Restaurant Reviews from bishbash

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No. of Reviews: 17

Member Since: 21 April 2012

Last Visit: 02 February 2014

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Little Caesars (Harcourt Street) restaurant

The Harcourt Hotel, 59 Harcourt Street, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Cheap Eats

Price Range:

Good
102 reviews

Reviewed 29th April 2012 ( visited 10th April 2012 )

Firstly I would like to point out that it's pretty rare that all items on the menu are reduced to €6.99 until 5pm. Definitely a great selling point! Went for lunch with a friend here recently as hadn't been in a few years. She ordered the goat's cheese salad which was all but average. a generous portion of goat's cheese which was delicious but salad consisted of a few chunks of onion, a measly scattering of walnuts and a sickly sweet honey dressing.Her €3, generous glass of house white helped wash it down, however.I got the chicken in mushroom and white wine sauce and chose chips to dunk in the sauce. The portion was really decent and the sauce was tasty but the chips were of the 'iv been under a hot lamp my entire chip-life' kind. Not so great. We left full and thankfully didn't spend an arm and a leg but i'm not sure we would have been so forgiving otherwise!
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El Toro Bravo restaurant

27 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 8

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Cuisine:
Spanish

Price Range:

Average
31 reviews

Reviewed 21st April 2012 ( visited 20th April 2012 )

Went here this evening hoping for some really tasty dishes as is the nature of Tapas but was sorely disappointed. The staff were very friendly and the atmosphere was okay but the food left a lot to be desired. Stingy portions and quite bland food. We had the patatas bravas which consisted of some unseasoned potatoes and a tiny portion of what could have been shop bought tomato sauce. The chicken in herbs was more bone than chicken and we also got what resembled mashed tomato(minus any flavor) on toast. The calamari was actually quite nice though:) Really was optimistic about El Toro Bravo but, unfortunately, was very let down.
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Hobarts
Ranelagh Village, Ranelagh, Dublin

I love this place! Very old school, no frills but incredibly satisfying! the service is honestly the best i've seen. The owner is so lovely and welcoming making everyone feel like the most special customer! I have had the breakfast (Unbeatable hangover cure!!) and french toast (fresh and huge portion). I have never left disappointed and always return gleefully albeit desperate for a cure! Great local business that deserves every customer it gets!

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Ukiyo
7-9 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This place is so inconsistent Usually get the Lunch Bento box which is good value but is co hit and miss. I have been blown away on days and seriously underwhelmed on others. It's such a shame because I would be unwilling to risk it on the chance it will be a bad day.

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Door 51
51 Ranelagh Village, Ranelagh, Dublin

I really love this little place. Firstly, the staff are so lovely and you really feel welcomed into a family owned establishment which is always a good start! Their menu is simple good food served with a smile! I have had the sandwiches (roast beef which was simply delicious), the camembert omelette which was soooo good and often had the breakfast which is a great price and never anything but satisfying. One criticism is the pancakes that my boyfriend got which HAD to be pre-made as they were cold and slightly stale. I wanted to cry with disappointment as this cafe is always so good but they really weren't good at all :( I will definitely return however wont be ordering the pancakes... I can live with that !

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Cinnamon Ranelagh
87 Ranelagh, South Dublin, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

I am constantly torn when it comes to this establishment!I keep returning , willing it to live up to my expectations, but sadly it is tragically inconsistent (apart from its coffee which is consistently awful-weak beyond belief and CRAZILY expensive for the teeeeeeeniest cup! ).I had the breakfast salad a few months ago which was delicious but when i returned this time it was a smaller portion and was missing ingredients that made it so good the first time around (how disappointing)! Not to mention my boyfriend ordered the same and his was twice the size of mine..(should I take a hint?!) My mum's coffee had sour milk which I'm aware can happen but when we asked for it to be changed we got a very disinterested response (we were very nice and understanding!!!). I go back to Cinnamon because there is a lot of space and it's local but it s definitely not my first choice... maybe next time I wont be disappointed but i'm not sure it's worth the effort!

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Er Buchetto
71 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

My boyfriend ad I are very fond of this little gem! Simple tasty paninis and salads, delicious coffee and friendly service. What's not to like!? Slightly overpriced for ingredients that are quite readily and cheaply available these days however the food and service is consistently good and always leave satisfied. Nothing too exciting but a reliable cafe nonetheless, which in my opinion is definitely worthy of a mention!

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Eddie Rockets (Rathmines)
Lower Rathmines Road, South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin

Have been a regular at Eddie rockets but went last night and to say we were disappointed is an understatement. the burgers were burnt, the portions were substantially smaller and the tomato was all but gone off. Although the service is generally good in this branch, when the waitress asked how the meal was and we told her it was burnt we simply got a shrug.... eeek on customer service! It's unfortunate that we had such a bad experience as we will not return to what was an old haunt.

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Little Caesars (Harcourt Street)
The Harcourt Hotel, 59 Harcourt Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Firstly I would like to point out that it's pretty rare that all items on the menu are reduced to €6.99 until 5pm. Definitely a great selling point! Went for lunch with a friend here recently as hadn't been in a few years. She ordered the goat's cheese salad which was all but average. a generous portion of goat's cheese which was delicious but salad consisted of a few chunks of onion, a measly scattering of walnuts and a sickly sweet honey dressing.Her €3, generous glass of house white helped wash it down, however.I got the chicken in mushroom and white wine sauce and chose chips to dunk in the sauce. The portion was really decent and the sauce was tasty but the chips were of the 'iv been under a hot lamp my entire chip-life' kind. Not so great. We left full and thankfully didn't spend an arm and a leg but i'm not sure we would have been so forgiving otherwise!

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen - GBK (South William Street)
14 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I return time and time again to GBK and am never dissatisfied. Great selection of burgers with really fresh and delicious toppings. I must say I tend to always go for the same blue cheese burger as it is just scrumptious. I have tried the falafel, Cajun and avocado and have never been disappointed. Also the onion rings are sooooo good especially with the slightly lemony garlic sauce!! Would sell my soul for the recipe!! GBK manages to find that perfect balance between fast food and gourmet- great if you're in a rush and unwilling to spend a fortune yet always delivers on quality and service. There's also the great deal of a choice of classic, falafel or chicken burger with fries and drink for a reasonable €10. Not bad I say!

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Queen of Tarts
4 Cork Hill Dame Street, City Centre South, Dublin

This is a really quaint and snug cafe across from the City Hall and Castle. I had a delicious apple pie with plenty of filling and lots of cinnamon and a hot chocolate which was perfectly rich and creamy. Perfect treat on a cold dreary day. I will say, however, that I paid a hefty €8 euro for the privilege! Also, it was quite difficult to find a spot to sit. I noticed a lot of people coming in and then leaving as there was no room. Everything looked delicious but I think it's the kind of place for treats only as the prices are a bit much for cake and a hot choc. Still worth a visit though :)

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Manifesto
208 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin

After some drinks at Copan, down the road,the munchies got the better of us and we went on the hunt for something decent! Enter Manifesto!The place was packed ...on a wednesday night.... in prime recession time. Must be good! We waited for ten minutes and it was worth the 10 min wait, really delicious and fresh starters (the aubergines+tomato+mozzarella was scrumptious, but be warned... A whole 12" pizza will follow and it's so delicious you will not want to leave a piece resulting in absolute and utter food coma ( of the best kind!) Price wise not the cheapest but worth it for the freshness and quality of the food. Oh, and we got a doggy bag so more treats for later!! Great atmosphere, delicious food. Yes , I will be back!

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Rotana Cafe Restaurant
31 South Richmond Street, Dublin 2, Portobello, Dublin

I went there for lunch one day and really enjoyed the meal.the lunch special is particularly good at 10.9- for two courses. Nice portions too!! Hummus and pitta to start which was tasty-nothing too extravagant but nice nonetheless. I had the chicken and doner kebab in lebanese bread for my main which was delicious!!! I was absolutely stuffed afterwards too! The garlic Sauce was particularly tasty! The staff here are so friendly which really is reason enough to return not to mention it's bring your own booze and they provide hooka pipes! Who could say no? However, be wary of big groups before you decide to have a quiet dinner! Nice little place with good food and service. Is quite pricey though, so lunch is maybe the best option! Definitely worth a visit!

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Kafka (Dublin)
236 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin

I went here last nite and when we asked how long it would be for a table the waitress shook her head and simply said " i don't know." Rather unhelpful don't you think?!! When we did get a a table we found it to be very cute with little candles everywhere. Staff were friendly and professional. I had the calamari to start which took forever to be served and was very dried out. I then had the bacon and cheese burger which was nice but nothing to write home about. In times when there are such amazing speciality burger restaurants, there is a lot to live up to. Sadly Kafka's burger did not. My friend had the rather huge (no complaints) brushetta which was delicious, then a pesto pasta with potatoes and olives.Quite frankly, we were shocked that the olives were not pitted. Nobody wants a broken tooth with their main course! It was also absolutely swimming in pesto which was very sickening. I had heard great reviews of Kafka but was quite let down and to be quite honest, with a rather hefty bill, I find it quite baffling that it is so popular.

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Bijou Bistro & Wine
46/47 Highfield Road, Dublin 6, Rathgar, Dublin

Wanted somewhere special to have a nice bunch and couldn't have picked a better place. The service was fantastic and felt like a really special place. I got the Eggs Benedict which were perfectly cooked and my boyfriend got waffles with bacon and maple syrup. The food was really delicious and everything was perfectly presented. The prices were quite steep which was unfortunate as it would put me off going again except, maybe, on a special occasion. In these times I think Bijou could afford to drop their prices a little.

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Cafe Irie
11 Fownes street, le Bar, City Centre South, Dublin

Time after time I find myself going here as I find it hard to beat! Even as a struggling student a few years ago, this was my special treat( if a bit on the steep side). Now however, the prices have dropped but, wait for it.. the standards have not!! My boyfriend and I go nearly every weekend and get the veggie club sandwich with fries and a drink for €10..... between us!Now is where I add that you should see this sandwich before you call us stingy!! It's a monster of a sandwich.Also, I am not a veggie and would usually pick a non vegetarian sandwich but this is superb! The staff are always so lovely, the atmosphere is very chilled out and the food is delicious!! Would recommend this to everyone and anyone!!

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Seagrass of Portobello Bridge
30 South Richmond Street, Dublin 8, Portobello, Dublin

I love love love love this place!! did I mention love! ''Thank you Seagrass for your fabulous early bird menu that allows us to have a three course meal of the most delicious food for a very reasonable €21. Change this and I may not love you so much!!! '' The last time I went here I ordered the paté with my very own little sour dough loaf (adorable), followed by the Pork belly (heavenly), and just about finished off with a Cointreau and chocolate pot (waddled home ). My boyfriend had the goat's cheese starter( light as a cloud!), salmon (was slightly jealous) and the crumble (yum yum). Needless to say, we were happy as Larry. In fact, we were happier! This place is a gem of a restaurant. A la carte is quite expensive but the Early Bird is the best!

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Cafe Moda
192 Lower Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin

I love the atmosphere in this place as it has got quite cozy seating and there's an outdoor area should you need a cigarette! lovely coffees and decent cakes (€4 for both is a great deal!). Food, however, could definitely do with a revamp. It's quite a limited menu and i got the vegetarian panini which , to be honest, was pretty gross (huge chunks of red onion, under-cooked panini and too much relish). My boyfriend got the BLT (basic enough-right?) . Pretty poor BLT! BUT , at the risk of sounding too negative, the staff are nice and the atmosphere good... coffee and cake kinda place :)

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El Toro Bravo
27 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin

Went here this evening hoping for some really tasty dishes as is the nature of Tapas but was sorely disappointed. The staff were very friendly and the atmosphere was okay but the food left a lot to be desired. Stingy portions and quite bland food. We had the patatas bravas which consisted of some unseasoned potatoes and a tiny portion of what could have been shop bought tomato sauce. The chicken in herbs was more bone than chicken and we also got what resembled mashed tomato(minus any flavor) on toast. The calamari was actually quite nice though:) Really was optimistic about El Toro Bravo but, unfortunately, was very let down.

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