Restaurant Reviews from ankos
The Abbey Tavern, Howth, restaurant
Abbey Street, Howth, Dublin, Area Code: North Co. Dublin
Reviewed 12th April 2009 ( visited 28th March 2009 )Visited the Loft Bar & Grill for a second time after we already enjoyed a lovely Valentine's Dinner before. We went for the early bird special and were the first guests to arrive. The staff was very friendly and attentive and the attitude didn't change when more guests arrived, keeping them more busy. The starter was excellent, to be followed by a very good main course. The portions left nothing to desire and in combination with the early bird special it was very good value for money. Overall we were enjoying a very pleasant evening. Atmosphere, Staff & Food were absolutely delightful. We definitely will return when looking for an enjoyable evening with good food.
The Upper Deck duplicate restaurant
Harbour Road, Above the Waterside Pub, Howth, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 25th June 2009 ( visited 08th May 2009 )Being one of the few mexican restaurants i know, i was happy to get a chance to have a diner with some nice spicy food. The interior doesn't impress too much, but the atmosphere was nice thanks to the friendly staff. The Burito i had was accompanied by some sort of side salad of canned beans and rice. The Burito itself was spicy and tasty but would have benefitted from a more fresh side dish. Overall you can get some decent food for a reasonable price, but it's nothing to get too much excited about.
1 Lower Fownes Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
A friend recommended this place without telling us too much what to expect so this was quite a nice surprise. The style of food can be described as Asian Tapas, although you don't choose from a variety of dishes but from set menus. The place stretches along three floors and has an middle eastern atmosphere to it. The staff was brilliant. The waiter was very attentive, explained the concept of the set menus very well and offered recommendation on drinks. The food itself was absolutely divine. There was not one dish that was not that good or mediocre. Everything we had on our table was bursting with flavour and was absolutely delicious. If i can have any complaint than it's that the portions are quite big and because it was so good i didn't leave anything on my plate and could barely move. Great experience with great staff and great food. We will definitely return.
The Pigeon House - Clontarf
11b Vernon Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin
The place has recently (re)opened so we were curious and went for brunch. I didn't really like the outside, although a major improvement to the old dark painted front, but the inside was beautifully decorated. A very inviting place. Food was great. My wife had the hash brown which was fabulous. They put their own spin on the hash brown and reminded me more of roesti but was delicious. I already forgot the name of my dish, it was some oriental roasted pepper dish with a baked egg. I never had it before but It's easily one of my favourite breakfast dishes now. Overall we were truly amazed. Beautiful food with a menu that's different from the usual scrambled eggs, omelette and full Irish you get in most places. We can't wait to come back and see what they have for dinner.
The Winding Stair Restaurant
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin
I have to say i was quite disappointed with our visit. The menu really sounded nice but overall didn't deliver. I had pork belly from the specials menu and that was brilliant. Great flavour and it went really well with the pumpkin mash and beetroot. The pumpkin pancake my wife was having however were a huge let-down. Quite bland, no real flavour. Something you'd only finish when you're really hungry. The desert also left much to desire. The whiskey sauce of my bread and butter pudding was just very sweet, more caramel than whiskey and it made the whole affair just overly sweet. The plum fool was just a glass with cream and crumble. It was really heavy and unpleasant. It's really a shame because i really enjoyed the pork belly. But everything else we ordered was unexciting and not particularly good. Given the price i would have expected much more refinement. But for what we spent we didn't get value for money and we won't give it another try.
Citron @ Fitzwilliam Hotel
The Fitzwilliam Hotel, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
This was one of the most enjoyable dining experience we had in Dublin so far. Service was excellent from start to finish. Staff was very friendly and attentive. The food was just sublime and everything was nicely presented and and as delicious as it looked. The course started with Amuse-bouche which were absolutely divine. The seared tuna starter was very well balanced with melon, grapefruit segments and herbs. The sea-bass main came with Fennel and shellfish and each element complemented each other perfectly and the pineapple dessert was just heavenly. Each course was introduced by the waiter explaining all the elements of the dish. It was a great evening with brilliant food and atmosphere. We'll probably return more than once.
Geisha Restaurant & Bar (Malahide)
Marina Village, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin
We already knew th eplace when it was under different management and we always wanted to see what Geisha would make out of it. The location is great anyway and they gave the interior a subtle asian touch. Service was one of the best we received in any restaurant. Very friendly and attentive with a personal touch. Food was very good. The starters i would rate excellent and the mains above standard. The Dessert was a bit of a letdown as it was only a choice between Banana or Pineapple fritter. Overall we were having a great evening in a lovely atmosphere and we will be more than happy to return to sample some more of their menu.
6-7 Jervis Street, Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin
We visited this place with a party of 5. First thing to notice is the elegant interior of the cocktail lounge. Compared to this the dining area didn't impress much, especially as we were placed at one of the tables in the middle with a lot of traffic behind our backs. Service overall was excellent. Although there were 2 hen nights and one birthday party already on this evening, service was attentive, friendly and very quick. The actual food was a delight. The scallops i had as a starter were fabulous and the chili beef main was the best i ever had in any Thai restaurant. I also only heard praise from the other members of my party and what i tasted from their dishes was outright delicious. Overall great food, great service. We'll definitely visit this restaurant more often.
The Big Blue Restaurant
30 Church Street, Howth, Dublin
When we were living in Howth we visited the place a couple of times. Already back then the owner/theme of the restaurant changed about two times. Having revisited it recently i must say any incarnation before was more pleasant than the current. It's a shame because the location and the view are fabulous. As well as the interior. We really loved this place but our recent experience won't have us return any time soon. Overall the food was bland and way below restaurant standards. Nothing that we were served that i couldn't have done at home with little effort and most likely more tasty. The staff was friendly but the service quite sloppy. I believe it's hard for this place to make much business because it's not really on track for all the visitors. You have to be above standard and offer something special and at it's current state the Big Blue certainly doesn't.
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Went there with a group, the place was quite packed already, but service was still quick and attentive. Also it was busy, atmosphere was good and i like how they decorated the place. For food i had th escallops as a starter. They worked brilliantly with the pancetta. I already had meat for lunch so i decided to go with a vegetarian option. The oven roasted courgette was a delight. Good combination of flavors and the combination of the soft courgette and pasta with the crust was an absolute winner. Overall a good experience. Good atmosphere, even better food and as i was having a vegetarian main the price was reasonable as well. The meat and fish dishes are all a bit pricy though.
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
Loved this place. The Menu is the most i've seen in a restaurant in this price category. For Starters i had the beetroot broth, my wife the Cucumber soup and both were an experience in taste and presentation. Both broth and soup arrived in a carafe with the other components in a separate bowl. Nice twist, it looked amazing and gave you something to do pouring the liquid into the bowls. Simple but fun. My main, the truffle tagliatelle, was overall ok, but to be honest nothing to get too excited about. Whereas my better halfs pasta with pork was a winner and the light and fresh salad with oranges a perfect companion. As for the best part, the desserts were absolutely delicious. The brulee with gingerbread amongst the best desserts i aver had, i couldn't stop eating and if i weren't already stuffed i'd happily ordered another one. The poached pears were also a delight. We have to come back as at least we have to try everything else on the menu. Then probably go again for the best pieces.
Diwali Indian Restaurant
Unit 1, Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
We already ate at this place about 2 years ago and always wanted to come back. This time we arrived without reservation on a Friday evening, the place was already packed but they promised they'd make a table available within 10 minutes. After a short walk they had a place ready for us. Although they were extremely busy, service was friendly, attentive and our meals arrived in no time. Overall the food was excellent. Great flavors and a virtuoso use of spices. They not only offered a complimentary drink at the end of the meal, but also a choice between Whiskey or Baileys, Although the interior is not very appealing, this didn't spoil our overall impression as service and food were impeccable. Great experience, especially as a number of restaurants turned us down this evening, so kudos for Diwali trying to accommodate the unexpected customer and still delivering a spotless service. Next time it won't take us so long to return.
45 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
This place has a lovely atmosphere, the interior definitely suits the food served and creates a unique experience. The menu offer was ingenious as it included a starter and desert platter, so you were not spoilt for choice and able to taste everything. Having said that each of the starter was delicious. The chicken skewers tender and perfectly seasoned, the sausages spicy and the Aubergines a taste sensation. For the main courses we had 3 different tangines, they were all ok, but nothing to be too much excited about. I would have expected more oriental flavor. The Dessert platter on the other hand was great and the mint tea that came with it was the perfect addition. the only letdown was the service as they seemed to struggle with organization. We waited more than 45 minutes for the starter whereas the table with guests who arrived well 15 minutes later than us got served first. But overall a great experience, worthy for a second visit.
The Brass Monkey
12 West Pier, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin
This was our second visit with our first already some time ago so we were wondering if the positive first impression would have changed. It's safe to say it had not. We only went for mains and dessert. I had the slow roast pork belly and this is an absolute delight. It's something i haven't seen on many menus yet and the combination of the pork belly with the apple sauce it's absolutely marvelous. My wife had the pumpkin tortellini with sage butter. This is just a heavenly combination and if any critic at all that it's so delicious that the already generous portion seems too small as you just can't get enough. My Jack Daniels Ice Cream was a bit of a disappointment. just plain scoops in a glass, no garnish. Even a simple chocolate sauce would have made the difference. The chocolate brownie however was fantastic. The service is very friendly and attentive. Only this time around it was fairly busy so we had to wait for a while for our courses to arrive. On our first visit we received a complimentary Irish cream at the end so this was a minor letdown this time, but nothing that will stop us to come again to this lovely place.
Cape Greko (Malahide)
Unit 1 First Floor, New Street, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin
We arrived on a Saturday evening without reservation, but the staff arranged a nice table by the window for us. The food was excellent, this was the first time i tried mussels and it was an absolute fantastic experience. The garlic sauce was divine. The rest of the food was quite tasty as well, lots of flavors, everything i expected from Greek cuisine. Nice atmosphere, friendly staff. Overall a great dining experience and we will definitely return.
369 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin
Although it's very small it has a nice and relaxed atmosphere. We had a quick lunch with Steak in some Asian sauce which was not a sensation but quite nice and a Goats Cheese/Fig Salad that was lacking flavor. Overall It was ok for the price we paid and with the attentive service we had a pleasant stay and will certainly return for an occasional lunch or just a coffee with chocolate brownie which is an absolute delight.
Siam Thai (Malahide)
1 The Green, North Dublin, Malahide, Dublin
We've visited Siam Thai a few times already and it was always a pleasant experience. For starter the Honey Crumb prawns are an absolute delight. The lemon chicken is beautifully complemented by the papaya salad. All the mains we tried so far were a good balance of spices and a sensation in flavor. This was the first time we were having a table inside. Nice atmosphere, but i prefer to sit outside so we're already looking forward to the next summer. Overall good food, friendly service and a good atmosphere.
4 Main Street, West Dublin, Howth, Dublin
A most disappointing experience. It has it's own quirky charm, but to be honest it's not very comfortable. Something that you might forgive if the food or service was to excel in any standard. We've been there for brunch and had pancake with bacon & melon and the Flatcap mushrooms. Apart from the presentation being less than appealing it was just plain, basic food that i could've prepared in my kitchen in a matter of minutes. Nothing wrong with that if at least the price would have been reasonable. But 13EUR for a soggy toast with way too much mushrooms and a heavy Hollandaise and 12 EUR for a Pancake sloppily garnished with bacon and 1/4 melon is beyond being a ripoff. Although the service was friendly, they didn't put too much effort in creating any sort of experience either. Not good at all.
Fallon and Byrne
11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
To be honest i wasn't too impressed with the atmosphere. It's a nice and bright place, but nothing too special. But with the excellent food i couldn't care less about ambience. The Red Pear and Blue cheese Salad my partner had as a starter was an absolute flavour sensation. My confit chicken Terrine was also a triumph. We had Chicken and Pork Belly as a main and both were equally excellent in terms of presentation and flavour. Speaking of flavour, all of the dishes had the most amazing combination of flavours making this a truly unique experience. The overall service was good. The waiters were attentive and friendly. This being the 1st visit I'll definitely return to see what else is to discover on their menu.
8 Irishtown, New Ross, Wexford
We came across the Et Voila by accident and got nearly discouraged after looking at the prices, but in the end the money spent was well worth it. Not only were the scallops we were having as a starter beautifully cooked to perfection and completed beautifully by the pork belly, in both taste and texture, but the presentation was the most fanciful work of art i've ever seen on a plate. The starter was followed by an appetizer cocktail. Not only a nice gesture, but also a very luscious taste experience. Both main courses were absolutely beautiful. The Duck with a Wine/Fig sauce was an absolute taste sensation. And the Supreme of chicken was the most tender i've ever tasted. All staff interacting with us were very attentive and friendly and the wine was presented and poured in the most professional manner. This was a truly impeccable and sublime experience and we will happily return should we ever visit New Ross again.
7 The Green, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin
Worst Restaurant experience ever. It all started very promising, friendly reception and and nice atmosphere. After the starter, monkfish that was actually very pleasant, the waitress removed the chutney's for the poppadom. Nothing wrong with that if it would have been followed by a main course in a reasonable amount of time. We've been kept waiting for the main course for over half an hour with little or no attention of the waiters. Spending the time nibbling on the remaining poppadom (without chutney) we soon ran out of water. One waiter took our request for some more water and then was never seen again. The next waitress returned with a can of water, filled the glass of my partner and vanished without even bother to ask if i would like to have my empty glass refilled as well. I've never experienced such an ignorance and i've been to places that have been more busy. The actual u main course (that finally arrived after some 45 min.) wasn't too bad, but the whole experience already spoiled that we weren't really able to enjoy it. It might have been a bad day, but we definitely won't be returning to this place.
9 Vernon Avenue, North Dublin, Clontarf, Dublin
1st time visit and an absolute great experience. We arrived without reservation. The staff was very friendly and helpful getting a free place for us. Before the meal we were offered 3 choices of bread, all of them fresh and tasty. After we were asking about the other choices the waiter came back with his basket and we got to taste them all. The main courses were both very good, although the Onion soup as a starter failed to impress. The atmosphere was very homely and relaxing. Overall a very pleasant experience. We'll definitely return.
The Upper Deck duplicate
Harbour Road, Above the Waterside Pub, Howth, Dublin
Being one of the few mexican restaurants i know, i was happy to get a chance to have a diner with some nice spicy food. The interior doesn't impress too much, but the atmosphere was nice thanks to the friendly staff. The Burito i had was accompanied by some sort of side salad of canned beans and rice. The Burito itself was spicy and tasty but would have benefitted from a more fresh side dish. Overall you can get some decent food for a reasonable price, but it's nothing to get too much excited about.
Okra Green Howth
1 Island View, Harbour Road, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin
We visited the Okra green for the first time and were both quite impressed. We were both going for the Early Special. The starter were nicely presented. Small but sufficient portions, just enough to whet your appetite. My lamb was tender and well seasoned, so was my fiancées chicken. The Main course did impress as well, just having the right amount of 'spicy kick' and the naan Bread served was the best we ever had so far in any restaurant. The staff was very friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Overall we were having a very pleasant evening in a nice and relaxing atmosphere while enjoying fantastic food. The Early Special is excellent value for money and we will definitely return to try the more pricy meals from the main menu.
1 West Pier, Howth, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin
The only positive aspect of this visit was the fantastic view you have in this place. Maybe my expectations were to high, but the food was very much average. The Vegetable Soup was ok, but nothing that would stand out. The Main course, pan fired sea trout, wasn't bad either, but then again you can't do much wrong frying fish. The side dish didn't much improve on that either. The House Wine (Merlot) offered with the Special was one of the least enjoyable House wines i've had so far. The staff was kind of ignoramus. You would expect a smile when clearing the table or at least once a question if everything was alright. There was pretty much no interaction at all. Given that we had an early bird special the value for money wasn't too bad, but i would have expected much more of a restaurant in this price category and with this reputation. The whole evening was pretty much average, if not below standard. Even the stunning view won't lure us back for a 2nd visit.
The Abbey Tavern, Howth,
Abbey Street, Howth, Dublin
Visited the Loft Bar & Grill for a second time after we already enjoyed a lovely Valentine's Dinner before. We went for the early bird special and were the first guests to arrive. The staff was very friendly and attentive and the attitude didn't change when more guests arrived, keeping them more busy. The starter was excellent, to be followed by a very good main course. The portions left nothing to desire and in combination with the early bird special it was very good value for money. Overall we were enjoying a very pleasant evening. Atmosphere, Staff & Food were absolutely delightful. We definitely will return when looking for an enjoyable evening with good food.