Restaurant Reviews from castiron

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 6

Member Since: 15 March 2010

Last Visit: 18 November 2011

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Shanahan’s on the Green restaurant

119 St. Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Cocktails

Price Range:

Good
241 reviews

Reviewed 10th January 2011 ( visited 07th January 2011 )

Yet again this place does not disappoint. Had the pleasure of being in here last week with the missus for a special occasion and left raving about the place yet again. Everything about Shanahan’s is top notch, from the greeting at the door on a rainy night to the final farewell afterwards. A trip downstairs for a glass of bubbly is a must. We were shown to lovely table upstairs in the back room. It was quiet enough on the night, though we were early. I had the T-bone and the missus went for the sirloin, both were fantastic, cooked perfectly as ordered and came with the, always great, onion rings and hand cut fries. Served with a lovely Rioja. Despite best efforts couldn't quite polish off the baked orio cheesecake. Staff were really nice though one or two were a bit grumpy looking, maybe it was the weather!! Overall a fantastic evening and as always a restaurant to keep on top of the 'must come again' list
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Rustic Stone restaurant

South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
529 reviews

Reviewed 10th January 2011 ( visited 08th January 2011 )

Popped in here unannounced with the missus at lunchtime to be told we could have a table in the corner 'to watch the place fill up’!! ....eh ok ? The crab on toast starter was better than the greeting and the penne pasta was, for such a simple dish, lovely, one of the better pasta dishes I've had in a while. The missus had one of the salads, which again for such a simple dish was really great. We ordered a carafe of Chablis only to be told that the waiter had 'made a complete balls of it the first time he ever poured from a carafe'...again, eh..Ok ! We had to try and catch the eye of this chap again to get the bill afterwards and to retrieve our coats which considering the place didn't actually fill up is just not on. I can only imagine that the staff have been briefed to appear informal, friendly but efficient, but there is a case to be made for being too informal. The food would make me try this place again but the hit and miss attitude of the service is doing the place no favours.
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Rustic Stone
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Popped in here unannounced with the missus at lunchtime to be told we could have a table in the corner 'to watch the place fill up’!! ....eh ok ? The crab on toast starter was better than the greeting and the penne pasta was, for such a simple dish, lovely, one of the better pasta dishes I've had in a while. The missus had one of the salads, which again for such a simple dish was really great. We ordered a carafe of Chablis only to be told that the waiter had 'made a complete balls of it the first time he ever poured from a carafe'...again, eh..Ok ! We had to try and catch the eye of this chap again to get the bill afterwards and to retrieve our coats which considering the place didn't actually fill up is just not on. I can only imagine that the staff have been briefed to appear informal, friendly but efficient, but there is a case to be made for being too informal. The food would make me try this place again but the hit and miss attitude of the service is doing the place no favours.

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Shanahan’s on the Green
119 St. Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Yet again this place does not disappoint. Had the pleasure of being in here last week with the missus for a special occasion and left raving about the place yet again. Everything about Shanahan’s is top notch, from the greeting at the door on a rainy night to the final farewell afterwards. A trip downstairs for a glass of bubbly is a must. We were shown to lovely table upstairs in the back room. It was quiet enough on the night, though we were early. I had the T-bone and the missus went for the sirloin, both were fantastic, cooked perfectly as ordered and came with the, always great, onion rings and hand cut fries. Served with a lovely Rioja. Despite best efforts couldn't quite polish off the baked orio cheesecake. Staff were really nice though one or two were a bit grumpy looking, maybe it was the weather!! Overall a fantastic evening and as always a restaurant to keep on top of the 'must come again' list

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

In there on Saturday night to take advantage of the well priced Table d'hote menu at €25 per head. We were down the very back of the venu, which is nice but not as impressive as the main room. Both starters, prawns and chicken terrine were good as were the mains, leg of rabbit and sea bass. The panna cotta dessert was great but the chocolate and tikka mousse on the dessert of the day was pretty grim. One picky point though, what is it with those oversized dishes they serve the mains in ?...is it a plate ? , is it a bowl ?...no... its just bloody hard work trying to scoop up the last of the tasty morsels without looking like an extra from Oliver. Speaking of workhouses, I think the (very busy and very efficient) waiting staff could be a little less serious and perhaps look around and smile a bit more, especially considering there is a cheeky 12.5% service charge on all bills

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BANG Restaurant & Bar
11 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Was looking forward to dining here on sat night with the missus but was left very disappointed and with an intention not to return again. First off the decor!!! The blue/navy colour on the walls had me baffled, downstairs has always been a little dark but it made for an uncomfortable experience, thankfully we were in early enough so were able to make the most of the daylight otherwise it would have been torches at the ready to read the menus. The food was at least better than the decor, both the scallops and crab starters were tasty but overpriced at €14 each. The mains were no better, the lamb was served barely warm and the rabbit though tasty was more of a winter dish the way it was served. We risked a cheesecake to share for dessert and again were disappointed. The service wasn't much better with a long wait to have an order taken then an attempt to take away the plates before we had finished. We also ended up being poured wine from another table, no bad thing for us, though I doubt they weren’t too impressed, we then had to ask several times for our bill. All in all a poor dining experience and once again...blue walls !?!

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

Went in here for lunch yesterday for the first time and really enjoyed the experience. The Dine in Dublin Promotion was on which was great value, 3 courses plus coffee for €30 from a well stocked menu. We were welcomed and shown to a nice corner table in a busy and buzzy dining room. We both had the 8oz ribeye with Sauce Béarnaise and lovely chunky handcut chips. Both the starters, beetroot salad and parfait were simple but very tasty. With a choice of 3 desserts too the menu was well put together. Throw in a nice bottle of wine and it was a lovely Sunday Lunch, a real treat, helped too by the fact that it was a lovely spring day outside. We even managed to (almost) ignore the taxi driver trying out his brand new car horn on the street. The service was excellent , not too rushed or fussy even though it was a busy enough afternoon. Will make a point of returning here.

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Seabank Bistro
Coast Road, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

Was in here for the early bird last Thursday. I found the food to be very good and the service was good too. The place has a nice cosy feel to it. We were quite early but there was a good atmosphere, helped I suppose by the small size of the place. I did think though that the menu was a little bit on the pricey side for what was on offer, espically compared to what you can get elsewhere, though Malahide seems to be a law unto itself when it comes to pricing. Overall was impressed and would come again, if around those parts in the future.

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