Restaurant Reviews from katie007

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 30

Member Since: 12 March 2010

Last Visit: 26 March 2015

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Asian Tea House restaurant

15 Mary Street, Galway City, Galway

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Cuisine:
Asian Fusion

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Good
50 reviews

Reviewed 06th April 2010 ( visited 04th April 2010 )

This is definitely the best Thai / Asian style food I've had in the past few years. Huge starters, huge mains, great wine and a good selection of beers also. The service was great - staff couldn't be more friendly or helpful. As a previous reviewer said, the only down side was having so much food that we couldn't finish it all! Definitely worth a visit!
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Toscana City Centre restaurant

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

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Cuisine:
Italian

Price Range:

Good
478 reviews

Reviewed 10th May 2010 ( visited 07th May 2010 )

I've been here many times over the last few years and usually have a really nice meal. I went last Friday evening which was as busy as ever - I love the atmosphere here and no matter how busy it is the service is always great...however I find the tables are slightly squashed together especially upstairs so not really the place for a quiet chat! I had the suppli for starter and then the Pollo Toscana - I pretty much get the same thing each time I come here as I love it...the only problem I had was that the inside of the suppli was still slightly cold. And to be honest it's happened to me once before when I was there. Other than that though everything was perfect, a lovely main couse and lovely wine and not too expensive. Great for a nice bite to eat so long as you don't want a peaceful quiet evening as it gets really busy on the weekend!
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Manifestino
10 Terenure Road, Rathgar, Dublin , Rathgar, Dublin

I’ve visited twice now, the first time I just wasn’t in pizza mode.What.The.Hell.was wrong with me?! The second time I made up for that by absolutely devouring every crumb of my pizza.The restaurant is a small enough space so it’s always advisable to phone ahead and book. They started by giving us some delightfully greasy little garlic bread bites… these are unbelievably addictive! While they are known for the pizzas they also offer some great pasta dishes. On my first visit I went for the spaghetti with half lobster cooked in cherry tomato sauce. Presentation was great, well cooked pasta that still held a bit of bite and a decent portion of lobster to accompany it – and most importantly,tasted great! My partner went for the veal escalope,lined with parma ham & sage in a white wine sauce which was served with roasted potatoes. The little roasted wedges were lovely but I’m not a huge veal fan so didn’t venture to taste it! We finished this meal with a beautiful Tiramasu – stunning presentation! It tasted divine. On my more recent visit I was allllll about the pizza! We were suitable hungover and wanted major soakage.I went for the Alvaruccio pizza, which has cherry tomato, cep mushrooms, porchetta and rocket salad… I should really have moved the rocket for the sake of the picture but safe to say there were lots of toppings and the mushrooms were fab. The base wasn’t thin but wasn’t quite as crisp as I’d like it – other than that it was great and again, a great size, call me a pig but I always want a nice big pizza! E went for the Bellissima Udine – a completely unique pizza topped with Italian pork fennel sausage and roasted potato… as usual for him, no cheese! This was delish! Who knew potato on pizza with ground sausage would be a winning combo? :-) I really like this place, a cute local restaurant with great, friendly staff and really good food.

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Shanahan’s on the Green
119 St. Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

We were greeted by a lovely lady at the door, our coats were taken and we were shown to our table in the upstairs section by the window looking out towards Stephen’s Green. Our waiter was great all the way through the evening, super friendly. First up he came over with a board and a loaf of bread and muffin. The bread was onion, rosemary and cheddar cheese, with the cheese still melting - devine! Choice on the Early Bird isn’t massive but definitely suited us – we were never going to get anything other than steak anyway! To start I got the Trio of Irish Salmon: Oak Smoked, House Cured and Pastrami which came with Blini (pretty much a pancake), Créme Fraíche and Caviar. It. Was. Gorgeous! My partner went for the Roasted Red Pepper soup. I very, very rarely get soup as a starter as I just think it can be pretty bland but this was tasty and well presented. I may have done some bread dipping! Choices for mains were the Petit Filet (6oz), the New York Strip Sirloin (8oz) and a fish option. STEAK STEAK STEAK!! I was DYING for my steak. I know that people often say there’s more flavour in the other cuts but I tend to go for the fillet almost every time. I just like a nice thick steak with no fat to be chopping around. We both went for the Petit Filet which came with a side of spinach, some mash and the biggest portion of onion rings I’d ever seen. There was just the perfect amount to eat and not be fit to burst after it. Both were cooked perfectly and were so tasty and juicy. I loved the presentation of the sides too. We handed back empty plates, bar some of the onions…. pigs! I loved Shanahans, didn't find it at all pretentious and will definitely be back!

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Bach 16
16 Bachelors Walk, City Centre North, Dublin

It was a Sunday afternoon when we visited and I had called ahead to book a table as it is such a small pace. I mentioned about getting a gluten free base and so long as you give some notice they are very accommodating with this.I had a glass of Argintinian Malbec at €6.25… this is my fave red wine and is usually from €8 – €11 for a glass. So I straight away ordered that interested to see if it was decent – and it was. Obviously the other side of the river prices differ vastly! We both decided to go for pizza & chose the Goat’s Cheese, Roasted Pepper & Chorizo (€13) & the Pepperoni (€10.25) This pizza was amazing, thin and crispy with a generous portion of the tasty toppings. I can’t say any more than it was absolutely delicious. After letting the pizzas digest we got tempted by the dessert board offering Tiramasu or a Chocolate Mousse for €5.50…so we ordered a cappuccino and the Tiramasu which arrive in a little jar with some biscotti on the side. All was fab! Wouldn't hesitate to return to this little gem but recommend booking as it's so small and cosy.

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

I’ve wanted to try this place out for a while.I remember it opening around Christmas and you just couldn’t get a table for love nor money! I loved the interior. On first walking in you see a great bar & then around to the side almost what looks like a deli with baskets of fruit, vines of tomatoes & garlic and big chunks of meat hanging from the ceiling.I’ve actually got no idea of this was all real food or just for show but it certainly looked great! Large windows meant that it was nice and bright and we got a nice seat of the sofa part in the corner. Fish of the Day was Wing of Ray served with Cherry Tomatoes & Purple Potatoes. Being a fish lover I decided I’d go for that.Mam ordered the Tagliatelle Bolognese & we got a glass of wine and a soft drink. Service was prompt and the waitress was such a friendly helpful girl.We were dealt with by 2 people through the course of lunch & both were super-efficient and friendly,I love nice staff in a restaurant! I got a really large portion of fish with a nice side of cherry tomatoes & then underneath the fish was a load of the potatoes.It was cooked beautifully, so soft and fresh and the tomatoes & pepper mix went very well with it. Mam’s pasta dish was a decent enough portion.I tasted some&found; it really nice.The ragu of beef & pork was very tasty but sort of tossed throughout it and while I definitely would have been happy with it,she felt there wasn’t enough meat distributed through the pasta. I guess we could have asked for some more meat but we don’t like to make a fuss. We chose the simple trio of ice cream for dessert. The bill came to about 48 euro for 2 mains, the ice cream, 1 glass of wine and a soft drink.Maybe not somewhere you’d go for a quick lunch while out shopping and wanting something cheap but for a bit of a treat for lunch I’d recommend it.

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Pacifico Restaurant & Grill
Marine Court, The Green, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin

Another restaurant deal for the bargain hunter in me! This one offered 2 starters and 2 mains for €22 in La Sirena Mexican restaurant in Malahide. I’ve eaten here once before and loved it. For me, it’s more of a lunch or early dinner place as it’s not too dressy or fancy. A couple of weeks ago we headed off for a Sunday stroll on the beach in Portmarnock and then went on to Malahide for a bite to eat. The restaurant is situated right beside the marina in Malahide and has lovely views of the water and boats – very nice on a sunny day like we had. We were both STARVING so wanted something pretty filling. They’ve a pretty substantial lunchtime menu with starters of nachos, prawns in batter, chicken wings, tortilla soup and mussels. My partner was feeling brave and went for the prawns (he’s not a big fish eater ) and I went for the nachos. The portion size of the prawns was slightly small… just 3 prawns with the salad. However they did taste good and the chipotle and lime aioli they were served with was yummy. My nachos were FAB. Loads of standard Mexican options for main courses also, from Beef Chilli, Enchiladas or Fajitas to Meatballs, Burritos or Mussels – and of course a salad option just in case someone feels like being healthy. For mains we went for the Beef Burrito &the; La Sirena Monterey burger.The burger comes with cheese, jalapenos and the usual salad bits along with a side of papas fritas which are pretty much patatas bravas. The burger was massive! I had to cut it into quarters never mind in half to be able to eat it without having food everywhere. The beef was cooked well without being cremated and the montery cheese really added a kick of flavour. The long awaited Burrito was absolutely bulging with filling. I’ve only ever had a burrito once before and it was minced beef but this one was beef steak and the meat was so soft. We practically rolled out of the place and could barely look at food for the rest of the day. All in we really enjoyed it, pleasant staff, nice location and great Mexican food – made all the better that it was so cheap with the deal!

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Damson Diner
52 South William St, South William Street, Dublin

I love South William Street with all it’s little bars and restaurants and I’d heard good reports on Damson Diner. I’ve mainly heard of their cocktails but I’ve also seen some great food deals popping up on their Facebook page, so we decided we’d give it a shot. There was a really nice terrace outside but it was slightly cooler inside so we ate thereThe restaurant / bar has a nice relaxed feel to it and the staff were equally as chilled and friendly. The menu has a real mix from Thai Chicken Skewers or Fishcakes to Philly Cheese Steak or Cheeseburger Delux. The special deal for the day was 2 for 1 on the stuffed cheeseburgers and chips which I thought was a great deal. I was torn between the cheeseburger or else the special lunch deal which they run Monday – Thursday. There’s a choice of the Fennel Bhaji wrap or Pork Bahn Mi followed by either the sorbet or baked cheesecake. I was STARVING so opted for the lunch deal and chose the Pork Bahn Mi (Slow roasted pork belly in a soft roll with pickled daikon & carrot, cucumber, fresh mint, citrus mayo and chilli). My partner chose the fishcakes with a side of rice and side of chips. Mine was fab - a big soft roll topped with a crazy amount of food, gorgeous soft pork and loads of the slaw. The rice was tasty, soft and slightly sticky, with bits of egg and edamame beans that jazzed it up a bit. The chips were also nice, nice and fresh and still with bits of potato skin on them – yum. The only part of the meal that wasn’t amazing was the fishcakes. There was just too much lemongrass flavour from them we thought… it kinda overpowered the taste of the fish slightly. Dessert was a baked NY cheesecakeI LOVED IT!! It was fabulous. The base was almost black so must’ve been made from Oreos or something similar and had a good crunch to it. And the topping – just amazing. All in, the bill came to just over €50 – for the amount of food we had plus 2 glasses of wine it was very reasonable.

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

I know this wouldn’t be the cheapest of restaurants to eat in in town but they’ve a pretty reasonable lunch time menu so we said we’d give it a shot. The restaurant interior is lovely. The first thing you see when you walk in is a long island type table, set with champagne glasses. This is the oyster bar and is pretty impressive looking (top image in pic below). There’s also some nice booths and then a large open plan area. We were seated right around in the open area at the back. The lunchtime menu offers 2 courses for €21.95 or 3 for €25.95 & there’s a pretty good choice on it. We went for the French Onion Soup & the Goats Cheese salad with beetroot and apple. I think I definitely made the better choice on starter anyway, the goats cheese salad looked very pretty but there wasn’t much of it. I didn’t taste it but apparently it was lovely, if quite small. My soup was yum. I’d chosen the 7oz sirloin of beef with spinach, salsa verde and onion rings for my main. There’s a €5 supplement on this but I just wanted something big & substantial. My Mam ordered the chicken with coco beans & morteau sausage. My meal was massive! They also came with a side of carrots and baby potatoes. The beef was cooked exactly how I’d asked (rare) & the salsa verde went so well with it. My Mam’s chicken looked so tasty!! Nice crispy skin and juicy chicken.She loved it & I did have a little taste and can vouch that it was yum. Neither of us could even think of getting desert (this is VERY unusual for me!) but there was a good choice on the menu. Total bill was just shy of €80 for 2 lunch menus, 2 glasses of the white wine and 1 of the red. With €10 tip it stacked up at €90 which is definitely more than I like to pay for lunch but as a treat it was such a lovely afternoon.... a really nice restaurant, great friendly staff and fab food – would definitely recommend for the lunch or early bird menu – or even dinner if you’re not paying!

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Indie Dhaba
21-26 South Anne Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Indie Dhaba is relatively new on the restaurant scene in Dublin. The restaurant interior is COMPLETELY different to any Indian I’ve ever eaten in – I just usually find them so dull and lacking atmosphere. This place has a really contemporary feel. There’s a great bar as you walk in and a huge selection of cocktails. We chose the Parel Pav-Bhaji (€5.25), described as curried potato and veg, salted leavened dough ladi pav muffin, pat of makkhan. The curried potato and veg was nice and spicy and then the muffin helped take the edge off and cooled it down a bit – so tasty! The second small plate we chose was Tangra Chili Chicken - Indo-Chinese stir fried chicken, Calcutta Chinatown style (€8.95). I LOVED this… it was less hot than the first dish and the chicken was in a thin coating of batter…. It really was a mix between an Indian and a Chinese dish. For the main we ordered from the Old Favourites section…. Murgh Makhani (€12.95), tandoori chicken breast in a creamy tomato sauce and we got a side of basmati rice (€2.95) and plain nann bread (€2). This was all really tasty too. We got some ice cream for dessert (€4.95). It was a trio of Amaretto, Honeycomb and Vanilla ice cream – the Amaretto won hands down! So after scoffing our way through that we had another glass of wine and finished up. The bill was really quite reasonable at €72. Now I know we really only got 1 main course but we did have 3 glasses of red wine and 2 glasses of white so I think it was a pretty good price.

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Tavern
Dylan Hotel, Eastmoreland Place, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

I recently got a deal for this restaurant on Pigsback,€40 for €80 worth of food.We booked in for a Sunday evening. We got there about 5.30 so said we’d have a drink before dinner in the beer garden which was lovely in the sunshine. After about 45 minutes there we made a move inside. We needn’t have rushed as our table was going nowhere – we were the only people in the place! Given the day of the week and the time,I thought maybe that’s the reason for it being so quiet and that it would possibly pick up a bit later. The restaurant interior is nice, as I expected it’s modern & shiny and I do like that style of décor,but it did lack something! Anyway – onto the food.We went for the goats cheese croquettes & the soup.I have to say the presentation all the way through the meal was fab & we both really enjoyed the starters.The bowl of soup was pretty generous and my goats cheese was just the right amount. For mains we went for the @ €28 which came with savoy cabbage & pan fried micro vegetables (micro veg is right, tiny!) & the beef with fondant potato & caramelised shallots @ €32 and got a side of chips too @ €4.I thought the size of the dishes was underwhelming considering the prices.We definitely needed the extra portion of chips.The food was pretty good but not amazing. Looking around now,another couple had come in and were seated not far from us – that was still it for the whole restaurant.I’m not sure if it was the restaurant itself or just the fact that it was empty,but there just wasn’t a great feel to it. We ordered another drink & gave in to desert.We went for the chocolate cremeux to share. It was passionfruit sorbet with chocolate & a passionfruit macaroon & was yum... VERY passion fruit-y,but really nice. All in all I really didn’t have a problem with the actual food or drinks but more so the atmosphere – or lack of it! It was missing that “something” that makes you really enjoy a restaurant and want to go back

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TriBeCa
65 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

A few weeks ago I had a bit of a craving for chicken wings. We didn’t really want to head into town so chose TriBeCa in Ranelagh. I’ve only been here a few times before but I couldn’t forget their wings ! The menu here is really good for casual dining. There’s not a massive amount of starters but a good mix within them.There was ZERO discussion here – we were sharing the wings! At €14 for the basket they aren’t a cheap starter but you really wouldn’t be able to eat them yourself so they’re a sharing starter which makes it more reasonable. I chose the Mexican omelette for main. My friend went with the bacon and cheese burger with chips . Portion sizes were large – especially the burger, it was huge! We both really enjoyed the mains although his eyes were bigger than his belly and he couldn’t manage to finish it…. I on the other hand didn’t leave a crumb on my plate.We shared a desert and opted for the cookies and cream cheesecake. At €8 it’s pretty much an average price for desert. This was the only part of the meal I wasn’t crazy about. The portion wasn’t huge (and I LOVE my desert so like a big chunk!) The total bill was only €70 which was really good value given the portion sizes. That included a bottle of house red. All in all we were really impressed with the food and service in TriBeCa… it’s definitely a place to return to!

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Dax Cafe Bar
23 Pembroke Street Upper, City Centre South, Dublin

I've eaten here a couple of times, whenever a deal comes up on one of the deal websites I'm first in line! Have yet to be disappointed. They do the most FABULOUS cheese board, honestly you'd barely need anything else. And the wine is lovely too. The interior isn't too amazing but it is only a cafe bar and not really a restaurant setting so it's probably to be expected. All in all, lovely food, nice wine and friendly staff - can't complain!

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Pyg Restaurant
Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, South William Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Was massively impressed with this place. Had gotten a voucher on one of the deal websites and wasn't sure what to expect having never been here before but was delighted. The portion sizes were huge compared to other tapas restaurants and the food was absolutely fabulous. Lovely wine and desert was great too. Had the meatballs (Gigantic portion), bread and dips, chorizo stew and cammanbert (sp) cheese - all was fantastic. Can't recommend enough and will definitely return.

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The Grapevine Cafe Wine & Tapas Bar
6 Rose Inn Street, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

Absolutely LOVED this place. Went for dinner on Saturday night and the place had a great buzz about it. Fab wine and food and the staff were lovely and friendly. My only complaint would be that the cheese board is a bit overpirced at 15 euro - have had bigger and better for less... in saying that it still tasted great. Would definitely go back when in Kilkenny again.

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La Caverna Restaurant & Wine Bar
12 Fownes Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Visited La Caverna on a busy Friday night in the city - a week before Christmas. A group of 6 of us went and each of us really enjoyed it. The Christmas menu for €30 is fantastic value and they were very accomodating with the odd change to requirements.Most of the party had steaks which were great and starters and main courses were also very satisfactory. The only complaint is the service - we were there for 3 hours - wasn't a problem to us as we like to sit and take our time eating and have a glass of wine between courses etc but if you were in a rush it wouldn't have been ideal! Overall absolutely great value and lovely food - will be returning!

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Spurs Family Restaurant
U42 Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, Liffey Valley, Liffey Valley, Dublin

I agree with another reviewer that this place is basically just a step up from fast food - but it's MUCH better value for money. Compared to the likes of Eddie Rockets or Gourmet Burger a burger and chips here is just a million times better value....and they taste great too! I have had 1 bad experience here in the last 5 years or so where there was a hair in my salad but other than that it's perfect for some cheap eats before cinema or post shopping.

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Pasta Fresca
2-4 Chatham Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I hate to leave a bad review about this place as I'd been coming here for years and loved it! I amen't sure if it's been taken over in the past year or something but it's definitely not the same place it was. My first bad experience was a Christmas night last year with a few girls and the service was just rubbish - getting meals at all different times etc. Then this weekend went with my partner thinking I'll give it another go - but was equally disappointed. Don't get me wrong, the food is nice but it's not the bargain it used to be when you got a lovely meal with great service in a buzzing little restaurant. Now you're lucky if they get your order right, a couple is packed between 2 huge loud tables and service with a smile isn't offered. I think I'm done with Pasta Fresca!!

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Elephant & Castle
18/19 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

LOVE Elaphant & Castle! It's been a while since I was last here to be honest - the fact that you ALWAYS have to wait so long for a table has turned me off on a number of occasions. But - if you have the time to wait it's always worth it. As everyone always says - the chicken wings are just amazing, and the burgers are pretty good too. Great atmosphere and not too expensive - all in all great casual place for a bite to eat.

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The Bloody Stream Restaurant
Under Howth Dart Station, North Dublin, Howth, Dublin

Food here is just fab! Obviously being by the sea you expect pretty good seafood and it didn't disappoint. Had the fishcakes and fish and chips - HUGE portions and absolutely cracking food - no complaints at all!

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

Have been here on a couple of occasions as a friend of mine is a big fan - however I'm yet to be convinced! My view is that it's totally overpriced for what you get - granted the burgers and chips are a decent size but I still think for that money it would be better spent elsewhere. I agree with another review about the slow service to get the bill - I doubt I'll be returning in the near future.

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The Port House
64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Only ever been here once but loved loved loved it! You can't book a table so you may be in for a wait to get a free one. Sat upstairs which was absolutely fab, dark and candle lit and romantic. Great food, great wine and just a really nice atmosphere, perfect for a date. Will definitely return.

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Scoozi!
2-5 Winthrop Lane, Winthrop Street, Cork, Cork City, Cork

Like another poster, I literally stumbled across this place as it's on a little side street. Has a few tables outside but as they were full we went inside for a bit of lunch. The place was really busy which is always a great sign. Got seated pretty quickly to be fair...although i understand why because our food was out within a couple of minutes. As lunch menues go I've seen much better deals - especially in the middle of the recession - and if i'm paying a bit more I'd like to sit over it a little longer. The food was lovely, although i was expecting the burgers to be a bit bigger! I've had burgers where the bun is too small for the burger as a result of a HUGE burger but our burgers just had a really small bun! Can't complain about the quality of food though, it was lovely, just a little expensive for what we got. A nice place for a bit of lunch but I wouldn't really recommend for a dressy big night out - just a bit more casual than that.

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The Ambassador Restaurant
3 Cook Street, Cork City, Cork

This was my first visit here and I definitely wasn't disappointed. It's got lovely decor, friendly staff and really good food. We got a nice little table for two in it's own little section which was great. I will say one thing - as Chinese's go it's pretty expensive. Granted, the food is lovely and you get plenty but it's just that bit more expensive than other Chinese's I've been to which are just as good. I shared the duck with pancakes for starter - yum! Then got King Prawns with green pepper and black bean sauce - great fresh prawns and fried rice was lovely too. All in all definitely worth a visit.

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Luigi Malones (Cork)
1-2 Emmet Place, Cork City, Cork

Ok - I really don't want to seem totally negative about this place because it totally depends on what you are looking for. I ate there last Thursday evening and as I'm a big fan of the Dublin branch I expected it to be pretty much the same. Unfortunately when I arrived I was more than a bit disappointed. The decor is pretty tired and also there was a horrible smell of just old food and cloths used to clean tables. The one in Dublin is much cleaner and has a buzzier vibe about it too. Don't get me wrong, the food was lovely, I had the nachos and the estepadas, both were fab and the early bird menu is amazing value. It did the job of a quick bite to eat before a gig in the Marquee but definitely outshadowed by the Dublin branch and could do with a good clean up I'm afraid.

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Trocadero
St Andrew Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Well I've been coming to Trocadero for years now and absolutely love it! On this occasion I was at a wedding meal of about 28 people. As usual, Robert dealt with everything totally professionally while being friendly too. I had the Brie for starter followed my the sea bass, both absolutely excellent. The veg and potatoes are always plentiful and very tasty. And the portion size for the sea bass was great....as it was a set menu you sometimes expect a little smaller portions but it was very substantial. I've never had an occasion to complain in Trocadero, I think the atmosphere, the food and the value for money are all excellent. It's the perfect place for a group dinner, a date or a more casual early evening meal.....and you just cannot beat their fillet steak!!

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

I've been here many times over the last few years and usually have a really nice meal. I went last Friday evening which was as busy as ever - I love the atmosphere here and no matter how busy it is the service is always great...however I find the tables are slightly squashed together especially upstairs so not really the place for a quiet chat! I had the suppli for starter and then the Pollo Toscana - I pretty much get the same thing each time I come here as I love it...the only problem I had was that the inside of the suppli was still slightly cold. And to be honest it's happened to me once before when I was there. Other than that though everything was perfect, a lovely main couse and lovely wine and not too expensive. Great for a nice bite to eat so long as you don't want a peaceful quiet evening as it gets really busy on the weekend!

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Greenes Restaurant @ Hotel Isaacs
48 MacCurtain Street, By the Waterfall, Cobbled Courtyard Close, Cork City, Cork

This was my first time eating here after it was recommended by a friend who lives in the area as one of the best places to go for a nice dinner. While it was nice enough I felt it wasn't really worth the money. I booked a couple of weeks in advance but still we were squashed into a tiny corner at the window with barely any space, it felt like myself and my boyfriend were sitting at a tiny school desk eating our meal. We didn't go for the early bird, just ordered from the normal dinner menu and found it pretty expensive while the food was nice. I had the prawns for starter and he had the lamb sausage - i think he got the better starter there as my prawns weren't great. Then i had the sea bass and he had the rib eye - all nice food but thought the fish was over priced. I'll definitely go back and give it a second chance but was just pretty disappointed with our table more than anything else as it's a lovely setting but I just don't enjoy paying so much for the food when i'm barely able to move at my table!

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Bellagio
92 Terenure Road North, Dublin 6W, Terenure, Dublin

I've eaten in this place many times as my mother is a big fan and it is consistantly great! Their early bird is great value and the food is always good. I went for the pizza and for a pizza on an early bird it's a very generous size and i wasn't able to manage it all. My mam went for Spaghetti Bolognase (as she always does here!) and she loved it too. . Not so much recommended for a romantic meal or anything but great value for a local meal and I'll definitely return.

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Asian Tea House
15 Mary Street, Galway City, Galway

This is definitely the best Thai / Asian style food I've had in the past few years. Huge starters, huge mains, great wine and a good selection of beers also. The service was great - staff couldn't be more friendly or helpful. As a previous reviewer said, the only down side was having so much food that we couldn't finish it all! Definitely worth a visit!

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Abalone - Closed
53 11 Dominick Street, Galway City, Galway

I ate here on a busy Saturday night of the Easter weekend and wouldn't have one single complaint to make! It's a very small cosy restaurant but the tables aren't literally on top of each other or anything. The food was absolutely amazing! We had the duck and fish cakes for starters, the lamb and steak for main and chocolate cake for desert - all of it cooked perfectly and tasted great! And the service was great too - yes it's more expensive than some restaurants but in my opinion worth every penny.....next time I'm in Galway I will definitely return.

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

Ate here this weekend with my boyfriend and another couple. Firstly - the food.....had the chicken wings and they were very average, not much sauce on them and pretty bland. My enchiladas were ok - again nothing special and i expected a lot more after reading other reviews. Second - the service...now I know it was a busy weekend in town with the rugby match but the service was pretty terrible. waited half an hour after main course plates were cleared - I really wanted to try the deep fried ice cream but just couldn't get the waitress' attention so after half an hour I just found her and got the bill. While the inside of the restaurant is cute and authentic, the food and service I experienced will turn me off going back again.

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