Restaurant Reviews from iluvmefood

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Saba restaurant

26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Asian

Price Range:

Good
843 reviews

Reviewed 15th May 2012 ( visited 11th May 2012 )

I was in Saba with a large group of about 40 last weekend. It was my third time there. Have to say, I'll return to eating there for early-bird and mid-week, as the place was packed and fairly loud last Friday. Great for celebratory atmosphere, but not so good for a couple looking for a quiet, relaxing atmosphere. Our starters had been pre-ordered from the set menu, which is great value by the way. Gives you 3 courses for €30 with tea or coffee I think. All the starters were delicious and in a great amount. The veg tempura, fried calamari and chicken satay skewers were particularly wonderful. My main was the hake in banana leaf with red curry sauce, again very tasty but I was quite full after the starters so I only ate about half of it, which was a shame. A decent passionfruit cheesecake dessert and rooibos tea finished the meal very nicely. I didn't drink, but Saba has a divine homemade lemonade which I sipped during the meal. I think Saba is a great option for vegetarians and non-alcohol drinkers as they have a great, wide ranging food & drinks menu. The staff really coped well considering how busy the place was, and how big our group was. I'll be going back, but at half 6 on a Tuesday evening with a friend/husband for a cosy, tranquil experience.
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Langton House Hotel Kilkenny restaurant

69 John Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
95 reviews

Reviewed 24th March 2010 ( visited 11th March 2010 )

Myself and four friends had a great evening in this beautiful restaurant. We had choosen from the set dinner menu as we got a free dinner, with complimentary bottle of wine as part of a special offer with the Hotel. The restaurant staff were friendly and very accomodating (we changed tables, then they volunteered to take a group photo of us). The resaurant manager that night was a real lady! She recommended the lamd shank (heaven!), and the wine (a great Shiraz on special offer). We were so comfortable in the restaurant that we had our three courses at a leisurely pace, and were the almost the first to arrive and the last to leave. The starters were brilliant-the salmon that night was a standout. The lemon tart, and cheescake and chocolate tart desserts were yummy also. We all agreed we had gotten quality food and friendly service at a fair price. At the end the waiter escorted us into the nightclub (carried our drinks for us) and got us a great table by the dancefloor. Highly recommended.
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Diwali Indian Restaurant
Unit 1, Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Myself and 5 colleagues had a Christmas night out in Diwali. We ordered from the Early Bird Menu-which offered something for all tastes. All our starters were delicious- particualry the onion bhaji. Then for the Mains. One vegetarian friend loved her 'paneer' dish. My lamb ledobebo was amazing. The chicken korma was excellent. Also the daal and chickpea side dishes were perfect. The garlic naan was the best I've ever tasted! The sauvignon blanc for €28.00 was crisp and refreshing, plus good value for city centre prices. Basically, I can't wait to go back for more! Thank you to all staff there. Their hospitality was second to none.

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Cavistons Seafood Restaurant
59 Glasthule Road, Glenageary, South Co. Dublin, Sandycove, Dublin

We dined in Caviston's for lunch on a Friday afternoon. The place was choc-a-bloc. Not surprising really as it's a snug space, and the food was really delicious. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful with explaining various aspects of the menu. I had the lunch special (chargrilled swordfish with ginger, garlic) and it was excellent. My mother-in-law went for the Dublin Bay Prawns, followed by the Black Sole muniere- both of which were absolutely first-class...delicious and cooked to perfection. The wine of the week was a French Rose-which got 5 stars from my mum-in-law also. I would say that this restaurant is particularly suited to adults dining without small children- though the waitress did help me to select a dish that might suit my three-year old son (the crab claws, which he didn't want & we ended up eating-also gorgeous). Overall, I highly recommended Cavistons Seafood Restaurant and I look forward to returning there for dinner and trying the A La Carte menu.

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The Parnell Heritage Pub and Grill
72-74 Parnell Street, O'Connell St, Dublin

Went to The Parnell last Thursday with 3 colleagues for lunch. I work on Parnell Sq. and had seen the renovations being done. We popped in to give it a try and had a good lunch. Not excellent, not terrible. I had hoped for a lunch menu with more pies & stews etc. The only pie was a chiken & ham one, which I hate. The other options didn't appeal, so I opted for the open sandwich. It was tuna & sweetcorn on brown with a side salad & wedges. For 7 euro I thought it was very good value for money as the portions of sandwich bread & topping was very generous. I ordered a green tea. A tea arrived, herbal but not green tea though I enjoyed it anyway. The service was friendly. I didn't get a knive & fork, but my friends had the soup, so it was no big deal. I left The Parnell feeling full but not too excited to return there asap. If their menu was as polished & modern as their refurbished venue, they would be pulling in a lot more food customers. A definite must try harder on the food side.

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

I was in Saba with a large group of about 40 last weekend. It was my third time there. Have to say, I'll return to eating there for early-bird and mid-week, as the place was packed and fairly loud last Friday. Great for celebratory atmosphere, but not so good for a couple looking for a quiet, relaxing atmosphere. Our starters had been pre-ordered from the set menu, which is great value by the way. Gives you 3 courses for €30 with tea or coffee I think. All the starters were delicious and in a great amount. The veg tempura, fried calamari and chicken satay skewers were particularly wonderful. My main was the hake in banana leaf with red curry sauce, again very tasty but I was quite full after the starters so I only ate about half of it, which was a shame. A decent passionfruit cheesecake dessert and rooibos tea finished the meal very nicely. I didn't drink, but Saba has a divine homemade lemonade which I sipped during the meal. I think Saba is a great option for vegetarians and non-alcohol drinkers as they have a great, wide ranging food & drinks menu. The staff really coped well considering how busy the place was, and how big our group was. I'll be going back, but at half 6 on a Tuesday evening with a friend/husband for a cosy, tranquil experience.

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The Vee Bistro
1 Main Street, Tramore, Waterford

Dined in this adorable bistro with four female friends on a quiet Wednesday evening. We had booked ahead, but it was off season, so we probably could've walked in and been seated anyway. This place has a warm, intimate ambiance-aided by the soft lighting and gentle Miles Davis in the background.I'll definitely go back with my hubby! We ordered from the excellently priced set dinner menu. A good range a fish options were available, though I went for a soup starter and chicken dish for the main course. The chicken was moist and succulent,topped by a scrumptious bacon,mushroomy creamy sauce on a mash potato base. The vegtables were plentiful and very tasty also. The wine was a light, elegant French red recommend by the host, and was part of a bin end sale. It went marvellously with the chicken and fish, so a top tip by the staff. The desserts were great-the panna cotta was delicious.though the lemon tart could have had more of a lemon kick to it. Great coffee, and a dessert wine to finish off and we hit the road full,happy and merry-Terrific!

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Langton House Hotel Kilkenny
69 John Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

Myself and four friends had a great evening in this beautiful restaurant. We had choosen from the set dinner menu as we got a free dinner, with complimentary bottle of wine as part of a special offer with the Hotel. The restaurant staff were friendly and very accomodating (we changed tables, then they volunteered to take a group photo of us). The resaurant manager that night was a real lady! She recommended the lamd shank (heaven!), and the wine (a great Shiraz on special offer). We were so comfortable in the restaurant that we had our three courses at a leisurely pace, and were the almost the first to arrive and the last to leave. The starters were brilliant-the salmon that night was a standout. The lemon tart, and cheescake and chocolate tart desserts were yummy also. We all agreed we had gotten quality food and friendly service at a fair price. At the end the waiter escorted us into the nightclub (carried our drinks for us) and got us a great table by the dancefloor. Highly recommended.

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La Rivista
22 Parliament Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

I had dinner in this fabulous, Italian fine dining eaterie with three female friends on a Friday evening. We reserved our table earlier that day by phone without difficulty. On arrival (we were on time), our table was not quite ready. We volunteered to go for a quick drink down the street, and upon our return everything was ready. The rest of our evening was faultless. The waiting staff were knowledgeable, and very willing to help us choose from the set dinner menu, and she recommended a terrific, recession friendly Malbec for us too! The hostess was equally helpful and charming. We all felt the service was attentive, without being overpowering. The food reflected the ambiance- classy, satisfying and authentically Italian. I will definitely dine there on my next visit to the city. Grazie!

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Dakota
South William Street, South William Street, Dublin

Went there for a bite to eat with my husband. Arrived at 6pm. I like Dakota at that time, as it has a decent crowd, but not massively noisy and overcrowded like after 9pm on weekends. Hubbie wasn't hungry so we shared a big,terrific steak on baguette, topped with fab carmelised onions. A small but satisfying portion of handcut chips came with it, plus two lovely dips. The waitress helped me with my sandwich order, plus recommended the choc brownie dessert. It BLEW ME AWAY! Sooo choclatey, so luscious yet crunchy with the yummy pecans. Add in four pints of the black stuff, and the total bill was 36.00euro. Definitely a treat,but I felt very happy to pay that. Overall I can say that we'll defo be back. I've heard great things about the sticky toffee pudd....mmmm!

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Yamamori Sushi, Tengu
38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I have eaten here twice, once on a weekday lunchtime, the other late on a lazy Saturday afternoon. On both occasions everything looked scrumptions and tasted even better. The Bento boxes rock. My tip:if you go with a friend-order both the Bento box options. You can have fun swapping and sharing tasty morsels, plus your trying eight dishes for the price of two. I left Y.Sushi both times feeling relaxed, full stomached and not out of pocket-my own favourite Bento box combo!

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

WAs there recently with friend. A tuesday evening. This was my 7th time there. Have never been let down by the quality of the meat there, particularly the rabbit and lamb dishes. Not all the starters are fab, but all acceptable. Am well used to the long waiting time for the main courses, but is to be expected with dishes that have a long cooking time. The house wines are of acceptable quality, as are the coffees. El Bahia would be truly terrific if the starters were a bit more inspiring. Love the mains, the decor, music and cute bathroom but please add another!!

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Thornton's Restaurant
1st, The Fitzwilliam Hotel, 128 St Stephen's Green, City Centre South, Dublin

Could not believe how poor the service was when we dined there on. We ordered from the tasting menu (5 dishes each). Didn't receive cutlery before 2 of our 5 courses. Couldn't order wine till after our 1st courses arrived as had not been approached by sommelier. Had to ask (twice) for bread. White wine - too cold. Dessert wine - too cold. Had to ask twice for our coffees. Then asked 4 times to move with our coffees to the lounge after all that! Complained to the owner himself, who took our concerns to heart (unlike the head of service), and promised action. If the service had matched the heavenly food, we would have been in a gastronomic paradise.

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