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Pearl Brasserie restaurant

20 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Reviewed 18th November 2014 ( visited 13th November 2014 )

Excellent lunch and great value at €22 for 2 courses. Atmosphere is homely, pleasant, service relaxed and friendly and food is very good. We both had a venison ravioli which was perfectly delicious. I followed with a braised pork neck which was a great example of how to get flavour and finesse out of a cheaper cut. Cathy had cod which can be dull but was also flavoursome and beautifully presented. Then we weakened and lashed out an extra fiver for a dessert between us, which was a poached pear with “woodruff” ice cream (whatever that is) and was equally tasty. Everything here is made interesting and tasty, happy staff add to the enjoyment and we can’t wait to go for dinner.
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Pearl Brasserie restaurant

20 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Fine Dining

Price Range:

Great
261 reviews

Reviewed 18th November 2014 ( visited 13th November 2014 )

Excellent lunch and great value at €22 for 2 courses. Atmosphere is homely, pleasant, service relaxed and friendly and food is very good. We both had a venison ravioli which was perfectly delicious. I followed with a braised pork neck which was a great example of how to get flavour and finesse out of a cheaper cut. Cathy had cod which can be dull but was also flavoursome and beautifully presented. Then we weakened and lashed out an extra fiver for a dessert between us, which was a poached pear with “woodruff” ice cream (whatever that is) and was equally tasty. Everything here is made interesting and tasty, happy staff add to the enjoyment and we can’t wait to go for dinner.
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Pearl Brasserie
20 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Excellent lunch and great value at €22 for 2 courses. Atmosphere is homely, pleasant, service relaxed and friendly and food is very good. We both had a venison ravioli which was perfectly delicious. I followed with a braised pork neck which was a great example of how to get flavour and finesse out of a cheaper cut. Cathy had cod which can be dull but was also flavoursome and beautifully presented. Then we weakened and lashed out an extra fiver for a dessert between us, which was a poached pear with “woodruff” ice cream (whatever that is) and was equally tasty. Everything here is made interesting and tasty, happy staff add to the enjoyment and we can’t wait to go for dinner.

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Pearl Brasserie
20 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Pearl Brasserie is now officially our favourite restaurant in Dublin – at any price. They do an excellent early bird but on our last visit we went a la carte and it was exceptional. Cathy had oysters to start which she loved and I had foie gras which was delicious. But the main courses were even better – an outstanding squab pigeon for me, meltingly tender and bursting with flavour, and Cathy had an equally good venison, rare but still perfectly tender which isn’t often the case. Delightful service, a wonderful experience overall.

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Paris Bakery and Pastry
18, 19 Moore Street, City Centre North, Dublin

This is an enterprise that I would love to find reasons to support. It has been a vital part of the new life that has been brought to Moore Street despite the City Council’s best efforts to destroy it, it is a great example of entrepreneurial spirit. It gives me no pleasure to have to give it a negative report, but our meal there last night, even at the ridiculously low price of €16 for two, wasn’t worth it. Every aspect of the place seems depressed and lacking morale, perhaps not surprisingly. The place was untidy and not very clean, there were few staff and they seemed unmotivated. Our wine glasses arrived dirty and it took over five minutes to get a replacement. Our starters of chicken liver pate were nice though unattractively slopped onto the plate. Cathy’s lamb casserole was tasty but gloopy and the meat was chewy. My chicken Cordon Bleu was shrivelled and dried up. The best part of the meal was the wine, a nice bottle of St Emilion for the excellent price of €25.

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

Two excellent starters, scallops were delicious and spicy lamb chops were outstanding. Main courses then a little disappointing, fine but a bit ordinary, served on cold plates. Service was extremely pleasant.

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The GreenHouse
Dawson Street, Dublin City Centre, Dawson Street, Dublin

This is a fantastic fine dining restaurant where the food is exceptional and the price for lunch is an absolute bargain at €30 for 3 courses or €25 for two. You won’t get this quality at this price anywhere else in Dublin, go soon before it gets a Michelin star and the price goes up.

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San Lorenzos
South Great Georges Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

This restaurant has some outstanding dishes and some that are just OK, but if you choose well you can have a delicious meal for a very reasonable price. A must-have is the gambas starter which comes on a focaccia soaked in garlicy-spicy juices and is delicious. Main courses can vary in quality but the other must-have is the Tiramisu which is excellent. A good choice for dinner and even better value for lunch.

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La Mere Zou
22 St Stephens Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

We were aiming for the excellent Early Bird which finishes at 7.00 and 2 of us were there in good time, but the third of the party was delayed at a funeral and was cutting it very fine. The staff were very helpful and understanding and as it turned out we squeezed in under the time limit. The food was really nice and great value, definitely worth a revisit.

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Chez Max (Baggot Street)
133 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Three of us went here on a Wednesday night, and it was busy. We got a table on the terrace which was perfect given the amazing weather we were having. We all had the French onion soup which was very good. Then there was one chicken in cider, one boeuf bourgignon and one lamb tagine, all of which were pleasant enough but not spectacular. We had no dessert but French coffees were excellent. Staff were really nice. A pleasant experience though not gourmet.

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Maia Restaurant
47 Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Lovely eggs Benedict!

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Ard Bia at Nimmo's
Long Walk, Near the Spanish Arch, Galway City, Galway

We had Sunday lunch in the downstairs Café area i.e. the more casual of their two areas - and casual it is! Eclectic mix of cutlery and crockery, staff very laid back but very good. Three of us had smoked pork loin with cauliflower purée and I-forget-what potatoes, basically thinly sliced, cooked apparently in garlic and cream and presented in a solid block, delicious. The pork was excellent and the purée was spectacular. Equally good was extra order of spinach (super-yummy) and butternut squash for the greedier member. Vegetarian tart for 4th member was also pronounced good, and two desserts shared were lovely. Overall a lovely relaxed experience but signs of a serious chef in the kitchen, can't wait to try the main restaurant.

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

Nice food, pleasant atmosphere, great prices. We went early on a Tuesday night and it was full, on a bad night too, lucky we had booked, good sign. We shared a starter of rabbit and duck terrine with asparagus which was absolutely delicious, chunky bits blended with super-smooth, great flavour. The only thing that could have improved was the toast. Then herself decided she’d have a side order of (skinny) chips with mayonnaise as her starter, and I have to admit they were excellent too, though in a different way… Then she had hake with Dublin Bay prawns and lobster sauce, which was pronounced lovely except the lobster sauce was a bit heavy and more like a bisque. Very impressed with getting 5-6 real (not frozen “tiger”) prawns. I had confit duck leg which can be horrible but was the real deal, moist and flavoursome, with a really delicious jus. Service excellent - pleasant and efficient. Total bill was €57 including four (large) glasses of wine, which I reckon is hard to beat. Recommended.

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