Restaurant Reviews from kittyandpinchy

Status: Connoisseur

Credibility Score:
52.5%

County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 28

Member Since: 12 June 2011

Last Visit: 03 July 2014

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Chapter One Restaurant

18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Great
311 reviews

Reviewed 29th September 2013 ( visited 27th August 2013 )

We dined at the chef's table with a couple of friends and had an absolutely fantastic night! We all had the kitchen table tasting menu with the matched wines for each course. The service was brilliant, food served by the head chef and wine by a resident expert. Champagne on arrival and amazing fresh bread that we watched come out of the oven and straight to our table. I can honestly say that overall this was the best dining experience I have ever had. Can't wait to have a meal in the restaurant now that we've had a peek behind the scenes.
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Hush Brasserie restaurant

12A New Street Malahide, Malahide, Dublin, Area Code: North Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
Brasserie

Price Range:

Good
105 reviews

Reviewed 19th February 2012 ( visited 09th February 2012 )

I brought my girlfriend here for and earlybird last Thurday. The place was quiet so we got a table nicely tucked away at the back. For starters we had the mussles and smoked haddock. The ingredients and presentation was fantastic although the actual taste was a bit of a let down. For main we chose the striploin and the lamb shank - both of which were nice but, again not special. For 19.95 the value was fantastic but we found the service to be slow and the whole experience a bit underwhelming.
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Greedy Goose
15 Townyard Lane, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin

It's not often that I'm surprised by places anymore but appearances can be deceptive! As understated as the outside and entrance is the food is nothing short of fantastic. The tables maybe a little close together but with a great wine selection, friendly staff and creative tasting dishes we barely noticed. I'm kicking myself that I didn't dine here sooner and have already booked to go back.

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

I was treated to dinner here for my birthday and it turned out to be a fab gift! The views from the bar are lovely and the cocktails are equally impressive. We ordered off the festive menu; everything was beautifully cooked and the service was relaxed and polite. The setting of this place is beautiful and I look forward to going back asap!

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

Popped in for brunch with the girls late on Sunday morning. We all had poached eggs and bacon on toast which were cooked beautifully and a few drinks each. Although the food and drink were nice, and good value too - the main attraction was the live jazz band who were brilliant and created a lovely chilled atmosphere. Perfect for a few hours just winding down.

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Deep
12 West Pier, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin

A little on the expensive side compared with other restaurants in the same area but the quality of the seafood is amazing and the portions are generous. Although my seafood linguine was delicious I was very jealous of the seafood platter I saw served up on the table next to me and will be back to soon to sample it for myself!

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Pulcinella's Secret
30 Church St, Howth, Howth, Dublin

This place is truly a hidden gem! I you are looking for a great pizza, good Italian wine and a fantastic view then this is the perfect place. We tried a few of the starters; the calamari were tasty and well cooked but the pork starter wasn't great. The pizzas were so authentically good that it didn't matter one bit about the starters. The staff are friendly and fun and make it a lovely relaxed place to eat...we've been several times already and will certainly be back soon.

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

We dined at the chef's table with a couple of friends and had an absolutely fantastic night! We all had the kitchen table tasting menu with the matched wines for each course. The service was brilliant, food served by the head chef and wine by a resident expert. Champagne on arrival and amazing fresh bread that we watched come out of the oven and straight to our table. I can honestly say that overall this was the best dining experience I have ever had. Can't wait to have a meal in the restaurant now that we've had a peek behind the scenes.

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Buenos Aires Grill
Unit 2 Castle Way, Golden Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I had high expectations of this place, being a big fan of Argentine food. To start with we ordered bread and dips which were lovely and house wine which was also good. We had a voucher for a platter plate with a selection of items from the menu; steak, fish, prawns, ribs & halloumi. The ribs were really tender and tasty and the halloumi was nice enough; all of the other items were either over cooked or tasteless. My biggest disappointment was the steak - for a grill house I really expected this to be good and it wasn't.

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Red Torch Ginger
14/ 15 Andrew Street , Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

A group of us from work went to Red Torch Ginger last Thursday to celebrate a belated birthday and we had a fab time! We have eaten in a good few Thai places around the city and this place is up there with the best of them overall. The earlybird menu was good value at jut short of 20 euros - plenty of choice of meals with choices of sides too. The Massaman curry and pennang curries were favourites with our group not to mention the Strawberry belinis and other cocktails of the week! The is a lovely buzz about this place and the staff are really freindly; when booking for a group they were particularly accomadating. I would recommend a visit if you haven't already been.

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Farm Restaurant (Dawson Street)
3 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

Uninspiring is the word I would use to describe this restaurant; very good or very bad. Two of us were there on a Monday night; the place was pretty busy but we were seated and our order was taken quickly. In short I was disappointed in the food, the service and the value for money (early bird menu was 32 euros) compared with other restaurants in this area. I would be happy to return for a coffee and their chocolate orange mousse which was beautiful but I won't be back for dinner anytime soon :-(

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Cafe Bar H
Grand Canal Plaza, Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

Went here on a busy Saturday night with some Spanish friends. The tapas were tasty and there was a lot to choose from...would have liked the patatas bravas to have a little more kick but otherwise I have no complaints! Would happily eat here again if I was in the area.

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Samphire
The Waterside House Hotel, Near Swords, Donabate, Donabate, Dublin

I've heard it said of many places but Samphire truly is a hidden gem which we only discovered through our stay at the waterside house hotel. The fact that we didn't see an empty table in the place either at lunch, dinner or anywhere in between is testimony to the fine food and equally fine service! The amuse bouche of crab with lemon mousse and grapefruit jelly was a lovely start to the meal, as were the freshly baked, warm selection of mini loaves of bread. The menu was great value at €30 for 3 courses – all of the food was presented beautifully and tasted fantastic. For an intimate bolthole from city life I can’t recommend this place enough.

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Pichet
14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

We finally had dinner last night in Pichet after wanting to try it for some time; it did not disappoint. The food & wine were delicious, the staff were really friendly and gave us excellent service and the general atmosphere in the place was really classy! The starters in particular were amazing; we chose the salmon with asparagus veloute and lamb ravioli and I would highly recommend either. Pichet is now firmly one of my new favorite places to eat in Dublin and I cannot wait to go back!

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The Bull & Castle and F.X. Buckley Steakhouse
5-7 Lord Edward Street, Christchurch, Dublin 8, City Centre South, Dublin

Came here on a staff night out 2 weeks ago for the second time; yet again the staff in the restaurant were great; the food on the early bird was not only reasonably priced but the steaks were unbelievable and I would recommend the crème brulee to anyone who will listen! Less than 20 quid for 2 decent courses is difficult to beat in Dublin. They even accommodated late arrivals and let them order off the early menu which had, by rights finished. My only ‘beef’ was that the food took ages to come out after we had ordered…this has happened before too which put a few of our serious carnivores in temporary bad form! The place itself was also a little chilly. We were enjoying the place so much that the staff in the restaurant arranged a table so we could move the party upstairs where there was a great atmosphere and a second-to-none selections of beers. I was back last week with friends from London who were blown away by the quality of the steaks on the menu – two different but equally brilliant nights out in this place.

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Damascus Gate
10 Upper Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

We visited Damascus gate after some friends highly recommended it. In short the place was far too busy for its size and the number of staff they have working there; the staff were however very helpful and friendly. I can only think that they are in danger of becoming a victim of their own success as people just can’t seem to get enough of the place which gives it a great buzz of an atmosphere! The food was fantastic; Mixed skewered kebabs, spiced mince lamb and a lovely cold mezzo of falafel, stuffed bay leaves and hummus etc. No frills, not even matching crockery or cutlery, just tasty dishes that made us want to return sooner rather than later. A great experience!

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

We went here for the pre-theatre menu on a Friday afternoon –the place was very quiet but got busy very quickly after 6 so we were glad of our booking. Firstly, our waiter was really friendly and attentive and was happy to request a nice wine to go with our food choices; he made the whole evening a pleasure. The choices on the menu were lovely; we chose the goats cheese salad and the deep fried brie, both of which were delicious. For main we had the duck breast and the sea bass, again both of which were delicious and perfectly cooked. The choice of deserts was small but still tasty! Overall our meal was reasonably priced, €25.50 each plus wine. I would highly recommend this place for food, atmosphere and location.

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Seabank Bistro
Coast Road, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

We’ve walked passed here many times without even noticing it but this place is a little hidden gem. The service was very friendly, the seafood fresh and tasty and the place has a lovely cosy atmosphere. The Sunday lunch menu is good value and the selection is still good (The roast pork was especially tasty!). Looking forward to our next visit very soon.

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Dada Restaurant
45 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Decided last minute to go to Dada on Saturday night; the restaurant was full but we got a table downstairs in the bar. Although the tables aren't ideal for eating the atmosphere and decour in the place was fantastic and ther service was pretty good too. We had bread with dips and a lamb skewer to start follwed by a lamb tagine and lamb shoulder for mains. The lamb was cooked so well it just fell apart - mine was not the hotest when it arrived but it was so tastey I barely noticed! We washed it down with a lovely (& very reasonably priced) wine follwed by Marakesh Mojitos which I would definatly recommend. The only downside was the toilets - they weren't the cleanest but overall this wouldn't put me off going back for another vist.

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Bridge House Restaurant
Bridge Street, Tullamore, Offaly

Went here with my parents for a carvery on sunday. Huge portions of good old carvery roast dinner with a choice of beef, ham, turkey or as some of my family like, a combination of all! The place was buzzing with people and there was a nice atmosphere in the bar. Since its self-serve there is no service to speak of but table was cleared quickly after we had finished. My parents have eaten here a few times and always enjoy it - can't say I blame them. Great place for a quick, informal meal.

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Cinnabar @ Crowne Plaza Hotel Northwood
Santry Demesne, North Dublin, Santry, Dublin

Took a group of 20 people from work here to do our secret santa the week before christmas week. They reserved large area for us and the service was good for the number of people we had. Eveyone enjoyed the selection of burgers, chicken skewers and noodles - good, no nonsense bar food. Not the cheapest but overall a great spot for this type of occasion.

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

We went here to celebrate my birthday before christmas and cannot fault the experience! Big hearty portions of great tasting food combined with expertly blended cocktails! The lambshank was pretty much the best I have ever tasted. The staff were chatty and recommended a great wine to complement our meal - which did so very well. This is my new favourite restaurant and I cannot wait to come back!

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Stoop Your Head
Harbour Road, Skerries, Skerries, Dublin

We visited stoop your head after a wave of recommendations from friends. This place was a warm, cosy contrast to the fab view of the harbour and elements you get through the large windows. We chose the mussels and calamari to start - the mussels and sauce were fab but the calamari, although tastey were a little overcooked with soggy batter. The traditional fish and chips were delicious and the pork cutlets in pepper sauce equally so. Our food came quickly even though the restaurant was packed to the with people even queuing at the door! The service was friendly and our bill was reasonable; overall we had a lovely evening at the place - we'll definatly return.

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Hush Brasserie
12A New Street Malahide, Malahide, Dublin

I brought my girlfriend here for and earlybird last Thurday. The place was quiet so we got a table nicely tucked away at the back. For starters we had the mussles and smoked haddock. The ingredients and presentation was fantastic although the actual taste was a bit of a let down. For main we chose the striploin and the lamb shank - both of which were nice but, again not special. For 19.95 the value was fantastic but we found the service to be slow and the whole experience a bit underwhelming.

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Noble House - Malahide Rd
Northern Cross, Malahide Road, Malahide, Dublin

I’ve had take-away from here a few times with friends so I had high hopes for this place. The food was very slow coming out even though the restaurant was empty but the service was great. If you eat here avoid the al la carte menu – the early bird and lunch menus are far better value and you get the exact same portions with a decent choice. Overall the food was tasty but the starters were tiny and the menu is a little bit boring compared with other places.

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Bloom Brasserie & Wine Bar
11 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

After redeeming a voucher last week my boyfriend and I booked dinner for Friday night at Bloom Brasserie. We were told that normally vouchers could not be redeemed on AVIVA stadium nights but that they would make an exception since they were quiet – I thought this was a nice gesture to start with. I had deleted the voucher from my email by mistake however since I had reserved the table through menupages.ie they were happy to take my card details as confirmation and agreed to contact me if there was any problem. Firstly I would like to say that I have read several reviews on here that say the service at this restaurant is not ‘up-to-scratch’; while they might be slightly understaffed I thought that all of the waiting staff were very friendly, helpful and gave us fantastic customer service. When we looked at the menu I didn’t think there was a great selection for starters and chose the sweet potato soup; when it arrived however it was beautiful with slices of bacon and chopped almonds in it. My boyfriend really enjoyed the Lemon, garlic and herb prawns to start although the portion was a little small for the 10 euro price tag. For mains we ordered the lab cutlets and the confit of duck. The lamb was cooked really nicely and had just the right amount of potatoes and vegetable with it. The confit of duck was also generous in size but was lacking in taste and I suspect that, with hindsight my boyfriend would not have chosen this particular dish. The voucher came with house wine – I can’t comment on the white but I found the red to be delicious and much cheaper than all of the others on the menu. Overall we had a really nice relaxed dinner in this lovely basesment restaurant and would happily return.

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The Oar House Fish Restaurant
8 West Pier, North Co. Dublin, Howth, Dublin

We have eaten at the oar house twice now and have yet to be disappointed. Our last visit was a romantic evening dinner and this time was a lazy Sunday afternoon sat outside in the sunshine – this is a place that is equally suited to both. On this visit we ordered tapas to share; calamari, Cajun calamari, prawns pil pil, mussels, and salad. Fresh tasty seafood and crisp white house wine sitting out on the pier on summer’s day; what more could anyone ask for? On both occasions the staff were welcoming and friendly and added to the wonderful dining experience, they know the menu and the wine list inside-out and were on-hand to offer advice on both. The menu is vast with lots of extra specials to choose from – the worst part is deciding what to have on each visit. We can’t wait to go back soon!

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Bon Appetit
9 James Terrace, Malahide, Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

This was our third visit to Bon appetite and the food has always been fantastic – this time was no exception. We ate in the Brassiere on tis occasion. The quiche starter was melt-in the-mouth and the pastry was especially good; although the potted duck wasn’t really something I would enjoy, I was reliably informed by my partner that it was delicious and couldn’t be faulted in anyway. The service was classy – we weren’t rushed in any way and the waiter was eager to recommend wines suited to our choice of meal. The wine menu was extensive however we found it to be quite expensive; the wine was not overpriced but the selection of cheaper drinks was limited. For dinner my partner had the steak which was tender and cooked exactly as ordered. I had the cod with chorizo and chick peas; the fish was beautiful and fresh although I thought that the hommus was a little overpowering for it. We were disappointed not to see the duck with rhubarb on the menu anymore that we had on our last visit as this was a definite highlight! Overall the food was as would be expected of a Michelin starred restaurant, the service was great – the only let-down is that we found the atmosphere to be a bit sterile.

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Diep le Shaker
55 Pembroke Lane, (Off Pembroke Street), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We dined at Diep on a Saturday evening; from the minute we arrived the staff were attentive and friendly. The menu was impressive and had a great selection as was the wine and cocktail list. For starter I had the satay chicken salad – the dressing was amazing, lovely fresh flavours with a kick! My partner had the starter platter with a sample of 5 different appetizers and each of them was delicious. The waitress described their ‘cocktail of the day’ which we both had with our starters and was dangerously easy to drink – they were freshly made and generous in size. For mains we had the lamb massaman curry and the beef red curry, both of which were beautiful. All-in-all we had a fantastic night, great food and great service. The only criticism would be that the drinks were slightly pricey but this didn’t take away from the experience. 5 stars.

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Murphy Blacks Restaurant
The Square, Kilkee, Clare

We were staying in Kilkee on the bank holiday and came upon this restaurant by good luck! After a great chat with the owner our order was taken and our food came quickly even though it was a busy Saturday evening; I had the mussels to start which was a good size portion followed by the special of monkfish in parma ham in a delicious noisette sauce. My boyfriend had crabclaws follwed by scallops in a clam and mussel broth. We also had a lovely bottle of wine recommended which was recommended to us and went very well with our meal. The food and service was fantastic and if we're ever in the area again I would love to dine here again!

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