Restaurant Reviews from bongo

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52.5%

County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 10

Member Since: 18 March 2007

Last Visit: 27 February 2011

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Fallon and Byrne restaurant

11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Good
483 reviews

Reviewed 28th March 2007 ( visited 28th March 2007 )

I went here with my partner last Saturday night. We were expecting it to be good and it certainly lived up to our expectations. From the moment we walked in, the service was excellent and there was a great lively atmosphere for us to enjoy our meal in. I got a crab salad for starters which was lovely and light. My boyfriend got the mullet, which was really delicious. For main courses, I ordered the monkfish with cannelloni of braised beef. It was really good and the beef complemented the fish very well. He got a burger, which I had a bite off and it was lovely.. A true homemade beef burger. We got a sticky toffee pudding for dessert with a port and a champagne cocktail.. The toffee pudding was just as good as the rest of the food. We had a bottle of delicious Italian wine with our meal and the great thing about this restaurant is there is a wine cellar downstairs so there are loads to choose from. The bill came to approx 120 euro and it was worth every penny. This is a true professional establishment with great wine, service and food. I will definitely return.
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Hop House / Kimchi restaurant

160 Parnell Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
Asian

Price Range:

Good
97 reviews

Reviewed 22nd December 2009 ( visited 18th December 2009 )

I went here with friends last Friday night and have been before. I really enjoy everything about this place. The atmosphere is really relaxed and bustling, the staff are very nice and quick to take your order. The food & beer is great. We had hot chicken wings to share which I have to say were really good. Possibly the best I have had. I had the dak galbi for main course-panfried chicken with vegetables in a spicy sauce and it was very good. The portion was massive and it tasted very good. I should mention that i have had the bibim bap here before and it was really lovely. One of the things I like best about this place is the korean beer. I dont drink beer normally but their korean beer is lovely. Overall, It is very reasonably priced for the portion sizes and the food tastes fresh and healthy. It also had a bar part so you can drink with friends after. I'll definitely be back.
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Reeds @ Ferrycarrig Hotel
Ferrycarrig Bridge, Wexford, Wexford Town, Wexford

I went to this restaurant with a group of people last night. While the setting is nice, the evening's experience was disappointing in relation to both the food and the service. For my meal I ordered mussels in a white wine sauce for starters and cod in a tomato herb crust with pesto for main course. The mussels were nice but the bread that came with it was not. The cod was very dry and the tomatoes were just slices laid on top of it which didn't add to the taste, The was no sauce but just pesto on the plate which left the meal very dry and bland. The side orders were very poor which a little bowl of boiled veg which felt more like something that should be served with Sunday lunch and not a Saturday evening dinner. The staff were very friendly but the service was poor throughout the meal. We had to ask for one of the starters when it didn't arrive and the main course came out before the starters were cleared away. I didn't have dessert but I did taste some of my friends desserts. On doing so, I was glad I hadn't ordered my own. With many high quality restaurants in Wexford, I'm afraid Reeds doesn't match the opposition.

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Rustic Stone
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

My husband and I went her last night excited by the prospect of a delicious meal out and we weren't disappointed. We ordered two small bites to start with. One was the chicken wings and the other the cod. Both were really good especially the chicken wings. My husband had the pork pasta dish which was amazing and we had the glamburgers and truffle fries between us. I thought the brioche buns were really great and truffle fries were really lovely. The best chips I've ever had. The starters were a bit slow at coming out but the place was packed and as its only opened so they are probably getting use to things. I was really very impressed with the taste of the food and the price was very reasonable especially the small bites. I was also really impressed with the choice on the menu for people with different health issues and think its great restaurants are finally taking health into consieration. The staff were very friendly and helpful and I will definitely go back. The taste of the food is a step ahead of a lot of restaurants in Dublin.

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Hop House / Kimchi
160 Parnell Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I went here with friends last Friday night and have been before. I really enjoy everything about this place. The atmosphere is really relaxed and bustling, the staff are very nice and quick to take your order. The food & beer is great. We had hot chicken wings to share which I have to say were really good. Possibly the best I have had. I had the dak galbi for main course-panfried chicken with vegetables in a spicy sauce and it was very good. The portion was massive and it tasted very good. I should mention that i have had the bibim bap here before and it was really lovely. One of the things I like best about this place is the korean beer. I dont drink beer normally but their korean beer is lovely. Overall, It is very reasonably priced for the portion sizes and the food tastes fresh and healthy. It also had a bar part so you can drink with friends after. I'll definitely be back.

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Stone Haven Restaurant
Mill Street, Maynooth, Maynooth, Kildare

I went here for a graduation meal with some friends and we got the early bird menu. The service was very slow but it was graduation day so that can be forgiven. The food however was really bad. I had the seasonal salad for starter which was like eating a plate of awful garnish. For the main course I had stir-fry vegetables in a soy, ginger and garlic sauce served with saffron rice. The rice was fine but the vegetables and sauce were very poor. I would guess that the vegetables were from a frozen bag, which when mixed with the watery sauce, was very unappetising. For dessert, I had the ice-cream which was very average, certainly not restaurant quality. While the decoration in the restaurant is quaint and relaxed, the food is really disappointing and is really not worth the early bird price of 20 euro.

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Chapter One Restaurant
18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I went here with some work colleagues on a thursday night and it was the best restaurant experience I have ever had. I arrived to the restaurant on my own and from the moment I walked in, I was made feel special. For dinner I ordered the duck sausage for starters, the John Dory for main course and the warm chocalte mousse for dessert. Everything was fabulous. All of the flavours in each course seem to complement each other perfectly and melts in the mouth. The service is brillant and while it is a fancy restaurant, they seem to make everyone feel at home. The only bad thing about Chapter One is that once you have been, everywhere else seems a disappointment.

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Farm Restaurant (Dawson Street)
3 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

I had heard of The Farm and was anxious to try it, so we went today (Good Friday). It wasnt busy when we arrived so we quickly got a table. We ordered a pizza to share, chips and onions rings. Unfortunately, we never got to taste any of it. After waiting and waiting, we were eventually told that the chef was having problems making pizzas and it would be another 7-10 mins. We couldn't wait any longer so we left. Apart from the lack of food, we could hear the staff giving out to one another and we thought the whole atmosphere was really unprofessional and uncomfortable. My advise is this, in a city filled with such great restaurants, this one isn't worth the stress.

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Fallon and Byrne
11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I went here with my partner last Saturday night. We were expecting it to be good and it certainly lived up to our expectations. From the moment we walked in, the service was excellent and there was a great lively atmosphere for us to enjoy our meal in. I got a crab salad for starters which was lovely and light. My boyfriend got the mullet, which was really delicious. For main courses, I ordered the monkfish with cannelloni of braised beef. It was really good and the beef complemented the fish very well. He got a burger, which I had a bite off and it was lovely.. A true homemade beef burger. We got a sticky toffee pudding for dessert with a port and a champagne cocktail.. The toffee pudding was just as good as the rest of the food. We had a bottle of delicious Italian wine with our meal and the great thing about this restaurant is there is a wine cellar downstairs so there are loads to choose from. The bill came to approx 120 euro and it was worth every penny. This is a true professional establishment with great wine, service and food. I will definitely return.

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

Myself and some friends visited this restaurant a while back and we were very impressed by it. You cannot book a table but we were happy to sample some of the delicious wines while we waited. Once seated, we ordered most of the menu and had a great time sampling the different dishes. My favourite was the chorizo tapas. All of the dishes were very tasty and very good value. The place itself had a great atmosphere and while it is a little cramped, you forget you are in the middle of a city for a couple of hours. By comparison to rival tapas bars, this wins hands down.

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The Winding Stair Restaurant
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin

I went here with my partner and the two of us really enjoyed it. While it is a small place, there is a lovely lively atmosphere. I had the clam and chorizo chowder for starters and I have to admit, it was the nicest thing I have tasted in a long time. This was followed by bacon and cabbage, which was delicious, but I couldn’t finish it as I was stuffed from the starter. I really did enjoy this restaurant and am anxious to revisit it. This is a quality restaurant.

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Dobbins Restaurant
15 Stephen Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I was recently in Dobbins on a work night out and I was very impressed by my visit. The atmosphere was intimate and the service was excellent. There were two menus to choose from, a set menu or the a la carte. I chose from the set menu, which was excellent value and had nearly as much choice as the a la carte. The food was delicious and the sticky toffee pudding was amazing...I would highly recommend it this restaurant. Even if it is a bit hard to find.

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