Restaurant Reviews from cajohnson

Status: Connoisseur

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52.5%

County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 39

Member Since: 25 November 2010

Last Visit: 10 November 2016

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Thai House restaurant

21 Railway Road, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin, Area Code: South Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
Healthy Eating

Price Range:

Good
57 reviews

Reviewed 11th April 2014 ( visited 17th March 2014 )

I come here regularly, and this was an outstanding night. My boyfriend and I shared the chicken satay, which is just the right consistency and spiciness. I opted for the mixed Jungle Curry, which was chock full of both veg and meat. They have a lovely wine list and the staff are brilliant. Highly recommended.
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Mao Restaurant (Dun Laoghaire)

The Pavillion, South Co, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Area Code: South Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
Asian

Price Range:

Good
172 reviews

Reviewed 01st August 2013 ( visited 29th June 2013 )

I always enjoy Mao's, and this time decided to get something different. The chilli squid to start was excellent, cooked just right. For main I had the singapore noodles which was generously packed with chicken, prawns and beansprouts. The flavours were great! I also tried a side of pickled ginger. Wonderful as a palate cleanser if you like ginger, but they were too generous with the amount. All in all a nice evening, with friendly staff.
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7 Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I couldn't really fault the food,it was excellent in a Mexican "fusion" kind of way. Being a snob for Margaritas, having had too many of the best in Mexico, I found the restaurant's slightly too sweet and weak. My main complaint would be the volume of the music. While fine when at the bar, eating and talking was impossible. It's also quite dear overall, although they offer good deals on weekdays. I'd go back, but would probably have a Gin and Tonic :-)

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Ragazzi Italian Ristorante
109 Coliemore Road, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

This is a long standing favourite of mine. Went here for my other half's birthday and weren't disappointed. They even finally had some Limoncello back in stock. The pizzas are my favourite, but all the food is great!

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Cafe Azteca
19 - 21 Lord Edward Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I'm very disappointed to have to write this review. I had read such good things about this place. Came here pre-Vicar Street. The place itself is great, cute little cantina/cafe style. Menu seems great too. I ordered an Enchilada and my partner had a Quesadilla. The sauces were as if they forgot all their ingredients. Really bland, except for chillies. I'm pretty sure the refried beans were Old El Paso, and the rice was barely rice, let alone nice mexican rice. My sour cream was a decorative drizzle. All in all, the best thing were the beers. I love Mexican food and have been eating it in Mexico and the southwestern states for years, as well as making it at home. Puzzling how a genuine mexican family and restaurant could be so bad.

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Kathmandu Nepalese Restaurant
First Floor, 24-25 Castle Street, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

I used to eat here quite a lot until the quality went down. I decided to give it another chance. They had done a very nice job for Valentine's Day, with a special menu. Everything was delicious and the presentation had gone up a few notches. Service was slow, but it was packed to the gills. I will definitely start eating here again.

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Yindees Downtown
The Bridge, John Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

Had dinner here on a quick mid week break. We were very impressed by the food. Flavours were really super and the best noodles I have ever tasted. The staff were lovely and friendly and the atmosphere made for a warm, very enjoyable evening.

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The Magpie Inn
115 Coliemore Road, Dalkey, Dalkey, Dublin

I've been here a few times so thought I should drop a review. Stopped for lunch with a few friends. I had the smoked salmon and spinach omelette with mascarpone and a side salad. Everything was excellent. Very generous portion, and one of the best omelettes I've ever had, which is saying something in an Irish resto. They have a great wine and craft beer list. The food is always a little slow coming, but certainly worth the wait. So drop in, relax, and enjoy!

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Thai House
21 Railway Road, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

I come here regularly, and this was an outstanding night. My boyfriend and I shared the chicken satay, which is just the right consistency and spiciness. I opted for the mixed Jungle Curry, which was chock full of both veg and meat. They have a lovely wine list and the staff are brilliant. Highly recommended.

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Pyg Restaurant
Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, South William Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I treat myself and my mother to lunch here during one of our xmas shopping trips. Usually it's a lovely experience. This time, they forgot the chicken in my ciabatta, and when it was brought, it was very dry. The skinny chips were really soggy also. As a plus, the manager was fantastic and took the chips off the bill and brought us another (perfect) bowl. The wines are lovely. I will go back, but it's a pity they allowed such bad slips.

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Tolteca Mexican Style Grill
38 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, Baggot Street, Dublin

I had been wanting to try this place for awhile, and being a fan of "real" mexican food, I was wary. I have to say I was delighted. I had soft tacos with chicken and beef, and they really stuffed them with the meat, salsa, lettuce, sour cream and cheese. My companion's Burritos were equally good. I would definitely come back here, and it's a great stop for a quick but filling lunch!

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Mao Restaurant (Dun Laoghaire)
The Pavillion, South Co, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I always enjoy Mao's, and this time decided to get something different. The chilli squid to start was excellent, cooked just right. For main I had the singapore noodles which was generously packed with chicken, prawns and beansprouts. The flavours were great! I also tried a side of pickled ginger. Wonderful as a palate cleanser if you like ginger, but they were too generous with the amount. All in all a nice evening, with friendly staff.

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The Porterhouse (Bray)
Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow

Went in here for a bite and a pint. They were out of our first choice of beer so we settled for something else. We shared the match platter: sausages, chips, onion rings and wings. It was not great. Everything was a little cold and tasteless. Service was good and friendly, but I wouldn't go back to this branch.

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Ashford Oriental
Main Street , Ashford , Ashford, Wicklow

I went here midweek with the Menupages deal and have to say the value and quality was fantastic. The staff were lovely and helpful, and the food was amazing. We had tangy ribs and wontons to start, and the shredded chicken (very much like a street snack) and Beijing beef for main, with beansprouts. An ample glass of wine and the prettiest orange sorbet I have ever seen! No restrictions on the deal made a nice change to many restaurants. The only negative was that the freezing weather conditions made it very cold inside too and the handful of brave people were scattered throughout the room. We will definitely be back.

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Oliveto Restaurant & Bar
Oliveto At The Haddington, 9-12 Haddington Terrace, Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I went here with my boyfriend as it recently became his local. We had drinks at the bar while waiting for a table because there was a play on in the hotel. The staff were brilliant and sorted a table out. Really lovely warm atmosphere. Best Bruschetta I think I have ever had. We both opted for pizzas, lovely thin crust from their visible pizza oven. I had the Oliveto which was mozzarella, olives, rocket, plum tomatoes and parmesan. I polished the whole thing off. Highly recommended.

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Odessa
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

I took my mother here for a meal deal, which made the value good. There were no restrictions on the menu, which was also good. I had the pulled pork sandwich, which came with a nice bean salsa. It was delicious. My mother had the chicken quesadilla which also didn't disappoint. We ordered chips too, each chip being the size of a potato, and although they too were perfect, we were defeated by the amount. The desserts weren't great, but not bad either. The only small let down was slow service and slightly erratic seating. But overall, a good meal.

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Jewel in the Crown (South William Street)
5 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here for lunch off the value menu and was pleasantly surprised. A lovely veg samosa, followed by a really delicious Chicken Karai. Just spicy enough, the flavours were great, and the chicken was really tender. Followed this by a huge mango lassi! Value is really good and I would recommend to everyone.

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The Club Bar
17 Colliemore Road, South Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

I used to eat here all the time, but the quality started going up and down, so I waited awhile before trying again. I personally wasn't disappointed, having the scampi, with lovely chips and side salad. Also excellent was the chicken in a blue cheese sauce. The two boys ordered rib eye steaks, which both found to be on the tough side. The staff were excellent and very accommodating. It was quite quiet for a friday night, but pleasant. I will definitely go again.

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Hunters Hotel
Newrath Bridge, Rathnew, Rathnew, Wicklow

I have always loved Hunters, and brought my mother here for mother's day. I'm giving it a perfect score, because it was by far the best meal and the loveliest restaurant experience this year. We had a beautiful table in the main dining room by the window, and the staff were friendly and helpful. We both had the pate to start, and the sole and lamb for mains. The accompanying veg was amazing, with a fantastic carrot and parsnip bake. Coffee and dessert in the lounge and a walk in the gardens finished off a gorgeous spring day. A true gem, and I encourage everyone to take a day out there.

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Spice of India - South William Street
6 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Came here for a quick bite to eat with my other half. We just missed the early bird, so stuck to main courses only. The staff here are so nice, and make you feel very welcome. I had a lamb dhansak, which was just right, and the lamb was super tender, their naan bread in particular is excellent, very light and flavourful. I will definitely be back. The standard menu is of average value, but the choice and food are very good.

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Pyg Restaurant
Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, South William Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

It's a tradition for my mother and I to eat here for lunch on our Christmas shopping day in Dublin city. This is the restaurant in the Powerscourt Townhouse, rather than the bar itself. We initially moved tables three times because it was was so cold, but the staff were very accommodating. We each had a lovely panini, one with chipotle and chicken, the other with mozzarella, and pesto. We usually get their skinny fries, but they had run out, so we had the slightly too chunkiest chips I had ever seen! The experience wasn't quite as relaxing as we had hoped, but the food was very good.

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

Was treated to a birthday lunch here and wasn't disappointed. It had been years since I had eaten here. I had the miso soup and the bento box, which consisted, among other things, of a refreshing melon, mint and cucumber salad, as well as spicy tofu and mushrooms and bok choi with black pudding! The meal was just right, filling, warm and tasty. The staff here are lovely and the room is airy and great to watch the street from. Would recommend for somewhere a little different.

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Chatham Brasserie
Chatham Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I had lunch here with a group of friends recently and while previously loved this restaurant, am now a little let down. I had the calamari and whitebait to start which was plenty and very good, but my friend ordered the chorizo kebab and when it came it was so small and lost on the plate it looked comical. I had the trout for mains which was good if a little bland. My main criticism was the service. Our waitress took the bread despite being asked to leave it, and tried to clear away people's plates as soon as they were finished, regardless of the fact that others were still eating. I had to finally say something when she tried to take someone's plate when they had only turned away for a moment to speak to someone! Value was average, and the meal ended up being not particularly relaxed.

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Kathmandu Nepalese Restaurant
First Floor, 24-25 Castle Street, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

Having had the best takeaway ever a few weeks ago, I decided to eat here for my birthday with my partner. I can't praise this place enough. The food is absolutely to die for, and the poppadoms are the best I have ever tasted. If you like hot food, the Sherpa Chili Kukhura is wonderful. The place was bustling, and the staff are super friendly and helpful. We went for the early bird which gives you more than enough food at really good value!

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Bella Cuba Restaurant
11 Ballsbridge Terrace, Ballsbridge, Dublin

My boyfriend took me here with the Menupages deal. We were initially disappointed by the tasting platter arrangement. The service wasn't great, very inefficient. However, to be fair, we found the food excellent, especially the chimichurri steak and the yucca fingers. It's a little risky to have the platters, as you could easily get things you don't like. Some choice would have been better. Value was good for what you got. We did enjoy it, but wouldn't go for that kind of deal again.

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

I have eaten here quite a few times now, and find it very hard to fault anything. My colleague and I shared four tapas plates: asparagus with garlic mayo, prawn pil pil skewers, jamon croquettes and crostini with manchego cheese. We also had a bottle of beautiful Portuguese wine. Everything was delicious, and it was lovely and cosy and warm. We sat downstairs in the cave area, fully lit be candlelight. This is a place for anyone.

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Bits and Pizzas
15 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Went here as a mini celebration with my other half, and weren't disappointed. I used to eat her quite frequently, so it was nice to see it hadn't changed. the staff were efficient and friendly, and the atmosphere bustling. We shared the chicken wings to start, and both had Americana pizza for mains, as we're both fans of the Jalapenos. We also enjoyed a lovely bottle of Sangiovese. A great reliable restaurant!

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Milano (Dun Laoghaire)
1 Harbour Square, Crofton Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I used to lvoe Milano's and was looking forward to trying the new Dun Laoghaire branch. Unfortunately, I was let down. The restaurant was relatively busy, but all the doors were open, making it cold and windy. I ordered the four seasons pizza which was adequate, but not nearly as good as it used to be. For dessert, I decided to try the Dolcetti, which is a nice idea, and chose the Caffe Gelato, which claimed to be "coffee gelato with a chocolate straw and a coffee bean". I received a half melted ball of coffee ice-cream with neither straw nor bean. I thought this showed a lack of effort, as it's the little things that count. Service was quite slow, and I won't be hurrying back.

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Ouzos Bar and Grill
22 Castle Street, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

I took my mother here for Mother's Day with our respective partners. They offered a set menu at €29.95 for three courses, which I thought was average value. The place was nicely packed, with a nice buzz, although the acoustics make it a little noisy. The food was top notch. I had the liver parfait and the cod, with apple and cinnamon crumble for dessert. The boys opted for the fish and chips. We all concurred that it was one of the best meals we had eaten in ages. The staff were super accomodating and friendly. Top notch!

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FXB Monkstown
3a The Crescent Monkstown, South Co. Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin

I went here for lunch with a work colleague for the first time. I was pleasantly surprised at the room, warm and casual, achieving a cross between a pub and restaurant "feel". I was attended to immediately, and found the service throughout to be excellent. I chose from their "Grazing" menu; spiced beef on brown bread with a tomato relish and side salad. It was all very tasty. The beef was lean and flavourful, and the salad had lots of nits bits in it, like carrots and seeds. The value was quite good, and the portions generous. I would definitely recommened this eatery.

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Harrys Cafe Bar
21 Upper George's Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Went here for lunch at 1. Harry's is always busy, but managed to get a table quickly. I had the soup and sandwich deal. Soup of the day was a delicious chunky, spicy tomato and brown bread. The bread wasn't standard, but rather a very nice french style brown. This accompanised with a goat's cheese tortilla, done just right, nestled beside a small side salad. The service is always excellent, and there's a lovely buzz about the room. Going home, I couldn't resist getting one of their to die for raspberry scones.

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Il Fuoco Café
6 Chatham Court, Chatham Street, City Centre South, Dublin

This is a new restaurant beside old favourites. I availed of the 3 course for €12.95, which was brilliant value. I had chicken wings to start which were perfectly cooked. Pizza with chicken and chili for main, lovely crispy thin base. Tiramisu for dessert which I didn't eat, but it seemed to go down well as my dinner partner inhaled both his and mine. Staff were exceptionally friendly and welcoming, with a good sense of craic. The only downer was the fact that a few beers brought the price up by twenty euros, but that's standard. Thumbs up all around!

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Giddy Goose Cafe
138-139 Lower George's Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I was very surprised to see the low rating from other reviewers on this. Maybe I've just been lucky but every time I've eaten here I enjoyed it. I had a work lunch with colleagues a few days ago and had the Giddy Goose Club, which was delicious. Nicely toasted bread, metled cheese, chicken and plently of perfectly cooked bacon, with their signature relish as well. It was very busy, but the staff were friendly and efficient. The atmosphere is always bustling, and the room is pleasant and bright. Value is average. I have also had breakfast here in the past many time and have never had any complaints.

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Mao Restaurant (Dun Laoghaire)
The Pavillion, South Co, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I love Mao's and have yet to be disappointed. I had the pumkin spring rolls to start which I love, with the plum sauce. For mains I went for the chili lime beef, which is just divine. The beef was tender and the noodles just the right consistency. Both myself and my partner had Tiger beers. The staff are always friendly and helpful. They close really early on a sunday night, so the atmosphere was too quiet. Value is average, but the portions are always pretty substantial. A very handy, excellent little restaurant.

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Chai Yo
100 Lower Baggot street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

After discovering that Yo Thai in Donnybrook was gone/moved, I was consoled by going to Chai Yo, the sister restaurant. We sat at the Teppenyaki table for the experience and had great fun watching the chef do his magic. The food was delicious: a combo plate of chicken, salmon and beef, wih egg fried rice and vegetables. The flavours were equally wonderful, some spicy, some sweet and sour. No real criticism, except that I wouldn't continue going to the teppenyaki table, I would book a normal table upstairs. Same food, just without the drama! Atmosphere was great, very lively. Thumbs up for sure.

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The Real Gourmet Burger - Dun Laoghaire
The Pavilion, South Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Unlike the other Real Gourmet Burgers, this location is still very much in existence and going strong. I ate here with my other half after the cinema on a sunday after having a burger craving. I had the cheeseburger, with garlic mayo and red onion. We also got their lovely rosemary fries. The burger was delicious, perfectly cooked and tasty. You must not be afraid of getting your hands dirty here, the burgers are very tall! It was a little quiet, but then it was mid snows and late-ish on a sunday. I look forward to going back again!

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Siam Thai (Andrews Street)
14/15 Andrews Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Had been meaning to go here for ages and wasn't disappointed. Started with the chicken satay which was one of the crunchiest I have ever had, but still very good. For main course I had the chillies and thai herbs with chicken. I found this absolutely delicious. The only slight complaint is that they were a little heavy on the lemongrass, which made a few mouthfuls overwhelming. Service was excellent, fast and accomodating. The wine list is also excellent. Great central location, I give it a thumbs up! It was the fully dinner menu so value was average, but there are also early bird specials.

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The Queens Bar & Steakroom
12 Castle Street, Dalkey, Dalkey, Dublin

Usually go here quite a bit with my other half, but hadn't been for ages. I had the wings, and he had a burger. I love their wings, just the right amount of spices and sauce, nice blue cheese dip. And you get loads of wings! Also comes with finger bowl to keep you clean. The burger was well done and meaty, and the chips were perfectly cooked. Glad we came back... it's a nice place for a pint and a meal. Value for money is pretty average, and service can sometimes be a bit slow... only two drawbacks.

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El Bahia Moroccan Restaurant
37 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I've been here many times, as you can usually rely on getting a table and enjoying good food. This time however, I felt it has slipped a little in terms of food quality. I had the friend aubergine to start with pitta, which was delicious. The entire party had tagines, mostly chicken. I had Essaouira tagine, and found it too salty and a bit bland in other flavours. Also, it tasted too similar to the other chicken tagine. Service wasn't great, lack of customer "feel good" factor. Value was excellent. I would still go back.

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Thai House
21 Railway Road, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

This is probably my favourite local restaurant. The food is always perfect, and the service impeccable. They will always do their very best to accomodate you. I have the chicken satay to start, which I find perfect. For mains I love either the jungle curry or the mixed red curry, and I know the thai green curry here is also excellent. They always offer a value menu and wine specials as well, so you really can't go wrong.

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The Dining Room
35 Dawson Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I brought my mother here for her birthday, and we had the value €25 menu on it's last day! I can safely say it was the best meal I have ever had in Dublin. The restaurant and atmosphere are enchanting, the staff and service were excellent, and the food was to die for. The main course of quail with gnocci was simply out of this world. I wish I could go every week!

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