Restaurant Reviews from cjm64

Status: First Timer

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52.5%

County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 4

Member Since: 30 January 2013

Last Visit: 01 May 2015

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Essence Bistro restaurant

75 Main Street, Swords, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Bistro

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89 reviews

Reviewed 15th September 2013 ( visited 14th September 2013 )

Ate there last night. We had been once before about six months ago and enjoyed it. Last night the starters and main course were superb, and the staff really courteous and pleasant. My steak was cooked perfectly. My wife had trout, which she really enjoyed (she is seldom impressed by main courses). We'd highly recommend it, and will be back.
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Essence Bistro restaurant

75 Main Street, Swords, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Bistro

Price Range:

Great
89 reviews

Reviewed 15th September 2013 ( visited 14th September 2013 )

Ate there last night. We had been once before about six months ago and enjoyed it. Last night the starters and main course were superb, and the staff really courteous and pleasant. My steak was cooked perfectly. My wife had trout, which she really enjoyed (she is seldom impressed by main courses). We'd highly recommend it, and will be back.
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Greedy Goose
15 Townyard Lane, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin

IM NOT SURE WHERE THE GREAT REVIEWS ARE COMING FROM! IT IS A LOVELY LOOKING RESTAURANT WITH GREAT SEA VIEWS BUT I FOUND THE FOOD VERY DISAPPOINTING. WE GOT 3 COURSES PER HEAD AND I CANNOT REMEMBER ONE AS BEING PARTICULARLY SPECIAL OR ENJOYABLE. IT ALL LOOKED ALOT NICER THAN IT TASTED. MY HUSBAND ALSO HAD 3 COURSES THAT WERE DIFFERENT TO MINE. HE ENJOYED HIS SOUP BUT THE OTHER MEALS WERE ALL VERY AVERAGE.

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Essence Bistro
75 Main Street, Swords, Dublin

Ate there last night. We had been once before about six months ago and enjoyed it. Last night the starters and main course were superb, and the staff really courteous and pleasant. My steak was cooked perfectly. My wife had trout, which she really enjoyed (she is seldom impressed by main courses). We'd highly recommend it, and will be back.

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Gourmet Food Parlour Swords
Unit 2 St Fintans, North Street, Swords, Swords, Dublin

When i first ate here a year ago i thoroughly enjoyed it. We only eat out occasionally and chose to eat here a couple of months ago and were really disappointed. The quality of the cooking and food were definately not as good. When we got the opportunity to go out again we decided to give it one more go. And this time i would say it was worse and will not return. The tapas concept is great but the quality of the main courses is poor. The dips, bread, sundried tomatoes at the beginning were fine as well as the potatoe bravas. But the main expense is the main courses and these were not good. I ordered queen scallops wiith calamari and salad. I got some dried up rocket, 2 skinny pieces of calamari - mainly batter - and some deep fried fish balls which for all the taste could have been fishfingers.. That cost 9 euros - very poor value and expensive. My husband ordered chicken in a cheese crust - he couldn't finish it - unknown for him - this was also deep fried and tasted vaguely like chicken kiev. A friend who also ate here had the same experience, found the quality of the main courses poor and was not keen to return. Very disappointing for a special night out. As an aside why do nearly all the main courses appear to have cheese in them - there is very little choice if you do not like cheese. Will not be returning. Cooking and value not up to scratch.

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Burritos & Orange
Upper Abbey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Food was not good at all. We stupidly purchased it online without seeing the restuarant, thinking it seemed good value. When we got there we realised it was more of a budget cafe than a restaurant. Our deal was not good value as we could have ordered off the menu for just as cheap. Food was poor value and quality - even my husband agreed and he is not fussy at all. They even managed to burn the nachos and dips were awful. I cannot believe they served up inedible food like they did. If all you want is a cheap lunchtime burritto for 5 Euros its probably ok but I wouldn't recommend this as a place to go for a restaurant standard meal. Avoid it if you want something of good quality.

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