Restaurant Reviews from uncle izzy

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Last Visit: 29 October 2012

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Pichet restaurant

14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Bistro

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Good
295 reviews

Reviewed 09th August 2009 ( visited 08th August 2009 )

After hearing what a great place this was for lunch, I thought I would see if it lived up to the hype. No reservation was made, and when we turned up at around 1.15pm, the place was heaving. The person on the door found us a table which was one we would have reserved if given the choice. Once again struggled to narrow down to one the choice on offer. Gnocchi and Seabass, both main size, were amoung the best we have had. The pannacotta and white chocolate cheesecake were a great way to end the meal. Once again service was efficient and smooth. Although the place was busy, everyone in the restaurant was attended to in the same manner. Seats are some of the best I have sat in, and add to the feeling of relaxed yet 50's style French, as my friend put it. Just wished not everyone knew about this place so I could keep it to myself!
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Pichet restaurant

14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code:

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Cuisine:
Bistro

Price Range:

Good
295 reviews

Reviewed 09th August 2009 ( visited 08th August 2009 )

After hearing what a great place this was for lunch, I thought I would see if it lived up to the hype. No reservation was made, and when we turned up at around 1.15pm, the place was heaving. The person on the door found us a table which was one we would have reserved if given the choice. Once again struggled to narrow down to one the choice on offer. Gnocchi and Seabass, both main size, were amoung the best we have had. The pannacotta and white chocolate cheesecake were a great way to end the meal. Once again service was efficient and smooth. Although the place was busy, everyone in the restaurant was attended to in the same manner. Seats are some of the best I have sat in, and add to the feeling of relaxed yet 50's style French, as my friend put it. Just wished not everyone knew about this place so I could keep it to myself!
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L'Gueuleton
No 1 Fade Street, Off Georges's Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I had wanted to visit this restaurant for quite some time but have always found the "no reservations" policy very off-putting. The thought of being turned away or waiting endlessly for a table is not an appealing prospect. We arrived at 7pm on a Saturday evening and were accommodated within 10 minutes. Admittedly the table was a bit drafty being directly in the line of the front door but the heat from the open kitchen compensated for the occasional icy blast from outside! Food was French bistro and very good indeed. We had the Crab Gratin and French Onion soup to start. Both were sizeable portions (especially the soup) and very tasty. We followed with Pork Belly and Roast Pheasant. Both were very substantial but well presented and with nice accompaniments, Savoy Cabbage and Gratin Dauphinoise with the Pork and Spiced Red Cabbage and the same potato with the Pheasant. We finished off with a Warm Pear and Almond Tart and a Chocolate Delice. Desserts were just OK. The wine list is short but with some interesting choices and moderately priced. With 2 Kir Royales, a bottle of Cotes du Rhone, 2 ports and 2 espressos the total bill was €153.00. Service was a bit patchy and distant. It's sometime quite hard to get a server's attention. We were served by four different people and the chip and pin machine sat unattended on the table when we were trying to pay and leave. There is not much sense of welcome at L'Gueuleton and no thanks or "come back again" at the end of the visit. Undoubtedly the food is very good and the ambiance warm but a little more attention to the service details would make this a much more memorable and enjoyable experience. Having said that, I would return and try the place again. 6 out of 10 on this occasion!

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ely gastro bar
Grand Canal Square, (Next to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre), Dublin 2, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin

I had eaten in Ely CHQ many times and was looking forward to trying out the HQ premises. There were 3 of us and a baby on a Sunday night. My dining partners sat first and I joined their table after 5 minutes. Menus were on the table but no drinks order had been taken. We chose our food at leisure and waited 30 minutes for a server to attend to us. There were several staff working and even passing by the table, but we seemed to be invisible, in a restaurant that was not particularly busy. We were finally seen by a waitress who was quite bubbly, and would have been quite fun if not for the fact that we were all a little upset at not being seen beforehand. I have to say though that the tart, salmon and soup starters were wonderful, as were the beer battered hake, chicken and burger. I would like to go back as the food was great but I am hesitant as I do not want to have the same experience with the poor service.

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O'Donovan's Restaurant
58 Main Street, Midleton, Cork

O'Donovan's is a great choice for dining in Midleton and this was my third visit. The premises was originally a pub but has become a restaurant in recent years. The standard of the food is very good indeed. I wanted to try most of the items on the menu so choosing was really difficult. In the end we plumped for Scallops with Pea Puree and a Salad of Toulouse Sausage and Roasted Butternut Squash, followed by Halibut with Parmesan and Spinach Crust and Roast Cod. Vegetables are served on the side. We had Duchesse Potatoes (a blast from the past but perfectly executed and rich with butter and seasonsing), Sea Kale and Champ. Everything was really good and all the fish locally sourced. Desserts are equally delicious and homemade. The winelist is concise but with plenty of choice and decent prices. The service is friendly, warm and engaging. The owners are delightful. All-in-all a great place to dine in Midleton.

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Ballymaloe House
Shanagarry Midleton, Midleton, Cork

I have been fortunate enough to be a regular visitor to Ballymaloe over many years. There is something very special about this place. There is a homeliness to the accommodations, the food is carefully sourced and prepared with immense respect. Those expecting typical anodyne "brand" hotel experiences should be warned that Ballymaloe is nothing like that. There are no TVs in rooms, arrival and departure experience can be a little haphazard and slow. That said, the food is uncomplicated but superb in terms of freshness, quality, flavour and preparation. Dinner is a 5 course affair served in the main Yeats Room or one of the other smaller dining rooms. Expect wonderful soups, pates and salads to start. I had a fabulous Potato and Wild Garlic Soup. Fish courses follow and then meat and game in season. I had wonderful roast lamb, sweet and delicious, A trolley offering several Irish cheeses is next and then the amazing dessert trolley - five or six delicious choices or a bit of everything is you wish! All in all a feast and a treat!!

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Wallace's Torino
9 Grattan Crescent, Dublin 8 , Inchicore, Dublin

Enoteca Torino is an oasis of food and wine in the culinary desert of Inchicore. This area has developed a lot over the past 5-10 years yet still lacks any decent restaurants, with the exception of this little gem. I arrived for a early dinner reservation on Saturday and the welcome was warm and friendly. The food is well prepared, tasty and nicely presented. All the pasta served is freshly made. We had a Bresaola with Rocket and Bruschetta to start followed by two of the special pasta dishes of the day, a Seafood Tagliatelle and Penne with Venison. There was also a steady supply of great bread. One of my pet hates is places that don't serve bread!! As the wine we wanted had run out we were offered three alternatives at the same price. The only bum note was the Tiramisu that we shared for dessert. It had no kick and needed lots more coffee and booze in it. Excellent coffee is served and we rounded the evening out with a couple of Grappas. Service is really helpful and very friendly with lots of Italian passion. All-in-all this is a fantastic place and I will definitely be back soon.

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Lennox Cafe and Bistro
31 Lennox Street, City Centre South, Dublin

I enjoy fairly regular visits to Lennox Cafe, almost always on Sunday mornings. My first advice is to get there early! 10am is the perfect time. Any later and you'll be saddled with perhaps a 30 minute wait for a table. That said, the breakfast/brunch food is top notch and prepared with care and attention. Eggs are always perfectly poached or scrambled and the French Toast with Bacon and Maple Syrup is excellent. The venue is small and tables are very close together. Watch out for those patrons that think being in possession of a child's buggy is a licence to behave like you rule the world! Service can be slow and the door/seating policy is positively chaotic. Breakfast with coffee will set you back about €12.00 Lennox is a lovely venue with nice decor and really nice food. If the servers out front could smile a little more and match what's going on in the kitchen the place would be a total winner.

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Rasam
18-19 Glasthule Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

I had many good things about this restaurant and I have to say that all are true. The waiter was very helpful with dining suggestions for all 3 courses and wine. It i hard to say what my favourite dish was as there was a lot of sharing going on, but the samosas and the butter chicken that I ordered were outstanding. I was in a party of 6 and we were given one of the private booths. This made the evening that little more special for us. I will be receommending Rasam and I am looking forward to getting back there.

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Seapoint Restaurant
4 The Crescent, Monkstown, Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin

Visited Seapoint for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The room is spacious with a nice outdoor seating area for pre-dinner drinks. The welcome was warm and the service attentive and gracious. We enjoyed the Mackerel and the Squash Risotto to start. The risotto was perfectly cooked with nice pieces of blue cheese while the Mackerel Crostini was full of flavours. We followed with a Veal Chop and the Roast Cod with Truffle Mash. Both were lovely. We added a side of French Beans in Tomato Sauce. As a rule I dislike paying for sides of vegetables but it seems to be becoming the norm in many restaurants theses days. The portion size was good, although the beans were slightly undercooked for my personal taste. We had a fantastic Lemon Merinque dessert with marinated raspberries for dessert along with an apple and Rhubarb crumble. Clean plates all round! We treated ourselved to a luscious half bottle of Jurancon Dessert Wine which was lovely.There was no pressure to buy bottled water. Tap water was great and offered regularly. My only minor gripe would be the very few wine selections available under €30 per bottle. Otherwise this was a great dining experience and I would not hesitate to recommend Seapoint. The cooking is of a high standard. Presentation is very well done and service (so important these days) is faultless.

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Odessa
13 Dame Court, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

I always enjoy going to Odessa but have never had the chance to do Brunch there until Sunday last. We arrived without a reservation at 2pm and the place was mobbed. However after a short wait of 10 minutes we were seated by the friendly hostess. Service was by an equally friendly and efficient waitress. We had Bloody Marys to start - great and just the right degree of spiciness. Eggs Benedict and Eggs Florentine floowed and were perfect. We shared a Chocolate Brownie Sundae for dessert. Unecessary, but delicious. The atmosphere in Odessa is great on a Sunday - very relaxed and with a good buzz. The food is always good and service attentive and friendly without being intrusive. Very enjoyable and good value too.

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Rolys Bistro
7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

I had been to Roly's Bistro, but had not tried the Cafe, so decided it was time. There was a good crowd in for 6.30pm, and there was a table ready for us. It took some time before we were given menus and then a while longer before our order was taken. I mention this as there were plenty of staff passing our table. The food, Ceaser Salad and Prawns with Basmati Rice, arrived quickly, and was delicious. Being Rolys there was a good atmosphere, but I am concerned that the Roly's of old maybe surfacing again, great food but let down by the service. I hope this was just an off day.

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Port House Pintxo
12 Eustace Street, Dublin 2, Temple Bar, Dublin

Walked in here one evening after a visit to the cinema. The place is long and narrow with dim lighting and the tables are placed very close to each other but somehow this seems to lend to the atmosphere. The seats are uncomfortable in the extreme so it's unlikely anyone will spend an entire evening here! Service is swift and friendly. We tried the Whitebait, Paella, Chorizo in Red Wine, Patatas Bravas, Tortilla and the Mushroom Croquetas. This was accompanied by a bottle of very reasonable Tempranillo. The food is a bit hit-and-miss but the atmosphere is great and pretty good value. This is a good spot for a quick bit to eat that won't break the bank.

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Pichet
14/15 Trinity Street, Dublin , City Centre South, Dublin

After hearing what a great place this was for lunch, I thought I would see if it lived up to the hype. No reservation was made, and when we turned up at around 1.15pm, the place was heaving. The person on the door found us a table which was one we would have reserved if given the choice. Once again struggled to narrow down to one the choice on offer. Gnocchi and Seabass, both main size, were amoung the best we have had. The pannacotta and white chocolate cheesecake were a great way to end the meal. Once again service was efficient and smooth. Although the place was busy, everyone in the restaurant was attended to in the same manner. Seats are some of the best I have sat in, and add to the feeling of relaxed yet 50's style French, as my friend put it. Just wished not everyone knew about this place so I could keep it to myself!

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Rayhoon
8 Talbot Street, City Centre North, Dublin

I have been to this restaurant on numerous occations and have always found the pizzas to be very good. The staff, although not rude, can seem to be busy with other things, rather than to be making sure that the people that they have in front of them are looked after. Great value for money, and I will go back.

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