Restaurant Reviews from la_grenouille

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The Port House restaurant

64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Reviewed 13th January 2008 ( visited 25th September 2007 )

I recommend this restaurant. Apart from the fact you have to wait for an hour or so to get a seat for dinner, everything else was really nice. The place is small & cosy. The candle-light gives the room a romantic ambiance. The food is really nice & the wine was also fine. The staff were very friendly. I will definitely go back.
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Indie Spice Grill restaurant

Burgundy House, New Street, North Co. Dublin, Swords, Dublin, Area Code: North Co. Dublin

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Reviewed 01st February 2008 ( visited 30th January 2008 )

Had a lunch in Indie Spice on Wednesday. It was nice. The service is very quick which is great when you don't have much time, & the dishes on the lunch menu were tasty & good value: €8.85 per person for a starter & a main course.
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Ard Bia - Closed
Spanish Arch, Galway, Galway City, Galway

Really really nice. Finally went in Ard Bia for dinner after looking at the menupages description for quite a few months now, & we really were very impressed with this place. First the interior is very cosy & relaxing, feeling very homely. & then the food is absolutely divine. We mainly had seafood & fish dishes and it was very tasty (smoked fish salad, monkfish & chorizo...) The wine & desert were nice also and the service was friendly. We will definitely be back!


El Bahia Moroccan Restaurant
37 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had a dinner twice in El Bahia restaurant during the August offer of a 3 course meal for 14euro. We had to query this offer to be given the 14e menu but were able to avail of it both times. The place is nicely decorated & I enjoyed most of the food. The starter & main course were very tasty but the choice of desert was never available & I did not really enjoy what I got (a kind of cheesecake - not really morocan either!) The service was fine although you feel like the waiters are a bit in a rush to get rid of you once you have finished you dinner, which is not really pleasant. Also the music is too loud. Overall good value for money as there was plenty to eat in the 14e offer, & it was very tasty.


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

We really enjoyed our dinner in dada restaurant. The food was very tasty & the waiters were friendly & attentive without being on our backs. We share the dips & bread, then my boyfriend had the couscous & I had a lamb tagine. All very nice & the marocan wine went down very well with the gorgeous food! Shared the desert: marocan pastries. not too impressed with those though. The only down sides were the music being a little too loud & no hot water in the toilets. But overall a very nice restaurant, we will be back!


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

Had high expectations about this restaurant but I have been overall disappointed. Not by the food that was really tasty. We shared warm bread & dips for starters. For the main we had the "parillada delux" with plenty of red meat, all was very nice & cooked to perfection (the rpice is over 60 euros though & not 55 as indicated on this menu). The service however was a little strange. It seemed like the manager/owner? of the place & his fellow colleague kept ordering the waitress around & while she was trying to take our order, he took over & asked her to look after other customers. He was making obvious efforts to be friendly but he never asked which side dish or sauce we wanted with the meat. He brought the salad in addition to the vegetables & potatoes when we asked for it though. Thankfully the pepper sauce was the one we wanted. It looked like the manager/owner was trying to overdo it for some reason when we were actually quite happy with the waitress. The atmosphere was not the best either, the place is a little too bright & cold. The wine (organic syrah) was very strong: a 14.5% sticker was placed on top the 15% alcohol content label on the bottle. Our heads were fairly sore the following day! I don't think we will be back, although the food was absolutely gorgeous & the portions quite big.


Cafe Fresh
Top Floor Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, City Centre South, Dublin

Lovely food. It is a little expensive for a lunch, but the food was really fresh & tasty. The staff was friendly. Very pleasant experience all together. I will definitely go back.


The Hairy Lemon Traditional Pub & Restaurant
Stephen Street Lower, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had a dinner there a few days ago & really enjoyed it. I used to come to this place for a few pints but they actually serve good food too. The portions are big & the food is tasty. I had the guiness beef in a pie, I could hardly finish it & there was plenty of meat. My friend had the classic bacon & cabbage & loved it. We finished off with a toffee pudding, quite nice as well. I would definitely recommand this place for a casual, hearty dinner.


The Terenure Inn
96 Terenure Road North, Terenure, Dublin

I have been in the Terenure Inn for lunch several times in the last few weeks & I have never been disappointed. The food is always nice & hot, & the portions are quite big. For seafood lovers, I would particularly recommand the seafood pasta. The staff is really nice & friendly too. You feel relaxed & can enjoy your meal.


34-35 South William Street, South William Street, Dublin

I definitely recommend this restaurant. The food is very tasty as well as being nicely presented on the plate, the waiters are friendly & helpful & the prices are reasonable. The portions for the mains are fairly big so you get good value for money also. A good address if you fancy eating Indian!


Kirby's Restaurant
Cross Street, Galway City, Galway

The food was ok, nice enough without being delicious either. The service was really inconsistant depending of the waiters: some of the waiters (most of them) were very nice & helpful but others would make you feel like you are disturbing them! The toffee pudding was big & gorgeous though, freshly baked. To sum up, the food is all right & not too expensive, but I would not rush to have dinner in this restaurant again.


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

I have been really impressed with this restaurant. The food is simple & not too fussy but it is really authentic & delicious! (being a French person, I can say they serve the real stuff!) The waiters were friendly & the atmosphere very relaxing & enjoyable. Try it!!


Gourmet Food Parlour Swords
Unit 2 St Fintans, North Street, Swords, Swords, Dublin

Lovely place. Had some yummy goat's cheese, sundried tomatoes & onions jam hot ciabbatta sandwich to take away last week & it was so nice that I decided to come back with a friend to eat in this week. The staff are friendly & there is a good variety of "mediteranean style" food, all fresh & tasty.


Cafe Azteca
19 - 21 Lord Edward Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had a quick lunch here today & we were quite happy with this place. The staff are very nice & the food was very good value & tasty. It was all fresh & full of flavours. The cafe itself is tiny, but overall it is well worth a visit.


Bishops Buttery Restaurant @ Cashel Palace Hotel
Cashel Palace Hotel, Cashel, Tipperary

The palace hotel also has a pub offering a pub menu, if you go downstairs, in the bar section. That is were I had dinner. It was quite nice & the food was tasty but our main, sirloin steak with relish tomatoes,mushrooms & cashel blue cheese arrived without tomatoes, mushrooms & cheese! So we were quite annoyed with this, especially as the waiter didn't seem to care much about it. He was however very helpful at the end & gave us a discounted price on the final bill to compensate for the fact our dish was incomplete. What was on the plate was nice though: the chowder didn't have much seafood/fish bits in it but was very creamy & the brown bread & walnuts served with it was very tasty. The Sirloin steak was very tender, it is just a shame we were missing this blue cheese to go with it...


Annie Mays Bar
11 Bridge st Skibbereen, Skibbereen, Cork

Nice place.Had a dinner there with some friends.The service was excellent as the waiter was really nice & helpful & the food was tasty.It is real pub food, so the portions are nice & big, no fear you would still be hungry after having your dinner there!We repectively had the seafood chowder,lasagne & pork with apples.All were nice & tasty. The apple & rhubarb crumble for dessert was great too. Prices were really reasonable.I would go back if I happen to be around Skibbereen some other time...


The Quays Irish Restaurant
10-12 Temple Bar Square, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Went to this restaurant with a group of "tourist' friends who wanted to have dinner in an Irish restaurant. It was actually fairly nice. Although it was packed (Saturday evening),we managed to have a table for 8 quite quickly. It is well organised as you are given a number & can enjoy a drink at the bar while waiting for your number to be called when your table is ready. The atmosphere is nice, especially if you are going with tourists, as they are playing Irish music. Also the meals were quite tasty. I had the seafood chowder as a main & it was lovely & the portion was big enough. Some of my friends had the sirloin steak, and other the beef & Guinness stew & they loved it. My boyfriend (Irish) was a bit disappointed with his "traditional Irish stew" as it had more the consistency of a soup than a stew & there wasn't much lamb & vegetables in this broth. I would however recommend it for tourists as it does give a taste of Irish food. I don't think I would go back myself though, unless some other tourist friends come along.. .


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

Had a lunch in Salamanca few weeks ago. The food was gorgeous, but the portions are quite small so it can get fairly expensive if you are hungry! Also the place was quiet & pleasant at lunch but I had a dinner there few months ago & it gets very noisy once the restaurant is full. It is worth to try this place though as the food is really tasty.


The Cottage
Unit 4, Town Centre Mall, Swords, Swords, Dublin

I went there for lunch with a friend & both of us loved the place. The food is really tasty & the service is fairly quick + it is very good value. My friend got a goat cheese & sun dried tomatoes tart & I got 3 types of "salad of the day", & all was very nice. Perfect place for lunch, I would definitely recommend it! NB don't try their coffee though, it is not the best...


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

Fabulous restaurant. Food was really tasty, the wine was nice & the prices very reasonable.


Montys of Kathmandu
28 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I highly recommand this place. I did go to this restaurant already before, a year ago, & I was delighted to see that the food, service & overal atmosphere were still as perfect as it was previoulsy. The food is really yummy & the service is really good, waiters are friendly & helpful. The only down side is the price as it is a little expensive but it worth every cent + the portions are quite big.


Wrights Cafe Bar
The Plaza, Swords, Swords, Dublin

I went to this pub for a quick bite to eat before going to the cinema. It is quite nice for pub food. The service was quite quick & the salad was big & tasty. Handy when you are in a rush but still want to eat something nice.


Indie Spice Grill
Burgundy House, New Street, North Co. Dublin, Swords, Dublin

Had a lunch in Indie Spice on Wednesday. It was nice. The service is very quick which is great when you don't have much time, & the dishes on the lunch menu were tasty & good value: €8.85 per person for a starter & a main course.


Avoca Cafe (Suffolk Street)
Avoca, 11 Suffolk Street, City Centre South, Dublin

You have to go there! The food is just delicious & the service is top notch. I shared the antipasti. It is served on a big wooden chopping board which has plenty to munch on: parma ham, salami, stuffed peppers, bread, 3 different dips, a salad with parmesan & dried tomatoes, olives... lovely! Had the toffee pudding for dessert & drank a mixed berry smoothie.... all was really yummy!!! Because it is so popular, the place is quite noisy but the food tastes so nice & the staff is so helpful & friendly that you soon forget about the noise.


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

I often go to this place when I want to have a casual but tasty dinner with a friend or for a sunday "brunch". The food is delicious & not overpriced. I never tasted the pizza but the starters, salads & the brunch menu are very tasty. I particularly recommend the antipasti.


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

I recommend this restaurant. Apart from the fact you have to wait for an hour or so to get a seat for dinner, everything else was really nice. The place is small & cosy. The candle-light gives the room a romantic ambiance. The food is really nice & the wine was also fine. The staff were very friendly. I will definitely go back.


TGI Friday (St Stephens Green )
St Stephens Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Don't go there for the food !!! This place is great for cocktails: great variety & not overpriced, but the food is awful. Even the simple pasta dishes turn out to be a disaster. The food was cold, tasteless & did not look that appetizing.


Kens Oriental Restaurant
1st Floor, Dunkellin Street, Loughrea, Loughrea, Galway

I would highly recommend this restaurant. The food is delicious and the staff are really friendly and professional. There is a wide variety of asian style food with original receipes and the ones we tried were spot on. The only downside is the price, it is quite expensive.

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