Restaurant Reviews from krickat

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 30

Member Since: 18 June 2009

Last Visit: 09 February 2013

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Les Freres Jacques restaurant

74 Dame Street, Dublin City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
French

Price Range:

Good
175 reviews

Reviewed 13th February 2010 ( visited 05th February 2010 )

This is a fabulous place! Fantastic staff, tasty food and quiet place for normal conversations tht doesnt leave your throat sore or voice hoarse! Before I begin, it's expensive, but well worth every cent, especially after a horrible rotten long week. Staff are superb, atmosphere quiet! The duck confit for starters melted in my mouth! Sorry pple, I judge a place when I order the same dish so that it's fair when I make comments on whether to return to eat there. If it's good, of course I'll return!! There's where I'll get to try other dishes =) This restaurant serves unique seafood that is fresh and because of the varied choices offered, I was left wanting to try EVERYTHG! The combinations of sauces with the turbot was fantastic! My other friends ordered the fillet, it was so rich in flavor! French food tasted good here and it'll be good enough reason to return! Bon nuit
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Andersons Creperie restaurant

1A Carlingford Road, Drumcondra, Drumcondra, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 9

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Cuisine:
Cafe

Price Range:

Good
73 reviews

Reviewed 03rd August 2009 ( visited 02nd August 2009 )

Was my 2nd time here. Alwys heard the soups were good, but I was sooo hungry and decided for somethg filling. Tried the all vege breakfast galattes.. Yummy! Wht's BEST is the hot chocolate! Definitely thumbs up in terms of marshmallows, which is generous and overflowing - by this i mean, to the last sip you still have them mallows floating (this is after scooping away happily when you first received the drink) I'm happy since there was actually leftovers, something I've never do, but I was feeling sooo full!!
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Wagamama - Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Thank you for making my visit to wagamama stephens green so enjoyable. I have to admit that the menu is not superb, it doesn't ooze or suggest much japanese hint... BUT the service is friendly and efficient. The manager was amazingly prompt and she made a point to have brief salutations to all us diners. Service is fantastic and the ingredients used are fresh fresh fresh. So for any lack wagamama has, it's made up for by the superb team of staff lead by a capable and quick thinking manager. Thks for convincing me again that I didn't make a futile trip to wagamama.

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Ivans Oyster Bar & Grill
17 - 18 West Pier, Howth, Dublin

This place is clean and well spaced. A definite place to return to. Being a seafood restaurant, it has a fishy yet clean atmosphere. Well done. Haddock + chips were what we ordered. It's well cooked, golden brown and tasty! Well done again. The staff were all smiles, very polite and professional. They were very patient when we couldn't decide what to order. Positive feedback, 1 the waiting time for our mains was long I must say, more than 30mins.. But this is easily made up for by the tasty meal. 2 ever considered replacing haddock used in yr beer battered fish + chips with cod? This would easily be one of the tastiest fish + chips then!

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Chameleon Restaurant
1 Lower Fownes Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Came here with a good friend who insisted on having EXOTIC food. Well, I've travelled alot to asia, so indonesian food to me will have to be good to comment. The good thing abt chameleon is the low salt content in their dishes. It brings out the flavor more rather than having a blend yet salty taste! So well done. Unfortunately, the servings are really small and the rice is really DRY and cold! One would easily assume asian cuisines serve good portions, chameleon left us feeling hungry.. So we had to order desserts... Which turned out FABULOUS. Would return maybe for the desserts only =)

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The Dining Room
35 Dawson Street, City Centre South, Dublin

First off.. Thk you to e staff, as alwys accomodating and pleasant. I booked a table for4, but we turned up as 6 AND late. The matre D briskly showed us to a table! Ok, now, for food, the portions were good sized. Most of the time - french cuisine can get REALLY small. It's tasty. Not exploding with taste.. but worth it for the table d hote menu I guess. Smoked salmon for starters were just nice and not fishy. For mains, I had the duck, it could be juicier and fatty-er. No complaints regarding the speed and atmosphere! If you go there, they use REAL candles for their lamps, so it's really a nice place to dine in!

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101 Talbot
Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Great serving portions. Very tasteful starters too!! It wasn't crowded and the tables are well spaced!! Staff are friendly and VERY attentive. For mains, the porkbelly was good portioned. I thought the bbq sauce was too overbearing. The lamb dish looked good, tasted good and is good! Will recommend and return definitely!! Nice one!

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

What a lovely place to dine in!! It costs, butI will return. The staff are attentive and friendly, but it's a busy place.. so be prepared to wait! For starters the food served to perfection! I wonder how the plate is warm yet the dishes are cold cuts. For mains, the vegetable as sides are juicy and not over cooked. The pork and duck are bursting with flavors! A good experience tht I hadn't had in a long time. I'll like to try the turbot at the nxt visit, the other table beside us had it and it looked so good. Well done!

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

Not the place for talking. It's really very noisy and loud. However, everything is made up for with the food. The starters were lovely, it's french in the sense where the food is tasteless for flavorings, instead you taste the food for the food. I'm not making sense here. For starters, the snails tasted more or snails than flavourings.. yet you can taste the richness in the butter and herbs used. For mains, the duck was what it was.. you taste the game in duck meat. So it was really an experience for the food rather than flavours. A nice place, but NOT the place to head to if you plan to talk.. It's a small place and because the tables are so closely arranged, it's hard to hear anything said apart from the roars of yr neughbouring table. For the food, I'd return!

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Les Freres Jacques
74 Dame Street, Dublin City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

This is a fabulous place! Fantastic staff, tasty food and quiet place for normal conversations tht doesnt leave your throat sore or voice hoarse! Before I begin, it's expensive, but well worth every cent, especially after a horrible rotten long week. Staff are superb, atmosphere quiet! The duck confit for starters melted in my mouth! Sorry pple, I judge a place when I order the same dish so that it's fair when I make comments on whether to return to eat there. If it's good, of course I'll return!! There's where I'll get to try other dishes =) This restaurant serves unique seafood that is fresh and because of the varied choices offered, I was left wanting to try EVERYTHG! The combinations of sauces with the turbot was fantastic! My other friends ordered the fillet, it was so rich in flavor! French food tasted good here and it'll be good enough reason to return! Bon nuit

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Cafe Provence
1 Church Road, Malahide, Dublin

Thank you to the staff in Cafe provence, evn though I was expecting a french menu, their absolute attentive service and compromise left me very appreciative and glad to have eaten here. For starters, the deep fried calamari was very tasty and still had the "sea" in it's taste. So it's FRESH and the batter was not overwhelming.. All this with really thinly sliced rings. Well done. The bruschetta unfortunately was a letdown. The presentation was a complete contrast to the calamari dish. Again, the staff compromised and allowed for me to choose the duck dish from the ala carte menu. It was tasty! Not the same as u would imagine with a duck confit, yet differently tasty! Well done. The only setback would be atmosphere, it's too loud for quiet conversations. And the price of the dinner in a pub-like setting would be it's downside. This restaurant would be more appropriate for a girls nite out with blue music in the background, and some interesting dancing on the floor.

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Cafe Topolis
37 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This is an unassuming place. Thankfully for the fact that it has 2floors for sitting. We were really lucky to have a table given that it was 8pm on a friday evening! The food was served warm and really tasty. The starters are unfortunately very small. For fried calamari, I countred the6rings on 1plate, so the portion is SMALL. I thought the dipping sause was not the kind I was used to.. Howerever it was tasty so I wont complain. If you are not used to spicy stuffs, the chicken wings being spicy will not suit your palette, I thought it was nice and surprising since it never occurred to me that italians have spicy dishes. The selections for mains is huge! Wonderful to choose from, the pasta choices were ok.. So I went for the parma ham and veal - juicy, tender, vealy! Very good food! The pasta unfortunately didnt look or taste as nice as my dish =) The wine list has a good selection. I'm happy the house red was really sweet and easy to drink! Well done for the restuarant's sommelier! Fantastic staff, ever attentive, accomodating and so helpful. The only set back here were the customers. 2tables had their customers comment on non whites dining there. I thgt that was really uncalled for and ignorant. Apart from that, this place warrants returns!! Well done

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Hugo's
6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We had a night out to celebrate a friend's bday. And THUMBS up for opening on 28dec. Well done, for that I'd say the atmosphere was good for a small restaurant as this. We were seated in the lower level, which had a very low ceiling, yet, it gave a nice warm christmasy feel. So that was fantastic. It is a french restaurant, unfortunately, the menu looked more western. Thankfully, it was saved with a few french choices. The duck confit was not strong in flavor as I wished it to be, again, my standards could be too unforgiving given that french food is my favourite eat out cuisine =) The mains were as mentioned, western in flavor and not creamy/ rich as would the french have prepared. It's again, a nice experience, and I am not going to report anythg untoward for a restaurant that operated on 28dec09. It's a decent and reasonable place to dine. Enjoy!

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Bar Italia
26 Blooms Lane , Lower Ormond Quay, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

I'm not a fan of italian when eating out because it feels as if one can prepare a similar tomato based meal. Surprisingly, this was a decent italian place! Casual and informal yet, thie restaurant felt italian.. 1st off, they served warm bread with balsamic vin + olive oil. I was already liking the place =) I had a shrimp pasta,it tasted of the sea, tht's gd enough for me,wht i liked was how the taste of the pasta blended with ruccola, one of my fav. salad veg. Set back was the antipasto vegetarian platter, it was a cold dish. If u want a warm starter..Dont choose it! Costs a bit above average, but they make up for it with above average portions.

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

This is my second visit here. This time, it was with2 of my best friends,1irish,1from my country. It's definitely value for money, the staff are as usual, very attentive and absolutely friendly. We got to chat with the waitress who was from japan! She's really warm and agreed with us that the menu is somewhat more suited for the western palette. The sushi is definitely fantastic well prepared and good portioned sashimi.This visit was a bit disappointing, cos the bento box was mainly cold dishes.Esp in the cold weather,it would be nice if the mgmt consider serving warm dishes. In japan, the ingredients for the menu is selected accordingly to the season. Jus a suggestion since it's afterall, the best japanese restaurant in dublin =)

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Fallon and Byrne
11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I had the coq au vin.. It was just right in terms of the vinegar + wine mix in the main =) For a lunch on a sunday.. excellent and refreshing! And well priced. Would recommend anytime !! It would be helpful if there was more selection, then again, I can't argue since it a french eatery! Classy enough might I add.

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L'Gueuleton
No 1 Fade Street, Off Georges's Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I'm out to try all the various french cuisines dublin has to offer. Sadly, this place doesnt have a menu that is french. On the brighter side, the wines offered are fantastic =) It was a wait before being attended to, I put my finger as me being impatiently hungry. When the food arrived, it was warm, the plate was not warm but food was piping hot, an interesting mix. I had the venison casserole. It was not as tender as I had wished, and pretty fatty and chunky in it's pieces. On the whole, the wine list and dessert menu would be their redeeming point.

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La Maison
15 Castle Market Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

It is a quiet and lovely place to dine. Small, simple yet busy enough when you enter. The staff and manager are VERY attentive and polite. Food's lovely and surprisingly well portioned. I had duck confit for starters, since I'm not a fan of foie gras, I had my salad's foie gras portion replaced with more duck confit.. Brilliant, the staff agreed immediately =) It would have been fantastic if the duck confit was warm, maybe that way one can appreciate it being double cooked. For mains, I went for the cod. Lovely. A place to return for the coq au vin =)

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Mao Restaurant (Dun Laoghaire)
The Pavillion, South Co, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

A nice place for a quick bit, and that's what we had for lunch! Excellent location being in dun laoghaire where you can stroll along the marina. We shared the mango chili duck. You have to love "fatty" meat to appreciate this dish - where you have bits of duck fat oozing with flavor. It's not at all spicy so don't be worried abt it's name. We ordered steamed rice to go with the dish which turned out a little dry, but the sauce from our main made up for it. The down side would be - that the recession probably made this restaurant very stringent on it's offers - the 3course menu is ONLY for 1, so you can only order the set menu for 1, preventing you from sharing an otherwise reasonable 3course meal. Hence our meal was charged at full ala carte rate. Sadly, will only return for a brainless quick bite

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Brownes Deli and Cafe
18 Sandymount Green, Dublin 4, Sandymount, Dublin

Lovely unassuming eatery. It's hidden and tucked away well yet when u step in it's bustling with activity!Deli by day, dinner restaurant by night =) The pastries will be a delightful sight to greet u when u first step in. The atmosphere is very homely being extremely casual despite the EXCELLENT french food. The menu is huge to choose from, for a small kitchen! For starters we had the duck confit - lovely, and literally, it MELTS in your mouth. The serving is very decent and did I already mention,tasty and bursting with flavor,creamy red cabbage and full of butter! For mains, go for the lamb, it's fabulous, the dearest main though, but worth every cent! I had the Bourguignon, which you know it's homemade! I've tasted better ones only in france itself. The mash is so creamy and very tasteful! One down side is the very small setting and it's open concept kitchen,but again, that's when u walk out with lovely food smell lingering on your clothes.It's lovely and will return when there's an occasion.

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The Summit Inn
Howth Summit, Howth, Dublin

A really quaint little pub,tht serves a good selection, despite being pub grubbs. Really tasty HUGE portions of food tht u might consider sharing just so that you can savour a gd mix of everythg!! I'd recommend the chicken wings, the cod n' chips and chowder. The chips were done fabulously. I'm a sucker for soft thick chips and they achieved nirvahna in tht sense =) Abt the cod, the batter is light and not greasy, the only minor issue was the tail end of the cod bein slimy and scales on the fish. Sorry for bursting the bubble! But a lovely place for a long afternoon lunch.Will return..buah hahaha!

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Luigi Malones Restaurant
5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

It's a lovely place,i must say,the food is yummy! Fantastic if u go for the dinner set menu only because they serve steak there. Sadly, the earlybird menu doesnt offer steak. *Hint hint* to the staff in luigi's. Otherwise it's really good. Ordered the steak and it didnt disappoint. Could have been juicier =) But on the whole it's a great place for a dinner or to chill. Oh,i'm a G&T or mojito fan, too mch crushed ice for the mojito. But trust me,it's a great place! Will return defo! Enjoy!!

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Indigo Lounge
Clontarf Castle, Clontarf, Clontarf, Dublin

It's very irish, for one. Food is VERY tasteful. Good portions and love the chips! I'd recommend the desserts, they MELT in your mouth, but you have to have a sweet tooth, they are SWEET SWEET things! For meals, the fish and chips come in GOOD portions, so go for that if you are famished! Otherwise, the red curry is very tasteful, which was what I ordered. Wht's good about this place is, despite being a fancy "castle" a pint of guiness costs less than going to a pub in city ctr!

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F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Crow Street
2 Crow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

It was a tasty tasty experience! The steak was really really juicy and full of flavor. FXB is for steak! Then again, we had a vegetarian in our group and her dish was evn more impressive thn the steak =) The staff were attentive and obliging, by this I mean 1. it was 5mins before the early bird menu was over, yet the staff said to take our time as they would accept us for the early bird. 2. for choices of dessert - the staff offered desserts not even on the early bird selection, WONDERFUL isn't it. I'd recomm the bailey's brulee 3. for choices of sauce - again they offered choices that were not on the menu. Fabulous team, great food, warm smiles. You people should go for it!

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ZAO Thai Restaurant
96B Omni Park Shopping Centre, Swords road , North Dublin, Santry, Dublin

Had the early bird menu, the staff is fantastic. Very wellversed wtih food and the chinese culture! They would recommend the appropriate sauces to the meat you select. So much as u like to go for some wierd and wonderful tasting asian food, they would recomm other options to make yr dining superb. Imagine asking for an unknwn style with yr choice of meat and it turns out crappy, u'll have a poor image of the place. So trust the staff! Down side - food is pricey if not for the early bird menu!!

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China Castle
58/59 Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Been here countless times as a student.. and it's fabulous. Sad tht they dont serve the sweet and wour fish dish any more. This is the only buffet in dublin that is value for money with a good selection of choices. Chicken wings are the best on the menu. Go for it people... U will not regret it

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Andersons Creperie
1A Carlingford Road, Drumcondra, Drumcondra, Dublin

Was my 2nd time here. Alwys heard the soups were good, but I was sooo hungry and decided for somethg filling. Tried the all vege breakfast galattes.. Yummy! Wht's BEST is the hot chocolate! Definitely thumbs up in terms of marshmallows, which is generous and overflowing - by this i mean, to the last sip you still have them mallows floating (this is after scooping away happily when you first received the drink) I'm happy since there was actually leftovers, something I've never do, but I was feeling sooo full!!

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ely gastro bar
Grand Canal Square, (Next to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre), Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

ely hq has Tasty Tasty appetisers. DEFINITELY, the mixed breads is sizeable and one can share it amongst at least 3-4diners!! Ordered steak, it was juicy, but not with any flavor. It surely had the size and juice =) Of course, I'm making this judgemt because in my humble opinion I've eaten the best steak in dublin. Even though this is a pricey place, the portions are sizeable that allows you to leave full, at the very least =)

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The Ivy House
114 Upper Drumcondra Road, Drumcondra, Dublin

I agree it's a pub, but what's amazing is the wide variety of food stuffs to pick from. I went there for a brunch, after waking up late morning and feeling so hungry. Gd pts: they serve tea! which pub actually serves tea? And gave me endless glasses of hot water, which helps with the hangover. Lovely mashed peas with fish and the chips are tasty tasty tasty! Bad pts: Fish was a little tastless, which tasted like convalescent food =( Imagine this: how good can mashed peas taste - VERY good, since the fish served along it was really questionable. But the atmosphere, staff and WIDE selection of food would grant maybe another visit - when really hungry and hungover!

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Nandos (Dundrum)
Sandyford Road, Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

I went to Nandos for the 1st time having heard so many reviews about it. It's ALL abt chicken with varying degrees of spiciness - the basis of the sauce is pretty much the same; herbie/ tomatoie. V FRESH + juicy + full of flavour chicken pieces. We had a side of 10bbq wings, the chicken is the tastiest ever in all of dublin! Issues: Nandos will not take reservations, be prepared to wait 30min esp on the wkend, our grp had to wait 25min. The wait is worth it with the ever attentive staff, who had to give an extra bbq wing cos we were served 9wings+1bone. The chicken wings are definitely NOT GM stuffs - the chicken wings are tiny. One would think twice for paying 26-30eur JUST For chicken, but you'll be satisfied to have done tht =) Will return!

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

I've eaten here twice now. The first time I went there, I waited 45min for my food. Apart from the long wait, this is also the first time I've dined in a restaurant that is oblivious to your inconvenience for having to wait. IN other restaurants, the service would acknowledge the situation and a starter would be on the house. The food however is worth the wait. In general, if you are a meat eater, I'd recommend this place. Esp if you like lamb, DADA does superb lamb dishes. I'd recommend the spicy tagine of lamb. The meat melts like butter. I enjoyed my 1st visit bringing abt a 2nd visit. On the second visit, when it was not as busy, food and service was prompt. Everythg was exceptional except for the roast lamb shank as 1 of the orders. Sadly, it was dry and failed to melt like butter. Thankfully the spicy tangine of lamb was ordered. That was a delight. Something I'd recommend!

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Chilli Banana
112 Upper Drumcondra Road, North Dublin, Drumcondra, Dublin

I've been here once to eat with a friend as a treat. The meal is as authentic as it can get because I've been to Thailand. The food here tastes surprisingly as similar as when I was in thailand.. The only setback would be that the restaurant is VERY small. I guess it's meant to make one feel cosy?! Very pricey, but it would warrant another visit when you need a treat on "those" days.

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