Restaurant Reviews from allenl

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Last Visit: 07 September 2017

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La Mere Zou restaurant

22 St Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
European

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245 reviews

Reviewed 01st July 2015 ( visited 29th May 2015 )

Best Early Bird menu in town - available Mon to Sat. Food always superb and staff lovely. Only gripe is that my lemon posset dessert was really tiny - and a friend who had been there the week before said the same. It's a place to try asap - I could almost guarantee you'll become addicted like I am.
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il Divo Restaurant

2 Terenure Road East, (Above Comans), Rathgar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 6

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Cuisine:
Italian

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87 reviews

Reviewed 09th December 2013 ( visited 20th November 2013 )

Ate here with 3 friends. Warm welcome, lovely interior and service excellent. Each of us had a glass of the very drinkable house red. Food delicious - thin slices of veal in a delicious sauce to start, followed by very tasty cannelloni and a creamy tiramisu finished off a very well cooked and presented meal. The 4 of us left very happy and will definitely return.
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Carluccio's Caffe
52 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

First time eating here Sat night. Even though it was 9pm we were offered the set menu - €14.99 for 2 courses. Food was delicious and the waiter extremely friendly. Apparently all pasta and breads freshly made on the premises. Best lasagna I've eaten in a long time. Amazing food, amazing value and great service. Cannot wait to go back.

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The Elephant's Ear
20 Landscape Road, Churchtown, Dublin

Had a wonderful brunch here one Sat after Christmas so returned for dinner with my husband. Lovely restaurant with booths along one wall and well laid out tables. Staff friendly and helpful. Food delicious with amazing flavours. I had the Moroccan flatbread to begin, then opted for 2 starters for the main course - Crayfish salad and the Fish tacos. My husband had the Elephant Wings and the rib eye steak. We had crispy chips sand baby roasties on the side. Both of us had desserts - they were a perfect end to a great meal - we will definitely be back.

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

Availed of the Early Bird with 2 friends and got the table we requested at the window so could watch the world go by. Decor is really nice with beautiful light fixtures and mirrors. EB menu very good value - €16.95 for 3 tapas and first glass of wine only €3. I had the red pepper stuffed with chili mince, salmon pate and mini fish and chips with sides of patatas bravas (small cubes of roast potatoes) and bread. All delicious. Service friendly and efficient and restaurant hopping so great buzz in the place. We had to vacate the table at 8pm so happily finished our wine at the bar. It's a great place to eat with a chance to try several different dishes. I hear they have a great lunch menu also.

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Bellagio
92 Terenure Road North, Dublin 6W, Terenure, Dublin

Had a really nice meal here last night in very pleasant surroundings. My friend had the smoked salmon and asparagus pasta dish and I had the Calzone pizza. Pasta divine and pizza moist on the inside and crispy outside - just the way I like it. Fresh warm bread served when we arrived. We both had a glass of house red which we enjoyed. Staff very friendly and restaurant busy - always a good sign. Will definitely be back.

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

Best Early Bird menu in town - available Mon to Sat. Food always superb and staff lovely. Only gripe is that my lemon posset dessert was really tiny - and a friend who had been there the week before said the same. It's a place to try asap - I could almost guarantee you'll become addicted like I am.

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Sawadee Thai
94 Terenure Road East, Dublin 6, Dublin 6w, Terenure, Dublin

Had mixed starter, then Thai yellow curry with prawns and vegetable fried rice. Food delicious, full of flavor. Only gripe I have is that the rice is too oily - know it's fried but should be a little less stodgy. Staff lovely and so courteous. You can bring your own wine and there's a €6 corkage charge so very good value. Definitely worth a visit.

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

Best restaurant I've been in for years. Early Bird until 7pm - 3 courses €25 which is incredible value given the superb quality and presentation of the food, wonderful ambience and great service from lovely staff. Everything was perfect - I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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Cafe en Seine
39 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

Returned here with 2 friends as last visit had been so enjoyable. Seated upstairs in restaurant area. Food and service excellent. One major complaint was the horrendously loud music. We couldn't hear ourselves speak and asked for it to be lowered. Ended up speaking to the manageress who was a lovely girl. She dealt with the issue professionally and due to this we will return but the music issue needs to be addressed. A little background music adds to the ambience - that ear splitting (literally) volume totally unacceptable. Either it's a restaurant OR a disco bar - it can't be both!

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Cafe en Seine
39 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

Six of us had dinner here Fri night. Private party in upstairs restaurant so seated in bar downstairs. Good crowd but not too busy and not noisy at all which I had feared. Food really good - everyone enjoyed what they got and only one complaint - pasta dish bit dry. Service excellent as was presentation. Also very good value. Décor fabulous - nicest bar around. Will definitely return - ideal place for after work food/drinks.

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I Monelli restaurant
1-2 Portobello Road , Portobello, Dublin

My companion had a delicious pepperoni pizza and as my old favourite of chicken in creamy sauce with pasta no longer available I opted for the cannelloni which was really tasty. We both had a glass of house red which was very nice. The young waiter was, as always, extremely pleasant. Notice they do an early bird which seems very good value so may return to try this out.

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il Divo Restaurant
2 Terenure Road East, (Above Comans), Rathgar, Dublin

Ate here with 3 friends. Warm welcome, lovely interior and service excellent. Each of us had a glass of the very drinkable house red. Food delicious - thin slices of veal in a delicious sauce to start, followed by very tasty cannelloni and a creamy tiramisu finished off a very well cooked and presented meal. The 4 of us left very happy and will definitely return.

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Royal Tandoori
95 Terenure Road North, South Dublin, Terenure, Dublin

Went here Fri night with a friend. As it was a fiercely hot evening wasn't sure if Indian food the best option but really enjoyed the meal. Complimentary popadoms and dips served on arrival. Shared a sizzling chicken tikka starter which was very tasty, my main of king prawn kashmiri with pilau rice delicious. Service excellent - waiter even brought glass of ice without being asked in case our drinks were too warm. "Bring your own" drinks a great perk and no corkage charge. Certainly one of the best value Indian restaurants around and food consistently excellent.

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The Gasworks Bar
Grand Canal Street Upper, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Had dinner here Mon evening before show at Bord Gais theatre. Bit apprehensive when I walked into bar. Too many large TV screens and blaring music. Place in serious need of re-decoration. However, barman who served us really nice and food surprisingly good. Had tempura prawns to start - delicious. Tempura batter feather light. Haddock, chips and mushy peas for mains very tasty. Chocolate ganache dessert very enjoyable - layers of cake and mousse with rich chocolate icing - whole meal, while no doubt mega fattening - really enjoyable and very well presented. Would go back if music lowered and bar spruced up.

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Captain America's Cookhouse And Bar
44 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

My sister was over from Holland and was dying for a burger as they don't do them much over there - apart from McDonald's/Burger King. So we went here for a bit of nostalgia - place hasn't changed at all. It was about 3pm and place very busy. Great lunch offer between 12pm and 5pm - choice of mains and glass of wine, beer or soft drink for €10. My burger delicious but mushroom sauce on the side really awful - white lumpy stuff - no excuse for serving it. My sister went for a la carte menu and had fab burger with emmenthal cheese and crispy onion rings which she really enjoyed. Staff friendly. Would go back - can't beat that lunch-time offer.

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Meghna Tandoori
8-12 Terenure Place, Dublin 6, Terenure, Dublin

Ate here with 2 friends. Layout of restaurant very nice. Delicious popadoms and dips served on arrival. Had a voucher for 2 mains, rice & naan bread and glass of beer or wine for €25 - super value. I shared my main prawn dish with one friend who opted for chicken pasanda and loved both dishes. Pilau rice and garlic naan fresh and tasty. They put little candle heaters for the plates on the table so food kept warm. Service was good, no problem using voucher, good buzz and would definitely go back.

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JD's Steakhouse
4 Rathfarnham Road, Dublin 6W, Terenure, Dublin

Ate here last night with my husband. Had a voucher which made the meal very reasonable. Otherwise would have found it quite expensive as fillet steak / surf and turf all around €27 - far too much for a casual steak house. Having said that, the food was very nice. Pate to start, followed by surf and turf, then the junkyard cheesecake - all very tasty. Steak well done as requested and really tender. Only complaint - garlic roast potatoes - definitely not as described. Tasted more like boiled new potatoes. Staff nice and friendly. Would return if I had a voucher. They do have an Early Bird menu every night which seems like good value.

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Brady's (Terenure)
7-9 Terenure Place, Terenure, Dublin

Last time I ate here was over 2 years ago and the food is as good as ever - will definitely be back much sooner this time round. The restaurant was empty as it was very early but the food was excellent and the waitress friendly and helpful. I had delicious goats cheese starter followed by best prawn curry I've tasted - full of flavour and beautifully presented. My husband had the chicken wings which he really enjoyed and then the rib eye steak - too fatty for him but then that's not really a reflection on the steak - just a bad choice as the steak itself was fine and rib eye does have fat running through it. Had a voucher so the value was excellent. Looking forward to a return visit. One gripe - TV should not be on in the restaurant area.

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Botanic House Bar and Grill
22-26 Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Glasnevin, Dublin

We had a Menu Pages voucher and were coming home from the airport so decided to pop in for dinner. The bar was very quiet but the staff friendly and no problem not having a booking. We ate in the dining area. We shared a fish pate to start which was simply delicious and so fresh. I then had the best fish & chips ever - flaky haddock in the lighest, crispiest batter, served with piping hot chips in a pewter mug, tartar sauce and mushy peas. My husband opted for the sirloin steak, came cooked exactly to his liking, with home cut fries and crispy french fried onions. The presentation of both these dishes was amazing - far exceeding that in top class restaurants. The chocolate fondant we shared for dessert topped off one of the best meals I've had in ages. If you live near the Botanic House, or like us coming back from the airport, you have to try it. Or just go and try it anyway. Superb food, amazing value - an absolute gem of a place to eat.

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

Booked Early Bird and got there 6.50pm. Lovely decor and friendly reception on arrival. However, when we asked for the EB menu we were told we were too late - even though it states EB until 7pm. We were supposed to be there by 6.45pm but as were only 5 minutes late we felt they were a bit too officious. We said we would leave but the girl spoke to somebody and we were "allowed" avail of it. Pate to start tasty but accompanying bread very unappetising - 2 slices of white baguette and one slice of brown bread between the 2 of us. I had the fish & chips with mushy peas & tartar sauce. Batter on fish not at all crispy, peas were dry and tartar sauce very acidic. My friend had the chicken & mushroom vol-au-vent which was quite small and quite ordinary - an unusual main course on a modern menu - unless it's served with a twist. Overall not impressed with the food but have heard great reports from others so maybe we had an off night.

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Village Cafe
Rathmines, Rathmines, Dublin

One word - superb. Ate here with a friend on Fri night - my first visit. Had been highly recommended by a colleague at work. The interior is very deceptive if viewing it from the road. Very nicely laid out with alcoves which had stove style burners. Staff friendly and professional. For starters I had fresh figs wrapped in parma ham with a blue cheese dressing, followed by a delicious home made burger served with roasted red peppers and divine chunky chips. My friend had bruschetta with asparagus, then fresh cod wrapped in serrano ham on a bed of warm veg. 3 red & 3 white wines served by the glass - and a good wine list. Sambucas on the house finished off the best meal I've had in a very long time. Early Bird served from 6-8pm. In the heart of Rathmines so easy to get to. Cannot wait to return.

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Meghna Tandoori
8-12 Terenure Place, Dublin 6, Terenure, Dublin

Heard great reports about this restaurant so went Fri night with a friend. Layout very nice and plenty of space between tables. Shared the mixed platter for starters, then I had the jumbo prawns in a coconut milk and nut sauce - delicious. Fresh, crispy poppadoms with lovely dips served on arrival. Water topped up without having to ask and house wine served by the glass if you don't want a bottle. Food was delicious, service very good and would definitely go back. Apparently they have a great takeaway menu also.

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Chrysanthemum Chinese Restaurant
Unit 1 Old Orchard Inn, Butterfield Ave, Dublin 14, Rathfarnham, Dublin

Went here for Early Bird - €17.50 for 2 courses + tea/coffee. Quite cold in the restaurant. Staff not particularly friendly. Starter of minced pork dumpling very tasty but main of sweet & sour chicken quite bland - needed crispy veg such as onion/peppers/mushrooms or some pineapple perhaps - something to liven it up. Felt I could have had nicer sauce at home out of a jar. 1st time dining here and wouldn't rush back. Pity as nice layout but staff need to improve their customer skills & chef needs to add a little zest to the dishes.

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The Exchange Restaurant and Cocktail Bar
The Westin Dublin, At College Green, Westmoreland Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Returned here to see if the first visit was as good as memory served. It was. Along with 2 very fussy friends, we availed of the Early Doors menu - €18 for 2 courses and €22 for 3 courses. Had the crab cakes to start - which consisted of mainly crab as opposed to potato, then hake fillet and white asparagus on a bed of garlic risotto, with chocolate brownies for dessert. All 3 dishes were superb, full of flavour and beautifully presented. My 2 friends were really impressed and we would definitely recommend the Exchange. Food of this quality at those prices is just amazing, On Weds you can bring your own wine and no corkage charged!!!! Service excellent, especially from the Welsh waiter who could not have been more helpful or pleasant. Staff like this should be valued - they make such a difference to the whole dining experience.

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Taste of Everest
17a Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Tried this restaurant Fri nite as had a voucher. Located in an old Georgian house - interior was lovely with pillars dividing sections. Staff v friendly and food v good. Poppadoms with dips served on arrival. Had lamb samosas, followed by prawn korma - both of which I enjoyed. One strange thing is that staff never came near us to ask if we wanted dessert/tea/coffee/more wine. They really should make more of an effort in this area as it is quite a weakness. We left a bit bemused but still quite happy and would return.

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Dakshin
22 Donnybrook Road, Dublin 4, Donnybrook, Dublin

1st time here last Fri evening. Layout of restaurant really nice - plenty of space between tables and staff friendly and efficient. Food divine - nicest Indian I've ever had. Poppadoms served on arrival with lovely sauces - really crispy and fresh as they should be. Opted for selection starter - king prawn, potato cake, tiny minced lamb kebab & piece of chicken tikka - all delicious & served with individual sauce. Main prawn dish had at least 8 jumbo prawns. My friend's chicken tikka on the bone was beautifully presented and full of flavour. The place was packed - not surprised - I'll definitely be back.

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Indian Brasserie
Butterfield Avenue, Rathfarnham Village, Rathfarnham, Dublin

Used City Deal voucher to try this restaurant again. Staff v friendly & efficient, presentation of food excellent. However, mixed platter v disappointing - much smaller selection than last visit. For mains my husband had the chicken tikka which was lovely but my prawn korma was awful. Sauce salty and a greenish colour. In all fairness when I complained the dish was replaced with a prawn tikka which was delicious. I'm not sure if having the voucher determined portion size but if I was paying full price and got that starter I would not be happy, as it is listed at €16.95 on the menu. Think they need to reduce prices slightly. But once again staff could not be nicer.

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

Had dinner here Thurs evening. Opted for the 4 course meal with glass of wine for €29.95. Very good choice on this menu - I went for traditional prwan cocktail, then the beef and guinnesss pie, followed by lemon tart. Food very nice, well presented and service good. Great way of eating here if on a budget - otherwise you could spend quite a lot.

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il Divo Restaurant
2 Terenure Road East, (Above Comans), Rathgar, Dublin

Went here with a friend who had a voucher. I had the goats cheese salad followed by roast chicken and spinach pasta in a cheese sauce & it was delicious. My friend had the calamari followed by a seafood pasta which she said were both really nice. Quite a large restaurant & virtually empty so no atmosphere. Big match was on so that could explain lack of customers. Staff very nice and would go back to try some of the very good deals on offer.

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The Brasserie at The Clayton Ballsbridge
Bewley's Hotel Ballsbridge, Merrion Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Ate here Sat night. Felt decor was like a large canteen - wooden chairs & booths. Staff showed no interest in customers - just took orders & delivered food - little interaction. We ate off set menu but supplements really annoying - €5.50 for fillet steak - which they did not have when my husband ordered it. Sirloin steak carried a €4.50 supplement - as it was only 8oz felt this was extreme. I had to ask twice for the wine & chips weren't hot so had to be returned. Opted for 2 small taster desserts - came in tiny ramekins & were very disappointing. Would not return - staff need to be trained in customer service & restaurant needs a total overhaul. Also - supplements should not be added to Eary Bird menus - especially such high ones!!!

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Roast
10a Merrion Rd, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Had City Deal voucher so decided to try Roast. Friendly welcome at door, layout nice - adequate room between tables, cosy yet chic. Menu quite limited - only about 6 mains to choose from. We both opted for fillet steak - emphasising we wanted them very well cooked. However -both blood red in the middle. We sent them back & 2nd time round they were cooked as ordered. Pity as it's quite off putting - I hate undercooked meat. Think manager should always offer a glass of wine or a coffee in situations like this - takes the sting out of the inconvenience. After all, the food had to be returned to the kitchen after we had started eating - and not our fault! However, the steak itself was very good and the staff were lovely. Would return.

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Sawadee Thai
94 Terenure Road East, Dublin 6, Dublin 6w, Terenure, Dublin

Returned here with 3 friends. Weekend Early Bird €21.95 for 2 courses which we all chose as it had a great selection. We opted for spring rolls, samosas, satay chicken & deep fried shrimps as starters. All delicious and we shared so got to taste everything. Same with main courses - tried a bit of each other's and again very happy. Had 3 bottles of the House Spanish chardonnay which we obviously liked (it was Fri after all). Bill €160 for the four of us which was great value considering 3 bottles of wine included in that. Staff lovely and service excellent. We would all recommend Sawadee.

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

My friend invited me to dinner as she had bought vouchers on CityDeal. I had always wanted to try Darwins as heard nothing but good reports from friends. Layout lovely - nooks and crannies with pictures of our ancestors on the walls!!! We had just missed the Early Bird so dined from A la Carte. I ordered the fillet steak well cooked but was told it could take up to 30 minutes so opted for 2 starters - pate and fish cakes, with a side ot chips. All delicious - chips to die for. My friend had the boullibase fish stew and she loved it. We shared a selection of sorbets for dessert - so refreshing. Had wine by the glass - good choice and reasonably priced. Staff very friendly. Would definitely go back - everything great about the place.

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Captain America's Cookhouse And Bar
44 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had our work Xmas lunch here - almost 30 people in our group. Place very busy at 2pm - same as we left about 4.30pm - all age groups there. Music far too loud but staff lovely & service excellent. No delays or wrong orders despite large party of us. Food as expected - tasty but not for those counting calories. Portions far too big - most plates went back half full - such a waste really. However I enjoyed my chicken goujons starter, followed by mushroom burger, & then huge piece of profiterole cake. €19.95 for 3 courses and tea or coffee. Brought back memories - this restaurant has been around nearly as long as I have so they must be doing something right.

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Brady's (Terenure)
7-9 Terenure Place, Terenure, Dublin

After spending almost 4 hrs getting home in the snow we decided to treat ourselves to a bit of pub grub. We walked into Terenure and opted for Brady's as we'd never eaten here before. Good pub menu (not the one shown on MenuPages) and our waitress was lovely. My husband had the burger with bacon & cheese and I had the half portion of canneloni with a side of chips. Both piping hot and tasty - just what we needed on a cold, snowy night. Hard to judge atmosphere as it was very quiet due to the weather.

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The Morgue
Main St, Templeogue Village, Templeogue, Dublin

Met a feiend here after work for something to eat. Always think the pub is a little to dark - especially when you are having a meal. Good choice on menu and food tasty. I had chicken wrap and friend had chicken curry. Both dishes nicely presented and piping hot. As I'm feeling more and more lately - pubs should offer beter deals and encourage people to eat out. Like the one or two who offer the €10 special for a main course and pint or glass of wine - true recession busters. These places deserve to do well.

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Ashtons GastroPub
11 Vergemount, Clonskeagh Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin

Went here with my husband and Mother for dinner. Got a great seat by the window overlooking the Dodder. Noticed a lot of people were having steak on a stone which looked really nice. It was a lovely sunny day and they have tables outside if you wish to dine al fresco. My Mother & myself had the fishcakes - 2 very large, very tasty cakes full of fish and not too much potato. Served with crispy fries and a hot spicy sauce. Really delicious. I then had the sticky toffee pudding, with caramel ice-cream and it came a little shot of what tasted like desert wine on the side. Scrumptious. Hubby had the home-made burger and thoroughly enjoyed it. The food was realy well presented and the staff lovely. The 3 of us left happy, vowing to return very soon.

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Davy Byrnes
21 Duke Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Brought my Mam in to see the Christmas lights on Grafton St. Then adjourned to Davy Byrne's for a drink and bite to eat. Lovely menu and staff very friendly. We opted for baskets of cocktail sausages and chips which were really tasty and piping hot. Other options included fresh seafood salads/open sandwiches/roast chicken/quiche/pasta/fish&chips etc. The pub itself is cosy and retains an old world charm. One of my favourites whne meeting friends after work on a Friday.

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Harrys Kitchen Restaurant
22, Dawson Street, Dublin

Had just visited Xmas markets in Fitzwilliam Sq so freezing cold and starving. No table booked but luckily got one for 3 in Harry's. Had hoped to make Early Bird but just missed it. I had fish pie and 2 friends had burger - all delicious. We opted for a glass of wine each. Total bill with tip just over €90. We felt this a bit pricey for dishes we ordered and one glass of wine pp but overall staff lovely and food good. Will make sure to make the Early Bird next time - 2 courses for €20.

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

Went with 3 friends Fri. night. It was my first visit. When we arrived at 7.30pm it was totally full with a great atmosphere. Decor fabulous - feel like you're in an old Spanish house. We got a great table by the window. Service excellent and food delicious. We tried various dishes - sharing as you do with tapas. The minced lamb with red peppers and sour cream was my favourite, followed closely by the meatballs in garlic and tomato sauce. The deep fried goats cheese was also divine. Between the 3 of us we managed 5 main courses, 2 sides of potatoes, one dessert, one bottle of wine, four glasses of wine and one coffee. Bill was €110 which was excellent value for what we got. I can only say - try this restaurant if you haven't been there - one of the best in town.

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Novo
Harry Street, St Stephens Green, Dublin

Booked pre-theatre menu through menu pages. On arrival told time had changed -latest booking now 7pm on Fri. As this was not reflected on menu pages we were allowed avail of it. However, then told menu had changed - very limited selection now on offer - and no burger!!! Very disappointing as I had been raving about it to my friend, who had travelled from Kildare to meet me & was dying to try Cafe Novo. We opted for the fish & chips - only to be told they had run out!!!! At 7.30pm on a Friday night - with a very limited menu - not good enough. Starter of pate disappointing - tasteless & 2 slices of bread not very fresh. Main course of chicken on bed of mash with mushrooms not much better - mash lukewarm & dish very bland. Dessert of brownie nice - but at that stage we were fed up. Only positive I can say about this meal was the waiter who served us- professional and friendly. I have been a regular customer in Cafe Novo but can safely say this was my last visit. Have a feeling management won't really care - as no sign of anybody ever in charge when I've been there. Already mentioned in last review that name on front of restaurant almost invisible - still remains the same. And please update your profile on Menupages - i.e. new time for pre-theatre menu and new pre-theatre menu - as it stands it's very misleading.

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Breathnachs Bar
The Square, Oughterard, Oughterard, Galway

Have just returned from weekend in Oughterard. This bar serves great food and fab breakfasts. We had dinner here twice and breakfast twice! Breakfast menu has great choice - I had delicious pancakes with maple syrup, rashers & suasages. Full Irish really good also - served with loads of toast and homemade brown bread. Dinner menu great for a pub - I had deep fried brie followed by cajun chicken - really nice. Service excellent - owner very hands on which explains why it's always so busy.

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The Arch Bistro
Above the Glenside Pub, Landscape Road, South Dublin, Churchtown, Dublin

Had dinner here with Mother & husband Sat night. 2 of us had the fish & chips - delicious - fish served on bed of smoked bacon mushy peas & chips large & chunky. Rib eye steak full of flavour and not a morsel left for the dog. Chocolate brownie & vodka trifle both divine desserts. Staff friendly, place buzzing - left happy and definitely will return.

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Saagar Indian Restaurant
16 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Have just had lunch here with 3 colleagues. We had been dying to try the special lunch menu - €9.90 for 2 courses. It's located downstairs on Harcourt St. with very nice decor inside. Good choice on menu and poppadoms & dips included in price. PortIons large but I found food a bit bland and service slow. Place very busy however and staff friendly & polite. If they spiced things up a bit would definitely return. After all - Indian food should be full of flavour - even the mild dishes.

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Cafe Bliss
4B Montague Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here for breakfast with 3 colleagues, following our Xmas party the night before. We were all very impressed. Service bit slow but friendly staff and place seemed very clean. Great breakfast menu - french toast, scrambled egg, full Irish, various healthy smoothies (avoided those) and food nicely presented. Reasonably priced also - will definitely return.

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The Cedar Tree
11a St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Booked through menu pages. Seated & then told no record of booking. Guy even showed us book & I saw my name!! He just took the book away - no apology. Asked for Early Bird menu & told it was not on that night. Previous occasion we had the Early Bird on a Fri. My 2 friends had come on my advice so not a good start. Food v good as usual but service frosty. We had planned to share another bottle of wine but had not finished first bottle when bill was placed before us. We decided to leave & find a friendlier location. 5 colleagues from work were at another table - on my recommendation. V disappointed - will not be rushing back.

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Purple Ocean Restaurant
St Michael's Pier, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Went here with voucher on Sat night which covered 3 courses with glass of wine from Early Bird menu. Good choice on offer but far 2 many supplements and €10 extra for fillet steak ridiculous. Apart from that, staff pleasant, nice surroundings & food very tasty. I had pate, followed by beef & guinness pie which was really nice, then Baileys cheescake - light as a feather. Good location overlooking harbour if you get a seat by the window. Bright and airy and very busy - which is a good sign. The manageress seemed on the ball and always on hand to assist if staff under pressure. Would recommend it - especially on a sunny evening.

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

Ate here on a Sun about 6pm. The wine I ordered was unavailable as was the shrimp pizza! Ordered another pizza and asked for a small portion of the creme fraiche and tomato sauce on the side. When the bill came I had been charged €3.75 extra for the sauce which was actually tomato sauce in one dish and mayonnaise in the other! My husband ordered the ice-cream desssert and got the figs!! I think a small gesture would have been in order - such as a glass of wine on the house - but that's not usual in Ireland. it appears we should put up and shut up with poor service. On the positive side the staff were very nice and friendly.

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The Baggot Inn
143 Lower Baggott Street, Baggot Street, St Stephens Green, Dublin

Returned to the Baggot with 3 colleagues last night. Main course and glass of wine or pint for €10 - still hard to believe. You can choose anything off the menu except the steak medallions. 2 of us had chilli baked potato, one had home-made burger and one fillet of chicken burger - no complaints at all. Each dish served with chunky chips and salad. We were told all food fresh - nothing frozen. As on previous occasions - great service and staff lovely. We stayed on to have another drink and the bill for 4 of us incl. food and 2 drinks each was €60 - try to beat that for value.

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Hardy's Bar & Bistro @ Royal Marine Hotel
Royal Marine Hotel & Spa, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Stayed in the Royal Marine for the weekend and had dinner in Dun restaurant on Fri night so decided to try Hardys Bar Sat night. Hardys bit of a disappointment. My companion had the fish & chips for €14.50 which were nice but my Thai green chicken curry was lacking in flavour and had lumps of what appeared like congealed sauce in it. I sent it back and was not charged. Found the bar a bit dark and seating not very conmfortable. I had a tuna sandwich there on the Sun afternoon and it was very nice but biggest quibble of all was to be charged €8 for a pot of tea for two. In this day and age that's extortionate and I asked the waitress to pass on my comments to the manager. She said lots of people had the same complaint yet price remains the same!!!

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Dún Restaurant
Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Spent the weekend in the Royal Marine Hotel with my Mother and had dinner in Dun restaurant on the Fri. night. Food excellent. Fish cake to start very tasty - however was described as cod & salmon but no salmon in it! Main course of fresh salmon kebab delicious and beautifully presented. Chocolate pudding served with whiskey ice cream for dessert pure decadence. This dinner was part of a package so not sure how much it would actually cost if paying separately, but would recommend Dun based on the food and friendly service and will return.

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Vermilion
94-96 Terenure Road, Dublin 6 , Terenure, Dublin

Had the Early Bird here Sun evening. Was told before sitting down that we could order any starter/main or main/dessert for €17.95. However, my prawn dish carried a €4 supplement, as did all the fish dishes on the menu. I wanted garlic naan instead of plain naan and this was €2 extra. If we had known this beforehand we wouldn't have stayed. All extras should be clearly displayed and saying you can order any main dish on the menu is a bit misleading if ALL fish dishes carry a €4 supplement. Starters were tasty, but I only got 3 prawns and rice very lumpy!!!!! Remove the supplements and I might return as an Early Bird should represent good value.

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Reeves Restaurant
172 Templeogue Road, Dublin 6w, Templeogue, Dublin

Went back to Reeves on Sat. night for the Early Bird. Only booked at last minute and luckily got table. 2 courses still only €21 incl tea or coffee but the 50cl bottle of wine cost us €12.50 - listed as being €9!!! Can't complain as food very tasty, great choice and staff lovely. Only complaint on the night was the weather - and can't blame Reeves on that!

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Diep le Shaker
55 Pembroke Lane, (Off Pembroke Street), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went herre with 8 colleagues from work last week for the Bangkok street lunch menu - 3 courses for €12.95. Without exception we all enjoyed it. The 3 courses are served together so ideal if you are stuck for time. I had chicken satay, duck dumpling and green chicken curry served with jasmine rice - delicious. We opted for tap water and this was no problem - so it was really good value.

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Royal Tandoori
95 Terenure Road North, South Dublin, Terenure, Dublin

3 of us went here Wed. evening. Poppadoms and dips are served as you peruse the menu so by the time it came to order we weren't hungry enough for starters. 3 delicious main courses with pilau rice came to the amazing price of €46. As it's a "Bring your Own" restaurant with no corkage charge the evening cost us about €20 per head having brought our own wine. Food delicious and service good. If you like Indian food this is the plact to try - and it won't break the bank.

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