Restaurant Reviews from nebbio

Status: Connoisseur

Credibility Score:
52.5%

County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 24

Member Since: 10 February 2011

Last Visit: 19 October 2015

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Cafe Cagliostro restaurant

Blooms Lane, Ormond Quay, Italian Quarter, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
Cafe

Price Range:

Good
11 reviews

Reviewed 06th December 2011 ( visited 17th November 2011 )

I love the coffee in this place I dont know anywhere else that serves cafe rossini and I go there cos its the best. The service is good and I like the atmosphere.
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Zanzibaar restaurant

34 Patrick Street, Cork City, Cork

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Cuisine:
Cheap Eats

Price Range:

Average
18 reviews

Reviewed 10th February 2011 ( visited 13th January 2011 )

i propose a change of name for this restaurant i genuinely believe it should be called house of cajan, they put it everywhere and i mean everywhere i must say haveing cajan on a salid was a new expierence for me and for the side of chips i had i was forced to shake off all the cajan before i could eat one. everything we were served was coated in cajan and as for its presentation, it was just a mess of stuff on a plate i wonder now was all the cajan just a cover up for really poor quality ingreadience served in a less than appetising way. the drinks list i had to turn over to see where the rest of it was if i had seen the food first i wouldnt have been surprised maybe i should have used the toilet first then i might have known. but i do now and i ask you not to make the same mistake as me
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Fiorentina
40 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Went here early on a Thursday evening and it was quite empty so a little difficult to judge this place on its atmosphere. One of the main reasons i went here was to get a Bistecca Fiorentina but alas my dinning partner refused so we ordered off the a la carte. The food was good but i felt it was missing a real depth of flavor and all the dishes needed a little something to really lift them. Another point about the food, an Italian restaurant needs to have good bread, for me its a good indicator as to how good the restaurant is, and this place doesn't have it the bread is awful. Coffee for me is another good indicator and it wasn't bad and at least they knew how to make a proper espresso. The service was Ok but this place scored lowest on value for me as i felt the wine was a little overpriced and they didn't have my first choice wine in stock at the time. Over all it was a good experience and i would go back making sure to get the Bistecca Fiorentina next time.

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Le Bon Crubeen
81-82 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Went here with a menupages voucher which really makes this place good value. Had a really nice almost private table too, only for the maitre d was seated just behind us. Food was good both starter and main, I recommend the braised beef, however desert let it down a little even after having to wait a bit for it. Wine list was OK not up to the same standard as the food. A good experience and i would return.

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King Charlies Malaysian Chinese Restaurant
15 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here on a Friday night and it was a little quiet, The atmosphere wasn't helped by the fact that i was sitting next to the kitchen/bar. I was dining on my own so I had a book and had barely finished one page when my food arrived suspiciously quickly, which made me think everything was pre-prepared like in a take away which was about the standard of the food. Not really a memorable experience, but not a bad one either, might consider going back.

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Mao Restaurant (Chatham Row)
2-3 Chatham Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here on a Saturday night so it was busy and a bit of atmosphere there. We ordered of the Christmas menu which was quite good value, However the soup i had was inedible due to the amount of chili and even more so, coriander. Everything else we had was OK but nothing nothing was outstanding it all just felt too much like a food factory. I also really didn't like the service charge on every table so i think i tipped less than i normally would have. overall i though this place was inexpensive for nothing special.

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777
7 Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Surprised at how busy it was for a Tuesday evening so they only had space in one corner of the bar beside the big candle so it was a bit cramped. Food was very good though and i chose a series of starters and smaller things so i could sample as many different things as possible, still should have went for the ribs tasted them and they were fantastic. Not impressed by cocktails but overall a good drinks menu. The music was a bit offensive to the senses but well worth the visit none the less.

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Dada Restaurant
45 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

On a quiet Thursday night the early bird was good value for my money and overall the food was good quality with lots of flavor, desert was below par and i didnt like the speciality coffee. But what stood out for me was the poor girl on trial that night who made a couple of clangers and the other waiters hovering a bit too much. Enjoyed my meal and id go back again.

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Buenos Aires Grill
Unit 2 Castle Way, Golden Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here on a wet monday night and the first thing we were asked when we entered was did we have a voucher, not did we have a reservation, this should have been a sign of things to come as we were asked at every turn if we had a voucher or not. This made me wonder about the type of clientele they either thought i was or usually get. The starters were pleasant although obviously pre-prepared and garnished with mixed salad leaves, mains were announced with the arrival of the giant comedy kids steak knives and arrived with a mix up of the wrong dishes with the wrong sauce leaving the potato bravas to be the highlight of the course. Deserts which were forgotten because i had to explain to the waitress how to make a coffee were good. overall the food was good but not very good, the wine was average ad the service left a bit to be desired. This place did not come close to meeting my expectations and ultimately i left disappointed.

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

Went here late on a Saturday night because it was quiet and there was no wait. I felt it was a bit dull and lifeless inside, there wasn't much atmosphere to speak of. The service wasn't up to much either, They didn't seem to care too much about their jobs or the place for that matter. The food itself was OK, nothing special but nothing to write home about either, very forgettable. The food was good value but the beverages weren't. Overall this place has nothing special to it and is therefore very forgettable.

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Bear
35 South William Street, Dublin 2, South William Street, Dublin

I went here on a Thursday night with a couple of friends, there was no wait and we wee sat immediately. However none of us particularly liked the atmosphere or the crowd. The food was very good but we all felt it was overpriced. The note on the menu about counting cutlery was very unwelcoming and not really warented when the knives were sooo blunt and the staff loved when we asked for sharper knives. I felt the place has the potential to be really great but too many simple things ruin what could be a good dining experience.

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Crackbird
60 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

had good food and friendly service

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Wallace's Taverna
24 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin

Went here for the early bird on a sunny saturday night and managed to get a table outside. Was a bit disappointed they didn't have my first choice wine but their list is so big they offered me a similar one for the same price from their impressive list. To eat i had the asparagus risotto which was light and packed full of flavor, I chose not to have desert but did get to taste of some lovely ice cream. The toilets were clean and presentable if a little hard to find but i was really pleased to find a hand towel more places should have these. And I always enjoy a place that knows how to make a good cafe corretto and will surely be back for the free pizza with wine offer, all in all a night well spend.

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

I love the coffee in this place I dont know anywhere else that serves cafe rossini and I go there cos its the best. The service is good and I like the atmosphere.

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

I went here on a Thursday with a friend for dinner and were seated immediately without a reservation. The menu in this place is really extensive and offers alot of choice however the drinks menu dosent. I ordered off the blackboard and went for a bento box which had a good variety of elements and lovely flavours. My friend went for a noodle dish which was lovely too. We didnt stay for desert or coffee but will next time.

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Riverbank House Hotel
The Bridge, Wexford, Wexford Town, Wexford

Sunday lunch, their busiest time of the week the restaurant was packed and we were seated within 15 minutes. The service was efficient but the menu read like an appeal to greatness but I found particularly laughable the idea of "air dried parma ham". The service was a little hit and miss, there were too many members of staff and not all of them knew what they were doing. To start I had the spring rolls and was a little disapointed, they were very basic and distinctly unimpressive salad took up most of the plate. One of my party had a pasta starter which seemed better value and the galic mushrooms put the spring rolls to shame. For mains I had the codd on a bed of risotto with an unnessesary gratin on the side. The toilets were a little difficult to find and very dated. Overall it was quite enjoyable however it was a bit pretentious for pub grub.

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Bella Cafe - Mallow
111 Main Street, Mallow, Cork

I went there on a wet wednesday so it was quiet, the waitress lead us to the back where there was plenty of seats and no people. They were playing a local radio station, which was totally unsuited to a restaurant. There was no drinks menu and the waitress didn't quite understand what I was trying to order. We ordered the lasange and a calzone, which both came with an excuse for a salad on the side. The lasange was good but had scant and overcooked pasta, the calzone used way too much dough and had very little filling which was lumped together in the center. The food like everything else in this restaurant wasn't bad, it just wasn't very good.

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Food Capers
West End, Mallow, Mallow, Cork

This is a great lunch time pit stop with a delicious range of good quality deli foods and cakes. It can be difficult to get a place to sit and there is a constant flow of people coming in and out of the premises. The staff are always very friendly and the toilets are clean but this place is ridiculously overpriced for what you are getting.

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Annie's Bar & Restaurant
89 Sunday's Well Road, Cork City, Cork

If you don't know Cork well, Annie's can be a little tricky to find but what a gem it is!! I love the blackboard menu although the writing can be a little tricky to read. The food is excellent and well presented. The wine list was short but imaginative. The toilets were clean and had a fantastic smell. We're really looking forward to going back

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Strasbourg Goose
17/18 French Church Street, Cork City, Cork

We arrived quite late as they were very busy and couldn't fit us in earlier. We had to ask for a drinks list which didn't include all of the wines available. The food was good but lacked a personal touch and the deserts left a lot to be desired. The toilets were the smallest I've ever seen. The service didn't strike me as being professional although they did make us feel welcome and get marks for effort. The wine list was very basic but excellent value as was the menu. I did feel a bit put out having to go somewhere else for coffee afterwards but would return for the value

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Ristorante Rossini
33/34 Princes Street, Cork City, Cork

We arrived without a reservation and were seated immediately although we endured a significant wait to receive menus, we should have seen this as a sign of things to come. Our seats were at a table beside the door which was left open for the duration of our stay. I didn't have any elbow space as the table was wedged in beside a lampshade. When our salads finally arrived the leaves were brown and they were missing ingredients. This was followed by another wait for our main courses which arrived without any cutlery, leaving us a couple of minutes to admire our food which was of a good standard. We skipped deserts as we felt that we had spent enough time waiting and asked for coffees and the bill. These were the only items which were brought to us speedily. The money was collected equally as fast. The toilets were dimly lit and not the best and the wine list was very basic. The set menus do however offer good value in comparison to the standard menu however we won't be in a rush back.

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Continental
7 Maylor Street, Cork City, Cork

We walked in on a Saturday night to find an almost empty restaurant resulting in a very good service because she had little else to do. As we ordered we were offered bread and dips which we were pleasently surprised by as few restaurants do this and they were very nice. The menu was limited although quite good as was the wine list, which was also good value. To start we had the terrine which was a bit tough and a salad which wasn't very salady. Red cabbage with the duck was nice and the gravy was really good, more wedges would have been nice. We were full enough that we didn't require desert. The toilets were clean and well maintained but not that nice. We would definitely gone back again because the food was good but would have had a more pleasant dining experience had there been more people there.

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Cafe Mexicana
Careys Lane, Cork City, Cork

The staff were very welcoming when we arrived, without a reservation. The food was heavy and low on taste. It felt like everything was made from different combinations of four large batches of stuff and felt that we could have done better at home. The drink selection was good and only good value if you were drinking sangria. The toilets were standard, but not great. Overall I felt it was a little over priced but I would go back again if only for the fun atmosphere.

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Il Padrino Pizza Pasta House
21 Cook Street, Cork City, Cork

Our table was a bit cramped and obviously in the middle of everyone's way. For starter we had focaccia and mussels with garlic bread and the focaccia was not what I would describe as focaccia. Main course arrived very quickly, not leaving any breathing time inbetween and when it arrived both the pasta and the risotto were overcooked. The sauce for the pasta was not as described on the menu, a basket of bread would have been nice. The wine list, I have to say, was one of the best I have seen in Cork although the food left a lot to be desired. Overall we felt a bit rushed through our meal and were a little disappointed that we had to tell the waitress how to make our coffees but the wine list would bring us back again.

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Gourmet Burger Bistro
8 Bridge Street, Cork City, Cork

We were pleased to get a reseration for this restaurant at the last minute, especially given that it was New Years Eve. Unfortunately we were seated next to the waiter's station and could hear profanities from the kitchen through the intercom. Despite that, the service was quite friendly and the food was of a very high standard considering it was burger and chips. The wine list was varied but basic and there was a small range of beers. I would go back again.

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Zanzibaar
34 Patrick Street, Cork City, Cork

i propose a change of name for this restaurant i genuinely believe it should be called house of cajan, they put it everywhere and i mean everywhere i must say haveing cajan on a salid was a new expierence for me and for the side of chips i had i was forced to shake off all the cajan before i could eat one. everything we were served was coated in cajan and as for its presentation, it was just a mess of stuff on a plate i wonder now was all the cajan just a cover up for really poor quality ingreadience served in a less than appetising way. the drinks list i had to turn over to see where the rest of it was if i had seen the food first i wouldnt have been surprised maybe i should have used the toilet first then i might have known. but i do now and i ask you not to make the same mistake as me

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