Restaurant Reviews from airy-fairy
Shanahan’s on the Green restaurant
119 St. Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 20th October 2008 ( visited 29th August 2008 )Ooober expensive...... but worth every penny of it. 12 of us visited and not a single complaint. Had the bilini starter which was big enough for a main course. Perfect. "When in Rome...." so the 24oz Rib Eye was ordered for the main course. Cooked perfectly and it tasted exquisite, I did my best but could not finish it. This was accompanied by an ambitious host of onions, mushrooms and potatoes. All of this was washed down with a Burgundy off the extensive wine list. As for dessert; well if you have room you should get it for free. The service was excellent and the sommelier top class. You couldn't do this often but if you know what you in for it shouldn't be a surprise. Definitely in the top five restaurants in Dublin.
Chatham Brasserie restaurant
Chatham Street, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 22nd November 2011 ( visited 18th November 2011 )A busy night in town on a Friday evening - delighted we had a booking. Although the staff were friendly and tried to accommodate guests without a booking. Warm, relaxed athmosphere was enhanced with bright yellow Christmas lights strewn across the windows. A Seafood platter was shared by 4 ... Oysters divine, tiger prawns flavoursome, crab pate delicious. Ample for 4 girls!!! Prawn fried salad, Goats cheese salad, risotto (starter portion) were a mix of fresh leaves and flavours. The array of Prosecco cocktails were refreshing and created a focal point; decision making, trying of each others variety, novelty!!! The food was delicious and the staff were very helpful. The service was excellent apart from the long gap between starters and mains!! Recommended .... Will definitely be back, especially for a long lazy lunch at the weekend!!!
Etto Merrion Row
18 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Lunchtime visit did not disappoint. The food exceeds expectations set by the venue which does little to communicate the quality and authenticity of the food. Small tables, tightly packed leave little room to hold the necessary items, water and a glass of vino. That said the food was exceptional. Ox tongue with a tangy mustard that danced in my mouth. A rough yet smooth spelt risotto with garden peas, chanterelle and taleggio. The food is Spanish, rustic and simply but beautifully presented. A great lunchtime venue.
Taste at Rustic
17 South Great George St., City Centre South, Dublin
An experiential explosion of flavours, textures and taste. Initially the menu is a little daunting - lots to select : sweet/sour/bitter/salty/Unami, sushi/meat/vegetable but the excellent explanation and guidance through the menu by the staff soon puts you at ease and makes selecting your meal fun. I selected a Pot for my main course and cooked vegetables and sides of seaweed, carrots, corn in coconut and lime. The flavours were exceptional, awakening my taste buds and leaving me curious to explore the menu further with a return visit. Taste at Rustic and the team does not disappoint but rather fuels a passion for divine taste, new discoveries and great quality food.
ITSA @ Harvey Nichols
Harvey Nichols, Dundrum Town Centre, Sandyford Road, Dundrum, Dublin
My daughter & I visited HNC last Sunday as it was Mothers Day & we wanted a nice cafe experience & lunch. It is approx 3 mths since our last visit but as regular visitors we thought we knew what to expect. Nothing was further from the case. The service was horrendous. We waited 15 mins for our order to be taken, despite trying to get the attention of a waiter\ress. Our lunch was another 15 minutes and arrived with apologies but without cutlery, which was not on the table. Frustrated waiting my daughter went in search of cutlery, which the staff eventually delivered to the table. It was busy but tables beside us received considerably faster service. It is a cafe after all. The greatest disappointment was when my lunch arrived minus some ingredients (presume they ran out)! And lacked any flavour at all. I didn't bother querying the lack of ingredients as I couldn't take the risk of wasting time on a) getting somebody's attention b) waiting another 15 mins for a new lunch. 45 mins later and under pressure to make the start of a film, we went straight to the till to pay. Our waitress's was at the till and said goodbye as we left. Nice touch BUT no apology or acknowledgement of the entire fiasco. The bill was €29 for two mains, coffee, coke. AND included a service charge. The arrogance of HNC. Whatever has happened in 3. Months needs to be rectified as we weren't the only recipients of poor service and like us, I'm sure others will be voting with their feet and not returning. HUGELY DISAPPOINTING EXPERIENCE, SERVICE & CUSTOMER CONSIDERATION.
Chatham Street, City Centre South, Dublin
A busy night in town on a Friday evening - delighted we had a booking. Although the staff were friendly and tried to accommodate guests without a booking. Warm, relaxed athmosphere was enhanced with bright yellow Christmas lights strewn across the windows. A Seafood platter was shared by 4 ... Oysters divine, tiger prawns flavoursome, crab pate delicious. Ample for 4 girls!!! Prawn fried salad, Goats cheese salad, risotto (starter portion) were a mix of fresh leaves and flavours. The array of Prosecco cocktails were refreshing and created a focal point; decision making, trying of each others variety, novelty!!! The food was delicious and the staff were very helpful. The service was excellent apart from the long gap between starters and mains!! Recommended .... Will definitely be back, especially for a long lazy lunch at the weekend!!!
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
Lunch on a Saturday afternoon ... Perfect!!! The concept of cooking your meat to your own liking is brilliant, not to mention the conversation and entertainment it provides. This restaurant lives up to its promise of outstanding food that is flavoursome, healthy and nutritious. As it was lunchtime, we started with some Bites (rather than starters). Olives sitting on a bed of iced cucumber and dill were perfect with a range of sourdough and wholegrain artisan breads. The Fillet Beef and Sirloin Steak were 'melt in the mouth' and the truffle and polento chips the perfect accompaniment. The outragous orange salad was crunchy, filling withy a blend of savoury and sweet flavours .... refreshingly delicious. The sugarfree frozen yogurt and sorbet made you feel healthy (...as if!!!) The service, unquestionably added to the experience and ensured that we will definitely be back. The experience exceeded our expecations. The restaurant was warm, inviting and extremely relaxing. The menu is varied and there is something to suit everybody ... however, it is a little pricy for lunch, on a saturday in the Dublin of today!!!! Definitely a restaurant to try!!!!
100 Lower Baggot street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Great Place for lots of laughs!! Not a place for a romantic dinner or too few people. A bundle of people is a must. Food is authentic, freshly prepared, delicious. The chef makes preparing and cooking food an art form and keeps you entertained with party tricks (similar to Tom Cruise in Cocktail, there is a lot of action going on with utensils). The food is a set menu ... Finger lickin Ribs and things, fresh fried rice made from scratch in front of you. Scallops, Steak and Stir fried vegetables are al dente, fresh, flavoursome. Desserts are a let down with a 'Costa a del Sol vibe' to them (Icecream served in Plastic Characters such as pandas and penguins.... !!!). Cafe Late was mediocre. The service was fantastic - aprons provided for everybody. The Chef and 2 Waiters serenaded us with guitars and tamborines. The Bill was a little pricey but this was assited by the slightly higher priced wine options. All in All a great nights fun. But only a place for a group of people!!!!
The Arch Bistro
Above the Glenside Pub, Landscape Road, South Dublin, Churchtown, Dublin
Ate here on a busy Friday Evening. High expections after Lucinda O'Sullivan review. These were met and exceeded. Bistro was very busy with all tables full - we sat in a booth which provided intimacy in a full restaurant. Booth is ideal for 6 - the table is a little too large for 4 people. Food was incredible!! Scallops (3 on the plate) were melt in the mouth and served with crunchy fish cake and rocket salad. Lots of textures and flavoures on the plate - Divine. Surf and Turf was a succulent Beef Fillet (also melt in the mouth) with a large juicy prawn, accompaninied with homemade chips. The chips arrived in a bowl and were just enough to fill but not leave you too full. 3 Fillets ordered to suit different tastes (Well Done, Medium, Rare) - each fillet was cooked to perfection. The panfried hake was served with a mediterranean combinatoin of beans and lentils. The chocolate brownie was smaller than we have become accustomed to but served with icecream it was the perfect finish to a great meal. Wine selection is good and reasonable value. The coffee was aromatic!! The service was a little hit and miss - the staff were exceptoinally friendly and helpful, however, speed of service was a little slow with dessert/coffee arriving at different times. The prices have been set at a reasonable rate ensuring we will definitely be back. We had the Winter Menu - the spring menu is being introduced this week. Definitely one to visit. Our return visit is booked already!!
120 Ranelagh Road, Ranelagh, Dublin
We were seated upstairs - much better buzz and athmosphere v downstairs. Food was fantastic and reasonalble value. 4 diners. Tomato & Basil soup served in soup terrine. Hearty soup with pesto on top. Cooked Crab was delicious and served with warm toasties. Carpaccio and rocket salad transported you to Italy. The Rissoto for main course was spot on. Ale Battered Haddock was served with real Chips - Chunky and stacked in a tar. The pork was succulent and perfectly cooked. Ther food was cooked to perfection. The service as super. We will be back!! Well worth a visit but request a seat upstairs. A sociable venue and is ideal for excellent food and middle of the road value. Good wine list.
St. Stephen's Green, St Stephens Green, Dublin
Went here on Tuesday evening for a pre-theatre bite!! Party of 3. Average experience with Food - Service very poor. Location very central but won't be back. Caesaer Salad was crunchy and does what it says on the tin. Cheese & Garlic Bread was half toasted baguette (x 4) with cheese so thick it tasted like a thick film of grease on the bread. Spicy Beef Strir Fry was substantial, flavoursome and beautifully presented. Deserts were decadent and priced at €5.95 each. Apple pie was delish but clearly not made on site. Death by chocolate is bland and more like a light choc cake than a heavy, sticky, indulgent chocolate mass. Service was lacking to say the least. Caesar Salad (dressing on the side requested) arrived with dressing generously poured over the leaves. Chunky Fries had to be requested mid way through the meal when they didn't arrive. Dessert Menus weren't forthcoming and had to be requested. Had to hold credit card up to get somebody to come and take payment - no sense of urgency with the staff. All coffees are made on skinny milk apparently. The Decaf Skinny Latte was so strong it was not possible to even feign politeness and sip away on it. If you are happy to swap Service for a Cheap Eat .. .then this is the place your looking for.
Douglas & Kaldi Terrace Cafe and Restaurant
Level 2, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Dublin
Dropped in for Lunch on Sunday afternoon. The service is very good but that is all it has going for it. Ordered a ciabatta and a salad. The Roma Ciabatta may have had pesto but couldn't be tasted and it arrived with grated cheddar rather than swiss cheese without explanation. Two of the three slices tomato were the green tops of tomatoes. This woudn't happen in a local garage sandwich counter. The salad was fine. Meanwhile small flies flew around the terrace and food but were not as irritating as the small children banging off my chair and knocking books off the shelves. Again a compliment to the service, I was not charged for the sandwich after complaint. Nonetheless, there are too many other jumped up sandwich places to visit to waste time coming back here.
The Peacock Restaurant @ Finnstown Country House
Newcastle Road, West Co. Dublin, Lucan, Dublin
€25 for two courses at lunch. Daylight robbery. The food was mediocre and the main courses were akin to food served in a pub carvery, turkey and ham, salmon, pasta, pork etc. It was pre-boom Sunday afternoon fare. The room too large and airy and the fifty year old cutlery could do with an upgrade. Very dissapointing especially considering the value in some of the top restaurants in the city.
Brambles Café Bistro
102-104 Terenure Road North, Terenure, Dublin
Very good overall. The garlic bread starter was a bit measly and slightly burnt but the bangers and mash was excellent and the penne was good too. Two complaints though. Children running around and making noise at 9:30pm is not acceptable. Whats the story with the ridiculous soup bowls that all of the food is served in? All that aside, once it quietened down it was a nice place. The most impressive thing about brambles is its price, I think its cheaper for dinner here than a sanwich for lunch in its other loactions.
McCabes Wines, The Gables, 1 Torquay Road, Dublin 18 , Foxrock, Dublin
Came here for lunch on Easter Sunday. We've often passed it and promised to visit it as because it looks very good. It was truly awful. No atmosphere in a room that needs a refurb. Casual service at the table. Overcooked food from a dull menu that would have been overpriced only for the lunch deal. I had lamb which was served in the same type of bowl as the prawn bisque starter(which was poor). Just because a main course is served in a bowl doesn't make it a bistro, just a lazy restaurant. I will not be back.
Roly Saul The Restaurant
The Mill House, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin
Came here for Sunday lunch. The lunch menu is short and predictable. The food was good however. The crab cakes were excellent and the fish and chips were good also. The sausage for starter was fine, nothing too special. The atmosphere has potential but the old part of the building is a bit too old. The whole experience is very like its similarly named restaurant down the road. Finally, the service was very unusual. We were greeted by a hostess who didn't look at us, didn't speak to us and handed us over without a word to a waitress. It was really off putting and cooled the atmosphere. I might go back, but not in a hurry. It was "fine" but no more.
The Yellow House, Willbrook Road, Dublin 14, Rathfarnham, Dublin
Not a bad addition to the area which is starved of decent restaurants. Morrilles is a bistro and doesn't pretend to be much more. It's a very nice room with a good atmosphere. The menu is small as per a bistro but the starters are overpriced, duck terrine at €10 served without bread or toast was a bit plain but not bad tasting. The fish cakes were okay, nice flavours and plenty of them. The mains were good, lamb was cooked medium as requested and she had the aubergine with mushrooms, which was fine but thats all. The cheese board had a good selection but no grapes, relish, chutney or anything to clear the taste of indiviudal cheeses. Putting cheese on a menu isn't a licence to make no effort. The wine list is limited and wine by the glass is very poor. Total bill €116. The bar downstairs is a great advantage as somewhere to go after dinner. I would go again but know what to expect.
Peploes Wine Bistro
16 St Stephen's Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
Went here on Valentines night when there was a fixed menu. I was somewhat sceptical given the night and usual way that customers are treated on similar nights. However the meal was almost flawless. Perfectly cooked food, the sommelier was excellent and the atmosphere super. The only gripe I had was with the Jacobs Meditteranean crackers (Probably bought in the Centra down the road) served with the cheese board. A serious lack of effort on their behalf and a serious letdown after probably some of the best food I have ever eaten. Nonetheless, I will be back.
The Counter Dundrum
Pembroke District, (adjacent to the Mill Pond at Town Square), Dundrum, Dublin
Good value and the food is fine. The extras for the burger are extensive and different but some guidance or suggestions would have been good. Watch out for the turkey burger, not good and if you think that the veggie burger is a healthy option, think twice, the grease dripping off it tells a different story. But you don't eat burgers for your health. The side orders are generous. The bill is respectable.
Cafe Mimo (Dundrum)
House of Fraiser, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Dublin
For a shopping centre cafe this is super. I come here regularly and I haven't had a bad experience. €12.95 for a steak and their great chunky chips is super value. Its nicely tucked out of the way and beats the other "cafes" hands down. Check out the balcony for a salad or some fish on a summers day and you forget your in Dublin.
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Went here this evening for dinner. The atmosphere is very good and the menu looks impressive. We had the mallard which was average and could have done with more flavour and the crab wontons which were absolutely excellent. For mains we had the hake and the venison. The hake was well cooked but in danger of losing its flavour to the tomato and basil sauce. The venison was drowned in sauce which when coupled with the oversweet pears and red cabbage completely eclipsed any flavour of what looked like pretty good meat. On the side, the creamed spinach and wild mushrooms was certainly not creamed, and was again over flavoured as it was drowned in butter, and the mushrooms were overcooked. The cheese board was not what was advertised in the menu but was generous although a bit plain. The brownie and baileys trifle was more sauce than brownie and proved to be too decadent to finish. The service was poor. While looking professional and initially friendly we got our drinks after we got our food, the bottled water was thrown down without glasses, we didn't get the salad we ordered and then two different people arrived with it in the middle of the dinner. I wasn't asked how the venison was to be cooked. The waitress serving us genuinely did not say a single word to us when taking our order or clearing the table, not even a smile. If the food and the service delivered I would not have minded the price but it was too much for the experience. I really want to like Roly's but meals like this make it difficult.
Howards Way (Churchtown)
11 Braemor Road, South Dublin, Churchtown, Dublin
For a restaurant in the subarbs this is a great little place. I've come here a lot over the past few years but their menu got a bit tired. It's new one is a bit better but still very safe. The fish specials did look good though. We had the red mullet and the pork after a shared very good pate. The mullet was excellent if a little bony and the pork was okay. A very safe option but it was accompanied by superb potatoes. The wine list isn't expansive but it is just right for the style of restaurant and the coffee was good while she had a very generous pot of tea. €70 for a starter, two mains, two glasses of wine, tea, coffee and dessert. Not bad at all. This place doesn't pretend to be something it isn't and it exceeds expectations as a result. Absolutely recommended.
The Sugar Loaf Lounge
Powerscourt Estate Enniskerry Ireland, Powerscourt, Wicklow
Stayed here on Saturday night and ate in the Sugar Loaf. The menu is small but interesting. I had the Fois Gras followed by the Lamb. The Fois Gras was a bit bland but the texture was good. The Lamb was cooked perfectly on a bed of Mushroom Fricasse. The service was excellent also. My two complaints however. The list of wine by the glass is too short in a restaurant with such an extensive wine list otherwise. Secondly it is overpriced for what is basically a lobby restaurant. The fountain in the garden cannot take from the fact that you are within eyesight of the main hotel door. €5 for an espresso is a good example. This is unjustifiable in any restaurant.
YO Sushi (Dundrum)
Level 1, Unit 26A, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin
It's hard to get good sushi in Dublin and Yo-Sushi is proof. I've been here a couple of times to be sure, the first was okay but the second was a poor bar. It was late in the evening but just close the bar if you aren't going to keep good food on it. The sashimi is average and there isn't much of it. It also just doesn't have the freshness that it should. The sushi is reasonably good. I didn't order any hot food but it looked pretty good. Finally the food is overpriced for a shopping mall "restaurant" and its not long before the price stacks up. If it was cheaper I would drop in more often for a snack. Worth a look but don't expect much.
Merry Ploughboy Pub
Edmondstown Road, Rockbrook, Rathfarnham, Dublin
Have had dinner here a number of times recently and as pub grub goes it is very very good. The chef is a bit ambitious though somtimes. On one occasion I had grouper with grapefruit and beurre blanc sauce. A great effort but the grapefruit was a bit overpowering on this occasion. I also had tuna another time which I asked for chargrilled and came out well done. I can only assume that this is because it wasn't fresh. For ordinary pub grub it is top class and there is plenty of it. A welcome alternative to other local or mountain pubs. I hope they nail the food because if they do then it will do a bomb. The music is great and the beer is equally good. A great night out.
Village Bistro at Tonic Bar, Restaurant and Club
5 Temple Road, Blackrock Village, Blackrock, Dublin
Had dinner here a number of months ago and will never forget the service. Ordered a steak medium rare which came out well done. After I mentioned it to the satff they apologised profusely and came out with a perfectly cooked steak and fresh chips. They also offered to replace my girlfriends dinner with a fresh plate. After we paid the bill they gave us a voucher for a glass of wine the next time and apologised again.The effort which they went to is rarely found and as a result I have told everyone to go there. The future success of restaurants will depend on high levels of service during the downturn. I will go to Tonic again.
The Egg Cafe (Avoca Rathcoole)
Naas Road, Rathcoole, Dublin
Had lunch for eight in the Egg. The food is absolutely super. The setting could be a bit better, it's a little open and airy for a sit down restaurant and the buffet area can be a bit noisy. Good service too. Try the pink lemonade. My only complaint was the bill. €35 each for two courses for a light lunch is a bit pricey. In another setting and during the evening it would actually be good value for the food but not here. I do get their sandwiches for take away lunch regularly. The extra few cents are abolutely worth it for good quality fresh ingredients.
Dundrum Town Centre Dundrum, Dundrum, Dublin
Hadn't eaten here in a while and did so last Wednesday night after I couldn't get into any other restaurant in Dundrum. Bennigans was half full (or empty) despite the queues elsewhere, and for a good reason. Just had one course and I mistakenly ordered the pasta with tomato and basil. It was barely edible and only for hunger I would have left it. The sauce was synthetic and very obviously heavily preserved and presumably shipped from many miles away. I'm sure that at some stage tomoatoes were used in the recipe but that was long before it reached my table. She had the fish and chips. A large portion of damp deep fried cod arrived out which was just not pleasant. €40 including two soft drinks. At this sort of quality it won't be long before they feel the recession pinch. The service was good however, but I don't think they will have jobs for too much longer.
Brewbaker Coffee Shop
22 South Fredrick Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Popped in for breakast yesterday. A lovely little find. Great hot breakfast. The scrambled eggs were plentiful and the muffin was super. For three of us it cost €20 and I couldn't eat any more. The service is a bit slow. Only complaint is about the staff buttering the toast for us before it reached the table!! Why do cafe's do that? Put the butter on the side and let the customer decide if they want it and how much they want.
L'Officina by Dunne And Crescenzi (Dundrum)
Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin
We eat here regularly. A bustly little restaurant which is great for a quick snack or a long dinner. The food is super at the prices on the menu but the main plates are slightly pricey comparatively. The pasta is always cooked perfectly and with plenty of flavour. Rustic Italian wines add to the experience and match the food perfectly. Best of all is when you get the bill and think about how much this would cost anywhere else.
Fishy Fishy Restaurant
Crowleys Quay, Kinsale, Kinsale, Cork
Nice seafood restaurant in a country where decent seafood is impossible to find. Prices to match though but still affordable. Excellent service and a wonderful nautical atmosphere. Definitely worth a visit. Be prepared for a wait though because you can't book a table and it's very popular.
The Real Gourmet Burger - Dun Laoghaire
The Pavilion, South Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Great food, great value, a breath of fresh air. Four of us ate here for €50. The food is absolutely excellent. With burgers six inches high you will also be full. The addition of beer and wine means that this isn't just fast food and it certainly beats the socks off Eddie Rockets for food and value.
Shanahan’s on the Green
119 St. Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
Ooober expensive...... but worth every penny of it. 12 of us visited and not a single complaint. Had the bilini starter which was big enough for a main course. Perfect. "When in Rome...." so the 24oz Rib Eye was ordered for the main course. Cooked perfectly and it tasted exquisite, I did my best but could not finish it. This was accompanied by an ambitious host of onions, mushrooms and potatoes. All of this was washed down with a Burgundy off the extensive wine list. As for dessert; well if you have room you should get it for free. The service was excellent and the sommelier top class. You couldn't do this often but if you know what you in for it shouldn't be a surprise. Definitely in the top five restaurants in Dublin.
6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Very very poor. I would not reccommend it and I will not be back. Had to wait ten minutes for our table which was booked. Had the charcuturie starter which was dissapointing. Poor quality meat and poor vegetables with one single olive served. The venison main course was tasteless over cooked and smothered in sauce. Served with gamechips which were more akin to a packet of salted chips. The cheeseboard was weak with bland slices of cheese served alongside a few lettuce leaves and a kiwi, all on a old cracked chopping board. Overall not worth the money. Service was poor and restaurant was understaffed. To top it all the smell of the toilets was all over downstairs but that could also have been the smelly rubbish bag dragged through the restaurant by the staff.