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M&L Chinese Restaurant

13-14 Cathedral Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
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Reviewed 11th October 2013 ( visited 28th September 2013 )

Best Chinese in Dublin (and probably in Ireland) by a MILE!!!!! Ignore the English menu, which will give you bog standard Irish Chinese restaurant stuff (chicken in lemon etc). Just ask one of the waiters to recommend items from the Chinese menu, say how spicy you like your food etc, and you will be in for an adventure. The value for money is fantastic - we (4 people) had a feast for 57 euros. Nearly all the customers are Chinese, so they must be doing something right. The people on the table next to us got some amazing looking food, so I asked our waiter to write down the names of the dishes (in English and Chinese) on a piece of paper, which will be kept safely in my wallet until we get the chance to go there again.
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M&L Chinese Restaurant

13-14 Cathedral Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
Asian

Price Range:

Good
34 reviews

Reviewed 11th October 2013 ( visited 28th September 2013 )

Best Chinese in Dublin (and probably in Ireland) by a MILE!!!!! Ignore the English menu, which will give you bog standard Irish Chinese restaurant stuff (chicken in lemon etc). Just ask one of the waiters to recommend items from the Chinese menu, say how spicy you like your food etc, and you will be in for an adventure. The value for money is fantastic - we (4 people) had a feast for 57 euros. Nearly all the customers are Chinese, so they must be doing something right. The people on the table next to us got some amazing looking food, so I asked our waiter to write down the names of the dishes (in English and Chinese) on a piece of paper, which will be kept safely in my wallet until we get the chance to go there again.
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Pickle Restaurant
43 Camden Street Lower, Camden Street, Dublin

Excellent in every way. Beautiful starters - chicken tikka with a superb mint sauce, delicious brocolli with panir. Fantastic vegetarian thali, each dish completely different, very satisfying. A fascinating Indian ice cream for dessert. Highly recommended.

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Le Bon Crubeen
81-82 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

We were a fairly large group, and we all chose the €26 3-course set menu. A number of people chose the steak for their main course, which comes with a €5 surcharge. The food is acceptable, but certainly not amazing. When we got the bill, we found out that you are charged extra for a bit of sauce to go on the steak (in addition to the €5 surcharge), extra for tea and coffee, a barely drinkable bottle of New Zealand white wine is €30, a glass of wine is more than €6, so from €26 we each ended up paying €60, which is a total rip-off.

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Brother Hubbard
153 capel st, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Delicious "Mediterranean Feast". Service was a little slow (but the restaurant was packed) but the food is scrumptious. The style is Middle-Eastern, but with original "twists" thought up by the chef. A salad platter to start, which of course included hummus, but with a touch of beetroot as a tasty original "twist". Beautifully seasoned and flavoured mains, beef kofta meatballs, and fish tagine. All in all, a beautiful meal.

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Jamie's Italian
Pembroke District, Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14 , Dundrum, Dublin

One kid's meal (very small bowl of Bolognese, small drink, small ball of ice-cream), one turkey milanese (quite nice), one roasted vegetable salad (a "special" which all the waiters were plugging aggressively as it must have had the highest profit margin), an "epic" brownie (which was good but hardly "epic"), a sorbet and an espresso and the bill came to 87 euros. Quite ridiculous.

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Keshk Cafe Restaurant
71 Mespil Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Delicious Middle Eastern food. Kebabs, hummus, felafel, salads. High quality ingredients, perfect seasoning/spices. Highly recommended.

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101 Talbot
Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I went with a group of 16 people. Very nice, tasty, unpretentious food - no foams and drizzles and other silly "cheffy" affectations. Food was interesting and full of flavour. The only slight problem was that because we were a big group the service was a little chaotic - when the food came out the waiters didn't have a clue who was supposed to be getting what, but other than that, a very good meal.

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M&L Chinese Restaurant
13-14 Cathedral Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Best Chinese in Dublin (and probably in Ireland) by a MILE!!!!! Ignore the English menu, which will give you bog standard Irish Chinese restaurant stuff (chicken in lemon etc). Just ask one of the waiters to recommend items from the Chinese menu, say how spicy you like your food etc, and you will be in for an adventure. The value for money is fantastic - we (4 people) had a feast for 57 euros. Nearly all the customers are Chinese, so they must be doing something right. The people on the table next to us got some amazing looking food, so I asked our waiter to write down the names of the dishes (in English and Chinese) on a piece of paper, which will be kept safely in my wallet until we get the chance to go there again.

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Germaines of Baltinglass
Main Street, Baltinglass, Wicklow

Beyond dire, apart from the fairly friendly and efficient service. Irish “cooking” by numbers, far worse than bog standard. The meal started with vegetable soup which I think did indeed start its life as a basket of vegetables. Then came turkey and ham. A wafer thin slice of commercial ham, on top of which lay a blob of Paxo stuffing, topped with 2 slices of dry turkey. This was all covered in brown goo which came from a packet. Vegetables: overcooked cauliflower with white goo from a packet, asparagus and carrots cooked to oblivion, and the best part, mashed potato, two boiled new potatoes and one roast potato. The waitress then came round with a huge tray with loads of extra blobs of mash potato, just in case we hadn’t already eaten enough potatoes. Apple pie to finish. A huge slice of pie full of pie filling from a jar. I was with a group and I can't even bring myself to imagine what they thought of it.

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Dobbins Restaurant
15 Stephen Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Starters were very good (Chicken and pear salad, goats cheese galette). Mains were unbelievably heavy - left us feeling bloated for more than 24 hours!!!! Service was good. Can't hack the attitude of this place. Charging an extra 3 euros for a few potatoes after you've paid more than 20 for a main course is a downright cheek. As is adding a "discretionary gratuity" of 10% on to the bill. What's discretionary about that??? You've got some nerve. To sum up: bog standard Irish "fancy" food. Outrageously expensive. Go elsewhere.

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Manifesto
208 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin

The best Italian restaurant in Dublin by a mile. Divine pasta dishes, excellent pizza. Will definitely be back to try some of the secondi piatti.

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Milano (Dun Laoghaire)
1 Harbour Square, Crofton Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

You could starve before they bring you a menu and take your order, and then starve again before the food arrives and then again before the dessert. Food bog standard "italian" fare. Average pizza. I should know better than to order a salad in the salad wasteland known as Ireland, but here the side salad was dire even by Irish standards. A pile of unchopped leaves with a couple of bits of tomato and cucumber with a dish of unidentified white goo do not make a salad. Just open a Jamie Oliver cookbook and learn how to do it.

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Michie Sushi (Ranelagh)
11 Chelmsford Lane, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

This is a tiny restaurant, quite hard to find, but well worth it. It is very simple inside and can only seat about 10 or 12 people, but so what? I lived in Japan for 6 years and can safely say that this is the best sushi in Dublin, by a mile.

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Little Jerusalem - Rathmines
3 Wynnefield Road, Dublin 6 , Rathmines, Dublin

Middle Eastern food is my favourite in the whole world. Scrumptious, healthy, wholesome, satisfying. Having lived in Jerusalem, I can say that this is the real deal. I wasn't hugely hungy so only had the vegetarian Mezze, which is excellent. Will definitely go back to try out some of the meat dishes.

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

Wholesome and delicious food. Ten out of ten. Four of us had dinner there the other night. We shared a plate of tapas for a starter, we all had delicious vegetarian mains with a bottle of white wine, we had two desserts (yummy chocolate brownies) and four good coffees. Fantastic, and very reasonable prices.

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Incredibly overrated. This is basically ordinary food dressed up to look posh, at very steep prices. Fish and chips, meat pie, steaks etc. I don't need to pay these prices to get steamed broccoli and mashed carrots. There's more flare in any Jamie Oliver cookbook. Also, the noise levels are unbearable - it's virtually impossible to have a conversation. It's depressing that a place like this can become such an institution in Dublin. Is this the kind of boring food that people here really want to eat?

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M&L Chinese Restaurant
13-14 Cathedral Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

This is really 2 restaurants. One with a bog-standard-looking expensive menu in English (won-ton soup and chicken in lemon etc) and another with a mind-blowingly authentic and very cheap Szechuan menu written in Chinese. Ask for the Chinese menu, and either just point or consult with the waiter, and you're in for an adventure. The food here is truly amazing - I can't recommend this place highly enough.

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Ananda
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

The food here is absolutely divine. Despite foams and drizzles and other haute cuisine intrusions, this is Indian food at its best. Each curry and dish has its own distinctive flavour (how many imtes have we all been to Indian places where everything tastes the same?), the service is impeccable and friendly, and the portions are enough to fill you up (unlike some haute-cuisine places). We had two starters and two mains (a vegetarian thali and a sea bass) and one glass of wine (whatever the experts say I feel that wine just doesn't go with Indian food), and the bill came to 82 euros. Not cheap, but worth every penny.

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Seasons Restaurant, InterContinental Dublin
InterContinental Dublin, Simmonscourt Road, Ballsbridge, Ballsbridge, Dublin

A total rip-off. Microscopic portions at astronomical prices. A starter of "Toasted Scallops" costs €16 and consists of precisely 3 scallops on a plate about two-feet long. And service unprofessional in the extreme. They keep giving you the wrong food, and they forget to fill your wine glass (why do they take the bottle away for god's sake?). Simply unacceptable at these prices.

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The Winter Garden Restaurant @ Red Cow Hotel
Red Cow Moran Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin 22, Clondalkin, Dublin

Shocking. Everything about this restaurant is dreadful. The service, the food, everything. French onion soup was half a bowl of tepid soup with one dry bit of baguette on the side with three bits of ancient grated cheese on it, chicken stir fry only tasted of vinegar, fruit salad was nearly all apples and other cheap fruit. And the prices!! Starters between 10 and 15 euros, mains between 25 and 30. You could eat at Claridges for less. And the most depressing thing of all? The fact that all the other people on this page gave the place 5 stars. What hope is there for food in this country if people are served up with this kind of dross and actually like it??

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Bakers Corner
Kill Avenue, Kill O’The Grange, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Nice food, shame about the service. We just wanted somewhere half decent to take the kids, and as it's down the road we decided on Baker's Corner, as I'd heard the food wasn't too bad. First of all, the service was hopeless - it took about 15 minutes even to get a menu. Then, when we'd decided what we wanted, three different people said they'd send somebody over to take our order, and after we'd ordered we waited another 20 minutes for the food. Not easy when there are two small and hungry children to be entertained. Now for the food - obviously this is not exactly haute cuisine, but nice and tasty and everything is freshly cooked. (Also, the portions were absolutely huge, and really did make us understand how it is that people who eat out all the time put on so much weight). The children's menu was the usual garbage (can't Irish chef's get it into their heads that children might eat something other than chicken nuggets???), but at least even they were freshly made with actual chicken and weren't some industrial horror of ground up bones and cartilage. The side salad was the usual quartered tomato with a bit of lettuce and onion with some kind of white goo on it, and should probably be avoided, but then I should really give up trying to find a decent salad in Ireland outside Avoca. To sum up, decent food at fairly reasonable prices.

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Chameleon Restaurant
1 Lower Fownes Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Very quirky restaurant, but food is very nice. Bear in mind that Rijst tafel is Dutch colonial Indonesian food so can't be found in Indonesia, but it really is delicious, and in copius quantities. Sitting on cushions definitely adds to the atmosphere.

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Ciao Bella Roma
24/25 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Excellent simple Italian food. Was recommended this place by a couple of Italian friends. Food very tasty, and not pretensions. Was there on Paddy's Day and the place was madly busy, but the staff still managed to be courteous and the food didn't take ages to arrive. Will definitely go again when it's less busy (and without the kids!).

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The Brasserie @ Newlands Cross
Bewleys Hotel Newlands Cross, Clondalkin, Dublin

One of the worst meals ever - had a thing with pasta, which was stuffed with spinach and feta cheese. The pasta was exactly like the chilled, processed stuff that you can buy in the supermarket. Yuck.

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The Bloody Stream Restaurant
Under Howth Dart Station, North Dublin, Howth, Dublin

This is my previous review: "At last, a restaurant in Dublin, which doesn't think it's the Waldorf Astoria. Just fantastically fresh fish, simply cooked. Absolutely no pretensions. Also, when you order a half portion for a child, it's almost the same size as an adult portion, just half the price." Went there last week first time in 2 years. No divine breaded plaice any more, only cod smothered in greasy, spongy batter. Yuck. Will not bother to go again.

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Aqua Restaurant
1 West Pier, Howth, Dublin 13, Howth, Dublin

Usual Dublin fare - not good, not bad, just utterly bland and utterly forgettable, and at 5 star prices.

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Vinos Restaurant & Cafe
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

Typical Italian??? Typical Irish fake Italian more like it. You can't even get a plate of pasta as a starter. It's not that the food is horrendously bad or anything, it's just not Italian.

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