Restaurant Reviews from nachogirl

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 9

Member Since: 07 May 2007

Last Visit: 12 August 2012

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Chameleon Restaurant

1 Lower Fownes Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Asian Fusion

Price Range:

Good
213 reviews

Reviewed 02nd October 2009 ( visited 25th September 2009 )

i love this restaurant. I went recently with 3 friends and we ordered the vegetarian Rijst-Tafel and the Bali Rijst-Tafel. These are "tasting" plates where you get a few small portions of delicious Indonesian & Asian specialties- my favourite style of dining. The spring rolls and Bami Goreng were delicious, the Perkedel sauce sublime, and the hot and cold salads so good and perfectly complementing. The only thing I was not crazy about was the tempe taster-strange pureed consistency, but this is a very small thing. My two friends enjoyed their Bali-particularly the Kari Java. The two Rijst-Tafel's were perfectly ok to share for 4 people, as you get rice included too, so its pretty filling. There are only two wines available by the glass (but overall a very good wine list), so it would be good to see this expanded a bit. I love the atmosphere, very relaxing (almost sedating!) and you can request an Opium table with cushions to make it a more authentic experience. I would like it if they played Indonesian/asian music to add to the atmosphere- on the night we were there they were playing electronic pop music, and it did take from the overall experience, hence I took a few marks away for that.The service was very attentive-excellent. Its a perfect location for a cozy date and I will be back very soon!
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Juice Vegetarian Restaurant

9 Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Cheap Eats

Price Range:

Average
97 reviews

Reviewed 08th May 2007 ( visited 08th May 2007 )

I went here recently, on a Saturday evening, and first off, I was pleasantly surprised at the ease at which we got a booking, as we had only booked the evening before. It turned out that it was pretty quiet for most of the night. For starters we shared the Asian platter, which was v. nice, and just enough for two people- the satay sauce was absolutely divine!! My main course of Asian noodles and Ponzu sauce was delicious, with a good amount of veggies in it, although I struggled to finish the huge portion. My dinner-buddy had the Mushroom Wellington, which he found very tasty indeed! The downsides? Only two wines available by the glass...it would be great if this could be expanded. Although we were very pleased with the wine that was recommended by our waitress. Another downside was the desert I had. The menu said it was a fruit crumble, however, I was presented with what was more like a bowl of porridge oats on top of chopped pear!! Not what I expected, it was more like breakfast than a dessert and I was way to full to even manage half of it. The waitresses were slightly aloof and it proved difficult to get their attention at times, but they were friendly when they eventually did come over. Overall, I think the food is excellent and I would go back. However, It would be great if the menu could be changed from time to time, as with few vegetarian restaurants in Dublin, its nice to have a bit more variety :)
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WILDE
The Westbury, Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I ate here with 2 friends as I had a deal. It's a lovely restaurant, but at the time we went it was really empty, with ony 2 other tables and they did seat us all very close together, which I thought strange.I had the Crisp filo parcel for starter, which was good, and the Linguini pasta (I'm vegetarian) which was SO good. My friends were not overly impressed with their choices of Sea bass (nice, but very meager portion- she still felt hungry after) and steak (she requested medium, but received well done). The staff were so nice and offered to cook a new steak, but she declined as it would be so wasteful! Overall, the staff are very attentive and the food is really good, if a little pricey. The wine was great- I had the Argentinian Malbec - €10 for a glass but gorgeous!.I would go again, but only with another deal...

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

As I live nearby, I have come here on a number of occasions. When they first opened I was so happy to have a burrito place nearby! But my opinion has slipped somewhat. I think their burritos are good, but definately overpriced (€6.45 for a veggie burrito?? come on!). He beans and rice can be really dried out too, as if sitting there re-heated for long periods of time. I really feel that to go the distance they need to make the menu more pocket friendly. I have since found another burrito place on the north side of Dublin (it shall remain nameless) that creates a much more authentic & delicious tex-mex burrito for even cheaper. And they have unlimited Cholula sauce too!!!!

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DIG IN
19 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

Me and my boyfriend went here lastnight and I am so impressed! We had made a reservation so getting a table was no issue. The main courses are all €10 and great value-good size portions and good quality, fresh ingrediants.For starter I had the roast Portobello mushroom on focaccia with mushroom& white wine sauce and it was amazing!.For maincourse I had the Mexican bean burrito, which had a delicious jalapeno cream sauce inside, and was accompanied with hand cut chips. My boyfiend had the selection of daily pinchos for starter (3 pieces) and then Pork Belly with mash for main course. We chose a bottle of the Pinot Noir (which went perfectly with the portobello mushroom) and it was just €20. All the wines are very well priced (€4.50-€5.00) per glass, which is refreshing for a dublin restaurant, so we went for a couple more for desert as we were too full to eat! There is a great cocktail menu with some house specialties, all priced at €9. I really live the decor- its casual dining, but doesnt make you feel like you are in a cheap restaurant. The service is excellent too, with absolutely no pressure to leave the table. This will be a regular spot for me! :)

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The Port House
64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I really like this cosy little place. Dark and cosy, with a medievel feel, it is lit only by candles and is the perfect place for a romantic date (although be careful if you will be emerging into broad daylight-bring sunglasses and someone to re-orientate you!!).Myself and two friends came here for a snack and shared the Charcuterie board and the cheese board, but there is a great selection of tapas on the menu overall-great for small group sharing. I am veggie, so didnt venture near the cured meats, but my friends thoroughly enjoyed it- both had a good variety of meat and cheeses, and they also provide a small tin of delish olive oil for the table so you can dip bread-nice touch. We asked for extra bread and it was brought promptly. Not bad for around 12 euro each. We chose a carafe of the house red wine and it was pretty nice too, although i would definately try some of the other wines the next time. Having been here before I know it does get pretty noisy when full (its a small space) so avoid on weekend evenings if you want to have an unterrupted conversation..The service was good, but our waitress seemed flustered at times, so Im guessing she may have been new. I will be returning very soon. Recomended.

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Chameleon Restaurant
1 Lower Fownes Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

i love this restaurant. I went recently with 3 friends and we ordered the vegetarian Rijst-Tafel and the Bali Rijst-Tafel. These are "tasting" plates where you get a few small portions of delicious Indonesian & Asian specialties- my favourite style of dining. The spring rolls and Bami Goreng were delicious, the Perkedel sauce sublime, and the hot and cold salads so good and perfectly complementing. The only thing I was not crazy about was the tempe taster-strange pureed consistency, but this is a very small thing. My two friends enjoyed their Bali-particularly the Kari Java. The two Rijst-Tafel's were perfectly ok to share for 4 people, as you get rice included too, so its pretty filling. There are only two wines available by the glass (but overall a very good wine list), so it would be good to see this expanded a bit. I love the atmosphere, very relaxing (almost sedating!) and you can request an Opium table with cushions to make it a more authentic experience. I would like it if they played Indonesian/asian music to add to the atmosphere- on the night we were there they were playing electronic pop music, and it did take from the overall experience, hence I took a few marks away for that.The service was very attentive-excellent. Its a perfect location for a cozy date and I will be back very soon!

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Taco Taco
Unit 19 Epicurean Food Hall, Liffey Street Lower, City Centre North, Dublin

Went to Taco taco yesterday with two friend who are visiting the city. I really like Taco Taco but this time it was a little disappointing..What i do like is that all the ingredients are imported from Mexico, the owner is from Guadelejara, MX, so you know its all very authentic, but this time the quality of my food was only ok. I had the veggie enchiladas-nice, but a little dry (the melted cheese on the top was hard) and i had to ask for some salsa on the side. There was no sour cream given. The portion size was very good though. My friends had the chicken burrito which looked soo good and very filling, and the chicken tacos which were smothered in yummy guacamole, sour cream and salsa. I think they should give salsa and guac/sour cream as a side portion for the enchiladas though, as they are integral parts of any mexican dish. I frequently buy ingredients from here to make mexican food at home (corn chips, fried beans, back beans, chipotle sauce etc.) and though its expensive, it is worth it. I hope the prices don't get more expensive as they are just about right now (€5.50 for veg enchilada), and it wouldnt be worth it if it was more expensive. I think Taco Taco is a good place to go for a casual mexican fix if your expectations aren't too high- it is tasty and filling, but could be improved still.

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Bobo's Gourmet Burgers (Wexford St)
22 Wexford Street (Beside Whelans), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We often stop by here during the week when too lazy to cook, as we live just nearby. My partner loves the burgers, really filling with huge amounts of filling, and theres a great selection of different fillings. He seems to go for the Conn in particular! I am veggie so I usually go for the Portobello which i struggle to finish, but its pretty tasty. Messy though!! I really like the skinny fries, but I do agree that its pretty overpriced for somwhere to have a quick, casual bite. The chips should be included in the price of the burger..

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I eat at the Market bar regularly (most recently just over a week ago) and I one of the main reasons is the nachos! I love them. It a great place to meet friends for a drinks and some casual bites, particularly mid-week, when there is still always a great atmosphere. I have never had a problem getting a table and the service is quick and very pleasant. The portion sizes are excellent and I like how there is a good variety of tapas-style dishes-patatas bravas, nachos, stuffed mushrooms, salads (ie there is a good selections for vegetarians like me!) as well as meat and fish dishes. The food is always hot and very fresh. The only thing that is a little annoying is the level of noise in the bar when it gets busy, you find yourself having to shout! It would be god if they had music perhaps?

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Juice Vegetarian Restaurant
9 Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I went here recently, on a Saturday evening, and first off, I was pleasantly surprised at the ease at which we got a booking, as we had only booked the evening before. It turned out that it was pretty quiet for most of the night. For starters we shared the Asian platter, which was v. nice, and just enough for two people- the satay sauce was absolutely divine!! My main course of Asian noodles and Ponzu sauce was delicious, with a good amount of veggies in it, although I struggled to finish the huge portion. My dinner-buddy had the Mushroom Wellington, which he found very tasty indeed! The downsides? Only two wines available by the glass...it would be great if this could be expanded. Although we were very pleased with the wine that was recommended by our waitress. Another downside was the desert I had. The menu said it was a fruit crumble, however, I was presented with what was more like a bowl of porridge oats on top of chopped pear!! Not what I expected, it was more like breakfast than a dessert and I was way to full to even manage half of it. The waitresses were slightly aloof and it proved difficult to get their attention at times, but they were friendly when they eventually did come over. Overall, I think the food is excellent and I would go back. However, It would be great if the menu could be changed from time to time, as with few vegetarian restaurants in Dublin, its nice to have a bit more variety :)

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