Restaurant Reviews from emto
The Old Schoolhouse (Dublin) restaurant
Coolbanagher Church Road, North Co. Dublin, Swords, Dublin, Area Code: North Co. Dublin
Reviewed 01st February 2015 ( visited 31st January 2015 )I have dined here 3 times and every time it has been really good value, and lovely home made food. The service is very genuine and personable. The early bird is exceptional. There is such great choice and options for a relatively cheap price. You can tell the chefs think quite hard about how they compose the menu, and everything is made from scratch. Overall very impressed, I just wish this place was closer to my home town!
6-7 Jervis Street, Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 04th December 2008 ( visited 04th December 2008 )Koh thai restaurant has beautiful decor and it feels quite plush. The private rooms and function booths look lovely. The food is nice, but a little expensive for what you get sometimes. The last time I went my starter only had 3 prawns which I thought was a bit stingy. The pad thai is really good though, quite authentic. Generally the curries are full of flavour,my only complaint is that the meat, whether it be chicken or duck, seems to be pre-cooked and added at the end, and tasted like boiled meat,and not full of the spices of the curry which was a little disappointing. But the curries with prawns seem to be cooked fresh so my advice is to stick with them. The dessert cocktails are amazing though,but again pricey.
Harbour Road, North Co. Dublin, Skerries, Dublin
I am so very disappointed at the food and service I have experienced in this restaurant, twice in the last 6 weeks. My husband and I had extremely over-priced and awful brunch here this weekend, he had a fry-up, and practically everything was deep-fried. I had brioch french toast, which consisted of a brioche roll from lidl soaked in some egg. It was greasy and unpleasant. We also had my son's christening here 6 weeks ago and the experience was disappointing to say the least, despite spending almost 1000 euro fro the day. The prices do not reflect the quality of the food or cooking. The staff are friendly, however clearly have no training or experience in running a restaurant. I cannot unfortunately recommend this restaurant to anyone which is so disappointing as there are so few restaurants in skerries.
Da Mimmo Restaurant
148A North Strand Road, City Centre North, Dublin
This place is very small and cosy, so you must book in advance. The pizzas are delicious, so authentic. Not like any of that crap from dominos or apache! The antipasti is also amazing. I didn't have the seafood starter, but the table beside us did and it looked incredible! Will def order it next time. If you like proper authentic italian pizza, and italian food come here! Also amazing value, most pizzas about 10-12 euro.
The Old Schoolhouse (Dublin)
Coolbanagher Church Road, North Co. Dublin, Swords, Dublin
I have dined here 3 times and every time it has been really good value, and lovely home made food. The service is very genuine and personable. The early bird is exceptional. There is such great choice and options for a relatively cheap price. You can tell the chefs think quite hard about how they compose the menu, and everything is made from scratch. Overall very impressed, I just wish this place was closer to my home town!
The Windmill Seafood & Steakhouse
17 New Street, North Co. Dublin, Skerries, Dublin
I quite like this restaurant. Their 20 euro early bird is decent value. I have sampled most things from the menu and the majority are lovely. There are a few confused dished "duck with pesto cous cous and asian sauce", an Italian/Moroccan/Asian mix....odd. Other than that though the atmosphere is nice with the open fire, and service is always friendly. House wine is a decent price too.
Fallon and Byrne
11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I've been here twice and both times enjoyed it thoroughly. Both times I have had the pre-theatre menu. 30 euro for 3 courses, which did sound steep to me at first, but there are no time restrictions to it and no extra supplements for steak etc so I thought it was worth trying. I'm glad I did. Food was a high standard. Bearnaise was some of the best I've had in Dublin. Home made chips with the rib eye were divine. Service was very nice, and the ambience of the restaurant is great. Wine menu is pricey however, some wine specials would be great. Cocktails are fab but extremely expensive. Nice for a treat! Highly recommended restaurant for foodies.
45 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Went to Dada last Friday with a group of 6 friends. I had never been before so didnt know what to expect. The ambience and decor is very nice, authentic morroccan looking. We got the set menu. Starters were lovely, if a bit small. One small platter for 6 people, but there wasn't 6 of everything so some people didnt get to try everything. I was a little disappointed with my mains. Veg was so over cooked. Lamb was tender but not the flavour I was expecting. I couldnt decipher many flavours. Desserts were disappointing: ice-cream and profiteroles. Over all not bad, a bit pricey 40 a head with 1 drink each. If I got back it will be for an early bird.
F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Pembroke Street
1A Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I had the value menu, at 30 euro, which I thought was a little steep at first. However given the choice of starters and mains, and the price of those dishes on the a la carte menu, it was an absolute bargain! Half the mains are 25 euro alone, so an extra fiver for starter and dessert, well need I say anymore. My steak was gigantic, as was everybody else's. We wanted to bring the left-overs home for my 2 dachshunds, which the waiter was a bit snooty at, which I really didn't appreciate. Quality of food was very good. Would def go back when/if I have the money to treat myself!
37 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I really think you can't get better value than this place. Early bird for 15 euro for 2 courses. And the choice of mains is excellent given how cheap it is. I really love the stone-baked pizzas. Last time we went it was so crowded and a tiny bit cramped but sure once you tuck into the wine the din fades away! More than decent food which is very tasty, at rock bottom prices, don't think you can go wrong with that.
85 Strand Street, Skerries, Skerries, Dublin
Have been here a good few times. It's absolutely tiny and really dark inside. And it feels full with only a couple fo tables occupied. Menu is extensive, and authentic enough. Meat and sauces are freshly cooked and delicious. Prices are very reasonable. Portions aren't huge. Naan is really tasty. All in all a cheap and chearful Indian, which offers more than your boring korma.
24 Strand Street, Skerries, Dublin
I've been to Tarragon a few times and each time I havne't been disappointed. Food is fresh and simple, but cooked well. Good choice of shell-fish and fish. Prices are ok, not particularly cheap, but not out of this world. No veg with the mains though, that is a pet hate of mine. The desserts however are 5.95, and all home-made and cooked to order. Very impressed with them. Will go back again.
23 Upper Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Came here for my birthday dinner. It looks like a lovely place inside. The waiters were very friendly and courteous. Menu looked lovely and sounded delicious, and it did not disappoint. I had prawns to start and steak with bearnaise after. However the portions were tiny, and the prices were quite the opposite. I'm glad I wasn't paying because the bill was astonishing. But in saying that it was a lovely night and the food was really good quality. So I guess if you can afford it you won't be disappointed, but don't go on a budget!
Jade Chinese Restaurant
27 Little Mary Street Off Capel street, Dublin 7 , City Centre North, Dublin
Went to Jade garden a few days ago. At first I was apprehensive as the place was completely empty. The specialities part of the menu seems the most authentic, and on tasting the dishes the 5 or 6 we had, they are the best. And it is really good value too. Between 11-14 euro for most dishes. Meal for 4 with a bottle of wine cost us €65, and for the quality of the food I thought it was great value. Don't let the lack of people or atmosphere put you off.
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Have been here for brunch and dinner, and both times I was very happy. Their Sunday brunch menu has everything from your regular fry (but done really well), to steak and chips. And reasonable enough prices. Dinner was also great, I had their famous rotisseries chicken with home-made slaw. I think it's only about 16 or 17 euro for what you get which I think is quite cheap. And their home-made chips in the little steal buckets are ridiculously tasty! Haven't managed yet to fit dessert in but next time I go back I definitely will as their dessert menu look amazing!
6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I've eaten here 3 times and haven't been disappointed once. It does have a French feel to the menu which is nice. Their scallops are exquisite, and their steak-frites with bearnaise is delish. I've always been too full to have dessert, but they do sound and look nice. It is a little bit pricey, but the service and decor and food are very high quality. Wine menu is a bit dear. But very impressive selection of wines by the glass. Their sunday and early birds are quite good value.
The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin
I have eaten here a good few times, with my boyfriend, with my gal-pals, and with my family, and it's always been tasty and handy. The food isn't exactly right out of barcelona, but rather an irish take on tapas, and a good version at that. The selection is quite good, and I think the prices are fair, although i do think they have raised the prices lately. Service is quick and efficient, and you can easily get a good 2 course meal for two, with a bottle of wine for 55-60 euro, which not many places can boast of in that area of Dublin. Also a great bar to just meet up before heading off somewhere. Very child friendly.
The Red Bank House & Restaurant
5-7 Church Street, Skerries, Skerries, Dublin
The food at the red bank is generally lovely, freshly cooked seafood, delicious sauces, and a dessert trolley to die for. You do need to like fish though to really enjoy the experience. The staff are very attentive and friendly. However the menu has not changed since I moved to Skerries, which is over 15 years ago. The best value menus are the 4 course sunday lunch, I think it's around 35 euro, or the early bird during the week which has fallen to a measly 25 euro for 3 courses! The decor is also stuck in the early 90's. I know they're going for the old cottage Irish theme, but really new tables and chairs and a new carpet could really do wonders for the place. My pet hate though is the portrait of Terry McCoy, the "head chef" in the dining room. Really does put me off my yummy food. It's a little pricey but a for a special night I think it's worth it. Otherwise go for the value menus to try it out. Excellent wine selection.
Stoop Your Head
Harbour Road, Skerries, Skerries, Dublin
Stoops is a kind of posh-pubgrub eatery for fish-lovers. Generally the food is nice, but it can be quite tempermental at times. Sometimes the deep-fried fish is delicious, other times the batter is so heavy and soggy I feel ill afterwards. And they never take bookings which is quite annoying,so you have to be there by 630 to be guaranteed a table. In saying that, if you do get a table,and the chef is in a good mood, the mussles can be divine,and so can the calamari and garlic dublin bay prawns and crab claws. Eating the open seafood sandwiches on a hot summer's day outside is just heaven. Wine menu is limited but they do have a full bar as it is a pub
Blue Cafe Bar
Harbour Road Skerries, Skerries, Dublin
My only real problem with Blue is that they seem to raise their prices every six months. I remember when their famous prawn sizzler was only 8.95 not too long ago, and I think now it is 11.95, and also it seems the amount of prawns in the portion has diminished. Bit greedy for my liking. Generally the rest of the food is fine. Not amazing, but more than edible. Although I do like their wings. The interior is nice, floor staff are very friendly and accommodating, and the view (when it's not dark or raining) is lovely in summer. It's also a great bar, good selection of wines and beers etc.
6-7 Jervis Street, Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin
Koh thai restaurant has beautiful decor and it feels quite plush. The private rooms and function booths look lovely. The food is nice, but a little expensive for what you get sometimes. The last time I went my starter only had 3 prawns which I thought was a bit stingy. The pad thai is really good though, quite authentic. Generally the curries are full of flavour,my only complaint is that the meat, whether it be chicken or duck, seems to be pre-cooked and added at the end, and tasted like boiled meat,and not full of the spices of the curry which was a little disappointing. But the curries with prawns seem to be cooked fresh so my advice is to stick with them. The dessert cocktails are amazing though,but again pricey.
Good World Chinese Restaurant
18 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
I think the Good World is the best and most authentic Chinese restaurant in Dublin, and I've been to them all. And given that it is packed with Chinese people everyday, they must agree with me. It does help that my Dad is Chinese, so we get the real Chinese menu. I just wish they provided this menu to all the Irish people too. But they will provide this for you if you ask. If you want fried rice with curry sauce and chips then this is not the place for you. But if you want roast duck, real chinese vegetables and salt and chilli prawns and the like, then you will love it. Plus I think it is great value compared to other Dublin eateries. An average meal for my family is about 25-30 euro per head, with alot of wine. The decor leaves alot to be desired, but I would rank a gorgeous meal over gorgeous furnishings. But with queues outside 7 days a week, I guess they don't need to hide behind fancy wallpaper.
3A Talbot Place, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin
I love this thai restaurant. I have been to thailand about 5 times, and I think this is authentic as it gets. I've been to the other thai restaurants of dublin, and while their decor and presentation may be better, the food and taste and value cannot compete. The vermicelli salad is the exact same that I had on koh samui beach. And the curries are really creamy and fragrant. We had a stir-fried prawn dish with black fungus mushrooms, which had about 12 tiger prawns, for 13.95, I don't know anywhere that is equally cheap. All in all we had 2 starters, 2 mains, 2 rice, and 3 glasses of wine for 60 euro, and we left stuffed and so satisfied.
Citron @ Fitzwilliam Hotel
The Fitzwilliam Hotel, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I brought my boyfriend to citron last week. We had been before and really liked it. It was no different this time. The service is really good, always french waiters for some reason. The food was delicious, and they even served scallops as an amuse bouche before our starters, which were amazingly tasty, and perfectly cooked. I had a terrine for my starter which was gorgeous, served with home-made sour dough, and he had beef brisket, not my cup of tea but twas nice. His belly pork for mains was gorgeous, I had seabass with mango salsa, equally divine. My only complaint was that it was quite small, and came with nothing, for 27 euro. Finally our desserts were just out of this world. There early bird menu is excellent value, I think around 25 euro for 3 courses. My only complaint is that every time we go it is really really quiet, which can be off-putting for some. But if you can get over that, you will really enjoy the food.