Restaurant Reviews from uisce
No. of Reviews: 40
Member Since: 19 May 2007
Last Visit: 11 July 2016
Locks Brasserie restaurant
No. 1 Windsor Terrace, South Dublin, Portobello, Dublin, Area Code:
Reviewed 18th October 2011 ( visited 08th October 2011 )It's rare that i can't find a single fault in a restaurant and particularly with an early bird menu. Often i find that something has been compromised for the reduced price, whether its the quality of food or service & time allowed to eat. Not so with locks. I dined here with two friends on a wet and windy Saturday afternoon for the early bird (2 courses for €19.50). Two of us had the rabbit to start while the third had the cured salmon, all mouth watering and presented to perfection with the rabbit coming with carrot powder and tasting meaty and fabulous. For mains we each tried soemthing different i.e pork belly which was the best i've ever tasted with a perfectly crisp and tasty crackling. Lamb shoulder was melt in your mouth and cod with a mussel chowder was also tasty. We shared the cheese board with a glass of port instead of dessert but there was an excellent variety of different cheeses and good portions. Services was excellent and we never felt rushed or in the way. I really can't recommend this place enough, For this price this is excellent value at michelin star quality.
Les Freres Jacques restaurant
74 Dame Street, Dublin City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2
Reviewed 10th August 2009 ( visited 10th August 2009 )We ate here for the Monday evening early bird with 50% off the wine also. Fantastic value for the quality of the food. Place was quiet initially but soon filled up. Really recommend it for the price, couldn't fault it at all. I'll definately be back
8 Sussex Terrace, Dublin 4, City Centre South, Dublin
My first visit and I was really impressed with the service. Small selection but done well. We chose the residents menu which was €33 for 3 courses or €27 for 2 courses. There’s only a choice of two courses and following home cooked warm onion bread with a delicious crust accompanied by their own crème fresh we both went for the celeriac salad which comes with lots of flavours on the plate – duck pastrami, pear, ricotta cheese, glazed hazel nuts to name a few and was delicious. I had the cod with the mussels; potato and broccoli for main and my friend had the chicken with parsnip glaze and smoked potato and wanted to lick the plate. I had the cheese to finish – two cheeses, one strong and one with cranberry and creamier served with candied apple, apple puree, tiny pot of honey and thinly sliced fruit loaf. Service was excellent and the place was busy with a nice atmosphere. I’ll definitely return, want to try their tasting menu next.
Le Petit Cochon
Glasthule Road, Sandycove, Dublin
I have eaten here a few times since it changed from Tribes which was also an old favourite. Food’s always of an excellent standard with friendly warm atmosphere and excellent service. If I had to improve one thing it would be a wider selection of desserts or a frequent changeover of the menu selection. However I would definitely recommend it and planning my return visit already.
The Italian Quarter, Tobergla Lane, Sligo Town, Sligo
Had lovely dinner here Saturday night with family. Excellent service and delicious gourmet pizza's had by all with wicked chocolate desserts to finish. I'd recommend it without hesitation. This place is buzzing but staff are extremely efficient and friendly.
Wrights Dispensary Bistro
31 Castle Street, Dalkey, Dalkey, Dublin
Went here with a friend after hearing mixed reports but wanting to check it out for myself. We ordered the calamari which was a little over salted but overall quite good, the chorizo potatoes, crab claws which were tasty and the meat balls along with a few other tapas i don't remember. While the food was grand the price and portion sizes aren't. The average price of tapas here is €6.95 with some at €10.95 and the portion sizes are small. The service was poor, the guy who seemed to be the manager appeared to be distracted entertaining friends at a nearby table showing photos on his lap top and forgetting our request for our bill which took almost half an hour of trying to get their attention to arrive. The service had a chaotic and disorganised flavour to it and when the bill is €80 for a selection of tapas with two glasses of house red you need to be providing service to match.
Foot of Slieve Foy, Carlingford, Louth
Like many others I too was excited to be finally trying the food at Ghan, the web site gives the impression of a foodies paradise with references to home made bread and locally sourced food. Unfortunately the food doesn't live up to the marketing. Our meal started with half a small cooked cold potato with some salmon mousse, drab and dated in both taste and presentation. Next came starter of prawns & scallop (note the singular scallop) which was 2 overcooked prawns and 1 scallop on overly cold and tasteless sushi rolls. I ordered the steak, medium rare for main which was chewy and came with a selection of mushrooms that were as old and tough as the steak. To finish i had the lemon tart which was quite good but the accompanying limoncello ice cream wasn't great. This place gives the impression that it may have been impressive in it's day but now it's tired and out dated.
No. 1 Windsor Terrace, South Dublin, Portobello, Dublin
It's rare that i can't find a single fault in a restaurant and particularly with an early bird menu. Often i find that something has been compromised for the reduced price, whether its the quality of food or service & time allowed to eat. Not so with locks. I dined here with two friends on a wet and windy Saturday afternoon for the early bird (2 courses for €19.50). Two of us had the rabbit to start while the third had the cured salmon, all mouth watering and presented to perfection with the rabbit coming with carrot powder and tasting meaty and fabulous. For mains we each tried soemthing different i.e pork belly which was the best i've ever tasted with a perfectly crisp and tasty crackling. Lamb shoulder was melt in your mouth and cod with a mussel chowder was also tasty. We shared the cheese board with a glass of port instead of dessert but there was an excellent variety of different cheeses and good portions. Services was excellent and we never felt rushed or in the way. I really can't recommend this place enough, For this price this is excellent value at michelin star quality.
The Hen House
The Pavilions, South Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Went here with family, we'd intended on brunch but they only service brunch on Sundays so settled for lunch menu. Two of us had chicken sandwiches on chiabatta with chips on side and third had chicken tenders. The sandwishes were fine but way overpriced for what your getting. I tasted the tenders and they seriosly tasted of blue mould, i assume it was the coating but it wasn't my dish to complain about. Found the place totally overpriced for the quality of what they are serving.
Gourmet Food Parlour Dun Laoghaire
7 Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
I ate here with a friend Saturday night after wanting to try it for quite a while. There was live music and the service is excellent so it combines to produce a lovely relaxed but lively atmosphere. We ordered Tapas which come in stages which i liked. The walnut & gorgonzola ravioli cooked in sage butter is a triumph. The meat special of chorizo, ham, pieces of bread and grapes was less of a success. The calamari wasn't overcooked but was soggy and i thought the prawns could have done with a little something to liven them up. Overall the food was grand but not great. Shame because this was one of those places i really wanted to be great - still good to see a tapas option in Dun Laoghire.
The Dining Room
35 Dawson Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Can't believe I've missed out on this place until recently. Went here on a Saturday night and had the table d'Hote menu for €25 which is incredible value for the quality of the food. The decor and ambience is great, really nice atmosphere. The food was excellent and beautifully presented. They have a really nice wine menu and service was spot on, our waitress was a tad frosty to being with but warmed up as evening progressed and lenght between courses was perfectly timed. Will certainly be back.
The Chili Club
Anne's Lane, South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Had the early bird here last night (2 courses for €15). Hadn't been here in years. Had the chicken and potatoe parcels to start and the green curry for main while my friend had the chicken satay to start with the phad thai to follow. Both were good, her phad thai was really yum and i'll be ordering that the next time. What was most impressive was the service. The waiter managed a full busy restaurant alone and did an excellent job-he was efficient without being in your face and pleasant with it. Really good value for money and the good service adds to that.
14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin
Went here with 2 friends for the early bird a few weeks ago, liked the look of the menu and freinds had raved about it. I'd booked the table via email for 5.30 to allow us nice relaxing evening to savour our meal, had been told they needed the table back by 7.30 - not a problem i told them. The food was actually very good, my friend had the terrine to start and the cod for main, their only criticism was that the side rice in sauce was too saucey to eat with a fork and there was nothing to mop it up with. My steak for main was delicious. The problerm was the service, the last bite of my starter literally hadn't reached my stomach when the waitress had whipped away my plate and was rushing forward with the mains. She took two of our plates away while the other was still eating and at the end even took two wine glasses away while one hadn't finished. We felt in the way and uncomfortable for being in the way. Our entire eating experience had lasted 50 minutes and the waitress had returned twice to offer us coffee. We took the hint and scarpered, It was busy but there was empty tables around. While the food was good the awful service took away from it and i'm in no hurry to return.
Hanover Quay, Dublin 2 , Grand Canal Dock, Dublin
Ate here with some friends on Saturday night before a show in Grand Canal theatre. I ordered the warm chicken liver cooked in medeira on toast to start and the chilli squid salad for main, both were delicious. Friends ordered the chicken wings and the salad which came with mozerella balls in it, both dishes were enjoyable but another friend ordered the crab cakes which he found a bit lacking in flavour. The burgers come with large portions of chips and onion rings. Service was friendly and excellent, our food was running few minutes late and the waiter came and told us so which instantly eases your anxiety. To make up for the delay he gave us all an extra glass of the wine we'd been drinking on the house which was a lovely touch. Can't wait to try out the brunch menu next.
31 Deansgrange Road, Deansgrange, Dublin
Went here for dinner last week. Place is small and simple but service, food and value for money were all excellent. It's rare to find a place that offers all three. I had the bruschetta and the special of the day - penne with chicken in a white wine sauce, both of which were delicious and good portion size too. My firned had the pizza, good size for the price and she loved it too. For two starters, two mains and a glass of red wine with a coffee our bill was €35.50. Will be back soon.
Church Road, Greystones, Wicklow
Ate here for late lunch after walking from Bray with some friends, stumbled upon it because other places were too busy, closed or closing. We chose from the daily special menu and had fish and chips and ceaser salad. Ordered string fries as stated on menu but chunky arrived. Looking back i don't know what i was thinking ordering fish and chips in an Italian restaurant so partly blame myself because it turned out to be awfully disappointing. The tartar sauce was less than tart - it tasted like mayonnaise with a few gerkins and capers chopped in and i do mean a few. The menu reads fantastic and builds up your taste buds expectations but the actual taste of the food that arrived wasn't up to par.
Baan Thai (Leopardstown)
Central Park, Block P, Dublin 18, Leopardstown, Dublin
I'd eaten here a few times over a year ago and loved it but hadn't been in a long time, mainly due to it's out of the way location. For this reason i was really looking forward to returning as i love Thai food. I had the wanton's to start which were fine, distinctive different flavours were evident but it still tasted a bit tired, perhaps due to the chilli dipping sauce which could do with some perking up. I had Pad thai noodle's for main which was a bit stodgy and heavy.A wedge of lime on the side could improve the dish. Service was good, we were offered some mains at lower proce because they were also on the early bird menu which impressed me but overall i food the food didn't match the quite high prices or the out of the way journey.
Oliveto Restaurant & Bar
Oliveto At The Haddington, 9-12 Haddington Terrace, Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
I've eaten here many times, both lunch and dinner. It's one of those old reliables in Dun Laoghaire where you know the food's up to par. Tends to get busy in the evenings as a result. Love the pizza's and the antipasta selection. Service is generally excellent given how busy they are. If you haven't been my advice is go.
The Maigue Restaurant @ Dunraven Arms Hotel
Dunraven Arms Hotel, Adare, Adare, Limerick
Ate here as part of deal where dinner was included in price of room so wasn't expecting alot as i find hotel restaurants often disappoint. Pleasantly surprised, tempura whiting to start was fresh, crisp and totally yummy - good size portions too. The cod with aniseed carrot puree as main was faultless and i wanted to chase down the chef and get the recipe. We finished with lemon curd tart with grapefruit sorbe and both cleared our plates. Service was very good, friendly but not intrusive. Lovely hotel, friendly staff and good food, i'd definately recommend it if the opportunity arises. Go on you're worth it!
Blue Door Restaurant
Church View, Adare, Limerick
We had the early bird here Monday night, 3 courses for €38 if memory serves me right. I had the goats cheese parcels with cranberry to start which gave the impression of shop bought and bland, the cranberry wasn't strong enough to cut through the goats cheese. My friend had the prawns with chilli and had similar opinion. However for main i had the cod in champagne sauce which was delicious and he had the steak both of which brought smiles back to our faces. My dessert of bailey's tiramisu was a triumph. Service was good but there was only us in the place so not too demanding. So after a bumpy start we finished up happy and it's definately worth a look if your passing through.
The Green Hen
33 Exchequer street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Had the early bird with two friends the other night after pre booking a table - we were seated in darkish corner upstairs which is much less atmospheric that downstairs. I had the wild mushroom brioche which comes with poached egg on top to start which i couldn't fault, absolutely delicious. They both had the walnut, pomegranate and cheese salad which they described as perfect. We all ordered the venison shank for main which we all found to be too meaty and lacking in sauce. It came with mushrooms, red cabbage and mash with mustard but we only discovered this from tasting it as it all looks the same colour on the plate and you can't tell what's what on the plate. Perhaps this is from the dark lighting? To finish as the cheesecake was gone two of us had the winter berry crumble which was tasty and the other had chocolate fondant which i tried and was also yum. Service was faultless. This place is worth a try but do specify downstairs table when booking.
21 Railway Road, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin
Been listening to friends rave about this place for quite a while so decided to join and see if it lived up. Happy to report it did. Excellent value early bird menu with good range of options. I had the chicken satay which if i'm being difficult was a tad overcooked but delicious sauce and good size portions. I had the beef with basil and chilli for main, delicious. Friends had the red curry which i sampled and was yum - in fact i'll return to try it next tiem. Service is excellent, friendly, attentative and no pressure to move you out when you've finished. Certainly recommend this place.
Johnnie Fox's Pub
Glencullen, Dublin Mountains, Glencullen, Dublin
Having visited Johnnie Foxes many times over the years and loved it, it seemed the ideal choice of venue to bring a visiting friend from foreign shores - we pictured an afternoon of delicious seafood lunch followed by some crispy pints in the arm chairs by the open fire and the wind and rain howeled outside. Well we got the weather no problem but the lunch was really disappointing. We ordered the seafood chowder, fish pie and the mussels. All three tasted the same with what appeared to be the same soup base with different fish thrown in, the mussels came with their beards still on which is just shabby. It's such a shame that the quality of the food has suffered for commercialism. Gone are the arm chairs and it's all about fitting the busloads of touists in these days, and i mean literally busloads drift in and out. It's a great pub for few pints with good atmosphese and surprisingly accessable these days with well organised taxi's to bring you home but if it's a nice seafood meal your after i wouldn't recommend it.
South George's Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
Have been keen to try out this place since i heard Dillon was back in town. I went for the quail to start which was delicious cooked on the bone so it's suculent and tasty if a little messy getting it off the bone. My friend went salad where each individual lettuce leaf was filled with completely different fillings- delicious and fresh to taste with that extra interesting combination of flavours. We both went for the pasta dishes for main - truffle which was sinfully delicious and minced lamb with rosemary also rich in flavour. We had a side of caulifour cooked in batter and spices and were too full for dessert. Service was friendly and prompt. Definately worth a look and i will be back to try the tuna steak and dessert soon.
Old Bray Road,, Cabinteely Village, South Dublin, Cabinteely, Dublin
Went here for Friday lunch. Ordered at 12.50 and our food arrived at 1.35. The delay appeared to be from the kitchen and our waitress was apologetic and very pleasant. I'd imagine alot of this places luch trade is local offices where an hour is the norm. We ordered the mixed sea food platter which at €8.50 was worth the wait. We had delicious calamari rings perfectly cooked and fresh tasting, 3 big juicey prawns in garlic butter, 3 big musscles in white wine and garlic and white fish bettered and fried all served with salad and bread to mop up the delicious juices. Was really impressed with the food but unfortunately can't afford the time needed here for lunch.
Bits and Pizzas
15 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Went here with few friends a few weeks ago, hadn't been here since the early 90's and it hasn't changed much. Iordered the chicken pizza with pesto base instead of tomato and it was quite bland. Service was okay as in fact was entire meal - left feeling as if something was missing from whole experience. I think value for money there's much better out there.
Toscana (Dun Laoghaire)
5 Windsor Terrace, South Co. Dublin , Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
I'd heard to many mixed reviews on this place i had to try it for myself. Was left disappointed and feeling robbed. I ordered Calamari to start on the recommendation of my friend - it was listed as coated in crumbs but arrived looking grey and naked with a miserable side salad doing nothign to dress it up. My main of veal was tough and the sauce looked over heated and on the verge of splitting. The waitree admitted the desserts were bought in but we decided to give them a try anyway. The rubard and apple crumble was good but the bailey's cheese cake tasted synthetic and lacking in Baileys. When it came to the service everything was passed over the entire table for no apparent reason - the table was accessable from both sides. I left feeling robbed of my €54 for three courses. The standard just didn't match the price or quality here.
El Bahia Moroccan Restaurant
37 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Went here with two friends because we wanted to try something different. I agreed having checked that the menu had more than tajine's to offer not being a fan after a previous trip to Morocco lelt me feeling tajined out. First impressions were good due to the unique decor but then they seated us in a small side room with a large table of 8 or 9 young excited and loud girls. The room was like a private function room not big enough for sharing. We had to help ourselves to a drinks menu from another table. Nothing on the specials menu appealed so I had the mergues to start, a moroccan sausage dish which was tasty but the sauce could have been spicier. I ordered the fish bastilla for main and my friends ordered the lamb tajine. When a fish tajine arrived i returned it only to be told that there was no fish bastilla available so they had decided to cook me fish tajine!! No one came to inform me of this development but took it upon themselves to decide my preference. My friends were disappointed with the lamb and we ordered one dessert between us wanting to escape and leave the girls to enjoy their night out. Really unimpressed and it wasn't cheap either for the quality of the food. I won't be back and wouldn't recommend it.
Laragh, Glendalough, Wicklow
Myself and a friend were staying locally and ate here on the recommendation of locals. I had bangers and mash for main with onion gravy - very good. She has the sea bass again it was very good. The negative was the desserts. I had white chocolate and rasberry cheese cake which was dissapointing and she had warm lemon marangue pie also a let down. The service is excellent and the staff are very friendly despite the restaurant being packed out. I'd definately recommend it.
No 1 Fade Street, Off Georges's Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Return visit on a Friday evening with some friends. Food was perfect, just as i remember it. I had the potted shrimp to start which was delicious with some crusty bread. I had the pork belly which came with shredded cabbage and was out of this world. My mouth waters just writing about it. The place was busy and had a good atmosphere. Our waiter was friendly and we didn't have to wait long for our meals but if i had to pick a fault it would have been the service. The place was very busy and staff were rushed which resulted in situation where one menu had to be shared between 7 people. Small problem though which the food more than makes up for.
The Bull & Castle and F.X. Buckley Steakhouse
5-7 Lord Edward Street, Christchurch, Dublin 8, City Centre South, Dublin
Went here for dinner before a gig in Vickar Street. Perfectly located for such an event. I had the bruschetta to start which was a tad dry for my liking. The fish and chips for main came in good big portions and was tasty. I didn't go for dessert but tried my friends deep fried mars bar out of curiosity. Haven't had it before but the batter was soggy and limp and won't be trying it again. Service was fairly good but left without water after requesting it with our beer order. For pub grub it's a good standard of food. They also offer a good value early bird menu.
Havana Tapas Bar
Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin
Went here on a work night out. We ordered a few of the mixed platters which are perfect for sharing around the table. We also had the calamari which were perfectly cooked. Food was good, house wine was very good but the most impressive thing about this place is the staff. They are friendly and relaxed despite the busy Friday evening rush. The jugs of mojhito's are dangerously good. This place is perfect for kicking off a night out in town.
20 Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
Beautifully designed restaurant, love the hidden away alcoves yet most people were sat in middle of room. The alcove nearest my table was occupied and it felt a little close for comfort to be honest. Food is superbly presented, had the duck and beetroot salad to start - delicious. Fish for main, again delicious. Can't fault the food here at all,service was good. Recommend this place for romatic dinner but ask for one of the alcoves. Early bird from 5 to 6 with 2 courses for €22 is worth checking out.
The Pig's Ear
4 Nassau Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
Went here for the early bird this week. Quirkey wee place, sugar served in bag, dessert served in little storage jars and pink toilets. I had the shrimp salad to start, shredded raw fennel and shrimp with pesto dressing - it was good. For main i had smoked haddock omelette with gubeen cheese and watercress salad and brown bread ice cream to finish. The food was casual irish and tasty - nice feel to the place and nice view from window seat. Good choice if you feel like homemade irish fare.
21 Upper Merrion Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin
we went here for Saturday lunch, It was our first time but certainly won't be our last. The service is perfection which really adds to your overall experience. i had rabbit terrine to start and pig for main and it was all delicious. A fantastic range of flavours on each plate. I loved everything down to the petit fours served with coffee. This place is a must just once for that special ocassion as it's not cheal but worth it to make ya feel special. I've already booked my next lunch - this is my new favourite restaurant in Dublin
Les Freres Jacques
74 Dame Street, Dublin City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin
We ate here for the Monday evening early bird with 50% off the wine also. Fantastic value for the quality of the food. Place was quiet initially but soon filled up. Really recommend it for the price, couldn't fault it at all. I'll definately be back
Alexis Bar And Grill
17 / 18 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Went here for first time recently after mixed reviews from friends. I was pleasantly surprised. The food was very good quality and presentation and the service was also good. It's a nice venue and very much a family friendly atmosphere so i'd hesitate to recommend it for intimate dinners for two but it's good for catching up with friends around the table. I'll return for sure.
18-19 Glasthule Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
We returned here after few months away. They've changed the early bird menu since last time. I ordered the samosa and he ordered the pork strips - both were nice but lacking the quality of food that was on offer on my last visit. We both had the butter chicken which came with rice, potatoes and saute potatoes and was good. It still worth a visit and i think is good for larger parties but left a small bit disappointed on this ocassion.
Talbot Street, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin
Two of us went here for early bird menu last Thursday evening. The place was buzzing but the service was excellent, those guys really earn their money. I had the pate to start and i can't recommend it enough- delicious. He had the yellow pea, curry dip with pitta bread which was also a hit. We both had chicken to follow which i can't fault. Including coffee's and a bottle of the chillian house red our bill came to just over E60. Excellent value for money. One of those good ole reliable's that you'll always come back to because you know t won't let you down.
Town Bar and Grill
21 Kildare Street, City Centre South, Dublin
Myself and a friend went here recently for the early bird menu. The layout and decor was cosy and the staff were friendly. We had to ask to see the early bird menu and request it again when choosing a dessert. It was also not on display outside. However the food was delicious. The liver was melt in your mouth and the early bird is excellent value. I'd return for the dinner menu in the future. Well worth trying out the early bird to test the water first....
80 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
We had the pre-theatre menu here last night which was 25 euro for 3 courses. The pre-theatre option doesn't seem to be well advertised and I only learned about it from a review posted here. I found the decor bright and interesting having expected a dark hole from previous reviews. I had the tomato and mozzarella salad to start and my friend the black pudding and apple, both of which were delicious. We both had the stuffed pork belly for main which was perfectly cooked and good sized portions. A bowl of perfectly cooked crisp vegetables came with it. To finish we had the lemon and lime tart with lemon sorbet. Overall I was pleasantly surprised and will definitely be back.
St Andrew Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin
I’ve been meaning to come here for years but it always slips my mind when the opportunity arises, a bit like choosing the DVD or book. Anyway we went here last week for the pre-theatre menu which is good value. The atmosphere and decor are perfect with the old red velvet classic surroundings. However I was disappointed with the food. I felt the menu was a little boring. I had the brie to start which was fine and the duck for main which was a little fatty. Both were edible but nothing to get excited about. It felt like a restaurant your parents would have chosen when you were a kid for all the family special occasions. Only problem is it also feels like little has changed here since you were a kid.