Restaurant Reviews from eclarke2017

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 5

Member Since: 07 September 2017

Last Visit: 26 September 2017

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Bastible restaurant

111 South circular Road, Dublin 8, Portobello, Dublin, Area Code: 8

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Great
3 reviews

Reviewed 26th September 2017 ( visited 21st September 2017 )

I visited Bastible last week with two friends, we all work in the culinary industry so we were excited to say the least for our visit. The restaurant is being talked about a lot in culinary circle so we had really high expectations before we even got in the door and we were not disappointed. We had been recommended to try the Chef's menu as we wanted to taste everything they had on offer. We were given 3-4 'snacks', two starters, a main and a dessert all for €45 (with the option of wine pairing for an extra €32). The food was fantastic, a great merger of Irish and French cuisine celebrating both countries ingredients. We all enjoyed even course, the service was really friendly and attentive (not at all intrusive) and the atmosphere itself very open, friendly and laid back. I have to say its the best meal I've had in Dublin in a very long time and for a very fair price too. I'll definitely be back and I couldn't recommend this restaurant more.
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F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Pembroke Street restaurant

1A Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Healthy Eating

Price Range:

Good
156 reviews

Reviewed 26th September 2017 ( visited 24th September 2017 )

I visited here last Sunday with family (there were three of us in total), we got there for around 8pm. The restaurant was very busy but we were seen to right away and seated. Service was really good throughout the whole meal, staff were attentive and chatty but not overly so which can be a hard mix to achieve. We all had the steak one rump and two rib eyes with all different sides. The rump was really good, cooked perfectly and a good size (a little pricey, although everything was to be honest). But the rib eye which is my favourite cut of steak was such a let down,really tough meat with little to no marbling to tenderise it. It was more like eating a sirloin then a rib eye to be very honest, really disappointing especially for the price of it. While everything else was good (wine, dessert and service) the steak being the crown jewel falling short just sort of spoiled it for us. I wouldn't be inclined to recommend this place really, as a restaurant that is connected to a reputable butchers the meat should have been a lot better .
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Laine, my love
38 Talbot Street, City Centre North, Dublin

I visit this cafe quite frequently and really enjoy it each time I do. It's a real diamond in the rough, in that it's a really quaint, friendly establishment at the end of Talbot street. Located under the DART bridge its a real hidden gem in an area that 'full of character'. The decor is really minimalist pristine white, with huge windows so loads of natural sunlight. The food is really good but you have to get in early because it sells out really quickly, get there past 2 and all you'll be having is a coffee! They do scrambled eggs and sausages to order,freshly baked scones, banana bread (a lot of G.F, D.F and vegan baked goods too). For lunch then they do a different soup daily, lots of different sandwiches (the three cheese toasty is everything!) and three different salads. You can eat in or takeaway, I normally go for the salad plate and they are always really tasty and reasonably good for you. The coffee is like rocket fuel (in a good way!) and the staff are all really well trained baristas and always take care to make your coffee how you like. I just can't recommend the place more, for a quick service outlet on Talbot street it runs rings around anywhere else in the area and in my opinion is seriously under-rated. If you're ever in the area I would highly recommend that you pop in if for nothing more than a coffee (and a scone, they're huge!)

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F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Pembroke Street
1A Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I visited here last Sunday with family (there were three of us in total), we got there for around 8pm. The restaurant was very busy but we were seen to right away and seated. Service was really good throughout the whole meal, staff were attentive and chatty but not overly so which can be a hard mix to achieve. We all had the steak one rump and two rib eyes with all different sides. The rump was really good, cooked perfectly and a good size (a little pricey, although everything was to be honest). But the rib eye which is my favourite cut of steak was such a let down,really tough meat with little to no marbling to tenderise it. It was more like eating a sirloin then a rib eye to be very honest, really disappointing especially for the price of it. While everything else was good (wine, dessert and service) the steak being the crown jewel falling short just sort of spoiled it for us. I wouldn't be inclined to recommend this place really, as a restaurant that is connected to a reputable butchers the meat should have been a lot better .

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Noshington Cafe
1A Washington Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I visited the noshington yesterday with my mother, she had come up from the country so I wanted to bring her somewhere nice for lunch and I had heard really good things about this place so I brought her there. (It's worth noting that I had my dog with me, which they were very accommodating towards giving her a bowl of water as she sat outside with us and kept all the customers entertained!). The menu looked really good and I was excited once I read it, really varied tasty looking dishes. I ordered the crispy fish taco and my mother ordered the falafel plate. We were left waiting for close to 30 minutes, which normally wouldn't have phased me in the slightest but people that had arrived after us had received their food and were close to being finished completely. My mum went in to check on the food and asked whereabouts we were in the queue and the girl asked her if we wanted to order. She explained that we had ordered and she went to go check the kitchen a couple minutes later she came running out to confirm what we had ordered. It was obvious that the order had been missed, which is fine, the place was busy (both myself and my mother work in catering so we could totally understand that). But we were left to wait another 20-30 minutes for our food and there was no acknowledgement of how long or the fact that the order was clearly missed earlier when it was brought out. The staff instead dodged eye contact with us so we not only felt forgotten but ignored too. The food was 50/50 mine (the fish taco) It was really good which was a saving grace for me at least, but the falafel was just sad. It was dry and over cooked with little to no seasoning, the hummus was watery and lacked in seasoning as did the other sauce on the plate. The whole thing just fell very short. She didn't finish it, the waiter simply asked 'did you not like it?' and we explained it was dry & he replied that it was a new menu he'd tell the chef & walked away. The whole thing was disappointing

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Meet me in the Morning
50 Pleasants Street, Camden Street, Dublin

I visited this café on a busy Saturday morning with two friends, we were lucky to get a seat straight away as the place was jammed with queues forming outside the door for a seat after we got in. The café itself is adorable, really minimalist décor with a homely feel with furniture that I could only describe as being granny chic (or preloved) that I really liked. My only complaint would be that we were sat at a table directly in front of the door which was a little awkward both for people getting by and it was too small to fit three people comfortably. The food itself was delicious I got the black pudding and chorizo hash with crispy kale and a poached egg, it was divine. The dishes all seemed to come in small bowls which made me think that it wouldn't be enough for me but I was stuffed and I really can't fault the food at all. Really good Irish ingredients done right. The coffee was great too, the have a small shop front beside the café serving coffee for a take out option all very well trained baristas. Service let them down a bit, staff were very attentive but perhaps overwhelmed by the amount of tables that were in. But very helpful as we asked to move to a bigger table when it became available so I do think the let down was purely a matter of being under-staffed as opposed to a service issue. Over all I really enjoyed my meal here and as someone that wouldn't normally be one to brunch I can definitely say that I'll be back.

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Bastible
111 South circular Road, Dublin 8, Portobello, Dublin

I visited Bastible last week with two friends, we all work in the culinary industry so we were excited to say the least for our visit. The restaurant is being talked about a lot in culinary circle so we had really high expectations before we even got in the door and we were not disappointed. We had been recommended to try the Chef's menu as we wanted to taste everything they had on offer. We were given 3-4 'snacks', two starters, a main and a dessert all for €45 (with the option of wine pairing for an extra €32). The food was fantastic, a great merger of Irish and French cuisine celebrating both countries ingredients. We all enjoyed even course, the service was really friendly and attentive (not at all intrusive) and the atmosphere itself very open, friendly and laid back. I have to say its the best meal I've had in Dublin in a very long time and for a very fair price too. I'll definitely be back and I couldn't recommend this restaurant more.

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