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Brasserie Sixty6 restaurant

66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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1079 reviews

Reviewed 02nd January 2015 ( visited 23rd December 2014 )

Booked a Swift lunch for 2 for December 23rd with 2 menupages vouchers (1 person for 1500 menupoints). Mentioned the voucher when booking online however upon being seated and again mentioning the voucher, our waiter VERY vocally informed us that voucher wasn't applicable over the Christmas period. He didn't use any tact and literally shouted at us in front of a dining room of people. He then went on to say that he "supposed he could bring us a burger". We were so embarrassed and at this stage didn't care what food came so long as he stopped making a show of us. The food itself was lovely and tasty and the atmosphere was warm and cosy. I have eaten in Brasserie Sixty6 before and really enjoyed the experience however this time it was spoiled by the service.
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Brasserie Sixty6 restaurant

66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Brasserie

Price Range:

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1079 reviews

Reviewed 02nd January 2015 ( visited 23rd December 2014 )

Booked a Swift lunch for 2 for December 23rd with 2 menupages vouchers (1 person for 1500 menupoints). Mentioned the voucher when booking online however upon being seated and again mentioning the voucher, our waiter VERY vocally informed us that voucher wasn't applicable over the Christmas period. He didn't use any tact and literally shouted at us in front of a dining room of people. He then went on to say that he "supposed he could bring us a burger". We were so embarrassed and at this stage didn't care what food came so long as he stopped making a show of us. The food itself was lovely and tasty and the atmosphere was warm and cosy. I have eaten in Brasserie Sixty6 before and really enjoyed the experience however this time it was spoiled by the service.
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The Winding Stair Restaurant
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin

Visited here on a busy Sunday evening. We ate off the Pre-theatre Menu. The food was excellent, decent sized portions and lovely flavours. I had a starter of ‘smokies’ with smoked haddock which was very tasty, mains was less of a success but that was more down to my lack of knowledge that a pork neck steak is fatty. Dessert was the star of the meal. I'm not sure quite how they got the Chocolate fondant's out to us so fast but they were stunning. Small but melt in the mouth. Service was friendly but efficient. I like when a restaurant recognise diners who want fast service and they did on this occasion. At €31, it's not the cheapest early bird around but it was reasonable value for money.

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Peperina Bistro Garden
25 Dunville Avenue, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Efficient service, simple food cooked well, excellent value for money (especially with voucher)...would like to return to try some of the other options on the menu.

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

Received a €60 voucher to dine in La Maison. On arrival, the restaurant was very busy and the only table free inside was squeezed in between 2 other sets of diners so we chose to eat outside. It was a cold evening but blankets and heaters are provided so it was actually quite nice to sit outside and watch everybody passing. For starters, I had the prawn bisque and my partner had a cheese salad. I enjoyed my starter however my partner's starter wasn't to his taste. (I'm sure there was nothing wrong with it, he just found the cheese to be too strong) For mains, I had monkfish with a risotto and it was beautiful and tasty. My partner had the coq au vin and it was equally impressive. We both opted for the chocolate melting puddings for dessert and they were perfect. (We did however wait a long time for them due to the first batch being burned but the waiters were very good to keep us informed) On receiving the bill, the waiter remarked that he hadn't charged us for my partners starter. This was a nice surprise and totally unexpected as there was nothing wrong with the dish, it just wasn't to his taste. Either way, it left a very positive feeling that the restaurant values it's customers. There also seemed to be a lot of French diners which I can only assume is a good thing for a French restaurant.

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Brascos Restaurant
Harbour Road, North Co. Dublin, Skerries, Dublin

Went here one sunny Sunday evening in March using a voucher we got as a present. We didn't receive the warmest of welcomes on arrival. The manager (I'm assuming) was quite blunt and just pointed in the direction of a free table and said to take a seat. As we were on a deal, we were given a set menu. There was a good selection on it, with only the steak incurring a supplement (but that's to be expected). My guest and I both opted for the beef salad to start and it was a good choice. The beef was tender and the sweet chilli sauce, very tasty. Both our mains were less of a success. My chicken noodles, while cooked well, were devoid of flavour. My guest had beef pasta in a creamy sauce which he said, just didn't work. Desserts (apple pie/sticky toffee pudding) were nice if nothing special. Service was a bit of an issue if I'm honest. There seemed to be lots of waiting staff but for some reason they didn't seem able to cope (I think they may have been splitting their time with the upstairs dining room). I saw one table wait nearly 30mins before even receiving a menu to look at. In fact they were only given a menu after they got up and asked for one. The table beside us also seemed to be sitting with dirty plates/nothing in front of them for long periods of time. I'm not sure if they were just overwhelmed due to it being the first relatively sunny day of the year but it was definitely an area lacking. I also felt as if the manager favoured the older guests as he seemed a lot friendlier to them. Either that, or perhaps he treated guests on deals differently. The downstairs dining room has great views over the sea however the decor/furniture felt a bit tired. The atmosphere wasn't helped by playing a radio station on the sound system, some music would be more appropriate. On the whole, while I enjoyed the visit (although mostly as I hadn't been to Skerries in years) I certainly would not be rushing back to Brasco's any time soon as it was decidedly average and the manager made me feel uneasy and unwelcome.

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Soulful Bistro
46 Manor Street, North Dublin , Stoneybatter, Dublin

Atmosphere - Not the warmest (it was a cold evening) but an interesting little place...enjoyed reading the various comments on the walls Food - My starters of Chicken Noodle soup was tasty and light...my guest had the Portobello Mushrooms with brie which were delicious. Mains were a bit hit and miss as I really enjoyed my Hake however my partners Chicken was dried out/chewy and overall a poor dish lacking in flavour. We both opted for the Chocolate Brownies for dessert and they were beautiful. Service - Upon arrival, there were 2 staff members in the restaurant however about half way through our sitting, one of the waitresses left leaving only 1 (I think the manager) to deal with the entire dining room. Strangely enough she seemed to manage quite well and never seemed overwhelmed....personally I felt nervous for her. I'm not complaining, just felt like a risky move as I'm not sure she could have coped with a full dining room. In saying that, our service was prompt and very friendly. I hadn't printed my voucher and it was no problem at all with me emailing the voucher to her. Value - With the voucher, 4 courses for 2 people for €22.50, absolutely incredible. The full price of the menu without a voucher was €28 per person which I did feel was on the pricey side

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Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Booked a Swift lunch for 2 for December 23rd with 2 menupages vouchers (1 person for 1500 menupoints). Mentioned the voucher when booking online however upon being seated and again mentioning the voucher, our waiter VERY vocally informed us that voucher wasn't applicable over the Christmas period. He didn't use any tact and literally shouted at us in front of a dining room of people. He then went on to say that he "supposed he could bring us a burger". We were so embarrassed and at this stage didn't care what food came so long as he stopped making a show of us. The food itself was lovely and tasty and the atmosphere was warm and cosy. I have eaten in Brasserie Sixty6 before and really enjoyed the experience however this time it was spoiled by the service.

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Café Oasis
54 King Street North, Smithfield, Dublin

Visited here after booking a menupages voucher...was slightly disappointed when we arrived as its definitely more a cafe than a restaurant (the clue was in the name). However we weren't disappointed with the food. Both of us enjoyed the starters and mains with only the dessert letting the meal down. The restaurant itself was quiet and very cold.. The service was friendly and efficient. 3 courses for €25 was good value.

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Pichet
14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Excellent value early bird menu. Top class food, prompt and friendly service, couldn't really fault the place.

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PHX Bistro
12 Ellis Quay, Ellis House, Smithfield, Dublin 7, City Centre North, Dublin

Visited here with a group of 5 others after completing the Dublin Marathon. Originally spotted a deal online but opted for their own offer of 3 courses for €22.95. It was bank holiday Monday at 7pm so the restaurant was very quiet. We were seated at a table by the window so it was nice to look out and reflect on the race earlier that day (as the route passed right by the restaurant, albeit on the other side of the river). The menu is varied so there should be something for all tastes. Everybody enjoyed their starters, although some felt the spicy chicken wings were a little too spicy (I disagreed!). Nobody could fault the mains. I had the hake and it really was a very tasty dish. The pork belly was the best one of the other guests had ever tasted, not too bad coming from someone who had eaten in Patrick Guilbauds only the previous week. Nearly everybody went for the Chocolate and peanut butter brownie which everybody enjoyed. Personally I would have liked it slightly warmed but that really is nit picking. Service was friendly and prompt without being overbearing. The jugs of water were replenished without having to be asked and we were told about the specials so again, no complaints about the service. For €22.95 for 3 courses (€2 supplement for prawn starter and €5 supplement for steak mains), it really did represent excellent value for money. I would comfortably recommend PHX Bistro to my family/friends.

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Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Dropped in here late on a Sunday evening. The place was surprisingly busy which is generally a good sign. We were a bit slow to be seated and they tried to seat us wedged between 2 other tables but it was no problem to move us to a more private table. We ate from the €25 menu which represented excellent value for money. Warm bread arrived at our table and it was really nice, fresh out of the oven. We polished off the whole lot. Both starters were excellent. It can be difficult to be impressed by soup but my mushroom soup was very tasty. My guest thoroughly enjoyed his cesaer salad too. We even got more warm bread for my soup. Mains were similarly flavorsome and well presented. Desserts were fairly flawless too. Service was good, if not quite excellent. I would definitely return.

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Ginthai
The Plaza Hotel Complex, Belgard Road, Tallaght, Dublin

The fact that restaurant doubles up as a bar doesn't help the atmosphere as it smells of stale beer when you arrive. The lighting is lovely and dim which I like. The starters were awful to be honest. I've had better samosas from the frozen aisle in Lidl and my guests pork belly was the toughest pork belly I've ever had. Mains improved things a good bit however we both agreed our dishes were a little too saucy and my red curry was a bit gloopy but tasty nonetheless. Desserts were delicious and the highlight of our meal which is the opposite of most Thai restaurants. The service was excellent and our waitress was very friendly. Value for money, it was hard to beat. €45 for a 3 course meal for 2 people with a bottle of wine or 4 cocktails. In saying that I probably wouldn't return as I've had much better Thai food elsewhere.

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Quay 16 Restaurant @ MV Cill Airne
MV Cill Airne, North Wall Quay, IFSC, Dublin

Couldn't fault the food. Service was friendly and attentive. The dining room was very warm, combined with a wave from a passing boat made both my guest and myself feel slightly ill. But on the whole, a very enjoyable experience and good value meal (Pre-theatre 3 courses for €27)

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Brasserie 7
The Capel Building, Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Went here using a voucher and it was incredible value for money. Initial impressions were slightly poor as one of the staff members wasn't the friendliest but our waitress was really friendly and helpful. My prawn starter was a little on the small side (only 4 prawns, felt that 6 would have been more appropriate) however my partners starter was very plentiful (chicken wings). Mains (Hake & Duck) were delicious and tasty and just a nice sized portion. We both ordered Dark Chocolate Brownie for dessert but I'm pretty sure that's not what we were served as it was more like a ginger cake. Slightly annoying given the dessert wasn't included in the voucher price and was erring on the expensive (7.50). I would recommend to anyone and would definitely return.

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Geisha Asian Restaurant (Ashtown)
73-74 Ashtown Village, Dublin 15, Ashtown, Dublin

Best Asian food in Dublin 15 if a little on the pricey side. Nice spacing between the tables. Service was prompt and portions were a decent size. Only one negative was at the end of the meal, after our glasses were just topped up with iced water, a staff member managed to knock one glass over my partner, soaking him. They were very apologetic but there was no reduction in the bill or offer of goodwill which I was surprised about. In saying that I wouldn't hesitate to return as the food was excellent.

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Vermilion
94-96 Terenure Road, Dublin 6 , Terenure, Dublin

Went here using a menupages voucher. As Indians go, it is definitely one of the better Indians I've tried. The food was top notch, the service was faultless. The atmosphere was nice and relaxed. Only criticism was that the starters were too big, half their size would have been fine. We both struggled to finish our main course. Desserts were unexpectedly very nice. Normally in Indian restaurants I don't expect the desserts to be the most appealing but this was the exception.

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D4 Urban Cafe
5 Upper Baggot Street, Ballsbridge, Dublin

My partner and I booked here using a Grabone voucher. The restaurant very generously honoured an expired voucher so certainly off to a good start. We arrived on a cold Sunday evening and were a little disappointed with the interior when we arrived. However as it is a cafe so I wasn't expecting too much. Our waitress was very friendly and quickly led us to our table and presented us with menus. She advised us that one of the dishes was not available (of course the dish I would have chosen) but it was good to be told in advance rather than trying to order it and then being told and disappointed. For mains, I had the Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta and my partner had the chicken wings. Both dishes were neatly presented and very tasty. For mains, I chose the steak with fried egg and Portobello mushroom and my partner chose the Spicy Chicken & Chorizo pasta. My steak was done more than I would normally like but I nonetheless enjoyed it. My partners pasta was beautiful, the sauce nice & creamy and not too spicy. We were both impressed with the meal so far so decided to opt for dessert after spying some delicious looking homemade cakes on our way in. We both ordered Chocolate Biscuit cake. I was expecting a small slice from the fresh cake but a pre-packaged bought-in slive arrived instead. I suppose what could we expect for €1.95. Had I known, I certainly would have paid the extra for the home-made cake. All in all, the dinner exceeded our expectations given what we had paid for the voucher. The service was efficient and friendly and the food was simple yet flavoursome.

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Pandinis
Unit 3, Newlands Cross Retail Centre, West Dublin, Clondalkin, Dublin

Clondalkin has been missing a good Italian since the closure of Pistachios so I was keen to try this new restaurant when I heard it had opened up. I got a deal off menupages, 3 courses and a soft drink for 2 people for €29.99 which was excellent value. I booked a table for 4, most places wouldn't accept 2 vouchers at one table but there were no problems here. First impressions are really good...the entrance with the automatic doors and walkway down through the centre of the restaurant work really well and feel special. The place is tastefully decorated and there are sufficient gaps between the tables to allow for privacy (Its my pet hate in a restaurant when I can't have a conversation without the table next to me hearing everything) The staff were welcoming and straight away lead us to our table. The menu really has something for everyone while not being too confusing. I really couldn't fault the meal, the food was beautiful and the gaps between courses just right. Sometimes in restaurants the desserts can be a bit of an afterthought, often just bought-in frozen cakes but not in here. The desserts were the highlight of the meal if I am honest and the manager later explained that he handpicked the dessert chef as she is pretty legendary in Kildare. Anyway, my only pointer would be that my mains (the Risotto Manzo) was a little large, as was the dessert (one scoop of ice-cream would have been sufficient with the Sticky Toffee Pudding). I don't like leaving anything on my plate so did manage to finish both but was a little stuffed afterwards. Other than that, nobody had any complaints at our table and most of us are known to be a quite fussy! I really hope that the restaurant succeeds as the Manager we spoke to seemed to have a real passion for good food which was refreshing to see. We will be returning without hesitation.

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Taste of Brazil
32 Parliament St, Temple bar, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

I bought a deal on the web, €29 for a 3 course meal with a glass of wine for 2 people. Excellent value. Having never tried Brazilian food, I was excited to try something new. Unfortunately, that excitement was short-lived. For starters I had the Brazilian cottage pie. I found the topping gloopy and parts of it were cold. My guest had the Deep fried cassava balls stuffed with mince beef. It was far too big, stodgy and dry. I always like to order the signature dish of a country/cuisine so decided to go for Feijoada, which was described as Brazils national dish- delicious stew made of black beans and smoked pork, served with rice, farofa (roasted cassava flour) and cabbage salad, served with rice. I am not sure if it just wasn't to my taste but I did not like it one bit. Apart from nearly breaking a tooth on a bone in the soup, there was very little meat in the dish. My guest had the rump steak which was like leather and the fries which were very dry. For dessert I had chocolate truffle with ice-cream. Again there was far too much of the truffle on the plate. It was also presented very poorly and the ice-cream was totally tasteless. My guest had the custard which he also didn't like. The only real redeeming feature of the restaurant was that they served us quickly (which we like) and that they allowed us to get a mineral with the voucher instead of the wine. I am sorry to say but I would not return. Again, as I said, I am not sure if I just don't like Brazilian food or whether the food was of a poor standard.

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Bloom Brasserie & Wine Bar
11 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

We went here using a grabone voucher, 2 starters, 2 mains and 2 glasses of wine for €40. The food, atmosphere and service were all top notch. The food was stunning, beautifully presented, tasty, perfectly portioned and full of flavours. It's something that's hard to describe but the tables are positioned in such a way that they feel very private, like nobody can overhear your conversation. The voucher included two free glasses of wine however neither my guest nor I drink wine so we just ordered minerals instead. We expected to be charged for the minerals, however much to our surprise, when the bill arrived we weren't charged. Would I return? Yes, without a doubt but only on a special occasion as it would be a little out of my budget.

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Washerwomans Hill
60 Glasnevin Hill, Glasnevin, Glasnevin, Dublin

I went here using a buy one main course get one free voucher from menupages. I shared a starter of crab cakes with my guest. I normally think crab is a bit rubbery but these were anything but. I chose the Barbary Duck for mains and my guest had the Loin of Pork. The duck was topped with carmelized onions and was delicious. My guest commented on how tender the pork was. My duck came with sweet potato gratin which was beautiful although I would have liked more. Our main courses were accompanied with a side of potatoes and veg, which were suitably crunchy. Both of us thoroughly enjoyed the meal however were both still a little hungry leaving. I'm not sure if it was the small portions or the fact we hadn't eaten all day but I think the portion sizes could definitely be increased slightly. The service was prompt and friendly, no complaints there.

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Maximilians Bistro
Superquinn Shopping Centre, Dublin 15, Blanchardstown, Dublin

Just back from a meal at Maximillians Bistro with my boyfriend. We had the Foccia bread and prawns to start with. The prawns were gorgeous, lovely and tasty in a creamy sauce. The Focacia bread wasn't really Focacia bread, more a pizza base with garlic sauce and chopped tomatoes but it too was beautiful. For mains, we had a cajun chicken pizza and Seabass with a side of vegetables. The pizza was huge (if a little too large) but very tasty. The seabass was cooked perfectly however I found the vegetables very lemony so couldn't finish them. Price wise, it was a little expensive for what it was. The service was slower than I would have liked. The atmosphere was nice and relaxed and warm. Would I return again? I'm not sure.

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Farm Restaurant (Dawson Street)
3 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

Visited The Farm on a Bank Holiday Monday after New Years. The place was pretty quiet and a bit lacking in atmosphere but I care more about the food being nice than the atmosphere. I wasn't disappointed. We ordered off the early bird menu which for 2 courses was €19.95, good value for all organic food. I got the Chicken pie for main course which was delicious and my partner had a pork dish which he was equally happy with. We didn't bother with wine, just having tap water so the meal was under €40 for the two of us. We didn't have any room left for desserts but I think it only would have added another €4 for another course. The service was prompt and friendly. I have nothing really negative to say.

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Citron @ Fitzwilliam Hotel
The Fitzwilliam Hotel, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had the Christmas Lunch here with my team from work. Found the service a little on the slow side. The food while very tasty was overpriced for a Christmas Lunch. I had vegetable soup to start with. It was very tasty and nice and creamy. For mains I had the Chicken Fettucine which was gorgeous. We had a couple of bottles of wine and some tea/coffee afterwards. Nobody had any room left for dessert. It came to €35 each including €5 tip, which I thought was a bit steep for lunch. I would probably not return simply as I don't think it represented good value for money. However there is no questioning the quality of food which was excellent.

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Langkawi
46 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here with a group from work. Didn't have to pay so can't really commend on the value. However what I can comment on is the food and service, both of which were top notch. We got a selection of starters (meat balls, spring rolls, prawn fritters). I enjoyed all of them even if the meat balls were a little spicy for my tastes. Again, for mains we had a selection. Chicken Curry, a white fish dish and a lamb dish. The lamb was the nicest lamb I have ever eaten bar none. The fish was beautiful and crispy and the curry was very tasty. I will definitely be returning so my other half can experience this restaurant.

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Da Panza Restaurant
1 Yeats Centre, Dunboyne, Meath

My partner and I dropped in here at 5pm on a Saturday. Feeling very lazy and hung over we both had a craving for a nice Italian so decided to give Da Panzas a try. We were both very glad we did. We arrived at 5pm on the dot so they were only really setting up however there was a nice warm/cosy ambience. I ordered the Fettuccine Alfredo (and asked for chicken to be included in the dish which was no problem whatsoever), and my partner opted for the Rigatoni Cacciatora. While the wait was a little longer that we would have liked(although we are exceptionally impatient diners), this was understandable as it was obvious when the dishes arrived that everything was fresh. Both pasta dishes were beautiful, the Alfredo was lovely and creamy and the Cacciatora was equally delicious. We didn't bother with drinks or dessert but will definitely be returning at some stage to sample the starters and desserts. Oh and the service was excellent. I felt as if they really cared if we enjoyed our meal. I'm giving 4.5 stars with the half star being lost for value.

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Bits and Pizzas
15 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

My boyfriend and I went here to use our €30 voucher we got from menupages. We arrived at 6:30pm and were greeted by a very friendly girl who showed us to our seats and told us what the specials were. For starters, I had a mini Mushroom lasange which was beautiful. My boyfriend has baked mushrooms which were equally tasty. For mains, we both went for a pizza which again were faultless, just the right size and a nice thin(not doughy) base. For dessert, neither of use could resist the chocolate brownie which was served with a scoop of ice cream and warm chocolate sauce. Again, we were not disappointed. When we went to pay there were no issues using the menupages voucher which was great. Often times, using a voucher can cause a big stir and embarrassment for people but she didn't even bat an eyelid. We would have no hesitation in returning and will probably save up our menupoints again for another voucher. Not a negative thing to say about the place. All the staff were very friendly and the service was just the right speed.

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Jaipur Restaurant (Ongar)
Unit 35 and 39, Main Street, Ongar village, Dublin 15, Clonee, Dublin

My boyfriend and I had our dinner here on a Saturday night. We arrived just before 6:30p.m. We were quickly ushered to our table. Our waiter chose a table a distance from anyone else which I liked as it gives you privacy. The decor is lovely and cosy and the place was very well presented and clean. We decided to go for the early bird, €20 for 3 courses which was great value. I ordered a vegetarian platter and the other half ordered the meat platter. Calling them platters was a little rich as both dishes consisted of 3 items of food....but I was not disappointed as they were beautiful. In the centre of the plate was a small(read: tiny) portion of mashed potato with the most delicious sauce on top(no idea what it was but it was gorgeous). Next was mains and I went for a Prawn dish and the boyfriend went for a chicken curry. Both dishes were spicy (the way Indian food should be) and were a nice sized portion. Dessert was slightly disappointing as there was no choice (on the value menu, there is on the more expensive menus) so we both had the Indian ice-cream. To be honest, it was devoid of taste. Perhaps that's what Indian ice-cream should taste like, I just found it flavourless. Dessert aside it was a very enjoyable meal and we will definitely be returning to sample the more expensive menus at some stage.

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Ravellos Restaurant
Clonsilla Village, Dublin 15, Clonsilla, Dublin

Just back from an early bird here. Boyfriend and I both had the garlic mushrooms to start with. No complaints, the mushrooms were lovely and juicy. For mains, I had chicken and mushroom fusilli which was gorgeous, the pasta definitely tasted like fresh pasta. My boyfriend had the penne arrabiata which again was beautiful. I had ice-cream for dessert. Often times restaurants are a bit lazy with ice-cream but this tasted like home made ice-cream. My boyfriend had the cheesecake which was lovely and light. All and all, for €17.95 each with tea and coffee, you can't go wrong. Portion sizes were spot on, the food was hot and seemed to consist of fresh ingredients and the service was prompt. We will have no hesitation in returning.

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Pregos
Unit 2 Balloyowen Castle Shopping Centre, West Dublin, Lucan, Dublin

My boyfriend and I had a meal here on Saturday night. It is a small restaurant but nicely decorated and cosy. I had Gamberetti Al Pesto to start with and Penne Pollo E Funghi for mains. My boyfriend had Bruschetta Vegetariana to start and Penne Alla Diavola for mains. Every single dish was nearly the best I've ever had in any Italian restaurant. The prawns were large and crunchy and the sauce was creamy and not too "pestoey". The bruschetta was delicious, like a little mini pizza. My pasta tasted beautiful, only issue would have been the sauce being a little runny made it a little messy to eat and it could have done with a little more chicken. My boyfriends main course was beautiful, lovely and tomatoey, no complaints whatsoever. I chose to have ice-cream for dessert. It came with a bit more raspberry coulis than I like but I'm really nit picking. The waiter was very thoughtful here and brought two spoons as my boyfriend hadn't ordered a dessert so gave him the option to taste the ice-cream...a nice touch. I will definitely be returning again, if not for the excellent food and good value, but for the hunk of a waiter!

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Indian Ocean Dublin
15 Montague Street, City Centre South, Dublin

A colleague and I had lunch here. 2 courses for €9.50 so no complaints about value for money. The food was nothing special. I had prawns to start with which were tiny, my main course of Chicken Makhana was very enjoyable. I would return again for lunch but it is nothing special. Service was a bit slow for lunch too.

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The Humble Bean
68 Aungier Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Just dropped in here with my boyfriend for a quick sandwich today. Had a chargrilled chicken, basil pesto and pepper ciabatta. I wasn't expecting it to be anything spectacular but it was gorgeous. A bit steep at €5,95 but comparable with other cafes. Would definitely return again. Service also worthy of a mention as they were very prompt.

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

Just back from a meal there with my boyfriend....he had a chicken curry and I had a Yaki Udon. As a side we shared some Chicken and Vegetable dumplings. I've eaten here for lunch a few times before and it's always delicious and tasty. As per usual, food was hot, full of flavours and very enjoyable. The canteen style dining isn't for everyone but once you know what to expect, then it's fine. Will definitely be returning.

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The Lord Lucan Pub
The Finnstown Shopping Centre, Newcastle Rd, Lucan, Dublin

Went there on a Jedward night so it was understandably packed....the waitress was great. One of our friends was running late so she let us know when the kitchen were stopping taking orders. I had the Southern Fried Chicken which was tasty, my sister had the salmon which she described as bland and all the veg were very watery and tasteless. Most of the mains were€11 - €12.95 which is expensive enough by today's pub prices standard. I probably would not return.

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Jewel in the Crown (South William Street)
5 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had a lunch special in here today. For €9.95, I got a starter, main course with pilau rice and a tea/coffee and an after eight afterwards. The food was faultless, the service very speedy and it really was excellent value for money. The portions were also a very decent size for a lunch menu. I will definitely be returning.

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

My partner and I ate in the Bistro last night. We arrived at about 5:15pm. Having read a few of the negative comments about the service I was expecting to be disappointed with the service however it was the total opposite. My partner and I do not really like much delays between courses and luckily the staff were very prompt at clearing our table once we'd finished each course. For starters, I had the Tandoori Chicken and my partner had the Garlic Prawns special. No complaints, both starters were delicious. For mains, we both decided to go for the Ribeye steak. Again, a healthy portion of steak arrived with some chips and onion rings. I kind of expected that I would have got vegetables with my meal but when none arrived, I ordered a portion of market vegetables. A large bowl of cauliflower and another large bowl of carrots arrived, not bad for €3.25. For dessert, I had the Maltesers Cheesecake and Belgian Chocolate Biscuit Cake, my partner had the Maltesers Cheesecake also and the Chocolate Eclair. The biscuit cake was to die for the other desserts were of a similar standard. Only complaint here would be that they could have been colder. I like something cold after my dinner, but the cheesecake in particular was verging on being warm. Overall, a lovely meal and I would definitely return. PROs - Friendly, fast, efficient service, tasty food, nice portion sizes and keenly priced CONs - There was a draft from the front door being open for the first 30mins (to be expected in a Bistro I suppose), didn't bother me but the other half complained, slightly warm desserts, vegetables not included in price of main course.

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The Peacock Restaurant @ Finnstown Country House
Newcastle Road, West Co. Dublin, Lucan, Dublin

My boyfriend and I went for a meal here last night and couldn't really fault the place. We opted for the dinner menu for €39.50 each for four courses. There was a good selection on the menu and something to suit most tastes. I had the venison for starters, the lamb for mains and ice cream for desert. He had soup of the day for starters, chicken for mains and banoffi for desert. The venison was very tasty however a little more meat wouldn't have gone astray, the lamb was lovely and tender and the ice-cream very creamy. Negatives - we had about 4 different waiters (wouldn't bother me but might bother some), you couldn't really here the piano from the room we were sitting in. Overall though, we had a lovely meal and would probably return again. One thing that bothered me was that they took my credit card away from me to swipe it. This is really unacceptable given the frequency of credit card fraud. I didn't complain however I should have really.

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TGI Friday (Blanchardstown)
Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, Dublin 15, Blanchardstown, Dublin

Overpriced burger joint.....arrived and was told that we would have to wait for the next available table even though we could see plenty of free tables, a very obvious ploy to try get us to buy a drink from the bar, one which we didn't avail of! We then waited approx 45mins for a table which was infuriating when you are hungry. The food was okay but at the end of the day it was just glorified burgers.

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La Banca Ristorante
Main Street, Lucan Village, Lucan, Dublin

Beautiful food, excellent service, would definitely return and recommend. Only gripe was that there was a bit of a draft but other than that a thoroughly enjoyable meal.

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