Restaurant Reviews from boydy

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 10

Member Since: 12 February 2009

Last Visit: 10 January 2010

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DIG IN restaurant

19 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Good
318 reviews

Reviewed 05th May 2009 ( visited 29th April 2009 )

I went here last week. We had a table booked for 8. When we got there the waier said that our table was still being used as the party before us was still eating, which is fair enough. There was a table at back of the downstairs and i asked to be moved there and he was very obliging. Now for the food. I started with Black Pudding & Cashel Blue cheese salad as a starter. I'm not a salad person generally but this was the nicest i have tasted in a long time and very good portion at €6. I opted to go for the Breast of Chicken with roasted Veg for main, this was very appitising and not too filling. Again this was good value at €10(All mains was €10). There was a choice of 2 desserts, Chocolate Brownie with ice cream or Applie Pie with Mojito Ice cream, all i can say is WOW. Delicious. I thought this place was a little cramped but the food and service made up for this. I will defintely be going back here soon.
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King 7 Bar And Restaurant

122 Capel Street, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Asian Fusion

Price Range:

Average
13 reviews

Reviewed 12th December 2009 ( visited 09th December 2009 )

I came here with a group from college. When we booked this restaurant we were told that for €30 we would get a 3 course meal in a karaoke room from 8-12.30am, with a case of beer thrown in as a gesture. That could have been further from the truth. We arrived we were advised by the waitress that if we wanted to get a drink from the bar we would have to go back upstairs ourselves to get it. When we did do this, we would have to wait as sometimes there were long Queues, also our case of beer thrown in was not part of the deal and we were waiting over an hour for our starter. When it arrived it was fine, nothing special. The main was a further 40 minutes, again the food was generic chinese food, nothing special and seemed mass produced. There was no dessert included either. The group decided not to let this get us down and we made a good atmosphere ourselves. We were in full swing and full of festive cheer when the waitress quite rudely interrupted our rendition of,'do they know it's christmas?'.... to advise us to leave as we were only supposed to have the room till 11.30, this was disgraceful as when we advised her of our original time she told us that this wasn't true, and when we asked for a manager, we were again advised that he was not available. Overall, not a great dining experience and if it wasn't for my group creating a good vibe ourselves, the whole night could have been a disaster. I will not return to this restaurant and i will not recommend it to any person that i respect.
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The Saddle Room @ The Shelbourne
The Shelbourne Hotel, 27 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

I came here for my partners birthday on New Years Day. I found the staff to be very pleasant and professional in their service. We both went for the 2 course option as we had another dinner that evening so we had to keep some space for more food later. I opted for the Pumpkin Soup. It was very tasty, a big blob of cream made it even nicer. I also wanted to stay festive so i went for the Ham & Turkey, to be honest i have had better Ham & Turkey but the one i had was also quite nice. The food we got for €35 wasn't really worth and i feel the only reason we paid that price was because of the name of restaurant and hotel. There was also a draft in the room, so it was quite un comfortable. On the other hand, the staff were efficient and friendly and they also gave my partner a Birthday platter full of sweets and treats, i thought this was a nice gesture as when we had entered the restaurant they had picked up on it was my partners birthday. Also the room was empty, maybe if they had a cheaper menu the restaurant would have been busier at that time.

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Bonga Korean BBQ
52 Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Came here with a small group for a birthday party. We had our own room as we were also having Karaoke. The room next to us, started their own proceedings by banging out such classics from bands like Korn, Metallica and Marilyn Manson. Not really my mother in laws cup of tea, i thought it was quite funny seeing her face when the head bangers next door started off... now to the food. I started with the prawn toast as a starter, not very exciting i know but it was very tasty and the sweet chilli sauce was even better. I then went for the Spicy Beef for my main, this was excellent and the portion size was just right. Everybody else seemed satisfied with their choice of food too. Now for our Karaoke, the only way to drown the noise from the next room was to sing even louder, so my best westlife songs came to me and i think they appreciated me ruining such a good bunch of good songs. Overall, the night was quite funny and i would have given full marks for the atmosphere if it wasn't for the head bangers next door drowning out my classy vocals!

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King 7 Bar And Restaurant
122 Capel Street, City Centre North, Dublin

I came here with a group from college. When we booked this restaurant we were told that for €30 we would get a 3 course meal in a karaoke room from 8-12.30am, with a case of beer thrown in as a gesture. That could have been further from the truth. We arrived we were advised by the waitress that if we wanted to get a drink from the bar we would have to go back upstairs ourselves to get it. When we did do this, we would have to wait as sometimes there were long Queues, also our case of beer thrown in was not part of the deal and we were waiting over an hour for our starter. When it arrived it was fine, nothing special. The main was a further 40 minutes, again the food was generic chinese food, nothing special and seemed mass produced. There was no dessert included either. The group decided not to let this get us down and we made a good atmosphere ourselves. We were in full swing and full of festive cheer when the waitress quite rudely interrupted our rendition of,'do they know it's christmas?'.... to advise us to leave as we were only supposed to have the room till 11.30, this was disgraceful as when we advised her of our original time she told us that this wasn't true, and when we asked for a manager, we were again advised that he was not available. Overall, not a great dining experience and if it wasn't for my group creating a good vibe ourselves, the whole night could have been a disaster. I will not return to this restaurant and i will not recommend it to any person that i respect.

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Ciao Bella Roma
24/25 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

I went here for the €8.95 lunch with a friend. This consisted of a starter, main and a glass of wine. The restaurant itself looks the part, but for the food and service i wasn't impressed. Both myself and friend got a glass of wine to start, the wine smelled and tasted like Vinegar so we both didn't finish drinking it. I ordered Garlic bread and he ordered chips so we both could share. The Garlic bread was basically an over cooked slice of bread with Garlic paste and drenched in Olive oil, i took one bite and thought my tooth had broken. The chips were under cooked also but we managed to eat most of them. We both opted for the Spaghetti Carbonara. I thought there was too much Parmesan on the meal, it would have been nice to have been offered a seperate bowl of Parmesan to help ourselves to. The Ham or Bacon bits were just pieces of fat and the Spaghetti was still repeating on me that evening. There was way too many staff for lunch hour, there were staff hovering about and this made me feel uneasy. I wanted to get out of there as soon as i could. Maybe if i went there in the evening the food would be better but this visit has turned me off altogether.

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

I ate here with our monthly dinner group the other night. The whole group opted for the €22.95 option. This consisted of a starter, main course, dessert and tea/coffee. I decided to stay on something mild for the starter so i chose the Avocado Hummus and pita bread, this was quite nice and not too strong flavours. The Pigs in Blanket was next, it was basically bangers and mash but it was extremely tasty and had a nice sauce with it. I went for the Rhubarb Crumble, it was the best i tasted since i have been at school which wasn't that long ago! I was on a budget for the night so we all decided to go for the cheapest bottle of wine, which at €23 is not that cheap but this didn't turn us off anything else about the place. The service was excellent and the staff were friendly enough especially that some of our group were a bit loud.(Basically raving how good the food was), the atmosphere was ok, it was a miserable night outside afterall! I would go back here in a heart beat, can't wait for the colder nights to come back in as this would brighten up anybody's night.

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Mexico to Rome
23 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

I went here with 2 friends for a late lunch. The quality and service of the food was defintely worth the €8.95 that we each paid for our lunch deal. It consisted of a starter, Main and glass of wine. Brilliant! There wasn't much choice with the starters but the mains made up for it as there was nearly 20 different dishes. I went for Garlic Bread for starters, very soft and lots of flavour. My mates went for the Bruschetta topped with Fresh tomatoes and they were very fresh and tasty. I also had the Mexican meatballs with Rice as a main, this was gorgeous with a nice spicy tomato sauce. The wine was easy on the pallet also. The staff in here were very attentative. The place wasn't very busy so we got very good customer services. I would defintely go back here for a nice recessiontastic lunch.

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DIG IN
19 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

I went here last week. We had a table booked for 8. When we got there the waier said that our table was still being used as the party before us was still eating, which is fair enough. There was a table at back of the downstairs and i asked to be moved there and he was very obliging. Now for the food. I started with Black Pudding & Cashel Blue cheese salad as a starter. I'm not a salad person generally but this was the nicest i have tasted in a long time and very good portion at €6. I opted to go for the Breast of Chicken with roasted Veg for main, this was very appitising and not too filling. Again this was good value at €10(All mains was €10). There was a choice of 2 desserts, Chocolate Brownie with ice cream or Applie Pie with Mojito Ice cream, all i can say is WOW. Delicious. I thought this place was a little cramped but the food and service made up for this. I will defintely be going back here soon.

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Ristorante Romano
12 Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I have walked by this place hundreds of times and never thought of going in until my friend suggested it to our group. We were all a bit suspicious at first as this is an Italian restaurant but all the staff and chefs were not Italian, as soon as the first dish came out then our doubts were put to bed. I got the Minestrone soup, and it tasted like it had come straight from Italy. The veg was freshly cooked, as was the pasta and there was a side order of Italian bread with a little olive oil. Not too much olive oil as i have eaten in other 'Italian restaurants' and the dishes have been swimming in Olive oil. I looked around the table and everyone was happy with their starters, especially the Mussel's... Out came the main dish, i just went for the Prosciutto pizza as i wanted a light meal. Very tasty pizza and at only €8.50 for 9".One of my friends got the Meatballs and freshly made pasta, he nearly licked his plate clean. This place was very good value. I heard the Pinot Grigio was very good too. The staff were very very friendly and very attentive. The only negative thing i had about the place was that we were beside the front door, so every time it opened there was a gust of wind. On the plus side though, very good food, company, staff was excellent and im guessing they had Italian blood in them.

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

I went to Jade a few weeks ago for my friends birthday. He managed to get a room to ourselves for the whole night which was handy as there were nearly 20 of us there and we were there to have a sing song after the meal. They were doing a deal for €22 per head, where you get a starter, main and dessert. I got a starter to share with my partner as i was trying to keep myself for my singing debut later that evening. We got the prawn toast with 3 different sauces, good portions. I got the Sliced Beef and Broccolli and Fried rice as my main, the portions again were very good and the Beef was very tender. The waiting staff were very attentive and very friendly throughout the night. There was a good atmosphere as people were helping themselves to the house wine and getting quite merry(although i think it was dutch courage). Along came the hard part, the singing. Despite a few dodgy X factor moments, the night went well and we even went over our allocated time of 12 o'clock we were allowed to sing away till nearly 12.45 with no complaints from the staff. The only negative things i have about the place is that i think they should get new carpets down and a lick of paint would freshen the place up, oh plus my Karaoke mic wouldn't work properly(i wonder why)... other than that, nice place to eat, very friendly staff and food was sublime.

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Luigi Malones Restaurant
5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

I went to Luigi Malones with my friend for lunch today. I got a table pretty fast as there were a few tables empty but they filled up really fast and i soon found out why. The prices were really good value for what you get. I got a Spicy, Tomato & Chorizo Pasta dish. There was also a good deal that if you want a glass of wine with a main it was only €3 for the wine. The food came out about 7 minutes after and the wine was defintely house wine but was very tasty. The restaurant filled up pretty quick with people from offices etc...there was a good atmosphere, the waiting staff were pleasant and very chatty. To finish off i got the Toblerone Cheesecake, it really hit the spot and wasn't too heavy. I would recommend Luigi's for a good, value for money lunch. I will go sometime for dinner, hopefully they will carry over the special deals.

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