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Yamamori Sushi, Tengu restaurant

38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
Asian

Price Range:

Good
498 reviews

Reviewed 07th April 2008 ( visited 11th January 2008 )

I came here for my birthday and it was perfect... the decor is better than the George's street branch and food is just as good. Despite being busy we had enough attention to choose of the menu throughout the evening without the slightest sign of frustration. When more friends joined later we were able to move tables and continue to order - great service
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Jewel in the Crown (Ballsbridge) restaurant

41-43 Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 4

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Cuisine:
Indian

Price Range:

Good
74 reviews

Reviewed 02nd April 2008 ( visited 12th March 2008 )

everything you need from an indian restaurant - all the normal dishes are here and are of a good quality. No unnecessary grease and always fresh. The set meals are great value if you are hungry - you get loads of food. The early bird deal is also great value for money
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Alexis Bar And Grill
17 / 18 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

This is the biggest surprise of recent times - an inassuming place from the outside but great inside. Food is fantastic to look at and amazing value - the lunch and early bird menus are low in price but there is no compromise on portion size of quality of food. I had the wood pigeon which was delicious, but noone I was with was left disappointed. I would recommend booking as this place fills up fast even during the week and at lunch - and you can see why.

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Salamanca
1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I had heard great things about this place so it had a lot to live up to, and I have to say I wasn't at all disappointed. The place was packed so make sure you book - but the result is a bustling atmosphere that really reminds you of holidays. There is a huge variety of choice on the menu, with old favourites alongside more adventurous dishes - all are generous portions so we found 5 between 3 people was adequate. The tapas tower is pretty good value but is limited to tried and tested favourites like patatas bravas and chicken wings. I genuinely felt like I was in Spain here, great for any occasion.

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TriBeCa
65 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Came here on a Tuesday evening and the place was packed... always a good sign. Portions are enormous, the chicken wings are somewhat of a signature dish and big enough for a main course. There is a great mix of easy food like burgers and salads, alongside more sophisticated creations at higher prices. A lively atmosphere coupled with a good quality menu and good service, would definitely recommend this for any occasion.

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Cafe Topolis
37 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

had a lunch here and it was amazing value - starter, main and a glass of wine for just €12.50. If you're going to do it come on an empty stomach because food is big portioned and tasty. Genuine Italian, inlcuding wood fired pizza - a rarity in Ireland. Quite a low key atmosphere so one for a relaxed meal and good chat.

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Milano (Dun Laoghaire)
1 Harbour Square, Crofton Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

well you can never fault the foo din milano, you know what you get and they do it well. The main complaint I would have about this experience in particular would be a pretty frosty welcome, then the noisiest dining experience I have ever had - we were by the open kitchen and it actually drowned out our conversation several times. It's a safe bet, but not as stylish as other milano's around if you're making a choice

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Town Bar and Grill
21 Kildare Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Cosy place for a relaxing evening meal... and the food was to a good standard. I had antipasto and beef - all looked beautiful and were equally tasty, just nothing extra for that wow factor maybe? I would definitely come back again though and would surely enjoy the experience.

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Dunne And Crescenzi (Sandymount)
11 Seafort Avenue, Dublin 4, Sandymount, Dublin

I'd heard great things about this place, and it was good - but nothing outstanding. The kind of Italian you would really get in Italy but for me no wow factor - although the food was fresh and tasty there was too much oil on all the dishes leaving me feeling greasy. Professional and friendly service, I especially like the fact that my friend and I ordered just starters and this was perfectly acceptable.

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Expresso Bar Cafe & Wine Bar (Ballsbridge)
1 St Mary's Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin

This place was heaving to overflowing for sunday brunch... hardley noticeable from the road it is a different world once you step in through the doors. Bustling with people, sit and read a paper or natter to friends. The food was great, generous portions and fresh ingredients. Service was efficient and friendly, only slightly verging on hassled given the volume of customers. Nothing pretentious about this place just good taste and modern design, at normal prices. Definitely look forward to a few more lazy weekends in here

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Odessa
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Had brunch here a couple of times and enjoyed it, although there are a couple of observations. 1. Sit upstairs rather than downstairs - with no natural daylight in the basement it made us all fall asleep. and the low tables were slightly uncomfortable for a meal 2. The chef makes the difference - one day my eggs were perfect, the other hard boiled. Overall it looks great and there are some imaginative dishes, great bustling atmosphere upstairs and not overpriced.

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Les Freres Jacques
74 Dame Street, Dublin City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

I arrived well before my friend this evening and was made to feel really welcome and attended to - not a moment of discomfort. Food was delicious, service was impeccable - seem to remember speaking french at several points in the evening although it's not compulsory! This is professional but friendly to perfection, I can't imagine anyone ever having a bad experience. Get dressed up but relax, its not pretentious. The menu and wine offer on Monday / Tuesday also make this really affordable, a real treat.

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Tks thai
132 Lower Baggot Street, Baggot Street, Dublin

went in around 7pm mid week and the place was empty - despite this it felt pretty cosy and comfortable. The service was great and food quick to arrive - would hope so being the only ones in the restaurant. The yellow curry was very tasty, although quite pricey for the amount of prawns in the dish.

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Jaipur Restaurant (Dalkey)
21 Castle Street, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

this fod looks beautiful... and the taste lives up to it. Nothing like your normal Indian, the food tastes fresh and flavours are amazing. I would advise booking - we were lucky to get a table for 2 even on a Sunday evening...

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

great value tapas - portions are substantial even if you go for the small size and food is fresh and tasty. Great for groups or just couples, bring warm clothes during the winter daytime as it can get pretty nippy in ths large warehouse space. Not for a quiet evening meal but great just to hango ut and soak up the chatty amosphere

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New Tin Tin
7 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

if you're on a budget and don't care about getting good quality food this could be for you... all of the meat we had looked like the cheapest bits and all meals were greasy. We also waited 90 mins for delivery and were treated very rudely when we called to chase it... all in all I would rather pay more for a better experience

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Cornucopia
19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

good quality food but pretty squashed - great to mingle but not for sitting around for hours over a meal. Good variety of salad and main courses but as others have said slightly pricy for what you get.

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Cactus Jacks (Middle Abbey St)
Millennium Walkway, Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

on a sunday evening it was nicely busy - good atmosphere but not too cramped. I have a feeling it may be a but tight on a busy night, lots of 2 person tables close together. We had fajitas to share - sizzling hot and tasty. Good prices and friendly service - they forgot my cheese but won't hold that too against them.

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101 Talbot
Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Ate here pre cinema and the service was perfect for a fast turnaround - depite the early booking the place was buzzing. Great food, simple but well cooked and fresh, with a great range of veggie options

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Bits and Pizzas
15 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

These are great pizzas - toppings are generous and just that bit different from your average pizzeria. I love the fact that you can see (and smell) the oven too. Its probably not the kind of place you would hand around for hours, but great for a shorter meal and as service is fast you can be in a rush if you need to.

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Dakota
South William Street, South William Street, Dublin

This is a great spot for lunch... comfy seating, and great variety of small portion meals. The food is fresh and tasty - the mix and match tapas is great to share

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El Bahia Moroccan Restaurant
37 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The decor in this place was great, I almost forgot I was in Ireland! The tables are pretty close together but it didn't seem to matter as the atmosphere was really relaxed, I almost started chatting to the people at the table next to us. The food was great quality and quickly prepared, but we had the vegetarian mezze and I have to say I found the portions quite small for the price we paid.

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Maia Restaurant
47 Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

This is the perfect place for a chilled weekend breakfast ... good decor, great (enormous) full irish and relaxed atmosphere.

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Ravi's Kitchen - duplicate
174 Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin

good food but the atmosphere could have been cosier - seems everyone was seated round the edges and the waiters stood watching throughout most of the meal. Having said that it was a good meal and I'll go back - food was well presented and tasty

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The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar
53 Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Throughout this whole meal I could smell chocolate - I almost couldn't wait to finish the main course before embarking on the chocolate bomb and it did not let me down... a must have for any chocolate lovers! The main was good quality french food, although my duck salad was pretty bland. Quite cramped so don't go if you want a private evening, instead just soak up the cafe type atmosphere and enjoy the chat.

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The Mint Bar
The Westin Hotel, College Green, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

A great place for drinks and quick meal - good quality simple food and loads of options for light bites. A generally lively atmposphere but also privacy in the archways if that's what you prefer.

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

A truly french experience - so much so that I didn't understand the waitress speaking English because I was waiting for the French... great frites to go with my moules, enormous desserts and quality wine. Sitting outside was a bit like sitting on the pavement but it's cul de sac location meant for a pleasant evening. No frills here, just good decent food and friendly waiting staff.

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Luigi Malones Restaurant
5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

I can imagine this would be a great place for a group night out - for two of us it was a bit noisy and food was squashed on the table given the enormous portions! Good solid food, I was full after the starter but no complaints as to the quality

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F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Crow Street
2 Crow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Food that just looks and tastes beautiful - the meat was perfect and the garlic mash was to die for. Very cosy restaurant great for a quiet evening meal for 2 or 4, the only downside we had was that the specials had already sold out when we got there... having said that the replacement was more than acceptable.

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

Got off to a bad start here, after turning up at 8 we were told we had to vacate the table by 9.15 for their second sitting - we were quite clear this wasn't going to happen given that we hadn't been told about it when booking, and managed to be left alone for the whole evening, did put things on edge slightly though as they never actually told us we could stay so we weren't sure. The food was of a great quality and smartly presented, portions quite small but fine if you are having several courses.... the desserts were huge so beware!

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The Signal Restaurant at The Station House Hotel
Main Street, Near Navan, Near Trim, Kilmessan, Meath

We discovered this by accident - what a find! The biggest issue was that we were entirely underdressed for the restaurant having come in from a country walk. The staff didn't seem to mind but we did get a few glances from other customers. We all had the Sunday roast and it was amazing - loads of meat cooked to perfection, and the desserts were all delicious.

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Johnnie Fox's Pub
Glencullen, Dublin Mountains, Glencullen, Dublin

great seafood! the prawns and scallops are enormous, even though they were served in a mixed dish so they could have got away with fewer. Really fresh, simple cooking. The bread is delicious - only challenge is to not eat too much before your meal comes... and the lemonade is red. Be careful not to query this as we had our heads bitten off by a waiter who had obviously heard the questions too many times. The tables are quirkly, but in all honestly just that bit too small and elbows are an issue when eating.

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

Mym mum did her best to enjoy it here, but to be honest it is 100% aimed at the young and preferably student market - menus come in comic books, music is loud and walls are covered in graffiti... my brother and I loved it. I never realised there could be so many ways to cook a burger - it took at least half an hour to decide which one to go for. The burgers are actually huge towers of good quality ingredients, and the sweet potato fries were delicious! Definitely one for a weekend munch with your mates - snuggle up on the benches and enjoy

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Yamamori Noodles
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

great food, loads of choice - only confusion seems to be when I try and keep the menu to order more later... I lose track of the number of waiters that try to take it off me. This place is always busy, and feels it - if you are looking for a more intimate evening try the yamamori sushi on the quays instead.

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Yamamori Sushi, Tengu
38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I came here for my birthday and it was perfect... the decor is better than the George's street branch and food is just as good. Despite being busy we had enough attention to choose of the menu throughout the evening without the slightest sign of frustration. When more friends joined later we were able to move tables and continue to order - great service

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FIRE Restaurant and Lounge
Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

you feel like you are getting some luxury for your money here - the atmosphere in the huge room is great. We had a table in the corner overlooking the room, so had privacy but could soak up the buzz. The food was of a great quality, only downside was how rushed we were - we literally put down our knives and the next course was there, 3 courses down in less than an hour!

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Olesya's Wine Bar
18 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

great wine list, and simple good quality food. I've spent a lot of time in France and this felt really authentically French. We left at about 9 and there was some music about to start, only challenge was getting out - the tables are so close together you do feel like you are joining in someone else's conversation

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Milano (Temple Bar)
19 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

the food is great as ever, but the atmosphere in this branch just doens't grab me. Half of the tables are so close to the door that you constantly feel people are standing over you or cold. Great spot for a quick bite though if you don't want to linger

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

Great food - really good quality ingredients and imaginative recipes. I had the oriental green salad and it was delicious! The ambience is a bit sterile and service quite rushed - we were asked if we wanted anything else by about 5 waiters until we got the hint and left. I would thoroughly recommend for lunch, but book ahead as it is busy.

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La Gondola
51 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

some of the best pizzas I have eaten outside of Italy - the base was perfect, thin and doughy. Very fresh food and efficiently served. Pretty functional atmosphere so not one for a romantic night out. Watch out for the garlic bread, it is very garlickly...

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The Cedar Tree
11a St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Delicious, fresh food - we couldn't choose so went for the traditional mezze and it didn't let us down. Beware ordering this if you are a table for 2 though as there were about 10 little dishes to fit in! The restaurant was really busy and at times felt slightly rushed - but I guess that's a good sign

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Millers Pizza Kitchens
50 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

I love this place! The tables are rickety and cramped, but you soon find out why it is always so busy... everything is done with real imagination - my first meal was a Thai prawn curry pizza, altogether strange but undeniably tasty and exciting. Be sure to book ahead and don't expect to have a long sitting just enjoy the fun.

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Jewel in the Crown (Ballsbridge)
41-43 Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

everything you need from an indian restaurant - all the normal dishes are here and are of a good quality. No unnecessary grease and always fresh. The set meals are great value if you are hungry - you get loads of food. The early bird deal is also great value for money

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Bench Cafe
5 Upper Baggot Street, Ballsbridge, Dublin

I felt obliged to redo my review on this one - after the first time I visited I kep going back to try and get those fantastic potato cakes again... sadly its been one bad experience after another. Complete inflexibility by serving staff (not possible to take beans off the full irish), portions reducing in size on each visit and food arriving at completely different times for everyone on the table. Sadly the relaxing sunday atmosphere just can't make up for it anymore.

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Baan Thai (Ballsbridge)
16 Merrion Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

I'm not sure they could fit more people in here if they tried, and it always feels slightly rushed... but the food is great and service always friendly. I went in recently just as they were closing, and they went out of their way to make us a take away when they could easily have said no. The food is clean and flavoursome just as thai should be

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