Restaurant Reviews from pizzagirl

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McAlpins Suir Inn Restaurant

Cheekpoint, Waterford City, Waterford

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Cuisine:
Irish

Price Range:

Great
2 reviews

Reviewed 20th August 2010 ( visited 24th June 2010 )

I travelled to Waterford for a few days' break with my mother and sister and 3 of my sister's friends to celebrate my sister's birthday. A colleague who is from Waterford recommended McAlpin's as an excellent place for seafood, which my sister loves, so we decided to give it a go. The restaurant is tiny and resembles more of a pub, but has a lovely homely and cosy feel to it. The service initially was very friendly and we felt almost like old friends coming for a visit rather than customers from out of town (and abroad). We wanted to order mussels, but were advised that it is not really mussel season, hence I opted for the garlic mushrooms and my mum had the shrimp cocktail, the others had the smoked salmon. The mushrooms were gorgeous, the bread fresh and fragrant. For mains many of us had the scallops, mum had the crab bake and some had the seafood pie. The consensus was that the scallops were the best dish any of us had ever tasted anywhere - and we had a few ladies with us who are used to dining in 5 star restaurants regularly. The rest of the mains were also stunningly good. For desert we were told there is no menu but the lady who bakes gave us a list (an extensive one) of what she had on offer. Everything was excellent, and we left the place completely in awe of the fabulous food we had. At the end of the visit it got very busy and the service suffered a little as the staff were running off their feet, but we would not hold it against them, as otherwise our experience of this restaurant was superb. Highly recommended to everyone, I'm already planning a trip to Waterford for the sole purpose of getting to visit McAlpins again! I haven't stopped going on about it since we got back!
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Zen restaurant

89 Upper Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 6

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Cuisine:
Asian

Price Range:

Good
116 reviews

Reviewed 15th January 2007 ( visited 15th January 2007 )

Excellent food and good takeaway service. The room is sometimes a bit cold, and because it is a big open room it feels like sitting in a big barn or something. But food is great and staff very friendly. Recommend the take away service.
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Copper & Spice Restaurant
Above The Mill Bar, Anncotty Village, Annacotty, Limerick

Visited Copper and Spice with a work colleague from abroad. We were all impressed with the very authentic table ware, beautiful to look at. We ordered an Indian combo platter to share first. The little nibbles were lovely and so were the dip sauces - I love that kind of stuff! For mains my foodie expert friend (who in fact is an Indian cook herself) had the lamb biryani, I had a Makhani Chicken and my other friend had one of the lamb curries. My expert friend explained to us that she felt the dishes were not cooked in the authentic way, and while for us they tasted nice, she was disappointed. She also pointed out that since the restaurant offers dishes from many different ethnic cuisines, it can not be expected to cook them in a very authentic way. From my point of view, my chicken was pleasant to eat, but not spicy enough/ little bland for me and my other friend's lamb curry had a really tasty sauce. We thought maybe the spices were toned down to cater for local tastes - we all would have preferred more of a kick of the spices. Looking at the overall visit, I found the food was quite nice, the service was pleasant, there was a good selection of drinks to choose from - I would happily revisit any time and recommend to others. Pleasant experience overall.

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Eibhle Restaurant
Main Street , Cappamore, Limerick

We were in the area with a friend and decided to have our lunch here. Nice and cosy pub with a restaurant/ dining room and a venue for larger events. The waiting staff are lovely and friendly. The food is really nice and tasty, uncomplicated, and there is plenty of it. I've actually eaten here a few times, had the chicken vol-au-vent, the roast beef and the stuffed chicken breast and all were very nice and filling. There is always a lovely and fresh side salad. Dessert menu has typical classic pub desserts and a few unexpected surprises, my banoffee pie was lovely. If you are in the area I would recommend a lovely lunch here.

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Matt The Thresher (Birdhill)
Birdhill Tipperary Tipperary, Birdhill, Tipperary

Myself & spouse had poor experience here years ago but you should always give a place another chance and we were in the area. The restaurant is set up to look like an old style pub, which is quite nice, looks quite inviting outside and seems to be popular. However to me it had a shabby feel and it was quite cold inside. We were served by 3 waiting staff, of which 2 came across irritable and uninterested, the third was lovely and smiley. I had the extremely bland chicken and mushroom pie. It had what seemed like almost half a litre of thin sauce reminding me of chicken soup out of a packet. The pastry lid was nice though and the portion size was filling enough. I was offered either salad or chips or boiled potatoes with it: I asked can I have a little chips and a little salad – I got a tiny portion of chips, and a tiny portion of side salad for which I was charged extra (in fact for the price of the minuscule bowl of side salad I could have got a lunch soup or a sandwich in another place). My husband’s burger was just the bun, beef patty, slice of tomato and maybe a teaspoons worth of fried onion and 2 or 3 small pieces of lettuce - accompanied with a tiny portion of chips. He would have liked more salad, onion, chips and some gherkins - the plate was quite bare. For this sort of a portion he got I'd expect in our capital in the city centre to pay half of what I paid here. Overall must say the menu is quite expensive! It is the prices of a really high quality restaurant in central Dublin. If the food was really excellent and the service exceptionally great – then maybe it would be understandable. Considering the remote location, the bland uninspiring food, icy room and mostly unwelcoming service –I find this place desperately overpriced and I would not consider revisiting nor recommending it.

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Hard Rock Cafe
12 Fleet Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Stopped here for a meal on a Friday night, as entertained friends from abroad who were over for the weekend. Our waitress was a lovely energetic happy and very friendly girl. She did her best and was very helpful, but the food took ages to arrive - it was Friday night though in Temple Bar so I've no complaints there. When it did arrive, it was tasty enough - Nachos & burgers exactly as you'd like them, chicken tenders with spicy sauce were too spicy for me to eat, but others enjoyed them. The portions, particularly the starters, were massive - you won't leave hungry. What you see is what you get - this is a great place particularly for younger 20 something tourists, not so much designed perhaps for those of us approaching 50... Quite enjoyed the experience and might bring my nephew!

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San Lorenzos
South Great Georges Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

We came here with a couple who were visiting us from abroad for a celebration dinner. The service was speedy, courteous and friendly, yet not overly familiar. My starter the antipasti was wonderful, as was my friend's Porchetta tonnata. Her husband stated that his Gambas were best he'd had in ages, and that is saying something as he has a holiday home in Spain! My chicken wrapped in Parma Ham was delicious - loved also the asparagus and potatoes accompanying it and was particularly pleasantly surprised by creamed sweetcorn, so good I could eat it by the bucket - normally I don't like sweetcorn. Our desserts, 2 different pavlovas and the pecan pie, were all superb. Massive huge minus points to the restaurant though for the incredibly loud music that was extremely unpleasant. We couldn't have a conversation without really shouting, we practically had to order by pointing at the menu as it was too loud to talk. We left with sore throats and headaches from the noise and yelling. Minus also for that the lights midway through the meal were brought so low that you could barely see your plate. Athmosphere for a classy eatery really does not come from 90's acid house at top volume... I don't care how trendy the place is. I'd be very interested to hear the restaurants view on this as surely no customer has indicated they enjoy it. I'd never return if the noise remains at this level, even if I'd very happily return for the food, even if it is rather pricey.

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Comans Rathgar
2 Terenure Road East, Rathgar, Dublin

Had lunch/ brunch here with himself a few times recently. Last time had a chicken pasta. It was quite nice, perhaps a tiny bit bland, needed seasoning. That is not the end of the world, as it is easier to add salt than to remove excess. The service is quite friendly but it is a busy pub and sometimes you may have to wait a bit. Bonus points for the fact that even if the pub is often busy and almost full it is built in way that it doesn't become unbearably noisy. The burgers look great so that is what I will try next time! They have a good few carvery options in the weekend too. All in all, reasonable nice place,recommended for a nice weekend lunch albeit not really a life changing gourmet experience. Will return for sure.

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

We ended up here with a friend, after not visiting for a very long time. Acapulco is a place you can trust. Always lovely food, nice ambiance and good service. We shared a nacho starter, it was delish. I had chicken fajitas, equally lovely, well seasoned, properly prepared on a hot griddle, served with 3 smallish tortillas, sour cream and guacamole and salsa- albeit I missed having a bit of lettuce and tomato to put in, instead of just the usual hot toppings and dips. I had the mango mess for dessert and it was genuinely divine. My only complaint is that it is a tad pricey. Otherwise, highly recommended.

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The Quays Irish Restaurant
10-12 Temple Bar Square, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Had visitors from abroad and on their last night in Dublin they wanted to dine somewhere in Temple Bar. The Quays is in the centre of it all and great for tourists. The music is your standard irish trad, the place is made to look like an old fashioned pub. The service is friendly and superefficient, it appeared to me as if great effort had been put in to training the staff, to all have a standard norm of service, to be polite, friendly but not too familiar, to know the menu and be able to get people to order quickly eat quickly and get out quickly so they can get more people in!!! Bit conveyor belt like.... I had the chicken burger, my guests had the stew, the fish and chips and the mussels and seafood chowder. My cajun chicken burger was very tasty. I also had some of the stew and it was delicious. Also tried mussel, also very good. We were a tad upset by 10% service charge added on top of the food that was dear to start with, I didn't see this extra charge mentioned anywhere on the menu, nor explained to us by the staff. But I will probably return here another time, with another set of visitors.

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Killmurray Lodge Hotel
Castletroy, Castletroy, Limerick

Had dinner here while staying in the hotel. Hotel itself is lovely, friendly service, nice rooms. The restaurant of the hotel was not open for other than private functions or breakfast so had our dinner in the bar. I had burger and chips. To be honest, ok -but wouldn't order it again. The beef was very dense and not very seasoned. The service was great until we were finished but then I had to go looking for the staff so we could pay and leave. For that a little minus. All in all I hear the carvery here is very good in the weekends, but due to our first dinner being ok but not great, we chose to eat elsewhere for the rest of our trip.

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Harte's Bar & Grill
Market Square, Kildare Town, Kildare Town, Kildare

We had our lunch break here, half way through a long drive home. We picked the restaurant due to handy On arrival we stood at the door at for minutes before being pointed to a table - the whole visit the service was friendly but slow. Menu is quite good, something for everyone. I had a goats cheese panini, my other half had fish and chips, the other two in the party had fish cakes and ham and cheese panini. My panini was lovely but I would have hoped for more cheese and less of the roasted pepper and onion which went cold very fast, also would have preferred more fresh salad and less of coleslaw that was too mayonnaisy. The fish in the fish and chips was very good indeed as were the chips, and my other half declared he'd happily eat here every day. I tried the fish cakes too, and they were nice, if a tad bland. The restaurant itself is cosy, not too noisy, and has comfortable furniture. A perfect place for a lunch on the go.

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The Grand Hotel
Denny Street, Tralee, Kerry

Had a late lunch/ early dinner here with my mother and a friend on our visit to Tralee. Service was friendly but little slow. I ordered chicken fajitas, and it was served on a dish that I would expect but was covered in a gloopy sauce that reminded me of chinese sweet and sour- typically the chicken and the peppers and onions are marinated and chargrilled. My mum had a prawn salad in which the oriental style prawns were lovely but she did not like the mayonnaisey dressing. My friends burger and chicken wings were fine. The bar is nice and cosy and decorated in a nice old fashioned way. Plusses for the cosiness, minus for not knowing how to cook such a popular dish as fajitas - it really should not have a sauce that reminds you of chinese food!

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The Carlton Hotel
Dan Spring Road, Tralee, Kerry

We stayed in the hotel a couple of days with my mum who was visiting. On the night of the arrival we decided to dine in the hotel as tired from the long travel. Due to some music event, the restaurant was fully booked and we were lucky to get a table in the bar. The table was in the middle of the path people used to enter and exit the bar, so it was like sitting in a corridor and the chairs, albeit comfortable were low and so was the table so not comfy for eating. Our waitresses and waiters were the nicest I've ever met anywhere so full marks for service, couldn't ask for better service. I had a goats cheese starter and a green curry for mains - the starter was lovely but the curry was not quite right. Also it was served with very spicy rice which is not the done thing with curry. My mum ordered a prawn salad, which was otherwise nice but the dressing was very thick with mayo and wasn't pleasant. My desert of baileys mousse tasted only of cream and not of baileys really. So albeit all the food was pleasant, it wasn't quite right and hence not value for money. The hotel itself I'd highly recommend.

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Brambles Café Bistro
102-104 Terenure Road North, Terenure, Dublin

We have had late breakfast / brunch here twice recently. The breakfast is quite sizeable and pretty reasonably priced. On the plus side I have to say the potato cake with scallions that comes with the full Irish is absolutely delicious. I'd have it every day if I could! Minus for the rashers: the thick pink kind you get with every hotel breakfast (what's wrong with thin crispy and properly cooked??). All in all a nice brekkie though, hence we went back the second time. Coffee is good and I think is included in the price before 12. The decor is nice but the room can be noisy, especially if a lot of people with children. We wanted to be seated in the empty/ quiet area of the restaurant but were told we couldn't, as there was a booking for later on. We ended up sitting near the tills, outside the main restaurant area which turned out to be quite cosy.

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The Long Stone
Townsend Street, City Centre South, Dublin

We stopped here with two friends before a concert to have a quick drink and a bite. Only one of us ended up ordering food but the steak sandwich that was served was big enough to feed the three of us, there was a lovely fresh salad with it, plenty of onions and mushrooms and a generous portion of chips. The food was bar food, as expected but very good at that and value for money. Service was friendly and quick. Will most likely pop in here again some if need a quick dinner of an evening.

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

We got the citydeal voucher for the starter, main & bellini, and managed to go in to use it on the last day. We skipped the starters as there was nothing on the list that we wanted, but the very nice waitress organised side salads for us instead for no extra cost. The food was surprisingly nice and very filling. I had chicken filled with sundried tomato and himself had a steak. Also ended up having coffee and cake for afters, which were both quite nice. Decided we'd return some day as food was quite nice. Himself asked me to convey his comments though that the guinness was not nice. Then again they do have their own beers.

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Sean Mac D's
69 Harolds Cross Road, Harolds Cross, Dublin

Very delighted that Sean Mac D's is doing food! Since having read the positive reviews in the newspapers I have eaten here 4 times and tried different dishes every time. The fish cakes and the braised beef are great, the mash is lovely, the linguini is also very good. Everything I've tried has been between good and delicious and I've tried almost half the menu so far. The service is very friendly and mostly efficient. The pub itself is divided into different sections and there are books to read and couches to sit on, as well as the usual pub furniture. The wines are well selected and reasonably priced and the coffee is very good. My negatives would be that they do not stock some of the typical beers and ciders (no Budweiser or Kopparberg on offer). Also, they tend to run out of ingredients but don't tell you - which is a big big no-no! (I ordered the burger solely because I'd seen the lovely big chunk goats cheese on the burger the gentleman in the next table was having. My burger arrived with a dry thin piece of tasteless cheese barely the size of a 1 euro coin. After I had finished my meal, I heard the waitress explaining to the table on my other side that they'd no cheese left. When I placed my order, I specifically mentioned I'd chosen it because of the goats cheese I'd seen my neighbour have, but I wasn't told there wasn't any cheese left! In that occasion was rather disappointed.) All in all I've had many good experiences and good meals and would recommend Sean Mac D's very warmly.

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Copan
304 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin

Came here for dinner with a friend as had heard the food was good. First of all it is nice to have a cool modern style new pub in the area. We were warmly greeted on arrival by a lovely waitress and brought our drinks straight away. I couldn't have any alcohol so she was able to recommend non alcoholic cocktail that was absolutely delicious. We ordered our food and chatted away... about 25 mins later the waitress appeared to ask what we had ordered (seemed like the order had gone missing) after which it took another 40 mins (most of it with empty glasses too), until the food arrived. This was super slow, but as all the waiting staff were all really nice and (from that point on) really attentive and as we were not in a major hurry, I'm willing to forgive the wait. I ordered a burger which was tasty, albeit the burger was half the size of the bun and quite small. Like having a burger bun with a meatball in it. My friend had the chicken cordon bleu and was not really not impressed at the very small portion with a rather hefty price. I will visit again as the location is handy, the food, if overpriced, was tasty, and the staff and decor were nice. I would wish Copan would either increase the portion sizes or rethink the prices of the food.

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Toss'd Noodles & Salads
Chq Building, Dublin Docklands, City Centre North, Dublin

Had lunch here with a colleague. Lucky we went early as, boy, does this place get busy (=which I took to mean they do great food!)! I ordered chicken massaman curry and my colleague ordered the crayfish coconut noodles. The food is cooked fresh so we expected it to take a while but it took a half hour which I think in a busy lunch place is too long. On your receipt is the number of your order that the waitress calls out (or in our case whispers gently) once the food is ready, to locate the recipient. The only waitress we saw was run off her feet poor thing. But the food when it came was absolutely delicious. My friend found her noodles a bit soggy (I tried them and concur, but otherwise yummy) I reckon this was due to the type of noodle. Recommend for the lovely food but at a quieter time than lunch.

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Cortina’s Mexican Restaurant
The Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

Had a dinner with a group of friends here. Cortinas had just opened after Christmas so they were out of some ingredients which I cannot really fault them for. We had the taster of the different dips with the nachos to start. The nachos are made in the restaurant so they are different than shop bought but really nice. The dips were beautiful. Then I got the Cortinas Deluxe Taco Platter for mains as recommended by my friend who had been there before. When the my platter arrived my friend said: oops sorry that's not what I had last time after all! Unfortunately I have to say it wasn't great. The "soft tacos" were small oily tortillas that mainly tasted of the oil. Very little of the filling and was left hungry which at a price of nearly 15 euro I think is not acceptable. I tasted my friend's quesadilla and that was quite tasty. The athmosphere is nice and the service was good, I might come here again if invited by someone but would not choose this place myself, due to disappointment with my main course.

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Luigi Malones Restaurant
5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Had late lunch here on Sunday with a friend. I had the huge chicken fajitas, chicken was delicious and portion huge but was left wanting a nice tomato salsa. Salsa that came with the portion was quite vinegary and tasted strongly of parsley and onion, which I didn't think suited the mexican theme, albeit perhaps would have been delicious with something else. My friend had a basic burger with slim fries, I tried the fries which were fine and the burger at least looked good. The place is popular so it was quite full and noisy - food took a while to arrive. Service was very friendly. This would be a nice place to come to with a group of girlfriends for instance, extensive menu and something for everyone.

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Marios (Terenure)
103 Terenure Road East, Dublin 6, Terenure, Dublin

Didn't feel like cooking so decided to visit the always reliable Marios. Marios is very popular with families. I apologise for being politically incorrect here but as I do not have children myself, I prefer to have my dinner without having to listen to other people's kids throwing tantrums. So I usually try to visit at times when the restaurant is not busy.This time we were unlucky -several families with small children arrived, just as we got our food. When the little ones are unhappy the noise can be rather unpleasant. Of course I understand not the restaurant's fault and we knowingly took the risk by choosing to visit a child friendly restaurant during the day on a bank holiday. I had my favourite pizza piccante, which is usually lovely but occasionally a bit over the top with the chillies - this time my eyes were still watering from the heat hours later but it was otherwise delicious. My partner had an isabella pizza that was very good. Generally the food here is always good and service is friendly and efficient. I do recommend it for families.

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Mayfield Deli & Eatery
Terenure Road North, South Dublin, Terenure, Dublin

Stopped here for early dinner. Service was quick and friendly. The place is rather small but the decor is cosy and homely and makes you feel welcome. He had the Beef Bourgoignon and I had the chicken and leek hotpot. Unfortunately they had no piecrust for the hotpot, which I was eager to try, but I was given bread instead. The portions were generous, the mash was the best I've had in a long time and both his and my dishes were filling and tasty. Just what you need on a cold winter's day. Price I thought was also pretty spot on. I would warmly recommend this place.

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Riva Restaurant - Harolds Cross
53 Rathgar Avenue, South Dublin, Harolds Cross, Dublin

Myself and better half decided to try Riva. To his great delight there was grilled cod as special. The fish was flaky and soft and perfectly cooked served with a lovely fresh salad and fantastic sauté potatoes (I had to taste everything, looked so good.) I had the capricciosa pizza, which was thin, crispy and had just the right amount of toppings. I perhaps would have wanted a tiny bit more tomato sauce and cheese. The house red also was really nice. The restaurant is quite small and as there are often families with children it may be noisy at times but otherwise it is very nice. We ended up going back the next day! I went back with a friend who is a bit of a foodie. I had gone on and on to her about the good value. I was shocked to find that the menu had been changed and the prices had been hiked up quite a lot. Food was still delicious though, had a lovely pasta.

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Pizza Stop
6/10 Chatham House, Chatham Lane, Off Grafton Street, City Centre South, Dublin

This is a place that is on a little lane so unless you are looking for it, you might not bump into it. The atmosphere is peaceful and cosy. I had the Du Chef Pizza which was like a pizza should be, thin, crispy, not too laden with the toppings, tasty. Chili oil is lovely. Service came efficiently and with a smile. Will visit again for sure.

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Lemon (Dawson St)
60 Dawson St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I every now and again pop here for lunch as it is handy in the city centre and you know that you can get something delicious quickly. Lemon is always packed full of students and tourists and a bit noisy for that but knowing what to expect it doesn't matter. The crepes are lovely and the coffee is good too. My favourites are the ham and cheese - they have the most delicious cheddar - and the mexican with loads of fresh peppers. The crepe suzette is a great dessert. Portions are sizeable enough to satisfy even a big hunger. Recommend for a quick bite!

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Tippenyaki
39 Castlewood Avenue, South Dublin , Rathmines, Dublin

Had a girly catch up dinner here with a friend. We were greeted warmly on arrival and throughout the dinner the service was friendly and efficient. We had the chicken tippenyaki that was cooked in front of us-we had a nice chat with the chef while he gave us a bit of a show while cooking: juggling an egg and then splitting it with the spatula etc. We had a great time and the food was absolutely delicious. Shared a lovely Mango crepe for desert, after the huge dinner one was enough for two. Wine of the week was very reasonably priced and juicy. I will definitely come back with other friends and I reckon my mother would love this too!

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Buffalo 19
109 Lower Rathmines Rd , South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin

Was too lazy to cook so got a takeaway.. Proper fillet of chicken burger, chicken nicely cooked, tasted almost barbecued - very nice. Also really tasty cheese and garlic chips. My only comment would be the chicken burger was on a hotdog bun so the toppings kept falling out - I prefer my burger round. Service was really friendly. Would visit again based on this visit.

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Little Jerusalem - Rathmines
3 Wynnefield Road, Dublin 6 , Rathmines, Dublin

3 of us had a going away dinner for a friend moving abroad. Restaurant is small but lovely and cosy, authentic feel to the atmosphere. Service was very friendly and quite efficient. We had 1 portion of vegetarian mezze mains for starter between us, great idea to try out different things - very nice indeed. We had chicken shawarmas for mains and the spiced coffee and baklavas for desert. I thought the price was reasonable for what we got and the food was tasty, and portions quite big. Will be back soon.

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ely gastro bar
Grand Canal Square, (Next to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre), Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

Had lunch here with a friend.Warmly greeted on arrival we got our drinks quickly and ordered our food which arrived fairly soon. We both had the pasta of the day, mushroom and blue cheese. Very generous portion at a reasonable price - really tasty, loads of mushrooms! We then had coffees for dessert as were too full to eat any more. The milk was heated up! Nice touch! Returned to work happy and will be back for sure.

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Caffe Parigi
17 - 19 Sir John Rogerson's Quay, City Centre South, Dublin

Had lunch by myself today to celebrate last day of August. Lovely penne pasta with pancetta and radicchio - really delicious and a very generous portion. Had also cheesecake and cappucino, both lovely. The decor of the place is very stylish and the tables and seats comfortable, I enjoyed the view out the window to the sailing ship on the quays. Service is friendly and efficient and the staff are all very pleasant. Price wise also quite reasonable. Gets very very busy at lunch time and a tad noisy, perhaps because this is a small place. Best to be very early if you want to get here for lunch. For the food, decor and excellent service highly recommended.

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Rosie O'Gradys NON PPC
282 Harolds Cross Road, Harolds Cross, Dublin

We tried out Rosie O'Grady's as they advertised opening a steak house.The fairly typical pub menu included now perhaps 3 different steaks at quite high prices - does not a steak house make! Due to the high prices on steaks we went for burgers instead. My better half asked for a beef burger and explained he doesn't like any sauces or toppings on his burger - apart from tomato and lettuce. I wanted the chicken burger but only if it is a fillet and not one of these breaded reconstituted things - waitress told me she'd check and she was sure that it is a fillet. I also requested some cheese, onion and salad on it as extra -the standard dish was just the bun and the chicken. The order arrived:I got a bun with a breaded thing on it that I am sure was reconstituted and not a fillet (it didn't have the right texture) and no other toppings or side salad, just chips. All the toppings I had asked for were on my boyfriends burger, who did not want any toppings. In addition we got a side salad that was drowning in this cheap industrial type grey salad dressing that tastes like glue. So we got the complete opposite of what we asked for. We explained to the waiter this is not what we ordered and that the toppings on himself's burger were supposed to be on mine. Himself got a new one and I didn't. Also the chips weren't real chips from real potatoes but clearly cooked from frozen. Waiter came back a few times to ask if everything was alright and seemed totally oblivious how badly they got it wrong. We were at this point too hungry to care and too bored to explain again. This has put us off pub food for the indefinite future.

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Marios (Ranelagh)
39 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

My friend and I ate at Mario's last night. We were greeted at the door as soon as we stepped in by a very pleasant mannered waitress and given a pick of a table. We come here once in a while and tend to order the same stuff every time, so Pizza piccante it was with salami and pepperoni and extra garlic, and some Montepulciano to wash it down, yum! Food came quick and was hot and tasty and filling - a small one would have done! Only minus was: we were offered black pepper and we asked for oregano too, but the waitress never came back with them. A different waiter collected our plates and gave us our coffees and the bill. Lovely food, consistent quality, reasonably priced, nice service, comfy atmosphere.Recommend warmly.

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Herbstreet
Hanover Quay, Dublin 2 , Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

Met a friend today for lunch here. Had been dying to try HerbStreet because of all the recommendations from friends. We arrived early to avoid the crowds and rightly so. At 12.30 we had the place to ourselves, and it was cosy and comfy but 30 mins later it was so packed and noisy that I could not hear myself think. Despite the place being so full, the service never faltered, it was quick, friendly and efficient all the way through. I had the burger which was otherwise nice but too red in the center and could not eat it all. The chips were thin and a tad too salty. I would have wished for some salad on the side, just a tiny bit of something fresh. Food was ok, service was great but at busy hour, too noisy. Found it a tad overpriced for what was served too.

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Kafka (Dublin)
236 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin

I went to Kafka recently with a friend for her birthday. As on my previous visits, this time too we were greeted warmly, service was friendly and fairly efficient. The place is small but the ambiance is relaxed and comfortable and casual. I ordered the chicken burger with sundried tomato paste and mozzarella and it is very filling and tasty. I have previously ordered also the asian chicken salad which is nice choice for a bit lighter meal. But it was the warm pecan pie with the gorgeous vanilla ice cream that melted my heart. Really sweet but oh! So good! Best of all about this place is that it really is quite reasonably priced and the quality is reliable. Possibly not the biggest gourmet treasure in the world, but nice, reliable, uncomplicated and very tasty place to eat.

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Ananda
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

I ate here with my mother and sister to celebrate our last day of holiday together. The place is beautiful, albeit would be even better if they had some light curtains to hide the view to the hideous industrial estate seen from the windows. We had lovely mango margaritas to start, that were delicious. We skipped starters but had some sides instead. I have the traditional chicken with tomato and fenugreek and it was delightful. I tasted my sister's dish of lobster and that was delicious, I'll be having that next time. We had a side of spinach cooked with some cumin which was also very taste, surprising as I don't like spinach, or cumin, normally. We had the kulfi for desert, perhaps an acquired taste. Wasn't bad but not my cup of tea. All in all I loved it, food is gorgeous, surrounding beautiful and service is good. Slightly overpriced though.

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The Lobster Pot
9 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

We visited the Lobster pot with family and a family friend. The service was very friendly and the surroundings quaint and cosy. The gentleman waiter arrived initially at the table with a trolley showcasing what they had on offer which I found at the same time a lovely idea and a bit bizarre, but at least gave a good idea what to order. I had the scallops and prawns for starter, which was nice, but not spectacular and certainly not worth the price. For mains we all had fish. My grilled cod with cheese sauce was lovely but again I felt certainly not worth the price. My sister paid the bill for our group of 5 which was almost as much as my monthly grocery bills are normally. Nice place, lovely staff and able chef but seriously overpriced. Would not go again.

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La Boheme
2 George Street, Waterford City, Waterford

We visited La Boheme on our trip to Waterford recently. The atmosphere is cool and calm and well, posh. Perhaps it was a tiny bit too dark in the restaurant. Service was courteous and polite and timely. Everything arrived punctually and the food was very good. I had the chicken which was very good and tasty, but I would not excellent. My friend's seabass was very lovely indeed. My final impression was that it is a nice, bit more upmarket sort of place to eat and all in all everything was very good and nice, and flawless execution of the service and the food, could not complain about anything. Perhaps it wasn't however exceptionally memorable or quite the value for money considering the mains in particular were on the dear side. Recommend it warmly though and it is a lovely surrounding if you have a special occasion.

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Emilianos Ristorante Italiano
21 High st, Waterford, Waterford City, Waterford

We were visiting Waterford with 2 guests from abroad. The lovely taxi man who kindly drove us around the whole 5 days of our visit recommended this place as he knew the owner. We were welcomed in by the owner himself, who was not only friendly but super helpful and clearly knew his stuff about Italian food and wine. We had starters, then primi piatti ie pasta, and fish for mains. Everything was nice, the seabass and the arrabiata were excellent. To finish we got a taste of Limoncello that was made in the family. I've only tasted Limoncello before from a bottle a friend brought me from Italy - the owner explained that any respectable Italians make there own because it does not taste right otherwise. I'll tell you, the difference in taste was unreal. Really delicious! I would recommend this restaurant warmly to anyone visiting Waterford.

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The Roseville Rooms @ Faithlegg House Hotel & Golf Club
Faithlegg, Waterford City, Waterford

A group of us stayed in the hotel for a few days and part of the package included a dinner in the Rose room restaurant. As we had travelled long, (some of us from abroad) we decided to have the dinner on the first night of our stay. Initially the service was very friendly but it very soon became evident that there wasn't enough waiting staff on premises.Many of the waiters seemed like temps or summer workers - they were all friendly and helpful, but didn't have all the information at hand. Also despite numerous emails exchanged with the hotel prior to our arrival our booking & the fact that the meal was agreed as included in our hotel package was not on record, which caused additional confusion. The room was packed, noisy and stifling hot. After receiving the starter drinks and a complementary (very nice) small starter, we had to wait ages for our wine, then ages to order. Once the order was in the starters came relatively quick and were nice, but then we waited again nearly an hour for the mains. When they arrived, the fish had been sitting under the grill till it was almost rock hard and dry, and the lamb tasted of old socks, and was mostly left uneaten. The chicken breast and particularly the side of puy lentils was lovely though. We then waited again for half an eternity to order dessert and another for it to arrive. The staff were all the time very friendly and nice, but the service was just dead slow. In the end we had spent 3,5 hours sitting in the stifling hot room, some of us having travelled for 8 hours to get there. The overall feeling was that we were quite disappointed and really not impressed, having so looked forward to our dinner, especially having heard so many good things about the head chef. The restaurant offered us complimentary coffees and drinks to apologise and seemed truly sorry to have disappointed us, which redeemed them a little bit. Would not eat here again though.

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McAlpins Suir Inn Restaurant
Cheekpoint, Waterford City, Waterford

I travelled to Waterford for a few days' break with my mother and sister and 3 of my sister's friends to celebrate my sister's birthday. A colleague who is from Waterford recommended McAlpin's as an excellent place for seafood, which my sister loves, so we decided to give it a go. The restaurant is tiny and resembles more of a pub, but has a lovely homely and cosy feel to it. The service initially was very friendly and we felt almost like old friends coming for a visit rather than customers from out of town (and abroad). We wanted to order mussels, but were advised that it is not really mussel season, hence I opted for the garlic mushrooms and my mum had the shrimp cocktail, the others had the smoked salmon. The mushrooms were gorgeous, the bread fresh and fragrant. For mains many of us had the scallops, mum had the crab bake and some had the seafood pie. The consensus was that the scallops were the best dish any of us had ever tasted anywhere - and we had a few ladies with us who are used to dining in 5 star restaurants regularly. The rest of the mains were also stunningly good. For desert we were told there is no menu but the lady who bakes gave us a list (an extensive one) of what she had on offer. Everything was excellent, and we left the place completely in awe of the fabulous food we had. At the end of the visit it got very busy and the service suffered a little as the staff were running off their feet, but we would not hold it against them, as otherwise our experience of this restaurant was superb. Highly recommended to everyone, I'm already planning a trip to Waterford for the sole purpose of getting to visit McAlpins again! I haven't stopped going on about it since we got back!

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Milano (Dawson Street)
38 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Had lunch here with some friends. Pizzas were ok except that the tomato sauce was quite sweet. I hadn't realised to ask for thin base - so I got a small pizza with thick base that left me a bit hungry. Tip to Milanos, could you ask the customer which base they want, when taking the order? One of us had Lasagne and verdict was not enough meat, very gooey and quite small. Another friend had the Etna pizza and was delighted with it. In the end, 3 out of 4 of us were still hungry when we left. For 13.50 per portion you shouldn't leave hungry! Special points for extra friendly, fast and and flexible service.

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JD's Steakhouse
4 Rathfarnham Road, Dublin 6W, Terenure, Dublin

Nice cosy restaurant. Food is lovely. We have been here three times recently and always ended up having the burgers as they are fantastic and huge and the potato wedges/ chips that come with are lovely. The service leaves a bit to wish for, although the staff are formally polite but at the same time you somehow feel a bit like you are disturbing them by being there. If you don't mind that too much and you like burgers and steaks, highly recommended. Nice feature is the wine bottle display.

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Bellagio
92 Terenure Road North, Dublin 6W, Terenure, Dublin

Returned here for dinner after a long break. If you are a true lover of proper Italian pizza with thin base and proper tomato sauce I highly recommend this place. i had a lovely pizza w pepperoni and hot chilli and oh was it good. The food is absolutely delicious. The decor is nice after they redecorated (a good while back but I haven't been here for a while). Tiny bit noisy at times. Excellent selection for red wine and nice service.

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Di Bella Cafe
Hogans Place, City Centre South, Dublin

This place has recently opened near our office and we've had lunch and breakfast there a few times. The food is excellent, the chicken and pesto pasta is very tasty and the portions are just right. The service however leaves a lot to be desired for, majority of the staff are condescending, unfriendly and rude and some apparently haven't even basic math skills (had trouble getting the bill paid as the girl could not count even with a calculator.)

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Zen
89 Upper Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin

Excellent food and good takeaway service. The room is sometimes a bit cold, and because it is a big open room it feels like sitting in a big barn or something. But food is great and staff very friendly. Recommend the take away service.

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