Restaurant Reviews from joanjoan
10a Merrion Rd, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 01st August 2012 ( visited 16th July 2012 )One of the nicest meals I had for a very long time. Food there was simply delicious! I had fois gras with mulled wine pears for a starter, which was heavenly, however very very tiny. My partner had goat's cheese salad, which was very tasty as well, all ingredients really fresh. It was well seasoned, something much nicer than a regular boring goats cheese salad you have everywhere. For main I chose duck leg confit on lentils bed - a lovely combination, and accompanying jus was gorgeous. My partner had pork belly which was cooked to perfection. Both dishes were very nicely served arranged on the plate and portion sizes were also perfect - not too small, but also without the copious (and absolutely unnecessary) amounts of mash/chips etc. Service was very attentive. Overally, its a nice restaurant and considering quality of food served, it's also rather good value. Interior design could use some personal touches, as although everything looks brand new and is really clean, it resembles office interior a little bit. Few plants and maybe some paintings would make it a perfect small cosy place for a date or diner with friends. Will definitely go there again.
39 Castlewood Avenue, South Dublin , Rathmines, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 6
Reviewed 05th August 2013 ( visited 15th June 2013 )Very tasty food and what a great show when they prepare your meal in front of you! Very friendly staff, great before going out as you leave in fantastic mood.
Rotana Cafe Restaurant
31 South Richmond Street, Dublin 2, Portobello, Dublin
Hard not to love Rotana Cafe, with its no corkage, cosy atmosphere and tasty food. Easy to find something nice to eat if you're vegetarian too.
The Table - Portobello
2 Portobello Rd, Dublin, Portobello, Dublin
It was OK. Location of the restaurant is really nice, and it's a cosy place with nice staff. The food unfortunatelly is not so great - we both had lamb - which although accompanied by tasty couscous, mint yogurt and wine sauce was pretty tough to chew and definitely did not tast like it was slow cooked. I had very average and dry chicken wings and my partner ordered ceviche, which was quite OK. We had a voucher so the price for two courses (2 people) was 29 euro, without the voucher it would be 44. I don't think I would go back, maybe for a cup of coffee some time in the summer.
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Went there today and opted for their Swift Lunch deal - for 10 euro you get a main and soft drink/tea/coffee. Place itself is nicely decorated and cosy. Tables are relatively close to each other, but although maybe not being perfect for a date, it creates a lively atmosphere. Service was amazing - we both agreed that it has been good while since we've been treated with so much attention:) We had rotisserie sandwiches - one with duck and one with lamb. Sandwiches were simply huge, in fairness one would be enough for two people, especially that the lunch deal included portion of thin fries, garlic sauce and also a small cup of lobster bisque. There were some interesting condiments included in our baguettes, like honey roasted walnuts or fennel salsa. Foodwise, the only slight down point for me was that sandwiches were really big, made with massive pieces of thick focaccia bread. Would be so much better to have thinner bread, maybe toasted, instead - today I left most of the bread and ate the delicious filling from my sandwich. Lobster bisque was a very nice as well. However, the overal quality of food was very high and I am looking forward to going back to Brasserie Sixty6 for evening meal.
The Rathmines Inn
82 Lower Rathmines Rd, Rathmines, Dublin 6 , Rathmines, Dublin
Had some finger food and couple of pints after an evening walk along the Grand Canal. Food was tasty, pints lovely as well, maybe tiny bit overpriced, however interior of the pub and staff were all so nice that we did not really mind. Will go again, recommended for a casual pint (of few) after work.
304 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin
Place is much more spacious than you would estimate from the outside - they have a terrace on the back and plenty of seating upstairs. We had some finger food - standard, but very nice and reasonably priced. The highlight, however, were the cocktails - they have great selection and also they are simply delicious! It's good to remember that all cocktails are included in their 2 for 5 euro offer, valid Thur and Frid from 5 to 8 pm. Highly recommended as an early start of the night out then! Staff at Copan are friendly and proffesional.
8-12 Terenure Place, Dublin 6, Terenure, Dublin
Went there for a quick diner yesterday. Liked the fact that they didn't mind that although we had a voucher, we didn't book in advance. Menu is quite big and it took us a good while to decide. We shared Murghi Massallam (Half spring chicken off the bone with diced lamb, egg, tomatoes, cooked and covered in tempting thick sauce of brandy and fresh cream) and some other dish (I can't recall the name), which was made mainly of beef with the pineapple sauce. We were also brought a complimentary nibbles - pieces of papadum with delicious sauces and onion-cucumber-coriander salsa, which we thought was a very nice touch. Our mains were tasty and generous, absolutely no need to order starters, as they were very filling. The only thing I did not like was the fact that both dishes left us with a heavy on the stomach and also the Murghi Massallam was intensively stained with some sort of red food dye, which is not necessary. The resulting colour was really bright and unappealing. Otherwise, the taste was great, especially with fresh Naan bread! The interior of the restaurant is OK, although maybe slightly dated, good quality clean tablecloths and napkins were a definite plus. In terms of the service, it was prompt, polite and efficient but lacking a smile.
18-19 Lincoln Place, D2, City Centre South, Dublin
This is a recently renovated, old pub with traditional atmosphere. Food served at Lincolns Inn was delicious - me and my friend had 3 course meal with sides, with a bottle of Pinot Grigio. Decided to go with chicken wings and salads. Chicken wings were one of the best I had recently - crispy, well spiced and served with nice dip on the side. Salad I had was called the Lincolns Power Salad, which was a really good light main - they forgot to add the roasted butternut, but I did not complain, as it was very tasty anyway. Got good quality ice cream as a dessert and decent wine. Service was a strong point too. I am definitely going back to Lincolns Inn for a pint and chicken wings! Charming and quiet place in great location.
Hilan Chinese & Korean Restaurant
45 Capel Street, City Centre North, Dublin
My favorite Chinese place in Dublin, recommended to my by my Chinese friend who considers it really authentic. Great food, friendly staff, almost family-like atmosphere makes it a perfect place for lunch during weekends or late diner. They have a really good and reasonably priced selection of lunch dishes. I particularly recommend shredded pork in Peking sause (only 7 euro at lunch time and portions are huge!), fried green beans with pork and of course all dishes containing kimchi! If you're unsure about what to order, or what the dish actually looks like, don't hesitate to ask the waitress, they're very helpful. If you go with bigger group of friends I recommend going for the BBQ - very socializing and of course, delicious.
109 Lower Rathmines Rd , South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin
We go there pretty much all the time - not only because it's conveniently located! Very tasty chicken wings and hot dogs, portion sizes rather generous. Very reasonable prices, especially if you avail of their specials offers. Friendly staff, clean restaurant, seriously can't fault the place.
39 Castlewood Avenue, South Dublin , Rathmines, Dublin
Very tasty food and what a great show when they prepare your meal in front of you! Very friendly staff, great before going out as you leave in fantastic mood.
52 Middle Abbey Street,, City Centre North, Dublin
AVOID! Went there with a voucher for 2 starters, 2 mains and 2 glasses of wine. Despite really good service - a lovely waitress - we're definitely not going back. First of all the menu must have changed since we got the voucher and in a new one there was no sea chowder, pork belly, calamari or other dishes initially advertised in the deal. We did not mind it that much though. I had chicken wings - the worst I've ever had. I doubt they were organic or free range. They weren't crispy at all - rather soggy and soaked in poor quality oil. There was no 'special' sauce on them as stated in the menu - rather few drops of cheap sweet chilli sauce tossed on top. No celery or blue cheese dip. HORRIBLE DISH! For the main, I played it safe and went for fish and chips. Fish was OK - a thick layer of very greasy batter, chips were really bad - not crispy at all. Tiny portion of salad was fine. The other dishes we had - soup with two thinnest and smallest slices of bread I've ever seen, very watery itself and Irish stew. It's hard to go wrong with the Irish stew, this one was so watery though... and beef not tender at all. We had two glasses of wine which we thought was fine and served at right temperatures. Interior of the restaurant is really dark - so dark it's quite hard to see what you're eating - a candle on each table would make a big difference. I feel we should have make a complaint about the nasty food we got, but the waitress was so lovely we just couldn't! However, even the greatest service is not enough to make us come back to bar 52!
Mak at D6
Fields Terrace, Charleston Rd, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin
Went for Dim Sum lunch with a voucher. Some of the dishes we had were delicious - like calamari or dumplings, other just OK. We had scallops - usual price around 7 euro I think - instead of 3 scallops, as described in the menu - we got 2, and they were really small ones, fried together with the coral (the orange bit). Wouldn't be too happy with that if we were paying the full price for this dish! Anyway, generally we both thought that food was rather on the tasty side. The service, however... Several young lads, not knowing much of the dishes. They brought us a dish we didn't order, but luckily took it away from us before we tried it, then instead of pork dumplings we got shrimp dumplings - which we noticed while we were half way through the portion so we did not even mention them their mistake. Had to ask two times to get more water. The worst thing was that they were incredibly slow! It took around 45 minutes from entering the restaurant to getting the first dish - and there was only six tables occupied, including ours. Even getting tea and coffee at the end of the meal was another several minutes wait, while staff was wandering around the place in the clueless way. They took the plates away before serving tea and coffee but left dirty napkins in the middle of the table. They did not smile once, did not ask if we needed something else, although have to admit that they did ask if everything was OK at the end of our meal. Considering the number of waiters per customer at the time we were there the service was surprisingly bad and unwelcoming... More training needed!
10a Merrion Rd, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin
One of the nicest meals I had for a very long time. Food there was simply delicious! I had fois gras with mulled wine pears for a starter, which was heavenly, however very very tiny. My partner had goat's cheese salad, which was very tasty as well, all ingredients really fresh. It was well seasoned, something much nicer than a regular boring goats cheese salad you have everywhere. For main I chose duck leg confit on lentils bed - a lovely combination, and accompanying jus was gorgeous. My partner had pork belly which was cooked to perfection. Both dishes were very nicely served arranged on the plate and portion sizes were also perfect - not too small, but also without the copious (and absolutely unnecessary) amounts of mash/chips etc. Service was very attentive. Overally, its a nice restaurant and considering quality of food served, it's also rather good value. Interior design could use some personal touches, as although everything looks brand new and is really clean, it resembles office interior a little bit. Few plants and maybe some paintings would make it a perfect small cosy place for a date or diner with friends. Will definitely go there again.
1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Mixed feelings about this place. They offer a wide range of tapas, and have to say that scallops we had there were very nice. However, calmari were extremely chewy (overcooked) and when we ordered bread we were given few pieces of prebaked rolls you buy in supermarket and which are supposed to go to the oven for few minutes. The point is, they were not baked (cold and white)! Interior is quite nice and cosy, especially if you sit next to open window on a nice day. Service was not amazing, although it was really early (around 5 pm) and only few tables were occupied, we waited for ages to get their attention.
Kudos Restaurant (IFSC)
Clarion Hotel Dublin, IFSC, City Centre North, Dublin
Lovely meal and a very good service. Cheese suffle worth recommendation, gorgeous lamb. Only (small) downpoint was the interior itself - everything's clean, new and fresh but not extremely cosy I have to say. Will definitely visit again though!