Restaurant Reviews from sjb
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 23rd April 2009 ( visited 27th March 2009 )I hadn't been to Odessa in years. I used to love the place and then I went once with a birthday party and the food was terrible, the service was mediocre and there was a distinct feeling of herded sheep to the whole thing. I went back last month because I'd read so many good reviews about their fivers menu and I completely agree. They are brilliant. The portions are huge. Myself and my friend got a portion of calamari each as we expected to get five sad little portions each but we were amazed when two huge bowls full of calamari arrived out and they were delicious. The chorizo and chickpea stew in red wine was lovely, the taboulleh was delicious and the lentil and spinach dahl was amazing. Sadly they didn't have any prawns left. The portions are definitely big enough to share and four are plenty between two. This is a restaurant that has it's finger on the pulse and knows what customers want. I'm generally not interested in early bird menus that throw you out after an hour.Odessa offers the fivers menus every night all night except Saturday. Where else could you go for dinner, have a couple of glasses of wine and have change out of €25 All I can say is fantastic and thank you Odessa! 5 stars all the way.
Charming Noodles restaurant
105 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: North Co. Dublin
Reviewed 18th December 2008 ( visited 18th December 2008 )I love this place for quick and cheap food. The soup noodles are delicious as are the chow mein dishes. I love the soup noodles with seafood as you get lots of mussels, prawns, squid and crabstick. I also love the dumplings. If you want a nice ambient restaurant then this isn't the place for you but if you go for the food you won't be disappointed.
Itsa @ IMMA
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin
We went here for Sunday lunch and were very impressed with the range of food on offer. Its possible to eat a main meal for €9.95 which I think is excellent value. I had soup which was vegetarian and gluten free but was delicious. Himself had a bagel which he said was gorgeous and we both had cakes after, all for €17 which I thought was good value. We were charged incorrectly for a hot drink and when I brought it to the staffs attention we were given a complimentary coffee. This is a lovely cafe, ideal for a weekday lunch or even Sunday brunch/lunch.
The Plaza, Blanchardstown Village, Dublin 15, Blanchardstown, Dublin
I ate here last Saturday night for the first time. We booked for 8.30pm and when we went in it was completely full however it seemed to empty out around 9pm. I had crabcakes to start and a chicken fillet burger with fries. My husband had chilli potato skins followed by a sirloin steak. My crabcakes were so delicious I would've ordered two portions instead of a main course. However my chicken fillet burger was quite tasty. It was cooked quite nicely and had a tasty spicy mayonnaise sauce on it. My husband said the sirloin steak was the best he's had in ages. I had a selection of movenpick icecreams which were just perfect and himself had a strawberry NYC cheesecake which he found a little sickly because of the flavour. For drinks he ordered a glass of pinot noir which was chilled when it came out. I smelled it (didn't taste as I'm pregnant) but it didn't have the fragrant smell you'd associate with pinot noir. We guessed he was given a cheaper wine but he drank it anyway. All in all, service was good, food was great, the prices are quite good but as you'd expect the steak is always the most expensive. We'll definitely go back here again.
Shangri-la Malaysian Chinese Restaurant
16 Stoneybatter, North Dublin, Stoneybatter, Dublin
We called in here on a Sunday for something quick to eat. They have a set menu for Chinese and Malaysian food. Even though we were in a hurry and wouldn't have time to have 3 courses plus tea/coffee we went for the set menu. I had spring rolls followed by chicken red curry both of which were very good. My husband had tom yum and beef rendang which he said were delicious. We told the waiter when we sat down that we were in a rush and they served the starters and the mains at once. Great food, fantastic prices and excellent service. I think I'll go back again at some stage and try something else.
Michie Sushi (Ranelagh)
11 Chelmsford Lane, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin
I ate here for the first time on a Saturday for lunch. I'd had their sushi before at food markets but as I'm pregnant sushi is out for a few months. I had the yaki soba which was stirfry buckwheat noodes, meat and veg and it was just perfect. I also had a side of yasi gyoza which were equally as tasty. We got a cup of green tea and a miso soup at the beginning. We lost count of the number of green tea refills we had; every few minutes a staff member was over refilling our cups. All in all this place is fantastic and I'll definitely go back again and again. The japanese food is delicious and better still it's cheap.
The Forum, Ballymoss Road, Dublin 18 , Sandyford, Dublin
I'd heard really good things about this restaurant so I was looking forward to trying it out. We went on the Sunday of the October bank holiday weekend and had the early bird menu. I had spring rolls to start which were quite nice but my husband had the wonton soup which much nicer and I definitely would've preferred it. For my main course I had chicken with ginger and scallion but all I could taste was white pepper. There were about 3 large pieces of ginger but the dish didn't taste of ginger at all. It was so bland and tasteless, apart from the white pepper, I had to ask for soy sauce. I was quite disappointed as I really wanted to like this place considering all the good things I'd heard about it.
Woods Restaurant - Closed
Main Street, Roundwood, Wicklow
I went here with my family for a birthday dinner just around the time the restaurant first opened. We are big fans of their restaurant in Rathdrum so we were looking forward to trying it out. The decor is amazing in the restaurant and the interior design is really fantastic. From the start there were little things which stood out. My brother ordered calamari which was supposed to have a sauce included but when it arrived there was no sauce. The food is without a doubt good but little things like forgetting to include sauce let it down. The service was pretty bad that night. It was a relatively quiet Sunday evening so there was no excuse for it. We waited ages to get the waiters attention for the bill and when we did get the bill we had to wait another age to get his attention to take it. In the end my brother brought it up to the bar and paid there. I don't think it could be entirely blamed on teething problems as the same team have successfully run a restaurant in Rathdrum. Another thing that struck me as odd was the toilets considering the obvious attention to detail that was spent on the decor in the rest of the place. I assumed they just weren't finished in time for opening but they were freezing, poorly designed and decorated and very neglected looking. I will go back again and hopefully the toilets and the service will have improved.
Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK Liffey Valley)
Unit 40B, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, West Dublin, Liffey Valley, Dublin
Went here for lunch on Friday afternoon. I'm not a big fan of burgers so I was delighted to see my favourite, falafel, on the menu. Himself had a cheese and bacon burger which was full price; I had the falafel which was €5 and we both had chips. His burger disappeared within minutes and he looked very pleased with it. My falafel was very good; not too dry in the middle, the yoghurt sauce was lovely as was the hummus. Chips were good; home cut and nicely cooked. The bill came to €23 including a sparkling water which was very good value considering the amount of food we had. I'd definitely go back again and it's nice to have some place good to eat in the local area.
168 Capel Street, City Centre North, Dublin
I've had the soup from here before and it's always good. Today I got the thai chicken curry and rice for lunch for a change. It's pricey at €6.50 for a small tub with just carrots and a teeny bit of chicken in it. That said, I wouldn't really mind if it was tasty. The rice was half cooked, not al dente or anything else. Half cooked and inedible. The €3 lunch deal, soup, bread and a piece of fruit, is fantastic and I think I'll stick with that from now on €6.50 is too much to spend on something that isn't nice.
17/18 French Church Street, Cork City, Cork
Went here for dinner on Sunday evening of the bank holiday weekend. They had a €20 menu, 3 courses or 2 courses and a glass of wine/beer. I had salmon gratin to start which was a smoked salmon with melted cheese. It was nice although the melted cheese made it very salty, perhaps a little too salty for me. I had fresh trout as my main with potato gratin and veg. This was simple yet lovely and it's a rare treat to get fresh trout. I had the glass of wine instead of dessert. Amazing value for money, it's a shame Dublin restaurants don't follow suit. I also like the idea of subsituting a course for a glass of wine or beer. I noticed a lot of restaurants in Cork do this. One note of caution, the toilets are tiny and it's a definite squeeze to get in and out of them.
6-7 Jervis Street, Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre, Italian Quarter, Dublin
Myself and my OH went here for a quick bite to eat one evening. We were attracted by the very reasonable early bird menu and the fact that I'd heard very good things about the place. The food was nice but nothing remarkable. I love thai food and cook some at home so I am fussy when I go to a thai restaurant. I really didn't like the decor of the place. Maybe it was because it was 5pm on a miserably wet Tuesday and there was only another couple in the place but it felt cold and impersonal. There is a bar at the front which has a range of cocktails and the restaurant is to the back. It's certainly not my scene, it was really dark and I couldn't see my food properly but it may give a different impression on a Friday or Saturday night. This type of venue appeals to a lot of people but not me. In terms of food there are better thai restaurants in town.
Le Bon Crubeen
81-82 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
Had dinner here last night with my aunt and we were hugely impressed. They have an extensive evening menu with main courses for around €11. I had grilled salmon with cabbage, lardon, potato rosti and lemon butter. It sounded like a lot of food on one plate but it was delicious. I'd never have put cabbage and salmon together but they worked well. My aunt had rabbit, pea and pancetta risotto. I had a small taste and the risotto was very good. It might have been a tad rich for my palette but my aunt left a clean plate. We had two creme brulees to finish which again were gorgeous. They were served with some possibly homemade vanilla icecream on the side but the creme brulee was enough for us. The staff were attentive, polite and friendly without being intrusive and service was prompt and efficient. It's a fantastic restaurant and will definitely be going back to sample more of those main courses.
1-2 Portobello Road, Portobello, Dublin
I went here with a group of people on a Saturday and we availed of the Dine in Dublin menu. The menu was impressively extensive and we had difficulty in choosing just one course each. It was also unbelievable value at €30 for 5 courses (one aperitif and one tea/coffee). The food was fantastic. It's a rare thing to have such good food in Dublin. I had soup to start which was a consomme with vegetables which is just the way I like soup. I had fish as my main course, sea bass, and again it was delicious. I finished with a divine panna cotta. We had some really good coffees to end it all off. One minor criticism; the service seemed hit or miss. The waiters seemed distracted and you got the feeling they weren't giving you their full attention. We didn't get our aperitif which in my book is a big no-no and none of the several waiters who served us seemed to notice this. For this I gave only 3 stars for service. That aside it was a great meal, the food was incredible and I'll give the waiters the benefit of doubt on the service and go again.
Wagamama - Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I used to go here all the time but haven't been for a long time. Went back recently and had my favourite cha han. I also had the fruit juice drink which is always great.This has to be the best value meal around. There's so much that you won't be hungry for the rest of the day and it's delicious and cheap. Can't wait to go back and have cha han again.
1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Haven't been to this restaurant in ages as previously thought it had gotten quite expensive. We called in at 9pm and although it was pretty much full we got a table within 20mins. The food is as good as ever and even though the prices have gone up it seems the portions have gotten bigger too. We used to order 5 dishes between the two of us but it's definitely too much now. I love their choices of seafood and fish and the calamari was delicious. The paella is the best I've tasted even in Spain and is a meal in itself. Will definitely be going back here again soon.
Market Square Carlingford, Carlingford, Louth
We went here on nye for dinner. There was a 5 course set menu for €45. We were given a glass of prosecco on arrival which was a nice touch. There was a huge amount of food but I stayed with seafood and fish so was just about able to manage it. I had prawns and crab claws to start which were amazingly fresh, we had veg soup for the next course and I had sea bass in a dill cream sauce for the main which again was just right. For desert I managed to squeeze in a slice of honeycomb cheese cake which was gorgeous. The service was good and friendly considering the one main person serving the tables was quite busy. The wines were all reduced so we had a lovely italian malbec for around €15. All in all, it was a lovely meal and I would definitely eat there when I'm in Carlingford again.
3A Talbot Place, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin
Had been meaning to try this restaurant for ages and went recently for the first time and it was fantastic. I love thai food but in Dublin the thai restaurants are far too expensive. The food in Thai Spice is amazing. Everything is so fresh, the menu is quite varied and the main courses seem to be around €14. I'll definitely be visiting again and again.
Main Street, Rathdrum, Wicklow
We went here on Fri evening after a bit of bad luck with another restuarant in the town. We arrived in after 9pm and asked if they were still serving. The owner and his wfe were fantastic and we were eating within 10 minutes of sitting down. I had the fish and chips and it was the tastiest, freshest cod I've had in ages. The batter was just perfect and the tartare sauce was great Fresh cut chips were the icing on the cake. Himself had ceaser salad to start followed by steak both of which he enjoyed. All main courses seemed to be around €13. We left well fed and happy and we will definitely go back.
The Winding Stair Restaurant
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin
I went here for lunch yesterday, it was my first visit and I was very impressed. The room is lovely, bright and airy. There was a lovely sound of chatting people when we went in which we didn't expect at all at 1.30 on a Tuesday. We went for the 2 course lunch menu for €17.95 and it was just fantastic. We both had the soup to start which was a meal in itself but also just perfect. I had the bacon and himself had the bangers and mash. My main meal was so big I knew I was fighting a losing battle before I even started but the bacon was cooked to perfection. This is the type of place which restores your faith in dining out in Dublin. Some people said the a la carte is pricey but the menu is wide and varied and the food we ate yesterday was just amazing. I couldn't fault the place, I loved it and I will definitely go back for dinner some evening but I'll know to starve myself all day in anticipation.
Taste of Emilia
No. 1 Lower Liffey Street, City Centre North, Dublin
We called here on chance last Saturday afternoon. We were looking for a cafe for a nice coffee and my Mam wanted something sweet. The staff were approachable and friendly. What a nice change! We had some coffees which were excellent and two very tasty cake trio dishes. Will definitely go back again, especially to try some food, and will recommend it to friends.
10 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
We went to Alfie's with another couple for a Sat night dinner. When we arrived we were ushered up to the bar for an apero. There were a selection of cocktails for €5 so no complaints from us. After 20 mins or so we were given our table which was right beside the bar which wouldn't have been an issue if it wasn't for the blaring dance music. I don't get that; surely some ambient lounge music would be more appropriate at 8pm. The food was ok. I can't say it was great but I can't find any specific faults with it. It's food witout flair. My OH had meatballs and he's convinced they came from a tin. My OH said he would never go back; it's just not his type of place. It really is a party restaurant so if you were organising a birthday dinner or a girls night out then this place would be ideal. If cocktails and loud music are high on your priorities then you would probably think it's great. However, if you want some good food on a Saturday night then this just isn't the place.
Diep le Shaker
55 Pembroke Lane, (Off Pembroke Street), Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Went here for a special occasion on Saturday night. The food is amazing, the service is fantastic, the atmosphere was brilliant BUT. The a la carte menu is far too expensive and there was my usual gripe of charging extra for rice. The mind really boggles as to how a Thai restaurant justifies that. Would you be happy to pay for fries/gratin with your steak in a french restaurant?. I will go back and try the set evening menu which seems like very good value. We got the group €40 set menu which was reasonable value but still on the high side. I'd definitely recommend the restaurant but would advise to go for the lunch or early bird menu.
The Gin Palace
Middle Abbey Street, City Centre North, Dublin
I was here for a late lunch/early dinner on Saturday before the U2 gig. The place was packed with other concert goers, the U2 music was blaring. I ordered a chicken baguette but asked for it without the baguette and with salad instead as I don't eat bread. The waitress went off to check if that was possible and said it was. The food was good for the price - €12. The drinks seem quite reasonable too and the service was quick and attentive. No complaints from me and I'd definitely go back or recommend it.
Main Street, Rathdrum, Rathdrum, Wicklow
This place is amazing! Went for the early bird menu and there was so much to choose from it was hard to pick one starter and one main course. The food is excellent and of such a high quality that is rare for €18. It's head and shoulders over some other very popular restaurants in the area. I'll definitely be going back soon.
Kokoro Sushi Bento
19 Lower Liffey Street, City Centre North, Dublin
I just noticed this place last week. The sushi is amazing and really fresh. It's also very good value for money and with lots to choose from. There's also hot food available. Great place and very affordable.
Mao Restaurant (Dun Laoghaire)
The Pavillion, South Co, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Ate here last weekend. I used to be a regular when I lived in the area but I have to say the restaurant is starting to look it's age. The place had a distinct run down, grubby feel to it. The food was ok. The deal of starter and main course for €18 is good and it's good to see Mao's making an effort to reduce the costs because it had gotten very expensive. I had tempura squid which was nice but it wasn't tempura batter. It was a little too greasy. I then had the salmon with rocket salad and some sort of pesto and it tasted of nothing. I don't know why they serve rice with it as it's so bland that rice only adds to the blandness. It was crying out for a bit of soy and honey dressing or something. I ate a third of it and left the rest. Himself had beef with some sort of pickled chilli cabbage for his main course and he didn't like it either. We definitely made bad choices but next time I'm in the mood for some Mao food I think I'll go to the branch in the city centre.
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
I went here recently for a quick bite to eat and what drew my attention was the '2 for the price of 1' offer on main courses. I'd been here when it opened up and I said absolutely never again but we were hungry and it's a good offer. I can't really fault any of it; the service was good, the food was great value and tasty and the two glasses of wine we ordered were lovely. I'd definitely go back.
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
I hadn't been to Odessa in years. I used to love the place and then I went once with a birthday party and the food was terrible, the service was mediocre and there was a distinct feeling of herded sheep to the whole thing. I went back last month because I'd read so many good reviews about their fivers menu and I completely agree. They are brilliant. The portions are huge. Myself and my friend got a portion of calamari each as we expected to get five sad little portions each but we were amazed when two huge bowls full of calamari arrived out and they were delicious. The chorizo and chickpea stew in red wine was lovely, the taboulleh was delicious and the lentil and spinach dahl was amazing. Sadly they didn't have any prawns left. The portions are definitely big enough to share and four are plenty between two. This is a restaurant that has it's finger on the pulse and knows what customers want. I'm generally not interested in early bird menus that throw you out after an hour.Odessa offers the fivers menus every night all night except Saturday. Where else could you go for dinner, have a couple of glasses of wine and have change out of €25 All I can say is fantastic and thank you Odessa! 5 stars all the way.
Yamamori Sushi, Tengu
38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
I prefer the original restaurant perhaps because I always tend to be around that side of town rather than the quays but I tried this restaurant out one night for some quick sushi. The food was great and the sushi option is fantastic value for money at €8ish for 6 generous portions. The place was quite empty on the night as it was a Monday evening so service was very good. I will still probably gravitate towards the Georges St restaurant but this is a nice venue with a good ambience and serving the same high quality food.
2 Lower Kevin, South Circular, Dublin
I really love this place. It's very small and always busy so it can be hard to get a table sometimes. The crepes are delicious. The last time I was there I had a savoury one with cheese and ham and then a spiced cinnamon apple one with icecream. I think it can be great value for money if you chose carefully from the menu. You can realistically get two crepes (packed with food) and a coffee for less than €20 and you definitely won't be hungry afterwards. I'd highly recommend this place for an alternative brunch or lunch.
Chez Max (Baggot Street)
133 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
I went here for the first time at the weekend. I've been in the originial restaurant a few times and I love it. This place is bigger and brighter although I love the other restaurant for it's cosy atmosphere at night. I only had coffee and dessert but others had sandwiches and soup. The food looks just as good as it does in town, the dessert was gorgeous and the coffee was excellent as always. I will definitely go for dinner here some evening and see what it's like at night.
Unit 2 Balloyowen Castle Shopping Centre, West Dublin, Lucan, Dublin
Wheat free heaven!! I went here recently because I saw it mentioned in an Irish Times piece about ceoliacs. I haven't eaten a pizza in 8 years. I ordered a pizza in Prego's and it was great. The base isn't the same as a wheat base but it's a good substitute. Staff were quick; we told them we had cinema tickets and we had our pizzas within ten minutes. Plus it's fantastic value. Will definitely be visiting here again!
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
This is one of my favourite places in town. I love the teriyaki and the noodle dishes but I tried the sushi yesterday and it was great. The staff there can be a bit extreme; some are really friendly and helpful and attentive and others completely forget you're there. Yesterday our waiter was great, he explained about the different types of sushi and what is the best value. I also love that they do the same menu but cheaper at lunch.
Jaipur Restaurant (George's Street)
41 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
I was here recently and I was very impressed. I loved the food which seemed to be a slightly different take on Indian food. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to try somewhere new.
No 1 Fade Street, Off Georges's Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I recently ate here with a group of friends and I was reminded how good the food is. It's honest, good food which you can't fault in any way. The menu is short but there's something there to suit most people. I like that you don't feel that you have to leave as soon as you finish eating so you can relax and have another glass of wine or a coffee. However, I find their choice of chairs a wee bit annoying as you could find yourself sitting on a very uncomfortable wooden garden chair and you have to search around for a suitable one to replace it. I understand it's part of the image and atmosphere they're going for but maybe they could replace those horrible ones. Also, I find the servers here a bit snooty for want of a better word. It's a shame because it kind of jars with food and the ivibe. Maybe it's because it's so popular but I don't particularly like it. All in all, go for the food and you won't be disappointed. Just don't expect that a comfortable chair or service with a smile will be included.
105 Parnell Street, City Centre North, Dublin
I love this place for quick and cheap food. The soup noodles are delicious as are the chow mein dishes. I love the soup noodles with seafood as you get lots of mussels, prawns, squid and crabstick. I also love the dumplings. If you want a nice ambient restaurant then this isn't the place for you but if you go for the food you won't be disappointed.
Toss'd Noodles & Salads
Chq Building, Dublin Docklands, City Centre North, Dublin
This is a great place for a healthy lunch or a quick bite after work as they stay open until 7pm. The service can be slow at lunch time but that's because everything is cooked to order. I think you can ring ahead with your order if you're in a rush. The noodles are delicious and the staff (I presume are the owners) are extremely helpful and will adapt dishes to suit dietary requirements.
Chez Max (Palace Street)
1 Palace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Went here recently with some friends. I like this place because it does what it does very well which is a rare thing in Dublin at the moment. The prices are reasonable and the food is good. We sat in the courtyard on a freezing cold and wet night. There were plenty of heaters but I wouldn't like to sit out there again in the winter. Some may find it atmospheric but you alternate between being too warm and then too cold. I prefer the main restaurant. I'd recommend this place to anyone who wants good food at decent prices.
100 Lower Baggot street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I went here last night with a friend. We picked this restaurant based on the early bird menu of two courses for €16.50 as advertised on their website. We were given an a la carte menu and when we asked about the early bird we were told it was suspended for Dec. The manager came over and said it was suspended for Dec and there was a note on the menu displayed outside saying this. We said the website had no mention so it was false advertising and he just said yes it was false advertising and they should change it. The food was fairly good, we both love Thai food and as far as Thai goes there are better places. Mostly it's expensive, the rice is €2 extra which is a bit cheeky when you're paying €18-€22+ for a main course. They also add a mandatory 10% service charge on everything which I completely disagree with. Our bill came to €48.40 for two main courses, one tea and one coffee. Service was good, the staff were friendly and helpful but I wouldn't go back again. It's too far out of the city to be charging for rice and adding 10% service charge on. There are better and cheaper places in town for Asian food.
Wrights Anglers Rest
Strawberry Beds, West Dublin, Dublin 20, Chapelizod, Dublin
I went here for a quick bite one evening very recently and it was dreadful. Yes, it´s been done up and it´s very impressive but the menu isn´t as good as it used to, it´s been ´dressed up´ ie more expensive and a lot of the fish dishes are gone. The worst part of my experience was the service. We waited 45 mins for main courses and when we enquired about how much longer we would have to wait we received a very snooty reply from the manager. In the end we walked out and I´ll never go back. The one nice thing about the Anglers Rest was the friendly staff and the reasonable food at very reasonable prices. Both are gone from what I could see. Very disappointing.