Restaurant Reviews from gary_x_thompson

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 13

Member Since: 09 August 2007

Last Visit: 23 January 2012

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Jade Chinese Restaurant

27 Little Mary Street Off Capel street, Dublin 7 , City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 7

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Cuisine:
Chinese

Price Range:

Good
44 reviews

Reviewed 08th October 2007 ( visited 06th October 2007 )

Four of us went for another great dinner here on a Saturday night. The food and the service just keep on getting better on each visit to this small and cosy gem. This time we requested to take on the Chinese language menu, which luckily contains a fair bit of English. The staff happily helped us pick out a few dishes to try including some great sea bass in a savoury sauce, cucumber and jelly fish salad, and the stir-fried whelks with spring onion. These were combined with past favorites of shredded beef, fried dumplings, Chinese beer and piles of noodles to make a superb dinner. Now that we have gained access to the inner secrets of Jade we will be back again and again!
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TriBeCa restaurant

65 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 6

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Cuisine:
American

Price Range:

Good
354 reviews

Reviewed 11th February 2008 ( visited 10th February 2008 )

Once good, now mediocre. We decided on Tribeca for a informal Sunday dinner with some family and were generally disappointed. The restaurant has become more crowded then I had remembered it - the back of all our chairs were right up against the diners sitting at the tables behind us. While the chicken wings were still good the rest of the food was below par - soggy oily salad leaves, mean portions of meat, dull hard cheese cake and luke-warm chips. The one highlight was the genuinely friendly and attentive service. Tribeca used to be that great place that did good fun food with something to suit everyone - now it is the place with so big a menu it does forty dishes sloppily. I think that the kitchen is resting on whatever laurels it once had - pity it has gone downhill.
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Han Yang Asian Market
22 Great Strand Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Great option for a cheap and tasty lunch or dinner when arround this part of town. I have been here numerous times to have the €5.50 lunch offer and it has never let me down. They also have a little deli counter at the front of the shop where they sell all sorts of little Korean treats to take away - their Kimchi is great, but try the peanuts in the sticky sauce.

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Sabor Brazil
71a Camden Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

An unusual but enjoyable fine dining experience in Dublin. I think that this is one of the quirkiest places to eat in town - but I could see that some people may find it just a little too adventurous - not one to bring a fussy eater to! Food & drink highlights were the great Brazilian cocktails to start, bean&pork soup, the salmon dip that came with the little cheese breads, rum sorbet, an utterly unique apricot and walnut béchamel sauce accompanying fillet steak, and a tasty banana pie. The service and atmosphere are exceptional in managing to carry off an informal fine dining experience. I especially liked the wine table that replaces the usual wine list. The one complaint we had with food was dealt with promptly and with no fuss.The bill was surprisingly low and great value for money. A small, unique, good value quality restaurant worth a visit.

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The Lobster Pot
9 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Looking for mid-week treat we were tempted into the Lobster Pot by their early bird menu. While the service and atmosphere were great unfortunately the food and value for money were found wanting. The Seafood Chowder was lamentable for a seafood restaurant – while there were some nice bits of fish and shellfish, the body of the soup was insipid. The Cod Mornay and Duckling with Orange Sauce were two solid but not outstanding mains. The stars of the meal were the potatoes and vegetables – really crisp roast potatoes and the celery and carrots were cooked to perfection. Bread-and-butter pudding to finish was adequate. All in all it was a very good home cooked meal. Along with two glasses of house wine, the service charge and some mention of VAT the final bill was 77 euro. Not terrible value for a dinner for 2, but the portions were a little mean and I felt I had been hit with to many extras. The service and the dining room are pure class and I can image that the experience would be much more favourable if we were there for the a la carte and some one else was paying! However with regard to the early bird experience we will not be running back and would not recommend it to a friend.

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

Good place to go for a group meal as the Rijsttafel is made to share. We went for the Java which has a nice combination of meats and veggies. There was still some left at the end so no complaints on the portion size. The 20% discount on a Tuesday night made it great value - I was especially impressed that the discount was applied to the drinks bill as well. One word of warning about the low tables they have upstairs - they are not the most comfortable if you are very tall and not the most flexible.

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The Porterhouse (Bray)
Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow

Dropped into the Porterhouse in Bray for a quick bite to east after a walk in the Wicklow Mountains. We were hungry and they provided some tasty food, so we left very happy! Even though the weather was a bit damp we sat outside as there are large umbrellas to keep the rain drops away. I had one of the nicest burgers I have had out in while - the Smokey Burger - it was definitely home made and came with some really tasty smoked cheese and smoked bacon. Steak sandwich was generous, but maybe could have done with a bit more bread as it was a little bit 'open' than expected. Most importantly the chips were bang on. This was all streets ahead of some of the so-called 'gourmet' burgers and 'hand cut' chips you get in some pubs.

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Eastern Seaboard
1 Bryanstown Centre, Dublin Road, Drogheda, Louth

On the back of all the rave reviews, we decided to travel up form Dublin to give Eastenr Seaboard a go for Sunday brunch. All in all I was a little disappointed with the food. The menu looks great with lots of interesting morsels to tempt you and we took some time deciding on what to get as it all looked so good! While looking good on the plate, our overall impression of the food was that it was a bit greasy. The Bagna Coulda was more small bits of fish in greasy butter rather then tasty anchovies marinated in tasty olive oil. The grilled mackerel, which are oily enough by themselves, came in such an amount of oil that two napkins were used to mop up the excess. Chicken wings and crab cakes were fine, but not very inspiring. While this is a good looking place and the service is good, I would not be rushing back. Maybe it was just a bad day in the kitchen?

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

Six of us popped into the Porterhouse for a cozy Monday night meal expecting the usual good food and a couple of pints of porter. Unfortunately the glass was half-full - very slow service, stone cold chips and yet more slow service. Some of us found the food a below par with fish being quite stale, but luckily the chicken wings and pints were up to scratch.

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New Tin Tin
7 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

This was my first visit to this busy quick eats restaurant and I was looking for something tasty after work. Overall it does what it says on the tin - large portions of good value Chinese. I ordered the shredded chicken with noodles and was a bit disappointed that the chicken looked and tasted like lots of mini chicken nuggets. The food was a bit of a let down after recent visits to great and equally cheap Chinese restaurants in the Parnell street area.

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TriBeCa
65 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Once good, now mediocre. We decided on Tribeca for a informal Sunday dinner with some family and were generally disappointed. The restaurant has become more crowded then I had remembered it - the back of all our chairs were right up against the diners sitting at the tables behind us. While the chicken wings were still good the rest of the food was below par - soggy oily salad leaves, mean portions of meat, dull hard cheese cake and luke-warm chips. The one highlight was the genuinely friendly and attentive service. Tribeca used to be that great place that did good fun food with something to suit everyone - now it is the place with so big a menu it does forty dishes sloppily. I think that the kitchen is resting on whatever laurels it once had - pity it has gone downhill.

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Port House Pintxo
12 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Good value - Poor Imitation. I visited at lunchtime and was little bit underwhelmed by Bar Pinxto, but maybe because I have recently had the pinxto 'real deal' while in Donostia in the Basque Country. The small number of pinxto were OK, but they tasted a little bit plain and I sure most people could knock them up at home. An alright good value snack with a glass of house wine. Things did improve with the arrival of hot tapas with some great cod croquettes being the star. Things got even better with a glass of patxaran liqueur to finish. Service was great and friendly. Will we see the real thing with other tapas venues vying for attention in months to come? I hope so.

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

Fishetarian Haven. I have eaten the fabulous Hop House on three occasions and the food has consistently wowed my fishetarian friend and sushi adoring wife. Vast menu gives the more established sushi places in Dublin a runs for their money and then some. A good place to bring friends who have yet to experience the joys of oriental food in Parnell Street. To top it off each table has a little door bell to get the attention of the staff! Go for the kimchy and the spicy tuna temaki.

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Jade Chinese Restaurant
27 Little Mary Street Off Capel street, Dublin 7 , City Centre North, Dublin

Four of us went for another great dinner here on a Saturday night. The food and the service just keep on getting better on each visit to this small and cosy gem. This time we requested to take on the Chinese language menu, which luckily contains a fair bit of English. The staff happily helped us pick out a few dishes to try including some great sea bass in a savoury sauce, cucumber and jelly fish salad, and the stir-fried whelks with spring onion. These were combined with past favorites of shredded beef, fried dumplings, Chinese beer and piles of noodles to make a superb dinner. Now that we have gained access to the inner secrets of Jade we will be back again and again!

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

We had a lovely Monday night dinner filled with great Irish flavours and produce. Food was ordered mainly off the specials board - the highlight for me being a wonderful piece of hake with a delicate lemon crumb. The potted Kerry crab was also well received, as there was plenty of it and it really tasted of crab! Nice bottle of French white was supplemented by a wonderfully sticky glass of Ausie Riesling to start and a good port to finish. Our best dinner out in Dublin for a while.

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