Restaurant Reviews from mrs athas

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52.5%

County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 29

Member Since: 15 March 2007

Last Visit: 20 January 2010

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Odessa restaurant

13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Brasserie

Price Range:

Good
486 reviews

Reviewed 10th July 2007 ( visited 10th July 2007 )

Venison, Confit and Mussels oh my! We ate here on a Thursday night, shared a starter and a bottle of wine before ordering. My partner had the fillet, which was very good quality, unfortunately, it was also fatally overdone, having asked for it rare, it came out medium well. My venison also didn't fare well on the old grill, coming out overdone rather than the medium-well I had ordered. My partner, being the cheeky pup, sent his back, which is never pleasant to have to do, much less when using a voucher! The steak came back out slightly less burnt than previous, but still disappointing. I am saddened that this was the case, as the service was the best I have received in Ireland, the wine list reasonable and the accompaniments sterling. I will def be back to give it another try!
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The Cedar Tree restaurant

11a St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Ethnic

Price Range:

Good
275 reviews

Reviewed 19th March 2007 ( visited 19th March 2007 )

Mezze is a great sociable way to share a meal! We have had the early bird also, which is excellent value and the food is very tasty. The restaurant decor, service and beverage choices are all in keeping with the theme. However my only gripe is with the desserts, which are of the generic 'bought in' variety all to common in Dublin.
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L'Gueuleton
No 1 Fade Street, Off Georges's Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I think that I had hyped myself up so much about dining here that it would have been almost impossible to meet the standards I had anticipated. L'Gueuleton made a good attempt though. There were nice touches, such as the half lemon wrapped in muslin served with the smoked salmon starter, which showed sensitivity to the produce that is lacking in many Dublin establishments. The food overall is a bit heavy for my tastes, but that goes with the territory. I had the mussels and the palm heart salad instead of a main, I think next time I will go for a plated main, as they all looked delicious, and the salad and mussels were sort of at odds with each other flavour and texture wise. My only complaint was with the palm hearts. They tasted canned, and if so, they could do with being rinsed several more times to rid them of the briney flavour. If they were in fact fresh and poached, a little less salt could have been used. Other than that, great service and a great atmosphere more than made up for uncomfortable chairs!

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The Silk Road Cafe
The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, City Centre South, Dublin

Nestled in Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle, the Silk Road Cafe is one of my favourite places for a casual meal. The Middle Eastern food is a refreshing change from the other lacklustre lunch options in Central Dublin. The food is well priced, freshly prepared and tasty. The service is friendly and there is also a good range of beverages available from a self-service fridge, and filtered water from jugs on a sideboard. The humus is not to be missed, and the honey roasted seeds are a delicious addition to a superb meal.

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Gotham Cafe
8 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Had lunch there on a busy Thursday. Were greeted by a friendly waitress who showed us to our seats, which were well located under the skylight that dominates the back half of the restaurant. The waitress was very helpful in answering questions we had on inclusions on the menu. I had the Cobb salad and my friend the open ciabatta. They were both very good, and filling. The cobb salad was overpriced for what it was, but this was the only detraction. Service was quick and efficient and I will def be back!

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

Myself and my partner went here one Thursday night. We had high hopes, having read good reviews. After moving from the alcove at the back of the restaurant because we were sweltering we settled in next to the door. the service was a little delayed, but it may be because we moved sections and the waiter wasn’t aware we were there. I ordered the chicken fajitas, as I don’t generally eat red meat and my partner the chimichanga. We also had two beers, either corona or sol for authenticity. My partner’s chimichanga was somewhat bland and lacklustre, I would have expected more spice and also looked like it had been sitting under a salamander for some time, as the top was quite dried out. Still, I guess he should have been happy that he got the right order, as when I absently bit into my fajita it was beef not chicken as ordered. It was replaced, once I managed to grab the attention of the waiter. We finished our meals and with my partner looking longingly at the fried ice cream zipping past, paid the bill and left. I am sure I could be convinced to give it another go in a group, but as novelty value more than anything!

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Dunne And Crescenzi (South Frederick Street)
14-16 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The food here is a big hit with my partner, the carbohydrate junkie, but as someone who can't eat wheat, or yeast I find it a challenge to find something to interest me on the menu. I had a delicious meal of lentils cooked in red wine on one occasion; but the wine is so delicious, and reasonably priced that you really need something a little more substantial! Great place to go for a chat and a glass of wine and some nibbles.

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Busyfeet & Coco Cafe
41- 42 South William Street, South William Street, Dublin

I have eaten here numerous times, and really enjoy the shabby chic interior and fair-trade coffee, though they could ease up on the proportion of the latter in their lattes. The idea is to have a milky coffee, not something that looks like Bovril! I have always enjoyed the salads, triple-decker sandwiches and breakfasts, though a recent order of fruit salad was disappointingly small! I put it down to a minor anomaly, given that everything is usually excellent.

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The Porterhouse (North )
Cross Guns Bridge, Glasnevin, Dublin

The menu here is the same as the rest of the Porterhouse franchise, but seems better suited to this outlet than the two city-centre pubs. The beer garden is very comfortable. The meals are on the heavy side, and lack invention, (the menu could do with a bit of a shake-up) but on the whole provides a satisfying if not a little underwhelming experience. It would be nice to see the quality of the food match the imagination of the beer.

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The Porterhouse (Central)
45-47 Nassau Street, City Centre South, Dublin

For a place that prides itself on passion for craft-brewed beer, you would expect the same level of zeal about the produce they serve on their food menu. Sadly however, this is not the case. The food is generously sized, but stodgey and lacklustre. It is unimaginative but well priced and service is efficient, if lacking in personality. Far too noisy to be an enjoyable dining experience, it is more of a 'grab on the go' menu than one you would languish over.

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IFI Cafe Bar
6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

Warm, familiar, unchallenging. The food here is substantial, tasty and familiar. They certainly aren't going to win any awards for imaginative use of ingredients, but what they do, they do well. The service is ordinary at best, standoffish at worst, but the atmosphere is always buzzing and it is a great place to sit back, enjoy a drink (they are licensed and have a nice range on tap) or a herbal tea before a film, or skip the film altogether and chill out in the high ceiling foyer, or in the warm and comfortable dining area.

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Cafe Irie
11 Fownes street, le Bar, City Centre South, Dublin

Had lunch here one Saturday, the small dining room caught the sun and was surprisingly empty. The atmosphere was so relaxed that we could have stayed all day. I had the humus club sandwich, which was divine. I really enjoyed this cafe. There are so few places in Dublin like this, it was unpretentious and comfortable. The food is tasty, fresh and simple and the service friendly and authentic. A million miles away from the 'cookie cutter' cafes on Grafton and Henry Street.

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Bar Italia
26 Blooms Lane , Lower Ormond Quay, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

I have been here twice with my best friend and husband and find it a sociable pleasant experience both times. I love the mussels; the wine is great value and the waiters so handsome! While it is cheap and cheerful there are nice touches such as the oil and balsamic dispensers and high quality ingredients that don’t make you feel like you are having a frugal evening.

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Il Fornaio Restaurant (IFSC)
1B Valenta House, Custom House Square, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin

This is essentially a take away shop front with some seating. My partner loves the meza luna, and I have joined him a few times, having the pollo insalate or the Caesar salad, but for my money, if I am getting takeaway I would much prefer to spend the €12 elsewhere.

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Salamanca
1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I have heard many good things about this place from friends and colleagues, none of who's counsel I will be seeking for food advice again. The food was over salted, and lacking any flavour beyond that. The Patatas Bravas, Solemillo and Paella were all uninspired, ordinary and betrayed a lack of passion for the food. I found the service equally apathetic, and will not be back.

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The Grand Central Cafe Bar
O'Connell Street, O'Connell St, Dublin

Bread throwing chefs and lacklustre meals. We ate here one Sunday before the movies. I had the chicken skewers, with a side salad, as I am on a yeast free diet. I specifically asked for no salad dressing, which caused some consternation from the chef who insisted our waitress tell me that ‘it is very good’. I am not surprised considering how dry the chicken on the skewers was. My husband had the beef burger and seemed satisfied with it, but nothing to rave about. The garlic potatoes turned out to be fried rather than the cheesy melt he was expecting, but they were fine. All in all a solid meal, the chef could benefit from spending less time throwing bread rolls at the waitress and more time focusing on the food.

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Odessa
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

Venison, Confit and Mussels oh my! We ate here on a Thursday night, shared a starter and a bottle of wine before ordering. My partner had the fillet, which was very good quality, unfortunately, it was also fatally overdone, having asked for it rare, it came out medium well. My venison also didn't fare well on the old grill, coming out overdone rather than the medium-well I had ordered. My partner, being the cheeky pup, sent his back, which is never pleasant to have to do, much less when using a voucher! The steak came back out slightly less burnt than previous, but still disappointing. I am saddened that this was the case, as the service was the best I have received in Ireland, the wine list reasonable and the accompaniments sterling. I will def be back to give it another try!

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Wagamama - Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Wasabi, edame and udon, oh my! I was delighted to discover wagamama here in Dublin. Having experienced the chain in Sydney and the UK I was pleased to see my favourite dumplings were on the menu here also. We went with a group and had a fabulous time sharing the dishes. The seating and layout of the space, as well as the interaction between staff and customers makes Wagamama always a fun experience. A nice wine list is a bonus!

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Cornucopia
19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I always feel so virtuous leaving here. The food is healthy, tasty, although a touch on the heavy side if you want something to tide you over while shopping. They are constantly trying to increase the amount of their produce that is organic. The best thing about this restaurant is that I can go in and eat by myself without feeling like a social inept! The service is very good and I love the 'help yourself' filtered water. Like many other reviews have said, the servings are big, and it would be nice to have the option of a smaller (and cheaper!) option.

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

Had lunch here one Friday. The downstairs seating area is expansive and can lack somewhat in atmosphere, especially if you are unlucky to be seated next to one of the uplighters illuminating the walls of the vault. However the soft furnishings are gorgeous and I am sure that at night the atmosphere is more ambient. The menu was quite varied, a lunch menu featuring the usual suspects, albeit with a bit more imagination...there is the open organic beef burger, the Caesar salad with organic dry cured bacon and the soup (which was delicious) and sandwich. I thought the service was generally excellent, but it took quite some time to receive the bill. We were waiting 15 minutes with nothing in front of us before we managed to get someone's attention. I didn't find that there was anything to rave about but much better than other places around the IFSC. I imagine it would be a different experience at dinnertime.

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The Harbour Master Restaurant & Bar
Custom House Dock, I.F.S.C Dublin 1, IFSC, Dublin

I went for lunch here on a Thursday recently. There were five of us and we were seated straight away. The waitress ordered our drinks for us, and came back with some menus. The prices are a little exorbitant, considering they have a 'lunch' menu. We ordered five variations on a panini, two were special orders, (no chips and no bacon). When the food arrived the kitchen had ignored these special orders and the two had to go back, leaving half the table with food untouched in front of them and the rest without. The two sandwiches that went back to the kitchen took close to 20 minutes to come back, but were very tasty when they did, My only gripe besides this would be that the paninis are pre-made and hence no allergies can be catered for.

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Bella Cuba Restaurant
11 Ballsbridge Terrace, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Authentic flavours, sugary mojitos. I never thought I would use the word 'charming' about a restaurant, but that is the right adjective for this cute neighbourhood restaurant. It was quite quiet on the Saturday evening we visited, but the food made up for the lack of atmosphere! It was tasty, the black bean rice and banana fritters were out of this world, the only disappointment was the mojitos, which were made with white sugar, which remained undissolved at the bottom of the glass, rather than muddled into the drink. Other than this the food was faultless, the chicken with chorizo is a must try!

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TGI Friday (St Stephens Green )
St Stephens Green, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

A raucous night out, great fun with a group, couples steers clear! I went here for a night out with a large all female group on a busy Saturday night. It wasn’t my choice of restaurant, or the kind of place I would be inclined to book, but it far exceeded my expectations. I wasn’t expecting much imagination with the food, or much in the way of quality, but TGI's surprised, a few of the dishes and sauces (the Jack Daniels chicken baste for example) while generic, were tasty and clever. The cocktails were refreshing and there was good variety. The bill was, however very expensive even when divided!

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The Dropping Well
Classon's Bridge, Milltown, Milltown, Dublin

Typical, consistent pub food. The food is a touch on the heavy side for my taste, but would be fab on a cold winters night. Real comfort food. Nice selection of beverages also!

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The Cedar Tree
11a St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Mezze is a great sociable way to share a meal! We have had the early bird also, which is excellent value and the food is very tasty. The restaurant decor, service and beverage choices are all in keeping with the theme. However my only gripe is with the desserts, which are of the generic 'bought in' variety all to common in Dublin.

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Monsoon (Rathmines)
306-308 Lower Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin

Great buffet on a Sunday! The food is on the mild side, but is fresh and the ingredients are quality. The service is friendly but the atmosphere can be somewhat lacking on an early Sunday afternoon, as the dining room is on the large side. Good value for money. Have a good variety of vegetarian dishes. Will def go back for dinner.

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Zen
89 Upper Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin

The pang pang chicken will sear the mouth off you and emblazon this place in your memory forever! Good variety on the menu, tasty starters and great service. Felt really comfortable in the restaurant and the cold kirin beers complimented a really enjoyable meal. There were a load of families there the Friday evening we went. Would be a great place to go with a group on a Saturday.

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Mother Reillys Restaurant
The Uppercross Hotel, Opp Tesco, Rathmines, Dublin

Pub food, but fab atmosphere! The staff here are brilliant, and while not somewhere you would plan a night out for dinner, if you are getting hunger pangs while enjoying some of the nicest Guinness in Dublin, the food here will certainly fill the gap! Cannot commend the service here enough, definitley the highlight (besides the Guinness).

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Kafka (Dublin)
236 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin

A good reliable neighbourhood restaurant! Really fond of this place, it is really good, for a nice casual night out with family or friends. Like other reviewers have said, always consistent and always great quality! Excellent and attentive staff.

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Eddie Rockets (Rathmines)
Lower Rathmines Road, South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin

The food is of generic fast food quality and the atmosphere is non-existent due to florescent lighting. On the upside, night security and staff are reasonably good-natured considering the amount of drunken goons they deal with on a nightly basis. I find the Eddies chain in general over-priced, but it is a good last resort and the Rathmines branch is conveniently located.

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Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Having been to B66 on a number of occasions and always enjoyed the food, I visited with a friend on a busy Saturday night recently. We asked if there was any chance of a table and waited in the bar area with a glass of wine until one came up 40 minutes later. I felt that they were very accommodating given that we did not have a booking. My only gripe is that the bar area can feel a bit like a thoroughfare, with people bustling through and tables having the feeling of being shoved to the side. For the location the food was reasonably priced, substantial portion size, and a good variety. Good use of ingredients, with a smattering of 'stand out' dishes adding interest and giving this restaurant a 'cult status' feel. I love the beetroot coleslaw and my friend adored his chips, with dip (despite being plural on the menu). Will go again!

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