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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 30

Member Since: 27 May 2008

Last Visit: 22 February 2020

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Restaurant Ten Fourteen restaurant

324 Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin, Area Code:

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299 reviews

Reviewed 28th October 2012 ( visited 27th October 2012 )

This place has definitely gone downhill from when it first opened. My wife ordered the prawn special as a starter - this comprised of four prawns (small ones) + some salad leaves - all for the slightly scandalous price of 9.95!. My starter was fish cakes which were deep fried and looked and tasted processed. Mains were a bit better - fish and chips and pork belly. The pork belly had good flavour although the skin was not crispy like it should have been. The panna cotta dessert was more like a creme brulee but nice all the same. Overall, it's pleasant enough food, but not remotely worth the prices.
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Restaurant Ten Fourteen restaurant

324 Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Bistro

Price Range:

Good
299 reviews

Reviewed 28th October 2012 ( visited 27th October 2012 )

This place has definitely gone downhill from when it first opened. My wife ordered the prawn special as a starter - this comprised of four prawns (small ones) + some salad leaves - all for the slightly scandalous price of 9.95!. My starter was fish cakes which were deep fried and looked and tasted processed. Mains were a bit better - fish and chips and pork belly. The pork belly had good flavour although the skin was not crispy like it should have been. The panna cotta dessert was more like a creme brulee but nice all the same. Overall, it's pleasant enough food, but not remotely worth the prices.
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Patrick Guilbaud
21 Upper Merrion Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

It was an interesting experience and the food was very nice, but I doubt I will return. Firstly, it is way too formal for me - I felt under-dressed in jeans & I found the service, whilst very thorough, bordered on the intrusive. We were the first people in the dinner service & it was hard to have a conversation with so many tuxedo'd waiters just hovering near the table waiting to refill your water glass after every sip. The food was very good although perhaps not matching up to what my pre-conceived ideas of what 2-star Michelin food would be like (suckling pig croquettes and john dory). It was not the best food I have had this year for example. Possibly the nicest things we ate were some of the little extra courses that we didnt know we were getting. Another thing - it seemed a bit imbalanced - 2 small savoury courses followed by lots and lots of sweet stuff (tapioca palate cleanser, petit fours, dessert then truffles with coffee). I would have preferred to eat more of the starter and main, but have less sugar after. Overall, I think it would be a improved by dialling back some of the service and making it less expensive (but am sure that wont happen with michelin stars to maintain).

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Oslo Microbrewery & Gastro Bar
Salthill,, Salthill, Galway

I only wish there was somewhere like this round the corner from where I live. Food was really good - garlic cheese bread followed by fish and chips - very big portions and very reasonably priced...Plus, an excellent selection of beers to choose from.

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Fade Street Social - The GastroBar
4-6 Fade Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

All the schtick about "supporting local farmers" and fresh ingredients being the "real hero" is completely pretentious. I frankly couldn't care less. However, I have to admit that the food was very good. We had the early bird menu and I really enjoyed everything I ordered (scallop, braised beef, banoffi + the included & delicious flatbread). The total for 2 (including 4 drinks) was 75 euro which I thought was very reasonable given the quality. It was quiet when we were there (Monday evening - 5pm), and I think I would have enjoyed it less had it been busy given how squashed together the tables are. It must get extremely loud. Overall, I would be happy to go back again (maybe try the tapas bar).

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Restaurant Ten Fourteen
324 Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin

This place has definitely gone downhill from when it first opened. My wife ordered the prawn special as a starter - this comprised of four prawns (small ones) + some salad leaves - all for the slightly scandalous price of 9.95!. My starter was fish cakes which were deep fried and looked and tasted processed. Mains were a bit better - fish and chips and pork belly. The pork belly had good flavour although the skin was not crispy like it should have been. The panna cotta dessert was more like a creme brulee but nice all the same. Overall, it's pleasant enough food, but not remotely worth the prices.

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Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill
51 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

You get a lot of food, although I would not say it's a bargain by any means. 2 of us ordered starters, mains, 2 sides and 1 dessert and only 1 of us was drinking (2 beers) and it came to 117 euros. Starters were possibly better than the mains - crab for me, prawn cocktail for my wife. Both were very tasty. For main, I ordered the ribeye steak (Bordelaise) - I asked for medium because for that cut I like the fat to be more cooked/crispy. It was served more like medium rare, and overall I didn't think the steak had a huge amount of flavour. I could make the same comment about my wife's fillet as well - I think both could have done with a bit more of MPW's favourite stock pots rubbed onto them. The chips (thick and frite style), onion rings were fine although they leave the salt up to you. The mushrooms were pretty flavourless - tasted like they had been stewed. The bread and butter pudding we shared at the end was good - again, a huge portion I wasn't that keen on the room - feels slightly cramped and it get's v noisy with people talking over the music. Overall - it was a pleasant enough experience, though wont be rushing back.

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

This place has been recommended to me a few times, but I have to say I was underwhelmed by it. I started with the Classic Fish Soup. There was nothing classic about it & it was nothing like the fish soup I have eaten in France on many occasions. It tasted like a vegtable soup with some token bits of fish thrown in at the end. I don't think any salt had been added whatsover. For main I had pork belly. I am well aware that pork belly is fatty, but I would have expected the fat to have been more rendered and more crispy on top. It was ok, but not great. The choucroute that went with it was good but the potatoes were again completely under seasoned. Wine and service were fine. It cost around 50 quid a head.

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

I liked the atmosphere and liked the food. We had 9 tapas between the 3 of us and it was mostly excellent - particularly the pil pil prawns and the clams. The sangria was also very good. Most of the plates were in the 4 to 6 range, so reasonable value too. I'd be happy to go back to try some of the other dishes.

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Dunne And Crescenzi (Sandymount)
11 Seafort Avenue, Dublin 4, Sandymount, Dublin

The starter (Bruschetta) and Dessert (Tiramisu) were both excellent, but the main was a bit of a let down - squid ink pasta with seafood. It was dried pasta as opposed to freshly made and the whole thing was a bit dry in general & not that much seafood in it. We ordered a couple of sides as well - rosemary potatoes were fine, but the roasted vegetables were dripping in oil and were cut into such tiny strips that it was hard to tell what each individual vegetable was. I did like the wine and the service was good. Overall, I'd come back & give it another go, but would not choose that main again.

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Robertino's Italian Restaurant
9 High Street Killarney, Killarney, Kerry

My starter - clams with chorizo - was really good but extremely salty. My main of fresh pasta with prawns and crushed chickpeas had almost no salt in it whatsoever. It made me wonder if they actually taste the food in the kitchen, as it was so inconsistent. I'm not sure that the chickpeas really worked that well with the pasta, but the pasta itself was nice. I picked it because it was fresh pasta unlike a lot of the other pasta dishes. My companions all had dried pasta, and none of them were especially impressed with theirs - cold, underseasoned etc. I also think 15 euros for dried pasta is way too much. Wine and service were good, but overall it's a bit pricey for some hit and miss food.

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Downstairs Restaurant
Gilbert & Wright, Hollybrook Park, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin

I'd come again. My dressed crab was under-seasoned and could have done with some nice bread to accompany it. The pork belly main was however a very nice dish - great crackling and tasty mash potato to accompany it. It was 140 euros for 4 (2 courses each, 2 bottles of wine), so not bad value.

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Il Padrino Pizza Pasta House
21 Cook Street, Cork City, Cork

Apart from the 40 minute wait to get the table (despite booking) it was a good experience - nice food & wine and reasonable value. I thought my mozarella starter was a bit stingy - there can only have been half a ball of mozarella in it & the olives were cheap and briney. However, all mains were excellent - my seafood risotto was full of mussels and prawns and the 3 pasta dishes the others had all looked great. Service was good and overall it's recommended.

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Eden
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin

For the prices, it's not outstanding food, but it was a nice meal nonetheless. The highlight was he smokies to start with. Very tasty & good bread to go with it. For main, I had the sirloin steak. It was cooked perfectly medium as I had asked, but it hadn't been seasoned enough. There was salt on the table, so it wasn't a huge issue. The mash potato accompanying was less good - again a lack of salt and a bit soggy. Wine, service and ambience were all fine.

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Lautrecs Tapas & Wine Bar Kilkenny
9 St Kieran's Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

It was a pleasant enough meal although no great bargain at 95 euro for 2 with wine. And, I didn't really get why they present themselves as a French-style brasserie as the menu is a mixture of various cuisines. My starter of haddock tart tasted slightly processed but my wife's mussels were very good. Her main of tortellini was also excellent, but I thought the skin on my lemon sole should have been crispier. We shared the bread and butter pudding with custard for dessert. What we actually got was a warm sponge with cream, but if they think that is a bread and butter pudding, good luck to them. It was a tasty pudding in fairness. We had Irish coffees as well & these were pretty poor. The service and general ambience were fine.

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Dobbins Restaurant
15 Stephen Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Came here for the lunch menu and thought it was excellent. Really good food at a very reasonable price (23 for 3 courses). I had the Oriental duck parcel to begin with - the duck was beautifully tender. I then had the tempura cod which also supurb - crispy batter, moist fish with lovely mushy peas to accompany it. For dessert I had the creme brulee with mandarin - I personally think it's a mistake to put fruit in the custard (should be on the side if there at all), but it was still a very good brulee. Service was very good too & they were very accomodating when one of our group was delayed getting to the restaurant. Overall, I'll definitely come back.

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WILDE
The Westbury, Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

It’s very expensive. I used the 3000 menu point offer, but still ended up spending €94 (1 menu €40, one of the cheaper bottles of wine €35, water €7.50 + automatically added service charge). The food was good but not outstanding. We both had the crab and prawn cocktail to start. It came in a totally idiotic tall glass which made it quite awkward to eat the food inside. The cocktail itself was tasty albeit more iceberg lettuce than anything else. The mains (seabream and steak) were both good although the skin on the fish could have been crispier. My wife's tiramisu was very good, but the texture of my creme brulee had gone slightly scrambled egg-like. Overall, if you are going to spend this sort of money on a meal there is better food to be had elsewhere.

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Pier House Restaurant
Inis Mor Island, Inis Mor, Galway

The food is okay but it's overpriced, even the set menu. I started with the thai noodle soup. The broth was tasty but there was literally not one noodle in the thing. When I pointed this out to the waitress she told me that they were near the bottom of the soup pan, hence I hadn't got any (?!). My main course was grilled fillets of whiting which was good. The crepe dessert was average at best.

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Il Folletto Restaurant
Quay Street, Galway City, Galway

I have reviewed a few Italian restaurants (mainly in Dublin) & this is the best I have been to. We all chose from the fresh pasta specials menu & everyone liked what they had. My pasta with anchovy oil and brocolli was delicious. Dinner for 4 with 2 bottles of wine was 150, so a fair price too.

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Eco Pizzeria & Restaurant
50 Main Street, Gorey, Wexford

I expected it to be a bit cheaper than Dubin, but it wasn't. That said, the portions were big and the food was reasonable. I had calamari followed by chicken yakisoba. The calamari could have been fresher, but the salt and pepper crust was tasty. The noodles were soft and the chicken moist and tender. The service was good & I liked the balcony table where we were sitting. I was also impressed by the selection of bottled beers from around the world.

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Marios (Sandymount)
2 Sandymount Green, Dublin 4, Sandymount, Dublin

I have been to the Marios in Ranelagh and Terenure and thought they were okay, but the food I had in the Sandymount branch tonight was dreadful. I had Linguine Tuscan - the chicken was overcooked and the tomato sauce didn't taste of anything. The banoffee pie for dessert was equally disappointing - lots of cheap canned whipped cream and chocolate sauce, but not much banana and no toffee whatsoever as far as I could taste. Overall, this was overpriced and disappointing.

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Little Caesars (Harcourt Street)
The Harcourt Hotel, 59 Harcourt Street, City Centre South, Dublin

We came here for a quick meal before a concert. It was okay, but I would not go out of my way to come back. I had a seafood tagliatelle which filled a gap, but was no better than pasta I'd make myself at home. My dish alone cost approx €15, so pricey enough although it was a large portion.

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Wongs of Clontarf
436 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin

Went back for a second time on Friday night, and was much less impressed than before. My salt and pepper squid was tough, not salty enough, and served in a very ungenerous portion size (for 12 euro). I followed that with chicken noodles. I think there may have been 3 small bits of chicken in there, maybe 4 at a push. The noodles were tasty enough, but the food was lukewarm & some elements (eg the cabbage) were stone cold.

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McHugh’s Wine & Dine Restaurant
59 St. Assam's Park, Dublin 5, Raheny, Dublin

Really enjoyed it & happy to revise my bad review from before. We had 3 courses each and everything was good, especially the daube of beef which was incredibly tender. It cost 83 euros including 4 drinks so very good value. Am pleased to have such a nice local restaurant.

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La Cantina Restaurant
1 River Lane, Dundalk, Louth

It's nice food but massively over-priced. We ordered one bruchetta, one caprese salad, 2 ravioli and one glass of wine. Total excluding tip was €57. Foodwise, the mushroom ravioli was the highlight - very good. The seafood ravioli was slightly pointless given that you could not taste anything other than the tomato sauce it came with. It certainly wasn't worth the absurd €18 that it cost. Service was fine. If the pricing was more reasonable, I would have no issue coming back, but as it is, I wont be back in a hurry.

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Mulino's
23 Watermill road, North Dublin, Dublin 5, Raheny, Dublin

Came back here tonight for more overpriced bland food. Not sure why I bothered. We ordered from the early bird menu. The pate was adequate but I didn't like the jam-like substance that was slathered over the top of it. The lasagne was bland & was so palate-scaldingly hot that I feel sure it had come straight from the microwave. It cost about 80 euros for 3 with one bottle of wine.

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Bay Restaurant
369 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin

Just back from a nice lunch here, so thought I had better update my earlier somewhat negative review. I had the open sirloin steak sandwich with chips & it was excellent. The steak was nicely char-grilled, very juicy and cooked perfectly medium as I had requested. The chips were thin-cut Frites style which I much prefer to chunky. For €11 it was a big plate of food. All 6 of us enjoyed our food, so I may well be back to try the dinner menu again some time.

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The Bay Tree @ Belvedere House
Newry Street, Carlingford, Louth

Overall I though this was excellent food at a fair price. The confit of duck was especially good & I regretted not having the mussels starter which looked great. 3 courses with wine & beer was around 50 euros. Looking forward to coming again.

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Restaurant Ten Fourteen
324 Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin

Went for lunch & had a lovely steak sandwich cooked to perfection with excellent chunky chips. Will definitely come back and try the dinner menu.

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Jo'Burger
137 Rathmines Road, Dublin 6 , South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin

If you (1) enjoy eating elbow to elbow with strangers, (2) don't mind being unable to hold a conversation due to the loudness of the music (3) think 12 euros for a beefburger is a reasonable price (4) are impressed by smug menus telling you about the quality of the meat and (5) like queuing in the doorway before you get a table, then you will love Jo'Burger.

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No 32 Restaurant
32 Chapel Street, Dundalk, Louth

Like so many restaurants I seem to go to, the food was very tasty but not memorable & overall not worth the 60 quid a head it cost me to go there. This could be great little restaurant you would go to on a regular basis if only it were priced a little more reasonably.

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Eatery 120
120 Ranelagh Road, Ranelagh, Dublin

good simple food, decent value, friendly but slow service.....reminded me of a similar bistro in Ballsbridge, but a lot less expensive for same quality of food.

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