Restaurant Reviews from honeybear

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52.5%

County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 9

Member Since: 05 August 2009

Last Visit: 17 December 2014

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Dada Restaurant

45 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
African

Price Range:

Good
381 reviews

Reviewed 28th September 2013 ( visited 16th September 2013 )

Wonderful restaurant. Went on a menupages deal and was so impressed I came back a week later. The food is fantastic and not the kind of thing I cook at home so a real treat. The interior is lovely and warm, staff friendly and welcoming, very helpful. I had no issues at all and will be back to introduce more friends to it.
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Cafe du Journal restaurant

17a Monkstown Crescent, Co. Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Breakfast

Price Range:

Good
10 reviews

Reviewed 30th November 2014 ( visited 19th October 2014 )

Service is diabolical, and yet I go back time and again because their eggs are fantastic, and there is a decent kids' menu. However, you can be waiting a long time as it's always packed, and there is inevitably something either missing or wrong with order every time. And there seems to be 20 staff floating around, all equally incompetent. Maddening. Nobody seems to care at all when your lunch is ruined by something not arriving, and it's almost impossible to ever find a manager or anyone with an ounce of sense of how to deal with customers in the place. Still, there's a great buzz. Don't sit near the door or you'll freeze. Do order the Eggs Royale!
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Bombay Pantry Glenageary
Glenageary Shopping Centre, Glenageary, Dublin

As a family, we have been regular customers of Bombay Pantry. The past couple of times, however, we have been sorely disappointed by the standard of food we have received. If we had been in a restaurant we would have sent it back, but once you are at home with your meal, there is no way you're going to get back in the car and return it, the meal is ruined. There is a lack of consistency on several counts. The curries, though we order them the same way, vary greatly in how hot they are. Last time aruond I ordered a vegetarian dahl as a main and it was the same price as the meat dishes, which is simply extortionate, and the sweet potato was undercooked and tasteless. The coriander naan bread which costs almost 3 euro was burnt enough as to be dangerous and inedible, while simultaneously cold as they pop it in a paper bag rather than anything that retains the heat. The meal cost almost thirty euro for two people with one starter, two mains (one vegetarian) and a rice and naan. If that was a sit down meal with table service that would be good value with no drinks, but I don't believe this is a good value takeaway. The meat is not free range, the veg is not organic, and the company seem to have run away with themselves. We will be ordering elsewhere the next time. They have a loyalty rewards card which they only stamp per order rather than per meal, so even if you're ordering four mains it's the same as a person getting a single meal...I don't get any sense they do value the custom, and the staff are cold.

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Cafe du Journal
17a Monkstown Crescent, Co. Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin

Service is diabolical, and yet I go back time and again because their eggs are fantastic, and there is a decent kids' menu. However, you can be waiting a long time as it's always packed, and there is inevitably something either missing or wrong with order every time. And there seems to be 20 staff floating around, all equally incompetent. Maddening. Nobody seems to care at all when your lunch is ruined by something not arriving, and it's almost impossible to ever find a manager or anyone with an ounce of sense of how to deal with customers in the place. Still, there's a great buzz. Don't sit near the door or you'll freeze. Do order the Eggs Royale!

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Bobo's Gourmet Burgers (Wexford St)
22 Wexford Street (Beside Whelans), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I'd been told by a friend to check this burger joint out. Went with my boyfriend and though we both eat meat, I chose a veggie burger as I enjoy them too. The service was absolutely disinterested and very slow, though there was only one other couple there. The food was mediocre at best, the veggie burger very disappointing and the price was the same for that as the more elaborate meat burgers, which is plain crazy. The presentation is so ridiculous there is no possible way of eating the burger without covering yourself in grease and sauce. The restrooms had water all over the floor. And our bill for two burgers and chips and two soft drinks was almost 30Euro! Crazy when there is so much great food to be had in Dublin for good value now. Needless to say, I won't be going again.

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KC Peaches Wine Cave Nassau St
28-29 Nassau St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Wonderful meal, and we were so well looked after by our Marilyn Monroe lookalike. Bread with our starter came as an afterthought. The main drawback for me was that nobody in the kitchen could answer whether or not the fish on the menu is sustainably sourced. Considering how important an issue this should be for everyone, I find it quite shocking the chefs didn't even care enough to know. For a place that prides itself on knowing where its food is coming from, this seems contradictory. However, the food was excellent. In particular the baked Camembert was devilishly good, we couldn't leave so much as a mouthful behind. And the lamb shank was equally unmissable. We will return, and hopefully next time someone will have bothered to find out how the fish is arriving at the table!

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

Wonderful restaurant. Went on a menupages deal and was so impressed I came back a week later. The food is fantastic and not the kind of thing I cook at home so a real treat. The interior is lovely and warm, staff friendly and welcoming, very helpful. I had no issues at all and will be back to introduce more friends to it.

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Mulberry Garden
Mulberry Lane, (directly behind the Bang & Olufsen Store), Dublin 4, Donnybrook, Dublin

This is a very special place with so much going for it. The atmosphere and service is great, the food is delicious. My only issue is that there isn't quite enough of it. I am usually horrified by the huge portions some restaurants serve, but this was the opposite extreme. I'm a small enough woman and I don't have a huge appetite at all, but I was so hungry after the three courses (spread over three hours so no way of getting full too quickly!) I had to go home and have something to eat. The main course (lamb and veg) was one finger rectangular sized slice of lamb along with a tiny sqaure of it and some spots of vegetables and splashes of sauce. It would have been perfect in a tasting menu, but that is not a main course, no matter how good the food. I went with a friend, but though I loved the place, there's no way I could go there with my husband, he would be falling over with hunger! The biggest part of the meal was the two small half slices of bread that came with the water.

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Milano (Dun Laoghaire)
1 Harbour Square, Crofton Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I eat regularly at Milanos so clearly they're doing something right. It's as close to an authentic Italian pizza as you get in Dublin. I've tried most of the pizzas and the romano bases or the leggera are best, not too heavy at all. The toppings can be pretty sparse, even on the veggie options. I was also charged 7.50 for a small bowl of pasta for a 1 year old which seems pretty extortionate. That said, the staff are very friendly and the restaurants are all kid-friendly. The spaces tend to be a bit noisy and not conducive to sticking around to linger over your meal.

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

Having eaten at Koh countless times for lunch, I can safely say it's an old reliable now. I can depend on the food being fantastic every time, it's wonderful value for lunch, and lunch is served from 12-5pm which must surely suit everyone. The staff are polite, the restaurant is baby-friendly despite being a cocktail lounge, and the cocktails are divine, even the non-alcoholic ones. Koh's fried rice is the best I've had of any Thai in Dublin, and the chili beef salad is kicking too. Soups and marinated pork are also worth checking out.

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Juniors
2 Bath Avenue, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Second time in this gem of a restuarant and I'll be raving about the perfect evening we had for some time to come. Food was exquisite - Tagliatta to start was as good as the real deal ordered in a Tuscan trattoria; the fish of the day (plaice) was almost fluffy it was so fresh; the veal cutlet was the best I've had, juicy and tasty, served with prawns, veg, and a wonderfully complementary balsamic reduction; the veg were all flavoursome and done to perfection. House wine nothing to write home about but perfectly drinkable. Staff informal and genuinely friendly, atmosphere wonderful. Watching the chef cook your food while listening to the eclectic mix of music is a pleasure. Go here!

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