Restaurant Reviews from malonesean
No. of Reviews: 17
Member Since: 07 July 2009
Last Visit: 07 July 2019
La Mere Zou restaurant
22 St Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 17th November 2014 ( visited 15th November 2014 )This is a really good restaurant. We booked a table for 6:30 on a Saturday and it was already busy. It's fairly small and cozy but not cramped. The staff were excellent, very friendly and attentive. We had the early bird (no voucher) which cost 25 Euro for 3 courses. This menu had a very good range of options and our party of four really enjoyed every course. I would highly recommend La Mere Zou.
18 Dame Street,, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 21st January 2012 ( visited 19th January 2012 )Arrived for an early bird with a voucher which made it excellent value. The restaurant was not full but the atmosphere was pleasant and freindly. The waiting staff were excellent. For starters I had the meatballs in a tomato sauce, these were good but may have been a little overdone and covered with a lot of rocket. My partner had the spicy chicken salad which was delicious. The chicken was very tender and the dressing was really good. For mains I had the rigatoni pasta with chicken, pancetta and wild mushrooms in a cream sauce. I didn't spot any wild mushrooms but the dish was very good. My partner had wild mushroom risotto, again the dish was very good. We skipped desserts and had two really delicious espressos. Overall we were very pleased with Russo's and will visit again.
740 South Circular Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Kilmainham, Dublin
My first visit to Union 8 and it was a little dissapointing. My wife, daughter and two grandsons aged 5 and 1 arived for brunch. My wife and I had the union 8 breakfast and while mine was cooked an complete, my wifes had no potobello mushrooms and the hash brown was not cooked. The eldest grandson has toast with nutella but the toast was burned and the nutella came with some kind of jam which he didn\'t like. All of this was resolved quickly by the very helpful staff. The breakfast was good but the bacon was very salty and the sausage could have been better, it reminded me of a cheap low pork content you would get in a supermarket. Overall the place is nice and cosy but we felt that it was more style than substance. I don\'t know if I would go back.
Lemon Tree Restaurant
39 Lower Main Street, Letterkenny, Donegal
A real gem. I had dinner with two colleagues and was very impressed. The restaurant has a lovely atmosphere and was at least 2 thirds full on a Monday evening. The staff were friendly and efficient and were very helpful. I had the smoked salmon with poached quails egg followed by pork fillet and belly. My colleagues had for starters, pork fritters and truffle risotto. For mains trio of fish and fillet beef medallions with potato gratin. We also had a selection of sided all really well cooked and seasoned. The house wine was a chilean cabernet sauvignon and was very good.
La Mere Zou
22 St Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
This is a really good restaurant. We booked a table for 6:30 on a Saturday and it was already busy. It's fairly small and cozy but not cramped. The staff were excellent, very friendly and attentive. We had the early bird (no voucher) which cost 25 Euro for 3 courses. This menu had a very good range of options and our party of four really enjoyed every course. I would highly recommend La Mere Zou.
Carrolls Gastro pub
1-2 Demense View, Main Street, Lucan, Dublin
We decided to try Carrolls despite mixed reviews. We arrived a little after 6pm to a busy almost full pub. The atmosphere was lively although part of this was due to a football match on the big screen. The staff were very courteous and efficient. We both had starters, I had warm black pudding salad with apple and mustard sauce. This was very nice and the pudding was not sliced too thickly. I would have preferred it to have more grain for a better texture. My partner had the tiger prawn skewers which were also very good. Mor mains I had the baked hake. This was very well cooked, the portion was generous and was excellent. My partner had the special which was baked cod on red cabbage and mash. Again this was very well cooked and excellent. The meal cost a little over 55 Euro including two drinks and an espresso. We will certainly be back !!!.
1900 Restaurant & Bar
59 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Based on menupages reviews we decided to try 1900 and were not disappointed. The restaurant was very quiet, but this was 6pm on a Tuesday evening. The restaurant is pleasant and warm and I am sure would have a good atmosphere with more customers. We both had crab cakes to start, they were very good and for a starter were very generous in size. For main I had confit of duck with pui lentils, winter veg and cep foam. This was full of flavour and a really good dish. If the chef had crisped up the skin a little it would have been perfect. My partner had roast cod with peas a la Française, Potato Dumplings andTruffle Aioli. This was also very good indeed. To finish we shared a banoffee which was the best I have tasted. I would highly recommend the 1900 and would like to try it at the weekend when it's a little busier. Very good value too, the meal including a glass of wine and coffee came to 47 Euro
L Mulligan Grocer
18 Stoneybatter, Stoneybatter, Dublin
This was our second visit to L. Mulligan. It has a really nice atmosphere and a great selection of beers. The staff are really friendly and the service is excellent. We both had the same, scotch egg for starters and pork belly for mains. The scotch egg was served on a board with salad and two dips. One was a type of relish and the other a kind of mustard mayonnaise. This was delicious and the egg was cooked perfectly with the yolk just nicely soft. The pork belly was served with mash, apple puree a rich jus, purple sprouting broccoli and roast potatoes. The pork was a little dry and the crackling was impossibly tough. Other than that the dish was very good but was let down by the pork.
1 West Pier, Howth, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin
There were four people in our party and none of us were disappointed. Aqua is located near the end of the pier in Howth and the upstairs location offers superb views of the sea and surrounding area. We were there early so some of our choice was from the early bird menu. For starters were seafood chowder, prawn and crayfish and a half steamed lobster. I had the chowder which was delicately flavoured and surprisingly light. My companions were equally pleased. For mains were pan fried salmon with cabbage and bacon, monkfish with a white bean cassoulet, fish and chips. We all had a little taste of each others and all were really good. I had the pan fried salmon which was cooked to perfection, moist and tender. The accompanying cabbage with bacon pieces went very well with the fish. The one issue I have was that the vegetables were a little late arriving. I was half way through my main before they appeared. This consisted of Potatoes, broccoli and carrots and had an unusual smokey flavour which was quite pleasant. We finished off with a cheese board and desserts of chocolate tart. Overall a very good dining experience that was equal to the cost.
Buenos Aires Grill
Unit 2 Castle Way, Golden Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Arrived with a voucher for Surf & Turf I like the restaurant, it's nicely decorated with a high ceiling. The atmosphere is very pleasant. The meal was for two and consisted of two striploin steaks, two halumi skewers, prawns on a bed of salad leaves in a kind of poppadom basket. there were two pieces of fish. One was Snapper with peppers and the other was I think freshwater Dorado. There was also a bowl of roast vegetables which were a bit hard and chewy. A glass of wine each was included. Overall it was good value for for money and the food was good. I was surprised that in in an establishment such as this we were not asked how we would like our steaks cooked.
Le Bon Crubeen
81-82 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
We dined here twice in the space of one week using Menupages vouchers. The first was a Saturday night and the restaurant was quite busy. The atmosphere was good and the staff were very attentive. I would go as far as a little too zealous. The food was very good and great value with a voucher. I didn't take the voucher into account when rating the value. For starters we had the cashel blue salad with bacon and chicory and the prawn cocktail. Both were very good, the salad had a hazelnut dressing but I didn't detect any hint of hazelnut. Mains was pork belly and sea bream, again both were very good, portions were just right and there were neat tall thin wafer strips of crackling with the pork. For dessert we had the plumb crumble and the chocolate chip bread and butter pudding, both with ice cream and delicious. Very pleased with Le bon Crubeen and would definitely recommend.
Taste of Brazil
32 Parliament St, Temple bar, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin
Booked Taste of Brazil for myself and my partner. (voucher 39 Euro). The restaurant is bright and airy, feels more like a cafe. There were quite a few people there and the atmosphere was very good. The staff were very friendly and attentive. I don't know if it was our choice of food but overall we found it a bit disappointing. For started we had the Kibe (deep fried wheatballs) and the Escondidinho de frango (Brazillian cottage pie) The wheatballs had a minty flavour but were very dry. The cottage pie came in a sort of ramekin and was not heated thoroughly. It tasted OK. Next we had the Feijoada (Traditional Brazilian) which was a kind of a bean stew accompanied with cabbage, rice etc. I found it difficult to manage, the taste and texture were not to my liking. My partner had the Bobo de camarao com camarao king. This was very thick and gloopy. The food on other peoples plates looked far more appetising than ours so perhaps it was just our choice. We may give it another try in the future just to be sure.
18 Dame Street,, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Arrived for an early bird with a voucher which made it excellent value. The restaurant was not full but the atmosphere was pleasant and freindly. The waiting staff were excellent. For starters I had the meatballs in a tomato sauce, these were good but may have been a little overdone and covered with a lot of rocket. My partner had the spicy chicken salad which was delicious. The chicken was very tender and the dressing was really good. For mains I had the rigatoni pasta with chicken, pancetta and wild mushrooms in a cream sauce. I didn't spot any wild mushrooms but the dish was very good. My partner had wild mushroom risotto, again the dish was very good. We skipped desserts and had two really delicious espressos. Overall we were very pleased with Russo's and will visit again.
The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin
I don't know why I have not been here before. This is a really bustling place that is big, airy and interesting. The service was excellent and the food ... We had between two, marinated anchovies, green salad, fish skewers, pork and chorizo stew, bread and a half bottle of wine. All really good, the anchovies were excellent. This was a real find for us and great value. We'll definitely br back.
19 Thomas Street, Limerick City, Limerick
Dined on June Bank Holiday (Saturday June 4th 2011) "Love Gourmet Weekend" For starters we had the Sauteed Foie Gras & Wild Mushrooms on French Toasted Brioche & White Truffle Oil. This was very good but maybe a little more seasoning would have made it perfect. Our tastes parted ways and for Mains I had Fillet of Beef Rossini with Rosti Potato, Foie Gras and Red Wine Jus. Again very well presented and taste was excellent. For fillet beef though a little tougher than I would have expected. My better half had Pan Seared Wild Turbot with Citrus Mash, Summer Greens and Heirloom Tomato Salsa. This was truly delicious. For dessert I had the cheese plate (three Irish cheeses, grapes and sliced apple) and my wife had Local Raspberry Crem Brulee with Amaretto Biscuit. Service was excellent and the appearance and atmosphere were really good.
Millstone, A Dublin Restaurant
39 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Booked a table for 6:30 on a Friday evening. To our surprise the early bird was available. Nice room very friendly staff. For starters I had the portobello mushroom, delicious, lots of fresh basil and parsley made it very refreshiing. Marion had the seafood chowder, very good, perfectly seasoned. Main was pork belly with black pudding and a very nice mash. Maybe a little too much black pudding but a really good dish nonetheless. Marion had beef which was excellent. Great value, good atmosphere, very good food, friendly and attentive staff.
The Restaurant @ Marks and Spencer
Marks and Spencer, Grafton Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Went for lunch Friday 5th Feb. I had been there before and my previous experience on the service was like many of the other reviews very slow. The restaurant however is bright and modern and feels good to dine there. On this occasion I had the chicken ceaser salad (small) and my wife had the prawn and avocado salad (small). The chicken caeser was good, plenty of bacon, croutons,, shave parmesan etc. but the chicken was a bit tough. The prawn and avocado was excellent with a generous helping of prawns. We also had a portion of garlic bread which was very good. On this occasion the service was quite good but I would advise getting there early for lunch as the queue builds up quickly.
Elephant & Castle
18/19 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Dined in Elephant & Castle on a Friday evening. Arrived at 7pm, put our names down to come back at 8pm. The restaurant was full and a bit frantic for my liking. We went there to sample the chicken wings, so we had those, fries and ribs. You get a lot of chicken wings for 12.50, perhaps too much and it's difficult to stop eating them. It's not the place where you could relax with a nice bottle of wine and a soothing atmosphere but worthwhile for the food and if you like a buzzing place in the city centre.
Avenue Cafe & Restaurant
Main Street, Maynooth, Kildare
We had dinner at Avenue one Sunday evening. This is a very nice restaurant. The chicken wings were very good. The bangers in the bangers & mash were a little bland and seemed to have a low meat content. Burgers were good and substantial. Overall a pleasant dining experience.