Restaurant Reviews from lestrumphs

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 33

Member Since: 04 January 2008

Last Visit: 08 March 2011

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El Bahia Moroccan Restaurant

37 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
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Price Range:

Good
244 reviews

Reviewed 16th April 2008 ( visited 07th April 2008 )

The place was hopping on a Monday night, very good atmosphere and very good food. I enjoyed the Casablanca lager for a start before we tried some Morrocan wine both of which were delicious. The food was excellent and I will return so long as the waiter learns how to deliver my food without holding the pita bread down with his finger so as not to spill it.
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El Bahia Moroccan Restaurant

37 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
African

Price Range:

Good
244 reviews

Reviewed 16th April 2008 ( visited 07th April 2008 )

The place was hopping on a Monday night, very good atmosphere and very good food. I enjoyed the Casablanca lager for a start before we tried some Morrocan wine both of which were delicious. The food was excellent and I will return so long as the waiter learns how to deliver my food without holding the pita bread down with his finger so as not to spill it.
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Han Yang Asian Market
22 Great Strand Street, City Centre North, Dublin

What a great little find this was, I was shopping for some oyster sauce for myself when I noticed a deli style counter at the back of the shop but the smell wafting down through the shop was amazing. I went to the back of the shop and noticed that the place was full. I decided to investigate further and I am glad that I did. They have a 5.50 offer of any three main course dishes on view in the bain marie accompanied with rice and soup however I plumped for the Kimchi Jijigee, at 7.50 and well worth the price. A spicey Korean soup with chinese pork, soya bean and cabbage was well worth the visit even though the service is non existent and the atmosphere is minimal I will return.

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Ocean Palace Restaurant
Main Street, Swinford, Mayo

Went here for the sisters birthday, it was my first time eating in the restaurant although I had tried the take away menu on several previous occasions. I had enjoyed each one so I was expecting a good quality meal and it did deliver. The standard was great and what a great little gem. I had the salt and chilli squid to start which were delicious, my familly shared some dumplings that were equslly scrumptious and we all wished we had ordered more. For the main course I had the amber fire fillet steak with szechwzn sauce which was delicious accompanined with some very resonably priced wine. the totaly bill cam to 220 euro for 6 starters, 6 mains and for bottles of wine which is deffinitely worth a revisit, soon.

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Burritos & Blues
2 Wexford Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

This place is what it is resonable mexican food at reasonable prices. Nothing spectacular however but I do enjoy the speedy, (subwayesque) service whereby you can create your own burritto and fillings. Will deffinitely return for quick tasty bites.

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

I must say that I prefer this place to the one on George's street. Especially for lunch as their prices are as good as anywhere else around. The evening prices are a lot more expensive and the place does get very busy. They have various specials and I went for the 25euro five course special with sea trout for the main course which was excellent. Will return to try more daytime specials.

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DIG IN
19 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

I am not totally sold on this place although the food is very tasty and great value. The water with lemon wedges andmint is also a great touch but I always find myself a bit rushed in this place, maybe because its always so busy. Have tried most options on the menu but I'm not to fond of their sandwiches, however the pork belly more than makes up for it,

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Le Bon Crubeen
81-82 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

The best thing about the recession is the amount of cheap eats that have appeared around the city and this is easilly the best one around. The problem is that word has gotten out and it's not always easy to get a table if you havent booked. I had the terrine with cornichons a simple treat that I picked up in France years ago and cant understand why more restaurants dont copy this simple starter recipe. I had the duck for mains which was simply delicious but my friend plumpted for Hake which I know that I'll be having on my next visit

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Ice House Hotel
The Quay, Ballina, Mayo

I must say that I love this restaurant even though it is overpriced. I do like treating myself and really enjoy the sorbets/amuse bouche that you get inbetween courses. The service is always polite and the try their best although clearly arent trained properly, still the portions are perfectly sized and the desserts are absolutely beautiful and I rarely eat desserts anywhere. I will be back but at these prices it will be sometime.

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Pifko Bar and Grill
41-43 Usher's Quay, City Centre South, Dublin

I have eaten here on a regular basis as it is narby and very reasonable with a soup and a main course special for ten euro although there are no vegetables provided, something the owners no doubt picked up from working in other Dublin establishments, (only city I've evr seen this happen). Still I have to say that I had the nicest/weirdest soup combination ever and hope that they have it on the menu again soon: Olive and Horseraddish, absolutely gorgeous!

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L Mulligan Grocer
18 Stoneybatter, Stoneybatter, Dublin

Another great pub with a great beer and whiskey selection and the food's not that bad either. I had the potted crab with sourdough soldiers to start and the rib eye steak for mains which were both excellent though rather pricey. I will deffinitely be back as the menu gets updated regularly

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Against the Grain
11 Wexford St, City Centre South, Dublin

Have tosay that I love this new edition to the Dublin pub scene with its wide selection of beers and whiskey. The food is really good value with all mains priced around a tenner. I had the beef and ale stew which was perfect foil considering the freezing weather outside. My partner had the flafal wrap that she totally enjoyed. I will be returning to this plac soon.

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Shan Restaurant
6 Crow Streetle Bar, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Had heard a lot about this place and keep meaning to after the pub instead of the usual kebab trip. I enjoyed it, had the garlic, chilli chicken and the keama nan which fell apart so I wont be ordering that agin but will be back to try some more of their curry dishes

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Millers Pizza Kitchens
50 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

Lovely, innovative pizzas that are very filling and great bread basses. Their salad was way over dressed though, I could only taste vinegar and they need a better beer choice, only 1 choice of beer! Everyone knwos that beer goes with pizza, even gourmet pizzas. Next time I'll do take away and have the pizza at home with a nice couple of Belgian beers

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Zaytoon (Parliament Street)
14/15 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I have been falling in and out of this place for years and I love their Barg kebab but I must say that their quality has destinctly gotten worse over the last six months. I used to enjoyed all parts of their menu, donar, kubidesh etc., nut now I even have trouble with their barg's. Hope they remedy this soon or someplace else opens up soon.

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Charming Noodles
105 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

I must agree with the previous reviews about this place I had the seaweed soup followed by scallops in spring onion and ginger which were lovely, good service and best of all no TV. Will definitely be back

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Cafe Irie
11 Fownes street, le Bar, City Centre South, Dublin

Had the full Irish breakfast here and for 7.50 you cant complain esp[ecially with the size of the portions. Although I do hate beans on a breakfast plate. I willbe back if even just for a coffee and to read the paper

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

A friend and I went here for lunch and I was very impressed by the value for money. Two starters, two lunch mains a bottle of wine and a large bottle of sparkling water all for 53 euro and all very good quality, will be back

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O Sheas
19 Talbot Street, City Centre North, Dublin

This would not normally be my usual fare even for a drink, but hung over on a Monday afternoon a friend asked me to meet them here. A bit touristy as you would expect but the place looks clean and well run. I decided to try the food and was pleasantly surprised.I had the chicken curry, comfort food for my throbing head which went down a treat and my friend had the Irish stew which he said was just as good. 'Dont judge a book by it's cover', this may be aimed at tourists but honest pub grub, (it is pub grub) in the city centre you wont get much better especially at this price.

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The Bank on College Green
20-22 College Green, City Centre South, Dublin

The quality and service has deffinitely improved although the portions are not huge. The duck wrap for lunch is good value but order a side of chips if you want some sustanance

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Mao Restaurant (Chatham Row)
2-3 Chatham Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This was somwhat of a dissappointment, although the Ramen chicken that I had was tasty the service was practically non existant, functional but just about. The servers just didn't seem to want to be there, will not 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 really like this place, the food and the value is amazing and so is the service, my favourite dish is the Ebi Kare Lomen although they all taste great. Only downside is that the place can be so busy that you can feel uncomfortable if there is a queue of people waiting

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Cactus Jacks (Middle Abbey St)
Millennium Walkway, Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

There is a big sign on the window that says Paulo Tulio 2008 recommended which caught my eye that made me choose Cactus jacks. He must not have visited the place in 2009 however. The chicken wings were tastless and the chips were obviously frozen and reheated. The service was obviously changing when I arrived which was very apparent by the way I was served. Not a pleasant experience

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The Oval Bar
78 Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Like all of Charlie Chawkes pubs you cannot complain about the quantity or value. This is though at the end of the day pub grub only. I had the burger and chips which I could hardly finish and my friend had a huge portion of fish and chips. We throughly enjoyed eveything as our main goal for the day was a few pints and there was plenty of soakage provided. Will go back for pints and might have food when I'm there but would not visit just for a meal.

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Stoop Your Head
Harbour Road, Skerries, Skerries, Dublin

Needed to get out of Dublin on a hot summers day and it was suggested to me to head to Stoop your Head for the seafood. I must say that I wasnt dissappointed and will be back again. I had the calamari starter which was tasty but battered with a sweet chili sauce that was definitely from a bottle. The main course of prawns and crab claws in butter was much better although they could have had an extra flaouring to add something different. Will definitely return.

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The Church Cafe Bar & Restaurant
Junction of Mary St. & Jervis St., Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

This place has really improved on my initial visit nearly a year ago. This service has much improved although staff were very busy and the menu offers much more. I had the rack of Lamb which was tender and very tasty. I will return to try some more from the menu although I dont think I'd be brave enough to try the BBQ outside, unless I came just after opening time

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O'Sheas Merchant
12 Lower Bridge Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I had been advised to eat here by several friends down through the years so I eventually took the plunge. The place was very busy with tourists and locals alike. The staff were very frinedly and service was prompt. The portions were very generous by I cannot sat the same about the quality. The homemade onion rings that I ordered were obviously frozen. The southern fried chicken had a soft damp breaded non crispy coating that had a weird spice flavour that I still dont know what it was. Wont be back

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The Brazen Head
20 Lower Bridge Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I find this place a bit of an enigma. I try hard to like and dislike the place and equally I find myself liking and disliking the place equally, but I keep returning. The food is basic pub grub, the portions are good sized but there is nothing spectacular about the flavours or food pairings on offer. A good place to waste a few hours while reading the paper

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Diwali Indian Restaurant
Unit 1, Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I always liked this place but they now have a lunch special during the week of a main course and a starter for 10 euros. Great value and great food.

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

I had heard a lot about this place and I must say that I enjoyed the experience very much, although the place does lack some atmosphere it is about the only fault I could find. The staff were very helpfull and the menus covered all bases, I had the fish menu which which had 8 different fish courses. I will definitely be back to try one of their meat dishes next time, well worth a visit.

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

Some of us came here from work for a few after work drinks last Friday night as we love their choice of beers. Decided to try to get a table downstairs for a full meal to keep he night going and the six of us were not dissappointed. Five juicey steaks is the perfect way to prolong a Friday night although my vegan friend throughly enjoyed her Thai Tofu curry. We returned upstairs afterwards and danced along to the DJ into the early hours of the night. Great start to the weekend.

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Cafe Manila
74 Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Had lunch there yesterday, thought that the food was nice, I particularly liked serving clay bowls and the serving spoon which added to the experience. The food wasn't very hot though and the place lacked a bit of atmosphere. Will probably return but not in a hurry

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

The place was hopping on a Monday night, very good atmosphere and very good food. I enjoyed the Casablanca lager for a start before we tried some Morrocan wine both of which were delicious. The food was excellent and I will return so long as the waiter learns how to deliver my food without holding the pita bread down with his finger so as not to spill it.

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

I have been here several times although not that often recently due to a drop in quality of all areas of the restaurant. Thankfully this all seems to have been corrected. This place has returned to its former glory. The starters, onion soup and frogs legs were very good only to be bettered by the main cours prawns and maigret de canard, happy that the quality has returned, so will I.

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Han Yang Korean BBQ Restaurant
103 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

This place has long been a favourite of mine and although the menu has evolved over the past few years they have kept my their BBQ menu in place and even expanded it. They now over a new 15euro BBQ menu with a choice of several meats or shellfish with rice or lettuce accompanyments. I plummed for the squid, king prawns and the duck which was delicious as usual with more than enough to eat. Although there are still little things that annoy me about the place, (TV especially) I cant wait for my next visit, and with these reduced prices it shouldnt be long

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