Restaurant Reviews from oh!fortheloveoffood
Govindas Restaurant (Aungier Street)
4 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 19th September 2013 ( visited 01st July 2013 )Quick, easy, simple and tasty- that's what I love about this place. Do go visit and definitely eat the food there- I think the daily special is always fantastic value!
Yamamori Noodles restaurant
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 15th January 2014 ( visited 14th January 2014 )This used to be one of my favourite go-to spots but somehow, not so much after today. We came across many issues: - got the wrong order - green tea was so weak we had to keep asking for more tea bags - got a piece of plastic in our food. In fairness, they gave us a discount and were nice to us after but it really peeved us off and spoilt what should have been a hassle-free dinner.
The Bank on College Green
20-22 College Green, City Centre South, Dublin
WORST EXPERIENCE EVER- was asked to leave when we ordered food because we weren't ordering a minimum value that we hadn't been informed of when we sat down! We were offered a table, without any stipulations and the lady told us to leave mid drink when they realised we weren't ordering main courses but only sharing platters between 6 of us! The rudeness and the behaviour ensured that none of us will be returning to what was a frequented spot. Would highly recommend go elsewhere for the service, a smile and decent food too.
The Port House
64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Always a good spot for a glass of wine and some tapas, the patata bravas and the mushroom on toast pinxtos are divine and I would highly recommend eating here should you be in the mood for some nibbles or more!
99 Monkstown Road, Monkstown, Dublin
I would not recommend this place AT ALL! When a simple chicken broth soup (tom yum) costs €8.50, you expect the freshest ingredients and strong flavours but not insipid, horribly salty water with a few pieces of boiled chicken. The rest of the food was barely edible and the staff didn't care to listen to my complaint or take on board any feedback- absolutely horrific experience and I refuse to go back in there.
Red Torch Ginger
14/ 15 Andrew Street , Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Decent enough food but expensive for a lunch time menu. No where did it say brown rice was extra when we ordered and that was rather surprising. Food was tasty enough but just seemed hefty for lunchtime eating, even if it included 2 courses!
43 Camden Street Lower, Camden Street, Dublin
Decent enough food but overpriced for a place with no decor, no soul. If the food had been 70% of the value it is currently, the decor, the furniture, the service may have matched it. They were unwilling to do us food (at a price) that was on their menu but accompanied by dishes we didn't want, very unwilling to change a dish on a platter to facilitate tastes. Samosas are not at all like what you get in Delhi but the seekh kebab and rotis are excellent. Do avoid the chocolate cake too- more like an Indian halwa than dark chocolate. All in all, will not be in a rush to head back anytime soon.
14b emorville avenue, South Circular, Dublin
One of my favourite cafes, I visit it at least once a week- their food is absolutely divine. The smashed avocado, the sausage rolls, the butternut squash eggs, everything- just divine and the desserts... nom! Great people, great spot, must visit.
43 RICHMOND STREET SOUTH, Portobello, Dublin
The starter and dessert were absolutely amazing! I had the risotto to start and thought it was very flavoursome and the right type of bite in the food. The main course was nice but it wouldn't bring me back for more however I would very gladly go out of my way to go back for the lemon tart- absolutely astonishing, more like a creme brulee with a lemon flavour than lemon curd! The date dessert ordered by my friend looked delicious and I would be very keen to try that too! The set menu is definitely good price!
Hungry Mexican Restaurant @ Bodkins Bar
Bodkins Bar, 57 Bolton Street, City Centre North, Dublin
Simple Mexican food- definitely nowhere on the healthy realm but delicious. We go there often and end up ordering the pork burritos and nachos regularly. The choice of salsas is good and the harbanero one is absolutely delicious even if it does make one sweat! If you get the cocktails with fresh ingredients, they are great too. All in all, for the price you pay, this is definitely one to keep returning to!
Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, South William Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
We thought we were going to the restaurant in the atrium but unfortunately ended up ion the bar- same great food but the lack of a decent cocktail menu and the exceptionally loud music combined with meh service did lend itself to not the quiet night out for dinner that we had imagined. I would definitely go back were I prepared for it as the food is well worth it, esp the sweet potato wedges!
46 Harrington Street, Portobello, Dublin
I have heard everyone rave about this place and even though the food was alright, there was something about this place that left lacking. They also did manage to mess up our order twice, leaving each of us eating alone and seeing the other one eat so we could get it while it was still warm! Not gonna be rushing back anytime soon :/
ely bar & brasserie
CHQ Building, Georges Dock, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin
I love Ely, especially the original one and the one they had in GCQ. However, this one left me a little bit short. For starters, it's decor is a little less inviting and very cold. The drinks were grand, the lack of marshmallows in hot chocolate a little disappointing but doable. What surprised me were the prices for 2 dishes we ordered- the nuts for €3.50 (wasn't by choice- was more cos they couldn't offer us anything else at the time!) and the chocolate dessert for €12.50 (more expensive than the tapas courses we ordered!). The service was absolutely excellent though and if one is to avoid those 2 dishes and not care about the cold feel decor upstairs (downstairs are very cosy!), definitely a good place for a glass of wine and a small bite!
7 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
It was grand- the place was known for its amazing food but with so many other restaurants with similar fare around, it has lost its edge. Its a nice decor, the staff are friendly and the food is decent but nothing will make me go running back anytime soon either. If stuck, you wouldn't be disappointed!
Neon Asian Street Food
17 Camden Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
This place is always great for a quick and simple Asian meal. We had a selection of starters amongst us which were all delicious. The food was very good- being vegetarian, they were very good to accommodate changing chicken to tofu for a dish as their selection is very limited otherwise. The free ice-cream in the end is always a great way to help cool the mouth after the exceptionally hot chilis!
18-19 Glasthule Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
I have always been fan of Rasam, and as always, it didn't disappoint. I enjoyed the experience as always, despite the service not being unto it's usual standard. We had to try and get attention a few times and were served by people who didn't really know the dishes and were therefore unable to explain them properly. However, that being the only complaint, it was a delicious meal enjoyed thoroughly by all of us- most of us went for the thali and had an explosion of tastes in our mouths! Definitely go for it, if you get the chance,.
Peruke & Periwig
31 Dawson St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Great food, cosy atmosphere, absolutely amazing staff! We had a lovely time here- the bar staff were very helpful in helping us decide what cocktails to get and even suggesting their own twists to make them just right. Food was stunning- each morsel was very tasty and if you have the space, definitely get the chocolate fondant for the pistachio custard! A must go at least once ('cos after that you will be back many a time!).
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
This used to be one of my favourite go-to spots but somehow, not so much after today. We came across many issues: - got the wrong order - green tea was so weak we had to keep asking for more tea bags - got a piece of plastic in our food. In fairness, they gave us a discount and were nice to us after but it really peeved us off and spoilt what should have been a hassle-free dinner.
La Bodega Tapas y Vinos
93 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6 , Ranelagh, Dublin
The first time I went here, I had loved it. The second time I went, I was left a little disappointed. Been there a few times since and decided this place is just not worth my patronage- it's grand, but that's it- that is, if you are not in a hurry to be served or don't mind food dripping in oil. The dishes are well sized but they kinda all taste similar- I am certainly not going to be rushing back, if I decide to return at all. if it goes back to what it was when it had first opened, I would certainly be keen to try it again!
Etto Merrion Row
18 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Brilliant food, good service, decent price- all in all, go eat! It's a small spot so it feels slightly cramped but that's probably the only negative of the whole experience! I highly recommend the chocolate pot- I would go back just for that. Deliciousness captured perfectly!
12 Moore Street, City Centre North, Dublin
Great Indian street food at fantastic prices. One almost feels as if they are stepping back in India. Love the crisp rava dosa.
Govindas Restaurant (Aungier Street)
4 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Quick, easy, simple and tasty- that's what I love about this place. Do go visit and definitely eat the food there- I think the daily special is always fantastic value!
2-4 Chatham Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Unless stuck, avoid! The food was just about all right and the service was very slow. I would say their post-theatre menu id a good idea for those wanting to eat post a show in Gaiety- if only they would actually have all the options available! And oh- beware of their gluten free menu- it's only pasta and not really offering much choice. Go if stuck but avoid if you have the option!
6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Great spot for good food, decent wine and simplicity. We had the smoked haddock- much recommended and the jamaican jerk chicken- very flavourful and very oily! It was a pity about their green tea but hey, they can't cater for everyone's personal choice and so we were a little disappointed. All in all, if you are stuck for ideas, a great place to go for a bite as you know you will always be well fed.
Toscana City Centre
3 Cork Hill, Dame Street (opposite Dublin Castle), Dublin City Centre, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin
Nice place, decent service, grand food. I wouldn't definitely go back but I wouldn't avoid it either- if stuck for options, a good place to eat. Personally, I found the food a little too oily.
13 Dawson Street, Dawson Street, Dublin
We got ourselves a Groupon voucher to try this place and were absolutely delighted! Good food, decent value (even without voucher, it is all right- though a little overpriced for the lack of restaurant-ish atmosphere perhaps but that wouldn't stop me going back!) and absolutely brilliant service. We started with the mushrooms and miso soup- absolutely delish- I would definitely have the mushrooms again and my friend liked the miso a lot. For mains, we had the sweet potato katsu curry which seemed to go down well with my friend and I absolutely loved the tuna salad- really really good- the salad had some veg and nuts in it too so it was more than just green leaves and tuna. I was personally a little disappointed by the dessert- the chocolate wasabi cake with ice cream- beautifully presented, nice ice cream but I seemed to get no wasabi flavour (my friend however did pick on it) and I found it a little too dry and crumbly for my liking. Bar dessert, I would definitely be heading back for the welcome, the brilliant service and the really good food!
87 Ranelagh, South Dublin, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin
For a good selection of cakes, pastries, wine and teas, I love coming here. The freedom to set up my laptop, work away, undisturbed in the hustle bustle of it all is very cosy and I love it for being my office from office. The service is a bit lacking, but the desserts more than make up for it! I highly recommend a visit here for the cakes and coffee!
97 Ashfield Road, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin
If you want to feel like you may have actually walked into an Italian restaurant in a little village with a family meal coming your way, then this is the spot- the service is not very homely but the food is. Decent food, decent prices, decent service- a good find in Ranelagh though as it is always so busy and this one isn't completely overrun!
The Counter Suffolk Street
20 Suffolk Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Great location and decent food- I have always been a fan of the Counter in Dundrum but realised that part of the love is the way it is designed from entrance to seating etc which this one slightly lacks- I had to move a few different tables to avoid the draft. Saying that, the food is excellent- some of their sauces are unusual and not for me but its a good thing they have a massive selection- all in all, great spot for good food, good gourmet burgers, all for decent vlaue!
19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I absolutely love this gem of a place- if only they had more spaces to sit and enjoy a meal but no matter how big, i think it will always be busy. Out of curiosity I tried their raw soup and it was absolutely delicious! As always, their selection had me drooling and I ended up going with simple salads on the side. I don't consider them cheap but definitely not expensive either- the food is always fresh, wholesome and fabulously tasty!
The Wild Goose Grill
First Floor, Above McSorleys, 1 Sandford Road, Dublin 6 , Ranelagh, Dublin
Really good food :) I was there recently for a romantic night out and the atmosphere was fairly condusive to that. Food in itself was excellent- both of us went for the monkfish and it was absolutely delish!! The wine on the side was rioja and washed the whole meal very well, followed by a fantastic chocolate dessert. Slightly on the expensive side but worth going to as a treat.
La Bodega Tapas y Vinos
93 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6 , Ranelagh, Dublin
Was there recently and already planning a re-visit. Good sized portions, wholesome tasting food, decent service and all at a reasonable value. My 2 favourite tapas were the chorizo in red wine sauce and chickpeas and black pudding dish with parsley toast. Highly recommend it!
Peploes Wine Bistro
16 St Stephen's Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
I wouldn't say I am regular to Peploes but I have sure been there a lot of times and have always enjoyed a good meal. I find their interiors to be very comfortable and tastefully done. Monday was the first visit where I felt a little cheated by the menu- there was absolutely NO dish that actually jumped out at me. The other thing that disappointed me was that if one didn't know their wines, there was no information in the menu to help them decide- I know what I like but still like to be able to read about them. The service was excellent and in the end, we did all go for 2 courses and were full up but none of us came out raving as we would have in the past. Still a good enough meal but potentially overpriced for what it has to offer now.
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Always a fan of Yamamori, I went back there with some friends last weekend. Their bento box is always great value and as always, I ordered it- it was SO huge a portion, we struggled to finish it- the lamb kebabs were absolutely to die for and the bulgogi pork ribs were so soft, tender and juicy. If you want decent filling food, I highly suggest going here- esp since they always serve brown rice making it that little bit healthier a treat!
6-7 Jervis Street, Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin
Lovely menu- there was a huge variety and it was very difficult to choose- in the end, we all went with different dishes and enjoyed them all thoroughly. The Pad Thai was our least favourite of the lot and the monkfish was absolutely amazing! Highly recommend keeping space for the desserts- the Toblerone (in the glass) was amazing. Great spot for a few cocktails and dinner before dancing.
12/13 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Love it! The scallop started was absolutely amazing and the seabass maincourse was fantastic! Highly recommend those dishes. The service was quick and polite, the food very well done, the drinks aplenty- all in all, a great meal- highly recommend it!
Unit G1, Building 12, Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin
Great spot for a good, wholesome meal at a decent price. I like this one more than the one in town as it's brighter (not in basement) and not as busy so one can eat a little slower. Great new desserts- highly recommend the pistachio and cherry cheese cake! nom nom.
Taste of Everest
17a Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Decent food, it all tasted well, but seemed to have a fair bit of cream- though I think that's more the dishes we ordered probably. The vegetarian food was excellent and had decent options. The wine by the glass options were not great though and I wish we could have had a better selection of those. Staff are good and very eager to please.
Town Bar and Grill
21 Kildare Street, City Centre South, Dublin
If you want one of those fancy meals, this is a nice, discreet spot at a decent price. However, I feel the food is not brilliant. There was 8 of us for dinner out and the service was good. They kept us well plied with the wine and were very good with re-filling our water etc. I ate the chowder and the hake. The chowder was nice and filling though I thought there was too much bacon in it and was disappointed with the hake dish. The hake in itself was lovely but the accompanying risotto and broccoli were not the best ways to enhance the flavours and I felt took away from the main dish. The chocolate mousse though was excellent and I'd go back to eat only that.
13a/b Merrion Row, City Centre South, Dublin
Went to Il Segreto a long time ago and enjoyed a beautiful meal. However, my second visit was not as nice- the food was all right- some of the dishes we ordered were really good- for example, the cod dish of the day, but some of the others were lacking flavour- for example, the lamb. We had vouchers to get a free cocktail but felt cheated as it was their "cocktail of the day" which seemed a fob-off to what the voucher implied. All in all, a great evening because of the company but I wouldn't be raving about this place as much as I did in the past!
Amerta Chinese Restaurant
Clifton Avenue, Monkstown, Dublin
Great deal to eat all you want but however, the food wasn't all that great. The starters were all right- the prawn toast was excellent but the mains were unsatisfying and we all felt we would rather have eaten more starters. The service however, is excellent and it was nice to be served with such smiles.
3a The Crescent Monkstown, South Co. Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin
Normally when I think FXB, I think it should be for an occasion but stepped in last night into the pub section and had a lovely meal. We ate the salmon salad and the open seafood sandwich and they were both really good! The service was quick, the food good and because it was the pub section, it was not as expensive either- all good! :) I'd highly recommend stopping here for a bite!
The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin
If you want a decent bite, for a decent price and are ok with it being in a pub, this is a great place! The food is delicious, the portions are decent- I only eat the small one because the big one is too big for me- and I really like the food. Service is grand- I have never been bowled over by it- sometimes its too fixed- for example, you cannot get skewers without one of the fishes if you want, and they may not come and take your order unless you sit in the main restaurant part but those are tiny things in the bigger picture. I will not go here to be bowled over by food but I would go to get a decent meal.
Govindas Restaurant (Aungier Street)
4 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
No fuss, great food joint! A godsend for vegetarian food- especially for the price- for 6 quid I get a plate of wholesome goodness- its always tasty. When not too busy, the people behind the counter will always have a chat with you and add to the experience. Love the daily special dish here- one of my favourites- and the amount is so much that I get it as a takeaway every few days and use it for dinner for 2 days!
Harrys Cafe Bar
21 Upper George's Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
A great spot for Sunday brunch if you are just looking for straightforward, simple food. We ordered Eggs Benedict, French Toast and Scrambled Eggs. They were grand. Eggs Benedict and the hollandaise was excellent, the scrambled were a bit dry and the french toast had more bread than gee but all in all, it was good food. If my only complaint is lack of freshly ground pepper in a place, I think it's doing allright :)
Crystal Boat Restaurant
Gallery Quay, Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin
2 course lunch menu for 10 quid sounded like a bargain but we didn't realise what we were getting into! As we walked in, they were cleaning the place and there was a huge smell of disinfectant! And they served us water without washing their hands- as there was disinfectant on my glass from when she poured water in it. That started on a bad note. The selection is decent and the food is allright but nothing to write home about. So all in all, not much to write home about and not a place I would be returning to anytime soon!
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill
51 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin
If there is a meal I would look back at and remember every flavour, every taste and relish it all over again, this is definitely one of the contenders! We started off with the crab- wow, amazing texture, great taste and very fresh. Really good. And for mains had a very zesty Halibut which was beautifully cooked and served with asparagus and olives and a gorgeously rare tuna with tomatoes, asparagus and olives. The accompanying wine- Valpolicella- was delicious as well. The dessert of sticky toffee was not as fabulous as everything else even though it tasted good too. All in all, an excellent meal and a place I would certainly return to someday.
Captain America's Cookhouse And Bar
44 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
when 4 classmates want a few laughs and a girlie gossip session over a cocktail or two- this is always a good spot. With lunches being less than 10 quid- incl. a drink/ a beer/ a glass of rose, you really can't go too wrong. The food was all right- but then this place is more for its American Diner look and feel, the laidback atmosphere and the cheesy music- always a great spot for a few giggles- to break up a monotonous day, I'd highly recommend it :)
Hanover Quay, Dublin 2 , Grand Canal Dock, Dublin
On a sunny day as today, its one of the nicest places to be sitting outside and enjoying really good food. Both of us went for the specials of the day- the chipotle and lime marinade salmon with sweet corn on the side- an absolutely gorgeous dish- very well balanced and very willing. Topped up with perfectly frothed cappuccinos, it was an excellent lunch. Price wise, its the same as its counterparts in the area but then I feel for lunch time, they are all that wee bit overpriced... All in all, an excellent choice for lunch and I am glad I went in- good food, good service and the weather played in our favour too!
Govindas Restaurant (Merrion Row)
18 Merrion Row, City Centre South, Dublin
Amazing food! Its all self-service and so there is no long wait usually (unless you order the chapatis or some such) for a plate of fabulously, wholesome food. The staple dal, rice, and paneer dish rock- some of their daily specials can be a bit odd. The drinks and the desserts are slightly over-priced in comparison to everything else they have in there but such great value all in all. I tend to get a takeaway of the €7 plate with a bit of everything on a regular basis- hot food that cheap and healthy is a rarity in this city!
The Westbury, Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
So I used my menupoints to go for dinner here and am delighted I did so! Nice atmosphere, great location (you are in the middle of everything but its such an oasis) and absolutely fabulous food. We had salmon, goats cheese tart and the prawn cocktails to start- all were beautifully presented and very tasty. To follow, we went with seabream, pork belly and the chicken- such flavour. Each dish was beautifully cooked and worked beautifully with the other things on the plate. And it all tasted fresh- highly recommended. Despite their massive servings, we were greedy enough for dessert and ordered the lime and orange tart- great flavour and the chocolate fondant- slightly disappointing as it was not very gooey inside but still very good. All in all, if you want good food- I would give this place a thums up but was disappointed by the service- especially at the door. The waiters were otherwise very attentive, a bit too much at times but better than no attention. I would certainly go back for the food though.
Juice Vegetarian Restaurant
9 Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
One of the few vegetarian restaurants for lunch, this is favourite amongst my vegetarian friends. For 8 euros, a 2 course lunch is a fantastic deal and it is absolutely gorgeous! We had the stirfry, the pasta, the juice, the dips and the chocolate tart amongst us and all for just 24 quid! It was absolutely delicious and the ingredients they use are always so fresh, the food is always so wholesome- absolutely lovely. Would highly recommend a visit!
The Green Hen
33 Exchequer street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
We were walking down the street and just stumbled across this place- we hadn't realised there was a new place on the street. We looked at their limited menu and decided that there were some very intriguing flavours that reached out and grabbed our palettes. We ordered the tuna special they had- which was gorgeous- rare tuna with mango salsa and citrus frutis- not my usual taste nor something I'd tend to put together but absolutely delicious and exceptionally tasty. The lamb and black pudding dish was very flavoursome as well and we were glad to have gone for it. The bar-tender makes each of the drinks with such special care that one wants to have a drink and so we tried a Mint Julep which had a generous amount of alcohol and it was very tasty and minty and a Baileys coffee which was absolutely gorgeous! All in all, not your cheapest spot but not expensive either, fantastic service (the waitress knew where to draw the line with her jest) and good food- it sure is a winner!
Farm Restaurant (Dawson Street)
3 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin
If you are thinking wholesome food, this is the place. A limited selection of dishes, the food is always gorgeous and topnotch. I especially love the bowls of soup as they are massive and really fill one up. Their portions are good and its rare that I have not liked whats presented to me. I am not so keen on their desserts however, potentially because I am already so full and can't relish the sweet taste as much. All in all, a great place for dinner. I think the lunches are that wee bit overpriced but if you are ok with spending 15 quid, pop by here for a gorgeous meal!
The Conservatory Tea House
The Old School House, Laragh, Wicklow
After a hike in Glendalough, this is the perfect place for a rest- nice coffee, gorgeous jam, fantastic food if slightly on the expensive side. The service did leave us a little upset- the only smile was from the owner who came out at one stage but the staff themselves didn't seem to want to crack a smile. The soup was delicious but at 7 euros a bowl, one did wonder if it was worth it and the desserts are excellent but pricey again. 2 desserts and 2 coffees alone set up back by about 17 euros! Not the prices you expect outside Dublin city centre... They have jams to buy as well which at 4.50 for the small one is exceptionally expensive but a treat! If money was no object, the ambience is nice, the food is excellent, i would definitely go back!
Quay 16 Restaurant @ MV Cill Airne
MV Cill Airne, North Wall Quay, IFSC, Dublin
With the sun shining out, the boat just lightly floating, this was one of the nicest meals I've eaten in Dublin. We decided to skip starters and went for the lamb rump and monkfish- both were delicious. The flavours were exquisite and neither of the things were overcooked or overpowered or anything. Along with that we had a beautiful French wine- Altidue 350 or something like that- the 2nd on their wine list and it was delicious- a very soft red, very intense flavours and extremely tasty. The service was impeccable and the dessert we shared- sticky ginger pudding was just the right amount of sugar, sweetness, stickiness we could have asked for. All in all, an excellent meal and I would certainly go back in a heartbeat.
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Saba = scintillating flavours + amazing cocktails + buzz + atmosphere. A place I frequent, I highly recommend having a reservation (even I always manage not to have one! and have been turned away a few times!!). This place is always busy, has great food, nice staff who know the food and know how to interact with the customers while not becoming over-friendly and one almost always rolls out! The starters were really tasty- we had the chicken wings and salmon salad. The main courses to die for- one of us crazily ordered the 5 star rating hot dish and you know what, hot as it was, the flavours were still intact and it was absolutely mouth wateringly delicious. All in all, if you haven't here, what are you waiting for??
Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Bewleys is undoubtedly a symbol of Dublin and its amazing how this place has changed with every phase and season this city has seen. From early morning breakfasts to a quick cake and coffee, this place sees a lot of footfall and alot of people come in. With such numbers, it is no wonder the service is always slow. I have been here numerous times and though the food since Cafe Bar Delhi have come in is better, it's not saying much. We had ordered quesadilla from the small bites menu and it really was a small bite- there was too much of an edge with no filling in the quesadilla, the salmon pizza was quite bland and tasteless and the Tuscan soup was too watery. I wouldn't be going back for food but if I want to enjoy a hot chocolate and a piece of cake, while watching the city walk by, this place is definitely worth going to. And if you have never been, just go and sip a cup of coffee while soaking in the atmosphere.
Wagamama - Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
In town, need a healthy and quick bite at great value, Wagamamas is your place. Fast food Japanese, this place is stripped of any frills and is just really good value. The YakiSoba, the vegetarian ramen, the gyoza, the Chicken Katsu curry are all very delish and mouth-wateringly good. The selection of fresh juices is excellent and its great that they make everything to order. One walks out feeling full and healthy. The staff are usually very good and helpful. The only downside in it all is their very limited dessert menu- it really doesn't add much to my palette. I have tried them all and always found them lacking- the chocolate wasabi cake is the best but hey, where is the wasabi? All said and done, I give it an upvote. My default comfort food place.
Harry Street, St Stephens Green, Dublin
If you are in hurry, skip this place but if you want an oasis in the middle of the city that allows you to look out at the hustle-bustle yet enjoy a place to rest the vary feet, grab a nice cocktail, put some food into the belly, this is a good spot. The food is decent- the falafels are nothing to write home about, but the polenta chips are an excellent side dish. The service is slow, no one here seems to be in any hurry and for some reason, it goes with the atmosphere of the place. So next time, you want a glass of the bubbly and a not-totally-gourmet-but-above-average bite, head to Cafe Novo! The afternoon special for coffee and cake rocks- wish they would extend the hours for that- I would be there all the time then :)
Sushi King now closed on Dawson St
Gochi Japaenese-French Fusion Now Open, City Centre South, Dublin
If you want a quick, healthy bite, this is a great spot. Not particularly cheap but good in comparison to some of the other places in its vicinity. Highly recommend the bento box- now that's value for money. The tom yum soup is a bit missing on the citrus element and the all you can eat sushi doesn't work too well without a conveyor belt but all in all, worth a visit! Definitely not a loungey spot!
Diep le Shaker
55 Pembroke Lane, (Off Pembroke Street), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
If you want to step into an oasis in the middle of the city, this is it! The place to really enjoy some gorgeous cocktails and tasty food. I highly recommend the pad thai here- simple and served with an egg waffle topping which makes it seem very exotic. Very tasty too. And the chocolate brownie is very tasty even if the chilli flavour is way too mild to be tasted!! All in all, with a few quid to spare, this is a place to visit for sure! I would recommend you taking the time to go there.
12 Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
I've been going here for years for the welcoming smiles, the fantastic value and the gorgeous food. Highly recommend their pizzas- some of the bed ever. The only pizza that also tastes fabulous cold the next day- that is, if you can actually not finish it the moment its put in front of you! Fabulous pavlova and sticky toffee pudding. Basically, a place for really good food for decent price.
131 Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , Baggot Street, Dublin
Tiny place so not great for a sit down but fantastic rolls!! Loved the food- one of the few places that makes tasty guacamole. Definitely good food- wish there were more options than about 6-7 options but thats a tiny thing to pick on for something as delicious as this! Highly recommend it.
137 Rathmines Road, Dublin 6 , South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin
An oasis- not the calming kind but still an oasis- walk into Jo'Burger and you are transported into a completely different place from the streets and Dublin that you were in a few seconds ago. Loud crazy music, extremely warm environs, smiling staff greet you into rows of benches and menus in comic books. Assailed by numerous choices, it is difficult to choose from the amazing combinations. Though avocado and salsa seems to be my current favourite here (am a regular- try and go every week!!). The sweetpotato fries with their relish and chilli flakes is one of the best sides you can ever get. Its a pity they have stopped doing the desserts- this was also home to THE best icecream in Leinster! Seriously, if you haven't tried this place yet- you are missing out. Highly recommended- great value for money!
Avoca Cafe (Suffolk Street)
Avoca, 11 Suffolk Street, City Centre South, Dublin
If you don't mind a busy spot, sharing space with random people or serving yourself, the basement cafe is the place for a quick, healthy, tasty bite! A great place with decent choices (for vegetarians too!!!), fabulous food and not too bad on the pocket. Their desserts on the higher side make for an excellent treat and I have returned a few times just for them. A great place to get some good food and decent service. If you are in the mood to be served by some smiling staff, head upstairs to the restaurant where the food is equally good and people equally friendly.
KC Peaches Pearse Street
Unit 10A Trinity Enterprise Centre, Pearse Street, Dublin 2 , Grand Canal Dock, Dublin
So having eaten an amazingly delicious brunch that was so reasonably priced a few months ago, I ventured into KCs for lunch. One would imagine, that would be a good idea, however I was disappointed- exceptionally busy at lunch time, the place is a chaos and no one seems to wanna help! However, the good thing is food is warm- not always great though. Their selection seems to be the same on most days, not vary, the salads seem to be covered in sauce and leave little else in terms of flavour and the prices are extortionate! One imagines that the main course would come with atleast 2 salads or something but no such luck, they are extra and at about 2.50 a portion, you end up paying about the same for your sides as you do for your main. Their food looks tastier than it tastes- which from someone who loves the explosion of taste in her mouth, is a bit sad. However, despite all that I say, they have sit-down service for brunch over the weekend and it is well worth a visit then- if only for thei amazingly sumptuous omelettes and hot chocolate! Avoid during the busy times...
The Steps Of Rome
1 Bird avenue, Clonskeagh, Clonskeagh, Dublin
If one is looking for a quick, cheap bite, this is ALWAYS a good idea. Their pre-made pizza slices are great value and very tasty though they seem to have a new chef whose dough is not as good as it used to be. I highly recommend the aubergine one- very unique flavours. And this is the one place where the margharita is just really delicious too- well worth a try for those willing to appreciate subtle flavours. Service is not the quickest but thats made up by the amazingly friendly staff (most of the time!). The biggest downside is the size- they are tiny and your elbows are rubbing against those of the people next to you or else you are sitting en route to the loo... If you manage to keep some space till the very end, the tiramisu is a must- soft, delicious, perfectly balanced- it is great. All in all, a great spot if you want value for money, great tasting food and a smile.
Baan Thai (Ballsbridge)
16 Merrion Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin
If you want really good Thai food, this is the place to go. I have been a patron of this place for many years. Went back last night after quite a while and was delighted at the food- the spicy seafood to duck flambe to vegetarian stirfry to prawn sweet and sour to squid salad to tiger prawns in cashewnut- each dish was excellent and very tasty. Service was quick, and on the mark. All in all, a very delightful evening- especially for those who are in the mood for some flavour and taste and true Thai cuisine.
Milano (Baggot Street)
1 - 2 Haddington Road, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin
A short walk from the city centre branch, this one is so much more welcoming along the canal. It almost always has more space and is that little bit more accommodating. Again, stuck for decisions, my friend and I dived into Milano's to get away from the rain and grab a quick bite. We ordered a Padana pizza and a pollo salad. As always, the goats cheese pizza with spinach and caramelised onions was amazing- it is slowly becoming my favourite pizza ever! And for someone as fussy as me, who usually changes something in every dish till its exactly how I like it (think Meg Ryan and her fussiness in 'When Harry Met Sally'), the only thing I change in this one is its base since I prefer them thin. But otherwise, this combination is fantastic and perfect. With a drizzle of (optional) garlic and chilli oils on the top, this tastes amazing! Their lemon tart was surprisingly good too- I really liked the mascrapone cheese on the side rather than the cream most places give. Nice touch, The staff here are great and friendly- we had a few different ones serving us at times and the camaraderie between them was nice to see and added to the evening for us. However, as I had been to Milano's twice in the one week, I was happy with both the experiences but had it not been for the vouchers, I am beginning to really wonder if I would go pay their prices in normal circumstances...
Milano (Dawson Street)
38 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
As 5 of us walked out towards Dawson Street for a bite to eat, we were unsure of what we wanted... and decided to go for pizzas. After all, its one of the easiest things to share and enjoy together. Between the 5 of us, we ordered 4 huge pizzas- the American, The Padana, The Guisseppe and the Gialdarno (spelling? its the last one on the pizza menu). We got the evegetarian ones on the Romana base so they were very thin, crispy and flavoursome. Service was all right- they were fairly busy (especially for a Monday- we had to wait 15 mins for a table!!) and so we didn't have their attention as quickly as we would have hoped but it was not an excuse to be deterred. With a few glasses of wine, a few pizzas in our bellies, we were happy campers. With vouchers making the pizzas affordable, this was an excellent choice. However, if I had to pay full price, I would certainly think twice!
F.X. BUCKLEY Steakhouse Pembroke Street
1A Lower Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
When one goes to FXB, one knows its not going to be the cheapest meal and hence, I think it's worth the value!! Went for a meal and ended up eating LOADS! The food was excellent- we had a sirloin steak, a ham hock and scallops amongst us- all dishes were beautifully done and the portions were excellent. We really had to make space for dessert- I recommend the sticky toffee pudding- beautifully done- perfectly moist, with icecream and butterscotch sauce. The service was impeccable- we had 2 servers who were very attentive, very good at what they did and extremely good at making small talk yet knowing when to give you space. All in all, an excellent experience- even as non-meat-eater, I would go back, if only for a glass of wine and dessert and some more of those amazing scallops!
Dunne And Crescenzi (South Frederick Street)
14-16 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
It's amazing how we have such few options for nice Italian lunches in the city centre! D&C always ends up getting more than its share of people partly for the lack of options around Nassau Street, I suspect. They used to have excellent desserts in the years gone by but even that selection has gone down tremendously... The usual smiling staff seem more keen to fit in as many people even if it means making someone sit in the service area and being disturbed constantly. The pasta selection at lunch time is tiny and for those not keen on their paninis (bread is too hard and the whole sandwich too dry) or the anitpastas, the meal options are few. Their lentil soup leaves a lot to be desired- it has no flavour- seems to be lentil boiled with pieces of cabbage and no additional flavour of spices! Their pastas always have too much sauce and if you ask for extra bread, you are asked to pay more! The one thing I will DEFINITELY return for is the hot chocolate. One of the best in the city! I wish D&C would return to what it used to be many years ago!
Cape Greko (Malahide)
Unit 1 First Floor, New Street, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin
If you want to feel like you have just stepped out of Dublin into Little Greece, this is the place to be. Very welcoming staff, great service, fantastic food- what more can one ask for? We ate the haloumi salad and haloumi on pita bread- both were excellent. The garlic potatoes with the salad were really good,t he ingredients tasted fresh and the food was just really good. Well worth going to Malahide just to eat here. I am so glad I stumbled across this place.
52 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
So you walk in and are greeted by a smile- score. But given the worst sea tin the house to sit and when you ask for a change, you aren't allowed unless you walk- not so nice! But great service after- even if they did keep taking away the pepper and we had to request for balsamic vinegar a few times... food was good- nothing exceptional though the dessert- the warm chocolate with icecream was divine! Right temperature, rich gelato, moist- to die for. You know you are eating in a chain till you get to desserts. I say, skip the food and go there for post-dinner coffee and desserts! Or else, if you are stuck, you can go - its not a complete waste of time.
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Had visited 66 ages ago and didn't think it was worth it. Was asked to return for a celebration with some girls and wow- has this place changed?! Great service- friendly staff. Interesting decor- the wine bottles chandelier, the teatowel as a napkin, the unmatched cutlery make it very rustic. The food was excellent. They could serve more bread and crackers with the dips starter and they could not have such huge portions are the only things I can think against them. The calamari, the monkfish, the scallops, the duck, the steak- all exceptionally delicious and very very well presented. To-die-for chips and just a great place for dinner. The only thing I would say is the staff should know the password for the wi-fi but I wouldn't hold that against them and it wouldn't keep me from going back!
19 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin
Went in with VERY high expectations and was very disappointed. Ordered a smoothie to start- they make them in the morning and serve them through the day- you expect them to be fresh- made to order. And even then, it seemed to have gone off. Food was ok- great value for what you pay but not really quality. Chips weren't fresh or hot as you expect them to be- they seemed to have been made earlier and kept warm. Sandwiches weren't really warm either, the burrito was nice but the lack of ketchup was a bit disconcernting with the chips. Fish and chips though were good. Their unusual lavender icecream sounded more exotic on the menu. Cocktails look inviting and interesting but they will not make me go back. If I am stuck for money, sure thing. But I wouldn't be planning a return trip anytime soon or recommending it further either. top entry in Dublin's Best- Seriously?!!!!