Restaurant Reviews from hungryhawk

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 34

Member Since: 04 August 2008

Last Visit: 01 March 2016

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The Market Bar restaurant

Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
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347 reviews

Reviewed 28th February 2016 ( visited 28th February 2016 )

Very poor value. Bread and dips consisted of ordinary white bread served cold with 3 dips slopped in a bowl for 6.50. Nachos equally disappointing- had better salsa from a jar in lidl. This place used to be good - wish I had went for a sandwich somewhere else.
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The Market Bar restaurant

Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Gastro Pub

Price Range:

Good
347 reviews

Reviewed 28th February 2016 ( visited 28th February 2016 )

Very poor value. Bread and dips consisted of ordinary white bread served cold with 3 dips slopped in a bowl for 6.50. Nachos equally disappointing- had better salsa from a jar in lidl. This place used to be good - wish I had went for a sandwich somewhere else.
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Bistro 53
Main St, Maynooth, Maynooth, Kildare

Had a really nice meal here - the crab claws starter and pork belly main are both excellent. I would return.

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Il Caffe di Napoli
41 Westland Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Excellent quality ingredients. Attention to details. Generous portions.

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Very poor value. Bread and dips consisted of ordinary white bread served cold with 3 dips slopped in a bowl for 6.50. Nachos equally disappointing- had better salsa from a jar in lidl. This place used to be good - wish I had went for a sandwich somewhere else.

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Yamamori Noodles
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I went with a friend and ordered the blackboard seafood special for two. The portion was very generous and varied, the seafood was really fresh and the service great. Amazing value at E40 total including a bottle of wine. I'll be returning to try the other specials soon.

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Wagamama - Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Probably the most disappointing restaurant visit I've had for months. I went with a friend for a quick bite mid week. The ramen arrived barely warm, the seafood was chewy and unfresh tasting. Harsh lights and noise from the kitchen didn't help. Seemingly a 'fast food' venue, prices didn't reflect. E23 for ramen and a glass of wine. Better value to be had in nice restaurants around.

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Jerusalem Restaurant
77 Camden Street Lwr., Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

Very nice interior and atmosphere. Byo kept the bill down. The food was flavoursome and portions generous. Service was slow. Overall I'd recommend this restaurant. It's not easy to find a relaxing and classy place at such a good price.

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Ambala
11 Upper Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

The restaurant interior is lacking personality and the overhead lighting/tv don't help. The food was great however, generous portions and very good flavours in all vegetarian dishes we tried. Service was excellent too. I will definitely go back.

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Pitt Bros Smoked BBQ
Unit 1, Wicklow House, Georges St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The interior and menu looked promising, unfortunately the food was not very flavoursome. Quite average really.

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Neon Asian Street Food
17 Camden Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Consistently excellent food and great price. Love the panang curry.You can't beat a bottle of wine for E14 either...

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The Port House
64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Excellent tapas restaurant. The goats cheese/honey is delicious.There are so many things to try and I can honestly say that I have never had a bad dish/gotten bored despite the fact I've gone many times.

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Damascus Gate
10 Upper Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

A friend recommended this restaurant and I went on a voucher for dinner which was amazing value. We went with all of the waitress' suggestions, the food was excellent and authentic, the service was top class and the owner was very generous.

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Bear
35 South William Street, Dublin 2, South William Street, Dublin

I have eaten here a couple of times and enjoyed it. The steaks are very flavoursome and seasoned perfectly (in particular I like the rump steak). The parmesan coated onion rings are also delicious. I recommend this place for groups of friends who want a good quality steak meal at a decent price.

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Zakura Noodle & Sushi
13 Wexford St, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

I went with a couple of friends recently. We brought our own wine which was great. The place seems to attract a very young crowd; harsh fluorescent lights, pop music and what appeared to be a hen party-ish vibe, although for 21 year olds (not a good place for a date). The food was good, (except the spicy tuna rolls which seemed to have packet sauce). Over all it was good value, i would try it mid-week next time.

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Pho Ta Vietnamese Restaurant
6 Cope Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

The restaurant was mainly empty on a sunday evening. We ordered the vegetable and crab rolls which were good. For mains I ordered the pho bo which was a little bland. My friend's ordered the shrimp main with vegetables instead of shrimp. It was delicious; the sauce was perfect and the ingredients fresh. We got the best vietnamese coffee in Dublin and the staff were friendly and efficient. Excellent value for money overall. I will go back to try more of the main courses again.

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Punjabi By Nature Indian Restaurants & Takeaway
15 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

I booked a table on a menupages voucher last saturday, they told me all that was available was for 9pm. When I arrived the restaurant was empty. For mains we got the paneer cheese which was average(too sweet/unbalanced sauce). The saag was very salty. The restaurant would not accept the phone version of the voucher, which was fair enough as a printed copy was stipulated in the terms. I didn't like the way they handled it, neither my booking request for 8pm. Unprofessional staff/average food. I won't return.

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The Church Cafe Bar & Restaurant
Junction of Mary St. & Jervis St., Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I have visited the church about 6 times in total, sometimes for food other times for drinks. I am usually bringing a visiting friend as the interior is amazing. Everything else is a little average: food is run of the mill (burgers, caesar salads etc) and overpriced. The cocktails are especially poor value. The last time i wanted to sit outside but order from the menu but was told that i could only order bbq which had a choice of 3 sandwiches. The steak sandwhich was good but the sides very poor and wilted. I have come to realize that the only reason why i come here is for the cool interior and the large outdoor seating area. The food, atmosphere and service just aren't great.

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

It's usually easy to get a table here, and you can order just drinks, small tapas or larger dishes depending on the mood. The casual nature of ordering without the pressure of a restaurant atmosphere is the reason why i come here so often. The food is always decent too. I would recommend the meatballs, patatas bravas and the blackberry crumble which was delicious. Hats off to the waiter i had last time, despite the fact the restaurant was packed and they were seriously understaffed, he was right on the ball with everything.

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Crackbird
60 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I arrived here mid-week with a friend on a warm and sunny evening. The place was packed, it seems to be quite trendy with a young crowd. They offered to bring us drinks outside while we waited, which was nice. Got a seat crammed into a long table, service was extremely slow and bordering on rude (they don't like being asked for fries apparently). The menu is limited to chicken and sides but executed very well with an american twist. I'd go back for the novelty factor; interesting decor and atmosphere and food that is a little different than your average pub or cafe grub.

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Mongolian Barbeque
7 Anglesea Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I went to this place with a few friends recently mid-week. The place was dead, only one other table. We ordered the entree option for E15.99 and made our way to the food counter. The ingredients were of really poor quality and looked as if they had been sitting for some time. The sliced peppers were half frozen. The beer and service were very good! However, the harsh fluorescent lighting, the sign on the wall warning to watch out for thieves and the fact that the restaurant was cold made for a the miserable atmosphere.

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

I've eaten here a number of times. They use heifer meat (instead of the worst cuts of bullock usually reserved for burgers, so I've been told). I recommend the blue cheese burger, onion rings and chubby chips. I love the food bc the quality of all the ingredients is so high. The place could improve on atmosphere though. The lighting seems florescent and it is often just a little too cold.

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

I ate here with a bunch of friends last Thursday. The place was very busy but luckily we arrived early and were seated by the fireplace down the back which was cosy. The menu was very extensive. In general the portions were large enough for tapas, although given the price they should be. Some however were quite small, like the salmon cake. I would have preferred a selection of smaller tapas, costing less so i could sample more. 2 each was enough. Overall the food was really good though. I recommend the prawns, the chickpea stew and the potatoes bravas. The wine list was quite average.

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El Bahia Moroccan Restaurant
37 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I've been to El Bahia on 2 occasions with mixed results. On the last visit the staff offered us the VIP room, the floor at the top that is usually reserved for parties (the restaurant was full). At first glance it looked lovely but after a few minutes I realized it was quite musty and there were some dead moths. As for food, i'd say overall quite average.Some of the dishes were dry. In the end we left more impressed by the coffee than anything. It was strong and thick ; the waiter told us they heat it over a fire for 10 minutes to infuse the spices. This place is worth a try for the unique atmosphere and the fact that moroccan food is rare in Dublin. Too bad the food let it down.

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

I thought the irish/asian pub was a strange combination but went on the recommendation of friends. The Hop House is definetly unique, the decor inside is very cosy; various levels with little nooks and cushions. The food was very good, we ordered a selection of things; sushi, sashimi and an entree that came with soup and greens. Portions were generous. Service was more 'pub' than restaurant, we had to place last order 30 min before restaurant closing time. Went to pub part after; atmosphere not as nice there. Overall though, the Hop House has a unique atmosphere, decent grub and great value. Will return.

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Chai Yo
100 Lower Baggot street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Booked the Teppenyaki table for a birthday. They only take reservations for 7.30 or 9.30 (at least on saturdays). Overall the experience was wonderful; the restaurant decor was nice, chefs really entertaining and definetly a fun atmosphere for parties. The food was average; the quality of ingredients was high for meat/fish but prepared quickly with bought sauces. However, we didn't go for the food, and the atmosphere more than made up for that. (i'd recommend you get the sampler menu as everyone can get served bit by bit at the same time). Check came to E50 each; high considering food. At the end of the night we had sake, birthday cake (which they allowed us to bring) and the staff sang for us.

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

I have eaten here a number of times, largely due to its convenience; location and the fact they can usually squeeze you in a table..literally. The food has ranged from bland and dry to decent. Not recomended is the chili however the chicken empanadas were good. Presentation is quite sloppy so much so that at times i didn't know what i was eating, all plates seemed the same and mix up of dishes is common. Service wasn't great, firstly we were told we had to vacate the table by a certain time (i hate this) then it was unattentative at times. Reccomended for a quick bite but overall a little messy.

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Lisa's Trattoria
81 Terenure Road North, South Dublin, Terenure, Dublin

You could pass this place like i did and not even notice it. Then, after seeing it was rated by Paolo Tuilli, i decided to give it a try. I was really impressed. We ordered the calamari for an app then sausages and beans which were both to die for. The waiter told us the menu hadn't changed in 20 years and that everything is homemade, including the gnocchi that we had which were excellent. We returned a few weeks later. Unfortunatly they had ran out of some of the most popular dishes but it's a small price to pay to ensure what you get is fresh and not frozen.The other dishes were excellent anyway. I went with an Italian and he said it was the most authentic food he's had in Ireland. I'm surprised at some prevoius comments about food quality. If you're used to canned sauces its not for you.

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YO Sushi (Dundrum)
Level 1, Unit 26A, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

I passed by this place many times and decided it might be a fun place to eat. I wasn't expecting much on the food front but it was suprisingly decent. I wouldn't recommend the duck curry (the sauce tasted like it came from a chipper), the fried chicken pieces were quite average but the fish plates were good, especially the tuna. There was a nice atmosphere and the staff were great. Overall i'd recommend it for lunch, my only wish is that they'd add a few more unusual dishes to the line.

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L'Gueuleton
No 1 Fade Street, Off Georges's Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

After being turned away several weekends, finally we got a table(monday night).Since then we've been there a couple of times and both times were excellent.The little patio out back is lovely although there was no music. Service is a bit slow but the food makes up for it.The escargots were the best we've ever tasted,also the 'pigs on horseback', an unusual pick but really good. The sirloin steaks were so tender and served with chips that must have been cooked in an animal fat because they were delicious. Wines were equally good. I highly recommend this restaurant. It's wise to go during the week as they don't take reservations. We are sure to return.

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Chez Max (Palace Street)
1 Palace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We ate here for the first time a few months ago and were impressed. On the second visit last weekend however, we left disappointed. There is a nice atmosphere and a traditional french feel to the place. Service is quick and friendly. Some dishes were below average, in particular the escargots,6 inside 12 shells! They were also flavourless and rubbery. Duck casserole was tasty but dry.Sirloin steaks a good choice as was the goats cheese app. French coffee and creme brulee' thumbs up. Wines are hit or miss.Cote de Rhone was decent, however a more expensive Chateaux Negrette (E30) tasted like a bottom shelf pick from Tesco. You could end up happy or disappointed depending on your luck.

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

Went to Koh on a Friday night. I wasn't expecting much, the outside looks like your regular Asian chain.I was really impressed however. The waitress brought a selection of appetizers all of which were very good especially the duck. For entrees i ordered the glazed duck, absolutely delicious, excellent smokey flavour. Green curry was tasty and quite spicy, shrimp curry also proved popular. Extensive selection of wines at reasonable prices. The cocktails are also great. Service was top-notch, very efficient and friendly and attention to detail despite the fact we were a party of 13.Couldn't fault it. Will definitely return.

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Zuni Restaurant & Townhouse
26 Patrick St, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

Overall, this restaurant impressed. Service was good, there was a nice atmosphere in the restaurant, even without music. The ingredients were good quality,the menu showcased Irish/Mediterranean dishes however the fusion didn't really work;the entrees with accompanying sides were a bit disembodied, the stuffed courgette with basil/cheese side compromised a perfectly cooked duck. A heavy dose of fennel masked the seafood flavours in the chowder.The scallops were excellent and the selection of wine wide. Recommended for a pleasant evening.

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Fallon and Byrne
11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

A foodie's haven in central Dublin, this place encompases it all; high-end grocery shop, deli, cafe and wine cellar it is uncomparable in ireland (but resembles Dean and Deluca in the US). The cellar is perfect for top-quality cheese and small plates, you can even grab a sandwich upstairs to enjoy with a glass of wine from the huge selection downstairs. Really look forward to tasting new plates, among those oysters ( unfortunatly the man beside us had ordered a triple portion so they were unavailable )!

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L'Officina by Dunne And Crescenzi (Dundrum)
Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

We've visited this place on several occasions. The service is generaly very friendly, the pace is slow and you can relax outside beside the fountain after a few hours shopping. The quality of the ingredients is good, this is rustic and simple food, not refined. Italian wine list is unusual and varied, not your usual commercial supply. Ask server for daily specials, recommended dishes; gnochetti/aubergine, grilled vegetable salad and to finish, highly recommend cantucci and vin santo. Enjoy!

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Siam Thai (Andrews Street)
14/15 Andrews Street, City Centre South, Dublin

We went on a bank holiday Sunday, and luckily we had booked cause the place was full. The restaurant lacked in tradition and atmosphere, there was no music and the interior was quite modern and sterile. I've been to Thai restaurants with amazing decor, tropical plants and food served in pineapple and coconuts. I've yet to find one of these in Ireland... The most successful among the starters were the pork ribs, however the peanut satay sauce was bland and the prawn cake/wonton had a strange texture. Selection of wine was good and entrees delicious. The service was efficient yet not overly welcoming. We probably wont return, despite this I would recommend it for decent entrees and wine but not for a special night out.

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