Restaurant Reviews from blueslady

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Le Bon Crubeen restaurant

81-82 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
Brasserie

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Good
472 reviews

Reviewed 06th February 2010 ( visited 02nd February 2010 )

I took my daughter to lunch recently, and a friend of hers unexpectedly joined us. Doing the Mum thing, I wanted to pay,and was a bit concerned, it being February, recession, etc., etc., I needn't have worried. We opted for two starters and one main from the menu, added coffees, and the meal was incredibly good value. The chowder was sumptuous, the fish cakes delicious and plentiful, and the goat's cheese tart was delightful. I'll definitely be returning for dinner - the wait staff were friendly and helpful, moving us very swiftly from a slightly inconvenient table to a much better one, and being attentive without being intrusive. Overall, a very good experience!
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Le Bon Crubeen restaurant

81-82 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
Brasserie

Price Range:

Good
472 reviews

Reviewed 06th February 2010 ( visited 02nd February 2010 )

I took my daughter to lunch recently, and a friend of hers unexpectedly joined us. Doing the Mum thing, I wanted to pay,and was a bit concerned, it being February, recession, etc., etc., I needn't have worried. We opted for two starters and one main from the menu, added coffees, and the meal was incredibly good value. The chowder was sumptuous, the fish cakes delicious and plentiful, and the goat's cheese tart was delightful. I'll definitely be returning for dinner - the wait staff were friendly and helpful, moving us very swiftly from a slightly inconvenient table to a much better one, and being attentive without being intrusive. Overall, a very good experience!
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L'Ecrivain Restaurant
109a Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I had dinner with a friend using a Taste voucher - i.e. I paid €75 and for that we were to have a three course meal for two, total value €150, with a glass of champagne each. On arrival to this very pleasant restaurant, we were given glasses of prosecco - I didn't mind terribly, but don't tell me I'm having champagne when I'm clearly not......food was good, but my friend does not eat fish at all, and this wasn't enquired about before our salmon carpaccio amuse bouche was delivered - she couldn't eat it, and a very half hearted offer was made (too late) to give her something else. Starter was a bit of a disaster - for foie gras we interpreted pate de foie gras, but it was exactly what it said on the menu - a sliver of very undercooked and rubbery goose liver, running blood onto the plate, which neither of us could stomach. There was a tiny sphere of pate which we both ate, but the rest went untouched. Our mains of venison were very nice, with some lovely rustic touches - although it would have been nice to get more than one of the mushrooms specified in the menu on the plate! Desserts were very pleasant, chocolate millefeuille and to be honest I don't quite remember what mine was! Something rhubarby I think, and pleasant would be the term I'd use. My biggest gripe was with the service charge added to our bill, which shamed us into a tip of €24.75 - not really deserved - and the markup on the wine, a Longview Estate Shiraz which sells in O'Briens for around €20 but set us back €46. At these prices, if I'm going to spend this amount of money,

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

We had a wonderful meal here for my daughters birthday, on early bird which was terrific value - food was lovely - we\'ll be back!!

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Surma
43 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

We booked a meal here with a Dealrush voucher and were received with real politeness - a rarity when using a voucher, we've found. The food was absolutely wonderful, we'll certainly be going back again - and considering that with a sharing starter and two enormous main courses with rice, a glass of wine and a beer our bill should have come to only €28, it's terrific value. The only downside was its emptiness, which it really doesn't deserve being such a lovely restaurant, with wonderful service. There was only one other couple in the place for the hour or so we were there.....but we'll definitely be going back. Lovely restaurant!

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L'Gueuleton
No 1 Fade Street, Off Georges's Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went to try this restaurant, having had heard rave reviews from friends. We weren't sorry! We arrived early(ish) for us, normally we like to eat quite late but we'd been told you can't book so arrived at 8.30 or so, and got a table no bother, although it really wasn't the best table in the house, being on a direct path from the kitchen to various other tables. In retrospect, I should have asked to be moved, which I don't think would have been a problem - the serving staff are really efficient and nice. My starter of foie gras was suitably decadent and divinely tasty, and hubby's charcuterie board was plentiful, fresh and varied. I opted for chicken for the mains, which was divinely moist cornfed chicken (the real deal) with a delightful dressing and the accompanying dressed leaves and spuds were delicious....himself went for the steak option, and was delighted for once to have his steak cooked as ordered.....we had no room for dessert, always a good sign of value in a restaurant, and with one double espresso and a good bottle of Chilean red, our bill was approximately €70 before tip. We'll definitely be back - the room is buzzy and chatty and might be a bit loud for some, but we loved the atmosphere!

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Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill
51 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

what a disappointment! We had a gift voucher for this restaurant. We arrived for our 9 pm booking, were shown to our table and almost immediately plunged into near darkness by the lighting being dimmed almost to extinction. My husband's kipper pate was passable. I ordered roast rump of lamb with dauphinoise potatoes. I was told the chef reccomded it be served medium, which I was happy with. My husband ordered a rib eye steak which he asked for medium well done. When our meals came, his steak was positively rare, and the further into my piece of lamb I cut, it became obvious it was absolutely raw in the centre, as were my dauphinoise potatoes. We failed to attract the attention of our waitress, who offered to have our (by now cold) meats re-cooked. We declined. We also declined her chirpy offer of a de3ssert menu ten minutes later. We askes for the bill and were told my meal would be removeed from the bill. Nevertheless, we won't be returning to a steakhouse where the chef can't cook meat to order...

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Ananda
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

This restaurant is convenient to the Luas in Balally, or indeed Dundrum if you fancy walking up the village to window shop. We booked an early bird here the saturday before Valentines day, having heard great things about this Indian restaurant. We certainly weren't disappointed - the only drawback in the entire evening was the efficiency of the staff, which saw us finish our meal and leave the restaurant in just over an hour.. We weren't being rushed in the least, but there appears to be a quick turnover policy in place, perhaps only for the Early Birders? The meal is great value at € per head for either starter or dessert, and main course. We started with Tandoori platters - absolutely delicious! This style of cooking is very dear to our hearts, but we hadn't tried Tandoori fish before, and were immediately converted. Hubby chose Tandoori chicken for mains, and I had a lamb curry which melted in the mouth, but which could have been a little spicier. Pappadams were plentiful and beautifully oil-free, and dips were interesting, not the usual Indian restaurant standards. The room is large but very pleasant, and tables are nicely spaced, allowing for some degree of intimacy. The house red was very reasonably priced and very palatable. We'll be back as soon as possible - but perhaps for a more leisurely meal!

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Chez Max (Palace Street)
1 Palace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This was my second visit to this lovely little restaurant, and again it was a complete delight. We were celebrating with my daughter and her partner and opted for the Early Bird menu, splashing out a bit on the vino, which from a very good list was exceptional value for money. Food was wonderful - terrific foie gras (I know it's politically incorrect, but gorgeous), lovely French Onion Soup, melting Boeuf Bourguignon, and for me slow cooked lamb which made me drool (literally, onto a pale linen dress, which the waitress with true French brio spritzed with soda and the stain faded away). Altogether a lovely evening - and it's terrific for brunch on Sunday, lunch anytime, and later in the evening, too! One of my absolute favourites, comparing very well to restaurants in Antibes and Nice - but much cheaper!

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

I visited this restaurant to celebrate two birthdays, my own and my partner's. I had a voucher purchased from Pigsback.Com for a deal comprising two starters, two main courses, two desserts and two glasses of wine, and in small print on the voucher it stated it was to the value of €50, a fact which was loudly and embarrassingly stated several times to us by our waiter, who told us he was "fed up" with people coming in with vouchers, that 300 people had bought them and his boss wouldn't allow the original deal to go ahead. Pretty upset, we ordered two starters and had a very uninteresting potato dumpling thing and an ok sheekh kebab. Tandoori chicken main course was very undercooked, and we were ignored when we pointed this out. Lamb Dansak was very good, but having finished our two glasses of wine, we ordered two more, and the waiter hid the label while pouring, even though I asked if it was the same wine as the glasses hadn't been changed, and when I tasted it, it was very badly corked, absolutely disgusting. A couple at the next table had sent the bottle back and recognised it being brought to our table. The toilets in the restaurant are absolutely disgusting, like something from a railway station that has never been cleaned properly, and overall the night was not a success. I certainly won't be visiting again, especially since they charged us for the second two glasses of wine, even though we hadn't had desserts, and hadn't used the total of €50 value they were insisting on. On contact with Pigsback to complain, the restaurant admitted that they were not honouring the deal they had entered into and promised to do so. Too late for us, unfortunately.

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Le Bon Crubeen
81-82 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I took my daughter to lunch recently, and a friend of hers unexpectedly joined us. Doing the Mum thing, I wanted to pay,and was a bit concerned, it being February, recession, etc., etc., I needn't have worried. We opted for two starters and one main from the menu, added coffees, and the meal was incredibly good value. The chowder was sumptuous, the fish cakes delicious and plentiful, and the goat's cheese tart was delightful. I'll definitely be returning for dinner - the wait staff were friendly and helpful, moving us very swiftly from a slightly inconvenient table to a much better one, and being attentive without being intrusive. Overall, a very good experience!

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Builín Blasta
Ceardlann An Spidéil, Spiddal, Galway

This is a nice little coffee shop, really, rather than a bistro - they do serve small bottles of wine, but there isn't a wine list as such. It's self service, with a nice range of wraps, paninis etc., and a couple of home made hot dishes - lasagne and the like. The desserts are very good, and also homemade. Service is pleasant, and it's good value for money in a holiday centre like Spiddal. Unfortunately, it closes for the winter months...

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Mao Restaurant (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Mao in Dundrum has taken over from Mao in the city centre as my first choice for a quick, cheap and very cheerful meal with my daughter - usually an impromptu. It's always busy, but we've never had to wait very long for a table, and on a Sunday you can sit and read the papers while you wait. The food has never let us down (Malaysian chicken and nasi goreng particular favourites of ours) but the service can be patchy at times - you wouldn't want to be in a rush.

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