Restaurant Reviews from sonichic

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No. of Reviews: 25

Member Since: 20 October 2007

Last Visit: 04 February 2018

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Speaker Connolly restaurant

Firhouse Road, Tallaght, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 24

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Reviewed 19th September 2013 ( visited 18th September 2013 )

The speaker used to be a great place to eat. In a locality calling out for restaurants, if they wanted, they have a captured audience. The restaurant has changed hands 3 times in the last 2 years and the quality has deteriorated each time. The basic ingredients are not high quality. I paid 14€ for prawn salad which was completely smothered in sweet chilli sauce from a bottle, served with deep fried potatoes described as baby boiled. The lasagne portions are small and they serve a poor version of this classic dish. The fries are always served overcooked. I could go on... The waiting staff are lovely and friendly, however, I have given this establishment the benefit of the doubt once too often. Never again. Save your shillings and go elsewhere.
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Speaker Connolly restaurant

Firhouse Road, Tallaght, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 24

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Cuisine:
Cheap Eats

Price Range:

Good
30 reviews

Reviewed 19th September 2013 ( visited 18th September 2013 )

The speaker used to be a great place to eat. In a locality calling out for restaurants, if they wanted, they have a captured audience. The restaurant has changed hands 3 times in the last 2 years and the quality has deteriorated each time. The basic ingredients are not high quality. I paid 14€ for prawn salad which was completely smothered in sweet chilli sauce from a bottle, served with deep fried potatoes described as baby boiled. The lasagne portions are small and they serve a poor version of this classic dish. The fries are always served overcooked. I could go on... The waiting staff are lovely and friendly, however, I have given this establishment the benefit of the doubt once too often. Never again. Save your shillings and go elsewhere.
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The Hairy Lemon Traditional Pub & Restaurant
Stephen Street Lower, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

My self and a friend went here on New Year's Eve. What a waste of money. We got a cremated burger, burnt onion rings from a packet and burnt chips. We returned the sides and they came back not much better. The carbonara is shocking, chopped up rashers in a milky sauce, not an egg yolk in site. The prices are ridiculous at €15 for each dish. When we complained we were told we were fussy! Typical pub fare, there is nothing exciting on the menu. I cannot understand some of the reviews on here referring to an extensive and exciting menu! Given all that you would expect they could cook a burger and and a bowl of pasta.... Basic dishes which don't require high skill levels to prepare. What a disappointment for my hard earned €30. Never again.

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The Old Orchard Inn
76 Butterfield Avenue, Rathfarnham, Rathfarnham, Dublin

The Orchard recently appointed a new head chef. The presentation of the food is really nice and modern. However every time I go here its like the head chef is not on duty. There is always something's miss. The food tends to be always cold. I got the chicken wrapped in Parma ham served with Maison butter. The Parma ham was very crispy but the butter was solid as a rock on top of the cold chicken. A mouthful of cold herb butter is not a pleasant experience... My husbands pork platter was also cold, which took away from the meal. In a pub you don't expect food to be cooked from scratch when ordering but at least it should be reheated through for a number of reasons. Saying all that, the burgers are really good and we will probably give it another go as the waiting staff are really nice and efficient. They should rethink the brasso on the high tables. It stinks your clothes, arms and hands.

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Speaker Connolly
Firhouse Road, Tallaght, Dublin

The speaker used to be a great place to eat. In a locality calling out for restaurants, if they wanted, they have a captured audience. The restaurant has changed hands 3 times in the last 2 years and the quality has deteriorated each time. The basic ingredients are not high quality. I paid 14€ for prawn salad which was completely smothered in sweet chilli sauce from a bottle, served with deep fried potatoes described as baby boiled. The lasagne portions are small and they serve a poor version of this classic dish. The fries are always served overcooked. I could go on... The waiting staff are lovely and friendly, however, I have given this establishment the benefit of the doubt once too often. Never again. Save your shillings and go elsewhere.

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

Four of us ate here last night. We ordered the early bird menu. It was delicious and a steal at 21euro per person.The staff were friendly and the service was efficient. It is a noisy spot so not the place for a romantic night out. However with friends or casual dining it's perfect and the atmosphere is great. We will definitely be back to 101 Talbot. Highly recommended.

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Bijou Bistro & Wine
46/47 Highfield Road, Dublin 6, Rathgar, Dublin

We Visited here with my husband for my birthday. It was my third visit. On this occasion we ate downstairs. Our starters were really lovely. I had the wild mushroom risotto and hubby had the salmon and haddock fishcake. For mains we had two steaks, a fillet and a house special T-bone. Both were ordered medium well. The T-bone arrived medium/rare and the fillet was very well done. the quality of the steaks was really good but at 28 euro the chef should have been able to cook the steaks perfectly to the customers request. The service and surrounds are lovely and the floor staff were attentive. But this restaurant is pricey and the Kitchen should be getting those steaks right. For this reason we are not sure if we will go back.

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Gibson's Deli & Bakery
17 Wicklow St, City Centre South, Dublin

I haven't eaten here but they do a good take out coffee. The place looks great and the waitress was very friendly to us, if just a tad busy with all the orders. I had a cappuccino which had a lovely mildly bitter aroma with good foam of about 1?. My Hubby had an Americano which was very hot, so maybe some cold water on the dresser would be an idea. A little pricy but a well made coffee and the take out cups are cool :)

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The Green Hen
33 Exchequer street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

My Hubby and I enjoined a lovely lunch here in Mid May this year. We both had the lunch special which was fresh baked cod on a bed of fresh salsa. We shared a mixed salad on the side. We had two glasses of Pinot Grigio It was superb. The food was perfectly cooked, the salsa was really good and the salad had just the right amount of dressing. Very very tasty. The service was good and not too intrusive. We really enjoyed it. A snap at less than 40 Euro. I highly recommend the Green Hen for a lazy weekend lunch

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Sabor Brazil
71a Camden Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This is an absolute must have restaurant to have in your list of places to eat. From the moment you enter this beautiful little restaurant you will be wowed. The menus, the décor, the food, the service, I whole heartily give everything 10/10. The cassava root is fantastic and the steaks are superb. I love this place. I can't wait to book this for my brother in-laws Birthday in July. Enjoy

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Boulevard Cafe
27 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

We ate in Boulevard cafe at the weekend. We ordered the Cajun Chicken Caesar Salad and the Chicken Fillet with Salsa. The waiters were nice initially and smartly presented. However I was not impressed when my lunch was served by someone who arrived in street clothes, jeans and tee...? The Chicken fillet was served with a very tasty salsa but what really disappointed me were the frozen style packet potato wedges which were on the plate! Really awful. The whole dish was far too oily for my liking. The Cajun Caesar was poor. The chicken was coated in Cajun spices after it had been cooked and sliced. The chicken was not warm as we had expected but cold... the dressing was not a good quality Caesar dressing, there were no anchovies or egg either, the lettuce was not Cos but baby Gem or similar. Saying all that, Boulevard café is not an expensive restaurant but, the most irritating part of my visit was when I questioned the frozen wedges the response I got was, well you don't have to eat them! The Boulevard is a cheap restaurant by city centre standards but I won't be back in a hurry and will spend my hard earned money in a restaurant that appreciates its customers.

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Luigi Malones Restaurant
5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

If you like to eat healthy, you will find it difficult with the early bird menu. saying that I received my caeser salad with dressing on the side as I requsted. it was ok,The cos was fresh and crunchy, the chicken was cooked on a griddle so a little oily. The parmesan was melted on the chicken?? and very strong. I ordered a side of baked potato it was pretty good. Overall it was ok but there is so little choice if you don't want sauce or fried food. However my friends had nachos, burgers and the sizzling prawns which all looked good. I suppose it depends on what you like in food. It wouldn't be my first choice of a restaurant with my partner or for two but It's ok for big tables as there is an extensive menu, the staff were friendly but service was questionable. Maybe should have ordered of the ala carte?

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Farm Restaurant (Dawson Street)
3 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

Went for a late lunch to The farm on Bank Holiday Monday with my husband. I have to say we were very impressed with the restaurant. I'm a bit of a foodie and I am fussy about my food and like to know it has been cared for. No concerns with the farm on this count. The baby back ribs are really good, my husband picked them Dry :) For starters I had the Hummus. It was good but not the best i have had, saying that it was fresh and tasty and I would probably put it down to taste preference. For mains we had Hake and Sea Bass, both were cooked beautifully and the accompaning sauce was delicious, so fresh and light. For our sides both the pan fried potatoes and hand cut chips were really good. We followed it all with a shared rhubarb crumble and fought over the last spoonful. washed down with two glasses of lovely french wine. I was impressed by the almost immaculate service, at 75€ in my opinion this meal was a steal. Highly recommended.

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Millers Pizza Kitchens
50 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin

Ate here on Sunday last, we didn't have a reservation but got a table immediately as the restaurant was 3/4 full. The Garlic bread cheese satrter was really good. I had the lasagne which was very tasty, it came with a generous portion of salad on the side. But no coleslaw. My hubby had a pizza. It came topped with salad leaves, garlic mayo and mustard which seems a bit unusual to me. The menu on the page here doesn't seem to be the same as in the restaurant. With two glasses of wine our bill came to over €54. The servce is slow, the kitchen is located in the restaurant and is fully visible to the customer.The chefs put all the salads under the hot counter lights ready for the waiters to pick up. This seems a strange thing to do, We watched a lot of rocket wilt during our meal. I preferred Millers when their pizzas were regular pizzas minus the salad and sauces on top.

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Pichet
14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

went here for lunch with a friend. I had the chicken and she had the cod. Both were nice but we felt not much imagination was used with flavours and the coices on the menu were very safe. I had hugh expectations fter reading reviews. Given that we enjoyed our lunch and also enjoyed two very nice glasses of wine. I would return if I found myself in the area of town but I wouldn't go out of my way to get here.

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Speaker Connolly
Firhouse Road, Tallaght, Dublin

Good pub grub. We frequent during the week if late home from work or too lazy to cook. Food is good quality, would recommend the salads, paté, chicken goujons. Steaks and burgers are good too. The battered fish is always tasty and the lasagne is exceptional. sometimes the food can have a deep fried feel to it, all chips and wedges on the side. Wish they had kept the baked potatoes on the menu. Overall the speaker is good honest traditional food, you won't go far wrong. It won't set the world on fire but it is nice pub grub and the staff are friendly. Love tyhe bar men!! we eat here often

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Gotham Cafe
8 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here on a sunday afternoon this April. I had been here previously a couple of years ago. Boy were we disappointed. I had the Chicken Ceaser salad, the lettuce was brown at the edges I had to pick through it and cut all the little bad bits of. The chicken consisted of two mini chicken fillets, not the full fillet as i would expect for the €€ price of this dish. The sauce was good but not enough to coat the salad properly. My husband had the special pizza with creme fresh. It was the worst pzza we ever tasted, the creme fresh had saoked through to the base and left it soggy and horrible. Maybe we were unlucky but to get such a classic and popular salad and your advertised pizza special so wrong for the cost of almost 40€ for lunch I won't be returning.

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

Ate here in February. It was pretty busy and although we did not have a booking we were seated immediately, it's a big restaurant. The menu is hugh and if you don't know your sushi the very friendly staff are happy to explain the dishes to you. I had a noodle and mixed meat soup dish (I'm sorry the name escapes me) and my friend had a massive bowl of Ramin. Both were really good, we also had a selection of vegetarian and fish sushi. Our meal was very nice and it was inexpensive. I am not a sushi fan but this restaurant caters for those of us who aren't. I will return.

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Siam Thai (Andrews Street)
14/15 Andrews Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Enjoyed a really quick bite to eat here in February. The service was friendly and fast and the restaurant had a very nice atmosphere. The food was very good. I just had a chicken stirfry and a coffee and no starter or dessert. I will definately return maybe next time for a less rushed meal, Highly recommended and not too expnsive for city centre location.If you like Thai you won't be disappointed

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

My husband and I although we live in Dublin decided to stay overnight in Ballsbridge and treat ourselves to a nice meal. I have to say our visit to Rolys proved a really good choice. The atmosphere was fantastic as the resturant was packed, My hubby is a traitionalist when it comes to food and had a parwn cocktail and steak. The prawns were cooked perfectly and the marie rose sauce was really good. His steak was cooked just as he likes it medium well and so succulent. yum. I had the mushrooms with Parma ham to start and I wanted to lick my plate afterwards. For mains I had monfish, it was very nicely cooked and not overdone which too often happens with this fish. The sides were very nice and the duphinoise potatoes were perfect. we shared a cumble for dessert which was pretty good. The service was fantastic and the waiters took time to interact with us.Overall we really enjoyed our visit to Rolys and didn't come away with the feeling of being ripped off which we have felt so many times in restaurants in recent years. We will definately be back to Rolys.

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Martines Restaurant & Wine Bar
21 Quay Street, Galway, Galway City, Galway

What a find. This is a peachy restaurant. Great food, super staff and fantastic value. I had chicken liver pate which was served with loads of toast and a yummy plum sauce. My husband and I fought over the last little bit. The grilled salmon cakes were superb. For main course I indulged in escalope of pork in a creamy mushroom sauce (but it was much more than just that!) and my better half went for the Rib-eye Steak Special. Two G&T's and the gluttony of a fantastic bread and butter pudding and an indulgent chocolate dessert and we "rolled out" completely shocked that it was less than €100. I highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely return when back in Galway again. Don't miss this gem.

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Kumar's Taste of Asia
Swan House, Swan Street, Flood Street, Galway City, Galway

Ate here with my husband on a weekend trip to Galway. We had meat platter for starters and it was delicious. I had Makhani Chicken, and my husband ordered Lamb Korma. The Chicken was great but the Korma was a little disappointing. The atmosphere is lovely and the staff are attentive but not pushy. Overall this restaurant is great value and I would visit again.It's not the best Indian I've been to but for the prices I would recommend this restaurant.

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Captain America's Cookhouse and Bar (Tallaght)
Unit A3 Tallaght Cross Dublin 24, Tallaght, Dublin

Went here shortly after it opened in January. A die hard "Captain America's fan" was in our group so we indulged him. I have to say their chicken wings were really good and I would go back for these alone. The burgers were too big and way to difficult to eat.you need to remove it from the bun. I asked for mine well done and it was pink in the centre. A big turn off straight away. The baked potatoes are very good and yet again big enough to share. The bar doesn't stock club orange and all soft drinks are on tap. This might be ok for kids but not great for the adults who might be driving. The lady who makes the balloons is great fun and managed to have us all in stitches laughing. I will go back as it is what is is, a burger joint and a nice place to spend a lazy saturday evening.

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Sawadee Thai
94 Terenure Road East, Dublin 6, Dublin 6w, Terenure, Dublin

Great place to eat. Food is always really good. The service is just right, it's like the staff have intuition of when you need them. Side orders are a little pricey but the quality makes up for any extra cost. I'd rather pay a little extra and have a great meal than not. Overall I highly recommend this restaurant and will continue to dine here as often as I can.

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Vermilion
94-96 Terenure Road, Dublin 6 , Terenure, Dublin

This is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is always fantastic and the service can never be faulted. All the staff are really attentive. I have eaten here a dozen times and have never been disappointed. It is a bit pricier than other Indian restaurants but for a special night this is the place to go. It is worth the extra for a superb night. Crisp white tablecloths and sparkling glasses, a great place for a romantic date. They do a fantastic Murg Shahjahan and my husband loves their lamb stew. The starters are tasty with a nice variety of meat and vegetarian options. The wine list is extensive with a price range to suit all. The toilets are spotless. Check out the photograph's along the stairs. Very nice touch. My only complaint is that I always eat too much as everything is so good.

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JD's Steakhouse
4 Rathfarnham Road, Dublin 6W, Terenure, Dublin

Ate here on one occasion with my husband and won't be returning. We ordered steak and were disappointed and it was charred. The service is not up to scratch. The waiting staff did not once ask us if our food was ok, even when clearing the plates. No smiles or even small talk. When we asked for the bill the supervisor stood close by and watched us. Not sure what she thought we were going to do. Because there is so much wood, JD's is a noisy and uncomfortable restaurant.

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Bellagio
92 Terenure Road North, Dublin 6W, Terenure, Dublin

I have eaten in Bellagio's twice. Both times were good, portions are big and the food is made fresh. On the negative side the restaurant has no air-conditioning or, was turned off the last time we ate there. It was uncomfortably hot. The staff were attentive but did not offer black pepper or parmesan cheese. Overall the restaurant has a nice welcoming atmosphere and is good value for money. We will return.

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