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No. of Reviews: 15

Member Since: 22 July 2007

Last Visit: 12 August 2014

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Brascos Restaurant

Harbour Road, North Co. Dublin, Skerries, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Bistro

Price Range:

Good
87 reviews

Reviewed 26th July 2012 ( visited 21st July 2012 )

It's great to see this building back in use again. We've been in twice since Brasco's opened. Beautiful seafood in particular. The surf and turf burger is great. The scampi you get along with it are delicious. The first time I visited I was a little confused why, considering the attention to detail and effort put into the food, they were serving frozen chips. I'm delighted to report that they have since moved to handcut chips, lovely! Also, the service is really friendly and warm, great spot!
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Fagans restaurant

Drumcondra, Drumcondra, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 9

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Good
56 reviews

Reviewed 23rd July 2007 ( visited 23rd July 2007 )

1000s of Pats students can't be wrong!!! For a decent feed of pub-grub for a reasonable price there are few places to better Fagan's. The food is better-than-the-norm pub-grub. The portions are huge for what you pay. After all the students aren't going to shell out for minimalist nouvelle cuisine! In fact it's not a bad spot for a pint either.
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Brascos Restaurant
Harbour Road, North Co. Dublin, Skerries, Dublin

It's great to see this building back in use again. We've been in twice since Brasco's opened. Beautiful seafood in particular. The surf and turf burger is great. The scampi you get along with it are delicious. The first time I visited I was a little confused why, considering the attention to detail and effort put into the food, they were serving frozen chips. I'm delighted to report that they have since moved to handcut chips, lovely! Also, the service is really friendly and warm, great spot!

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Aqua Restaurant
1 West Pier, Howth, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin

Aqua had been on our list of restaurants to visit for a while now and I suppose we must have built up a certain level of expectation. Unfortunately, overall, these expectations were not met. The setting is fantastic, there is a sublime view of the sea and Ireland's Eye. Aside from that our experience was decidedly underwhelming. I ordered the yellowfin tuna starter, it was pretty tasty, but I regretted ordering it in retrospect considering that Aqua is practically IN the Irish Sea and I was eating imported, non-indigenous fish. My wife had the calamari, which again was cooked well, but came with an odd pesto dressing. Generally speaking, the starters were relatively good, but the mains were what let Aqua down. I ordered turbot and my wife had monkfish. Both fish were completely overcooked and as a result were quite chewy. I personally believe this is unforgivable for any restaurant, but especially for one purporting to provide "the highest quality seafood dishes". To be fair to Aqua, we shared a tiramisu which was delicious. I just get the impression that Aqua is somewhat resting on their reputation and aren't focusing on quality, which is a shame since they have access to the finest and freshest ingredients on the East coast. I know from experience that there are much cheaper places in Howth which offer really good food at reasonable prices. I won't be returning to Aqua.

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Woodstock Cafe
156 Phibsboro Road, Phibsboro, Dublin

In a word "Fry". The breakfast in Woodstock is the ultimate in fry-up technology. As a dirty student I was known to tip down here and get the breakfast in at around 11 and that would do you for the whole day. Just give it a whirl!!!

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

A wonderful pub that manages the old Tardis trick, it seems a lot bigger inside than out. Recently had a snack in here with my girlfriend. Sticky chicken wings...”sticky” don’t do them justice, a huge bowl of wings drenched in a sticky, spicy sauce proved almost too much to finish. I had a giant burger with blue cheese. I was expecting blue cheese sauce but in fact got a slab of actual blue cheese. This was a little overpowering, but overall it was a tasty feed before milling into the pints!

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The Man O'War Bar & Restaurant
Courtlough, Balbriggan, Balbriggan, Dublin

I believe the Man'O'War is under new management as of a year or so ago. If this is so then they're doing a great job. My girlfriend and myself brought both sets of parents here recently and I think it's safe to say that everyone enjoyed their experience. The restaurant is small and intimate without everyone being on top of each other. The food was good wholesome food. The seafood was so fresh it may have been hauled from the boat 20 minutes before being prepared. Lovely service and the interaction with the owner made for a great night.

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The Ivy House
114 Upper Drumcondra Road, Drumcondra, Dublin

The Ivy House has transformed over the last few years. A trendy interior and good music has made it a bit of a cool spot. The food is wonderfully above par pub-grub. The potatoes with cream/cheese/bacon are delicious and to this day it's still one of the nicest fillet steaks I've had

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

We were out for a wander about Howth and decided to knock into the Bloody Stream for a bite. We ordered a seafood platter between us. It was very reasonably priced and whereas it wasn't the best platter we've ever had it was exceptional for the price tag. Plenty of smoked salmon and crab kept me happy!!! The pub itself is lovely, there's a real auld-man-pub feel to the place...nice for a pint as well!!

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OKA Restaurant
Northwood Demense, North Dublin, Santry, Dublin

Above par Asian cuisine. The initial provision of top quality tasty prawn crackers (not the usual muck you get from take-aways) sets the scene for the night. Chicken satay for starters was delicious. The mains didn't disappoint either with the best Thai curry I've had outside of Thailand. It's a little expensive and a touch out of the way if you're looking to drink and not drive. Would definitely recommend it though!!!

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Little Venice
Old Airport Road, North Dublin, Santry, Dublin

A co-worker vouched for this restaurant, it was a huge disappointment. I'm fairly sure the sauces used were from a jar, at best they were made using dried herbs and tins of tomatoes. Service was glibb and gruff. The price was fairly low but the food quality really didn't justify charging restaurant food.

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Il Corvo Restaurant
98-100 Upper Drumcondra Road, Dublin 9 , Drumcondra, Dublin

A personal favourite for a fair few years now. Il Corvo offers decent hearty Italian fare with a nice atmosphere. The service is always friendly and warm. Value for money is always a major factor in Il Corvos, a 3 course meal for 2 with a bottle of wine and a couple of coffees usually runs in the region of about 60-80 euro which cannot be sniffed at. Proximity to some wonderful pubs for pre/post-dinner drinks is a plus also. Keep an eye out for the specials, they're always worth consideration.

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Fagans
Drumcondra, Drumcondra, Dublin

1000s of Pats students can't be wrong!!! For a decent feed of pub-grub for a reasonable price there are few places to better Fagan's. The food is better-than-the-norm pub-grub. The portions are huge for what you pay. After all the students aren't going to shell out for minimalist nouvelle cuisine! In fact it's not a bad spot for a pint either.

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Chapter One Restaurant
18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

A touch expensive but still reasonable compared to a lot of the upper echelon places. 2 starters, 2 mains, 2 desserts, bottle of red and 2 coffees came to 160 euro. The food was fantastic, difficult to fault. The service was warm and friendly. I would highly rate this place especially for an important occasion.

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Acapulco Restaurant
7 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Cheap and cheerful, excellent Mexican food. The spicy chicken wings are delicious and the added option of margaritas is a nice touch. The roughly painted furniture and strings of chillies hanging around the place add to the atmosphere.

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Balrothery Inn
Balrothery, Balbriggan, Balbriggan, Dublin

Basic pub grub menu but very well done. You get your usual fare but it's just a touch above the rest. The chicken and mushroom pie is particularly good.

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Govindas Restaurant (Abbey Street)
83 Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Extremely tasty veggie dishes. There is invariantly a great range of dishes to fit all tastes. The portions on offer are very generous for the price. The only negative aspect is that at times the food can be a little cold, but it really is tasty!!!

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