Restaurant Reviews from jengaj3n

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Cortina’s Mexican Restaurant

The Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 14

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Good
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Reviewed 22nd March 2011 ( visited 21st February 2011 )

I came across Cortina's one night when I was trying to get some good, quick food. Lucky break really since this is easily the best Mexican food I've had in Dublin. The salsa taster, with free nacho refills and 9 different salsas is fantastic. We usually pair that with the Botanas platter which is like a sampler plate of starters including my favourites the tamales! This is usually more than enough food for 2 people for about €30. Such good value and so tasty! On top of that the staff are really helpful and friendly and I really like the way the restaurant looks. The only thing is, try not to sit at the 'bench' tables in the middle, they're a little uncomfortable if you're eating with someone tall. Otherwise, a great spot if you're shopping [or even if you're not, it's worth the drive]
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Cortina’s Mexican Restaurant

The Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 14

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Cuisine:
Cocktails

Price Range:

Good
107 reviews

Reviewed 22nd March 2011 ( visited 21st February 2011 )

I came across Cortina's one night when I was trying to get some good, quick food. Lucky break really since this is easily the best Mexican food I've had in Dublin. The salsa taster, with free nacho refills and 9 different salsas is fantastic. We usually pair that with the Botanas platter which is like a sampler plate of starters including my favourites the tamales! This is usually more than enough food for 2 people for about €30. Such good value and so tasty! On top of that the staff are really helpful and friendly and I really like the way the restaurant looks. The only thing is, try not to sit at the 'bench' tables in the middle, they're a little uncomfortable if you're eating with someone tall. Otherwise, a great spot if you're shopping [or even if you're not, it's worth the drive]
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Lautrecs Tapas & Wine Bar
9 Kieran Street, Kilkenny, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

A group of four went for dinner on a quiet Thursday evening. The restaurant itself is lovely, low lighting and small tables. The menu has a great mix of tapas and there's an offer of 3 tapas for €15 before 7pm which we had unfortunately missed. The food is excellent however the service on that evening left a lot to be desired. One of our party was delayed and, despite being almost empty, we were made to feel quite uncomfortable even after we had apologised a number of times. Things picked up once we had ordered (literally as our friend sat into their seat, no time to look at the menu) and the food was delicious. However, it soon slumped again with desert when our request for a knife was met with "you have spoons" and a casual wave at the table as the waiter walked away. With such a nice premises and excellent food, it's a shame to be let down by front of house.

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La Rivista
22 Parliament Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

Cannot fault La Rivista. Went for dinner with some friends and was unaware of their Early Bird which is available all night Monday to Thursday. For €20 for two courses, we left absolutely stuffed and the food was beautiful. A fantastic mix of Italian and their own spin on classic dishes. Fell in love with the cannellini bean and chorizo stew starter. They have a compact but excellent wine list and the atmosphere and service were faultless. Will definitely be going there again.

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

This was my second visit to Zakura, having also visited their sister restaurant Mushashi on the northside. It's rare that I walk out of a restaurant completely content and yet not feeling overly light in the wallet. If you're a fan of sushi this is an absolute must. Fantastic, attentive service, €4 corkage and easily the best sushi I've had in Dublin, all in a laid back setting. It's worth the wait for a table and popping up the road for a bottle of wine. The sushi is phenomenal and the gyoza are some of the best I've had. Will be a regular visitor!

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Mak at D6
Fields Terrace, Charleston Rd, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Had wanted to try Mak after hearing a lot of good things about it and managed to get one of the Grab One vouchers for a 5-piece dim sum lunch with tea and coffoe, for two people, for €20. The staff were fantastic and talked us through the various types of dim sum available. The stand out dishes were the spicy chicken potstickers and the extra side of broccoli with ginger and chilli. We'll definitely be going back again soon!

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Rock Lobster (Inactive)
Above Kiely’s Pub, 22-24 Donnybrook Rd, Donnybrook, Dublin

I've never been one for unilaterally giving a place 5 stars but I was struggling to find fault with the meal I had in Rock Lobster recently. I'd heard a lot about it and had been dying to try it but was worried about whether it would live up to my expectations. On arriving, the restaurant is bright and spacious. The tables are the right distance apart so as to feel like you're not on top of one another. The staff were fantastic from our arrival and guided us expertly and patiently through the whole lobster experience! In terms of the food, our starters of Moules Marinieres and crab cake were lovely and we both opted to have the whole lobster for the main course. This was easily the most fun we've had over a meal. From donning the "optional" bibs to getting to grips with cracking claws, it was the kind of meal you got stuck into. Literally! And that was aside from how delicious the lobster was - served with garlic butter, chips and a beautiful side salad. I would definitely recommend RL as the price, quality and service are rarely matched! Will definitely be heading back as soon as possible

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The Chop House Gastro Pub
2 Shelbourne Road, City Centre South, Dublin

This was my second visit to The Chop House and only confirmed that it is one of the best restaurants of its kind in the area. The staff are incredibly helpful in advising on the various cuts of meat which are always cooked perfectly to order. On this visit, I had a fantastic seafood selection starter consisting of smoked salmon, fishcake, tempura cod and a mixture of apple and crab in a herb mayonnaise. This was followed by a 32 day aged 10oz steak with field mushroom, tomato and a side of fries. This is the kind of restaurant where you almost shun the (very good) bread basket at the start just so you can fill up on the rest. It's almost impossible to find fault with the restaurant. It's a firm favourite and we'll definitely be going back!

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Pho Viet Vietnamese Restaurant
162 Parnell Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Two of us went for dinner last Friday after I had read a number of reviews online. The inside of the restaurant is set over 3 floors and is basic but spotlessly clean. Each table is set with serving dishes of hoi sin and sriracha. We ordered two starters:Cha Gio (crispy vegetable spring rolls) and Tom Nuong (6 of the largest prawns I've ever seen). The starters were delicious and made me wish we'd ordered more. The staff were very helpful in explaining everything, without being intrusive. We followed the starters with two bowls of Pho, chicken and the steak/brisket combo. They came out in bowls that were big enough to serve punch from and with a variety of sides to add: beansprouts, chilli, herbs and lemon. The staff explained how to mix in the hoi sin and sriracha to spice it up. We devoured the giant bowls of noodles and will be definitely going back for more, especially with the fantastic prices!

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Pyg Restaurant
Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, South William Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I managed to pick up one of the fantastic GrabOne vouchers for Pygmalion back in August and was really excited to try it. I was dubious of the setting in the Powerscourt Centre but it actually works so well. The food was fantastic. We shared the bread and dips, meatballs, baked camembert and the chorizo stew (the winner in my opinion). And with two glasses of a great quality house red, we were both pleasantly full afterwards. Rather than 'pyg' out (sorry!) on a dessert or two, although very tempted, we chose to go for a couple of the cocktails from their extensive list. They were absolutely delicious with a reassuring amount of time and attention put into making them. My only, very slight, criticism is that although it's tapas-style food, all of the food came at once so that we were left sitting there for quite a while with just the wine. Even if the bread and dips could have been brought out it would've kept us going. That said, I would definitely recommend Pygmalion for food and atmosphere. It's a great place to stop whether you're looking for casual food during or after a day's shopping or if you're looking for somewhere to start your night out.

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

The Port House provides high quality, well executed tapas in a beautiful low-lit setting on Sth William Street. Perfect for date night! Their wine list is extensive and their Ferrero Rocher cheesecake and the churros with chocolate desserts would bring you back for them alone. The only negative, in my opinion, is that they don't take bookings. You have to go in and 'register' and wait for a table. While this means you get to have some delicious olives and a few glasses of wine while you wait, it can be a nightmare if you've a hungry man with you looking for some food... That said, even the wait doesn't put you off going back time and again.

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Toscana City Centre
3 Cork Hill, Dame Street (opposite Dublin Castle), Dublin City Centre, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Even when we don't set out to go to Toscana we invariably end up here if somewhere else doesn't work out! Being right on Dame Street makes it very convenient for starting a night here. Their food is fantastic with generous portions and really reasonable prices. It's nearly always busy at the weekends. Usually though, if you wander up without a reservation they'll do their best to get you in. Favourites on the menu include the starters of filo prawns with chilli sauce and the bruschetta is some of the best I've had! The Penna Amatriciana is my go-to on the menu and never disappoints. I can't remember the name but there's a seafood pasta which is fantastic as well. They have a great wine menu and a good selection of desserts. Just be prepared for a bit of a wait when it's busy at the weekend. You might not get the fastest service in the world but the food/atmosphere is worth the wait!

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

This restaurant is very close to where I live and I was delighted when I found their fantastic mid-week early bird menu. The chicken wings are enough of a reason to go back over and over and the pizzas with their unusual toppings make a nice change. The food is big on value with good prices and large portions. However, the one thing that has consistently let Millers down is its service. From calling for a reservation to actually eating there, you're left with the overwhelming feeling that you're inconveniencing the staff any time you speak to them. Given that we loved the food, we gave it a more than a few chances [it may have been the wings!], even going later in the evening in case it was a case of too much pressure during the early bird service.... It wasn't. It's such a pity as it's a lovely little restaurant with an impressive menu and an obviously talented kitchen staff.

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Cortina’s Mexican Restaurant
The Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

I came across Cortina's one night when I was trying to get some good, quick food. Lucky break really since this is easily the best Mexican food I've had in Dublin. The salsa taster, with free nacho refills and 9 different salsas is fantastic. We usually pair that with the Botanas platter which is like a sampler plate of starters including my favourites the tamales! This is usually more than enough food for 2 people for about €30. Such good value and so tasty! On top of that the staff are really helpful and friendly and I really like the way the restaurant looks. The only thing is, try not to sit at the 'bench' tables in the middle, they're a little uncomfortable if you're eating with someone tall. Otherwise, a great spot if you're shopping [or even if you're not, it's worth the drive]

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The Counter Suffolk Street
20 Suffolk Street, City Centre South, Dublin

A group of us headed into the counter one evening after a college exam and I was just expecting another run of the mill burger place. Instead they hand you a clipboard with 3 different sizes of burger and a list of almost any topping you've ever thought of throwing onto a burger and tell you to tick what you want! There were 12 of us and we ordered a mix of 'build your own' and the The Counter's own pre-set burgers and we were pretty happy with the restaurant's beer list as well. The only complaint seemed to be that we were too full leaving! The service was great and, with it being midweek and a large group, when a few of us received our fries a little later than the others, the waitress immediately told us that they had been taken off the bill. While the burgers are slightly more expensive than some other diner-style burger places I've been in Dublin, I think it's well worth it for the quality of the food and the service they're providing. I'll definitely be back!

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Greedy Goose
15 Townyard Lane, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin

This was my second time in the Greedy Goose. Having waited for months for a chance to go with my sister I couldn't resist going back again with my friends. The restaurant while small doesn't feel crowded and is nicely lit. Also the staff are very helpful in explaining how the tasting menu works and were very attentive during the meal. This time I had the bruschetta, crab claws and the pork belly with sea scallops. The crab claws are a stand out dish which I'm sure I'll order again and the pork belly was so well cooked. The rest of our party was very happy with their choices as well. Overall anyone I've eaten with has been amazed at the presentation and standard of the food for the low price per plate. My one criticism is that some of the portions, ie the breaded chicken, are a little more substantial than others, ie the pork belly. It's only a minor thing though because everytime I go I come away stuffed, happy and feeling like I got good value for money.

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

I regularly visit Wagamama's under the Stephen's Green Shopping Centre. It's one of my favourite restaurants at the minute! The food is consistently great and the staff are very helpful, whether you've been there a number of times or you're only starting out and need some help! The food arrives as soon as the dish is cooked. This takes a little getting used to but gives you a great excuse to try everyone else's food while you wait! Once you've been warned about this it soon starts to feel normal and it means that the food comes very hot and fresh. With 2 sides, 2 mains and soft drinks/juices you're looking at around €45 which is more than reasonable for the portions you get and the quality of the food. The only other thing to bear in mind is that, at peak times, there can be a queue for tables so you don't want to leave it until the last minute to decide to pop in. Definitely worth a visit but there's a strong chance you'll be dying to go back again!

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Siam Thai (Malahide)
1 The Green, North Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

I went to Siam Thai in Malahide recently for a birthday dinner. We had starters and main courses with no wine. The starters were really good: vegetable spring rolls and the Siam platter (spring roll, wanton, satay and spare rib). My boyfriend got the Chilli Oil Duck for mains which was beautiful. Lovely crispy duck with vegetables in a medium hot sauce. I went for the Phad Thai which, while nice, was a little underwhelming in terms of taste and a little daunting as it was a huge portion! In terms of service, the restaurant is beautiful and has a great atmosphere and the staff are very polite and welcoming. However, we didn't order any wine and as a result the meal felt a little rushed, with starters and mains arriving within half an hour of our arrival which left us back outside the restaurant in under an hour. The bill came to €65 euro which, although a little pricey, is well worth it if you choose your dish a little better than I did!

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