Restaurant Reviews from strawberrybliss
Lemongrass (Liffey Valley) restaurant
Arc Bar, Liffey Valley Centre, West Dublin, Lucan, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 18th April 2008 ( visited 22nd February 2008 )I love Lemongrass and this is one of my favourite restaurants. Ive been here several times with my boyfriend, with friends, and with family also and all times have been fantastic. Service has always been very good no matter what size party we've had. I love the duck spring rolls to start and the teppanyaki salmon or steak for mains (altho theyve changed the menu slightly recently). I think the atmosphere here is always good and its a favourite place to come with friends for a good chat and catch up. Not too expensive, always enjoyable. Will definitely be back!
Baan Thai (Ballsbridge) restaurant
16 Merrion Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 4
Reviewed 18th April 2008 ( visited 29th March 2008 )I work in ballsbridge and this restaurant is a favourite for lunch - €15 or so for 3 courses is fantastic! The only thing to say about the food is that the majority of the starters are deep fried so you're better off getting soup or salad - the coconut soup with prawns/chicken is fantastic. I always get the prawn phad thai here I love it. For lunch the service can be quite slow though- we usually fax over our order and when we get there the starters are out quite quick but there is a big delay in getting the mains out. Ive been here for dinner once and the menu is so large it can be hard to choose. Its a bit cramped but overall a nice restaurant.
La Banca Ristorante
Main Street, Lucan Village, Lucan, Dublin
Was here for a birthday dinner with a group. Dining room is quite tight with seats and the tables are quite small. Took a while for staff to give us all menu's & then actually come take our order. I was surprised at some of the prices on the menu, found them to be quite high. The table beside us seemed to be offered the steakhouse menu also which we were not given the option of. The menu does not say what each dish comes with,almost all of us had to ask the server what came with our order. Starters were all pretty nice, no complaints (popcorn salad was really good!) However a thing I found a bit strange though was ribbons of carrot on some starters (as in cut with a peeler?) Also the staff took ages to clear away the finished plates. I had lamb shank for main and it was really good, fell off the bone and had lots of mash. I had booked the table well in advance & advised I would bring a birthday cake (as the restaurant told me they don't do them when I asked) and that we would all have this as dessert - this was all agreed as fine. I then dropped the cake to the restaurant earlier that day and asked that the cake be taken out of the fridge at c8pm to allow the buttercream mousse on it to soften before eating. When the time came a waitress came to ask did we want dessert. We said yes as to not give away the fact we had a surprise cake. A member of the group had to quietly tell a staff member about the cake that had been dropped up. After that another staff member came back and asked to take our dessert order....we had to ask for more time & again say it to staff on the QT re cake.... evenutally the cake came out, but it was very hard as had obviously not been taken out of the fridge as requested - small thing just a little annoying as I'd taken trouble to arrange. Overall food was quite good, the service was not great though despite having lots of staff, and I felt prices were a little high for what you got, so not sure I would be rushing back.
Little Caesars (Harcourt Street)
The Harcourt Hotel, 59 Harcourt Street, City Centre South, Dublin
I work nearby and have been here for lunch several times. Great place for lunch as they are very quick and a tenner for 2 courses is pretty hard to beat. Only thing id say is you get what you pay for in food quality in the sense that id stick to veggie options mainly as for example any meat dishes are quite sparse on the meat!! Last time I was there I got the salmon penne and the salmon was 4 bite size chunks. Suppli to start is great and a veggie pizza or pasta and you can't go wrong. One more point - if you book a table maybe specifically request where you want it as last time I booked we got stuck with the table by the door even though Id phoned the day before. Staff are friendly and very fast so as you're usually only paying a tenner for your lunch make sure to leave them a well deserved tip :)
Indian Ocean Dublin
15 Montague Street, City Centre South, Dublin
I work nearby and went here for lunch with 3 workmates on a friday. We got there at 12.45pm. I thought the restaurant was very nice inside. We ordered from the 2 course for €9.50 lunch menu - I ordered the chicken tikka which when it arrived was lovely. However it got to 1.45pm and there was still no signs of our mains. We asked a waiter (there were only 2 and they seemed quite flustered and not sure what was going on) who said our food would be there shortly, and brought over plates and naan bread. Five mins later still no sign of food so myself & one of my workmates had to leave as we had a meeting at 2pm. We told the waiter who said there was no charge. The 2 we left behind were waiting until 2.15pm until anything came out, and even then they were the wrong mains. They left and mentioned the staff were quite rude to them when they did. I was disappointed as I had heard good things and the starter was lovely, so I presume the main would've been nice also. Totally unacceptable wait times for lunch service so would not return.
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Very disappointing. I love this type of food and was here once before a few years ago and had a disgusting main meal, so was reluctant to come back. However decided to give it another chance. Came with a friend on thurs night for dinner, I ordered the yamamori yaki soba & she got the teppanyaki chicken. Well the yaki soba was so disappointing. Literally 2 or 3 prawns and the chicken was disgusting - it was obviously chicken thigh or 'dark' meat used, lots of horrible fatty bits and at one point I actually had to spit out a bit of gristle into my napkin. Surely for nearly €17 this dish should be using chicken breast? I had a pile of unedible 'meat' at the side of my plate as I was going through it. The noodles & veg were nothing great, quite soggy. I love yaki soba so was gutted it was so bad. My friends dish had better quality chicken in it, she said it was nice but only ate half which says a lot. The bill came to just under €40 for 2 mains and 2 soft drinks which in this climate is just not up to scratch for low quality (chicken thigh?) food. The staff are friendly & the atmosphere was great, just a shame the food was so average yet expensive. Ive given this place a second chance & will not be returning again, ill stick to the other noodle places around town - ten times better quality food & better value.
Wagamama - Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I love love love wagamama's! I have lost count of how many times I have been here, and I lived in sydney for 6 months recently and went to it there too! The atmosphere is always buzzy, the food is gorgeous, so tasty and filling yet healthy, the staff are always so friendly and the prices are great. The last time I was there we got the 2 for 1 offer with dublin bus which was great - we ended up getting a starter, main & drink for 7.50 each! They do a great wagamama special of gyoza, main & wine or beer for around 15 euro which is great. My favourite dishes are the yaki soba and the yasai yaki soba, but also anything else Ive ever tried i love. Im a massive noodle fan so this is one of my favourite restaurants, will be back time and time again.
8 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I was here for a girly catch up after work on a thursday night - I love gotham cafe and hadn't been in a while. I had the soup to start which was lovely and had lots of bread with it. Then I had the butternut squash linguine - that was a favourite of mine when I had been before and I think ive succumbed to the curse that when you have a dish again its never as nice as you remember! It was still good though. The other girls all loved their starters & mains & it was such good value too. Love this place & have no problem going back.
FIRE Restaurant and Lounge
Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin
I was here on a thursday night for a work party so there were about 15 of us. The restaurant was full so there was a great atmosphere. Id been here once before and I love the high ceilings and feeling of roominess. For starter I had the signature dish the prawns which was really nice. I got the smallest steak for main - I wouldnt be the biggest steak person but a colleague told me the steaks there were really good so I went for one and wasn't disappointed, it was really tender and all the trimmings were delicious. For dessert I was torn between the chocolate fondant & the cheesecake but ended up going for the chocolate - it was amazing! They also have dessert cocktails which you can try too if you would prefer a drink which is a great idea. All in all fabulous food. As it was a work night out we weren't paying so I don't know how expensive it was. The service was a little slow but I think that was just because it was so busy on the night, when we were attended to the staff were lovely, very friendly and accommodating. I will definitely return here - am thinking about suggesting this venue for a friends dinner coming up shortly. Definitely looking forward to eating here again!
Unit 6, Village Centre, West Dublin, Clondalkin, Dublin
This is a favourite restaurant of my parents and they are regulars here, so lots of times myself & others have joined them. We usually go on a sunday evening which can be quiet enough, but usually there are a good few tables full. I never used to be a fan of indian, but only since ive tried several dishes (mainly here) have really started to enjoy it. The food here is gorgeous, very tasty but some dishes can be quite heavy. Ive tried a lot of the starters but usually try to get lighter options as I prefer my mains. The vegetable pakora is lovely. For mains ive tried a good few, all delicious, there is a lot to choose from, but my personal favourite is the tikka masala. The chicken & lamb they use are always so tender and gorgeous. The naan breads here are yummy too, particulary the peshwari one (has almonds on it). Ive always left here feeling nicely full and the staff are all so friendly & smiley, we always get a drink on the house too! Its a nice place for a family dinner or table for 2, quiet & intimate and has a nice relaxed atmosphere. Given that all my family bring my parents here for special occasions I know ill definitely be returning here many times and thats fine with me!
18 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Myself & my boyfriend popped in here for a quick dinner after work on a wednesday night at 6.30pm. There wasn't that many in the restaurant when we arrived but it filled up in the hour or so that we were there. We went for the recession menu (great value at 11euro for 2 courses) - he got the soup & I had the salad to start. My salad was ok, nice enough - supposed to have buffalo mozzerella in it but only had a few slivers - I didn't mind this as Im on a pre xmas diet! His soup was very creamy, nice and hot for a cold evening. For mains I got the veggie tomato pasta & he got the creamy chicken pasta. Both were very nice, large portions which we were very full after. My tomato sauce was very nice, very thick and not watery like some can be. We also got the 'recession special' wine for 18 euro. Our waitress was nice, she had no problem with us moving from a 2 people table to one of the larger 4 people more comfy bench tables when we went in first which was great. Overall 20 euro each for a nice meal and wine that filled us up. Would definitely return for a quick bite here, handy for shoppers since its just off the bottom of grafton st.
The Winding Stair Restaurant
40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin
I was here for a work night out. I didn't really like the layout and surroundings too much when I got there but the food more than made up for it. I had seafood chowder for starter which was very nice, (very heavy tho if you don't like creamy soups), and then the steak I had for main was really fantastic. It comes with garlic butter on (so you might want to mention this is you are not a garlic fan) and I have to say it was one of the nicest steaks I have had. The thick chips and accompanying sauce are really homely and delicious. Didn't have dessert but a few others did and they all got the thumbs up. I will definitely be back, thinking of bringing my parents here for dinner soon as I think they'd love the old Irish cooking! Everyone should definitely try this one.
7 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
I last ate here with a group of friends to catch up and start off a night out. The food was good - I had spud skins to start and chargrilled steak burrito for main....really nice! I wasn't sure Id like this restaurant but was happy with it on the night and would definitely go back with friends. It is quite small tho and the chairs so straight backed and can be quite uncomfortable at times. I found the atmosphere to be really nice and enjoyed the night - would return.
26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I was here with friends on a Wednesday night and it was very busy. We had booked for 7 and were there till half 9 or so - we definitely weren't rushed out by 9 which was nice as this is something I hate in restaurants. I had the duck spring rolls with plum sauce to start which were lovely. Very filling. Then I had prawn phad Thai, a favourite of mine which did not disappoint. Yummy. I shared a dessert of mixed sorbet with my friend which was perfect after a spicy enough meal - another friend had the sundae which looks fantastic and tastes as good! Would definitely be back, my boyfriend loves Thai food so I'm dying to come back here with him. Service was quite good, and atmosphere very nice and buzzy.
Town Bar and Grill
21 Kildare Street, City Centre South, Dublin
I ate here on a work lunch last Thursday and it was gorgeous! I was here once before with friends for dinner and had really enjoyed it. For starter I had the special, crab and sweetcorn soup, unusual but sweet and very nice. For mains I had the rib eye steak and I have to say I thought it was amazing! Cooked perfectly, and the mash and veg accompanying it were perfect. I would never normally order rib-eye but Id definitely recommend this - I had it cooked medium to well done. I shared a dessert of baileys cheesecake which to be honest I didn't think that much of, very 'gelatine-y' if you know what I mean. The choc ice cream with it tho was lovely. The service was great, food fantastic and altho its expensive, its worth it for every now and then! Would definitely go back for a lunch or romantic dinner.
Baan Thai (Ballsbridge)
16 Merrion Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin
I work in ballsbridge and this restaurant is a favourite for lunch - €15 or so for 3 courses is fantastic! The only thing to say about the food is that the majority of the starters are deep fried so you're better off getting soup or salad - the coconut soup with prawns/chicken is fantastic. I always get the prawn phad thai here I love it. For lunch the service can be quite slow though- we usually fax over our order and when we get there the starters are out quite quick but there is a big delay in getting the mains out. Ive been here for dinner once and the menu is so large it can be hard to choose. Its a bit cramped but overall a nice restaurant.
Lemongrass (Liffey Valley)
Arc Bar, Liffey Valley Centre, West Dublin, Lucan, Dublin
I love Lemongrass and this is one of my favourite restaurants. Ive been here several times with my boyfriend, with friends, and with family also and all times have been fantastic. Service has always been very good no matter what size party we've had. I love the duck spring rolls to start and the teppanyaki salmon or steak for mains (altho theyve changed the menu slightly recently). I think the atmosphere here is always good and its a favourite place to come with friends for a good chat and catch up. Not too expensive, always enjoyable. Will definitely be back!
Siam Thai (Andrews Street)
14/15 Andrews Street, City Centre South, Dublin
I was here last night with my boyfriend before we went to a show in Vicar Street. The restaurant was full so we sat at the tables in the bar which was fine. Service was very fast. The food was lovely - I had phad Thai which I loved and my boyfriend had sweet and sour chicken with fried rice which was very good too. The only thing I would say about here is that it’s quite expensive for what you get. For us, it cost us 51.50 for two mains and two beers. I think for the portions we got it was not good value - and each dish was 18.95 plus your rice at 4.00 or so. I don't think it’s worth that. I work in Ballsbridge and used to go to the one across from the RDS and found there much better value. I enjoyed it here but will not be back for those prices.