Restaurant Reviews from miahamm

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 33

Member Since: 28 May 2009

Last Visit: 12 May 2016

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Darwins restaurant

80 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Reviewed 12th May 2016 ( visited 09th May 2016 )

2nd time in Darwins, was not disappointed. Early Bird with no supplement to steaks (except for Eye Fillet) my friend and I left the restaurant with full stomach and smile. Food, atmosphere & service were all impeccable. 2 2 course early birds with Malbec & 2 coffees the bill came at 90 euro, but every euro was worth it.
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Darwins restaurant

80 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Coeliac options

Price Range:

Good
326 reviews

Reviewed 12th May 2016 ( visited 09th May 2016 )

2nd time in Darwins, was not disappointed. Early Bird with no supplement to steaks (except for Eye Fillet) my friend and I left the restaurant with full stomach and smile. Food, atmosphere & service were all impeccable. 2 2 course early birds with Malbec & 2 coffees the bill came at 90 euro, but every euro was worth it.
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Darwins
80 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

2nd time in Darwins, was not disappointed. Early Bird with no supplement to steaks (except for Eye Fillet) my friend and I left the restaurant with full stomach and smile. Food, atmosphere & service were all impeccable. 2 2 course early birds with Malbec & 2 coffees the bill came at 90 euro, but every euro was worth it.

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Super Miss Sue
Units 2-3 Drury Street Car Park, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Was here on Tuesday and had a seafood platter. Was okay for €50 (Monday & Tuesday) but I wouldn't pay €70 for this. Wasn't expecting it to be served cold, would have been better if the menu had indicated so. Gave comments about this to the server but he didn't seem to care. It's served in 2 tier trays so I couldn't see my friend's face until we finished the oysters. Okay food, nice atmosphere, sub standard service. Won't go back.

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Coppinger Row
Coppinger Row, off South William St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Was in for early bird on Monday, great atmosphere (bit too dark for some people I'd imagine), nice food, excellent service. Everything was cooked well and tasted lovely. A bit heavy on the olive oil and seasoning but that's Mediterranean so I expected it. Great experience overall, will be back for A La Carte soon

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Bread and Bones
7 Millennium Walkway, City Centre North, Dublin

Had a seafood platter, one of the worst meals ever. Squid and prawn tempura were soggy and rubbery, nowhere near crispy. Very bland white fish with no seasoning. Mussels were okay but small portion, my friend didn't like them as had such a strong coriander flavour. The best thing about the whole meal was side - pickled veg and loads of Bao. Visited here when they opened last year for Ramen which I was absolutely disappointed with, thought I'd give it a chance again and I did but it turned out to be a total failure. Will never go back.

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

Was here last night with a friend. Hadn't been here for about a year but the food tasted as delicious as before. They do early bird all day Sun-Wed, 2 course meal for 20 euro. Had prawn&scallop; wontons and prawn skewers for starters and pha thai and spicy beef noodle for mains. Everything was very tasty and of good value. Nice cocktail bar at the front so you can have cocktails before or after dinner. Will be back soon

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

Wow. What a perfect evening it was. From the warm greeting from one of the owners to the professional yet very friendly waiting staffs, and to the very good quality food, the evening was faultless. It used to be a antique shop the owner said, the atmosphere is great. Had duck rillette and wild mushroom risotto for starters, rib eye and fish stew for mains and shared de-constructed cheesecake. All were very well presented and tasted great. With a 45 euro bottle of red the bill came at 96 euro. Me and my friend were saying why didn't we come to this place before. Will be back soon and definitely recommend to anyone who likes fine food.

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

Wow. What a perfect evening it was. From the warm greeting from one of the owners to the professional yet very friendly waiting staffs, and to the very good quality food, the evening was faultless. It used to be a antique shop the owner said, the atmosphere is great. Had duck rillette and wild mushroom risotto for starters, rib eye and fish stew for mains and shared de-constructed cheesecake. All were very well presented and tasted great. With a 45 euro bottle of red the bill came at 96 euro. Me and my friend were saying why didn't we come to this place before. Will be back soon and definitely recommend to anyone who likes fine food.

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Spice of India
Market Street (Kells), Kells, Meath

Went with Menupages voucher - always went to the one right next to this restaurant but thought I'd give it a go. What an experience - lamb saag & jumboo prawn balti were both very good, top quality food. Didn't have starter as we knew we'd be full with only main but no doubt they have a fantastic starter as well. Service was attentive. Dim lights made the atmosphere romantic. Lots of top quality Indian restaurants in town and this is one of them. Definitely going back

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Bagots Hutton
6 Upper Ormond Quay, City Centre South, Dublin

Had a lovely wine & the food. The menu is more expensive than what they say on their website - bresaola bruschetta 10 euro on the website but we were actually billed for 15 euro and small mixed sharing board (meat and cheese) was 20 euro but on the website it says 10 euro. With a bottle of Rioja, the bill was 70 euro. Wine and the food were very nice but slightly overpriced.

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Charming Noodles
105 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Went here with a menupages voucher - very good value for money Had a jellyfish & dimsum starter each and sizzling seafood plate & prawn in black bean sauce - all were very tasty (egg fried rice was the only let-down) Been here a couple of times before, was busy all the time but this time it was very quiet (cold, rainy Tuesday) Apart from feeling cold in the restaurant and not so attentive service, food itself was good

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

Good value for money if you want a quick lunch or dinner or quick bite after drinks. 10 euro for pasta or pizza and they taste good. A bit tacky interior and not so smiley servers so not a great place for a romantic dinner but for a quick, cheap meal in town this is one of the places to go

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Aobaba
46A Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Beef pho here is to die for. For under 7 euro you get a big bowl of rice noodle soup with plenty of meat and veggies. Tried Vietnamese baguette once, something different (coriander and fish sauce in bread?!), and yummy. Good place for bubble tea as well if you never had a chance to try one.

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The Dawson Brasserie
35 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Beautiful place with average food, attentive but not so professional service. Skipped starters, veal for myself and poached sea bream & sea trout for my friend. Both were okay, presented beautifully. Portion is not so big so suited us. Shared creme brulee (cheapest desert, 8 euro) and americano. With a bottle of wine (36 euro) the bill totalled at 99 euro. The waiting staff poured wine right away when my friend said he'd have a taste and 2 other waiting staff dropped cutleries. Half empty on late Friday evening. Food was average but expensive. Not good for value, I'm not going back.

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Banyi Japanese Dining
4 Bedford Row, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

What a pleasant surprise this place was. Small menu (always a good sign) with nice atmosphere. Had a seafood teriyaki and my friend went for haddock tempura. Both were every yummy, cooked very well. Free bowl of Japanese beans while waiting for food was a nice touch. Have been going to a lot of Japanese restaurants and this place is one of the top restaurants. Will definitely come back and highly recommend to anyone looking for a good food and romantic setting

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San Lorenzos
South Great Georges Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Visited for my birthday last week. Had mussels/stuffed calamari for starters, blue fin tuna/steak for mains. Everything was tasty and not a big portion which I loved. Tuna cooked rare with scallops and gnocchi was a winner. With a bottle of Rioja and 2 coffees the bill came for 115 euro. A bit quirky (60s, 70s music from head chef's ipod) yet very romantic atmosphere, service was good, but the waiter could've been more experienced (at least know how to say 'how would you like your steak/tuna cooked' instead of 'what temperature do you want'). Overall very good, will definitely be back.

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La Dolce Vita Wine Bar
Cows Lane, Old City, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Lovely little restaurant with live music just off temple bar area. Had mussels and one of hot crostinis for starters, both were great. Gnocchi and lasagna for mains, gnocchi was lovely, but lasagna was the worst I’ve ever had. Seriously overcooked and completely dried out. Had only one bite and had to send it back. Didn’t get charged for that (of course!) but it kind of ruined ‘the could’ve been perfect romantic evening’. Bill came for 65 euro including 2 starters, 1 main, 2 coffees, 1 dessert, and a bottle of red. Food is very good value and the atmosphere is very romantic, relaxing and a bit funky.

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

2nd time for early bird. Food is okay, service was unbelievably slow, nice décor, but too much noise to talk to people in front of you. Chicken wings were not good, very bland and tomato sauce coated was tasteless. Guacamole was okay (but then again, you can’t go wrong with mashed avocado). Chicken fajita was my favourite, seasoned well, and good portion. Fish & Chips was okay, but mayo came with it instead of tartar sauce. Overall very good value for 2 people (under 40 euro for 2 people for 3 courses with a choice of drink), but shouldn’t expect too much about the quality.

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Port House Pintxo
12 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Perfect place for a light dinner (5-6 plates for two) with a bottle of wine. Have tried most of dishes on the menu, absolutely loved everything, but octopus and goat cheese salad are my favourite. Romantic atmosphere with candles, unusual bathrooms, and a nice outside area for smokers. Would recommend to anyone.

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Nico's Restaurant
53 Dame Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Stopped by for a bite after 9 pm. Read many good reviews in Menupages, but the food didn’t live up to my expectation. Attentive service (not annoying), lovely atmosphere from live piano music, some could argue it’s a bit formal. As we wanted something light for late evening, my friend had seafood spaghetti and I had veal as the menu had 6-7 veal options. Spaghetti was nice, nothing spectacular. Veal was only okay as well, portion is not generous. With 2 mains, one side dish, a bottle of house red and 2 coffees, the bill was 72 euro excl. tip. Good to see a restaurant that keeps traditional feel, but wouldn’t rush back.

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Russos
18 Dame Street,, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Decent Italian restaurant. Went to Russo's with deal voucher (which was an excellent value as we could choose from A La Carte), was very happy overall. Had prawns and caprese for starter, lasagne and fillet of beef for main. Except my beef main, portions are not huge, but very tasty. Sweet potato gratin which came with beef was delicious, beef was very good quality. Had to ask for wine that didn't arrive till when our starters were served, service was a bit slow. Will recommend to anyone and be back soon.

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Patrick Guilbaud
21 Upper Merrion Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Have always wanted to visit after fantastic experience at 1 Michelin star restaurant on Parnell Sq and finally booked a table for my 29th birthday last Friday. I had Salad of Smoked Eel, Lamb fillet, Chocolate Tart, and americano. My friend had Foie Gras, Turbot, Granny Smith Parfait, and americano as well. Everything was very good, expecially Foig Gras melted in my mouth and Granny Smith Parfait was so good I almost order another one for myself. With bottle of 2007 Burgundy, the bill was 390 euro before tipping. Brilliant food, not annoyingly attentive service, very relaxing atmosphere, and back garden is a must visit even though you are not a smoker. I would recommend this place to anyone for a special occasion, or even just for a romantic evening.

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Saba
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had a late dinner at Saba. We had a drink at the 'award winning' first and my friend was served wine in a dirty glass (well, not dirty but water was left out as it wasn't dried or wiped properly). I had Tom Yum Goong and Fillet of beef, both were very nice. My friend had Tempura soft shell crab and Hake in banana leaf. Tempura was nice but Hake was overcooked. For dessert we ordered banana fritter, but the waitress forgot about our order. By the time we asked for our dessert AGAIN, the kitchen was closed so we had chocolate tart instead. My friend topped up his wine, and again the glass was dirty, we had to send it back as it was 2nd time. The bill came a little short of 100 euro for 2 starters, 2 mains, 1 dessert, 2 glasses of wine, 1 bottle of beer. It was my 3rd time at Saba. Nice food, great atmosphere especially a group of people, but service can be a lot better.

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Mongolian Barbeque
7 Anglesea Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Was here last night, wasn't impressed at all. De-frosted seafood (with tiniy shrimps & mussels & squids) was not very good, and the selection of vegetables was poor as well. The idea of choosing your own ingredients and somebody cooking in front of you would be fun, but that is really all. Tasted all same to me even though I chose different sauce for each meat. Wouldn't recommend.

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

Ate here couple of times and always had a pleasant experience. I had Thai Ceviche as starter and Jungle Curry Roast Duck as main. Ceviche was very nice, and the duck was nice as well. But the curry was more like a broth or a soup, but still tasty if you don't mind duck fat. My friend had Tom Yam Goog and fish curry, he throughly enjoyed them. With a bottle of Rioja and Long Island Iced Tea, the bill totalled e95. Would definitely recommend.

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The Dining Room
35 Dawson Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here last night with a friend. Nice atmosphere, lovely lightings, cosy even though it's quite a big place. I went for Table D'Hote Menu, and my friend for A La Carte. We loved all foods served. I had salmon, sea bream, lemon posset and my friend had hake. Unusual combination for salmon - melon, pink grapefruit with light soy sauce - but it was so tasty. Grilled seabream was cooked very well, didn't like rice that came with it though, it was cold. Hake was the best, with mashed carrots underneath - to die for! With a bottle of Rioja and 12.5% service charge the bill was e122. Will be definitely going back soon.

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Il Vicoletto
5 Crow Street (Next to Foggy Dew Pub), Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Had an evening set menu. Chicken liver pate/Fillet of beef/Tiramisu for me and Aubergine/Fish of the day/Panacotta for my friend. EVERYTHING was excellent, especially aubergine and beef were just to die for. A complimentary glass of white wine at arrival was a nice touch. Very cozy atmosphere, high quality food for value, attentive (but not annoying) services - definitely will be back.

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L'Gueuleton
No 1 Fade Street, Off Georges's Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had a lovely dinner last night. The place was almost full even though it was Wednesday. Shared snails for starter, and steak and pork belly for main. Snails were nice - not rubbery or chewy and steak and Pork were faultless. Very generous portion considering it is French restaurant, so no room left for dessert. With a bottle of wine and 2 coffees, the bill came for €95. If you want nice French food in an informal atmosphere, try this place.

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Chapter One Restaurant
18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

What can I say. The best experience I've ever had. From start to finish, it was almost perfect. Started off with a jelly (still no clue what it is, but really tasty), I had John Dory, my friend had Guineafowl. Both were perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. Poached Pear for my friend and a glass of port for me for desserts. WIth 2 coffees and a bottle of E36 spanish wine, the bill came E180 which is not bad at all for Michelin star restaurant. I will definitely recommend to anyone planning on any kinds of celebration, or looking for a fantastic dine out.

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Siam Thai (Andrews Street)
14/15 Andrews Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Love siam thai. Tried the one in Malahide and St Andrews street couple of times each, always been a great night. Me and my friend had duck starter which was lovely, but the sauce was a bit sweet for me. We had Green Curry and Seabass with soy sauce. Curry is the safe option always, loved it, but my seabass was too spicy for me. I am Korean, but far too spicy even for me, had to stop eating it as my mouth was on fire. But nice atmosphere, nice curry & noodle dishes, so will definitely go back.

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Johnnie Fox's Pub
Glencullen, Dublin Mountains, Glencullen, Dublin

Went here last night for dinner. I'd say I wasn't disappointed at all. Seafood chowder and mahi mahi diablo were tasty, and serloin steak my friend had was lovely cooked. I would definitely go back to try other food even though it's a tourist place!

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

I am a regular here, have eaten here dozens of times. Lovely sushi, sashimi, and other Japanese food as well. I think the food is a little bit over-priced, but there is no such thing like 3 course meal in Japanese food, so just one main course for 20-25 euros is not too bad. One thing I don't like about Yamamori is wine selection. I am not an expert, but there is no wine that I liked. But definitely would recommend to anyone who enjoys healthy eating.

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Hop House / Kimchi
160 Parnell Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

As Korean, Kimchi is my favorite Korean restaurant in Dublin. Food is decent enough, very friendly Korean staff, and good value for money, and you can have a pint right next door befor or after the meal . It's not romantic place for couples though but definitely recommend.

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Maloti
34-35 South William Street, South William Street, Dublin

Maloti is one of my favorite restaurants in town, I have dinner here almost once every 2 weeks. Great food, great service, and very reasonably priced food.

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