Restaurant Reviews from niamhbird

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Mogul Emperor - Ennis restaurant

Market Street, Ennis, Clare

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Cuisine:
Indian

Price Range:

Good
6 reviews

Reviewed 24th May 2015 ( visited 24th May 2015 )

Had a Saturday night take out – with a veggi platter for two as starter, followed by one duck Jalfrezi, and one King Prawn Phall. It all came with some poppadoms and sauces, for under thirty euro. Each dish was superb, and there was a lot of food. So, with half a tub of rice and half the duck as well as some items from the platter left over, we visited the following day for a lamb nawari, and had a second even more delicious Indian take out. Fabulous food, reasonable prices, and plenty for left-overs too. Roll on next weekend!
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The Mint Cottage restaurant

2A Main Street, Raheny, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Asian

Price Range:

Great
61 reviews

Reviewed 22nd October 2017 ( visited 21st October 2017 )

Really superb food. We booked a table for 4 for 5.30 as our American friends did not want a late night, having just arrived in the counter, and wanted a quiet meal. We were promised the table until 8 pm and were happy with that. The food was really amazing, every mouthful. We had starters, main courses, rice and nan, with an Australian Chardonnay and an Italian Montepulciano, both of which were perfect with the food. A really enjoyable meal. However we could not stay for desserts as a party of 20 arrived during our meal, and the noise level was too much but that is a small complaint, and it WAS a saturday night. I should have asked for a 'quiet' table. But the meal was exceptionally good.
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The Mint Cottage
2A Main Street, Raheny, Dublin

Really superb food. We booked a table for 4 for 5.30 as our American friends did not want a late night, having just arrived in the counter, and wanted a quiet meal. We were promised the table until 8 pm and were happy with that. The food was really amazing, every mouthful. We had starters, main courses, rice and nan, with an Australian Chardonnay and an Italian Montepulciano, both of which were perfect with the food. A really enjoyable meal. However we could not stay for desserts as a party of 20 arrived during our meal, and the noise level was too much but that is a small complaint, and it WAS a saturday night. I should have asked for a 'quiet' table. But the meal was exceptionally good.

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The Mint Cottage
2A Main Street, Raheny, Dublin

We decided to get an Indian takeaway and had never visited The Mint Cottage which is local to us, but we had heard the food was good. Our meal cost under 40 euro, for starters, mains, rice and Nan. It arrived after only 20 minutes of ordering, and we were given two beers free. The food was really excellent, we had ordered the mixed platter which was the same price as a main, and it was very good, 2 prawns (slightly overdone unfortunately) 2 pieces of grilled chicken, 2 pieces of lamb chop, one potato cake, and sauces. It was excellent, although would have liked a 2nd potato cake as it was for 2. I had the Saag Gohst, lamb with spinach, and it was very tasty, though not very spicy, and a little watery. My friend had the chili masala gohst, which was very good, again not too spicy although I had asked for extra spicy. The pilau rice was really excellent, and plenty of it, and the nan was perfect. Overall a superior and excellent take out, and hopefully we'll visit for a full meal.

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

Visited for lunch on a Thursday, and booked through Menu Pages because I liked the look of the menu. As it was a mother/daughter lunch, I felt money was no option, but the impressive lunch menu meant we had a 3 course meal, with one bottle of red wine for under 50 euro. Very impressive. The deal is 10 euro for 2 courses, either starter and main, or glass of wine with main. We chose the starter and main, and spent a further 22.50 on wine (very reasonable for a gorgeous Chilean red). And the dessert choice on the lunch menu was small but perfect, so we each had different desserts. The food ordered for starter was calamari (perfect) and spicy chicken wings (spicy, hot and perfect) and we both had the pork belly with small fried potatoes, succulent and perfect. The desserts were warm chocolate cake, and deep fried custard cubes with coconut. Seriously good food for under 30 eruo plus the wine, which brought the bill to 48.95. The staff who served were very friendly and because we had booked through MenuPages, we were given a complimentary glass of Prosecco to start. Highly recommended.

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Fifty50
19/22 Broadmeadow Castle, Ashbourne, Co.Meath, Ashbourne, Meath

We went for the 'early bird' to celebrate two birthdays. Lovely atmosphere and the food was very very good. I had brie which was superb and beautifully presented, followed by the 'fish & chips' which was quite good, even though it was a little soggy but the chips were really great, very generous portions. It was very noisy in the restaurant but it was full which just goes to show how popular the restaurant is. The desserts were presented with a candle for each of the birthday girls, and the staff sang 'happy birthday' to us. The staff are good humoured, knowledgeable about the menu, and good fun. My only bugbear was that we were put under a speaker and the music played was tinny and really awful, loud, and almost put me off my food. I would recommend more relaxed music for this restaurant and then I'd give a 5 out of 5 for atmosphere. But the food is great and the staff are even better!

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The Watermill Bar & Restaurant
411 Howth Road, Dublin 5, Raheny, Dublin

Had a really good meal, starters of bbq chicken wings, delicious but quite large. Followed by steak on a stone, which was really wonderful - we opted for the 3 course meal for 22 euro, with 2 euro extra for the steak, but by the time we'd finished the dinner, we had no room for dessert, which means we only spent 18 for a two course plus 2 euro - 20 euro for a fabulous meal. The server was excellent, chatty, friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. I highly recommend it.

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Jerusalem Restaurant
77 Camden Street Lwr., Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

Fabulous food, tiny corkage, wonderful service, I'll be back!

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Mogul Emperor - Ennis
Market Street, Ennis, Clare

Had a Saturday night take out – with a veggi platter for two as starter, followed by one duck Jalfrezi, and one King Prawn Phall. It all came with some poppadoms and sauces, for under thirty euro. Each dish was superb, and there was a lot of food. So, with half a tub of rice and half the duck as well as some items from the platter left over, we visited the following day for a lamb nawari, and had a second even more delicious Indian take out. Fabulous food, reasonable prices, and plenty for left-overs too. Roll on next weekend!

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Nautilus
9 Marine Court, The Green, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

For a family meal out, we chose Ciao, as we had been there before.  Sunday has an all day 'early bird' which has a good range of food for each course.  The starters were gorgeous, and generous enough portions.  I had the gruyere fritters which were beautifully presented.  I went for the Lamb Shoulder, which was nice, but not great as it was overdone and very small portions.  The vegetables came separately, and my little portion had a good mix but my brother's portion was only one type of veg, parsnip, which he doesn't like.  So we all pooled our veg to find carrots, sugarsnap peas and broccali for him.  The desserts were exquisite.  However we had ordered various coffees with the dessert but they came too late to have with the dessert because there was only 2 staff working in this very busy restaurant.  Because Ciao offer the early bird all day, it is quite popular but severely understaffed.  In fairness to the staff, they were brilliant and as attentive as they could be considering their workload.  The views are gorgeous if you get a window seat, and the overall value is quite good.

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The Station House
3-5 Station Road, Raheny, Dublin

Myself and my brother treated ourselves to late lunch for our birthdays. Station House is near where we live and my brother said he liked it. We found a seat near the back door, it was lovely and bright. The service was excellent. We ordered chicken tenders as a starter to share and it was really wonderful. The chicken was perfectly tender and the raiti matched it perfectly. We both went for the Lamb Shank and it was also excellent. Served with fresh medley of perfectly cooked veg, the lamb was dripping off the bone. Lovely sauce too, and not cloying or over seasoned. A glass of Sangre de Toro and a cappuccino to follow made it a perfect lunch. I had forgotten to mention the facebook add for a free sundae but sure I'm on a diet! The service was excellent. Lovely place for some good food.

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Port House Pintxo
12 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Excellent tapas at this restaurant. Unfortunately they were out of House White wine but the bottle recommended was excellent. We were allowed a little taster of a couple of wines before choosing the perfect one. Between the 2 of us, we had 6 tapas, just enough to be quite full. The only disappointment was the lamb - Chuletas De Cordero - the lamb was lightly cooked, but there was a lot of fat on the chops, which was almost raw. However the Garbanzos Con Morcilla, Espinicas Y Pinones which was chickpeas with black pudding, spinach and pine nuts, was unbelievably fantastic. It was a Wednesday but the restaurant were out of a lot of things. Apart from the wine, there was a very small choice of desserts, also no Bailys, no whisky, but they had brandy. Our spanish host made us a special brandy coffee which was just perfect. Wonderful food.

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Aqua Restaurant
1 West Pier, Howth, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin

Beautiful views of howth harbour, and the food we had was excellent. It was a set menu for 100 people but everybody agreed that the food was excellent. There were 3 choices for each course. I had the Chicken liver pate was superb, followed by Braised Lamb shank with scallion mash, and an apple crumble to finish. There was a chair lift for wheelchair access because there is no lift. The service was great, with waiters and bar staff very friendly and efficient. I will visit again, when I can afford the full menu.

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

I brought my sister out for dinner to Porterhouse Glasnevin. Parking was very difficult, actually there is none, which is a problem, especially for wheelchair access. The food was fairly good. Starters were really excellent. I had the Smoked Salmon starter and my sister had the Vegi Mezze, which was very large but excellent. My main course was a steak salad which was cooked to perfection. The other main dish was the Spanish chickpea stew which was very disappointing as it was smothered in a tomato sauce which was the only taste in the whole dish. Luckily her Vegi Mezze was so big she wasn't hungry. Sticky toffee pudding was glorious, and made up for all disappointments. Finishing with espressos, we thought the food was an ok price, the atmosphere was good, and the staff were lovely.

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Les Freres Jacques
74 Dame Street, Dublin City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Our American friends chose this restaurant because it was under 'Fine Dining' and it was - fabulous. It was early so we could choose the 'early bird' but some of us went for the full a la carte, I started with Butter Seared Scallops And Prawns, Crunchy Mangetout Salad, and it was an incredible dish. I followed with Roast Duck Magret, Breadcrumbed Foie Gras & Chocolate Sauce. I feel I got the best meal out of the 4 of us. The others were jealously looking at mine. The lamb was great as was the steak but I think our visitor was not so impressed with his Whole Grilled Black Sole Meuniere. However, he decided as he was going to be in Dublin for another few days, he would come back and have the duck. Nice atmosphere, with a piano player. The toilets are a bit far away, and impossible for anybody with wheelchair needs. The service was excellent. And when we came to pay, although we didn't think we had the early bird, we were actually charged for 3 early birds which brought the price down quite a lot. Divine fine eating.

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Cape Greko (Malahide)
Unit 1 First Floor, New Street, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin

Having just missed the 'early bird' we chose not to have starters but went straight to the main course. The restaurant has great view of malahide and inside it has lovely decor but it's quite noisy. One of the main reasons for going was the fact that it was a vegetarian restaurant as my friend is actually a vegan so she was quite happy with her order. I got the Lamb Souvlaki (Kebabs) - siimply gorgeous, but a bit expensive. The service was good considering they were really busy at the time. Recommended.

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Mogul Emperor - Ennis
Market Street, Ennis, Clare

An excellent restaurant. We go regularly and we are always treated very well. On this visit we both ordered our usual starter, although all the starters are great, the Malai chicken is to die for, the chicken is very tender and beautiful. It's not on the take-out menu but it's worth going in just to taste it. For the main course, I chose the Tandoori Mixed Grill which has a mix of all sorts of bits and pieces, including chicken tikka, Lamb tikka, seekh kebab and some pakoras which were really excellent. My partner generally goes for much hotter food, and on this occasion had the prawn vindaloo which he loved. We had a half bottle of the house white, and a half of the house red. With a lemon sorbet and French coffee at the end, this meal was a pure delight. I can't recommend it highly enough. I wish there was something similar in Dublin.

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Casa Pasta (Howth)
12 Harbour Road, Howth, Dublin

I have always been a fan of this restaurant. The food is excellent in general, and the staff are efficient and friendly. I had the brie starter which was wonderful, but it comes with a little bowl of tomato pasta sauce which is unnecessary and would take away from the taste of the brie and coulis, so I didn't eat it. For the main course I had duck with pan friend potatoes which was excellent. I'm not a fan of pasta so it's great I can get a dish without pasta. Two of my party had chicken wing starters which were fairly smothered in the sauce - a bit too cloying they both felt. They also both had the steak which they thoroughly enjoyed. Overall the food is great here, the atmosphere is ok, if a little noisy but one can see the chefs behind in the kitchen making the food and you always know when its ready. Oh and the view is gorgeous if you sit near the window.

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Cafe en Seine
39 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

I called into Cafe En Seine one early afternoon, just after the lunchtime rush. I was bringing an American friend who absolutely loved the decor, and the name which she reckoned would be called Cafe Insane back home in southern USA. With the sunshine streaming through the stainglass roof the place looked great, and there were very few around so we had the undivided attention of the server. We ordered drinks first, I had a glass of white wine - Pinot Grigio and my friend had a pint of Guinness and we also ordered from the Gourmet menu. We both went for the Tiger Prawn & Smoked Salmon open sandwich. We didn't have to wait long. I was nicely surprised by the presentation of the dish. Four huge very hot perfectly formed chips were on one side of the plate, a small very tasty salad with honey mustard dressing on the other side, and in the middle two slices of delicious brown bread, one covered with Smoked Salmon with sauce underneath, and the other topped with prawns. It was a really delicious dish except I did not think the prawns warranted the 'Tiger' name as they were quite small. We had a cappuccino each to finish. Our server was very helpful and friendly, and we never had to wait long for anything we had ordered. My only gripe was the gourmet menu is a little pricey, but the food was delicious. I would highly rate the food at this Cafe, and the service too. The decor of this place is great and a perfect spot to bring my foreign friends.

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Wongs of Clontarf
436 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3, Clontarf, Dublin

Excellent meal and we couldn't believe the price as it was so reasonable. 4 course for 24 euro, excellent. Good choice of wines and a very large menu choice. Cantonese Duck was excellent as was desert. Very enjoyable experience all round, although the lighting was a little dark, for older eyes to read the menu.

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