Restaurant Reviews from ducky_mimarch

Status: Connoisseur

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52.5%

County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 23

Member Since: 04 October 2008

Last Visit: 21 July 2015

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Independent Pizza Co restaurant

28 Drumcondra Rd Lower, Dublin 9, Drumcondra, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 9

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Cuisine:
American

Price Range:

Good
181 reviews

Reviewed 21st July 2015 ( visited 16th July 2015 )

We all descending on this restaurant for lunch for a birthday celebration. The group was big and all hungry. The food was great and all but one meal came promptly... the staff fed us well. 2 course meal with a drink and a cupan tae after, €23, not too shabby.
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The Porterhouse (North ) restaurant

Cross Guns Bridge, Glasnevin, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 9

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
136 reviews

Reviewed 17th June 2015 ( visited 11th June 2015 )

This was the third time we have not had great food here. We didn't go back for a while, thinking it would get better.... My burger was not cooked through. Thankfully the chips were well done. The onion rings were super greasy and left a pool of oil in the bowl. The spicy chicken wings were ok, sauce used to be nicer, the super hot sauce is just jalapenos mixed in with the sauce. The blue cheese sauce looks like its been watered down, looks like milk in a dish. Staff are lovely though. Sometimes its hard to get their attention but when you do they are very friendly.
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Independent Pizza Co
28 Drumcondra Rd Lower, Dublin 9, Drumcondra, Dublin

We all descending on this restaurant for lunch for a birthday celebration. The group was big and all hungry. The food was great and all but one meal came promptly... the staff fed us well. 2 course meal with a drink and a cupan tae after, €23, not too shabby.

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San Lorenzos
South Great Georges Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

The seats were very close together and you could literally share your dinner with the table next to you. The early bird menu is good value for money but it doesn;'t have the nutella cheesecake on it. Only one veg option for mains on the menu!! A bit annoying. It was lovely though and i asked for the cream sauce on the side. It didnt need the sauce it was perfect on its own. The chicken was cooked beautifully and the corn puree was really smooth and sweet, perfect accompaniment. Only disappointment of the night was the nutella cheesecake, wasn't worth all the hype, the garnish was nicer that the cake. Thought the pecan was totally gorgeous and will order that next time.

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Independent Pizza Co
28 Drumcondra Rd Lower, Dublin 9, Drumcondra, Dublin

Food was great and I got to bring home the rest of my pizza. Nachos are very filling too.

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The Porterhouse (North )
Cross Guns Bridge, Glasnevin, Dublin

This was the third time we have not had great food here. We didn't go back for a while, thinking it would get better.... My burger was not cooked through. Thankfully the chips were well done. The onion rings were super greasy and left a pool of oil in the bowl. The spicy chicken wings were ok, sauce used to be nicer, the super hot sauce is just jalapenos mixed in with the sauce. The blue cheese sauce looks like its been watered down, looks like milk in a dish. Staff are lovely though. Sometimes its hard to get their attention but when you do they are very friendly.

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The Sandstone Restaurant
Lough Rynn Castle Estate & Gardens, Mohill, Leitrim

Amazing food, my favourite restaurants by far. We went to Mohil to stay in the hotel and to eat here. Well worth a visit and looking forward to going back soon.

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The Porterhouse (North )
Cross Guns Bridge, Glasnevin, Dublin

Really love going to this place, but tonight the food was terrible. It took a long time to come, chips were burnt, burger was soggy, could spread the falafel burger with a knife like paté. The better side (normally) of the bar was really dark, had to use my phone to see my plate to confirm why there was a taste of burnt in my mouth! Fish cakes were more potato than fish sadly and the stir fry it came with was a smear of soy coloured bean sprout and pepper. Not a portion you would consider a main. The plates should not have been served! The staff were not very attentive, trying to get anyone attention for the bill was hard. Think it may be a while before we venture back.

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Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

We went as a big group, and the place was hopping. Got yummy cocktails but were a bit pricey, starting from €9.50. I had hummus to start with. I was a bit disappointed to see only 6 tiny crackers sticking out of the plate. How was I going to eat any of the dips? Thankfully there was still some of the complimentary bread left over. I then had the aubergine fritter for mains; I also ordered a side of chips. The fitter was ok, a bit on the greasy side and the batter was the overall taste. I don’t think the oil was hot enough as the aubergine soaked up a lot of oil. It was served on a bed rice, bean and tomato sauce and also had a salad, delicious. The chips came out stacked! All 8 of them!! Some were cooked, some weren’t. Four from our party had to send back they’re mains back twice, the Salmon was not cooked all the way through, so a few uncooked chips were the least of the worries. But in fairness the manager came over and apologised and gave free cocktails to the four people the first time the mains were sent back and then wine for the second time, we were waiting quite a while. In the end, they all went for a vegetarian option as they were starving and then a wee bit tipsy.They didn’t charge us for the four mains. Overall the general consensus of the table was we would go back again but maybe a bit earlier as the delay with the food was a bit annoying and delayed us for the rest of the night.

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

We got an early bird menu, 2 courses for 21.95, which is really good, but if you don't like what's on this menu, you can be paying €18 for a veggie burger, which is a bit steep! The portion size were overall good. For Starter : Home Smoked Organic Salmon (very small portion, but yum) and Homemade chick pea Hummus (ok portion and enough bread / vegetable to eat all the dips, Hummus was very garlicy) For Mains: Vegetable & Sweet Potato Pie (big portion, the addition of the cumin in the sweet potato helped with the sweetness. Very nice tasting at the start but it started getting too sweet. The pie itself had a few veg going through it with some puy lentils, but it had the consistency of baby food and the only thing that helped was the side of green veg that came with it to add a bit of chewing to the meal. Overall appearance, sloppy but some could say rustic) and Supreme of Irish free range Chicken, stuffed with a chorizo and Tipperary brie mousse (Good portion size. The chicken was on the bone but it was delicious with the chorizo, the pesto drizzle on the plate didn’t add anything to the dish, a bit bland. Served with spicy chucky potato wedges, really yummy, overall appearance was clean and fresh) Too full to have desert, but they looked great on the other diner’s tables. Service was good, but we were interrupted 3 times by are server asking was the food ok. The service seems a bit fake, put on over happy attitude, but other than that couldn't fault them. Would go back again, but would try something different.

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Wallace's Taverna
24 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Had a lovely evening here, we gave it another chance and this time it was great. The staff were lovely, friendly and attentive. Downstairs was full, so you got moved upstairs. Atmoshere was a bit quiet, but nice quiet and less squashed too. Fair play to the waiter for running up and down the stairs, we thought that we would be forgotten but we weren't. Parmagiana and bruchetta to start and Spicy peperoni pizza and ortolana pizza for main. Bread and oils for dipping between courses. Absolutely full leaving. Picked a really nice house wine and because of the early bird, got 15% off the bill too. Will be going back :)

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

We had a lovely time here, just getting back from Barcelona and missing the tapas so decided to go here. Great choice all round, lots of veggie dishes but they centred on a lot on cheese. Portions sizes are bigger then usual and delicous, we got two each and shared a patatas bravas. So full! Meatballs in a special sauce was a favourite. The chorizo sausage dish was filling and yum. The tomato salad, only had 3 slices of tomato!, but the fried feta was lovely with the sour apples. We also got a aubergine with goats cheese in a tomato sauce, this was so good and could have been a main, it was really filling. Tomota bread wasnt the traditional tomato bread and was a sun dried tomoto paste spread on bread, not a fan! The place was full of customers and the staff were run off their feet but still manage great table service, and we were not rushed into leaving. I only gave service a 3 though as the toilets were nothing to write home about. Only 2 in a cramped space and only one was flushing! €75 euro was the damage including a bottle of wine, we will be heading back to sample some more :)

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Rotana Cafe Restaurant
31 South Richmond Street, Dublin 2, Portobello, Dublin

Had a great time here. Loved the menu,couldnt decide what to get so, we got a veg platter to start off with. Delicious! Bit dissappointed with my mains, mousaka, it was a bit bitter and didnt really look appealling on the plate, I still hungry after picking at it. The rest of the group thoroughly enjoyed their food. We had an really unusual dessert, especially made. Syrupy noodles on melted cheese...kind of like a upside down warm cheesecake. Good :) Remember to bring your own wine / beer as this is not a licenced restaurant. All beers on the menu were no alcoholic. I have been recommending everywhere. A must go if you like lebanese food.

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Wallace's Taverna
24 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Had a lovely time here, the staff were very friendly. Bread and oil and vinegar were brought the table promtly.(lovely combo) The seating was a bit cramped and had to get up twice to let people out from their seats. Not much vegetarian options, but pizza. this is what we had. Starters: Modense Salad - ok, not really filling, bacon was sweet and lovely! Paramigiana (v) - Absolutely yummy, wish it came as a main :) Mains: Bavette Genovese (v), a wee bit bland, added salt and that helped. Pizza with a peperoni sausage type meat (peppery and spicy).Really lovely but very oily, excess oil was dripping off the slices. Price for the meal was really good, one early bird and another of the full menu, drinks. €41

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Wallace's Enoteca Delle Langhe
Blooms Lane, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Popped in here after doing some late night shopping. Lovely italian food. The bruscetta was to die for. Pasta cooked beautifully. The menu was much bigger then on menupages and offered a full range of salads, pastas, gnocci and slow cooked meat dishes. The selection of wines is great and enjoyed the wine they recommended to us.

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Great place to go with a group of friends. only allowed to eat for 90mins so not a place for a long chat over your dinner. We got the early bird menu. 2 small tapas and a glass of wine. Great deal. The portions were big, i'd recommend the nachos, goats cheese crostini and the meatballs. The tortilla, was very bland and more like a fratata!

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

Have been in a Mexican kind of humour lately and thought this place would be good. Absolute value for money and then some. Food was yummy and tons of choice on the menu. They even catered for vegetarians, and will take the meat out if possible from dishes. The early bird is fab, and they do skimp on the portion sizes. Would recommend this twice over, and will be going back soon.

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Acapulco Restaurant
7 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Had a great night here last night. Just finished a bit of shopping and thought to go here. The place was packed but we put our names down and the called us within 30 mins that our table was ready. Food was lovely and not too spicy. There was a Christmas there too and were rather loud. Found we had to shout a lot to be heard. Overall experience, pleasant and would go back again, maybe after the Christmas party season.

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Tamarind (Salthill)
157 Upper Salthill, Salthill, Galway City, Galway

The meal myself and my boyfriend, was absolutly fabulous. so yummy. The service was quick but not mirco quick, so you know they were cooking it properly. The staff were very attentive and made that evening a little bit more relax too. We were seated at the big window over looking spanish arch and the river. lovely!

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McDonagh's Seafood House
22 Quay Street, Galway, Galway City, Galway

I went here after a long day of shopping and with the reputation it has I thought it would be the prefect end to the day. The chips were not nice at all , made worse when I discovered they didnt put any salt or vinegar on them and the service was really slow.

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Smiths of Phibsboro
Phibsboro, Phibsboro, Dublin

I would recommend the Veg. Sizzler, cooked on premises! Most of the food seems pre- frozen before cooking. Bruscetta should not come with cheese, or call it a crostini. It a nice spot to relax in and quiet enough to have a chat too:)

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The Porterhouse (North )
Cross Guns Bridge, Glasnevin, Dublin

I haven't been there in a while as the last meal I got there was awful. The food is definately improving since I was there last. The staff were very attentive which is very usual but a pleasant surprise. The place looks lovely and christmasy and gets you in the christmas feeling with every second song being a christmas song...not over kill at all.

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Wagamama - Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I absolutely love this place. You can go for a quick lunch/snack or stay for longer relaxing meal. Its great fast food but its healthy. It can be a bit cramped sometimes and there is always a queue out the door at rush hour times. Its definately worth a try, no raw fish if you dont like it, plenty of hot noodles and rice dishes to go round. :)

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Saba
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The food was very original and the service was fast and friendly. This restaurant came highly recommended and it didnt disappoint. Try the veg. tempura.

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Independent Pizza Co
28 Drumcondra Rd Lower, Dublin 9, Drumcondra, Dublin

Yummy Food :) Great veg pizza, gorgeous chocy fudge cake and washed down with green jamine tea, absolutley lovely. Air conditioning could be turned on though!

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