Restaurant Reviews from sanjay

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 35

Member Since: 02 May 2011

Last Visit: 10 October 2016

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Utsav restaurant

Number 2, The Rear, Lower Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan, Dublin, Area Code: South Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
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Price Range:

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124 reviews

Reviewed 24th August 2015 ( visited 16th August 2015 )

Armed with our menupages voucher, we headed off to Utsav. We've been here several times in its previous incarnation, Indian Summer, and were keen to see what was new. Staff were friendly and the place was spotlessly clean. Decor was unchanged and from the beginning, the standard was high. Delicious papadams with nice dips arrived on our table. We were hungry and went directly to mains - and we weren't disappointed. Flavours - bold and subtle - exploded in our mouths. Each bite, each dish was an adventure. Breads were expertly made. Highly recommended as one of the best Indian restaurants in Dublin, and probably all of Ireland.
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Utsav restaurant

Number 2, The Rear, Lower Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan, Dublin, Area Code: South Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
Ethnic

Price Range:

Good
124 reviews

Reviewed 24th August 2015 ( visited 16th August 2015 )

Armed with our menupages voucher, we headed off to Utsav. We've been here several times in its previous incarnation, Indian Summer, and were keen to see what was new. Staff were friendly and the place was spotlessly clean. Decor was unchanged and from the beginning, the standard was high. Delicious papadams with nice dips arrived on our table. We were hungry and went directly to mains - and we weren't disappointed. Flavours - bold and subtle - exploded in our mouths. Each bite, each dish was an adventure. Breads were expertly made. Highly recommended as one of the best Indian restaurants in Dublin, and probably all of Ireland.
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Indus Spice
2 Kilmacud Road, Lower Stillorgan, Stillorgan, Dublin

We concur with recent reviewers - the new owners have totally let this place down. We were regulars through the last 2 owners, and this was consistently the best Indian restaurant in Dublin. The starters were amazing, through to the desserts. The menu is now boring. The same stuff you can get anywhere else for less. Strongly recommend that the new owners find the previous chef, and a copy of the old menu. It would help you keep plenty of loyal clientele.

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Jo'Burger
137 Rathmines Road, Dublin 6 , South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin

Easily the best burger place in Dublin! May be difficult to get parking nearby, but the burgers are worth the trouble. The options are incredible, but the most awesome thing is the fries - DEADLY FRIES they call them, and rightly so.

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Utsav
Number 2, The Rear, Lower Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan, Dublin

Armed with our menupages voucher, we headed off to Utsav. We've been here several times in its previous incarnation, Indian Summer, and were keen to see what was new. Staff were friendly and the place was spotlessly clean. Decor was unchanged and from the beginning, the standard was high. Delicious papadams with nice dips arrived on our table. We were hungry and went directly to mains - and we weren't disappointed. Flavours - bold and subtle - exploded in our mouths. Each bite, each dish was an adventure. Breads were expertly made. Highly recommended as one of the best Indian restaurants in Dublin, and probably all of Ireland.

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Hunters Hotel
Newrath Bridge, Rathnew, Rathnew, Wicklow

Searched online for a good place to go for afternoon tea with my parents who were visiting. Found this place, and even though it was about 40 minutes drive away, we headed off. Easy to find, with plenty of parking available. Beautiful garden in a fairly well-maintained house. Service though was really lacking. We found our way to the area where the tea was being served, and went in and seated ourselves. 10 minutes later, nobody had attended to us. Went up to the reception, and enquired. Was told that I was indeed in the right place, and someone would come to us shortly. 10 minutes later, nobody. Eventually I went out again & found a lady in the corridor. She agreed to come to our table. Orders were placed, and eventually we got our tea and cakes. Thankfully, the scones were very good, and with the jam and cream - it was excellent. Coffee and tea were good quality too. At €12 a head, it didn't break the bank, however considering that it made Ireland's Blue Book, and after all the hype, I was expecting a lot more (at least by way of service and atmosphere). As noted by other reviewers, I felt we were stared at by another elderly customer, for God know's what reason. Frankly, the place felt like a retirement home. Pleasant enough, and ok for the visit if you happen to be in that part of the sticks.

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Kathmandu Nepalese Restaurant
First Floor, 24-25 Castle Street, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

Went here on the bank holiday Monday, so parking was easily (and freely) available. The restaurant decor has been upgraded since we were last here and the food and service have all improved. We had 2 menupages vouchers which made the whole experience more pleasant. With the voucher, it was very good value. The music was a little loud initially, however the staff were obliging and turned it down. Baby friendly, with very good high chairs. Starters were well-done. Vegetarian platter was nicely prepared. The onion bhaji (which is easy to make but so often somewhat raw on the inside) was good. The Gorkhali Sakahari Sizzler - a vegetarian sizzler at €15.95 - was a disappointment. Bland and no cottage cheese in it at all. The other mains and breads were well done. The non-vegetarians in our group were pleased. Definitely recommended, especially if you have a voucher.

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Base Wood Fired Pizza
Terenure Road East, Terenure, Dublin

Ordered delivery so can't comment on the physical restaurant. Pizza was delivered promptly. I ordered the sicilian. Base was not too thin, tomato sauce was yummy. Toppings perfectly balanced between the cheese, rocket and sundried tomatoes. Delicious! The only thing I'd fault the restaurant for, is the lady who took the order was obnoxious. I actually thought about cancelling the order. Thankfully I didn't. Management - speak to the staff who take the orders please.

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Tanjore Palace - Dublin
Unit 5, Block D, Tyrrelstown Plaza, Dublin 15, Tyrrelstown, Dublin

It's sometimes difficult to call a restaurant, "the Best," but in the case of the Tanjore Palace, it is THE BEST South Indian restaurant in Dublin. The dosas are THE BEST I've had in Ireland. From starter to desert, this place is excellent. There are items on the menu you may not get anywhere else! Gobi Manchurian, Singapore noodles, idli - it is worth the drive, and an absolute trip for the senses. The place is easy to find - although Google Maps takes you to a nearby street - with parking available directly outside. The restaurant is clean, and the waitress was very efficient. i must mention, without any doubt, that the owners are truly incredible. Their hospitality and service was unbeatable. Definitely recommended, and I will definitely be back. The Rava Dosa is to die for.

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Marios (Sandymount)
2 Sandymount Green, Dublin 4, Sandymount, Dublin

A friend had rated this place as excellent, so I was quite eager to experience Marios. Pleasant layout, and decor. Food was quite average, however the service was a real letdown. The waitress made us feel as if we were doing her a favour ordering food. On the plus side, we had managed to get parking directly outside, so leaving there after eating was quite prompt.

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Mao Restaurant (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Newly-renovated. Mao was a pleasant find. Somewhat sterile, but busy restaurant. Food was tasty, and with an O2 voucher, it turned out to be excellent value!

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Spurs Family Restaurant
U42 Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, Liffey Valley, Liffey Valley, Dublin

As a South African, I was delighted to discover Spur, in Liffey Valley. Free parking, and located near the main entrance, this restaurant was very cosy, and the staff were excellent. Food was great, and really filling. Generous portions. Will definitely go back.

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Nandos (Dundrum)
Sandyford Road, Dundrum Town Centre, South Dublin, Dundrum, Dublin

Nicely located, excellent layout. As a South African, I loved it! Food was delicious, but I do think they're a bit pricey, and portion sizes are small. Peri-Peri was awesome!

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Akash Indian Restaurant
7 Georges Ave, South Co. Dublin, Blackrock, Dublin

Found the restaurant easily enough, and there's free parking opposite after 7. Beautiful, relaxed setting. Starters weren't the best, but the mains were definitely delicious! Authentic food.

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Kundan Tandoori
Unit 4 Tallaght Retail Park, West Dublin, Tallaght, Dublin

Found the restaurant quite easily, and as it was after 18:30, there was ample free parking around. Simple decor, very good service. Food looked, smelled, and tasted great! Good Nepali food. Left feeling very satisfied. Note to vegetarians though: all the naan has egg in them.

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Shimla
5 Weavers Row, Clonsilla, Clonsilla, Dublin

Went here as I was eager to try an Indian restaurant I hadn't been to before. My GPS found the place, but there's very limited parking. found parking at a pub nearby instead. The atmosphere inside was poor, decor is tacky, and service is pathetic. Went here with my parents, and had to wait 20 minutes to get someone to take our order. The waiter couldn't understand English. We found the manager and had to speak slowly to him and repeat the order, for it to register. Starters did not taste fresh. Got through mains, because after 1 hour since we'd entered the restaurant, we were starving. I would never return here, nor would I recommend it.

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Utsav
Number 2, The Rear, Lower Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan, Dublin

Beautifully renovated, excellent service. The restaurant is really smart. However, the food disappointed incredibly. From starter, to dessert, it was all quite tasteless. Other than the food, the place is fantastic. The entrance also looks rather dodgy. But walking in, the decor is quite good.

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Ristorante Isabella
30-31 South Strand, Skerries, Dublin

Hunted on menupages scanning all reviews for a good Italian place, away from the city centre, or the south side, and happened upon Ristorante Isabella. Rang up, and made a reservation and was pleasantly surprised! What a cosy restaurant! The waitress was fantastic, and even the owner was very personal, and checked on us. Often, this isn't a biggie... but when it's that genuine - it makes all the difference in the world. Very comfortable seats, at a table with a fantastic view - could see my car parked across the street... but more than that, there's a beautiful peacefulness that one can only experience looking out at the ocean. Layout of the restaurant is good. Nice pot plants soften the cutting chi. (!) I'm vegetarian, so i was amazed at how vegetarian-friendly this restaurant is. From starter, through to main and dessert, my Mum and I had mouthwateringly delicious options. their early bird special runs til 10pm! but the chef's specials (on the 1st page of the menu) are also fantastic value! Coffee was also lovely! The only way I could possibly fault this place, is that the blue string of fairy lights around the front window was a bit of a pain to look at. This was probably more of me being a nitpicker... than anything negative about this truly special spot. Looking forward to getting away to Skerries, to this gem of a restaurant soon!

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Punjabi By Nature Indian Restaurants & Takeaway
15 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

Looking for authentic Indian food - then look no further! For over six months, I have heard of the glories of this place - and sadly, it's only been tonight that we went to Punjab Balti for dinner. Fantastic! We're a tough lot to please, and this place just excelled! We made reservations over the phone - and the chap on the phone was very professional and courteous. We got to the restaurant a few minutes early, and were shown to our table. Very comfortable chairs, nice music, soft lighting, an excellent waiter, and absolutely delicious food! We left very satisfied. This place is rightfully popular. Worth every cent! Definitely recommended, and we'll definitely be back!

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The Port House
64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

What amazing atmosphere! Went here late one evening, and felt recharged. Lively, yet warm and peaceful in a difficult-to-describe way. Maybe it's the candlelight... but eating here was a special experience. and the location is excellent too. Prices are decent, but remember that it's tapas, so the portions aren't awesome. We didn't have reservations, and the place was packed, but within minutes, a table became available. Despite it being so busy, service was pretty good too! Great place to unwind and wine and dine... My guests really enjoyed the seafood options.

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Madina Desi Curry Co
60 Mary Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Have been considering going to Madina for a few months. Catering clearly for the subcontinent, the menu was nice. Very good location, near Jervis shopping centre. I'm sure the rent must be sky-high, but thankfully, they've kept their prices quite reasonable. A major plus in this place is for vegetarians - all vegetarian items are separately prepared, and the meat and vegetarian areas and their utensils are kept separate. Food was freshly prepared, and tasty. I love Puris... and relished the puris here... although a tad oily. Service was decent. Waitress was quite efficient and pleasant. Chandeliers here are unusual, and beautiful. Would definitely go back soon with friends.

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The Halal Sultan Restaurant
73 South Great Georges Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Excellent location - and really good value for money, in an area dominated by pricier options. A basic, clean restaurant, with simple table and chairs for sitdown customers. But more of a take-away place. Food was basic, well-prepared, and tasty. Nothing to rave about, but if you're looking for a quick meal late at night in this part of the city... this one ticks the boxes.

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

This has to be one of the most pleasant dining experiences I've had in Ireland! I went here with a voucher from menupages and really was not expecting much. Located on a quiet road, off the Dun Laoghaire high street, this restaurant is very warm, clean and cosy. All 3 courses were very nicely presented and tasty, and i write this without any hesitation... definitely well prepared. However what really knocked me over in this restaurant is the service. The waitresses were amazing. Of course, we actually go to a restaurant to eat... but the art of serving your customer is what really makes you digest the food nicely, and at Bits and Pizzas, they've mastered this art. The place is very relaxed, family-friendly and offers excellent special offers, and a value-menu. Definitely a place to go back to for dinner, again and again. Oh, and I found out - it seems the banoffee is vegetarian!

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Monsoon (Rathmines)
306-308 Lower Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin

I have been to Monsoon before. My initial observations, which I let slide and rewarded with a very generous tip, were all confirmed during this visit. The restaurant itself is very well located, and the layout is excellent. The music that was played was also very tasteful. The menu is clear and prices are reasonable. The food is delicious, which is why I came back here for dinner with 4 doctor colleagues, who also enjoyed the authentic food, full of flavour. However everyone also noticed the poor service. The waiters were rude, arrogant and clearly didn't care for how they were serving us. I asked twice for the candles to be lit, and my friend also asked. They weren't done. The waiter's tone was actually offensive when he asked whether we weren't ordering anything else! And even more so, when we didn't order any wine! Our plates were removed even while one of us was still eating! very aggressive style that I really didn't expect. And it wasn't just our initial male waiter, but even the waitress was no better. How wonderful it would be if according to their website, they actually accomplished: Total focus on customer-delight, not just customer-satisfaction. To try to end on a positive note: they have a nicely designed website, and the washrooms are very clean. I wouldn't mind going back there for take-away, as the food is genuinely good. But the thought of giving money to people who don't appreciate their customers (in a time of recession) is just such a put-off that I wouldn't go back ever.

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Dandelion
St. Stephen's Green, St Stephens Green, Dublin

very conveniently located near Stephen's Green. Had never been there before, and found the whole experience very pleasant. We managed to find a table, and service was good. Prices aren't the cheapest, but the food was tasty. It was Friday, and the place was quite busy. Still, we felt comfortable eating there - and very nice "scenery."

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The Woolshed Baa & Grill
Parnell Street, The junction of Jervis street and Parnell street., City Centre North, Dublin

Pleasantly surprised by the Woolshed. Popped by before a movie this Tuesday and found that they have a half-price offer on any pizzas on tuesdays!! and the Pizza was delicious! really didn't expect this, at a pub restaurant next to the cinema. Definitely going back next Tuesday!! The restaurant is very conveniently located next to Cineworld. The waiters were very courteous - as was even the security guy.

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

Easily the best Indian restaurant I've been to in Dublin. There was parking nearby, and it was easy to find. Decor is superb. Food was amazing - very authentic flavours. From starters to dessert. Service was really good too. Went there with guests from India, and they were clearly impressed too! Would definitely recommend it! I tried the vegetarian thali - and it was delicious! Also, not many Indian restaurants in Dublin do Puris. So i really had a nice time here!

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Botticelli
3 Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

I've often walked passed this restaurant, and hoped I was on time for the Early Bird special... Recently, I was. What a find! The waiter was an excellent host - making us feel very welcome. Starters were DELICIOUS. Possibly the most delicious Bruschetta I've ever had! very fresh ingredients, with a very authentic taste. Pizza, dessert and coffee all tasted really good too. Will definitely go here again, and recommend you do too!

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Independent Pizza Co
28 Drumcondra Rd Lower, Dublin 9, Drumcondra, Dublin

was relieved to find this place - my gps kept on taking me somewhere else!! A friend rated it her best pizza in Dublin, so I was really looking forward to it. The pizza was definitely decent, and we all enjoyed it. Thankfully we ordered take-away which happened mainly cos we could not get reservations til 5 hours after we called. On visiting the restaurant, I was glad though - we got to eat the pizza in the comfort of our own home, as the restaurant itself is very impersonal. Also, the eat-in options - for drinks, etc. are rather expensive. Felt like a fast-food place, rather than somewhere I'd like to sit down and have a meal. very busy though.

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Bar Italia
26 Blooms Lane , Lower Ormond Quay, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

I've heard a lot about Bar italia - of how excellent and authentic the food is. With this in mind, we chose to eat here, after walking around the Italian Quarter. The atmosphere isn't really warm or cosy, and the service wasn't particularly prompt. The waiter did not come back to us (I was there with my parents) at any point during the meal to find out how we were doing or if there was anything else we needed. When we wanted to order desserts, we had to ask another waiter. The pizzas and risotto were average. Overall, not inspired to return there or to leave a decent tip for the waiter. Another restaurant where the name is just hype...

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Paulie's Pizza
58 Grand Canal Street, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

After reading reviews about the long queues, I thought (especially with my little boy) to order take away. Arrived at the restaurant just after 7pm - free parking barely 100m away. Pizzas were ready, and I enquired about reservations. they DO take reservations. ... and they were full, but no queues. the drive there and back was totally worth it. Pizzas were DELICIOUS!!! worth every cent! the staff were very pleasant and efficient with my order, even on the phone. and the restaurant looked warm and cosy. Now I have to tell my friend, who has been ranting about this place for months, that it's totally worth raving about!

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Ananda
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

The restaurant is conveniently located, in dundrum town centre. It's head chef, and the restaurant has been receiving awards nationally. With all this in mind, I expected a superlative evening dinner with my wife. Our initial impression, just as we entered the restaurant was favourable - the decor is unusual, and interesting. However, that's where the positives practically ended. We waited for about 15 minutes for them to come back to us as they could not find our reservation. Eventually, we were shown to our table. The tables next to us are so close, that I could barely hear myself think. The menu was, in all fairness, quite interesting. Not the usual stuff. But when the meals did eventually arrive, sadly I was not totally blown away. After all the hype, I had to conclude - it is just hype. Definitely fusion food, but it totally failed to impress. Even my wife struggled to appreciate her meal. Of course, there's hardly any service once you're seated. Nobody enquired how we were doing. No-one came around asking if we needed anything else, or even towards the end, we weren't offered a desert menu. What we were told, however, was as we sat down at our table, that we needed to leave by 930pm, as there was another reservation! For the fantastic price we paid, at such a highly-lauded place the whole experience left us with indigestion. I wouldn't return here, neither would I recommend anyone to this restaurant.

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Toto Ristorante Italiano
8 Talbot Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Great location. Came by the restaurant by chance, and was attracted by their ad for a very reasonable early-bird special. The food is decent - although uninspiring (particularly the pizzas). It does the job, i guess. Service is good, and the restaurant is quite cosy.

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The Brasserie @ Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport Baskin Lane, Swords, Swords, Dublin

We happened upon this restaurant - and what an excellent find! definitely family friendly, which was a huge plus... but also definitely the best pizza we've had in Ireland, in a long time! unfortunately though, we found it just 40 minutes prior to boarding... so we had to hoover up our pizza. but it was delicious. and, with nice seating arrangements, and high-chairs for the little ones.

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

I've been to Govindas on several occasions. And there are many reasons I keep on going back. 1. NOWHERE in Dublin offers such good value-for-money meals. 2. nowhere else in Dublin offers vegetarian meals that are reasonably priced. 3. The banoffee pie and cheesecake are delicious! 4. The service is excellent. And one can sit at a table very peacefully for as long as you like, without anyone bothering you. There are also other Govindas restaurants in the city, however I must admit that I especially like this one. It's not the closest to me, but it's my favourite one. and did i mention... the BANOFFEE PIE IS DELICIOUS!!

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Govindas Restaurant (Abbey Street)
83 Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

I've been to Govindas on several occasions. And there are many reasons I keep on going back. 1. NOWHERE in Dublin offers such good value-for-money meals. 2. nowhere in Dublin offers vegetarian meals that are reasonably priced. 3. The banoffee pie and cheesecake are delicious! 4. The service is excellent. And one can sit at a table very peacefully for as long as you like, without anyone bothering you. I must say though, that the large plate is HUGE. For one, and if you're not insanely hungry, even the small plate will do... otherwise opt for the medium plate... and enjoy!

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Royal Tandoori
95 Terenure Road North, South Dublin, Terenure, Dublin

Eating out in Dublin hasn't been a pleasant experience. Food is overpriced, and generally barely average. I was quite pleasantly surprised with Royal Tandoori. The food was really good! I had a few special requests to meet my dietary requirements, and the staff was very obliging. Everything was obviously freshly prepared, and the taste was authentic. Prices of the mains are a bit steep, and do not include rice. Their delivery service is also great. I didn't have to go through a website and then call a number to provide payment details (and then the number isn't answered or no longer exists!) I just called them placed the order, and gave them my address. definitely would use them again, and would recommend them!

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