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Mitsuba Japanese Restaurant

154 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
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70 reviews

Reviewed 25th February 2011 ( visited 13th February 2011 )

Ate here on a Sunday night before Valentines day. They had what looked to be a fantastic special Valentines menu but we wanted to try a few different things so opted for the main menu. There was so much choice and after almost a glass of wine we finally made a decision. I had the tekka makki for starters and my boyfriend had the dynamite roll. Portions of sushi were generous and so fresh. It was my first time trying raw sushi and I'm glad I had it here. The flavours were amazing. I had king tiger prawns for main which were so fresh and tasty. I really couldn't fault the food, it was tasty and very fresh. You can tell the chef really cares about the ingredients. The staff were wonderful and brought us to the counter to see the fish for sushi and explain what each one was from the menu. There was a large group down the back in front of the kitchen watching the chef cooking and he put on a great show. It would be great for a birthday party or work night out. The staff were attentive and friendly and you can tell they have a real passion for what they are doing. Cemented my love of Japanese food. Only gripe was it was a tad expensive compared to other Japanese restaurants. That being said I will definitely return.
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Mitsuba Japanese Restaurant

154 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Asian

Price Range:

Good
70 reviews

Reviewed 25th February 2011 ( visited 13th February 2011 )

Ate here on a Sunday night before Valentines day. They had what looked to be a fantastic special Valentines menu but we wanted to try a few different things so opted for the main menu. There was so much choice and after almost a glass of wine we finally made a decision. I had the tekka makki for starters and my boyfriend had the dynamite roll. Portions of sushi were generous and so fresh. It was my first time trying raw sushi and I'm glad I had it here. The flavours were amazing. I had king tiger prawns for main which were so fresh and tasty. I really couldn't fault the food, it was tasty and very fresh. You can tell the chef really cares about the ingredients. The staff were wonderful and brought us to the counter to see the fish for sushi and explain what each one was from the menu. There was a large group down the back in front of the kitchen watching the chef cooking and he put on a great show. It would be great for a birthday party or work night out. The staff were attentive and friendly and you can tell they have a real passion for what they are doing. Cemented my love of Japanese food. Only gripe was it was a tad expensive compared to other Japanese restaurants. That being said I will definitely return.
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Octopussy Seafood Tapas
7 West Pier, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin

We visited this restaurant last Saturday evening after a day lounging around Howth in the sun. We didn't have a reservation and popped in around 7pm and got the last table available. We were offered the snug in a private area towards the back which was cosy and nice although as it was a little hidden we also got quite forgotten about by the waiting staff. We ordered a bowl of chowder each followed by 3 tapas to share (patatas bravas, the special of chili and ginger shrimps and a small portion of chicken wings). Overall food was tasty, the chowder was delicious and the brown bread that came with it was fresh and tasty. The shrimps were the smallest portion of anything I have ever seen in my life and also tasted frozen rather than fresh which was dissapointing considering we were by the sea. The Patatas Bravas were OK, lacking in Bravas and a little soggy. Overall portion sizes in relation to price were not great value, very tiny portions and big prices. The restaurant was quiet although the staff who seemed rather young were very disorganized and scatty. They gave us a prawn pil pil belonging to another table which we regretted not ordering instead of our measly shrimp. Service wasn't great considering the restaurant was quiet, when we finished we were left waiting for ages, no one cleaned our table or offered us dessert menus, so I went and asked. The waitress took our order yet still didn't remove the plates. Tea and dessert took an eternity, I explained we were getting a train and if they weren't coming soon we would need to leave, another 5 minutes or so and they came along with tea and coffee. My partner moved our dinner plates in front of him and eventually when desserts were brought they removed them as there was nowhere to put the dessert plate. I got the cheese board which was really nice and contained a good selection of cheeses, my partner got the chocolate biscuit cake as the chocolate tart wasn't available. He found it sickly sweet and only managed a little bit of it. We asked for the bill, however they somehow lost the record of what we had ordered and knocked the tea and coffee off the bill for this blunder. Overall the food was nice although small and expensive, service was pretty poor. There is only one bathroom in the premises and I wasn't too happy sharing it with a bunch of guys. There was no soap and it was a bit grubby which left me rather disgruntled, especially after eating cheese and chicken wings. We were not offered any wipes either after the chicken wings which is the norm in any other place I have been. Overall food is nice but not outstanding, service was poor and the bill was high. I would probably visit somewhere else on my next visit to Howth.

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Red Torch Ginger
14/ 15 Andrew Street , Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We visited here using a voucher allowing us to spend €60 for the price of €30. I have visited the restaurant before under a different name and I think the new venture has really brightened up the place. When I called to make a booking one of the co-owners spoke to me on the phone outlining the change in owners and new menu, he was a lovely guy and very excited about the new venture which made me very excited to try it out and it certainly didn't disappoint. The fantastic service I had on the phone was carried through to our dining experience. The restaurant was buzzing and the dim lighting created a lovely romantic atmosphere. My only gripe was that the tables are a little close together causing me to become distracted by our neighbours conversation. Our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly and made some good recommendations on the very extensive menu and also helped us pick a nice wine. The wine list is good for an Asian restaurant with a good selection from around the world and all reasonably priced. I love Thai food and have eaten in many Thai restaurants in many different countries and although not the best it was very tasty and fresh. The chicken satay for starter were lovely and moist and my partners combo platter offered some lovely flavours. Both of us thoroughly enjoyed our mains and were unfortunately too full for dessert. It is definitely on my to visit again list and I am sure we will be back there soon.

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Darwins
80 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We went here using a voucher. I have been meaning to try it for a while now so was delighted to pick up the voucher. The staff are uber friendly and the owner is extremely welcoming, I especially liked how she gave a few moments to us as voucher users to enquire were we first time or returning customers. I have heard great things about their meats given they have a butchers attached to the restaurant but as non-meat eater I was eager to taste some of their seafood. The voucher was for 2 mains & 2 starters from the A la Carte menu. We tried the bread with pesto as we waited for our starters. It was nice but I would have preferred more rustic type bread rather than sliced bread & at €3 it was a bit on the tiny side. The menu was varied & there were so many options I wanted to try. My partner had the butternut squash soup which was delicious & full of flavour and made me envious as my dish just wasn’t as nice. I went with the Wild mushroom, sun-dried tomato risotto & fresh parmesan which to be honest lacked any real flavour. I love mushroom risotto and I was hoping the sun dried tomatoes would bring out the flavour but it was bland and uninteresting. I regretted not going with the fish soup or the warm butternut squash, chickpea & goats cheese salad. For mains my partner had the New York Strip loin steak and I had the seafood mixed grill. We ordered Potato gratin on the side. The seafood mixed grill was nice, the fish was well cooked and had a great texture but I found the sauce a little creamy for my tastes. He loved the steak and the potato gratin was delicious. For desserts I tried a dessert wine which was a lovely Muscat & his chocolate brownie was apparently delicious. The place was packed and had a great buzzing atmosphere which is a good sign. There were a few glitches with our bill but this was rectified pretty quickly. The menu is extensive and I think I made the wrong choices on the night so I will definitely be returning to see what else they have to offer.

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The Winding Stair Restaurant
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin

Decided to bring both our parents here for a night out. We chose The Winding Stairs as its menu is quite traditional and simple. We all opted to order from the early bird/pre-theatre menu which offers 2 courses for €24.95 (€27.95 with a glass of house wine) or 3-course €29.95, (€32.95 with a glass of house wine). This was really good value as portion sizes were extremely generous. I had the pea soup to start which not being a lover of peas was unsure of but I'm glad I tried it as it was delicious and full of flavour. Between the 6 of us we ordered a mix of all the starters and everyone really enjoyed them. I had the Kish plaice fillet for mains which was nice and light but still contained some bones and was kind of bland on flavour. The accompanying vegetables were tasty. White fish is difficult to cook and needs lots of flavour but it didn’t happen this time, I think there menu would be much better with a more flavoursome fish option amongst all the meat. My partner had the lamb shank which was a huge portion but he said it was lovely. He left his smashed scallion potato which i devoured as it was delicious. I opted out of desert and instead opted for a desert wine which was nice but over-priced at €7. Deserts were generous and everyone seemed to enjoy it. We ordered house wines with an additional bottle of Esprit de Sérame which complimented my fish very well. We arrived at 6.30 and they had requested the table back by 8.30, even though we lagged behind a bit no-one tried to force us out. The room was consistently busy all evening with no free tables. The table for 6 we were on was small and far too cramped and much more suited to a table of 4. We were also beside the kitchen window which meant a lot of traffic and I got hit against more than once and poke in the shoulder with a bottle opener in the pocket of a server. Waiters were friendly and offered good advice on wines although they didn’t have all the wines listed on the menu. My biggest gripe is when service charge of 12.5% is included. I don't like to be forced

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Roast
10a Merrion Rd, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

We ate here with a Menupages voucher and we both had a lovely meal. I emailed to book and made a change last minute and they were very accomodating. We were also late on the evening and rang ahead and they were very understanding. We were greeted with a glass of Prosecco each on arrival and ordered a caraffe of wine with our meal which they kept on ice until we finished the Prosecco. Service was very attentive and they brought it over very promtly. We shared the chicken wings for startersn which were delicious and one of the best chicken wings I have ever had. We both wished we had of ordered a portion each as they were very moreish. They were really spicy and full of flavour. I had the cod for mains and my partner had the lamb, both were very well cooked and really delicious. We decided to go for desert, I had the Rhubarb Eaton Mess a first Eaton Mess for me and it was yummy. My partner had the chocolate brownie which he loved and saif was a perfect consistency. It was pretty quiet on the night (a match night) but it was very relaxing and we never felt rushed. It was a lovely meal and we will definately be back and would reccomend them to anyone!

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Good World Chinese Restaurant
18 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I was expecting a lot from here as I have heard a lot of good things about it and a Chinese friend recommended it to me. It was ok at best but perhaps we got them on an off night. I ate the food, it was OK but I didn't find it particularly flavoursome or extremely enjoyable. We both opted for the stuffed crab claws which were a little too chewy and didn't taste of very much. I got the Szechwan Prawns for main which were nice but I expect Szechwan Prawns to be spicy with a bit of a kick and these didn't have that at all. Kind of boring and lacking in flavour. My OH got a chicken dish which he seemed to thoroughly enjoy. Dessert in Chinese restaurants is always a disaster as they offer those pre-packed dishes that are always too frozen so these were a little off putting. We both got ice cream which was ok. The wine selection wasn't great, I love a nice glass of Pinot Grigio but this tasted kind of cheap and I had t send one glass back as it was awful. Service was a little hit and miss and atmosphere kind of lacking. I am really disappointed writing this as I wanted to enjoy it so much more. I will try it again another time as I have heard a lot of great things about it from others.

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The Bakehouse Bakery & Eatery
6 Bachelors Walk, City Centre South, Dublin

We went here with a deal voucher. It consisted of 2 x starters, 2 x mains and 2 x glasses of wine. The service was impeccable and our waitress was extremely friendly and attentive at all times. My only gripe and one I don't understand is we were moved from the back of the restaurant to the front. I was in the bathroom at the time and my BF said he wasn't really offered a reason. The starter consisted of a cheese and meat platter for 2. It was OK, the chutneys were nice but my guess is it was really just a platter for one made out as if for 2 as there wasn't really a whole lot to it. There also could have been more choice of cheeses - something a little more exotic than the usual brie and Dubliner cheese, rather disappointing. The wine we were offered with our meal was enjoyable and better than other house wines restaurants offer. We got to choose out main course, the menu is small and fish dishes are limited to one so i went with the Salmon which was well cooked and nice. I asked for no peas as these are something I don't like so the chef gave me a veggie selection instead which disappointingly included peas (I hate when a restaurant doesn't listen). My partner got the burger which he enjoyed. We had another glass of wine and too stuffed for dessert we opted to bring some of their home-made muffins home which were delicious the next day. One other thing that really falls down is the cramped space. The tables are small and there isn't much room for manoeuvring around them. I found myself being bumped into quite a lot. All in all it was enjoyable, as it was a deal voucher it offered good value for money. Had I have ordered A la Carte I would have been disappointed. I think I would return for lunch but for dinner it feels a little bit too much like a cafe.

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Toddys Bar & Brasserie @ Riu Plaza The Gresham Hotel
O'Connell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

I brought my grandmother and mother here recently for mothers day. I chose this place mainly for convenience as my grandmother can't walk very far and she is a very fussy eater (traditional Irish meat and 2 veg kind of person). The experience was rather uninteresting, food is bland, seriously overpriced and service is so-so. My brother ordered steak sandwich at a whopping €13.95. You would at least expect some chips with it but no it came with a pitiful side salad of lettuce. I got the soup and ordered the cajun chicken wrap as well. Lucky I did as the soup came in the smallest bowl ever and with the smallest sliver of brown bread which tasted like it came from a bought loaf. It was bland and lacked any form of seasoning. My Cajun chicken wrap contained about 3 pieces of chicken and was packed with lettuce and peppers. My cousin got the tagliatelle with mushrooms which she described as woeful and unappetizing. This place is so overprices for the area as there are so many lovely Italian and Asian restaurants around, if only my grandmother could widen her taste buds a bit we could have enjoyed those. Safe to say we shall never return. Its enough to be ripped off as a tourist in another country but on home turf it leaves an even bitterer taste in my mouth.

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Browns Barn Bar and Kitchen
Citywest Exit, Citywest Bridge N7, West Dublin, Saggart, Dublin

Have eaten here a few times as it is close to work. Food is pretty standard affair with cavery lunch option during the day. On this night I went with a friend and we had a cinema deal which allowed us to avail of a main course. I had the cod which was pretty average to say the least and a tad soggy. Not really somewhere I would go for a romantic meal or for something special but its fine for a quick bite to eat. Service from staff is good and the restaurant itself is quite nice but lacked a bit of atmosphere as it was a quiet enough night and the place is pretty huge. All in all a pretty average meal and experience.

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here with a huge crowd from work on a Monday night. We consisted of about 90 people so we took up a lot of the venue. The portions are huge and arrived out in dribs and drabs meaning I was really full before something I really wanted arrived out. The meat and cheese board was nice and we got a good selection of breads and crackers. The patatas bravas were tasty although nothing I have gotten in Ireland has ever lived up to the amazing ones we got in a small bar in Madrid. I really think given the size of our group it would of been much more effective if the service staff explained all the dishes coming out and in what order. Some of the dishes were a little oily and greasy especially the clamari which I normally love. it was also very chewy. I asked for Pinot Grigio wine but I am sure they gave me a house wine instead, I asked them to confirm which they did, however if it was a pinot grigio it was not a good quality one. The place is big and loud and was fine for a large group although I definitely wouldn't come here for a romantic night out. I wouldn't class it as authentic tapas either...more of a pub grub tapas style although beware of ginat portions.

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

I went here with 2 friends on Saturday evening and we had booked it as they have a great early bird menu. I had the soup for starter which was tasty and filling but could have done with a little more flavour. We all opted for the chicken early bird special which was a Supreme Of Cajun Chicken. It was enjoyable but by no means exceptional. It hit the spot and tasted nice although I was kind of regretting not getting the Fajitas once it arrived as I have had these here before and they are yummy. We got a cocktail of frozen margaritas to finish which were good but not the best I have had. I like them really bitter and strong but they were a little mediocre. I have been here a few times and it is a great place to catch up with friends as service is always good and menu is great value. The food is always consistent and simple. Not really mind blowing. i will be back though as its great value.

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Salamanca Fusion
38 - 40 Parliament Street, City Centre South, Dublin

We went here using a deal voucher on Friday night. I had booked for 7.30pm and although we arrived at our allocated time we did have to wait 10-15 minutes for a table to come available. It was packed and the place was buzzing which was a great atmosphere to eat in. The voucher entitled us to a 3 course meal and a glass of wine each. The wine with the meal deal was not exactly top quality but we ordered a bottle to come 30 minutes into the meal and they brought it over promptly on time. The food was delicious and well cooked and portions were just enough to satisfy but not fill you up to the point of bursting. We shared the Gambas pil pil and Patatas bravas. Prawns were juicy and succulent, Patas Bravas were a little soft and kind of left me with the feeling they were re-heated although the salsa was tasty.The deal offered us a duo rather than a trio for the mains and I had the chicken and my partner had the pork. He loved his as did I. I was apprehensive of the coconut and lemon-grass chicken with jasmine rice as these would be seasoning I would not generally choose to get but they were absolutely beautiful nd full of flavour. The chicken was tender and well cooked. We both had ice cream for dessert which was simple and tasty. Upon finishing our meal we stayed on an extra bit to finish our wine and soak in the atmosphere. The voucher was great value and service and atmosphere were great therefore they have a new customer. We will definitely be back.

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Talavera Restaurant
Radisson Blu, St Helen's Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Stillorgan, Dublin

We got a gift of a night’s stay plus dinner in the Raddison so we booked in to have a relaxing break over xmas. The restaurant decor is a little dated and not as inviting as other parts of the hotel. Most tables for 2 were busy so we were put in a room at the back which was empty and therefore void of atmosphere. The service made up for these flaws however as the staff didn’t forget us and was very attentive to our needs. The gift we got was a set menu of 3 courses each. We even got bread whilst waiting which was fresh and tasty with lovely Mediterranean flavours. We got still water which was not from a tap and I was convinced we were going to be charged extra however I was proven wrong the next day when there was no additions to the bill. I had soup to start which was tasty and lovely with the bread. My partner had steak for mains and I had the Salmon and both were well cooked and accompanied by simple homemade sauces and veg. They provided a generous helping of vegetables on the side which were delicious. Our meal came with a glass of wine each and it was delightful to have a choice rather than just red or white and the waitress recommended a lovely light wine to accompany our meal. Although our meal came with dessert we were too full and just opted for tea. However the waitress brought out a plate of cookies to accompany the tea which was a really lovely touch. The hotel is really nice and we enjoyed a few extra glasses of wine by the fire in the bar. If I was in the area again I would definitely return.

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Thai Spice
3A Talbot Place, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin

Me and my boyfriend went to Thai Spice on Saturday night with the menupages voucher. €29 for a 2 course meal each and a bottle of wine was excellent value and well worth it to try the place out. I had heard good things about Thai Spice so when I spotted the offer I snapped it up. We were booked in for 8pm and although running a little late they were very welcoming and friendly. The place was very quiet for a Saturday night with only 4-5 other couples there throughout our time there. The delivery service seemed to be in full swing as the delivery guy was coming and going very often. It was a set menu and my only complaint was the starters were rather limited in that a lot of the things were deep fried. I had the prawns with sweet chilli sauce and a small salad. Salad dressing was lovely and prawns were ok, did have my doubts as to whether they were fresh or not. My boyfriend had the Tom Yum Gai which he said was delicious. For mains I had the pad thai (one of my favourite dishes) and bf had the Gang Dang (red curry) and loved it. The Pad Thai was lovely and full of flavour. There was only 4 prawns in it though which I felt was a little on the cheapy side, there was however planty of tofu to fill me up. Portions are quite big so we were stuffed and unable for desert. Only gripe was when they brought the wine we had to ask for a cooler for it as they simply left it on the table which is a huge no no for me. The plates were also cool meaning the food got cold quicker. Service was quick and attentive and staff are very accomodating and friendly. I am glad to have found a good thai restaurant close by that I can get delivery from. Will definately return.

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Alfies
10 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate in Alfie's with a large group of friends on a Saturday night. I had never been here before and as I tend to eat out at Japanese/Asian restaurants most often I was looking forward to something different. When we arrived our table wasn’t ready and we had to wait 30 minutes in the bar upstairs which was a tad annoying. Then when we finally got our seat there was a large group of loud, drunk girls sitting beside us shouting & cursing, I know everyone deserves to have a bit of fun but seriously management should have said something to quieten them down as they were disturbing everyone else. Food was hit and miss, me and my bf ordered from the set menu (3 Course meal & a bottle of wine for 2 people for €59.95). I got the prawns in chilli and garlic sauce for starters which came with bread. It was nice if not a little too oily. My bf got the meatballs along with a few other people and really enjoyed them. For mains I got Chicken in blackbean sauce with noodles & (the missing) asian fried vegetables. They were accommodating & allowed me to substitute the menu option beef for chicken but the meal was FAR too salty and there was no vegetables at all with it. I ordered a side of broccoli which we had to pay extra for. BF got the Lamb shank which was OK. I got the fruit for dessert which was fine. There was 10 of us in total & most thought it was so so others really liking it. Everyone complained about 1 thing and that was the service, it was slow and really frustrating trying to get their attention. As a large group you would think they would try and at least come over every now and then to see if we were ok. My biggest complaint was how cold the restaurant got, I had to move seats from under the air vent as I was freezing, I guess they were trying to move us along. With a service charge slapped on the bill for terrible service I was not a happy camper. I hate giving out about restaurants but this place needs to up their game. They are far too cocky and don't pay enough attention to the finer details. I guess the reckon their l

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Charming Noodles
105 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

This is our local Chinese restaurant and one we always return to for value and fresh food. The consistently served excellent seafood dishes which are full of flavour and the veg is always cooked to perfection and nice and crunchy. On our last visit we had chicken satay and tiger prawns for starters which was delicious. For mains I had the chef special minus beef which was really tasty and filling. My partner had the sweet and sour king prawns which were also very tasty. The portions are pretty big so there was no room for dessert. Staff are very friendly and attentive and are always welcoming even if we don't have a reservation. Their noodles are delicious and definitely one to try. I have been here many times and food is always consistent. One of my favourite restaurants on parnell street that offers good food at a good price.

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Ichiman Japanese & Thai Restaurant (Lower Liffey Street)
20 Lower Liffey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

We had a living social deal for here offering a Meal for Two with Two Starters, Two Mains, and Two Glasses of Wine for €29. We both got sushi for starters which was fresh and tasty, I got the spicy salmon which was full of flavour. My partners was also nice except when he went to use his soy sauce dipping dish he realised it was dirty which was a big turn off. My salmon was very spicy and it took me numerous attempts to get the waitresses attention in order to get some water. The menu is quite extensive and considering the value of the voucher they had not limited much options which was good. I was going to go for the salmon yakitori for mains with stir fried veg but instead opted for the udon noodles with prawns. This was hugely disappointing. For starters they brought our mains before we had even finished our starters and left them beside us on the table, the plates were cold therefore by the time I went to eat my main course it was luke warm. The prawns were nice but the noodles were overcooked and also cold therefore unappetising. My partner got the chicken teriyaki bento box which was supposed to come with miso soup but that never arrived. His was a little more tasty than mine. The meal also came with a glass of wine which was not chilled and served room temperature. My partner got chocolate cake for desert which consisted in one of those pre packaged cakes in foil which they didn't even attempt to make look home-made. All in all the meal was completely underwhelming and the place lacks any sort of atmosphere. Its like they haven't decided if they are a sushi cafe or a restaurant. I would maybe return to grab sushi on the go but not for a meal.

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Siam Thai (Malahide)
1 The Green, North Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

Was brought here for birthday dinner on Friday night. Food was top quality and very very tasty. We shared the crispy duck pancakes with hoi sin sauce. It was really tasty. I had the sweet and sour prawns which were really impressive, they were absolutely huge and delicious. Cooked to perfection and so meaty. The OH had chicken curry which he enjoyed. Portions were pretty huge and we couldn't even finish it. We each had cocktails afterwards which were way overpriced and completely watered down which was hugely disappointing. The food really was fab but its clear to see the recession hasn't hit this place, prices are still quite high. It was nice for a special occasion but wouldn't eat here every week. Staff were lovely and attentive, there was a birthday party on the lower level which was really loud so kind of took the intimacy out of the meal.

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Aurora Asian Cuisine
Unit 5, Block C , Tyrrelstown Town Centre, Dublin 15, Tyrrelstown, Dublin

I really can't fault this place, we go here quite regularly for their lunch special as it is such good value. The restaurant is beautiful and nicely designed. The staff are some of the most friendly and attentive I have come across in any restaurant in Ireland, they simply cannot do enough for you. Food is always delish, portions are pretty big. The house special chow mein is one of my faves with prawns and chicken, Prawn In Hot Garlic Sauce is also really tasty. We often go here with a big group from work and when we do they always give us a fresh fruit platter to share which is the perfect way to round off a delicious lunch.

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Weeping Thaiger (Naas)
Wolfetone Street, New Town Centre, Naas, Kildare

Went here for a quiet meal with the inlaws. The food was very good value, portions were very generous and the quality was fantastic. Everything tasted very fresh and was cooked perfectly. I had the Thai Salad for starter which was fresh, crunchy and came with a yummy dressing. The Pad Thai for main was a little on the sweeter side to other pad thai I have tasted but it was yummy. Boyfriends parents both had the Tempura which they said was delicious, they also both got the Weeping Thaiger which they loved. The wine we chose was nice and fruity. We were all too stuffed for desert. Staff were friendly, place was a little quiet so lacked atmosphere but we were out early so was beginning to fill up when we left. Would definitely go back again.

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Koh
6-7 Jervis Street, Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin

I have been to Koh a few times and what always stood out was their fresh food and the amazing taste. My most recent visit was using a boards.ie voucher whereby we got 2 main courses and 2 glasses of wine before a show in The Project Arts Centre. As a returning customer I viewed it as an opportunity to avail of a lower priced visit. Yes we got a lower price but also lower quality, staff seemed flustered and mixed up our deal with pre theatre. Finally when we got to order it came out so fast it was almost unbelievable. The food was kind of thrown together and presentation which is normally spot on was totally ignored. I was really disappointed and had someone on this deal not have been there before could of made a quick judgement on the establishment. I haven't been back since as I was really unimpressed with the service and food but I hope to give it a second chance soon enough.

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

Four of us went here for lunch on Friday to get some Sushi.Portion sizes were decent and the quality of the fish was good and fresh.Its not the best sushi I have ever tasted but it was good and of a decent quality.The staff really make this place, and they go out of the way to make you feel welcome and at ease creating a great comfortable experience. A giant 180lb Tuna fish had been delivered just before we arrived and they brought us in to see it and explained where it was caught etc. which was fun to experience. Would visit again.

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Il Segreto
13a/b Merrion Row, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here for a family birthday and the staff were excellent and highly attentive. The majority of us at the table went for the set menu which was great value. I had the crab salad which was a bit on the minuscule side and perhaps looked even smaller than it was because it came on such a huge plate. I had the Pan Fried Fillet of Cod with crusted potatoes, baby spinach, house dried tomatoes & squid. It was tender and full of flavour. Even though the portions seemed small I was full afterwards. Everyone else enjoyed their desserts and the staff were kind enough to bring out a slice of chocolate tart with a candle for the birthday guest when requested. Selection of wines was great and cocktails were delicious and good value for money. Overall we all enjoyed our meals which were very flavorsome, staff were excellent and we had an excellent evening. Would return.

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Mitsuba Japanese Restaurant
154 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Ate here on a Sunday night before Valentines day. They had what looked to be a fantastic special Valentines menu but we wanted to try a few different things so opted for the main menu. There was so much choice and after almost a glass of wine we finally made a decision. I had the tekka makki for starters and my boyfriend had the dynamite roll. Portions of sushi were generous and so fresh. It was my first time trying raw sushi and I'm glad I had it here. The flavours were amazing. I had king tiger prawns for main which were so fresh and tasty. I really couldn't fault the food, it was tasty and very fresh. You can tell the chef really cares about the ingredients. The staff were wonderful and brought us to the counter to see the fish for sushi and explain what each one was from the menu. There was a large group down the back in front of the kitchen watching the chef cooking and he put on a great show. It would be great for a birthday party or work night out. The staff were attentive and friendly and you can tell they have a real passion for what they are doing. Cemented my love of Japanese food. Only gripe was it was a tad expensive compared to other Japanese restaurants. That being said I will definitely return.

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Da Panza Restaurant
1 Yeats Centre, Dunboyne, Meath

I used to live in Dunboyne and have visited this restaurant many many times. I recently moved away from Dunboyne and went back for pre Christmas dinner and drinks with the girls. The food here is pretty good (far be it exceptional) & the service is always very attentive and friendly however I think it offers really bad value for money. Since I have known it they have never changed their menu, never offer any special deals and given the current economic climate they really need to re evaluate their pricing strategy. A new similar style restaurant has opened in Dunboyne which I'm hoping might shake Da Panza up a little.

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