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The Real Gourmet Burger - Dun Laoghaire restaurant

The Pavilion, South Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Good
200 reviews

Reviewed 16th September 2007 ( visited 14th September 2007 )

I think this place is great. You get exactly what you would expect; excellent quality fast food. The beef in my burger was delicious and they have some really interesting options (the special was a wild boar burger!) my friend had rosemary chips, which were yummy too. The staff are unbelievably friendly, they have a system where you ask for a table and then go away and they call you when they have one. My phone was on silent and I missed 3 calls from them but when we showed up again we were still given a table and smiled at! Drinks, salads and deserts all good too and everything’s reasonably priced :)
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Jaipur Restaurant (Dalkey)

21 Castle Street, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin, Area Code: South Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
Indian

Price Range:

Good
83 reviews

Reviewed 01st June 2007 ( visited 01st June 2007 )

This is a very nice restaurant with tasty food! It took a while for the food to arrive but I suppose it was worth it. My dish was very nice although its description sounded a good bit better! The best choice was the mix which had a great selection of dishes and was delicious. Service was good enough and the atmosphere wasn’t bad - except I seem to remember they played riverdance-esque music which was a tad disappointing in an Indian restaurant! It’s not bad value but you have to pay for rice which, to be honest, I resented a little. A nice touch was giving my 11 year old brother free chocolate ice cream though!
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Pablo Picante
131 Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , Baggot Street, Dublin

Yum. Their student deal for a fiver is incredible: a burrito will leave you so full and happy and satisfied that it's unbeatable value! Delicious burritos, friendly staff.

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Carluccio's Caffe
52 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

This is a really nice place. It's upmarket enough, and as it's a chain it seems less 'authentic' than it might, but the food is good and the staff are friendly. Went their for brunch recently and the breakfast ciabatta (with bacon and scrambled eggs) was delish. Overall, I'd say it's best for casual things like a coffee or brunch.

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Gourmet Food Parlour Dun Laoghaire
7 Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Not overly impressed. I've only been once for lunch (would be interested to try their brekkie) and it just could have been better. My sandwich was nice but not very exciting. The service is fine, but they sort of leave you waiting at the door and their not particularly attentive - but as I said, it's fine, there's far worse! Coffee was quite nice, but not sure I'd be back.

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Bad Ass Cafe
Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I think if you take this place in context it's fantastic - fab atmosphere, cheap grub, efficient and friendly service. The food's not amazing, but you wouldn't really expect it to be - pizzas are especially good I hear, didn't have one myself though. I went with a group of 10 others and I was astonished how quick the food came! The staff were all very friendly and patient (one of the waiters was drop dead gorgeous too which is always a plus!) and I love the decor. If you compare the prices with similar restaurants, it's a far far better deal - and much more original too. Would definitely go back.

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N Joy Cafe
7 Anglesea Bldgs, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Liked it a lot but hated the decor! Especially the tables... ugh. Sorry that's snobbish, I'll get on to the food! Had a lovely seeded panini, with roast veg and goats cheese - absolutely delicious. It was served with a mound of the tastiest carrot salad, which had lots of seeds in it and a great dressing. The lady who served me smiled lots and was very friendly. good value because you get a fine sized plate of food, I'll be back!

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Eden
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin

in a word: yum! after reading lots of rave reviews of Eden, we decidede to give it ago and weren't in the least disapointed. yes it's pricey (save it for a special occaision, cos it *is* certainly expensive) but it truely is a cut above other restaurants. the food is simply delicious, no other way to describe it! we had... beef carpaccio - amazing. lovely texture/taste - the lot! their speciality of 'smokies' - also delish pumpkin risotto - huge portion! but fantastic venison - the best we've been served in a restaurant fillet steak - few too many chips with it, which were mediocre, but the steak! nuff said! this fantastic chocolate winter pudding - wow. but a bit much after huge portion of risotto! service friendly too and good wine selection. will be back - as soon as i can afford it! (oh, the unisex toilets are a bit different... but other then that, good!)

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Ristorante Romano
12 Capel Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Absolutely lovely - I can't wait to go back for lunch after seeing all the reviews saying what good value it was. We had dinner there as were going to the cinema after - the perfect pre-theatre/cinema/whatever place to go as it's so efficient! The menu looks simple enough - but the food is of such a high standard. I think that's what makes it authentically Italian (yes I know, I was surprised at the all-Asian staff, but certainly no complaints) because any menu we came across in Italy was simple - but delicious. You got exactly what the menu said you'd get and it's the same here. the pasta is homemade (free range eggs, organic flour - something I wasn't expecting as it doesn't seem like that kind of place) and you definitely notice the difference - it has a real bite (perfectly cooked!), an actual flavour and makes the meal so much more substantial. I had a lovely rich (but simple) tomato/mushroom/olive sauce (Napoletana? think it might have been, can't remember) and my mum had a fantastic prawn pasta dish with oodles of garlic - again simple, but so successful. I liked the 70's decor too! Very endearing :-D ok, enough raving, but WELL worth a visit! x

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Bits and Pizzas
15 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Wouldn’t rave about Bits and Pizzas but I do have many a fond memory here! The pizzas are good for what you get in Ireland, the service is friendly and I have to agree with the comment about being greeted by warmth and delicious smells every time you walk in! One complaint is, if you’re getting a take away there anyway, toppings can be quite unreasonable - I remember we paid something like an extra 2.50 for olives and got about 5 at most.

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

Came in here once for lunch with a friend. I had a savoury crepe, a sort of Mexican style thing with guacamole and that. Really nice although a bit too filling. Next time I would want to be very hungry! Had a nice grapefruit juice and I like the seating there.

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Alexis Bar And Grill
17 / 18 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Absolutely loved Alexis. Everything about it was great! We ate there on a Sunday, around 6. It was very busy but I didn’t find it too noisy as some people have said, although we weren't in the middle. Our seats were right beside the kitchen, which was interesting! The food was fantastic. I had a small (you can choose large or small for most dishes which I think is a really good idea) wild mushroom risotto with truffle oil. Delicious. The green salad I ordered with it was good but a bit oily. Other people had steak (amazing flavour but perhaps still a bit fresh), duck (great), onion and goats cheese tart and belly of pork with a lovely mustard mash. For desserts we had a summer tart and creme anglaise - lovely but a crisper pastry would have been nice, a peach melba - wow! - And perfectly made brulee. Our waitress was incredibly friendly and the main courses came very fast. A bit of a wait for dessert and to pay but overall absolutely fine. Came to 130 for 5 mains, 2 salads, a €30 bottle of wine and 3 desserts. I’ll be back SOON!! :)

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Rickshaw Chinese Restaurant
Kill Lane, Dublin 18, Deansgrange, Dublin

I have only ever got take-away from here, which I suppose, doesn’t exactly reflect accurately on the place but I would give it a poor review. The prices are high for Chinese take away but the food is quite low quality, definitely nothing special.

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The Real Gourmet Burger - Dun Laoghaire
The Pavilion, South Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I think this place is great. You get exactly what you would expect; excellent quality fast food. The beef in my burger was delicious and they have some really interesting options (the special was a wild boar burger!) my friend had rosemary chips, which were yummy too. The staff are unbelievably friendly, they have a system where you ask for a table and then go away and they call you when they have one. My phone was on silent and I missed 3 calls from them but when we showed up again we were still given a table and smiled at! Drinks, salads and deserts all good too and everything’s reasonably priced :)

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Taco Taco
Unit 19 Epicurean Food Hall, Liffey Street Lower, City Centre North, Dublin

Really great, authentic (as far as I can tell, not being Mexican!) food. It’s cheap, delicious and has loads of flavours going on. Very quick too of course. The only problem is actually finding somewhere to sit because it’s so busy but the whole food hall is always so busy so they can't be blamed for that. I’d definitely go back again and again :)

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Harrys Cafe Bar
21 Upper George's Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

We went there for the 'Polish night'. The food had a charming home cooked feel yet it was presented with a distinct sense of style. I can't claim to have thoroughly enjoyed my meal but it was good food and had some interesting flavours and layers - food was wrapped in cabbage leaves, bacon, and pancakes with some fantastically flavoursome gravy. (updating review...) This place is now a favourite for lunch in Dun Laoghaire - where the choice is limited if you dont want a bagel. I had a soup here which was a huuuuuge bowl but very good and my friend had an open sandwich which looked fantastic too. We shared a dessert (in retrospect, a bad idea... still feel a little sick!!). It was a chocolate cake, delicious but waaay too filling, even though we shared it! The other desserts looked fantastic too. The menu is packed with interesting options that I cant wait to try and THE FOOD COMES SO FAST! I was shocked. loved it :)

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I used to like this place quite a lot but after a couple of bad experiences, I don't think I'll be back. I love the setting, the food is enjoyable (although unadventurous - and I do think Dublin has moved on in foodie terms, there are far better tapas on offer elsewhere) but the service is quite hit or miss. The waitresses I've had recently were unfriendly, and I was unhappy with how a complaint was dealt with by the manager. She treated me with what felt quite like contempt. I feel that the service here is very tips-orientated: I know the feeling, any place I've worked where wait staff keep their own tips, it's hard to see a customer as any more than a potential tip. Nonetheless, a waiter's job should be to treat everyone equally well. I can see why people like this place, but to be honest I think it needs to up its game.

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The Purty Kitchen (Dun Laoghaire)
3-5 Old Dun Laoghaire Road, Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Well the menu 'sounds' more exciting then the average pub grub... but it doesn’t really live up to it! Food is nice but my dish (not sure why I picked it, it was an odd combo of couscous and mozzarella...) got pretty sickening. My friends' dishes were ok but nothing special. My fruit salad desert was acidic and nasty with cheap vanilla ice cream plonked on top. Our waitress was very friendly but they originally put 5 of us at a table where 4 would have been a squash... However my friend’s mother complained and they got us a much bigger table! Goes to show... Not a bad night but I wouldn’t return.

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Eddie Rockets (Stillorgan)
Stillorgan Shopping Centre, Stillorgan, Stillorgan, Dublin

I don’t really understand people who complain about the food here because I really don’t know what they were expecting! Yes its junk food! The food is usually enjoyable enough although you wouldn't want to make a habit of it. I think, for what it is, Its a bit over priced but I do quite like the real burger joint atmosphere! The chocolate milk shakes are amazing... but just don't have one to yourself... believe me, you will never feel this sick!! This particular restaurant could be a bit cleaner I must say...

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Mao Restaurant (Dun Laoghaire)
The Pavillion, South Co, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I love the colours and decoration here but it’s a pity the food doesn’t quite live up to that! It’s enjoyable enough but certainly not exceptional and it’s the type of place that should be pretty cheap but it isn't. My favourite thing that I've eaten there was an Asian salad that had pork and lots of star anise and some lemon grass. It was absolutely delicious - really tasty and the flavours married perfectly! But that was just a starter and I'm not even sure if they do it anymore. The place has nice atmosphere and friendly service but I wouldn’t be mad about it

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Rasam
18-19 Glasthule Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Wow. This place is getting a LOT of 5 stars... I don’t think id go that far. I was expecting it to be a good bit better. It was enjoyable eating there - nice food good service - but I found nothing exceptional. I also thought it was very badly lit! I mean, you can be romantic with soft lighting and all that but still, I want to be able to see what I’m eating thanks!

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Jaipur Restaurant (Dalkey)
21 Castle Street, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

This is a very nice restaurant with tasty food! It took a while for the food to arrive but I suppose it was worth it. My dish was very nice although its description sounded a good bit better! The best choice was the mix which had a great selection of dishes and was delicious. Service was good enough and the atmosphere wasn’t bad - except I seem to remember they played riverdance-esque music which was a tad disappointing in an Indian restaurant! It’s not bad value but you have to pay for rice which, to be honest, I resented a little. A nice touch was giving my 11 year old brother free chocolate ice cream though!

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Bistro Spice
101 Monkstown Road, South Co. Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin

Great place, lovely food every time I’ve been there. Sometimes I feel it could be a bit more interesting or have more flavours but over all its great. The naan bread they give you is always good and one fantastic dish I had was a creamy almondy chicken- which can often be sickening but this was brilliant. Its amazing value if you go for the early bird and an added advantage is you can bring your own wine. The service is very friendly although the food takes quite a while. Would always return here!!

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