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Saba restaurant

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

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843 reviews

Reviewed 08th June 2010 ( visited 06th June 2010 )

I visited this restaurant on a Sunday night after hearing/reading great reviews about the food and atmosphere. When we arrived, I found that the atmosphere wasn't great - this could have been because we arrived just before 6pm, which could have marked the crossover between lunch and dinner. I found that the tables were squashed too closely together and could hear clearly the conversations of the people sitting on either side of us. This made for uncomfortable dining. The waiter who served us was very efficient. I got the salmon for starters, which was delicious, although my partners chicken satay starter was not up to scratch. My partner ordered sea bass for mains and reported that it was very satisfactory, whilst my Pad Thai dish was very disappointing, and almost inedible. The noodles were slightly undercooked and hard, and the sauce was much too sour. The only vegetables included were spring onions and the chicken was bland and somewhat tough. Although the meal ended well with a more-ish brownie dessert dish, we will definitely not be returning to Saba again. It certainly did not live up to its reputation.
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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 08th June 2010 ( visited 06th June 2010 )

I visited this restaurant on a Sunday night after hearing/reading great reviews about the food and atmosphere. When we arrived, I found that the atmosphere wasn't great - this could have been because we arrived just before 6pm, which could have marked the crossover between lunch and dinner. I found that the tables were squashed too closely together and could hear clearly the conversations of the people sitting on either side of us. This made for uncomfortable dining. The waiter who served us was very efficient. I got the salmon for starters, which was delicious, although my partners chicken satay starter was not up to scratch. My partner ordered sea bass for mains and reported that it was very satisfactory, whilst my Pad Thai dish was very disappointing, and almost inedible. The noodles were slightly undercooked and hard, and the sauce was much too sour. The only vegetables included were spring onions and the chicken was bland and somewhat tough. Although the meal ended well with a more-ish brownie dessert dish, we will definitely not be returning to Saba again. It certainly did not live up to its reputation.
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Hartley's Restaurant
1 Harbour Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I came here as part of a group lunch midweek. We availed of the set lunch menu. The service in the restaurant was fine, but the venue itself wasn't very busy, which means that it was slightly lacking in atmosphere. The decor in the old building was beautiful, and it is a lovely setting for a special meal. I ordered the butternut squash & ginger spring roll with yellow curry coconut cream and mango slaw. The dish which was accompanied by a side dish of baby potatoes. The dish was nice, the flavours weren't mind-blowing, and the portion was quite small. Luckily, I was having dessert! I opted for the chocolate peanut butter brownie, which was served with a heavenly chocolate sauce and delicious vanilla bean ice cream. The brownie was the nicest I've ever tasted. Absolutely divine. I would visit Hartley's again just to order this!

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Farm Restaurant (Leeson St)
133 Upper Leeson St, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

I came here for the early bird menu on a Friday. The staff were pleasant and provided a faultless service. The restaurant is nice and cosy and then atmosphere is lovely. I had a game pie for main, accompanied by some chunky chips. The pie was nice, although I thought a flaky pastry would have been nicer, but the filling was amazing. The chips were also to die for. For dessert, I ordered the white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake: heaven on a plate. I'd return to the restaurant just for this. The early bird menu is great value, and i would definitely return to avail of it in the future. Top marks!

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Tani Japanese Restaurant
93 Terenure Road North, South Dublin, Terenure, Dublin

Friendly, pleasant service, gorgeous sushi, and good choice from the menu. This restaurant in BYO too! Will definitely be returning!

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The Egg Cafe (Avoca Rathcoole)
Naas Road, Rathcoole, Dublin

Although I love Avoca's food, I do believe that it is too expensive. I feel that they should lower their prices. The food is good quality - nice comfort food and very wholesome. The service is pretty hasty because the staff working behind the counters are, most of the time, under pressure and rushed off their feet. This particular Avoca cafe is not one of my favourites as I find the atmosphere is very canteen like. The big open space dining area is very noisy and echoey and doesn't make for relaxing dining.

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Brambles Cafe - Dundrum
Level 2, Dundrum, Dublin

I visited here on two occasions recently just before embarking on some late night shopping and found that while there is a good selection of tasty food, and the location in the centre of Dundrum shopping centre is convenient, it is overpriced and the staff are not very pleasant. On the two different visits to this cafe, I was served by different members of staff, who I found to be brusk and not very friendly. I ordered the same dish and beverage on both occasions and was charged different amounts each time.

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Reeds on the River at Courtneys
Main Street Lucan, West Dublin, Lucan, Dublin

I visited here one afternoon for Sunday lunch and found the experience to be very pleasant. The lounge girl who was serving us was extremely friendly and helpful, and there was a great selection on the menu. I had a joint of the day sandwich which was served with really nice chips and my friend had a chicken burger with wedges, which she also found very tasty. There are a number of hot dishes on the menu too, such as fish and chips, curry, roast dinner and fajitas to name a few. The value of the food was very reasonable - I will definitely be returning here to eat again. Delighted to have stumbled across it.

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Thunder Road Cafe
Fleet Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

I visited here for dinner midweek with two friends and found the staff to be very pleasant and helpful. There was quite a few other diners in the restaurant and the atmosphere was nice, however, I found the metal chairs and tables that we were seated at a bit old and worn, and also very uncomfortable. I had the bruschetta for starters - and it was delicious. I ordered the prawn fajitas for my main course and they tasted fine, although halfway my second fajita, I was horrified to find a long hair in my food. I promptly informed the waitress who was very apologetic and offered me another dish. I order the prawn tempura. I found this dish slightly disappointing, as the tempura was not of the light consistency usually found in Japanese restaurants - it was more like a batter. The manager approached our table with apologies for the earlier hair incident and to offer me a dessert on the house. I had a Death by Chocolate ice-cream sundae, which was absolutely divine. It was also humongous. However, I must say that the hair in my food really ruined the whole experience for me, and I'd be reluctant to return here again.

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Milano (Dawson Street)
38 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I visited here for an early dinner with two friends after work. I've eaten in Milanos before and love their great selection of salads, and the fact that they offer healthy pizzas that are lower in fat. On this occasion, I opted for one of those low cal Leggero pizzas, which was really tasty, and had the banoffi ice-cream sundae for dessert. This was huge and delicious. The staff were friendly and extremely busy as the restaurant was packed. However, it was a very hot evening on this particular day, and I kept having to ask the waiter for water - as the glass provided was tiny. A jug on the table would have been a better idea. I also found the noise level in the restaurant very high, and actually struggled to hear my fellow diners speak... and found myself having to raise my voice to be heard by my friends. I'll be sure to ask to be seated in a quieter area of the restaurant in future because of this.

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Oliveto Restaurant & Bar
Oliveto At The Haddington, 9-12 Haddington Terrace, Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I've visited this restaurant a number of times for lunch and have always found the staff extremely professional and pleasant. The view of the sea from Olivetos is lovely, so the restaurant's location in Dun Laoghaire is ideal. My favourite dish here is the vegetarian anti pasto, which includes a selection of cheeses, salads, beans and roast marinated vegetables - all served with rustic bread. Fellow diners have also reported that the pizzas from their wood-fired ovens are delicious. The rich, luscious white chocolate cheese cake has also got rave reviews.

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Ichiman Japanese & Thai Restaurant (Lower Liffey Street)
20 Lower Liffey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

I visited here with a friend after purchasing a special lunchtime meal deal. The section of the restaurant where we were sitting (at the Liffey Street entrance) was virtually empty so lacking in atmosphere, but the staff were pleasant, even if they had difficulty in understanding our order at first. Both my friend and I ordered sushi rolls - mine with eel and avocado - and both were really delicious and generously sized. Although the food was really tasty, and the selection really good, it would have been nicer if the restaurant was a bit busier. Another small point was the fact that the restrooms needed a good clean and were a bit dingy... another turn off from visiting here again.

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ely gastro bar
Grand Canal Square, (Next to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre), Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

I visited here mid week before catching a show at the Grand Canal Theatre. The service was friendly and professional and there was a busy atmosphere in this contemporary, stylish space. Between 5-7pm, the only menu on offer was the early bird, which was pretty limited in terms of choice. I would've liked the option of ordering from the a la carte menu also. I had a starter and my friend had the pan-fried cod for mains. The portion was slightly too small, leaving my fellow diner still hungry after her meal. I thought that the price of the food was slightly too expensive especially as the restaurant markets itself as a gastro pub.

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Kudos (Liffey Valley)
Clarion Hotel, Dublin 22, Liffey Valley, Dublin

This hotel restaurant was almost empty when I arrived for Sunday lunch one afternoon. I ordered a duck wrap, and it was so good, that the lack of atmosphere in the eatery didn't really matter. The wrap was stuffed full of juicy duck, and it was great that the menu listed the calorie count in the different dishes on offer. Would definitely return here for another of these wraps. yum!

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The Port House Ibericos
5/6 Pembroke Cottage, Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

I visited here for lunch after a busy day's shopping in the Dundrum centre. There atmosphere is romantic, with moody lighting and candles on the table. We ordered six tapas dishes: squid, chorizo, meatballs, portobello mushroom, prawns and garlic bread are it was absolutely delicious. The prices are reasonable, and I will definitely be returning here for another tapas session!

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Hole In The Wall Phoenix Park
Blackhorse Avenue, Navan Road, Dublin

I came upon this pub/restaurant on Christmas eve by chanceafter a walk in the Phoenix Park and decided to go in for lunch. The place was fully decked out in Christmas decorations and lights - it looked like a magical Santa's grotto. After waiting at length for someone to approach us to take our dinner order, we had to go to the bar to get attention from the staff. The wait for the food was also too long and the service was slow in general. On the menu are a selection of more-ish dinners, as well as a great selection of tapas dishes. I decided to order a few of the latter. The Spanish omelette was satisfactory, although not as good as the real thing, as tasted in Spain... the prawns were delicious, as were the potato wedges. The menu was slightly too expensive, in my opinion, but the novelty Christmas decor made the experience worthwhile, especially if you have kids with you.

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Lemongrass (Citywest)
Citywest Golf Hotel, West Dublin, Saggart, Dublin

I come here regularly for lunch and dinner and always find the staff friendly and attentive. It's a great place for a leisurely lunch or a dinner on a girly night out. The food is always beautiful and the menu has a great selection of Asian food, mostly Thai-inspired. There is also a wide range of Japanese dishes - even some sushi. They do a great value early bird dinner menu - offering either two or three courses.

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Lemongrass (Liffey Valley)
Arc Bar, Liffey Valley Centre, West Dublin, Lucan, Dublin

When I visited here on a Saturday afternoon, it was fairly quiet, and lacking in atmosphere - but the food was tasty. I ordered the Nasi Goreng, which came out in a large portion but I wasn't complaining because the dish was delicious. The kids menu offers a good selection, and all main dishes are also available in children's portions for 10 euro, which is great. The staff were efficient too, but I couldn't help but notice that this restaurant's prices were slightly higher than other restaurants of the franchise.

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Anvil Bistro Restaurant
Saggart Village, Dublin 22, Saggart, Dublin

I took advantage of the early bird menu here on a Friday evening with my friend - three courses for approximately 19 euro. After a starter of ham and black pudding terrine, I had beef bourguignon for mains, which was served with creamy mash potatoes.The flavor of the dish was beautiful and the meat was tender, but somewhat fatty. My friend loves their spicy chicken wing starter dish which she followed up with the fish of the day. She cleared her plate. We decided to skip dessert (included in the early bird menu price) and instead ordered coffees, which we were disappointed to see were charged for on the bill... After an enjoyable meal, this left a bad taste in our mouths. The atmosphere here is warm and the staff are efficient, although the regular menu is slightly overpriced.

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YO Sushi (Dundrum)
Level 1, Unit 26A, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

I love the novelty of dining at a sushi train. There's something exciting about watching the different dishes pass you by on the conveyor belt and picking your food mid-journey at your fancy. Although the sushi at Yo Sushi is not the best in Dublin, it is tasty and great for a convenient fix. The staff here are always very friendly and helpful, however the sushi is very overpriced.

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Mao Restaurant (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

I come here often and my favorite dish on the menu is the nasi goreng. The portion size is huge, and the dish itself is to die for. The staff are always pleasant enough, and the service acceptable. They do a great lunch special for about 9.50 euro, which gets you get a nicely portioned meal (there's a good choice from some of their most popular main courses) and a beverage. I will return here regularly until I get tired of eating their nasi goreng - although, I can't see that happening anytime soon.

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Winters Bar
Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Dundrum, Dublin

I visited here early one Saturday evening for dinner with my friend, and was surprised at the warm, pub like atmosphere in the place. It was buzzing with punters watching the sports on the TVs. I had the chicken fajitas which were served on a sizzling plate with guacamole and salsa sauce. The portion was huge and very satisfying. There was lots of chicken and spicy vegetables. After the meal, my friend and I had coffees, and when we were finished with these, we got the distinct feeling that the staff were trying to move us along (maybe because we weren't drinking alcohol). They kept asking us did we want anything else, before giving us the bill, before we requested us. This was pretty uncomfortable - although the meal was tasty, and the music which started later on in the night, was great.

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Wagamama Dundrum
Unit G1, Building 12, Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

I visited here with family after working up an appetite in the ice skating rink. The staff were friendly and helpful and the service was efficient. The restaurant is casual and bustling and the food is served when it's ready- not necessarily at the same time as your fellow diners. I got the yakisoba noodles which were slightly bland, but full of veggies and chicken. I ordered some oyster sauce on the side, which livened them up a bit. For such a casual eatery, I thought the prices were slightly too high, and because of this, I wouldn't be rushing back again.

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Milano (Dundrum)
Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

I visited here after work, midweek for a dinner with a friend. I love the menu, especially for its low calorie pizzas and desserts, and the great selection of salads. I had a bosco salad. consisting of rocket, spinach, mushrooms, advocado, goats cheese and vine tomatoes. I ordered it with extra chicken, and it was delicious. I especially love the breadsticks that the salads are served with, as they always ensure that you're filled up after the meal. The waiter serving us was friendly, but the restaurant was clearly under staffed, and after waiting patiently for ages to order our coffees with no joy, we decided just to get the bill and leave. Bit of a disappointing way to end the evening, however, everything else about the experience was satisfactory.

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Weafer & Cooper
71 to 73 Glasthule Road, South Co. Dublin , Glasthule, Dublin

I visited here for lunch and found the staff very attentive and efficient. The decor is modern. There's a great selection of gourmet pizzas on the menu, salads, and a variety of other dishes also. I ordered a pizza - not sure of the name, but it was vegetarian – and it was extremely tasty. I will look forward to visiting here again for another pizza.

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Mao Restaurant (Dun Laoghaire)
The Pavillion, South Co, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I visited here midweek for lunch and availed of the lunch special, which consists of a main course with drink for 10 euro. There's a nice selection on the special's list, and I order noodles with beef and peppers which was very tasty. The portion was just right for lunch too. The staff were efficient, and the decor was modern.

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Poppies (Dun Laoghaire)
70 Georges Street Upper, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I've been here several times for lunch, and there is always a warm atmosphere and friendly welcoming staff. The food is very comforting and rustic, with a good selection on paninis and rolls, salads and quiches. Very Avoca-,like. They've a sumptious collection of cakes, cookies and other sweet treats for dessert and I hear the scones are amazing. The coffee is also great. I'll definitely be visiting here on a regular basis.

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The Hermitage House
Clogheen Village, Clogheen, Tipperary

The staff in this restaurant were extremely friendly and pleasant, but the atmosphere was lacking in warmth. My partner had smoked salmon to start, which he polished off satisfactorily, while I had fishcake, which looked like it came from the freezer of a supermarket. It was slightly greasy, and tasted fine. For mains, my partner had a sliced duck breast, with mashed potatoes and veg. He really enjoyed the meal and thought it was delicious. I had a smoked chicken salad for mains, which was just ok. The salad part for great, but the chicken also seemed processed, and bought cooked, directly from a shop shelf.

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The Old Convent
Mount Anglesby, Clogheen, Clogheen, Tipperary

I visited this restaurant on a Friday night for the eight course tasting menu. The venue, which is also a guest house, is fabulous. Very tastefully and ornately decorated. We were offered drinks by the friendly staff in the reception room, which included a welcoming open fire, after which we were guided into the dining room to commence the meal. As the staff bring out each delicious course on the gourmet, they explain exactly what it is. Among the courses there was a sushi rice and crab dish, a smoked duck salad, smoked salmon with mozzarella and tomoto popover, apple sorbet, steak, and chocolate cake. I enjoyed the meal which last approximately 2.5 hours thoroughly, and was exhausted after it. This experience is a special occasion, that everyone should try once.

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Howards Way (Rathgar)
8 Orwell Road, Dublin 6, Rathgar, Dublin

I visited here midweek with two friends, and availed of the early bird special value menu. For starters, I had garlic prawns with crispy tomato bread to start, which were deliciously succulent, while one of my fellow diners had the crab cakes, which got rave reviews. The plate was cleared. For main course, all three of us went for the seabass with crab crust, on a bed of potato cubes. The fish was cooked perfectly, and the crab crust complimented the delicate seabass brilliantly. For dessert, I tasted both the chocolate tart and the apple pie. I found both dishes to below the standard of the other courses. The apple pie's pastry crust did not have the crunchy texture that I love. We were seated by the window, and I felt a draft coming in at my back, which took away from the dining experience. I would return to this restaurant, but would make sure to ask for a different table!

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Indian Brasserie
Butterfield Avenue, Rathfarnham Village, Rathfarnham, Dublin

I visited here with a friend, after purchasing a brilliant voucher deal for the restaurant. The staff were very attentive and explained the dishes to us well before we made our order. The waiters made sure that our water glasses were topped up at all times... and we were very grateful for this because of the spicy dishes. The food here was really delicious. We had a sharing platter to start, which included about 5 or 6 different tasty little appetisers. For mains, my friend had a chicken curry dish and I had big, juicy prawns in a tomato-based sauce. We mopped up the sauce with garlic naan bread, which was so tasty that we ordered a second portion. We were so stuffed, and satisfied after the first two courses, that we skipped dessert. The restaurant was well designed, and had modern but with touches of Asian design. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to lovers of Indian cuisine.

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FIRE Restaurant and Lounge
Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

I visited this restaurant for the early bird menu with two friends. We were presented with some delicious doughy bread as we waited for our starters for which we ordered an anti-pasti dish (a generous selection of cheese, meats and bread sticks), the delicious fish cakes, and the goats cheese bruschetta, which I found slightly bland. It was missing some seasoning, I felt. The early bird menu has a good selection and I opted for a lemon sole dish for mains, which was cooked just right and accompanied by tasty mash and asparagus. My friends both had steak, which they thoroughly enjoyed. I had trouble with the wide-ranging, delicious-sounding dishes on the dessert menu, but chose the more-ish sticky toffee pudding in the end. It was rich and very satisfying. My friends had the ice-cream and the lemon pie respectively, which were both polished off nicely. The food here was great, but I personally did not like the high ceilings of the restaurant, and its noisy atmosphere. I don't think I would return here, because of the lack of ambience in Fire.

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Beaufield Mews Restaurant
Woodlands Avenue, Dublin 18 , Stillorgan, Dublin

I visited here on a midweek night, when there was a wedding celebration at one end, and a birthday gathering at the other end of the restaurant. This made for a great uplifting mood, and the general atmosphere of the restaurant was warm and inviting. I had a lamb terrine for starters, which I did not particularly enjoy. I personally didn't like the texture of the terrine, but others mightn't find it a problem. I ordered the trio of whiting for mains, but when the dish arrived, it was a battered fish accompanied by chunky chips. The dish was tasty - just not what I ordered. I decided not to send it back, as I did not want to be sitting idle as my friends were tucking into their meals, which they thoroughly enjoyed and thought quite delicious. There was not much choice on the dessert menu, and in the end I opted for a chocolate tart, which was very rich and bitter. Again, just a matter of personal taste. The staff here were very friendly throughout the evening.

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Milano (Ranelagh)
Ground Floor & First Floor, 62 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

I visited here for a midweek early dinner with a friend. The Milano menu is great for anyone, who is health conscious, with a great selection of salads, light pizza options and a selection of smaller portioned, low calorie desserts. I had a Bosco salad, which was a tasty generous sized offering, accompanied by lovely doughy bread sticks. My friend had a lower calorie Leggero pizza, which she said was delicious. The staff here were friendly and attentive, and the only downside of the experience was the lack of atmosphere in the nearly empty restaurant, and the slightly uncomfortably hard seats, which seemed too low for the tables.

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La Scala (Trim)
Emmett House, Finnegan's Way, Trim, Meath

I visited here on a Saturday night, and even though we arrived half an hour after the cut off point, the waiter still let us avail of the early bird menu, which included a good selection of dishes. We had four courses for about €18, and everyone at the table was happy with their meals. I had bruschetta to start and lasagne for mains, and both dishes were delicious. The apple pie I had for dessert wasn't great, but that was down to personal preference as I prefer a crusty pastry! The food was well presented and the waiters and waitresses were friendly enough. The whole experience represented great value for money, and I would definitely return here, if ever I am visiting Trim again.

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Mitsuba Japanese Restaurant
154 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

When I visited Mitsuba on a midweek evening for dinner, the restaurant was quite busy and the staff were very friendly. However, when we asked questions about the various sushi dishes on the menu (which appeared in Japanese but weren't explained in English), the waiter appeared to be none the wiser. So, I resorted to just choosing a dish and hoping for the best. We were given a complimentary basket of prawn crackers (which were by no means fresh) as we waited for our meal. My partner and I both had various sushi rolls, nigiri and sashimi, which were all very tasty. But, what was disappointing was that my partner's dishes arrived one after the other before mine. So, by the time he was finished his food, I was just beginning. I am aware that when dining in a Japanese restaurant that the dishes are presented as they are ready, but one would expect some kind of co-ordination in the preparation of the table's order. We ordered chocolate fudge cake for desert and were waiting for about 15 minutes before being told that there was none available. Disappointing and mildly irritating. The final bill did not represent great value for money, considering the recessionary times and the less than ideal location of the restaurant, and although the quality of the food was good, I don't think I'll be returning here again.

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Arc Cafe Bar
Liffey Vallley Shopping Centre, Fonthill Rd, West Dublin, Liffey Valley, Dublin

I visited this restaurant after work midweek for dinner, and was pleasantly surprised by the warm atmosphere and friendly staff. They were exceptionally pleasant. There is a wide variety on the menu here, offering lots of comfort- type food, but also light options. For dinner, we had garlic bread, lovely crispy duck spring rolls, and a seafood pie. The only complaint was that the seafood pie could have contained more seafood and less mash. I will definitely be returning for another delicious dining experience.

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The Brasserie @ Newlands Cross
Bewleys Hotel Newlands Cross, Clondalkin, Dublin

I visited this self-service restaurant for Sunday lunch. Three of us wanted a light lunch, so I order a sandwich for the child accompanying us, while the two adults opted for an open sandwich. We asked the waitress at the deli counter to put the contents of the sandwich on a plate, which we would eat with the wholesome homemade brown bread that was on offer at the soup counter. When we got to the till, we were charged just over €28, for what was essentially three sandwiches, and one soft drink. When queried, I was told I was being charged for a sandwich and two large salads... Large salads consisting of a few lettuce leaves, four slices of tomato and a couple of slices of onion and a spoonful of coleslaw?! Because of the large queue forming behind me, I didn't stay to argue, but needless to say I will not be returning to this establishment again!

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Yamamori Noodles
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, boyfriends - over the years they've all come and gone, but with each passing event, one thing has always remained constant: sushi. And in particular, sushi at Yamamori Noodles on South Great Georges Street in Dublin. There are few things a girl can depend on in this world, but the fabulous food and friendly service at Yamamori rarely fails to impress. My most recent visit to the popular Japanese restaurant was for an after work dinner. But, whether you're visiting in the afternoon for a casual lunch, or at nighttime for a special celebration, the atmosphere is always just right. The restaurant is constantly buzzing, as satisfied customers (including me) return again and again for the scrumptious food. The menu at Yamamori caters for both sushi-lovers and the sushi-shy. For the former, there's a wide variety of norimaki (sushi rolls), nigiri (fish on a small square of rice), sashimi (slices of raw fish) and temaki (rice with a choice of fillings in a seaweed cone). My favourite dish is the Ebi Norimaki Special, which consists of eight good-sized rolls of prawn and asparagus tempura, wrapped in sushi rice. Yum! Aside from sushi, there's a whole host of other Japanese fare to sample. From noodles to fried rice dishes, curries and a variety of sizzling teriyakis, as the old cliche goes: there's something for everyone! As a health-conscious foodie, I never have to feel guilty about chowing down at Yamo. The restaurant uses only the freshest ingredients and most dishes incorporate a satisfying selection of vegetables. They have recently begun to offer brown rice - for super healthy eaters - and there's also some really delicious salads on the menu too. But sometimes, a woman needs her cake. Resisting the tempting desserts at Yamamori does require a good dose of willpower: their homemade banoffi is my favourite. Other sweet treats that I've succumbed to in the past include the luscious New York cheesecake and the sticky toffee pudding.

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Gourmet Burger Company
97 Ranelagh Road, Ranelagh, Dublin

I visited Gourmet Burger Company after having a great experience at a rival establishment of a similar name. I was looking forward to another delicious falafel burger, but unfortunately was very disappointed. The GBC's falafel burger wasn't nearly as tasty as its rivals. I was joined by a friend, who had accompanied me for both burger eating experiences. She had a classic beef burger in both restaurants & also reported that the Ranelagh establishment's offering was not nearly as tasty. We got a side of onion rings which were very greasy, but nonetheless, flavoursome. On the upside, the staff were very friendly and helpful and the atmosphere, with candles on the tables was relaxed, and more restaurant-y than fast food!

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Novo
Harry Street, St Stephens Green, Dublin

I visited this bar/restaurant on a Friday night, when the atmosphere was relaxed and chilled out. There were a few other occupied tables, but the place wasn't very busy at all. The staff were efficient, and pleasant enough. There was a nice selection on the menu, which I felt was slightly overpriced. I chose the Caesar Salad for my main course, which was pretty run of the mill. There was nothing outstanding about it. The nice ambience in the place was nice, but the price of the dishes on both the food and wine menu probably would not represent value for money.

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK Liffey Valley)
Unit 40B, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, West Dublin, Liffey Valley, Dublin

I went here with a friend for dinner one day after seeing a movie in the nearby cinema. The staff were efficient and the atmosphere was typical of a fast food burger outlet, although the quality of food was of a much better quality. I had a vegetarian burger option: a falafel burger with hummus and a spicy relish. It was delicious. My friend had a classic beef burger and chips and reported that her meal was also tasty. They were doing a burger+fries+soft drink deal all for under a tenner the day that we visited, which represented great value for money. I will definitely be returning to this burger joint for another falafel fix.

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Lime Tree Restaurant @ Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort
Blessington lakes, Blessington, Wicklow

Myself and my partner ate here early on a Sunday evening, and found the food disappointed. We both had melon to start, and this was a nice refreshing dish, but the main course of stir fried beef left a lot to be desired. The veg was far from crunchy, and the beef looked like it was leftover from a Sunday roast that was probably served earlier that day. It was very grisly too. Dessert of carrot cake was nice though... Nothing spectacular, but enjoyable. I had heard good things about the food in this restaurant, but it did not live up to its reputation unfortunately.

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An Poitin Stil
Naas Road, Rathcoole, Dublin

I came here for carvery and found the staff helpful enough. The pub was busy and it seemed to be a popular spot. The selection in the carvery wasn't great and I opted for a pre-made salad. There are a few to choose from, which have been put on a plate and wrapped in cellophane in advance. The salad was nothing special, and included processed ham. My fellow diners reported that the hot food was tasty, and that the desserts were also great. For me, the whole experience was so-so. I wouldn't be rushing back here again for the food.

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Bits and Pizzas
15 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

The atmosphere in this restaurant was relaxed and easy-going, and the staff were friendly and very helpful and pleasant. We had the tiger prawns for starters which were nice and juicy and the chicken salad and pizza for mains were also delicious. Their homemade ice-cream is yummy and there is a great more-ish selection on the dessert menu. This is good honest food and I look forward to my next visit.

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South Street Restaurant
Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Me and my friends frequent this pleasant eatery every couple of months, and on our last visit found that the eatery had been refurbished, giving it a much improved ambience. The restaurant was quiet though, which was perfect for a much needed catch up with friends. The waiter was extremely pleasant and welcoming and the food, as always was very satisfactory. I had a chicken salad, which came in a generous portion, just enough to be satiating. Meanwhile, my friends both ordered the Sicilian Chicken, which also came in a hearty portion. They both cleared their plates and reported that the meal was delicious. The restaurant offers a good value early bird menu, which includes a starter, main course and glass of wine. However, because we weren't drinking, and only wanted one course each, we passed on this option. However, ordering from the a la carte menu did not break the bank. I will continue returning to this restaurant for its friendly service and good food.

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

I visited this restaurant on a Sunday night after hearing/reading great reviews about the food and atmosphere. When we arrived, I found that the atmosphere wasn't great - this could have been because we arrived just before 6pm, which could have marked the crossover between lunch and dinner. I found that the tables were squashed too closely together and could hear clearly the conversations of the people sitting on either side of us. This made for uncomfortable dining. The waiter who served us was very efficient. I got the salmon for starters, which was delicious, although my partners chicken satay starter was not up to scratch. My partner ordered sea bass for mains and reported that it was very satisfactory, whilst my Pad Thai dish was very disappointing, and almost inedible. The noodles were slightly undercooked and hard, and the sauce was much too sour. The only vegetables included were spring onions and the chicken was bland and somewhat tough. Although the meal ended well with a more-ish brownie dessert dish, we will definitely not be returning to Saba again. It certainly did not live up to its reputation.

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

I visited this restaurant on a Sunday night after hearing/reading great reviews about the food and atmosphere. When we arrived, I found that the atmosphere wasn't great - this could have been because we arrived just before 6pm, which could have marked the crossover between lunch and dinner. I found that the tables were squashed too closely together and could hear clearly the conversations of the people sitting on either side of us. This made for uncomfortable dining. The waiter who served us was very efficient. I got the salmon for starters, which was delicious, although my partners chicken satay starter was not up to scratch. My partner ordered sea bass for mains and reported that it was very satisfactory, whilsty my Pad Thai dish was very disappointing, and almost inedible. The noodles were slightly undercooked and hard, and the sauce was much too sour. The only vegetables included were spring onions and the chicken was bland and somewhat tough. Although the meal ended well with a more-ish brownie dessert dish, we will definitely not be returning to Saba aswell. It certainly did not live up to its reputation.

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Il Vignardo
Beresford Hotel, 21 Store Street, City Centre North, IFSC, Dublin

Me and my friend availed of the early bird menu at this restaurant on a Friday night and the service here was very friendly and efficient. For starters, the bruschetta was tasty. Although, having just returned from a holiday in Italy, my standards had become particularly high, and the dish was not anywhere near as tasty as the ones I'd experienced in the mother country. The Caesar salad was just what you would expect, no frills or unexpected additions. My friend, who order a chicken pesto dish, reported that it was very enjoyable also. The early bird menu here represents good value and choice and the atmosphere in the restaurant was warm and buzzing.

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Eddie Rockets (Tallaght)
The Square, Shopping Centre Tallaght, West Dublin, Tallaght, Dublin

I went here for a child's birthday celebration around midday on a Saturday afternoon and was surprised to see how busy it was. I ordered a burger, which was advertised as being a 1/3 lb... However, it looked considerably smaller than this, and was quite bland as far as beef burgers go. My fellow diners had the chicken nuggets and chicken wings, which were both reported as being quite tasty. The strawberry milkshake was said to have been particularly delicious. The novelty factor in the diner-style decor of Eddie Rocket's is always enjoyable, but I found this particular outlet to be in need of some renovation, as the furniture was quite worn looking. The waitress, who was serving us was very friendly and attentive. Definitely a plus!

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Umaji Japanese Restaurant
Kenstown Road, Follingstown, Navan, Meath

I visited this relatively new restaurant on the recommendation of a friend. We arrived early on a Saturday evening, and were the only people dining in the small and pleasant eatery. The friendly Japanese chef took our order, cooked our food and served it to us. He was chatty and made us feel very welcome. We had a sashimi dish to start, which included an assortment of high quality, tasty fish, which was very nicely presented. This was followed by norimaki rolls, which were delicious. When we finished our main courses, the chef served us with a refreshing fresh orange segments, which topped off the meal nicely. This is a simple restaurant, with a nice menu, and friendly atmosphere. The great food comes at really cheap prices, and is a must-visit for lovers of Japanese cuisine. I look forward to visiting Umaji again next month, with a large group of girl friends. We will be staying overnight in the B&B (in which Umaji is located), and availing of the sauna, hot tub and karaoke which are all provided there.

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Koh
6-7 Jervis Street, Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin

I visited this restaurant on a Friday night, and the atmosphere was buzzing in the cocktail lounge at the front of the premises. The there's a good selection on the cocktail menu and they also run a special cocktail for €5. We were seated in a booth in the restaurant and the waiter taking our order was friendly. I had the pad thai noodles, which were nice, but not the greatest I've ever tasted. The portion was big too. My fellow diners had the fish special (halibut), thai beef curry, and a fried rice dish, which they all reported to be delicious. The dessert menu looked very tempting, with a delicious sounding selection, but unfortunately we were too full to order another course. This wouldn't really be the ideal restaurant to go for a romantic meal, as the noise levels were pretty high, and the diners (on this night) were raucous. All in all, it was a pleasant dining experience. Probably better for a girly night out though!

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Tippenyaki
39 Castlewood Avenue, South Dublin , Rathmines, Dublin

I went here after work on a Wednesday evening with a friend and sat up at the Tippenyaki bar. The staff were friendly and watching the chef's cook the food in front of you was fun. We order sushi, which took some time to be served, but was delicious when it did arrive. My friend also had the Duck Tippenyaki, and reported that it was very tasty indeed. The atmosphere in the restaurant was nice, although the menu prices did not reflect the current economic downturn. I will definitely be returning again here soon though, maybe for a special occasion. I must also note that we were not offered the free bottle of house wine that was advertised as part of the special offer on menuapges.ie for early diners at the restaurant. Because both my friend and I were driving, we let this pass.

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Luigi Malones Restaurant
5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

I came here to spend my €25 menupages voucher and found the staff to be pleasant. There was lots to choose from on the menu, and I went for the BBQ chicken on sourdough bread, although there was no BBQ taste or sauce on the chicken, and the sourdough bread was more like a French baguette. The best thing about the meal was the salsa that was put onto the table with the rest of the condiments. My friend ordered the lasagne, which is served on its own, and she was charged for a tiny side salad. She said that the lasagne was tasty though and finished it all with enthusiasm. The atmosphere was nice and buzzing, even for a Tuesday night. At the weekends, I can imagine it would be a fun place to go for a Hen's party or girly night out. I wouldn't be rushing back here again though.

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Sawadee Thai
94 Terenure Road East, Dublin 6, Dublin 6w, Terenure, Dublin

When I ate here recently, I had the Pad Thai noodles.There was plenty of prawns in the dish and the portion was huge. The noodles were quite tasty, but not the tastiest Pad Thai that I've had. They were quite stodgy. I was seated downstairs in the restaurant and felt that the tables could have been placed slightly further apart. The staff were attentive but not particularly friendly. They seemed to be slightly disinterested. Not the best culinary experience, but passable.

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