Restaurant Reviews from mh20

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 31

Member Since: 31 July 2007

Last Visit: 07 June 2016

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Carlo's Restaurant

63-64 O'Connell Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

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Good
279 reviews

Reviewed 14th August 2014 ( visited 25th July 2014 )

I go regularly for the excellent steak on the stone, on this occasion we had very good chicken wings for starter, moist succulent and full of flavour. Steak on stone for mains was as usual of excellent quality and great value for money. Service as always first class, friendly and attentive.
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Brasserie 7 restaurant

The Capel Building, Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
Brasserie

Price Range:

Good
514 reviews

Reviewed 30th April 2015 ( visited 29th April 2015 )

Dined from a la carte menu, good range of dishes to choose from on each course. Food very good and well presented. Rib eye steak with peppercorn sauce was excellent and the lemon posset was delicious light with a lovely citrus zing..
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Forno
3 The Crescent, Donnybrook, Donnybrook, Dublin

Good food and service, pleasant atmosphere and surroundings. Good choice of dishes for all courses, food fresh and well presented, generous portions. Particularly noted was good selection of gluten free desserts. Prices reasonable for quality of food on offer. Will definitely be returning.

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Dobbins Restaurant
15 Stephen Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We were a party of five, Restaurant was busy with a great buzz, service excellent. Our orders covered the menu fairly extensively and it is hard to rank the various dishes as everybody was totally satisfied with their choice, maybe the Castletownbere crab stood out slightly. We will definitely be back again.

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

This was my third visit, maybe it was because we had tried our most preferred choices from the menu on prevous occassions we found the food, except the desserts, good but no item stood out as particularly remarkable. For dessert we required wheat free choices but because poached pears were sold out the only option was a dissapointing selection of ice creams which were not particularly nice and in fact we left most of them. Indeed we would have pased on dessert only it was inclued in our voucher. We had a menupages voucher for a five course menu but in fact this description was slightly misleading because two of the courses comprised an amuse bouche an of espreso cup of mushroom cappachino which was delicious, nicest item we had and a similarly sized portion of berry sorbet as a palate cleanser before dessert. Tea/Coffee was an extra. If the ice cream was excluded out two starters and main courses would only have cost a few euros more than the voucher price. Waitress of was knowledgable on wine selection and provided advice on wine to suit selected menus.

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Unicorn
12b Merrion Court, Merrion Row, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

We were aparty of four, service first class, good recommendations from a very friendly and engaging waitress for food choice and wines. Food presentation spot on , attractive and inviting. The combination of flavours and textures in all dishes , except one, was very well balanced: the Calamari was outstanding, best I have had and the sea bass was also excellent wonderful balance of crispy skin and tender juicy flesh. Surprisingly only dissapointing dish was a pasta dish, linguini carbonara which tasted really good but was rather stodgy and was not one dishes recommended by the waitress. Sorbets oozed fresh fruit flavours, apple was particularly nice, and were a nice light refreshing finish to an excellent meal. really fresh and

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Brasserie 7
The Capel Building, Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Dined from a la carte menu, good range of dishes to choose from on each course. Food very good and well presented. Rib eye steak with peppercorn sauce was excellent and the lemon posset was delicious light with a lovely citrus zing..

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101 Talbot
Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Party of 4, we had previously visited this restaurant on a fairly regular basis but had not been recently. We all ordered different dishes from menu for each of the three courses so covered the a la carte menu fairly comprehensively.. Great food every dish was highly commended, beef carpaccio and the sea trout were particularly good, , service really impressive, very friendly but staff very knowledgeable about food and wine, gave very good recommendations and greatly added to pleasure of night. We will certainly be back in the near future on a regular basis.

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

This was my fourth visit here this year. As before lively atmosphere with a feelgood buzz, staff very friendly and professional. Good range of dishes on offer catering for all tastes, had three course meal all courses well presented, quality ingredients , well balanced flavours, the crubeen starter is particularly recommended. Good selection of wines available by the glass. Will be back.

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

Casual dining with first class food and excellent friendly service. This was my first time to visit and I was very impressed by the quality and choice of food, From the starter menu the swordfish and scallops were particularly good and the two steaks ordered were each cooked exactly as requested, overall the food was of a higher quality that is normally experienced at this price range.

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

The main problem with Rolys is that the tables are too close together and sometimes the background noise and crowding rather than adding atmosphere detracts from the pleasure of the dining experience. Such was the case on this visit where we, two diners were caught between two separate large parties each celebrating some family event and we were so drowned out by the noise of our neighbours that we could barely converse. The food as always was excellent, quality fresh ingredients, excellent food combinations and presentation, the seafood platter is particularly recommended, but service on this ocassion fell slightly before the usual standard. We were brought drinks which we did not order and despite us pointing out the error not accepting them they were included on our bill although removed without question when we pointed out the error. Despite the shortcomings on this occassion the quality of the food will always bring me back to Rolys.

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

This was my first time to visit roast, and despite the miserable weather outside the restaurant was warm, welcoming and fully booked with a lively atmosphere.The menu offerered an excellent range of dishes to cater for all tastes, serving staff were knowledgable about the dishes and their components, service and presentation of food excellent. we had a munupages voucher so unbeatable value for an excellent night, we will definitely be back.

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The Joshua Tree
238 Harold's Cross, Dublin 6, South Dublin, Harolds Cross, Dublin

We dined at 7.30pm on a friday evening, the restaurant was quite to start but before we had finished our meal all tables were taken and there was apleasant , relaxed atmosphere. Waiting staff were welcoming, friendly and efficent.We were not rushed to order or to finish our meal and lingered for a while after eatinghaving coffee and finishing off a bottle of wine.To start we had chicken wings, which were piping hot, juicy and succulent with a nice piquant sauce and a greek salad, which had a very tasty dressing and lots of olives and feta cheese, a very good start. For mains we had fillet steaks on a stone which were accompanied by chips, onions and mushrooms. The steaks were a very generous size, thick cut and very tender, and from the selection of sauces we chose garlic butter and peppercorn, the peppercorn sauce was made with green peppercorns so not so hot. Chips were lovely thick jumbo chips, crispy on the outside and floury inside. We were too full for dessert. The wine list was short but offered a good choice to match the food on the menu at very reasonable price and included some interesting regional wines. Overall it was a very nice meal in a neighbourhood style restaurant, we had a menupages voucher but without the voucher the full prices as indicated on the menu were excellent value for the quality of the food. Will definitely visit agai; an excellent venue for a casual meal

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Carlo's Restaurant
63-64 O'Connell Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I go regularly for the excellent steak on the stone, on this occasion we had very good chicken wings for starter, moist succulent and full of flavour. Steak on stone for mains was as usual of excellent quality and great value for money. Service as always first class, friendly and attentive.

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Nyonya Malaysian Restaurant
76 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Most diners seemd to be dining en route to another event and just wanted a quick bite to eat which detracted from the athmosphere. Menu offered a wide range of choice, of the starters the chicken skewers with satay sauce stood out and for mains the rendang curry was excellent. the fish and rice bowl had a good selection of perfectly cooked fish, all individual flavourswere distinct but ovearll was a little bland and could have done with some sauce o on the side to bring it all together. Mine list was limited but reasonably priced and the wines on offer did suit the food. Service was excellent and helpful in explaining the different dishes. Overall very reasonably priced for the quality of the food will definitlely go again to try more of the malaysian dishes.

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Jewel in the Crown (Ballsbridge)
41-43 Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

First class attentive service, excellent range of dishes to choose from. Each main course was distinctively different and nothwithstanding that we opted for the less spicy dishes there was a gereath depth of flavour and subtle blending of the different spices. I had not been for a number of years abut after this experience it will becomea regular venue.

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Punjabi By Nature Indian Restaurants & Takeaway
15 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

Despite being a wet Mndy night there were a number of diners and a good athmosphere. First class service from attentive and professional staff.Food excellent as always, subtle spicing giving depth of flavour without too much heat. For starters the Bhatti Murgh and for main course the Malabari Kori and the Awada Murgh are recommended. Had a menupages voucher so value was excellent but quality of wine not so good, better to leave out a nd leave to choose from wine list and maybe substitute a side order instead.

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Peperina Bistro Garden
25 Dunville Avenue, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

Had a menupages voucher so we were restricted to the early bird menu, both starters, calamari and chicken wings were excellet- fresh and tasty. Lemon posset and raspberry sorber was first class, lemon posset was a little more solid than expected but the texture was very smoth and creamy and flavour had plenty of lemon zing, a real winner. The main courses did not live up to the expectation raised by the excellent starters, the chicken was fine but unremarkable, the steak was a big dissapointment and not woth the €5 supplement. It was cooked as requested perfect medium rare but it was tough and lacked flavour despite the best efforts of the chimmichuri sauce to add some flavour. The triple cooked chips were dry and tasted more like overcooked oven chips. Staff were very pleasant and service was prompt and attentive to our requests. We were under no pressure to finish and vacate the table but the athmosphere of the restaurant was not condusive to lingering over a bottle of wine after the meal because all other diners seemed to finish their meals and leave promptly. The athmosphere was more cafe/lunchtime dining that a destination for an evening.

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KC Peaches Wine Cave Nassau St
28-29 Nassau St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Food was very well presented, good combination of flavours and a good choice of distinctive dishes all of excellent quality. Good wide ranging and well priced wine list. Lively and cheerful athmosphere, good service and thanks to a menupages voucher excellent value all combined to an excellent night out.

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Citron @ Fitzwilliam Hotel
The Fitzwilliam Hotel, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Excellent food and service, the truffle risotto was , perfectly cooked and well flavoured, the daube of beef was succulent melt in the mouth tender. The lychee pancotta with lime sorbet did not need the green marshmallows which lacked flavour and served to add colour rather than taste. We had a voucher and it was excellent value but even without voucher the set mmenu price represented excellent value for the quality of the food and service.

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Carlo's Restaurant
63-64 O'Connell Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

A further return visit for the excellent steak on hot stone. As on previous visits the service was attentive and friendly, staff very pleasant and welcoming.We also had the seafood chowder which was very good, creamy with a nice combination of fish and vegetables. Since our last visit the menu was revised and the now indicates which dishes are gluten free which for us was a welcome development. We had a menupages voucher so value was unbeatable but I would regard it as good value for the quality of the food without the voucher. The quality of the food and the good service are of far better quality than one would expect from the layout and decor of the restaurant which is more budget diner for a quick meal rather than lingering fine dining. We dined early on Sunday night so the restaurant was fairly empty so not much atmosphere but I have been there when all tables were full and the place was buzzing.

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Punjabi By Nature Indian Restaurants & Takeaway
15 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

Food, well balanced flavours, and service very good,it was a mid-week booking for 8pm and for most of the evening we were the only customers so it was somewhat lacking in athmosphere.

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Brasserie 7
The Capel Building, Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

We went on a Sunday night and the restaurant was not very busy and rather quiet so it lacked the lively buzz of previous visits. Food as always was excellent, well balanced flavours and presentation. The crab salad and jumbo prawn cocktail for starters and rare tuna and trio of ppork for mains are hightly recommended. waiting staff very pleasant, friendly and attentive. I had a menupages voucher so it was excellent value but even without the voucher the prices represent very good value for the quality of the food and service.

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Lincoln's Inn
18-19 Lincoln Place, D2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went with a friend, we had a menupages voucher but received warm welcome and first class service from staff. Food was very good pub grub, main courses better than dessert, which were more of mass produced variety. Choice of main courses tended a bit towards winter warmers with pies and stews, both of which were very tasty, than summer food. Both bar and restaurant were full with a great buzz, not the place for a quiet meal but if you want a lively evening it is a good choice. I will certainly go back for the service and atmosphere.

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Brasserie 7
The Capel Building, Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Good choice and variety on the menu. Food was tasty and well presented, balance of taste on dishes very good, some of the portions were rather dainty. Restaurant was not very busy so it lacked atmosphere. Standard of service was variable, different waiting staff for taking the order and serving the courses and ranged from very good to indifferent. For wine ordered by the glass the measures were quite small, more a half glass so better to agree on sharing a bottle of red or white than ordering individual glasses of red and white. I will return based on the quality of the food.

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KC Peaches Cafe & Delicatessen (Nassau Street)
28/29 Nassau Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Food good, tasty nd well presented. Service friendly and efficient. Whilst menu encouraged sharing of dishes, tapas style, the table for two was very small and made sharing difficult when a bottle of wine , water and bread were added to the selected dishes. Tables were very closely packed and as the restaurant was full it was difficult to converse with all the loud background noise. They had a very pleasant singer providing live entertainment but he could scarcely be heard over the background chatter.because of the noise we left immediately after our meal and went elsewhere for a quiet drink and a chat. If it had not been so noisy and cramped we would have ordered a futrther bottle of wine and stayed longer. I would come back again for the food but only when it is less crowded.

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Les Freres Jacques
74 Dame Street, Dublin City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

excellent food, service and ambience, classicfrench dining at its best. Had a menupages voucher so value was also outstanding for the quality of what we received in terms ofboth food and service.

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Vermilion
94-96 Terenure Road, Dublin 6 , Terenure, Dublin

Good selection of dishes, all dishes selected were very tasty. Service very friendly and server happy to advise regarding selection of dishes to suit different tastes regarding level of spiciness. Will return.

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Bar 52
52 Middle Abbey Street,, City Centre North, Dublin

steaks were excellent and cooked just as requested, menu fairly standard but all courses requested were available and food served ws freshly prepared and piping hot. Service, whilst casual, was attentive, friendly and efficent. A special dietry need was addressed without any fuss. Whilst lacking the athmosphere for a romantic night out it was ideal for a simple after work meal or pre-theatre supper. Food, especially the steaks was very good value for money. I will ceertainly go again for a pre-theatre supper.

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Gochi
13 Dawson Street, Dawson Street, Dublin

We had amost enjoyable evening, warmly welcomed, attentive friendly service, food was excellent, tasty and good variety on offer and good value for money.We will certainly be back to try some further dishes and to enjoy the pleasant service.

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Carlo's Restaurant
63-64 O'Connell Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Excellent food and service, steak on stone and sauces were first class, waiting staff very friendly and helpful and were most understanding and helpful regarding my companions food intolerance. I had a voucher which was excellent value but even at full price I consider that the meal we had was good value for money. The only complaint was I had some difficulty in getting a booking at a suitable date and time. The biggest problem was the delay in responding to a request for a booking I like to get an early confirmation as to availability so that I can make other arrangements if it does not work out. Waiting several hours for a response does not work when trying to arrange for a group to meet. Menupages needs to speed up confirmation time otherwise I will not use the site to book.

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Indian Ocean Dublin
15 Montague Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I have eaten there 7 times over the past few months, most recently two weeks ago. The food is very good, especially the mains, good and subtle use of spices, not totally dependant on hot spices for flavour because mild dishes have a good distinctive taste. Portion size is not large, maybe not enough for hungry men, but for health reasons perhaps we should be looking for supersize portions. Waiting staff are welcoming and attentive and recognise returning diners . Wine list limited but all wines are reasonably priced. Dining room is very clean, linen tablecloths, maybe a little too bright. The main negative point is that there are usually not very many tables occupied and consequently lacking in atmosphere.

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Farm Restaurant (Dawson Street)
3 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

I had a meal here with 4 friends last week , it was my thfourth visit since March, with different friends on each visit. On each visit I found the food to be of high quality, a good range to choose from and excellent value not only the excellent early bird but also the a la carte menu. I tried a different starter and main course on each visit and could not fault any of them. The wine selection whilst short is well chosen and good value for the quality. The staff were friendly and very helpful. The restaurant was busy with a good atmosphere, I will certainly be back and have no hesitation in recommending it. .

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