Restaurant Reviews from eattolive
No. of Reviews: 22
Member Since: 27 November 2007
Last Visit: 15 June 2017
Indian Brasserie restaurant
Butterfield Avenue, Rathfarnham Village, Rathfarnham, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 14
Reviewed 30th January 2008 ( visited 18th November 2007 )It has not got the most luxurious interior and it's not in the most scenic location and you won't see many famous faces but the food is unbeatable. The Indian Brasserie has quietly been serving the best Indian food in Dublin for years. The buffet makes for a very sociable night out and allows you to try out all the food without having to steal from your neighbour. You can order wine or better still an Indian beer to go with the meal. Service is friendly not formal. You can also order the food to take away - same great grub without the pleasure of a night out.
Bijou Bistro & Wine restaurant
46/47 Highfield Road, Dublin 6, Rathgar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 6
Reviewed 27th November 2007 ( visited 13th May 2007 )Had been here several times before the big renovation and it was always very good. Was recently in the upstairs restaurant for a family lunch. Service was very attentive and friendly -just the right balance for a group aged eight to eighty. Food was great. Looking forward to visiting the casual bistro soon.
Eden Bar & Lounge
Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin
The Eden is in converted and extended country house and a particular pleasure is to have a drink or lunch sitting beside the fireplace in one of the original reception rooms. The food is pub grub but of a good standard. I eaten here a number of times and have found that the standard of service varies. Often it has been the younger staff who have been more professional and friendly than some of the more "experienced" staff.
89 Upper Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin
It seems as if the Zen has always been there. It has one of the loveliest old-style dining rooms in the city. It is some time since I was there last but the food was always very good quality compared to many other Chinese restaurants. You pay a little more but get a real night out instead of just some feeding time. I would rate the service as efficient rather than overly friendly.
Unit 4 Old River House, Templeogue, Dublin
Yet another fantastic value Italian eatery. Paparazzi does a great lunch for next to nothing and in the evenings offers a great night out. Early evening is really for families and the staff are very good to the kids. It always has a crowd and the reasons are obvious - nice atmosphere, friendly staff and terrific value
The Village Bistro
17 Terenure Place, Dublin 6 , Terenure, Dublin
A great little café for lunch or just a quick break. Very friendly staff which makes it a pleasure to eat here. Food always seems to be of high quality. Menu options are standard enough but they always have a few more "Specials of the Day" to add variety. Excellent coffee.
103 Terenure Road East, Dublin 6, Terenure, Dublin
Its a while since I visited Mario's in Terenure. We used to be regulars with both friends and family and always enjoyed our visits. However the last couple of visits have been disappointing. Very hard to pinpoint exactly what the problem was other than a feeling that everything had got a bit tired - including the food and service. It still remains popular so it must be doing something right.
The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin
The Market Bar is just the place to beat the recession. Informal eats, lots of wine and beer and a big airy room which is great fun when full. Service is normally good. When its very busy they have a limit on how long you can stay at the table but on quieter nights you can stay as long as you want. Excellent for meeting a crowd - large or small.
Kelly's Resort Hotel - La Marine Bistro & Bar
Rosslare Strand, Rosslare, Wexford
The great institution that is Kelly's Hotel never ceases to please. I have eaten here on many occasions and am still amazed at the beautiful surroundings and the suberb, personal service. The large formal Beaches dining room suits the more mature age groups and families and some could find it to be a little stuffy or old fashioned. The bistro has a younger and slightly noisier clientele. The menu naturally features the excellent local fish. The accompanying sauces and vegetables are never exotic but always well prepared. Desserts are a highlight and worth leaving a little space for. Afterwards burn off the calories with a walk on the beach which is just outside the back door.
Ballycanew, Gorey, Gorey, Wexford
An oasis of good food, Pa Pa Rhodes has a lovely, chatty atmosphere, great service and a personal welcome from the owners. Not cheap but then most of the clients seem to be down from Dublin so are well used to paying a lot more. All in all it makes for a very enjoyable night out and well worth detouring onto the Wexford backroads to find. Always packed at the week-ends so make sure to book.
4 Rathfarnham Road, Dublin 6W, Terenure, Dublin
Very refreshing to see an excellent steak restaurant in the suburbs. The first few times I ate here it was very good. In general, the meat is good quality for the price charged and better than is served up in a lot of more expensive restaurants in the city. The last meal I had here before Christmas was very disappointing as the steak had been tenderised to the point of nearly falling apart. On complaining it was replaced but it should not have been let out of kitchen in the first place. I will be back as JD's is unique - a real steakhouse which can be enjoyed without remortgaging the house.
La Mere Zou
22 St Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
A smallish restaurant with a lovely atmosphere. A very professional operation with every aspect being run to perfection. The menu is not extensive but nicely seasonal - we visited in November so it had a lot of game. Food quality was excellent and the service just right. Great entertainment was provided by a couple of musicians squeezed into a space by the door. The clientele was varied with a mix of ages and nationalities with couples, groups of friends and business people all enjoying their night out. Definitely worth a repeat visit.
Shanahan’s on the Green
119 St. Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
Disappointing. It tries to imitate the great American steak restaurants and does not quite pull it off. The steaks are good by Irish standards but really not world class. It's time for the chef and proprietor to take a cheap flight to NY and try the real thing.
94-96 Terenure Road, Dublin 6 , Terenure, Dublin
Vermilion is a restaurant that tries harder. The decor is way above the standard you'd expect for a suburban above-a-pub eatery so you feel you are on a special night out from the moment you arrive. The service is very attentive and all the staff give the impression that they really want you to enjoy your night. The menu has an Asian fusion theme which means you will enjoy something a little different from the standard Indian menu. Having eaten there a few times I have never been disappointed. Being located in Terenure, Vermilion has a lot of competition but it seems to be thriving.
Diep le Shaker
55 Pembroke Lane, (Off Pembroke Street), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Best enjoyed on a busy night. Arrive early and enjoy a drink at the bar where you can pretend to look at the menu but in reality you're there to watch the customers. People watching addicts can book a table upstairs at the rail otherwise stay downstairs to be in the thick of things. The food is excellent and Diep used to be only one of two places in Dublin to enjoy good Thai food. Diep still holds its own for offering a great night out. Generally the service is very good to excellent and they know how to look after a group out to enjoy themselves. I believe the owner used to be in banking so the prices are not bargain basement level.
95 Terenure Road North, South Dublin, Terenure, Dublin
The Royal Tandoori is the best value "Indian" restaurant in the city. The grub is very good indeed. Having dined there a few times recently I can particularly recommend their Tandoori main courses. The interior could do with a refresh and now that more people are discovering the delights of the Royal maybe they will have the money to do the place up. The service is both friendly and attentive. Only downside of its recent popularity is that you may have to book or wait for a table.
Eddie Rockets (Stillorgan)
Stillorgan Shopping Centre, Stillorgan, Stillorgan, Dublin
Wear Abercrombie & Fitch, dye your hair blonde (lads and ladies both) talk really loudly and be 14 again. Most Southside Eddie Rockets specialise in these cookie-cutter young teens and Stillorgan is no exception - its overrun with them. Once you get over the high pitch and decibel level of the conversation you can enertain yourself watching the next generation on its way up. They are all nibbling nachos, chomping at chicken wings and sucking up shakes and my advice is to do much the same. The burgers and fries are also good and the staff are friendly and attentive and resigned to dealing with the loud young teens. All great fun and the energy and excitement is infectious. Go.
ely bar & brasserie
CHQ Building, Georges Dock, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin
Love the place, love the crowd, love the wine - pity about the food. I have eaten here many times since it opened and have sometimes been disappointed with the quality of the meal. The problem is the lack of consistency - some days you can have a good meal and some days a disappointing one and the disappointment in general was caused by the poor quality of the meats. Service is normally good but handling complaints is not a strong point. The wines, of course, are excellent and the location and atmosphere great so I will be back.
Butterfield Avenue, Rathfarnham Village, Rathfarnham, Dublin
It has not got the most luxurious interior and it's not in the most scenic location and you won't see many famous faces but the food is unbeatable. The Indian Brasserie has quietly been serving the best Indian food in Dublin for years. The buffet makes for a very sociable night out and allows you to try out all the food without having to steal from your neighbour. You can order wine or better still an Indian beer to go with the meal. Service is friendly not formal. You can also order the food to take away - same great grub without the pleasure of a night out.
2 Terenure Road East, Rathgar, Dublin
A great spot for a casual mid-week dinner. I have eaten here a few times on my own and ordered a steak and half bottle of wine. The service is always friendly but can be overwhelmed when the place gets busy with tables left uncleared for some time. The layout is clever - you can eat at the bar, at a lounge table or at the back in the little bistro area. Food is good quality without being pretentious and while it is always quite busy there is generally no waiting for tables during the week.
Dundrum Town Centre Dundrum, Dundrum, Dublin
A Birthday Party for a nine year old and it could all go horribly wrong - but not in Bennigan's. Outstanding service from the minute we arrived. All the staff were friendly and could not do enough for either the adults or the VIPs. Food was good - typical American diner stuff but well prepared and presented. Would recommend for a casual meal for grown ups before or after shopping or a movie and,of course,for childrens' birthday parties.
92 Terenure Road North, Dublin 6W, Terenure, Dublin
What unbelievable value! A three course lunch for under a tenner. Plenty of choice and the food is up to the usual Italian restaurant standards. (Where can you go in Dublin for an outstanding Italian meal?) Service is very good. If you need to be in and out quickly they up the pace to suit and if you look like you have time to relax they throttle back. I had been for dinner some months before and was not as impressed but given my recent lunch experiences it might be worth another evening visit.
KC Blakes Brasserie
Quay Street, Galway City, Galway
Not the greatest dining experience. The focus seemed to be on quantity not quality. Service from the waitresses was friendly but casual. Wines were expensive for a limited selection. The restaurant was completely full on the Bank Holiday Saturday we were there - mostly with groups of girls on the start of their big night out. All seemed to be having a good time so maybe my experience was not shared by others.
Bijou Bistro & Wine
46/47 Highfield Road, Dublin 6, Rathgar, Dublin
Had been here several times before the big renovation and it was always very good. Was recently in the upstairs restaurant for a family lunch. Service was very attentive and friendly -just the right balance for a group aged eight to eighty. Food was great. Looking forward to visiting the casual bistro soon.