Restaurant Reviews from leabella

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Member Since: 28 June 2007

Last Visit: 23 February 2009

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Nonna Valentina restaurant

1-2 Portobello Road, Portobello, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 8

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64 reviews

Reviewed 05th July 2007 ( visited 05th July 2007 )

Went here one Friday night a few months ago. It was my first Dunne and Crescenzi experience and I was impressed. The food is wonderful. Don't expect traditional pasta and pizza, it's much more refined than that. The menu is quite limited but each dish is well chosen. All the food is organic too. I loved the white tables and clean atmosphere. Most of the staff are Italian and very helpful. In fact, I ordered rabbit and was misheard and was given halibut. I didn't mind though and ate it anyway. My boyfriend decided to mention it at the end and they gave me my meal for free. I couldn't believe it. I will definitely go back here. A fab addition to the Dunne and Crescenzi family!
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Nonna Valentina restaurant

1-2 Portobello Road, Portobello, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 8

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Cuisine:
Coeliac options

Price Range:

Good
64 reviews

Reviewed 05th July 2007 ( visited 05th July 2007 )

Went here one Friday night a few months ago. It was my first Dunne and Crescenzi experience and I was impressed. The food is wonderful. Don't expect traditional pasta and pizza, it's much more refined than that. The menu is quite limited but each dish is well chosen. All the food is organic too. I loved the white tables and clean atmosphere. Most of the staff are Italian and very helpful. In fact, I ordered rabbit and was misheard and was given halibut. I didn't mind though and ate it anyway. My boyfriend decided to mention it at the end and they gave me my meal for free. I couldn't believe it. I will definitely go back here. A fab addition to the Dunne and Crescenzi family!
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Pearl Brasserie
20 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The attention to detail by the staff really made our night. Fabulous food and presentation and a great atmosphere. I think alot of the staff are French which made for a very authentic experience.

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

The wings are yum, it has to be said. It's probably best to make a reservation in person if you are about town, otherwise there will be a long wait. The atmosphere is casual and fun and the staff are really friendly. We sat in the window seat and unfortunately got a lairy individual making rude hand gestures at us but that comes with the Temple Bar territory I guess.

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Jade Chinese Restaurant
27 Little Mary Street Off Capel street, Dublin 7 , City Centre North, Dublin

This place doesn't look like much from the outside and the decor is a little dated but it is the most authentic Chinese restaurant I have been to in Dublin. The food is delicious and the service superb. Great quality too, at only €62 for three starters, three mains and three beers. It's a great choice after shopping on Henry Street. The King Prawn with Salt and Chilli is yummy and my companions both had beef with peppers in black bean sauce, which was also delicious. It is rare to get such great service, such high quality food at such a reasonable price in Dublin. Long may it last. It seems to be a hidden gem, however, as we were one of only three parties of diners on a Thursday evening. So please, give this place a try. It is well worth it! (Oh, and it was recommended in the Bridgestone guide-see the plaque outside the door)

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

Delicious and vibrant. I booked Fire for my boyfriend, his parents and I last Saturday and it didn't disappoint. The atmosphere was great, really lives up to the name. It would be great for a group. Although the place was very lively, we had a nice table at the far side where we could converse in peace and not be interrupted by our neighbours. The food was fantastic. The prawns with lobster stuffing are fantastic as a main course or starter and my boyfriend ordered the 10 oz house specialty steak which was cooked to perfection (medium, as he requested). The desserts are divine too. The portions were big and I was so full I couldn't eat the rest of the prawns but I wish I could finish them now. Will definitely go back. It is a little pricey but nothing short of ordinary Dublin prices.

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Al Boschetto
2 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Ballsbridge, Dublin

I was here on a work lunch. We were seated upstairs and it felt a bit liek we were sitting in somebody's living room. The menu was very basic, pasta and pizza and a few meat dishes. I had a pizza and I hate to say it but takeaway pizza is practically the same thing if not nicer. The location is great and the downstairs looks lovely but all in all it is a boring "Irish" Italian. They should put a few more interesting choices on the menu.

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Havana Tapas Bar
Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I actually ended up here because elsewhere is closed for renovations. The food was ok, nothing spectacular and the service was basic. I liked the music and the atmosphere. I think it might be nicer for a few cocktails rather than a meal. I would probably go back for that.

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

I had a booking here on a Friday for 6pm and as we were seated the host said to us that they needed the table back in an hour and a half. Immediately we were put off. As it happened we were there just over an hour but we felt rushed from the get go and it cast a shadow over what would otherwise have been a lovely meal. So, the good points: Tasty food, friendly and efficient service, nice hum of conversation and the bad points: a bit overpriced for what it is (a chain), decor not as nice as the one in Cork and table near the door received a gush of cold November air every time somebody walked in. I had the prawn fajitas for €23, but to be honest they are much nicer and much cheaper elsewhere! All in all, I wasn't wowed and the conveyor belt style of rolling diners in an out on an hour and a half basis put me off.

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Sohag Tandoori
2 Mahers TerraceDundrum, Dundrum, Dublin

This place looks a little different to the picture now and isn't called Sohag anymore. It's blue outside. The atmosphere was nice, the staff were pleasant but I didn't really enjoy my food. I got chicken tikka masala and to be honest I have tasted better from a jar.It was a bit of a toxic orange colour and had little to no taste. That being said, the other members of my party thoroughly enjoyed their food-the chicken jalfrezi and another tikka masala lookalike type dish. I have had much better Indian food in Dublin although I do like the atmosphere and would be willing to try some other dishes.

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YO Sushi (Dundrum)
Level 1, Unit 26A, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

I had been to a Yo Sushi in London and loved the experience and I wasn't disappointed in Dundrum. The food is yum, nice miso soup, reasonable prices (although if you want to try a few different dishes the bill does add up), the staff are very friendly and eager to please. It's fast and efficient and tasty and they have something for everyone. The only downside is that some of the hot dishes were a little cold having been on the conveyor belt for a while (that being said it is possible to order the hot dishes fresh and we were there on a sunday after the kitchen had stopped taking orders)All in all, a great place for quick and yummy food.

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Sweet Basil Thai
Lower Rathmines Road, South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin

This is a great place for a quick bite. The food is very tasty and the service prompt. The decor is a bit faded and slightly tacky but the prices are very reasonable and the atmosphere informal and relaxed. Only €12.50 for a starter and main all night. Super value and very tasty

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Chai Yo
100 Lower Baggot street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Was here for lunch recently and everybody thoroughly enjoyed their meal. If you can, eat in the Tepanyaki part upstairs where the food is cooked in front of you and there is lots of fun to be had by all accounts. The set lunch menus are fantastic. I had the tepanyaki seafood menu with sea bass, scallops and prawns for 20€ which came with rice and miso soup and the meat option set lunch is only €14.50. The staff were very friendly and attentive and professional. Would highly recommend this restaurant and I am heading back there with work tomorrow night.

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The Cake Cafe
62 Pleasants Place, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Was here on Saturday following a recommendation from a friend. From the moment we walked into the little courtyard, it was like being transported to another city. The eco friendly Daintree building (of Daintree paper shop fame) plays host to the Cake Cafe. We had to queue for a seat and even spotted Neil Jordan while doing so but it was certainly worth it. In my opinion if you are undecided as to whether to enjoy a sweet or savoury treat-go for the cakes! It is the most wonderful place I have been for tea. I love the mismatched china and there is a wonderful array of teas on offer. We had cupcakes but all the cakes and biscuits looked so yummy. The staff were very prompt and helpful. The prices are reasonable but if you are going to have lunch with a drink and tea and cakes the price does add up. I will be back for tea and cakes many times I am sure and if we ever are granted a warm sunny day, for the homemade lemonade! The Cake Cafe is such a treat, a cute and kitsch hideaway of sweet treats and a cosy atmosphere

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Kobra
Leeson Court Hotel, 26/27 Leeson Street Lower, City Centre South, Dublin

The decor and atmosphere here are really nice but the staff are quite abrupt and unfriendly and we waited quite a long time for our food to be brought out at lunch. The food was tasty (I had the Chilli-on a Thursday), but maybe a little overpriced especially for lunch. All in all though I would probably go back for drinks as the atmosphere is great and there is a large beer garden out back.

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L'Ecrivain Restaurant
109a Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

A fantastic dining experience. If you are looking for somewhere for that extra special occasion then this is it. I went here for a business lunch and it was fantastic. The service was spectacular and the dining space was unusual but very pleasant. I can't recommend the food enough. Every course was mouth-wateringly delicious which I find to be quite a rarity. Of course, such service doesn't come cheap but it is certainly worth it. Often 5star restaurants can buy into their own hype and let standards slip but this is not the case with L'Ecrivain. You don't simply pay for your food, you get a whole package!

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

I adore the food here. It's reasonably priced, fresh and organic. It is not a typical Italian with Pasta and Pizza, it is more authentic and most of the dishes are cold. The wine list is fantastic and it's a great place to have some wine with friends and a light dinner. The atmosphere is wonderful. It's so cosy with all the wine bottles lining the walls. It has been quite a while since I have been there and simply writing about their delicious food makes me want to go back straight away. Highly recommended!

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Cafe Moda
192 Lower Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin

The best thing is the comfy chairs and couches. The food is all right and the staff have been pretty appalling any time I have been there. Rude, unhelpful, bringing out wrong orders and the list goes on. It's a nice place to chill out but the staff have really put me off.

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TriBeCa
65 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

I have been here twice and most recently I had a really nice meal. It's not fancy food but it was well prepared and very tasty. On the downside, the staff are a bit dour. My sister's boyfriend worked hard to get our waitress to crack a smile. And the tables are very close together and it's always packed. But all in all, a lovely meal and I will go back.

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The Orchid Szechuan
120 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

This is a wonderful Chinese Restaurant. The service is excellent. The food is wonderful especially the scallops and the monkfish, and none of the food looks artificial the way Chinese food often can. The decor is lovely. I will definitely be back

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Wagamama - Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I have been here lots of times and have always had a good meal but I was there last night with some friends and was very ill afterwards. I had the ebi kare lomen, which was delicious but it came out cold initially and I had to send it back. Perhaps this is where the problem arose if it was reheated, as it is a prawn dish. I just thought Menupages readers should know if they are sending back food to ask for a fresh meal as reheating seems to have lead to very unpleasant consequences. I am sure this is a once off occurrence though and I have always recommended Wagamama as a great place to eat with friends.

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Nonna Valentina
1-2 Portobello Road, Portobello, Dublin

Went here one Friday night a few months ago. It was my first Dunne and Crescenzi experience and I was impressed. The food is wonderful. Don't expect traditional pasta and pizza, it's much more refined than that. The menu is quite limited but each dish is well chosen. All the food is organic too. I loved the white tables and clean atmosphere. Most of the staff are Italian and very helpful. In fact, I ordered rabbit and was misheard and was given halibut. I didn't mind though and ate it anyway. My boyfriend decided to mention it at the end and they gave me my meal for free. I couldn't believe it. I will definitely go back here. A fab addition to the Dunne and Crescenzi family!

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Tandoori Bite
21 South Richmond St, South Dublin, Portobello, Dublin

I love this Indian place. They have the best chicken tikka masala and garlic naan bread in Dublin. I order take away from them regularly and I have eaten there too. It's mostly a late night restaurant and is packed at 1am but the food is so yummy any time of the evening. I have tried other Indian takeaways but they don't compare to Tandoori Bite.

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F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Pembroke Street
1A Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here last Saturday night and overall had a great dining experience. Firstly, the good points: The staff were extremely friendly and welcoming and the food was fantastic, I had sea bass but those with me who had steak really enjoyed it. The not so good points: Some of the starters were a little overpriced in comparison to the rest of the menu i.e. €14.50 for 3 scallops, the atmosphere wasn't great, it looked a bit like a hotel dining room and there was one picture on the wall that caught all of our attention (I'm not a prude but it was a bit gross and didn't fit in with the design of the rest of the restaurant). Finally, we were given the wrong bill. It was actually less than what we had spent so if it wasn't for our honesty another table could have been landed with our much heftier bill. They were very nice about it though and very apologetic. If I were to return here it would be for the early bird menu because the food is great but the atmosphere is a bit dreary and the a la carte prices are a little too steep for what you get.

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

I love this place. I have been there five times in the past month. The atmosphere is wonderful. It is all natural lighting i.e. candles, which admittedly your eyes need to adjust to but it's just so lovely and cosy and after couple of glasses of the excellent wine you will feel right at home. Understandably it seems a little disconcerting to go into a dark cellar when it's a bright summer day outside but we don't have many of those and it will be so warm and inviting in winter. It is always busy but I have never had to wait more than 10minutes for a table. The food is wonderful and very reasonably priced. You can eat as little or as much as you like. The staff are friendly and professional and the service is great. If you don't like candles, the dark, small spaces or noise then this is not the place for you but for anyone who wants to try a different dining experience for incredible value, The Port House is not to be missed! PS They don't stock conventional soft drinks but try the Cola. It tastes just like fizzy cola bottles. Yum!

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