Restaurant Reviews from junniper

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No. of Reviews: 9

Member Since: 23 January 2009

Last Visit: 12 December 2010

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The Saddle Room @ The Shelbourne restaurant

The Shelbourne Hotel, 27 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

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110 reviews

Reviewed 17th December 2009 ( visited 07th November 2009 )

We had lunch here on a Saturday & it was very good value. We brought our in-laws for their anniversary & they loved it. One of the things they most enjoyed was the mix of customers from twenty somethings to the more mature patrons! The staff were great. We had a baby with us & they made sure we had a suitable table to accommodate the buggy. One waiter even offered us a large napkin to put over the buggy as he spotted the baby trying to sleep & he then gave us the most cute ting knitted gloves for her! The food was super. For starters the crab in particular was lovely, for mains the beef was melt in the mouth. I think the prices have gone up at the moment & the menu is obviously more seasonal now but they still have different prices for 2 or 3 course, it's nice to have the choice.
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The Saddle Room @ The Shelbourne restaurant

The Shelbourne Hotel, 27 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
110 reviews

Reviewed 17th December 2009 ( visited 07th November 2009 )

We had lunch here on a Saturday & it was very good value. We brought our in-laws for their anniversary & they loved it. One of the things they most enjoyed was the mix of customers from twenty somethings to the more mature patrons! The staff were great. We had a baby with us & they made sure we had a suitable table to accommodate the buggy. One waiter even offered us a large napkin to put over the buggy as he spotted the baby trying to sleep & he then gave us the most cute ting knitted gloves for her! The food was super. For starters the crab in particular was lovely, for mains the beef was melt in the mouth. I think the prices have gone up at the moment & the menu is obviously more seasonal now but they still have different prices for 2 or 3 course, it's nice to have the choice.
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Jacks Bar & Dining Area @ Killashee House Hotel
Killashee, Naas, Kildare

This is without doubt the worst meal I have ever eaten. We stayed here recently & our package included a 3-course meal, unfortunately! My sister had Caesar salad with Chicken & there was about 6 thick slices of chicken, it was main meal size & totally overwhelming as a starter. I had the Bruschetta & the bread was drizzled with oil but then the tomato & red onion (absolutely no garlic) was sitting in a pool of oil on the side of the plate & garnished with a big bunch of rocket. For mains we both ordered fillet steak. Now I will say the meat looked gorgeous, well cooked & tender but it smelled & tasted sour. Neither of us could eat it. The waiter agreed he could get a sour smell but when he came back from the kitchen, unsurprisingly, the chef said there was nothing wrong with either of the fillets! We got pasta dishes instead. Both pastas were completely overcooked & flat. There was supposed to be chicken in my dish, but obviously the chef had used up all the chicken in the caesar salad! Both pasta dishes were bland & garnished with another big bunch of rocket & no parmasen. Lemon Meringue pie was was soso & served with ice-cream! I had profiteroles which were supposed to be religieuse or vice versa, the menu wasn't clear what exactly they were supposed to be. Either way they were awful. The smaller profiterole was fine but the larger one was overcooked & dry, the cream was overbeaten & lumpy. It was served with a small amount of chocolate sauce in a ramekin & again, with ice-cream. The waiter we had was very nice but not on the ball. I had mentioned I would order a bottle of wine after a cocktail & he never came back despite looking at the empty cocktail glass. Even when I did get the wine list from him, he still didn't come back to take the order. When he did serve us he was charming. Needless to say we do not recommend the restaurant & will never be back.

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Chapter One Restaurant
18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

We had a pre-theatre here on a Saturday & as usual it was just fab (don't forget they will collect your theatre tickets!). To be able to eat in Michelin star restaurant for €37.50 is wonderful. I had the Risotto for starter & it was pure comfort food & I thought as a starter the portion was spot on. My husband had the duck terrine & wanted more. For mains we both had beef which you could cut with a fork (menu has changed since). Our favourite dessert is just the smoothest piece of luxury in a cup, the warm chocolate mousse with campari jelly, heaven. I do think the portion of the latter though is too meagre! The service as always is very good, they anticipate your needs very well. They can be a little fawning at times though, especially when you see those who are obviously regular patrons coming through the door, certain staff are positively obsequious to regulars. We will be back.

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The Saddle Room @ The Shelbourne
The Shelbourne Hotel, 27 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

We had lunch here on a Saturday & it was very good value. We brought our in-laws for their anniversary & they loved it. One of the things they most enjoyed was the mix of customers from twenty somethings to the more mature patrons! The staff were great. We had a baby with us & they made sure we had a suitable table to accommodate the buggy. One waiter even offered us a large napkin to put over the buggy as he spotted the baby trying to sleep & he then gave us the most cute ting knitted gloves for her! The food was super. For starters the crab in particular was lovely, for mains the beef was melt in the mouth. I think the prices have gone up at the moment & the menu is obviously more seasonal now but they still have different prices for 2 or 3 course, it's nice to have the choice.

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Dobbins Restaurant
15 Stephen Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

we were in Dobbins recently after a christening with 8 adults, 2 kids & 2 babies & the staff were so good & accommodating, especially given it was Sunday lunch & the place was buzy. The 2 kids were looked after very well. They got gorgeous big chicken goujons as opposed to the usual chicken nuggets & buttered pasta. The adults all enjoyed their food & there was a good selection for all palettes. The Sunday lunch is incredibly good value at €25. The only thing we were surprised at was they had no prosecco! So we opted for Tattinger which they gave us at a reduced price! We bought friends a voucher as a wedding present & we know we'll be back soon.

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The Italian Corner
23/24 Wellington Quay, Dublin City Centre, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

a small group of us went here for an early bird last week. Overall we were very pleased with the food & service but a couple of things were big let downs. Firstly 2 of us ordered the Carbonara, only one arrived. Everyone was half way through their meals before the 2nd Carbonara arrived. And what a disappointment. The pasta was the wrong side of al dente. The sauce was just awful. It was very yellow, a cheddar type colour, definitely not parmasen, carbonara should be pale. It was really salty and the bacon was very fatty. Their was an Italian in our group & I don't think she would have recommended it. The other big let down was on the vegetarian side. There is no real vegetarian option on the early bird menu. The only option is the soup on the starters (there are more options on the dinner menu). The vegetarian in our group asked the restaurant to make up a salad for her, which they did - leaves & olives! And she would have been charged full price for it! She did comment & thankfully they brought her a cheeseboard aswell (garnished with a strawberry?!). Among the starters we had & loved were the meatballs and chicken wings. The mains that went down well were the salmon and the chicken. The best was definitely saved until last, the desserts were really good. We couldn't decide on our favourite - it was a tie between the meringue and the nougatine ice-cream. The meringue was crispy on the outside & chewy in the middle, while the ice-cream was full of nougat & creamy ice-cream. The early bird is good value at 14.94 for 2 courses, 18.95 for 3 and there is a good choice of wines, obviously with an emphasis on Italian wines. There isn't a great choice of wines by the glass though. We would go back, happily, but don't touch the Carbonara.

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Alfies
10 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I had lunch here with a friend last week after another friend recommended it. We both really enjoyed it. Yes, as the previous review said, the service may be a bit ott but I found it refreshing. I'm fed up with restaurants where you spend ages trying to catch someone's attention. The girl who showed us to our table was particularly friendly & on our way out showed us upstairs aswell. For starters we had the fishcakes with a spicy tartar sauce which I really enjoyed. My friend had the pate & there was plenty of it & it was very tasty. Both were reasonably priced at €8 & €7 respectively. For mains I had the chicken wrap which had loads of different types of veg through it, instead of just the usual red peppers & lettuce. The chips that came with it were like the ones my mother used to make and again good at €9. Friend had the mash & scallops. He would have preferred one or two more scallops but still enjoyed it. Along with a glass of Wolfblass, Pinot Grigio & 2 coffees the bill came to just over €55 which I thought was reasonable. We wer'nt rushed at all & it was nice to linger.

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

We ate here on a Monday night for the early bird so we couldn't get any true sense of what the atmosphere would be like if there had been many people there. The room itself is lovely, very grand and could be very special for the likes of a small wedding. The staff were all very nice but seemed disinterested, again maybe that's down to the restaurant being quiet & the staff not quite knowing what to do with themselves. We all went for the 2 course early bird and the food was fair, nothing exciting but all edible. The choices are good. One of our party doesn't eat meat or fish & she had 2 items to choose from which she was happy with. The Antipasti was beautifully presented, the goat's cheese was tasty but the fish cakes were unimagineative - they were very small & served with a ramekin of sweet chilli dip. For mains most of us had the sirloin steak each portion of which looked very different in size & thickness but all very edible & not grisly at all. The presentation again was very good. The chips looked gorgeous but disappointingly were quite hard in the middle, I would have expected them to be softer & more melt in the mouth. The cod & pea puree went down well. None of us had any desert. We had the Pinot Grigio House which was very crisp & moreish. We were only told about the €15 pasta/pizza & glass of wine/beer/mineral water when we had paid which was disappointing as I think I would have preferred that & I still would have had a starter or desert so they wouldn't have been down any money. Overall, I wouldn't be pushed to go back.

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Pizza Hut (Blanchardstown)
Blanchardstown, West Dublin, Dublin 15, Blanchardstown, Dublin

Why do we do it to ourselves? Everytime I go to any pizza hut I promise it's the last time but I caved in yesterday. I do like the pizzas, they are normally very good & yesterday was no different but it's the service, it's comically bad. My pizza came out with the wrong base, hubby's pizza was the wrong size. They said that hubby could start eating the one they brought & they would bring the right size as soon as possible to which hubby suggested they just bring another individual one & that would equal what he wanted in the beginning (the waiter had to think about this!). We did start eating and after one piece paused while we waited for our nachos which we had asked be served with the pizza. We waited and we waited. We asked one staff member to check where the nachos were to which the reply was "did you order nachos?" She came back to say they were sitting in the kichen .... but she didn't bring them with her. Again we waited and waited. We asked another staff member to check where they were to which we got the reply "did you order nachos?" Deja Vu anyone? A 'manager' came over to apologise for the delay & asked if he could do anything, we suggested he knocked the nachos off the bill (like the waiter above he also had to think about this). When we did eventually get hubby's extra pizza & the nachos the food was lovely but I'm making another promise ... I'm never going to any pizza hut again!

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Avoca Handweavers
Kilmacanogue, Bray, Bray, Wicklow

I'm just back from Kilmacanogue & for the first time ever I'm really disappointed with the food. I ordered lasagne & there was hardly any meat in it, it was dry & hard around the edges, the cheese on top hadn't melted properly. It was also one of the new options where you don't get any choice of salads with it & it's €13.95. I got lasagne from the deli there last week & was stuffed with the amount of meat in it & the portion so I'm not happy with the new options served today.

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