Restaurant Reviews from funkypasta

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 38

Member Since: 25 February 2009

Last Visit: 18 September 2014

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The Winding Stair Restaurant

40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Good
365 reviews

Reviewed 02nd July 2009 ( visited 12th June 2009 )

Went there for special occasion and at the end I was happy with the choice. As mentioned in previous reviews it's a bit on the expensive side, but the food is excellent and the venue is definitely captivating (overlooking river Liffey behind big windows that bring lots of light to the restaurant, tables are maybe too close to each others though). My scallops starter was fresh and my wellington pork fillet with oyster mushrooms and apple gravy was mouth watering. My partner went for risotto as starter and Roasted butternut squash and Ardsallagh goat’s cheese tart as main. Interesting mix and great flavor. We finished with pear and ginger cake and chocolate brownie both delicious. Service was friendly, they didn't rush us. Good choice of wines by the glass. Definitely a nice restaurant
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F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Crow Street restaurant

2 Crow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Healthy Eating

Price Range:

Good
213 reviews

Reviewed 21st September 2009 ( visited 16th September 2009 )

We went for the value menu and it was happy choice. Although they charge you a little extra for steaks (fillet or rib eye), the food is excellent and good range of options even on value menu. My crab cakes were a lovely surprise and the rib eye steak was tender and juicy. The Creme brulee was genuinely tasty too. Accompanied by a fruity bottle of Italian "Primitivo", we experienced a throughout excellent meal with attentive and fast service. Definitely we will come back
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La Maison
15 Castle Market Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We intended to have a bite here for quite a while but never had the chance. Finally we managed to get a table for lunch and overall it was a positive experience. The restaurant is pretty small, so you better book in advance or go off peak hours. The bistro atmosphere is rather charming and easily reminds you of small, cosy french cafes. I had a crab salad which was fresh, pungent and light enough to open the road for succulent main course. My turbot was excellent, all ingredients went very well together. Although you don't come across turbot dishes very often on restaurants menus, I felt the over 30 euro price tag was a bit too much. My dear partner enjoyed without complaints her vegeterian bruschetta, followed by a sauteed mushrooms on a pastry bed. Service was good. Next time to try out the set menu

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Odessa
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

I got a great value voucher and didn't delay to go for dinner. The restaurant was fairly busy and it took a while before they could find our reservation. Anyway, my Vietnamese salad was great, full of different flavours but light to happily give room to the main course: fantastic pork fillet with classic apple sauce and mashed potatoes. Our main courses got delayed but the waiter was kind enough to include our drinks in the voucher so we even got a better discount! We left with full stomach and our wallet said thanks too. Great value, great food

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Le Bon Crubeen
81-82 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

what a lovely surprise this restaurant is! The vegetable tart was surprisingly a balanced combination of cheese and tasty veggie, while my medallions were well cooked and tasty throughout. Service was friendly and good atmosphere. Value is excellent

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The Chop House Gastro Pub
2 Shelbourne Road, City Centre South, Dublin

As previously mentioned be aware that this is not a gastro pub but more likely a restaurant at least from a price speaking point of view. The menu is quite simple but the steak I got was great: tender, juicy and flavorsome. It comes on a fancy chop board which doesn't justify in my opinion the high price anyway. Although it was on a rainy Monday night, the restaurant was busy and service was friendly. It's worth a try, however prices are maybe too steep for what served.

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

I really like the food hall and wine bar so we decided to try the restaurant out. Good choice from a la carte menue, as a starter I went for the scallops which were delicious. Only complaint is they could have added few more instead of the minimalistic 2. They are however indeed quite tasty and the crispy pancetta balances the flavour incredibly well. My sea bass was well cooked and the whole dish tasted favorably delicate. Nice wine and service, value is ok since it's not cheapest place where you can dine out. To come back for early bird which seems very good value

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Allo's Bar and Bistro
41/43 Church Street, Listowel, Kerry

lovely bistro pub restaurant. From outside it looks small, but once inside, it will welcome you with all its charm. My soup of the day with bacon crouton was delicious. The pork fillet was quite indulgent and definitely a big portion. Although already completely filled up, I ordered a dessert too. Lovely almond and wild berries tart with ice cream on top. Service was ok. Restaurant was very busy and waiters seemed a bit scattered. As mentioned in other reviews, it's not cheap but food is quite good

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

We wanted to try out this restaurant for quite a while and in fairness we didn't leave disappointed. The food is definitely a bit different from what you eat in many other restaurants and there is a welcoming effort on proposing innovative dishes. You won't find goat's cheese for example on the starters section and people with dietary requirements can find their space. My crab crostini were beautifully presented and crunchy but tasty, the steak was full of flavour while melting in my mouth. I'm not 100% sure on the whole stone solution ( you need to pay attention the steak doesn't over cook or get cold) however I enjoyed the novelty of the experience. Great strawberry dessert, wine was ok, I think they could do better on the wine selection. Service was friendly and we were not rushed out after finishing our meal even if the restaurant was quite full. We will come back

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

Walking around on a sunny Sunday afternoon we bumped into this restaurant and wanted to give it a go. The venue is downstairs and it's a bit dark for my taste. It was pretty much empty when we arrived and the music was probably a bit too loud. Anyway, the food was very good:simple olives as a starter followed by an excellent tuna fillet. My gentle half praised and enjoyed her risotto. We shared a lovely almond and pear tart which was refreshing and pleasantly finished off the meal. Nice wine and good service.

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Chez Max (Palace Street)
1 Palace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Nice little bistro restaurant, this place pleasantly brings you a piece of France to you. It is indeed quite small and tables are pretty much linked to each others but the service is friendly and the atmosphere is buzzing. My salmon tart was very refreshing and the sea bream also well cooked with a lovely tomato reduction sauce. The gateaux au chocolate was however a bit dull and not particularly smooth. Excellent bottle of fruity Sancerre, the bill maybe a bit on the expensive side, however food and atmosphere were good.

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Cliff Townhouse
22 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2, St Stephens Green, Dublin

Dinner on a Saturday night and the restaurant was pretty much full. I loved the fire place near the entrance, although I have to say that the tables were a bit too squashed and close to each others. The food was however excellent. My starter was well balanced and the fillet steak perfectly cooked medium rare. My other half went for a Goat's cheese tart followed by a Globe Artichoke which they were both very well welcomed. My dark chocolate dessert was amazing and ended a pretty much faultless dining experience. With a lovely bottle of Bordeaux, service was also efficient despite the busy night. In fairness, it's not the cheapest option in town but food is indeed remarkable.

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The Cedar Tree
11a St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I haven't been here for a while and it was nice to discover that the food quality and the service were as good as I remembered them. My Mouhammara was right on the flavor side and dagwood basha was a lovely surprise, tasty and fulfilling throughout. The other diners enjoyed their food too. The place is perfect if you go with a bunch of people and share plates/dishes from the mezzas menu. Lovely wine, the bill came at reasonable price, which is always a cheerful note.

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK Temple Bar)
Unit 1, Temple Bar Square, Dublin 2 , Temple Bar, Dublin

Went there with a group of friends as I have always passed by this place in temple bar but actually never had the chance to eat there. Onion rings as starter were quite good portion, crunchy taste and well fried. My Habanero burger was indeed quite spicy but the ingredients were pretty fresh and the meat tasted good. Service was friendly as well. A nice alternative to fast food and pub food. Reasonably priced for what you get.

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Siam Thai (Andrews Street)
14/15 Andrews Street, City Centre South, Dublin

We ate there last Saturday and opted for early bird. The choice is pretty much among the whole menu. However be aware that they charge you more for fish and prawns even if it's inside the early bird. When we arrived it was quite empty but if filled up pretty quickly. My siam Combo starter was nicely presented and tasty throughout. The sweet chilly chicken was quite spicy but indeed filling and served with plenty of veggies and rice. On the other side of the table, crispy spring rolls made good impressions and Vegeterian Pad thai was indeed a big portion with all the right spices at their place. With 2 glasses of wine, a coffee and a shared dessert (that is outside the early bird menu), bill came at 60 Euro.

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The Exchequer
3-5 Exchequer Street, City Centre South, Dublin

As starter, we shared a platter of bread which was nice and a good introduction to our mains: my rack of pork was indeed succulent and fulfilling, her risotto tasty maybe a bit too much on the creamy side but overall very pleasant. For dessert I chose the pannacotta which was honest and rich in flavour. Her trifle probably a better choice than mine though. To sum up, nice convenient location for a casual dinner with good food and drink selection. As they say, we will be back :-)Maybe for Sunday lunch with a group of people in order to try the Sunday roast special offer.

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Chapter 40
40 New Street, Killarney, Killarney, Kerry

During a week end break in Killarney, we decided to try this restaurant and I have to say we really had an enjoyable experience. The food was simply great and beautifully presented. Every dish was faultless. My starter, a selection of different appetizers, was simply intriguing and delicate at the palate, making enough room for the more substantial lamb which was superbly cooked. On the other side of the table my partner opted for crouton salad and goat cheese as a main, both finished very quickly. Dessert was another lovely surprise: warm chocolate fondant with champagne jelly was a great ending to a really enjoyable meal. Service could have been maybe a bit faster but in fairness the restaurant was completely full that night. Overall, amazing food. Definitely recommended.

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F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Pembroke Street
1A Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We went there with few friends and managed to get a table on the room upstairs. Most of us ordered steak. I went of the dry aged rib eye, which was excellent although maybe slightly too crunchy on the outside. One of our fellow diner was brave enough to go for the t-bone. You will be surprised by the size of it:a real challenge for meat-eater and served on a big wooden board filled up with side dishes too. The dessert of the day, a almond and blueberries tart, was smooth on the palate and tasty on the heart. Only note, the service was quite slow and the bill didn't come cheap although we only ordered 2 bottles of wine and tap water.

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The Oar House Fish Restaurant
8 West Pier, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin

We visited the oar house restaurant for lunch on an apparently quite and peaceful Monday. We got in as soon as the restaurant opened and in half an hour most tables got occupied. Definitely an impressive sign. My prawns in chilly sauce got the right balance between being spicy and juicy at the same time. The main course, grilled sole with almond butter and sliced potatoes, was delicate and charming like a good Miles Davis tune. My partner's trio of fish was also enjoyed swiftly. We skipped dessert and went on for cup of coffee. Decent enough wine list to chose from. Nice atmosphere, good service, for sure a place to come back for eating excellent fish

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Chilli Banana
112 Upper Drumcondra Road, North Dublin, Drumcondra, Dublin

Although we had a late booking the service and atmosphere was very pleasant. We ordered a bottle of Tarapaca-smooth and light on the palate. For starters we had vegetable spring rolls and wrapped tiger prawns. Both were a bit bland and uninspiring. My partner had beef and ginger curry and I had the vegetable stir fry both of which were well timed and very tasty.Quite full after our meal we shared a cheesecake which was very good, followed by an americano.The service and value for money would encourage me to return to this restaurant.

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The Larder Restaurant
8 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Opted for an early bird menu and special of the day. The early bird menu is a la cart and you can choose from a decent list of options. My potatoes and leek soup was a charming warm and delicate starter that well prepared my stomach for the more succulent special of the day (lamb chops with sauce, mashed potatoes and veggie). It was perfectly cooked and nicely flavoured. Portion was also well sized. Judging from my partner's speed of finishing her hummus dips and vegetable lasagne, I'd say they were good too. We jumped to coffee directly since too full. With 2 glasses of wine, the bill didn't break the bank. The early bird menu is definitely great value. Service kind and professional. We will come back.

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Koh
6-7 Jervis Street, Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin

The restaurant was busy enough for a freezing cold night but we managed to be sit anyway Interior design is quite modern and stylish, bar area looked well laid out too. My starter,Three Gyoza, was ok although I couldn't really distinguish the three different flavors the dish was made of, maybe I made a wrong choice. Definitely better my main Green Stargazer Monk fish, spicy just right and with surprisingly numerous pieces of monk fish. Quite full for a regular dessert I opted for toblerone so called "dessert in a glass". Nice idea but overpriced in my opinion.Service, average.We wont' rush back

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One Pico Restaurant
5-6 Molesworth Place, Schoolhouse Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We went there for lunch to take advantage of the 39.00 euro Xmas offer. I wanted to visit this restaurant for quite a while and I have to admit that the food is excellent. The goat cheese and beetroot starter is definitely almost a shame to eat:so well presented and with a nice balance between flavors. My salad with roasted almonds, pancetta, balsamic vinegar was a pleasant starter to prepare the stomach for a more important well aged rib eye steak. Maybe not as medium rare as I asked for but full of taste. In front of me, my partner opted for mushroom risotto, perfect and flawless. The lemon tart and the Valrhona Chocolate Tart both very good. Nice to notice that you can go for half bottle of wine but the bottle is uncorked anyway in front of you. You decide if you wish to finish it or not on the way and be charged accordingly. Service attentive and polite. We will be back for dinner some day where you can have a wider choice (and of course higher price :-) ) but worth it in my opinion

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The Cellar Restaurant
The Merrion Hotel, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

we booked dinner with a special offer which gives you the chance to try their value menu. The food range is not too bad but if you want to go for something fancier you definitely need to opt for the full menu, that is of course, much more expensive. My bacon salad starte was ok and the chicken well cooked but nothing out of ordinary. Almond and lemon tart nice enough as dessert. Probably as value menu, there are better places in town where you can dine. The setting though is lovely with polite and friendly service.

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La Mere Zou
22 St Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

walking to find a restaurant on Thursday night, we ended up here. Despite being down in the basement, the decor is bright and warm with some old French stylish ads on the wall in the attempt probably to resemble a french bistro. Now the food: my crab gazpacho was ok, nothing special, The turnip was a better a choice but the bed of rice where the fish laid on, was probably to full of cream and in contrast with the delicate turnip. The chocolate fondant was definitely an injection of chocolate right to your heart, dense rich and full of flavor. If you are a chocolate fan, that's the dessert you were waiting for. Service nice and friendly. Overall good experience

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Dobbins Restaurant
15 Stephen Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

quite difficult to spot if you don't know exactly where it is but have to say that the food is rather good. The fillet steak was indeed well cooked (a decent medium rare), crab as starter was fine balance of different flavours, cake and orange sorbet was light and fruity to finish off a lovely meal. Service attentive and precise (they covered my part of the table before the dessert with a clean napkin since there was a tiny food spot). The downside is the price, it's quite expensive, especially the wine list. However the food is pretty good

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F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Crow Street
2 Crow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

We went for the value menu and it was happy choice. Although they charge you a little extra for steaks (fillet or rib eye), the food is excellent and good range of options even on value menu. My crab cakes were a lovely surprise and the rib eye steak was tender and juicy. The Creme brulee was genuinely tasty too. Accompanied by a fruity bottle of Italian "Primitivo", we experienced a throughout excellent meal with attentive and fast service. Definitely we will come back

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L'Gueuleton
No 1 Fade Street, Off Georges's Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We went there on Saturday night and although it was late, the place was still buzzing with people. I opted for the unusual Roast Arctic Char Fillet, that was well cooked and accompanied by a feast of delicate and tasty vegetable. My fellows diners chose Toulouse Sausages, if you are pig fan you won't be disappointed, Grilled Haddock Fillet and Organic Vegetable Plate. The last choice was a bit sad and the only main course available for vegetarian on the menu. Desserts are pretty good, the chocolate fondant definitely worth a go. Service was pleasant too. The only thing that disappointed me was the wine. I'm still amazed by the high price (28 euro) for a white bottle with metal screw tap instead of one with a proper cork. Overall the food was good though.

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

I had dinner here quite few times and I was never disappointed. We went there last Wednesday and Food is good, big portions, you can see people working in the kitchen that is always a good sign. My chilly man noodles were well cooked, spicy enough and with flavour. The ginger cheese cake is simply delicious. Great spot in town for quick and not expensive dinner

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

Went there for special occasion and at the end I was happy with the choice. As mentioned in previous reviews it's a bit on the expensive side, but the food is excellent and the venue is definitely captivating (overlooking river Liffey behind big windows that bring lots of light to the restaurant, tables are maybe too close to each others though). My scallops starter was fresh and my wellington pork fillet with oyster mushrooms and apple gravy was mouth watering. My partner went for risotto as starter and Roasted butternut squash and Ardsallagh goat’s cheese tart as main. Interesting mix and great flavor. We finished with pear and ginger cake and chocolate brownie both delicious. Service was friendly, they didn't rush us. Good choice of wines by the glass. Definitely a nice restaurant

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

we went there on Sunday night and opted for the early bird (on Sunday it's available until 10pm) Great value:3 courses meal 23 euro with a reasonable choice of starters and mains. I went for the hummus that was lovely and my pigs blankets were overall a pleasant main. Apple pie as dessert finished off a very good meal. Once in a while I was happy not to pay overinflated prices when dining out in Dublin. We will come back.

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Pinocchio Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
Luas Kiosk, Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

great restaurant! little gem near Ranelagh luas station. The ingredients are very fresh and the menu offers a good range of Italian most famous recipes which are presented nicely and without strange sauces or other unnecessary toppings far away from the original recipe. Good range of wine and overall a kind and friendly staff. We will definitely come back!

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

we went there as part of a dining offer. Not particularly impressed by the service, I agree with one of the recent reviews: you might want to go with a big group so you might get the room upstairs and probably be served faster and better. To be fair though,the receipt clearly said "service not included". Anyway, food was alright, I went for menu 3 which brings you a choice of 8 different little portions (beef with peanut butter sauce was a little bit too heavy for my test), overall pleasant and my partner for vegetarian menu . Both bring lots of food,so be prepared. They don't have great range of wines and all pretty much overpriced. I'd say that if you avoid wine and stick to the food you might get good deal. I won't rush back though

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Il Primo
16 Montague Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

went there on a Saturday night. The restaurant is quite small so probably better avoid week ends when it inevitably tends to be packed ( and customers getting squashed). I have mixed feelings about this restaurant: while my oxtail pappardelle were excellent (pappardelle were home made) my partner risotto was quite over cooked in my opinion and starters were also nothing special. Desserts were good though, my chocolate pudding was very pleasant. Wide range of wines on the list; service attentive and they don't push you to finish your meal. Overall good experience, but we won't rush back.

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The Waterside Inn
Opposite Howth Yacht Club, Harbour Road, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin

went wheelhouse restaurant upstairs on a casual dinner, nice atmosphere, overlooking Howth village. Got the monk fish with a side order that was good, bit pricey. Not huge range of wine but the one we got was lovely. Overall a pleasant experience

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Maloti
34-35 South William Street, South William Street, Dublin

we went there last minute on Saturday night and we had overall a very pleasant evening. Food is good and tasty, spicy dishes are quite "hot" but they maintain the flavor. It's also good value for money that is always good news.

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The House
4 Main Street, West Dublin, Howth, Dublin

After long walk in the sun around Hotwh, we decided to stop here for dinner. I really like this little restaurant, warm and intimate it provides you with really fresh and good food. I went for the trout as starter and John Dory as main, both excellent. My partner for potatoes and ginger soup as starter following up with egg and mushroom on toasted bread, nothing left on both plates. Desserts lovely too. We will definitely come back

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Montys of Kathmandu
28 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Good food, if you are with a big group you can enjoy special menu at quite good price. Service was good too. As main course I got the lamb kebab that was quite tasty in a delicious mildly spicy sauce. We will come back

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Juice Vegetarian Restaurant
9 Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went there on Saturday night. The place was half empty so finding a table wasn't a problem. I got the tomatoes soup that was ok, followed by ricotta spinach cannelloni that was not particularly tasty. My partner went for Vine Leaves as a starter and Mushroom & Tempeh Salad as main course. The food was ok, nothing special. Price, average.

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Andersons Foodhall & Café
3 The Rise, Glasnevin, Glasnevin, Dublin

we went there last Sunday for lunch. I got the meat salad that was nice, meat stripes were maybe a little bit overcooked but it was very tasty overall. My girlfriend went for ricotta and spinach cannelloni. Sometimes it's difficult to taste the spinach as often the cream is overwhelming and everything floats on the surface..these were good with a well balanced flavor. House wine very drinkable. Good atmosphere, there are also some jazz sessions sometimes during the week. Overall not particularly cheap but good food. We'll go back

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