmon this time, but it is very nice with the Serrano ham also. Generous portions and the eggs are always runny as it should be. My husband said the bacon buttie wasn't bad either, although it needed ketch-up. They serve good coffee as well. The staff are always friendly and efficient.

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

We had a late lunch here on the October Bank Holiday Monday. As we couldn't return home due to the marathon we stopped in Dun Laoghaire for a bite to eat. The hamburger place had an hour wait, so we decided to give Café Mao a try. The Crispy Pumpkin Spring Rolls with Plum Sauce were to die for. My husband had something like a Golden parcel with prawns. This was very oily and pretty tasteless. An efficient waitress would have waited till my husband returned to the table before bringing the starters. However, the staff were very friendly. I had crispy duck with noodles for my main course and that was very tasty. Hubby was very impressed with the Coconut Lamb Korma. It is a family orientated restaurant and can get quite noisy, so we probably wouldn't come here in the evening, but will definitely return for lunch and those pumpkin spring rolls! We also loved the fish tank.

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

We haven't been to L'Gueuleton for a while and decided to visit on this very important Saturday of the Rugby World Cup Final between RSA & England. We queued for a short time before opening time and had a table near the kitchen. I like to watch the chefs at work! My husband was ravenous after a day spent on the golf course and ordered Chicken Liver and Foie Gras Parfait with spiced pear & toast as a starter. I had a bite and it was excellent, the spiced pear complementing the parfait very well. We might have shouted for different camps, but both ordered the Ribeye Steak. Mine came with a bearnaise sauce and hubbies with Café de Paris sauce although this was more a butter containing anchovies, shallots, capers, fresh herbs, etc. Good chips and watercress accompanied the steak, which was cooked to perfection and actually tasted of meat. Unfortunately we didn't have time for dessert or coffee as we were on our way to a concert and I am rather partial to their madeleines. The staff were attentive and friendly as always. We will be back.

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Star Anise
4 Bridge Street, Cork City, Cork

We go to Cork each year for the Guinness Jazz Festival in October and one of the highlights would be a visit to Star Anise. For the last 5 years the food has been consistently excellent in a party of 4-8. Some of the dishes tried on Saturday evening were scallops, foie gras terrine, gnocci, duck, veal chop, sea bass, etc. The gnocci was slightly too heavy, but all the other dishes were gorgeous and beautifully presented. A good time was had by all. The staff are very friendly and efficient. In my view this is the best restaurant in Cork city.

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