Restaurant Reviews from rux10

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 23

Member Since: 05 July 2011

Last Visit: 17 February 2012

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FIRE Restaurant and Lounge

Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Fine Dining

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Good
566 reviews

Reviewed 06th July 2011 ( visited 17th June 2011 )

I've only been here once, but will definitely return. We went with a huge group for my rehearsal dinner the night before I got married. Even with over thirty people to serve the staff were very accommodating and patient. The food was great. They had absolutely huge antipasta plates for starters and the goats cheese tartlet was gorgeous. For my main I had the pan fried cod with mash and it was lovely but not to die for or anything. I tried someone's steak and it was nice as well. The desserts were very uniquely presented and they had a variety to choose from. The atmosphere was nice - very high domed ceiling and well lit. A good choice for a date night or nice dinner out.
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FIRE Restaurant and Lounge

Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Fine Dining

Price Range:

Good
566 reviews

Reviewed 06th July 2011 ( visited 17th June 2011 )

I've only been here once, but will definitely return. We went with a huge group for my rehearsal dinner the night before I got married. Even with over thirty people to serve the staff were very accommodating and patient. The food was great. They had absolutely huge antipasta plates for starters and the goats cheese tartlet was gorgeous. For my main I had the pan fried cod with mash and it was lovely but not to die for or anything. I tried someone's steak and it was nice as well. The desserts were very uniquely presented and they had a variety to choose from. The atmosphere was nice - very high domed ceiling and well lit. A good choice for a date night or nice dinner out.
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Pacifico Restaurant & Grill
Marine Court, The Green, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin

I went here one evening with my husband and were actually pleasantly surprised. I'm originally from Texas so I have a very high standard for Mexican and Tex-Mex so I never was really interested in trying this place. The place is quirky and sparse and they have a bunch of aloe plants everywhere, which was a bit odd. The service was great though (we went near closing so maybe they were trying to get us out quicker too:). Anyway, we each got the chicken quesadillas as starters and it was really nicely done. Not overloaded with chicken & cheese, but a good amount anyway. They did charge a euro extra though when I asked for sour cream! We each got the burger for our main and I have to say, even though we asked for it with no jalapenos it was still very spicy. The mix the peppers and cumin into the mince so it was a bit hot for me. They served it with guacamole & a nice honey mustard sauce on the side and then instead of fries it came with chunked potatoes, which were awesome. I probably wouldn't order that again but my husband really enjoyed it. The presentation was great on both dishes and the service was friendly and quick. I want to go back to try the queso now!

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Millstone, A Dublin Restaurant
39 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

My husband and I went here one evening we were in town. We didn't have a reservation and even though the restaurant was packed they accommodated us and fit us in as long as we left by 8pm. My husband ordered a pizza and he loved it and I got this salmon stuffed with crawfish and other seafood. It was covered in this lobster sauce that I could've eaten on it's own and it came with veggies. The salmon was a huge fillet too, which I appreciated. I hate when they give you a tiny piece that doesn't fill you up. The only downside was that they sat us right next to the kitchen where the staff had to constantly be next to us to pick up orders. All you could here was the chefs shouting and it was very hot. Other than that I would definitely go back.

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La Maison
15 Castle Market Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

My husband and I had a groupon voucher for 80 euro worth of food here and I have to say - it was fabulous. I thought it would be a bit stuffy or they'd be a bit put off that we had a deal and could order tons of food, but the staff was very friendly and attentive. My husband got the vegetable soup as a starter (which I tried and it was wonderful) and I had the sea scallops that were served in their shells with butter. It was great and they were huge scallops too. He got the steak as a main and it was served with potatoes and it was so delicious. A really nice cut and very flavorful - no gristle. I had the fish skillet as my main and I loved it. There were mussels, salmon, and cod in this white wine veloute sauce with herbs. I would go back there again just to get that dish. We ordered a side salad, green beans, and potatoes Dauphanoise as side dishes and they were all great. It was a great meal and the service was fantastic. Very intimate restaurant and perfect for a date!

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Hush Brasserie
12A New Street Malahide, Malahide, Dublin

My husband and myself went here last Sunday when the weather was horrible out. We came early and got the early bird two course deal. The atmosphere is lovely - exposed brick and candles on the tables. It's very cozy yet sophisticated. We both ordered the mushroom risotto for our starter and it was good, but very salty. Before that came out the chef sent us out a complimentary seared scallop on chorizo and black pudding, which was absolutely delicious. I wish scallops were on the menu! For my main I got the trout served on lentils with baby courgette, baby corn, and chorizo. The fish was good (a tad bit dry but a generous portion). They gave plenty of veggeis too. My husband got the 10oz steak with mash and he loved it. All in all a good night out. It was 40 euro for the both of us (the early bird is 19.95 each). A nice treat since we typically go to more casual places.

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The Cake Cafe
62 Pleasants Place, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I went here yesterday and was pleasantly surprised. It's only 10 minutes from the city center (keep walking past Whitefriar church) and you have to walk through a stationary shop. But in the back there's this kind of little garden atmosphere with cute little china dishes and a wall with crazy mosaics (think books, silverware, etc. glued to it). The menu was a selection of all kinds of goodies - cakes, cupcakes, cookies, teas, hot drinks, and wines. The desserts we had were great. Definitely worth the little walk over.

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Wagamama - Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I went here yesterday with friends for lunch and as always, was pleased. It's not the best atmosphere (very busy & long benches and tables rather than individual ones), but good all the same. The service was friendly and the food was wonderful. Huge portions. I got the fried tofu ramen bowl with courgette, bean sprouts, mushrooms, whole wheat noodles, and other great veggies. Very good. One of the girls got the chicken ramen bowl and loved it as well. Not the most upscale place, but friendly, good food, quick service, and good prices. Can't complain.

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Olesya's Wine Bar
18 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

So good! Our first time here but we've past it a million times going nearby for groceries. I had the half roast chicken was delicious (not nearly as adventurous as some of the other menu items like red caviar), but lovely just the same. My husband had the rib eye steak and just about died! We will definitely be returning.

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That's Amore - Malahide
12 Townyard Lane, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

When passing by this place multiple times I never would've thought it would've been a great dining experience. We popped in last Friday for a quick meal (since they are continuously open) before going out. The service was so lovely and the prices were very reasonable. I got the chicken Caesar salad with bacon and it was lovely. The perfect size and the chicken was delicious and the greens crisp. My husband got the early bird special and loved the fried mushrooms with garlic mayo as his starter and thought the lasagna (his main) was great. It was so nice that we went back this past Sunday evening and liked it even more. I got the pollo Mediterranean, which was a special. It was layered fried potatoes, with peppers, jullienned vegetables, in a cream sauce with a large chicken breast on top. My husband got a pizza with spinach, sausage, truffles, and different cheeses - it was wonderful. We will definitely be going back soon

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Marios Pizzeria
12G New Street, Shopping Mall, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

We grabbed pizza here one evening when I was feeling too lazy to cook and we didn't have a good experience. The pizza was terrible tasting (we've picked up better next door at Spar) and the service wasn't up to snuff. They hardly attended to us at all and we kept having to get up to ask for more water, or parmesan cheese, or napkins. There are much better places to grab a quick bite if you're in the area.

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Nautilus
9 Marine Court, The Green, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

We went here for a special occasion and had a lovely dinner. We went for the early bird menu and it was actually pretty quiet. The restaurant overlooks the Malahide marina, which is lovely. A great place to go if you're with your spouse or significant other. I had the sea bream which was lovely. Very good. As with any nicer restaurant the portions weren't as big as a casual dining venue, but very tasty. My husband had the steak and he loved it. The vegetables were steamed nicely, and we had the chocolate gateau cake with vanilla bean ice cream. Great treat - wonderful choice for a nice date or to celebrate a special occasion.

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Casa Pasta (Howth)
12 Harbour Road, Howth, Dublin

We have been to Casa Pasta many times and always love it. It's a small restaurant but it adds to the atmosphere to have all the tables so close together and the waiters shuffling through. You can even see the kitchen. It's decorated with a basic Italian decor, red checkered table clothes and dripped wax candles. The food is great - the duck stir fry, the duck pizza, the goats cheese salad (which has a massive wheel of warm goats cheese on top), the fish - everything has always been delicious. The staff is very accommodating as well. I once asked for a honey mustard dressing I'd gotten on a previous visit and the chef tried to recreate it three times. Very nice. Our first choice for a casual dinner if we are in Howth.

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The Abbey Tavern, Howth,
Abbey Street, Howth, Dublin

We took family here for a trad night. The song and dance were brilliant! Really good and a lot of fun to experience. There was a set menu and everything was pretty basic, pretty tasty. Nothing extraordinary, but worth the meal since we got a great show. The fish was my entree and it was nice and the veg and boiled potatoes were standard. The staff were all friendly and overall the vibe was great. I've also been before on just a Sunday afternoon and the seafood chowder was excellent. Really nice to sit by a big fireplace and with all the old world pub fare. Nice place to stop into if you're out by the marina or just in Howth for the day.

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

This is a fun place to come with friends or just as a couple and share a few things. You can get everything here. I've had nachos, assorted cheeses, salads, meatballs - you name it. It's a huge room that feels like a big dining hall. There's a good buzz about the place and the food is always delicious.

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Elephant & Castle
18/19 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I love this place - such a great spot for just a casual bite. You must go before 6 or 6:30 though or expect a long wait. They do nice soups with brown bread, have a huge chicken caesar salad, and do a nice club sandwich (although all the sandwiches are good). The staff are always friendly and there's just something very unpretentious and laid back about this place.

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Bewley's Café
Grafton Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This is obviously a Dublin institution, and Grafton Street wouldn't be the same without it. I actually love just coming in for a quick hot chocolate or scone. My husband loves their coffee and cappuccinos. The cafe is decorated beautifully. There is a limited menu though. They do a basic breakfast (eggs, toast, tea, scones, etc) and they do nice enough sandwiches for lunch. The tuna melt is toasted and pretty good. For dinner they don't have a huge range (pizza, salads, sandwiches) but not much else. The service has never been really attentive, but the place is always bustling so it's easily forgiven. I love coming here, but the food isn't out of this world.

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Rustic Stone
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

The atmosphere here is really unique and modern. I loved the presentation but the food is different. I was excited about going here after seeing the menu online - I love the idea of labeling every menu item as vegetarian, low fat, gluten free, dairy free, etc. My husband ordered the really huge lamb burger, which was massive as promised. It was served on a stone plate and had a weird sausage that was served with it that he didn't find tasty (and I didn't try). He liked the burger and it also came with five polenta chips on a skewer with a paprika mayo. If you're expecting a huge heap of chips alongside a greasy burger don't come here. But I do think he was impressed with the leanness of the meat and quality of chips. I had the superfood salad that has pear, hazelnut, prosciutto, and rocket. I also had them add chicken for an additional charge. When they brought it out they actually opened a little glass jar that had the dressing in it and tossed the salad for me - which was a fantastic touch. The salad was okay, not the best ever. The chicken was really nice but maybe my palate didn't like the combination with the hazelnut and prosciutto. The table next to us was complaining about how small the portions were of whatever they had ordered. However, the presentation was lovely but we aren't jumping at the bit to go back.

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FIRE Restaurant and Lounge
Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

I've only been here once, but will definitely return. We went with a huge group for my rehearsal dinner the night before I got married. Even with over thirty people to serve the staff were very accommodating and patient. The food was great. They had absolutely huge antipasta plates for starters and the goats cheese tartlet was gorgeous. For my main I had the pan fried cod with mash and it was lovely but not to die for or anything. I tried someone's steak and it was nice as well. The desserts were very uniquely presented and they had a variety to choose from. The atmosphere was nice - very high domed ceiling and well lit. A good choice for a date night or nice dinner out.

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Cafe en Seine
39 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

You really can't beat the atmosphere here. It's like it's own little wonderland. There are huge palms, mirrors, gilded chairs, and marbled fireplaces. It's a really large space but there are cozy little areas to be more private. The drinks are great and they have wonderful soups and an awesome goats cheese salad. Definitely worth a visit, even if you're just grabbing a cocktail after work.

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Giovanni’s Pizzeria Restaurant
3-4 Townyard Lane, Malahide, Dublin

We live in Malahide so my husband and I come here when we want some Italian food. They do a lovely lasagna and a nice spaghetti. They have an brick oven so it's fun to see them bringing out the pizzas. He likes their pepperoni pizza and they also prepare the fish really well. Sometimes you go to little Italian places and they can only do pizza or only do pasta, but this place gets it right with almost every dish we've ever tried (even fish or steak). It's a pretty good bargain as well.

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The Mint Bar
The Westin Hotel, College Green, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

The Mint Bar is lovely - it's so nice because it's in the center of town but not overcrowded or too noisy. It's in the downstairs part of the Westin and the staff are always very friendly and welcoming. The food is wonderful and fairly priced as well for such a nice hotel. The atmosphere is casual (upstairs at The Exchange or Atrium Lounge it's a little more formal). We come here a lot just to get drinks even. They do a great chicken caesar salad and a nice fish and chips.

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Avoca Cafe (Suffolk Street)
Avoca, 11 Suffolk Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I absolutely adore this place! Every time I'm in town I have to stop in to see what they have. The two salad bars downstairs always have amazing pastas and salads to choose from and the goats cheese ciabattas behind the counter are delightful. They have wonderful quiches, soups, stuffed potatoes, sandwiches, and more. Everything is wonderful and it's so quick and easy to grab something on the go or to sit downstairs and eat. They also have a new restaurant on the fourth floor and it's just as great. I really want to try the brunch, but the lunch service is excellent, but because of it's popularity expect a wait.

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Cape Greko (Malahide)
Unit 1 First Floor, New Street, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin

This was my first visit to Cape Greko and I already can't wait to go back. I always thought it was a dive since there's just a sign above a little pizza parlor, but it's lovely! The decor isn't cheesy at all, but actually very modern with simple Greek accents. They have a wonderful early bird special where you can get two courses for 18.50 or three courses for 21.50. I got the two courses and had the fried calamari as a starter and the moussaka as my main dish. Both were excellent. My husband had the turkey meatballs for an appetizer (which he said were okay) and the chicken souvlaki for his entree (which he loved). He did three courses and ordered the chocolate cake, which we split for dessert. It was very big and very rich. Everything was great, and the service was wonderful. Very friendly and attentive. It's a small enough restaurant so if you're going at a busy time on the weekend you may need a reservation, but I can say it's definitely worth a visit!

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Cafe Provence
1 Church Road, Malahide, Dublin

My husband and I love Cafe Provence. The staff are so friendly and they are very reasonably priced. We've never been disappointed no matter what we order. The chicken & bacon Caesar salad is especially nice and so is the steak. The portions are big and the restaurant has paintings by local artists.

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