Restaurant Reviews from pdlarsen
Govindas Restaurant (Merrion Row)
18 Merrion Row, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 15th January 2011 ( visited 15th January 2011 )I went to Govinda's today for a quick lunch before heading over to the Natural History Museum (aka, the Victorian house of stuffed beasts). It was quiet in the restaurant, so we were served immediately. We ordered two "small specials" which would be more aptly named the "enormous special". It started off as a plate of rice, which then had dal, chickpea and cauliflower, pasta bake, a potato curry dish and a paneer curry dish piled on top. One of these would have been enough for the two of us, so with two and a samosa we had a bit leftover. In addition to the quantity, the food was of an extremely high quality. The samosa was clearly homemade, and was baked rather than fried. The gentleman who served us was cheerful and accommodating. At 6.95 for the small special plate, Govinda's is truly a great value. Will definitely return, and hopefully soon.
7-9 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 04th January 2011 ( visited 14th December 2010 )I recently went to Ukiyo for lunch with my girlfriend. It has a nice cheery atmosphere, and although it is fairly busy during the lunch hour, the waitstaff was quick and attentive. The lunch menu is short but all of the sections seem to be substantial and tasty. The only vegetarian option is a vegetarian burrito, which, being at a Japanese restaurant, makes one immediately skeptical, but it is delicious. Filled with rice, kimchi and other vegetables, it makes for a filling lunch option. It is also a great value at only 6 euro.
Main Street, Rathdrum, Rathdrum, Wicklow
I went camping with some friends, and we had dinner at the Michelin recommended establishment. We made a good choice. They have both an early bird menu and a value menu, both of which are affordable and tasty. My starter (tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms) was fine, but a little bland. The main, however, (baked aubergine "Parmesana") was very well-cooked and very flavorful. Finally, the tiramisu was divine. I will certainly return to Bates if I ever find myself in Rathdrum again.
Seagrass of Portobello Bridge
30 South Richmond Street, Dublin 8, Portobello, Dublin
I took my lady friend here for her 30th birthday dinner. The food was plentiful and of a high standard. The fact that Seagrass is a BYOB, and does not charge corkage (although they do request that each diner order 2 courses) is certainly an added perk. The only complaint that I have pertains to the acoustics. The restaurant was particularly packed, and this made for a very noisy dining experience. That being said, however, I will certainly visit Seagrass again.
The Harbour Bar (Rush)
Lower Main Street, Rush, Co. Dublin., Rush, Dublin
I went to this restaurant with my sister and a few of her friends who were staying at a B&B nearby. The bar has a very cozy and lively atmosphere. Unfortunately the only vegetarian option on the menu was a rather flavorless and overpriced pasta dish, but those who ordered meat seemed pleased with their choices. The Sunday dinner is substantial and a good value.
5 The Arches, Gashouse Lane, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny
This is, hands down, the best restaurant I have been to in Ireland. The menu is simple, and the food is cooked absolutely perfectly. The service is the right mix of attentiveness without intrusion. The restaurant itself has terrific acoustics so that even if it is full, you wouldn't know that there was anyone else in the house. The prices are on the higher end, but are eminently reasonable considering the very high quality of the food. If you are in Kilkenny you MUST visit this establishment.
Hanley's Cornish Pasties
32a Dawson Street, City Centre South, Dublin
I stopped in at Hanley's for a quick bite with my girlfriend and her younger brother on the way to the King Tut exhibition at the RDS. This is a great establishment. There are no frills, just a simple counter with delicious pasties. They have a wide selection of fillings both traditional and exotic, both vegetarian and omnivorous. So you can be sure that if you go with a group there will be something for everyone. There isn't much seating, so my advice is to plan for takeaway. The only complaint that I have is that some of the pasties are a little pricey, but they are certainly not outrageously so. I would definitely recommend Hanley's, and will return for sure.
Bits and Pizzas
15 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
I went here with my girlfriend and her brother for dinner. We had a menupages voucher, which made the meal quite affordable (we probably would have ordered differently had we not had the voucher). That being said, the food was very good. We each ordered from the value menu and got two (or three, in my case) courses. I started with the capri salad, which was good, and had the peppadew pizza, which was excellent. My girlfriend had the garlic mushrooms, which were quite nice and substanital. She got a pizza with blue cheese and walnuts, which was delicious, while her brother got the marinara which had prawns, and which he wolfed down. For dessert I got the apple and strawberry crumble, which was excellent, and the other two shared the chocolate brownie. The service at Bits and Pizzas is exemplary, and I would certainly recommend this restaurant to anyone who finds himself or herself in Dun Laogharie.
Dunne And Crescenzi (South Frederick Street)
14-16 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I go to Dunne and Crescenzi from time to time for lunch with work colleagues. The atmosphere and the service are always good. The food is traditional Italian fare and is of a high quality. There is also a wide selection of tasty vegetarian options. That being said, however, the prices are quite high, with lunch mains ranging from 10 - 15 euro. D&C is a good choice every once in a while, or for a special occasion. They also have a superlative wine selection.
7 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
I went to Acapulco for a friend's birthday. Having been here before, I am familiar with the menu. As usual we ordered a pitcher of margaritas which is extremely expensive. The food was good, although my friend ordered the hottest chilli on the menu which turned out to be quite mild. The service, while good, felt a little rushed. Acapulco is a good, but not great, Mexican restaurant.
Dominick Street, Mullingar, Westmeath
I went to Ilia for my mother's birthday. Overall it was a very positive experience. The only confusing thing was that Ilia is described everywhere as a tapas bar, but we saw no evidence of this during out visit. We ordered from the early bird, and general dinner menu. The food itself was very well cooked, and tasted great. The service was friendly and attentive. The price of the food and wine was a little on the high side. On account of this I would only go to Ilia on speical occasions.
21 Oliver Plunkett Street, Mullingar, Westmeath
I recently got some takeaway from Oscars with my girlfriend and her family. The food was enjoyed by all. I had a caramelized onion and sweet chili pizza. It was tasty and filling. The others got veg pasta, baby back ribs and stir fried chicken. As always there were a lot of side dishes (salad and chips) included. Will definitely be going back to Oscars again.
11 Fownes street, le Bar, City Centre South, Dublin
Cafe Irie is a nice hole-in-the-wall in Temple Bar. They serve sandwiches, wraps, paninis and other lunchtime fare. The service is good, and the atmosphere is eclectic and quirky. The food tends to be good, although recently I had a sandwich with a less than ripe avocado. That being said, however, the portions are quite substantial. All in all, Cafe Irie is a nice option for a good lunch.
Unit 19 Epicurean Food Hall, Liffey Street Lower, City Centre North, Dublin
The only downside of Taco Taco is that it is in the Epicurean Food Hall. I went here for lunch with my girlfriend a couple of weeks ago. I got the vegetable quesadillas and she got the vegetable burrito. The service was quick and friendly. We took our food and ate it by the river. I was pleased to find that both items were quite tasty. Will definitely return to Taco Taco for lunch in the future. They also have a large selection of Mexican salsas and canned food items that are difficult to find elsewhere in Ireland.
34-35 South William Street, South William Street, Dublin
I went to Maloti for dinner with a few friends on St. Patrick's day. The atmosphere is fine, it has a modern sleek feel. The service was good. We all ordered from the set menu - three of us got vegetarian options, and one ordered a lamb dish. The food was tasty, and moderately filling. All in all, our experience was mixed, and I don't think any of us will rush back to Maloti.
Aurora Bar and Grill
Upper Dorset Street, City Centre North, Dublin
I went to Aurora for lunch recently. I had been there once or twice before, and on all of these occasions I have found it to be passable. The decor is fine, but lacks any discernible character. Personally I find the prices to be too high for the area of town and for the menu. That being said, the portions are sizable.
The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin
I go to the Market Bar every so often, and I thoroughly enjoy it each and every time I go. Situated in part of the old Georges Street Market, the building itself is interesting, and has been well converted to house the current restaurant cum pub. The food is good, although they have recently contracted their menu and in so doing have removed one or two vegetarian selections. The patatas bravas, however, remain on the menu and are to die for (I have, on a couple of occasions, dreamed about them). In addition to these there is a good selection of other tapas items that everyone will enjoy. The Market Bar can be somewhat pricey for someone on a budget, but it certainly isn't exorbitantly overpriced.
16 Lancaster Quay, Cork City, Cork
We went to Cafe Paradiso with high expectations. These expectations were not exactly dashed, but they also were not met. The atmosphere was nice, but there was nothing particularly interesting about it. The service was of a very high quality. The young lady who served us was accommodating both in making us aware of certain changes to the menu, and in allowing us to take our time ordering, and indeed not rushing us out (we were the last party to leave the restaurant). The food itself was good, but was not in any way worth the prices that Cafe Paradiso charge. For example, to pay 13 euro for a single spring roll is, in my view, absurd. Cafe Paradiso obviously counts itself a "high class" restaurant, which seems to entail charging high prices and providing small, well-presented, portions of food. To be clear, the food is good, it is just not worth the cost. Unfortunately I feel that this might give people the erroneous impression that vegetarian food is a luxury. I would not recommend Cafe Paradiso for anyone who is on a budget.
Quay Co-Op Vegetarian Restaurant
24 Sullivans Quay, Cork City, Cork
This restaurant is a gem. I was visiting Cork for a few days with my girlfriend, and hadn't planned on eating here, but we found ourselves in a bit of a pickle and wandered over to the Quays Co-Op shortly before they closed. We were delighted to find a wide selection of vegetarian tarts, quiches, salads and side dishes. The people behind the counter were very friendly and helpful, and the food was absolutely delicious and quite filling. In addition, the restaurant is situated on the second floor of a building that lies along the quays of the South River, and has beautiful views of the river and downtown Cork. It was clean, affordable and we didn't feel rushed despite our being there after closing time. Will definitely visit the Quays Co-Op again, if I am in Cork.
Market Street, Clifden, Galway
I went to this restaurant with some friends while on a weekend away in Connemara. The atmosphere is cheery and inviting. The service was prompt and friendly, and the food was fresh and tasty. I had a panini sandwich and chips, while others in my party sampled the seafood choices (mussels, fish pie, clam chowder) and all reports were positive. Will definitely return to Mitchell's if I'm ever in Clifden again.
St Andrew Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I go to Trocadero occasionally with work colleagues. I find the decor, in general, to be too heavy and gaudy. We always go for the pre-theatre menu because the main dinner menu is far too expensive. The food tends to be good, but they are rather lacking on vegetarian selections (for example the last time we went, there were no vegetarian main courses on the pre-theare menu, so I had to ask them if I could substitute one from the main menu). That being said, the service is always good. They are accommodating and friendly.
Juice Vegetarian Restaurant
9 Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I've been to juice a few times in the past, and can say that i have had good experiences on these occasions. However, I recetly went with my work colleagues and unofrtunately was not impressed. My suspicion is that this is a result of having ordered from the early bird menu. The portions on this menu are tiny, and the food itself is rather unispired. If you go to Juice, I would recommend sticking to the regular menu, you might end up paying a bit more, but you will definitley get more both in terms of quality and quantity. I hope that my recent experience was an anomaly, and I look forward to returning in the future.
Hop House / Kimchi
160 Parnell Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
I go to Hop House occasionally for lunch. It is a Korean restaurant that is connected to the Shakespeare Pub on Parnell Street. The service is always quick and friendly. The food is terrific with many choices for the vegetarian and omnivore alike. The only complaint that I have is that the portions aren't huge for the price, so unless I get a starter and a main course I occasionally leave still feeling hungry.
19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Cornucopia, although most well-known for its lunch offerings, does a fantastic breakfast. The problem is that it finishes at 12:00, so if you are planning to go on the weekend, and you don't live very close by, you need to get up rather early in the morning, which isn't always easy. We had been planning to go here for breakfast on a Saturday for months, but couldn't seem to get out of bed in a timely fashion. Finally, one magical Saturday in February we made it. There are several delicious options on offer, such as stuffed "sausages", pancakes, french toast, "full Irish" etc. In addition to the food being delicious they give you loads of toast made from their freshly baked artisan breads, and coffee refills. If you are vegetarian, or even if you aren't, and haven't been to Cornucopia for breakfast, I would HIGHLY recommend it.
16 North Great Georges St, City Centre North, Dublin
I went to Cafe Cobalt for lunch recently with my girlfriend who works in the area. It is situated in a nice Georgian building on North Great Georges Street, and they have done a wonderful job integrating the old with the new in the interior design. The service was prompt and friendly. I had a soup and sandwich and my better half had just the soup. The food was good, although not overly substantial. All in all I would recommend Cafe Cobalt for a nice casual lunch in town.
O'Neill's Bar & Restaurant (Cork)
Allihies Beara, Cork City, Cork
I recently went to O'Neill's with some visitors from out of town. We had Sunday lunch carvery style. The choies for the carvery are extensive including, ham, turkey, lamb, beef, chicken, fish etc. Also they come with vast quantities of side dishes. The vegetarian choices are somewhat limited. I ordered the veg lasagne, but they didn't have it, so I ended up getting the aubergine bake. Everyone seemed to be pleased with his or her meal, and the service was excellent. O'Neill's is a very nice place to bring visitors espeically since they have a very extensive beer selection, including many Irish craft brews that are difficult to get elsewhere, and in the evenings they have live music.
The Gallery Restaurant at the Church
Junction of Mary St. & Jervis St., Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
My wonderful girlfrend took me to the Church for my birthday dinner. We were very impressed by the atmosphere. Situated in a refurbished 18th century church, the Gallery Restaurant sits in a ring along the upper level flanked on either side by the organ and a magnificent stained glass window, and overlooking what would have been the nave and sanctuary which now houses the main bar. We both ordered appetizers, my lady got the crostini with vegetables and brie, and I chose the soup which was some sort of carrot. Both of these were tasty. For the main course, the duck enticed my girlfriend, and I was pursuaded by the mushroom risotto. Although having heard that there were quite a few vegetarian choices on the menu, we were dissapointed to discover that there were, in fact, only three. The duck was good, well cooked and not greasy; the risotto, on the other hand, was undercooked, and the arborio rice was a little tough. We finished with the christmas pudding and a bailey's coffee for my special lady. All in all it was a nice experience, but I think it might be the atmosphere more than the food that keep people coming.
Luigi Malones Restaurant
5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
I went to Luigi Malones with my girlfriend for a nice dinner before going to the movies. We chose this particular restaurant because they had a good deal by which you could get a €25 voucher for 3,000 menupoints. To be clear, this probably isn't a place that I would normally partonize. We shared two appetizers, the nachos and the garlic bread. Neither of which was spectacular. There was no guacamole with the nachos, and the garlic bread featured a side of garlic butter which we both thought was a little unnecessary. For a main course we shared the vegetarian ecstacy pizza, which was good, but to imply that it drives one to ecstacy might be an instance of hyperbole. The service was friendly and quick, which was good as we had a movie to catch. Our bill was only €7 as a result of the voucher, and you can't beat that. Honestly, I wouldn't return if I had to pay full price, the food just isn't worth it.
North Fredrick Street, City Centre North, Dublin
I go to the Lovin Spoon occasionally for lunch and a catch up with some old college friends. I have found the service to be wonderful each time I have gone here. The food, while basic and without any "trimmings" (when you get a sandwich that is literally all you get, no small side salad or crisps to accompany it) is wholesome, tastes good and is served quickly which is important for people trying to get back to work on time. The decor and atmosphere is warm and cosy. The cafe is small but the tables are big which means you don't feel like you are sitting to close to people or are cramped. I will hopefully spend a few more lunchtimes here in the future.
Hodson Bay Hotel
Roscommon Road, Athlone, Westmeath
I went to the Hodson Bay for Sunday lunch last week to catch up with some old school friends. As usual I was the first one there. But this was not a problem as the staff were very kind and pleasant, immediately seating me, asking if I wanted a drink and offering me the menu to peruse while I waited. The restaurant was empty except for us and one other couple. We ordered from the set Sunday lunch menu which had plenty of choices for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. I had the ceasar salad to start, followed by the beef with a medley of desert and tea to round of the meal. It was a really enjoyable experience, the food, service and restaurant was great. My friends and I will certainly be back.
Burritos & Blues
2 Wexford Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Went to Burrios and Blues with the old ball and chain on Tuesday evening after having heard a great deal of hype about the place - both with regard to the quality of the food and how filling it is. Unfortunately B&B was impressive on neither of these counts. My special lady got the "diet" vegetable burrito (to clarify, this consists of a smaller tortilla and less filling), and I went with the regular "beans and cheese". The assembly line style makes it so that after selecting your base (burrito, taco, burrito bowl, etc.) you can select and customize your fillings and the level of spiciness of your salsa. Although initially promising, the burritos were somewhat banal and we left feeling a bit peckish. It is possible to enlarge a burrito for 4 euro extra, but since the burrito itself is around 6 euro, one wonders what exactly this entails. The staff were very helpful and friendly. Unfortunately, however, I don't see myself returning soon.
Govindas Restaurant (Merrion Row)
18 Merrion Row, City Centre South, Dublin
I went to Govinda's today for a quick lunch before heading over to the Natural History Museum (aka, the Victorian house of stuffed beasts). It was quiet in the restaurant, so we were served immediately. We ordered two "small specials" which would be more aptly named the "enormous special". It started off as a plate of rice, which then had dal, chickpea and cauliflower, pasta bake, a potato curry dish and a paneer curry dish piled on top. One of these would have been enough for the two of us, so with two and a samosa we had a bit leftover. In addition to the quantity, the food was of an extremely high quality. The samosa was clearly homemade, and was baked rather than fried. The gentleman who served us was cheerful and accommodating. At 6.95 for the small special plate, Govinda's is truly a great value. Will definitely return, and hopefully soon.
The Happy Pear
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow
I really want to call this place the "Crappy Pear", to be cute, but I just can't. The food is absolutely delicious, but don't take it from a vegetarian like me, my girlfriend, who has no qualms about eating things with faces, thought the food was wonderous. We ordered from their a la carte menu; I had vegetable lasagne, and my special lady had baked aubergine (aka eggplant) both of which came with two side salads which we were able to choose from their wide and exotic selection. We sat outside which was a bit cold and rainy, but that could hardly be blamed on the restaurant. After our delicious meal we went for a nice walk on the Greystones beach. I'm looking forward to my next visit to the Pear.
Kennedys Food Store
5 Fairview Strand, Fairview, Dublin
Kennedy's is a quaint little Italian food store and restaurant in Fairview. I went here for Saturday lunch with my girlfriend. We sat in the back of the small eating area, and unfortunately the table at which we were sitting was not only beside the door to the bathroom, but was also rather awkwardly positioned. However, the quality of the food vastly compensated for any logistical unpleasantness. We both had ciabattas which were chock full of fresh ingredients. And we each had a coffee which was nothing to write home about, and somewhat dissapointing for an Italian restaurant. All in all, Kennedy's despite it's expense, is a nice place to eat if you are in the Fairview area. They also have a very small selection of speciality (mostly Italian) foodstuffs.
Le Bon Crubeen
81-82 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
Went for lunch at Le Bon Crubeen, as it was coming up to Christmas, the restaurant was completely full at 12:00pm, but the staff was very accommodating and found us a seat in the attached pub next door (the Celt). The lunch menu was very extensive. Both myself and my lunch date had paninis which were delicious and substanital. The sandwiches were accompanied by crisps and a small side salad. I'm looking forward to returning especially because of the wonderful staff and good value.
Against the Grain
11 Wexford St, City Centre South, Dublin
Went to this pub for the first time last night. I must say, it is definitely a vast improvement on its predecessor, Carnival. The beer and whiskey selection is great. They have a large number of microbrews from all over the world. The food menu is not extensive, but they have a few solid pub-fare type dishes. A friend of mine got the chicken Korma, but he said that it tasted more like sweet and sour chicken. That being said, the portion was substantial. The main courses are only 10 euro each, so they are a good value, but the beers can cost you, with the cheapest ones costing around 5 euro each.
Glasson Village Restaurant
Glasson, Athlone, Westmeath
The Glasson Village Restaurant is an upscale eatery located outside of Athlone. My family and I went this past weekend for my brother's birthday. There were nine in our party, and the staff were kind enough to give us a private room in their quaint restaurant, which gives one the feeling of eating in a country cottage. Before we ordered they brought an assortment of nice bread to the table. We all ordered starters and main courses. The starters arrived quickly, and were of high quality in general. The only complaint was that the mussels were more garlic and bread crumbs than mussels. Glasson Village is a seasonal restaurant, so the menu changes regularly based on what is available. There was one vegetarian selection on the menu which we quickly discovered they didn't in fact have. It was, however, not a problem as they offered three perfectly suitable alternative options.Everyone was pleased with the quality of their main meals. Dessert was had and enjoyed by some. All in all the service was exemplary; the waitstaff checked on us frequently, but not excessively. Although Glasson Village is not for those who are on a budget (with the average main course ranging from 25-30 euro), it is a very good choice for a special occasion.
131 Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , Baggot Street, Dublin
I go to Pablo Picante fairly regularly because my girlfriend works in the area, and it is a quick bite that we can grab on the way in the evening. The major drawback for me is that on their rather limited menu they only have one vegetarian option which doesn't make for much variety for those who are so inclined. That being said, the option is a solid roasted vegetable burrito with black beans and rice. Unfortunately PP isn't a great place to sit in and eat as they only have a counter with 3 or 4 stools, and they don't have nearly enough napkins available considering how messy the burritos are. The staff at PP is always friendly.
Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK Temple Bar)
Unit 1, Temple Bar Square, Dublin 2 , Temple Bar, Dublin
I've been to GBK a number of times, and the food is always consistently good. I usually get the puy lentil veggie burger. All of GBK's veggie burgers are extremely substantial, which sets them apart from other burger joints that tend to skimp on the content when it comes to veggie burgers. The atmosphere at this restaurant is fine, it is always clean and when it isn't too crowded it can be a very nice place, but it isn't particularly comfortable, and when there is a crowd it can feel cramped and noisy. They usually have a deal on, either 1/2 price burgers for lunch, or a voucher that can be used for dinner during the week. When one avails of these deals GBK is quite reasonably priced, otherwise it is rather expensive at around 10 euro per burger.
7-9 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I recently went to Ukiyo for lunch with my girlfriend. It has a nice cheery atmosphere, and although it is fairly busy during the lunch hour, the waitstaff was quick and attentive. The lunch menu is short but all of the sections seem to be substantial and tasty. The only vegetarian option is a vegetarian burrito, which, being at a Japanese restaurant, makes one immediately skeptical, but it is delicious. Filled with rice, kimchi and other vegetables, it makes for a filling lunch option. It is also a great value at only 6 euro.
Kumar's Taste of Asia
Swan House, Swan Street, Flood Street, Galway City, Galway
I recently went to this restaurant with my girlfriend on a visit to Galway. We arrived in town late in the evening, around 10:00, and were desperately wandering the streets looking for an eatery that was still serving when we happened upon this gem. It was a cold November evening, and the interior was warm and welcoming. We sat for at least an hour chatting and eating. The staff was extremely friendly, and the food was good. On the whole, Kumar's is a great value, and a really nice experience. I would definitely return the next time I'm in Galway.
Jewel in the Crown (South William Street)
5 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
This is one of my favorite restaurants in Dublin, and, in my opinion, the best Indian restaurant in the city. Although at times the space can feel a little cramped, the service is always prompt and friendly and you never get the sense that they are spread too thin. The food is always delicious, and they bring complimentary papadums and chutneys at the beginning of each meal. So although it isn't cheap, you feel that you are getting a substantial amount of food for your money. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes delicious Indian food.
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Yamamori is a restaurant with good food and a good selection. They have noodle dishes (which are their specialty); sushi dishes; meat dishes and a fairly wide selection of vegetarian dishes. Although the quality of the food has remained consistently good, I have noticed that the portion size has diminished over the past moths. It used to be the case that I would go to Yamamori and leave feeling stuffed, but the past few times I've visited the restaurant I've left feeling peckish. Other than that, the staff are attentive, the food is good and the atmosphere, although it can be fairly noisy on busy nights, tends to be pleasant.
The Bull & Castle and F.X. Buckley Steakhouse
5-7 Lord Edward Street, Christchurch, Dublin 8, City Centre South, Dublin
I go to the Bull and Castle quite a bit, typically to drink, but also to eat. They have a terrific selection of Irish microbrewed beer as well as imports that you can't get anywhere else in Dublin. Last week they had Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on draught. The food at the Bull and Castle is pretty traditional pub fare, with a lot of meaty and potatoey dishes. Being a vegetarian myself there is usually only one or two choices, but the food is always good. The services is great, and the atmosphere is very inviting. You can have dinner in the wood-paneled restaurant downstairs, and then move upstairs to the beer hall for a pint. All together a nice place to eat and drink.
Farm Restaurant (Dawson Street)
3 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin
The Farm is a good restaurant, in general. It has a bit of a funky atmosphere with ambient lighting that changes color periodically, but if you don't like it it's something that can be ignored. I went for an early bird and as a vegetarian I was pleased to see that they had several veg choices for each course of the early bird menu. The prices are a bit high, but the food is absolutely first rate, so one doesn't mind paying them. Everyone in my party was pleased with his or her meal.
The Porterhouse (Central)
45-47 Nassau Street, City Centre South, Dublin
I work at Trinity College, so I end up eating at the Porterhouse quite a lot. The atmosphere has changed significantly over the past couple of months - for some reason they now fancy themselves a dance club, and it gets quite noisy from about 9:00. That aside, the food is very good. They have a great deal where all burgers and pizzas are 10 euro Monday through Thursday, and with a pint or two of their excellent microbrews (which are difficult to find in Ireland, but are becoming more plentiful) it makes for a good meal. That being said, the quality of the food is variable. Sometimes the pizzas are burned, or the amount of topping that they give is negligible, but overall it is usually good. The Service is also often lacking, but this is due to the fact that they are too busy, and don't have sufficient wait staff.