Restaurant Reviews from lollymcd
No. of Reviews: 54
Member Since: 10 February 2011
Last Visit: 15 September 2015
D'Vine Wine Bar restaurant
16 Bachelor’s Walk, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 06th October 2011 ( visited 09th July 2011 )D'Vine has been open for a number of months now in a small venue that used to be a music shop. The place has been transformed into a beautiful small wine bar, much of the work was done by the owner and her family and when she is on the premise she is only to happy to sit and chat and tell you about the place. We've been here a number of times now and have tried the pizzas, the cheese and meat board, the bruschetta and several bottles of wine! The Cheese and meat plate is enormous, a huge array of cheese and meat along with fruits such as pears, grapes and prunes, it also comes with bread and olives. The pizzas are to die for, really thin base that is nearly transparent, there is a choice of toppings to suit every taste. Service is relaxed and friendly, when we stayed late one night we were given some extra nibbles to enjoy and never felt rushed out of the place even though it we left only 10 minutes before closing time. The only downside to D'Vine is that it doesn't seem to open before 4pm even at weekends so popping in for lunch is out of the question.
The Porterhouse (Central) restaurant
45-47 Nassau Street, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 25th January 2012 ( visited 29th January 2011 )I've always been fond of The Porterhouse, it used to stand out as a beacon among main stream before anyone knew what "micro brewery" meant. Our recent trip though was a bit of a disappointment, we ordered a number of things to share, chicken wings (hot/spicy), onion rings, chips and scampi. Aside from the chicken wings, which were tasty but most definitely not spicy as suggested on the menu, everything else was bland and to my mind tasted exactly the same. The servings are generous and while I felt full after my meal I also had a strange unfulfilled feeling. We tried some of The Porterhouses own larger brews to accompany the meal, all of which were more satisfying than the food. I seem to remember the Porterhouse having a range of other Irish beers aside from their own brews, but I could be mistaken. Perhaps as the whole micro brewery idea has been catching on The Porterhouse have been circling the wagons and protecting their own? Not a bad idea so long as they improve the food!
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Very good value €10 deal for lunch, great range of options on the menu. Very generous portions. The burger had a lovely smoked flavour accompanied but tasty chunky chips. Bangers and mash came accompanied by lovely gravy and hay stack style deep fried onions. Will be back.
51 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
There was a good range to choose from on the menu, we went for bruschetta to start and followed with pizza. The bruschetta was tasty and very big, I was quiet full after it and would have preferred more time between the starter and the main but it came straight way. The pizza was at least 12inch and had the right ratio of cheese to toppings and sauce, very nice but unfortunately I couldn't finish it! All the ingredients were very fresh. We had two house wines which were adequate for the price. Service was attentive and friendly, the only bad thing about this restaurant is that they have crammed so many tables in that there literally isn't room to move! I don't know how the staff manage!
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
Our group decided on The Rustic Stone despite us all feeling it was a bit naff and we wondered if it would suffer from the celebrity status of it's owner, upon completion of the meal we decided the restaurant was certainly not naff but that the celebrity owner was the one suffering! Initially we were given the €50 Christmas menu but because not all of us wanted dessert we changed to the a la carte, unfortunately for some reason the table could not be split between a la carte and set menus I went for the salt cod brandad which was yummy and bigger than I expected given it's €3.50 price tag. Others in the group got chicken wings, crab and chili peppers among other things, all were well received and plates were cleaned. For main courses everyone went for "on the stone" dishes and the obligatory joke was made that it was quite an expensive meal AND we had to cook it ourselves! My tuna worked out perfect, I was able to remove it from the stone immediately and cook it too my liking in strips. It came topped with a delicious herb and pine nut crust, I would return for a mouthful of this alone! Others were happy with various steak and other fish dishes. The mains all arrived with a salad and a choice of a side. We had a mix of chips and crushed new potatoes all of which were delicious. Only one of us opted for dessert and apparently it was the best dessert he ever had! I am not sure if the restaurant is normally as crowded as it was the night we visited but it was very cramped, I wonder did they tuck in a few extra tables to deal with the Christmas crowd? The staff were very attentive throughout the evening dealing very well with the quirks of a large group of people. My only complaint was that they served with a slight air of disinterest. It didn't really affect our group but when we were leaving one customer was complaining to the owner about their lack of service at their table. Will definitely be back.
The Poet's Rest
Chapel Street, Slane, Co. Meath, Slane, Meath
We booked a table for a 2pm lunch and when we arrived we were the only other diners! The waiter assured us that we had just missed the busy lunch period. We started with an order of garlic mushrooms and a couple of orders of calamari. Both were delicious and while the calamari looked at first to be on the small side they were in a lovely chunk batter and came with a salad so overall it was quiet filling. Main courses of steak sandwich, fish and chips and roast of the day arrived very quickly along with an extra order of chips. All the portions were extremely generous, the fish appeared to be a double portion and all I can say is that the cat seemed to enjoy me leftovers when I got home as much as I did! We finished the meal with two desserts, ice cream and an order of apple pie which also came with ice cream, a glass of wine and some teas and coffees. I was a very decadent lunch as we managed to explore the beer garden a little before going home for a snooze. The only down side was the waiter, she was lovely but just a bit too friendly, we got a whole family history, but then again it is a small country restaurant so perhaps it's to be expected? Will be back, hopefully to try the evening menu, will have to starve ourselves before hand though!
Havana Tapas Bar
Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
It was only on my third visit to Havana that I felt I could write a decent review. My first visit I felt uncomfortable the whole time I was there, I have no idea way but I couldn't really remember the food. The second time was as part of the Campo Viejo Tapas Trail, we were quite impressed and decided a revisit was in order. We started with the pinchos platter as we weren't sure how hungry we where! This was followed quickly by an order of meatballs, patatas bravas and calamari. All were very good. We washed them down with a pitcher of the best mojito I have had in Dublin in a while. We will definitely return, the only reason they did not get four out of five stars in my review is because there was no toilet roll in either of the ladies toilets, an oversight I cannot abide!
Le Bon Crubeen
81-82 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
I just read all the previous reviews and have to say I agree more with the negative ones more than the positive, I am left wondering if this restaurant was located in a more affable part of Dublin than Talbot St would it have closed long ago? It seems in the culinary wasteland of the north inner city people are only too happy to eat in a place appearing to be an epicurean delight. Maybe I sound a bit harsh but I just spent a considerable amount of money there and I got nothing resembling value for money. In one previous review someone lamented being seated near the door rather then in the back room, well, we were located in the aforementioned back room, next to the side door into the hotel and we baked for the entire night. It would seen the restaurant has trouble regulating their heating! We started with the crab beignet and the Caesar salad. The crab was tiny, barely noticeable on the huge plate it arrived on, I normally wouldn't mention something like this only for the fact that my fellow diner's Caesar salad was enormous, practically dripping out of the bowl! I was finished my crab, which quiet frankly tasted nothing like crab (is it supposed to have a smoked flavour?) but my dining partner spent at least another 10 minutes on his salad! Strangely our side order for our main course arrived with the starters, we sent it back and asked for it to be brought with the main. To the previous commentator who bemoaned the lack of turkey and ham, be grateful! It seemed as though it had been heated and cooled multiple times and was accompanied with what we think was a disk of stuffing. My halibut arrived covered in what I presume was foam when it left the kitchen but was a yucky drizzle of a substance resembling spit. A pity the chef didn't opt for a sauce rather than the foam because the dish was very dry without it. Our server promptly left our main courses with no sign of the aforementioned chips, after much gesturing and waving we managed to get the attention of our original waiter and asked for the side dish.
Against the Grain
11 Wexford St, City Centre South, Dublin
Against the Grain occupies a premises which had been nicknamed "the corner of death" such was the turn around of eating and drinking establishments on the site. The Galway based owners of Against the Grain have gone a long way to dispelling the moniker and, I think, it's fair to say, judging by it's popularity on a recent Saturday night, that Against the Grain is here to stay. The ales and largers are the main attraction here. You'll find probably the largest selection of Irish and international beers in Dublin here, though if you're best friend will only drink Budweiser, this is probably not the place to bring them as all main stream brands have thankfully been banished. No Diageo here... Food comes second in Against the Grain, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it isn't good. The menu appears in one sense to be a whistle stop tour across most continents and in another sense an attempt to please all, with every thing from a thai curry to pasta to a roast on offer. On our last visit we tried the burger and chips and also the falafal wrap. The chips were gigantic and well cooked, the burger was tasty and the falafel did not disappoint. All in all a very satisfying meal if also a slight diversion from the wonderful libations on offer. If you are looking for a real pub experience I think this may fit the bill. The staff are friendly and the barman always seems eager to offer advice. If you are torn between trying several offerings you could always opt a beer bat, a sampler of three of the largers or ales on tap. While the furniture may not be sleek and modern after a few beers you'll hardly notice!
The Porterhouse (Central)
45-47 Nassau Street, City Centre South, Dublin
I've always been fond of The Porterhouse, it used to stand out as a beacon among main stream before anyone knew what "micro brewery" meant. Our recent trip though was a bit of a disappointment, we ordered a number of things to share, chicken wings (hot/spicy), onion rings, chips and scampi. Aside from the chicken wings, which were tasty but most definitely not spicy as suggested on the menu, everything else was bland and to my mind tasted exactly the same. The servings are generous and while I felt full after my meal I also had a strange unfulfilled feeling. We tried some of The Porterhouses own larger brews to accompany the meal, all of which were more satisfying than the food. I seem to remember the Porterhouse having a range of other Irish beers aside from their own brews, but I could be mistaken. Perhaps as the whole micro brewery idea has been catching on The Porterhouse have been circling the wagons and protecting their own? Not a bad idea so long as they improve the food!
Bobo's Gourmet Burgers (Wexford St)
22 Wexford Street (Beside Whelans), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
This is a small restaurant with a big menu! It's rare that I go to any restaurant and find a vegetarian burger on the menu but BóBó's offers at least four. I chose the Ranelagh burger which was made from chickpeas. It was delicious and huge! My OH had a medium rare cheese burger which he thoroughly enjoyed. We both had chick cut chips and I have to say they were the nicest chips I have had in a while, possibly cooked in beef dripping? The only down side to the restaurant is the price of the beer, there was no draught on offer the day I went, only bottles which were €5.40 each. Just a little steep. Good service and tasty food will definitely have me returning here.
Wagamama - Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
There is always a queue every time I go to Wagamama so they must be doing something right! Perhaps the worst thing about the place is the uncomfortable benches and tables where everyone sits together for their meal communal style. It reminds me of a canteen but a quick look at the prices on the menu dispels this thought! The menu is not huge but it covers are the usual rice, soup and noodle suspects. We had to shout our order to the waiter as the noise in the restaurant is incredible, not only do you have the noise from other peoples conversation but because the kitchen is part of the restaurant you have that noise too, and everyone is shouting to be heard! This is not the place to pick for a romantic meal! We had two chicken dishes, one prawn dish and a noodle soup, I can't attempt to remember the proper names! Each one was fabulous, great flavours, really fresh and good sized portions, though I did notice that there were only 4 prawns in my prawn dish, it was still yummy though. The staff were very quick and efficient, our group was rushing to get somewhere and this place was a perfect place to stop! Don't forget your toilet code when you head to the bathroom, the waitress will write it on your place mat!
80 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
The best thing about Darwin's is surely the staff. It's a feeling that only family run places can replicate. Although we were early they managed to find a table for us and didn't complain when we occupied it for the whole night until practically closing time. We had a run down through the menu from the owners mother and then she proceed to explain how they had recently renovated the place themselves. Friendly staff is something that cannot be underestimated, it can turn a good meal into a great meal. We started with the calamari and the house breads. The calamari was just right, not too rubbery as it can be in some places. The breads were really fresh, as was the accompaniment of pesto. We were definitely left wanting more (but in a good way!!!) For mains we had steak and the fish of the day which was sea bass. Both were lovely and cooked as we asked. We followed it with a chocolate brownie and some espressos, all washed down with a reasonably priced bottle of pinot grigio. For what we had eaten the bill was quite reasonable and we rolled out feeling warm and fuzzy which I have to attribute to both the wine and the wonderful staff.
3-5 Exchequer Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Nice comfortable bar with a simple but tasty menu. We both opted for deals, fish, chips and a pint for €15 and steak sandwich with a pint for the same price. The fish is advertised as ling and arrived deep fired on a bed of mashed peas with tarter sauce and home made chips. The flavour of the fish was very delicate and was nearly overpowered by the Belfast Blonde beer batter, the texture was firm but not over done, overall a very enjoyable dish. The steak sandwich was well seasoned and came with onions and some home made pepper sauce and chips. We cleared out plates! We could chose from a pint of Heineken, Belfast Blonde and Guinness to go with our food and we definitely felt with was good value for money. Service was attentive through out, the staff seem interested in the food and beer they are serving which is refreshing. Will definitely be back.
Eden Quay, City Centre North, Dublin
I'll start with the positives, Jimmy Chungs is clean, well decorated and the staff are pleasant. If you come during lunch it's better value for money though there are less options. What could be improved... there is a wide range of food but unless you like chicken the freshness of the food is not the best, I like seafood but I am perhaps in the minority of Jimmy Chung guests who do so and as such the fish dishes are rarely replenished and are often quite stale. On this particular visit I could have hopped the calamari off the ground and the mussels were extremely over cooked. I had the misfortune of biting into a prawn that had turned to mush inside it's stale over cooked skin. My friends stuck to the chicken and beef dishes and were happy with what they got. My only other problem was the efficiency of the waiting staff, I know this seems an odd sort of a problem but nevertheless... on one occasion I had finished the last piece of food on my plate, my fork was still in my mouth and the waiter had already cleared my plate! I guess in an all you can eat buffet they don't want you hanging around for too long! I think I'll give Jimmy Chungs a miss for a while!
24 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin
This restaurant is well located near shops, bars and transport options. The place is well appointed and the staff are friendly and helpful. We started with the Wexford beef carpaccio dressed with rocket and parmesan and the mixed board of Italian meats and cheeses. The beef was very fresh and tasty, the mixed board was similar to what they serve in the wine bar and to be honest, I would have been happy with just this! We followed this with chargrilled Wexford beef fillet and the sea bream. The beef was once again tasty, it was perfectly cooked, the chef was obviously not afraid to cook rare! The sea bream was well cooked, tasty but simple. I have cooked it myself many times so I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't something a bit more ... professional about it! It's not a great reason to critique a dish I know that!!! We washed it all down with some house red and some very good espressos.
The Waterloo Bar
36 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, D04 R6Y6, Ballsbridge, Dublin
We had a "crazy deal" for a pitcher of beer and a platter of food which cost us €14 but should have been €24. For €14 I think we got value for money just about. The platter consisted of wedges, cocktail sausages, chicken diggers, onion rings and spring rolls. I don't understand why places put spring rolls on platters and I have yet to get a decent one outside of Asia! No surprises in the platter so. Decent beer. I can't compliment the staff here enough though, they were so pleasant and accommodating with us, even changed the channel to put the footie on. If I lived close by this would be my local as these guys are super nice. Good experience, especially considering who we paid. Lovely interior
D'Vine Wine Bar
16 Bachelor’s Walk, City Centre North, Dublin
D'Vine has been open for a number of months now in a small venue that used to be a music shop. The place has been transformed into a beautiful small wine bar, much of the work was done by the owner and her family and when she is on the premise she is only to happy to sit and chat and tell you about the place. We've been here a number of times now and have tried the pizzas, the cheese and meat board, the bruschetta and several bottles of wine! The Cheese and meat plate is enormous, a huge array of cheese and meat along with fruits such as pears, grapes and prunes, it also comes with bread and olives. The pizzas are to die for, really thin base that is nearly transparent, there is a choice of toppings to suit every taste. Service is relaxed and friendly, when we stayed late one night we were given some extra nibbles to enjoy and never felt rushed out of the place even though it we left only 10 minutes before closing time. The only downside to D'Vine is that it doesn't seem to open before 4pm even at weekends so popping in for lunch is out of the question.
5 Crow Street (Next to Foggy Dew Pub), Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
In reviewing this restaurant I wish I could take one star way from all my other reviews as this place really stands out. The dining room is really very small so we where feeling lucky that we booked about a week ago, though were only able to secure an 8.30pm booking. We noted others walked in off the street but were turned away. When we were seated and settled the waiters brought our menu's and offered us some beverages, the professional attitude set by the staff was maintained throughout the night and was part of what would make me return to this restaurant. I chose the fungi and Parmesan salad to start while my OH had the beef carpaccio. For mains we had baked sea bass with roasted potatoes and beef and veal stew with parpadella (spaghetti bolognese!!!) My starter was very simple, the flavours really shone through, we also had some bread and olive oil which complimented it nicely. My OH's carpaccio was amazing, the beef was so fresh and tasty, it left both of us wanting more! The main courses were just as amazing, the sea bass was cooked wonderfully with white wine and cherry tomatoes, the little roast wedges that accompanying it had a lovely salty, rosemary flavour. The stew and parpadella was well cooked, the pasta obviously home made and while it was essentially a spaghetti bolognese it was probably the best one I have tasted! We finished off the meal by sharing a chocolate fudge cake and espressos, both of which were of a high quality. All was washed down by a bottle of Sauvingnon Blanc from Fruili. Service throughout was perfect, the kind you could expect from a five star restaurant, prompt, efficient, friendly but not too familiar. The bill came to €92 and while it is the most expensive meal we have had in a while it is also the best, we wandered home feeling very contented, happy and full. We will be back!
7 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
This was my second bad experience at Acapulco, the first time we were seated on the mezzanine level and we literally baked with the heat, it was so uncomfortable my OH had to leave the restaurant between courses to cool down, I can't comment on the food the first time as all I can remember is the heat! On our second trip we requested a seat down stairs thinking it would be cooler and it was minimally cooler but still too warm for me. Service was brusk, not friendly or unfriendly but functional, that is until we requested a bill from the waiter who brought up our espresso (but called it a cappuccino!) the bill failed to show, we tried to catch the eye of the other waiter to no avail for about 10 minutes and had to eventually call out loudly to attract her attention! The food was boring, like they haven't changed the menu in about 20 years, I ordered Nachos to start followed by crispy tostadas. Both tasted exactly the same, same sauce, same ingredients. The tostadas were filled before they were put int he oven to warm them up, subsequently the lettuce was warm and slimey when I sliced into the tostadas. Just not appetizing. Having been twice and had two bad experienced I will not return here again, I have just one piece of advice, don't go here expecting a quiet evening meal, the restaurant is extremely noisy when full, almost overbearingly so, no fault of the owners obviously!
Taste of Emilia
No. 1 Lower Liffey Street, City Centre North, Dublin
Decent authentic panini and snacks with fresh meats and cheese. A little on the expensive side but the quality is worth it.
The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Interesting building with remnants of it's previous life as factory are on display everywhere. The Market Bar serves Irish style tapas. As one person pointed out already, they don't guarantee that all the food will arrive together, just as would happen in Spain, food is ordered for the table and everyone tucks in as soon as it arrives. The portions here are a bit bigger then normal tapas size and four would fill two people. The salads are all very fresh and vibrant. The patatas and meatballs have a good kick to them and while the calamari is well cooked it is slightly bland in flavour and become monotonous. The food is good value and the wine list is adequate, they also have a full bar. The restaurant itself claims not to take bookings for less the eight people and there are often long queues waiting for tables. It also seems to be very popular with families on weekend, great for buggy parking!!!
The Abbey Tavern, Howth,
Abbey Street, Howth, Dublin
We where in Howth for the Prawn Festival (unimpressed!!!) and wanted somewhere to see the West Brom v Liverpool match, we had about given up on it when we stumbled into the Abbey Tavern and the wonderful barman/waiter spent nearly 10 minutes finding out if they were showing it, finding the correct channel and putting it on the TV beside us. He was amazingly help, beyond anything we had expected. We just had sandwiches, chips and onion rings to eat but they were passable pub grub, the BLT didn't really represent value for money but it was tasty! The wine seems like good value, instead of a quarter bottle or a small glass it comes in a mini carafe which holds at least two glasses. Nice little bar and a good choice if you want to see something on Setanta1!!!
Bailey Bar @ Trim Castle Hotel
Castle St, Trim, Meath
We were staying in the hotel and had vouchers for the Champagne afternoon tea. I have to say I was not holding out much hope, I expected a few stale sandwiches and a scone with some flat awful plonk! I am very happy to say that I was entirely wrong, the experience couldn't be further from my preconceptions! We had a plate of six different sandwiches, beautifully presented and then another plate of mini sized cream cakes which were yummy, this was accompanied by tea and coffee and a glass of passable Champagne. Wonderful surprise and I would recommend it to anyone who is in the area, great light pick me up after a tour around the castle.
Khan's Spices Indian Restaurant (Trim)
Emmet Yard, Emmet Street, Trim, Meath
We had an 8pm booking on a Saturday night and were surprised to be the only ones sitting in the restaurant, over the course of our meal a few other tables filled up but most of the business seemed to be done in the take away. We had pakoras and onion bhaji's to start which were wonderful, the pakoras had a great kick to them. We followed this with chicken tikka masala and prawn jelfrezi both of which were fantastic, we had pilau rice and nan bread (best I've had in a while) The tikka masala was made with cream which was much nicer then the coconut milk I have tasted in some restaurants. We finished the meal with some adequate espressos. The food was perfect and our waiters were very polite and efficient but we were a bit overwhelmed by the intensity of the owner, he has a great attitude, basically, if anything is wrong he wants to know about it straight away, he doesn't want you to say you're enjoying if you really aren't. All this is to be complimented but he approached us twice during the meal and also when we were leaving... it was just so ... intense!!! I suppose more restaurant owners should be like this and it wouldn't be unusual here at Khan Spice! If I am ever in Trim again my first stop will be Khan Spice.
Bits and Pizzas
15 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
We used out menupages voucher here and it was easier then expected, as a first timer I had no idea what to expect! We arrived at 4pm and understandably the place was empty but that didn't put us off. We started with Capri salad and potato wedges, both of which were acceptable, instead of basil leaves they used pesto in the salad, something I have seen in a few places now, it must save a few euros! For mains we had a pepperoni pizza and lasagne with Greek salad. The pizza was perfect, as was the lasagne and the salad was nice and fresh, though it wasn't a Greek salad (at least not according to the Greeks who fed me last summer!!!) We had some beers and espresso and as we were leaving I noticed the place was beginning to fill up, with fresh food and decent prices I'm sure this place is a regular for some folks. Finally the service could not have been better, the waitress was friendly without being familiar and all our needs were looked after.
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin
We went here for cocktails and dessert after dinner one Sunday night at 8pm, only two other tables were occupied. The mixed berry caprioska was very tasty. I had chocolate pudding and pistachio ice cream for dessert, both were nice but I'm not sure they lived up to their price tag. I'm sure the terrace is lovely in the summer but at the moment there are ugly hoardings up around Meeting House Square so you can't really appreciate it. The inside decor is a cross between a public toilet and a scene from the Jetsons, I'm also not fond of the kitchen being part of the restaurant, I prefer to relax when I go out for food, and I can't do that if I can see the chef running around the kitchen! Brilliant service, couldn't fault it, very friendly.
Cape Greko (Malahide)
Unit 1 First Floor, New Street, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin
Cape Greko looks beautiful when you enter, there seems to have been great attention to detail here. When we arrive for an 8pm sitting there was only two other tables occupied but the restaurant filled up nicely and was over half full by the time we were leaving around 9.30pm, for a Tuesday night this is surely indicative of it's popularity. We started with the mezze platter which contained Greek village salad, keftedes, halloumi cheese, kalamari, dolmades, tzatziki dip, hummus dip and pita bread. The flavours were perfect and transported me back to my summer holidays last year. There was more than enough for the two of us to share and we held onto the dips for the main course. For mains we had the mixed soulvaki of lamb and chicken with chips and the panga fish fillet in beer batter with chips. The meat was wonderfully seasoned and succulent, we were used to soulvaki arriving with pitta bread as a sort of sandwich but here the meat just comes on a plate with some salad, it was tasty though. The panga fish was huge, too big in fact, I was intimidated by it from the start! I managed to eat only half. Both portions of chips were a disappointment, they tasted dry and reheated. We had some nice Cypriot beer called Keo with the meal. Overall a great experience.
French Church Street, Cork City, Cork
Ended up in 14A as our original choice did not open until for lunch on Saturday. Great disappointment. We shared chicken wings for starter, instead of a lovely sticky bbq sauce that I was expecting the wings were marinaded and presented in sweet chili sauce, the kind you normally encounter in Thai restaurants. That and the fact that the meat tasted very aged meant that I really didn't enjoy the starter. For mains I had fish cakes and the OH had a steak sandwich. The fish cakes were simply awful, there was one type of fish in it that may have been lying around the kitchen for five or six days, it was gray, tough and pungent. My OH's steak was completely devoid of any flavour, it was hard to distinguish between it and the bread it was in. Both were served with string fries that wouldn't be out of place in a fast food restaurant. Looking at other items on the menu I got the impression that it was there more to impress then actually feed someone! Interesting decour, not sure what theme the owners are going for but it would be much appreciated if they lowered the music, I don't like the feeling I am in a nightclub when I am eating lunch. I must point out that the restaurant was packed to the rafters when I was there, everyone was tucking into their food so maybe myself and my OH were the only ones to receive the mediocre dishes! In any case, we choose poorly!
New Street, Malahide, Dublin
Great place to watch a match, you are nearly guaranteed that the fixture you want to see will be on one of their many many TV's! The staff are great and the food is decent pub grub and freshly made sandwiches. Great value for money.
Wallace's Enoteca Delle Langhe
Blooms Lane, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin
Probably one of the best wine bars in Dublin. We went on Valentine's evening and shared a bottle of the wine of the month which was €25, a fantastic red. We also shared a large meat and cheese platter and a Caprese salad which came with bread. The platter was huge and really fresh, the salad had the most amazing mozzarella but could have done with the addition of more basil. Two espresso's finished off the evening. This is a great little wine bar with really tasty food, Italian seems to be the official language too as it appears to be a favourite with expats.
Osborne Brasserie @ The Portmarnock Hotel
Strand Road, North Co. Dublin, Portmarnock, Dublin
The restaurant is beautiful and very comfortable. The staff are very professional and attentive. We were staying close to Valentines day so the only option was a set menu for Valentines day. There were plenty of choices though. We opted to start with a charcuterie plate between the two of us, while it initially seemed small it worked out to be a good size to share as a started. I had tuna topped with a deep fried prawn and Thai curry sauce with a potato fondant. These four elements didn't work together. The tuna was tough and over cooked, the sauce was stodgy. My partner had the lamb with apple and potato fritter which was minuscule and tough. It was accompanied by some rather dirty looking vegetables which some of which we found difficult to identify (I think they were char-grilled!) We both had chocolate fondant with vanilla ice-cream for dessert, which was nice although the ice-cream had ice crystals in it. We finished the meal with weak coffee and petit fours (which turned out to be two heart shaped chocolates!) Even though we had a prosecco Bellini apéritif included in the €37.50 set price we felt that for the quality of the food we were served we did not get great value for money.
6-7 Jervis Street, Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin
Beautiful restaurant and bar area. The cocktails are to die for, yes a bit on the expensive side but worth it for the quality. The food is ok but I haven't eaten here since I seen them taking a delivery of Koko noodle which I thought was a but of a kop-out for a Thai restaurant!
Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin
Authentic Mexican food, all very tasty. Staff are really helpful. I managed to make a huge mess with my taco's so make sure you get lots of napkins!
Chapter One Restaurant
18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
Chapter One is my favourite restaurants in Dublin, I think everyone should experience it at least once. We went for a pre-theatre dinner in December followed by a performance in The Gate, it's really a wonderful evening which I can't recommend highly enough. The staff in Chapter One are what really make the place special, even offering to collect your theatre tickets for you so you don't have to queue later on. We had goats cheese and the salmon to start both were wonderful but the OH was surprised my the consistency of the cheese, a bit runny but yummy nonetheless! For mains we had the daube of beef and the hake. The beef was really tender, falling apart. The hake was gorgeous. For desserts the OH had the best chocolate mousse he has ever tasted and I had the cheese plate which arrived at room temperature and our wonderful waiter explained what each piece was. Two espressos rounded the meal off nicely. I think with a bottle of wine and a tip the bill came to €130 in total. From the chef to the maitre d' to the sommlier to the waiters, the staff make Chapter One brilliant. I will definitely go back and I will definitely keep recommending to anyone who will listen to me!
6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I went to Hugo's with a group of friends but I had the feeling that it would be a perfect place for a quiet romantic meal with your loved one. We opted for the early bird which was great value, I had the calamari to start and the cod for main course and I can't complain about either, they were both well cooked. Other in my group had soup which they enjoyed. We all felt we it was good value for money. The restaurant looks really beautiful and the staff are very professional.
F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Crow Street
2 Crow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
We went to FXB on Crow Street twice in quick succession as the OH loves his steak, the first time they lost our booking but managed to fit us in about half an hour after we expected to be eating. We ordered a bottle of prosecco as it was a special occasion and we received some creme de cassis on the house to apologize for our wait so we had some yummy Kirs! I had fish, which was lovely, and the OH had steak which he enjoyed but thought that a restaurant which specialized in steak would have manged something slightly better. On our second visit we were seated downstairs , I disliked the room immensely, it was dark and dingy and the gray paint on the walls did nothing to make it seem nicer. Our table was in the middle of the room at the bottom of the stairs and I constantly felt we were in the way of the staff as they rushed up and down the stairs. I had calamari to start and a different fish then the first time as my main course unfortunately they both tasted exactly the same. Both were very heavily seasoned with chili. The OH's steak was thin, rubbery and fatty. Though the staff on both occasions were very nice, helpful and friendly we couldn't help but think the restaurant could do with more staff, those that are there are doing the best they can.
Montys of Kathmandu
28 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I had heard great things about Monty's over the passed few years but for some reason never got around to trying it. We eventually decided to go one Monday evening to celebrate a birthday, there were only two other couples in the restaurant that night and we were grateful as the restaurant is tiny. The seats are tiny, the tables are tiny, the space between the tables is tiny. I was glad there was no one sitting next to us as I would literally have had to eat with my coat and handbag on my lap! Our portions weren't tiny but they weren't as generous as some Indian restaurants what we have been too. We really didn't have enough room on our table to accommodate our plates, our main course dishes and the rice dishes as well as out drinks... what do they do in this place when it is busy?!?! The food was OK, maybe I had been building the place up in my mind as I had read so many good reviews of it. The prawns I ordered though cooked were only lukewarm while the sauce was piping hot. The staff were very indifferent and hard to catch hold of. Quite the opposite of every other Indian/Nepalese/Pakistani establishment I have ever visited in this country. The telephone was right in the middle of the restaurant and while I expect that a decent business will get a lot of phone calls this phone was ringing constantly, my major grip was that it was REALLY loud and had a REALLY irritating tone. Either lower the volume and change the tone or move it, it totally destroys the atmosphere. On the plus side the restaurant is decorated nicely.
Bru Bar and Bistro
Haymarket North Bank, Drogheda, Louth
Bru has a special offer for €22 which includes a starter, main and drink (though I think there are other combinations) This is just about value for money, the food is standard, nothing special, edible but unmemorable. We had fish cakes and chicken wings to start, both of which were a bit dry, the chicken wings so much so that they weren't finished. For the main course we had grilled lemon sole and lasagna. I was disappointed with the lemon sole, I wonder was it actually lemon sole as it didn't taste like it. The lasagna was very watery, it's often like this when it's cooked in single portions in small bowls, I always think the bolognese sauce would benefit from being cooked a little while longer before being made into lasagna. The staff member who served us was just a bit too familiar and made us feel slightly uncomfortable. The restaurant looks nice but you feel like you are in a giant goldfish bowl on view for the whole town to see. It's a pity that the restaurant isn't where the bar is on the second floor and vice-versa, I would certainly appreciate not having to walk up all those stairs to the bar on a a night out!
1 Bryanstown Centre, Dublin Road, Drogheda, Louth
Everyone I know has raved about The Eastern Seaboard, every review site seems to give it top marks, but for some reason I was skeptical. The first time I went I was blown away, I was amazed at the quality of the produce, the talent in the kitchen and the professionality of the staff. I still wasn't convinced, I was sure it would begin to slide and let standards fall. On my second trip I was still impressed and having been there a third time for my mothers' 60th birthday I am truly in The Eastern Seaboard fan club!!! The menu is huge and displayed on clipboards, you can choose to have starters as snacks in the bar as well and the portion size is very big so it is also a very decent snack! The calamari are very fresh though each individual piece is small but this is probably because The Eastern Seaboard buy produce locally, instead of importing large perfectly sized pieces. The scallop dish is AMAZING, though quite small, unlike the other starters you will not want or be able to share this! The chicken wings are smothered in sauce and could easily do between two people. With each main course you can usually chose two sides of your own choosing, meaning you get what you want. I have been told the steak is amazing while I can confirm the mackerel and the cod are well cooked and well presented. The staff are all friendly and efficient. They are very well able to deal with large groups. On the downsides (thought hardly important) the decor is very minimalist, the restaurant looks slightly unfinished. The art work is weird and some of it is unsettling! While the footprint of the restaurant is huge the actual seating area feels cramped. If you arrive for the early seating the place can feel a bit cold until is warms up. Not important things but worth a mention. This restaurant is worth traveling to.
Milano (Dawson Street)
38 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
There are at least five Milano Restaurants in the city centre and all are consistent. There is nothing inspiring about the cooking here, in fact it feels like the meals are partially prepared in a factory and then heated up in the restaurant. The menu is available online and there are no surprises, no innovation, nothing to recommend. On a positive note, the staff are always warm, courteous and friendly. Very efficient and attentive. If you are looking for a quick snack this place is acceptable.
The Porterhouse (Parliament Street)
Parliament Street le Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin
This is the original Porterhouse, there is an amazing array of beers on offer and the pub menu is pretty comprehensive. A lot of what is on offer is modern but traditional Irish cuisine!!! Good portabello mushroom burger and chunky chips.
Ciao Bella Roma
24/25 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
Ciao Bella Roma do a brilliant value lunch/early bird, a starter, main course and a glass of wine (or soft drink) for €9 You really can't go wrong with value like this! The staff are all Italian and are very friendly, you can see straight into the kitchen as you enter, always a sign that cleanliness is up to scratch IMHO. The starters offered for the deal are usually salad, bruschetta or chips, for the main course your options are arrabiata, carbonara, pizza and lasagne (I think!!!) They are all good, very tasty and good size portions. Be aware though that the arrabiata is quite spicy.
Toscana City Centre
3 Cork Hill, Dame Street (opposite Dublin Castle), Dublin City Centre, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin
Very comfortable restaurant with seating downstairs as well. Very friendly staff managed to squeeze us in even though they were very busy. I'd recommend a reservation. The food is as authentic as you will get outside Italy! Good portions, especially the meatball starter, which I have seen served as a main course in other restaurants! A nice place to linger.
The Larder Restaurant
8 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
We went here shortly after it had opened and where very impressed. Unfortunately both the food and service has slipped consistently since then, perhaps it has become a victim of it's own success. On our last visit we had to wait about ten minutes after we had been seated for our order to be taken, in fact a table who came in after us where served before us. We ordered three breakfasts, which took thirty minutes to arrive but they did come before our teas and coffees. Some of the food one the plate was warm some was cold. No value for money here, hopefully the evening menu is better executed.
The Steps Of Rome
1 Bird avenue, Clonskeagh, Clonskeagh, Dublin
Very small restaurant, if you sit with your back to the window you can really imagine that you are in Italy! All the staff are Italian and very friendly. The choice of pizza is extensive. I had a wonderful mozzarella and tomato salad, the best I had in Dublin. If you are dead set on eating here make a reservation so you are not disappointed, it's small and popular and fill up quickly.
La Cuvee @ Eno Wine Bar
1 Burton Hall, Mayor Square, IFSC, City Centre North, Dublin
We ordered our food while picking out our wine for the evening, I thought it was a good idea to have the menu there and be able to order while we picked out our wine but the plan didn't really work out as when we arrived upstairs for our starters were cold, they had obviously been sitting waiting for us for a while, if the restaurant want to continue with this arrangement they need to tighten up on their timings. I had the prawns to start with and they had a really awful flavour and were over cooked, I'm not really sure what went wrong with them but they didn't resemble anything that I have ever eaten before, the matter wasn't helped by the fact that they were cold! For the main I had cod which was satisfactory, well cooked and arrived hot. My dining partner had the steak which was perfectly cooked and very tasty. We waited and waited and waited and waited for the waitress to arrive back to ask us what we wanted for dessert, eventually we managed to get her attention and ordered a cheese plate and two espressos. The cheese plate arrived freezing cold and with no explanation as what each piece was. There was only one type of cracker supplied with it which was disappointing, a variety would have been nice. We had to chase after the staff again to get our bill but gave up on them coming back to swipe our credit card, we just went up to the counter. We felt that what we were charged did not reflect the food we had eaten or the service we received. It was quite laughable actually the nonchalance of the staff and management can only be the ones held responsible. If they cut the prices by a third it would be better value for money. As a previous posted commented the restaurant in very cold and breezy! I should point out that the staff in the wine shop are very friendly and helpful, I would give them five stars alone.
Elephant & Castle
18/19 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I was so mad when I left this restaurant that I had to wait a couple of weeks before I could post a review that would be acceptable for Menupages! Where to start.... The service was non existent, management would do well to drag random strangers in off the street to serve at the tables, they would probably be more efficient, friendly and knowledgeable. We had about 6 different servers over the course of our visit, one of them, when taking away our starter asked if we'd like anything else, tea, coffee or just the bill to which we replied that we would like out main course!!! One main course arrived 10 minutes later the other, the only reason it came this promptly was because we managed to rugby tackle a server and ask for it, the staff have no interest in the clients. We were never asked if we where OK. We went here as we heard the chicken wings were to die for, we found them to be nothing special. Around the corner another establishment serve identical chicken wings at half the price and the staff there are wonderful! The vegetarian pasta I had was completely different to what was written on the menu, it was cold and stodgy (maybe if it arrived on time it would have tasted better but I will not be bothering to return to find out) I think The Elephant and Castle are riding on former glories, go elsewhere.
Port House Pintxo
12 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin
I have eaten in Pintxo a number of times in the last five years, most recently on new years eve. The food is consistently good and only once where we disappointed. The service is very friendly, most of the staff have been there a number of years, now, that's always a good sign! They have a decent wine list, slightly on the expensive side, surprising considering how reasonable the food is. This is the closest I have found in Dublin city centre to authentic Spanish tapas. It was a wonderful night on new years, we all got twelve grapes to eat at midnight (a Spanish tradition) and one of the waitress did her own version of the bells!!! A bit quirky was the fact that they then turned on BBC Radio 4 Scotland... but I think maybe the manager is Scottish! Oh... and as most people who visit the restaurant say... you have to check out the toilet!!!
The Pig's Ear
4 Nassau Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
The restaurant is set over two floors with views onto Trinity College. The room we where seated in was extremely warm but we soon got used to it. The decor is interesting, I think they might be trying for shabby chic, not sure!!! The service throughout was very professional. The food was well presented and tasty, my fish was a bit salty for my taste but I don't really like a lot of salt. I got the feeling that it was a bit over worked, not sure why, just felt like it was trying too hard to be cool. All my food arrived on plates but my partners arrived in the pots and pans it was cooked in! Cool if you like that kind of thing! The menu is compact but interesting and we had a lovely Pinot Noir from a wine list that only had European wines (well that's all I could see!) I wasn't too gone on the sugar being presented in the bag it had been sold in!!! The ladies was clean but the OH said the men's was grubby and possibly in need of a scrub! Overall the food should really be all that matters in a restaurant and The Pigs Ear shines in this department.
Diwali Indian Restaurant
Unit 1, Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I love Indian cuisine and I find Diwali to be one of the best places to get Indian food in the city centre. The menu is very varied with all the usual Anglo-Indian suspect along with a few more traditional dishes. The food is always well presented even if you're only getting an onion bhaji! On the last occasion I was there I got the chili and garlic prawns, very well cooked, nice juicy prawns but quite hot, my lips were tingling after! The staff are all very accommodating and helpful, especially if you're not sure what to get! The dining room is basically a big square box with as many tables crammed in as possible, the window seats seem to have more room so try for one of those if you like to spread out! Overall Diwali is above average for Indian restaurants in Dublin and has a nice professional touch that I have sometimes found lacking at other Indian restaurants I have visited.
Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
Broad menu with plenty of options. The food seems to have a Middle Eastern influence with plenty of spicy options. The staff are professional and friendly. The only problem I can see with this restaurant is that it is totally lacking in atmosphere. It feels a bit like a canteen.
The Woolshed Baa & Grill
Parnell Street, The junction of Jervis street and Parnell street., City Centre North, Dublin
If you want to see a sporting event in Dublin then chances are you'll be in luck if you head to The Woolshed. They show everything from football, rugby, Aussie rules and American college football. They serve pretty good pub grub with an Australian twist and generous portions. A word of warning though, don't come here expecting a nice relaxed lunch or dinner when there is a sporting event on as it will be packed to the rafters and most likely you wont find a seat! In general I don't think this is the kind of place that you would make a reservation in if you wanted dinner but they do take reservations if you want a seat for a particular sporting event.
Chez Max (Palace Street)
1 Palace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
The minute you step into this French bistro you feel like you've been teleported to a restaurant on Rue Moufftard or similar. The atmosphere is amazing. The staff were friendly and professional and thoroughly French (be sure to ask for the bill early in the night if you need to be somewhere in a hurry when your meal is over!!!) I had the sea bass which was lovely and meaty followed by the cheese plate which was on the small side for the price but of high quality and not straight from the fridge which I liked. There is an extensive French wine list plus some from other countries. A great experience overall.
La Peniche @ RIASC
Barge Riasc, Mespil Road Jetty, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Make sure you go to La Peniche on a Thursday night when they sail (?) up the Grand Canal through two locks and back! We received a warm welcome from staff when we boarded. The seating area is in the main cabin. Great care and attention was given to the food we ordered and given the price, surroundings and ambiance we felt we got value for money. You can sit upstairs and watch the barge navigate the locks if you wish and when your food arrives at your table the helpful and friendly staff will come up and let you know you food is ready. A wonderful experience that people should try at least once!