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Millstone, A Dublin Restaurant

39 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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355 reviews

Reviewed 14th September 2014 ( visited 05th September 2014 )

Myself and 3 friends were meeting to plan an upcoming holiday and I picked the Millstone early bird for the value, plus it was close enough to our office that we wouldn't have to go far after work! There was a keyboard player, who some of my friends thought was a bit over the top but I actually really enjoyed although the I think a slightly less obvious location for him would have been better. I had the smoked salmon parcel to start, which was gorgeous; I thought the salmon, prawns AND crayfish would be too much but it was really well balanced with the sauce. Perfect portion size also. I then had the trio of beef, which was unreal. The fillet practically melted in my mouth, and the pepper sauce lived up to my high standards (I love my pepper sauce!). Would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a chilled evening with some delicious food and unpretentious service. Only slight point against them was bringing big plastic water bottles to the table, just looked a bit out of place, a simple jug would have been nicer or fill the glasses at the bar and drop them down.
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Millstone, A Dublin Restaurant

39 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Good
355 reviews

Reviewed 14th September 2014 ( visited 05th September 2014 )

Myself and 3 friends were meeting to plan an upcoming holiday and I picked the Millstone early bird for the value, plus it was close enough to our office that we wouldn't have to go far after work! There was a keyboard player, who some of my friends thought was a bit over the top but I actually really enjoyed although the I think a slightly less obvious location for him would have been better. I had the smoked salmon parcel to start, which was gorgeous; I thought the salmon, prawns AND crayfish would be too much but it was really well balanced with the sauce. Perfect portion size also. I then had the trio of beef, which was unreal. The fillet practically melted in my mouth, and the pepper sauce lived up to my high standards (I love my pepper sauce!). Would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a chilled evening with some delicious food and unpretentious service. Only slight point against them was bringing big plastic water bottles to the table, just looked a bit out of place, a simple jug would have been nicer or fill the glasses at the bar and drop them down.
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Green 19
19 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

I had heard good things about this place and was delighted when it was suggested for a friends leaving dinner. They were able to accommodate 12 of us, which was great and I had a delicious cocktail while I was waiting for my friends to arrive! I tried the duck with pea puree, black pudding and poached egg - not a huge fan of asparagus but it was quite tasty altogether, although the puree was a little bland. The burger was huge and I had to eat it with a knife and fork, but incredibly tasty. Probably wouldn't bother adding the onion rings next time though. The accompanying fries were crispy but I could have done with only half the portion. Would definitely go back to try some of the other dishes!

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Millstone, A Dublin Restaurant
39 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Myself and 3 friends were meeting to plan an upcoming holiday and I picked the Millstone early bird for the value, plus it was close enough to our office that we wouldn't have to go far after work! There was a keyboard player, who some of my friends thought was a bit over the top but I actually really enjoyed although the I think a slightly less obvious location for him would have been better. I had the smoked salmon parcel to start, which was gorgeous; I thought the salmon, prawns AND crayfish would be too much but it was really well balanced with the sauce. Perfect portion size also. I then had the trio of beef, which was unreal. The fillet practically melted in my mouth, and the pepper sauce lived up to my high standards (I love my pepper sauce!). Would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a chilled evening with some delicious food and unpretentious service. Only slight point against them was bringing big plastic water bottles to the table, just looked a bit out of place, a simple jug would have been nicer or fill the glasses at the bar and drop them down.

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The Italian Corner
23/24 Wellington Quay, Dublin City Centre, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Went here for the lunch special, which is pretty decent value - 2 courses for €11.95. I had the parma ham and rocket crostini, which was lovely but almost too filling for a lunch starter (if that makes sense), I had the Americana pizza for main which was far too big but the half I took back to the office made a delicious mid-afternoon snack. The service was friendly and efficient, will definitely go back here again.

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Elephant & Castle
18/19 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

As per many of the other reviews that I have seen here, I did also find the service less than desirable although I feel it has improved since the last time I was there (more than 2 years ago). I feel part of the problem is that the servers don't seem to have designated sections, one person brings you menus, one person brings the water, one person takes the order, another brings the food, etc. There is no time to build rapport. This would help elevate a place that does have excellent food, decent value and a great location. Shock horror, I did not have the chicken wings - I had the open faced shrimp sandwich which was fantastic. Large, plump, warm shrimp, crispy bacon, lettuce, peppers and a coriander mayo on crispy bread with a side salad. Didn't look like enough to fill you but it easily was. If the service issues improved, I would make an effort to come here more often as the food is well worth it.

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Buenos Aires Grill
Unit 2 Castle Way, Golden Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We were here pretty early on Easter Saturday so there wasn't a great atmosphere but it was starting to pick up when we left. The staff also very kindly seated us at a table where we could see the Munster game when I asked. We had a voucher, 2 steaks and 2 glasses of wine for €28 - even with the supplement of €5 for the fillet (which we both got) it was a great deal. The fillet was a perfect size and cooked exactly as I asked. Normally a pepper sauce and nothing else kinda girl, I tried the chimichurri sauce with it, which was fantastic. When we looked like we weren't sure about wine, our waitress offered glasses of beer instead. We also ordered the chocolate lava cake for dessert, which my friend had been talking about for days and was then a little disappointed in. It wasn't moist enough for me. An overall delicious meal, not my first time here and certainly not my last.

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Boulevard Cafe
27 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Came here for a goodbye dinner on a Thursday evening in time for the early bird which is great value at €21 for 2 courses, which were delicious! Between us we tried the pate (simple with great flavours), smoked duck salad (not enough duck but still tasty), lamb shank (cooked beautifully) and sea bass (somewhat plain but very satisfying). My favourite thing about this place is the service. My second time here and the staff are very welcoming, very attentive and make you feel important. We were there for 3 hours and were never rushed. Will definitely be back again!

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Lemon Jelly Cafe
Millennium Walkway, Jervis Street, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Nice casual spot, not too busy when we arrived at 12.30 but much more crowded when we left at 1.30. The waiter was lovely, gave us ample time to peruse the menu and still didn't even get impatient when my friend himmed and hawed for another 5 minutes while he was standing there waiting. I went for the bacon, brie and mixed leaves on a poppy seed bagel, which tasted fresh and delicious. Would have preferred a little bit more crisp in the bacon for an extra texture. My friend had a house salad with chicken, which looked great and she said was fantastic. We were not asked how our meal was until our plates were being cleared and were then left for half an hour before we decided to go to the counter to see about paying our bill. The barista who took payment seemed like the happiest man in the world. I would consider going back just to soak up his joie de vivre!

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Millstone, A Dublin Restaurant
39 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

A friend of mine is a coeliac who eats here regularly enough and always recommended it so a group of us went for lunch today. I really like the coziness of the decor and everything (the bathrooms are very cute also). Despite there being only 2 other tables, one of which were having coffee, I did feel that the food took a while to come out, we were waiting 25 minutes for our lunch mains. However, the food is fabulous and not a bad price considering the location of the restaurant and the quality of the food. All 5 of our plates were completely cleared by the end. The pizzas were cooked well with just the right amount of toppings and a lovely size (7") which is perfect for lunch time, without overfeeding yourself! I personally had the Blackened Cajun Chicken which had the right balance between the nice and spicy BBQ sauce, chunks of shredded chicken, cherry tomatos, jalapenos and creme fraiche. The sandwiches were well constructed without being overloaded with fillings and the accompanying potato side dishes were well seasoned with a delicious aioli mayo. Didn't really get to enjoy the atmosphere as such but am looking forward to going back there for a weekend brunch, where they do Jazz and Blues at 2pm in the afternoon!!

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Cortina’s Mexican Restaurant
The Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

I had been looking forward to trying this place so was happy to learn that they were providing the take away menu for the outdoor movie in Pembroke Square. It was great, you ordered out by the screen, paid up and they delivered the food to your seat in front of the screen! My friend tried the Totopos con Chile, which was a good sized portion, plenty of toppings over the chips, good flavours. I got the grilled chicken sandwich which was a fabulous, juicy chicken breast marinated in a spicy sauce and grilled to perfection, with a slice of bacon and some jack cheese. Add in some of the sort of spicy guacomole (which I don't normally like but went really well with it) and it was messy but great. Looking forward to going back and trying some of the other dishes!

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Burritos & Blues
2 Wexford Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Came along here for a quick bite before a few drinks out. Decor simplistic, very happy for the tables outside to enjoy some of the rare Irish sunshine. Fast food indeed, filling and delicious. I'd been dying to have a real burrito as I haven't had one since the last time I was in the States. Definitely lived up to my expectations. I tried the Silver Bullet - little bit of everything! It was messy and spicy and delicious. Add in a bottle of Desperados (which you can't find everywhere and which you cannot drink a lot of but it complemented the burrito perfectly!) and I got change back out of €10. Not sure how late they open but this could well replace Zaytoons as THE late night food spot.....excellent.

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Solas (Wexford St)
31 Wexford Street, City Centre South, Dublin

As we had a gig to go to in Whelans, we wanted somewhere close to grab a bite before so we booked in here - no real need for a reservations, there was maybe 20 other people there max when we arrived after work. We had a drink at the bar first (where the bartender was very good in allowing me to try the Solas Light home brew) before moving to our table. Despite there being what looked like 4 staff members on in a very quiet Wednesday night, we were waiting nearly 15 minutes before our order was taken, which I didn't particularly like. The menu was extensive enough, quite a mixed bag with the traditional pub grub style dishes and then the Thai dishes. Was hard pushed for a decision but went with the burger - delicious! It was juicy and meaty, just the right amount cheese and salad (obviously picked off the gherkin). The chips as well were the proper thick pub style chips - so hard to find these days. In saying all of that, it wasn't completely amazing but I would definitely go back again to sample some of the other dishes. It is great value with many of the mains coming in at under €10!!

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

Used some of my menupoints to get a voucher for this place just to try it, wouldn't normally make my way to Dun Laoghaire but it was a halfway point for meeting some friends. It wasn't too busy which was kind of nice but there was enough people there for a rainy Tuesday to make a good omen. The free nibbles while you wait didn't fill me with excitement although the pesto mayonnaise dip was quite tasty. We ordered from the value menu, €19.50 for 3 courses. There was just enough choice to make it easy enough to make a decision rather than spending hours poring over the menu. I had the garlic bread with cheese to start - 4 pieces of fresh crispy bread with just enough garlic butter to bring out the taste without overpowering and not an over fill of cheese either. Perfect! I tried the mushroom and basil soup also, delicious mushroom soup, no need for the basil though. Not a fan of actual mushrooms but my 2 companions who had the garlic mushrooms declared them fabulous. For mains, I had the Americana pizza - the centre felt a little underdone - still tasty but I prefer mine a little crispier. Just the right amount of toppings though which can make all the difference. I tried the chicken and mushroom tagliatelle which didn't really faze or amaze me to be honest. Then.....dessert. I had the warm chocolate brownie, with ice cream and chocolate sauce. Totally calorific but I didn't care, it was fabulous! Everyone really enjoyed the various desserts and when we put my menupages voucher towards the bill - 3 course meal, with drinks and coffees, only worked out at €21 each (before tip). The staff were extremely courteous and welcoming so a decent tip was left. Looking forward to heading back again!!

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The Port House Ibericos
5/6 Pembroke Cottage, Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Popped in here for a quick bite while I was working in the theatre in Dundrum one week. The place was practically empty so I had no trouble getting myself a table outside. The service was great (would have been impossible not to have attentive waitstaff when it was that quiet) but they were very friendly. The menu choice is quite extensive, which I liked. I have been to a few other tapas places and am a bit of a potatas bravas addict - theirs were crispy and delicious with just the right kick in the sauce. I had a shredded lamb dish with it, came out a little bit cold but the flavours were tasty, with a nice chunk of bread to soak up the sauce with. Would like to go back here with a group so that I could sample some of the other dishes on offer!!

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

Have been here for lunch a few times now, it is very handy for my office and the lunch menu is good value at €9.90 for a main course and a drink. I tried the BBQ chicken pizza, which was delicious. The dough was thick and soft with just enough toppings. It's hard to finish it, definitely would provide good lining for big night out!

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Cactus Jacks (Middle Abbey St)
Millennium Walkway, Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Had wanted to try this one for a while. The Early Bird Menu is great value (19.95 for 3 courses). I had the nachos to start; liked that the toppings were served separately from the nachos themselves to avoid sogginess. Delicious, just the right kick to them with the jalapenos and the right amount of cheese (as in not too much!) My friends had the calamari which they pronounced to be perfectly cooked. The mains were also quite good, the burger was great although the chorizo slice was a little rubbery and I had to remove it from my burger. Had ice cream to finish, although I did try the very intriguing tequila and lime cheesecake. A little too 'limey' for my liking but the ice cream was good. My only little peeve was that 3 waiters came over to ask if we were ready to order within 15 minutes of us arriving, after informing the first waiter that we were waiting for someone else. One of the waiters was particularly friendly though, which I do always appreciate. Will definitely go back here again!

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The Tea Room Restaurant
The Clarence, 6-8 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin

Went here for afternoon tea, asked for the latest booking (4.45). When we arrived they actually advised us to sit in the Lounge rather than the restaurant itself. This turned out to be a much better option, more comfortable. The background music was soothing and it wasn't busy so it was very relaxing. When the food arrived there were a few issues - the coffee was not as hot as I would have liked but a good strong blend. Some of the sandwiches were made on slightly stale bread (the end of the day obviously). The brown bread with smoked salmon was great; the scones were lovely, the brownie and apple cake delicious. Best thing about this was the service by far. Every member of staff was extremely courteous without being overbearing. Will definitely go back here to try out their main menu and some of the cocktails!

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La Gondola
51 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Have been here once before and enjoyed it, came back again for lunch with a work colleague. They had a lunch menu for 2 people for €19.95 for 2 courses each. While the choice isn't the most imaginative, sometimes simplicity is the best foot forward! The Bruschetta was super fresh, the bread was crispy, the tomatoes having been marinated in perhaps a little too much garlic. The real stars of the show in this place are their pizzas though, delightfully thin and crispy base and the perfect balance of toppings. Filling without being stuffed. Looking forward to going back here again!

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Messrs Maguire
O'Connell Bridge, Burgh Quay, City Centre South, Dublin

I've been here many times on nights out and really enjoy it as a bar but I think it might be lacking a little on the food side. The choice on the menu isn't bad, traditional pub grub fare. Some of our party ordered full meals (which the proclaimed to be satisfactory without really fazing or amazing), the rest of us ordered some sides between us. Must say, loved the fries (real potato with the skins still on in some places) really crispy and delicious. I also thought the onion rings were fantastic. The chicken wings definitely left something to be desired however, I think they would do much better with hot sticky wings rather than the in the batter that they have. I was particularly disappointed with the service; we waited for 15 minutes before finally going to the bar despite there being table service. The food was served promptly enough but the empty plates were sitting there for 25 minutes before I eventually carried them to the bar myself. It was busy but it wasn't that busy. Probably wouldn't go here again for a proper meal but will definitely back for some of their own brews and those onion rings!!

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Tandoori Bite
21 South Richmond St, South Dublin, Portobello, Dublin

I have been here a couple of times before (usually very late at night after a few scoops) so was interested to go in the evening and try the food sober!! There was a group of us for a mates birthday taking advantage of the great value early bird (10.95 for starter and main course plus glass of wine/beer or 29.95 for 2 starters, 2 mains and a bottle of wine). I had the onion bahjee to start, which were delicious, crispy on the outside, softer on the inside, very well spiced. I decided on the lamb vindaloo for mains - little bit of a mistake, I do like spicy food but this was MAJOR spicy. Still very tasty but 80% of the lamb pieces were overcooked which took away from the overall dish. I wasn't particularly happy with the service however, considering we were only one of two parties (10 of us and one other couple), it seemed like they were trying to rush us out. We might have stayed for another drink if it had been offered. Think I'll stick to it when I'm a bit drunk and not so mindful of those details and definitely not order the vindaloo again!!

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Sligo City Hotel
Quay Street, Sligo Town, Sligo

The bar was pretty much empty when we walked in; seeing the great value evening menu that they had, we were a little worried about the quality of the food we were about to order. I plumped for the safe option and went for the chicken curry, while my friend had the lasagne. Both dishes were like a nostalgic walk down memory lane when we used to stop in random pubs on the way down the country and get these huge portions of the most basic food that was full of flavour and made you want to stuff yourself. Full dish of currey and rice with a side dish of chunky chips. Not this fancy blob of this here and 'cream' of this there, and it was the old fashioned dark brown curry sauce, none of this new fangled Thai style. Not the classiest place in the world but the friendly service and great prices are enough to make me want to re-visit again.

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Cafe Goa
36 The Quay Waterford, Waterford City, Waterford

Haven't spent much time in Waterford, this place was right next to the hotel we were staying at so we popped in as the menu in the hotel was not overly appealing. How glad I was that we did! You can tell a lot about an Indian place by the standard of the dips they serve with their poppadoms and Cafe Goa's dips promised great things to come thankfully! I had the lamb chilli masala - the lamb was cooked to perfection, practically melted on my tongue and the sauce was spicy enough to cause my eyes to water at the first bite but it was worth it and seemed to cool down the more I had. The accompanying naan bread and rice were also perfectly cooked and fresh. My friend tried the Goa Special - any dish that comes to the table on a hot plate still sizzling is a winner in my opinion but the meat and veg on the hot plate were also delicious. When silence falls as soon as the food arrives, you can usually tell that it's worth it. Great value for money; the service was very efficient although not overly friendly. Looking forward to trying something else on the menu next time I'm there!

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Market Lane
5/6 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork City, Cork

This is the second time that I have been here. I was so impressed the first time, that I had to go back to make sure that it was for real. The fact that we had to wait for a table on a Tuesday night in January was a good sign of it's very positive reputation. We were not waiting long however (which was good, the smell was so tempting, I may have sat at someone else's table and started eating from their plates!). The menu is not that extensive but there is a great choice from what is there. On this occasion, I tried the spaghetti with prawns and marinated salmon - absolutely delicious although some of the prawns seemed to be a little overcooked. My friend tried the game pie which was a complete triumph. The meat was very succulent and the mash on top was creamy and tasty. The service is impeccable, I saw our waitress with a map directing some of our fellow diners to the best pubs for after dinner entertainment. I always appreciate staff who will go above and beyond to make sure that a visitors experience continues even after they've left the restaurant. Could not recommend this place more highly.

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The Harbour Seafood Bar & Grill
Harbour Hotel, New Docks, Galway City, Galway

We stayed here last week when I was away on business. Being a Wednesday evening in January, I wasn't expecting the place to be hopping and we were among the only customers there. This did mean that the service was great, though I would have liked to have seen them under pressure! It was late so we were only ordering mains - the menu was quite varied and good value. Not the cheapest but once I'd eaten, I knew I had gotten a good deal. I had the burger, which was served open on tomato and herb foccacia (fab) with a delicious relish and salad. The accompanying chips were golden crispy. My companions tried some other dishes also; rib eye steak with mushroom sauce (cooked to perfection), roast chicken with mash (basic but lovely) and risotto (a little disappointed, it looked like slop but tasted quite nice, was a little undercooked). The hotel and restaurant staff are super nice and i would definitely stay here and eat here again!!

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Shan Restaurant
6 Crow Streetle Bar, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

I came here on St Stephens night after all the pubs had closed for some late night soakage - the place was empty but so was most of town!! The service was prompt (as it could only have been as we were the only diners!) and very friendly. We didn't bother with starters and got straight to the mains. While these were being worked on in the kitchen, they brought us out some poppadoms and dips, which were delicious. If these were anything to go by the mains should be fantastic.....and they were! I had the Lamb Chilli Massala and it was beautiful. Great kick to it without burning the mouth of you. I did try some of my mates Chicken Jalfrezi also which was also lovely. I must particularly compliment the Naan Bread, I had the garlic one and I could have eaten a whole loaf of it. Will definitely be going back here when fully sober to make sure that it was not just a once off miracle through beer goggles!!

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

I came here for a Christmas Party with 10 of my girlfriends. We came for the early sitting, it was busy but not that busy because of the weather. This made it surprising when the service was not as up to scratch as it could have been. The staff were very friendly but not that attentive.There was a good choice for a set menu, not very Christmassy but how many turkey and ham dinners can you eat?! I had the chicken skewers to start, which were really delicious - very nice flavours with none overpowering the others and accompanying guacomole coleslaw stuffed pitta complementing it really well. I went for steak for my main course, as did several of my fellow diners. I asked for medium and it was a little too rare for my liking but a delicious cut of meat. Unfortunately, one of my friends asked for well done and it was also too rare, despite being sent back. The hostess was very gracious and apologetic about this which helped to make up for it. I'm not really a dessert person so was safe ordered the chocolate brownie. It looked delicious but after the first taste, I realised that there were nuts in there (which I had missed on the menu) so it wasn't to my taste. The hostess did also offer us a palette cleanser in the form of sambucca shots to say Merry Christmas which I thought was a lovely touch. The meal worked out about 40 per head for 3 courses and several glasses of wine each, including tip. Not bad but I think I will wait a while before I head back again.

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

Came here for lunch as the €8.95 for 2 courses + a drink seemed far too good to be true! Not too busy which was nice as I only had an hour for lunch. There is not a huge choice of starter (how could there be really) but the Bruschetta was delicious. Fresh tomatoes chopped with basil and garlic, really tasty. Quite a large choice for the mains which you wouldn't expect at a very reasonable menu cost. I went for the chilli burger - messy but amazing!! The mains were just the right size aswell so you didn't slip into a food coma but still got good value for money. Definitely be going back here, there were a few other pasta dishes that I want to sample!

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Millers Pizza Kitchens
50 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here for a friends birthday; she loves the place and I had never even heard of it. Really cute little spot, quite intimate, the decor is very warm and inviting. The waiter seemed a little gruff at first but soon opened up and began having a bit of banter with us. The food was fantastic, and the early bird menu is great value (€14.95 for two courses) I had the garlic bread with cheese, perfectly proportioned with just enough cheese. Lot of drizzles on the plate which looked fairly impressive but didn't add a huge amount to the taste (the garlic one was nice enough). Then, the pizza. I went for the Cajun with prawns AND chicken. Good move....the base was crispy without being crunchy, there was plenty of toppings (although the jungle of rocket that came on top was a bit much). All in all, a great meal, great value. Will definitely be going back here again!

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Siam Thai (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

Well, it was my 6th time here, we had the same table we’ve had every other time we’ve been there and the same waiter as the last time (I’m pretty sure he hates us). Once again, we were not let down. I went for the Siam Combo for the first time, as I simply could not make up my mind so this gave me a little bit of everything. I’m not usually a fan of chicken satay but that was possibly my favourite thing! I ordered scallops for mains. Perfectly cooked (always a worry) and the accompanying vegetables in oyster sauce complemented it perfectly. I must say though, for some one with a fondness of spicier dishes, it is probably not something that I would go for again but would definitely recommend to others. Impeccable service but the entertainment was my favourite part of the night as always, that band could make your food taste good even if it didn’t already!

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Pacinos
18 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We went here for a Christmas Breakfast for our department in work. There was 8 of us but there was no one else in the restaurant which was nice. However, the service was still quite slow considering the lack of numbers. However, the food is quite delicious and despite a few hitches with the orders, once everyone had received their food they did enjoy it. I had the Eggs Benedict, which were great (although it is hard to get good Eggs Benny outside the US!) Fairly good value for money. Not sure I would go back for breakfast but would try it again for dinner!

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Ballinteer House
Ballinteer Avenue, Dublin 16, Ballinteer, Dublin

This is one of my locals so have been here a couple of times. The most recent was on a Sunday evening for a quick bite before rushing home for X Factor! I just wanted a bit of a snack so had the chicken goujons and chips, just filling enough and really reasonably priced. Two of my companions had the burger, which I have also tried before and is really nice and filling. I would also recommend the lasagne to anyone looking for a really hearty, home-cooked style meal. The service is usually great, sometimes can bit a bit slow if it's very busy but there's always a good atmosphere. Some dishes are expensive but there is plenty to choose from and what's more expensive is usually worth it!

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

Went in for lunch here when they were doing their 'Any Burger for €5' deal. Great deal - would probably not go back to spend full price on a burger. It was delicious and worth a fiver but no more. The service was also not great at all, we were waiting nearly 20 minutes to order - it was busy but not that busy. Have heard that some of the other restaurants have better service!

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Yamamori Sushi, Tengu
38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Have now been here many times and have ventured a little bit off the Bento box but not very often - the variety offered is always great. This time, I tried one of the noodle dishes Yamamori Yaki Soba - delicious but it was supposed to be a mix of chicken, pork and king prawns. There were only 3 prawns, a little bit of pork and an abundance of chicken, would have liked a bit more of a balance. It was tasty and well seasoned though and plenty on the plate! My companions both had the chicken teriyaki which the deemed to be utterly delicious. Reasonably priced, close to the office, fast service, nice outdoor area. In a nutshell, a place that I will be sure to keep frequenting!

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Jimmy Chungs
Eden Quay, City Centre North, Dublin

Went to Jimmy Chungs for a spontaneous lunch the other day; it has been highly recommended for it's all you can eat buffet so i thought I'd give it a go. At €9 per person, it's hard to go wrong! They had plenty of different dishes to choose from, which was almost a bad thing in a way as I found it hard to choose between the various delicious meals. In the end, I plumped for a little bit of everything - Chicken in Black Bean Sauce, Beef Kung Po, Tempura Prawns, Spring Roll, Special Noodles, Fried Rice. I would much prefer to go back fro dinner and spend a bit more time looking and tasting and choosing but it is well worth it for the money. Only complaint - as the dishes are on display in heated trays, they can get a little cold and as one who prefers my food piping hot, this took away a little bit from the overall experience.

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Another visit to the Market Bar, another satisfied customer. Sampling the delights of the Potatos Bravas; Calamari; Chicken and Chorizo Skewers; Nachos; and Meat and Cheese Board. It's such a great way to get a little bit of everything while enjoying a fun atmosphere. I do still miss the fact that there's no music but it makes it an even better spot to catch up with friends!

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Bewley's Café
Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Always forget about this place and have not been in in years. Walking in was like a trip down memory lane and the massive Christmas Tree in the Dining Room was a welcome touch. The menu looked very inviting; as it was lunchtime, we just had time for main courses. I ordered the Spaghetti with Tiger Prawns (I ordered the large portion which was a mistake for lunchtime but would be a great size for a dinner portion). The prawns were cooked perfectly and the pasta a little al dente without being crunchy, however I think I little bit of chilli or lemon dressing would have added a welcome kick and an accompanying sauce would be good for helping the copious amounts of spaghetti go down easier. My companion had the Penne Arrabita - a bit basic but did exactly what it said on the tin. The sauce was delicious, with a nice bite and the amount of parmesan served was just right. The service was not great but with busy lunchtime service, I have learned not to expect it! It was a fairly decent price considering the portion size but as I left half of my spaghetti uneaten, I would have preferred the €4 cheaper smaller plate!

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Milano (Temple Bar)
19 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

I ahve been to a couple of the Milano's before but never into this one. We went in on a quiet Thursday afternoon so missied the lunch rush. We had vouchers to get 2 pizzas for €12 - I would ahve easily paid €12 just for one - they are delicious! I had the Diavolo, which was fabulous. The waiter seemed to really know his stuff and recommended what kind of peppers would go best. Service was efficient and friendly; I wouldn't have thought we would get in and out within our allocated lunch hour but it was no problem. Will definitely be going back here again for lunch!

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The Counter Dundrum
Pembroke District, (adjacent to the Mill Pond at Town Square), Dundrum, Dublin

Popped in here on a bank holiday Monday; it wasn't as busy as it could have been considering the day in it but as it is a bit out of the limelight with all of the other eateries within the centre itself. It was easy to get a table outside though. I decided to go for the make-your-own burger, choosing beef with bacon, jack cheese, tomato and jalapenos with pepper steak sauce. Sounds messy but it was delicious. We got cheese fries to split but I was a little disappointed with the shoestring, over-cooked chips we were served. Definitely recommend the burgers but they would be enough on their own without a side. It is a bit pricey too but it is a very tasty treat.

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Howards Way (Churchtown)
11 Braemor Road, South Dublin, Churchtown, Dublin

I had heard great things about the breakfast in Howards Way so one Sunday morning, a few of us decided to test it out. Seeing a full restaurant on a drizzly morning is always a good sign but thankfully, we only had to wait 5 minutes for a table. The service was efficient, if not a little rushed but it was understandable given the waiting queues. The meal more than made up for it though; a lot of people think breakfast is an easy meal to make but it is not easy to make well. The portions were a good size and everything was really tasty. Would highly recommend this place to help cure any Saturday/Sunday morning illness after a night of over-indulgence!

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Dada Restaurant
45 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We came here for a birthday party, the staff had let some of us in early to put some balloons up which was nice. There was about 20 of us and they allocated us in a nice enough area although we weren't altogether. They really let us take our time waiting for people to arrive, which was nice. As we were in a party mood, we were just ordering mains from the regular menu before moving on. I ordered the Cigar De Mere, filo pastry wrapped spicy fish - delicious. Perfect size for a main course so that I didn't feel too full afterwards, and I got to try some of the others food, the spicy lamb tagine in particular was lovely, I would recommend both of these dishes. The staff were excellent, our wine glasses did not empty out once! The bill wasn't as bad as it could have been considering how many of us there were and how much wine was consumed! Will definitely be going here again.

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Ananda
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

We came here as a group of 9 for the early bird one evening. As it was early on a Wednesday, it wasn't that busy when we arrived but had picked up by the time we left. Beautiful setting, the dining room is lovely to behold. The early bird menu is great value, 3 courses for €25, with quite a good choice of dishes. I went for the lamb meatballs in a spicy sauce - not too big a portion but perfect for a starter. My main course of prawns in Jalfrezi was absolutely delicious. I would have liked it a little spicier but there was a good kick to it. The service here was impeccable (although it may have been because the restaurant was near empty while we were there!) but I would definitely go back again to sample more form the full menu.

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The Porterhouse (Central)
45-47 Nassau Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Just popped in here for a quick bite one evening after work, had only been there previously for drinks (for which the menu is brilliant!!) Everything looked so delicious on the menu, in the end we plumped for the Sombrero Pizza, which was amazing. The service was efficient, if not a little impersonal and the price was decent. Well recommend starting here for some soakage for a good night out tasting all the different homebrews!!

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Frango's World Cuisine
Level 3, Dundrum Town Centre, Sandyford Road, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

Popped in here for a quick bite one Sunday afternoon. Ordered from the carvery section and had the fish and chips, was absolutely gorgeous and not too expensive considering the location! OK for a casual bite while shopping but not if you want to sit down and really enjoy a meal and a conversation.

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

Came here for the Cocktail Masterclass and Meal - after my last visit, where I had received below par service, I was a little worried but I needn't have been. Our cocktail class kicked off with a bit of history on the cocktails we were going to be making, why they're made the way they are, etc. Then it was behind the bar to try making them ourselves! As I wasn't drinking alcohol, the bartender showed me how to make a Mojito using apple juice instead of rum. I definitely prefer the rum but it was tasty nonetheless! The class was great fun and would definitely do it again, maybe requesting different cocktails next time. Then in for dinner. As part of the meal deal, they brought out a mix of starters, served in tiered afternoon tea style (which was great as I am always indecisive with starter choices! My only slight issue was with the ribs - there was an awful lot of fat on them. The meat was lovely and tender though when you got to it. I had the beef with chili and basil again, definitely my favourite dish on the menu. The beef was cooked beautifully and the sauce was just spicy enough. I passed on dessert and went for a latte, which was also very tasty. At €50 for the class, 2 cocktails, 3 course meal - loved it.

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Fitzgerald's Bar & Restaurant
22 Aston Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin

I think this place is a little gem, I have eaten there a few times now and the food is always really good. Last time I was there, I had the Tuna Melt which was excellent. The service is efficent and it is quite a nice little spot with a good atmosphere despite looking a little bit grotty on the outside - don't let it fool you!

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Milano (Dundrum)
Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Buzzing atmosphere the night we were there, very busy for a random Thursday night. The food at Milanos is always quite decent, their bruschetta is fantastic and could nearly do for a meal on its own! The Sloppy Giuseppe pizza is my favourite for a bit of spice, usually hard to finish and all for a reasonable price. My one complaint is that the service was not as attentive as it could have been, I understand that it was busy but it took a long time to get the bill and we had to approach the waitress ourselves to pay so that we could leave.

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Siam Thai (Rathfarnham)
Eden House, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin

We went along for a Christmas Party and they have a separate dining room where they cater for large parties was surprising as it didn't look that big from the outside. The servers were attentive and the food service was very quick. The food, in my opinion, was absolutely fabulous. I had the fish cakes to start which weren't too spicy but just right, and the shredded duck which had more of a kick but was delicious. All other dishes that were had by my friends seemed to go down very well. While not the cheapest place that you could go to, the food is worth it and should be high up your list of considerations when treating yourself!

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