Restaurant Reviews from vlq

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Brasserie Sixty6 restaurant

66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 2

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Cuisine:
Brasserie

Price Range:

Good
1079 reviews

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

First time here on Saturday evening. The restaurant was full to the rafters! Great atmosphere, love the decor. Service was excellent and well informed. Food was delicious and portions huge, which is just as well considering the prices are on the more expensive side. Would love to return.
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Golden Jade Restaurant

13 Braemor Road, Churchtown, Churchtown, Dublin, Area Code: Dublin 14

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Cuisine:
Chinese

Price Range:

Average
17 reviews

Reviewed 21st May 2009 ( visited 16th May 2009 )

Had a take-away from Golden Jade for the first time on Saturday. (Can't comment on the restaurant atmosphere as we didn't eat in.) We never expect much from Chinese take-aways, let's face it, it's quick and not nutritious comfort food at the best of times, so we were very plesantly surprised by the quality of Golden Jade's fare. We had the garlic and chilli deep fried squid, sweet and sour chicken, both with fried rice, pork fried rice, and a side of onion rings (don't measure your cholesterol after a meal like this!). All the dishes were really tasty but especially the squid - large chunks of really tender, expertly battered fish with a lashing of garlic, left me wanting more unlike most Chinesers which leave me regretting how much I ate! I notice the sit-in menu prices are double the take-away prices - I wouldn't pay that much for the meals, but the take-away prices are good value. Will definitely be back!
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Brasserie Sixty6
66/67 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre South, Dublin

First time here on Saturday evening. The restaurant was full to the rafters! Great atmosphere, love the decor. Service was excellent and well informed. Food was delicious and portions huge, which is just as well considering the prices are on the more expensive side. Would love to return.

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

First time here, and really enjoyed it. We went very early (5pm) and so it was completely empty aside from our table but because of the snug, enclosed little booths and layout of the tables it didn't feel like we were all alone! Service was great too - it would have been easy to overpower us but the level of attention was just right. The decor is fantastic, we all loved it. Real attention to detail. We ordered from the €20 early bird which included a starter, a main and mint tea. All the food was delicious and the mint tea was just superb. We also shared a plate of tiny Moroccan desserts which were divine. I will definitely be back.

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The Port House
64a South William Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

So cosy and intimate in here. Had excellent range of dishes and 4 bottles of wine between 6 ppl; five of us paid and it came to only €40 each including a well deserved tip. Special mention to the Gambas Rebozadas - prawn perfection! - and the Churros con Chocolate - dessert heaven! The wine list is so extensive and delicious a return visit is absolutely necessary!

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Chatham Brasserie
Chatham Street, City Centre South, Dublin

My colleagues and I are regulars on a Friday lunchtime here, and the staff have made the effort to get to know us and our particular foibles, which is nice. On our visit last week, the place was super busy as usual, but this never impacts on the quality of our food or the speed of service. I had the Goat's Cheese salad for the first time - it was so good, I could have eaten it for days!! The cheese was beautifully grilled and on a bed of lovely fresh ingredients, with a divine dressing. I highly recommend it! The Fish & Chips is amazing as well and one of our party has it religiously every time we go there - he orders it with skinny fries instead of the fat chips they offer and this is never a problem. Good value for great food and lovely staff.

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Darwins
80 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Work night out on a Tuesday evening. Food was superb, service faultless, and best of all we were able to hang around to our hearts' content having nightcaps unlike a weekend when we would have had to give the table back by 9. I can see why this place has had so many positive reviews. 5 out of 5 for everything! I can't wait to return.

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Maloti
34-35 South William Street, South William Street, Dublin

Ate here on Friday lunchtime with a group from work. The place was packed!! And with good reason too - the lunch specials are ridiculously well-priced, with 2 courses for €8.95 and one for only a fiver!! The quality and portion sizes were perfect, and special mention has to go to the delcious naan breads, which I could happily have eaten all day long. Decor is lovely. Waiters were rushed off their feet but very professional. Will definitely return to try out their a la carte menu, the dishes look even more delicious and very interesting!

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Yamamori Noodles
71-72 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

Visisted Yamamori on a Wednesday evening with some girlfriends, and the place was packed, which is always a good sign. We chose the excellent value €30 set menu. This includes miso soup, starter, main, dessert, drink and tea/coffee. Although there are only 3 choices per course, I was pleased to see interesting vegetarian options available. My vegetable tempura main deserves a special mention - fresh crunchy veggies expertly battered in light-as-a-feather tempura batter, served with sticky rice and dipping sauce - yum! The organic ice cream was interesting - you certainly can't find sesame seed and green tea ice cream in Tesco! As others have mentioned, service can be a bit hit and miss, and an initially blase' waiter had eventually warmed to us by the end of the evening! I love the food here and will definitely return.

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The Hairy Lemon Traditional Pub & Restaurant
Stephen Street Lower, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I often go here for lunch as I love the decor and atmosphere, service is always excellent and portions are generous. On our latest visit, I was very happy to see that the vegetarian selection has increased considerably especially on the €10 lunch menu. I had the roasted vegetable stack served on mash with mushroom sauce; this was fine and a nice change, if a tiny bit bland. My companion had his regular Fish & Chips which was, as usual, excellent. I'll be back...

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Golden Jade Restaurant
13 Braemor Road, Churchtown, Churchtown, Dublin

Had a take-away from Golden Jade for the first time on Saturday. (Can't comment on the restaurant atmosphere as we didn't eat in.) We never expect much from Chinese take-aways, let's face it, it's quick and not nutritious comfort food at the best of times, so we were very plesantly surprised by the quality of Golden Jade's fare. We had the garlic and chilli deep fried squid, sweet and sour chicken, both with fried rice, pork fried rice, and a side of onion rings (don't measure your cholesterol after a meal like this!). All the dishes were really tasty but especially the squid - large chunks of really tender, expertly battered fish with a lashing of garlic, left me wanting more unlike most Chinesers which leave me regretting how much I ate! I notice the sit-in menu prices are double the take-away prices - I wouldn't pay that much for the meals, but the take-away prices are good value. Will definitely be back!

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Dandelion
St. Stephen's Green, St Stephens Green, Dublin

Brought my dad out for lunch on Saturday, expecting the restaurant section to be open. Unfortunately it wasn't - just the bar. The place was really empty, only three other people there, and the menu was a much more condensed version of the lunch menu I'd seen on the website. This unfortunately left me (a vegetarian) with very few options. I had the hummus and pita bread plate, and a side of chips. It was all delicious, the hummus especially so, but there was so much of it I felt like I ate a whole tub of the stuff! That's not a problem in itself but they really didn't provide enough pitta bread, it looked like it was only one pocket which has been toasted and cut up - at the end, I was scooping it up with my chips! My dad's fish and chips was excellent, lightly battered and with a delicious salad. I'd like to go back for the full lunch menu during the week.

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Wagamama - Stephen's Green
St Stephen's Green Centre, South King St, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

I really like Wagamama's quality and variety. I could do without the canteen-style seating but what can you do! On my most recent visit, I had a tofu and prawn noodle dish called amai udon, with a side of squid rings. Both dishes were delicious and cooked to perfection. The squid in particular was so tender and fresh. Service is always friendly (sometimes a little overly so!) so it's a pity that whenever I go there, I am surprised by the bill! It somehow never adds up to that much in my head when I'm ordering! My dodgy maths won't stop me going back though...

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Milano (Dundrum)
Dundrum Shopping Centre, Dublin 14, Dundrum, Dublin

Got there just in time to take advantage of their great value lunch special, €12.95 for a main course and a glass of good wine. I had the Funghi di Bosco (wild mushroom) pizza on a very thin base (for a small supplement). The pizza was massive but so light, I didn't feel stuffed at all, and the toppings were generous and tasty. My friend had a Pollo Salad which comes with the most irresistible focaccia strips. On this occasion the restaurant was quite empty but not unpleasantly so. We find the tables are not very well laid out in the main section so on really busy days waiters and other patrons are constantly bumping off one's chair. Also, a high tolerance for small children is required - the acoustics tend to amplify all sounds and it's a really popular place for young parents, especially on the weekends.

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FIRE Restaurant and Lounge
Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

A group of 4 of us visited Fire to take advantage of their pre-theatre menu on a cold, dark January Friday. We weren't expecting the place to be busy, but it was much quieter than we thought, only 2 other tables for a while...thankfully the great decor and good layout prevents the space from feeling too empty (or too full when packed, so I'm told). Their a la carte prices are quite steep so we found the pre-theatre menu to be very good value, with good choices for veggies and non-veggies alike. The butternut soup was amazing and the steaks melted in the mouth. Service was courteous and efficient. The cocktail list is brilliant but alas we skipped those...next time!

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India Gate
1st Floor 26b Nutgrove Shopping Centre, South Dublin, Rathfarnham, Dublin

Finally had a sit down meal in India Gate after a year of getting their excellent take-aways, and we were not disappointed. The free poppadoms and dips were very welcome while salivating over the menu. We availed of the €20 starter and main course special, a bargain considering the most expensive mains are around €18 on their own! I had spicy prawns to start and he had onion bhajis, followed by goan prawn curry and lamb jalfrezi. All the food was superb, service was courteous and helpful. We brought our own wine so it was a very economical evening at €45 in total! Our only complaint is that it was so empty...only two other tables there. Come on everyone, visit this restaurant!!

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK Liffey Valley)
Unit 40B, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, West Dublin, Liffey Valley, Dublin

One word..YUMMY!!! This was my first visit to GBK with a group of girlfriends after a hard day's Christmas shopping. We were so glad we stuck out the queue as it moved fairly quickly and the food was out of this world. Great vegetarian selection and an even better non-veggie one. Decor is clean and simple, lots of space for everyone.Service was excellent. Will definitely be back over and over and over!

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK South Anne Street)
5 South Anne Street, Dublin 2, City Centre South, Dublin

We visited the new burger joint in town on Saturday afternoon and were seated in the jam-packed and slightly cramped downstairs section. Decor is minimalist and clean. Although run off their feet, the waiters were absolutely pleasant and professional and we didn't wait long to be served at all. As a vegetarian I was almost in tears at the selection of gorgeous burgers on offer just for me - my husband was practically in a choice-induced panic looking at the extensive list above this. He eventually settled on a Lamb burger, while I chose the Aubergine and Goat's Cheese creation. From previous experience with portion sizes, we shared a bowl of chips! Both were absolutely delicious - the lamb perfectly cooked, the goat's cheese not too pungent, and both massive. Compared to the lesser burger bars around town, this is a real comfort-food treat without breaking the bank.

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