Restaurant Reviews from miffster

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Last Visit: 14 February 2013

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Chai Yo restaurant

100 Lower Baggot street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Reviewed 01st September 2009 ( visited 21st August 2009 )

Great place for a party! Was here with a gang for a 30th birthday and had a great night. Its as much about the entertainment as the food, though the food is good too and reasonable. The teppanyaki table is the place to be and we all had the chefs special - basically a bit of everything! We were all stuffed after, and with lots of wine, bill was only €35 per person. great value! will come back again.
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Cafe Topolis restaurant

37 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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286 reviews

Reviewed 18th June 2009 ( visited 17th June 2009 )

shared a quick pizza over a glass of wine here last night (Quattro Stagioni pizza) Atmosphere was good and staff very friendly and efficient. Pizza was way too salty though. good base and toppings but ruined with salt. Second time I've eaten here and same experience both times. Wouldnt particularly recommend it
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Dada Restaurant
45 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I was here on a deal yesterday. The food was tasty, the portions a good size and the meat incredibly tender. However it was ruined by the amount of oil in the dishes. the oil was actually running down the cutlery onto my hands. disappointing


Plan B
Manor Place, Stoneybatter, Dublin

Visited Plan B with a deal voucher last night. I have to say I wouldnt recommend it. Our starter of fresh bread came from a sliced pan!! 4 slices of Brennans for €5 or €6... My friends main of lasagne came with no salad or the advertised garlic bread. When she asked for the bread, she was told there was none. (He did discount the bill for this). My main of a prawn tagliatelli dish was average. Certainly not worth €17 - very overpriced. The lone waiter disappeared for a smoke at one stage leaving the restaurant empty. This restaurant wont survive long if they dont improve. Disappointing.


Burritos & Blues
2 Wexford Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

quick friendly service, good food and keen prices. Fast food that doesnt feel like it


Foam Cafe
24 Strand Street Great, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Crazy but brilliant decór & delicious food. Tried a steak sandwich for lunch, served with a substantial and delicious side salad, miles better than the standard limp offerings in most places. Relaxed atmosphere, plenty of large tables and nobody in a hurry. Table staff could do with a bit more experience, but its only newly opened so I wouldnt let it put me off. Will definitely be back - want to try the brunch menu!


18 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Being greeted by the staff with a "you want eat? speak english?" and a mime of someone eating didnt exactly start things off on the right foot. The restaurant, thought not full, was chaos. We had to steal cutlery and condiments from neighbouring tables to eat, waited 50 minutes for our mains to arrive (apparently a mix-up in the kitchen). My steak sandwich, with friend onions and pepper sauce, came without onions or pepper sauce. It was another 15 minutes before they arrived. My 3 companions were equally disappointed with their meals, which went largely uneaten. The only saving grace was the waitress who was extremely apologetic and gave us a free round of drinks for the problems. She described the kitchen as Fawlty Towers. She still got her tip in the end for handling it well, but wont be back.


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

had a few drinks and some food here on a snowy evening before Christmas. Food was tasty and reasonably priced. Ate in the pub rather than the restaurant which has a nice atmosphere and is great for a drink too. Will definitely be back


129 Capel Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Had lunch here today. Massive sandwich with roast pork from the carvery and as many salad fillings as you want for €6. Tasty, filling and well priced. Service very friendly & efficient. Will be back


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

I'm a regular visitor here for lunch, but tried it recently after work on a Friday. Prices are higher for the same dishes but the quality is reliably consistent and the staff are always efficient and friendly.


Rustic Stone
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

4 of us ate here yesterday and the food was amazing. Its not cheap but definitely worth the occassional treat. The nicest steak (rib-eye) I've had in a long time and perfectly cooked on the stone. Everybody was happy with all 3 of their courses. Small starters, but generous main course and dessert left us full but not over-stuffed, perfect portions. Service was good and even at lunch time on a bank holiday, there was a great buzz around the place. The only complaint was that one of us found a piece of what looked like a pot-scrub in their burger. A pretty major complaint, but the staff dealt with the situation perfectly and so it wouldnt put any of us off returning.


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

great value and reliable standard of food. service is good and the place is always busy, no matter what day of the week you visit.


Taste of Emilia
No. 1 Lower Liffey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Ate here for lunch the other day. Tried the classico bruschetta which was tasty and substantial for the price. my friend had the solo mio bruschetta which i also tasted - really good! Looks like a great place to come in the evening for a glass of wine and a cheese & meat platter. Nice atmosphere and friendly staff


Czech Inn
Essex Street - le Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

more expensive than your average pub food, but then the quality is much higher too! was pleasantly surprised when i visited here last week. my dish of "tornado" pork with spinach and potato dumplings was delicious and substantial. The meat was incredibly tender. And staropramen on draught, yum! i'll be back


Milano (Temple Bar)
19 East Essex Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

lovely pizzas and good service, no complaints. Recent half price pizza deal was great value!


Milano (Clarion Quay)
Unit 6, Excise Walk, Clarion Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin

decent place for lunch. I had the asparagus and artichoke pizza which was tasty and very filling. Portions are big and food is good, but a bit on the pricey side for an everyday lunch. Nevertheless, worth a visit


Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Visited on only their 2nd day of business but was very pleased. Staff were exceptionally friendly and the food was tasty and quick. Portions massive, I'd a veggie burrito which I struggled to finish. Will probably be a regular visitor as work nearby!


Montys of Kathmandu
28 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

had an enjoyable meal here with a couple of friends last night. The food wasnt perfect but overall the standard was good. The complimentary poppodums and dips were tasty and I had a deliciously spicy Aloo Kerau Chat Pat for starters. You'd want to like your food hot (which I do) as my mouth was really tingling after. My main of prawn dhansak was a bit disappointing. The prawns were overcooked and chewy though the flavour was good. Everybody seemed pretty happy overall. I'd probably go back to sample a few more things, particularly for their early bird which looks like good value, though we were too late for it.


The Boxty House
20-21 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

decent value €5 lunch special. Tasty enough but wouldnt be bothered paying full price in the evening. All a bit 'oirish' for the non-tourist


19 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

great value, always reliable. service can be too quick though


Wallace's Enoteca Delle Langhe
Blooms Lane, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin

The wine and cheeseboard here was pleasant, but the staff were too busy chatting to pay attention to customers. Also, unbelievably, saw one waiter taste somebody's dessert behind the counter, before sending the plate out. Disgraceful. completely put me off an otherwise nice place.


Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

I had a delicious meal here before a movie on friday night and recommend it highly. We just made the early bird which was great value at €20 for two courses. I had the chicken supreme followed by a deliciously spicy goan meatball curry. I also tasted the potato cake starter, and the fish curry. All were beautifully presented and very tasty. With complimentary poppadums and dips when we arrived and naan and rice included it was very substantial. Not what you expect in a shopping centre food hall, definitely worth a visit. Only downside was the staff could've been a bit friendlier, though they were fast and efficient.


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

Two of us ate here after work on monday night. understandably quiet being the last monday in january, but didnt feel completely dead. the staff were attentive and the food very good. portions were massive. We shared a 1/4 peking duck for starters. I had the lamb shank jungle curry for mains. the lamb was beautifully cooked and falling off the bone. the level of spice was just right, though the strong aniseed flavour off the thai basil was a little too strong. my sister ordered the duck red curry which she said was very good. my only complaint was that we had to ask for knives for both starter and main courses. admittedly not always necessary for their dishes, but hard to eat a lamb shank without a fork and spoon! will definitely be back.


Harry Street, St Stephens Green, Dublin

I ate here, using my menupoints voucher, with a friend the other night. I had the blue cheese burger which was delicious and very well presented. The portion was massive. My friend had the daily catch of salmon with polenta chips. It was nice, but nothing special. its not cheap, if you dont have a voucher, but i'd probably go back for a burger again


The Exchequer
3-5 Exchequer Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I ate here with 5 others as part of a birthday celebration. The weather was awful and it was the night before New Years eve so it was unsurprisingly pretty quiet. We'd a nice booth for 6, though unfortunately there was a terrible draught at our table leaving half of us cold. All were happy with their meal though I found mine disappointing - the daily special of monktail which was pretty bland and boring. My shared starter of a charcuterie and cheese board was very good and a huge portion. I also tasted the ling fingers and rib steak which were both very good, I think I just made the wrong choice of main. The service was ok, the waitress could've done with smiling but the food all came out right and in good time. Overall, it was ok but doubt I'd be back.


ely bar & brasserie
CHQ Building, Georges Dock, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin

incredibly awful. visited here last night before a concert in the Point. expected it to be busy but the service was non-existant - had to go to the bar to get drinks, collect our own menus and go find a waitress to order off. The food that arrived was horrible, bland and ridiculously overpriced. never again


Chez Max (Palace Street)
1 Palace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

i ate in chez max last night was very disappointed. the food was a poor quality for supposedly one of the best restaurants in dublin. We arrived at 6.30, so had the choice of early bird or a la carte. My sister chose the early bird and had a tasty goats cheese filo pastry starter followed by a massive bowl of mussels, which were nice though the sauce was too salty. Overall her meal was fine, but nothing special. I went with a la carte, which was pretty bad. I started with the frogs legs. I'd never had them before, so maybe i just had the wrong picture of frogs legs in my head. but these were deep fried, and extremely skinny. Mostly bone, with tiny pieces of flesh which just tasted of deep fried grease and garlic sauce. I expected them to be much meatier, but as I said, I've never had them before. However, I have had cassoulet before and theirs was barely edible, in fact I ate about half of it. It was a white bean cassoulet with confit of duck, toulouse sausage and bacon lardons. It was *incredibly* over-salted, completely ruined. And the lardons? massive chunks of fat with the teeniest bit of bacon stuck to the edge. The service was very good, and the prices reasonable, but I wont be going back and wouldnt recommend it at all.


Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK Temple Bar)
Unit 1, Temple Bar Square, Dublin 2 , Temple Bar, Dublin

visited GBK a 2nd time after a recent positive experience. The food was still great, and the €5 burger offer is a bargain. But now I see what people mean about the slow service. We were 30 minutes waiting on our burgers, though they staff did let us know we would be and brought our chips out first to keep us going. Overall, still recommend it, but not if you are in a hurry to get back to the office - we were an hour in there in total. Service is poor, not due to the staff, but due to the lack of them


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

tried this place last night after reading good reviews here. was busy enough for a tuesday though no problem getting a table without a booking. I'd a chicken broth (I forget the name) for starters which was lovely. Followed by mussamum beef, also very good. My friend had the daily special, which was chicken and veg in a chilli oil sauce. It was good but over salted. Overall happy with food. With 2 glasses of wine bill was €37. Very reasonable. No problems with the service, barely even noticed them, which is what you want really!


Chai Yo
100 Lower Baggot street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Great place for a party! Was here with a gang for a 30th birthday and had a great night. Its as much about the entertainment as the food, though the food is good too and reasonable. The teppanyaki table is the place to be and we all had the chefs special - basically a bit of everything! We were all stuffed after, and with lots of wine, bill was only €35 per person. great value! will come back again.


Soup Dragon
168 Capel Street, City Centre North, Dublin

regularly go here for soup to go. Brilliant value lunch special - small soup (thats actually pretty large), 2 chunky slices of fresh bread and a piece of fruit for €3. Large choice of delicous, fresh, filling soups. Best soup I've had, eat-in or take-out, in Dublin. Highly recommended. not many seats inside and take-out is much better value. Bring your soup down to the boardwalk to eat if you can put up with the drunks!


14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here last week with 2 friends. We all enjoyed the food and thought it quite reasonably priced, though portions on the small side. Service however was terrible. Our meal took 2.5 hours. Table left uncleared for about 15 minutes after we'd finished our main course. Had to ask for the dessert menu, had to ask could we order dessert, ask for our money to be taken for the bill etc. Outdoor area not recommended either. Had people begging for money, a view of an alley of binbags and noisy streetcleaners going past. If you go, make sure to sit inside. Probably more attention from the staff inside too.


Chorus Cafe
7 Scarlet RowFishamble Streetle Bar, City Centre South, Dublin

had lunch here today with a friend. prices reasonable but food wasnt great. I had a burger which was obviously frozen not home-made and came in a slightly stale bun with some terrible chips. even the accompanying mayo and ketchup was horrible. My friend had a mexican chicken wrap and was also disappointed. Very quiet at 1pm, anywhere halfway decent right beside the civic offices should be buzzing with customers at this time.


Madina Desi Curry Co
60 Mary Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

A gang of us ate here for lunch last week. i've been here a few times and each time its a bit more disappointing than the last. the service was incredibly slow, we were in there at least 90 minutes which is way too long for a work lunch break. though reasonably priced, the portions are way too big. A portion of rice is enough for at least 2 if not 3 people so there was a lot of waste. everybody thought their various dishes too greasy. i ordered the butter chicken, which started off nice, but as the sauce cooled it begtan to congeal back into pure butter. unpleasant. I gave up. I've made butter chicken several times at home, and most recipes use a small amount of butter, or sometimes none at all. this tasted of little else. I dont think i'll be back unless I hear the standard has improved. disappointing, used to be very good.


Cafe Topolis
37 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

shared a quick pizza over a glass of wine here last night (Quattro Stagioni pizza) Atmosphere was good and staff very friendly and efficient. Pizza was way too salty though. good base and toppings but ruined with salt. Second time I've eaten here and same experience both times. Wouldnt particularly recommend it


The Boars Head
149 Capel Street, City Centre North, Dublin

had some pub grub here yesterday - burger and chips. reasonably priced and large portion but far from home-made, bought-in frozen burgers. completely edible but expected better.


The Gin Palace
Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

had some food here over pints with friends the other night. portion size was good but it was pretty overpriced for you got. overall though not bad for pub grub


Kavanaghs (Gravediggers)
1 Prospect Square, Glasnevin, Dublin

tried the tapas here the other night and thought it tasty and great value. share a cold platter, 2 plates of crostini and a couple of other small tapas. More than enough for 2 hungry people and only came to €24. The restaurant/lounge was pretty quiet but moved into the bar which I love for a pint afterwards. The food is a great addition to the place, will visit again


St Andrew Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

3 of us ate here for dinner on a Friday night recently. The atmosphere was great and the restaurant was completely full at 8pm, they were turning away customers. The food was ok, but slightly disappointing, I thought it was better on previous visits. The avocado that came with my starter was under-ripe and inedible. My main of turbot (I think) was good, but nothing special. Also disappointed to find they had no cheese boards for dessert. Service as always was excellent.


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

reliably good food, great service and lovely atmosphere. not the cheapest, but great for a special occasion.


The Porterhouse (Parliament Street)
Parliament Street le Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

I go to the porterhouse quite often for lunch and the food is usually good though a bit pricey. Stick to the beef burgers though, I had the vegetarian mushroom burger today which was horrible and served with cold chips. Disappointing as their burgers are usually well worth a visit.


Mandarin House
179 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

2 of us were here for a quick meal after work last night and I'd highly recommend it. The most authentic Chinese I've been to in Dublin and excellent value. We ordered 2 starters and 2 mains between us, and asked for them to arrive in whatever order they were ready (they probably would have anyway) Service was fast and friendly, though our table was a bit small to accomodate all our dishes! Our starters were Husband and Wife Lung (a cold dish with 2 cuts of meat, beef and 'something' else, in a tasty dressing) and Spicy Pocket Wonder (another cold platter of meat and sliced veg). Followed by Razor Clamp (delicious), and Spicy Fish Heaven (also great). Massive portions, would have fed an extra person easily. With a couple of cold Tsing Tao beers, the bill came to €50

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