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Farm Restaurant (Dawson Street)

3 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Reviewed 10th November 2013 ( visited 07th November 2013 )

What a let-down :^( Its been years since I had such a disappointing meal out. Starter of Hummous tasted like mashed chickpeas with not a hint of Tahini, Garlic or Lemon which is the basis of Hummous! Main course of Game Pie was a dry, gravy-less inedible burnt offering which had to be returned. Replacement of Fish Pie was better - a relief after the two disasters. Partner had soup which was just ok; the Burger main was a golf-ball sized patty which only covered half the bap. Generosity is obviously not their forte either! The one thing which was excellent was the service, credit where credit is due. However, this does not compensate for a poor meal. Prices are steep enough also. Will definitely not be going back despite the management's gesture of discounting the price of the Hummous and a cup of coffee. There's a lot better food to be had elsewhere at much better prices.
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Farm Restaurant (Dawson Street)

3 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Casual Dining

Price Range:

Good
449 reviews

Reviewed 10th November 2013 ( visited 07th November 2013 )

What a let-down :^( Its been years since I had such a disappointing meal out. Starter of Hummous tasted like mashed chickpeas with not a hint of Tahini, Garlic or Lemon which is the basis of Hummous! Main course of Game Pie was a dry, gravy-less inedible burnt offering which had to be returned. Replacement of Fish Pie was better - a relief after the two disasters. Partner had soup which was just ok; the Burger main was a golf-ball sized patty which only covered half the bap. Generosity is obviously not their forte either! The one thing which was excellent was the service, credit where credit is due. However, this does not compensate for a poor meal. Prices are steep enough also. Will definitely not be going back despite the management's gesture of discounting the price of the Hummous and a cup of coffee. There's a lot better food to be had elsewhere at much better prices.
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Ambala
11 Upper Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

Used Menupages for Saturday lunch in Ambala. The food was delicious and very moderately priced. Starters of Pani Puri a little disappointing but Samosa Chaat was very good. Lamb Karahi and Chicken Biryani for mains, both wonderful and spiced as requested. Finished with the best Masala Tea ever. Superb service from our helpful, friendly, attentive waiter who got the balance just right. Toilets impressively clean. Had passed this restaurant frequently without realising it was a little gem. Now we know, we will definitely be returning. It SOOO deserves our custom. Well done, Ambala :-)

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Farm Restaurant (Dawson Street)
3 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

What a let-down :^( Its been years since I had such a disappointing meal out. Starter of Hummous tasted like mashed chickpeas with not a hint of Tahini, Garlic or Lemon which is the basis of Hummous! Main course of Game Pie was a dry, gravy-less inedible burnt offering which had to be returned. Replacement of Fish Pie was better - a relief after the two disasters. Partner had soup which was just ok; the Burger main was a golf-ball sized patty which only covered half the bap. Generosity is obviously not their forte either! The one thing which was excellent was the service, credit where credit is due. However, this does not compensate for a poor meal. Prices are steep enough also. Will definitely not be going back despite the management's gesture of discounting the price of the Hummous and a cup of coffee. There's a lot better food to be had elsewhere at much better prices.

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Farm Restaurant (Dawson Street)
3 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

What a let-down :^( Its been years since I had such a disappointing meal out. So called Hummous tasted like mashed chickpeas with not even a hint of lemon, tahini or garlic! Followed with Game Pie - a dry, gravy-less burnt offering which had to be returned. The fish pie replacement was edible - a relief after the other two disasters. Partner had soup which was just ok and the burger was a golf-ball sized patty which only covered half the bap! Generosity is obviously not their forte either! And their prices are steep enough. The one thing which was excellent was the service. However, this does not compensate for a poor meal. Will not be going back, despite the token gesture by management of not charging for the hummous and a coffee.

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Dada Restaurant
45 South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

First time in Dada, went on Menupages voucher. Staff were friendly, atmosphere improved as the evening progressed. Food was good but we were expecting it to be even more tasty. The coffee was excellent and the Moorish tea deliciously different. Quite happy overall. May return to try the 2 course Early Bird for19.95

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Urbun Cafe
Old Bray Road, South Dublin, Cabinteely, Dublin

Great place for brunch on a Saturday. The food is really good with different touches on the Full Irish. A hugh plateful of very tasty food with chunky toast and excellent coffee. Creamy mushrooms on toast also a great hit. At times, there can be a fair bit of noise from the many toddlers that visit but the food makes up for it. Will definitely be going back.

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Bistro Spice
101 Monkstown Road, South Co. Dublin, Monkstown, Dublin

Was looking forward to my first visit to Bistro Spice as I love Indian food and had read lots of great reviews on Menupages. Sadly, I was disappointed. Perhaps I chose a bad day or time..... 6.30 on Sunday evening?? Atmosphere was lacking, 5 tables occupied. Starter of Mixed Platters were tasty. Mains of Butter Chicken and Lamb Biryani were forgettable. No trace of butter or cream in the Butter Chicken sauce - more like Balti - a real let-down. The lamb was tender and tasty but sadly, very scarce in the Biryani and the accompanying sauce was bland and could not be classed as a Curry Sauce. Ice cream desserts were quite good. The service, however, was excellent. But it's the food that either makes or mars a restaurant. On this occasion, it was the latter. Will not be paying a return visit.

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

Mid-week lunch for two with Menupages voucher - excellent value! Two courses+tea/coffee. Vietnamese Chicken Salad starter was very tasty and citrus-fresh. Moroccan Lamb Tagine good but lacked depth of flarour associated with a tagine. Partners burger+chips was very generous and pleasing. Very friendly, helpful waitress. Pleasant, homey atmosphere. Hope to return some evening to sample their Early Bird.

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Ouzos Bar and Grill
22 Castle Street, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

Mid-week dinner at Ouzos would have been really enjoyable but for the fact that the Grilled Lobster which I had been looking forward to for days was undercooked. Calamari starter delicious, pate good too. Partner declared Fish and Chips as very tasty. Very friendly service, small restaurant in Dalkey's main street. Would return but will not be having Lobster again. However, they did offer a drink on the house but it did little to compensate for the disappointment.

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L'Ecrivain Restaurant
109a Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Lunch for 2 @ 23.50euro did not live up to expectations, sad to say. The steak (supplement of 6euro) and duck for mains were really good but everything else was just ok. Pumpkin soup was a little bland and the ham-hock was presented nicely but rather mundane. Creme brulee was good but Drunken Barmbrack was pretty sober! If we had opted for the Chocolate dessert, it would have added another 10euro to our bill..... Have NEVER seen a supplement charged for dessert before. Glass of wine 9euro. Had heard so much about this place but we were disappointed and will not be back. The one thing that was excellent was the service, however.

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

Sunday lunch at The Arch was an enjoyable experience for all 6 diners - and excellent value for money. Service efficient and friendly. The food is really good - Roast Lamb with Roasted Veg especiallly so (supplement charged) as was the Fish n Chips. Starters & desserts also impressed. Don't let the fact that this restaurant is situated over a pub put you off - it truly is worh visiting, We certainly plan to return again and again.

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Da Vinci's
31 Deansgrange Road, Deansgrange, Dublin

Delicious italian food and really good value. Lasagne, large portion of garlic bread and side salad for around 8euro. Whats not good about that? Antipasti looked good but will have to return to try that. However, one portion of Olives were overpriced. Nice, friendly staff. Only problem is the size of the place..... its tiny. Gotta book to ensure a table.

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Milano (Dun Laoghaire)
1 Harbour Square, Crofton Road, South Co. Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Even with a 2 for 1 voucher, this place is bad value for money. The pizza was so thin you could eat 2 of them. The cannelloni was quite tasty but so SMALL. Cop on guys - the Italians eat large quantities of food....... what's wrong with you lot? Do you think the Irish have appetites the size of birds???

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Kilkenny Restaurant & Cafe
1st Floor, 5/6 Nassau Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Group of girls lunched here one Saturday. Food was just ok - nothing to rave about. Adequate, but at least it wasn't too expensive. The Chowder was good. A central location, staff were friendly but don't expect gourmet cuisine.

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Las Tapas
Old Bray Road,, Cabinteely Village, South Dublin, Cabinteely, Dublin

Tried the Fish Platter and the Meat Platter specials for lunch. At 7.95 and 8.50, they were really good value. Ordered extra bread and some hummous. Tasty, really fresh food with friendly service. A little delay for food due to the fact that it is freshly cooked to order - no reheats, which I value. affordable lunch. Will definitely become a regular. Try it - its reallly good.

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Guinea Pig
17 Railway Road, South Co. Dublin, Dalkey, Dublin

Dinner at The Guinea Pig is a fish-lovers Heaven. The Smokies, the Calamari, the Fish Mixed Grill..... one dish better than the next. The service was efficient and so friendly - the owner/chef came out from the kitchen to chat with all the patrons. Where else would you get that....? Can't wait to return. Early Bird also available..... will be trying that so we can go more often. TRY IT - its GREAT.

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Pattaya Thai
Johnstown Road, Cabinteely, Cabinteely, Dublin

Had lunch in Pattaya Thai yesterday. The food was top class and plentiful with extra rice offered to accompany the large bowls of Red Thia Curry and Duck in Tamarind Sauce Service was extremely friendly and efficient. Brilliant value at 9.95 for buffet starter, served main course and tea/coffee. Will return as often as possible....... difficult to do better for midweek lunch.

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The Church Cafe Bar & Restaurant
Junction of Mary St. & Jervis St., Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Office outing - quality and value were first class. Atmosphere was lively but not intrusive. Staff friendly and service excellent. A great venue for larger parties..... definitely worth visiting.

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Jo'Burger
137 Rathmines Road, Dublin 6 , South Dublin, Rathmines, Dublin

Still dreaming of the fantabulous Veggie Burger (chick peas, chilli and coriander) with the amazingly compatible Thai Green Curry Mayo. It was SOOOOO good. Ok, the service may not be the best on the planet but the food more than compensates. Carnivores should try it..... in my view it was better than the beef burger. Will definitely be returning..... on a regular basis. Keep up the good work, Jo.

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

Had lunch with 3 friends on a Thurs. Very noisy, wooden floors and no buffering of sound with carpets or soft furnishing. Had Butternut Squash Risotto which was flavourless. Meal included a glass of wine but when asked if wine could be replaced with dessert as none of us wanted alcohol at lunchtime, the request was refused. They could offer us a 'soft drink' only! Bad p.r. surely but not surprising as the waitress/manageress? had appauling inter-personal skills. Grumpy and brusque. Will not be returning.

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The Happy Pear
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

I love eating here - its so unlike anywhere else. The food is grade A1 veggie - warm or cold, its nourishing, wholesome and so very very tasty. The atmosphere is SOOOOO friendly and its amazing value. Wish I lived in Greystones so I could frequent this place more often. Well done - you're winners.

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Monsoon (Rathmines)
306-308 Lower Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin

Monsoon has just become my favourite Indian restaurant in Dublin. Was SO impressed with the Sunday Buffet Lunch. What a banquet of tastes, textures,colours and aromas. A sensory feast! Don't have the names of the dishes available but each one was more delicious than the next. Lots to choose for vegetarians also. Euro 14.95 per head. The food deserved 10+1/2 out of ten - the only tiny thing lacking was in atmosphere but perhaps we were a little early as Sunday lunchers go. Can't wait to return ....... Well done, Monsoon. Such a pleasure to find great food at a great price.

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L'Gueuleton
No 1 Fade Street, Off Georges's Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Sat lunch at l'Gueuleton was an experience. Two French Onion soups to start - quite simply the best. Lots of stringy cheesy topping and well flavoured soup. Third starter was Warm Beetroot, Orange and Blue Cheese salad and it was YUMEE. For mains, two Slow Roast Pork Belly which came with tender, fresh cabbage and gratin dauphinois. Great for the hungry. Third main was Skate Wing with veg which was declared a good success. No one was able to manage a dessert so three coffees completed a warm,hearty, satisfying lunch. So good, in fact, that a return visit was made within a fortnight. Well done l'Gueuleton.

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Wrights Anglers Rest
Strawberry Beds, West Dublin, Dublin 20, Chapelizod, Dublin

A fish-lovers delight!!! My first visit and what a treat it was. Where fish is concerned, my palate is very discerning but I would certainly give this restaurant 101%. Monkfish on Basil Mash with Ratatouille and Fisherman's Pie were both so fresh, so plentiful and SO.O.O.O very tasty. Booked a return visit for two weeks time! Friendly staff, lovely decor and warm atmosphere. Thrilled to have discovered this wonderful place.

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The Stillorgan Orchard
1 The Hill, Stillorgan, Stillorgan, Dublin

This well-known pub does wonderful food - pub grub but with a touch of elegance - nice seating arrangement and cosy atmosphere. Goats Cheese salad was deliciously tasty and partner had Steak Sandwich which was also very good. I asked for a slice of bread to bulk out my salad and when the bill arrived, there was a charge of 60cent for it. Surely this was a good p.r. opportunity but sadly, they botched it. However, based on the food quality, I would return.

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The Hungry Monk
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

First time to dine in the Bistro downstairs. Good quality food - had lambs kidneys followed by scampi plus dessert and bottle of wine between 4. Bill came to 45 euro per head. Quaint, cosy ambiance in the Bistro. Friendly, efficient service with no feeling of being rushed although we ate at 7 and had to finish by 9. Would return.

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Johnnie Fox's Pub
Glencullen, Dublin Mountains, Glencullen, Dublin

Expected a high standard of seafood from Johnny Fox's but was a little disappointed. Overall it was ok, but some of the shell-fish on the Fisherman's Platter was rubbery and wet - as if it had just been defrosted. I thought it would all be FRESH, but it appears not. I would prefer a smaller selection of really fresh fish rather than a large selection of frozen/fresh.

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Avoca Cafe (Suffolk Street)
Avoca, 11 Suffolk Street, City Centre South, Dublin

A regular visitor to Avoca in Wicklow but this was my first visit to Avoca in Suffolk Street. The food was really good - three of us all chose the Chicken Salad. It was tasty and a good portion size. There was a good buzz, with people of all ages lunching there.

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Cafe Mimo (Dundrum)
House of Fraiser, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Dublin

Lunched here for first time last wednesda and chose the Crab Cakes. They were just ok - felt there was too much padding and not enough crab! Plate was covered with a honey dressing which was not in the description on the menu and posed a problem for me as I cannot eat honey. More accuracy please, Cafe Mimo. Service was friendly and efficient.

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Chapter One Restaurant
18/19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, City Centre North, Dublin

Had lunch here for the first time and was greatly impressed. Service was friendly and attentive but not overpowering. Food was delicious and beautifully presented. Portions were not large but this is as one would expect in a restaurant of the calilbre of Chapter 1.

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Nupur Tandoori
114 Rock Road, Booterstown, Booterstown, Dublin

A very small but cosy restaurant opposite the Dart station in Booterstown. Very good food, especially the jumbo prawns. Tables are very close together, which some folk may object to. Friendly helpful staff. Would return.

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Tante Zoes
1 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Temple Bar, Dublin

A little gem of a restaurant in Dublin city centre. Gumbo is a meal in itself. Calamari delicious. Blackened Chicken addictive. Lunch, early bird or dinner - always a winner. Will be back very soon.

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Purple Ocean Restaurant
St Michael's Pier, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

First time in this restaurant but it certainly wont by our last. Had Sunday Lunch - Excellent food and excellent value for money. Although every table was full, we had a very efficient waiter and service was brisk and friendly. Would highly recommend it.

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Il Primo
16 Montague Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

Did we just hit this place on a "bad night" or what?? Had heard great things about Il Primo but, sadly, it did not live up to expectations. Chicken dish was particularly poor, lacking flavour and imagination. Would not be inclined to return.

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Cafe Fresh
Top Floor Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, City Centre South, Dublin

Wonderful varied menu in this restaurant. Self-service can be a little tricky but the quality of the food compensates. Unusual mains, nice salads and rather delicious desserts. All in all, a good dining experience. Would return.

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Surma
43 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Camden Street, Dublin

Lunched here recently. Nothing memorable but no complaints either. Would return in the future.

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Govindas Restaurant (Aungier Street)
4 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

A return visit to my favourite vegetarian restaurant. Delicious, healthy food at unbelievable prices. Always a good atmosphere and the staff are genuinely nice and helpful. Would go there a lot more frequently if I lived nearby ........ but they also offer a Take Out service, which is a great idea.

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The Market Bar
Fade Street, City Centre South, Dublin

Another enjoyable visit to the Market Bar. Large group and everybody was thrilled with the quality of the food. All expressed an interest in returning for our next get-together. Calamari is just SOOOOO good.

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Alexis Bar And Grill
17 / 18 Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Return visit to one of my favourite restaurants, Alexis in Dun Laoghaire for Sunday lunch. As always, food was top rate, fresh and delicious. With moderate pricing, it's no wonder so many patrons return again and again. Other restaurants would do well to take a leaf out of this restaurant's book. Excellent food at a good price - always a winner. Well done, Alexis.

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Avoca Handweavers
Kilmacanogue, Bray, Bray, Wicklow

As a relative "local" I've been eating in Avoca at Kilmacanogue for years back. The food quality is consistently good and varied but the prices have crept up, up and up again. In my opinion, it is expensive when compared to other eating places within a reasonable radius and service is slow no matter what time you arrive.

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Vinos Restaurant & Cafe
Church Road, Greystones, Greystones, Wicklow

Having returned from an Italian holiday, I was longing for some good Italian food and went to Vino Pasta in the hope I might re-capture some of the 'dolce vita' but boy, was I disappointed. The food was an insult to the real Italian cuisine. The ravioli and pesto sauce both tasted as if they came off a supermarket shelf and left my taste buds utterly dissatisfied. Service was friendly and the atmosphere was fine but if the food fails to please, that doesn't count for much. I will NOT be going back.

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Meghna Tandoori
8-12 Terenure Place, Dublin 6, Terenure, Dublin

This is one of my favourite Indian restaurants and I've been here for lunch on numerous occasions. The food is really delicious, the staff are attentive, friendly and obliging and it is excellent value for money. The Sunday buffet from 12-4 is excellent also and caters for even the biggest of appetites. Consistently pleasing.

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