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Ocha Teppanyaki & Sushi Bar restaurant

2 Main Street, Maher's Terrace, Dundrum, Dundrum, Dublin, Area Code: 14

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Cuisine:
Asian

Price Range:

Good
27 reviews

Reviewed 10th March 2014 ( visited 08th March 2014 )

Went here last Saturday night with my fiance. We shared the teriyaki pork ribs and vegetable tempura to start. The spare ribs were delicious. I also enjoyed the tempura although my fiance thought the batter was a bit heavy. For the main course I had chicken with garlic and pepper sauce. I was a bit underwhelmed by this - there wasn't a huge amount of flavour from the sauce. My fiance enjoyed his chow mein. The service was excellent
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Hilan Chinese & Korean Restaurant

45 Capel Street, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 1

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Cuisine:
Chinese

Price Range:

Good
62 reviews

Reviewed 20th December 2012 ( visited 15th December 2012 )

I went here on a Saturday night with 4 friends. 3 of the group opted for the Korean barbecue with beef. Myself and another friend went for the Chef Special Spicy Beef with vegetables, on the recommendation of the waitress. I asked for a medium spiced dish, while my friend went for the spicy version. We all enjoyed our food. I got an enormous portion of beef - I couldn't finish the dish. The food isn't too heavily spiced - I tried my friend's "spicy" version and was able to eat it. I would definitely come back here again to try other stuff on the menu and the staff are very friendly.
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Ocha Teppanyaki & Sushi Bar
2 Main Street, Maher's Terrace, Dundrum, Dundrum, Dublin

Went here last Saturday night with my fiance. We shared the teriyaki pork ribs and vegetable tempura to start. The spare ribs were delicious. I also enjoyed the tempura although my fiance thought the batter was a bit heavy. For the main course I had chicken with garlic and pepper sauce. I was a bit underwhelmed by this - there wasn't a huge amount of flavour from the sauce. My fiance enjoyed his chow mein. The service was excellent

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Zaragoza
South William St., Dublin , South William Street, Dublin

I went here with 2 friends on the night of the Ireland Wales rugby match. The restaurant was very busy. We ordered the seafood paella, the meatballs, tortilla de patatas, a cheese selection, the saute mixed vegetables and the pumpkin risotto. Most of the dishes were fine and the cheese selection came with membrillo which was a nice touch. However, i would recommend that you don't order the tortilla. It was overcooked and extremely dry and tough at the edges. We shared a crema catalana for dessert - it's a large serving - probably too much for one person. There was live music on the night we were there and as the floors are wooden, it was a bit noisy at times but overall, I enjoyed the meal and the atmosphere.

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San Lorenzos
South Great Georges Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

I went here with a friend for the early bird menu. A good range of options on the menu. I had the grilled prawns to start then the fish stew. The prawns were lovely, the fish stew was a generous portion with lots of fish but a bit lacking in flavour I thought. The dessert was a salted caramel sticky toffee pudding. Probably a bit too salty for my taste.

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Konkan Indian Restaurant Dundrum
1 Upper Kilmacud Road, Dundrum Village, Opp Dundrum Garda Station, Dundrum, Dublin

I went here last Saturday night with my boyfriend and we opted for the tasting menu, which provided a variety of starters and main courses. I particularly liked the starter of chicken with a spinach, pine nut and cottage cheese stuffing. Delicious. My boyfriend really enjoyed the spicy fish cake starter. The starter of minced lamb in filo pastry was also very tasty. For the main courses, we were given fish curry, butter chicken, lamb bhuna and a lentil dish. All delicious, particularly the lamb bhuna. We were very full afterwards. Highly recommended.

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Jamie's Italian
Pembroke District, Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14 , Dundrum, Dublin

I went here on a Wed night - myself and my boyfriend arrived around 7. The restaurant was already pretty busy at this time. I liked the sound of the special- Ligurian fish stew- however, when I tried to order it, I was told it was no longer available! At 7 in the evening! Surely they don't have enough of the specials prepared if they are gone by 7 o clock! Anyway, I digress....I ordered the prawn linguine- which was fine- nothing amazing. My boyfriend was luckier- he ordered the ragu of rabbit with tagliatelle, which was delicious- the rabbit was really melt in the mouth. We shared a tiramisu for dessert - very tasty - although it looked like it had just been slapped onto the plate- a bit sloppy. Overall, I found the food in Jamies decent but nothing special.

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Pacinos
18 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I went here for dinner on a Saturday night with 4 friends. To be honest, the best part of the meal for me was the complimentary bread served with a mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar- it was delicious. Service was quite abrupt at times. I had a pizza with pepperoni, mozzarella, mushrooms and olives, which was good - very nice thin crispy base, generous toppings. 2 of my friends went for tortellini with bacon and potato in a creamy sauce and were happy with their choice, though the portion was a bit small. Another friend went for the chicken stuffed with ham, mozzarella and aubergine, served with mashed potato. This was poor- there was very little aubergine in the stuffing, the mashed potato was very watery, and the dish was served with a strange anchovy tasting sauce which really did not complement the chicken! Overall, I think this place is worth a visit for the decent pizzas but I would steer clear of the rest of the menu.

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Salt Cafe @ Avoca
The Crescent, Monkstown, Dublin

I went here for lunch with my boyfriend last Saturday as I had a gift voucher for Avoca. I had the smoked haddock gratin, my boyfriend went for the poached salmon with salad. While my dish was tasty, my boyfriend was very disappointed with his. He was presented with a very mean portion of salmon that tasted as if it had just come straight out of the fridge- it was far too cold to be enjoyable. While the accompanying salad was fairly acceptable, some of the tomatoes in it were unripe. This really is not good enough for the prices charged. We won't be back.

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The Hot Stove
38 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1 , City Centre North, Dublin

I went here with a friend for the pre- theatre menu. I was surprised by how busy the restaurant was - I didn't expect that for the Tuesday evening after a bank holiday. The room is laid out very nicely although my friend thought the lighting was too bright. I ordered the roast artichoke salad to start, my friend had the wild garlic risotto. Then I went for the rabbit pithiver, my friend had the beef cheeks. My starter was very disappointing - I love artichokes and you don't see them very often on Irish menus- but the dish just didn't do them justice at all. My main was better- the pastry in the pithiver was perfectly crisp and light. The highlight of the meal was probably the desserts - my friend enjoyed his passion fruit pavlova and my chocolate truffle was rich but not heavy. The service was rather obtrusive. Being asked every 5 minutes if we were enjoying our meal is not conducive to a relaxing dining experience!

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Chameleon Restaurant
1 Lower Fownes Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

I went here on a thursday night with 2 friends. The restaurant was fairly busy so the only table available for us was one of the low tables where you sit on cushions. I liked the decor and atmosphere of the restaurant but found the seating a bit uncomfortable for eating. I went for the "Sea" Early Bird menu, my friends both opted for the vegetarian early bird menus. I thought the food was delicious- my fish cooked in banana leaves was perfectly cooked. However, the portions on the early bird menu are quite small and frankly, I think it's a bit overpriced. Nonetheless, I would like to return to this restaurant to sample some more food from the menu - but I will be requesting a different table next time!

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Pho Viet Vietnamese Restaurant
162 Parnell Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

I'd heard a lot of good things about this place and was very keen to try it but found it rather disappointing. I went with 2 friends on a Saturday night- the downstairs section was full so we were seated upstairs. We ordered the spring rolls to start - these came filled with minced pork. I didn't particularly like these- apparently the "fresh" spring rolls come with more vegetables so I should probably have ordered those. For the main course, we all had various beef noodle soups. These were tasty with very generous portion sizes and extremely good value - only about 7 euro for a big bowl. Unfortunately, our waitress totted up our bill incorrectly twice, which left a bit of a sour taste....Overall, I would only rate this place as "so-so".

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El Toro Bravo
27 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin

Myself and my boyfriend went here with a voucher for 4 tapas and 2 glasses of wine for 14 euro. We ordered the lamb stew, the prawns with chilli and garlic, the artichoke hearts and the lacon. The stew and the artichokes were gorgeous. The lacon was also tasty but in fairness, there's not a lot that can go wrong with it. The prawns were just O.K.- there wasn't enough flavour to this dish I think.

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The Arch Bistro
Above the Glenside Pub, Landscape Road, South Dublin, Churchtown, Dublin

My boyfriend and I decided to go here last Saturday night as we had seen on Menu Pages that the restaurant had a 3 course dinner menu for 25 euro, which sounded like good value. The restaurant was fairly busy when we arrived but we were soon seated in one of the booths which were lovely. We both went for the Mediterranean fish soup to start, which was delicious. Lovely light tomato base with generous portions of salmon and smoked cod. I went for the lamb shank for main course while my boyfriend opted for the sea bass. My lamb shank was perfectly cooked - the meat was really soft. My boyfriend enjoyed the sea bass, however, he was disappointed that the accompaniments to the fish were not those listed on the menu. On the menu, it said that the fish came with green beans. Instead he got sauteed spinach and a chickpea puree, which he felt didn't really go that well with the fish. For dessert, he went for the bitter chocolate mousse with boozy oranges, which was absolutely divine. Really really good. I went for the Eton mess, which came with ice cream and chocolate sauce. It was tasty but very very sweet. The service was very good. Overall, a very enjoyable experience.

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Jewel in the Crown (South William Street)
5 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I met a friend here for an Early Bird on a Wednesday night. The restaurant was surprisingly full. I have been here several times over the years and it's generally quiet enough during the week. I went for the Chicken Tandoori starter and the Chicken Jalfrezi main course. My friend had an Onion Bhaji for starter and Vegetable Bhuna for main course. My food was delicious. My friend enjoyed her starter but found the Vegetable Bhuna somewhat spicier than on previous occasions so didn't enjoy it quite as much. Service was efficient.

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Hilan Chinese & Korean Restaurant
45 Capel Street, City Centre North, Dublin

I went here on a Saturday night with 4 friends. 3 of the group opted for the Korean barbecue with beef. Myself and another friend went for the Chef Special Spicy Beef with vegetables, on the recommendation of the waitress. I asked for a medium spiced dish, while my friend went for the spicy version. We all enjoyed our food. I got an enormous portion of beef - I couldn't finish the dish. The food isn't too heavily spiced - I tried my friend's "spicy" version and was able to eat it. I would definitely come back here again to try other stuff on the menu and the staff are very friendly.

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Dante (Dundrum)
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Went here for a quick bite before the cinema. What a mistake! The restaurant was extremely busy with several large groups and they just didn't have enough waitressing staff rostered. We were waiting for over 20 minutes before they took our order. I asked for the lasagne from the value menu - I was told they didn't have anymore left. This was at 7.30 in the evening! I ended up ordering the penne arrabiata off the main menu which was tasty enough. My boyfriend had the stuffed chicken off the value menu, which was adequate. We were waiting for 30 minutes for our main course. When it eventually arrived, the waitress was extremely apologetic. However, I won't be returning to this restaurant.

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The Poet's Rest
Chapel Street, Slane, Co. Meath, Slane, Meath

I went for dinner here with my boyfriend on Sunday night. The restaurant was about half full. We ordered from the set dinner menu - 3 courses for 20 euro. I have to say, we were both very satisfied with our meal. He had the fish cakes for starter, I had the chicken wings. We both had steak on the stone for our main course. I had the apple pie and he had the rhubarb and berry crumble for dessert. The steak and the desserts were particularly good. I think that we got good value for money and I would be happy to go here again.

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