Restaurant Reviews from dapower
Chez Max (Palace Street) restaurant
1 Palace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 08th July 2008 ( visited 07th July 2008 )People described this place to me as like being in Paris - and it really was a surprise. It's hidden away under Dublin Castle and once you enter it's a real old but genuine feel. The staff are all incredibly French (accents wise!) but very friendly. I stumped up for the frogs legs (1st time) and was surprised - very tasty! The duck was really good...we left stuffed and happy. Will definately be back...
Tante Zoes restaurant
1 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 24th May 2008 ( visited 23rd May 2008 )There's a really relaxed atmosphere at Tante Zoes. The music is nice and low (U2 to the Beach Boys) and the staff are friendly. The menu is so different and always nice to read. I had the shrimp gumbo to start - it's a fish soup. Main course was the Shrimp Creole which comes with rice - again it was lovely. Plenty of veg too. We'd pecan pie to finish. Nothing is overboard about Tante Zoes. Always worth another visit.
6 Queen Street, Smithfield, Dublin
I know Peter the owner and it's great to see somebody open their own restaurant and serve something different. The fish is so fresh. The menu is so simple. Not 50 options, but a handful. All sourced locally and fresh. Limited drinks selection but again good quality Basque Txaboli wine. Support local!
8 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Friday night dinner outside overlooking the street in November is a rarity, especially in Dubiln. Such a nice way to spend an evening. I've been several times. Food is always great and nice wine and beer options.
Lumanti of Nepal
88 Rathgar Road, South Dublin, Rathgar, Dublin
Great night out - we'd a large group upstairs with a set menu. Shared platters were yummy with such a mix of meat and veg. Wine menu is extensive. Staff very friendly and attentive.
Eden Bar and Grill
7 South William Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Sunday brunch was great for a group of 8. Staff were so attentive with orders, water refills and drinks. The brunch menu is great value, with wide variety of options. Cocktails were good and dessert nice too. I'd the lamb burger and roulade. Will return for early bird!
The Moorings Restaurant
Davitt's Quay, Dungarvan, Dungarvan, Waterford
We've been several times and like the location, seafood and atmosphere. This most recent visit was disappointing - all (3-4) of the staff who served us were unattentive, disinterested and left us waiting for menus, water, orders, coffee. The choice of seafood is limited, while food (fresh fish & chips, salmon salad and crab claws) but too many standard non-fish options. They should make more of location beside the sea and focus more on fish. I will try somewhere else next time, as staff really didn't do the place justice.
Phoenix Park Cafe
Grounds of the Visitor's Centre, Parkgate Street, Dublin
I can't believe I've never been here before - a hidden secret in the Park. Well worth a visit for coffee or lunch. Nice fresh cakes or lovely quiches with salad sides. Good seating outside - must be a sun trap when the sun shines. I'll be back on the bike.
ely gastro bar
Grand Canal Square, (Next to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre), Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin
Pre-threatre meal sounded like a good idea, as I assumed Ely would have it down to a tee. The food was lovely and the menu interesting (including an offer of main and glass of wine) however the key failure was TIME. Pre-theatre means people are under pressure to get out for the show. We ordered at 6.50 but mains didnt arrive until 7.30, which was a bit slow. The waiters were polite and explained the kitchen was busy, however it's not what you expect if going for a quick meal. I'd go back for lunch, but would make sure I had time!
Frankies Italian Bar and Grill
42 Temple Bar Square, Temple Bar, Dublin
Early bird on a Saturday was good. The salad starter was nice as was the chicken main. I should have ordered chips as a side. The staff were attentive and the music was nice. I'd go back again - good value for 2 course as well.
ITSA @ Harvey Nichols
Harvey Nichols, Dundrum Town Centre, Sandyford Road, Dundrum, Dublin
Saturday evening before going to the cinema we popped into Harvey Nic's as many of the other restaurants were full up. The menu seemed to have something for everybody (burgers, fish, meat, chicken) so I went for the "fish crumble". I said to myself this will be either very good or very bad. Unfortunately it was the latter. The bowl was really small - like a tapas bowl and only came with a small side salad and stale bread. I was expecting a hearty meal with mash and veg, not some limp bread. My friend fared better with fish & chips which looked good. The service was ok but not overly welcoming. They included 10% service charge on the bill, so no tip.
45 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Something different - Moorish food. We went as group of 6 and staff were really helpful. We got the Christmas menu, so all you choose is main course (we had spicy lamb tangine & chicken supreme). The starters were great - first lovely tappenades and then a platter of 6 bite sized starters. The room is cosy and nicely divided up, so you don't feel like it's one big room. The desserts were also a mix of 4 minis (although they were standard enough and no real Moroccan influence). Mint tea to finish. All in all - well worth it and I will be going back.
Chatham Street, City Centre South, Dublin
We went there as part of Dine in Dublin promotion, so got 3-course meal for €30. My first time there but staff were excellent - really attentive. Food was nice from set DiD menu - I'd mushrooms, rib-eye steak and creme brulee. Cucumber martinis to start were strange but not really something I'd try again. Different though! Good buzz in there on Friday night and easy to get a table. Only problem was that I couldn't get an espresso with €30 menu - only filter coffee or tea was included...I thought that was a bit inflexible given espresso has less than a normal coffee!!
Pinocchio Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
Luas Kiosk, Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin
Saturday evening and the place was buzzing with people. I ate on the high tables near the door, which were perfect. The waiters were really friendly, but you had to wait a bit as they were busy. The bruschetta was nice and fresh. For main course I'd the taglietelle with seabream and lemon, which was really simple but lovely. Only thing I didn't like were the prices - the antipasti were all about €10, I would have expected cheaper for some starters. For mains, the pasta was also €16+ which isn't cheap. Main fish/meat were €25 average...again they could do better with some better prices - I'd return in a flash then.
Indian Ocean Dublin
15 Montague Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Friday night was busy but not full. The food was very nice although we were no expert Indian eaters, so choosing was a bit difficult. "Ladies fingers" were on the menu, but didn't try them :-) Stuffed peppers with lamb were really good. Atmosphere died really early as place emptied by 10pm, but complimentary drink after was nice touch. Would definately give it another go, so I could try out more of menu.
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
brunch on sunday is nice - if you like eggs! they have every variety. i had huevos rancheros and it was great. smoothies are nice too. would like to go back for dinner/lunch.
Cafe Mimo (Dundrum)
House of Fraiser, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Dublin
I stopped by one evening for a bite to eat. I won't be going back in a hurry for food, although desserts and coffee looked nice. I had the penne pasta which had either garlic cream or pesto sauce. When the waiter came, he picked his nose while telling me there was no garlic sauce. How can you run out of garlic in a restaurant?? So pesto it was. Literally dripping in oil, it was way too greasy. So I skipped coffee/dessert. For €12.50 only ok. And they lost their alcohol license, so not even a glass of wine.
The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin
I really like this bar - it's nice and big with loads of light and space. I wandered in on Saturday afternoon was menu of tapas and hot dishes sounded good (mackerel or fish pie or mussels, etc). I tried the large fish pie and was really disappointed. It didn't look anything like the fish pie I was expecting. There was no mash on top, just diced potatoes mixed with fish and veg in a kind of soupy thing. Not great - although loads of fish. I like the place so definitely going back to try the tapas, but just avoid fish pie - atmosphere is nice (no TVs either!) so thumbs up.
Chez Max (Palace Street)
1 Palace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
People described this place to me as like being in Paris - and it really was a surprise. It's hidden away under Dublin Castle and once you enter it's a real old but genuine feel. The staff are all incredibly French (accents wise!) but very friendly. I stumped up for the frogs legs (1st time) and was surprised - very tasty! The duck was really good...we left stuffed and happy. Will definately be back...
1 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin
There's a really relaxed atmosphere at Tante Zoes. The music is nice and low (U2 to the Beach Boys) and the staff are friendly. The menu is so different and always nice to read. I had the shrimp gumbo to start - it's a fish soup. Main course was the Shrimp Creole which comes with rice - again it was lovely. Plenty of veg too. We'd pecan pie to finish. Nothing is overboard about Tante Zoes. Always worth another visit.
McCabes Wines, The Gables, 1 Torquay Road, Dublin 18 , Foxrock, Dublin
On a nice summer's evening, I stopped off for dinner after a round of golf. I sat outside and ordered the duck main course (with potato and turnip). It was really tasty and definitely worth trying. The staff are friendly although can forget about you outside! Cheesecake dessert tasted nice, but was a little disappointing in size. The dining room looked nice but not sure if I'd go back - mainly for location.