Restaurant Reviews from kitten_77

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 8

Member Since: 31 October 2008

Last Visit: 25 February 2014

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Pearl Brasserie restaurant

20 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Fine Dining

Price Range:

Great
261 reviews

Reviewed 01st February 2011 ( visited 22nd October 2010 )

I have eaten twice in Pearl Brasserie in the last year and 4/5 times in total, each time the restaurant has been exceptional on all fronts - service, food and ambiance. For starters I usually have the fois gras which is devine. For mains I have had the squab pigeon which is a house specialty. I have also had scallops which are great. Everything on the menu is cooked with finesse and style. The restaurant itself is beautiful, and for a special occasion its worth asking for a booth which are like little mini private rooms. It is pretty amazing that Pearl does the food it does, at the prices it charges. My husband and I have been to Michelin starred restaurants in Dublin, but Pearl is still our favorite ....In my opinion streets ahead of elsewhere particularly on a value for money basis. And we are fussy critics!
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Rustic Stone restaurant

South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
529 reviews

Reviewed 01st March 2011 ( visited 11th February 2011 )

Ate here with friends recently, chose it for the novelty factor and we hadn't been before. The menu looks good and is based around healthy eating and the hot stone concept. I was a bit skeptical of the idea of cooking my own food -as other reviewers have commented -it feels a bit like the chef is outsourcing his duties to his paying customers. The night was very busy and the restaurant was packed. The room is a bit too crowded for my liking, we were seated near the stairs but tables are closely packed back to back. We ordered breads to start (waitress suggested getting 2 portions but 1 was plenty big enough. Dips were nice, baba ganoush was particularly good. For mains i had the tuna, my friends had glamburgers and a steak. Tuna was very good and cooked to perfection (i like it rare so didn't need any more cooking on the stone). The glamburgers were also good, as was steak. We also had pesto chips which were nice. Deserts were chocolate soup (too thin) and blueberry boost (very nice).All in all i can't fault the food, everything was well cooked and flavored. My only gripe is with the price, everything is a tad overpriced for the current environment. I also think that considering the prices, the dining room could be a little better spaced - the noise levels are were high and the hot stones made it feel incredibly stuffy. Would probably return if an early bird was offered and if the room was a bit more comfortable.
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Locks Brasserie
No. 1 Windsor Terrace, South Dublin, Portobello, Dublin

Had a beautiful lunch here with my aunt on a Saturday in late January. The place was exceptionally quiet which was a little awkward at first, but it was a beautiful sunny day and the view of the canal took away from the lack of other diners. The staff were absolutely lovely and very welcoming. We went with the set lunch menu. There choices are limited but I have no issue with that as its such good value for the quality of food. We both went for the beetroot and goats cheese starter and we were both blown away, it was one of the nicest starters I have had for a long time, presentation was superb. I had salmon for mains, my aunt had a game pie. Both beautifully executed. We shared a mango panna cotta for desert which could just be the best panna cotta I've ever eaten. we both agreed we would return for that alone! Rounded off the meal with coffee and petit fours. Its such a nice touch that they treat people dining on the set menu with the same little extras as you would get on the a la carte - these are things that draw me back to restaurants. I eat out lot and this was on a par/better than meals I've had anywhere, including one or two Michelin star establishments which will remain nameless. This is a place you would really like to see doing well as the staff seem really passionate about their business. I will definitely be back.

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Restaurant FortyOne
Residence, 41 St. Stephen´s Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here a few weeks ago for a "treat" night out. Overall the experience was amazing and exceeded expectations. The food is excellent -best meal in Dublin for quite some time. To start I had seared fois gras and it was sublime. Didn't need the big hunk of sourdough but thats beside the point and I guess some people can't cope with fois gras on its own (when its things good though you really should't spoil it with bread). Hubbie had scallops which were also very good. For mains we had john dory (me) and duck (him). Dory was out of this world, loved the accompaniment of quinoa and squid ink -it was perfecctly balanced and not too overpowering. Hubby said duck was also excellent. Shared a lemon cream desert which was v. good. Lots lof little bits and bobs in between were gorgeous (in particular the pre desert was a lovely surprise and unexpected). Only two critiscisms would be that no1 our table wasn't fantastic and no2 I asked the somelier a question about wine and while he suggested a bottle, i would have preferred one or two more options (the bottle he suggested was more than we would usually pay for wine). Small issues though - next time I will request a "good" table and will make own decision on wine. Although Residence at the higher end of dining in dublin which is obviously reflected in the price, I felt it was good value for the quality and we have apready booked a return visit for another special occasion.

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Nandos Swords
Swords Pavilions, Swords, Dublin

Ate here last weekend, first experience of Nandos. Overall disappointed, food was mediocre at best and over-priced. Paid 30 euros for two small portions of food and 2 drinks, pretty shocking to be honest. Chicken wings were soggy and flabby, chicken wrap was dry and boring. When compared to Crackbird Nandos falls very short... ok they are probably both a bit over-priced for what they are offering but at least Crackbird delivers on the food front.

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Rustic Stone
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here with friends recently, chose it for the novelty factor and we hadn't been before. The menu looks good and is based around healthy eating and the hot stone concept. I was a bit skeptical of the idea of cooking my own food -as other reviewers have commented -it feels a bit like the chef is outsourcing his duties to his paying customers. The night was very busy and the restaurant was packed. The room is a bit too crowded for my liking, we were seated near the stairs but tables are closely packed back to back. We ordered breads to start (waitress suggested getting 2 portions but 1 was plenty big enough. Dips were nice, baba ganoush was particularly good. For mains i had the tuna, my friends had glamburgers and a steak. Tuna was very good and cooked to perfection (i like it rare so didn't need any more cooking on the stone). The glamburgers were also good, as was steak. We also had pesto chips which were nice. Deserts were chocolate soup (too thin) and blueberry boost (very nice).All in all i can't fault the food, everything was well cooked and flavored. My only gripe is with the price, everything is a tad overpriced for the current environment. I also think that considering the prices, the dining room could be a little better spaced - the noise levels are were high and the hot stones made it feel incredibly stuffy. Would probably return if an early bird was offered and if the room was a bit more comfortable.

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Eden
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin

Had lunch in Eden with some girlfriends in October. I've eaten in Eden quite a lot over the past number of years and it is a restaurant that I would feel comfortable recommending as it ticks most boxes: good food, good service, nice atmosphere and airy bright restaurant which is modern but not in an overly-trendy sense. (I have eaten here on occasion with work, family and friends and husband!). Anyway our girlie lunch reaffirmed my opinion, it food was excellent and service impeccable. For starter i had smokies which are a house special and really good. For mains we all had cod (except for 2 vegetarians) which was stunning. The two vegetarians asked if the veggie option could be amended slightly, and this was no trouble. The waiter was very knowledgeable with regard to the food and dietary requirements. What really impressed me though was the his suggestion regarding wine choice - i had just been on holiday in the Languedoc and discovered some great wines from the region which are much more competitively priced than Bordeaux. so I was delighted to see a Corbieres on the wine list- which was recommended by our waiter. I'm told that the cocktails in Eden are also great! All in all a fantastic venue offering great food at reasonable prices.

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The Exchequer
3-5 Exchequer Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here before christmas, had heard about it for a while and was curious to try it out. We weren't starving so shared a starter of potted crab and for mains ordered duck salad (me) and steak sandwich (him). We actually laughed when the potted crab arrived, it was literally a shot glass. A shocking rip off at c. EUR9. I asked for extra bread (the crab came with one slice). The bread arrived 20 minutes later, and instead of being an extra slice (or two) of the bread which came with the crab, the "selection of homemade bread with oil" was delivered for which we were charged c. EUR3.95. Duck salad was nice, steak sandwich was fine. All in all over priced, with poor service and a slightly snotty attitude - a bit 2006, n'est pas? Not really somewhere I am bothered about paying a return visit.

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Pearl Brasserie
20 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I have eaten twice in Pearl Brasserie in the last year and 4/5 times in total, each time the restaurant has been exceptional on all fronts - service, food and ambiance. For starters I usually have the fois gras which is devine. For mains I have had the squab pigeon which is a house specialty. I have also had scallops which are great. Everything on the menu is cooked with finesse and style. The restaurant itself is beautiful, and for a special occasion its worth asking for a booth which are like little mini private rooms. It is pretty amazing that Pearl does the food it does, at the prices it charges. My husband and I have been to Michelin starred restaurants in Dublin, but Pearl is still our favorite ....In my opinion streets ahead of elsewhere particularly on a value for money basis. And we are fussy critics!

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Chez Max (Palace Street)
1 Palace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had late lunch with my sister in Chez Max (Palace street) recently. The restaurant is cute and feels like a French brasserie. However the day was quite cold and my sister was sitting opposite the back door to the kitchen, and she said she was in a bad draft throughout the meal. To start we both had calamari which was excellent. For mains i had beef Bourguignon, my sister had steak. My beef Bourguignon was very very good, once of the best I've ever had. My sister enjoyed her steak and it was a generous size. For desert we shared a creme brulee after reading so many rave reviews about Chez Max's brulee. It lived up to expectations! My only criticism would be the wine list, I think a bistro should offer a little more selection around the €25-30 mark. All in all it was an enjoyable meal however the drafty table let it down a little.

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