Restaurant Reviews from tomyum
Tandoori Bite restaurant
21 South Richmond St, South Dublin, Portobello, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 6
Reviewed 11th October 2010 ( visited 06th October 2010 )Tandoori Bite has to be the best value Indian Restaurant in Dublin... I know I've reviewed it before but we went again last week and it is seriously hard to beat on price. Delicious meal - Onion Bhaji, Lamb Kebab, Lamb Masala, and Chicken Korma, with Pilau Rice and Garlic Naan, and 2 beers, for 22euro. Wish I was there right now :-)
Kanum Thai restaurant
16 Orwell Rd, Dublin 4, Rathgar, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 05th January 2011 ( visited 04th January 2011 )Went here with a citydeal voucher so obviously excellent value with that. Food was good overall - for starters we had the chicken satay skewers and the Bu Cha crabcakes (these seemed to be more pork than crab tho - would not really recommend these - also they did not come with any sauce which I thought was a bit unusual). Mains we had a Chicken Gaeng Phet (delicious) and a Beef Pad Ki Mow, also really good. The staff were very friendly and the food was ready quickly. Seating arrangements were a few small tables at the window and high wooden benches, fine for a quick bite but you wouldn't be lingering over your meal... especially since you are either eating out of the takeaway box, or on a plastic plate with plastic cutlery. I have to take marks off for value as the things on the menu are maybe a couple of euros cheaper than other thai restaurants around, but you do not get the "dining out" experience (like a table, plates, cutlery, or even a glass (sorry plastic cup) of tap water should you so desire).
7-9 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Saturday night walked in around 9pm and able to get a table for 2 which was great. It was quite loud with a hen party at a large table in the middle of the room. Initially service was a bit slow - after being seated we waited to long to be given menus that I eventually got up and asked for them at the bar. We had the special bento and the sushi bento box each. The food was all absolutely delicious although some of the sushi we got had mayonnaise on it which I thought was a bit odd. Total for 2 special bento and 1 sushi bento, a cocktail, a glass of wine and a beer was €72 and we were full. Would go again for sure.
One Pico Restaurant
5-6 Molesworth Place, Schoolhouse Lane, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
We visited here yesterday for an anniversary dinner, we arrived at 6.30pm in order to get the pre-theatre menu, at 26euro for 2 courses up to 6.45pm. We were given the a la carte menu automatically. When I asked for the pre-theatre menu, we were then given the set dinner menu, at 38euro for 3 courses. As we were supposed to be on a lovely night out, I didn't bother asking again. This is why I've deducted marks from service and from value. The food was delicious. We had the goats cheese and beetroot salad, and the foie gras to start, absolutely gorgeous, and then the fillet of beet (6.95supplement) with a side of pommes frites (pretty sure they ordered these in from M*D*nalds, 3.95supplement), and the confit of duck. Both mains were delicious and very well presented (altho the trend now seems that to be a "fancy" restaurant, you have to have a really good puree'ing machine! puree'd onions with steak!? Anyway, delicious food. For dessert we had the lemon tart and the blue cheese both of which were lovely. For drinks we had one bottle of beer, 2 large bottles of sparkling water and one tea. Our bill came to 109euro. The service was very good, although they kept asking me if I wanted wine even though I'm quite obviously pregnant! The restaurant was empty when we arrived but three quarters full by the time we left. We never felt rushed or hurried, all in all a lovely evening. We would probably go again for a special occasion.
The Purty Kitchen (Dun Laoghaire)
3-5 Old Dun Laoghaire Road, Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
AVOID! Had lunch for 4 people yesterday. The service was DISGRACEFUL. The hostess ignored us completely while we stood waiting at the bar - even after I notified her that we had a booking - we had to just seat ourselves after waiting about 10 minutes. We had to wait aaaaages for each course, despite the fact that they were not very busy. No waiter or waitress seems to have been schooled in the art of looking around to seeing if a customer is attempting to get their attention, they might as well have been wearing blinkers. When the mains arrived, they looked at me sitting there with no dinner and said "did you order something?" We had to ask to be brought cutlery for the mains. When we got coffee, we had to ask for milk and sugar to be brought, and we had to ask for someone to clear the table, which is absolutely ridiculous. And then, despite being asked to clear the table, the waiter left half of the buttery knives and pint glasses etc on the table and left us finishing our coffee at a dirty table. Not that he was busy or anything - he was clearing other empty tables around us. Then to add insult to injury they put an extra 3 drinks on our bill. The food was fine. We were on a deals voucher. It was very odd that the daily specials were charged a supplement even though they were the same price as the normal things on the menu. Two of us had the pilpil starter which was delicious, the two others had the chowder - this has decreased in size by approx half since I last had it! They weren't too impressed with it. Those two had the fish and chips and "mushy peas" - the peas looked like they'd been on a few plates before getting to our table to be honest. Disgusting and cold. I had the seabass which was only ok - there were quite a lot of bones in it, and it was served on some mostly soggy fennel (the bits of fennel that weren't soggy were stringy and inedible). The other person paid the supplement and got one of the specials, a cajun monkfish salad which was very nice.
16 Orwell Rd, Dublin 4, Rathgar, Dublin
Went here with a citydeal voucher so obviously excellent value with that. Food was good overall - for starters we had the chicken satay skewers and the Bu Cha crabcakes (these seemed to be more pork than crab tho - would not really recommend these - also they did not come with any sauce which I thought was a bit unusual). Mains we had a Chicken Gaeng Phet (delicious) and a Beef Pad Ki Mow, also really good. The staff were very friendly and the food was ready quickly. Seating arrangements were a few small tables at the window and high wooden benches, fine for a quick bite but you wouldn't be lingering over your meal... especially since you are either eating out of the takeaway box, or on a plastic plate with plastic cutlery. I have to take marks off for value as the things on the menu are maybe a couple of euros cheaper than other thai restaurants around, but you do not get the "dining out" experience (like a table, plates, cutlery, or even a glass (sorry plastic cup) of tap water should you so desire).
ely gastro bar
Grand Canal Square, (Next to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre), Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin
Ate here with a work group of around 30. We were seated on the ground floor at the back of the restaurant. The space allocated was too small for the 2 tables - anyone sitting on the inside had to practically climb into their seats. our booking was originally for 6pm but was pushed back to 7.15pm as the restaurant was overbooked. However we were still able to avail of the pre-theatre menu, which is priced at €28.50 for 3 courses. I ate the Carpaccio of Beef to start - delicious, then the Seabass with mash and tomato salsa, also delicious, and then the Blue Cheese for dessert. I was tempted by the steak, but was suspicious by the fact that there was no surcharge,so didn't go for it. However I tasted my neighbours and it was Delicious!! The chips that went with it tho were frozen and pretty awful, they would do well to make their own chips instead. My neighbours had the tart and the soup to start and were both happy, one of my neighbours had the pineapple parfait for dessert - didn't really like that but could just be a matter of taste - was very nicely presented. Service was very friendly and fairly efficient for a big group. The waitress even brought over a book with pictures of the owners farm for us when we questioned whether cows really live on the burren! The restaurant was quite busy and noisy - we had to go outside on the street to do our speeches at the end of the meal but luckily it was a nice evening. Not sure of wine prices, but I'd imagine we had the house wine and it was quite adequate. Overall, I think I would go back - the menu is a bit overpriced in my opinion, but when you choose the steak and the cheese which there would usually be a surcharge for in other places, it works out ok.
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
Dined here with a large group for a work dinner, early bird menu which is good value IMO. There was plenty of breads and butter on the table from the start. Had the pate for starters - delicious with a nice helping of salad and toast, and lovely caramelised red onion. The lentil loaf for main was delicious - moist and tasty. Sorbet to finish - the menu has a mix of sorbet and ice-cream but I just had the full helping of sorbet, this was no hassle at all. The sorbet was gorgeous... blackcurrant and mango boules, really fresh. Service was efficient - each table had approx 10 people and we waited until the full table was served to start eating - we weren't waiting long at any stage. Water jugs were re-filled regularly without having to ask. The only downside to Odessa was the bathrooms downstairs - dirty and lacking in toilet paper. An unfortunate element to an otherwise great dining experience.
21 South Richmond St, South Dublin, Portobello, Dublin
Tandoori Bite has to be the best value Indian Restaurant in Dublin... I know I've reviewed it before but we went again last week and it is seriously hard to beat on price. Delicious meal - Onion Bhaji, Lamb Kebab, Lamb Masala, and Chicken Korma, with Pilau Rice and Garlic Naan, and 2 beers, for 22euro. Wish I was there right now :-)
The Saddle Room @ The Shelbourne
The Shelbourne Hotel, 27 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
I tried to get a reservation for 8pm on Friday night but could only get one for 7pm... this worked out well as it turned out there was an excellent early bird!! The whole experience was absolutely brilliant. The service was impeccable - we felt quite special to be honest. The early bird menu was perfect and at 26euro for 3 courses brilliant value. We were offered a selection of breads after we sat down, choosing between tomato, brown, multigrain with sesame, bacon and onion... the waiter offered seconds too. For starters we had the haddock fishcakes, and the smoked salmon... both really delicious altho the fishcakes were fairly standard. Mains were the steak, perfectly cooked, and the hake with clams, both absolutely gorgeous and beautifully presented. For dessert we had a cheese board and a chocolate tart. There was a surcharge on a number of items on the menu (inc. the salmon, steak, and cheese board) but even if you chose the most expensive things there your 3 courses would come to around 34euro. The wine list was quite expensive... the house wines were €30 which is pretty steep but we had the merlot and it was lovely, no need to splash out extra! With coffees afterwards, and a big bottle of ballygowan, our bill came to just over 100euro. We weren't rushed away from the table despite the fact that it was the early bird - we didn't leave til 9.30pm. Would definitely recommend.
The Port House
64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
As usual, was not disappointed by the Port House when I had lunch there yesterday. Love the place itself, really gorgeous with the candles and cellar feel. I think I've tried most things on the menu by now and haven't found anything disappointing yet... yesterday we had the patatas, the chorizo, the prawns in batter, chicken wings, and stuffed piquillo peppers - all absolutely delicious, and we couldn't finish it between the 2 of us (especially the chorizo, that is a huge portion).... and that was €25 between us. Service is good and not intrusive, and there's a nice selection of wine and port by the glass - I had an organic red yesterday, mmm :) Would definitely recommend.
Millstone, A Dublin Restaurant
39 Dame Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Visited the Millstone recently - there were 8 of us and we were seated downstairs, just in front of the guitar player (who was great fun). I had been here previously on a week night and been impressed with the food. Our party had a variety of starters, including the mussels, the soup, the porkbelly with black pudding, all delicious. For mains 6 of us had pizza, 1 had monkfish and 1 had steak. All of the food was really good. The only drawback, and the reason why I will never ever go back, was that we sat down at 8pm, and didn't get to leave until 11.40pm. And that was without having desserts or coffee. We waited an hour for starters and then over an hour and a half for our mains to be brought out. I mean, how hard is it to get a few pizzas out on the table? It was even difficult to get a drink, despite the fact that we were right beside the bar. Verdict: Don't bother, unless you look in the window and it's empty!
39 Castlewood Avenue, South Dublin , Rathmines, Dublin
I visited Tippenyaki on a Friday night without a reservation - we were seated in the corner of the restaurant which was small and quite busy but not too crowded. There was a nice atmosphere with a couple of large-ish parties seated at the bar where the Teppanyaki was being prepared. My partner and I both ordered Sushi and Sashimi platters - both large and absolutely delicious, beautifully served and perfectly fresh. I think the platters are very reasonably priced for what you get. I will definitely be back... possibly this weekend :)