Restaurant Reviews from tamtoumi

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 23

Member Since: 25 July 2011

Last Visit: 29 June 2014

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Kinara Kitchen restaurant

17 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Cocktails

Price Range:

Good
75 reviews

Reviewed 18th March 2013 ( visited 01st March 2013 )

a bit pricey but thats the only complaint i have. the barman is great. while we were waiting he asked us if we would like a cocktail and i said "surprise me". so he prepared what was the most delicious cocktail i ever had. pity i cant remember the name of the cocktail but its some ancient recipe that he found in a recipe book published in 1943. it was rum based and it was YUM. he knew his stuff. its mot my frist time here but that cocktail made me want to leave a review. the staff are always pleasant and helpful and the food always good. my favorite pakistani place in dublin.
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Kinara Kitchen restaurant

17 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Cocktails

Price Range:

Good
75 reviews

Reviewed 18th March 2013 ( visited 01st March 2013 )

a bit pricey but thats the only complaint i have. the barman is great. while we were waiting he asked us if we would like a cocktail and i said "surprise me". so he prepared what was the most delicious cocktail i ever had. pity i cant remember the name of the cocktail but its some ancient recipe that he found in a recipe book published in 1943. it was rum based and it was YUM. he knew his stuff. its mot my frist time here but that cocktail made me want to leave a review. the staff are always pleasant and helpful and the food always good. my favorite pakistani place in dublin.
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Peperina Bistro Garden
25 Dunville Avenue, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

i was excited about a new cafe close to my house but naaaaaah, i wasnt impressed. the place wasnt very clean and i thought someone is going to fall over and get hurt with all the kids lying on the floor and the step half way in the place. thats the parents fault but the waiters were really making their way through children politely and didnt say a word. management should have asked parents to keep an eye on their kids. the food was below average for me and so was the service. pity, it could have been a nicer place but they are just not on top of things..the bill payment was all over the place, they didnt know what table ordered what. not the cafe to sit back and have a lazy brunch without stressing over something.

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Kinara Kitchen
17 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

a bit pricey but thats the only complaint i have. the barman is great. while we were waiting he asked us if we would like a cocktail and i said "surprise me". so he prepared what was the most delicious cocktail i ever had. pity i cant remember the name of the cocktail but its some ancient recipe that he found in a recipe book published in 1943. it was rum based and it was YUM. he knew his stuff. its mot my frist time here but that cocktail made me want to leave a review. the staff are always pleasant and helpful and the food always good. my favorite pakistani place in dublin.

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Cinnamon Ranelagh
87 Ranelagh, South Dublin, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

not my first time in cinnamon and i was not back here by choice. i think the service is poor and has been poor since they opened and they dont seem to have improved much. its always disorganised. the atmosphere is nice, has alot of character and charm. the food is just ok. i dont like bad service, i feel i am taken for granted.

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

this is not my first time here but i keep coming back. the atmosphere isnt great because its a massive place so lacks intimacy and personalisation. however, this makes it great for big groups as there is so much space to move around, so its comfortable and you are not cramped up like in other places. actually, whenever i am here , we are in a big group. i guess its our number 1 place to book if we are a rather large group. the food is consistently good , so is the service. would always be happy to go back.

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Mak at D6
Fields Terrace, Charleston Rd, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

went to Mak after months of actually wanting to get to it. heard mixed reviews from people. i wasnt impressed by the atmosphere in it but the service was great. our table was next to the bar/service area which i didnt like as there a funny smell coming from there, i would describe it as raw chicken stinky smell, but i guess it faded into the background after a while. we had a very nice crew looking after us. the cocktails are definitely worth trying, they are all so delicious. the food was very nice except for the chicken feet ( but thats personal). the dim sums were delicious. would go back for the food and drink.

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Damascus Gate
10 Upper Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

i was expecting the food to be better because the owners have another restaurant which i love. in fairness, some of the food my friends ordered was delicious, but what i got wasnt soo impressive. my husband got a chicken dish but the chicken was awful, we told the waiter who called the manager who apolgised and took it off the bill. they have a nice smoking/sheeshah area at the back.

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161 Cafe Bistro
161 Upper Rathmines Road, South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin

i live in the neighbourhood and decided to try the place for lunch after hearing about it from neighbours. its a nice cafe but thats all really. average food, average prices and average atmosphere. the service was very pleasant and helpful ( we had three kids with us on that day). when i say average food i mean there is nothing special about it. it tastes as you expect to. so you dont leave disappointed.

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Keshk Cafe Restaurant
71 Mespil Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

this is close to my work so i go there for lunch sometimes when i feel i want something healthy besides a sandwich or thai food or a salad. its great for lunch, wouldnt go there for dinner though ( lacks the atmosphere). the food is simple , straight forward and nice. nothing fancy and no bells or whistles. the prices are great too. i like their vegetarian dishes, the okra and maghmour. its a great change for lunch. their spicy potato cubes are good too

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The Cedar Tree
11a St Andrews Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Again, i am from the middle east and the food here is great. i am a foodie and i only go to 2 restaurants in Dublin if i am looking for Middle Eastern food. this is one of them. the last i was there, i was with a big gang and we had the most fabulous spread of appetisers...just as good as you get in Beirut or Damascus. it was delicious!...better than any other time i have been in the Cedar Tree. so i thought i have to leave a review this time. the service is always good, polite and nice. the only thing that lacks in the restaurant i think is the atmosphere...its missing something but when i had a great company, it didnt matter but i wish they put an effort into creating a special atmosphere as the food definitely deserves it.

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

mixed feelings about this one. i have heard so much about the deli, but i have never been though i love close enough to it. Anyway, the food is delicious...we were a big group so ordered alot of things off the menu and everything was tasty. the lamb , beef and duck were really nice. so 5 stars for the food. the atmosphere is a bit funny, its neither casual nor formal, its lost in between..verging on "lack of character". the service is ok, can be a bit impatient though. its pricey enough but not too much for the quality of the food. i would go again if i want a quiet evening dinner or lunch but not if i feel i need some buzz.

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Little Jerusalem - Rathmines
3 Wynnefield Road, Dublin 6 , Rathmines, Dublin

i am from the middle east and the food here is good. its one of the best middle eastern restaurants in Dublin i think. the service is just what you want it. the place is rather small however, it does add to the atmosphere. i love the fact that everytime i go here, the place is packed!...its never boring. they make their own bread too, the original way...its served hot and puffed with steam...really good.

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Angel Park Eatery
5 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

the atmosphere isnt great- basement and all but the food is lovely. fresh ingredients and you can taste the difference. generous portions..slightly pricey for lunch but i will go back again and again.

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Manifesto
208 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6, Rathmines, Dublin

i was so looking forward to eating here as i heard about this place so much. and it didnt disappoint on the whole. having said that, i expected the pizzas to be alot more delicious. they were very nice, dont get me wrong, but i expected more. the rest of the food is really delicious, we had three starters between us and they were all yummy. and great value too. the house red wine was very nice as well. the service is slow a bit, i would have liked it to be a bit faster. will go again. ...oh, you need to always book and they dont do take outs.

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The French Paradox Wine Shop & Wine Bar
53 Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4, Ballsbridge, Dublin

had dinner there yesterday - I was there before but a long time ago. anyway, I obviously have forgotten how delicious it is, otherwise i would have been going more. the fois gras with mango is to die for, and the portion is a great size for 18 Euros. really delicious , i was licking my fingers afterwards. I had that and shared a camamber with my friend- that was delicious as well. Our waiter was very french and very nice and we kept him up till after midnight with no one else in the place except the four of us. he didnt mind at all and insisted we finish our wine before we go. will be going again for the fois gras for sure.

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Camden Kitchen
3A Camden Market, Grantham Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

very casual and comfortable atmosphere. the food is very nice. i had the duck and it was really good, as good as some of the top restaurants in Dublin.

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Dax Restaurant
23 Upper Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

lovely food, the strip loin steak was fabulous for the early bird and the starters were really delicious....the price was great for the quality of the food.

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

lovely food, made from scratch and full of flavor. the atmosphere is great and they can accomodate big groups without feeling impersonal in the space. the itnerior is rather intimate. it was a busy night for dada and i think the serviec could have been more attentive, they were just too fast and impersonal. otherwise everything is great. would go again

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TriBeCa
65 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6, Ranelagh, Dublin

went there with extended family including three little kids. i have eaten here many times but I felt i have to put a review this time given how friendly the staff were towards the kids. they were very helpful in customising the food for the kids to start with and they served the kids food with the starters which meant that the adults could enjoy their main course without the hassle of trying to feed kids at the same time. after the meal, teh kids wandered around and sat in the waiting area, the staff didnt mind at all- the kids were quiet- and they were chatting to them the entire time. i dont think i have ever seen a place as friendly towards kids.

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Kinara Kitchen
17 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

authentic food- alot of made form scratch i would say as the flavors are very fresh. i have eaten here a few times now and i like it just the same every time. the portions are generous and we seem to always over-order because we want try different things forgetting that the food is filling. the service is good and very friendly-flexible towards children and their customised orders. over all, its a very enjoyable place to go.

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Crackbird
60 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

i was soo excited to go to this given i heard about it so much in the space of a few days. i will start with the good point. the fried chicken is great. its real chicken that has bite good quality chicken not full of water!...the sides and portions are all nice but i would not order those fried waffle crisps, they are lethal. soaked with oil,to the extent where you feel the oil juices coming out in your mouth. they did turn our stomachs eventhough we only ate a few each. they need to review those ones i think. those unhealthy oily waffles are why i gave the food a 4 stars only. now to the bad points in my opinion: i went in -in person- at 6:45 to book a table for two for 7:30, they wont take bookings not even in person, so i had to queue outside and then they wouldnt give me a table until my partner showed up. so i had to wait longer. i think they need to re-consider their policies here. the atmosphere is loud! they definitely want you to eat and get out. its not a place to meet friends to catch up, simply because you cant hear the other person. you share the tables and everyone is talking and the music is loud!..so its the kind of place that is fast and quick though the service isnt fast enough to match that image!...its not very slow but it can be faster for sure. it feels alot longer specially when you have been waiting outside for a table already. laslty, they seem to have opened in a rush and on a very low budget, the place is a bit scruffy, specially the stairs to the toilets, the toilets and the kitchen!..you could see a bit of the kitchen on your way down..its not appetising at all!!... they need to clean up the place and put some money into refurbishing some stuff...

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The Butcher Grill
92 Ranelagh Village, South Dublin, Ranelagh, Dublin

nice place and great food and delicious steaks for good value. the place is not big and is rather tight but you can have a long evening with friends and be comfortable enough. its one of the few places where a good steak is priced reasonably enough. the sides and starters are yummy too.

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Rustic Stone
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

nice idea but the food is too expensive for what it is. the fillet steak is over 30 euros and its not that special, its ok. other steak houses in the city have better steaks for a good bit less. the side orders are tiny as well for the amount you pay...tasty but tiny, you literally get 4 fingers of chips, thick but still its just 4 of them , for what the price was , i expected a bit more. the tables are small and the seating not soo comfortable.

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

we went here based on a colleagues recommendation and we weren't disappointed at all!. the place is small but cute and the service is beyond attentive, its not even available in the best and most expensive restaurants of Dublin- i certainly haven't experienced it before. the owners are the chef and the head waiter. the food is delicious and authentic and different and very reasonably priced given the service you get. the ciperinias are the best I have had in Ireland. its a pitty they had to close the upstairs section as they only had a 5 tables downstairs and they literally had to reject a few couples who came in that night. for such a small restaurant, I do hope they survive and grow.

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