Restaurant Reviews from tinkler

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No. of Reviews: 11

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Last Visit: 02 February 2012

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Louies Bistro restaurant

20 Mountjoy Square East, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Bistro

Price Range:

Good
75 reviews

Reviewed 14th February 2010 ( visited 12th February 2010 )

This was my second trip to this restaurant. I'm sorry it had taken me so long to return as everything lived up to my memories of the last time. This time I was celebrating my birthday. There were seven of us and it meant we managed to try a huge variety of the items on the menu and we were not disappointed with any of our choices. The staff again were very helpful and friendly. The place was full and had a great buzz about it. Had a great night and will be returning very soon.
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De Brúns restaurant

Ashleigh Centre, Main Street, Castleknock, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Brasserie

Price Range:

Good
106 reviews

Reviewed 07th February 2010 ( visited 07th February 2010 )

Had a lovely dinner here today. Very friendly and helpful staff. This place has some great deals during the week. Had the early bird two weeks ago and it was fab. Becoming one of my favourite places around Dublin 15.
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Il Primo
16 Montague Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

A group of 8 of us dined here last night. We chose this restaurant based on reviews we had read in a dublin restaurant guidebook and in newspapers. I could not fault the staff. They were very friendly and helpful. The food however was a different story. Our salads were lacking dressing and had more leaves than necessary to balance the accompanying items. The hot food was served on cold dishes, which meant by the time you were halfway through the food was cold. Desserts were very good, they were the best part of the meal.We had a good night there due to the company I was in rather than the food that was being served. I wish I could say that I would recommend this restaurant and that I will be returning but unfortunately neither will be the case.

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The Left Bank Bistro
Fry Place, Athlone, Westmeath

I tried this restaurant for the first time on a recommendation. I'm not in Athlone often but when I am I always eat here. I've eaten here four times. On this night the restaurant was really busy but I was lucky enough to get a table. The atmosphere was lively. I'd a fantastic fish dish followed by an indulgent chocolate cake. The staff are very friendly, welcoming and efficient. I will definitely be back again..

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The Wild Goose Grill
First Floor, Above McSorleys, 1 Sandford Road, Dublin 6 , Ranelagh, Dublin

Arrived into a room that felt very warm and inviting and had a great sound of chatter going around. Offered water immediately and bread arrived very shortly after. Very cheerful staff answering any questions we had. Great wine suggestions made to us. Fab starters and main courses (exceeded our expectations based on the descriptions on the menu) . Great spot and will definitely go back.

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Thornton's Restaurant
1st, The Fitzwilliam Hotel, 128 St Stephen's Green, City Centre South, Dublin

Went here for lunch. Impressed with the decor of the room on arrival but unfortunately even though the restaurant filled completely the atmosphere was quite dead. Between the four of us we tried both of the two set lunch menus and we could not find fault with the food. The service was not up to the level we were expecting one example was having to ask for refills of water we felt the staff should have been keeping an eye on this for us. Even though the food was excellent I would not be in a rush back to try the full price a la carte menu based on the atmosphere and service.

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Sheries Cafe Bar
3 Lower Abbey Street, City Centre North, Dublin

Had been meaning to try this place since it had been overhauled and finally made it in before the theatre last Friday. Nice warm cosy feel to the place. Between us we tried a burger and fish. Good filling food - nothing special but you couldn't expect gourmet food at these prices. Would go back as it's ideal before the theatre when you need something to eat that won't cost an arm and a leg but is better than going for fast food. Very nice staff.

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De Brúns
Ashleigh Centre, Main Street, Castleknock, Dublin

Had a lovely dinner here today. Very friendly and helpful staff. This place has some great deals during the week. Had the early bird two weeks ago and it was fab. Becoming one of my favourite places around Dublin 15.

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Louies Bistro
20 Mountjoy Square East, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

This was my second trip to this restaurant. I'm sorry it had taken me so long to return as everything lived up to my memories of the last time. This time I was celebrating my birthday. There were seven of us and it meant we managed to try a huge variety of the items on the menu and we were not disappointed with any of our choices. The staff again were very helpful and friendly. The place was full and had a great buzz about it. Had a great night and will be returning very soon.

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Green Nineteen
19 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

We heard it was a busy spot but if you were in early it should be easy to get a table. We arrived around 515 and got a table but by 6 the place was full and people were still arriving and leaving their names on a waiting list. It's a lively loud place with the tables close to each other so it's good as long as you're not looking for a quiet romantic place.. The menu is short but with excellent choices. We shared a pinxtos plate to start. This was very tasty with three different samples each. We followed this with bangers and mash and Corned beef, cabbage and mash. Both fab and just like your mother would make and perfect for the miserable wet evening that it was. We shared the brownie for dessert which was quite rich and plenty for two people after the main dishes. Only two problems. One - draft from the front door meant it was quite chilly so ask or a table that is not in the direct line of the door (we were 3 tables down and still felt the breeze!) Two - I was going to order the lamb but wanted to have the listed boiled potatoes replaced with mash but was told this was not possible and if I wanted mash i'd have to order it separately. I would have thought a direct swap of potatoes was a simple request that should have been easy to do??!!However it was excellent value for money and I would go back.

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The Exchange Restaurant and Cocktail Bar
The Westin Dublin, At College Green, Westmoreland Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I was only in this restaurant once and it was at one of their sensory dining nights. It was great fun. We didn't know the food being served to us in advance and were blindfolded throughout. The staff were very pleasant and helpful - essential as you are dependent on them for negotiating your way around the food! A glass of wine was served with each course that was suitable for the food being served. We enjoyed the fun of guessing the food and wine as we went along. At the end of the meal we were given the outline of the food and drink that we had for the evening. If you are someone that enjoys food and are open to having your food choice removed from you then I would recommend this night. We have already signed up for the next one!

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Ananda
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

The moment we arrived in the restaurant I was impressed by the decor - vivid pink, lemon and black fabrics, embossed wallpaper in similar shades and superb varieties of lighting - it set the tone for a fabulous evening. The menu is a far cry from the usual listings you'd expect in an Indian restaurant in Ireland. The four of us love food and decided the best way to make the most of the huge variety on offer was to share two starters and four main courses with rice and a basket of various naan breads. There wasn't one component of this food that disappointed - there was someting for all palates from the fragrant delicate chicken with rosepetal and pistachio to the robust and fiery lamb shank. We could have gone home at that stage with our full bellies but when presented with the dessert menu we just couldn't resist. We asked if it would be possible to try a taster of a variety of the desserts and were told that this would not be a problem. Four tasters were presented - my personal favourite was the kulfi as it was so refreshing after the spice explosion of the meal. The service throughout the meal was superb. Water glasses were constantly topped up - a very nice touch when so many places want you to buy bottled water. Another very nice gesture was that a glass of dessert wine was presented to each of us with our dessert. This is a restaurant that I will definitely return to.

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Les Freres Jacques
74 Dame Street, Dublin City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

We brought my parents to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. We had read great reviews of this restaurant and were certainly not disappointed with the food. The seven of us enjoyed a variety of the dishes on the a la carte menu - all of which were sublime. It would definitely be a place to visit for a special celebration. Our only gripe was the service in relation to the drinks. The waiters were not keeping an eye on the wine glasses. This was not a problem for the people drinking red as this bottle was left on the table, however the white wine was left on the opposite side of the room. In addition we had to ask on three separate occasions for water to be brought to the table before it actually arrived. Two irish coffees were ordered at the end of the meal and after 20 minutes of waiting we gave up and asked for the bill. I don't feel this level of service is acceptable when an automatic 12.5% service charge was placed on the bill. It would not put me off returning to the restaurant as the food was excellent but I'd like to see an improvement in the service.

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