Restaurant Reviews from aken47

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 24

Member Since: 10 June 2009

Last Visit: 30 July 2015

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Kathmandu Nepalese Restaurant

First Floor, 24-25 Castle Street, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Nepalese

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Good
91 reviews

Reviewed 28th October 2014 ( visited 22nd October 2014 )

Kathmandu is lovely 1st floor restaurant situated in dalkey village, it has indian decor throughout and you do get a very indian feel with the music and staff, which adds to the experience. As it was midweek it was a little quiet but we didnt mind. We came here with a voucher for 40e, we would have liked to have ordered off of the early bird which is excellent value but this was not a t&ç of the voucher so we order two mains each which were delicious, we had the butter chicken and kathmandu special curry, we liked the way we could keep our dishes warm on the candle table and were also given poppadoms with a good selection of sauces while we waited, which arent too heavy. We also ordered desert, which is a good selection, we had the cheesecake and fantastica, a mistake was made with one of the dishes, wrong one brought out so the waiter offered it for free and returned with the proper order, so all in all the service was excellent and we were very happy with our visit and would return, especially for the early bird, think it was two courses for 15.95 and a decent selection.
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Cactus Jacks (Middle Abbey St) restaurant

Millennium Walkway, Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
Cheap Eats

Price Range:

Good
549 reviews

Reviewed 23rd August 2014 ( visited 24th July 2014 )

I have eaten in cactus jacks a few times over the past few years. At first I really enjoyed it the fajitas are exceptional. On my most recent occassion I havent been as impressed in relation to service and food. The enthusiastic warm welcome we had received on previous occassions seems to have dried out and speaking of dryness the wings and jacket potatoe werent great. Paella is nice and the deserts also, burger could have been better. 3 course early bird for 20 and the lunch deal for 10 are good value and I will probably give it one more chance, if I still feel the same way I will not be returning.
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Horse & Hound (Dublin)
The Horse & Hound, Cabinteely, Cabinteely, Dublin

ate at the horse and hound on a sunday evening, its was quiet enough and we tucked ourselves away in a nice little corner. we both had the cod and chips which were both delicious, the chips were chunky and really well cooked and accompanied by a huge piece of battered cod which was very nice, the salad with it was also had a lovely dressing on it. it was well priced and we'd definitely return for some pub grub.

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Platform Pizza Bar
7 Strand Road, Bray, Co.Wicklow, Bray, Wicklow

Came to platform for my bday, party of ten, tried to book on short notice on the thurs but there was no tables, got a call on the sat as there had been a cancellation so took it. Customer service from all staff on the night was excellent, they new their drink and food well as they were able to advise family members on drinks, the majority of us had pizzas which were all delicious, with sides of chips and sweet potato, really like the drinks menu reasonably priced with a good selection of craft beers, good atmosphere and quirky and unique decorations, definitely one of the best places to eat in bray and will definitely be returning.

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Bits and Pizzas
15 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

came to bits and pizzas for a 2 course early bird and thought it was excellent value and food for 15.95 we had the mushrooms and prawns and both were delicious, we went with pizzas to follow, a barbeque chicken and a pepperoni both were a thin and crispy base and with a garlic sauce for the crusts really good, service and atmosphere was fine and price was good. Would definitely return.

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Crackbird
60 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

very nice restaurant, nice layout, pleasant staff, really good portion of soy garlic half chicken, very tasty and chesse croquettes were ok, my mate had the chicken dipper styles pieces and got plenty of them for the price, we were both happily full. chicken doesn't come with sides and enjoyed that chips weren't available so ad to try something new. reasonably priced too, similar to nandos but nicer. good beers too, some new craft ones. average spend for a main\side and a drink would be just over 20e.

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The Three Tun Tavern
1-5 Temple Road,, Carysfort Avenue,, Blackrock, Blackrock, Dublin

I have eaten in the three tun often since opening and its consistantly ok, it offers excellently priced food, a broad selection, excellent drink value, average service and food quality. Its always pretty much jammers but never get much of an atmosphere out of the place no music or barely any tvs for sport. You order youreslf at the bar, they often go out of a certain meat or fish, and you are better off ordering starter\mains\deserts independently because they come basically all at once which i really didnt like.. You really cant beat the price though, basically a dinner and a drink for 10e. I´m sure ill return, its handy if your not in the mood for cooking or looking for a cheap meal..

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Kathmandu Nepalese Restaurant
First Floor, 24-25 Castle Street, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

Kathmandu is lovely 1st floor restaurant situated in dalkey village, it has indian decor throughout and you do get a very indian feel with the music and staff, which adds to the experience. As it was midweek it was a little quiet but we didnt mind. We came here with a voucher for 40e, we would have liked to have ordered off of the early bird which is excellent value but this was not a t&ç of the voucher so we order two mains each which were delicious, we had the butter chicken and kathmandu special curry, we liked the way we could keep our dishes warm on the candle table and were also given poppadoms with a good selection of sauces while we waited, which arent too heavy. We also ordered desert, which is a good selection, we had the cheesecake and fantastica, a mistake was made with one of the dishes, wrong one brought out so the waiter offered it for free and returned with the proper order, so all in all the service was excellent and we were very happy with our visit and would return, especially for the early bird, think it was two courses for 15.95 and a decent selection.

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Cafe du Journal
17a Monkstown Crescent, Co. Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin

Myself and my gf had been wanting to try a brunch here for quite a bit as upon passing by on a Sunday lunch time there does be ques out the door. on arrival it was very busy but we got decent seats close to the door, but unfortunately it became quite cold at times with the incoming outgoing. service was a bit inconsistent, waiting for order and food for quite some time but i suppose to be expected with the crowd, my gf ordered a hot chocolate which she really enjoyed and i had a nice cappuccino. we had an omelette and a full Irish, they were both grand, we will be a little more adventurous the next time, as we prob will return we both felt we probably should have tried one of the egg dishes like the benedict for example.

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Gilbert & Wright Dun Laoghaire
128 Lwr Georges St, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Gilberts has been the only decent bar in dun l for the past while, it doesn't seem to open early and therefore attracts evening students and a sort of different kind of pub drinker, as you can see by its old fashioned and worn decor, the music it pays, the games it has and the beers it sells, which all makes it a nice change to dun l. You can order food locally from camille which is across the road and they deliver it to you inside which is cool. there is a good atmosphere many night of the week as they hold themed nights whether it movies or games etc.

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The Brew Dock
1 Amiens Street, City Centre North, Dublin

the brewdock is a lot of people's first experience with craft beers and or trying new beers they wouldn't usually have on an evening out, the selection of beers is fantastic and the staff are nothing but knowledgeable and helpful. the food is also very nice reasonably priced and service also good. downstairs is quite small but intimate and upstairs is larger, they also have good music playing, definitely one of my favourite bars in Dublin, location is fine for train. definitely and always returning as long as nothing changes.

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Bunsen
36 Wexford St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had been to try bunsen for a while as of reviews i had seen all over social media about their burgers, i wasnt aware that its a buger only restaurant which is quite cool so i expected a lot. the burgers are very good and you know your getting quality especially when the meat isnt ruined cooked well done and more at medium. this is a bit fussy but id experiment with buns a little more as the juice was making the bun very mushy and soggy. the service was grand no problems and the bill was reasonable. i will try out one or two more burger places before i call it the best but itll be up there.

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Marios (Ranelagh)
39 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Myself and my gf were looking for a cheap meal on a Sunday evening and chose marios. The restaurant was quite busy, laid out well, nice for a date, bit dark in places, and I´m not sure if the staff are up to it, we were waiting quite a while for service, maybe we were forgotten about. In relation to the food, it was grand, the pizza was average and the chicken dish my gf had she said was ok, so for the food we had at the price wasn't too bad for ranelagh although whether ill return with the competition it has Im not sure.

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Salamanca
1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Came to salamanca for a lunch with my gf on Sunday, I was enticed by their excellent value lunch menu and price, a large selection of choice 2 course for 12.95e. It is a lovely open room, we really enjoyed the decor. It was fairly empty but playing nice Spanish music in the background. I had deep fried calamari and the Spanish fish stew and my gf ham croquettes and the chicken. We both enjoyed our dishes and would definitely return for tapas some evening. The service was good, very polite man, no problems whatsoever.

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

Myself and my gf ate her for her birthday off a voucher, 8 course tasting menu for 79e. I could not have asked for a better experience, simple confirmation booking from polite staff handling a small birthday request dealt with easily, arriving slightly early and the table prepared, very polite knowledgeable staff. The food was fantastic from the amousse bouch, the accompanying freshly made bread with real butter, served at room temp which I find so important, the finer details make an experience. Each course was as fantastic, from fresh salmon to halibut to Guinness beef, we found we should not have ate so much bread as by the time we got to the cheese and crackers selection, 7th course we were ready to explode. The presentation of each dish was also excellent, with new cutlery at each course and sufficient time between each dish, we never felt rushed. For a Monday night it wasn't too busy, made up of people looking like they are coming from work or having a meeting along with a lot of american tourists possibly with famous pub next door, its a great location and very accessible. Would definitely return and maybe buy the current lunch deal they have on at the moment.

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Aussie BBQ
5 South Richmond Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

had been wanting to try aussie bbq for quite a while after seeing the menu online. Arrived on a thursday night, was packed which is a good sign, seats were taken so we were given a number and waited. We were given a nice seating area by a pleasant member of staff. Service was quick, we ordered oreo milkshake and a beer both very nice and reasonably priced, good selection of beers particularly one or two really good quality craft beers stocking brewdog and irish. We went for burgers both cooked what seemed medium-well, good size and we enjoyed them, also had wings, plenty of them and decent sauce, bbq. We were happy with everything till then, unfortunately we had a very bad experience with the post meal service, on returning from the bathroom to the seat where my gf still was, my beer and my gfs oreo milkshake had been taken away without asking, quickly, which were most definitely not finished, I called the young man over to just point this out, instead of being apologetic, he claimed the milkshake was empty but acknowledged the beer had some it.. why take it then!!? he offered to bring us two new ones but I was now ready to leave, they should have been discounted from the bill which they weren´t. Upon leaving other staff were very polite and thankful and they asked was everything ok and would we be returning etc and I said I wasnt sure, but I was not in the humour to relay this information again. Also upon paying my bill, which you go to the cashier yourself, which is back out the front of the restaurant at the take away area I had to que to pay my bill and wait while others were served from the take away bar?? surely there should be separate areas I was so close to walking out. So for the sake of those two occurences the chances of me returning are slim, as a result of one bad apple and a lack of organisation.

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The Real Gourmet Burger - Dun Laoghaire
The Pavilion, South Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Eat here occasionally, burgers are fantastic and the rosemary chips are a nice side with a garlic mayo. For two people usually about 25e which is great value. Excellent choice of burgers, probably one of the best in Dublin in my opinion. The staff are nice, location is right on the seafront, the pier walk just a minute away. Lovely for a relaxing evening.

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Taste of Brazil, Cozinha Brasileira
32 Parliament St, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Myself and my brazilian girlfriend eat here ocassionally, and have used groupon vouchers as they offer exceptional value. 2 course and a drink for 20ish euro with an excellent selection of dishes. She feels that the dishes do represent traditional brazilian dishes and we both really enjoy them. The likes of the feijaoda, steak and fish stew are very nice,some of the starters can be a little heavy consiting of a type of batter, the wine is also quite good and the service is fine. Always a pleasant experience eating here and will return.

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

Campo de´Fiori is a lovely restaurant situated on the bray seafront. It was a lovely experience eating here, the staff were very polite and helpful, The food was excellently presented and the tastes were amazing, I was introduced to new tastes I had never tried. We tried the 3 course early bird menu and found each course to be excellent. It was a bank holiday sunday when we visited and was quite quiet but definitely will return again. They offer vouchers with a 1 year term of use which is good if giving as a gift, as we had received.

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The Magpie Inn
115 Coliemore Road, Dalkey, Dalkey, Dublin

The magpie is a nice pub set in the middle of dalkey. they offer some lovely craft beers and ales, their menus have something for all tastes, I felt the food was slightly overpriced but the quality was really good. The seafood is really fresh and varied. Good welcoming family atmosphere and you can enjoy the limited seating outside on a nice evening. Staff were attentive, knowledgeable and polite.

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Cactus Jacks (Middle Abbey St)
Millennium Walkway, Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

I have eaten in cactus jacks a few times over the past few years. At first I really enjoyed it the fajitas are exceptional. On my most recent occassion I havent been as impressed in relation to service and food. The enthusiastic warm welcome we had received on previous occassions seems to have dried out and speaking of dryness the wings and jacket potatoe werent great. Paella is nice and the deserts also, burger could have been better. 3 course early bird for 20 and the lunch deal for 10 are good value and I will probably give it one more chance, if I still feel the same way I will not be returning.

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Blue Ginger Cafe
5 Upp George's St, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I have been to blue ginger a couple of times ove the last few months and the food is excellent and the best value for money in dun laoghaire. 2 course @ 14.99\ 3 course @ 18.99. It is a good varied menu and all the food my partner and I have tried we have enjoyed. It is a nice spot for a date, could use better lighting, like candles and for the times I have been there it has has been quiet. The wine is good and reasonably priced. Portion sizes and presentation are nice too. Will return often.

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Oliveto Restaurant & Bar
Oliveto At The Haddington, 9-12 Haddington Terrace, Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Came here for an excellent value lunch with 2 friends, seated right at the window looking out over the pier on a beautiful day. We had the homemade soup, bruschetta and the prawn linguine all of which were dinner size portions and well prepared,presnted and enjoyed. Quiet as it was lunch time but there is an excellent garden to the front also looking out of the pier and sea. Would recommend this spot on a nice day especially.

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Bistro Martello
1 Martello Terrace, South Co. Dublin, Sandycove, Dublin

Came here for a brunch, beautiful but limited seating outside so we made our way in doors. Upon arrival we ordered two cappucinos which didnt arrive till half way through our food, We had the eggs benedict and martello breakfast, both were tasty and good portion sizes. Was quiet enough but it was lunch time, two staff on who were friendly. Would return for a dinner as the menu looked nice and the location is fantastic, right on the seafront\promenade.

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FXB Monkstown
3a The Crescent Monkstown, South Co. Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin

Have eaten here twice over the past couple of weeks, the food had been consistently excellent, perhaps when its really busy they could do with extra or more attentive staff. On both occassions we ate downstairs in the bar area as there seemed to be more of an atmosphere and could apply the restaurant menu to downstairs which is good. I have had the hamhock which was truely amazing in my eyes, the crispy skin and the tender ham was delicious, on my return i tried the fillet of beef was also very tender juicy meat. My other half had the salmon which she really enjoyed so much she chose it again the second time. For desert we have tried the death by chocolate and banoffi which were very nice, and the apple and blueberry crumble which I didnt enjoy as much as the previous. For a 2 course early bird @ 20 pp its abover average for quality of food and family atmospere, service and value are on a par with similar establishments.

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Dobbins Restaurant
15 Stephen Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

From the moment you walk in you feel welcomed, we were met by lovely women who engaged us personally with conversation and warmth, while taking off our jackets and making us feel comfortable. We arrived early for an early bird @ 27.50 for 4 course, using a gift voucher of 70e. The early bird menu is really varied we had been expecting a much smaller selection so we were impressed. We had the salmon and crispy prawns which were beautifully presented and enjoyed by both us. For mains we had the pork belly which was amazing and the chicken which was equally as good, everything was well presented and the differents tastes and combinations really complemented each other. For desert we had the sticky toffee pudding, the combination of hot and cold was very nice. One of the main things I enjoyed about this restaurant was the service, they checked on you at appropriate times, each meal was also delivered by a new waiter which I also liked. We tried a recommended wine which was very reasonably priced and enjoyed. This restaurant includes a service charge but I had no problem with at all. For a fantastice early bird evening 4 course and 2 glasses of wine for just over 70e I´d highly recommend Dobbins.

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