Restaurant Reviews from ruthieb

Status: First Timer

Credibility Score:
52.5%

County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 10

Member Since: 30 September 2008

Last Visit: 22 January 2009

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The News Cafe restaurant

55 le Road, Blackrock, Blackrock, Dublin, Area Code: South Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
Cafe

Price Range:

Good
29 reviews

Reviewed 06th October 2008 ( visited 01st October 2008 )

One of my favourite places, I have been getting breakfasts/sandwiches here for almost 10 years!! Gerry and co can proudly stand over their 'Best Breakfast' title, though I think that they can add 'Best Sandwiches' too as the food is delicious. My favourites here include Triple Cheese and Bacon, Chicken Salsa wrap and the BLT. The staff are always very friendly and while space is limited you can get everything to go!!
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Poppies (Enniskerry) restaurant

The Square, Enniskerry, Enniskerry, Wicklow

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Cuisine:
Cafe

Price Range:

Good
21 reviews

Reviewed 06th October 2008 ( visited 04th October 2008 )

Visited poppies on Sat for lunch, the cafe is old world, which I assume is the look that they are going for, but not really my taste I always feel a bit uncomfortable with the sticky waxed table clothes. I had apple and parsnip soup, which was nice but a bit too hot (temp not spicy). My husband had quiche, which was served with salads. For dessert we had one of the famous Rhubarb Crumbles - which was more crumble then rhubarb - and coffee. Overall the food is ok, probably aimed for for visitors to the area rather then locals. I might try their new restaurant in Dun drum to see what it is like.
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Brannigans Dundrum
Dundrum Town Centre Dundrum, Dundrum, Dublin

Bennigans has been renamed Branngans (I think) but going on previous comments its the only change in this restaurant... My husband and I popped in here last Thursday for a quick bite to eat, we decided to try out one of the other Burger Bars in Dundrum. It was relatively quite in the restaurant and service was very slow. We shared the quesadilla for starters which was good, and we both opted for burgers for mains. I got the mushroom and onion burger which was very greasy, my husband got the bacon and cheese burger which wasn't as bad but still not great. We also had glasses of coke which were €3.95 each - rip off ireland at its best. With so much competition within Dundrum its hard to believe that one of the restaurants would let the ball drop so badly.

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

I ate at Roly's last night with family, while the food was nice I wasn't blown away by it, I had expected to be wowed.... Everyone enjoyed their food but there was nothing really special about any of the meals, no menu envy for a change. I would advise that you go for the Sunday lunch at Roly's as that is good value. For an evening meal there are nicer places to go for the price you are paying here.

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Indigo Lounge
Clontarf Castle, Clontarf, Clontarf, Dublin

I called in here on Saturday afternoon for lunch after being out for a walk. The food was over priced and not that great. €14.95 for triple decker sandwich and chips, the sandwich was ok but at that price you would expect something amazing, the chips looked and tasted as though they had been reheated a number of times. Definately wouldn't recommend or go back anytime . For some reason I cannot give a value rating of 0.5 so I have had to reluctantly increase this to 1

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The Counter Dundrum
Pembroke District, (adjacent to the Mill Pond at Town Square), Dundrum, Dublin

I visited here 2 weeks ago as I had seen the announcement on Dundrum website saying that Burgers from Counter are best in the world a 'must eat'.. The menu is somewhat complicated as you figure out how to build your own burger, though maybe that's just me!! We ordered chips and onion rings and asked for them to be sent with our burgers but received them well in advance, which was just as well as we were waiting quite a while for the burgers. Chips and onion ring portion was substantial but quality was not great. The burgers when they arrived were ok, waiter asked does the burger look like it contains what we ordered.. at that stage I had almost forgotten and it was only while eating it I realised that 2 of the toppings I requested weren't on it. Not the best burger I ever had by a long shot, it is early days so we may be back.

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

Went to Alexis with my husband on a busy Tuesday night. We hadn't been to Alexis before but had heard good reviews and we were not disappointed. The food was really good, French Onion Soup deserves a special mention and we'll be going back just for that. The service was ok for the most part though we did have to ask 3 times for our bill...

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Poppies (Enniskerry)
The Square, Enniskerry, Enniskerry, Wicklow

Visited poppies on Sat for lunch, the cafe is old world, which I assume is the look that they are going for, but not really my taste I always feel a bit uncomfortable with the sticky waxed table clothes. I had apple and parsnip soup, which was nice but a bit too hot (temp not spicy). My husband had quiche, which was served with salads. For dessert we had one of the famous Rhubarb Crumbles - which was more crumble then rhubarb - and coffee. Overall the food is ok, probably aimed for for visitors to the area rather then locals. I might try their new restaurant in Dun drum to see what it is like.

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The News Cafe
55 le Road, Blackrock, Blackrock, Dublin

One of my favourite places, I have been getting breakfasts/sandwiches here for almost 10 years!! Gerry and co can proudly stand over their 'Best Breakfast' title, though I think that they can add 'Best Sandwiches' too as the food is delicious. My favourites here include Triple Cheese and Bacon, Chicken Salsa wrap and the BLT. The staff are always very friendly and while space is limited you can get everything to go!!

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Taste Food Company
South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I went here a few weeks back with some friends, we met up about 7pm on a Thursday night after some shopping. We had no reservation and went to the Bistro (upstairs) which was very quiet, it almost had the feeling that it was closed, down stairs and outside were buzzing... Food was delicious the homemade ketchup served with the chips went down a treat. There was a mix up with the one order Chicken Caesar Salad was requested but another Chicken dish arrived, once the mistake was pointed out the waiter couldn't have been more apologetic and returned the incorrect dish (in some restaurants the waiting staff make you feel as though you are lying when you point out a mistake has been made). The Chicken Caesar Salad was served very quickly, everything is cooked to order so we didn't mind the wait and we were given a free dessert as an apology for the mix up. The only let down was that it was so quiet in the bistro, once we had finished our food we asked if we could move to a table outside (smokers request) which was facilitated without any fuss. One of my friends who dined with me that night is returning this weekend with a bigger gang based on this experience.

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Alfies
10 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I ate in Alfies last night with 2 friends; we arrived at 6pm famished after a long day (week) in the office. The number of options on the menu is small but great; personally I find 4 or 5 page menus too big! We ordered Nachos to start, one portion to share, they were delicious :) I think a portion for 1 person would be too much. For mains 2 ordered the organic burger and 1 the Fillet Steak, all mains were very well received. We also had a bottle of one of the house recommended wines. We opted not to have deserts or coffee and the bill came to €82. Overall the meal and service were great, very attentive staff but not too in your face. As the new kid on the block Alfies will give some of the more established restaurants a run for their money. Will definitely recommend and will be back.

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Montys of Kathmandu
28 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I went to Monty's last night, as it is a firm favourite when I meet up with one of my friends. We arrived at 6pm as we were heading to the theatre. The restaurant was very quiet at this time, perhaps due to the 'R' word?? Our first disappointment was that Monty's pre-theatre menu has disappeared; this was always great value and a crowd puller for the slow evening start. We decided to only order main courses, with Naan and Rice, our second disappointment was that the Tandoori oven had only just been turned on so there was no Naan bread available and wouldn't be for over an hour, not great for a restaurant that offers Naan as one of its staples. The food was delicious when it arrived. The waiting staff were attentive and polite during our meal, however after our plates were cleared we were not offered tea/coffee or desserts. Compared to previous visits Monty's has slipped.

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