Restaurant Reviews from tcreaby

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County: Dublin

No. of Reviews: 6

Member Since: 02 August 2007

Last Visit: 05 August 2018

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The Wild Swan Chinese Restaurant

1st Floor No1, Main Street, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin, Area Code: North Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
Asian

Price Range:

Good
63 reviews

Reviewed 24th July 2009 ( visited 22nd July 2009 )

Had the special 3 course dinner menu for €16 each. Arrived at 7.45pm, and restaurant was quite busy. Service was very attentive and food very nice. Will be returning.
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Hugo's restaurant

6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
French

Price Range:

Good
308 reviews

Reviewed 28th November 2011 ( visited 25th November 2011 )

My wife, daughter and I visted Hugo's on a Friday evening at 5pm. It was our first visit. It was very quiet when we arrived but began to get busier from about 5.30pm. The ambience, decor, etc is very nice, and the waiting staff were attentive. We ordered from the pre-theatre menu which unfortunately was limited for choice. The girls had soup as a starter which they enjoyed, while I went for the seafood chowder. This was disappointing - nice flavour but not much fish and too much potato. For main course, my daughter had a Thai Chicken Curry which she enjoyed and couldn't finish. My wife chose cod on a bed of colcannon and I went for the game and red wine pie. The fish was ok, while the game pie had a nice flavour but was very short on meat content. The amount of food on both plates was small for a main course. Overall, we were disappointed. While the pricing quoted on the pre-theatre menu suggests good value, there are better menu selections available elsewhere at the same price which is a pity as the restaurant's atmosphere/decor/ambience and professional staff are noteworthy.
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Hush Brasserie
12A New Street Malahide, Malahide, Dublin

Visited Hush with my wife and another couple and had a really nice experience from the first impressions on the initial call to book a table which was taken by Norman to the friendly welcome and great service on the night when the restaurant was full. The dining area is very comfortable if a little cramped, but this just adds to the atmosphere. The Early Bird menu was available all night (great value for a Friday) and the variety and quality of the food on the menu was very good. Very happy to recommend and will definitely be back.

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Peploes Wine Bistro
16 St Stephen's Green, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

Paid our first visit to Peploes yesterday for a late Sunday lunch at 3.30pm. Restaurant was a little quiet given the time of day but pleasant nonetheless. Staff were professsional and service good. We had 'Duck Liver Pate with cranberries and toasted brioche' and 'Brie in Filo with Pruneau D’Agen' as starters, 'Marrow Crusted Filet Mignon' and 'The Daily Fish' dish which happened to be Cod as main courses, and an Amaretto Creme Brulee and a Chocolate Fondant dish as deserts. All were lovely and could not be faulted. My only negative would be value for money, cost of a Sunday lunch was high even allowing for the quality of the food, but if this aspect is not an issue in choosing a restaurant, Peploes is definitely worth a visit.

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Hugo's
6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

My wife, daughter and I visted Hugo's on a Friday evening at 5pm. It was our first visit. It was very quiet when we arrived but began to get busier from about 5.30pm. The ambience, decor, etc is very nice, and the waiting staff were attentive. We ordered from the pre-theatre menu which unfortunately was limited for choice. The girls had soup as a starter which they enjoyed, while I went for the seafood chowder. This was disappointing - nice flavour but not much fish and too much potato. For main course, my daughter had a Thai Chicken Curry which she enjoyed and couldn't finish. My wife chose cod on a bed of colcannon and I went for the game and red wine pie. The fish was ok, while the game pie had a nice flavour but was very short on meat content. The amount of food on both plates was small for a main course. Overall, we were disappointed. While the pricing quoted on the pre-theatre menu suggests good value, there are better menu selections available elsewhere at the same price which is a pity as the restaurant's atmosphere/decor/ambience and professional staff are noteworthy.

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Boulevard Cafe
27 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Had visited Boulevard Cafe on a number of occasions and as before the early bird menu offered a nice selection of food at good value. We booked for Sunday 6.30pm and restaurant was nearly full when we got there with a nice atmosphere. Quality of the food served was good, but the evening was spoiled by two incidents that were avoidable. Firstly, one of the waiters who was obviously frustrated at something made a comment when passing our table - it was not directed at us but nonetheless was audible and inappropriate. Secondly, at about 8pm, two guys carrying a large ladder came into the restaurant, had a chat with the owner / manager and then put up their ladder close to the table where we were sitting and started removing items from the walls to make way for the Christmas decorations! While the restaurant was quieter than earlier, I felt this action in particular demonstrated poor regard for customers on the part of management. It should have been done when the restaurant was closed. and it just took from what had up to then been a pleasant evening. Before we left, I spoke to the owner who apologised for the comments made, but didn't seem to feel that people climbing ladders in a restaurant beside customers trying to enjoy their meal was a big deal. The waiter in question then came to us and apologised for his comments. We came away feeling disappointed with the experience which was a pity given the quality of the food.

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Osborne Brasserie @ The Portmarnock Hotel
Strand Road, North Co. Dublin, Portmarnock, Dublin

Visited here on the August Bank Holiday and availed of the 2 course early bird menu. Good value for the price. The restaurant is very nicely laid out, staff are very professional and service in general was good. The restaurant was virtually full, and the 'early bird' business must be brisk as I had been unable to book the previous saturday night which had a waiting list for cancellations. Menu had a good selection. We had the duck and salmon starters, and the salmon and steak main courses. All were enjoyed with exception of the steak and chips which was disappointing, both in taste and presentation. The bottle of white at half price €16 was fine. Overall, the experience was a little disappointing when compared to previous visits, but nonetheless the value was undoubted.

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The Wild Swan Chinese Restaurant
1st Floor No1, Main Street, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

Had the special 3 course dinner menu for €16 each. Arrived at 7.45pm, and restaurant was quite busy. Service was very attentive and food very nice. Will be returning.

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