Restaurant Reviews from starlikedolly

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52.5%

County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 35

Member Since: 08 February 2009

Last Visit: 30 August 2010

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The Cellar Restaurant

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

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
66 reviews

Reviewed 16th May 2009 ( visited 15th May 2009 )

Went here for lunch because I had heard that they were offering a set menu of two courses and a glass of wine for €20. I ended up ordering off the a la carte menu, which wasn't too expensive- and the food was divine. I had lamb ribs, shoe string fries and garlic mayo for fourteen quid, which when you take in the quality of the food, the atmosphere, and the friendliness of the staff is very reasonable. Will definitely return here.
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Jimmy Chungs restaurant

Eden Quay, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Cheap Eats

Price Range:

Good
180 reviews

Reviewed 10th March 2009 ( visited 06th March 2009 )

Went here for a late lunch with friends. I enjoyed my meal, and will definitely go back again. It does lean towards the fast-food end of Chinese restaurants, I think it's a great place for a hang-over cure but maybe not for an evening meal. It is great value for money, and in these recessionary times all you can eat buffets come into their own. To sum it all up, what it does it does well, but don't expect authentic Chinese cuisine.
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Sabor Brazil
71a Camden Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I went here with my husband and was completely blown away. The restaurant itself has a lovely atmosphere, and the service is friendly and attentive. I had the pastels to start, Brazilian hot pastries which were full of flavour. My main course was a hearty Brazilian stew, which was cooked to perfection. Their cocktails were beautiful, and the meal was very well priced for the quality of the food. I had the truffles for dessert, which were a little bland-the only blot on an otherwise perfect meal. Will definitely return.

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

Went here on Saturday for lunch with my husband, and was very disappointed. The food was bland, what you'd see on any half decent pub menu. My starter, bruschetta was very tasty with lots of great flavours. I ordered my steak rare and got it medium rare, my husband ordered his medium rare and got it served medium. That's a very basic thing to have failed to get right. My dessert, lemon tart was bland and the service was borderline rude. This diner is definitely not returning.

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Victoria Asian Cuisine
5A The Cresent, South Co. Dublin , Monkstown, Dublin

This restaurant is reasonable enough. The staff are very friendly, and the decor is beautiful inside. The food, unfortunately, is fairly average. I had the szechuan chicken, which was a little on the bland side. Competent but not spectacular, which would be ok if the prices reflected this. This restaurant is overpriced for what it is, in my opinion.

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Port House Pintxo
12 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

This is one of the best restaurants in Dublin. The inside is very dark and atmospheric, and the food is good quality tapas at a reasonable price. The flavours are strong, the chorizo in red wine is a favourite, as are the potatas bravas. They also do a good selection of wines and beers. A great place for a cheap night out.

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Boojum
Millennium Walkway, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Italian Quarter, Dublin

I went here for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and will be returning soon! The food was simple but tasty and the staff were really friendly. It's nice to be able to have affordable Mexican food in Dublin that doesn't rely on lots of cheese for flavour. The frozen margaritas are beautiful, especially in the hot weather we're having lately.

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Juice Vegetarian Restaurant
9 Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I've been here a couple of times, and it's definitely more of a lunch venue than a spot to go for dinner. I had the pitta pockets with hummus and olive tapenade which were very tasty, with strong flavours. They have a great selection of juices which include unusual ingredients such as ginger. A great place to go for a lazy weekend lunch.

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Yamamori Sushi, Tengu
38-39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I went here with my husband for a meal before going to the cinema. There was a really young hip vibe to the restaurant, and the interior was quite stylish. The food was fantastic. My husband had the chilli beef ramen which he said was beautiful, and I had the pork tonkatsu which was beautifully cooked with a tangy side sauce. I'll definitely be visiting here again, it's a great northside restaurant.

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Milano (Dawson Street)
38 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

I went here with my husband on Friday night. We were given warm glasses for our beer. My husband's pizza was burnt all along one edge and our waitress was really rude. We didn't tip, we won't be back.

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Thai Cottage - Closed
6 Main Street, Kinsale, Co. Cork, Kinsale, Cork

I went here with some friends on a recent trip to Kinsale. The food was lovely, of a high standard, and the staff were friendly and efficient. Will definitely return next time I'm in Kinsale.

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

I was really impressed with this place, the decor makes you feel you are abroad and the staff are friendly. The wine is reasonably priced, and the staff are very professional. The French onion soup was beautiful, and the one downside food-wise was the sauce on my duck was a little too sweet. I can't wait to come back here again.

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Blue Cafe Bar
Harbour Road Skerries, Skerries, Dublin

Tried this place with some friends, and was really impressed. The burgers were gorgeous, the cocktails were reasonably priced and delicious, and the staff were friendly and obliging. I will be returning, for casual dining it's a gem.

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Salamanca
1 St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I have been here a few times and it never disappoints. The flavours are amazing, the wine is good and reasonably priced, the staff are very friendly and the retaurant has a wonderful atmosphere. I especially love the deep-fried goats cheese.

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Siam Thai (Malahide)
1 The Green, North Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

I found this restaurant fairly basic. The food was alright, but I've had better Asian food in other Dublin restaurants. The service was awful, me and my friends were treated as an inconvenience from the moment we arrived. The waitress got other people to pass me my plate as she couldn't be bothered walking around to my side of the table (there was only three people at our table, and plenty of room to walk around). I think this restaurant continues to get business because it is reasonably priced in an afluent area, but no more than that.

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Fallon and Byrne
11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here for lunch with a few friends, and won't be going back. The dining room is fairly bare, the decor is extremely poor. The food is alright, but overpriced. I don't mind paying a lot for my food when I feel it was worth it, but it definitely wasn't worth it here. My burger was poor, with way too much cheese, and my boyfriend's meal wasn't much better. Won't be returning.

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The Cellar Restaurant
The Merrion Hotel, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here for lunch because I had heard that they were offering a set menu of two courses and a glass of wine for €20. I ended up ordering off the a la carte menu, which wasn't too expensive- and the food was divine. I had lamb ribs, shoe string fries and garlic mayo for fourteen quid, which when you take in the quality of the food, the atmosphere, and the friendliness of the staff is very reasonable. Will definitely return here.

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

I've been here a few times, and am always impressed. The staff are friendly, the interior is kitsch and the food is lovely. The tastes are beautiful, tasty and sharp. It's also easy to try different flavours, as the side orders can be quite cheap. Pickled ginger is only 50 cent. A great place for a catch up with friends.

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The Restaurant @ Marks and Spencer
Marks and Spencer, Grafton Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I really like this place. The tomato soup is substantial, tasty and reasonably priced, and their scones are beautiful. On a 'diet out the window' day their melting middle Belgian chocolate pudding is a tasty treat. The views are gorgeous, being so far up makes you feel very far away from Grafton Street. The service is relaxed, but I prefer this. You aren't rushed out as soon as you finish your meal like you can be in some establishments.

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Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

This is the best place for brunch in Dublin city! I come back again and again for their full skillet breakfast, and they are very good at letting you substitute other breakfast items for those you may not want such as black pudding. A great place, I can't fault it and their coffee is divine. There are too many lacklustre breakfast/lunch places in this city, which makes this place all the more special.

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Eddie Rockets (Terenure)
Terenure Road East, South Dublin, Terenure, Dublin

This chain never disappoints, and this branch is better than most. I tried their new smokestack burger which was delicious, although the bacon could have done with being less fatty. Their chocolate malt hit the spot, and their staff went out of way to be friendly. The one downside is it is quite pricey.

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Cafe Moda
192 Lower Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin

Went here for breakfast with my boyfriend. I had the bagel with sausage, rasher and scrambled egg and he had the eggs benedict. The staff were polite, and when they got my order wrong they were quick to correct it. Food was nice, but not exceptional. Would only go back if I was hungry and happened to be in the area.

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

Went here for lunch with a friend. He had the farm burger and I had the chicks in town with fries. Both were tasty, and used good wholesome ingredients. I highly recommend this place. The one down side is it is an incy bit expensive for lunch. If you have time try their cocktails do, they're divine :)

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New Millennium Chinese Restaurant
51 South King Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here for lunch with a few friends. The food was good, and the staff didn't mind us lingering after our meal. €10.75 for a starter, main course and a scoop of ice-cream it was really good value. Will be returning.

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Mao Restaurant (Chatham Row)
2-3 Chatham Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I had eaten in the Dun Laoghaire branch of this chain previously so I was expecting good things when I visited the city centre branch for lunch the other day. I was extremely disappointed. I don't know if it was that particular branch or the lunch menu itself but I was distinctly underwhelmed. My spring roll starter was too greasy, and the flavours didn't compliment each other. My main course was a fusion of a stir-fry on a cold salad and did neither well. Don't think I'll be returning to this branch.

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FIRE Restaurant and Lounge
Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

I went here for my friend's birthday and was really impressed. The staff were really friendly, and the atmosphere is unique. I had the goat's cheese to start which was fired in the oven and was absolutely beautiful. The morrocan skewers were tasty, but dessert-the strawberry shortcake-tasted too much like bland cheesecake to be satisfying. The house red wine was lovely. I would come back here, and would recommend it highly.

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

Went here for dinner, and was really impressed with the level of service and the quality of the food. There is a huge variety on the menu, making it the perfect venue for a large group. My enchiladas were beautiful, as was my fiance's pizza. The staff are extremely polite and efficient. I will be returning soon.

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Acapulco Restaurant
7 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Went here for lunch. I keep returning because the place hits the spot for a hearty, reasonably priced lunch. The lunch menu you has always been really good value, even before the recession made restaurants try to be a little bit more competitive. The food is tasty mexican fare, and you are able to linger after your meal. Staff are friendly and efficient, I highly recommend this place.

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Eddie Rockets (Walkinstown)
Lidl Shopping Centre, Walkinstown Avenue, Dublin 12, Walkinstown, Dublin

Still the best burger place in Dublin. Food is tasty American style fast-food, malts are beautiful and service is good. This particular branch is fantastic, there is never a huge crowd so you can linger over your meal, you aren't rushed out the door like you are in some of the city centre branches. The one downside is that it is quite pricey for what it is.

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The Port House
64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

This place is beautifully atmospheric, and worth visiting for that alone. Tapas are good, but by no means amazing. I found some of the dishes blander than you would expect from Catalonian fare. I'd recommend it for a nice lunch or a romantic dinner, but in pure food terms there are better tapas restaurants out there. I will go back though.

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Milano (Clarion Quay)
Unit 6, Excise Walk, Clarion Quay, Dublin 1, City Centre, IFSC, Dublin

Visited this restaurant with my boyfriend. It is part of a chain that we've eaten in before and so we pretty much knew what to expect. The food was tasty, good quality and reasonably priced. These restaurants produce high quality pizza at a price that doesn't hurt the pocket. Unfortunately I would have to echo a previous review and say that service in this branch was fairly poor. The restaurant was almost empty when we arrived and we had to wait an unreasonable length of time for our order to be taken. Our area had no serving staff walking through. I will not visit this particular branch again, though it hasn't put me off the chain as a whole.

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Cafe Irie
11 Fownes street, le Bar, City Centre South, Dublin

This cafe is cute and kitsch. It is a little bit pricier for it's sandwiches than other establishments in the vicinity, but they are tasty. The atmosphere is quite laid back, the coffee is good and strong and the food uses simple flavours and ingredients to great effect. One of my favourite places to meet up with friends in.

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Jimmy Chungs
Eden Quay, City Centre North, Dublin

Went here for a late lunch with friends. I enjoyed my meal, and will definitely go back again. It does lean towards the fast-food end of Chinese restaurants, I think it's a great place for a hang-over cure but maybe not for an evening meal. It is great value for money, and in these recessionary times all you can eat buffets come into their own. To sum it all up, what it does it does well, but don't expect authentic Chinese cuisine.

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Tante Zoes
1 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

Went here with my boyfriend for lunch and was very impressed. The atmosphere is classy and understated and the service was friendly but in a quiet unobtrusive way. I had potato skins to start which were lovely. The meat jambalya was the star dish though, really hearty and tasty. My boyfriend had the gumbo which he loved, and the blackened chicken for a main course which he was also very taken with. Neither of us had dessert, so I can't comment on that. The margarita's are good though. And with main courses on their credit-crunch-lunch special at just €8.95 it's really good value for money.

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK South Anne Street)
5 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I went here for lunch with friends and was quite disappointed. My chilli burger was tasty, the chips were average. The service is what let the place down most though. The waitress tried to take away my plate when I still had half a burger in my hands! Constantly came over to our table to see if we were finished, and the restaurant wasn't even half full. They took ages getting the bill, and when we finally brought us the bill our change was wrong. There's better places to go in Dublin for a good burger.

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Chapter One Restaurant
18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I went here for the pre-theatre menu as part of an anniversary evening out and was not disappointed. Service is friendly but not over the top, and the setting is beautiful. I had the duck sausage with poached egg and lentils to start which was beautiful. My main course was the beef which was very tender and extremely tasty. The chocolate mousse dessert with coffee cream, orange jelly, vanilla ice cream and nuts was gorgeous. Expensive, but worth every cent. Half-way through the meal a waiter asked if we were going to the Gate and if we needed are tickets collected. That's the kind of service you get here.

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

I tried this restaurant with a few friends. I was expecting great things, but what I got was fairly mediocre. I went for the pre-theatre menu, and my starter was the duck springroll which was nice. My maincourse was belly of pork and it was very disappointing, overly fatty and almost tasteless. If I came back here again it would only be for the delicious sticky toffee pudding in butterscotch sauce that I got for desert. The overall experience was nice, but no more than that.

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