Restaurant Reviews from cdunne1

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 11

Member Since: 07 October 2011

Last Visit: 13 January 2016

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Kinara Kitchen restaurant

17 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Cocktails

Price Range:

Good
77 reviews

Reviewed 24th October 2011 ( visited 24th September 2011 )

Genuinely just love it. Love the food. Love the cocktails. Love the service. Love the atmosphere! I am a fool for spicy/'hot' food and they get it right every time. My brother is not a lover of anything with flavour in it, and HE even liked it.
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Yamamori Izakaya restaurant

12/13 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Asian Fusion

Price Range:

Good
66 reviews

Reviewed 13th November 2011 ( visited 13th November 2011 )

Visited this evening with my parents, complements of the menupages deal which was unbelievable value. The decor and interior is a good enough reason to dine here, it is simply stunning. The service is friendly, attentive and welcoming, our waitress was particularly helpful when it came to our initial confusion about what the voucher actually entailed. The starters (seafood dumplings and pork belly salad) were yum, though the wasabi was slightly over-powering in the latter. We also had two rice-soupy things, which were more like something you would feed a teething child, the consistency was a bit off for our liking, but the sea bass was cooked beautifully, I haven't had fish cooked that well in a while. Dad easily polished his lamb shank, whilst my seafood dish was again beautifully cooked with simple, fresh ingredients with no frills attached. However, Mum's steak joined the table roughly 10minutes after dad got his main, and five minutes after I received my fish. Service in this regard seemed a bit disjointed, and Mum wasn't particularly pushed on the steak whose fried onion accompaniments were basically raw. However, any and all niggly bits were forgotten come dessert. the banoffi pie was divine whilst the apple crumble was good (though was outshone by the ice cream!) All in all it was a lovely evening and I'll certainly be back for some more banoffi!
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The Gables
McCabes Wines, The Gables, 1 Torquay Road, Dublin 18 , Foxrock, Dublin

Was really pleasantly surprised by the decor and atmosphere - ate here on a Living Social voucher which was great value. My boyfriend has the freshest grilled prawns, and I had the tastiest, meatiest scallops. HIs beef was melt in your mouth and although I would have liked more veg with the vension, it was a welcome treat. Great selection of wines and a quaint wine bar if you wanted a drink but not the meal to boot.

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Market Lane
5/6 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork City, Cork

After much dithering, Mum and I dined here last night and my! were we glad!! I had a deliciously creamy veg and chicken soup to start whilst Mum had the duck confoit which she conceded as salty, though the freshness of the rocket salad nicely balanced out the flavours. For mains I had the tangine, which I had had a craving for all day. My only complaint (if even) was that there were not enough roasted veggies in it, aubergine and big juicy tomatoes would not go amiss in this dish that could do with a little more spice (but I am particularly fond of spice so don't let that put you off). Mum had prawn and salmon spagetti which actually had seafood in it unlike so many other places that fob you off with one or two. She really enjoyed it and whatever tomatoey sauce it was enveloped in was yummy. We took our time for dessert seeing as we were fit to explode, but were not rushed by any means by the staff who were were and attentive all throughout the night. We eventually caved and had a banoffi pie of sorts (dark chocie and bananas on a hazelnut biscuit base). Twas a unique and I suppose modern take on an old classic and went down a treat too. All in all a very enjoyable evening, good company, good food, good wine (kind of) and good service/. Next time I'm in Cork I'll definitely being paying a visit!

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

Ate here last night with my aunt and Gran with a GrabOne voucher which helped eased the cost (worth 70 and paid 35), big time. We avoided starters not any particular reason but I think my guests were probably conscious of how I would be picking up the tab (I'm a student) as dinner was their birthday and Christmas presents. Anyway Gran's venison was divine. Only word for it! My aunt couldn't stop complementing the lamb, though admittedly I didn't try it myself. My sea bream was beautifully cooked and tasted so fresh and yummy! The side salad that accompanied it was disappointingly drenched in a dressing, which is probably my own fault - I should have specified no dressing but nonetheless it was tasty. The food was beautiful but I do have a problem with the wine list. The cheapest was 25, which was sold out - for obvious reasons I imagine. There were only two or three left in the 20 bracket which I think is a joke in this day and age. I would have happily ordered another bottle to round off our evening but it was cost prohibitive. My aunt and gran had liqeur coffees instead and they tasted great. Service was charming and the restaurant ambience strikes a delicate balance between sophistication and comfort. I thought it was particularly amusing to see the chefs put the finishing touches to our mains on the pass which peeks onto the floor. I would be inclined to go again but the wine needs to be more keenly priced. I would probably avail of their early evening special next time too.

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The Chili Club
Anne's Lane, South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here yesterday with three friends to have lunch, we happily availed of the keenly priced 2 courses for 9.95 menu though were understandably quite restricted in choice. I had the chicken satay to start whilst the girls had spring rolls, which were tiny but they seemed happy enough with them. My satay was more sweet than one would expect but pleasant all the same. For mains, I went with the stir fried beef and veg which was yum. I had specified for the dish to be very spicy but this just meant the chef chucked a few extra bird eye chillis into the meal, which I didn't mind so much but it did overpower the other flavours. A balance was sorely lacking. The girls enjoyed their curries (yellow veggie and green chicken) though portions were farely small, though I cant really complain - we were eating two courses for a tenner! Service was pleasant, they were happy to refill our waters yet didn't 'interfere' with our nattering conversation. All in all it was cheap and cheerful, though wouldn't necessarily go again next time I went for a Thai in town.

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Taste of Brazil
32 Parliament St, Temple bar, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Meh, had dinner here this evening and wasn't very impressed. Though I admit I had not had much prior exposure to Brazilian food I was eager to try and taste it, however I won't be back in a hurry. Service was polite though and the furnishings are sweet, especially the South American maps on the tables, but that is about as far I can go with the positives. My prawn main was too stodgy for my liking and quite dense, my friend went for the roast chicken done in a potato/cassava/cheese/tomato thing and it was average - nothing to rave about. My other friend went for the Brazilian national dish which was little more than a mish-mash of black beans and what I think was pork. We shared the chocolate bon bon dessert, which was ... grand, nothing particularly special. Added to this substandard food was the confusion about the DealRush voucher that I was redeeming. I was not told that the voucher did not entitle us to wine, even though I had specified it while booking. All in all a very disappointing and lack lustre meal.

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Yamamori Izakaya
12/13 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Visited this evening with my parents, complements of the menupages deal which was unbelievable value. The decor and interior is a good enough reason to dine here, it is simply stunning. The service is friendly, attentive and welcoming, our waitress was particularly helpful when it came to our initial confusion about what the voucher actually entailed. The starters (seafood dumplings and pork belly salad) were yum, though the wasabi was slightly over-powering in the latter. We also had two rice-soupy things, which were more like something you would feed a teething child, the consistency was a bit off for our liking, but the sea bass was cooked beautifully, I haven't had fish cooked that well in a while. Dad easily polished his lamb shank, whilst my seafood dish was again beautifully cooked with simple, fresh ingredients with no frills attached. However, Mum's steak joined the table roughly 10minutes after dad got his main, and five minutes after I received my fish. Service in this regard seemed a bit disjointed, and Mum wasn't particularly pushed on the steak whose fried onion accompaniments were basically raw. However, any and all niggly bits were forgotten come dessert. the banoffi pie was divine whilst the apple crumble was good (though was outshone by the ice cream!) All in all it was a lovely evening and I'll certainly be back for some more banoffi!

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KC Peaches Cafe & Delicatessen (Nassau Street)
28/29 Nassau Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Haven't actually eaten here, only ever had take out but am continuously going back from more ! The food is fresh and homely - the take out boxes are great value for money and even though the food is served on a self service basis, it remains hot and well-cooked - the steamed veggies manage to stay 'steamed' and don't dissolve into the typical SUnday dinner, vegetable mush that the Irish have a particular grá for! If it can keep its veggies steamed and not soggy, despite how they are stored on hot plates, then you know the owners are on to something good! WOuld definitely, and have, recommended this place to both friends and family. Nom nom nom!

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Saba
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I went there this evening for lunch with a friend I hadn't seen in yonks. She was inevitably delayed which suited me fine, though the service was slightly lacking - I wasn't asked if I wanted a drink or anything. But nonetheless, we both ordered from the set price lunch menu, which at two courses for 15.25euro is very good value. My friend's chicken satay was lovely, the nutty flavours and textures complemented the fresh salad really well, though the chicken in my soup seemed lacking, it was dry for a start. My friend had the green curry which was perfect comfort food, though she found it too spicy, its flavors were right up my alley. My wok stir fry was good, though it was not 'very spicy' like I had requested. I've been here before and usually cannot fault Saba, but today it seemed to have missed a beat. I love its ethos and usually adore its food but again, tonight something was amiss in the kitchen and service department. I will probably be back, though not as soon as I would expect.

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

Genuinely just love it. Love the food. Love the cocktails. Love the service. Love the atmosphere! I am a fool for spicy/'hot' food and they get it right every time. My brother is not a lover of anything with flavour in it, and HE even liked it.

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Kanum Thai
16 Orwell Rd, Dublin 4, Rathgar, Dublin

Cheap and cheerful, my family and I are usually lazy and get the takeaway but I was pleasantly surprised when I choose to eat in recently. Service is quick and efficient, and the food is usually top class. The only reason I say 'sometimes' is that the odd time my meal (usually stirfries) aren't spicy enough even though I've asked for extra hot! Nonetheless, I'll keep coming back. Great to see a relatively new addition to Dublin's eateries doing so welL!

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Vermilion
94-96 Terenure Road, Dublin 6 , Terenure, Dublin

Absolutely love this restaurant. The food is superb - I am an avid lover of spicy food and they always get the spice just right. My brother who loathes spicy foods and hates adventuring beyond a Tikka Massala is always satisfied too. Attention to detail, warm and welcoming service and an atmosphere that is made with the customer's enjoyment at the forefront are what makes Vermillion one of those restaurants that I look forward to dining in every time!

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