Restaurant Reviews from mustangsally

Status: Connoisseur

Credibility Score:
52.5%

County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 38

Member Since: 05 October 2007

Last Visit: 13 July 2012

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Shimla restaurant

5 Weavers Row, Clonsilla, Clonsilla, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 15

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Cuisine:
Indian

Price Range:

Good
63 reviews

Reviewed 15th December 2008 ( visited 12th December 2008 )

I've never given 5 stars before but I really believe Shimla deserves all of them! I've visited it for the first time last Friday after reading all the good reviews and was not disappointed. I loved the atmosphere, cozy and romantic at the same time. Staff is perfectly trained and they are always around if you need them without being overwhelming. Last, but not least, food is of the highest quality. My boyfrined and I went for the set menu B (because you have so much lovely dishes to choose from that we couldn't really make up our minds!). I will definitely go back SOON!
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Yamamori Sushi, Tengu restaurant

38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
Asian

Price Range:

Good
498 reviews

Reviewed 26th November 2007 ( visited 24th November 2007 )

Had dinner here on Saturday with my boyfriend. The place looks very nice: warm and welcoming. Staff are professional and friendly. We had an 8 piece seafood Futomaki, which tasted gorgeous. As a main course I had Ishi Yaki Gohan, which was good but so hot I actually had problems eating it. We also had a bottle of nice red wine and desserts. Overall, I would recommend the place and I think I will go back.
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Greedy Goose
15 Townyard Lane, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin

I was here with the hubby last Friday after work. We got here very early so we were the only ones in the restaurant which was good because we got a window table. We loved the decor and the staff was really nice and explained the tasting menu. We went for two fixed menues and liked the taste of the food although my mozzarella sticks were lukewarm and I would have preferred them a little warmer. Fish and chips were really good but I honestly found that even after three courses I was still a bit hungry. I don't think I will be back soon simply because the tasting menu doesn't really work for me.

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The Grasshopper Inn
Main Street, Clonee, Dublin

I was here a bout a month ago with my husband. We live in the area and had driven past it many times so we decided to give it try. It didn't strike us as particularly clean (there were quite a few crumbs on our seats) but the atmosphere was good enough, thanks to the nice weather. We ordered nachos for starter: a huge portion that we could barely finish between the two of us! I then had a burger and the hubby has steak: they were both of decent quality but nothing too exciting. I think it's a nice place to gribe a bite but definitely not fancy.

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

What a wonderful surprise this place was! I had never been here (although I had passed by it many times) until last Saturday, when a friend invited us here for dinner to celebrate his recent graduation. Nothing about The Cedar Tree can be faulted. We had one of the Mezze, as we could not decide what to pick among all of the many options available: we definitely did not regret our choice. Everything was delicious (including the lovely Lebanese red wine, served cold). But the best part was dessert: Bakhlava is among the best things I've ever eaten! Service is of very high level and you also get to assist to a little belly-dancing show: what else would you ask for?!?

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Eatzen Chinese Restaurant
Unit 1, Clonee Village CentreMain Street, Clonee, Clonee, Dublin

The decor of this place is definitely off-putting: really 1980's and uninspiring. Although service is quite good and food is of decent quality and well presented, the menu is definitely overpriced for a restaurant in Clonee, especially these days. We had Sushi and Prawns for starters which were good but quite miniscule portions. Our mains were very small scallops and prawns: nothing to write home about. When we asked for prawn crackers they said they did not have any: quite disappointing. With two glasses of white wine the bill came to 70 euro: not what I call value for money.

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Jaipur Restaurant (Ongar)
Unit 35 and 39, Main Street, Ongar village, Dublin 15, Clonee, Dublin

My boyfriend and I live near Ongar village so we decided to pay a visit to Jaipur for the first time last Friday. We decided to go for the Early Bird menu and we both agreed it is great value for money. Starters were delicious and mains were even better. Service is attentive without being overwhelming and the presentation of the dishes is beautiful. I would definitely recommend this place.

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Pinocchio Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
Luas Kiosk, Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

If you are looking for REAL Italian food, this is the place to go (believe me, I'm Italian!). None of the other so-called Italian restaurants I have visited in Ireland deserve to be called so but this is definitely an oasis of "italianity". I visited Pinocchio in a couple of occasions and, oh my God, the quality of food is amazing. Their Spaghetti allo Scoglio is just superb and even the espresso is the proper Italian one. I will definitely go back over and over again!

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The Martello (Bray)
Strand Road, Bray, Wicklow

Visited The Martello with a few friends for dinner. I loved the atmosphere and service. Everyone enjoyed their food and I loved the lamb shank I order for main course. Definitely worth a visit.

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YO Sushi Clarendon St
Brown Thomas, Clarendon St, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Although I am still moaning the loss of Aya, I was happy to see YO Sushi take over as I think the area needed a sushi place. Food is of decent quality but it is a bit annoying that you have to order all hot dishes as they are not on the conveyor belt. I also miss the 55 mins option Aya offered, although the unlimited Miso Soup offering is pretty good. Staff is also very effeicient and friendly. I will probably go back.

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Bradys Castleknock Inn
Old Navan Road, Castleknock, Dublin

Was here for a company BBQ. It was lovely weather so we sat outside. The food was delicious and the staff was professional and very punctual in the organization. Very nice!

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

There is only one word to describe this little restaurant: lovely! It really feels like one of those Brasserie you can see when in Paris. My boyfriend and I decided to celebrate our anniversay here and did not regret our choice. For starters we had onion soup (delicious) and a large mixed platters of meat and cheeses. As a main course, my boyfriend went for the dish of the day and I had Moules Frites. Everything was gourgeous (even though my mussels were a bit cold) but portions were so big we couldn't possible finish them all. Will definitely go back!

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Smyths Cock Tavern Swords
31 Main Street, Swords, Dublin

I agree with previous reviews: the atmosphere of this place is enjoyable and service is friendly but the food is to say the least disappointing. My boyfriend and I shared a platter of nachos for starter which was decent but not excellent. Our mains, though, were all but tasty: covered in flavourless melted cheese with a side of wedges that tasted like nothing. All in all, not worth the drive to Swords...

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Luigi Malones Restaurant
5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

I decided to use my menuepoints to redeem the €25 euro voucher for Luigi Malone's and booked a table for Friday evening. The atmosphere of the place is definitely not the best for a romantic dinner: the restaurant was absolutely packed and we got squashed in between two other tables. That said, the service was fast and efficient and cannot be faulted. Food was ok: we shared a platter of nachos for a starter, which was good. As a main course I had a burger which was big but not particularly tasty and definitely overcooked, with very disappointing skinny fries. My boyfriend had lamb skewers which he found very hard to eat because of the unusual way they were served: hanged on a sort of double-hook! All in all, not particularly impressed.

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Shimla
5 Weavers Row, Clonsilla, Clonsilla, Dublin

I've never given 5 stars before but I really believe Shimla deserves all of them! I've visited it for the first time last Friday after reading all the good reviews and was not disappointed. I loved the atmosphere, cozy and romantic at the same time. Staff is perfectly trained and they are always around if you need them without being overwhelming. Last, but not least, food is of the highest quality. My boyfrined and I went for the set menu B (because you have so much lovely dishes to choose from that we couldn't really make up our minds!). I will definitely go back SOON!

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The Upper Deck duplicate
Harbour Road, Above the Waterside Pub, Howth, Dublin

I visited El Paso last Friday and made it on time for the early bird: great value for money. I had quesadilla for starters and sizzling chicken fajitas as a mains: nothing to be faulted there (maybe a bit too much coriander in the tomato relish). My boyfriend was also happy with his choices. Service is perfect and the atmosphere is exactly what you'd expect from a Tex-Mex restaurant. Loved it!

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O'Neills Bar & Restaurant
Suffolk Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Had a lovely Sunday roast here with a few friends. Food was of decent quality and atmosphere excellent. All in all, good value for money.

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Thai Garden Restaurant
Church Avenue, Blanchardstown Village, Dublin 15, Blanchardstown, Dublin

I decided to pay a visit to this place because of all the good reviews and I was not disappointed. The best things are the atmosphere (cosy and romantic) and the quality of service. Food is alright: good value for money. I will probably go back.

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

I paid a visit to this place last Saturday with a couple of friends. Service was perfect: friendly and professional. We decided to share a starter of Farm House Pate': delicious! As a main course I went for a Fish Boxty, which I quite liked. I also treated myself to a very good chocolate pudding. All in all, a pleasant experience.

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Hamptons Grill
Henry Street, Limerick City, Limerick

Great place: was here for a working dinner and had deep fried buffalo mozzarella for starters and a generous portion of tortelloni with artichokes and ricotta cheese for main course. A little disappointed by the size of our dessert (which was anyway delicious). Atmosphere and service are impeccable.

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

Was here for the first time last Saturday for lunch. My boyfriend and I thought the menu was great: the dishes sounded really interesting on paper...unfortunately the reality was quite different. Our starters (goat's cheese and hoummus) were miniscule. Our mains I believe were beans out of a can and supermarket sausages. The only decent thing were our two espressos. Service was alright but I don't think I'll go back anytime soon.

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La Paloma
17B Asdills Row, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Had a very enjoyable dinner with my boyfriend on Saturday at La Paloma. For starter we had Manchego frito with honey an onions: lovely. For main course my boyfriend had swordfish, which he said was very good. I had a few tapas. Wine by the glass was of good quality and espressos were also nice. Definitely recommend it!

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Arc Cafe Bar
Liffey Vallley Shopping Centre, Fonthill Rd, West Dublin, Liffey Valley, Dublin

The best thing about this place is the decor. Food is quite bland and it's a self-service: not my favourite type of restaurant. Portions are generous but the same can't be said about the taste of the dishes: not much better than the food I get in the canteen of my working place but definitely more expensive!

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Ciao Bella Roma
24/25 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

This is one of the few Italian restaurants that makes food very close to the real italian cuisine. I wouldn't say that is the best I have ever had (and in Italy it would probably be considered mediocre and definitely overpriced) but for Dublin is all right.

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Pizza Hut (Dundrum)
Unit CSA, 2M Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

I had not been to Pizza Hut in ages but I remember the quality of pizzas used to be higher. Staff were friendly but the food is definitely overpriced. Not exactly my cup of tea.

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Eden
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin

Great place: definitely not cheap but worth every cent. Had a night out with some colleagues yesterday and all of us were very satisfied with the choise. Food is very good and, even though this is a very chic place, portions are big enough. Had goat's cease for a starter, lamb coucous for main and a delicious carrot cake for dessert. Service is perfect. Will go back.

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Ming Court Chinese Restaurant
Unit 453 Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, West Dublin, Blanchardstown, Dublin

Had a lovely lunch with my boyfriend here last Saturday. The lunch menu is good value for money: 11 euro for a starter, main course and dessert. The service is perfect: waiters greeting you with big smiles and making sure that you never run out of water. Definitely recommend it.

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Ravellos Restaurant
Clonsilla Village, Dublin 15, Clonsilla, Dublin

Being Italian I am very picky with so called Italian restaurants. Although the service is professional and the atmosphere inviting enough, food is all but proper Italian. For starters we had mozzarella in carrozza, which were good but the chef dip that comes with them was disgusting! My main was cannelloni: they were all right but nothing to shout about and definitely not made according to the Italian tradition. Not particularly impressed.

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

Was here on Saturday. Loved the atmosphere and staff is very professional but food was a great disappointment. The nachos and fajitas we ordered weren't tasty or spicy at all: if I go to a restaurant that serves mexican food, I want my food to be spicy and extra-tasty! Overall, not particularly impressed.

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

Lovely place: food is gorgeous and service is of high standard. I came here for a night out with my colleagues and we all had a great time. I ordered the chorizo con vino and patatas al ajillo and I absolutely loved them. Will definitely be back.

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

I had heard so much about this place that I decided to go on Saturday. I won't be back, for sure. Not much choice of meat or of anything else, long queues and uncomfortable seatings. Definitely not my idea of a nice restaurant. But I understand it might be appealing for more "unconventional" people.

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TGI Friday (Blanchardstown)
Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, Dublin 15, Blanchardstown, Dublin

Was here on Saturday for the second time. I still think prices are a little expensive for an american diner but food is definitely tasty. We both had the Jack Daniel's mix, with beef, chicken, prawns, fries, peppers and onion rings. It was gorgeous and portions are generous. The staff is friendly and professional and the atmosphere is enjoyable. Definitely be back for more!

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Zaytoon (Lower Camden Street)
44-55 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

Best kebab in town. Open late so if you're starving after a night out this is the place to go. For 10 euros you get a great kebab served with tasty fries. Service is fast so you can be sure that even if the place is packed you won't be waiting too long for your food.

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The Bloody Stream Restaurant
Under Howth Dart Station, North Dublin, Howth, Dublin

Definitely my favourite restaurant. The place is cozy and inviting, the location is handy (just below the DART station) and food is super! And if you end up feeling stuffed, because you simply can't stop eating, you can always go for a stroll around lovely Howth. What more can you ask for?

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The Woolshed Baa & Grill
Parnell Street, The junction of Jervis street and Parnell street., City Centre North, Dublin

Definitely recommend this place for a night out. Tasty burgers, good value for money and efficient service. It might get too busy and noisy at times but it would still be great fun.

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

Had dinner here on Saturday with my boyfriend. The place looks very nice: warm and welcoming. Staff are professional and friendly. We had an 8 piece seafood Futomaki, which tasted gorgeous. As a main course I had Ishi Yaki Gohan, which was good but so hot I actually had problems eating it. We also had a bottle of nice red wine and desserts. Overall, I would recommend the place and I think I will go back.

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

Was here on Saturday for the first time. I really love the atmosphere of the place, cozy and inviting. Staff is efficient and professional. Food is good: had the Nachos supreme for starter and my boyfriend had the Mexican spud skins. As main course we had Chilli beef enchiladas and Steak fajitas. All was nice and tasty. We also took the Fried ice-cream. I would definitely recommend this place.

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Slatterys
129 Capel Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Was here yesterday with a few friends. I really enjoyed the "Irish" atmosphere of the place. The staff is friendly, the food is good (but not exceptional) and prices are reasonable. If you are looking for a relaxing night out in a pub where you don't have to shout to be heard over the loud "background" music, this is the place to go.

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Eddie Rockets (Blanchardstown)
Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, West Dublin, Blanchardstown, Dublin

I had dinner here with a couple of friends about a month ago. Two of us took the hamburger and the other pork ribs. Overall, the quality of food is good and the menu offers an ample choice (probably even too much when it comes to hamburgers). My impression though is that they charge too much (about 7 euro for a burger) for dishes you can have at half the price anywhere else.

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Cafe Cagliostro
Blooms Lane, Ormond Quay, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Went here for a birthday party. Had the bruschetta platter and a starter platter. I have to say I was not particularly impressed by food, which is also a bit expensive. I guess the reason would be that people mostly come here for the wine which is quite good. I was let down by the service: slow and not exactly friendly.

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