Restaurant Reviews from katemcd81

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52.5%

County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 27

Member Since: 29 June 2007

Last Visit: 11 August 2020

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Carluccio's Caffe restaurant

52 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Italian

Price Range:

Good
242 reviews

Reviewed 13th December 2010 ( visited 09th October 2010 )

I've been here three times and have always been very happy with the food, atmosphere and service. I've had the antipasto plate as a lunch - really good quality ingredients make the difference here. Great fresh tomatos, beautiful mozzarella, and all those lovely marinated veggies. I would highly recommend the pasta here too - always tastes freshly made. And I almost forgot: the foccacia bread is amazing. Great place to pick up foodie presents too.
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Village Bistro at Tonic Bar, Restaurant and Club

5 Temple Road, Blackrock Village, Blackrock, Dublin, Area Code: South Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
American

Price Range:

Good
117 reviews

Reviewed 18th July 2007 ( visited 18th July 2007 )

I always find the staff here really snotty and sometimes rude. I have found the food very carelessly made, when it could be so much better. For example, they will completely drench a salad in oil so that it's inedible (and I like dressing), or overload a dish with pesto, cheese or goat’s cheese. I'm a fan of all these ingredients but their kitchen staff obviously don't take care or effort with their work. Do not like.
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Honest To Goodness
25 Market Arcade, Georges Street, City Centre South, Dublin

This place is one of the BEST value lunches in town. Their specials are great and no more than €5! I've gotten a seat there whenever I like, but there is a long queue at the door for takeaway. I've always ordered the special or soup of the day (served with bread) for €3 and it's excellent. Really healthy, hearty food for far cheaper than most places. Staff are nice too!

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Gotham Cafe
8 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I went here for dinner during the week. The place was buzzing but we got a table immediately. The food is very enjoyable but not particularly memorable. I've been here a few times and what makes it really nice is that it's got a really good atmosphere, the food is consistently good and it's good value. A great place to meet friends for food, wine and a natter.

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Musashi Noodles and Sushi Bar
15 Capel Street, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin

Went here for weekday lunch and loved it! It's small but is really simply and nicely decorated, very clean and has great service. Food-wise, I had sushi. It was really, really fresh and delicious, and filling. I'm looking forward to going back! The bento box is great value here too €8 for a very hearty meal. I'll be back for lunch and try dinner here too sometime. Great little spot.

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

Went here with a friend for a weeknight dinner and wasn't impressed. In fact, I'm glad I had my voucher as I would have been complaining had I paid full price. I had the Surf & Turf. The steak and prawns were just ok, nothing brilliant about the quality or taste. What really annoyed me (total pet hate) was that it comes with "avocado salsa". However, it was obvious to me that this sauce was from a jar. It tasted like a jar of fake guacamole you'd buy in the supermarket. Service was pleasant but the atmosphere wasn't overly warm or comfortable. I think it's horrendously overpriced.

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Boulevard Cafe
27 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I went here for weekday lunch with two friends. I't often packed but I wasn't expecting much from the menu. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the food, portions and value. I got a sandwich which came with a small salad and chips - for €9. The service was really good, too. We had a nice bright table beside the window, lots of room, and our food arrived promptly and exactly how we wanted. I'd definitely recommend it as a pleasant, good value lunch place.

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Carluccio's Caffe
52 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I've been here three times and have always been very happy with the food, atmosphere and service. I've had the antipasto plate as a lunch - really good quality ingredients make the difference here. Great fresh tomatos, beautiful mozzarella, and all those lovely marinated veggies. I would highly recommend the pasta here too - always tastes freshly made. And I almost forgot: the foccacia bread is amazing. Great place to pick up foodie presents too.

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Kanum Thai
16 Orwell Rd, Dublin 4, Rathgar, Dublin

I live very close to Kanum and have ordered takeaway from here quite a few times. I've tried a noodle dish that was very tasty but what keeps myself and my boyfriend going back is the Massaman curry. Oh my lord. It's so tasty I've had to make a concerted effort to restrain myself! The ingredients are always very fresh and are prepared quickly - service is great too and the place is obviously clean and supermodern. The only problem I have is the price, which I find a little bit expensive. I would love if they offered a cheaper price for takeaway as their ingredients are cheap.

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Yamamori Sushi, Tengu
38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I've been here for lunch twice and had the €10 bento box deal - fantastic value and really, really tasty. They include a selection, usually a pork dish, miso soup, rice, salad, tempura haddock and a tofu dish - a huge amount of food for the price! The service has been great both times I've been and the restaurant itself is lovely - high ceilings and a great garden area too. I actually prefer it to the branch on Georges Street. Always delicious. Will be back again and again. Great value

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

Was disappointed with this place last week. Expected a tasty, simple lunch with nice fresh ingredients but instead the service slow and my salad didn't fit the menu description - different meat and tomatoes to what I'd ordered. Not as great as it should or could be.

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Eatery 120
120 Ranelagh Road, Ranelagh, Dublin

Gorgeous decor, friendly staff and very tasty food. My friend had a large salad and I had the special - it was all very tasty. You could spend quite a while here eating and nattering - great wine selection and delicious charcuterie and cheese boards.

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Punjabi By Nature Indian Restaurants & Takeaway
15 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

Not great. The naan bread looked like it was out of a packet and both our meals looked and tasted very similar - although they shouldn't have been! Even the dips seemed quite "fake" - the mint and yoghurt dip was a lurid green colour. However, the service was pleasant, the food was okay and the place clean and comfortable.

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Tippenyaki
39 Castlewood Avenue, South Dublin , Rathmines, Dublin

Went here last Sunday and had the Seafood meal and the surf'n'turf. The food was nice but not too exciting. Service was very pleasant and attentive and the place had a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. The layout of the place is a tiny bit shambolic and cramped but on the whole it was a tasty meal at a reasonable price.

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Port House Pintxo
12 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Called in with a friend a few weeks ago - really enjoyed the atmosphere and food was delicous! We had the whitebait, some prawns and some paella. Very reasonable and yum. The service is nice and friendly, and the decor is cool - you have to check out the loos! Only one teeny complaint: the peach bellini was v sweet and gloopy. Great wine list though!

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

The service was very pleasant but the food was terrible. I had the seafood salad which involved very little seafood, some iceberg lettuce and was drenched in dressing. I also had the rice cooked with pineapple, prawns and chicken. Again, only two prawns in the entire dish and I really thought had a horrible flavour. My friend had a duck dish which was kind of tasteless and didn't come with much sauce for all his rice. I won't be going back.

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

Called in here before heading to the cinema on Friday evening. My friend and I both had the Seafood Rice - it's really good value for a quick, healthy and filling meal. We also had a couple of plates from the belt which were tasty. They didn't have the selection that was listed in the menu, which was disappointing but it's a nice spot to have a quick, reasonable meal.

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Montys of Rathgar
88 Rathgar Road, Rathgar, Dublin

Really like this place. It's comfortable, really attentive service (some would argue, a little too attentive!) and delicious food. I must be a stingebag because I often find eating out expensive - and this place is not cheap. However, after eating there I really thought it was worth a few extra euro. I had a lamb dish which was really tasty, and my boyfriend kept saying that his dish was the nicest thing he had eaten in ages. It's got a nice atmosphere and great spot outside for warm evenings. YUM.

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

The pizzas are tiny and doughy, tasteless and expensive. The Caesar salad is horribe: way too much dressing and lifeless lettuce. When I go I end up resenting paying for the food there. And it's not even cheap anymore. I vowed never to go there again after I went with for friends for a midweek meal and it cost us over €90 for disappointing main meals and a few drinks.

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Marios (Terenure)
103 Terenure Road East, Dublin 6, Terenure, Dublin

I ate here on a busy Sunday evening. The place was full of families but they got our group of 6 seated very quickly upstairs. I really enjoyed it. I had the chili prawn linguini and thought it was great. My friends had various other pasta and meat dishes and all were happy with their choices. Nice relaxed atmosphere, obviously family friendly and great service.

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Salamanca
1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I had been here about a year ago and really enjoyed my meal but I went back a couple of weeks ago and wasn't thrilled. On the plus side: The place has a nice atmosphere, the service is friendly and helpful and the portions are generously sized. On the down side, because the prices have gone up you are less inclined to try a number of dishes (which is what I liked about the tapas-style eating the first time).

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

A couple of my friends love it, but after having eaten there 3 times I've come the conclusion it's not very good. I was really looking forward to tasting the fresh tuna there before with didn't taste of anything but chili. In fact, it didn't even taste like fish at all. It could have been anything. Last week, I went here for dinner with a few friends. I had the tempura haddock which was lovely. It tasted fresh, light and crispy. The veggies were nice too. However, the service was not great. All of our meals came at different times with no apology. In fact, my friends were halfway through their meals before I got mine. And I can't help thinking it's overpriced for the standard of service and food they provide. It's not awful or anything, just not very good.

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Il Primo
16 Montague Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I went here a little while ago with my mum for lunch. We had a glass of prosecco each (great) and a nice seat downstairs by the window. The place has is clean, warm and comfortable. I had the crab & leek lasagna which I thought was gooorrrgeous and my mum had the broccoli & blue cheese risotto. It was the nicest risotto I have ever tasted. It's fairly steep but a great place if you feel like pushing the boat out a bit. Very Very Tasty and a special atmosphere.

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Ukiyo
7-9 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I went there last Friday night with some friends. I had the mackeral and thought it was gorgeous. At first I wondered whether the portions would be enough (I was starving) but the dish was the perfect size. My friends had the salmon teriyaki and the beef with noodles and they were both very happy with their choices. I had some lovely warm sake and the sake & cava cocktail. Most of us went for dessert - I had the almond milk icecream affogato - and they also went down very well. I thought the atmosphere was great: lively but still condusive to conversation. My friends also got the house red which they thought was yum. We had a great couple of hours down in the karaoke room - wasn't long enough!

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Millstone, A Dublin Restaurant
39 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This place is awful. Went there with my boyfriend last week and it was really cramped. They sat all the couples in a tiny corner so tight that we had to stand up and in the aisle to let others in or out and it was impossible to have any kind of relaxed conversation. The waitress kept banging into us (by mistake) because they have too many tables jammed into the place! The menu is a hodge-podge of below standard grub. It's not Italian, not Asian, not anything really. I ordered the ricotta and spinach calzone. It was really doughy, had little ricotta and spinach but instead had way too much melted, hardened cheddar on top. I couldn't eat most of it as it seemed like uncooked bread. Yuck. Not recommended. There are so many other reasonable places to eat much better food, and in a much nicer atmosphere than this place can provide.

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Eddie Rockets (Rathmines)
Lower Rathmines Road, South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin

Well, everyone already knows what Eddie Rockets is like - nachos, chicken wings, burgers and milkshakes. It's a shame it's not a little cheaper as other places are now offering better versions of the same food for similar prices. The good thing is it's very comfortable, the staff are nice and you can always get a seat there. Fine little diner, a little overpriced but good for a big fat burger fix.

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Alexis Bar And Grill
17 / 18 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I ate at Alexis last night and it was delicious! The menu was slightly different than the one on the website, but I was glad for it. I ate the fish special: Gurber with a seafood risotto - I've never had a nicer risotto with such an unusual sauce. My family were all very pleased with their meals, which included the beef, chicken and potted shrimp. My sister's start came out late, and they had mistakenly overcharged us on the bill, but each of these errors were handled very charmingly and corrected efficiently. Really nice atmosphere, and a very reasonable price for absolutely delicious and large-portioned meal!

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Village Bistro at Tonic Bar, Restaurant and Club
5 Temple Road, Blackrock Village, Blackrock, Dublin

I always find the staff here really snotty and sometimes rude. I have found the food very carelessly made, when it could be so much better. For example, they will completely drench a salad in oil so that it's inedible (and I like dressing), or overload a dish with pesto, cheese or goat’s cheese. I'm a fan of all these ingredients but their kitchen staff obviously don't take care or effort with their work. Do not like.

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Went to the Market Bar last weekend with some friends. Service was extremely slow and we had to go looking for a waitress. The place was ticking over, but not very busy but several staff seemed to be huddled folding napkins for ages, oblivious to the fact that there was nobody serving a single customer. I do like the chicken salad there, but other dishes are not finished so well. My friends food was undercooked and really badly presented. The staff were decidedly unhelpful and unfriendly.

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