Restaurant Reviews from bluebirdbowe

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Credibility Score:
52.5%

County: Kildare

No. of Reviews: 10

Member Since: 10 July 2009

Last Visit: 20 December 2011

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Monsoon Valley restaurant

Unit 5, Building 2, Bundoran Retail & Business Park, Bundoran, Donegal

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Cuisine:
Indian

Price Range:

Great
4 reviews

Reviewed 25th August 2009 ( visited 21st August 2009 )

I am from Bundoran but live in Dublin. I am a big foodie and would rarely rate any eatery outside of Dublin unless it is top notch. Even in my own town I would not rate any of the other restaurants mentioned in Bundoran as good eateries. They all do the job but you wouldn't be raving leaving them. They mouldn't have a patch on great restaurant sin Dublin. Even mediocre restaurants in Dublin would outstrip them. I have also eaten indian food all over the world as it is my favourite cuisine. Monsoon Valley serves the best indian food I have ever eaten! I have eaten here consistantly since they opened at least once a month, sometimes twice a weekend and they have never served a bad meal! They have the best kormas (I am very particular about these!), the best tikka masalas, the best murg masala and above all the yummiest pesh naan I have ever had the pleasure of eating. Plus all the wines are paletable, some even quite nice, and all under the €23 mark. If you like indian food and are around the Sligo/Leitrim/Donegal area, Monsoon Valley is worth the trip for a great meal. If there is a downside, and alas, there must always be one. It would be that they're takeaway prices are not reduced. You pay the same if you eat in or eat out, so it can end up being a tad expensive if you're getting a takeaway for the whole family. But at €9 to €12 a main dish you cant go wrong if you eat in!
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The Port House restaurant

64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Cheap Eats

Price Range:

Good
559 reviews

Reviewed 19th December 2011 ( visited 06th December 2011 )

Really like the Port House. Find myself opting for this place alot when on South William Street. If its wine and a small snack you're after with friends this is the place to go. They get very busy in the evenings after 8pm. But beware, if you're hungry at all, the bill will be very high. The tapas are between 4-7 euro. But you'll find yourself eating at least 4 of them yourself as they are just small snacks. This is a good spot for dates aswell. Even though the tables are close together, the buzz from chatter is quite loud so the people at the next table cant hear your conversation.
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Yamamori Sushi, Tengu
38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Find this always reliable so sushi. The menu that is served until 6pm is the best value with alot of th dishes at 10euro. They increase to approx 15/16 euro after 6pm. Only a few wines by the glass and pricey to booth. The front 12 seater private dining area looks perfect for birthday parti. Try the side dishes if you're stuck in a rut always getting the same sushi plate. they might veer you towards more interesting mian dishes. Staff are always friendy.

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Boojum
Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Tasty tasty tasty. They are good vale at 6.50 a meal aswell. always busy at lunchtime the past few weeks. I asked the manager what happened as I thought I was the only one who found the place in the first few weeks they opened. But seems they had their staff flyer drop outside Trinity, then the crowds hit :)

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Carluccio's Caffe
52 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

There's no doubt about it. The food is good. The coffee is good. The takeaway deli at the front is over priced. But they do have the best focaccia in the city. I find the service hit and miss. When I dine here, I am usually sat on the gorund floor, where busy or quiet, the staff don't seem to be bothered with the customers too much. I saw 3 other tables try to get the attention of the staff one particular day and all 4 waiters quietly scurried past avoiding eye contact. Odd. But sat upstairs when christmas shopping a couple of weeks ago and the waiter was very attentive.

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The Port House
64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Really like the Port House. Find myself opting for this place alot when on South William Street. If its wine and a small snack you're after with friends this is the place to go. They get very busy in the evenings after 8pm. But beware, if you're hungry at all, the bill will be very high. The tapas are between 4-7 euro. But you'll find yourself eating at least 4 of them yourself as they are just small snacks. This is a good spot for dates aswell. Even though the tables are close together, the buzz from chatter is quite loud so the people at the next table cant hear your conversation.

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7 (Seven) Social Restaurant
76 Benburb Street, Smithfield, City Centre North, Dublin

What a gem or a find. Im Smithfield for the Christmas Market last weekend with a friend. Instead of waiting until we got back into the centre of town for food we said we'd take a 30 minute break from buying bargins to get a snack locally. We soon realised there's nowhere decent to eat in the area. We walked along the Luas track away from smithfield square towards the National Museum. An unassuming navy blue building with small white lettering saying Seven Social was on the left. The windows were steamy and we couldnt see inside, but the menu read well, and at a good price. Not only did we stay the half hour we planned, but an extra hour. A 30 seater restaurant with funky James Brown tunes, a church bench, polished tables and retro dining chairs. The decor is neutral, but I guess to offset some cool personalised graffiti they have on the walls. The girl serving us was previously in Talbot 101, and Town Bar & Grill, so thats a good start. Every bit of the food is made in house. We just missed the lunch menu which had pork belly & homemade apple sauce on ciabatta for 6euro! Raging! All starters are 6 and mains 14. King prawns with a delicious marie-rose sauce were in a cool large jam jar to start, then I had Hake pan fried with a caper sauce and rosemary roasties. This is such good value. The wine list has 5 reds and 5 whites,everything by the glass. We had a 22euro bottle of white that was very very good. I had passionfruit jelly with coconut cream for dessert. A fun grown up take on jelly and cream! The chef/owner clearly likes having fun with food. The waitress said their lunch times are very busy even though they're only opened 3 weeks. Im not suprised. all hot rolls are 6euro and they have 5 options that change daily. Im going back to try their shredded duck on Monday. Try this place before the crowds get there!

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Michelangelo (Kildare)
Main Street, Celbridge, Kildare

The problem with so many of us is that we are too kind to bad restaurants. This place was appauling. Usually I go easy on a place if it is family run or they are in a village on the outskirts, but this restaurant took the biscuit - both times I was there! The pasta tasted Lidl bought and not cooked properly, the bruscetta on the menu was described as mozarella and tomato on ciabatta, what came out was anything but. Cold soda bread with a mix of oil, tomato, chopped overly salty olives and dried oregano. I promptly called the waiter over who it had to be said did change the dish. BUT myself and my partner could not believe he nearly had a row with us as we said what was in front of us was not bruschetta, it was irish sodabread with a horrible mix on top. He then argued that it was indeed bruscetta and WE were mistaken, my partner being half italian was shocked that the staff could not see it was sodabread! I thought this was hillarious. He maintained it was toasted white bread. Jaw dropping stuff. The wine was very average and overpriced. Again no atmosphere, but we did make our own, by laughing until we cried at the dinner table over how bad the meal was.

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Monsoon Valley
Unit 5, Building 2, Bundoran Retail & Business Park, Bundoran, Donegal

I am from Bundoran but live in Dublin. I am a big foodie and would rarely rate any eatery outside of Dublin unless it is top notch. Even in my own town I would not rate any of the other restaurants mentioned in Bundoran as good eateries. They all do the job but you wouldn't be raving leaving them. They mouldn't have a patch on great restaurant sin Dublin. Even mediocre restaurants in Dublin would outstrip them. I have also eaten indian food all over the world as it is my favourite cuisine. Monsoon Valley serves the best indian food I have ever eaten! I have eaten here consistantly since they opened at least once a month, sometimes twice a weekend and they have never served a bad meal! They have the best kormas (I am very particular about these!), the best tikka masalas, the best murg masala and above all the yummiest pesh naan I have ever had the pleasure of eating. Plus all the wines are paletable, some even quite nice, and all under the €23 mark. If you like indian food and are around the Sligo/Leitrim/Donegal area, Monsoon Valley is worth the trip for a great meal. If there is a downside, and alas, there must always be one. It would be that they're takeaway prices are not reduced. You pay the same if you eat in or eat out, so it can end up being a tad expensive if you're getting a takeaway for the whole family. But at €9 to €12 a main dish you cant go wrong if you eat in!

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Olesya's Wine Bar
18 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Some very reasonable wines by the bottle,alot of good meaty reds and fruity whites under the €30 mark. My and my partner like coming in for the deluxe platter, it is presented beautifully with fresh exotic fruit, a large range of cheeses, baskets of bread and an okay amount of salami. Altho their meats can be a bit greasy sometimes. The chicken liver pate, made on site, is to die for. I find it too bright inside at night time, they could do with dimming the lights for a better atmosphere. There is only one white bordeaux at around €26 and it's a great wee find if you're on a budget. Dont order the seared fois gras with pineapple. It just doesn't work, it is too messy and there is always a bitter flavour from the caramel on the dish. It resembles a sweet dish with the caramelised stewed fuit that ruins the delicate fois gras. I always find rubard or strawberries are the best fruit to accompany fois gras. They're cold fois gras parfaits are all very good.

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Saba
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I love Saba, it gives you the impression it's high end with the decor, delicate food and classy cocktails, but you can get a great bargain. The €16 2 course menu that runs until 6pm everyday is a steal and great quality food. Okay the menu doesn't include the complex more expensive mains bu that's par for the course. Large portions on the day menu too. I find alot of people have the same idea as me and pop in here at 5.45 on a thurs or fri and get a great value dinner out. Once you're in you can sit as long as you want, they dont push you out as if its an early bird and they want the table back in double quick time. The wine works out great too because you can have alot of the berry juice by the caraffe, so go for a white with your chicken starter and a red with your beef main! Good thinking. And overall the wine menu is very reasonable, I think there are 8 of each under the €30 mark. Go today! If for nothing else than the banter with the maitre d, who is so relaxed and funny.

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The Lobster Pot
9 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

I was brought to The Lobster Pot by my best friend as a celebration for her upcoming wedding and as a thank you for being a bridesmaid. I was not overly impressed. It was a Friday night but the place was not overly busy. We were on time yet there was no tabel made up for us. There were 3 free and all dirty. Also there is nowhere for you to sit or relax while waiting for a table. The head waiter sat the 2 of us down at a 6seater dirty table while we waited for our 2 seater to be set for us. Dirty plates still on the table! The food was average, i've had better fish, the side veg was overcooked and the wine was a bit pricey. On the other hand the staff were nice and friendly, but that doesn't cut the mustard in this day and age where we want great food at a good price, with a nice atmosphere and a smiling waiter. So no, I wouldn't go back.

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