Restaurant Reviews from draven87

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Credibility Score:
52.5%

County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 9

Member Since: 19 December 2008

Last Visit: 13 February 2009

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Tamara Restaurant

Unit 11/18 Belgard Square, Tallaght Town Centre, West Dublin, Tallaght, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Asian Fusion

Price Range:

Good
211 reviews

Reviewed 19th December 2008 ( visited 14th December 2008 )

Best Chinese restaurant I've been to in Ireland, ever. Excellent food, friendly staff and decent service considering it was extremely busy. Stumbled upon this restaurant while searching for another and was pleasantly surprised by how good it actually was. Despite how busy it was, we were seated straight away(but only a party of 2 so easier than a large group - a booking would probably be recommended for that). The noise levels were approaching pub levels so not exactly a romantic location but the food is superb. I had only one complaint and that was the rather uninteresting "vegetable tempura" starter but that was more personal choice than an issue with the restaurant. I wasn't sure what I was ordering so I'll take the blame for that one. Friendly and unintrusively attentive waiting staff. Great first impression. Will definitely be going back. Convenient parking underground too.
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Dandelion restaurant

St. Stephen's Green, St Stephens Green, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
127 reviews

Reviewed 19th December 2008 ( visited 17th December 2008 )

We had our office Christmas party here and we were all pleasantly surprised by how good the food was. We had been told it was a little bit expensive in comparison to previous Christmas parties we'd had so we were a little apprehensive, expecting the portions to be tiny and the food not so good. The waiting staff were really nice, attending to every need with a smile and expedience. Only one problem occurred with one member of staff getting the wrong dessert but this could have been due to someone else at the table accepting the wrong dessert so not necessarily a waiting staff issue. The atmosphere wasn't great outside of our party area but it was a Wednesday night in a recession after all so hardly surprising. It picked up somewhat later on in the night though. I would imagine we'll be having our next Christmas party there too. A really great night was had by all thanks to the great food and pleasant waiting staff.
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Noble House
17 Dame Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here after a trip to the Olympia on a Wednesday night at quarter to 11. We were the only people in the restaurant until a rather loud, slightly famous Dublin man(who shall remain nameless) with a thick Dublin accent sat near us and talked on his phone louder than he should in a public place. Only realised when he was leaving, who he actually was, only because I said his own name in conversation with the staff to be sure we knew who he was. Like most restaurants with big windows, they like to seat you by the window to show there are people in the restaurant to attract more custom. The two glasses of coke we had were flat. No prawn crackers were offered(recession cutbacks?). Starters arrived quickly though(unusual as we were the only ones there). Yuk Sung and Spring Rolls. Both were nice. Chicken Penang with boiled rice and satay chicken with fried rice were our mains. Both were nice but not amazing. Not the best Chinese food I've ever had but not the worst by a long stretch. I've eaten here several times over the past 10 years and I've never had a problem with it. Consistently decent food. Will no doubt go again, if convenient, as I'm not in a great hurry to eat here again when I'm aware of restaurants with nicer food.

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Siam Thai (Malahide)
1 The Green, North Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

Not a bad restaurant. Large portion of food, at least with the crispy roast duck with tamarind sauce. It also includes soft noodles which helped really fill me up. The service could be a little better and it's all a bit sterile with the modern design but it's nice enough. I'll be sticking with the Dundrum branch though in future and trying some of the others before I'd consider returning here.

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Pattaya Thai and Chinese Restaurant
9th Lock Road, Nangor Road, West Dublin, Clondalkin, Dublin

Big restaurant with friendly enough waiting staff. Overly friendly to the point of starting a conversation randomly when all we wanted to do was order food. Not that it wasn't a nice thing to do. It just felt a bit weird and unnatural the way it happened. The food was decent enough. I was told the dish I chose was quite sour and asked if I'd like something else instead. I chose to go with it, as it shouldn't be on the menu if it wasn't edible. When it arrived, I found it wasn't sour at all and in fact, had no real taste to it. Quite bland. I will try something else next time as I will definitely go back. Quite good value, decent food(judging from my partner's choice) and friendly enough waiting staff. Overall, worth checking out. I have a feeling if I review this restaurant again, the rating will be higher than this review.

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Hard Rock Cafe
12 Fleet Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

I've eaten here several times over the last few years and it's been pretty consistent. The food is always good. You don't get enough for the extortionate price you pay but the quality is rarely low. The service is usually fine. There's always a staff member nearby if any problems arise and solve an issue without too much of a problem. They're usually really friendly too. Not a place for older patrons as the music is usually loud(as if the name of the place didn't give that one away!). As this type of restaurant goes, it would be high on my list but as there aren't really any good restaurants of this type in Dublin, that's not really saying much. Not the worst place you could go for a bite to eat and if you're not being hit by the recession too much, this place should have you coming back at least once to try something else.

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Joels Restaurant
Newlands Cross, Naas Road, West Dublin, Clondalkin, Dublin

While the portions are large for the price you pay, the food can be quite greasy (and I have a cast iron stomach). For the most part though, it's acceptable. The service varies considerably. The left hand doesn't always know what the right hand is doing so it can be quite disorganised at times. Previous reviewers have said the same thing I see...in that the starter is swiftly followed by the main, followed by the dessert, followed by the bill(assuming you are lucky enough to not be in a situation where it needs to be hunted down), leaving you with very little time to digest between courses. It is a family friendly restaurant and while that's great for families, it's not so good for everyone else as children tend to run rampant(get a booth if possible, for this very reason). Overall, an average place to get some reasonably priced food in good portions if you're stuck but if you can keep looking for somewhere to eat without starvation setting in, then by all means do as you will get better food and better service somewhere else without too much effort.

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China House (Lucan)
7 & 8 Finnstown Shopping Centre, West Dublin, Lucan, Dublin

Great food. I've been going to this restaurant for about 7 years now, every now and then. The food is consistently good. Portions are always large and good value. The waiting staff can be a little slow but the service is usually fine. I've only really had one incident here and that was with the early bird menu(recently). After the main course, we were expecting the ice cream and tea parts of the offer and instead were handed the bill(without asking for it too). When we asked for it, we were told that the bill wouldn't change. That wasn't the issue. It felt like they were trying to save money by not giving us everything that was included in the early bird offer. We were then made to feel cheap when we were told that it wouldn't change the amount of the bill just because we didn't have it. Overall, a decent restaurant with good food, average service and a shiny new decor. Ok, not so shiny but the tables are cool(clear glass tops with different food types displayed, cabinet style, underneath).

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Penang
11 & 11A Upper O'Connell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

A better restaurant than its tacky exterior leads you to believe but still not great. The service was mediocre with no enthusiasm shown by the waiting staff at all. In fact, we interrupted their dinner as it was so quiet. The food was greasy, more so than the usual chinese(not sure if this is the high point of Malaysian cuisine). I was denied the Singapore noodles dish due to a lack of noodles. Rice I could understand but noodles? They're not exactly a busy restaurant either so I'm surprised they couldn't keep on top of the limited demand for noodles. I was quite disappointed by that. I might go back to it at some stage but I'm not that pushed about it. Plenty of other better restaurants out there.

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Dandelion
St. Stephen's Green, St Stephens Green, Dublin

We had our office Christmas party here and we were all pleasantly surprised by how good the food was. We had been told it was a little bit expensive in comparison to previous Christmas parties we'd had so we were a little apprehensive, expecting the portions to be tiny and the food not so good. The waiting staff were really nice, attending to every need with a smile and expedience. Only one problem occurred with one member of staff getting the wrong dessert but this could have been due to someone else at the table accepting the wrong dessert so not necessarily a waiting staff issue. The atmosphere wasn't great outside of our party area but it was a Wednesday night in a recession after all so hardly surprising. It picked up somewhat later on in the night though. I would imagine we'll be having our next Christmas party there too. A really great night was had by all thanks to the great food and pleasant waiting staff.

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Tamara Restaurant
Unit 11/18 Belgard Square, Tallaght Town Centre, West Dublin, Tallaght, Dublin

Best Chinese restaurant I've been to in Ireland, ever. Excellent food, friendly staff and decent service considering it was extremely busy. Stumbled upon this restaurant while searching for another and was pleasantly surprised by how good it actually was. Despite how busy it was, we were seated straight away(but only a party of 2 so easier than a large group - a booking would probably be recommended for that). The noise levels were approaching pub levels so not exactly a romantic location but the food is superb. I had only one complaint and that was the rather uninteresting "vegetable tempura" starter but that was more personal choice than an issue with the restaurant. I wasn't sure what I was ordering so I'll take the blame for that one. Friendly and unintrusively attentive waiting staff. Great first impression. Will definitely be going back. Convenient parking underground too.

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