Restaurant Reviews from cbuc8299

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Last Visit: 23 September 2014

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Bloom Brasserie & Wine Bar restaurant

11 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Brasserie

Price Range:

Good
104 reviews

Reviewed 25th January 2010 ( visited 15th January 2010 )

Great place to go with a crowd and the express menu has plenty of choice. Would consider it better value than suggested above (€€€) but then the wine might be thought to be a little on the dear side.
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Jo'Burger restaurant

137 Rathmines Road, Dublin 6 , South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 6

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Good
256 reviews

Reviewed 25th January 2010 ( visited 12th December 2009 )

Hmmmmm! I do like it here but if you don't eat bread (as I don't) the burgers are a little sad. The grandeur of this incredible burger as it comes out,tentatively held together by a skewer and the sheer grace of God lacks a lot of lustre once the mammoth bun is cast to your side plate! In saying that, my vegetarian companion was in heaven and the homemade ketchup is to die for.
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Tap House
60 Ranelagh, Ranelagh, Dublin

This is a class A craft beer joint. Food wise, it's not bad but portion size versus price need to be addressed. I'm a growing girl and the sliders wouldn't fit a gap in my tooth!

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Dax Restaurant
23 Upper Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Believe the hype - this is a wonderful fine dining establishment who caters for all dietary requirements with ease. A thoroughly delicious lunch

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Dillingers
47 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

My visit to Dillingers was much anticipated. I had been eyeing up the menu and the happy diners in the window for months. While I certainly wasn't disappointed with the buzzing atmosphere and the exceptionally friendly staff, this wasn't the culinary treat that I had hoped for. The cocktails, which are billed as seriously special, are pretty 1 dimensional and the array of fish tacos are frankly a little odd. All in all, an enjoyable evening but the menu definitely needs tweeking.

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Kinara Kitchen
17 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

Went here for lunch today. It was absolutely fantastic. Unusually for Indian food, it wasn't overly rich in the least. In fact it was light and delicious. We had Tipalia and prawn to start - perfect little portions spiced warmly. The veg korma and red snapper for mains, which we shared, complimented each other perfectly and the accompanying rice was topped with delightful crispy onion. I had heard that the service was a little ropey but I'd have to say that I couldn't agree. They were attentive and kind in what must be some of the nicest surroundings in Ranelagh. I will be returning.

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Green Nineteen
19 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

Absolutely love this place. There is nowhere in the city to compare to it in terms of friendly and familiar service, hearty grub, value for money or originality (creative cocktails, desserts and homemade condiments!) Within 5 mins of being served a course, we were consistently asked "Everyone happy?". Each time the question was met with a resounding "YES!"

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Dakshin
22 Donnybrook Road, Dublin 4, Donnybrook, Dublin

Never go to Dakshin peckish. You need to be ravenous! Not because it's bad but because it's incredibly rich and plentiful. I wasn't blown away by my mates scallops (a little on the rubbery side) but wow were my prawns a sight to behold! Beautifully butterflied and spiced with smatterings of watermelon and mango. I opted for the dosa for main - a hankering I'd had since my last visit to Nepal. I could have fed my family on this course! Aside from a massive (slightly oily) dosa (crispy crepe made with ground rice and lentils) there was rice, chicken masala, bengali prawn curry, lamb madras and spiced lentils. It killed me that I couldn't finish it...

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Il Segreto
13a/b Merrion Row, City Centre South, Dublin

This is a really nice little spot and I've never seem Team Bang work harder to ensure the highest possible standard. They have turned themselves around in every particular. The food was exquisite and the service conscientious. We started with some of the best scallops I've ever had and enjoyed a main of bream, which was both beautiful and delicate. There roof terrace is wonderful and am told hosts live spanish music at the weekend.

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Hugo's
6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Brought clients here for lunch. It's really nothing special. The service is good, the food is fine (if not a little poorly presented) and the ambiance (on a Tues lunchtime) was as to be expected. I had the roast cod which was tasty enough. The only major issue we had that swayed my indifference was all the little fruit flies around our table. There's nothing worse than swatting insects while you eat indoors in Ireland - instant alarm bells!

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Ananda
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Maybe the best Indian restaurant in the city, Ananda has it all. Good value early bird, wonderful menu. great wine list, super service and a beautiful setting. The trio of tandoori meats were so elegant and the goan meatballs were exceptional. Better yet, once the staff heard that I was gluten intolerant they arranged to have special GF naan made. A seriously nice touch. Spread the word!

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Fitzgerald's Vienna Woods Hotel - Old
Glanmire, Glanmire, Cork

Mabel Crawford's should come with a warning! Not even the nice surroundings or attentive staff could make up for some of the worst food I've ever eaten! The bruschetta was actually a dodgy tuna melt and the caesar salad was made with low quality ingredients and was seriously salty. The creamy veg pasta was pathetic and bland and the poached cod was obliterated and plonked atop the sweetest ratatouille ever to be slopped on my plate. What became abundantly clear was that we had fallen victim to reheats and at about €19 each for a bit of fish and pasta I would expect it to be made fresh. The staff were aghast that we had not enjoyed our meal. Apparently locals flock to the restaurant for wedding and conferences. All I can say is that I'd sooner have my nuptials under the Golden Arches than here. You've been warned!

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Mitsuba Japanese Restaurant
154 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

It's not often that I sit through a meal talking about how excited I am to tell everyone about it but that's what happened last night. I've told family, friends and colleagues so now it's time to tell you guys! Mitsuba is easily one of the best restaurants in the city. Let's start with the service which was OUTSTANDING. We were made feel special immediately and were gently advised throughout. The sushi is exceptional. I had the spicy crispy salmon skin tamaki and the tuna sashimi both favourites of mine and both OUTSHONE their counterparts from other restaurants. The courses just kept coming too! Next was Miso soup, then silken tofu broth, then highly entertaining and delicious teppanyaki - the veg, shrimp and rice were all OUT OF THIS WORLD. More surprisingly was the wine list. We had a EXCELLENT bottle of Reisling for half nothing. We were there for 2 and a half hours, wanted for nothing and the BEST part? It all came to under €60! I never give five stars but I am for Mitsuba.

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Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Took advantage of the wonderful Valentines deal on Monday. This consisted of 2 glasses of prosecco, 2 cocktails of your choice (Manuka vodka and homemade lemonade is remarkable!), a selection of 4 starters and 2 large lobster tails with sides including seafood pasta, salads, homefries and corn on the cob. All for €66! It was a crazy amount of food at that price and we at once commented how the chefs at set themselves a tall order on arguably the busiest night of the year. The atmosphere was good if a little cramped and while our waitress could have been a little more informed, she was very accommodating (I'm celiac and he's pescatarian) Overall a very enjoyable visit.

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The Baggot Inn
143 Lower Baggott Street, Baggot Street, St Stephens Green, Dublin

Just back from a perfectly lovely lunch in the Baggot Inn. The food is good pub grub in standard and the service is speedy and friendly. No complaints here!

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Camden Kitchen
3A Camden Market, Grantham Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

Three courses of total joy. This eatery took traditional dishes like mussel broth, panfried fish, steak and creme brulee and elevated each to something really special by introducing the perfect unconventional flavours. Subtle ginger mingled with the mussels, spiced cinnamon with the potato anna that accompanied the steak, rich orange topping the brulee. The choice of wine was excellent and when asked for a recommendation the waiter didn't go for the most expensive - a welcome surprise. The upstairs is ideal for large parties and makes me want to create a celebration just to get everyone to try this place!

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

I was totally wowed by this place! We both ordered the steak which was succulent and well seasoned. The accompanying salad was crunchy and fresh and the french fries were plentiful and crisp. We followed up with the cheese board for one person which was HUGE and delicious and washed it all down with lots of the house wines. All that for under 35 quid each! I thought to myself, somethings got to give!? But the service was unfailingly attentive and the restrooms provided fresh flannel towels for all customers. What a nice touch! Love love LOVE it here. Will definitely return.

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

This is a place that I've been meaning to go to for ages and I regret delaying my visit! The food was simple and delicious, the staff were friendly and knowledgable and don't get me started on the craic we had with the karaoke downstairs! My only tiny criticism is that the karaoke rooms need to be better ventilated so as to accommodate all the dancing and air guitars!

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

My sister has been looking for a new Chinese restaurant to frequent and thinks she may have found it here. She is difficult to please, so this is no mean feat. The food was indeed very good with traditional thai and chinese fare packed full of flavour yet totally simplistic. The service is not what it should be however. We were made to wait for 20 minutes for a table we had booked and there were issues when it came to the bill that were borderline rude. Pity - that left a bad taste in our mouths after a very nice meal.

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Wongs of Ranelagh
7 Sandyford Road, Ranelagh, Ranelagh, Dublin

It's incredible how as a cuisine, Chinese seems to be the easiest to go wrong! Wongs was, I'm afraid, a huge disappointment. It was neither the sloppy and ill informed service nor the shabby decor that got by back up. That I could overcome. It was the food. The food was seriously poor. I had the Thai prawn curry which for all intents and purposes was chewy shrimp in chip shop curry sauce. You could see your face in the greasy prawn crackers. I have never given a restaurant this low a rating, but sadly it's deserved. I should have stayed in and watched X Factor!

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Boulevard Cafe
27 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Went for dinner here last night utilising the menupoints Free Main Course offer. Super dining! Though the decor is questionable in places, the food is delicious. Seriously succulent fillet steak, crispy moreish chicken supreme and the pork belly to start with a sticky balsamic sauce just flaked away on your fork. There is a perfectly adequate selection of wine and the staff are attentive, if not a little overly flamboyant at times! Highly recommended!

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The Blackboard Bistro
The Basement, 4 Clare Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Just back from lunch here. Pretty quiet but delicious food. The waiter was courteous and the surroundings were pleasant. Had an early bird here before and wasn't as impressed as I was today. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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WILDE
The Westbury, Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Hotel restaurants don't usually do it for me. They remind me all too well of afternoon tea in an itchy dress with my grandmother. The Wilde at the Westbury is somewhere that I would never have thought to go but am glad that I did. While the atmosphere is a little lacking, the service was impeccable, the wine selection was broad and the food was robust in flavour and elegant in presentation. The Carpaccio was light and succulent and my pal's goats cheese tart was creamy and generous. Despite much debate over the well thought out menu of mains, we both had the rib-eye. Luscious and tender with home fries, peppercorn sauce and grilled portobellos - we were not disappointed with our decision. Were I a nitpicker, I would comment on the fact that when staff begin setting up the vacant tables for breakfast for the following morning you tend to feel a little intrusive. Forgiving that, I would strongly recommend that you all start eating out more so that you can review the restaurants and accumulate enough menupage points to get a free three course meal here...or you could just go anyway...either way, it's worth it.

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Angel Park Eatery
5 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

A welcoming atmosphere with generous servings of robustly flavoured food, Angel Park is one of the few high quality eat-in/take-out establishments in the area. Ideal for luncheon with colleagues or friends, this eatery is famed for it's paprika spiced frech fries and is huge burgers and salads. Don't bother with breakfast and forget about dinner, the delicious servings here will have you full to the brim all day.

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Antica Venezia
97 Ashfield Road, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

What makes this place special is not just the delicious food and excellent wine selection, its all about the service. I was there with my parents whom had been there previously. Impressively the staff remembered my parents and what they had ordered over 6 weeks ago. So while the surf and turf was a little more turf than surf, I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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

If this place teaches you one thing it's that you should never judge a book by it's cover. The outside is nothing to look out but inside its cozy, friendly and quaint. They don't stinge on the cocktails and the food is delicious and authentic. Try a selection of the sushi and revel in the tuna sashimi and crazy rolls. The Korean dishes are excellent and the green tea ice cream is surprisingly tasty. All this and for a rock bottom price.

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Mustard Seed The At Echo Lodge
Ballingarry, Ballingarry, Limerick

Charming and eclectic, The Mustard Seed is a delightful experience. Little extras like duck filo parcels with pre dinner drinks and supplementary celiac friendly side dishes made this a really pleasant meal. I started with the seabass which was as light and delicately flavoured as you could want. I then had the nettle soup which, aside from being a little under seasoned, was fresh and wholesome. Not stopping there. I tucked into the guinea fowl with wild mushroom risotto. Sadly the rice was undercooked but the fowl was excellent - succulent with a salted crispy skin. The rhubarb creme brulee to finish was tasty and in season. While there were a few misses, this meal had moments of brilliance.

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Pablo Picante
131 Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , Baggot Street, Dublin

This is a really innovative addition for the Baggot Street lunchtime foodies. Aside from the website being really quirky and interactive, the food is top notch. Thoughtful of celiacs, they have also created "burrito in a bowl" i.e. no wrap - a lovely touch. This is fast food at its best!

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Harrys Kitchen Restaurant
22, Dawson Street, Dublin

Why aren't people screaming from the rooftops about this place? Never one to judge a book by its cover and with a vague memory of a recommendation, I popped in here yesterday evening with a mate, attracted by the broad and descriptive menu and low low prices (2 people, 2 courses and a bottle of House wine for €50!) Aside from the courteous staff and the buzzing atmosphere, the food was delicious. Starting with the fishcake and the lamb skewers, we were pleasantly surprised by the exact balance of flavour. This was an excellent precursor for the main which was out of this world. We supplemented our bill by a paltry €5 each to avail of the most delicate and sumptuous John Dory with the creamiest of mash and a hollandaise that you would sell your mother for! Mark my words Harry, I'll be back within the month!

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Diep le Shaker
55 Pembroke Lane, (Off Pembroke Street), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went for lunch here yesterday. Excellent and very patient service (one of our party was delayed) Good atmosphere and tasty, pretty authentic cuisine. I certainly had no food envy with my leg of duck while the Pad Thai (a forkful of which I nabbed from my neighbour) was too moist. She seemed to like it though. Liking spicy, it's not an issue for me, but three chillis MEANS three hot chillis here! The wine selection was fine though I wouldn't recommend the Reisling in this instance. A little bitter and so not palatable with these sort of dishes.Overall very good.

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The Wild Goose Grill
First Floor, Above McSorleys, 1 Sandford Road, Dublin 6 , Ranelagh, Dublin

A hidden gem amongst the hustle and bustle of Ranelagh eateries. The Early Goose has a super selection and you won't be disappointed on price, taste or presentation. The service can be a little surly at times but then it wouldn't be a french bistro if it wasn't!

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Bellagio
92 Terenure Road North, Dublin 6W, Terenure, Dublin

Once the toast of Terenure, Bellagio has gone seriously down in my estimations. The lunch special (€10 for two courses) appears to be well rounded with a selection of pizza, pasta and alternative Italian fare. What is placed in front of you is quite a different matter. The mozzerella balls were slap dash and under seasoned, the mussels were also bland and needed a kick of garlic or something to breathe life into them and the grilled chicken in white wine sauce was a total disappointment in terms of presentation as well as taste. Bellagio seems to have lost direction and is foregoing quality for a quick buck. Lets hope they re-think their strategy soon.

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New Empire
72 Rathmines Road, South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin

More of a take away, than a restaurant this is not an experience to be repeated. It may sound strange but everything is incredibly salty. Having shared the Meal option 1 with a friend (BBQ Spare Ribs, Sweet and Sour Chicken and Yung Chow fried rice) we polished off a litre of water each trying to stay hydrated! This place has potential to be a perfectly acceptable Chinese if they weren't hell bent on giving their customers coronaries!

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

A tiny and authentic corner of Paris in our fair city. I couldn't think of anywhere else I'd rather spend time with a friend. Roll up your sleeves and get stuck in to the Moules Frites which is far better than the same dish that I had in Paris recently. The wine list has something for everyone, the outdoor area at the back is completely covered over and heated and the waiters are easy on the eyes....what more could you ask for? Oh garcon!

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La Mere Zou
22 St Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

I really like this place. Went for the first time with my mother for my birthday and had a throughly enjoyable experience. Though the tables are a little bijoux (cramped!) the food and service were of a very high quality, particularly the creme brulee which was a triumph! Next time I go I'm going to book the bigger table in the alcove...ideal for a group planning to wile away a few hours in this charming eatery.

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Eatery 120
120 Ranelagh Road, Ranelagh, Dublin

This restaurant takes its inspiration from french cuisine more than anywhere else in Europe. My companion had the french soup to start which was, by all accounts, tasty though a little light on the gueyere. We both had the Rib-Eye Steak. A little expensive considering the quality of cut but enjoyable nonetheless. The wine list is good. If possible, get seated upstairs. Downstairs feels like a fishbowl with passersby looking in!

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Punjabi By Nature Indian Restaurants & Takeaway
15 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

Easily the best restaurant in Ranelagh and one of the best Indians in the city, Punjab Balti is authentic and welcoming. The small corkage fee means that you can treat yourself to a nice bottle of Reisling (excellent with the subtle spices) and their new loyalty card keeps you coming back for more. Dedicated to warm and friendly service, you'll more than likely be asked to fill out a short customer questionairre. Be sure to try the succulent lamb Rogan Josh and the Goan prawn curry. If you don't have the time to sit in, their take away service is also great value.

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TriBeCa
65 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Though I don't buy into the hype regarding the buffalo wings, this is a great place for a weekend brunch. Fresh juices, delicious salads and omelettes. The ideal place to enjoy your Sunday paper or some good gossip from the night before.

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Larry Murphys
43 Baggot Street Lower, Baggot Street, Dublin

If the salty stodgy food doesn't give you a heart attack then the bill sure will!

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Milano (Baggot Street)
1 - 2 Haddington Road, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

So long as you sit far far away from the new kiddies play area, you are in for a nice relaxing meal. Ideal for Friday lunch with the office and there are often deals to be had.

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Kanum Thai Ltd
77 Mespil Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Unless you have some sort of an obsession with lemongrass its probably best that you don't try this place out. I couldn't eat my salad for all the lemongrass (I found the parts of 5 whole pieces!) I wanted lunch, not Potpourri!

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Bloom Brasserie & Wine Bar
11 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

Great place to go with a crowd and the express menu has plenty of choice. Would consider it better value than suggested above (€€€) but then the wine might be thought to be a little on the dear side.

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L'Ecrivain Restaurant
109a Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Holy Moley, this is fine dining at it's very best. Inventive and moreish cuisine, attentive staff, casual surroundings and an excellent wine list. The lunch special is phenomenal value. If you live in Dublin and don't eat at this place once then you are missing out on something seriously special.

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Jo'Burger
137 Rathmines Road, Dublin 6 , South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin

Hmmmmm! I do like it here but if you don't eat bread (as I don't) the burgers are a little sad. The grandeur of this incredible burger as it comes out,tentatively held together by a skewer and the sheer grace of God lacks a lot of lustre once the mammoth bun is cast to your side plate! In saying that, my vegetarian companion was in heaven and the homemade ketchup is to die for.

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Michie Sushi (Ranelagh)
11 Chelmsford Lane, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

This is one of my favourite spots in Ranelagh, though hard to find! (Swing a left down the little lane before Headcase to see the sign in lights ahead!) For take away, I highly recommend the Ebi Fry for beginners but there are hot dishes too so its a complete crowd pleaser! The staff are so friendly (particularly the owner himself!) and there's delicious green tea while you wait for it to be prepared. Better still, the place has been refurbished and there's a new lunchtime eat-in menu that looks incredible and is seriously good value!

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