Restaurant Reviews from cheeseandpears

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 10

Member Since: 08 February 2009

Last Visit: 09 December 2015

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De Brúns restaurant

Ashleigh Centre, Main Street, Castleknock, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Brasserie

Price Range:

Good
106 reviews

Reviewed 14th February 2009 ( visited 10th February 2009 )

Great atmosphere and service, and good food. The Brasserie manager probably read the bad reviews and took action. We went there on a Tuesday for the early bird menu (two people, 25€ each). The atmosphere was warm and relaxing (thanks to the piano player). We were seated immediately and we ordered within five minutes. The menu had a fairly wide selection of courses, and we had soup and crostini as starter, turkey as main course, and apple tart as dessert. Overall it was very good, maybe a bit too much oil on the crostini, but turkey was well cooked, and the apple tart was delicious. The complementary white wine (which would probably cost 25€ alone in a normal meal) was more than decent. Service was great and friendly, with waiters checking on us regularly. We'll definitely come back.
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De Brúns restaurant

Ashleigh Centre, Main Street, Castleknock, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Brasserie

Price Range:

Good
106 reviews

Reviewed 14th February 2009 ( visited 10th February 2009 )

Great atmosphere and service, and good food. The Brasserie manager probably read the bad reviews and took action. We went there on a Tuesday for the early bird menu (two people, 25€ each). The atmosphere was warm and relaxing (thanks to the piano player). We were seated immediately and we ordered within five minutes. The menu had a fairly wide selection of courses, and we had soup and crostini as starter, turkey as main course, and apple tart as dessert. Overall it was very good, maybe a bit too much oil on the crostini, but turkey was well cooked, and the apple tart was delicious. The complementary white wine (which would probably cost 25€ alone in a normal meal) was more than decent. Service was great and friendly, with waiters checking on us regularly. We'll definitely come back.
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Caffe Amore by Luli Montana
59 South Great George Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Good level of Italian food and nice atmosphere, but the service left a lot to desire. They clearly forgot our second courses, and by other small details it was clear that the waiting staff is not really experienced. Setbacks like those can be easily recovered with a small make-up treat (free coffee maybe?) but that wasn't the case. Of course we left without leaving a tip. The food is good, but there are truckloads of Italian restaurants now in Dublin, next time I'll go to one where food is good and the waiters know what they're doing.

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Brasserie 7
The Capel Building, Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

The meat was great, and service quick and nice. Just a couple of things I didn't like: 1. The place is nice but it's crammed with tables. I understand the reason for that, but it takes away a lot of the charm of the place 2. If you can't get rid of a few tables, at least lower the volume of the live music. My friend and I had to sit closer to talk at each other without screaming. Loud music can work in a bar, but with people having dinner it's just purely annoying. 3. The supplement for the steak is 4 euros on Menupages, but it came at 6 in the bill. Please correct that.

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Busyfeet & Coco Cafe
41- 42 South William Street, South William Street, Dublin

I went there with a friend for a dinner and a chat. After 1 minute the waitress was already there for our drinks, and after three she was there again for the food. Some places don't seem to understand that there IS such thing as too fast service, especially if you expect to wind down after a week's work with a friend and the place is almost empty. We ordered hamburger and lasagna and were both great. The coleslaw that came with the burger was particularly good, and my friend asked if he could have some. He didn't expect to have it for free of course, but for some reason that I didn't get, they wouldn't serve it on its own. When I finished my burger, my plate was removed while I was still chewing, and then we moved to the desserts. We both went for a carrot cake, and my friend asked the waiter if we could have it warm. I'm still waiting for the glass of water that I asked for. To sum up: the food is great and more than worth the price, but if you go there, make sure you are in a hurry (because they will be, even if you are the only customer at that moment) and you don't order anything that is not on the menu.

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ely winebar
22 Ely Place, (Just off St. Stephen’s Green), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Overrated and overpriced. I went there lured by the excellent reviews of their Irish stew, and I was a bit puzzled. Don't they say "a stew boiled is a stew spoiled"? What I got was ten baby potatoes and five pieces of (probably excellent quality) meat boiled in vegetable broth. My friend payed 30 euros for a ridiculously small venison course. In the end we wanted to have dessert, but we gave up because we were sure that for 7 euros we would be served a tiny scoop of "organic ice cream." The service is good, but there's no need to leave a tip, they already tip themselves 10%. With a company of four people, we had two starters, four main courses, four glasses of wine, two bottles of water, and payed 36 euros each. Not, not, not, not worth it. If you're there for a snack try a glass of wine with the selection of breads, which was really good. If you want to have a proper dinner, go somewhere else, there's a wide selection of restaurants on the same price range just a short walk away.

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

Lovely restaurant. The chioce is so wide that when you sit down for an early bird you will receive five different menus, so bring your glasses and be prepared. The service could actually be a bit faster, but the food is worth it. We had a salad and a soup as a starter and a cottage pie and a roasted duck as a main. All delicious. If you want to have a glass of red try the Malbec

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

Unicorn's little brother has a surprisingly selected menu. There is not much choice, but the one you get is excellent. Food is cooked properly, posh but not pretentious, and the service is very good too, (although I'm not used to the waitress pouring my wine all the time, but I guess this is what people like in restaurants like this). The bill was 180€ for three people, three courses plus wine. Overall a good value.

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The Carpenter
Carpenterstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin

Great place for a drink before or after dinner. Lovely pub indeed, quiet and friendly atmosphere. Unfortunately I can't say the same about the food. The Guinnes stew was not too bad, but there's no way that the beef burger was actually beef. It was either turkey or chicken. And it was served too quickly to be fresh. Will come back for sure but not to eat.

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Ravellos Restaurant
Clonsilla Village, Dublin 15, Clonsilla, Dublin

If you want to go to an Italian restaurant in Dublin and eat like you would in an Italian restaurant in Italy, then Ravello is not for you. But if you want to eat as you would in an Italian family, "like mama used to make," simple and fresh stuff, then I recommend it. The penne bolognese, were just like an Italian mom would cook, and the pizza tastes like pizza. The early bird is 17€ for 3 courses, also on Saturdays and Sundays. Totally worth it.

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The Bull & Castle and F.X. Buckley Steakhouse
5-7 Lord Edward Street, Christchurch, Dublin 8, City Centre South, Dublin

Finding a place to eat after 10 is usually a problem in Dublin, but not in this pub. Wooden interiors and loads of beers from all over the world. I had the fish pie and it was delicious, and so the beef stew. The pancake was a good balance between eggs and filling. The service is not so great, but once the waitresses finally decide it's time to look towards your table, they're quick. But the food is definitely worth it, so we'll come back for sure.

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De Brúns
Ashleigh Centre, Main Street, Castleknock, Dublin

Great atmosphere and service, and good food. The Brasserie manager probably read the bad reviews and took action. We went there on a Tuesday for the early bird menu (two people, 25€ each). The atmosphere was warm and relaxing (thanks to the piano player). We were seated immediately and we ordered within five minutes. The menu had a fairly wide selection of courses, and we had soup and crostini as starter, turkey as main course, and apple tart as dessert. Overall it was very good, maybe a bit too much oil on the crostini, but turkey was well cooked, and the apple tart was delicious. The complementary white wine (which would probably cost 25€ alone in a normal meal) was more than decent. Service was great and friendly, with waiters checking on us regularly. We'll definitely come back.

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