Restaurant Reviews from mstacey

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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

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Good
275 reviews

Reviewed 31st January 2010 ( visited 30th January 2010 )

Ate here with five friends last night. From the moment we entered we were met with a warmth and charm that lasted the whole night long. This place is full of atmosphere, from the unique, delightful furnishings - the beautifully crafted table-tops are particularly eye-catching - to the belly-dancer who enetertained us mid-way through our meal. But it's the food that really stole the show. Brought to our table by our friendly and attentive waiter and waitress we enjoyed a feast of starters; the hummus which came with warm pitta bread was rich and delicious and proved very addictive as more portions had to be ordered despite the very generous portions! The main courses were not only mouth-watering but artfully presented. I savoured every bite of the rich, flavoursome spicy chicken which came with perfectly cooked rice and potatoes and the lamb dishes which my friends had were a huge success. Everyone cleared their plates (and loosened their belts!), very well-satisfied. This is food that both looks and tastes wonderful. With ice-cream and a traditional filo-pastry dessert to finish this was a top-rate evening; we stayed long in to the night. All in all, for value for money and fresh, warming food that's full of flavour, the Cedar Tree is an experience not to be missed - and I'll be back!
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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 31st January 2010 ( visited 30th January 2010 )

Ate here with five friends last night. From the moment we entered we were met with a warmth and charm that lasted the whole night long. This place is full of atmosphere, from the unique, delightful furnishings - the beautifully crafted table-tops are particularly eye-catching - to the belly-dancer who enetertained us mid-way through our meal. But it's the food that really stole the show. Brought to our table by our friendly and attentive waiter and waitress we enjoyed a feast of starters; the hummus which came with warm pitta bread was rich and delicious and proved very addictive as more portions had to be ordered despite the very generous portions! The main courses were not only mouth-watering but artfully presented. I savoured every bite of the rich, flavoursome spicy chicken which came with perfectly cooked rice and potatoes and the lamb dishes which my friends had were a huge success. Everyone cleared their plates (and loosened their belts!), very well-satisfied. This is food that both looks and tastes wonderful. With ice-cream and a traditional filo-pastry dessert to finish this was a top-rate evening; we stayed long in to the night. All in all, for value for money and fresh, warming food that's full of flavour, the Cedar Tree is an experience not to be missed - and I'll be back!
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Isaacs Restaurant
48 MacCurtain Street, Cork City, Cork City, Cork

Wow. This was the best evening out that I've had in years. Myself and my partner were in Cork for the weekend and decided to give the much-talked-about Isaacs a try. We booked a table for 8.30 -booking is highly-recommended - and arrived into what is a really airy, spacious and attractive restaurant. The first thing to say is that the staff were truly amazing; they mixed professional efficiency with genuine friendliness. The food was simply mouth-watering from start to finish and the portions very generous. Just as it should be! I started with a gorgeous, delicately-flavoured chicken and bacon salad which came with the best rustic potatoes. The chef was more than happy to accommodate my dietary requirements and I was very well catered for! My partner started with the black pudding and potato cake. His verdict; top class! This was a romantic evening out and we enjoyed savouring the food, the warm, eye-delighting atmosphere - and a good bottle of red, the Montepulciano. These more than satisfying starters were then followed by the main courses; the main event. I had the plaice which was perfectly cooked, fresh and served with a wicked creamed spinach sauce, while my partner had the steak which was also cooked to perfection (he's fussy about this). The side order, vegetables, were fresh and delicious. We lingered over a scoop of homemade ice-cream to round off, loving the fact that we weren't being rushed out the door, and left feeling full and very happy indeed. Can't recommend Isaacs enough. We are in a huge hurry to go back!

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK South Anne Street)
5 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Stopped here on a sunny Saturday evening for a bite to eat as the outside tables looked inviting. The service was excellent; the waiters were very efficient, good-humoured and attentive. I had the Moroccan salad which was tasty but was improved by the addition of a side of houmous. My partner had the cheese and bacon burger and this was mouth-watering; the meat was perfectly cooked. The burgers here are a real feast. We shared a side of chips with garlic mayo and these too were delicious. To drink I had a glass of Chardonnay which was fresh and chilled; the wines by the glass are on the pricey side. My partner had a beer. The service was fast and we were in no hurry to leave. An excellent choice for a quick and very filling stomach-filler. Top marks to the waiting staff for making it more than the usual fast food experience.

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Shack Restaurant
24 East Essex Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Very impressed with this little gem of a restaurant. Enjoyed a wonderful meal on a bustling Thursday night, served by the most attentive and efficient staff. Started with the smoked salmon which was fresh and flavoured delicately with capers and a delicious salad dressing and came with a generous portion of brown bread. The bread was so good that it was almost like cake! For main course I had the salmon fillet - unfortunately the monkfish was off - and I was able to request that this come without butter. The fact that my specific dietary requirements could be met is the sign of a good eatery where the food is freshly prepared. The house red - a Chilean Cabernet Sauvugnon was very good; warm, rich and with good body. To finish I shared an apple and mixed berry pie; again, the slice was very generous and finished off with some very good coffee to which the waiter very happily added lots of extra marshmallows! It's the little touches like this that make an evening that bit special. Altogether a delightful night. Will be back - if we can get in the door!

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Novo
Harry Street, St Stephens Green, Dublin

Came here with my partner thanks to my Menupages voucher and was very impressed. The service was impeccable. To start we shared a mezze plate which was tasty if a little on the small side. The main courses were the main attraction and they did not disappoint. I got a delicious chicken burger with salsa etc. The meat was perfectly flavoured and the range of accompanying dips and sauces was very satisfying. My partner opted for one of the beef burgers and was also very satisfied. We enjoyed these with a good bottle of red wine. The only quibble I'd have is that the wine list could be more reasonably priced and should include more affordable bottles. That said, we left feeling very satisfied; much helped by the fact that the staff were so attentive and accommodating. Although the Menupages voucher covered a free glass of wine and we had a bottle instead the manager was very fair in making sure that the discount was taken off nonetheless. This ensured that we didn't leave with a bad taste in our mouth. Excellent service and well-cooked food in a warm, spacious and relaxed environment. Recommended.

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il Divo Restaurant
2 Terenure Road East, (Above Comans), Rathgar, Dublin

Superb. This is an until-recently undiscovered gem in the heart of Rathgar over Colmans' pub. Came here for a birthday meal with a group of seven. The menu is so extensive and appealing that it took us quite a while to decide on our courses. Because it was a week night we were able to avail of the special offer; dinner for two and a bottle of wine for 50 euro. This is outstanding value. The food was perfectly-cooked; I sampled the pizzas which are fresh, generously topped and, most importantly, have a delicious base. The same pizza dough is use for the garlic bread which I would strongly advise any visitor to this restaurant to sample; we ordered two portions for the table! The pasta dishes - I had the Sophia Loren (seafood in a tomato sauce) - are fresh, perfectly cooked and just delicious. Empty plates all round and for incredible value. We brought our own birthday cake for hte occasion and the staff were enormously helpful in bringing it out and serving it; many restaurants don't allow this or charge for the privilege.Every detail down to the chocolate with our after-dinner coffees was spot-on. For its service, value and carefully-prepared food this place deserves to be packed out every night of the week. I'll definitely be back.

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Town Bar and Grill
21 Kildare Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Came here for dinner last night with a few friends and it was a so-so experience; nothing went wrong but it was somehow utterly charmless from start to finish. The waiting staff were constantly buzzing around us and at a few points during our meal interrupted our conversations; we were constantly aware of their presence and it made for an at times tense feeling. The overt and intrusive presense of the staff aside, we did find the food itself to be quite tasty though the portions were small. The white wine was not chilled properly which did cause disappointment among the ladies at the table. In general the portions were small with the exception of the rib-eye steak, which I unfortunately did not order, and which was a thing of beauty even just to look at and was cooked to perfection. To start, we shared an antipasti platter between two which, again, was rather small for a 'large' portion and I opted for the duck for main course. Despite the waiter's constant attention he managed to get my order slightly wrong. Thankfully, there was no delay in getting that corrected just a slight embarrassment for me of having to make the table wait. The duck was very tasty but the trimmings - spinach and shallots - were so scant that I didn't notice the two longley looking shallots until the plate was almost cleared! Dessert is a course that I only ever opt for if the experience up until that point has been special and seems worth crowning. The only dessert that tempted me here was pecan pie - a favourite of mine - but I didn't trust them to deliver a knock-out version so I ended the meal with just a coffee instead. Although this was hardly a disastrous evening I wouldn't come back here because I expect more from a dining-out experience, especially one that costs the diner just under 30 euro for a main course. We all left feeling relieved to be back out in the air after a somewhat clastrophobic time underground!

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

Myself and my partner came here for dinner last night - Valentine's night - and we were both very impressed with the way that the staff handled the pressures that come with this night of the year. There was plenty of space so, mercifully, we weren't cramped in the middle of other adoring couples! The staff, although clearly very busy, managed to combine efficiency with friendliness. The atmosphere was therefore very pleasant and this was very much helped by the fact that the charming maitre d' gave us our choice of table. We kicked off the evening in style with two glasses of chilled prosecco. The food was very good. I had goat's cheese with beetroot to start. The cheese was delicious - lightly grilled and very creamy - but they could have gone easier on the salad which swamped the plate. I'm not usually a fan of beetroot but this was an exception; it was warm and very fresh. For main course I had the most tangily delicious sticky monkfish. This was really flavoursome without being cloying. The portion-size was just right as monkfish is wonderfulyl meaty and it came served with a hot baked potato. We ordered roasted vegetables on the side and these were tender and mouthwatering - roasted in olive oil - and, crucially, they weren't over cooked. My partner was very impressed with his steak - cooked to perfection. We skipped desert and instead finished off what was now our second bottle of red wine; a very drinkable merlot. We'd been there over two hours at this stage. To have such an easy and relaxed experience on Valentine's night says a lot about the quality of the Troc. The only unsavoury moment of the evening came with the bill: we were charged 7.50 for each Prosecco although the menu clearly had them prcied at 6 euro. We didn't bother quibbling over it given the night that was in it. Overall, a top-class evening all round.

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

Popped in here for a quick pick-me-up / late lunch today and I certainly chose the right place! Not wishing to fill myself up too much and in need of instant warmth I opted for a large soup. The soup was a meal in itself (roast pepper and butterbean) and it came with a generous hunk of delicious brown bread on the side. All for just over 5 euro. Free water is on tap which is a very nice touch. The food is mouth-watering and so wholesome; proving that meat is not essential! All of the food made on the premises and has that comforting, nutritious home-made feel about it which is rare in eateries in Dublin these days. The problem with Cornucopia is in trying to decide on what to eat as all of the food looks so tempting. This is a great place for a quick lunch or for a casual dinner with friends; a glass of organic wine costs just over a fiver. The qulaity and quantity of the food makes Cornucopia really great value. Highly recommended and a must for vegetarians.

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

Ate here with five friends last night. From the moment we entered we were met with a warmth and charm that lasted the whole night long. This place is full of atmosphere, from the unique, delightful furnishings - the beautifully crafted table-tops are particularly eye-catching - to the belly-dancer who enetertained us mid-way through our meal. But it's the food that really stole the show. Brought to our table by our friendly and attentive waiter and waitress we enjoyed a feast of starters; the hummus which came with warm pitta bread was rich and delicious and proved very addictive as more portions had to be ordered despite the very generous portions! The main courses were not only mouth-watering but artfully presented. I savoured every bite of the rich, flavoursome spicy chicken which came with perfectly cooked rice and potatoes and the lamb dishes which my friends had were a huge success. Everyone cleared their plates (and loosened their belts!), very well-satisfied. This is food that both looks and tastes wonderful. With ice-cream and a traditional filo-pastry dessert to finish this was a top-rate evening; we stayed long in to the night. All in all, for value for money and fresh, warming food that's full of flavour, the Cedar Tree is an experience not to be missed - and I'll be back!

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Market Lane
5/6 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork City, Cork

Arrived here with a large group for lunch and we were instantly accommodated and made feel very welcome. The menu is divine; imagination coupled with top quality produce. Indeed, it took us all ages to choose our dishes as there was so much to tempt us. I settled for the salad of Lemon Sole Goujons which was divine; perfectly cooked. Others went for sandwiches which were very tasty with well-combined fillings and very generous in size. Everything here is top quality even down to the selection of breads (starter) which were fresh and wide-ranging. The desserts were mouth-watering and the range of wines was impressive. I'd also recommend the fresh apple juice as a non-alcoholic alternative. The waiting staff were efficient and more than helpful as they indulged our questions with good humour. Despite being a group of 10 we were not made to feel hurried and lingered long into the afternoon. This place is faultless. It was buzzing on this sunny Sunday afternoon and for great food and value I couldn't recommend it highly enough.

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Base Wood Fired Pizza
Terenure Road East, Terenure, Dublin

The best pizza in Dublin, in my view - and I've sampled a few. This outlet is really tastefully designed and the warm Italian-style wood oven dominates lending the place a very authentic and welcoming feel. Most importantly, the pizzas are superb; made with fresh ingredients and thoughtfully put together in winning combiations so much so that it was hard to decide on one! We got our pizza - the vegetarian, wonderfully flavoursome - delivered to the house for a special occasion and they did not disappoint. The first thing I noticed was how helpful and couteous the staff are in taking the order over the phone and they were more than happy to answer my queries. The pizza arrived very promptly - the only quibble we had was that the pizza had lost heat in transit and was a bit on the cold side. Hopefully that can be improved on. The side salad was delicious - again, every ingredient was fresh and there was a range to choose from. You pay a bit more for these pizzas it is true but they are very much worth it; fresh and reliable. We'll definitely be indulging in a woodfired pizza again. Top marks.

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Eddie Rockets (Dame Street)
Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Have visited here many times over the years when cheap,reliable fast food is required. The burgers remain the highlight - good, well-cooked - but overall the food is overpriced, particularly given the great deals that are available in the current climate. The once novel surroundings are by now tired and dingy and are a far cry from the shiny American diner that the brand claims to reproduce. This place needs to change with the times and jazz things up a little -update and improve the menu and charge more reasonable prices -otherwise, customers will eat elsewhere.

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

For a spacious, lively pub that also serves food this place is a great choice for an informal evening out. I was there last night with a few friends and we enjoyed a range of very tasty tapas dishes - the patatas bravas go down very easy and the chorizo salad was really delicious. The meatballs which I also sampled were succulent and very juicy - perfect for soaking up the alcohol! The only let-down was the rather foul tasting and coarse, grassy-textured 'rocket' pesto which came with the bread and dips platter. This was a real disappointment - why not just serve real pesto? The food is, on the whole, quite good value although the bread and dips is over-priced at 6 euro as the portion was very small and unremarkable. Otherwise the menu is reasonably priced and the staff were efficient and attentive. Not the best place in Dublin for authentic tapas but for a gastropub with atmosphere and with a unique setting this place comes recommended.

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Truly Scrumptious
Unit 5 Rosemount SC, Marian Road, South Dublin, Rathfarnham, Dublin

This was a pleasant suprise! The cafes around South Dublin tend to be small, cramped and over-priced and lack the friendly, personal touch that one expects from a small hospitality business. The recently-opened Truly Scrumptious in Rosemount restored my faith in the local, suburban cafe. The place is airy, bright and spacious making for a warm, inviting atmosphere. The staff were extremely helpful and attentive - free coffee refills were pressed on us - and the food was promptly served and was very tasty. The menu includes all of the usual breakfast and lunchtime cafe fare and we availed of a coffee and cake special - the warm chocolate muffins are particularly delicious. Although it was lunchtime we were not rushed and lingered for well over an hour enjoying our relaxed surroundings. In short, I'll be back. This cafe is not only of a high standard but is much needed in the Rathfarnham area and should give the other local coffee shops a run for their money. Check it out.

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Marios (Terenure)
103 Terenure Road East, Dublin 6, Terenure, Dublin

Mario's has a lovely, warm atmosphere and the food is consistently good. I've enjoyed the prawn starter on a few occasions now; it's particularly tasty washed down with a glass of the pino grigio. For main course, the pasta dishes are a good choice. I particularly recommend the Arrabiatta here, a dish which has often disappointed me in other restaurants. On the whole Marios is a reliable choice and clearly a favourite with the locals; it's always buzzing no matter what night of the week and this when the adjoining eateries are half-empty.

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