Restaurant Reviews from sallythesnail

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 35

Member Since: 09 May 2009

Last Visit: 06 March 2015

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Thomas Reads The Oak restaurant

Dame Street, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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4 reviews

Reviewed 11th May 2009 ( visited 17th March 2009 )

They do amazing alcoholic hot drinks here like baileys hot chocolates and cointreau coffees and theyr 5 or 6 euro. Also the atmospheres great and they hold good open mic nights
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Dunne And Crescenzi (Sandymount) restaurant

11 Seafort Avenue, Dublin 4, Sandymount, Dublin, Area Code:

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55 reviews

Reviewed 16th May 2009 ( visited 16th May 2009 )

I went in today for lunch and the wine was very reasonably priced, 4euro for a glass of good house wine or 650 for a glass of sparkling. My desert wasn't great but I like the atmosphere. I've eaten here a few times and also in their restaurant in town and dundrum but not lately, I enjoyed eating in all of them but I've heard from friends who have eaten there more recently that they'v gone downhill a bit.
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The Mellow Fig
George's Avenue, Blackrock, Blackrock, Dublin

Food can be hit or miss (the veggie wrap is always great but some of the other stuff on the menu has disappointed) but the staff is always lovely and it's the most kid friendly place ever. Great coffee and cake.


Pho Viet Vietnamese Restaurant
162 Parnell Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Great big bowls of Pho, great value. I've eaten here twice: first when it had just opened (It wasn't great that time, maybe they were a bit busy) but I ate there again last night and was impressed. Hate the music they have on in the background but really that's a pretty small complaint.


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

Had the ravioli main and it was good. The set menu looks like good value. A bit cramped downstairs, upstairs is much nicer.


The Egg Cafe (Avoca Rathcoole)
Naas Road, Rathcoole, Dublin

Got the fish pie here today and it was absolutely enormous. Was stuffed! Loads of fish in it and it was good. The room is beautiful, a lovely place to sit and look out at the trees.


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

Ate on the terrace here on a sunny day. Service was excellent, even though we were outside they never forgot about us. Burgers were good and the chips were very good.


Pablo Picante
131 Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , Baggot Street, Dublin

Amazing. Had the slim burrito with no rice and it was yum. Very good value at 6euro.


Thai Spice
3A Talbot Place, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin

Ate here tonight and the food was awful. I got the menu deals voucher (starters and mains for two including 4 beers). The beers and the service were good, the rest wasn't. I got the only thing that wasn't deep fat fried for starters (the soup) and it was from a packet with big bits of raw veg chopped into it. The mains were huge but tasted very artificially, like they had lots of msg in them. Grand if it came from a take away at 4 in the morning but not what I was expecting when I bought the voucher. To be fair the voucher was very reasonably priced but if I was paying full price I wouldn't have been happy at all.


Mitsuba Japanese Restaurant
154 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin

The service here was excellent and the food was good. Prices were reasonable and it was good value but you can tell it's not as good quality as other more expensive places with similar menus. The sashimi platter was tasty apart from the crab sticks (bleugh who wants processed reconstituted fish with their raw fish?). Gyoza was delicious. Chicken ramen was the best. The ramen was very good value, I cant remember exactly but I think about 7euro and a full meal in itself.


Dunne And Crescenzi (South Frederick Street)
14-16 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here with a group of people and service was excellent and the food great. Got the ravioli. Loved it. Wine was good value by the bottle too.


Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Ate hear today after reading good reviews online. Was a bit disappointed. The food was a bit 'pub grub'ish. Maybe because it was daytime we only got the brunch menu or something but I wasn't very impressed. Got the burger. It was fine and the chips it came with were lovely, but nothing special. neither the guacamole or the salsa that came with them was very good. The service was very slow. House wine was good.


Diep le Shaker
55 Pembroke Lane, (Off Pembroke Street), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I've gotten take away from here a number of times. It's always delicious. Always the green curry with duck. The last time the sauce was a little different, a bit thicker and stodgier than usual, but still good. I also get take away from the diep in blackrock, also good.


IFI Cafe Bar
6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

had the soup and panini, good value and tasty. I've had burgers and stuff here before and they were also great. Nothing exciting on the menu just the basics: burgers, sambos, nachos...etc. But done well.


The Winding Stair Restaurant
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin

Amazing. It's not cheap but it's good value. Absolutely loved the food and the service was exceptional. I wouldn't be able to afford it often (I was brought as a gift) but for a treat it's fabulous. Had the chicken salad for starters, and the blue cheese dressing was divine, and the steak for mains. Steak was perfect and tender and came with a ridiculous amount of chunky chips that were perfectly crispy. In an ideal world I would've preferred a little less chips and some veg instead. It came with sticky red onions as well which gorgeous.


Govindas Restaurant (Aungier Street)
4 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I go here all the time. A small plate with a bit of everything is 6euro (can't remember if thats the student price or not) and its ridiculously filling. You get a little mountain of yum food. Great for students.


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

I go here because my friends like it but I'm not a fan. If you're going to eat out why bother going to a generic chain restaurant? I had the Chicken caesar salad (which didn't have as much chicken as I would have like given that it was a main) but it wasn't bad, the others had pizzas which they were happy with. We got two chocolate sunday deserts to share between five and they still weren't finished which isn't a good sign. The staff are very nice and accommodating especially for large groups. The food is inoffensive and boring.


Itsa @ Dun Laoghaire (Bagel Store)
The Pavilion, Royal Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Great place and great that theyv started sourcing their bagels from ireland. Only had a smoothie last time I was there (the raspberry one, its very good, green godess juice is better). I usually get a brownie too coz they're very good. They did a mexicano bagel for a while which was amazing but unfortunately only did it for a limited time.


Zaytoon (Lower Camden Street)
44-55 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

Where every night out ends. Their veggy kebab is great, big chunks of grilled veg (I always order it and im not vegetarian in the slightest). The real test for night out fast food is 'would you eat this sober during the day?"...a definite yes.


harbor bar and grill
dun laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Hot chicken wings have become a staple of any decent pub grub menu I got a plate of them to share. The wings were good but the blue cheese dip was pretty awful, it's meant to be all thick and creamy but it was watery and bland. Then we ordered bread and butter pudding for desert, which looked great but unfortunately tasted really strongly of garlic. They took it back and replaced it with the lemon tart instead but that wasn't great either (although we did eat it). We didn't complain about the lemon tart and they didn't charge us for any desert which I thought was very fair. Staff were really attentive and polite and there was no fuss at all when we sent the pudding back.


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

used my menupoints here and was delighted. Great pizza, great salad, the service was very polite (if a little slow) and had no problem using our voucher. We ordered off the 15.50 for two courses menu and it seemed quite good value, even if we hadn't had the voucher. The portions are pretty big so you could definitely share if you wanted to. I had the ceaser salad, which was huge came with garlic bread and was very good. One fault is the place is a bit cold, I'd recommend sitting in at the back rather than at the front at the window.


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

The service was great when i went here last tuesday. Food is a little overpriced but that should be expected given the location. I had the garlic burger which was ok, not as good as the elephant burger which i had last time.


19 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

I eat here often. Most of their dishes are really really tasty but I'd avoid the lamb couscous dish coz it's bland and the the red lentil curry is gloopy. I think I've had pretty much all the mains on the menu and everything apart from those two have been really good.


Eddie Rockets (Blackrock)
Main Street, Blackrock, Blackrock, Dublin

I always go here for the malts, by far the best thing about the place. The burgers are also good but a little over priced for fast food. Last time I was there I got a malt and fries (dip the fries into the malt...its amazing, like salty pretzels with chocolate). The staff in the blackrock branch are particularly nice. Also it's good to know if you join their mailing list they send you vouchers for free burgers from time to time.


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

passed by here the other night and stopped in when I heard the music. There are few places in the area that open late for food so it's always nice to find a new option. Live music was genuinely brilliant, not the usual background elevator music you get. I had a desert (berry cheese cake) and a glass of wine and both were lovely, particularly the wine. Their pies looked to die for, proper thick home made by the looks of it, so I think I'll have to go back again to try them out. After sitting a while my friend ordered some bravas and they were grand. The atmosphere is the real selling point, nice place to sit for a good long while listening to the music with a glass of wine.


Canal Bank Cafe
146 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

The Best Service! Sat for ages reading the sunday papers after eating and the waiter filled our water glasses without interrupting or rushing us at all. Eggs benedict were perfect. Not cheap but definitely good value. Desert wasn't anything hugely special (yohgurt cake) but very nicely presented, and good as a light option.


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

I've eaten here before and it was better last time. Maybe it was because we ordered quite late or maybe just didn't order the best thing on the menu but I didn't think it was great. I had the fish platter which was a bit like cold leftovers, it came with brown bread but I thought it really could have done with some dips or garlic butter sauce to dip the prawns in. Everything was a bit plain, which would have been fine if it was amazing fish but it wasn't. The fish pie didn't come with any salad or veg or anything which was a bit scabby i thought, it was quite good if a bit dry. The wine was pretty bad, maybe a bad choice on our part i know nothing about wine, but it was very sweet. Deserts were ok. Apple crumble was more like stewed apple, the crumble part was pretty powdery. Nice place, good staff.


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

worst service I have ever come across. I went in here a few night ago because I saw they had a good special offer advertised. I was with a friend who wasn't eating but I was starving so as we were being seated I asked if it was ok if only I was ordering food and they said of course. Then when time came to order the waitress asked what my friend wanted and he said it was ok he was just going to try some of mine and have a drink and she told us he wasn't aloud have any. I asked again just to clarify because I thought it was so ridiculous and she said it was fine if I ordered and he didn't eat but that I wasn't aloud to order and share my food with him. I left without ordering. I live down the road and was a fairly regular customer but I won't be any more.


The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Had a christmas party here with 40 people. The service was good considering the numbers. We had a set menu for groups which was very reasonably priced, some of the dishes were good and some not so great. The one thing I can't stand about this place is the noise. I know they don't play music but the acoustics are so bad that the noise of everyone chattering echos and its really uncomfortable.


Fallon and Byrne
11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I've heard such bad reviews from friends who have eaten in the restaurant upstairs, I've only ever eaten in the cafe on the ground floor and downstairs in the wine bar but it's always been good. Last night we couldn't get a seat downstairs (clearly the recession was napping) so we got food from the deli and bought cheese from the cheese counter. The food was good and not expensive, unusual for Dublin.


Yamamori Noodles
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I've eaten here a few times, most recently when I ate here I ordered the yamamori ramen to share. It's definitely big enough to share. Also we had green teas which were on the house. It's a little bit pricey if your getting starters and main meals but good if your sharing and they seemed completely ok with us sharing. Service was very good even though the place was packed. I'll be going back.


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

I've been here lots of times and there are certain things I always order that are very good but I didn't realise they have a different menu during the day. I went during the day last week and wanted a something decent for lunch so I ordered the Pasta with tolouse sausage and I have to say it was pretty bad. Very stodgy and thick, the sausage was rubbery...didn't like it. Stick to coffees and cakes during the day.


Dunne And Crescenzi (Sandymount)
11 Seafort Avenue, Dublin 4, Sandymount, Dublin

I went in today for lunch and the wine was very reasonably priced, 4euro for a glass of good house wine or 650 for a glass of sparkling. My desert wasn't great but I like the atmosphere. I've eaten here a few times and also in their restaurant in town and dundrum but not lately, I enjoyed eating in all of them but I've heard from friends who have eaten there more recently that they'v gone downhill a bit.


Yamamori Sushi, Tengu
38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Me and some friends got a few sushi and sashimi platters to share. Delicious. The sashimi pieces could be cut smaller so that they're bite size, it makes eating them a bit awkward...but I'm nit picking. Yum! Ice cream for desert was ok, it was home made but the chocolate and green tea flavours had a grainy texture.


13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

The fiver and tenner menu is absolutely amazing value. Ate out here with a group of people and thought they'd added the bill up wrong it was so low but double checked and it was right. But I've also eaten here on a Sat night when the tenner and fiver menu's aren't available and the main I got were quite disappointing.


Thomas Reads The Oak
Dame Street, City Centre South, Dublin

They do amazing alcoholic hot drinks here like baileys hot chocolates and cointreau coffees and theyr 5 or 6 euro. Also the atmospheres great and they hold good open mic nights


No 1 Fade Street, Off Georges's Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This is one of my favorite restaurants so I've been a few times but they don't change the menu very often so I'm starting to get a bit bored of it. I had a great rabbit dish there before but haven't seen it on the menu since which is a pity. The desserts can be a bit hit and miss, last time I was there I had a kick ass lemon tart but I'v had pretty average desserts there too. Update May 2010: I just wanted to add that I went here again recently and it seems the standard is dropping a bit. It's still one of my favorites but there were some subtle changes, I hope it just happens to be the day that i went.

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