Restaurant Reviews from noige
Good World Chinese Restaurant
18 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 06th January 2009 ( visited 06th January 2009 )The Good World is Great!!! The food is always good and they offer one of the best value lunches in Dublin - €11 for three full-size courses. I regularly go there for lunch and to get two full-size three course meals plus coffees for a total of €25 is brilliant value in Dublin. You should book to make sure you get a spot. I'm not sure why the complaints about the decor but I've never had a problem with it. Yes the prices are more typical for evening meals, but the food is still good and the service is always brisk and efficient.
Royal Garden restaurant
Terenure Road East, South Dublin, Terenure, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 6
Reviewed 09th January 2009 ( visited 09th January 2009 )Nice place and great value. Two starters, two main courses and a bottle of house wine came to €58 ('cos wine is free when two starters and main courses ordered - and it was nice wine too). Quite empty considering it was a Friday night, which is a pity. Atmosphere suffers a bit because of this. Food good though and the service can't be faulted, especially if you're partial to being thanked :-) I would definitely recommend the Royal Garden and will be back.
208 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin
Popped into Manifesto a couple of days ago for a pizza. Looks very run down from the outside but it was packed inside, despite being fairly pricey, so we thought hey hey, must have found a hidden gem here. We ordered a couple of pizzas (Don Corleone and a Margherita with peppers, tomato, onion, and mushroom) and a half carafe of white wine. Disappointingly, it was a let down. The Don Corleone (apparently Ireland's best pizza in 2011 and an Italian favourite) involved a little cheese, pieces of a kind of Italian herb sausage and some spinach and, lacking any tomato base, it was pretty much tasteless. The other pizza suffered a similar lack of cheese, slimy veggies, and was also very so-so (a little bit tastier). The pizza bases were nice, as was the wine (€20 for half a carafe of house white is pretty steep though - that'd be €30 for a full bottle). Service was ok, if a bit slapdash. All in all, a very ordinary experience. We won't be rushing back. A shame!
Vie de Chateaux
The Harbour, Naas, Kildare
Four of us visited with two Menupages lunch vouchers. I asked, and we were advised, that we had to choose from the set lunch menu rather than the a la carte, but it turned out we could choose from the a la carte and pay the extra if applicable so there appeared to be some confusion there. Even on the set lunch menu there were several dishes for which supplements applied. It was very good value with the vouchers but it would be quite expensive without them. Inside, the restaurant is very nice (the surroundings outside could be better) with understated decor, and there was a good buzz to the place. Service was a bit slow and stand-offish - maybe this is the authentic French way but we'd prefer it a bit more easy-going and a smile or two wouldn't go amiss. A couple of requests were missed (eg some butter for the bread - it comes with olive oil). However, in fairness it was quite busy. The food was generally very good, although some dishes were better than others. The steaks went down particularly well and the desserts were lovely. Overall a very good meal in a nice setting, but we still left feeling we wouldn't be rushing back....which was a bit strange given the quality of the food.
The Gallery Restaurant at the Church
Junction of Mary St. & Jervis St., Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
Ate here as part of a group from Early Bird menu, which was OK value rather than good (€21for two courses, €25 for three). The starter of terrine (a special, rather than on menu) was tasty but quite odd, while the main of chicken and dessert of Bailey's creme brule (another special) were nice. Overall the meal was tasty, and nicely presented on the plate. Service was very good. So far so good, but then, at a ridiculously early 7pm, tradtional Irish music and Irish dancing started up. This is an an ex-church, with church-link acoustics, and that was the end of any conversation for the rest of the meal. It went down well with tourists, of course, but this isn't the place to go if you want to chat over your dinner. We just couldn't hear each other. We repaired downstairs afterwards for some drinks, and thankfully the noise level went down. Drinks were pretty expensive, but overall it's a lovely venue. Just a pity about the racket.
97 Ashfield Road, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin
We visited here last month, and must say that all in all the experience was decidedly average. We were using a menupages voucher so it was relatively good value, but we would have been less happy if we'd been paying full price - it's quite expensive for what it is (which admittedly is par for the course in Ranelagh). Starters were the stuffed mushrooms and bruschetta - both of which are quite pricey if paying full whack - and while they were adequate neither set the world on fire. Mains were lasagna and ... well, I can't remember my own one, which kind of says it all. Desserts too were alright rather than anything special. Two nice glasses of wine were also served. Service was grand - efficient and friendly - but there weren't very many others there so atmosphere was somewhat lacking. There was nothing in particular to moan about or anything, but we wouldn't be rushing back.
39 Castlewood Avenue, South Dublin , Rathmines, Dublin
Four of us visited here on spec with no booking, so we were seated at a standard table rather than at the Teppenyaki section, which was fine. The food was delicious. Starters were Spring rolls, two types of dumplings and ribs, and all were lovely. Main courses were steak tippenyaki style, chicken tippenyaki style and Nippon tippenyaki special. Again, lovely flavours. Service was prompt and efficient and the atmosphere was great once the chefs got going at the teppenyaki grill. Not the cheapest, but not the dearest either, and well worth a return visit.
Rathmines, Rathmines, Dublin
The Village Cafe isn't that obvious as you walk through Rathmines, and from the road it looks more like a kind of rough and ready place to grab something quick to eat, but appearances can be deceptive. Two of us visited and came away very impressed. We started with the Portobello mushrooms and the chicken, leek and ham terrine, and both were very tasty indeed. A great start. These were followed by chicken supreme with cranberry and gorgonzola and the chicken, chorizo and red pepper risotto and again both were very good, the risotta particularly so. We finished with the raspberry & cream cheese chocolate brownie with ice cream (which sounds like four deserts in one) and the vodka and vanilla pannacotta. We couldn't find any raspberry of any description on the brownie dessert, but it was still delicious. The panna cotta was out of this world-simply one of the nicest desserts I've ever had. A really really nice finish to a meal. Service was very good and the decor was lovely (although it's hard to judge atmosphere as we ate early and there weren't many there). I particularly liked the view out the front door. It's worth mentioning, though, that if you end up on one of the bench-type seats on either side of the fireplace, ask for a cushion. The bottom part is a hard wooden church-like bench and apparently it got quite uncomfortable after a while. All the stand-alone chairs are padded so I don't know why the benches aren't. The food is the star in the Village Cafe though, which is as it should be. Highly recommended.
Sean Mac D's
69 Harolds Cross Road, Harolds Cross, Dublin
A mixed bag, this. Visited clutching a very good value menupages voucher in my little fist, and no problems using it. Prospective customers should be aware that the menu is substantially different to the one on menupages, with a few options missing and others quite a bit more expensive (which made the voucher even better value, of course). We started with the ham hock and black pudding terrine and a mushroom and pea starter the name of which escapes, but both were asolutely lovely, and very generously sized. Mains were the lamb and a beef pie. The lamb was lovely (although a bit confused-it came with a ham side dish, a puree and a gravy - all lovely on their own but not necessarily together). The beef pie was...well...a beef pie, but it was roasting hot so that was good. Desserts were the most disappointing part - the apple and plum crumble tasted mostly of cinnamon with practically no apple or plum flavour (although there was plenty of both actually in it) while the ice creams were again a mixed bag - chocolate lovely, strawberry a bit artificial and vanilla over-frozen. Service was friendly but quite slow and a bit scatty. I had to remind the staff twice about dessert, for example. There also weren't many there so atmosphere was a bit lacking. All in all Sean Mac D's was worth trying, and the voucher was fantastic value, but if I'd just walked in off the street and paid full prices I'd probably be less happy. It'd definitely be worth popping in and just getting a couple of starters with your drink though.
Bits and Pizzas
15 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
This is a great place. Visited here last week and were more than satisfied. We started with the hot and spicy chicken wings and the soup of the day (vegetable) to start. Both were lovely - especially the chicken wings which were the best I've ever had. Really melt-in-the-mouth. For mains we had the chicken and mushroom tagliatelle and spaghetti bolognese. Both were absolutely huge and very good, especially the former. After such big mains, we were too stuffed for dessert but had nice, hot coffees. Service was grand and there was a special offer menu as well as the main one. We got in early so it was fairly quiet when we arrived but it had started to fill up by the time we left. Well worth a return visit.
Express Train Chinese Restaurant
71 Thomas Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
We recently discovered this Chinese restaurant on Thomas Street - an area not exactly abounding with choice on the eating front - when looking for somewhere to have lunch. From the outside it looks like a Chinese Takeaway, and the decor inside is very basic, but get this - their lunch menu gets you a starter, a main course and a drink for €7.99!!! The menu has plenty of choice (a few choices involve a supplement of a couple of euro), portion sizes are fine, and the food itself is good. Service was a little slow, but friendly. We had spring rolls and ribs with sweet chilli sauce to start, and chicken curry and (a huge portion of) singapore noodles for our mains. All tasted great and we left pretty stuffed, with our pockets not much lighter than when we went in. Incredible value and a great find!
89 Upper Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin
This was my second visit to Zen, and both experiences have been very good. The food is very tasty and of a high quality (try the Chen-Do), service is friendly and efficient, and the atmosphere was good second time around (it was a little quiet the first time I ate there as it was midweek). The eating area itself is reminiscent of a Lara Croft game (a la Croft Manor), while the toilets are clean and pretty classy. They have a very good early bird-type offer which, remarkably, isn't mentioned either on MenuPages or on their own website. You can eat-in for take-out prices all night Mon-Thurs, and from 5:30 - 7:30 Fri-Sun. While the take-out menu is also a bit dearer than other such menus, it's very good value if you use it to eat-in. Well worth a visit overall.
That's Amore - Malahide
12 Townyard Lane, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin
Had a lovely set lunch here - excellent value at €16.90 each for glass of house wine or beer, three courses plus tea/coffee. No messing about pretending that tea/coffee is a course in itself, which is always a swizz. We ordered starters of Garlic Bread and Bruschetta. Both were very tasty (especially the Bruschetta) and nicely presented. Mains were Spaghetti Bolognese and Pollo Diane (pan-fried breast of chicken in mushroom & brandy cream sauce with mash potato & mixed vegetables). Spag Bol was good (it's hard to make such a staple spectacular) and the Pollo Diane was particularly nice - the mushrooms in particular were gorgeous and the veg were cooked perfectly. The choice of dessert is limited to choosing the flavour of ice cream you want but you get two scoops and again it's good and finishes a large meal off perfectly. Of particular note was the fact that all the food (apart from the ice cream, obviously) and the tea and coffee were good and hot. It can be surprisingly difficult to get a good cup of hot coffee - lukewarm seems to be the norm in a lot of places. The decor is a little worn inside and it looks like a cheaper bistro-style place, but the atmosphere is fine and the food raises it well above average. It's a pity we don't live near Malahide (we were day trippers from the Southside) because we would definitely go back. Highly recommended!
Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin
Milano in Dundrum is exactly what you'd expect from a Milano restaurant. They're normally fairly busy so the atmosphere is good but can be a bit noisy, especially when there are kids or when seated too close to a food or drinks preparation area; the food and service are very good, and overall it's fairly good value. No complaints, and an enjoyable meal.
80 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
We ate here last week and would have to say that it wasn't bad, but didn't live up to the reputation it has in some quarters. We had starters of the polenta and the pate, which were nice but not spectacular, and mains of the duck and the lamb, both of which were nice but, again, nothing special. The veg served with both mains were lovely though. Service was good, but we were seated too close to the table beside. I'd be willing to give it another try, but on this visit it was a bit of a let down overall. It's quite expensive too.
Lime Tree Restaurant @ Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort
Blessington lakes, Blessington, Wicklow
Tulfarris is a lovely setting and has recently been refurbished. I had lunch here last week and it was lovely. Service was a bit slow but was friendly. If the weather is nice you can have lunch outside overlooking the golf course.
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I have lunch in Yamamori about once a month, and it gets good reviews for a reason. The food and service are consistently good and the portions are big. If you haven't tried Yamamori yet, you probably should.
Duck Lane, Smithfield, Dublin
I've eaten here a few times for lunch and the food is fine, as is the service and atmosphere. But cheap it is not. You'll be lucky to get change from €15 for a plate of food and a tea or coffee. Presumably this is because it's beside a tourist haunt and there isn't much else in the area, but there is substantially better value available for lunch around Dublin.
Mother Reillys Restaurant
The Uppercross Hotel, Opp Tesco, Rathmines, Dublin
Since my review of two year's ago (copy below), I've made several returns to Mother Reilly's, and I'm afraid standards have slipped drastically as regards the food. Last night we had a frankly awful Bolognese which was completely overloaded with garlic and didn't seem to contain any tomato at all, and a very ordinary roast chicken breast dish. Very disappointing, and (can do much better but haven't in a while). On the plus side service remains good and they do a great pint of Guinness, but we won't be eating there again. Review 27/03/09 - Ate here with my parents for their 40th wedding anniversary. I chose it because it's a good menu from their point of view (nothing too complicated) and from the good reviews on this site. The meal was very nice, the portions were large and it's reasonably priced. My fillet steak was delicious. We ate upstairs, and were the only ones there for the entire evening (although there were people eating downstairs in the pub area too) which was a bit surprising given it was a Friday. You wouldn't know from the outside that there's a restaurant there at all, which is a shame - it looks like nothing more than a small pub but it's much bigger on the inside and stretches right back. Well worth a return visit.
Johnstown, Naas, Kildare
The Johnstown Inn is well worth a visit if you're in the area and want to eat. The prices are reasonable (especially off-peak), the service is very good and the food is excellent. The beef is just melt-in-the-mouth - softest I've ever tasted. I've been a few times and have been thoroughly satisfied every time.
Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin
I've moved to Rathmines recently and tried Toast out for lunch. We had a couple of pizzas from the lunch menu, which were tasty and a good size. Reminded us of the type of place on the continent that you can pop into for a coffee, a beer and/or a bite to eat, and which we have so few of in Ireland. Comfy and relaxed.
South Street Restaurant
Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I reviewed South Street just over three years ago (see below) but visited again this afternoon for lunch and it's very much back on form. At the time of my last review its lunch offering was two (small) courses for €10.95 and it lacked atmosphere following an unsuccessful revamp from it's previous bistro-style best. However, it's now offering two proper courses for €8.95 and it was over two-thirds full so the atmosphere was much improved. The food has always been good and today we had garlic bread and a lovely bruschetta to start, followed by lasagne and penne with chicken. All were yum, especially the bruschetta. All credit for fixing the celtic tiger-induced problems - the increase in customers shows that South Street is back on track. We'll be back soon! (Feb 2009 Review) ----- I eat here every so often for lunch (but not nearly as often as I used to), and would echo several of the comments already submitted in other reviews. The lunch special, at €10.95 for a starter and any pizza or pasta, is increasingly looking like poor value given what other restaurants on George's Street are offering at lunchtime, and while the food is good, especially some of the pastas, the portions are very small. Also, the decor was completely changed from authentic rough 'n' ready bistro to a really bland concoction a few years ago, and all the atmosphere disappeared after that (it used to be fairly full and buzzing all the time, now there's rarely more than one or two tables occupied for lunch). It's all a pity cos it used to be a great place offering good value and as I say, the food is pretty good. -----
Milano (Baggot Street)
1 - 2 Haddington Road, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin
Ate here last night in a group of five. Nice place with good food. Service was very friendly but a bit inefficient. Not the cheapest but not the dearest. All in all a nice meal.
Terenure Road East, South Dublin, Terenure, Dublin
Nice place and great value. Two starters, two main courses and a bottle of house wine came to €58 ('cos wine is free when two starters and main courses ordered - and it was nice wine too). Quite empty considering it was a Friday night, which is a pity. Atmosphere suffers a bit because of this. Food good though and the service can't be faulted, especially if you're partial to being thanked :-) I would definitely recommend the Royal Garden and will be back.
17 Dame Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Have gone with a small group to Noble House for the past number of Christmas Eve afternoons to relax and swap pressies. It's turned into a bit of a tradition and we look forward to it every year. We go back because the food and service are consistently excellent and overall it's very good value. They even take away all of our wrapping paper with a smile.
Good World Chinese Restaurant
18 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
The Good World is Great!!! The food is always good and they offer one of the best value lunches in Dublin - €11 for three full-size courses. I regularly go there for lunch and to get two full-size three course meals plus coffees for a total of €25 is brilliant value in Dublin. You should book to make sure you get a spot. I'm not sure why the complaints about the decor but I've never had a problem with it. Yes the prices are more typical for evening meals, but the food is still good and the service is always brisk and efficient.
Foleys Bar - Queen Maebhs Restaurant
1 Merrion Row, City Centre South, Dublin
Ate in the Foley's Bar on New Year's Day. I had heard that it wasn't great but there wasn't much open in town so decided to try it. Unfortunately, what I had heard was confirmed. It was extremely expensive for what we got - the food was very average, the wine turned out to be an expensive bottle of plonk (and it wasn't the house wine either), the presentation of the food was poor, and the service was friendly but slow. And given the current economic climate, the prices were horrendous - two mains and the bottle of plonk came to well over €60 - in a bar!!! There is much much better value available out there. I won't be back and wouldn't recommend it.