Restaurant Reviews from foodiefreak

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Tante Zoes restaurant

1 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
American

Price Range:

Good
398 reviews

Reviewed 31st March 2008 ( visited 29th March 2008 )

I managed to get a last min booking for 7pm Saturday night. Our table for 2 was upstairs in the corner beside a huge window overlooking the street below. This was lovely. Decor is modern & cosy. Tables are not too close together & the atmosphere was lovely. By 7.30pm all the tables were full yet it didn't feel cramped. The girl serving us was attentive and pleasant. The menu isn't overly long but I prefer that as it means they concentrate more on getting their dishes right than over stretching themselves. The Cajun popcorn was delicious (but the garnish of undressed rocket left a lot to be desired). The chili & garlic prawns with cornbread were a little bland. The mains were out of this world. I had the Tante Zoe Jambalaya- yummy! This came with garlic bread & a side salad. I prefer my garlic bread crunchy & not drenched in butter but the dressing on the salad was amazing. The Venison was a hit too. Two well sized steaks in a chocolate & red wine sauce. Unbelievably delicious. This came with buttered spinach, dauphinoise potatoes, & veg (green beans and mange tout) all cooked to perfection. Try the Hush Puppies, they are gorgeous!! We got a dessert of pecan pie which neither of us really enjoyed; it was a little too stodgy & heavy. A double espresso & an Americana finished off the meal. Both proper coffees too. Along with the meal I had 2 margaritas which at nearly €9 each, I felt were a little overpriced. But the portions are large & the food is very good quality. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who really enjoys good food, great company and a nice atmosphere.
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Eddie Rockets (Liffey Valley) restaurant

Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, West Dublin, Liffey Valley, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 22

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Cuisine:
American

Price Range:

Good
56 reviews

Reviewed 26th April 2010 ( visited 25th April 2010 )

They have a new menu....finally!! Yippee. Its got lots of new things on it and the prices seem to be a little better. But best of all they have basket deals that give you a little of everything for a tenner. I got the new meatball sub which came with some lovely coleslaw. My BF got the meal 1 basket which had 2 sliders (mini burgers) fries, potato salad and 2 chicken tenders with garlic dip. We got onion rings to share which came out on a really cool rocket shaped rack. Everything was yummy. We also got a Mint Aero Shake between us but be warned on this.....it's gorgeous but the bits are so large that you can't use a straw to drink it. In all €27 for everything and the girl serving us was really friendly and helpful. We would normally spend about a fiver more than this between us. Uniforms are changed too. Waitresses are wearing an authentic American diner style dress. Very cool. Can't wait to try more off the menu :-)
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Azzurro
Dunmore East, Dunmore East, Waterford

I visit Dunmore about 4 times a year as I have family down there. Locals dont really eat in Azzuro so I'd only been there once. I decided it was time to give it another go and unfortunately I won't be rushing back. Such a shame because the location and décor are beautiful but there is no value for money.They seem to be cutting corners with their ingredients to save money. Also, in my opinion, the menu is too long & muddled. They should stick to the Italian/Mediterranean theme instead of throwing asian influences around where they don't go. My pasta should've had chilis in it. Instead they used chili oil which killed the flavour of the seafood completely - and i love spicy food. This left my lips numb. I NEVER leave a whole plate of food especially at these prices but i could barely manage a third. I ordered a side of green beans but they were rubbery and i think they were microwaved as they tasted of plastic. These too were left. When asked I said the food was fine but i complimented what I did like. I think my opinion is down to personal taste that i didn't like the food. I love authentic italian dishes and this was not authentic but it may suit some people. They need to think long and hard about how to improve their menu and ingredients because i want to love this place :(

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Mexico to Rome
23 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

I can't really fault this place for what we were looking for at lunchtime on a Saturday. We were seated quickly and served quickly & friendly throughout. We went for the €9.95 meal deal (starter, main & glass of wine/soft drink) Not much choice but not bad either. The starters of garlic bread and bruschetta were very tasty indeed. Small but enough to fill a hole. I had fish and chips for main. It was supposed to be cod but definitely wasn't. Having said that....it was the crispiest deep fried fish i've ever had, tartar sauce delicious and chips were average but all very pleasant. BF had a chicken enchilada with a side of guacamole (€1 extra). Although very delicious a bit sparse on the plate....would recommend to the restaurant to put a small side salad with it to balance the plate. My glass of red wine (waitress gave me a glass of water too which i didn't ask for but a nice touch) was very small but for a lunch all the proportions were just right. I'd go back to try the full menu....cheap, cheerful and tasty.

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Saffron Indian Restaurant
Above Daveys Pub, Bridge Street, Kilcock, Kildare

I haven't 'dined in' in Saffron yet, but since it's opened we've had take away numerous times and every time we're delighted with the service, price and food. They do a 10% discount on take away food if you collect it, which is a v welcome initiative, and give you complimentary popadoms with dips with every meal. Pilau rice (must admit the pilau rice is a little strange - coloured white, red and yellow but no distinctive pilau flavours, still delicious though) comes as standard with all the mains we've gotten and we've tried many things now on the menu and have not been disappointed yet. Considering how much an Indian meal has cost us in the past, I'm very impressed with their prices and I can't wait to go for a sit down meal as the people we've met there or spoken to on the phone have been really nice. Try the Murgh Methi Malai and the Zafarani Zhinga!

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Mongolian Barbeque
7 Anglesea Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Been wanting to try this place for a while for the novelty factor. To be honest, you think Mongolian and you think exotic and different. As other reviewers have said the ingredients are quite samey. I chose 2 completely different bowls of meet, veg, sauces and spices but they both tasted exactly the same. It's very much like an average stir fry I'd make any night at home. The chicken wings, however, were gorgeous as were the duck spring rolls. The glass of red wine (all wine served by the glass is large) which i really liked. And they only charged for a small bottle of sparkling water when all was available was a large. The staff were friendly and helpful but it was busy when we arrived walk in on a Saturday night, so not surprising really. I wouldn't go out of my way to go back but wouldn't be averse to returning either. Pleasant enough.

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Botticelli Ice Cream
3 Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

A little oasis of peace and delicious ice-cream in the middle of temple bar. This placed reminded us so much of Sorrento. After going out for a spontaneous pre-valentine's dinner on Saturday night, we decided on sampling some gelato before we went home (and to get away from the throngs of French rugby fans). The waitress was lovely offering us tastes of whatever we wanted before buying. It's lovely that that they're all italian too. The Pistachio Ice-Cream is to DIE FOR and their coffee is delicious too. We can't wait to go back for dinner and more yummy dessert.

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Brownes Steakhouse
The Plaza, Blanchardstown Village, Dublin 15, Blanchardstown, Dublin

Enjoyed eating here last Sunday. Half price bottle of wine and steaks on hot stones for €15. Those who got the steaks thoroughly enjoyed them. The quality of the meat is excellent and it comes with 3 sauces. I had the California Burger which is by far the most delicious burger I've ever had...and I've had a few. Get the hand cut chips though, not the fries, they're a lot tastier. My Crab cakes however tasted just of black pepper. I think someone tipped the pepper mill in by accident. Couldn't taste the crab at all which was unfortunate as they could've been amazing. Their onion rings are to die for - light, not at all oily and crunchy. Coffees were yummy too. Service was good but slow. I will definitely be back to have one of those steaks for myself. Only thing I didn't like was that they don't do large bottles of sparkling water which can be a bit of a money making cod sometimes but for €112 for 4 people - not bad at all.

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Beacon @ Brogans - Closed
High Street, Trim, Meath

For a friday @8pm, empty on arrival (party of 10). Took this as a bad omen. To be honest, this place seems to be perfect if you're looking for a decent steak and chips but anything outside of that is very poor. The portions are small for very expensive prices. I got soup - but had to ask for bread. Sister got nachos - not even a handful of crumby bits from the bottom of the pack. One of the starters is corn on the cob?? For €5?? For the times we're in, they need to either up the quality of their food or seriously reduce prices. I ordered seafood tagliatelle NO cheese. It came out with cheese and was penne! When I told the waitress, i was told the chef had no tagliatelle that night. I should've been told this when I ordered. Waitress brought it away for a new one? to be brought back within 1 min. Suspect. Sister's veg option of thai green curry was brown and tasted nothing like curry. Very unpleasant. So if you want a steak or fajitas made with black bean sauce (seriously) then go to Beacon. But I must say the service was friendly and good. All around disappointing experience.

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Avenue Cafe & Restaurant
Main Street, Maynooth, Kildare

We had no reservation on sat evening so we were lucky to get a table. The place was buzzing. The staff were very friendly but rushed off their feet. The food isn't cheap here, but they do do early bird deals which would bring the cost down considerably. The other half had the chicken wings which I'd recommended and he wasn't disappointed...they are pricey though at €12.95 for a basket. We also shared the warm breads with dips. Word of warning, the olive oil is v mild as it's not extra virgin, the balsamic is a thick syrupy glaze. The breads were served hot rather than warm which kinda took away from their flavour. Our mains though were fabulous. I had the fish stew, one word, amazing! He had the lamb shank which was perfectly cook & falling off the bone. It was amazing too. The wine is quite expensive. €7 for a small glass of Pinot Grigio - but it was a lovely wine. We will be back.....for an early bird.

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YO Sushi Clarendon St
Brown Thomas, Clarendon St, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

This place is so much fun. The fact that the food is healthy, delicious and great value for money all helps too. The deals of bottomless water for €1, miso soup for €2 and japanese tea for €1 make sure you get a great deal. The staff are prompt and friendly and the food is yummy. This is a great place to come with friends as its so much fun to choose off the conveyer belt and share. Don't come here without trying the miso soup though....best i've had anywhere!

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Venice Restaurant - Dunshaughlin
Unit 9 Dunshaughlin Town Centre, Off Main St, Dunshaughlin, Meath

I hadn't heard great things about this restaurant which was probably why I was pleasantly surprised. There was big group of us for a birthday dinner and also a huge party of kids & their parents who were very noisy. The waiter went out of his way to make sure we were seated where ever we felt most happy. He was wonderful throughout the meal. Same cannot be said for the other server who was more than a little grumpy. I have a block when it comes to Irish/Italian restaurants but this was one of the better ones. My starter of Calamari & king prawns was delicious (calamari was slightly overdone but not enough to give out about it) and my main of Ravioli di Carne was a little underdone. The pasta was a little more than al dente. But I tasted other people's meals and the flavour was definitely there. I could taste the nutmeg from the bechemel in the lasagne which is no mean feat. We got complimentary limoncellos at the end of the meal and 2 slices of tiramisu & banoffi with a candle in each for the birthday people. We were all most surprised. The olives and bread are plentiful and my americano was delicious. All in all, a very good & enjoyable meal.

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Rye River Cafe
The Square, Meath Bridge, Kilcock, Kildare

I just LOVE what this café is doing here. Great to have a local eatery serving Irish food. The menu is short but there are specials every day. I had the spicy pork rib with organic honey for starter. The honey was a revelation. BF had duck spring rolls - so much duck filling! For mains I had the special of seafood medley. The prawns, red mullet, and cod were outstanding. Perfectly cooked and delicious. The Seabass on the bone was a little disappointing. I couldn't eat it for all the bones. BF had the fillet steak (asked for medium rare but came rare) with bernáise sauce. TO DIE FOR!! The steak was so good, any more cooked would've spoiled it so good call chef! I normally don't have dessert but at €19.95 for 2 and €23.95 for 3 courses I wanted to try everything. I got the baileys bread & butter pudding with hot custard and he got the sticky toffee waffle pud with Italian vanilla ice-cream. Mine could've had more baileys flavour but both were tasty and comfort food at its best. The service was great and the chef came around to talk to all the diners 1/2 way through. I said it to him about the sea bass and I accepted his premise that the sea bass has more flavour cooked on the bone. I still like my fish boneless as bones can put me off. I love the "bring your own" wine element and in all the value was outstanding. We heard the chef say to another couple that the menu changes weekly. We will be back very soon to try it.

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The Snail Box
Kilmoon, Ashbourne, Meath

The Snail Box was hosting the after math of my niece's confirmation on sunday. There were well over 30 guests and we had a whole section reserved. The location is amazing - gorgeous views. It was v busy inside which was daunting - I was dreading being rushed and the service. I needn't have worried. The staff were fantastic, really on top of their game. There was a set menu but the food was outstanding. I had garlic mushrooms to start. The best I've had - the accompanying sauce was delicious. Then I had the roast cod. Now I would've preferred to know from the menu that it was battered cod but the piece that I got was enough for two. It was a little too oily for my liking and I'm questioning whether it was cod but the fish was well cooked and the batter was crisp. The tartar sauce was lovely. My only quibble was the mushy peas. They were grey and tasteless - yuck!But I had enough fish to share with 3 others. I got a side salad with it and it wasn't your run of the mill butterhead with a few slices of tomato. My other half got a rare steak cooked to perfection. All in all, we'll be back if we're ever in the area.

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The Ivy @ Dunboyne Castle
Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa, Dunboyne, Dunboyne, Meath

We were taking the other halves mother out for lunch the day after mother's day so decided to try Dunboyne Castle. Unfortunately, the brasserie doesn't open for lunch so we were directed to the terrace lounge where we were given rather short bar menus. The atmosphere was very quiet but the décor is bright and open. However, the tables are too low for the chairs if you're unlucky enough to be sitting on one and not the couches. We got a panini, steak sandwich and club sandwich which were all delicious. The rocket in my panini made it excruciatingly difficult to eat though as the stalks hadn't been cut (same as my side salad) but at least the flavour was there. They need some new waiters though. The one we had was so quiet when he spoke we couldn't hear a word he said (even though he was polite. I had to keep saying "pardon" - not good for a waiter! I also ordered a pot of coffee for 2 and a very small jug with coffee in,& was served along with another tiny pot of hot water to top it up with. Very unusual. The coffee was very bitter also. Overall, I found everything sticky or grubby (I couldn't say dirty). I think they were having a bad morning. But the prices were good and the food was tasty so I would give it another try.....hoping next time to make it to the brasserie itself!

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YO Sushi (Dundrum)
Level 1, Unit 26A, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

On only my second ever visit to Dundrum with the other half we decided to try Yo Sushi as we both love japanese food but are rarely anywhere we can have it. The staff were lovely and helpful explaining the menu and the lunch deal which is great value. 3 plates (of certain colours) and miso soup for €10. The miso soup is delicious and refills are free. The water is €1 with free refills also. The counters have little taps on front of you to top up your own glass with either still or sparkling. The conveyor belt is fun and although we felt a little limited we ate very well & had delicious food all for €22. We had fun and it was soooooooo relaxed! Will definitely be back. If only there was somewhere like this in Liffey Valley SC or Blanchardstown SC

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Shimla
5 Weavers Row, Clonsilla, Clonsilla, Dublin

A little disappointed. Decor is lovely & atmosphere's good for a Wed night. The service was friendly but a little slow to clear plates & waiters tended to reach across peoples food as they were eating without saying anything which is kinda rude. I got the stuffed pepper to start. The lamb filling was sparse but pleasant. But the green pepper itself was bitter and oily. My King Prawn Madras wasn't nearly as spicy as I wanted. I asked for extra hot as I find some Indian restaurants can dumb down spice for the irish palate. They take one look at a little Irish girl asking for extra spice and they give me a "look". The sauce was thin and there weren't very many prawns in it (and they didn't look big enough to be king prawns). The bindhi (okra) was very bland. But the highlights were the Chicken Tikka Biyriani, Lamb Rogan Josh & the Chicken Dopiaza. The wine was lovely too. But I think for my meal the price did not match quantity or quality. I'd give it a 2nd chance though.

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The Bull & Castle and F.X. Buckley Steakhouse
5-7 Lord Edward Street, Christchurch, Dublin 8, City Centre South, Dublin

Stopped in for a quick bite before a show in Vicar St. It was v busy, lots of xmas parties so we could have a table for 1hr & order from the express menu which suited us.They have a great list of world beers & spirits and I had the most gorgeous German Weiss Beer I've ever had. Thankfully it filled me up because I couldn't eat the burger when it arrived. Fair enough, it's only a burger but this one was bland and v plain. It tasted and looked like a frozen burger. I left 3/4 of it. The wedges are better but were over done and very oily. My boyf got the ribs which were much nicer. He agreed my burger wasn't up to scratch - have had nicer ones in other American style diners! However, it wasn't so bad that I wouldn't try it again when it's less mental & we can choose from the proper menu. The girls serving were very pleasant but rushed off their feet. Go for the beer alone!!

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

Busy for a Wed evening. Location & Service are excellent. Set menus are great value for money. Fresh bread is baked in batches, cut on front of you and brought to your table with olive oil and tiny salt & pepper grinders! It really is the little things. Portions are a perfect size. Highly recommend the ham hock & foie gras terrine. Also the Butternut squash risotto (I've had some really badly made risottos). One thing I like is that the meals come complete so there's no need for sides unless you really want something extra. Side dishes are usually overlooked in restaurants but here, the baby potatoes were perfect as were the fine green beans. In all bread, water, glass of wine, 2 starter & 2 mains, 2 sides for €52 and clean plates all round. Will definitely be returning to try the al a carte menu.

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Caffrey's of Batterstown
Batterstown, Dunboyne, Meath

It was very busy on fri night which we didn't mind but a couple with a small kid were seated practically on top of us and my BF had to cope with her hopping all over the seats and knocking into him all night. We also had to watch our Ps & Qs. Service was excellent considering how busy it was. There was a piano player too which was really nice. The food however was a let down. I'd raved to himself about the crab claws but there were considerably less and a lot smaller than usual. I ordered the seafood ragout. I'd say the ratio was 30% fish, 70% sauce. It was very heavy and at €25 (???) disappointing when I ended up having to swap meals cause I couldn't eat that much cream. The Duck Spring rolls are excellent though. Plenty of duck and quite a bit bigger than you'd normally get. In all very expensive for disappointing food. I've had cheaper & better meals in Dublin City Centre lately.

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The Saddle Room @ The Shelbourne
The Shelbourne Hotel, 27 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Oh the disappointment!! It was my boyfriend's birthday & he'd been looking forward to the Saddle Room for ages. The 2 course lunch special for €18.95 seems good value but the choice is poor, & execution is worse. When they charge €11 for a glass of Prosecco (even though it was my own fault for not asking the price first) & €10.50 for a bottle of water & 7up they make the money up in other ways. I had chicken liver parfait with raisin chutney & toasted brioche. It was horrible & I LOVE paté type things. My Shelbourne Seafood Pie wasn't much nicer. 90% mash & about 4 bits of fish in the bottom in no sauce?! Weird! Honey veg on the side was nice. He ordered a salmon cake which was just plain whizzed up salmon and tasted so fishy it was overwhelming. His pork belly was tough & chewy. The accompanying apple sauce & mash were nice. In all the food they do seems to have been thrown together without much thought as to whether they'll work with each other or not. I mean brioche & pate - I ask you! The coffee at the end couldn't have held it's own in a fight. The one saving grace was the complimentary plate of Petit Fours with Happy Birthday written on the plate. Unexpected and welcome as it wasn't requested. They were the tastiest part of the whole meal. We were surrounded by ladies of a certain age and class "lunching" so the atmosphere was strange. We were the youngest people there by a mile. The service was very good. All in all, nearly €60 for plates of pretentious nothingness. Won't be returning.

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The Bay Cafe
Dock Road, Dunmore East, Waterford

We go to The Bay Cafe a lot, because we're in Dunmore East a lot and it is such a treat to wander down there early in the morning, sit outside at the lovely tables (if it's dry) and look out over the harbour with the buzz of the village all around you. Their coffee is fabulous, esp because you can get a personal cafetiere of coffee which is cool. They do a beautiful variety of breakfasts (scrambled egg and smoked salmon with wholemeal toast is a fave of mine) and not just the generic fatty full Irish. The service is pleasant and laid back and it has happened on more than one occasion that we've gotten a free round of toast. Go to the Bay Cafe, sit with the morning paper and have a bite to eat. You'll love it!

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Ming Garden (Dublin)
Unit 1-2 Bonnybrook CentreMain Street, Blanchardstown Village, Blanchardstown, Dublin

Went here yesterday with my boyfriend and his parents. We didn't make a reservation and were lucky to get a table. It boded well that there were plenty of Chinese people eating there. The place had a really nice atmosphere. There's good choice on the menu but I do wish places like this would put an explanation of what type of dish means, it would make picking easier. We had the crispy aromatic duck for 4 which was delicious, and various mains. I particularly liked my boyfriend's Thai red chicken curry. None of us had room for dessert but we had 4 lovely coffees and they gave us complimentary drinks at the end. 3 flaming Sambuca's went down very well. We also got prawn crackers to start the meal, water was brought out straight away and we also had 2 bottles of Australian Shiraz. The service was really good, except for 1 cranky waiter, but all the others were very friendly. All that food and drink came to €155 which was great for what we got. Would definitely return.

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The Cottage Bistro
Cheekpoint Village, Waterford City, Waterford

I agree with the other reviews on this site. This restaurant is the best place for seafood in the country. If I could give it 6 stars I would. We make a point of going to the Bistro every time we're in Waterford. You can be guaranteed a warm welcome from the owners when you arrive and the atmosphere is always buzzing. It's cosy and quaint and in a gorgeous spot for a little stroll after gorging yourself on their menu. Speaking of their menu, it's simple which means they concentrate well on what they do offer . And....there's something for everyone. Aside from all the fish there are beef, chicken and vegetarian options. On our last visit to Dunmore East last week we went twice. the first visit I had the trio of smoked fish for starter and the prawns in garlic, coriander and chili butter. Both are simply out of this world. Big portions and with a complimentary side salad. The 2nd visit I had the mussles in garlic butter and the seafood platter, which is a must if you like fish. There is a little bit of everything on this plate. Word of warning.....go to the Cottage Bistro hungry. If you should be lucky enough to go try the hot raspberries and ice cream for dessert. Simple but truly delicious. Indeed I can't say enough good things about this place. I love it, love it, love it!!!!

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

I booked an early bird table here for 6pm on Friday last before a show in the NCH. On arrival we were asked to sit and wait as a Christmas Lunch were still eating! As we were offered complimentary drinks for the inconvenience we were happy to wait. After 15 mins we were seated far enough away from the Christmas party already there. The table was at the balcony and over looked the Check in desk of the Hotel. Strange but it was nice to people watch. The atmosphere was subdued but that's to be expected early in the evening. The service here was impeccable. Our french waiter was so helpful without being intrusive and after the initial batch of fresh warm rolls that he brought out wrapped like a present in a folded napkin, he asked twice more if we wanted more bread. The last time we declined. I had the butternut squash risotto cake with asparagus, delicious and a perfect size for a starter, followed by swordfish with crushed potatoes and tomato compote and a mixed side salad. The swordfish steak was huge and perfectly cooked. My boyfriend had the black pudding, toasted nut salad which was lovely and the fillet steak for main. He asked for medium rare and that's exactly what he got. Delicious and exactly as ordered. He got a side of fine beans which were beautifully al dente. Unfortunately at this stage we couldn't stay for dessert and coffee even though we wanted to. I desperately wanted to try the winter berries with passion fruit sorbet but after extending our compliments to the chef we assured the Maitre D we'd be back for more in the new year! The damage wasn't bad either. We chose from the Christmas menu instead of the early bird which was only €4 more for 2 courses. In all I was only charged for one glass of wine, they didn't charge for the bottle of sparking water we ordered and we had all the complimentary bread our hearts desired. All in all, a bargain for the fantastic service, delicious food and a lovely setting. Treat yourself and try Citron.

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Brannigans Dundrum
Dundrum Town Centre Dundrum, Dundrum, Dublin

Unfortunately I have to agree with most of the other reviews here. I'm just sorry I wasn't able to check them out before visiting. Service was erratic at best. A man who looked like the manager took our drink and meal order. When he brought both, we were left to it. No one seemed to bother with us after that. It was nearly impossible to find someone to ask for vinegar or for our bill. The nicest thing about my fish & chips was the bottle of corona I had with it. The cod batter was barely cooked & soggy. The fish inside tasteless. The chips weren't bad but were very oily. The most reluctant €16.95 I've ever paid for a meal. My boyfriend got the steak sandwich which was ok but the ciabatta should've been toasted and there was no cheese which usually accompanies a steak sambo. It took ages to find someone to give us the bill - the couple next to us had to ask two different waiters. All in all, for €40 I'd rather go somewhere else.

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Delhi Darbar (Celbridge)
Main Street, Above Village Inn, Celbridge, Kildare

As usual stunning food. We walked in and were easily able to get a seat even though the place was busy. We tend to get a few mains to share and ignore the starters as they give you poppadoms & dips to share before your meal anyway. We finally found some properly spicy curries and would recommend the Fish Curry (Cod Surprisingly) which was super tasty and the Keral Express. Lovely bit of heat that doesn't burn or last too long. The Garlic Naan is to die for and the service is always good. Will be going back very soon hopefully. Not cheap but the quality is there. My only quibble would be €4.50 for a small bottle of Cobra beer.

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Cornucopia
19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I love this place but haven't been since they expanded. Made sure to get in early for lunch at noon but there was plenty of space. Had a Medium Salad (mix of 4). I always get the potato, garlic & roasted hazelnut salad. It's divine!! The Bulgar Wheat salad is also delicious. Only problem today seemed to be that there were a lot of staff faffing about behind the counter almost ignoring customers. Maybe they only step up the gears when there are long queues. It's not cheap but if you've food allergies or are vegetarian this place does delicious food. I even have the cookbook.

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Eddie Rockets (Blanchardstown)
Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, West Dublin, Blanchardstown, Dublin

Burger slightly overcooked and small. Garlic fried yummy as ever. My sister's nachos were so smothered in cheese she actually couldn't eat them and the girl that took our order, although very very nice, asked us 5 time if our food was ok. I'm all for attentive service but I did hear someone say "if she asks us again if we're ok, I'm gonna wring her neck". Otherwise all ok.

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The Mezzanine Coffee & Bar
Bewely's Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here with my boyfriend for an early breakfast as we hadn't been in since Bewley's closed. The place is really nice. Not crowded as I expected but still busy. We were seated on the 2nd floor and had a great view of downstairs and the stain glass windows. The menu reads beautifully for foodies who like their breakfasts - I took ages to decide. I love my pancakes when I go to the states so I had to order them with the maple syrup. My boyfriend ordered the full Irish which came with a small pot of tea and I got a small cafetiere of coffee which was delicious. The OJ came out in a deceptively small but stylish triangular glass. It's the small things!! Unfortunately, my pancakes were bland as be damned - even with the syrup. My boyfriend's brekkie was beautiful. Everything was tasty, the poached egg cooked softly to perfection. (Although we did have to ask for the homemade relish which should've come with the breakfast, got a funny look when we asked for it). I would go back for a 2nd try as it is good value and great atmos.

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Luigi Malones Restaurant
5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Called in not expecting to get a table but they were very accommodating & fit us in. We only wanted a main before we headed home after a bit of shopping. The waitress was so lovely and helpful despite all the Christmas Parties & being completely rushed off her feet. It makes all the difference. I got the Tequila & Lime Steak Fajitas. I couldn't believe how tender the steak was. Usually when you get steak pieces in a dish in any restaurant they're as tough as old boots but these fajitas were plentiful & delicious. The tortillas were a little bland. My boyf got the Chicken Wings and the sauce on these babies were to die for. I was even able to use a €5 discount card on my last visit. They gave me another one for my trouble. Will definitely be going back.

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La Bucca & Wine Bar
Corballis Demesne, Ratoath, Ratoath, Meath

I'm always on the the look out for a good Italian but this is a typical semi-Italian restaurant catering for the Irish palate. I'm not in Ratoath much but I don't think I'll be making any special trips back. My sister and I booked a table for 5pm yesterday and the place was full of kids (who were well behaved but it was very noisy) but the atmos was busy and rushed so be warned! I had the special of Fishcakes for starter which were lovely and tasty with recognisable chunks of fish. Yum. My sister's Prawn Pil Pil with Dough balls were nice too if slightly overcooked.Nice and spicy and the balls to soak up the chili oil. But it went downhill from there.The mains are very expensive for what you get. I had the meatballs which were SO bland. The spaghetti and sauce had exactly the same taste and texture of tinned spaghetti. It did not taste fresh. Yeuch. The other main was Penne Primevera. Plenty of sauce with vegs mixed through, lovely bright red colour but smothered with rocket on top. We realised after moving all the greenery that there were about 12 or 13 bits of penne-and this meal was €14. It may have been a stater portion but we were charged for a main. The Bruschetta is unusual to say the least, smothered in oily pesto and oily cherry tomatoes. Far too oily, and the dough itself was bland. I had a very nice americano and I was assured my sisters dessert (which she had to order cause she was still hungry after her tiny main) of fudge brownie and ice-cream was very nice. In all €75 for a meal that was only ok.

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Gate Restaurant
32/33 Trimgate Street, Navan, Navan, Meath

Very disappointing. Coffee was dire, like something you'd get out of a bad vending machine. I ordered 2 poached eggs and toast which at €6 is about right because had I been charged any more I would've laughed. The toast was strategically served burnt side down so I wouldn't notice until the last moment. The eggs were bland, hard and the plate was full of water. I like my poached eggs runny but someone clearly forgot about these. I couldn't drink more than 2 mouthfuls of the coffee and left the rest. Only for the staff being so nice I think my rating would've been a 1. If you don't have any tastebuds and don't expect very much from your food, visit this place.

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK Liffey Valley)
Unit 40B, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, West Dublin, Liffey Valley, Dublin

Underwhelmed and don't think I'll be going back in a hurry. Decor is nice, staff still finding their feet (we were asked if we were ready to order, then in the same breath asked to move from a booth to a table, said order was not taken, we had to wait for another waitress. Also had to ask for cutlery). The atmosphere is nice but borders on cramped. 20 min wait for 2 burgers, one mexican which was pleasant but not worth €11.40 on its own, one chorizo which at €10.25 could have been a bit more substantial considering 2 slices of chorizo is all you get under a sea of salad and an enormous bun. At these prices you absolutely should not be expected to order fries on the side at €3.65 a pop. They were nice but my enthusiasm was shortlived when we asked for some garlic mayo. If the amount of garlic in this stuff doesn't kill you being charged €1.50 for a tiny tub of the stuff will. All in all for 2burgers, 1 fries and 2 drinks I think a bill of €34.25 is pretty steep bordering on day-light robbery. Places will keep charging what they like for average food if they know people will pay for it.

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The Winding Stair Restaurant
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin

We were so lucky to get a table here at the last minute for 6pm. The staff were fantastic - pleasant, attentive, and helpful. The dining room is small and maybe a little cramped but the view over the Ha'penny bridge and the food makes up for this. There's plenty to choose from on the menu, as well as the specials. After a lot of thought I ordered the chowder with chorizo and my boyfriend, the potted crab. Both delicious esp. the Chowder. Easily the best I've tasted and both served with gorgeous fresh brown bread. For main I ordered the corned beef, horseradish mash, crispy cabbage and mustard sauce. Proper yummy Irish fare. My BF got the pork neck with baby potatoes - one word - stunning. It literally fell apart! We got a side of organic veg which were perfectly cooked. Proper coffees followed at the end of the meal which is a requirement of any decent restaurant. The bill was inexpensive for a place like this. We can't wait to go back!!

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Ristorante Rinuccini Restaurant
No 1 The Parade, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

This is simply the best Italian Restaurant in the country! The service is fantastic, the food is delicious and authentic, the atmosphere is lovely. Try the veal stuffed with mozzerella or the meatballs at lunch time. Do not visit Kilkenny without a visit to this place, you won't be sorry.

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Havana Tapas Bar
Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Never had Tapas before so this was my first experience. Prices seemed a bit OTT for the portion sizes, and food was a little bland. Would recommend the mojito's, they're really good. Staff were friendly, place was a little dead. Would like to go back and try something more substantial, and when there's more of a buzz.

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Twist Cafe
1 Fagans Lane, Maynooth, Kildare

We went here for brunch as a treat. I'd been here once before and was blown away by their bagels....yum. But this time we came away disappointed. We got a table easily just before lunch. Staff were very helpful & friendly. We got Chicken and Butternut Squash soup. Chicken was quite bland but Butternut was delicious. Huge portions though, served with 2 slices of lovely brown bread. We could've stopped there. We also ordered a Twister club tower which was simply shredded chicken in mayo and the marinated Chicken with salsa and guacamole sambo. That came out uncut and soggy. The guacamole was runny to the point that it seeped out under the bread and could only be eaten with a knife and fork. The taste was actually OK, so it couldve been delicious. The Americano I ordered was big and tasty, always good. A pint of milk for the other half topped it off. All came to €26 which is a lot but if the food had've been up to scratch I wouldn't have minded the price. I'd try again, but just get something different.

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Lemongrass (Liffey Valley)
Arc Bar, Liffey Valley Centre, West Dublin, Lucan, Dublin

Got a last minute table here on Saturday night for 7pm. Tables are too close together & the woman at the next table kept gawking at me & listening to our conversation. The waiters weren't friendly, they said no more than was necessary with not so much as a smile. The food was nice. I had the Malaysian chicken broth which was OK but had enormous lumps of chicken in it when the menu listed it as 'shredded'. The veggies were too big for a broth. Too expensive at nearly €7. I had the Nasi Goreng which was stunning. I cleaned the plate, I'd highly recommend it. My boyfriend had the Peking duck rolls for starter which were a little bland, & the Pad Thai with beef which was gorgeous. Each main was nearly €20, a little steep in my opinion. 2 bottles of sparking water for €10 would be normal in the middle of the City Centre but not for a restaurant in Liffey Valley. Although the food was lovely, this place is too pricey for what it is, & if you're looking for atmosphere, try somewhere else.

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Taco Taco
Unit 19 Epicurean Food Hall, Liffey Street Lower, City Centre North, Dublin

Had lunch here yesterday. Got there at 12.40 so managed to get a seat pretty easy but don't bother between 1 and 2, you'll have to take you're food away with you. I got the chicken enchilada with a side of guacamole. I wasn't charged for the guacamole which was cool and to get 2 enchiladas for €6.25 is unbelievable. If you go to a restaurant it would cost you double that for just one. They are seriously yummy, nice and spicy, the only complaint that I'd have is the paper plate which kinda falls apart and the plastic cutlery which you have to go easy on. Otherwise fantastic. I love this place.

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Eddie Rockets (Liffey Valley)
Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, West Dublin, Liffey Valley, Dublin

They have a new menu....finally!! Yippee. Its got lots of new things on it and the prices seem to be a little better. But best of all they have basket deals that give you a little of everything for a tenner. I got the new meatball sub which came with some lovely coleslaw. My BF got the meal 1 basket which had 2 sliders (mini burgers) fries, potato salad and 2 chicken tenders with garlic dip. We got onion rings to share which came out on a really cool rocket shaped rack. Everything was yummy. We also got a Mint Aero Shake between us but be warned on this.....it's gorgeous but the bits are so large that you can't use a straw to drink it. In all €27 for everything and the girl serving us was really friendly and helpful. We would normally spend about a fiver more than this between us. Uniforms are changed too. Waitresses are wearing an authentic American diner style dress. Very cool. Can't wait to try more off the menu :-)

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Spurs Family Restaurant
U42 Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, Liffey Valley, Liffey Valley, Dublin

I normally enjoy eating here. It's basically 1 step up from fast food but they have some good choices and special offers. The waitress was chatty, friendly and generally v good. We got the hot wings to start between us which were gorgeous (anything deep fried is) but €10.95 is a ridiculous price for the amount given. We both ordered things we hadn't had before. Bad idea. BF ordered the slow cooked pork bread roll. The pork was nearly black as it had been fried???? It was tough and unbelievably salty and the roll was uncooked (like those par baked jobs). I don't know how he ate it. I got the rump steak & enchilada with baked potato but got chips. Didn't bother telling them (I normally would) but himself loves his chips. The steak ordered medium rare was medium well :( and I always order extra guacamole and never ever get it, it's not like I'm not prepared to pay the extra! The steak was tasty but way over cooked. The enchilada was horrible. The salsa was basically tomato puree - almost acidic it was so concentrated & the veggies were cut so small they had disintegrated into nothing. Mind you, we got loads of salad - which I do like. All in all, not a good experience.

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Franzini's
Frenchs Lane, Trim, Meath

We went yesterday for my mother's birthday, party of 12 with 2 children. Service was good,staff was friendly. Everything else was very poor. The menu is pure boring&overpriced. I had the garlic bread with tomato&pesto which was nice, everything else I tasted was bad! For someone who is lactose intolerant,there were very few things on the menu that I could eat. Everything comes swimming in a cream sauce of some description, butter or cheese. My tomato pasta dish tasted like a bowl of heated cream as the pasta was overcooked&the chicken was bland. It was more like a stew cause there was WAY too much sauce. I had about 7 or 8 bites&could put myself through no more. My boyfriend got the monkfish with an orange&lemon buerre blanc (butter again)&got small monkfish tails that were not very nice but the meal is priced as a monkfish fillet. His veg on the side came out with Cheese all over it. I've seen restaurants put butter on veg before but not cheese, it wasn't even decent cheese, it was like nacho cheese you get at the cimema. Good thing I didn't order a side of veg, it would've gone straight back to the kitchen. One of the kids ordered a margherita pizza&couldn't eat it cause, guess what, it was so overladen with cheese she couldn't even pick it up. It was in a word, disgusting. Someone asked for a medium to rare steak and it came out medium well. In fact there was so much wrong with the food, and the prices I could go on forever. To be honest I think I chose poorly off the menu, I'm sure there would've been something there that was wasn't as dull as ditch water but I won't be going back to find out. My americano&my boyfriend's double espresso were the same size&tasted about the same...eh, that's not right. And for the privilege of paying €50 for my meal I came home starving which has NEVER happened me before.

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Tante Zoes
1 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

I managed to get a last min booking for 7pm Saturday night. Our table for 2 was upstairs in the corner beside a huge window overlooking the street below. This was lovely. Decor is modern & cosy. Tables are not too close together & the atmosphere was lovely. By 7.30pm all the tables were full yet it didn't feel cramped. The girl serving us was attentive and pleasant. The menu isn't overly long but I prefer that as it means they concentrate more on getting their dishes right than over stretching themselves. The Cajun popcorn was delicious (but the garnish of undressed rocket left a lot to be desired). The chili & garlic prawns with cornbread were a little bland. The mains were out of this world. I had the Tante Zoe Jambalaya- yummy! This came with garlic bread & a side salad. I prefer my garlic bread crunchy & not drenched in butter but the dressing on the salad was amazing. The Venison was a hit too. Two well sized steaks in a chocolate & red wine sauce. Unbelievably delicious. This came with buttered spinach, dauphinoise potatoes, & veg (green beans and mange tout) all cooked to perfection. Try the Hush Puppies, they are gorgeous!! We got a dessert of pecan pie which neither of us really enjoyed; it was a little too stodgy & heavy. A double espresso & an Americana finished off the meal. Both proper coffees too. Along with the meal I had 2 margaritas which at nearly €9 each, I felt were a little overpriced. But the portions are large & the food is very good quality. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who really enjoys good food, great company and a nice atmosphere.

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Zest Cafe
Unit 6/7, Clane Shopping Centre, Clane, Kildare

Highly recommended. This is by miles, one of the best restaurants around and I feel so lucky to have it so close by. The atmosphere, staff and food are all outstanding. We were a party of 4 and I had my 25% off voucher with me also. I can safely say that there was virtually nothing I could fault. My steak, ordered medium rare was to die for and perfectly cooked. The carmelised onions and bernaise sauce made the meal. The chunky chips were amazing and definitely home made. My only tiny quibble would've been the bernaise sauce being served on top of the steak as it continued to cook and was just about to curdle so maybe ask for it on the side but if that's my only complaint I'm happy. They have new banana/cinnamon and melon ice-creams which are unbelievable too. I cannot wait to go back. Thank you Zest!!

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