Restaurant Reviews from jutterbug

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Jamie's Italian restaurant

Pembroke District, Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14 , Dundrum, Dublin, Area Code:

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117 reviews

Reviewed 27th August 2013 ( visited 25th August 2013 )

I finally returned to Jamie's Italian to give it a second chance following a disastrous food experience some months prior. Four us had lunch here one Sunday afternoon recently. The service is nice, attentive and waiters are very informed regarding the menu. I very much liked the choice on the menu from platters to pastas, risottos & even a burger. I decided to have the crab bruscetta with a side of calamari. The calamari was cooked perfectly and came with a nice dipping sauce. I was however, very disappointed with the crab bruscetta which was seriously lacking in crab. It was more like the end of a french stick, halved and then a tiny spread of crab mixture placed on top. Compared to the price of a plentiful crab bruscetta I had received only the day before in the city centre it was far inferior in both size, value and taste. The food is ok but it's just such a rip off I couldn't possibly recommend it over other more worthy restaurants.
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Jamie's Italian restaurant

Pembroke District, Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14 , Dundrum, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Italian

Price Range:

Average
117 reviews

Reviewed 27th August 2013 ( visited 25th August 2013 )

I finally returned to Jamie's Italian to give it a second chance following a disastrous food experience some months prior. Four us had lunch here one Sunday afternoon recently. The service is nice, attentive and waiters are very informed regarding the menu. I very much liked the choice on the menu from platters to pastas, risottos & even a burger. I decided to have the crab bruscetta with a side of calamari. The calamari was cooked perfectly and came with a nice dipping sauce. I was however, very disappointed with the crab bruscetta which was seriously lacking in crab. It was more like the end of a french stick, halved and then a tiny spread of crab mixture placed on top. Compared to the price of a plentiful crab bruscetta I had received only the day before in the city centre it was far inferior in both size, value and taste. The food is ok but it's just such a rip off I couldn't possibly recommend it over other more worthy restaurants.
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Il Posto
10 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Great central location although hidden away underground with a few tables al frescoe at ground level. Very tasty food, set in a quiet city centre haven. Could be slightly better value for lunch and definitely could be more generous with the bread! If a soup and salad combo deal was added to the menu they'd make a killing. Will keep coming back for the food and quiet atmosphere.

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Cliff Townhouse
22 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2, St Stephens Green, Dublin

Fab location and great value for lunch with a menu to suit anyone. We had a large party with just one waiter taking care of us but he did an amazing job. Very attentive and polite. Well worth a visit!

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Zen
89 Upper Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin

Disappointed. Visited here at 8pm on a Saturday night and got a table without a reservation. The layout of the restaurant is all wrong with a big divide down the middle sectioning one area off beside the kitchen. Still the room felt cold. We received fried beansprouts once seated which was a really nice touch only they were far too spicy to be dished out to every customer. Our starters included duck spring rolls, wanton soup & meat sung all of which were fairly bland. Our mains - beef in black bean (nice) and beef in spciy garlic (not great) were still below standard. A real shame. Maybe it was an off night? There were plenty of takeaway customers coming through reception.

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Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Recommend a visit. Used a last minute deal for lunch which made the bill unbeatable although prices are reasonable anyway. I had lemon & garlic chicken with crispy pancetta & pesto mash while my lunch date had the mushroom taglietelle - both very nice, good portions - no complaints. You also get a complimentary tea/coffee or soft drink with your lunch which is a nice touch. The service is particularly good because of the very friendly staff. Well worth a visit.

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Jamie's Italian
Pembroke District, Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14 , Dundrum, Dublin

I finally returned to Jamie's Italian to give it a second chance following a disastrous food experience some months prior. Four us had lunch here one Sunday afternoon recently. The service is nice, attentive and waiters are very informed regarding the menu. I very much liked the choice on the menu from platters to pastas, risottos & even a burger. I decided to have the crab bruscetta with a side of calamari. The calamari was cooked perfectly and came with a nice dipping sauce. I was however, very disappointed with the crab bruscetta which was seriously lacking in crab. It was more like the end of a french stick, halved and then a tiny spread of crab mixture placed on top. Compared to the price of a plentiful crab bruscetta I had received only the day before in the city centre it was far inferior in both size, value and taste. The food is ok but it's just such a rip off I couldn't possibly recommend it over other more worthy restaurants.

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Cafe en Seine
39 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

I stopped in here for a bite with my parents during a day out in the city centre. The place itself is decorated like a palace, this is not some dingy pub by any standards, but the atmosphere on saturday lunchtime was relaxed. If you wanted to impress someone, this is a good place to choose. I had the crab bruscetta (on the menu as a tasty snack) which was plentiful and very good value. The service is friendly and fairly prompt. They were advertising lunch specials at €9.50 and after work cocktail hour which I know draws a good crowd. Highly recommend a visit!

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The Grafton Lounge
Unit 2, Royal Hibernian Way, Dawson Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Great little spot for lunch, very open & bright. Nice selection of mostly hot sandwiches and salads. The have main courses (burgers etc) as well. I didn't notice a 'soup & sandwich' deal but it would be great if they introduced one. The chips are fab but my pulled pork sandwich, although tasty, was dripping wet. Otherwise; comfy tables, courteous staff and really quick turnaround. Will definitely be back to try other items on the menu.

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Bite - New Location Opening Soon!
29 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had a girls lunch here on the recommendation of a chef relative. Their website is impressive & quirky but for lunchtime on a (rainy) Friday it was dead. It has a short menu which didn't really tickle my fancy to start but I ordered the triple cooked chicken which I expected to like. Although nicely presented, the chicken was quite dry & tough. The satay sauce was nice although more lime than peanut. On the bright side, the service was friendly and courteous - I've no complaints there. Nice decor, friendly staff & reasonably priced for generous portions - what a shame the food isn't better.

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Jamie's Italian
Pembroke District, Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14 , Dundrum, Dublin

Will give it a second chance....after a 2 hr wait (which was expected) our buzzer finally went off and we were shown to our table which was awkwardly positioned in the middle of the floor. We weren't fortunate tenough to get a cushioned booth so hard wooden chairs had to do. The specials were gone at this stage. 3 of us shared the anitpasti which was nice. Only complaint is that the 'quirky' scaffolding of tinned tomatoes made for a wobbly sharing plate. For mains I had the ricotta ravoli with lemon butter & mint. Never again. Pasta so over cooked I couldn't hold it on my fork & the overall dish tasted like pancake tuesday. The turkey escalop came dry with no sides although it is a generous portion. The pumpkin ravioli I believe is delicious but I didn't try it myself. My friend left most of her peach & almond tart. So disappointing. Thank God for the charming waiter who looked after us well all night. Will go again to order recommended dishes but don't have high hopes. PS Carbonara with courgette?! Didn't like Jamie Oliver before, definitely don't like him now.

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Saagar Indian Restaurant
16 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I used a menupages deal voucher recently and was impressed. The food was very tasty and we had access to most of the a la carte menu with the exception of king prawn dishes which carried a supplement. The service was very friendly and courteous throughout. Even though we were 20 mins late for our booking we were greeted with smiles. The only downside was the lack of atmosphere. On a friday night we were one of three tables! Such a shame as people are really missing out on good food here. Hopefully things will pick up for them so everyone can enjoy a better atmosphere too. Do give it a go.

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Brambles Cafe - Dundrum
Level 2, Dundrum, Dublin

Never again for a number of reasons. Firstly my boyfriend had difficulty ordering as the server didn’t seem to understand English – very frustrating as we just wanted a quick bite before the cinema. Secondly, a sandwich, a main course and one bottle of water came to €22 which I find excessive without table service - the bottle of water (Ballygowan, 250ml) was €2.65 alone! I chose the smoked chicken roulade which tasted like smoked fish which had been reheated several times and the vegetables were so over cooked they looked anaemic. My boyfriend ordered a ‘gourmet’ sandwich which was nothing above what you would receive at an average sandwich bar. Seriously, don’t bother.

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Dunne And Crescenzi (South Frederick Street)
14-16 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Very good food, nice decor but small tables & understaffed service. I highly recommend the buffalo caprese salad & porcini mushroom ravioli - both divine. The bruschetta al pomodoro needed more garlic but was fine. The fillet of beef should be left without the pesto or rocket - the beef is good enough on it's own. 'Dark chocolate tart' translated into a light chocolate cake which was nice (not amazing) although the authentic gelato was a very nice finish to the meal. Go with the toscan white wine if you like light & easy flavours. Will go again as the food is very nice but will ask for a bigger table and shout when we need something if service is slow again.

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

Used a deal I had bought one sunday evening. Suppli & sticky toffee pudding were a little disappointing. The suppli was a bit greasy and the sticky toffee pudding was more like a brownie. However, the seabass and tiramisu are very good. Upstairs is nicer than downstairs although they had some awful live music upstairs which made the restaurant so quiet you'd be afraid to talk. Friendly staff. Probably won't return.

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TriBeCa
65 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Monstrous portions of delicious chicken wings! Chips are also very nice. Spinach side not to my taste. Desserts are to die for. Great location & atmosphere every night of the week although slightly understaffed. Good place for a date night. Definitely recommend a visit to this restaurant.

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Canal Bank Cafe
146 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Consistently good. A nice atmosphere is guaranteed with a lovely menu to accompany it. This restaurant is known for their chicken wings - and should be. The calamari was cooked perfectly and both the bacon & poached egg salad and chicken burger had nice flavours. A sundae for dessert was generous in size although slightly difficult to eat out of the tall, slim sundae glass. Not a bad seat in the house. Highly recommend this place.

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Had a girls lunch here over a bank holiday which may explain why it was so quiet. Fabulous venue, tasty tapas in generous portions although not cheap. Service was a big let down - they were seriously understaffed. Would go again but mostly because I liked the place itself and can fill up on the tapas!

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Johnnie Fox's Pub
Glencullen, Dublin Mountains, Glencullen, Dublin

Visited for the first time in a while on a Sunday afternoon expecting a long wait for a table but were seated right away. The service began quick but by main course time had slowed significantly. Cannot fault the food. The prawn salad and mussels are delicious and extremely good value. Atmosphere was delightful as always with a variety of cultures represented - everyone seems to enjoy this place. Highly recommend it any time of year.

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Il Segreto
13a/b Merrion Row, City Centre South, Dublin

Second visit in a year and its gone up hugely in my estimation. For large grouped xmas parties food is normally thrown out of the kitchen but there was no sign of that. Scallop starter - devine. Monkfish main course - devine. Can't fault the food on taste, presentation or portion size. Service a little slow and lacked attention but atmosphere made up for it. Highly recommended.

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Radhuni Indian Restaurant
8a The Crescent, Monkstown, Dublin

Myself and my partner visited this restaurant having availed of a deal they were offering. We were pleased to have made a reservation as it was quite busy for a Wednesday night. The atmosphere was nice however they were clearly understaffed and underprepared for the busy evening. We had a long wait before our wine was brought to the table having asked for it twice. I had the lamb rogan josh with pulao rice which was very tasty although on the small side. My partner had the jumbo prawn masala which contained just 3 jumbo prawns, all of which were very tough and overall the dish was far too sweet. The naan bread was stone cold and we didn't get water which we asked for several times until we were about to leave. Won't be returning.

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