Restaurant Reviews from spicenut

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No. of Reviews: 9

Member Since: 18 April 2008

Last Visit: 17 July 2010

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Louies Bistro restaurant

20 Mountjoy Square East, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Bistro

Price Range:

Good
75 reviews

Reviewed 14th July 2009 ( visited 10th July 2009 )

The combination of flawless food and such professional staff made our night out in Louis' one which i won't forget for a long time. I had the warm chili & lime prawns with a mango and coconut salad which was absolutely divine; light, fresh and the prawns were cooked perfectly. My Rib-eye was perfectly cooked to the proper 'french-style' of medium which is near impossible to get in this city and served with simple, old-fashioned hand cut chips. Delicious. But the desserts still maintained the high standard as I ordered Louis' Apple tart and a selection of ice-creams to taste; all homemade too. The blackjack ice-cream really left me speechless. It's a classic-style eatery and the dining room and building are very impressive. I recommend taking a walk around the place as it has very interesting little nooks and crannies that really add to it's personality. All in all, a great place and wonderful to see it on the Northside too!
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Farm Restaurant (Dawson Street)

3 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Good
449 reviews

Reviewed 18th April 2008 ( visited 17th April 2008 )

I had lunch in the Farm yesterday with a work colleague and we were both very impressed. Our waitress was extremely friendly, efficient and smiling. We both ordered the home-made soup and brown bread, which was served very quickly and simply delicious. We were checked on during our meal by the waitress and a man who appeared to be the manager/owner who also approached our table to ensure we were enjoying our meal. We both felt this was a lovely touch and showed that the staff had a real interest in their customers. Will definitely recommend!
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Olesya's Wine Bar
18 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Wine list is very very good & we had a large cheese & meat platter which could not be faulted. It was large enough for 3 people and was good value too. However, the staff really left something to be desired. The waitress misunderstood us numerous times when we asked for a few simple things such as olive oil and she also mixed up our bill when we wanted to pay. It was also impossible to get a smile out of her. The waiters were much the same and we felt that we were putting them out when we asked for something. My wine glass was whisked away from me the moment I finished the last drop! A very off-putting experience in general. Being right in the heart of tourist Dublin, I wonder what experience visitors to our City are having when they come here? The potential to be much better, if simply the staff were friendly.

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Chez Max (Palace Street)
1 Palace Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I couldn't recommend a better place for a perfectly cooked steak. The French really know their stuff when it comes to this! The atmosphere was also just lovely - warm and welcoming staff on a cold night and unmistakably French at the same time!! It really is like stepping into a bistro in Paris. Chez Max is unfussy and holds no airs or graces; it just does great food, and it's because of this that I think it stands out from a lot of other establishments in Dublin. I am looking forward to trying the newer venue that opened on Baggot street.

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

Love it. Love it. Love it. I'm not gonna give the usual review of how good a place is but how it's unfortunate that it's in the 'wrong end' of town. It's been done and it's getting tiring. When a place is this good, it doesn't matter where it is and this place is perfect. The manager was everything a manager should be; the place was full but he still chatted to each and every table more than once. Our food was simple and executed perfectly: fillet of seabass and a delicious steak frites. The young waiters were attentive and the place was heaving. There was a mixed bag of people there from American tourists, to young Spanish students to Dublin locals and those who used to eat the same type of food and drink the same wine in more high-end establishments in previous years!! I wish this place all the best and am looking forward to visiting again. It's also located right beside the Abbey theatre and not too far from the Gate either.

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The Cake Cafe
62 Pleasants Place, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Similar to other reviewers here, I had been really looking forward to coming here and I was blown away by the setting; just like something you'd see in a neighbourhood in Berlin or New York. The inside is quite small but quaint and it befits the menu offerings of tea & cake (coffee and some hot dishes too). We ordered slices of carrot cake with a flavoured tea and a cappucino, but the service was just so slow. We waited over a full 5 minutes for our drinks and still no cake, even though it was displayed within arms reach of our table. There were five people working in the cafe and I still had to get up and approach someone to ask for our cake. When it did come, we weren't given any forks or napkins and had to ask again for these. Having said that, the carrot cake was delicious and the tea was served in a charming old teapot. I love the concept of this place and think that Dublin could do with more of them. I would hate this place to not survive because of bad service and will definitely go again to give it another chance.

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Coppinger Row
Coppinger Row, off South William St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I went here with my Mum for my birthday last week and I was quite impressed. After hearing all of the rave reviews about it in the press, I was afraid that it was going to be a disappointment but overall it was really lovely. Food was simply prepared but with very good ingredients which makes all the difference and the Affogato for dessert was perfect. I don't know why more restaurants don't have this on their menu....again a simple dessert but a perfect finish to a meal. The staff were very nice, although it was a little hard to get their attention at times. The decor/layout of the place reminded me of a lot of the cool gastropubs in london so a real thumbs up for that too! Looking forward to going back again as there were so many things on the menu I wanted to try and would definitely recommend!

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Dada Restaurant
45 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Dada is a very welcome addition to the ethnic food restaurants in Dublin and i hope that it keeps up it's perfect blend of professional and friendly staff along with it's excellent food, atmosphere and great prices. The Moroccan coffee just blew me away - one of the most delicious things i've ever tasted and a very nice French Red Wine by the glass too (can't remember the name). I went here with about 15 ladies but everyone said they'd return without hesitation. It was like stepping off the streets of Dublin and arriving in Morocco to a whole new experience! Credit where credit is due.

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Louies Bistro
20 Mountjoy Square East, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

The combination of flawless food and such professional staff made our night out in Louis' one which i won't forget for a long time. I had the warm chili & lime prawns with a mango and coconut salad which was absolutely divine; light, fresh and the prawns were cooked perfectly. My Rib-eye was perfectly cooked to the proper 'french-style' of medium which is near impossible to get in this city and served with simple, old-fashioned hand cut chips. Delicious. But the desserts still maintained the high standard as I ordered Louis' Apple tart and a selection of ice-creams to taste; all homemade too. The blackjack ice-cream really left me speechless. It's a classic-style eatery and the dining room and building are very impressive. I recommend taking a walk around the place as it has very interesting little nooks and crannies that really add to it's personality. All in all, a great place and wonderful to see it on the Northside too!

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Restaurant Ten Fourteen
324 Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin

I was very impressed with the decor & food in this new restaurant. It was warm & cosy; a perfect retreat on a cold autumn evening. And the chef really knows what he's doing. Pefectly cooked Belly of Pork. The waitresses were very friendly and accommodating. However, there was too many staff on the floor the night we were there, and a waiter kept approaching the table a little too much. Over-fussiness can get a bit annoying. Also there were no glasses of wine listed on the wine-list & these had to be called out to us. Small gripes & ones i'm sure they will iron out over time. All in all, i would definitely recommend.

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

I had lunch in the Farm yesterday with a work colleague and we were both very impressed. Our waitress was extremely friendly, efficient and smiling. We both ordered the home-made soup and brown bread, which was served very quickly and simply delicious. We were checked on during our meal by the waitress and a man who appeared to be the manager/owner who also approached our table to ensure we were enjoying our meal. We both felt this was a lovely touch and showed that the staff had a real interest in their customers. Will definitely recommend!

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