Restaurant Reviews from bigfoot_bigshoe

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52.5%

County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 4

Member Since: 12 January 2009

Last Visit: 13 January 2009

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Johnnie Fox's Pub restaurant

Glencullen, Dublin Mountains, Glencullen, Dublin, Area Code: D18

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Cuisine:
Gastro Pub

Price Range:

Good
189 reviews

Reviewed 12th January 2009 ( visited 11th January 2009 )

You'll not find a cosier, warmer pub than Johnnie's. After a thourough soaking in Glendalough, we needed to recharge our batteries and dry ourselves off. What better place than Johnnie Fox's. We were led to a cosy corner where service was prompt, welcoming and friendly. This continued throughout our meal. It was busy but there were plenty of free tables. The menu is extensive and specialises in fish, but caters for all eclectic tastes (Frogs' legs anyone?). We had a variety of dishes: a pasta dish, fish, chowder, crispy duck. All plates were finished, though I thought the chowder was too salty. We rounded it all off with a very fine home-made apple tart and then sat backed and relaxed by one of the many open turf fires before walking around this peaceful (no TVs or back-ground music) pub with it's walls dripping with curiousities. Prices are reasonable for the standard of food, and cover the whole gamut from the very afforadable hot starters to bust-the-bank caviar. Portions are also generous. I'm never dissapointed by a trip here - though I've never been here when the place is properly packed - and as sure as I'll get drenched again by Irish weather, I'll be back.
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Seven restaurant

73 Manor Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 7

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Good
75 reviews

Reviewed 12th January 2009 ( visited 12th January 2009 )

Some improvements to this place would make it a much better dining experience. Although inviting from the outside the interior is much too cramped and stuffed with tables. The interior itself is a modern, moody, nicely lit room with clear views into the open kitchen in the back where you can observe your meal being prepared. The food here is good but completly overpriced. I'd also an issue with the small portions. I'm not one to automatically equate a pile of food with a positive dining experience, but I do expect to be properly fed. For these prices I'd expect much better. I found the staff to be indifferent at best and resentful of my presence at worst. A simple hello, thank-you and goodbye with a smile is all I ask. Overall: a restaurant that promises much but left me dissapointed because it can do better with a few simple tweaks and a closer look at those prices is needed.
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Johnnie Fox's Pub
Glencullen, Dublin Mountains, Glencullen, Dublin

You'll not find a cosier, warmer pub than Johnnie's. After a thourough soaking in Glendalough, we needed to recharge our batteries and dry ourselves off. What better place than Johnnie Fox's. We were led to a cosy corner where service was prompt, welcoming and friendly. This continued throughout our meal. It was busy but there were plenty of free tables. The menu is extensive and specialises in fish, but caters for all eclectic tastes (Frogs' legs anyone?). We had a variety of dishes: a pasta dish, fish, chowder, crispy duck. All plates were finished, though I thought the chowder was too salty. We rounded it all off with a very fine home-made apple tart and then sat backed and relaxed by one of the many open turf fires before walking around this peaceful (no TVs or back-ground music) pub with it's walls dripping with curiousities. Prices are reasonable for the standard of food, and cover the whole gamut from the very afforadable hot starters to bust-the-bank caviar. Portions are also generous. I'm never dissapointed by a trip here - though I've never been here when the place is properly packed - and as sure as I'll get drenched again by Irish weather, I'll be back.

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Seven
73 Manor Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin

Some improvements to this place would make it a much better dining experience. Although inviting from the outside the interior is much too cramped and stuffed with tables. The interior itself is a modern, moody, nicely lit room with clear views into the open kitchen in the back where you can observe your meal being prepared. The food here is good but completly overpriced. I'd also an issue with the small portions. I'm not one to automatically equate a pile of food with a positive dining experience, but I do expect to be properly fed. For these prices I'd expect much better. I found the staff to be indifferent at best and resentful of my presence at worst. A simple hello, thank-you and goodbye with a smile is all I ask. Overall: a restaurant that promises much but left me dissapointed because it can do better with a few simple tweaks and a closer look at those prices is needed.

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Jade Chinese Restaurant
27 Little Mary Street Off Capel street, Dublin 7 , City Centre North, Dublin

This is a delightful little restaurant that punches above it's weight given it's slightly out-of-the-way location. It isn't the cosiest place and the decor needs a bit of freshening up but praise goes to the always friendly staff who give a warm welcome to diners and of course the tasty food. It can be a liitle chilly on cold evenings if you sit near the front door. Redesigning the entrance to fit in a small hall would go a long way in improving the atmosphere.They have Karaoke upstairs and with large parties upstairs there is a bit of noise leakage. The sight of many Asian diners is also a good sign that Jade is offering authentic Chinese food.The prices here are keen and portions are generous. In leaner times it's this type of restaurant that deserves to survive: Unpretentious, fine food, friendly service and appropriate pricing.

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Wagamama - Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

A large cavernous hall with long communal type benches greets the diner to this busy restaurant. We joined a quickly moving queue and were efficiently seated. The place is noisy, but it is to be expected and there is buzz in the place - though it can be dizzying watching patrons and staff wizz all over the place and it's far from relaxing. The food was good but not exceptional and reasonably priced. Service was prompt and friendly. There's also a friendly atmosphere between the diners because of the seating arrangements as you bump up close to your neighbour. Though this can work against you too. For a novel, informal, tasty bite with highly efficient staff then I'd recommend Wagamama.

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