Restaurant Reviews from hungrymungry

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Member Since: 23 March 2008

Last Visit: 03 May 2017

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Il Vicoletto restaurant

5 Crow Street (Next to Foggy Dew Pub), Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code:

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Reviewed 03rd May 2017 ( visited 07th April 2017 )

Our party of two dined on a Friday evening, and had booked in advance. It was a little chilly at our seat near the window, but they closed the window and it was fine. Staff were friendly without being over the top. We had the Bruschette al pomodoro to share for starters which was nice, but pretty much the same standard as most establishments. For mains we shared the T-bone-Bistecca alla fiorentina for 2, which came with roast potatoes and salad. We also ordered a side of Brocoli al limone. The main course was very tasty and cooked perfectly medium-rare. We had a bottle of red wine, (can't remember the name, but it was good). With two coffees and a tip the bill was a bit under €100. Not cheap, but we didn't order particularly inexpensive mains, and the food was very good, especially the main course.
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Il Vicoletto restaurant

5 Crow Street (Next to Foggy Dew Pub), Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Ethnic

Price Range:

Good
100 reviews

Reviewed 03rd May 2017 ( visited 07th April 2017 )

Our party of two dined on a Friday evening, and had booked in advance. It was a little chilly at our seat near the window, but they closed the window and it was fine. Staff were friendly without being over the top. We had the Bruschette al pomodoro to share for starters which was nice, but pretty much the same standard as most establishments. For mains we shared the T-bone-Bistecca alla fiorentina for 2, which came with roast potatoes and salad. We also ordered a side of Brocoli al limone. The main course was very tasty and cooked perfectly medium-rare. We had a bottle of red wine, (can't remember the name, but it was good). With two coffees and a tip the bill was a bit under €100. Not cheap, but we didn't order particularly inexpensive mains, and the food was very good, especially the main course.
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Il Vicoletto
5 Crow Street (Next to Foggy Dew Pub), Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Our party of two dined on a Friday evening, and had booked in advance. It was a little chilly at our seat near the window, but they closed the window and it was fine. Staff were friendly without being over the top. We had the Bruschette al pomodoro to share for starters which was nice, but pretty much the same standard as most establishments. For mains we shared the T-bone-Bistecca alla fiorentina for 2, which came with roast potatoes and salad. We also ordered a side of Brocoli al limone. The main course was very tasty and cooked perfectly medium-rare. We had a bottle of red wine, (can't remember the name, but it was good). With two coffees and a tip the bill was a bit under €100. Not cheap, but we didn't order particularly inexpensive mains, and the food was very good, especially the main course.

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Cafe Bliss
4B Montague Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Cafe Bliss isn't the fanciest restaurant in Dublin. In fact it's a bit down at heel. However, free garlic bread, BYO, decent portion size and good value make up for this. I've only been there at lunch, it always seems to do a good trade, and you won't leave there hungry. Food is good, but not great. However, you will get very well fed for nine or ten euro. Top tip, the toilets are the smallest I've ever seen in a dining establishment. So those of a larger build may have to squeeze in.

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Rotana Cafe Restaurant
31 South Richmond Street, Dublin 2, Portobello, Dublin

We dined as a group of three. The other two people had been there before and thought it was fine, and the location suited us, so we chose Rotana. The atmosphere is ok, it's not fine dining, but it has quite an authentic middle eastern feel i.e. a workaday cafe style establishment. Service was fine. Not overly attentive, but perfectly adequate. I had the doner kebab and to be honest it was disappointing. The filling was a bit scanty and there was (in my opinion) a slightly odd and less than pleasant aftertaste. As against this my dining companions had different dishes with sides and thought they were fine. To be honest I think 3 stars is a bit generous, but I am swayed by the opinion of my dining companions who thought it was fine, and also by the other reviews here, which are generally positive.

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

I was there for lunch. The atmosphere is busy and bustling, but the staff seem a bit rushed and chaotic. The food is good and the Bento box in particular is good value at €8.95, (the Bento box seems to change daily). I would certainly go back.

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Douglas Hyde Restaurant @ Kilronan Castle Estate & Spa
Ballyfarnon, Boyle, Roscommon

The dining area is impressive, but divided into three separate rooms, some of which are a bit bright. The waiting staff are pleasant and look the part, but I suspect lack sufficient training, as there were a few minor issues e.g. waiting a long time for water and tea. The food was good but not spectacular. It was all attractively presented, but some of it did not deliver on taste. The fillet steak was well cooked and tender but was a bit lacking in flavour. Sorbet should cleanse the palate but the sorbet here tasted very sweet, perfectly ok as a dessert, but not good in a sorbet. The desserts looked very nice but again were not particularly tasty. Our meal was pleasant and the surroundings were lovely, but the food was not as good as it should have been for the price. The meal was included in the price of our stay, but a la carte it would have been overpriced for what it was. With just a few relatively minor improvements to the food and service it could be excellent, but unfortunately there was a sense of a restaurant resting on its laurels (at least on the night we were there).

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Saba
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Tasty Thai food. For starter had chicken satay skewers. Sauce was cold, but chicken skewers warm. We shared the starter and just got the one plate. We had Massaman curry (€2 supplement for beef), and Caveman with rice for mains. Both main courses were good. Wine was expensive. Bustling atmosphere with a touch of Celtic Tiger glitz/tackiness. Service good and fast. Had to ask for another table as we were seated next to the toilet, but other than that the staff were very good.

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Il Segreto
13a/b Merrion Row, City Centre South, Dublin

For starters we both had the scallops and bacon on mash, which was delicious. For mains I had the steak on mash and it was really lovely. My partner had Dublin Bay Prawns with linguine. While not quite as good as the steak, it was also excellent. It was very tasty with the fresh tang of the sea. We dined as a couple with a discount voucher and this included two glasses of pretty good wine (which we topped up with an extra glass each). The only fly in the ointment was a table of annoying and voluble diners near us, who seemed intent on prolonging the Celtic Tiger crassness, regaling each other, and the restaurant, with their self indulgent tales. Overall an excellent dining experience. With the voucher it was unbelievable value, however without the voucher it would be expensive. However, for a special occasion I would recommend it.

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La Maison
15 Castle Market Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Two of us ate a la carte (using a promotional voucher). Atmosphere: Very pleasant, although tables quite closely packed. It is a jaunty little spot, but for the price it's not that fancy. Service: Very attentive and professional. Food: Excellent. I've never had really good French food in Dublin before, and I was very impressed with the standard of fare. Wine: We stayed at the lower reaches of the wine list at a cost of €26. The wine was quite good for a French table wine, but it was certainly a vin ordinaire. Value: Ah well, you can't have everything I suppose. While I really liked the restaurant, it was very expensive in my view. We had two starters, two mains and a bottle of wine with no desserts or coffee, and it came to around €95 (can't remember exactly). We had a discount voucher, so it was good value, but at full price I would be reluctant to return except for a special occassion.

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

I went for lunch and had the lunch bento box. The atmosphere was buzzing, and busy for a lunchtime without being too crowded. Service was prompt and friendly and I got a Japanese tea handed to me shortly after arriving. The bento box was loaded with various concoctions, but I would have preferred if I knew what I was eating. For €9.95 you get plenty of eating. Japanese tea, soup, some sort of beef stew with mushrooms, rice, battered fish with unidentified stuff and two pieces of sushi. Overall the food was pretty good without being spectacular, but for less than a tenner you get very well fed.

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Avoca Cafe (Suffolk Street)
Avoca, 11 Suffolk Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I went with a friend who said the food was good, if overpriced for what it is. We went to the basement cafe and got an eat-in sandwich from the counter. After all the positive comments I was very surprised how badly the place was managed. Attention to detail was very poor, with many of the name tags on the sandwiches in the chill cabinet either placed upside down and therefore hard to read, fallen down the side of the display, and therefore practically impossible to read or just missing. The available soups were listed but no prices. I asked how much the soup was, and the staff member seemed shocked and annoyed that I could ask such a thing, as if I should just order my food and pay whatever the price was. I then ordered a cream cheese and smoke salmon bagel. The bagel itself was nice enough but nothing to write home about, and at €6.10 maybe a bit over priced. The place was also freezing and everybody in the place was keeping their coat on. Overall I was very disappointed, as Avoca has such a good name. Maybe I went on a bad day? Apart from the place being freezing and prices not being adequately displayed, I thought it a bit scruffy for a place demanding premium prices.

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Metro Cafe
43 South William Street, South William Street, Dublin

Went there for lunch with two companions. This was during the cold weather, and when we went in the place was nice and warm. However, when we were brought further into the place it actually got much colder, as all the heat was concentrated at the entrance. We had to keep our coats on. I had the turkey and brie ciabatta, and while it was fine and filling it was on the bland side. That cost around €6.25, and with a large cappuccino at €3.10 it starts to mount up alarmingly! Service was quite slow and on the brusque side. I love the idea of these independent cafes, and I've always liked the Metro Cafe in particular. I'd love to give it higher scores, but when you can get a lunch special of a starter, main course plus tea or coffee in other places for the same price as tea and a sandwich here it highlights the lack of value.

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Diwali Indian Restaurant
Unit 1, Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I went for the lunch €9.99 special advertised on the sandwich-board outside. The place was quiet with only one other table of three diners when I went in, who left after a while, No-one else came in during the time I was there. I have to give a low score for atmosphere, but there isn't much they can do when it's that quiet. Service was efficient and the food arrived quickly. For starters I had the onion bhaji, which were pretty standard. For main I forget the name of the dish, but it was a small stainless steel dish with two halves. One contained lamb curry, and the other had a sort of cauliflower stew. This too was fine, but nothing special. Overall the food and service were both fine, but good value for money, as I had a pappadum with condiments, onion bhaji, lamb curry, rice and a cup of tea for €9.99.

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Il Vicoletto
5 Crow Street (Next to Foggy Dew Pub), Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

We went there as a couple on a Saturday evening. We both had the early bird menu for €21.95 (starter, main course and dessert). As far as I remember the early bird went up to 8.30pm. Starters were a scamorza and tomato tart and mussels in a broth. The tart was a little hard and the smoked cheese overwhelmed the other ingredients. The mussels were pretty good. Main courses were lamb with potatoes and tiger prawn linguine. The lamb was good and well presented. The linguine was fine, but on the bland side. Dessert was fine and the wine was a middle of the road Italian red. Service was friendly. Decor is typically Italian i.e. plain and slightly kitschy with paintings of imagined Italian scenes. Background music was also like you would get in a typical Italian restaurant, that is cheesy Eros Ramazotti type euro pop crooning and a bit of Gypsy Kings thrown in. Overall a positive dining experience.

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Milano (Dawson Street)
38 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

We ordered 2 pizzas, a bottle of wine and coffees. The pizzas and coffee were pretty good and came quickly, despite the place being quite busy. The wine was very expensive for a pizzeria at a minimum of €20 for the house wine. The pizzas were also a bit overpriced. Service was good apart from one rather frosty member of staff. Overall a positive experience.

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Peploes Wine Bistro
16 St Stephen's Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

I was there for our work Christmas meal. Very pleasant atmosphere with good food and service. A bit formal for some tastes perhaps, but not stuffy. It is on the pricey side though.

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

We were there as a couple on a weekend night. The dining room was fine, but not perhaps up to the level of the prices charged. There was also a guitarist playing downstairs. We shared the Crostini for starter, but technically it should be called Crostino as there was only one. It was very nicely presented, but it was overpriced as there was not much in it. The house wine was €25, which is certainly a few euro too expensive. For mains we had the salmon and sea bass. The salmon was a decent portion and well cooked, but served with a cranberry chutney and lime, and these overpowered the salmon. There were too many competing flavours. The sea bass was also pretty good. Accompanying these we also got roast root vegetables and mash, and these really pushed up the price. They were out of a couple of the desserts, which we were not informed about before ordering. Overall the food was good, but it was certainly overpriced for what you got.

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

We ate there as a party of four and two of us had the early bird. The food was pretty good but certainly nothing amazing. The wine was similarly fine, but not inspiring. The atmosphere was lively, but a little too lively at times as there was a very noisy goup on the mezzanine level, who had no regard for the other diners. If I were to be charitable I would admit that they are removed from the dining room downstairs perhaps they didn't realise how loud they were. Overall the restaurant was good enough, but in my view it is a little overrated.

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

It's a while since I was in Salamanca, so I tried the lunch special for €9.90. This consisted of main course with tea/coffee. I had the salmon, which was served with mash and vegetables in a tomato based sauce. The dish was well cooked and tasty. The value was pretty good, but this isn't the best value lunch deal around at the moment. However, the food and service were good and the atmosphere convivial. Overall I would certainly recommend it.

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Carluccio's Caffe
52 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I was very surprised at how poor this place actually was. It is a very successful chain in London, so I expected something much better. I went as part of a group of 4. The bread, which you are charged for, was dried up, and they also brought bottles of water after we ordered tap water. This was rectified after discussing it with 2 waiters. I had the (dish of the day) parmigiana, which was ok, but a bit stodgy. Others had the ravioli, and each one had to be drip dried as they were swimming in grease. Another had gnocchi with spinach and ricotta, which was pretty awful, stodgy and unpleasant. Another diner had seafood pasta, which was ok. In general it seems that very little fresh ingredients are used in the kitchen the main ingredients seem to mainly consist of liberal doses of stodge. Wine was an insipid Nero D'Avola. The desserts were ok, but a little below average. Overall prices about the same as average or maybe a little higher, but food well below average. All in all very disappointing.

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

First the good - pretty tasty pizzas with unusual toppings. Maybe a bit too unusual, as the teriyaki beef with noodles sounds a bit much. I went for the wild boar etc., which was tasty, but a bit overdone. My partner had scallops with pancetta (again a little overdone), which was nice in small doses, but a bit cloying after a few slices. (Incidentally she felt ill afterwards, but maybe that was a co-incidence). Restaurant was typical pizzeria brick wall style, and was nice enough. As others have mentioned it was pretty cold in the restaurant, but not too bad as we were half way into the room. I wouldn't fancy being next to the door as a few tables were. The service was a little on the surly side, but later a young Irish guy took over and he seemed extremely friendly. The pizzas were definitely too expensive. Most of them were the "Gourmet Pizzas" ranging from about €17 to €19.85, with most of them costing the top price. They also have the usual toppings e.g. Fiorentina, but these were priced at about €15.60 each and this still makes them the most expensive pizzeria I have yet encountered. Overall, I would say good pizzas but overpriced.

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Jaipur Restaurant (George's Street)
41 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Table of two, both ate off early bird menu. First the good, we arrived without reservation, and staff were pleasant and efficient, though not friendly. Decor is modern for an Indian restaurant, and was nice enough. The tables are very close together, so unfortunately you can hear your neighbours very clearly, (or fortunately if you are into that kind of thing). Maybe some soft music would mitigate this? For starters one of use had the vegetarian starter plate, and one the non-vegetarian plate. These were both tasty and well presented. For mains we had the Goan Sea Food curry and I think the other was Jhinga Malai? The former was fine, but not particularly exciting. The latter, (may have the wrong dish), was a pale yellow, worryingly reminiscent of thick country vegetable soup. It was not great to be honest. As someone else had noted it is €5 for a half pint of beer, which is steep. Overall, it was ok, but not great. I'd been here before, a long time ago, and to be honest I had remembered it as better than this.

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Bar Italia
26 Blooms Lane , Lower Ormond Quay, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

I have been there a few times and it is fair to say that it is a reasonably good reasonably priced restaurant. Service has been at times a little surly, but is usually fine. Food was pretty much standard fare for this type of place. Last time I was there I had seafood linguine and it was a little on the salty side, but that is common for this dish in many restaurants for some reason. In essence it is a middle of the road mid priced Italian restaurant. Pretty good overall.

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Indian Ocean Dublin
15 Montague Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I've been here many times and it was a great stand-by - pretty good food, good atmosphere and great prices. Sadly there is new management in place and the service and quality has gone downhill at a shocking rate. The service could reasonably be described as verging on hostile, especially when we asked for the special offer. I had the king prawn starter. Were the prawns the king prawns of Lilliput? They were tiny and bland. For main I had chicken akbari. Very little chicken and even less taste. My partner had very poor (microwaved?) onion bhaji and bland sag paneer. Peshwari nan was also tasteless. They even tried to overcharge us into the bargain. I'm very sorry to say I won't be going back in the foreseeable future, as this was always a reliable standy under the old management.

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