Restaurant Reviews from ellee

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 9

Member Since: 09 March 2010

Last Visit: 25 June 2018

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La Maison restaurant

15 Castle Market Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
French

Price Range:

Good
163 reviews

Reviewed 13th January 2014 ( visited 10th January 2014 )

My friends and I meet up 4 times a year for dinner. We have eaten here before and really enjoyed it. We chose to return because our previous experience was so good. However, this time the food was dreadful. Two of us had the pate. This is prepared at the table. The waiter did not seem that familiar with how to do it and we both got huge servings of 4 types of pate. There was far too much badly presented pate on the plate and it looked v off putting. I'd forgive it if the pate was at least good but really, the chicken pate was nice but the venison and pork (very rustic looking, they actually looked like brown bread) were nearly inedible. Very disappointing. They both had a bad aftertaste and very unpleasant texture. The bread that was served with it was nice. My other two friends had the salmon salad and the walnut and pear salad. These seemed to be ok. I then had a mushroom risotto for my main. It was incredibly heavy, like glue, again v unpleasant. Two of my friends had the chicken and couscous tagine which they said was ok but very dry and my other friend had a pasta and fish dish which she said was poor. We had the chocolate fondant for dessert and that was gorgeous and up to this restaurant's usual standard. All in all, it was a v disappointing visit, perhaps the chef had not returned after the Christmas break? The atmosphere was not helped by the overly gloomy lighting either. It is much nicer to sit upstairs I think and aim for that if you chance a visit.
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La Maison restaurant

15 Castle Market Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
French

Price Range:

Good
163 reviews

Reviewed 13th January 2014 ( visited 10th January 2014 )

My friends and I meet up 4 times a year for dinner. We have eaten here before and really enjoyed it. We chose to return because our previous experience was so good. However, this time the food was dreadful. Two of us had the pate. This is prepared at the table. The waiter did not seem that familiar with how to do it and we both got huge servings of 4 types of pate. There was far too much badly presented pate on the plate and it looked v off putting. I'd forgive it if the pate was at least good but really, the chicken pate was nice but the venison and pork (very rustic looking, they actually looked like brown bread) were nearly inedible. Very disappointing. They both had a bad aftertaste and very unpleasant texture. The bread that was served with it was nice. My other two friends had the salmon salad and the walnut and pear salad. These seemed to be ok. I then had a mushroom risotto for my main. It was incredibly heavy, like glue, again v unpleasant. Two of my friends had the chicken and couscous tagine which they said was ok but very dry and my other friend had a pasta and fish dish which she said was poor. We had the chocolate fondant for dessert and that was gorgeous and up to this restaurant's usual standard. All in all, it was a v disappointing visit, perhaps the chef had not returned after the Christmas break? The atmosphere was not helped by the overly gloomy lighting either. It is much nicer to sit upstairs I think and aim for that if you chance a visit.
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Kai cafe and restaurant
20 Sea Road, Galway, Galway City, Galway

I ate here with my partner last Saturday night. This is a quirky little restaurant in Galway with a great atmosphere and fantastic quality food. Unfortunately, they only do two sittings on a Saturday so we had to eat a bit late as we took the 9pm sitting. We were a bit peeved at this but really, the restaurant is well worth the inconvenience of late eating. We skipped starters due to the hour, I had the turbot with burnt cauliflower and hazelnut. It was absolutely divine. Cooked to perfection and with a lovely sweetness. There was some kind of sauce too which for me, made the dish a touch too rich, but there was v little of it and overall, i was delighted with it. My husband had the hogget and said it was excellent. I then had the rhubarb pavlova and my husband had a mousse sponge pudding. Both delicious. We also had a lovely bottle of Portuguese wine which the waiter kindly helped me choose. Lovely lovely night, we'll definitely go back. I only took off a star because of the restrictions around when you can book on a Saturday night. Would highly recommend.

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Eden Bar and Grill
7 South William Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I ate here with my husband on a Saturday night. I had eaten here a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. However, this time I was disappointed with the experience. We were seated in the front section near the back. If you can, get a seat in the back foyer, it is much nicer. No one brought bread or water until our starter arrived which was a bit odd. I had the beef carpaccio to start. While the beef was tender the accompaniments were v poor. The "aged" Parmesan tasteless and no dressing on the salad. It was overall a very tasteless and expensive starter. I had a fish main, in fairness it was nice and I enjoyed it. The dessert then was said to be a raspberry and lemon roulade but the roulade was too hard and everything on the plate (even the mascarpone) tasted of lemon. Not great. My husband seemed happy with his and scoffed the rest of mine too. He seemed happy enough but I won't be back and I'm the one that books these things!

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The Restaurant At The Schoolhouse
2-8 Northumberland Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

I brought a business client here for lunch, the dining room was almost empty, the staff very inattentive (took well over 10 minutes to garner sufficient attention to pay the bill), the room was cold, the food (we both had the steak) greasy and for rib eye, remarkably lacking in flavour. I was v disappointed and will not be back.

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La Maison
15 Castle Market Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

My friends and I meet up 4 times a year for dinner. We have eaten here before and really enjoyed it. We chose to return because our previous experience was so good. However, this time the food was dreadful. Two of us had the pate. This is prepared at the table. The waiter did not seem that familiar with how to do it and we both got huge servings of 4 types of pate. There was far too much badly presented pate on the plate and it looked v off putting. I'd forgive it if the pate was at least good but really, the chicken pate was nice but the venison and pork (very rustic looking, they actually looked like brown bread) were nearly inedible. Very disappointing. They both had a bad aftertaste and very unpleasant texture. The bread that was served with it was nice. My other two friends had the salmon salad and the walnut and pear salad. These seemed to be ok. I then had a mushroom risotto for my main. It was incredibly heavy, like glue, again v unpleasant. Two of my friends had the chicken and couscous tagine which they said was ok but very dry and my other friend had a pasta and fish dish which she said was poor. We had the chocolate fondant for dessert and that was gorgeous and up to this restaurant's usual standard. All in all, it was a v disappointing visit, perhaps the chef had not returned after the Christmas break? The atmosphere was not helped by the overly gloomy lighting either. It is much nicer to sit upstairs I think and aim for that if you chance a visit.

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Sabor Brazil
71a Camden Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I was a bit suspicious of this restuarant given the uniformly positive reviews both here and on trip advisor. Nonetheless I booked and came to check it out for myself. First the wonderful, the service is unsurpassed in my experience. It is warm, friendly, engaging without being overbearing or intrusive. Cushions were offered immediately we sat down on the deep chairs to ensure our comfort, a glass of champagne was also offered once we were seated to welcome us. All in all just delightful. It is a tiny, intimate restaurant with seating only for about 12 diners. I was a bit afraid it was too small and we would be overly conscious of other diners but this was not the case. The wine was delicious, a house wine, spanish, wish I could remember the name becuase it was the nicest wine I'd had in a long time. The caparinihas (sp?) were also superb. Second the average; the food I am afraid, while tasty and pleasant is not of a standard you would generally expect at the prices charged. Do not come here expecting michelin star type food. It is nice, it is interesting, it is nicely presented, but it is not the refined food you normally get with a €40 price tag for a main meal. The decor is much hyped (see photos on their site) but I thought it didn't quite meet the uber luxury sense they were trying to achieve. It felt a little like it came from next ifywim. Nothing particularly wrong with it, just not as nice as the photos. Finally, the poor, the location is just awful. It's down a deserted side street off Camden Street beside a launderette. The kind of street you don't walk down when you're not local and it's dark. I nearly didn't go in! So finally, would I recommend it? Yes! We really, really, really enjoyed our meal. But the only justification for the price of it really is the very small size of the restaurant and the service. Don't get me wrong, the food is fine, good even, it's just SO expensive. But I never felt so welcome anywhere before and I would certainly go back.

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Rustic Stone
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

First gripe - despite having booked in advanced we were squashed into a table right beside the service counter &the disabled toilet which was not at all pleasant. Second gripe - It took ages to get menus &order. The staff although pleasant were very distracted. We were served by a number of different waiters got a bit lost in the mix. Third gripe - the food! I had the crab to start which was served on the stone for some reason. I thought it was an unneccesary gimmick. The crab was nice enough but to be honest, I've made nicer myself at home. The smell of it was very strong which was a bit off putting. I have to say I was disappointed at the menu offerings. I hadn't realised it was so focused on steak and I thought all the steak options were actually very expensive starting from c€24 & going up to €31. You had to order sides separately to this & these ranged from €3 - €4. This kind of thing always annoys me as I'm here for a whole meal so why is it being priced as if parts of it are optional? Anyway, I was not in the mood for steak & again, the fish options going past us from the sevice counter smelled terribly strong &put me off. So I had the burger. Burger was very average and although the accompaniments were tasty they were very scarce. Not to mention the polenta chips! There was FOUR small chips & they just weren't that nice. Wasn't keen on the brioche burger bun either, very sweet. The burger was €16 whch is a little on the high side when you're not getting a portion of chips or salad to go with it. For dessert I had the spiced creme caramel and it was the nicest thing I ate by far. All in all, I thought it was very expensive for what was on offer. In general, none of us were impressed with the food or service and we won't be back.

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Coppinger Row
Coppinger Row, off South William St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Was really looking forward to eartin here as I always thought it looked like an interested place but what a disappointment. I had the field mushrooms on toast to start, toast was so tough I could hardly cut through it with a knife and the mushrooms were really greasy, overdone and salty. V disappointing. Then I had the chicked leg stuffed with Italian sausage. What a confused dish, was it a roast? Was it a stew? The sausage was all stringy like bacon and incredibly flavourless. I found the combination of roasted weirdly stuffed chicken leg SWIMMING in stew like broth very unappetising. Again v disappointing. Finally, to top if off, we hated the wine we had ordered too. Really fruity, they were nice enough to change the bottle but still charged us for a glass each even though it was clear we hadn't drunk it. In one way I can understand this, They did open the bottle. In another though, it leaves your customer feeling a bit ard done by. Overall, there was a great atmosphere and the service was pleasant it was just the food that was poor. But the food is kinda the point in the end. I should mention my friend had the bruschetta which she said was lovely and the steak which was also good.

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Montys of Rathgar
88 Rathgar Road, Rathgar, Dublin

I ate here in February with family and baby. They were very accomodating with the baby seating us upstairs in a comfortable corner. It was a bit cold initially but it warmed up as more people arrived. We did find it exceptionally noisey though. The food was lovely and clearly freshly prepared. It was full of flavour. The service was ok, I was disappointed that we did not receive any guidance from the waiters to help us through the menu. Even when asked, they did not seem able to make any suggestions. Otherwise though, a lovely night.

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La Maison
15 Castle Market Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I ate here in early February with a group of friends. We were initially placed near the door but there was no issue with moving us to a warmer location upstairs. I shared the pate plate with a friend to start and it was seriously delicious. Also huge! More than enough for two to start. I then had the rabbit for mains and it too was just incredibly tasty. Finally, shared the chocolate pudding for dessert and again, you just could not complain. We all really enjoyed the night, the food was lovely, the service very friendly and there was a great atmosphere upstairs. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

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