Restaurant Reviews from littl_miss_sunshine

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Last Visit: 25 January 2015

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Mao Restaurant (Dundrum)

Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 14

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Cuisine:
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267 reviews

Reviewed 25th January 2015 ( visited 24th January 2015 )

Nice salmon teriyaki and prawn green curry,if a little overpriced. mango and passion fruit sorbet was a refreshing finish.good value drinks
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Mao Restaurant (Dundrum)

Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 14

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Cuisine:
Asian

Price Range:

Good
267 reviews

Reviewed 25th January 2015 ( visited 24th January 2015 )

Nice salmon teriyaki and prawn green curry,if a little overpriced. mango and passion fruit sorbet was a refreshing finish.good value drinks
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Mao Restaurant (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Nice salmon teriyaki and prawn green curry,if a little overpriced. mango and passion fruit sorbet was a refreshing finish.good value drinks

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Siam Thai (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

I love Siam Thai. Its early bird menu is great value and the restaurant is always packed. I always choose chicken satay for starters followed by penang curry and was not disappointed on this occasion either. I hope to return soon however it is a bit pricey if you miss the early bird. Otherwise cant complain and also had some really nice rose wine the last time I was there.

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Mao Restaurant (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Mao is always a safe option but is a little on the pricey side. The nasi goreng is an old time favourite however on this occasion I had the plum duck which was delicious! Will return again but not a masssive fan of all the tables on top of each other. Can often feel a bit cramped.

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The Vanilla Pod Eatery
The Iveagh Mall, The Park, South Dublin, Carrickmines, Dublin

This is one of my favourite places to eat lunch, largely due to their spelt bread which is amazing! The Chicken caeser sambo is lovely and leaves you stuffed. All the portions are on the large side which means you never leave hungry. There is always a lot of staff on and most of them are very friendly. However often you are left waiting for a good while which makes it a tight squeeze to eat there during your lunch break. Would like to see more wheat free dessert options available. Will be returning soon.

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

Went here with a large group for dinner. Unfortunately we had to sit at 2 separate tables which kind of defeated the purpose of going out together. There is a great selection of pizzas and any can be made gluten free which is good however they are a bit pricy. Wouldnt be rushing back but nice if you're looking for a good pizza. I was stuffed and couldn't even finish mine. The staff weren't overly friendly.

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Vinos Restaurant & Cafe
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

The food is good however it is a bit pricey if you cant avail of the early bird. This was my 2nd visit in a month and both times I didnt find the staff great. They arent very attentive and you are left waiting for ages when you ask for something such as more water. It is good that they do gluten free pasta and both nights I was too full for dessert after having the chicken with red pesto, spinach, olives and cream which is particularly good. The antipasti starter is good too but would like to see gluten free bread on the menu My last visit was tainted by the loud and obnoxious table beside us. It made it hard to conduct a conversation. Both Saturday nights the restaurant was packed which is a good sign.

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West Restaurant @ The Twelve Hotel
The Twelve, Bearna Village, Galway City, Galway

Ate here a couple of weeks ago with a large group.was very impressed with the standard and selection of dishes available.they were also very accomodating with food allergies.the panacotta in particular was excellent.left feeling stuffed!would defo return if was ever in the area again

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The Birdcage Cafe
Avoca Rathcoole, Naas Road, Rathcoole, Dublin

Today was my first time visiting this Avoca as would usually only go to the one in Kilmacanogue. Was very pleased with the standard of food though and the selection was just as good if not better than its sister restaurant. The prices are not cheap but to be fair the portions are very big and we left feeling stuffed so can't really complain. Would definately return to this bright, airy cafe if I was in the area again.

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The Step Inn Lounge Restaurant
Enniskerry Road, Stepaside Village, Stepaside, Stepaside, Dublin

Came here for my work Christmas party. While the food was ok it was nothing to write home about so I was slightly disappointed. The steak/duck on a stone is a novel idea but both meats were quite bland in taste and my colleagues' steak looked quite fatty. The chicken wings starter was very tasty as was the deep fried brie. Wouldn't be rushing back as found the staff a bit pushy/rude. However I probably would return if I was looking for some simple pub grub. The place was packed which suggests that the food is usually better than it was on this occasion.

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

Went here recently for brunch as it had been highly recommended by a friend. Decided to keep it simple and ordered the burger which was of a very high standard. The place was packed so there was a good atmosphere and every second person seemed to be having the infamous chicken wings which I will definately order the next time. A good venue for a casual weekend brunch or hungover lunch!!

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Locks Brasserie
No. 1 Windsor Terrace, South Dublin, Portobello, Dublin

Went here on Friday with a large group of girls and could not fault it. The food was incredible, particularly the lamb and the staff were very friendly and attentive. Everyone agreed that it was the best food that they'd had in a long time. Will defo be returning soon as the early bird is great value for money and the standard is miles ahead of anywhere else of a similar price. Great for a birthday or special occasion.

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The Vanilla Pod Eatery
The Iveagh Mall, The Park, South Dublin, Carrickmines, Dublin

Heard great reports about this place due to the fact that they cater for gluten/wheat allergies. and I was not disappointed. The place is bright and airy with a very relaxed vibe and the food was equally good. My Mum had an elaborate bruschetta with poached egg, asparagus and mushrooms while I had an open tomato and mozzerella sandwich on gluten free bread. The coffees were also good and the prices reasonable. My only complaint was that I was too full for dessert! Will defo return. Great to have somewhere that does both decent and wheat free food in carrickmines!

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Bradbury's Restaurant Newbridge
The Court Centre, Newbridge, Kildare

Nice cheap eats, e.g. lasagne, quiche and sandwiches, especially goods for lunches. Friendly staff. Only criticism is that tables aren't cleared quickly enough.

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The Porterhouse (Bray)
Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow

Stopped here for Sunday lunch after doing the cliff walk. The main aim was to try out the gluten free pizzas which I heard were on offer. I was not disappointed. I had the vegetarian pizza which was full of feta lumps and sundried tomato- yum. My other half had a regular pizza topped with parma ham and mozzerella. We were both extremely pleased with our choices and will defo be returning. A cold pint and live music outside made the meal even better.

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Brambles Cafe - Dundrum
Level 2, Dundrum, Dublin

A handy place to stop for a coffee mid shop! The place is always packed and there is always a huge selection of cakes on offer. Would like to see some gluten free options though and the prices are a bit expensive but hey it is dundrum.

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Molloys Coffee Shop
14 Quinsboro Road, Bray, Wicklow

A grand place to stop for a coffee but would like to see some wheat free sweet options. Would recommend the baked potato- was stuffed for the whole day after it!

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Athgarvan Inn
Athgarvan Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Newbridge, Kildare

Good quality comfort food. Would recommend for families and work lunches,

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An Chistin
Georges Street, Newbridge, Newbridge, Kildare

Go here regularly for lunch. Good choice of cheap eats, friendly staff.

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Itsa @ Sandyford (Bagel Store)
Blackthorn Road, Sandyford Ind Estate, Sandyford, Dublin

Finally discovered this place after years of wondering where exactly ITSA in Sandyford was! Am a big fan of ITSA in other locations due to the availability of gluten free bagels. The quality of the food here was just as good but there is nowhere to sit (bar one bench) which is a pity. Also they left out part of our order so I had finished my bagel by the time my boyfriend got his! Its also a pity that it doesn't open on the weekend as is a handy place to pull in to grab some quick lunch. I highly recommend the Californian!

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Bits and Pizzas
15 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Went to bits and pizzas last night with the intention of spending my menu pages voucher and sampling the wheat free pizza. However my expectations were hugely exceeded. The value menu is excellent- the garlic mushrooms are delish and the quality of the wheat free pizzas was excellent. An all round great meal. Will defo be returning. The perfect pre cinema dinner!

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Royal Park Chinese Restaurant
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

I would generally rate the Royal Park as the best Chinese takeaway in the greater Greystones area even though it is not the cheapest. No one can beat their satay sauce on the skewered chicken satay...its to die for! However, was left feeling a bit disappointed the other night when the delivery took over an hour and one of the items that we ordered was forgotten. After conversing with the restaurant it was eventually delivered however by then the remaining food was cold. Hopefully they will redeem themselves the next time as their initial offer to refund the item was less than satisfactory seeing as it was part of our dinner!

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The Buttery Cafe
The Old School House, Newtownmountkennedy, Wicklow

Would like to see more wheat free options as I can vouch that the gluten free shortbread is delicous! The menu is well priced making the Buttery a pleasant venue for coffee or hot chocolate and something sweet.

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Homans
Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

I visited Homans with friends last Saturday after several years away from the place. I have to say I was pleasently surprised. The hot chocolate was lovely, as was the wheat free flapjack esque cake. In fact they were so good that I returned to takeaway the pair later in the week! Thumbs up for having wheat free options, including chocolate brownies. My friends said the coffees were equally good, particularly the expressos. Their cakes also looked good and they were very large portions. My only criticism would be that the cafe is quite cramped but that said we did manage to comfortably sit 6 adults and a baby.

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Mao Restaurant (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Mao is always a safe bet for eating. The food is very good and the portions are huge! I'd highly recomend the nasi goreng though I'd be very surprised if you're able to finish it because its massive. The restaurant is always busy which I take as a good sign and the cocktails are also good. Coeliac options are clearly indicated on the menu which in my mind gives Mao a thumbs up!

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

This a cheap and cheerful dining option in dundrum. We went there at about 10pm after work when many of the other restaurants had stopped serving. I liked the fact that there were free drink refills however the fact that you have to order at the counter is a bit Mc Donalds esque! That said the food was tasty and the staff were very helpful regarding food allergies. Beware of the chips though, they really are spicy!! I woke up gasping for water the next morning!

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Itsa @ Arnotts (Bagel Store)
Arnotts, Abbey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

1 of the few places that does quick lunch time eats for coeliacs. The best bagels in town- I especially recommend the Californian! The flourless orange cake is also yummy. The perfect place to refuel during a Chistmas shop.

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Guinea Pig
17 Railway Road, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

This is a great place to eat. The special menu is suprisingly good value given that the a la carte is quite pricey. The pate is paticularly good, as is the gluten free bread that is available with it. A wheat allergy was catered for without a problem which is refreshing and makes dining out so much easier. The wheat free pasta with seafood was also excellent as was the fish pie that my other half had. Dessert completed a lovely meal. Will definately be returning. A must for seafood lovers!

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Cortina’s Mexican Restaurant
The Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

I was slightly apprehensive about visiting Cortinas after reading some of the reviews however I was pleasently surprised. I went with a group from work and we were all pleased with the decor and food on offer. The large portion fajitas with either steak or chicken which most of us chose come in at around 15 euro each. These consist of 4 pancakes, guacomole, refried beans, salsa, peppers, corn & of course the meat pieces. We also got some papa fries which were a little bit bland but were surplus to requirement anyway as the fajitas were so big. The only other qualm we had was that there didn't seem to be enough staff on and so we were often left waiting to order drinks which was a pity as the cocktail menu is quite vast. Overall I would return as the food was good. An added bonus is that there are wheat free, gluten free and dairy free menus available which is great for people with food allergies

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Mauzac Tapas Bar - Closed
Church Road, Greystones, Wicklow

I was looking forward to trying the Tapas here and I wasn't disappointed. 2 hungry friends and 1 shared about 9 dishes between us and we were nicely full by the time we finished eating. At 120 euro for all the food and 3 bottles of wine I felt it was excellent value and would definately return as there is also a nice atmosphere. My only criticism is that they were out of a couple of staple ingredients including mussels and strawberries which doesn't look very good considering theres a Super Valu almost next door and the dessert selection is small and very basic.

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Lemon (Dawson St)
60 Dawson St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This is a favourite of mine for breakfast in town. The Canadian buckwheat pancakes are my all time favourite with crispy bacon and lashings of maple syrup. Throw in a latte and you're set for the morning! Theres always a nice buzz in the place. This is cheap and cheerful at its best.

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Diva Restaurant & Piano Bar
The Harbour, Greystones, Wicklow

I went to Diva for for my Birthday. Granted it was a tuesday night so there was only 1 other table in the restaurant but it was still an enjoyable experience. We decided to try the 50 euro deal for 2 people. For this you get a starter, main course, coffee and a bottle of wine. I had chicken wings to start and chicken stuffed with ricotta wrapped in bacon for main. My boyfriend had deep fried mushrooms followed by steak. We were both pleased with our choices. My wheat free chocolate roulade for dessert was the perfect finish. Overall it was great value for money and I'd definately return for a cheap and cheerful meal.

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Siam Thai (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

My boyfriend and I found this place by chance on a visit to dundrum and we were not disappointed. The place was buzzing and the huge choice on the early bird menu was excellent. My spare ribs to start were delicious as was the mixed platter that my other half chose. Our mains of duck red curry and a thai prawn curry were even better and by the time our coffees arrived we were stuffed but happy!

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Millstone, A Dublin Restaurant
39 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

My main reason for choosing this restaurant was due to the coeliac options available and i was not disappointed. The garlic bread with cheese and pesto to start was excellent and a nice opener to the gf pizza that i had to follow. In fact, the portions were so big that I had to bring most of the pizza home in order to fit in some gf apple pie for dessert! The rest of my party had pies for main course which looked delicious. The only complaint was that the pastry was a little bit thick. Their starters of chowder, mussels and crab gratin also did not disappoint and the baileys creme brulee for dessert was fab. Overall its a great place to eat with very reasonable prices and a casual/cosy atmosphere.

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Avoca Handweavers
Kilmacanogue, Bray, Bray, Wicklow

I really like Avoca for a treat! On this occasion I had the ciabatta with roasted veg and goats cheese with a selection of salads. It was very filling. My fellow diners enjoyed chilli salmon and salads also and they weren't disappointed. If you have room afterwards the cakes are delicious, particularly the meringie roulade and chocolate cheese cake. Looking forward to my next visit.

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Itsa @ Dun Laoghaire (Bagel Store)
The Pavilion, Royal Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

This is one of my favourite places to have lunch because they stock gluten free bagels. On this occasion I had DKs delight which includes brie, bacon and lettuce. My boyfriend had the chilli chicken dream which was also very satisfying and we rounded it off with some flour free orange cake...yum! Can't wait til the next time. I especially like the fact that they sell packets of bagels so that you can try and recreate the delicious combos at home.

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The Brasserie
Arundel Square Waterford, Waterford City, Waterford

I had lunch here yesterday and was pleasently suprised. Although the decor is not much to look at the food was good and filling. I had the chicken, roasted mediteranean veg & feta salad which was delicious. My Mum had the lemon sole goujons which were also gorgeous and came in a massive portion. I'd definately return for some cheap and cheerful grub!

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La Boheme
2 George Street, Waterford City, Waterford

My Mum and I dined there last night and I can easily say that it is the best french food that I have tasted outside of France, in fact it was even better than many authentic French restaurants. The prices are quite steep although there is an early bird option for 28 euro however we were too late to avail of this. Instead we opted for the three course menu for 35 euro menu which also included a mise en bouche. We both had the trio of fish to start which comprised of a crab brulee, and a variety of smoked salmon. I then had duck with pesto, tomatoes & parmesan while my Mum had hake with fennel and leeks. The piece of fish was huge and the duck was delicious, as were the accompanying veg. For dessert we shared a creme brulee which was amazing and chose a selection of cheeses from the cheese cart...divine! Ditto to the last reviewers re: the wine. It was lovely. Will definately return when I visit this part of the country again.

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Acapulco Restaurant
7 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

This is Mexican food at its best, especially as the prices are extremely reasonable and for this reason I regularly visit it for lunch and dinner. On this occasion my sister and I shared the Picante Prawns to start followed by enchiladas for me and burittos for her. As usual, the flavours were great, particularly the spicy chicken and the portion sizes are perfect. Definately worth a visit for a casual meal.

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Scent Garden Restaurant (Greystones)
1 Main Street, Greystones, Wicklow

Scent garden has a huge selection of dishes to choose from. Although the food isn't amazing it is nice if you're in the mood for some chinese. The midweek menu is excellent value for money and well worth a try if you're looking for a bargain as the yuk sung is particularly good.

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Three Qs
Church Road, Greystones, Wicklow

I regularly visit the 3 Qs for weekend brunch or the Sunday night menu and the food is always great. Their full Irish breakfast is the best I've ever had out. You go away feeling like you had something healthy to eat for breakfast! The portobello mushrooms and homemade cheesy beans are delicious as is the gluten free toast. At night time the selection of dips are really good and the steak is excellent. Rounded off by a nice coffee and several hand made chocolates,you're guaranteed to leave stuffed and satisfied! The only thing is the tables are extremely close together but its bearable.

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Nosh N Coffee
Unit 15 - Meridian Centre, Church Road, Greystones, Wicklow

I agree with the last user who said that it is not really a great place. Its fine if you're just looking for a coffee but don't expect much else. The lunch menu is very basic as are the selection of snacks. Also, they claim to have gluten free options for sandwiches but I have asked on numerous occasions only to be told that they had none left by not so friendly staff. When this happened on consecutive visits I started to get annoyed as it left me with the limited choice of a baked potato which is often hard in the middle. I won't be rushing back.

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The Happy Pear
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

I regularly visit the happy pear for good quality healthy food. It is particularly good for people with allergies. The soups are always delicious and the cakes are out of this world. A nice, friendly place to visit for something a little bit different for lunch are a late brekkie.

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Backstage @ Bels CLOSED
Church Road, Greystones, Wicklow

I dined here a few weeks ago for a family birthday. I hadn't visited the restaurant in a long time due to the mixed reviews I had heard however I was pleasently suprised. The food on the sunday menu isn't overly exciting but it was nice all the same. The only problem was that the wheat free options weren't abundant. That said the rest of my party and I were quite content with are meals. Would probably dine there again.

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The Hungry Monk
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

We ate upstairs in the monk on thursday night and had an excellent meal. Although it is quite pricey the quality of food is outstanding. I had a delicious tomato and mozzerella salad to start which was by far the nicest one I've ever had. My boyfriend had the lambs kidneys which were also very good. We both had the pork belly for main course which was gorgeous, as were the various accompanying vegetables. Creme brulee was the perfect finish to the meal which was washed down with a lovely bottle of red. The restaurant was buzzing so there was a good atmosphere and they were very accomodating when I said I was allergic to wheat. Would definately return again for a special occassion.

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Chakra by Jaipur
1st Floor, Meridian Point, Church Road, Greystones, Wicklow

By the far the best Indian food around. We regularly eat here. The early bird menu is excellent value but unfortunately the regular menu is quite expensive. The wine is also very good and the service is faultless. Definately worth a visit!

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