Restaurant Reviews from elvisp

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The Porterhouse (North ) restaurant

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

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Cuisine:
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136 reviews

Reviewed 30th August 2008 ( visited 29th August 2008 )

I come here every friday to wind down from work. It has a brilliant atmosphere and great food. The prices are reasonable. I highly recommend the pizza's and burgers. Whatever about the new gourmet burger restaurants, the Porterhouse has always has lovely, no frills juicy burgers. There is live music after 11 on fridays. I live locally and it's so nice to have this pub near us. The staff are really efficient and friendly but it can get crowded after 8pm and if you sit in the corners of the restaurant, you might find service a little slow.
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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 30th August 2008 ( visited 29th August 2008 )

I come here every friday to wind down from work. It has a brilliant atmosphere and great food. The prices are reasonable. I highly recommend the pizza's and burgers. Whatever about the new gourmet burger restaurants, the Porterhouse has always has lovely, no frills juicy burgers. There is live music after 11 on fridays. I live locally and it's so nice to have this pub near us. The staff are really efficient and friendly but it can get crowded after 8pm and if you sit in the corners of the restaurant, you might find service a little slow.
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Yamamori Sushi, Tengu
38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

great place to dine for a lazy weekend brunch. Nice outdoor beer garden and the whole restaurant has a lovely calming effect to it. I always have the tempura which in my view is the best in town! One observation though is that the lunch menu is much better value for the same food, funny that huge price difference.

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Siam Thai (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

came here to celebrate a friends birthday and had the early bird menu which is good value. Loved the duck spring rolls but wasn't crazy about the curry's and pad thai. I love thai food and I felt the dishes here didn't quite have a kick to it. Quite bland. They were packed to the brim for capacity at the restaurant, maybe that's why food standards dropped. They used to be better.

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Milano (Clarion Quay)
Unit 6, Excise Walk, Clarion Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin

came here compliments of my tesco vouchers and had mixed reviews about the place. The pizza's and freshly baked starters are excellent but don't try the pasta's! Dry, oily and congealed very quickly after served. I'd return, but only for the pizzas.

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Munchies (South William Street)
South William St, City Centre South, Dublin

One of the best sandwich bars in town at reasonable prices with big pots of tea. Bread is always fresh and sliced from a pan while the service efficient. The only thing I can fault is the lack of enough seating capacity in the cafe but otherwise, I look forward to coming here every time.

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The Pig's Ear
4 Nassau Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Great early bird menu and value. Pity the early bird ends so early! I didn't see many people trickling in after 1830 either and we were not rushed to vacate the table by 8 which was nice. Waiter was a little snotty though, cute decor!

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Kokoro Sushi Bento
19 Lower Liffey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Nothing to rave about guys. We think it's a good deal cos we've been ripped off far too long in Dublin when it comes to Jap food. The food, although reasonably priced for today's times is no excuse for small portions. Sashimi slices are wafer thin, the bento boxes with sashimi are packed with fillers which are almost inedible such as white carrot with a few strands of edemame and sunflower seeds to save the dish.

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Louies Bistro
20 Mountjoy Square East, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Returned from the 65 euro menu for 2 with wine. The inclusive pinot grigio is palatable. We had the chowder to start which was the highlight of the meal. Steak and salmon as mains which were nothing to shout home about. Desserts were decent and service was consistent. I have to score the restaurant low for atmosphere though. It's too dark and the floor tiles look like my kitchen floor...to think the owners spent 3 years doing up the place! Still though, good value meal.

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Cafe Kylemore - Liffey Valley
Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, Liffey Valley, Dublin

Visited the O Connell street branch and it has lovely sandwiches and an all day fry up. Good vallue deal 6.95 for soup and sandwich. I'll be back

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Itsa @ Arnotts (Bagel Store)
Arnotts, Abbey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

I come here everyday to try out the different bagels on the summer lunch deal now. The bagels are always warm and soft, and the fillings adequate and bursting out of the bagel, unlike other bagel joints who seem quite stingy with the fillings. 6 euro for coffee and a bagel is a steal! I hope the offer lasts a while.

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Andersons Creperie
1A Carlingford Road, Drumcondra, Drumcondra, Dublin

I'm a regular here for sweet crepes and substantial hearty soups. Good selection of wine when in the mood too. Overall, a nice local chill out place for lazy sunday teas.

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Hop House / Kimchi
160 Parnell Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Came here with my mates for dinner and we had a great time. Authentic sake's and in my opinion, the nicest sushi in town. Try the dragon roll and the crunchy roll. We couldn't stop ordering more food as each dish was polished off pretty successfully!

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Dall' Italiano
Harts Corner, North Dublin, Glasnevin, Dublin

A real local gem. We come here regularly for the fillet steak and al dente pasta's. Service is excellent while the prices are reasonable. They could improve on their dessert menu choices but overall, both thumbs up!

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The Cat & Cage - Closed
74 Drumcondra Road Upper, Drumcondra, Dublin

came here one evening courtesy of menupages with a friend. The service was very personal and although they made a mistake with our side order, were apologetic and quickly rectified the problem by adding on more side orders which made the already large portion almost too much to finish! I had the fillet steak which tasted very home made and was good for the price. Comfy warm casual atmosphere. A nice experience for a cold wet evening.

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ely gastro bar
Grand Canal Square, (Next to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre), Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

Came here for X'mas dinner with about 25 people. We had the underground function room area to ourselves which was nice and decorated very well. The food was nothing spectacular but palatable enough. Wouldn't be back in a rush.

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Chameleon Restaurant
1 Lower Fownes Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

came here on a night out with 17 people. We were seated on the top floor of the restaurant and had a comfortable position amongst many cushions. The food was good value and plentiful. Not the greatest authentic Indonsesian food but not bad for Ireland. I'd come again for the ambiance.

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Kavanaghs (Gravediggers)
1 Prospect Square, Glasnevin, Dublin

It's amazing how this small pub tucked away in a little estate serves such delicious food! One wouldn't think so. I found this place through menupages and was very apprehensive about going as I live around the corner and never gave any thought about going in on passing by it everyday. I've been there 3 times since I discovered it a month ago. The service is personalised, no menu's only a chalkboard which the waitress talks you through. The menu changes quite often and everything you try is lovely. Believe me, this is one you just have to try!

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La Paloma
17B Asdills Row, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Stumbled across this restaurant walking in the rain around temple bar one day. Cons-appalling service. When we entered there was no acknowledgment from the staff of our presence. Although we were eventually seated, we spent the rest of the evening noticing that 4 couples had come in and experienced the same treatment and wisely left before being seated. The manager seemed to be delegating to his inexperienced staff and hiding behind the bar counter. He never once greeted any customers during the entire 3 hours we were there. When he took our order, he didn't jot the orders down in so doing, forgot some of the dishes we ordered. It never came. Pros, the food was decent. The tapas was very good value ranging between 5-6 euro each and decent enough portions too. Dessert was nothing special. The mango creme brulee was lumpy with canned mango puree at the bottom of it and soggy glaze.

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Mao Restaurant (Chatham Row)
2-3 Chatham Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I haven't been here in a while since they renovated a while back. Same menu, increased prices and same decor despite having renovated except the kitchen has changed location. I found the service good but the food was disappointing. Too salty altogether. I won't be back here in a rush.

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Elephant & Castle
18/19 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Haven't been here in a few months and decided to return for my bf's birthday. There's always a long wait since they don't take reservations. We had the wings to start (excellent and vinegary as usual) and the coconut/crab soup. Both good. I was disappointed to find they have removed the chinoise salad from the menu and replaced it with duck salad. The duck was too tough, and the salad leaves were drenched with oil (presumably from the duck) I love duck fat but this was excessive! The bf's burger was also burnt and charred to a crisp.

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Fallon and Byrne
11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I'm rating the downstairs cafe. I go there especially for the desserts. They close at 10pm so I'm fond of going for dinner in town and then migrating across to F&B to finish up a good meal. One comment I have to make though is the food quality has deteriorated since it first opened. Still good but could be better.

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Woodstock Cafe
156 Phibsboro Road, Phibsboro, Dublin

I come here at least once a week as it's local to me. I especially enjoy the desserts. The best thing on the menu are the homemade soups with brown bread. There are usually 2 varieties to choose from. The hot counter food looks better than it tastes, nothing to shout home about. The desserts however are a different story! To die for! The apple and rhubarb pie is worth the trip itself! Have it with hot custard or fresh cream. The coffee is disappointing there, the beans they use aren't good so it could be better coming here for teatime. One thing to try are the daily breakfasts. Large servings, thick toast and perfect sunny side up eggs.

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Pearl Brasserie
20 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

One of the nicest restaurant decor I've been to. Nice bar to sip yummy mango cocktails while waiting for a table. 4 of us were given a table in a cove which was brilliant. Loved the seating arrangement. Slightly disappointed with the food though, it was not memorable for me. I guess I had high expectations given all the hype with this restaurant. They served decent truffle mash which was the saving glory. I wouldn't be back in a rush for the food.

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Bonga Korean BBQ
52 Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Came here Thursday night for the second time and have to say, it's an entertaining restaurant. Large variety although not brilliant food as I'd have high standards being Asian myself but can't fault the good value buffet menu. Lots of seafood, they didn't scrimp on the seafood which I find a lot of buffet restaurants do. Funky music plays every once in a while as well especially when birthdays are going on. Fun Fun Fun for a decent night out.

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Han Yang Korean BBQ Restaurant
103 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

I really like the bibimbap. Best I've had in Dublin and really won't break the bank. Service is a little slow but hey, mains for less than 10 euro. who can complain?

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Nancy Hands Bar & Restaurant (Near Dublin Zoo)
30-32 Parkgate Street, Parkgate Street, Dublin

The pub food is decent and I'd rate the carvery as one of the nicest around, especially for Sunday brunch. A favourite of mine are the burgers both served at the carvery at lunchtime and by table service in the evening. I think they're tastier than many of the new gourmet burger joints around. Plenty of lively atmosphere and it's always pleasant to see so many tourists in a place that actually does decent food. I'd recommend a visit if you haven't been.

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Boulevard Cafe
27 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I came on a Wednesday evening and the restaurant was quiet so the service was very efficient. The manager was very professional and courteous. Starters were a little disappointing and the presentation was poor but the main course made up for it. I had the duck while my friend had the fillet steak. Both done as asked medium rare. The desserts were extremely disappointing again. Cakes which looked as though they were sitting in the fridge for ages, dry and cracked through. Overall, not a bad experience but I'd rather spend my money elsewhere considering the prices they're asking.

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The Wild Goose Grill
First Floor, Above McSorleys, 1 Sandford Road, Dublin 6 , Ranelagh, Dublin

I came with a few friends for my birthday and it was one to remember. I found out later that my friends had arranged for the restaurant to bake a cake for me but they had forgotten but made up for it by presenting me with a complimentary custom dessert with my name on it. I hadn't expected it so it was a nice surprise. The food is very good and worth the prices they command. I would definitely be back. Portions are generous and the foie gras is highly recommended as a starter! The wine list is extensive and not overpriced either.

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Fagans
Drumcondra, Drumcondra, Dublin

The carvery lunches are good here. Large portions and would usually have a decent selection of 4-5 dishes. One favourite side of mine is the garlic potatoes. ooh! Goes well with everything. Polite service. Sometimes the roast beef can be a little dry but overall ok.

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

absolutely top notch pizza restaurant. Pizzas come flying out of the ovens before your eyes. Delightful thin crusted, real mozzarella pizza's. If you want a healthier choice, the salads are filling while the lasagna sinful! The cheesecake tops it off for me at the end. Usually a bit of a wait for tables but they open till late. I live around the corner and avail of their half baked pizza's quite often to take out.

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Eddie Rockets (Parnell Centre)
Parnell Centre, City Centre North, Dublin

I like Eddie's for a quick fast food and somewhere with a bit of fun to go to before a movie. The burgers have been great for years, soft large buns and tasty mayo but somewhat seems to be underrated compared with the new gourmet burger joints. Still an old time fav. Love the chilli fries and buffalo wings. It doesn't get anough credit for what it is

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

I would say cheap and cheerful place to dine but I have to omit the "cheap" these days. Although the food is yummy and usually consistent as they have the recipe's down to an art at the respective work stations, the food is getting so pricey. Not to complain. It's a reasonable price to pay for a casual dinner but in my opinion, not reasonable for an overall good dining experience. The staff always seem to be rushing you out the moment you've finished your meal. The place is too brightly lit and cramped. It almost is a canteen as the decor is!! I can spend the same money at a nicer Japanese restaurant and spend more quality time with friends chatting over our meal. Only come here if you're really hungry and don't feel like talking to anyone !

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New Millennium Chinese Restaurant
51 South King Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I like this restaurant. One of the few authentic Chinese restaurants in town which serves HongKong style cuisine. The dim sum is one of the best in Dublin and the cooked food is good too. As with any Asian restaurant, I do believe you have to know the right dishes to order to have a good experience.

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Good World Chinese Restaurant
18 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Came here for Dim Sum on Sunday with 8 people. Mostly with Chinese people and we thought the food was mediocre. Can certainly get better Dim sum in Dublin. The steamed Bao's seemed to be the only thing nice on the menu. Service is somewhat average and I think the restaurant needs a revamp. It looks the same as it did 12 years ago!

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Certainly an old time favourite. Great ambiance and lively place to come for dinner. Sunday brunch makes for a good value meal which can send you into a post-prandial slumber for the rest of the day. I particularly like how one can really have a good old laugh in the restaurant with friends, the restaurant doesn't seem to mind the higher than normal noise levels. The freshly bakes breads are also always good, they are even available to purchase if you're driving through.

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Yamamori Noodles
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Lively and fun restaurant to go to especially for a casual meal. Not terribly overpriced although I do feel the food is so much more pricey in the evenings for exactly the same food that you can have for lunch. The waitresses are very friendly and service is usually good except when you ask for the bill, it can take ages to arrive. I find it better to walk up to the cashier most times. The food is pretty authentic but certainly would be termed as "westernized Japanese food" Overall, very good tempura and I'm always satisfied at the end of the meal.

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101 Talbot
Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

One of my favourite restaurants. Consistently good food although the decor and ambience could be better. Always packed for the early bird menu cos it's excellent value. The chef knows what he's doing! I find they're particularly good at cooking fish dishes while there are excellent options for many of my vegetarian friends as well. The only problem with the place is the location. Once on my way back to the car, I witnessed an attempted break in of my own vehicle! Not pleasant.

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Ravi's Kitchen - duplicate
174 Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin

I came here for the first time with a party of 4 and although I would consider this restaurant a step in the right direction towards having good Japanese food in Dublin, it's certainly overpriced for what you get. The food presentation is jazzed up but the quality remains much the same as other cafe style jap restaurants. They have a decent range of sake there and the waitresses are actually Japaneses rather then Chinese which adds to the authenticity of the place. Still, not great value as the food here can only be compared to the run of the mill mediocre fast food under the train stations in Japan.

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Les Freres Jacques
74 Dame Street, Dublin City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

This has to be my favourite restaurant in Dublin. Understated and a real gem in the city centre. I discovered it a few years ago and certainly has never disappointed time and time again! I LOVE the starter fois gras..so hard to find a restaurant that serves a decent chunk of pan fried fois gras in this city. They also know how to cook a steak "medium rare" as ordered unlike so many other places where it almost certainly comes out well done. The waiters always go through the specials with a tray of fresh live seafood before you order. Real old school charm. Highly recommended restaurant.

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Peploes Wine Bistro
16 St Stephen's Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

I love the food here. It's consistently tasty, well presented and well worth the prices you have to pay. This is evident as it's always hard to get a weekend reservation and on occasion, I've dined here on Mondays and it's still packed! The waiters are very professional. This is definitely one of my 2 favourite restaurants in Dublin. I can rely on the food here when I entertain, my friends are always impressed. I can't say the same for many other fine dining restaurants.

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TriBeCa
65 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

I come here for lunch whenever I get the opportunity. Great lunch selection! I especially like the calamari salad the tribeca 3 which has wings, fries and salad in 3 bowls on one plate. Very satisfying and how can you go wrong with that combination. I find the dinner menu a little pricey especially the desserts which if I'm not wrong are about 7 euro! This borders on prices commanded in fine dining restaurant. It's also a little cramped in the front section and often you have to share tables with other people canteen style.

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Washerwomans Hill
60 Glasnevin Hill, Glasnevin, Glasnevin, Dublin

I highly recommend the early bird menu. The rest of the a la carte menu is a little pricey and not much better in my opinion. The early bird does 3 course meal for 26 euro and we were impressed it even came with sorbets between the starter and main. Very fancy. It's never too crowded and service is efficient. The food isn't fantastic but it makes for a nice local restaurant with good quality food and prices.

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

I come here every friday to wind down from work. It has a brilliant atmosphere and great food. The prices are reasonable. I highly recommend the pizza's and burgers. Whatever about the new gourmet burger restaurants, the Porterhouse has always has lovely, no frills juicy burgers. There is live music after 11 on fridays. I live locally and it's so nice to have this pub near us. The staff are really efficient and friendly but it can get crowded after 8pm and if you sit in the corners of the restaurant, you might find service a little slow.

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Charming Noodles
105 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Being Asian myself, I have to say the food there was disappointing compared with it's counterpart neighbour restaurants. Although a wide variety of dishes, they all taste a little similar and a little too much MSG added in the food. Artificial tastiness. I'm always left with a thirst after the meal. I think the ambiance is a little nicer than the others along the street but it certainly also costs more for what I think isn't better food. I'm not going back anytime soon.

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China House (Parnell Street)
180 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

I've been a regular at this place for years and it's always been popular and packed. Pity the larger branch has closed down on Moore st. Highly recommend the fried chicken with pineapple. I'm Chinese myself and it compares well with Asian food from the far east. Don't expect excellent table service but the value for money is there, as it's not pricey. Great for a quick dinner. The staff are friendly there and remember they're regulars.

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

We always enjoy ourselves immensely when we come to this restaurant. The atmosphere is lively, the food is consistently good and the service excellent. I would recommend the creamy mushrooms, the paella's, the seafood lobster dish and lamb chops. It always impresses friends and family alike when we bring them here. The only unfortunate thing about the place is that you can't make reservations before hand.

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