Restaurant Reviews from gokkers

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 14

Member Since: 08 January 2011

Last Visit: 01 October 2011

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The Larder Restaurant

8 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
International

Price Range:

Good
171 reviews

Reviewed 07th April 2011 ( visited 07th April 2011 )

I had to give this place five stars - the first five stars I have given to any restaurant in Dublin. One reason - I really like the atmosphere, the décor is trendy but makes you feel comfortable. The staff are always with a smile and happy to serve. Now the food - I want to stress my crestfallen realisation when I left the States that wings would never be as good in Ireland. This is a mistake. The Larder has the best wings in Dublin - by a long shot. They are crispy, spicy and tasty all at the same time. So much so that although I have already been today, I have to take one of my friends back there this evening to prove this! The blue cheese dip with the wings is nothing like the processed excuse for a blue cheese sauce normally served either. I also had the steak - well seasoned and with a lovely dollop of garlic butter on the side. The chips were a little greasy - probably wouldn't get them again but I could care less. I had Aspall cider with the meal which is great too.
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L Mulligan Grocer restaurant

18 Stoneybatter, Stoneybatter, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 7

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Cuisine:
Gastro Pub

Price Range:

Good
63 reviews

Reviewed 14th January 2011 ( visited 14th January 2011 )

I really liked this place. We had the mussels and chips. The mussels were as good as I've had and the chips delivered the kind of taste you want in a pub. The salad would be my only criticism. It was a lettuce-only affair which is a personal pet peeve of mine. The best bits of this place is the atmosphere and lighting and also the beers. The Belfast Blonde is something to mortgage your house for relative to the selection of beers normally offered in an Irish pub. The pub unusually offers a wide selection of good beers on draught as opposed to the normal bud and heineken taps that seem to be in every other pub in Ireland. The place isn't that cheap but it's not unaffordable either.
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The Blazin Grill Steakhouse and Seafood
Belgard Square, Dublin 24, Tallaght, Dublin

Had an excellent meal here. The steaks were wonderful with ten exciting choices of preparation to chose from. I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of the food and the value of the meal. Would recommend highly and I shall return next time I'm in Tallaght.

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Pablo Picante
131 Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , Baggot Street, Dublin

This is the new kid on the block for Dublin Mexican joints. And what a place! The choices are great, packed full of taste and spice, bringing me back to those mouth-watering days in San Diego where this model is based on. Sierra Nevadas to accompany and you have yourself a little fiesta going on. It gets five for food because it is currently the best mexican burrito place on the market.

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen - GBK (South William Street)
14 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Admittedly, the quality of this burger joint has plummeted since its high point during the first year of business. Ironically, when the prices went up, the taste went down. I still go here sometimes for the greek lamb burger which remains the best on the menu, but I generally wait until the burgers are 5€ because they aren't worth much more than that anymore.

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Zaytoon (Parliament Street)
14/15 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I think every late-night pub drinker in Dublin holds a special place in his heart for Zaytoons. This is no ordinary afterhour kebab haunt. It is a legitimate restaurant with ridiculously tasty food (and yes it remains tasty when I'm not drunk!) for only ten or twelve euro - you can share as well. Ok let's face it, we know the audience they target. It's not for a romantic dinner for two, however, if that girl you're dating is now a little tipsy, I think this joint WOULD impress her any time after twelve. I have gone here during the day for lunch and have never been let down. The best kebab in Dublin is found here.

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Taste of Emilia
No. 1 Lower Liffey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Brimming full of continentals and Italophile Irishmen, this chic little European hideaway is forever buzzing away with locals that keep coming back. You come here as much for the atmosphere as for the food, drinking your Aperol apéritif as the locals do and basking in the fact that being here somehow makes you more sophisticated. The food is normal Spanish/Italian meat and cheese thoroughfare. The staff seem to go on about their bruschettas a lot, but they're just a bruschetta after all. Little bit on the pricey side here but then again, paying that little bit extra makes it seem all the more special..

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Boojum
Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Is in the top two burritos joints in town. The staff are bubbly and interested in telling about their food. It's quick and cheerful - not a sit down affair but great for meeting a friend in. Prices are fine and a bit better with a student discount. The food itself is delicious especially the sauces that go with the meats.

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The Ormond Wine Bar
At Capel Street Bridge, 6 Ormond Quay Upper, City Centre North, Dublin

I was very impressed with this hidden gem. Not too pricey, decent atmosphere. Location close to the centre. Friendly, helpful staff. I think the best two dishes were the cottage pie (I'm having withdrawals at the minute) and the goats cheese and honey tapas. We tried two different bottles of wine and they were both excellent. All in all, well worth a visit.

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

I had to give this place five stars - the first five stars I have given to any restaurant in Dublin. One reason - I really like the atmosphere, the décor is trendy but makes you feel comfortable. The staff are always with a smile and happy to serve. Now the food - I want to stress my crestfallen realisation when I left the States that wings would never be as good in Ireland. This is a mistake. The Larder has the best wings in Dublin - by a long shot. They are crispy, spicy and tasty all at the same time. So much so that although I have already been today, I have to take one of my friends back there this evening to prove this! The blue cheese dip with the wings is nothing like the processed excuse for a blue cheese sauce normally served either. I also had the steak - well seasoned and with a lovely dollop of garlic butter on the side. The chips were a little greasy - probably wouldn't get them again but I could care less. I had Aspall cider with the meal which is great too.

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101 Talbot
Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I went here knowing what to expect: good food, not a place to take someone for a romantic evening (the lights are way too bright) but a nice little haunt in the north of Dublin. Even though the lights are too bright, the tables are stuffed together and the stairs in the place conspire to kill you, it can't lose that much for atmosphere cos the place is always packed with chatter! I would suggest they put the music a little louder and get rid of the very uncomfortable chairs they have (or at least add a cushion). The food was tasty, I had the peanut curry, creme brulée and salmon. The salmon starter was too salty, but still interesting to the palate, otherwise the meal was great. She had the pork belly and was very happy with her choice. All in all, a good restaurant and I would go back.

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L Mulligan Grocer
18 Stoneybatter, Stoneybatter, Dublin

I really liked this place. We had the mussels and chips. The mussels were as good as I've had and the chips delivered the kind of taste you want in a pub. The salad would be my only criticism. It was a lettuce-only affair which is a personal pet peeve of mine. The best bits of this place is the atmosphere and lighting and also the beers. The Belfast Blonde is something to mortgage your house for relative to the selection of beers normally offered in an Irish pub. The pub unusually offers a wide selection of good beers on draught as opposed to the normal bud and heineken taps that seem to be in every other pub in Ireland. The place isn't that cheap but it's not unaffordable either.

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The Bloody Stream Restaurant
Under Howth Dart Station, North Dublin, Howth, Dublin

I went back here, having not been here in a while and wow! The food just got way better. The chips were tasty, the steak was succulent and the chocolate dessert was delectable. As always, the setting is lovely, a tradtional Irish pub complete with fire and mood lighting. Good pub grub!

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Salamanca
1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This is a difficult review because I have had two very different experiences in this restaurant within the last two months. My most recent visit was for lunch on their 2 course deal. This food was awful. The vegetables were akin to the tinned vegetables served in Spanish restaurants in Spain. The meat in the stew was bitty and chewy. The risotto was saved due to the fact it was covered in butter. On the other hand, in my previous visit, I had one of the best restaurant nights I've had in Dublin. The food on their actual menu, of which I have sampled about ten dishes, is tasty, if not overpriced. The atmosphere on flamenco nights is one of the best in Dublin and worth the money. So maybe just dont go there for lunch...

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John Benny Moriarty
Strand Street, Dingle, Kerry

We had lunch here, I had the fried shrimp and she had the stew. Both were ok. I would have liked the price to have been lower for what we got. The Irish coffee was tasty, made with real cream. I liked the fried shrimp itself, interesting way of preparing it, but the chips were hard. The stew sauce was rich and tasty. The staff were friendly and helpful.

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Bombay Palace
10 College Street, Killarney, Killarney, Kerry

They offer free poppadums which is always my mark of a good Indian restaurant! The prices are reasonable, the selection is decent. Not the best Indian restaurant I've ever been to, but certainly not the worst.

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