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Port House Pintxo restaurant

12 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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270 reviews

Reviewed 03rd May 2013 ( visited 02nd May 2013 )

I only reviewed this place very recently and said I'd been disappointed the last few times, but decided to give it one more chance last night. Never again. The standard of food in Pintxo has slipped alarmingly. I ordered what is usually my favourite dish, patatas bravas. Instead of the usual pan-fried cubes of potatoes, I was served what looked like oven-cooked-from-frozen mini roast potatotes. They were dry and too crispy and absolutely drowned in salt. The measly drizzle of sauce, while tasty, only covered about a third of the portion. Ordered meatballs, which were the worst meatballs I've ever eaten. The meat itself was underseasoned and had a smiley texture and the sauce was completely bland. To me, they tasted like Campbells meatballs. I also ordered a chorizo dish, which was swimming in oil. I know chorizo is naturally oily but this was way OTT and I felt quite sick afterwards. The chorizo itself was soft and squidgy instead of firm, and quite unappetising. Decided to chance dessert and ordered the Ferrero Rocher cheesecake. I'm pretty sure this was a bought-in frozen dessert that was just defrosted. Definitely not freshly made, did not taste like cheesecake at all and even the Ferrero Rocher on top was soggy as if it had been defrosted. Service was not the friendliest, atmosphere was fine. I would always have considered Pintxo good value for money, but I think we paid way over the odds last night for awful quality food.
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Port House Pintxo restaurant

12 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Cheap Eats

Price Range:

Good
270 reviews

Reviewed 03rd May 2013 ( visited 02nd May 2013 )

I only reviewed this place very recently and said I'd been disappointed the last few times, but decided to give it one more chance last night. Never again. The standard of food in Pintxo has slipped alarmingly. I ordered what is usually my favourite dish, patatas bravas. Instead of the usual pan-fried cubes of potatoes, I was served what looked like oven-cooked-from-frozen mini roast potatotes. They were dry and too crispy and absolutely drowned in salt. The measly drizzle of sauce, while tasty, only covered about a third of the portion. Ordered meatballs, which were the worst meatballs I've ever eaten. The meat itself was underseasoned and had a smiley texture and the sauce was completely bland. To me, they tasted like Campbells meatballs. I also ordered a chorizo dish, which was swimming in oil. I know chorizo is naturally oily but this was way OTT and I felt quite sick afterwards. The chorizo itself was soft and squidgy instead of firm, and quite unappetising. Decided to chance dessert and ordered the Ferrero Rocher cheesecake. I'm pretty sure this was a bought-in frozen dessert that was just defrosted. Definitely not freshly made, did not taste like cheesecake at all and even the Ferrero Rocher on top was soggy as if it had been defrosted. Service was not the friendliest, atmosphere was fine. I would always have considered Pintxo good value for money, but I think we paid way over the odds last night for awful quality food.
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Salamanca
1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here at 5 o'clock on a Wednesday. Despite being early, there were still a few other customers and it got busier as time went on. We booked through Menupages, so we both got a free glass of Cava, which was a lovely touch. We went for the "3 tapas for €16.95", which was brilliant value. We also had a glass of house wine for €3, so a very decent meal for under €20. The dishes were lovely. I had the Thai-style lamb skewers, the patatas bravas and the chicken and chorizo paella. The only complaint I have is that I only had one piece of chorizo in my paella. Everything was very tasty though, service was very friendly but not intrusive. Will definitely be back.

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Port House Pintxo
12 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

I only reviewed this place very recently and said I'd been disappointed the last few times, but decided to give it one more chance last night. Never again. The standard of food in Pintxo has slipped alarmingly. I ordered what is usually my favourite dish, patatas bravas. Instead of the usual pan-fried cubes of potatoes, I was served what looked like oven-cooked-from-frozen mini roast potatotes. They were dry and too crispy and absolutely drowned in salt. The measly drizzle of sauce, while tasty, only covered about a third of the portion. Ordered meatballs, which were the worst meatballs I've ever eaten. The meat itself was underseasoned and had a smiley texture and the sauce was completely bland. To me, they tasted like Campbells meatballs. I also ordered a chorizo dish, which was swimming in oil. I know chorizo is naturally oily but this was way OTT and I felt quite sick afterwards. The chorizo itself was soft and squidgy instead of firm, and quite unappetising. Decided to chance dessert and ordered the Ferrero Rocher cheesecake. I'm pretty sure this was a bought-in frozen dessert that was just defrosted. Definitely not freshly made, did not taste like cheesecake at all and even the Ferrero Rocher on top was soggy as if it had been defrosted. Service was not the friendliest, atmosphere was fine. I would always have considered Pintxo good value for money, but I think we paid way over the odds last night for awful quality food.

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Mexico to Rome
23 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

The value for money in Mexico to Rome is close to the best I've experienced in the city. I enjoy going there both for the early bird (€12.95 for two courses) and the lunch deal (€9.95 with a glass of wine) and I've always really enjoyed the food. The set menus have great choice, and the portions aren't compromised. Staff are friendly. I've nothing bad at all to say about this restaurant.

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Port House Pintxo
12 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Bar Pintxo used to be my favourite place to eat in Dublin, but the last 3 times I've been there, the quality of the food hasn't been the best. I've found meat to be dry, and other dishes to be too greasy. The atmosphere is always great though, whether it's for an after-work bite or a Saturday night out. Service can be hit and miss but it's great value for money. Great wines and cocktails too!

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Fontana Italian Restaurant
Main Street, Dunshaughlin, Meath

I've only eaten in Fontanas twice and both times I've been very disappointed. I was excited when it opened up as Dunshaughlin badly needs some good restaurants, but it leaves a lot to be desired. I find the staff unfriendly and the menu uninspiring. I've eaten both lunch and dinner there, and they are both very overpriced, particularly lunch.

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An Sibin
Main Street, Dunshaughlin, Meath

The Síbín has a pretty decent menu for pub food, and the food is consistently decent, both a la carte and carvery. The staff aren't the friendliest, and the amount of kids running around screaming can be off-putting but I've never had a bad meal there.

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The Ivy House
114 Upper Drumcondra Road, Drumcondra, Dublin

The Ivy House a la carte menu is the best pub grub going, and great value when you factor in the free drink (alcoholic or soft drink) you get with the majority of main courses. A really varied menu, their chicken wings are particularly good, and a massive portion (I always make a pig of myself and order them, and end up bringing half the portion home with me for later!). Their hand-cut chips are gorgeous, with the potato skin still left on, very rustic. Presentation is always great, you can tell that good care is put into this cooking. Services is also always very friendly. One slight criticism I have is that in the chicken and pasta tagliatelle dish, I find the chicken a bit cheap and rubbery. Otherwise it's a very tasty dish though. My favourite place to come on a Sunday with a hangover, in need of a big feed and hair of the dog!

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

8 of us went here last night for a birthday dinner. We went for the late seating at 9.30 and there was a great atmosphere in there. Even though we didn't leave until after 1am, there were still other diners there and we didn't feel rushed out at all. Most of us went for the €30 set menu which is fantastic value. Food was good, not Michelin star worthy, but very tasty. I had the melon & parma ham for starter, very generous portions and lovely fresh ingredients. Others had duck liver pate which was apparently delicious, and good feedback for the mushroom soup too. For main course I had battered fish & chips with pea puree. Fish was very nice, nothing to write home about but I don't think battered fish ever is! Portion of chunky chips was small but enough. Tasted the rib-eye steak, which was delicious and calf liver was very nice too. Eton Mess dessert was a nice, light dessert to top it all off. Service was impeccable, great wine list and glasses of proscecco with raspberries topped it all off nicely. Bill was around €450 for 8 of us, this included a few bottles of wine and a few rounds of drink so excellent value. Would love to go back and try lunch specials.

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Green Chilli CLOSED
18 John's St, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

Surprised at review below but perhaps restaurant has improved since then. Tried this place on Easter Sunday while visiting Kilkenny for the weekend. We were a bit apprehensive because we got there at about 9.30 and restaurant was pretty quiet. Food definitely made up for poor atmosphere though. Both had chicken tikka for starters, chicken was unbelievably tender and very tasty. I had lamb madras for main course, lamb literally melted in my mouth & sauce was lovely & spicy. Garlic naan bread was delicious. Bf had chicken korma which had a lovely kick to it. Pilau rice was very flavoursome too. Had a lovely bottle of wine to accompany meal. Service was friendly & timed very well, very relaxed & had a nice break between courses. Prices around same as most Indians. Would definitely recommend.

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Golden Phoenix Restaurant
Main Street, Dunshaughlin, Meath

Have eaten here on many occasions. Food can be hit and miss, is usually pretty good though. Service is friendly, value for money is ok. Not many places to eat in Dunshaughlin unfortunately, so the best of a bad bunch!

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Fat Freddys
The Halls, Quay Street, Galway City, Galway

Was visiting Galway with my boyfriend and had to bring him to Fat Freddys as it brings back memories of summers in Galway when I was young. Very happy that it hasn't changed much. We went in at about 9 o'clock on a Monday night and it was pretty busy (beginning of January!) so there was a nice atmosphere. The woman who sat us to our seats was a bit rude but we had a different guy serving us who was pretty friendly. I had garlic bread for starter and my boyfriend had chicken wings. The garlic bread was lovely and moist. Chicken wings had a gorgeous tomato sauce over them, portion was massive! We both ordered pizzas and they were savage! We were really taking our time over our pizzas so we ordered a second bottle of wine. The waiter seemed a bit p*ssed off about this, even though there were about 4 other tables still eating! All-in-all it was a great meal, fantastic value for money, will go again the next time I'm in Galway!

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Thai Garden Restaurant (Galway)
Unit 2 Portmore Spanish Arch, Galway City, Galway

Thai Garden in Dublin is my favourite restaurant, so when my boyfriend & I were in Galway recently we decided we had to try the one there! The outside of the restaurant leaves a lot to be desired, when I first saw it I thought it must be closed down! They really need a lick of paint on it because it's far from inviting. The inside is gorgeous though, real authentic and cosy. It was very quiet as it was a Wednesday night at the start of January. Service was excellent, very attentitive but not pushy. I had spare ribs to start and my bf had satay chicken. Both were delicious. We asked for a bit of a break before they brought us our main course as we wanted to enjoy our wine and that was fine with them. We both had Thai chicken curries, I had the red and he had the green. Along with the curry from their Dublin restaurant, it was the best Thai curry I've ever had. We had 3 courses each and 2 bottles of wine and the bill was only around €90, very reasonable. We felt a bit pushed to leave at the end as we were the last table and the staff were sitting around waiting to leave! But a great evening all the same. Would definitely recommend it to anyone, a real hidden gem in Galway.

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Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I was very apprehensive about eating here after reading some of the comments regarding service, especially considering that I was coming with a party of 10. Booking was for 9 but they told us when we got there that it wouldn't be ready until 9.30. We went for a drink and came back for 9.30 and the table was ready. 3 of our party had arrived before us and ordered drinks. Their drinks didn't arrive for about half an hour and were sent back, since we had already ordered and received our wine for the whole table. That was the only flaw in the service the whole night. I had meatballs for starter; 2 very generously sized meatballs, very tasty. Had the rib-eye steak for main which was cooked perfeclty for me. Other dishes that looked lovely were the sausage and mash and the stew. We had a very relaxing meal and stayed for cocktails afterwards. Bill was reasonable enough. Everyone had 2 courses, we had about 9/10 bottles of wine and 2 rounds of cocktails and it worked out at about €80 per person. Would recommend this restaurant for a group as it is quite noisy. Wouldn't be pushed on going for a romantic meal with my boyfriend but am keen to try it again.

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Eddie Rockets (Blanchardstown)
Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, West Dublin, Blanchardstown, Dublin

Eddie Rockets is great for a bite to eat before the cinema, when you're out shopping, or especially when you're hungover. Great comfort food! Love the bacon & cheese fries and the super nachos with chicken. Burgers are lovely also. Used to love the chicken tenders but they're always dry and overcooked in Blanchardstown. You often have to wait for a table but service is always very good, no matter how busy it is. Extremely overpriced for a burger joint but it doesn't stop me going back.

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

Went to Saba after numerous recommendations and because I adore Thai food. I have to say that it is a bit over-hyped. The menu is good, broader variety than many Thai restaurants in the city and the food is fine, nothing special and definitely overpriced. Good atmosphere and good service. I would give it another try maybe but I definitely think there are much better Thai restaurants in the city, and they won't leave your purse feeling quite so empty!

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Thai Garden Restaurant
Church Avenue, Blanchardstown Village, Dublin 15, Blanchardstown, Dublin

Thai Gardens is one of my favourite restaurants. It really is a hidden gem in Blanchardstown, although judging from how busy it is every night of the week, it's not so hidden anymore! I've never had a bad meal here. I love Thai curries and find it hard to get a perfect one in Dublin but I have to say, the ones in Thai Gardens are fantastic. I always ask for my red curry extra spicy though as it can be a bit mild. My boyfriend said he's never tasted such good Thai food outside of Thailand, and we have eaten in most well-known Thai restaurants in Dublin. Service is extremely friendly but not intrusive. Atmosphere is cosy, and although tables are quite close together, you never feel on top of the people next to you. Wine list is extensive and good value. The only slight improvement that I would suggest would be a wider variety of starters. I always look forward to Thai Gardens and actually have to try and limit the amount of times we visit it for fear of getting sick of it!

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La Bucca & Wine Bar
Corballis Demesne, Ratoath, Ratoath, Meath

I have to say, La Bucca is my favourite restaurant to go to when I'm having dinner with my friends. The atmosphere is always great, any day of the week. Service has always been great and I can't fault the food at all. I wouldn't go there for dinner with my boyfriend as it is a bit noisy for a romantic dinner but we have gone there for lunch a few times and he loves it too. Lemon & Chilli chicken is my favourite dish, and the pizzas are great too. There's a great range of starters on the menu, and you can even get starter portions of the pasta dishes. I've never found any fault with La Bucca and will keep returning. Best restaurant in Ratoath and many neighbouring towns.

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Pizzamia
Main Street, Dunshaughlin, Dunshaughlin, Meath

Pizzamia pizzas are the best takeaway pizzas in the whole of Meath and Dublin! Lovely fresh ingredients and the bases are always perfect. Their pastas are also gorgeous, and massive portions. The only thing I would fault them on is that the food is quite pricey for a takeaway and they really hit you with delivery charges.

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Peters Bar and Restaurant
Main Street, Dunshaughlin, Meath

Peter's is terrible for food. I've eaten here many times over the years and it never improves. Garlic potatoes are brown and the only word I can use to describe them is "gloopy!" Had chicken Kiev there that had no garlic in it. The chicken wings are dry. Chips are always very greasy. Have had a nice burger there and the chicken curry is nice but overall it's extremely expensive for such low standard pub grub.

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