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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 9

Member Since: 28 May 2007

Last Visit: 16 November 2018

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Taj Traditional Indian Cuisine restaurant

22 Newtown Park, Blackrock, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Asian

Price Range:

Good
8 reviews

Reviewed 22nd October 2017 ( visited 21st October 2017 )

My wife and I dined here last night for date night. In spite of the weather the welcome was really warm. The two staff members couldn’t have been more pleasant and helpful. We were using a deal voucher which sometimes can be limited in scope, however, this was not the case here where the menu was pleasantly varied. Food was good and would highly recommend the korma as one of the best I have tried.
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Swai Restaurant

Unit B, The Campshires, North Wall Quay, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Malaysian

Price Range:

Good
40 reviews

Reviewed 08th December 2008 ( visited 03rd December 2008 )

Stopped in here for the buffet lunch and was impressed by the quality of fare especially at the price. Would recommend this for lunch with a fussy eater as you get to pick and choose what you have to eat. The staff were attentive even though we were not ordering off the set menu and our water glasses were continously topped up.
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Taj Traditional Indian Cuisine
22 Newtown Park, Blackrock, Dublin

My wife and I dined here last night for date night. In spite of the weather the welcome was really warm. The two staff members couldn’t have been more pleasant and helpful. We were using a deal voucher which sometimes can be limited in scope, however, this was not the case here where the menu was pleasantly varied. Food was good and would highly recommend the korma as one of the best I have tried.

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Seagrass of Portobello Bridge
30 South Richmond Street, Dublin 8, Portobello, Dublin

Decided to try somewhere different for the Christmas night out this year and I am glad we did. Food and service was impeccable. The staff couldn't have been nicer even if three of our party bailed out on us at the last minute. Food was freshly prepared and cooked to perfection. I definitely intend to try again when the silly season is over.

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Dalis
63/65 Main Street, Blackrock, Blackrock, Dublin

Decided to take advantage of the Dalis' early bird dinner menu and was glad we did, the food was excellent. The variety on the menu is fabulous and covers a variety of tastes and all the food was tasty and cooked fresh. I was also very impressed by the staff who managed that difficult act of be attentive but still discreet. On top of the food Dalis has an excellent wine list with a couple of smashing wines at the reasonable priced end of things. I can safely say I will eat here again and again in the months to come.

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Ruebens
Days Hotel, Galway City, Galway City, Galway

Had dinner here on Saturday night, wife and infant son in tow. After a hard days trekking around Galway had been looking forward to a nice dinner and bottle of wine. The staff couldn't have been more helpful on arrival. The menu were presented and we were given plenty of time to make our choices. Whilst the menu was on the small side there were some interesting sounding dishes on it. Both my wife and I picked the Cajun Chicken salad. The first disappointment here was the chicken was cold, sliced and probably from a packet. To add to our disappointment the menu seemed to suggest that there were to be strawberries in balsamic, however, the only strawberry seems to have been in the balsamic dressing which ws difficult to tell given the dearth of dressing on the plate. For our mains I plumped for the roasted pork loin dressed in honey and served with a apple sauce. The pork itself was fine however, the apple sauce was a serious let down. It appeared to be some of gravy from the days earlier carvery with a few sliced apples through it. My wife's half of roasted duck with an orange sauce appered to have been half of a Chinese crispy duck with orange sauce and I suspected frozen. Both dishes were seved with the usual crescent shaped plate of overdone vegetables. I think the less said about dessert the better as both were defrosted and soggy. All in all a disappointing meal given the genuine class and friendly atmosphere that the hotel had. If they could bring up the quality of the food the hotel would be far far better.

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Herbstreet
Hanover Quay, Dublin 2 , Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

Decided to try somewhere different for lunch with a friend and plumped for Herb Street and I am glad we did. The service from opening the door was exceptional, with the staff very friendly and attentive but not overly so. We were seated and before we could even ask for one a carafe of water and glasses appeared for us. The menu is small but perfect for lunch with burgers, pasta and sandwiches on offer and all at reasonable prices. I went for a burger which came with a choice of additional toppings and crispy fries. I have eaten a lot of burgers in my time but this one has to be in the top three. Friend’s pasta was also good with plenty of sauce and chicken but not so much that you would feel too full to get anything done in the afternoon. All in all a great find and one I intend to use again.

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Swai Restaurant
Unit B, The Campshires, North Wall Quay, City Centre North, Dublin

Stopped in here for the buffet lunch and was impressed by the quality of fare especially at the price. Would recommend this for lunch with a fussy eater as you get to pick and choose what you have to eat. The staff were attentive even though we were not ordering off the set menu and our water glasses were continously topped up.

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Il Primo
16 Montague Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Got last minute tickets for a show in the NCH and decided to make a night of it. As my wife is heavily pregnant we decided to try somewhere local. I had walked past Il Primo a number of times and fancied giving it a go. From the very start the staff made us feel welcome. Unfortunately, as we are in the Christmas silly season the menu was the set Christmas one and perhaps not one based on what ingredients are fresh or good. That said the menu did provide us with enough choice that we took a good ten minutes to decide on what to eat. After that decision had been made we were then tasked with trying to work out which bottle of wine to go for. Thankfully the waiter was on hand to suggest and was bang on the money with the wine he suggested. I will definitely be giving Il Primo another try once Christmas is over to see if the evident charm carries over to general dining.

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Bistro One
3 Brighton Road, Foxrock Village, South Dublin, Foxrock, Dublin

Absolutely tremendous, we had dinner here last Saturday after hearing great things about it and wanted to see what all the hype was about. I can say it was well worth the trip. I started with the monkfish, which was fresh and delicious. I followed this with the fillet steak, which was tremendous, juicy and perfectly cooked. My wife had the stir-fried rice to start, which should come with a warning, as the portion was huge. She followed this with a delicately flavoured hake dish. The restaurant has an excellent wine list and more importantly has a staff that are there when you need them but unobtrusive when they are not required. All in all a great place for a special night out.

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Elephant & Castle
18/19 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

The only reason I ever venture to Temple Bar is to visit the Elephant & Castle and the only thing I ever eat here is the chicken wings. They are definitely the best I have had to date and as fully deserving of their cult status. Yes, it is difficult to get a seat, but if you plan in ahead pop in put your name down and then find a watering hole to pass the time until your table is ready. I for one adore this place and will continue to make my regular pilgrimages here for the wings.

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